WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports release) — UNCW volunteer assistant coach Maggie Will has been named Head Women’s Golf Coach at the University of Richmond.
“I am so excited for Maggie to have this opportunity to become a head coach,” said UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. “She is an exceptional teacher, motivator and person. Maggie played an important part in the development of our players and the championship success we experienced during the time she was a Seahawk. We wish her the very best at Richmond.”
A native of nearby Whiteville, N.C., Will spent one season with the Seahawks and paid immediate dividends, playing a key role in the program capturing its second straight Colonial Athletic Association Championship and advancing to NCAA Regional play for the seventh time in the last 10 seasons.
Individually, Will helped three UNCW players – senior Sofia Hagsund and sophomores Lori Beth Adams and Laverry Kumar – receive All-CAA distinction, while Hagsund and Adams both earned CAA All-Tournament Team honors following their top-five finishes at the CAA Championship in April.
Will, who has also spent time working with the golf programs at N.C. State and VCU, competed on the LPGA Tour from 1989-2010, compiling an impressive 21-year playing career that featured wins at the 1990 Desert Inn International, the 1992 Sara Lee Classic and the 1994 Children’s Medical Center Classic. She recorded at least one top-15 finish in four of the five tour majors and served on the LPGA’s Executive Committee for two years (1991-92).
In addition to her playing and coaching career, Will has written columns and articles for several national golfing publications and recently combined with several other professionals and teachers to compose The Best Putting Instruction Book Ever! She is also the founder and owner of Get Fit For Putting, LLC, a lesson-based and putter-fitting business.
TAMPA, FL (USL soccer release) — USL PRO announced its Team of the Week for week 17 of the 2012 season today, honoring Pittsburgh Riverhounds midfielder Matt Kassel as Player of the Week after he scored twice and added an assist in the Riverhounds’ 4-1 victory against Antigua Barracuda FC.
Kassel’s consistent performances have been a bright spot for the Riverhounds this season, with the former New York Red Bulls player sitting in a tie for eighth place in the league with 14 points ahead of their contest tonight with the Los Angeles Blues.
On Friday night, Kassel opened the scoring early, striking in the fifth minute against the Barracudas. He then set up Jeremy Deighton for his first goal of the season before capping his performance with a second goal with 15 minutes to go. Kassel now leads the Riverhounds with six goals this season, sitting seventh overall in USL PRO.
The league’s new leading scorer Dennis Chin of Orlando City, and his teammate Matt Luzunaris, were both selected to the Team of the Week as they each scored twice to help the Lions clinch the USL PRO Regular Season Title last week. Chin, who now has 10 goals this season, capped the Lions’ victory against Charleston on Friday night with a pair of goals, but it is Luzunaris who has been a major focal point as the Lions have reeled off five wins in their past six games. The Margate, Fla. native has scored in each of the club’s past five games, moving him a goal behind Chin in the race for the league’s Golden Boot.
Luzunaris’ goal on Wednesday night earned his side a point against the Wilmington Hammerheads. Midfield selection Bryce Taylor was the reason the Lions trailed at home, making a remarkable run and finish to earn his berth on the team. Also joining Taylor and Kassel were Harrisburg’s Morgan Langley, who had a goal and assist in his side’s victory against Los Angeles, and Danny Earls, who ran the midfield beautifully as the Rhinos solidified their hold on second place with a 1-0 win against the Blues.
William Yomby earned his third consecutive selection to the Team of the Week after his two-goal performance earned the Richmond Kickers a split of their home-and-home series with Charlotte. The Eagles saw Eric Reed and Mark Bloom named to the team after Reed had a four-save shutout and Bloom had the game-winning assist on Friday night to win the opening game of the two and keep the Eagles on the Kickers’ heels for the final playoff berth.
Rounding out the team were Dayton defender Mettin Copier, who had a goal and an assist as the Dutch Lions defeated Antigua, and Rochester’s George Kyriazis, who helped the Rhinos earn their second shutout in as many games since his return from injury against Los Angeles.
PHILADELPHIA,PA (AP) – The Phillies have traded two-time All-Star center fielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers for relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher Ethan Martin.
Philadelphia also gets a player to be named later or cash for the 31-year-old Victorino, who can become a free agent after the season.
Victorino is batting .261 with nine homers, 40 RBIs and 24 steals. He helped the Phillies win five straight NL East titles and the 2008 World Series championship.
Lindblom is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 48 relief appearances for Los Angeles.
Trading Victorino could be the first of several cost-cutting moves the last-place Phillies make before the 4 p.m. deadline for trades without waivers.
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Note: Shane Victorino played minor league baseball in Wilmington in 2001 as a member of the Wilmington Waves.