Women’s Basketball Named to WBCA Honor Roll

For the fourth straight year and seventh time in the last eight years, the Maryville University women’s basketball team has been named to the WBCA’s Top 25 Team Honor Roll, the national office has announced. The Saints placed ninth with their team GPA of 3.552. Maryville was one of four Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) schools to make the list.

The Saints ranked as high as first in the nation in 2008-09 with their 3.625 GPA.

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Manning Named Director of Athletics

St. Louis-area native Marcus Manning has been named director of athletics, effective July 11. Previously, Manning worked as director of membership and legislative services at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

“It’s hard to overstate the positive impact that athletics plays within our campus community,” said President Mark Lombardi, PhD. “In Marcus Manning, we’ve hired a proven leader who will ensure that all of our student athletes will enjoy the benefits of a top-flight education while competing in what is arguably the finest Division II conference in our nation.”

Prior to joining the NAIA national office, Manning’s served eight years in recreation and athletic administration, first at the University of California, Irvine, as director of club sports and special events, and then at Indiana University – South Bend as assistant athletic director. His experience includes new program implementation, student leadership development, community relations, special event and game management, budget oversight, fundraising, corporate sponsorships, compliance and sports information.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to be the next director of athletics at Maryville University,” Manning said. “I look forward to working at one of the great universities in the Midwest, building upon the established the Saints athletics program and returning home to the St. Louis area.”

Manning earned his B.S. in business management from Quincy University in 1997 and his master’s in sports administration at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in 2001.

“I am very excited to welcome Marcus as our new athletics director,” Nina Caldwell, EdD, vice president of Student Life and dean of students, said in announcing his appointment. “His experience, energy and leadership will be a great asset to Maryville University as we move forward.”

Manning played quarterback at GLVC member Quincy from 1993-1996.  At the completion of his career, Manning finished in the top 5 in 14 offensive categories in school history, including career completions (165) and career attempts (340).  In 1995, he set the single-game record for most completions in a game with 28. Manning was invited to the National All-Stars Football Classic his senior season.

A former distinguished athlete at Jennings High School in Jennings, Mo., Manning has coached football at his alma mater and at Rosary High School in St. Louis.

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New Volleyball Coach Named

Christine Phillips has been named the new head volleyball coach at Maryville University, according to Nina Caldwell, PhD, vice president for student life and dean of students.

“We are excited about Coach Phillips joining the Maryville family and look forward to her success with the volleyball program,” said Caldwell.

Phillips becomes the 11th head coach in program history and takes over a team that finished 4-28 last season and 2-12 in Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) play.

Phillips comes to Maryville from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Spring, N.C., an NCAA Division I institution, where she served in the same position for six years.

Prior to Gardner-Webb, she served as the head volleyball coach at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., another DI institution, for 11 seasons. During that time span, her teams made three appearances in the NCAA tournament (1997, 1999 and 2001) and won the Big South Conference titles those same seasons. She was named the Big South Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2003.

Her teams from 1997-2003 also received the Academic Team Award from the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) and were the No. 2 ranked team in the nation in 2001 with a team GPA of 3.69.

Phillips earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education from Greenville College in Greenville, Ill.

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Maryville Basketball Camp Offers Employee Discount

As the school year draws to an end, the desire to find ways to keep children active throughout the summer begins. As you explore options, consider Maryville’s Basketball Day Camp, July 18-22, 2011, held on campus.  Maryville employees receive a $25 discount.

The camp is designed for boys and girls ages 8-15 years old. The focus of each camp session is on safety, providing strong fundamental basketball instruction and creating a culture where each camper is encouraged and empowered to learn and improve while having fun. Staff are dedicated to making sure campers have a great overall experience and that each camper improves as a basketball player. Throughout the week, students will work one-on-one with the Maryville men’s basketball coaching staff.

For more information and to register, visit the camp online.  Make sure to use the promo code MUBB1138 to receive $25 off.

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Duethman Garners All-Conference Accolades

It was a mid-season injury in her senior high school year against an arch rival team that put Abby Duethman on the bench for the rest of her basketball season. With a broken foot, the standout player and team captain could only watch as her teammates played on.

It wasn’t such a terrible thing, as it turns out. At that point, Duethman was feeling burned out with the game—after all, she started playing in club teams when she was six years old. She blew off college scouts and was thinking she would be happy at a large university. Fans of Saints basketball should be thankful Duethman’s apathy didn’t last.

“I was sitting out my second or third game and thinking about not being able to help my team when I realized how much would miss not being able to play,” said Duethman. “My coach really wanted me to look at Maryville, so I did.”

After a visit to campus and seeing the team play, Duethman decided to abandon those plans to head to a big school. She enrolled at Maryville and started taking elementary education classes, but quickly realized she wanted to change direction again.

Duethman is now majoring in sport business management in the classroom and is on pace to break school records at Maryville on the court. She scored 300 points (averaging 12 a game) her freshman year and has passed the 500 mark after only two seasons in a Saints uniform.

Honors and accolades have begun to pile up with her skills on the court. She was recently named Third-team All-conference by the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). This, after leading her team in scoring (13.7 PPG) and establishing herself as the current all-time leader in 3-point field percentage (.404). She is also already among the top 10 career leaders in several other categories: average minutes (third); field goal percentage (eighth); and blocked shots (eighth).

Duethman is only the second Maryville player to be named All-conference since Maryville made the move to the GLVC.

The last two seasons have many standout moments for Duethman, but she particularly enjoyed the team beating Missouri S&T this year on Feb. 10. In their first match up of the season, the Saints fell in overtime on the road. Two weeks later, on the Saints home court, it was a very different story when Duethman and her teammates pounded the Miners, beating them by nearly 20 points.

Moments like that are keep Duethman and her teammates focused as they begin their off-season training and thinking about next season.

“This year our team had a great chemistry – we got along really well. We know how good we can be, so we’re working really hard in the off-season. We were close to beating some of the top teams in the GLVC, but we don’t want to be close, we want to win,” Duethman said.

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Baseball Seniors Interview Hall of Famer

Left to Right: Dustin Esker, Cole Sibley, Cal Ripken, Jr., Mitch Seward, Cameron Dyer

The seniors from Maryville’s baseball team had a very special opportunity recently to talk with Cal Ripken, Jr. in a brief interview and then have a photo taken. Ripken, who holds the Major League Baseball all-time record for most consecutive games played (2,131) and earned the nickname “Iron Man” was on campus for a baseball coaching clinic presented as part of his Ripken Baseball Camps.

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Abby Duethman Named All-Conference

Maryville University women’s basketball player, sophomore Abby Duethman (Kansas City, Mo.), was named Third-team All-Conference the GLVC (Great Lakes Valley Conference). She was one of two underclassmen to receive All-Conference honors.

She is the second Saint to be named All-Conference since the institution joined the GLVC in 2009-10. Women’s soccer player, Lauren Dieckmann, was Maryville’s first selection (Third-team All-Conference) in 2009.

“We are very excited and proud for Abby being recognized by the other coaches in the league, as she has put together two incredible back-to-back seasons in the nation’s most competitive NCAA Division II women’s basketball conference,” said head coach Chris Ellis.

“She was nominated for Freshman of the Year and All-Conference last year and just narrowly missed the cut. Making the roster of the GLVC’s Top 20 players is that much more rewarding this year, proving that she did, and now does, belong among that elite group.”

Duethman was the team’s leading scorer (13.7 PPG) and was the team’s second-leading rebounder (6.8 rebounds per game). The Saints finished 11-15 on the year and 6-12 in conference play.

In just her second year, she surpassed the 500 career point mark and currently ranks as the program’s all-time leader in 3-PT field goal percentage (.404). Duethman also ranks in the Top Ten on the career leader list in average minutes (3rd), field goal percentage (8th) and blocked shots (8th).

Fellow sophomore Angela Pepowski (Wausau, Wis.) and freshman JoAnn Thompson (Van Wert, Ohio) were both also nominated for All-GLVC honors and Thompson was additionally nominated for Freshman of the Year.


Article by Katie Jo Kuhens, Sports Information Director

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Saints Win Season Finale in Overtime

The Maryville University men’s basketball team closed its 2010-11 campaign with an overtime win over non-conference opponent, Lindenwood-Belleville, 80-77, Saturday afternoon.

This marked the second time in program history Maryville took consecutive games to overtime.

Sophomore Mike Ford (Lenexa, Kan.) led the Saints with his 20 points, just one shy of his career-high. Classmates Ryan Shotkoski (Albion, Neb.), Darrin Young (Kirkwood, Mo.) and freshman Asa Toney (Germantown, Tenn.) all joined Ford in double digits with 15, 13 and 11 points respectively.

Shotkoski finished 5-6 from beyond the arc. Ford and sophomore Cody Sorenson (Defiance, Mo.) each pulled down a team-high seven rebounds on the day.

The Lynx had two players in double digits and were led by 22 from Todd Starks. Rashad May accounted for 14 points and Starks was his team’s leading rebounder with six boards.

Maryville took the 30-22 lead at halftime but was outscored 47-39 in the second frame by Lindenwood-Belleville to force an overtime session.

The Saints outscored the Lynx 11-8 in overtime to claim the win.

Maryville held the team advantages in field goal percentage (.489-.429), 3-PT FG % (.462+.333), free throw percentage (.688-.531), 3-PT field goals (12-6), free throws (22-17), assists (21-14) and steals (9-6).

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Cal Ripken Jr. Offers Clinic on Campus

Baseball great Cal Ripken Jr. will visit the campus of Maryville University on Saturday, Feb. 19, to conduct an instructional clinic for baseball coaches in University Auditorium.  Ripken, who holds the major league record for consecutive games played, operates Ripken Baseball Camps, providing baseball instruction for coaches and players nationwide.

The clinic is by paid admission only; registration is available online.

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Saints Pounce Panthers

The Maryville University men’s basketball team (6-15 overall, 3-11 GLVC) defeated Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) opponent, Kentucky Wesleyan (15-6, 8-6) 69-54 Sunday. With the win, the Saints have doubled their total season wins from a year ago.

The Saints shot 29.2% from the field in the first half and improved to 63.0% in the second half.

“We were able to make some shots in the second half that we’ve been hitting in the past three games,” said head coach Kevin Carroll. “We played traditional Maryville Basketball which is great defense and unselfish offense.”

Sophomores Cody Sorenson (Defiance, Mo.) and Mike Ford (Lenexa, Kan.) each had 16 points in the victory for Maryville. Classmate Gerald Shaw (Houston, Texas) finished closely behind with his 13 points.

Sorenson and classmate Darrin Young (Kirkwood, Mo.) co-led the team on the glass with six rebounds apiece.

The team’s leading scorer, freshman Asa Toney (Germantown, Tenn.) was held to five points on the day, but Carroll says this emphasizes the unselfishness on his squad.

“In our system, this is how the team should be,” he said. “We play an unselfish style of play and our offense allows us to find the open guy.”
Only two Panthers scored in double digits and were led by 15 from Kwan Waller and 10 from Cardell McFarland.

Marseilles Steward pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds on the day.

The Saints return to the court Thursday when they host GLVC opponent, Missouri S&T at 7:30 p.m. in the annual Blackout Night.

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