We've had a very exciting and successful winter highlighted by a men's basketball divisional conference championship and a bevy of individual awards including a Coach of the Year award, a freshman miler qualifying for the NCAA indoor championship, two First Team All-CCHA selections for Bulldog Hockey and some exceptional academic achievements by so many young people in our program. As men's basketball and hockey gear up for post season play this weekend several other Bulldog Spring sports are beginning their seasons. It's a special time of the year - Go Bulldogs!
Bulldogs Begin CCHA Tournament Play
Ferris State begins its quest for the Mason Cup as the 2011 CCHA Tournament Champions this weekend (March 11-13) against Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, Mich. The winner of the best-of-three quarterfinal-round series will advance to the 2011 CCHA Championships (March 18-19) at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. The Bulldogs, under head coach Bob Daniels, are presently 17-14-5 overall and placed fifth in the CCHA regular-season standings with 43 league points. (Click for release).
Redmond and Nagle Named All-CCHA First Team
A pair of Ferris State men's ice hockey seniors, defenseman Zach Redmond and goaltender Pat Nagle have been named to the 2010-11 All-CCHA First Team as voted by the league's head coaches. (Click for release). Redmond, the 2010-11 FSU team captain, leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 20 points on seven goals and 13 assists while Nagle has registered a 17-12-5 record while ranking third nationally in goals-against average (1.97) and save percentage (.924) to date. Both are also candidates for the 2010-11 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the nation's top collegiate player. (Click for release).
Billins Earns FSU's CCHA Scholar-Athlete
Chad Billins, a junior on men's ice hockey team, has been designated as Ferris State's CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year representative. A marketing major, Billings will now be under consideration for the 2010-11 CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award to be presented at the 2011 CCHA Awards Banquet next Thursday, March 17, at Fox Theatre in Detroit, Mich. Chad was a two-time (Oct. 10 and Nov. 29) winner of the CCHA Defenseman of the Week honor. (Click for release).
Men's Basketball Crowned GLIAC North Division
Congratulations to our men's basketball team, who claimed the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Championship with a thrilling come-from-behind 84-66 home victory over nationally third-ranked Findlay on Feb. 19. (Click for game recap). Head coach Bill Sall along with his staff and the 13 student-athletes on the 2010-11 team have performed admirably throughout the campaign. This represents our second GLIAC title this 2010-11 athletics season as our men's golf team hoisted a conference championship trophy in the fall.
Men's Basketball Alumni Return To Celebrate 1,000th
The Bulldog men's basketball program held a special "1,000 Wins Celebration" on Feb. 26 during the GLIAC matchup with Grand Valley State as more than 40 former players and staff were present to be recognized. Several former players and coaches, including Tom Ludwig and Dean Davenport, along with Emma Wink, the wife of Bulldog legendary coach Jim Wink were in attendance. Ferris State has made 13 national tournament appearances and has been crowned GLIAC Champions 12 times.
NCAA Tournament Bound
Our men's basketball team will be participating in the 2011 NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament this Saturday (March 12) against Wayne State on the campus of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. The Bulldogs, who are seeded sixth, will face third-seed Wayne State in quarterfinal round play starting at 12 p.m. (ET). This Sunday's (March 13) regional semifinal games will be played in the evening with the championship game set for Tuesday (March 15) at 7 p.m. (ET) in the single-elimination tournament. Ferris State is making its first NCAA Tourney appearance since the 2005-06 season. (Click for more information).
Conference Scoring Leader
Senior forward Justin Keenan of the men's basketball team became the GLIAC's all-time scoring leader in the regular-season finale contest against Grand Valley State (Feb. 26), which also featured a record-crowd of 2,443 fans. Justin was also recently featured on in a NCAA.com story (Click for article).
The success achieved by the Bulldog men's basketball team this season carried over to the GLIAC post-season awards as three student-athletes earned all-conference honors and head coach Bill Sall was named GLIAC Coach of the Year. Senior forward Justin Keenan earned the GLIAC's Player of the Year Award while senior guard Darien Gay joined him on the All-GLIAC North Division First Team. Lou Williams, a senior forward, achieved second-team all-league recognition and was a GLIAC All-Defensive Team pick. Junior guard Dontae Molden joined Williams on the all-defensive squad. (Click for article).
Senior Student-Athletes Recognized
Eight men's ice hockey senior student-athletes on the 2010-11 team were honored prior to their last home game on Feb. 19. Comprising the senior class are Mike Embach, Mike Fillinger, Nate Hennig, Justin Menke, Pat Nagle, Todd Pococke, Zach Redmond, and Scott Wietecha. In women's basketball, seniors Tiara Adams, Andrea Clancy, and Becci Houdek were recognized prior to a their season-finale home win over Grand Valley State (Feb. 26). Men's basketball seniors Matt DeHart, Darien Gay, Justin Keenan and Lou Williams were all acknowledged prior to making their final regular-season home appearance on Feb. 26 versus Grand Valley State.
Eight Sports Sign Impressive Recruits
The foundation for having successful teams is being able to attract quality student-athletes. The Ferris State football program announced its recruiting class in early February which is presently comprised of 31 individuals. (Click for article). Along with football, women's volleyball (Click for article & article), softball (Click for article & article), women's soccer (Click for article), men's basketball (Click for article & article), women's basketball (Click for article, article, article, article & article), men's golf (Click for article), and men's ice hockey (Click for article) have also announced their full and/or partial recruiting classes.
Representing Our Country
Lisa Tobiczyk, who will be a senior on the 2011 Bulldog women's volleyball team, recently participated in the U.S. Women's Volleyball National Team Open Tryouts from (Feb. 25-27) at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Click for article).
Freshman Qualifies For Nationals
Freshman Samantha Johnson has qualified for the 2011 NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships (March 11-12) in Albuquerque, N.M. Johnson will be compete in the women's mile run after placing fifth with a qualifying 5:01.27 time at the 2011 GLIAC Indoor Championships. (Click for article).
Bulldogs In The Community
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Fellowship of Christian Students at Ferris State are spending the upcoming spring break period (May 4-12) in Port Gibson, Miss., volunteering their time in housing construction/repair projects. Pastor Mike Wissink, who serves as the team chaplain for several Bulldog athletic teams, is directing this effort.
Ashley Huntey, a women's volleyball student-athlete, will be the leader of a group taking a mission trip to Jamaica over spring break. Huntey along with some of her teammates will be volunteering at a school for the deaf and assisting primarily with physical labor activities.
Weightroom Renovation Project
I'm pleased to announce our weightroom within the Ewigleben Sports Complex will be undergoing renovations this spring for about a month. The renovation plans call for new weight and cardio equipment along with new flooring, lighting, and ventilation. I want to express my sincere thanks to President Dr. David Eisler and Vice-President of Administration and Finance Jerry Scoby for their support in making this happen.
Bulldog Athletic Association (BAA)
We continue to work hard on the growth and development of the BAA and our annual fundraising efforts. Our goal is to have 1,000 donors contributing a minimum of $250 annually for scholarships and operating budget support. For more information on how you can become a BAA member, click here Bulldog Athletic Association (BAA). Thank-you.
Save The Date
Updated information will be available at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com.
*Friday, May 13 - Alumni Association Golf Outing
*Saturday, June 4 - BAA Gridiron Football Alumni Golf Outing
*Saturday, August 6 - BAA Blueline Hockey Alumni Golf Outing
*Saturday, August 27 - BAA Softball Alumni Golf Outing
2010-11 Bulldog Hockey Awards Banquet
*Saturday, April 2 at Falcon Head Golf Club - (Click for more information).
Friday Night Football Home Opener Highlights Six Home
*Friday, Sept. 2 - vs. Hillsdale - 7:30 p.m. (EDT)
*Saturday, Sept. 17 - vs. Ohio Dominican
*Saturday, Oct. 1 - vs. Lake Erie
*Saturday, Oct. 15 - vs. Northern Michigan (Homecoming)
*Saturday, Oct. 29 - vs. Indianapolis
*Saturday, Nov. 12 - vs. Northwood