Northwood Wins NAIA Women’s National Championship

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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

Sun Conference Baseball Honors

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(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.

- www.thesunconference.com

Massimino Leads Seahawks to Take-On Villanova, Two Other Nationally Ranked Teams

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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

Mariah Johnson Claims First Track All-American Award

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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 Lady Seahawks Named Women’s Golf All-Americans

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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.

Baseball Players Enjoy Summer League Success

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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.”

Mat Dunn Named NSCAA East Region Coach Of The Year

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Northwood University (Fla.) women’s soccer head coach Mat Dunn was selected as the 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Coach of the Year for the East Region. This is the first NSCAA Coach of the Year award for Dunn. In his fourth season at the helm, the Lady Seahawks had their most successful season in program history. Northwood posted their third consecutive undefeated season in Sun Conference play, and captured back-to-back Sun Conference regular season championships. The Lady Seahawks advanced to their first ever NAIA National Championship Semifinal, where Northwood fell on a penalty kick, 7-6, against Westmont College. As head women’s soccer coach at Northwood, Dunn has amassed a 47-9-4 record through four seasons, earning three straight berths in the NAIA National Tournament.

“It’s an honor to receive this recognition from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America,” said Dunn. “I’m grateful for the award, but I wouldn’t have earned it if not for the tremendous efforts of my team. They accomplished a few milestones and set a new standard for the Northwood Women’s Soccer program. I’m humbled by this honor, and I hope we can build upon our successes moving forward.”

- Chris Kendrick

Seahawk Student-Athletes Named Valedictorians

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Seniors Maria Tornqvist (Stockholm, Sweden) and Diego Ortega (Vitoria, Spain) were named valedictorians of the 2014 graduating class. Tornqvist is a member of the Lady Seahawks Women’s Soccer team, while Ortega is member of the Seahawks Men’s Tennis squad. “We are incredibly proud of Maria and Diego and their successes in academics and athletics,” said Northwood Director of Athletics Nick Davidson. “It takes a special person to be able to balance the demand and pressure of being a student-athlete while performing at such a high level in both areas.”

Tornqvist was a four-year player for the Lady Seahawks, serving as a stalwart in the defensive backfield. Maria suited up for 74 games over four seasons, registering six goals and 15 assists. During her four-year run, the Lady Seahawks posted a 62-14-4 record, including a 35-0-1 mark in The Sun Conference, en route to four straight regular season championships. As a senior, Tornqvist helped guide the Seahawks to their highest national ranking, #2, and a Final Four appearance in the NAIA National Championship. A two-time All-Sun Conference honorable mention, and a two-time Academic All-Conference selection, Tornqvist plans to join the Lady Seahawks coaching staff for the 2014 season.

Ortega returns for his senior season with the nationally-ranked Men’s Tennis team. During his final campaign, Diego has been one of the Seahawks top singles play performers, amassing an 8-4 record playing out of the #5 singles position. Ortega has been a two-time Academic All-Conference selection for his efforts in the classroom, capped off with his valedictorian selection.

- Chris Kendrick 

 

Massimino Elected to National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

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Northwood University (Fla.) head men’s basketball coach Rollie Massimino is among a group of inductees into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2013, joining former United States Congressman Tom McMillen, 1977 national consensus player of the year Marques Johnson of UCLA, and fellow coaching legend Gene Keady of Purdue. Joining them for enshrinement will be Bob Hopkins of Grambling, and contributors George Raveling of Nike and George Killian of FIBA. In addition, the barrier-breaking 1963 Loyola University (Chicago) team will become the first team inducted. The ceremony is scheduled for November 24 in Kansas City. Massimino coached for 30 years at the NCAA level. He began his coaching career at Stony Brook where he compiled a 34-16 record in two years. His next stop was at Villanova, where he spent 19 years as the Wildcats’ coach and amassed 355 wins. Massimino’s 1984-85 Villanova team defeated conference rival Georgetown in the NCAA championship game in one of the greatest upsets in tournament history. In addition to the national title, Massimino’s teams won five conference championships and received 12 NCAA tournament bids. He went on to coach at UNLV and Cleveland State for nine years.

Massimino came to Northwood and created the basketball program in 2005 and began varsity competition in 2006. In seven years at Northwood, Massimino has amassed a 201-42 record, won six Sun Conference regular season championships, and a Sun Conference tournament championship. The Seahawks have made seven consecutive NAIA National Tournament appearances, including back-to-back Final Four trips and a National Championship Runner-Up under Massimino’s guidance.

During the 2012-13 season, Massimino registered his 700th career win, becoming the 36th coach to reach the 700th win milestone, and became only the third coach to have 700 wins and an NCAA championship, joining Mike Kryzyzekswi of Duke, and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse.

- Chris Kendrick

 

 

Tyrone Davis Drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters

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Former Northwood University (Fla.) standout guard Tyrone Davis (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) was among five athletes drafted by the world famous Harlem Globetrotters during their seventh annual player draft. Davis joins Brittney Griner, Doug Anderson, Corey Law, and Mariano Rivera as players drafted. Davis wrapped up his Northwood career after leading the Seahawks to a 30-4 record during the 2012-13 campaign. Tyrone etched his name in the Seahawks record books as the All-Time Assists and Steals leader with 812 and 319, respectively. Davis played the most games in a Seahawks uniform in program history, and set the single-game record with 15 assists against Trinity College last season. Davis was recognized as a 2012-13 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II All-American, a 2012 All-Sun Conference First Team selection, and a 2012 Sun Conference All-Defensive Team member.

 “Honestly, I’m at a loss for words,” said Davis. “I’ve been through so much in my life, lots of ups and downs, and to be drafted is unbelievable. Everyone always told me I would be rewarded for the efforts I made, and it has finally come. To have the opportunity to play for an organization like the Harlem Globetrotters is an incredible honor and I’m ready to get to work.”

Tyrone is the second player from Northwood to be drafted by the Globetrotters. Former 7’4” center Jermaine Middleton is a current member of the Globetrotters, drafted in the 2011 rookie class. He earned the nickname “Stretch” from the elder Globetrotters members.

Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters visit: www.harlemglobetrotters.com

- Chris Kendrick

 

Patrick Horstmann Named Academic All-American

Northwood University (Fla.) senior forward Patrick Horstmann, from Wettenberg, Germany, was selected as a 2012-2013 CoSida Men’s Basketball Academic All-American. Horstmann is the first Seahawk selected for this award since Chad Stapleton received the honor in 2007.This season, Patrick is averaging 9.9 points and 6.9 rebounds, in a year where he has been working back from an injury. Over his career, Horstmann has amassed 1,501 points, second-most all-time at Northwood, along with an all-time high 1,154 rebounds. Horstmann is the only player in Northwood program history to grab over 1,000 rebounds in a career. - Chris Kendrick

James, Davis Receive National, Conference Honors

Northwood University (Fla.) senior guard Ra’Shad James (White Plains, N.Y.) was recognized as the top player in the NAIA Division II landscape, earning the Player of the Year award, along with a First Team All-American selection, while senior guard Ty Davis (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) was chosen as a Second Team All-American, announced by the NAIA All-America Committee. James finished the year as the nation’s second-leading scorer averaging 23 points a game for 736 points on the season, third-most in Northwood history, along with 6.9 rebounds and 81 total assists. James was a five-time Sun Conference Player of the Week, and was selected as the NAIA Division II National Player of the Week for the week of January 21st. He also set the NU single-game scoring mark with 39 points in an overtime win against Carthage. James was chosen as Sun Conference Player of the Year and a Sun Conference First Team selection. Davis was tabbed as a Second Team All-American after leading the nation in assists with 7.86 a game, and third in total assists with 236, while contributing 11.9 points and 2.3 steals a game. A four-year player at Northwood, Tyrone was chosen as a Sun Conference First Team and Sun Conference Defensive Team selection during his senior season. Davis was picked as the first Sun Conference Player of the Week this season, after setting the Northwood single-game mark with 15 assists in a win over Northwood (Mich.) in the President’s Cup. 

- Chris Kendrick

Coach Massimino Claims Win NO. 700

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Northwood University (Fla.) head coach, Rollie Massimino, achieved a coaching milestone, capturing his 700th career win, as the Seahawks defeated visiting Valor Christian, 106-73, in their opening game of the 2012 Chuck Daly Memorial Classic, hosted at Northwood University. With the victory, Massimino becomes the 35th coach ever to amass 700 wins in the NCAA and NAIA ranks. He is one of only three active coaches to win an NCAA championship and have reached the 700-win plateau. In his 37 year career, Massimino has a record of 700-429, with 184 of his wins coming at Northwood University. Prior to taking the helm at Northwood seven years ago, Massimino has coached at Stony Brook, Villanova, UNLV, and Cleveland State, including the 1985 NCAA National Championship title while at Villanova.

- Chris Kendrick