The ruggers were out even before the snow melted. Men and women both ignore the elements, move the ball smartly up field and celebrate a victory or a defeat, for that matter.
by Bob Cornell
Athletic director Mark Murphy 77 announced that head football coach Dick Biddle has been named the recipient of the 1998 Howard Hartman Award as the universitys Coach of the Year. It is the second straight season that Biddle has earned the honor.
The award was established in memory of Howard N. Hartman, who was head basketball coach between 194962 and also served as an assistant with the football, baseball and lacrosse programs. The honor is awarded annually to the coach who best represents the leadership, spirit, discipline and determination that Hartman exemplified.
This past fall, Biddle continued the reconstruction of the football program, leading the Red Raiders to their first-ever Patriot League championship and a berth in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Now in his third season, Biddle took over a team that finished 0-11 in 1995, and immediately injected new life into the program.
In Biddles initial campaign, Col-gate posted its first winning season since 1990 and became only the third program in collegiate football history to have a winning season (6-5) after going 0-11 the previous year. He was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 1996.
This past season Biddle guided the Red Raiders to an overall mark of 7-5 while winning the Patriot League title with a perfect 6-0 mark. Then the team made its first appearance in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs since 1983.
Colgate seniors Becky Evans and Cheryl Meltz were selected to the 1998 GTE/CoSIDA District I Womens At-Large Academic All-America team, while junior Ben Wandtke was named to the District I Mens Basketball Academic All-America team.
Evans, a first team all-Patriot League performer in field hockey, carries a 3.85 grade point average in English and economics. She was the 1997 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete for field hockey.
Meltz, a repeat selection on the District I team, was the 1998 Patriot League Diver-of-the-Meet while winning the one- and three-meter championships and qualifing for the NCAA zone meet. She carries a 3.89 grade point average in physics. Cheryl also was named the Patriot League swimming and diving scholar-athlete for the second straight year.
Wandtke, who earned second team all-Patriot League honors in basketball, was Colgates leading rebounder and third in the Patriot League. He also was the teams second leading scorer, with 11.9 points per game. He is a biology major with a 3.42 grade point average.
Senior basketball player Seth Schaeffer concluded his outstanding collegiate career with selection to the 1998 National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I All-District II second team.
Schaeffer, who earned first team all-Patriot League honors, averaged a team-high 17.6 points per game and finished his career as Colgates ninth all-time leading scorer, with 1,291 points.
Dorinda von Tersch from Northeastern Illinois University is the new head womens volleyball coach, replacing Patty Quinones, who left the program after one season.
Von Tersch, who played collegiate volleyball at Oklahoma University, was head coach of the Golden Eagles program at Northeastern Illinois for one season before the entire university athletic program was terminated.
Von Tersch was also an assistant at the University of Texas-Arling-ton.
Head coach Dick Biddle has announced the appointment of three new members to the football staff. Joining the Red Raiders are linebacker coach Robert Fraser, defensive assistant Brian Britton and offensive assistant Jim Buonocore.
Fraser comes to the Red Raiders from Allegheny College, where he coached the inside and outside linebackers during the 1997 season, while Britton was offensive line coach at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. Buonocore served as an assistant coach at Springfield College for the past two years.
Four Colgate hockey players were honored by the ECACs 12 head coaches with selection to the 1998 ECAC All-Star team. Earning honorable mention honors were senior forward Dru Burgess, junior center Jed Whitchurch, sophomore winger Andy McDonald and freshman defenseman Cory Murphy. Murphy was also named to the ECAC all-rookie team.
Other award winners from winter sports were Jeff Roseman (Patriot League Male Diver-of-the-Meet), Matt Leone (PL diving Coach-of-the-Year), Jeff Cowan (All-Patriot League in swimming), Megan Gibbons (first team all-Patriot League in womens basketball), Frances Boone (all-Patriot League rookie team in womens basketball), Molly DeMark (all-league in track) and Charles Holland (all-league in track).
Senior catcher Melissa Mack makes sure the Red Raider defense is well-positioned. By mid-April she was also hitting .312 for the team that opened its home season with four straight wins.