The Homecoming football game is the icing on the cake of October’s Auto Show weekend in Midland, and the icing is always a little sweeter when that game is a victory, as it was this year. Northwood’s dramatic, come-from-behind, 29-24 victory over Michigan Technological University left the Timberwolf faithful in great spirits, and topped off a weekend which also saw home victories for the Northwood men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and volleyball teams.
Northwood celebrated the accomplishments of five gifted student athletes with their induction into the 12th Athletic Hall of Fame on on Oct. 21 at the Hach Student Life Center.
“Each of the inductees was selected based on their athletic prowess, contributions to the athletic programs, success, and character as well as their positive representation of Northwood University. We are proud to pay tribute to the long, exciting history of Northwood athletics by honoring them.” – Dave Marsh, Northwood Athletic Director
TEDDY MEBOUNOU Men's Tennis 2005-2007, 2011-2012 • Won 40 matches leading the Timberwolves to a pair of GLIAC Championships • Division II Individual title at the ITA Championships, first player in GLIAC history to earn the top ranking • 2007 GLIAC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Year • Second Northwood player to earn ITA Senior National Player of the Year • GLIAC Athlete of the Year for the second time at Northwood while earning his M.B.A. at the DeVos Graduate School
JIM SOMERS Men's Basketball 1977-1981 • Led Northwood in scoring three times in his career • Ranks eighth in school history in scoring and fourth in rebounding • In 1980 attempted 20 free throws, the record in a single contest • Leading scorer and rebounder for the 1980-81 season and tied for highest win percentage
CINDY BIERWAGEN (CHOBAN) Volleyball 1991-1992 • First Team All-District 23 junior and senior years • Two-time NAIA Mid-East Region CoSIDA All-Academic honoree • Holds four single-season school records • Two-time All-American • NU record for solo blocks in a match (nine) 1992
TANYA DARNELL (HOSPELHORN) Softball 1993-1996 • Holds the Northwood season record for hits and runs batted in • Career standards in hits, runs batted in and total bases • Holds four single-season school records • Her name appears 27 times in the Northwood record book • Ranks second in runs, second in doubles, third in triples, eighth in home runs, second in stolen bases, and fourth in batting average • Three-time All-GLIAC honoree • Named First Team All-Region senior season
AMANDA WATSON Women's Soccer 2009-2012 • Finished career with 132 points • Scored 55 career goals, 10 more than any other player • Second in school history with 22 assists • 2010 GLIAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 • First Team All-GLIAC four times • Three-time All-Region honoree
Thirty-five Northwood University student-athletes with team leaders from each varsity sports program took part in a one-day leadership retreat at Eagle Village Retreat Center in Hersey, Mich., in September.
“We developed this program with three objectives in mind,” said Dave Marsh, Northwood University athletic director. “We wanted to help our team captains and others enhance their leadership skills within their teams, hopefully to see improved performance in our teams. We also wanted to help our student-athletes develop as leaders on campus and in the community as part of their overall education at Northwood. Finally, we wanted to bring all our teams together to encourage them to support each other and build relationships across programs.”
Student-athletes participated in various training exercises, including a classroom session, an outdoor mountain rescue course, and an indoor high ropes course. Sessions allowed the student-athletes to build a better understanding of how to blend different personalities and effectively communicate to achieve goals. The retreat also allowed student-athletes to understand leadership roles on and off the playing field and in their careers beyond Northwood.
Student-Athletes Excel On and Off the Field
Northwood student-athletes demonstrated their dedication to both sports and studies in 2016. On Jan. 25, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) announced that the Northwood University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics placed a total of 99 student-athletes on the All-Academic and All- Academic Excellence teams in seven sports.
To earn All-Academic or All-Academic excellence honors, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore, an active member on the team roster at the end of the season, and cannot be a first-year transfer student. All-Academic Team students must carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0-3.49. Students named to the Academic Excellence Teams have a cumulative GPA of 3.50-4.0.
FISHER WINS SECOND GLIAC AWARD
For the second time in his career with the Northwood Timberwolves, Michael Fisher is the recipient of a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Commissioner's Award. The award is presented to athletes who excel in the classroom and on the field.
Fisher finished his career by leading the GLIAC in total tackles for the third straight year, totaling 115 stops. He also had 5.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups and two interceptions. Fisher finished his career with 430 tackles, 58 more than any other player in school history. He earned All-GLIAC honors three times – First Team (2014, 2016), Second Team (2015) – and finished the year ranked fourth among active players in all of Division II in career tackles. He was twice named Second Team Academic All-American.
One of the best student-athletes in the GLIAC over his four-year career, Fisher earned GLIAC All-Academic Excellence honors four times. He was also named the male recipient of the David & Daniel Goetz Scholar- Athlete Award, given annually to a student-athlete who combines outstanding athletic and academic achievements.
One of the greatest players in Northwood women’s basketball history closed out her career with another big honor. Jordyn Nurenberg was named to the First Team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) team. The award marks the second straight season Nurenberg has earned the honor.
One of the finest players in Northwood history, Nurenberg finished ranked fifth in school history with 1,419 points and second with 801 rebounds. This season, Nurenberg ranked fourth in the GLIAC in both scoring (16.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg), while standing fifth in the league in field goal percentage (55.8 percent). She also finished her career ranking among the best in Northwood history in field goals made (fifth with 489), blocked shots (sixth with 84), free throw attempts (first with 605) and free throws made (second with 437). Over the final two seasons of her career, Nurenberg had 947 points and 523 rebounds.
She accomplished all of this despite having to overcome injuries in her career, which included a medical redshirt one season.
Nurenberg also is an excellent student – she will earn GLIAC All-Academic Excellence four times in her career, which signifies having a grade point average above 3.5. She currently is earning a master’s degree from the DeVos Graduate School of Management.
With Nurenberg’s help, Northwood finished the season 16-11 overall and reached the GLIAC Tournament for the fourth consecutive season.
Northwood inducted six legends into its Athletic Hall of Fame on October 22 at the Hach Student Life Center following the football game. Inductees were selected based on their athletic prowess, contributions to the athletic programs, success, and character as well as their positive representation of Northwood University.
"We are excited to be able to honor these outstanding individuals and to pay tribute to the long history of Northwood athletics,” said Dave Marsh, Northwood Athletic Director. "Each of the inductees was a pioneer in their sport and in the development of our athletic program. Without them, we would not be enjoying our current success."
This year’s induction of the following honorees marks the 11th class of the Athletic Hall of Fame, which now features 59 total members.
ED CLEMENTS - Baseball, 1995-97 Ed Clements was a three-year standout for the Northwood University baseball team. He earned First Team All- Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) all three seasons at Northwood, tying for the most in school history. He remains the lone player in Northwood history to be named the GLIAC Player of the Year, earning the honor following his sophomore season when he hit .369 with nine home runs and 36 runs batted in. His best statistical season was his senior campaign, when Clements hit .369 with 10 home runs and 45 runs batted in. Over his Northwood career, Clements batted .366 with 22 home runs and 111 runs batted in. He stands at NU's all-time leader in career on-base percentage (.503) while ranking second in slugging percentage (.654). Clements also stands fourth in Northwood history in home runs and sixth in career RBIs.
OSKARS VASKIS - Men's Tennis, 1999-2002 In the best era of Northwood University men's tennis, Oskars Vaskis stands as one of the best players in program history. A four-year player for Northwood who won over 150 matches in his career, Vaskis was named First Team All-GLIAC in every season of his career. He was a key player on the best team in school history, leading Northwood to a third-place national finish in 2002 during his senior campaign. A two-time All-American, Vaskis teamed with fellow Hall of Famer Markus Kaempfer to earn a pair of top-10 national rankings in doubles (No. 6 – 2001, No. 3 – 2002). He also finished his senior season ranked No. 18 nationally in singles. The 2002 ITA Midwest Region Senior Player of the Year, Vaskis was a part of Northwood teams that won the GLIAC Championships all four years of his career without dropping a single match in conference play.
KYLE KOLBE - Football, 2003-06 Kyle Kolbe is the winningest quarterback in the history of Northwood football. A three-year starter for the Timberwolves, Kolbe finished his career with 3,125 yards rushing. At the time, it was the most rushing yards for any quarterback in the history of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Kolbe ranks third in school history in rushing yards, sixth in points scored (192) and is in the top 10 in all passing categories. Over his three years as a starter for the Timberwolves, Northwood went 28-7, reached the NCAA Playoffs three times and won the GLIAC Championship in 2004. Kolbe was the quarterback for nine team offensive records set, including rushing yards in a season (3,925), points scored in a season (483), and total offense in a season (5,138). He earned Honorable Mention All-GLIAC honors three times as well as Academic All-GLIAC honors four times in his career.
MEGAN STARNES - Women's Basketball, 2005-09 Megan Starnes was the leader of the Northwood University women's basketball team that had one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of the GLIAC. Entering her junior season, Northwood had won less than 28 percent of their games over the previous 15 years. Over her final two years at Northwood, Starnes led NU to a 39-17 overall record and a 29-11 GLIAC record. Northwood reached the GLIAC Tournament for the first two times in program history and went to the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Starnes became the first Division II All-American in school history following the 2008-09 season. A two-time First Team All-GLIAC honoree, Starnes is one of four players to finish her career with 1,000 points and 700 rebounds (1,246 points, 707 rebounds). A threeyear captain, Starnes earned All-Region honors twice, was named CoSIDA Academic All-District, and claimed two GLIAC Commissioner's Awards.
DICK HARMON - Contributor, 1991-Present Fans who have been to a Northwood basketball or football home game during the past 25 years will recognize the voice of Dick Harmon. He has been the public address announcer at Northwood home games since 1991. Harmon has had a remarkable attendance record over the years, announcing nearly every game over that span. A former teacher at Bay City Western High School, Harmon also has been the long-time public address announcer for the BCW Warriors athletic events. He retired as a teacher from Bay City Western in 2008 after more than 40 years. For his dedication to the Timberwolves, Harmon was awarded the Northwood Athletics "Key to the Campus." He has been part of some of the biggest and most memorable moments in Northwood Athletics. Harmon's passion, dedication, and loyalty to the Timberwolves has been a constant over his career.
RONNIE MCCOY - Football/Men's Track & Field, 1979-83 Recognized posthumously, Ronnie McCoy was one of the finest two-sport athletes to compete at Northwood University. A four-year starter for the football team, McCoy played cornerback and also served as a kickoff/punt returner. In track & field, McCoy was a standout in the sprints. A member of the 1980 GLIAC Championship team, McCoy was a two-time champion in the 60-meter dash at the GLIAC Indoor Championships. He also was a national qualifier for the NAIA National Championships in the 100 and the 4X100-meter relay. McCoy was a part of the outdoor 4X400-meter relay team that still holds the Northwood outdoor school record (3:09.27).
COLESTOCK EARNS HISTORIC 900 CAREER VICTORIES Zane Colestock, head coach of the men’s tennis team at Northwood University, added another incredible milestone to his already remarkable résumé earlier this spring. With a 7-2 win over Lake Superior State, Colestock reached the 900-win mark for his career, which has now spanned 42 years.
This list of accomplishments for Colestock is impressive and continuing to grow. His career record now stands at 905-229, combined between the men’s and women’s programs. Colestock’s win total is among the highest all-time in NCAA tennis history. Under his leadership, Northwood has won 34 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, 13 NAIA District 23 Championships and has posted an .801 winning percentage. Colestock has coached two teams to the NCAA Final Four as well as 12 teams to the NCAA Elite Eight.
“Reaching the milestone of 900 career wins is an amazing achievement,” Northwood Athletic Director Dave Marsh told the Midland Daily News. “When you couple that with his incredible string of championships, I don’t think there is any question that Zane is one of the greatest college tennis coaches ever.”
TRIO OF NEW COACHES JOINS TIMBERWOLF STAFF The coaching staff for the Northwood University Timberwolves will have three new faces for the 2016-2017 season. Conor Holt will take over as the head coach of track & field/cross country teams. Leading the way for the softball program will be Gregg Sauve, while David Shumaker will guide the NU volleyball team. The dynamic trio brings a wealth of experience and success to Northwood.
Holt arrives in Midland after a tremendous five years as the head coach at Oklahoma City University. Since 2013, he has led the Stars to three NAIA Men's Cross Country team championships (2013, 2014, 2015), 69 All-Americans and four individual national championships. A three-time NAIA Cross Country Coach of the Year, Holt had led Oklahoma City to 31 school records and 28 Academic All-Americans. Holt also spent time as an assistant coach at Oregon State and Purdue.
Shumaker has been a head coach for over 15 years at two different institutions (Bryan College, Summit University), coming to Northwood with a .644 career win percentage and 346 victories. While at Bryan, Shumaker went 137-55 while winning four straight Appalachian Athletic Conference championships. A two-time AAC Coach of the Year (2012, 2013), Shumaker led Bryan to at least 20 wins in all five seasons. The 2013 team posted a program-best record of 33-4, which earned Shumaker the AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year award.
Sauve brings over 40 years of experience in fast-pitch softball to the program in both the men's and women's game. Over the past three seasons, he has been an assistant coach at Northwood, working with all aspects of the program. During his time coaching, he has been a part of four state championships and over 40 World and National Tournament appearances. Sauve was a part of the 2013 Midland Emerson Aces staff, taking home the ISC II World Championship. He also spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Midland High School.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CAMPS CONTINUE TO THRIVE Over the past few years, the Northwood University women’s basketball team has hosted some of the finest high school team camps in Michigan. Northwood held four different camps this season. Over the course of the four events, the Midland, Mich. campus saw 115 teams and over 1,100 high school student-athletes in attendance. The sum of teams and athletes has continued to grow steadily each year.
“Our team camps are really a win-win for everyone involved,” said Northwood Basketball Coach Jeff Curtis. “We do our very best to make sure everyone has a great experience on our campus. It’s also a great fundraiser for our program and our university. Plus, we get a chance to show off Northwood University to a large number of high school students.”
ELAINA MEADOWS EARNS ALL-AMERICAN HONORS. Junior Elaina Meadows from the women’s track and field team became the newest All-American at Northwood University at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.
Meadows, a native of Schoolcraft, Mich., placed tenth nationally in the long jump with a jump of 5.69 meters (18.67 feet). In addition to winning the event at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships this season, Meadows set a school record with a jump of 5.84 meters (19.17 feet).
She is the first Northwood women’s track and field athlete to become an All-American since 2014 when Danielle Miller and Madison Pines each earned the honor.
MAURICE JONES NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-GLIAC. Maurice Jones, a senior on the Northwood University men’s basketball team, was named First Team All-GLIAC.
The Saginaw, Mich., native turned in one of the best individual seasons in Northwood history, finishing the season ranked in the top four in the GLIAC in seven different categories: assists (ranked second with 160), steals (ranked second with 53), points (ranked third with 587), points per game (ranked third with 21.0), field goals (ranked third with 204), free throws (ranked fourth with 126), and minutes (ranked third with 943). He also matched and then broke the record for points by a Northwood player in the Bennett Center/Riepma Arena.
Earlier this season, after scoring 39 points against Saginaw Valley State University, Jones broke his own record with a 41-point effort against Lake Superior State University (LSSU). The old record was set by Alan Rainge, who scored 39 points against LSSU in 1995. With 587 points this season, Jones becomes the tenth-highest scorer at Northwood, tying him with Dallas Logan ('03-'04). Jones is also the first player since Logan to reach the top 10 on the single-season scoring list.
Northwood ended the season with a 15-13 record.
HONORS ROLL IN FOR JORDYN NURENBERG, LAUREN ROBAK. Junior Jordyn Nurenberg from the Northwood University women’s basketball team turned in one of the finest seasons in program history. And for her efforts, she has earned numerous honors.
A native of St. Johns, Mich., Nurenberg was named First Team All-GLIAC. In addition, she was named to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) All-Midwest Region Second Team.
Averaging 17.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, Nurenberg set school records for points (501) and rebounds (309) in one season. She was the national leader in Division II double-doubles, (scoring double-digits in two categories during one game), ending the year with double-doubles in 22 of 29 games. She also moved into the top 10 on the NU single season list in field goal percentage (ranked fifth with 57.0), ree throws (ranked fifth with 124) and blocked shots (ranked seventh with 35).
Nurenberg ended the season ranked second in the GLIAC in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage. She also attempted and made more free throws than anyone in the GLIAC.
Lauren Robak earned First Team All-GLIAC honors after averaging 15.3 points per game for the season. It was the third time in her career that the Clarkston, Mich., native earned All-GLIAC honors. Finishing her career with 1,456 points, she ties for second in women’s basketball career points for Northwood.
Northwood ended the season with a 17-12 record, making it to the GLIAC Tournament for the third straight season.
The fall of 2015 was a highly successful one for Northwood University Athletics, as two teams claimed Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
The women’s tennis team earned both the regular season and the tournament titles, which marked the twelfth time in the last fifteen years the team earned those honors. Northwood finished the regular season with a 10-1 record losing only to Grand Valley State. GVSU and NU shared the GLIAC title, but the Timberwolves downed the Lakers 5-2 in the championship match.
At the conclusion of the event, four Northwood players earned All-GLIAC honors: Alisa Reshetnikova and Carol Arnez-Mercado were named to the First Team, while Olesia Riabchuk and Tetyana Pavych claimed Second Team and Honorable Mention honors, respectively.
Then the men’s soccer team earned the first GLIAC Championship in school history in dramatic fashion, earning the title with a 1-0 road win at rival Saginaw Valley State. The Timberwolves, who won the GLIAC Tournament Championship a year ago, finished the regular season with an impressive 14-1-1 record (12-1-1 GLIAC). Northwood spent the majority of the season ranked in the top 25 nationally, getting as high as No. 8.
The 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Class (L to R): Ross Aitchison, Jill Carr, Safiyyah Abdul-Malik, Sherri Riepma, Mike Urbanus, Chris Wilson
Northwood University inducted its 10th Athletic Hall of Fame class on Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Ross Aitchison - Men’s Soccer, Jill (Kotelnicki) Carr - Volleyball, Safiyyah Abdul-Malik (Cicilie Murdock) - Women’s Track & Field, Mike Urbanus - Men’s Basketball, Chris Wilson - Football and Pat Riepma - Football Coach/Athletic Director joined 47 other inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Ross Aitchison Men’s Soccer - 2006-09
Ross Aitchison is the first men’s soccer player to earn Hall of Fame status at Northwood. A three-time All-GLIAC honoree, Aitchison is the all-time leader in school history in goals (30) and points (68). During the 2007 season, he finished with 17 goals and 36 points, both of which are second in Northwood history. A standout in the classroom as well, Aitchison earned Second Team Scholar All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) in 2008. That marked the first time in Northwood history a soccer player at Northwood had earned All-America honors. Aitchison earned All-GLIAC Academic honors three times as well as NSCAA honors in his career.
Jill (Kotelnicki) Carr Volleyball - 1985-88
Jill Kotelnicki was one of the top players on the Northwood Volleyball team during one of the best four-year periods in school history. She earned NAIA District 23 Player of the Year honors in both 1987 and 1988. Kotelnicki is the only player in Northwood history to earn the District Player of the Year honor twice in a career. An All-American in 1988, Kotelnicki also earned First Team All-District 23 honors three times (1986, 1987, 1988). She still ranks among the all-time leaders in NU history in assists (3,509 – sixth), digs (1,214 – fifth) and aces (252 – sixth). Northwood won the District 23 title all four years of her career and placed fifth nationally in 1988.
Safiyyah Abdul-Malik (Cicilie Murdock) Women’s Track & Field1984-87
Over 25 years after her collegiate running career ended, Cicilie Murdock remains one of the greatest runners in Northwood track history. As of 2015, Murdock still holds six Northwood school records. She ran the best times in school history in the outdoor 200 (24.30), the outdoor 400 (55.44), the indoor 55 (6.95), the indoor 60 (7.48) and the indoor 400 (57.57). Murdock was also a part of the record-holding 4X400 meter relay team (3:48.03). Her time of 55.44 in the outdoor 400 meter dash is still the school record by nearly three seconds (58.31). Murdock also was a standout in the jumps as well – her outdoor long jump mark of 18”1’ from 1987 was a school record until 2015. Murdock claimed All-American honors in both 1986 & 1987.
Mike Urbanus Men’s Basketball - 1986-90
Mike Urbanus finished his career as one of the best players in over 50 years of Northwood Basketball history. He finished his career with 1,960 points, good for second in school history. He averaged more than 20 points per game over his final two seasons, during which he was a District 23 All-District performer. His name is found throughout the Northwood record book, particularly from the free throw line. He holds the school records for free throws made in a game (16), in a season (207) and in a career (646). Urbanus also is the Northwood record holder for 3-point field goal percentage in a season, connecting on 50.0 percent of his attempts in his freshman season. Urbanus ranks third and fifth on the single-season scoring list in school history with 707 points as a senior and 668 points as a junior. His 657 career rebounds are also good for 10th in Northwood history.
Chris Wilson Football - 2001-04
Chris Wilson turned his standout Northwood football career into a lengthy professional stint in the National Football League. Wilson was a key player for the Timberwolves for four seasons, registering 174 tackles and 47 tackles for loss. He earned First Team All-American honors in 2004 from AFCA, leading Northwood to a GLIAC Championship. A three-time All-GLIAC honoree, Wilson then joined the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football league and helped the team win the Grey Cup in 2006. He then spent five seasons in the National Football League with the Washington Redskins, finishing with 77 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Wilson played in the NFL longer than anyone in Northwood history.
Pat Riepma Head Football Coach/Athletic Director - 1993-2015
Pat Riepma impacted thousands of people in many different ways in over 21 years of service at Northwood University. Taking over a football program that had won just two games the previous two seasons, Riepma guided Northwood to three GLIAC Championships and four appearances in the NCAA Playoffs. A four-time GLIAC Coach of the Year, he finished his coaching career as the all-time winningest coach in Northwood history with 95 victories. Riepma also served as the athletic director at Northwood for 14 years and was a vital part of the dramatic improvements to the athletic facilities. Above all of that, Riepma was an inspirational figure and someone who truly “Made a Difference” at Northwood.
On April 30, 2015 the Michigan Campus Athletic Department held the first “Timby” Awards. The event is will be a new tradition honoring the best of the athletic calendar year at Northwood.
Here are the people and teams that took home the major awards that night:
Top Team GPA – Volleyball
Team has a cumulative GPA above 3.6, the best in the Athletic Department
Team of the Year – Men’s Soccer
Team won its first ever conference championship of any kind, taking home the GLIAC Tournament Title.
Team finished the year ranked in the top 25 nationally for the first time in school history.
Women’s Pack Pride Award
Brianna Blumenherst, Women’s Golf
Chairwoman of the 2015 NU Style Show
President of NU Student Ambassadors
Vice President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council
Claimed the Fashion Marketing and Management Award
Men’s Pack Pride Award
Jake Riepma, Football
Play-by-Play Announcer for Men’s/Women’s Basketball
NU Student Ambassador
Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Women’s Newcomer of the Year
Maddy Seeley, Women’s Basketball
Third on the team in scoring (10.1 ppg)
Averaged nearly 22 minutes per game
Scored a career-high 27 points on the road against national-ranked Michigan Tech
Ranked among top scorers in the GLIAC among Freshman
Women’s Athlete of the Year
Gabrielle Rivette, Women’s Basketball
Named First Team All-GLIAC in her final two seasons
Led GLIAC in three-point percentage and assists
Holds Northwood records for three-point percentage in a career (43.2) and a season (46.8)
Ranks second in NU History in free throws made (361) and fourth in free throw attempts (431)
Men’s Athlete of the Year
Mike Ankoviak, Men’s Soccer/Men’s
Track & Field
2014 Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention (Soccer)
First Team All-Midwest Region
First Team All-GLIAC
Team allowed just 13 goals in 18 matches
Earned All-GLIAC honors in Track & Field as well
Moment of the Year
Football win at Northern Michigan to open season in honor of Coach Riepma
Northwood opened the year with a 23-13 road win at Northern Michigan
Coach Riepma was unable to attend the game, after which the team honored him during the fight song
Men’s Newcomer of the Year
Maurice Jones, Men’s Basketball
Named Second Team All-GLIAC
Led the GLIAC in steals
Ranked second in assists in the GLIAC
Second leading rebounder on team
Was third on team in scoring
Northwood University shot 8-over 296 May 15 to capture its second NAIA Women’s National Championship.
Northwood, of West Palm Beach, Fla., finished at 59-over 1,211 at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga. Northwood, which also won the title in 2003, finished 22 shots head of William Woods University, of Fulton, Mo., and SCAD Savannah (Ga.). The 1,211 is the third best score in NAIA history behind 1,209 posted last year by Oklahoma City and SCAD Savannah.
“It has been an incredible season,” said Northwood coach Brandon Miller. “This team deserves this national championship. From the very first practice we had a feeling it could be a special season.
This win belongs to all 11 players on our roster, each of them has played a major part in our success in many ways.”
Northwood was led by Elsa Westin, who finished second at 9-over 297. Caroline Retabi tied for seventh and Sabrina Schloo tied for 15th for the Seahawks.
Dalton (Ga.) State’s Julia McQuilken shot 4-over 292 to capture the individual championship.
“It’s a great feeling to finally have my first college win,” said McQuilken, a junior from Tampa, Fla. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my team and my coaches. Coming in first as an individual is awesome, but finishing second as a team in a first year program is even more special.”
- Golfweek • May 15, 2015
(Middle) Coach of the Year Jeremy Kennedy. (Right) Cody Gray Pitcher of the Year. (Left) Keivan Berges (Player of the Year)
The Sun Conference Player of the Year award went to Northwood’s Keivan Berges. The sophomore designated hitter is the first Seahawk to claim the honor since 2009 when Oscar DePablos took home the accolade. Berges led the Seahawks to the first regular season championship in program history, hitting .354 with 67 hits, 19 doubles, 14 home runs and 67 RBIs. Berges scored 39 times and drew 25 walks, posting a slugging percentage of .688 and an on-base percentage of .431. Berges ranks in the top 10 nationally in four offensive categories, including fourth in RBIs (67) and RBIs per game (1.4).
Northwood’s Cody Gray claimed league Pitcher of the Year honors. The senior from Glendale, Ariz. finished the 2015 regular season with an 8-2 record and 1.64 ERA in 11 starts. Gray posted one complete game and two combined shutouts in 77.0 innings, striking out 90 batters and allowing just a .179 batting average against. Gray was the league’s Pitcher of the Week on three separate occasions.
Jeremy Kennedy of Northwood was selected as the Rick Smoliak Coach of the Year award recipient. Kennedy led his team to their first regular season league title in program history with a 22-5 conference mark. The Seahawks went 39-10 overall and are currently ranked No. 4 in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Poll.
The Northwood University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the members of the ninth class of the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dallas Logan (Men’s Basketball), Andrea (Raby) Pitts (Women’s Basketball), Lisa (Shepard) Mayes (Softball), Josh Weber (Men’s Track and Field) and Gary Williams (Contributor) join 42 other inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
The inductees were selected based on their athletic prowess, contributions to the athletic programs, success and character as well as their positive representation of Northwood University.
“We are excited to be able to honor these outstanding individuals and to pay tribute to the legacy they left on long history of Northwood University Athletics, said Dave Marsh, Northwood Athletic Director. “Each of the inductees was instrumental in the success of their program and our entire athletic department is indebted to them.”
DALLAS LOGAN • Men’s Basketball • 2000-04
Dallas Logan is one of the finest all-around players in the history of the Northwood men’s basketball program. He finished fourth on the career scoring list with 1,801 points and ranks first among players since 1990. In Logan’s senior season, he became the only player in school history to lead the team in scoring (20.2 ppg), rebounding (4.6 rpg) and assists (3.8 apg) in the same season. He earned First Team All-GLIAC honors in each of his final three seasons as a Timberwolf, during which he averaged 19.1 points per games while shooting 52 percent from the floor. A First Team All-Region honoree in his senior season, Logan played in all 109 games in his career. He led Northwood to the semifinals of the GLIAC Tournament twice and one appearance in the GLIAC Finals in his sophomore season.
ANDREA (RABY) PITTS • Women’s Basketball • 1980-84
Andrea Raby was one of Northwood’s first and best women’s basketball players, playing on the first four women’s basketball teams in school history. She still stands as the leading rebounder in school history, finishing her four-year career with 800 rebounds. Raby also ranks 12th in school history with 1,083 points, making her one of just three players at Northwood to have over 1,000 points and 700 rebounds. Thirty years after her career ended, Raby still ranks in the top 10 in Northwood history in field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws made and free throws attempted. Raby averaged 14.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in the 1981-82 season, making her one of two players in school history to average a double-double in a season. Her 10.7 rebounding average that season is the highest in school history. Raby led Northwood in scoring twice and in rebounding three times during her career.
Lisa (Shepard) Mayes • Softball • 2003-06
Lisa Shepard was one of the most dominant players in Northwood softball history. She finished her career with a 68-38 record in the circle with a 1.22 ERA. Shepard registered the second most wins and the highest winning percentage (.638) in school history. She struck out a remarkable 792 batters in her career, 184 more than any other pitcher in Northwood history. Shepard guided Northwood to the NCAA Tournament for the only time in school history in 2005, leading the team to the Regional final. Shepard was the key player for the team as the Timberwolves won GLIAC Championships in 2004 and 2005. In those seasons, Shepard went 47-12 with a 0.86 ERA while striking out 473 batters in 390.2 innings of work. She owns the two highest single-season marks in wins (24, 23) and strikeouts (274, 199) as well as the two lowest season ERAs (0.95, 0.78) at Northwood. A two-time First Team All-GLIAC honoree, Shepard has 10 more career shutouts than anyone in school history (24).
JOSH WEBER • Men’s Track and Field • 2001-04
Josh Weber was the premier men’s track and field competitor at Northwood during the early 2000’s. He was a six-time All-American in three different events, earning the honors in the 4X400 meter relay, the 400 meter dash and the 800 meter run. During his career, Weber claimed three top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships. His best finish came at the 2004 Indoor Championships, where Weber finished second with a time of 1:50.48. He also placed third in the 400 at the 2003 Indoor Championships (48.06) and a fifth in the 800 at the 2004 Outdoor Championships (1:51.97). Weber saved some of his best performances for the GLIAC Championships, where he won four individual titles. He was named the GLIAC Male Athlete of the Meet at the 2003 Outdoor GLIAC Championships, where he claimed the 200 and the 400 meter dashes. At the 2004 Outdoor GLIAC Championships, he set a meet and Northwood record with a time of 1:49.27.
GARY WILLIAMS • Contributor • 1996-2013
Prior to the start of the 1996 football season, Northwood signed a deal with WMPX in Midland to carry all of the Timberwolves football games live on the radio. The person who became the voice of Northwood football was Gary Williams, who served in the role as play-by-play man for 18 years. During that time, Williams announced nearly all of the 193 games played with partner and fellow Northwood Hall of Famer Larry Lindsey. Williams was on the mic for three GLIAC Championship teams and three NCAA Playoff games. He was also a contributor to Northwood Football Weekly and was a key part in the growth of the program. Williams’ hard work, dedication and commitment to Northwood Football will always be fondly remembered by everyone associated with the program.
The nationally televised Villanova game celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the famous upset.
Rollie Massimino, Northwood University Florida Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Director of Basketball Operations “returned home” along with the Northwood University Florida Seahawk Men’s Basketball Team to take on the Villanova Wildcats on Tuesday, November 4th.
Televised nationally on Fox Sports 1, the event celebrated the 30th Anniversary in which Massimino led the Villanova Wildcats to defeat conference rival Georgetown in the NCAA championship game in one of the greatest upsets in tournament history. Announced by Hall of Famer Bill Raftery, and hosting a variety of basketball greats including former Villanova coaches and players, the game was the second of three nationally ranked competitions for the Northwood University Seahawks as also took on the University of Iowa on November 2 and Wichita State on November 9.
“The Nova Nation is thrilled to welcome Coach Massimino and Northwood back home to Villanova for this truly unique celebration of our basketball heritage. Coach Massimino and all of the young men he mentored during his time here have made an enormous impact on our University. This is one way we can express our gratitude to Coach, his family, and the very special group of men he coached to the 1985 NCAA Championship, ” said Villanova University’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jay Wright.
“Having the opportunity to play such competitive teams makes for a great experience for our student athletes. The opportunity to play on national television is something very very special,” said Massimino of his group, which has participated in both final and semifinal NAIA national championship games, and since February, 2008 ranked within the top 25 for 80 consecutive polls.
Massimino’s rich, almost 60-year coaching legacy of teaching leadership both on and off the court, has generated over 20 former Northwood University student athletes who are now playing professionally overseas, two who are currently with the Harlem Globe Trotters, and several who are coaches or assistants for head coaches within various levels of the sport. “Winning games has been important, but having the opportunity to see all of these young students develop into mature, successful, people has been the biggest satisfaction of my athletic career,” reflected Massimino who was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.
OVER THE PREVIOUS 8 SEASONS, THE NORTHWOOD SEAHAWKS HAVE EMERGED AS ONE OF THE TOP NAIA PROGRAMS IN THE NATION.
THE SEAHAWKS HAVE THE NUMBERS PROVE IT…
THE SEAHAWKS HAVE WON 227 GAMES SINCE THE START OF THE 2006-2007 SEASON.
THE ROLLIE MASSIINO COURT HAS BECOME ONE OF THE TOUGHEST VENUES FOR OPPOSING PLAYERS. NORTHWOOD HAS WON 137 GAMES SINCE THE 2006-2007 (137-20).
JUST HOW DOMINATING HAVE THE SEAHAWKS BEEN IN SUN CONFERENCE PLAY? NORTHWOOD HAS WON 101 GAMES SINCE THE START OF THE 2006-2007 SEASON, THE MOST OF ANY TEAM IN THE SUN CONFERENCE.
NORTHWOOD HAS WON AT LEAST 23 GAMES IN EACH OF THE LAST EIGHT SEASONS. COMPARE THAT TO NCAA DIVISION ONE PROGRAMS – ONLY EIGHT HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THAT FEAT (DUKE, FLORIDA, GONZAGA, KANSAS, OHIO STATE, PITTSBURGH, SYRACUSE, AND AKRON).
NORTHWOOD HAS AMASSED 15 NAIA ALL-AMERICANS. THAT INCLUDES TWO FROM THE 2013-2014 SEASON: CHRIS SOLOMON (1ST TEAM) AND FRED MATTISON
Junior Mariah Johnson earned the Seahawks first All-American award in Track and Field at the final day of competition at the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.
In the 100 meter hurdles, Johnson finished fifth overall in the finals, setting a new school record with a time of 14.03 seconds. Johnson qualified for three events at Nationals, choosing to add an appearance in the triple jump with the 100 meter dash. Mariah took 11th in the triple jump with a mark of 11.52 meters.
“It’s great to see someone who works as hard as she does be successful,” said Northwood Head Coach Kent Baker. Although she accomplished many goals today, and this season, I know she won’t be totally satisfied until she returns next year and challenges for the 100 meter hurdle title.”
Four members of the Seahawks women’s golf team were selected as NAIA All-Americans, announced by the national office this past May. The team is selected by the NAIA-Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-America Committee. Junior Bri LaFoca and freshman Rebecka Holmstrom earned Second Team selections, while sophomores Micaela Johansson and Paulina Bergbom were elected to the Third Team.
During the spring season, the Lady Seahawks rose to their highest national ranking in program history when they checked in at fifth in the country on March 28th. The four Northwood All-Americans combined for 12 Top-20 finishes in the spring, led by Holmstrom with five Top-20 performances. LaFoca showed her best effort at The Sun Conference Championship, guiding Northwood to a third-place finish, while finishing third on the individual leaderboard.
Two members of the Northwood University baseball squad enjoyed success in the South Florida Collegiate Baseball League during the offseason. Junior Alan Carey and sophomore Brandon Crawford were chosen to represent the South squad in the SFCBL annual All-Star game.
“Brandon and Alan have both done a great job of representing our program this summer,” said Northwood Head Coach Jeremy Kennedy. “Having the SFCBL is a great tool for the guys in our program. Our local players have an opportunity to stay home and still get their work in against good competition. Brandon and Alan will be key figures for us in 2015. They are very talented players who will have significant roles in getting this program to the height we expect to reach this upcoming season.”
(L-R) Madison Pines and Jean Menard
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) recognized two Timberwolves with Meijer Commissioner’s Awards in mid-July. The awards, sponsored by Meijer, Incorporated, are presented after the fall, winter, and spring athletic seasons to six female and six male student-athletes who excel both in the classroom and in competition.
Joining ten other student-athletes from schools around the GLIAC are Madison Pines (Track & Field) and Jean Menard (Men’s Tennis).
“It is with great pleasure that I offer congratulations on behalf of the GLIAC to our 12 award winners,” stated GLIAC Commissioner Dell Robinson. “The accomplishments of the 12 student-athletes are a shining example of the future leaders and individuals who serve as change agents on our campuses.” - Travis McCurdy