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5 SUNY Athletic Programs to Look Foward to This Fall

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SUNY Athletic Programs to look forward to this fall

All over New York State, SUNY athletics play a significant role in each one of our 64 state wide campuses. SUNY athletics range from NJCAA and Division III all the way up to Division I. Not only are school athletics important for the obvious reason of competition, but they are also important in creating and building strong school pride and community spirit. Being a part of such a program is not something to be overlooked and being apart of SUNY creates that feeling of fulfillment.

Whether it be Division III or Division I, no accomplishment goes without recognition. These student athletes put forth extreme dedication to not only sports, but schoolwork as well. SUNY athletic programs have flourished through their histories and will continue to strive for excellence.

Lets take a look at a couple SUNY athletic programs to look forward to this fall!

Rivarly Reunited: University at Albany and Stony Brook University Football
UAlbany football players on the field

This year marks the end of an era, and the start of a new rivalry. Legendary Albany football coach Bob Ford is set to retire after this season, and the Great Danes hope to make the most of it. After winning back-to-back Conference Championships the last two seasons, the Danes moved into the Colonial Athletic Association. University at Albany football hopes Bob Ford field, a beautiful new 8,500 capacity stadium, can lead them to yet another conference title. Standing in their way is the Stony Brook University Seawolves, who beat Albany 31-28 in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs last season. Stony Brook lost in the second round of the Division I Football Championship to Montana, and hopes to go even further this season. Both teams will face difficult competition throughout the CAA, and will meet to renew their rivalry November 23rd 2013; the last game of the season for both teams. Surely neither team will disappoint!

Rivarly Renewed: Oswego State and Plattsburgh State HockeyOswego hockey player celebrates goal against Plattsburgh

Over the past 35 years, SUNY Oswego and SUNY Plattsburgh have met a total of 98 times on the same ice, with Plattsburgh owning the rivalry 67-31. Last season Oswego State nudged out Plattsburgh for the Divison III SUNYAC Championship. The Oswego State Lakers are the only team to be a part of all 29 SUNYAC tournaments, and although they are down in the overall rivalry record, this year they have the bragging rights. Plattsburgh State plans to change that and will need the fans for support. For the 2013-2014 upcoming season, the Plattsburgh Cardinals have sold out of season tickets. The first meeting between these two teams will be December 7th at Oswego, where it is sure to be a packed house.

Redemption: SUNY Oneonta Womens SoccerOneonta lady soccer player kicks ball toward goal

Last season ended in disappointment for the Oneonta Red Dragons. After finishing the regular season 12-7-1, the Red Dragons made a push to the SUNYAC Division III Championship. There, they lost to the Cortland Red Dragons in a close battle, 2-1. This season the team is already off to a great start. With a current record of 3-1 and seven experienced starters returning, the Red Dragons of Oneonta managed to win the Mayors Cup. The team is ready to continue their winning ways and eventually capture a SUNYAC Division III Championship. They will face off against Cortland September 27th at home, and will look to redeem themselves from last year’s defeat.

Achievement: Herkimer Community College Mens SoccerHerkimer County CC soccer player in front of goal

Being nationally ranked number one in the nation for Division III soccer is not an easy mark to live up to. The Herkimer Men’s Soccer team makes it look easy and is very used to dominating their competition. They have won 9 NJCAA National Championships, including consecutive ones in 2011 and 2012. Along with 9 NJCAA National Championships, the Herkimer Generals have won a whopping 22 straight regional division III titles, and 23 overall. Already off to a good start, the Generals shut out their first opponent and have started the season with a current record of 2-0. If winning is what you like watching, their next game will be played September 18th at home against Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

A Step Up: Alfred State Pioneer Athletic ProgramsAlfred State football players

Welcome your newest member to the NCAA Division III Athletic Association! The Alfred State Pioneers have made the jump from campus and recreational sports to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). They will be eligible for postseason play immediately and hope to make a rather quick impact. Their Division III sports include: men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, baseball, football, men’s lacrosse and volleyball. Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Arroyo stated “This is a significant step for us as we being the four year transition from provisional to active NCAA Division III membership.” The Alfred State Pioneers are thrilled to become apart of the NCAA Division III program, proving hard work does pay off.

 

September 12, 2013

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Mascot Madness Champion, Hugo the Hawk, Speaks on His Victory and Getting Back to Work

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SUNY Mascot Madness winner - Hugo Hawk from New PaltzThe first ever SUNY Mascot Madness came to a close yesterday with over 300,000 votes cast over the entire competition.  In a race that was too close to call initially, Hugo the Hawk from New Paltz was declared the winner of the first SUNY Mascot Madness over Wolfie the Seawolf from Stony Brook.  In a race to the finish, he met the library dean, cleaned the campus, and hung out with many students on campus.

We were able to catch up with Hugo and get his thoughts on the final round of the competition.

What responsibilities do you carry as SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion?  What’s next for you?

As the SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion, it is my duty to represent all that this title stands for. I will continue being the best mascot I can possibly be and keep getting better at it each day.

What will you do with all of your free time once SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 is complete?

With this free time I will get back to the basics. I will work on my cheers and dances and keep myself in tip-top shape for all the teams I root for. I will work hard to earn my place in next year’s tournament and make sure I do my best to defend my crown.

 

And we look forward to next year’s competition with you Hugo!

Hugo Hawk with Mascot Madness championship trophy

Emily Schwartz

Written by Emily Schwartz

Emily Schwartz is the Coordinator of Open SUNY Communication and Projects.

April 5, 2013

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Bobby Hurley Named University at Buffalo Men’s Basketball Head Coach

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Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men's basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley, one of the most iconic figures in college basketball history, has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

He joins UB from the University of Rhode Island, where he has been serving as associate head coach. He was hired as an assistant coach at Wagner College in 2010, and spent two seasons with the Seahawks, playing a critical role in rebuilding the men’s basketball team. He helped lead Wagner to a 25-6 record during the 2011-12 season – its best record in school history – before joining Rhode Island.

A first-team All-American in 1993, Hurley is best remembered for being the point guard at Duke. Hurley helped lead the Blue Devils to three Final Four appearances and consecutive national championships in 1991 and 1992. Hurley still holds the NCAA record for career assists with 1,076.

Following his outstanding career at Duke, Hurley was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He went on to play five years in the NBA with the Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies.

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SUNY Oneonta Senior Sets Off on 4,200-Mile Cross-Country Bike Adventure

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Jayme Haynes biking in Central Bridge on her cross country adventure

Jami Haynes sets off from her home in Central Bridge, NY, on Tuesday, May 28.

SUNY Oneonta senior Jami Haynes set off on a 4,200-mile, cross-country bike adventure today with the goal of raising awareness about the Harvest of Hope Foundation, an organization that provides emergency assistance to migrant workers and their families. Haynes, 21, accompanied by her boyfriend and sister, left early Tuesday morning from her home in Central Bridge, N.Y.

An avid runner and hiker, Haynes got the idea for the “Miles for Migrants” bike tour after Harvest of Hope founder and President Phil Kellerman visited one of her education classes, taught by Madeline Berry, this past semester. Her 20-year-old sister, Jena, signed on for the adventure, and then her boyfriend, Caleb Grippin, 23, joined the team.

Jena Haynes, Caleb Grippin, Jami Haynes with bikes

SUNY Oneonta student Jami Haynes (right) with her sister, Jena, and boyfriend, Caleb Grippin.

“I wasn’t very familiar with what a migrant farm worker was and how they contributed to American society, and I was especially touched as a future educator by the support that Harvest of Hope gives to these families and the scholarships that the foundation provides,” Haynes said.

The class did a service-learning project to benefit Harvest of Hope, and Haynes kept the momentum going. She and her sister organized a spaghetti supper, several bake sales and a raffle, as well as giving presentations about Harvest of Hope on campus and in the community. “Spreading awareness of the foundation and how it helps migrant farm workers has been extremely rewarding,” Haynes said. “The community definitely knows a lot more about the contributions of migrant workers because of this project.”

Haynes hopes to continue raising awareness by meeting with media outlets during her journey. The trio plans to ride about 60 to 80 miles per day, camping and staying with friends and family members en route to San Francisco. They have been training for the trip for about three months, logging several hundred miles of short and long rides.

The Harvest of Hope Foundation was established in 1997, when Kellerman worked at ESCORT, a migrant education resource center based at SUNY Oneonta. In addition to its affiliation with ESCORT, SUNY Oneonta has operated a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) since 2001. Created in 1972, CAMP is a federally-funded scholarship program that helps students from migrant and seasonal farm-working families pursue higher education.

ESCORT senior programmer analyst Bob Thomas, a friend of Kellerman’s, loaned Haynes and her crew three touring bikes and trailers. Thomas, who completed a cross-country bicycling trip himself back in 1976, was on hand for the send-off Tuesday, offering last-minute tips and advice.

An elementary education major with a concentration in social studies, Haynes will share experiences from her trip this fall as a student teacher at Cobleskill Elementary School.

She will also chronicle her adventures throughout the 11-week journey on the blog: www.crazyguyonabike.com/sistahbikers.

 

SUNY Oneonta

May 28, 2013

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