The Colgate Scene
March 2004


Good offense and a high-flying defense helped Colgate's men's basketball team to extinguish a late surge by Holy Cross and prevail over the Crusaders 71-65 in a January game on Cotterell Court. [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]
Vaughan to return to coaching

The longtime varsity swimming coach who also helped scores of people through a water exercise program he launched in 1981, died February 2 at the age of 93
Don Vaughan, who has been serving as interim athletics director at Colgate, has announced that he will return to his previous position as head coach of the men's ice hockey team for the 2004-2005 season. He will continue to serve as interim athletics director until the university completes its current search for a director of the Division of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics.

"This has and continues to be a great opportunity for me both personally and professionally," said Vaughan. "The experience I have gained from serving as the interim AD is something that will help me for years to come. I am grateful to President [Rebecca] Chopp and Dean [Jack] Dovidio for the confidence they showed in me when they asked me to step in and serve in this capacity. After thinking it through and consulting with a number of people over the past two months, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for the full-time athletics director position at Colgate. In short, I am following my passion. I continue to have a strong desire to coach and work with student-athletes on a regular basis. I look forward to getting back on the ice with the hockey team and working under the new scholarship model that Colgate has adopted."

Vaughan will return to his duties as head hockey coach on July 1.

Spring road trips

Five Colgate athletic teams are taking extended trips during spring break. The softball team will play in the Rebel Games in Orlando, Fla., March 13-21. The Raiders have a 16-game schedule with games held at the Osceola Sports Complex and Oren Brown Complex.

The men's lacrosse team will play against Fairfield University on March 17 at Florida International University in Orlando, and Navy on March 20 at St. Edwards School in Vero Beach. Joining the men's team in Florida will be the women's squad, who will face Fairfield on March 17 at West Palm Beach.

The men and women's tennis teams are planning a trip to La Jolla and San Diego, Calif. The men's team will play at the University of California-San Diego on March 14 in La Jolla, and Point Loma University on March 16 in San Diego, while the women's squad has matches against the University of New Hampshire on March 14, West Virginia University on March 15 in La Jolla, and Point Loma on March 16 in San Diego.

Starting times for athletic contests can be found at

38 named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll

Thirty-eight Colgate student-athletes were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll for the fall semester. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a 3.20 grade point average and earned a varsity letter for his or her fall sport.

Ferris named assistant tennis coach

Than Ferris has been named assistant tennis coach. He is a 1998 graduate of Marist College, where he served as captain in his senior year, while playing number one and two singles. His recent coaching and teaching experience includes being the assistant women's tennis coach at Marist. He has been the head tennis professional at four different clubs.

Diamond Club to host softball alumni weekend

The newly formed Diamond Club, a support organization for softball, will host the first annual Colgate Softball Alumni Weekend April 9-11. The weekend will feature two doubleheaders between the Raiders and Patriot League foe Army. For more information and a complete schedule of events and gatherings, e-mail Amanda Brickell '03 at

Staying connected

Check out the Colgate athletics website: The website provides daily information on the Raider program including schedules, rosters, statistics and game information. You can also call the Raider Sportsline at 315-228-7900.

Mike Zimmerman is an assistant in the athletic communications department.
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