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Hofstra’s Tom Shifflet Stepping Down
Hofstra head wrestling coach Tom Shifflet, who led the Pride to four Colonial Athletic Association Championships during his five years at the University, has resigned his position, effective at the conclusion of the 2011 NCAA Championships.
Hofstra athletic director Jack Hayes said associate head coach Rob Anspach will become the 11th head coach in program history effective March 28. Anspach, a 2001 Hofstra alumnus with a degree in American studies, is in his ninth season on the Pride wrestling staff and his third as associate head coach.
“I am truly grateful to Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz and Director of Athletics Jack Hayes for this opportunity and the confidence they have expressed in me to lead the Pride Wrestling program,” Anspach said in a statement. “I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead and I feel I have the ability to continue leading Hofstra in the right direction. I would also like to thank both Tom Shifflet and Tom Ryan, both mentors and friends, for helping me get to this day.”
As a student-athlete, Anspach compiled a 69-51 record and made two trips to the NCAA Championships during his five-year career at Hofstra. As a freshman in 1996-97 he recorded a 20-13 record, placed third in the ECWA Championships, and was named to the ECWA All-Freshman Team at 158 pounds. A year later, he posted an 18-12 mark, placed third again in the ECWA Championships and captured the New York State Championships title at 167 pounds.
Shifflet became the 10th coach in Hofstra wrestling history on May 17, 2006. Since his arrival in Hempstead, the Pride reached a NCAA Championship finish benchmark as well as continued the tradition of excellence in the CAA. During his tenure with the Pride, Shifflet’s teams posted a 61-34-5 (.635) dual match record, captured four CAA championships, produced 17 conference champions, sent 31 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships with six earning All-America honors and placing in the NCAA Championships top 20 twice including a school-best seventh place in 2007.
According to the university, Shifflet, who has two young children, will be leaving coaching to enter private business.
Long Island Sports Notebook
Hofstra Wins CAA Wrestling Title
The Hofstra Pride Wrestling Team returned to the top of the Colonial Athletic Association Saturday afternoon when they captured the 2011 CAA Wrestling Championship at Rider University’s Alumni Gymnasium.
The Pride had five champions, three runners-up, one third place and two fourth place finishers to capture their ninth CAA title in the past 10 seasons. It was also the Pride’s 10th conference title in the last 11 years, missing only the 2010 CAA title, which went to Binghamton. Hofstra finished with 94 points followed by Binghamton (78.5), Old Dominion (52.5), Boston U. (46), Rider (43.5), Drexel (25.5), and George Mason (6). Five number one seeds won their weight classes while four number two seeds won.
Leading the way for the Pride was senior Lou Ruggirello, who recorded his fourth CAA title at 133 pounds to advance to his fourth NCAA Championship. Ruggirello (28-3), the top seed, defeated #2 seed Kyle Hutter from Old Dominion, 2-1 on the riding time point in the 133-pound final Saturday. Ruggirello enters the NCAA Championships riding a 14-match winning streak
HU Men’s Basketball Eliminated
The Pride men’s basketball team lost Old Dominion yet again and were eliminated from the CAA tournament in the semifinals, meaning they will most likely not receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament. They will, however, wait anxiously to see if they qualified for the N.I.T., a tourney they have not played in since 2007.
Islanders Release New App
The New York Islanders announced last week the release of their official app for iOS devices (iPhone, iTouch, iPad). The Islanders app is free and currently available for download in iTunes as well as in the app store on iOS devices.
Fans can now listen to the Islanders live radio broadcast of every game directly from their iPhones. The app will also keep fans more in touch with their favorite hockey team with all the top news, statistics, videos and features from newyorkislanders.com.
The app was developed by Synergy in conjunction with the teams’ radio broadcast partner, WRHU, Radio Hofstra University.
“The advent of smartphones has put the world on to our hand-held devices,” said Paul Lancey, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Islanders, in a statement. “Our organization has made a real push in the digital space, this is just the next step. We look forward to watching it take shape, and we couldn’t ask for better partners than our friends at Hofstra.”
Four From Stony Brook Lax Named To Tewaaraton Award Watch List
Seniors Tom Compitello, Kevin Crowley, Jordan McBride and Adam Rand have each been named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list, the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.
Stony Brook, tied for the second most players on the list with Maryland, has its four preseason All-Americans and Major League Lacrosse draft picks on the watch list, according to the University.
Compitello, who did not play last week against Virginia, had an outstanding 2010. He tallied 37 goals and 35 assists after recording just 39 points during the previous two seasons. Compitello was drafted by the Boston Cannons with the 28th overall pick.
The Enners Award winner, given to the nation’s most outstanding Division I player, Crowley lived up to his preseason billing with a four-goal, one-assist effort against the Cavaliers in the season opener. Crowley, who was drafted by the Hamilton Nationals with the first overall pick in the MLL draft, is just 22 points shy of the school’s all-time record in points.
Stony Brook’s all-time leader in goals, McBride is the only player in Seawolves history to score at least 40 goals in three straight seasons. The 14th overall pick by the Rochester Rattlers, McBride is the active NCAA Division I leader with 134 goals.
After winning 17 face-offs against the Cavaliers last Saturday, Rand moved into sixth place all-time in NCAA Division I history in face-offs won with 626. The 31st overall pick of the draft by the Hamilton Nationals, Rand has a career face-off winning percentage of .604.
Jenkins Wins CAA Player of the Year
Hofstra senior guard Charles Jenkins was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Basketball Player of the Year for the second year in a row in a vote of the league’s coaches, sports information directors and media representatives.
Jenkins, who received 41 Player of the Year votes (second place was two votes, and three others had one vote), is the seventh player in conference history to receive CAA Player of the Year honors in multiple seasons.
The senior guard tops the conference and ranks fourth in the nation in scoring with 23.2 ppg. He also leads the CAA in assists (4.8 apg) and is now the only player in Division I to lead his conference in scoring and assists. He is shooting 52.8 percent from the floor, the highest percentage of any player in the top 15 in the country in scoring, and the highest of any guard ranked in the top 100 (17.0 ppg and up).
Jenkins became Hofstra’s all-time leading scorer on Jan. 29 and currently ranks second on the CAA’s career scoring chart with 2,463 points, trailing only Hall of Famer David Robinson. He also ranks fifth in Hofstra history in assists, steals and three-pointers and is one of only two players to tally 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists (along with Speedy Claxton).
Long Island Sports Notebook
Street baller Troy Jackson Dies
Best known for his time on the And1 Mix Tape Tour, Troy Jackson was called Escalade for his smooth and big style on the basketball court. The Long Island native, who stood 6-foot-10 and weighed around 500 pounds, died this week of heart failure. He was 38. He is the younger brother of former New York Knicks player Mark Jackson.
Jenkins Number Retired
Hofstra senior Charles Jenkins had his No. 22 jersey retired by the university Saturday afternoon prior to a win over conference foe Delaware. Jenkins is adding to his own school scoring record and hoping to bring the Pride back to the NCAA Tournament before being drafted by an NBA team in the near future.
Virginia Tops Stony Brook
After all the hype, all the predictions, all the Stony Brook success talk, the Seawolves dropped Saturday’s battle against Virginia, 11-10, in overtime. No. 5 Stony Brook scored six goals in the fourth quarter to tie the game, but Steele Stanwick netted his fifth in the contest during the overtime period. Long Island natives Shamel and Rhamel Bratton did not play in the game for No. 1 Virginia.
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