April 25, 2011

Issue 4- Inside Bulldog Athletics With The Athletic Director

Bulldog Fans,

At our recently-held Bulldog Senior Student-Athlete reception I thanked our seniors for their commitment and dedication to Ferris State University, their team and their coaches.  I  told them that, "As proud as we are of your accomplishments it is our goal  that in the years to come you will be equally as proud of your alma mater and this athletic department."
   

MEN'S ICE HOCKEY 

Nagle and Redmond Earn All-America Status
The postseason honors continue for two seniors, goaltender Pat Nagle and defenseman Zach Redmond, as both were recently selected to the 2010-11 American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America Teams for NCAA Division I.  Nagle received first-team recognition while Redmond earned second-team plaudits.  The two 2010-11 All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) First-Team performers represent the sixth and seventh players in FSU men's ice hockey history to attain All-America honors. (Click for release).

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Bulldogs Play In NCAA Regional Championship Game 
The 2010-11 season will go down in Ferris State annals as a memorable one after the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship Game (March 15) in Louisville, Ky., before falling to eventual national champion and top-seed Bellarmine (Ky.) (Click for release) in the Sweet Sixteen.  Ferris State, under head coach Bill Sall, entered the eight-team regional tourney field as the sixth seed and played in the regional  championship following first and second-round victories over Wayne State (Click for release) and Drury (Click for release), respectively.  The 2010-11 GLIAC Champions concluded their storybook season with a 24-8 overall record and were the first FSU team to play in a regional championship contest since 2005.       

Keenan Named National Player of the Year
Senior forward-center Justin Keenan has been tabbed as the 2010-11 Division II Bulletin National Player of the Year and is the first-ever Bulldog men's basketball player to claim National Player of the Year award recognition.  Keenan, who also headlined the 2010-11 Division II Bulletin All-America team, achieved Division II Bulletin All-America Second-Team honors a season ago.  Keenan, the 2010-11 Great Lakes Intercollegiat e Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Year and a three-time All-GLIAC selection, concluded his stellar four-year Bulldog career by scoring 2,259 career points to rank second among the program's all-time scoring leaders.  With his selection, Keenan joins previous All-Americans Bernie Kilpatrick (1963-64), Jesse Mangham (1968-69), Dennis Johnson (1973), and Lewis Garner (1974) who all played at the NAIA level.  (Click for release). 

Justin also represented Ferris State on a national stage by competing in the Reese's Division II College All-Star Game (March 25) in Springfield, Mass.  Justin  totaled eight points and grabbed three rebounds in leading the West All-Stars to a victory on the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame court, site of the 2011 Division II Elite Eight National Championship Tournament (Click for release).

BULLDOG ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (BAA)

We continue to work hard on the growth and development of the BAA and our annual fundraising efforts.  Currently, we have 883 members in the Bulldog Athletic Association (BAA) with 240 members giving at a minimum level of $250 annually.  If you are a current donor to the BAA - THANK YOU!   However, we need to do better if our teams are going to remain competitive with our peers.  If you are not a member in the BAA by donating to general athletics or the Gridiron Club, Blueline Club, Rebounders Club, 6th Dawg Club or The Gallery - then please consider joining the BAA with an annual gift of  $250 and above. For more information on how you can become a BAA member, click here Bulldog Athletic Association (BAA).  We thank you!!

CHEERLEADING

I'm pleased to welcome Jerrilyn Pike as Ferris State's new cheerleading head coach.  Jerrilyn has more than 10 years of experience as a cheerleading coach and has spent almost six years as a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Competitive Cheer judge.  (Click for release). 

MEN'S & WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY 

NCAA Regional Hosts
Ferris State will be the site for the 2011 NCAA-II Men's and Women's Cross Country Midwest Regional this November.  More details about this event will be made available in the future.  


VARIOUS INFORMATION

Bulldogs Continue Assembling Strong Recruiting Classes
Several programs continue to be successful in their recruiting efforts this spring.  Those announcing committments include men's ice hockey (Click for article), women's volleyball (Click for article), men's basketball (Click for article), and football (Click for article).

Senior Student-Athlete Reception
The FSU Alumni Association and the Bulldog Athletic Association held our second annual "Senior Student-Athlete" Reception on April 21 at the Wheeler Pavilion to honor those our senior student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility.  Approximately 34 student-athletes were in attendance for this special social event. 
(Click for article).
  
GLIAC President's Trophy Standings

With the fall and winter sports seasons for 2010-11 concluded, Ferris State presently is fifth on the latest GLIAC President's Trophy Standings with an 84.5 overall points total. To date, the Bulldogs are a half-point shy of fourth place in the standings prior to the spring sports season.  The GLIAC President's Trophy is awarded annually at the conclusion of competition to the conference member who has demonstrated general excellence in all or most sports.  Ferris State has won 14 GLIAC President's Trophies since the award's inception in the 1972-73 season.  The Bulldogs claimed the conference trophy in 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, and 1993-94. (Click for release).

Well-Deserved Recognition
Congratulations to former Bulldog football All-American Jake Visser, who was recently named to the D2football.com All-Decade Second Team.  Visser, who was both an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Daktronics All-America First-Team honoree in 2008, was chosen as the 2008-09 National "Scholar-Athlete of the Year" by the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (CCA).  Furthermore, Jake was a two-time (2007 and 2008) ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-America First-Team selection as well. (Click for article). 

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 

Friday Night Football Home Opener Highlights Six Home Games
*Friday, Sept. 2 - vs. Hillsdale - 7:30 p.m. (EDT)
*Saturday, Sept. 17 - vs. Ohio Dominican - 7 p.m. (EDT)
*Saturday, Oct. 1 - vs. Lake Erie - 7 p.m. (EDT)
*Saturday, Oct. 15 - vs. Northern Michigan (Homecoming)- 2 p.m. (EDT)
*Saturday, Oct. 29 - vs. Indianapolis- 2 p.m. (EST)
*Saturday, Nov. 12 - vs. Northwood - 2 p.m. (EST)

Go Bulldogs!
   
Perk Weisenburger
Athletic Director

Past Inside Bulldog Athletics Issues
Issue 1 - Dec. 21, 2010
Issue 2 - Jan. 26, 2011
Issue 3 - March 11, 2011

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