The Colgate Scene
|By Bob Cornell|
Jimmy Stephens '09 takes flight over Buffalo defenders during a 2-1 loss on Van Doren Field. [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]
Athletics director Dave Roach has completed his staff with the appointment of Alice Tym as senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator. Tym came to Colgate from San Diego State University, where she was assistant director of marketing and corporate sales for the Aztecs. Under her guidance of their marketing and event management initiatives, group sales, and corporate sales, SDSU increased season ticket sales for football 27 percent, with an average attendance increase of 59 percent, the third-largest increase among Division I schools. Before joining the Aztecs, Tym was a marketing intern at Brown University. She is a 1996 graduate of Yale University, where she was a varsity athlete in soccer and squash.
Daktronics Inc. of Brookings, S.D., and the Colgate athletics department have announced an agreement for the company to provide sports marketing services to raise revenue that will help fund new scoring and display equipment at four of Colgate's athletic venues and provide additional ongoing revenue for athletics programs.
"The tradition of Colgate athletics is very strong," said Roach. "The addition of new football and soccer scoreboards, along with other improvements to these facilities, Cotterell Court, and Starr Rink, will enhance our rich tradition. Our student-athletes, alumni, and loyal fans deserve the best venues with state-of-the-art technology. With the help of Daktronics and Daktronics Sports Marketing, we are taking a giant step forward."
Alliance Bank has signed on as a corporate sponsor at the "anchor" partnership level. Other corporate sponsors already committed to the project include Birnie Bus Services, Hamilton Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Time Warner Cable, the Colgate Inn (Eberhardt, LLC), Preferred Mutual Insurance Company, the Colgate Bookstore, Turfer Sportswear, McDonalds Corporation, Sodexho Campus Services, and Community Memorial Hospital.
Raider football fans will enjoy a state-of-the-art scoreboard in Andy Kerr Stadium, beginning with the 2006 season, which will include a large ProStarreg. digital video display incorporating the latest in light emitting diode (LED) technology. Approximate overall dimensions of the new scoreboard are 42 feet high by 64 feet wide. The video display, positioned in the middle of the scoreboard, will measure approximately 12 feet high by 22 feet wide. The scoreboard will also include the capability to display team statistics as well as the usual game time and scores. Sponsors are recognized with static and rotating displays on the scoreboard and throughout the facility. Delay-of-game timers and a new customized sound system complete the integrated football system.
At Van Doren Field, home of Raider soccer, fans will be able to keep track of the action with a new Daktronics soccer scoreboard next fall. The custom board will measure approximately 13 feet high by 32 feet wide, and will incorporate Daktronics LED digital technology with sponsor displays.
Basketball fans will see a makeover of Cotterell Court, which will include custom signage on the existing Daktronics center-hung scoreboard, as well as banners and graphics on the ends and sides of the arena highlighting the excitement and tradition of Raider athletics. In addition, Daktronics will provide new courtside scorers' tables. Custom signage will be added in the concession areas.
At Starr Rink, the existing Daktronics center-hung scoreboard will be upgraded with new digital LED displays below two faces of the hockey scoreboard. Banners will decorate the press box area and the ceiling above both sides of the seating areas. Printed displays will recognize sponsors on the dasher boards.
Online Q&A with Dave Roach
Colgate sports fans will enjoy a new featureon the athletics website. Each month, athletics director Dave Roach will answer your questions about Raider athletics. Submit your questions to email@example.com. You can check www.goColgateRaiders.com and click Ask Dave at the end of each month to see if your question was answered.
Teams on the road
Colgate athletic teams will take to the road in the coming months. If you will be in a particular area, the teams would appreciate your support and school spirit.
Men's hockey will play in the Providence College Invitational on Dec. 21 and 22 before traveling to Bowling Green University on Jan. 3.
Men's basketball will open its season at Guardians Classic in Iowa City, Iowa, on Nov. 14 and 15. The Raiders will play Utah Valley State in the first game at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Later in the season, they will participate in the Sun Bowl Tournament in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 27 and 28, meeting Georgetown University in the opening round.
Women's basketball will compete in two tournaments this winter. On Nov 18 and 19, the Raiders will be in Burlington, Vt., for the TD Banknorth Classic with Vermont, William & Mary, and Pittsburgh. The next weekend, they will play in the Vanderbilt Tournament in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 25 and 26.
Hockey alumni go pro
Former Colgate hockey players Joey Mormina '05, Steve Silverthorn '05, and Matt Nicholson '04 have signed professional contracts. Mormina, a defenseman, signed with the Los Angeles Kings, and was assigned to the Manchester (NH) Monarchs in the American Hockey League. Silverthorn, who signed with the Dallas Stars, will be playing for the Iowa Stars of the AHL. Iowa plays its games at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Nicholson will play with the Youngstown (Ohio) Steelhounds in the Central Hockey League.In other hockey news, the Colgate men's team was picked to finish second in the ECAC Hockey League preseason media poll and fifth in the preseason coaches poll.
Sports Hall of Famer
The late Clarence Oscar "Clary" Anderson '35, former Colgate football and baseball standout, was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey on Oct. 1. Anderson entered the Hall of Fame as a contributor/coach having a nearly lifelong affiliation with Montclair, N.J.
As an undergraduate, Anderson lettered in football and baseball. He was the leading scorer on Colgate's 1932 unbeaten, untied and unscored-upon, and uninvited football team. He later was co-captain of the 1934 squad. In baseball, Anderson had a career batting average of .414 while leading Colgate to a 41-12 record in three seasons.
A member of Colgate's Athletic Hall of Honor, Anderson became a legend as a high school football coach in New Jersey. During his 28-year career -- two years at Blair Academy and 26 at Montclair High -- he compiled a record of 209-23-6. In 1969, he became head football coach at Montclair State, where he led his teams to five New Jersey Athletic Conference championships and the National Small College championship. Anderson also coached baseball at Montclair, leading his squad to two appearances in the Division III College World Series. Anderson passed away in August 1988.
Odds and ends
Maura Crowell '02 was named head women's ice hockey coach at UMass-Boston. Crowell, who was a four-year starter for the Raiders, had been an assistant coach at Connecticut College for two seasons . . . Two current members of the women's ice hockey team, Tara French '07 and Becky Irvine '06, were with the Canadian Under-22 national team this summer . . . The ECAC Hockey League named French, Becky Irvine '06, and Allison Paiano '06 to its all-star team for the face-off with the 2005-2006 U.S. Women's National Team on Nov. 1. The Raider trio, along with 18 players from Brown, Harvard, Princeton, St. Lawrence, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, and Quinnipiac, were selected by the all-star coaching staff with input from all 11 league coaches.
Check out the Colgate athletics website: http://www.goColgateRaiders.com. 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.
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