ESPN Announces MAAC Netflex Games for February 10

EDISON, NJ – ESPN has announced the two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball netflex matchups for Friday, February 10. On ESPNU, Monmouth University will face Manhattan College at Draddy Gymnasium in Riverdale, NY at 9:00 p.m. Niagara University takes on Canisius College on ESPN3 at 9:00 p.m. at the Koessler Athletic Center in Buffalo, NY for the second installment of the “Battle of the Bridge.”

Monmouth University and Manhattan will meet for the second time in the 2016-17 season. Both schools play today, January 20 at 7pm on ESPN3. The Hawks are currently 6-2 in the MAAC and 14-5 overall. The Jaspers are 2-6 in the MAAC and 7-12 overall.

Niagara University and Canisius College will square off for the second time this season. The two teams first meet on Monday, January 23 at 7pm at the Gallagher Center on the campus of Niagara University. The Purple Eagles are currently 2-6 in the MAAC and 5-14 overall. The Griffs are 5-3 in conference play and 12-7 overall.

The MAAC telecast schedule will feature 10 netflex games during the 2016-17 season. The netflex format allows ESPN to pick any game on schedule for the selected date to air on the designated platform (ESPN2, ESPNU, or ESPN3). ESPN will announce which game has been selected for the wildcard telecast 21 days out. The format enables the MAAC and ESPN flexibility to showcase the best possible matchups.

The 2016-17 MAAC season culminates at the 2017 MAAC Basketball Championships, March 2-6 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. The 2017 MAAC Men’s Basketball Championship Game will take place on Monday, March 6 at 9:00 p.m. and will air live on ESPN/2 with the winner earning the leagues automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

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Monmouth's Justin Robinson & Quinnipiac's Mikey Dixon Take Home LifeStorage Weekly Awards

Player of the Week

Justin Robinson, Monmouth

Sr., 5-8, G, Lake Katrine, NY/Kingston

Robinson was the catalyst of a 3-0 week for Monmouth to take over first place alone in the MAAC, including topping Canisius on the road to move into first and a victory over Fairfield in what would be MU’s largest margin of victory against a Division I school ever. He netted 68 points in three games, an average of 22.7, while hitting the 20-point marker in all three contests. He did so while shooting 48.7% from the field and 52.9% from beyond the arc, pitching in 11 boards, 14 assists and six steals. He had two four-point plays and added four three-pointers in consecutive games, scoring 20 against Fairfield in just 22 minutes. Robinson was also 77.8% from the foul line on the week.

Rookie of the Week

Mikey Dixon, Quinnipiac

Fr., 6-2, G, New Castle, De/Sanford School

In Quinnipiac’s only game this week, Dixon broke the school record for most points in a game by a freshman at the Division I level (since 1998-99) with 29 as the Bobcats earned a 95-90 home win over Canisius. He had 23 points with 1:30 to play, and then hit dagger three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to help seal the win. With Quinnipiac clinging to a three-point lead, he hit a step back three from the right wing with 1:14 to go to put the Bobcats up by six, and after Canisius scored to make it a 86-82, Dixon hit another three from the top of the key to stretch the lead to seven with 45 seconds left. His 29 points broke the previous school Division I freshman mark of 27, which he tied last week against Iona, and moved him into ninth nationally in scoring average among freshmen at 16.6 ppg.

Justin Robinson Named Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Player of the Week

NEW YORK (Jan. 24, 2017) --- Justin Robinson of Monmouth in Division I has been named Men’s Player of the Week, by the Met Basketball Writers Assn.

The designations, for games played Jan. 16-22, are unique in that they encompass players from 74 Met area schools across Divisions I, II and III.

A 5-8 senior guard from Lake Katrine, NY, Robinson --- who also was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference player of the week --- was instrumental in a 3-0 week for the Hawks (16-5). He netted 68 points for a 22.7 ppg average, shot 48.7% from the field and 52.9% from 3-point range, while adding 11 rebounds, 14 assists and six steals. His week included a pair of four-point plays.

Robinson’s stretch of games included 21 points and a team-high eight assists in topping Canisius 76-72 on the road as MU moved into first place in the MAAC. He erupted for 27 points in an 82-71 homecourt victory over Manhattan, including nailing 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, and posted 20 points on 6-of-8 from the field in just 22 minutes of action in a 91-49 triumph over Fairfield, which is Monmouth’s largest margin of victory (42 points) in program history over a Division I opponent.

Players receiving MBWA Men’s Division I Honorable Mention for the week: Angel Delgado, Seton Hall; Abdul Lewis, NJIT; Jordan Washington, Iona; Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra.

Players receiving MBWA Men’s Divisions II-III Honorable Mention for the week: Andy Laurent, St. Joseph’s LI; Jalen Harris, NJCU; Jamail Stanley, Old Westbury; Joseph Taylor, William Paterson; Chaz Watler, St. Thomas Aquinas.

Previous MBWA 2016-17 Men’s Players of the Week: Dec. 6, Tim Coleman, NJIT, and Joseph Lopez, Sacred Heart, Div. I; Thomas Bonacum, Ramapo, Divs. II-III; Dec. 13, Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s, Div. I; Justin Reyes, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Jamail Stanley, SUNY Old Westbury, Divs. II-III; Dec. 20, Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, Div. I; Matt Miller, U.S. Merchant Marine Acad., Divs. II-III; Jan. 10, Curtis Cobb, Fairfield, Div. I; Frank Schettino, Staten Island, Divs. II-III; Jan. 17, Quincy McKnight, Sacred Heart, Div. I; Jamail Stanley, Old Westbury, Divs. II-III.

--- www.metbasketballwriters.org ---

Quinnipiac's Robinson Twins Keep Smiling In Their Mother's Memory

The one trait that people tend to notice most about Quinnipiac men's basketball twins Aaron Robinson and Andrew Robinson, other than their vastly different hairstyles, is that they are always smiling.

It's a trait that they attribute to their mother, Cheryl, who raised them as a single mother on disability. She was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease as a teenager and later dealt with complications from lupus and epilepsy, before she sadly passed away in November. Due to the adversity, the family never had much in the way of material possessions, but if you measure wealth by happiness, they were easily in the one percent.

"She was somebody who was always sick, but she was always that ray of sunshine for us," said Andrew. "So if we see her smiling through her pain, then why can't we?"

"She was always so upbeat, so happy," said Aaron. "No matter what was going on with her, she always had a smile on her face."

As a result of her health complications, Cheryl became paralyzed from the waist down during the twins' senior year of high school, which eventually forced her from the family's apartment and into a rehab center. Aaron and Andrew decided to stay together beyond high school in order to make it easier for her to visit them. They were teammates for one year of prep school at Putnam Science before accepting scholarship offers to Quinnipiac (an excellent choice for a pair of broadcast journalism majors).

The twins made frequent visits home to Maryland their freshman year to do what they could to help take care of their mother as her health failed, all while excelling in the classroom. Andrew earned a 4.0 in his freshman spring, while Aaron was close behind with a 3.8. This fall might have been even more remarkable, as the twins earned identical 3.93 GPAs, one A- away from being perfect, despite losing the woman that Andrew called "our rock" midway through the semester.

The Robinsons attended their mother's funeral on a Friday, along with the Quinnipiac coaching staff and many of their teammates. The following day, they were back with their team, volunteering at a Special Olympics basketball event on campus and posing for pictures with the competitors, naturally with smiles on their faces.

A few days later, the team traveled to Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex for Thanksgiving week to play in the AdvoCare Invitational. It was a difficult time for them, due to the family-oriented nature of the Thanksgiving holiday and the reality of their mother's passing still settling in. Nobody would have batted an eye if they asked to stay home, yet they packed their bags and headed to the so-called "Happiest Place On Earth", a location that was partially ironic and partially perfectly fitting of their mother's memory. Ultimately, though, being with their team was just what they needed, as the program helped to act as their surrogate family while they dealt with their grief.

"I know emotionally they are devastated right now, and it's going to take time," said Head Coach Tom Moore. "But the fact that they have basketball is a great healing element for them. They have their teammates rallying around them, encouraging them to wake up and attack the next day. The good part about their mother's story is that she got to be there to raise them, put her stamp on them, and make them such special people."

The Robinson twins have had a pink heart sewn into the inside of their game shorts (pink was their mom's favorite color) to help give them some comfort, and they each have her likeness tattooed on their chests. They've also found comfort in their routines. Just as they always have, they've been at practice every single day, ready to work hard and make the team better, while finding time to get some extra shooting in on the side. Aaron is taking a planned redshirt season and hasn't seen any game action, but every time Andrew gets in a game and gets a shot up, you can almost feel the entire Quinnipiac bench trying to will the ball into the basket on his behalf, giving him another reason to flash a smile.

On Thanksgiving Day in Orlando, Andrew checked into a nationally televised contest on ESPN2 against No. 11 Gonzaga midway through the first half. Just over a minute later, he found himself open on the right wing on a fast break. A three-point shooter by trade (he made five in one half against Marist as a freshman to earn the MAAC Rookie of the Week award), he didn't hesitate to put up the shot -- his first shot since his mother's passing.

Swish.

If there was ever a shot that was destined to go in, that might have been it. In addition to it being Thanksgiving, it also would have been his mother's 55th birthday.

"That was definitely a special moment," said Andrew. "It really felt like she was out there with me."

Iona MBB Continues Support of Coaches Cure CF

NEW ROCHELLE, NY – For the seventh year, Iona College men’s basketball has aligned itself with the efforts of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to highlight the awareness platform of Coaches Cure CF. Last night, both coaching staffs from Iona and Quinnipiac dressed in team sweat suits to raise awareness for the platform.

At halftime of last night’s game, Iona alum and CCCF VP and CFO John Judge (’71) sat down with Vin Parise of ESPN3 to discuss the founding and mission of organization. To watch the interview, please click here. (Courtesy of the Coaches Cure CF YouTube Channel)

In 2012-13, head coach Tim Cluess and his staff brought awareness by wearing sweat suits for its final six games, including its nationally televised MAAC Championship win over Manhattan and NCAA Championship Second Round appearance vs. Ohio State.

The Iona College alumni family of John and Monica Judge, with sons Chris and Jay, have spearheaded this initiative in honor of their nephew, Alex Tarletsky and his lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis. Wearing sweat suits at Coaches Cure CF Awareness games highlights and honors the dedicated discipline that those who struggle with this life threatening illness must demonstrate every day.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

Just over two decades ago, the life expectancy of a child with CF was still in the teens. Now patients with cystic fibrosis can expect to attend college and live full lives into their 30’s and beyond. Iona athletics has demonstrated not only a compassion for patients with cystic fibrosis, but have displayed the commitment necessary to bring awareness to this dreadful illness; and hopefully one day a cure.

For more information about the Coaches Cure CF platform, cystic fibrosis, and the 2017 Alex Tarletsky Invitational Golf Tournament, please visit coachescurecf.org.

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Iona's Marina Lizarazu & Monmouth's Kayla Shaw Take Home LifeStorage MAAC Women's Basketball Weekly Awards

Player of the Week

Marina Lizarazu, Iona

Sr., G, Madrid, Spain/Fomento Fundacion-Rivas Ecopolis

Over the course of a 2-0 week, senior guard Marina Lizarazu averaged 25.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game. She played all 40 minutes of each game, shooting 51.5 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc. Lizarazu scored a career-high 26 points against Manhattan on Friday, January 20. She shot 10-of-17 from the floor, 2-of-3 from long range, and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. She also dished out a game-high six assists and swiped a game-high four steals. She played all 40 minutes for the fifth time this season.

Against Monmouth, who were coming off a win over MAAC-leading Quinnipiac, Lizarazu scored 24 points, dished out two assists, and pulled down five rebounds. She scored half of her points in the fourth quarter and was 10-of-12 from the free-throw line, and 4-of-4 in the final 30 seconds to seal the win.

Rookie of the Week

Kayla Shaw, Monmouth

Fr., G, Scottsdale, AZ/Chaparral

In two conference games this week, Monmouth freshman guard Kayla Shaw averaged 14.0 points per game, including a 20-point outburst in the Hawks’ 61-58 win over league-leading Quinnipiac on Thursday, January 19. Shaw hit four three-pointers in the first 12 minutes of the game and scored eight points in the third quarter to help Monmouth defeat the Bobcats. She also added three rebounds and three steals.

On Sunday, January 22, Shaw added eight more points and two more threes in Monmouth’s loss at Iona. She added four rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes of play. The freshman leads the MAAC with 54 three-pointers made this season.

Iona’s Marina Lizarazu Named Met Division I Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

EDISON, NJ – Iona College senior guard Marina Lizarazu was named the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (Met) Division I Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Lizarazu joins teammate, sophomore guard Alexis Lewis and Rider University senior guard Robin Perkins as the only Women’s Basketball players from the MAAC to take home the award this season.

The Madrid, Spain native was also named the LifeStorage MAAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday, January 23 as announced by the league office. Lizarazu averaged 25.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 3.0 steals per game in a 2-0 week for Iona.

In the Gaels’ 76-62 win over Manhattan College on Friday, January 20 Lizarazu tallied a career-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field, 2-of-3 from behind the arc, and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. The senior recorded six assists, four rebounds, and four steals in 40 minutes of action.

On Sunday, January 22 Lizarazu scored a game-high 24 points for the Gaels in their 60-54 victory over Monmouth University. She shot 7-of-16 from the field and 10-of-12 from the free-throw line. The 24-point effort marked her sixth straight contest with 20 or more points. Lizarazu logged 40 minutes of action for the second game in a row.

This season, Lizarazu is averaging 13.8 points, 3.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.6 steals per game. She is shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from three, and 78.1 percent from the free-throw line.

She ranks first in the MAAC in assists (71) and assists per game (3.9), third in steals (46) and steals per game (2.6), seventh in scoring (13.8 ppg), seventh in free-throw percentage (78.1%), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.2), and sixth in minutes played per game (33.9).

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Carey, Wurtz, Warker & Katz Earn Weekly Swimming and Diving Awards

Men’s Swimmer of the Week

Justin Carey, Rider

Fr., 5’11”, Landenberg, PA/Avon Grove

In a dual-meet victory against in-state rival Seton Hall, freshman Justin Carey won four events and set two pool records. Carey was victorious in the 100-back (49.96 seconds), 200-back (1:51.51), 100-butterfly (49.84 seconds) and teamed up with three other Broncs to win the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:34.37. He set the new pool record at Coppola Pool in the 100-back, when he became the first Rider swimmer to break 50 seconds. His second record breaking performance was in the 100-fly when he broke the record with a time of 49.84 seconds.

On Monday in a dual-meet against Georgetown University, Carey earned two more first-place finishes. He added a win in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:55.05 and also the 200-back with a time of 1:50.81. Over the week, Carey totaled six first place finishes.

Women’s Swimmer of the Week

Meredith Wurtz, Marist

Sr., 5’9”, Lafayette Hill, PA/William Penn Charter

Meredith Wurtz placed first in two of her four events in Marist’s 171-120 victory over Southern Connecticut State on January 10. Her two wins came in the 100-yard freestyle (53.89 seconds) and the 200-yard medley relay (1:53.30). Wurtz also notched two second place finishes on the day in the 50 and 200-yard freestyle events.

On January 14, Wurtz was victorious in all four of her events despite a close loss to Boston College. She touched the wall first in the 50-(24.41 seconds), 100-(52.99 seconds), and 200-yard freestyle (1:56.93) events. In the 100-yard freestyle event, Wurtz posted her season best dual-meet time. Touching the wall at 3:37.85, Wurtz anchored the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay team.

Men’s Diver of the Week

Joseph Warker, Rider

So., 5’8”, Reading, PA/Wilson

In a dual meet against Seton Hall last week, sophomore Joseph Warker won both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. With a score of 266.17, Warker topped the closest competitor by more than 20 points sealing his first place victory in the 3-meter. In the 1-meter dive, he totaled a score of 279.82, topping the second-place finisher from Seton Hall by over 40 points.

On Monday in a dual meet versus Georgetown University, Warker finished second in both the 1-meter (261.15) and 3-meter dives (254.32). Warker narrowly missed the top-spot in the 3-meter dive by .82 points.

Women’s Diver of the Week

Lauren Katz, Marist

So., 4’11”, Ballston Lake, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake

On January 14 in a meet against Boston College, Lauren Katz won both of her diving events on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. She totaled 235.58 points at the 1-meter and 248.78 points at the 3-meter in a close team loss to Boston College.

On January 10 in Marist’s win over Southern Connecticut State (171-120), Katz added eight points to the victory. She took second place in both of her diving events with 219.90 points in the 1-meter and 225.67 points at the 3-meter.

Addlesberger, Motschmann, Jules, & Lee earn Indoor Track and Field Performers of the Week

Men’s Field Performer of the Week

Ryan Addlesberger, Manhattan

So., Cinnaminson, NJ

Addlesberger won the shot put at the Penn 8-Team Select from the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Saturday night. His best effort of 17.07 meters (56 feet) was nearly a meter better than the second-place finisher. Addlesberger’s second-best mark of the night (16.49 m) also would’ve given him first place in the competition.

Men’s Track Performer of the Week

Johannes Motschmann, Iona

Jr., Magdeburg, Germany

Junior Johannes Motschmann picked up the lone victory for the Iona indoor track and field program at the Penn 8 Team Select meet on Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex with a new personal best of 8:12.80 in the 3,000 meter to lead three Gaels in the top-10. It is the second straight weekend Motschmann posted a first place victory.

Women’s Field Performer of the Week

Fidele Jules, Rider

Fr., Tinton Falls, NJ

Freshman thrower Fidele Jules had a career-day for Rider at the Gotham Cup last week. In the one-day event contested at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Friday, she won the weight throw with a school-record toss of 18.31M. The ECAC-qualifying throw was the best of her career. She currently leads the MAAC in the event by over five feet in the shot put and ranks seventh in the ECAC. At the Gotham Cup, Jules also finished fourth amongst collegiate performers in the shot put at 42-6.

Women’s Track Performer of the Week

Jessica Lee, Quinnipiac

Jr., Montgomery, NJ

Jessica Lee is making it all look too easy in what is still a very young 2016-17 season. Competing in her signature 60m hurdle event, the reigning New England and MAAC champion scored her third straight program record time as she crossed the line in a stunning 8.36 seconds to claim first place and the Sorlein Invitational 60m hurdles title. Perhaps of larger significant, Lee's new program record time of 8.36 seconds moves her all the way up from 67th in the nation into a tie for the 25th-fastest 60m hurdles time out of all hurdlers in the country. Standing with the seventh-fastest time from a mid-major program, Lee joins runners competing for powerhouse high-major programs such as Oregon, Kentucky, Minnesota, Miami, LSU, Clemson, Syracuse, South Carolina, Florida, Florida State and Penn State with representation in the Top 25. Coming into the season with seven career individual event victories, Lee has gone a perfect three-for-three in the new season with victories and new program record times in the 60m hurdles in all three meets the Bobcats have taken part in during 2016-17 (Yale Season Opener – Dec. 10, Great Dane Invitational – Jan. 14). Besting the program record with a time of 8.51 seconds in the preliminary round, Lee needed to work hard for her victory but she sure came through with a time of 8.36 seconds that stands as a Mackal Fieldhouse facility record (URI home venue).

Fiore, Hughes Earn Student-Athlete of the Week Awards

Paolo Fiore, Siena

Men's Track | Senior | Brightwaters, NY/St. John the Baptist

Senior Paolo Fiore has been a key component to the Siena track program. In the 2015-16 season, Fiore was Siena’s first IC4A Outdoor Track Qualifier in the 1500-meter event. He holds a school record in the 800-meter (2:01.22) and the second fastest time in the 1500-meter (3:45.57). Last season, Fiore won the 3000-meter event twice once in the outdoor Monmouth Season Opener and once in the indoor Yale Opener. At the 2016 MAAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, Fiore was a part of the Distance Medley Relay that placed third and also went on to qualify for the IC4A/ECAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. He is also a two-time MAAC All-Academic team member.

Talah Hughes, Saint Peter's

Women’s Basketball | Junior | Guard | 5’10” | Beacon, NY/Beacon

Junior guard Talah Hughes, is averaging 12.9 points per game, to lead Saint Peter’s this season and ranks 10th in the league. Hughes also leads the Peacocks in rebounding (5.6 per game) and blocked shots (0.7 per game). She is also eighth in the MAAC’s in field-goal shooting percentage (49.0).

On January 22, against Manhattan College Hughes surpassed her career-high in points, scoring 22. In addition, she has led her squad in 10 out of 19 games in scoring, while also leading in rebounds, assists, steals, or blocked shots in at least four games per category this season.

Conor Hart To Represent MAAC at 2017 NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar

More than 200 interns and graduate assistants at the start of their careers will participate in the 2017 NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar, NCAA leadership development announced. This year’s program will take place Wednesday through Jan. 27 at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis.

A committee comprised of members from the Association – a group that includes current administrators and past seminar participants across all NCAA divisions – selected the participants. Besides national office interns, 30 conferences and affiliates and 196 schools are represented in the program this year.

The Emerging Leaders Seminar provides educational and transitional programming for NCAA graduate assistants and interns who have shown a profound interest in pursuing a career in college sports. After attending, participants bring back to their schools industry knowledge, leadership awareness and a broadened perspective of intercollegiate athletics. Participants gain valuable insight that helps them structure the next steps for their careers.

“The Emerging Leaders Seminar is a wonderful opportunity for young professionals working in athletics to come to the national office, form a network of like-minded peers and develop knowledge of the college sports industry at all levels,” said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement and chief inclusion officer.

Over the nine years of the program’s existence, the Emerging Leaders Seminar has welcomed more than 1,000 athletics professionals to the NCAA national office for this engaging education and networking opportunity.

During the 2017 seminar, participants will hear from industry leaders and experts, including: Oliver Luck, NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs; Meg Stevens, director of athletics, Averett University; Devin Crosby, director of athletics, Lynn University; Erin McDermott, director of athletics, University of Chicago; Felicia Martin, senior associate athletics director for academics and student services, Texas Tech University and future vice president of the NCAA Eligibility Center; and Scott Wiegandt, director of athletics, Bellarmine University. The participants also explore the role of NCAA governance, including the differences among the divisions and the role of conference offices. Additionally, participants will split into small groups and work together to create an operations plan that simulates the application of group dynamics and understanding the holistic operations of an athletics department.

Other scheduled speakers include: Rob Carrolla, director of communications, Big 12 Conference; LaMar Campbell, assistant athletics director for student-athlete engagement, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Tom Mitchell, associate athletics director for compliance, Purdue University; Dawn Ellerbe Crawford, associate athletics director for branding and fan development, California State University Northridge; Karen Stromme, associate athletics director for internal operations and senior woman administrator at the University of Minnesota Duluth; and Yulander Wells, senior associate athletics director for finance and chief financial officer, University of South Florida.

About NCAA leadership development:

NCAA leadership development, located in Indianapolis, coordinates and facilitates education and training for student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrators. The staff annually hosts programs, at little or no cost to members, using expert curriculum designed to enhance the well-being and personal development of college athletes. The staff also provides ongoing education and topical training to athletics professionals who identify and serve student-athlete needs. For more information, visit www.NCAA.org/leadershipdevelopment.

Twitter: Search #LearnLead and stay connected to participants’ experiences at the NCAA leadership development programs and events.

Snapchat: Add ‘ldevelopment06’ user and follow the story of the 2017 NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar. Once onsite in Indianapolis, attendees will utilize the seminar’s Geofilter and share their own stories.

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