Emily Simanskis

The Love of Winning. The Price of Losing.

The locker rooms at Miami University under Fred C. Yager Stadium, in the bowels of Goggin Ice Center and in the tunnels of John D. Millett Hall have housed rosters of defeated players during the 2016-17 sports season. They’ve become familiar with tired bodies, raised voices and bruised confidence. They welcome dreams of championships while they retain the sting of consecutive losing seasons. But they’ve also hosted hundreds of football players who have been playing the game since kindergarten, hockey players who have been skating since they could stand and basketball players who don’t know a childhood without travel...

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Men’s basketball finalizes staff

Miami University’s new head basketball coach Jack Owens announced the hiring of his staff on April 12 and the hiring of his assistant on April 18. This announcement comes after ex-head coach John Cooper’s contract wasn’t renewed after his five year tenure at Miami, after the coaching staff was fired and shortly after Miami’s basketball season ended in early March.   Damon Frierson — Assistant to the Head Coach Miami Hall-of-Famer (‘99). Two-time All-Mid-American Conference selection and the fifth all-time leading scorer for Miami men’s basketball. Won MAC title with the RedHawks in 1997. Kenneth Lowe — Assistant Coach Purdue University ‘04 graduate. Previous assistant video coordinator at Purdue. Played professionally overseas for nine seasons in Turkey, Germany, Hungary, Venezuela and then in Finland. Jeff Rutter — Assistant Coach Winona State ‘88 graduate. Previous assistant and interim head coach and recruiting coordinator at Drake University. Before, spent seven seasons at Iowa State as assistant coach and director of operations. Has also been an assistant coach at North Dakota State; head coach at University of Wisconsin-Parkside; assistant coach at Northern Iowa. J.R. Reynolds — Assistant Coach Eastern Illinois ’04 graduate. Previous assistant coach for Eastern Illinois University. Former graduate assistant at Purdue. Ryne Smith — Director of Basketball Operations Purdue ‘13 graduate. Previous head coach at Anderson High School in Anderson, Indiana and at Clinton Prairie High School in Frankfort,...

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Women’s club baseball holds first clinic

The metallic “ping” of bats hitting baseballs and the softer thuds of baseballs hitting gloves punctuated cries of encouragement from the members of Miami women’s club baseball. Seventeen people took to Cook Field last Wednesday for the club’s first clinic – the first step in a movement to encourage girls to play baseball. “This is such a big movement,” junior Jeremy O’Bryan said. “Girls just don’t play baseball anymore, girls play softball and us being out here is making a statement. It’s something that is out of a lot of these girls’ realm of experience and comfort zone. Being...

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Tennis looks to finish season strong

The Miami University tennis team finds itself at a critical spot as regular season play winds down heading into the Mid-American Conference Tournament. “We are definitely moving in the right direction and building confidence. We just have to handle one match at a time,” head coach Yana Carollo said. The ’Hawks stand at 9-11 overall with a 4-3 record against MAC competition, placing them third out of nine teams in the conference standings. Both of the Red and White’s conference losses came in the form of narrow defeats to the two teams ahead of them in the league rankings. The University of Akron slipped by the RedHawks 4-3 on April 2, while Ball State University won in a similar fashion on April 14. The University of Buffalo most recently bested the RedHawks 4-3 on April 16.  “We definitely had a tough match against Akron, but it just helped prepare us as a team. We are now just focused on bouncing back and competing for the rest of the season,” junior Hannah Shteyn said. Despite the pair of tough losses to conference foes, Miami has had its share of noteworthy victories during the season. “We beat Indiana in January for the first time in school history. It was really an amazing match,” sophomore Emily Struble said. Heading into the matchup, MU previously held a 0-34 record against the Hoosiers. Another highlight...

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Club Broomball — C Class National Champions

Miami University’s club broomball team became National Champions in USA Broomball’s C Class on April 9 in Delmont, Pennsylvania.   The sixteen club members who made the five-hour drive went 3-0 in class play to enter bracket play seeded first. The team led during the entirety of the tournament, won semifinals and then beat the New Jersey Saints 3-0 to become National Champions. “We’re just out there to have fun,” President and captain junior Michael Dzoba said. “We’re extremely competitive, we’re all best friends. So, it was just a great time playing broomball – it doesn’t get much better...

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