July 2010 Archives

SB: Healy Named Wisconsin Head Coach

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Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez announced on Saturday that Yvette Healy has been named head coach of the Badger softball program. Healy comes from Loyola (Chicago), where she served as the head coach of the Rambler program since 2004.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the University of Wisconsin family," Healy said. "The UW athletic department has a world-renowned legacy of winning on a national stage and in the Big Ten."

Healy, who was named the 2007 Horizon League Coach of the Year after leading Loyola to a conference championship, is the second-winningest coach in Loyola softball history. As a player, she was a two-time All-American at DePaul and led the Blue Demons to the College World Series, where the team finished the season third in the nation, as a senior in 1999.

For more information on the hiring of Healy, click here.

MBB: Never Too Early

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The Big Ten leads all conferences with five selections among Dick Vitale's preseason All-Americans. Purdue's Robbie Hummel and JuJuan Johnson earned first-team recognition, while Michigan State's Kalin Lucas landed on the second team, and Illinois' Demetri McCamey and Wisconsin's Jon Leuer earned fifth-team honors.

First and Second Teams
Third, Fourth and Fifth Teams

W GYM: Thompson Introdued as New Penn State Coach

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Penn State Director of Athletics Tim Curley introduced Jeff Thompson as the new coach of the Nittany Lion women's gymnastics program on Thursday. Thompson replaces Steve Shephard, who resigned after 18 years with the Nittany Lion program.

Thompson comes from Auburn University, where he was a two-time SEC Coach of the Year and will be joined on staff by his wife Rachelle, who will serve as associate head coach. He spent the past 11 seasons at Auburn, where it qualified for eight straight NCAA Regional competitions.

"Rachelle and I have never been more excited in our lives," Thompson said. During our visit last week, we were overwhelmed by the history, tradition and overall integrity of the Penn State athletic department."

For more information on Thompson, click here.

SB: 2010 Softball Season in Review

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Three Big Ten softball teams represented the conference in the 2010 NCAA Softball Championships as Illinois, Michigan and Ohio State each earned spots in the 64-team field. Big Ten Champion Michigan advanced to super regional competition.

To read the complete release recapping the 2010 softball season, click here.

BASE: Red, White and Blue

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Indiana's Alex Dickerson was named to the 2010 Collegiate National Team, USA Baseball announced on Sunday night. Dickerson batted .308 (4-for-13) with four walks and a double over the six-day national team trials.

USA Baseball Release

Indiana Release

BASE: Hey Now, You're an All-Star

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Former Ohio State Buckeye and current New York Yankee Nick Swisher won the All-Star Final Vote and is headed to Anaheim for the 2010 MLB All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 13. The American League All-Star Team will be managed by Swisher's current manager and former Northwestern catcher, Joe Girardi. FULL STORY

BASE: American Boy

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Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki was named to Baseball America's Freshman All-America team. FULL STORY

MBB: Red, White and Blue

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The Big Ten leads all conferences with five players on the USA Men's Select Team, USA Basketball announced on Thursday. Illinois' Mike Tisdale, Northwestern's John Shurna, Ohio State's William Buford, Purdue's JaJuan Johnson and Wisconsin's Jon Leuer have been named to the 20-player roster that will train against the 2010 USA Basketball Men's National Team during its July 19-24 training camp in Las Vegas. COMPLETE RELEASE

BASE: Invitation Only

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Former Penn State catcher Ben Heath was invited to the inaugural TD AMERITRADE College Home Run Derby. Heath will be unable to participate due to his current professional obligations. A fifth-round draft pick by the Houston Astros, Heath is currently playing with the Tri-City ValleyCats, where he is hitting .262 with an OPS of .918 on the strength of three homers and seven RBI. COMPLETE RELEASE

BASE: Rock The Vote

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Former Ohio State Buckeye and current New York Yankee Nick Swisher is one of five finalists for the final roster spot on the 2010 American League All-Star Team. Click HERE to vote!

BASE: Wimmers Named National Pitcher of the Year

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Two-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Alex Wimmers of Ohio State was named National Pitcher of the Year by the Collegiate Baseball Foundation on Friday in Lubbock, Texas. COMPLETE RELEASE