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Texas A&M University-Commerce announces a contract for head volleyball coach Craig Case.

COMMERCE – Texas A&M University-Commerce has announced a multi-year contract for head volleyball coach Craig Case, effective immediately.

The seventh head coach in Lion volleyball history, Case has led the Lions since the 2010 season and has compiled an overall record of 130-114 (.533), the second-most wins in program history. In 2017, he led the Lions to the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament for the first time since 1988.

“It has been an honor and joy to call A&M-Commerce and my home since 2010, and I can’t explain how excited I am to continue that,” Case said. “I love our program, our athletics department, our university, and our community. I can’t wait to keep representing all of those entities and doing what it takes to make them proud of our program.

“I would like to thank President Ray Keck and Tim McMurray for extending this opportunity and having faith in me to lead our program to greater success. I love our “Best in Class” mission and for what it stands. I love doing my best every day to make that mission a reality for our student-athletes. On top of that, everyone in our athletic department from the top down shares and supports that mission. To be in such a great environment is every coach’s dream.”

Case has coached three All-Americans, six All-Region players, six Lone Star Conference major award winners, 26 all-Lone Star Conference players, 10 Lone Star Conference All-Academic players, and the program’s first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-America.

“Having worked with Craig and his talented staff for three years, it is a privilege to sign him to a multi-year contract,” McMurray said. “We are fortunate to have a leader who embraces the student-athlete experience, is committed to a culture of compliance, is resource conscious, and produces positive results on the court.”

Case’s teams have improved their record in each of the last three seasons, earning second place in the Lone Star Conference in 2017, their highest finish since 2002 and best in a non-divisional format since 1994. The Lions went undefeated in the Field House for the first time in 30 years last season, going 11-0 in front of the home crowd.

Entering his ninth season as head coach at A&M-Commerce, Case is the longest-tenured head coach in the history of the Lion Volleyball program.

“Beyond our volleyball program, everyone in the department and the university is amazing to work with them. We’ve got a great academics staff, great compliance staff, great athletic training staff, great strength and conditioning staff, and great administrative staff overall. Add to that the wonderful support we get from the university and it all adds up to this being one of the best jobs in the nation. I couldn’t be more blessed with this opportunity,” Case added.

Case previously served as head coach at St. Gregory’s (Okla.) and Valley City (N.D.) State and has been a collegiate head coach for 13 seasons, earning 186 victories.

In a corresponding move, Case has promoted Sarah Carthel to Associate Head Coach. Carthel just completed her fifth season with Lion Volleyball and is a decorated former student-athlete and well-respected coach throughout the Lone Star Conference and the nation.

“We are so pleased to have Craig Case leading our talented young women that represent our institution and our volleyball program,” said President Dr. Ray Keck. “Having had the chance to work with this program directly, including the prospective student-athletes who visit campus and our current team, I am so impressed by the job that he and Sarah do in mentoring our ladies on and off the court.”

 

160 Lions named to Fall 2017 LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

RICHARDSON – Texas A&M University-Commerce is represented by a conference-best 160 student-athletes on the Fall 2017 Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, as announced by the LSC office on Wednesday.

The Commissioner’s Honor Roll announcement is at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters with student-athletes qualifying based on grade point average for the current semester. To be eligible for the honor roll, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.30 GPA for the current semester and be on the roster.

In addition to having the most student-athletes on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the Lions had 44 student-athletes who earned a perfect 4.0 term grade point average. A total of 1,213 student-athletes throughout the league’s 11 institutions received recognition on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Adam Abusnineh Fr. Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Undecided Houston, Texas
Jon Aguilar Sr. Football Learning & Technology Lubbock, Texas
Laura Alicke Fr. Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Undecided Bad Lausick, Germany
Eryka Anderson Fr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Kinesiology & Sports Studies Plano, Texas
Dorian Armstrong Sr. Men’s Basketball General Studies Detroit, Mich.
Steven Baker Grad Football Biological Sciences San Antonio, Texas
Shanecia Baker Jr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Interdisciplinary Studies Tyler, Texas
Justin Barlow Jr. Football General Studies Los Angeles, Calif.
Brandon Bascue Fr. Football General Business Flower Mound, Texas
Lauren Bentley Fr. Women’s Golf Undecided League City, Texas
Kara Blasingame Fr. Women’s Soccer Undecided Oswego, Ill.
Garrett Blubaugh So. Football Biological Sciences Keller, Texas
Mason Boswell Fr. Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Undecided Katy, Texas
Kate Brodnax Grad Volleyball MBA Austin, Texas
Lexi Bubenchik Fr. Women’s Golf Undecided New Concord, Ohio
Srdan Budimir Jr. Men’s Basketball Electrical Engineering Karadjordjevo, Serbia
Zachary Burch Fr. Men’s Golf Undecided Lubbock, Texas
Bryse Burris Fr. Football Undecided Irving, Texas
Leslie Campuzano Fr. Women’s Soccer Undecided Garland, Texas
Ivy Carey Fr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Undecided Fort Worth, Texas
Kieston Carter Sr. Football Couseling Mexia, Texas
Shelley Chapron So. Volleyball Undecided Houston, Texas
Chelsea Cheek So. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Kinesiology & Sports Studies Baytown, Texas
Monica Cherry Sr. Softball Sports & Recreation Management Forney, Texas
Jude Christine Fr. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Undecided Sainte-Luce, Martinique
Mackenzie Clark Jr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Business Administration Garland, Texas
Jessica Clay Sr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Kinesiology & Sports Studies Tomball, Texas
Kortlan Connely Fr. Athletic Training Kinesiology & Sports Studies Cedar Hill, Texas
Trey Conrod Jr. Men’s Basketball General Studies Kilgore, Texas
Jazsmin Coronado Fr. Women’s Soccer Undecided Red Oak, Texas
Jessika Coronado So. Women’s Soccer Kinesiology & Sports Studies Red Oak, Texas
Myca Crum So. Women’s Soccer Undecided Fort Worth, Texas
Kati Culpepper Jr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field General Studies Amarillo, Texas
Travis Dafft Fr. Football Undecided Prosper, Texas
Riley Davidson Fr. Volleyball Undecided Commerce, Texas
Dylan Davis Fr. Football Undecided Sunnyvale, Texas
Princess Davis Jr. Women’s Basketball All Level Kinesiology Shreveport, La.
Katie Dean Jr. Softball Marketing Whitesboro, Texas
Courtnee Dooley Sr. Athletic Training Kinesiology & Sports Studies Lancaster, Texas
Raini Dorman Fr. Football Undecided Henderson, Texas
Caitlin Duty Jr. Women’s Soccer Kinesiology & Sports Studies Crandall, Texas
Celeste Emeott Sr. Women’s Golf Business Administration Plano, Texas
Kylie Ferguson So. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Kinesiology & Sports Studies Grandview, Texas
Vita Riera Ferrantelli Fr. Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Undecided Miami, Fla.
Kendric Ford Fr. Football Undecided Dallas, Texas
Rylie Fuentes So. Volleyball Wildlife Conservation Robinson, Texas
Paige-Lee Garris Fr. Women’s Golf Undecided West Palm Beach, Fla.
Katie Givens Fr. Women’s Soccer Undecided Rockwall, Texas
Nicole Gonelli Fr. Volleyball Undecided Round Rock, Texas
Jordan Gray Fr. Football, Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Undecided Frisco, Texas
Taylor Green Fr. Women’s Basketball Undecided Georgetown, Texas
Joshua Hall Fr. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Psychology Portland, Texas
Blake Hartford So. Men’s Golf Undecided Spring, Texas
Deionte Haywood Jr. Football Psychology Costa Mesa, Calif.
Sophie Haywood Sr. Women’s Soccer Kinesiology & Sports Studies Hull, England
Kinsie Hebler So. Softball Kinesiology & Sports Studies Cypress, Texas
Sophie-Charlott Hempel Fr. Women’s Golf Undecided Pirmasens, Germany
Dylan Henderson So. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Kinesiology & Sports Studies Dallas, Texas
Jacob Henderson Fr. Athletic Training Kinesiology & Sports Studies Mesquite, Texas
Baylea Higgs Sr. Softball Interdisciplinary Studies Arlington, Texas
Sarah Hogan Jr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Psychology Gatesville, Texas
Kendall Holmes So. Football All Level Kinesiology Tyler, Texas
Chloe Horn Fr. Softball Undecided Commerce, Texas
Mariah Jameyson Sr. Softball Kinesiology & Sports Studies Seattle, Wash.
Lacie Jessup Sr. Volleyball Accounting Irving, Texas
Easton Jones Fr. Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Undecided Wylie, Texas
Jazmynn Kennebeck Fr. Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Undecided Rowlett, Texas
Kayla Kilcrease Jr. Softball Kinesiology & Sports Studies Kerens, Texas
Michelle Kotlik So. Women’s Soccer Sociology Grapevine, Texas
Leo Lara Fr. Men’s Basketball Sports & Recreation Management Santa Rosa, Texas
Ruth Leach Fr. Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Undecided Whitesboro, Texas
Lauren Leslie Jr. Women’s Golf Management Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas
Preston Lienemann Jr. Volleyball Public Health Loveland, Colo.
Layne Little Sr. Volleyball History Abilene, Texas
Sir Morgan Loudd Fr. Football, Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Undecided Waco, Texas
Justice Luce Jr. Football Psychology Fairview, Texas
Katherine Lyles So. Women’s Golf Finance Daingerfield, Texas
Kristov Martinez Jr. Football Management Edinburg, Texas
Samantha Martinez Fr. Softball Undecided Ennis, Texas
Kendall Mathis Fr. Football All Level Kinesiology Maud, Texas
Autumn McGowan Fr. Athletic Training Kinesiology & Sports Studies Fort Worth, Texas
Kamryn McKee Sr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Kinesiology & Sports Studies Lewisville, Texas
Jenna McLaughlin Jr. Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Interdisciplinary Studies Sunnyvale, Texas
Tate McMillan Fr. Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Undecided Humble, Texas
Desmond McNiel Fr. Men’s Basketball Construction Engineering Whitewright, Texas
Dallas Millin Fr. Men’s Golf Finance Wright, WY
Trevor Montgomery Jr. Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

 

Lions move up to No. 10 in NABC Coaches’ Poll, setting up monster LSC weekend.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball team has risen two spots to No. 10 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Poll, as released Tuesday.

After defeating Tarleton State in their only action last week, the Lions have moved their record to 14-1 overall and lead the Lone Star Conference with a 7-0 record with two more games remaining in the first loop through the LSC round robin schedule.

Those two games left in the first round have emerged as colossal matchups in the conference and national scene, as West Texas A&M is ranked No. 7 and UT Permian Basin is ranked No. 11. It is the Lions’ highest national ranking since ending the 2004-05 season ranked No. 5.

The Lions travel to Odessa on Thursday to take on No. 11 UT-Permian Basin for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff. Saturday will see the Lions go to Canyon for the NCAA Division II National Showcase game against No. 7 West Texas A&M for a 4:00 p.m. tipoff. That game will be broadcast online on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN family of mobile apps. All Lion basketball games are broadcast on the Lion Sports Network, with KETR 88.9 FM as the flagship station, streaming online at KETR.org.

NABC/Division II Rankings
(Jan. 16, 2018 – Poll No. 8)

Record Points Last
1. West Liberty, W.Va. (15) 15-0 399 3
2. Northwest Missouri State (1) 14-1 381 4
3. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 15-1 370 5
4. Queens, N.C. 16-1 339 1
5. Ferris State, Mich. 18-1 330 7
6. Bellarmine, Ky. 14-1 321 2
7. West Texas A&M 16-1 311 8
8. Northern State, S.D. 18-1 290 9
9. Western Oregon 15-1 275 10
10. A&M-Commerce 14-1 239 12
11. UT Permian Basin 14-2 229 6
12. Virginia State 15-1 226 13
13. West Florida 15-1 215 15
14. Morehouse, Ga. 14-0 180 20
15. Findlay, Ohio 17-2 166 16
16. Wheeling Jesuit, W.Va. 13-2 142 19
17. Dallas Baptist, Texas 14-2 129 23
18. West Chester, Pa. 14-1 119 17
19. Barry, Fla. 11-3 103 11
20. Claflin, S.C. 17-1 81 NR
21. Valdosta State, Ga. 14-2 66 NR
22. Christian Brothers, Tenn. 13-3 49 18
23. Arkansas-Fort Smith 14-3 39 14
24. Southern Nazarene, Okla. 12-1 37 NR
25. William Jewell, Mo. 14-2 31 NR

                                          
Others receiving votes: Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 24, Minot State (N.D.) 18, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 17, Western Washington 13, California Baptist 12, Kutztown (Pa.) 11, Cal Poly Pomona 10, Colorado School of Mines 10, Chaminade (Hawai’i) 7, Central Missouri 5, Bridgeport (Conn.) 3, Cal State San Marcos 3.

Dropped out: Fort Lewis (21), Colorado School of Mines (22), California Baptist (24), Cal Poly Pomona (25).

Records are through games of Jan.14, 2018.

 

Lion Athletics Announces Administrative Reorganization.

COMMERCE – Texas A&M University-Commerce Director of Athletics Tim McMurray has announced a reorganization of the Lion Athletics Executive Team, along with administrative staff additions and adjustments.

The Lion Athletics Executive Team now consists of Judy Sackfield, Deputy Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Success (formerly Senior Associate Athletics Director); Josh Manck, Associate Athletics Director for Marketing and Communications (formerly Associate Athletics Director for Communications); Conner Moreno, Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations (formerly Assistant Athletics Director – Internal Operations); Katelyn Severance, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Administration (formerly Associate Athletics Director for Compliance); Taylor Phelps, Executive Director – Lion Champions Fund; and Morgan Phelps, Administrative Associate to the Athletics Director / Chief of Staff.

“On the heels of a historical fall for our student-athletes in the classroom, our NCAA Award of Excellence nomination for community engagement, and our historic football and volleyball NCAA accolades, it is a sensible time to maximize efficiency and alignment in our administration,” McMurray said.

“We have consolidated two positions and realigned several others to maximize efficiencies and skill sets of our talented administrative team. I am so pleased to have Judy, Josh, Conner, Katelyn, and Taylor take on additional responsibilities and form collaborative approaches across our external, internal, and student-athlete success units. It will truly be ‘Best in Class’ for our student-athletes and coaches.”

In addition to executive team realignment, several deserving athletics staff members have had their duties realigned recently. Victoria Kisluk is now Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Success, Austin Weyant is Assistant Director of Compliance, AJ Audet is Athletics Facilities and Operations Manager, and Taryn Driver is now External Operations Coordinator.

Driver (Volleyball, Class of 2017) and Taylor Phelps (Men’s Basketball, Class of 2014) are both A&M-Commerce Honors College alumni and former student-athletes. Working closely with Manck and his communications/marketing team, it gives external relations a team-approach that has already paid dividends during the NCAA National Championship for football and men’s and women’s basketball early season crowds.

“Our approach to our Best in Class mission from a staff perspective is simple – spend time developing people that are passionate, talented, and committed to taking the initiative. With our new organizational structure and our talented administrators, those three key elements are already flourishing,” McMurray noted.