The sports world at Miami University doesn’t slow down just because its summer. So, below are a few notable events that occurred over the summer, that you may have missed or forgotten about. Several have full stories online at miamistudent.net, so check them out for more details. General Athletics
Miami closed the 2012-2013 year by winning the Jacoby Trophy, which is awarded to the best overall women’s athletic team in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Miami won the award for the fifth time in school history. On the men’s side, the RedHawks finished in last place in the Reese Trophy standings, given to the best overall men’s teams in the MAC. The ‘Hawks haven’t won a Reese Trophy since 2005. Soccer
Coming off a MAC Championship and a victory in the NCAA Tournament, the RedHawks were picked as favorites to defend their title. Miami was also picked No.34 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason poll. The ‘Hawks season is already under way. Football
Star wide receiver Nick Harwell left Miami and transferred to Kansas University in May. Harwell, who had previously been suspended by head coach Don Treadwell following his fifth arrest in Oxford, will redshirt the upcoming season at Kansas, as he didn’t have the necessary credits to graduate from Miami. Harwell was in position to set multiple school records before his transfer.
Miami released new football uniforms in July. The Adidas-designed uniforms are unlike any in the college world, featuring “MIAMI” written on both the shoulders and back of the helmet. Chrome is also featured extensively throughout the new uniforms. Miami will wear the jerseys for all away games and several home games this season. Tennis
Head coach Anca Dumitrescu signed a contract extension in July. The new deal we keep Dumitrescu at the helm of Miami tennis through the 2015-2016 season. The new extension will add three years to her current deal. She has been at Miami for three years and the tennis team has lost just one MAC game under her guidance. Men’s Basketball
Former head coach Charlie Coles died at age 71 in June. Coles was a staple for Miami, becoming the school’s all-time winningest coach in any sport and is the career leader in MAC basketball victories.
Coles’ replacement, John Cooper, will enter year two at the helm with a revamped roster. Allen Roberts, Jon Harris, Drew McGhee, Jared Tadlock and Josh Sewell will not be returning to Miami. Roberts was the team’s leading scorer and Harris was the fourth leading scorer and second leading rebounder. The RedHawks add forward Blake McLimans, a transfer from Michigan, a pair of true freshmen guards in Joshua Oswald and Jaryd Eustace and will hope for a healthy season from former Penn State transfer Bill Edwards. Cooper will have to wait a year for a pair of guards in Oregon transfer Willie Moore and Presbyterian College transfer Eric Washington to play for the RedHawks. They’ll sit out a year in accordance with NCAA rules.
Cooper has received verbal commitments from two new recruits for the 2014-2015 season in forward Roderick Mills and guard Zach McCormick. Mills hails from St. Xavier High School and McCormick from Turpin High School. The 6-foot-1 McCormick averaged 26.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists for Turpin last season, and made it on to Sportscenter’s Top Ten plays thanks to off-the-backboard alley-oop dunk. Baseball
Former Miami head coach Dan Simonds left the school to take an assistant coaching position with Indiana University. Athletic director David Sayler hired former Xavier University assistant coach Danny Hayden to replace Simonds. Hayden, who is just 29, has several ties to Miami. He is both a former player and coach. The baseball field also bears his grandfather’s name.