WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — On Monday we found out former UNCW men’s basketball coach Jerry Wainwright is headed a bit closer to home. Wainwright has decided to leave Fresno State. Congratulations are in order for the UNCW surf team. They just captured the national collegiate title. On top of that a UNCW Seahawk and a former Laney Buccaneer haunted the Wilmington Sharks on Monday night.
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WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports release) — Wilmington, N.C. – For the second consecutive year, the University of North Carolina Wilmington Surf Team has placed third at the 2012 NSSA National Interscholastic Championships held Saturday, June 17 at Dana Point, Calif. Team member Tony Silvagni also placed first in the collegiate longboarding category.
The UNCW team was the highest placed collegiate team from the East Coast at the championships. The 2012 competition marks the team’s fourth straight year placing in the top four at the championships.
Competition scores are based on points collected by individual surfers for the team in their individual categories.
Coach Dylan McNamara said the surf team is comprised of a broad mix of students – future entrepreneurs, scientists and creative writers. While the team had its heart set on winning first place, he said the students should be proud of their continued standing as one of the best surf teams in the country.
“As coach of the surf team, I am very proud of our team’s performance at Nationals this year. As a professor, I am even more proud that our team GPA is 3.0. These students are true scholar-athletes,” said McNamara.
The UNCW team competed against teams from San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara, Florida Institute of Technology, Mira Costa, University of Central Florida, Saddleback, Flagler, UC San Diego, University of North Florida, Cal State San Marcos, UCLA, University of San Diego and USC.
McNamara noted that the UNCW Surf Team is able to compete thanks to generous support from the community. Sponsors include Cape Fear Sports Enhancement, Fuzzy Peach Yogurt Bar, Hang Ten Grill, Katy’s Grill and Bar, Hope From Helen, Local-Sessions Surf Magazine, Margy Merkle Niel, Quiksilver, The Mermaid Castle, Ryan Perez Muse-ack, South End Surf Shop, Tony Silvagni Surf School, Tower 7 Baja Mex and K38 Baja Grill, UNC Wilmington, Vestal, WBlivesurf.com, Wilmington Oral Surgery and Wrightsville Beach Longboard Association.
CBS Sports Network will show the competition on Friday, July 13 at 9 p.m. and show highlights on Sunday, August 12 at 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.cbssportsnetwork.com. For Time Warner customers in Wilmington, CBS Sports is channel 537 and 1537(HD).
MILWAUKEE, WI (courtesy Marquette sports information ) –Collegiate coaching veteran Jerry Wainwright has joined the Marquette University men’s basketball program as director of operations, head coach Buzz Williams announced Monday afternoon.
In 16 seasons as a head coach at the NCAA Division I level (DePaul, Richmond, UNC-Wilmington), Wainwright led his teams to a total of seven postseason campaigns (three NCAA berths and four NIT appearances).
“We are very grateful to add coach Wainwright as the final member of our staff,” Williams said. “I have known coach since early in my career and have always been humbled by his willingness to share wisdom with me as I have advanced.
“I never knew as we were building our relationship, that an opportunity like this would ever materialize, but I am very grateful that it has,” Williams added. “His wealth of knowledge and experiences will help everyone in our program on one level or another.”
Wainwright spent the 2011-12 season as an associate head coach on Rodney Terry’s staff at Fresno State. The Bulldogs collected a 13-win campaign in Terry’s first season as head coach.
Prior to Fresno State, Wainwright served as the head coach at fellow BIG EAST competitor DePaul. He helped engineer the program’s best start ever in conference play during the 2007-08 season, and, for the third-straight season in his tenure with the Blue Demons, DePaul posted at least one victory over a top-25 team.
In 2006-07, his second season at DePaul, Wainwright reached a career milestone by recording his 200th win as a head coach at the NCAA Division I level. His squad that season earned a bid to the NIT and made the program’s deepest postseason tournament run since 1990, reaching the quarterfinals after thrilling wins over Hofstra and at Kansas State. Individually, Sammy Mejia and Wilson Chandler were both named second team All-BIG EAST Conference. Both Chandler (first round) and Mejia (second round) were drafted by the NBA.
Before joining DePaul, Wainwright spent three seasons as the head coach of Richmond, establishing the Spiders on the national stage as several team and individual accomplishments highlighted his tenure with the Atlantic 10 school.
In 2003-04, Wainwright led Richmond to the NCAA Tournament, earning the program’s second-ever at-large berth behind the nation’s ninth-ranked defense. Along with the NCAA bid, a win at 10th-ranked Kansas sandwiched between road victories at Temple and Xavier were milestones of the season. After a spirited run through the A-10 Tournament, Wainwright’s crew was rewarded for its tough schedule with an NCAA selection. The Spiders fell to Wisconsin, 76-64, in the opening round at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
In Wainwright’s first season with the Spiders, he used a nationally-ranked defense to post 16 wins and a berth to the NIT where they fell at Providence in the opening round.
Prior to taking over at Richmond, Wainwright enjoyed a highly successful run as head coach at UNC-Wilmington. In eight seasons at UNCW, he compiled a 136-103 record. Wainwright piloted the Seahawks to a pair of trips to the NCAA Championship (2000, 2002) and the National Invitation Tournament (1998, 2001). In addition, he directed the team to its first postseason berth, first 20-win season (1998) and the first win in the NCAA tournament, a stunning 93-89 triumph over USC.
During his tenure, the team captured three regular season Colonial Athletic Association titles and two CAA tournament crowns. The Seahawks averaged nearly 17 wins per season under his tutelage and were ranked nationally in team defense each campaign.
A year after taking over the UNCW program in 1994, Wainwright had built the seventh-best schedule in the country. The Seahawks’ suffocating defense was ranked fifth in the nation in 1995-96, allowing just 58.4 points per game.
Wainwright orchestrated one of the most memorable campaigns in UNCW history during the 1999-00 season when the Seahawks grabbed their first CAA Championship, a 57-47 win over Richmond, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
In 2000-01, Wainwright earned CAA Coach of the Year honors for the second time. The Seahawks posted their most impressive season ever in 2001-02, compiling a 22-9 mark, capturing the conference crown outright for the second straight season and advancing to their second NCAA tournament. His team, again, finished among the nation’s best in team defense, ranked 17th in the country.
Wainwright himself touched every step on his ascent towards the top of the coaching ladder. Prior to arriving at Wilmington, he spent nine years as an assistant coach at Wake Forest. Under Bob Staak (1986-89) and Dave Odom (1989-94), he helped rebuild the Demon Deacons’ program.
In Winston-Salem, Wainwright helped Wake Forest collect a school-record four straight NCAA tournament berths and register back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in a decade. Besides on-the-court coaching, he assisted in recruiting NBA draft picks Chris King (Seattle), Rodney Rogers (Denver), Randolph Childress (Detroit) and Tim Duncan (San Antonio). He broke into the college coaching ranks in 1984-85 serving a one-year stint at Xavier under Staak.
A 1968 graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., Wainwright earned his graduate degree from the University of Denver.
Wainwright began his coaching career in the prep ranks first at Montrose High School in Denver where he led his team to the state tournament and was named Colorado District Coach of the Year in 1975. He returned to his native state, Illinois, as an assistant coach at East Leyden High School in suburban Chicago. While there, he helped teams compile an amazing 104-4 four-year record. Wainwright also coached at Chicago’s Highland Park High School, directing his team to the state’s “Sweet 16” in 1982. He was named state district coach of the year his last two seasons.
A native of Berwyn, Ill., Wainwright is married to the former Debbie Tedesco. Wainwright has two sons, Brett and Scott. In addition, he is the grandfather of four, Alexis, Brett, Gracie and Maria.
WILMINGTON,NC (Sharks sports release) — For the second straight night, the Wilmington Sharks (11-9) couldn’t get past the Asheboro Copperheads (11-6-1), falling on their home turf by a 7-3 score.
Asheboro started their offense right away, jumping on Mike Frank for three quick runs in the first inning. Preston Troutman led off with a walk, and came home when UNC Wilmington’s Hunter Ridge pounded a ball over the right center field wall for his first home run of the season. Corbin Shive also scored after taking a free pass to first, touching the plate on Luke Tendler’s triple.
In the bottom of the first, the Sharks posted two runs of their own but couldn’t quite tie the game up. Casey Goss and Alex Freedman, the first two Sharks batters in the lineup, each took walks and scored on defensive mistakes. Goss scored unearned on an error that also advanced Freedman to third. He came home on a wild pitch.
The next three innings offered opportunities for the home team, which stranded a total of eight runners in that time. The Sharks left the bases loaded in each of the third and fourth innings, and had allowed Asheboro to pad their lead with an unearned run in the third.
Wilmington cut it to 4-3 in the sixth when Lloyd Enzor hit a liner to right with runners on second and third, but Casey Goss was cut down by a strong Preston Troutman throw as he tried to score the tying run from second on the play.
The Copperheads added to their advantage with one more in the seventh and a pair in the eighth. Both runners who scored in the eighth inning were put on base, with a hit by pitch and a walk.
The Sharks continue three-game homestand on Tuesday against Florence, with the RedWolves also playing at Buck Hardee Field on Thursday before a four game weekend road trip. For more on the Sharks, visit wilmingtonsharks.com, find Sharky Sharks on Facebook and follow @ILMSharks on Twitter.
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Charlotte Bobcats have hired St. John’s assistant Mike Dunlap to be their new head coach.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because an official announcement was still being planned for the next two days.
The Charlotte Observer first reported the news.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise because Dunlap was not one of the team’s three finalists. He was originally one of the 10 candidates to interview for the job, but the team trimmed the list to former Utah coach Jerry Sloan, Indiana assistant coach Brian Shaw and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder.
Dunlap will replace Paul Silas, who was let go after Charlotte had the worst winning percentage in NBA history this past season.
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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW sports release) — WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Make it two in a row for UNCW senior Christina Lee, who has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Tennis Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year for the second straight year.
The Charlotte, N.C., netter was one of 11 student-athletes honored Monday by the CAA for the spring sports season. The conference honors one scholar-athlete in each of its 22 championship sports. Nominees for the award must be a starter or important reserve on their team and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25. The winners were selected by a vote of the sports information directors at each CAA institution.
“I’m elated that Christina has been recognized again as our conference’s top scholar-athlete in women’s tennis,” said Jenny Garrity, UNCW’s 13-year coach. “In our program, we constantly search for players who excel in both the classroom and on the court. With Christina, we hit a grand slam home run.
“She has been the epitome of a student-athlete and is even a better person off the court. Her education is extremely important to her and she helped raise the bar of our program every single year, working hard and laughing while doing it. While she is leaving some big shoes to fill, I know our returning players will continue to strive for excellence in the classroom and on the court.”
A mathematics major with a minor in Spanish, Lee was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team in 2012 and was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Cup, UNCW’s top academic award for a student-athlete. Lee received First-Team All-CAA honors in singles for the second year in a row after posting a 12-9 record and was a second-team All-CAA honoree in doubles.
Lee led UNCW to its highest national ranking ever and a berth in the semifinals of the CAA Championship. She ranks third in career singles wins and 10th in career doubles victories at UNCW.
Lee is the second CAA player to win the award twice in its 10-year existence, joining Old Dominion’s Nataly Cahana (2002-03, 2003-04). UNCW’s Lindsey Hess also won the award in 2005-06.
Joining Lee on the spring awards list are Towson junior Zach Fisher in baseball, Delaware senior Greg Matthias in men’s golf, Georgia State senior Charlotte Lorentzen in women’s golf, Hofstra senior Andrew Gvozden in men’s lacrosse, Hofstra junior Jill Maier in women’s lacrosse, Northeastern senior Greta Haselmann in women’s rowing, Hofstra junior Olivia Galati in softball, Georgia State junior Victor Valente in men’s tennis, William & Mary senior Brandon Heroux in men’s track and field and James Madison junior Katie Harman in women’s track and field.
WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports release) — WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW head women’s basketball coach Adell Harris has added another coach to her inaugural staff with the appointment of former Kennesaw State assistant and Pennsylvania native Kim Tingley as an assistant coach.
Tingley will be responsible for recruiting, scouting and game day preparation and player development. She will also assist with camps and clinics. Harris announced the hiring of Ross Jolly last week.
“I’m excited about Kim joining our staff,” said Harris. “We’re adding a passionate, tireless worker that believes in UNCW women’s basketball. From her experiences as a player at the University of Delaware to her experience as an assistant coach at Manhattan, Seton Hall & Kennesaw State, I feel like Kim was the right fit for our program.”
Tingley joins the Seahawks from Kennesaw State, where she spent one year as an assistant coach and served as interim head coach following the retirement of head coach Colby Tilley at the end of the season. In her lone campaign with the Owls, Tingley helped the program record its first Atlantic Sun Tournament victory and played a key role in the development of Atlantic Sun Conference Rookie-of-the-Year Taylor Mills.
“I’m truly excited to be joining the Seahawk family as a member of Coach Harris’ inaugural staff, said Tingley. “UNCW has enjoyed unprecedented success the last two seasons and the pieces are in place to take this program to the next level. I am also thrilled for the opportunity to return and compete in the Colonial Athletic Association.”
Prior to her time in Georgia, Tingley spent four seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Seton Hall. Tingley was responsible for signing a pair of All-Big East Freshman Team selections and also had a recruiting class ranked in the Top 25.
Tingley began her coaching career as an assistant at Robert Morris in 2002-03 before moving to Manhattan. In three seasons with the Jaspers, Tingley was responsible for recruiting two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Freshman Team members. In addition, Tingley monitored the academic progress of the women’s basketball student-athletes, helping the program receive a No. 13 ranking in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Academic Team Honor Roll for the 2004-05.
A native of Coudersport, Penn., Tingley is no stranger to the Colonial Athletic Association. She began her career at West Virginia before transferring to Delaware. Tingley helped the Blue Hens capture the 2001 America East Conference championship and earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament. In UD’s first season in the CAA in 2002, the Blue Hens advanced to the Postseason WNIT.
A two-time Dean’s List honoree at Delaware, Tingley graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Recreation and Park Management in 2002.
MIAMI, FL (AP) – This is not the same place the Miami Heat were a year ago.
Well, there is the obvious similarity. They lead the NBA Finals two games to one, just like last year. Only this time, that lead comes with LeBron James playing at the top of his game.
It’s up to the Oklahoma City Thunder to try and change that. They get their next chance Tuesday night, when Miami hosts Game 4.
Consecutive wins over the Thunder have the Heat sitting two wins shy of the championship James has spent nine years chasing. He’s averaging just over 30 points and 10 rebounds in the series, both huge improvements over what he managed against Dallas last season when the Heat ultimately fell in six games.
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