Just a reminder for fans attending today's UMass Sports Luncheon that it will start at a special time of 10:30 AM in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center. The early start is to allow fans attending the chance to see the women's basketball game against La Salle which will tip-off at 11:45 AM as the annual Field Trip Day game for local elementary school children. Fans going to the Sports Luncheon will receive a free ticket to the game and can park in the back lot of the Mullins Center!
The weekly UMass Sports Luncheon will begin at 10:30 AM this Wednesday in conjunction with the women's basketball game against La Salle that will tip-off at 11:45 AM. The game will be the annual Field Trip Day where local school children get to attend the game thanks to the morning start.
Fans who attend the UMass Sports Luncheon will receive free tickets to the basketball game and there will be free parking in the Mullins Center Back Lot. Speakers for Wednesday's Luncheon will be hockey head coach John Micheletto along with women's basketball Director of Operations May Kotsopoulos. Additionally, this week's co-athletes of the week Becky Stoyle (women's track) and Michael Cyphers (men's track) will be honored.
An action packed UMass Sports Luncheon is on tap for today as field hockey assistant coach Shannon Taylor will speak about her time at the 2012 London Olympics with Team USA and the 2011 Dad Vail Regatta rowing champions will be honored.
The guest speakers today will also include men's soccer coach Sam Koch and hockey coach John Micheletto. Lauren Allymohamed will be honored as the Athlete of the Week after guiding the field hockey team to a 3-0 week highlighted by the scintillating win over No. 1 ranked Syracuse at Garber Field.
The luncheon begins at Noon in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center with free parking at the rear of the building (next to the tennis courts).
New UMass football head coach Charley Molnar continues his state-wide tour with a stop at MacDonald's Tavern in Worcester on Thursday, June 14 from 5:30-7:30 PM. Fans can join Coach Molnar as he lays out his vision for UMass football both on and off the field as the Minutemen prepare for their first full season as members of the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Mid-American Conference.
The evening will include a Q&A session with Coach Molnar along with time to mingle with fans and alums of the University. Complimentary food and a cash bar will be available for all guests.
The event is free, but registration suggested. To register, simply call the UMass Marketing Office at 413-545-3870 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook which includes quotes from UMass Director of Athletics John McCutcheon on the plans for a new basketball practice facility and upgrades to McGuirk Stadium which will include a new fieldhouse and press box.
If things go according to plan, University of Massachusetts athletic director John McCutcheon could be a busy man on July 1, 2014.
That's the day the new basketball practice facility and football stadium upgrades are scheduled to be completed.
UMass has selected the architecture firm of Perkins and Will to design the new football facilities building and new press box for McGuirk Stadium.
"We're in the design process," McCutcheon said. "Of the bidders they demonstrated the best understanding of what we wanted to get done."
The athletic department is evaluating bids for the practice facility.
"The practice facility is still on track. We just received bids from design firms, but it's still on schedule and we're right in the middle of the process," McCutcheon said. "We'll work with the building authority to determine who we think will do the best job."
If you are around campus today, be sure to stop by the UMass Sports Luncheon at 12 PM in Room 1009 of the Campus Center. Men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg, women's basketball coach Sharon Dawley, and hockey head coach Don "Toot" Cahoon will be the guest speakers.
Freshman goalie Kevin Boyle will also be honored as the UMass Athlete of the Week.
Fall officially arrived for John McCutcheon last week as he had the Game Tracker for the University of Massachusetts women's soccer team's 2-1 win over New Hampshire open on his computer as he worked in his office.
"It got my blood flowing a little bit," McCutcheon said.
After a tough year for the department in 2010-11, the University of Massachusetts athletic director was glad to have 2011-12 under way.
"I can't wait. I think we have improved. We want to see the effects of that on the court, on the field and on the ice. I think the coaches are excited about it, too," he said. "A lot of things probably didn't go the way they wanted it to last year and they probably have a bad taste in their mouths and they can't wait to get it out of there. I think everybody is looking forward to getting this year started."
The Colonial Athletic Association held its annual Football Media Day on Wednesday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. UMass Head Coach Kevin Morris, senior linebacker Tyler Holmes, and senior wide receiver Julian Talley all took part in the festivities. Two hours of Media Day was broadcasted live online at ESPN3.com.
That would make the Wolverines the first BCS-playing football school since Notre Dame in 1981 to add the sport.
Michigan is expected to add men's lacrosse as soon as 2012 with the women's team coming on board the following year. No word on what conference the women would play in, but the men's team is expected to join the ECAC.
Jason Yellin was announced as the Assistant Athletic Director of Media Relations at Tennessee yesterday after serving for seven years at UMass. Jason worked with the football, basketball and men's lacrosse teams during his tenure in the Bay State. In addition to overseeing the media relations office, Jason will be tasked with serving as a member of the football communications team handling one of the highest profile football programs in the country.
Join us for the weekly UMass Sports Luncheon as Athletic Director John McCutcheon will be the featured speaker. He will talk about UMass' upgrade to FBS and the MAC for football and be available for questions. Join us at the Campus Center Room 1009 starting at 12 Noon. Call 413-545-4290 for more information.
Women's track and field jumper Stephanie Aguguo and women's lacrosse attacker Jackie Lyons will be honored as the UMass co-athletes of the week. This is the second week in a row that Aguguo has been named an athlete of the week.
The CAA Lacrosse playoffs are set for the Semifinals.
#3 seed UMass (4-2) will play at #2 seed Penn State (4-2) on Wednesday at 7 pm at Jeffrey Field. Listen to the game on 100.9 FM WRNX. The Nittany Lions beat UMass 8-7 on March 19, 2011 at Garber Field.
#1 seed Hofstra (5-1) hosts #4 seed Delaware (4-2) after on Wednesday at 7 pm.
Should UMass and Delaware win, the Minutemen would host the Blue Hens on Saturday at Garber Field at 4 pm for the CAA Championship and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. If UMass and Hofstra win, the CAA title game would be played on Saturday at 7 pm at Hofstra.
On Saturday night, Hofstra topped Penn State, 9-4. Read about it here:
MEDIA ADVISORY: MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT FUTURE OF UMASS FOOTBALL
The University of Massachusetts will be holding a press conference regarding the future of the UMass football program on Wednesday, April 20. The event will be held at Gillette Stadium's Media Workroom in Foxboro, Mass. at 3:30 p.m.
Watch the event live on CBS 3 Now (Comcast Channel 293, Charter Channel 230, UMass Campus Channel 79).
New research suggests that some student athletes push themselves too hard. UMass sports medicine doctor Pierre Rouzier says media attention generated by regulations proposed in Massachusetts that aim to reduce concussions has already made a difference. A new study by the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine points to other risks like stress fractures--which Rouzier told WFCR's Susan Kaplan are typically related to the type and amount of activity.
In the middle of April are you thinking about basketball? Well if you are not, you should be today. The basketball program hosts its annual Court Club Banquet tonight at 6 p.m., in the Campus Center. To reserve your spot call 413-577-0267. Head coach Derek Kellogg will review the 2010-11 season and hand out team awards.
Also, the UMass Sports Luncheon welcomes Kellogg as its featured speaker today at 12:15 p.m. Come out to the Campus Center Room 1009 to hear from the Minutemen's head man. To attend, call 413-545-4290.
UMass Winter Scholar-Athlete Luncheon - Cerie Mosgrove, Sean Busch. Speeches by Female honoree Cerie Mosgrove (women's basketball), Associate Head Coach Steve Lanpher, Professor Glenn Wong and Track & Field Coach Ken O'Brien. Busch was unable to attend.
Senior Cerie Mosgrove of the women's basketball team and senior Sean Busch of the men's track & field squad have been named the 2011 UMass Winter Scholar-Athletes. The duo will be honored at the UMass Sports Luncheon today, Apr. 6, at Room 1009 of the Campus Center at 12:15 p.m.
Also, the UMass Athletes of the Week will be recognized: Sara Plourde of the softball team, who was also named the National Player of the Week and Katie Ferris of the women's lacrosse squad, who tallied 12 points in two wins for No. 11 UMass.
Check out the UMass Auctions which include a bunch of new items including several throwback basketball jerseys from this past season, modeled after the uniforms of the 1990s. Throwback shorts from the uniforms are also available. Other new items include black jerseys from the mid-2000s and some autographed sneakers from Stephane Lasme and Tony Gaffney.
Want to represent the University of Massachusetts on a new NESN reality television series? UMass students have the opportunity to compete against students from other universities in academic and intelligence-based challenges on Schooled.
The show will pit students from eight different New England universities -- Massachusetts Amherst, Boston College, Boston University, Connecticut, Maine, Northeastern, Providence and Vermont -- against each other in a battle of brainpower. In each episode of Schooled, two teams of three students from two different colleges will compete in challenges. The winning team at the end of each episode will move forward in a tournament-style bracket, while the defeated team will be eliminated from the competition.
Schooled is looking for UMass freshmen, sophomores and juniors to participate. Here are the casting call dates, times and locations.
Friday, March 25, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Goodell Building, Lounge adjacent to Room 504
The final Bud Light UMass Basketball Radio Show takes place on Monday night at the Hangar Pub & Grille. Come out at 7 p.m., and join us for the show as head coach Derek Kellogg talks about the A-10 Tournament. Senior All-Atlantic 10 guard Anthony Gurley will be the player guest.
You can listen on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Mass and 1510 AM The Zone in Eastern Mass.
Join us at the Hangar Pub & Grille for the Bud Light UMass Basketball Show on Monday night at 7 p.m., Voice of the Minutemen Josh Maurer will be joined by coach Derek Kellogg and freshman Jordan Couture.
Listen to the show on 100.9 FM in Western Mass and 1510 AM in Eastern Mass.
There are two events today for UMass fans prior to the game action this afternoon.
At 11:30 a.m., the UMass Football Preview Luncheon takes place in Boston at the UMas Club.
At 12:15 p.m., the UMass Sports Luncheon happens at the Campus Center Room 1009. Athletes of the Week Tom Celentani and Jake Smith of the lacrosse team will be honored. The guest speakers will be men's swimming coach Rudd Yarworth, softball coach Elaine Sortino as well as assistant coaches from the men's and women's basketball staffs. To attend the event in Campus Center's Room 1009, please call 1-413-545-4930.
On the UMass Basketball Radio Show, head coach Derek Kellogg gave an update on the injury statuses of Sean Carter and Freddie Riley. Carter is nursing a hyper-extended elbow and Riley is hurting with a right foot/ankle swelling.
Both players are "questionable to out" according to coach.
In case you are wondering the latest on the UMass-SLU game being played with the weather in the midwest. UMass officials have been in touch with both Saint Louis and Atlantic 10 officials through the week as UMass travelled. Barring major changes in the weather, the game is expected to be played as both teams are in town, the television truck and staff have arrived.
Here is an update from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The city is pretty much on lockdown because of the storm and the Blues have called off their game tonight against Colorado. SLU is expecting to play its game with UMass on Wednesday night at Chaifetz Arena and will finalize its decision on Wednesday afternoon.
There's good reason to expect the game to be played. UMass got into town on Monday night, so they're here, and the officials are expected to be here. (The crew for the game was juggled so the refs weren't coming in from the East Coast.) If the storm has passed by midday Wednesday, as anticipated, that should allow SLU to play the game. The SLU campus was closed on Tuesday, and if it's closed again on Wednesday, that could complicate matters.
The Blues' game was called off even though both teams and the officials were in town because it was decided it was too dangerous for fans and arena employees to travel to the game. The roads figure to be better by Wednesday evening if the storm sticks to its schedule.
Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather forecast for the next few days, Thursday's inaugural UMass Football Preview Luncheon at the University of Massachusetts Club in Boston has been POSTPONED until, Wednesday, February 16th (Lunch 11:30 a.m., program 12 Noon).
I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Our athletic department staff will keep you updated on the rescheduling of the event. If you have any questions, please call Jason Germain at 413.577.0267, or email email@example.com
With the men's basketball team leaving on Monday for the game at St. Louis due to the weather expected, the Bud Light UMass Basketball Radio Show will not take place at the Hangar Pub & Grille as usual. It will be taped on remote while the team is travelling to St. Louis.
The UMass basketball team, which was travelling to St. Bonaventure for a basketball game on Wednesday night, made an emergency landing with its charter plane in Albany, N.Y. The Minutemen had left Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee heading to Bradford, Pa., on its flight for the game against the Bonnies.
The flight was diverted after smoke was coming from the cockpit on the team's charter jet airplane. The plane landed safely around 4:30 p.m., in Albany and the team, coaches and support staff are safe and sound. The team boarded a new charter plane -- one that carried the Villanova basketball team to Providence earlier in the day -- at 11 p.m., and landed in Bradford at 12:10 a.m., before heading to the hotel for sleep.
Due to the late opening of UMass' campus at 10 a.m., the UMass Sports Luncheon scheduled for 10:45 a.m., has been cancelled. Please join us next week at 12:15 p.m., when the luncheon returns to its normal time. For more information call 413-577-0267.
Be sure to join us for the Bud Light UMass Basketball Radio Show on Monday night at 7 p.m., at the Hangar Pub & Grille. Redshirt freshman Raphiael Putney will be the player guest. Listen on 100.9 FM WRNX If you can;t make it to the Hangar.
Tonight's UMass Basketball Radio Show guest is junior bigman Sean Carter. Join us as the Hangar Pub & Grill at 7 p.m., for the show or listen on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Mass or 1510 AM The Zone in Eastern Mass or online: Listen.
Please join us every Wednesday for the UMass Sports Luncheon. This week's event takes place at the Marriott Center on the 11th floor of the Campus Center. On Wednesday, the guest speakers will be coach Toot Cahoon and Executive Associate Athletic Director Tim Kenney. The luncheon starts at 12:15 p.m., Please call 1-413-545-4930 for more information.
The luncheons run from 12:15 p.m., to 1:15 p.m., and are $11 per person with a salad-to-dessert buffet. Enjoy great food and a friendly atmosphere while learning the latest about UMass Athletics. Come Join Us!
Pick up a two hour Campus Center parking pass for only $2.00 when you pay for your meal.
The UMass Sports Luncheon will be held today at 12:15 p.m., at the Campus Center on the 11th Floor. The guest speakers will be men's head coach Derek Kellogg and CBS 3 Station Manager John Hesslein. Join us for great talk, food and company at the UMass Sports Luncheon. Call 1-413-545-4930 for more information.
Check out Ron Chimelis' story from the Springfield Republican on UMass push to sell more tickets to see the men's basketball squad.
The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team will play Central Florida on Wednesday night, a game matching two teams with a combined 17-3 record.
The unbeaten visitors include Marcus Jordan, son of Michael. But a sparse crowd is expected, because at UMass home games these days, a sparse crowd is the rule.
UMass officials are more than baffled. They are worried, because basketball is still considered the school's flagship sport, in terms of image and revenue potential.
Be sure to listen to tonight's Bud Light UMass Basketball Radio Show at 7 p.m. The show will air on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Mass and 1510 AM The Zone in Eastern Mass. Note that Monday's show will NOT be open to the public at the Hangar due to a private party at the venue.
• If you have a question for Coach Kellogg, please send it in at Ask The Coach.
Check out the latest edition of the UMass Hoops Insider for the weekend of Dec. 17-18 with a preview of the UMass-UCF Game set for Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. We also have a profile of freshman Jordan Couture, a look back at the Marcus Camby-Tim Duncan match-up at the Mullins Center from 1995, an Alumni Spotlight of Pete Trow and the Hu Ke Lau Lighter Side takes a look at the team's best non-athletic talents.
Check out CBS 3 Springfield's feature on the UMass Athletic Department spreading cheer at the local Shriners Hospital.
Children spending the holiday in the hospital got a fun surprise today.
UMass athletes made their annual trip to Shriners Hospital for Children , passing out toys to the kids. The trolleys they pulled looked a little like Santa's sleigh.
Athletes from several different UMass teams helped give hundreds of toys away. Basketball player, Sean Carter, says it's important to brighten the kids' day.
"These kids enjoy it. There's some things in life they really don't get a chance to do so it helps them know that people care about them," he says.
UMass collected the toys at Minutemen basketball and hockey games.
Doctors and trainers from UMass' athletic department donated money to give Shriners Hospital for Children a red Wiii this year.
With a perfect 6-0 record, UMass is just one of 32 teams that is still undefeated in NCAA Division I. Of the 348, less than 10 percent of teams have not lost yet this season with UMass being the only team in the Atlantic 10. Check the NCAA Standings for all the conferences. Check out the complete list through Sunday night:
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a great feature story on the UMass basketball team and its visit to the VA Hospital in Northampton.
With too little time between Wednesday's win over American International College and Saturday's 3 p.m. game against Holy Cross, most of the University of Massachusetts men's basketball players didn't go home for Thanksgiving.
Instead, the Minutemen visited and shared a turkey dinner with staff at the Northampton Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Northampton on Thursday.
UMass coach Derek Kellogg said it was a new experience for most of his players and he was proud of the way they handled themselves.
"It was an eye-opening thing for a lot of us. You want to go and have a good time and brighten somebody's day and let them know we appreciate what they've done," Kellogg said. "Some of them don't have families or can't get home to their families, so it was good to go and change the monotony."
With a throwback game at the Curry-Hicks Cage on Saturday, the Minutemen will be sporting their new throwback uniforms for the first time in the game against Holy Cross. This year's throwback jerseys are replicas of the 1995-96 Final Four season. The style was worn from 1994-97 and will be on display Saturday. They will be worn several other times this season.
Join us at the final regular-season Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show at the Hangar Pub & Grill at 7 p.m. Tonight's special guests alongside Coach Kevin Morris are All-American candidates linebacker Tyler Holmes and wide receiver Anthony Nelson. If you have a question for Coach Morris, ask it below or listen on 100.9 FM and 1510 AM in Boston
The Bud Light UMass Basketball Radio Show returns to the airwaves tonight at 7 p.m. Listen to the show on 100.9 WRNX or join us at the Hangar Pub & Grill. Sophomore guard Freddie Riley will be the guest as he will talk about his big night on Friday with 28 points along with head coach Derek Kellogg.
Join us for the UMass Football Radio tonight at 7 p.m., at the Hangar Pub & Grill. Tonight we will feature a trio of seniors in special teams demon Woody Carter IV, defensive back James Carven and fullback Scott Duggan. Coach Kevin Morris will also take questions from the fans. Be sure to send one in.
The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst today announced that the vast archival collection of Mark H. McCormack, creator of the sport management and marketing industry, will be housed at the university, providing an unprecedented opportunity for research and education in the field.
The extraordinary McCormack Collection gift comprises McCormack's writings, photographs and client-related memorabilia, dating to 1960 when a handshake with legendary golfer Arnold Palmer launched what would become IMG International, the world's largest sport management firm. The collection spans McCormack's lifetime (1930-2003) and totals approximately 10,000 boxes, or 16,000 linear feet of material. In conjunction with Isenberg's Department of Sport Management, the university's W.E.B. Du Bois Library has embarked on a comprehensive assessment of the collection and will digitize much of it, making it available to researchers and students worldwide through a special website.
The Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show returns to the airwaves on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Be sure to join us at the Hangar Pub & Grille for the show, or if you can't make it, listen on WRNX 100.9 FM in Western Mass or 1510 AM The Zone in Eastern Mass. The guests for Thursday's show alongside coach Kevin Morris will be senior quarterback Kyle Havens and junior defensive back Shane Viveiros.
UMass football has been dominant in its Homecoming games since 1992. Check out the results over the last 18 years with UMass holding a 15-3 mark in those games. Among those 15 wins, are eight wins over Top 25 teams and four over Top 10 teams.
Be sure to listen to UMass head coach Derek Kellogg this morning on WHAI (95.3) and Bear Country (98.3) at 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Kellogg will talk about MISSION 1000 and the upcoming season at UMass.
Join us at the Hangar Bar & Grille for the UMass Football Radio Show at 7 p.m., tonight as Voice of the Minutemen welcomes coach Kevin Morris and this week's guests senior tailback John Griffin and sophomore kicker/punter Caleb Violette.
We are proud to announce a new feature here on UMassAthletics.com: The Scoreboard. It is composite calendar of all UMass events on one page with scoreboard links to all games on a given day. Visit it now to check out how you can follow all of the action.
The newest Sports Network Poll has been released and UMass is ranked No. 8. It is the highest ranking for UMass since Sept. 8, 2008, when the Minutemen were No. 3 heading into a road game at James Madison.
Also ranked from the CAA are No. 1 Villanova, No. 3 James Madison, No. 5 Delaware, No. 7 William & Mary, No. 11 Richmond and No. 14 New Hampshire.
Join us at the Hangar Bar & Grille on University Drive for the Bud Light UMass Football Show at 7 p.m., tonight. Head coach Kevin Morris will be joined by senior offensive lineman Greg Niland and senior defensive lineman Bob McLaughlin.
While the main focus of this weekend has been the football game at Michigan, Gazette writer Matt Vautour highlights some of the other action going on for the Maroon & White. The women's soccer team will be playing at Michigan as well, while the men's soccer team hosts UCF today at 3:30 and #24 Indiana on Sunday (1 PM). The men's and women's cross country teams will host a home meet on Saturday (11:15 AM). The No. 20 field hockey team will head to American and No. 2 Maryland this weekend as well.
Tune in a 7 p.m. on Thursday night for the Bud Light UMass Radio Show with Kevin Morris. The show will air on WRNX 100.9 FM in Western Mass and 1510 AM in Eastern Mass and be available on UMassAthletics.com. Host Josh Maurer will talk football with the coach as well as stars from the UMass win over William & Mary: junior tailback Jonathan Hernandez and senior defensive lineman Brandon Flanagan. If you have a question or comment for the show, please send it via twitter @UMassAthletics or send it to Ask The Coach.
It was an interesting start to the day as Matt Houde and I took a helicopter ride (thanks to the Marines) around campus. We were able to shoot some photos and videos of our facilities and campus in general. The landscape has certainly changed in the 7 years I've been here! On a side note, if you've never taken advantage of the free helicopter rides that happen each semester, do so. You have a pilot who is a Marine and I always say you are never safer then when you have one of those guys around!
Join us at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday for the UMass Sports Luncheon at the Campus Center's Massachusetts Room 1009. The guest speakers today are Athletic Director John McCutcheon, football coach Kevin Morris and men's soccer coach Sam Koch.
Also, the Co-Athletes of the Week from the football team, Tyler Holmes and Jonathan Hernandez will be honored for their big games in the 27-23 win over William & Mary on Saturday.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on UMass' agreement with CBS 3 to carry games on its new CBS 3 Now digital TV station.
"It's cutting edge," UMass athletic director John McCutcheon said. "I think it gives us a great new vehicle to provide access to all of our sports to our fan base. We have to work hard to make sure the quality is there. We're pretty excited about the potential of this."
Here is the segment from ESPN's Pardon the Interruption where they talk about Victor Cruz's night, giving him an A+ grad ... Bob Ryan goes out of his way to mention that Cruz is from the "University of Massachusetts!"
Here are a few more stories on Cruz from Tuesday afternoon.
With just two days left in July (wow, summer has moved quick), that means we are officially less than a month away from our first regular-season games of the year. First on the docket will be the field hockey team hosting Boston College and the women's soccer team hosting Washington on August 27. Several teams will begin preseason training camps in just under two weeks. Well, the downtime was nice while it lasted! Start making your plans out to Amherst by checking out the Schedule Calendar which lists everything in a nice month-by-month format. Also, you can order Football Season Tickets Online now!
The radio home for Boise State football games will change in 2010 -- a
return to KBOI 670 AM -- but the announcers will remain the same. Former UMass "Voice of the Minutemen" Bob
Behler will begin his third season as the team's play-by-play announcer. He worked at UMass from 1999-2008. In addition, Boise State announced Friday that KBOI
will have a 5-hour pregame show. Read the story in the Idaho Statesman.