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NATION’S TOP WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PROSPECT, ASIA DURR, COMMITS TO LOUISVILLE CARDINALS

After narrowing her list down to five teams, the nation's top prospect announced that she will be headed to Louisville in 2015. Louisville received a huge commitment today with the verbal pledge of the nation's top prospect, Asia Durr. Durr, the dynamic do-everything guard out of Atlanta, committed Tuesday afternoon. "In Asia, Louisville is getting a tireless worker both on the court and in the classroom," said St. Pius X coach Kyle Snipes. "and#40;She'sand#41; a student-athlete with an acute attention to detail relative to her approach to practice and games and as a humble a person as I have had the opportunity to coach." Her verbal pledge adds to an already top tier class with commitments from Taja Cole and Brianna Jones -- both top-15 recruits. Durr, the most sought out guard in the country, gives Jeff Walz another dynamic playmaker at the guard position. Her other finalists wereandnbsp;Maryland, Duke, Baylor and Notre Dame. More: Why Louisville makes sense for Durr And while [Read More]

published September 9, 2014 at 3:26pm EDT


NEW BOOK FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES: BENEATH THE COLLEGE JERSEY BY MARTEN VANDERVELDE

andnbsp; Listen to an interview between Erica Quam and#40;founder of The Inner Circle for Women Who Coachand#41; and Marten Vandervelde - author of the book, Beneath the College Jersey: An Athlete's Guide to Healthier Nutrition, Habits, andamp; Recovery. andnbsp; andnbsp; In this interview, Erica talks with Marten about his book. andnbsp;He explains how "the college experience" is part of a bigger stereotype that needs a real culture shift for athletes to be healthier and perform better. Find out what he was seeing as a strength and conditioning coach that led him to write this book. Hear why the X's and O's in college athletics isn't enough Hear what recommends athletes eat post workout. Find out why a food journal can change habits and specifically what makes Marten's food journal unique Hear some specific concerns for athletes in relation to alcohol and how coaches can use a differentandnbsp; To access the interview, join the Inner Circle for Women Who Coach TODAY! [Read More]

published August 29, 2014 at 7:35pm EDT


HOW DO YOU BUILD TRUST ON YOUR TEAM? BY ERICA QUAM @COACHQUAM

FEATURED ARTICLEandnbsp;by Erica Quam How do you build trust on your team?andnbsp; TRUSTBuilding trust is theandnbsp; foundation for the success of your team this year. This is where it starts. andnbsp; CONFLICTIf you don't have trust, you can't have healthy conflict. andnbsp;You'll just have people that avoid conflict, hold things in, and not be truly authentic. andnbsp;Usually, things blow up at the most in-opportune times!COMMITMENTIf you can't have that healthy conflict, where people get a chance to share their true opinions with one another, you can't get people to commit or buy-in to the decisions that are being made as a team.ACCOUNTABILITYIf you can't get commitment from the team, you certainly won't get people to hold one another accountable.RESULTSIf you don't get people holding one another accountable, you simply won't get the results that you want this year.It all begins with trust.andnbsp;andnbsp;Here are a few things to try.1. andnbsp;Be vulnerable as a leader. andnbsp;Share a bit of you [Read More]

published August 29, 2014 at 7:23pm EDT


NCAA REFORM AND TITLE IX

Last week a federal district court judge ruled in favor of the former college athletes, lead by Ed O'Bannon, who were challenging NCAA rules that prevented them from sharing in the proceeds that their colleges and universities earned by licensing their names and likenesses for commercial purposes like television broadcasts. The court agreed with the athletes that NCAA restrictions on athlete compensation are a form of price fixing that unreasonably restrains trade, and, as such, violate federal antitrust law.andnbsp; As a result of the court's decision, the NCAA must allow schools to use broadcast proceeds to provide stipends that compensate athletes for the true cost of attendance, which is often more than the cost of tuition, room and board, and books to which athletic scholarships are currently limited.andnbsp; And it must allow schools to hold some of the money they receive from television broadcasters for using players names and likenesses in a trust fund, to be shared among the playe [Read More]

published August 15, 2014 at 5:08pm EDT


WENDY PARKER ON THE FATE OF THE NON-REVENUE NCAA ATHLETE

On Monday my post is generally related to a timely sports topic prominently in the news, is focused on the business of sports or covers a sports subject at random. * * * * * * * * I donandrsquo;t know much about law, economics, business, marketing, public relations, television rights and industrial organization. I certainly donandrsquo;t know many details of coaching and motivating athletes to compete at their peak, and the nutrition, weight training, sports psychology and other elements that go into maximizing athletic performance. For the last couple of decades, what Iandrsquo;ve been able to figure out is asking enough questions to put a few words together about the notable achievements of young, talented athletes, mostly at the college and Olympic levels. Iandrsquo;ve gotten to know some of them, and their coaches, and the people who make their exploits possible. In the world of intercollegiate sports, I do believe that most of the adults Iandrsquo;ve met do work to serve the best inte [Read More]

published August 11, 2014 at 11:33am EDT


NCAA – 2014 AWK COLLEGE SOCCER AWARD PRESEASON SHORTLISTS

Here are the shorlists for the annual AWK College Soccer awards, given out each January before the Hermann Trophy announcement. All players for this shortlist must have played one season of DI soccer to be considered, though all players are considered for the final awards. AWK Golden Glove Jane Campbell andndash; Stanford Caroline Casey andndash; William andamp; Mary Sabrina Dandrsquo;Angelo andndash; South Carolina Jordan Day andndash; Texas Aandamp;M Alex Godinez andndash; DePaul Tarah Hobbs andndash; Minnesota Megan Kufeld andndash; Washington Lindsey Luke andndash; Utah Emma Newins andndash; Georgetown Katelyn Rowland andndash; UCLA Hope Sabadash andndash; Southeastern Louisiana Kate Scheele andndash; Colorado Kailen Sheridan andndash; Clemson Abby Smith andndash; Texas Morgan Stearns andndash; Virginia AWK Defender of the Year Stephanie Amack andndash; Stanford Brittany Basinger andndash; Penn State Maddie Bauer andndash; Stanford Kadeisha Buchanan andndash; West Virginia Megan Campbell andndash; Florida State Whitney Chu [Read More]

published August 7, 2014 at 2:09am EDT


NCAA – FINAL 2014 RECRUITING RANKINGS – TOP 100

Err. Final-ish. There may be slight changes if there are some new unknown faces on clubs who havenandrsquo;t released rosters yet. 1. Stanford PLAYER TO WATCH: Andi Sullivan andndash; MF andndash; FR 2. Penn State PLAYER TO WATCH: Maddie Elliston andndash; MF/D andndash; FR 3. Duke PLAYER TO WATCH: Imani Dorsey andndash; FW/MF andndash; FR 4. UCLA PLAYER TO WATCH: Gabrielle Matulich andndash; D/MF andndash; FR 5. Cal PLAYER TO WATCH: Indigo Gibson andndash; D andndash; FR 6. Notre Dame PLAYER TO WATCH: Alexandra Nicholas andndash; GK andndash; FR 7. Tennessee PLAYER TO WATCH: Carlyn Baldwin andndash; MF andndash; FR 8. Georgia PLAYER TO WATCH: Becca Rasmussen andndash; MF andndash; FR 9. Florida State PLAYER TO WATCH: Cheyna Williams andndash; FW andndash; JR 10. North Carolina PLAYER TO WATCH: Megan Buckingham andndash; MF andndash; FR 11. LSU PLAYER TO WATCH: Jordane Carvery andndash; D andndash; FR 12. UCF PLAYER TO WATCH: Ashley Spivey andndash; MF andndash; JR 13. Harvard PLAYER TO WATCH: Marie Becker andn [Read More]

published August 6, 2014 at 1:58am EDT


FRESH SKATERS ON THE ICE! NCAA RECRUITING CLASSES, PART ONE

We have certain assumptions about what we consider a successful recruiting class. At the top of the list are players who have served on the American or Canadian national teams. Then come players who have been invited to camps by those teams, and/or been a part of top-flight junior programs. If you score a lot for a lesser junior team you may also be a good prospect. Itandrsquo;s harder to evaluate foreign nationals because the talent pool is more uncertain: for every Michelle Karvinen there is a random Swede whose skills are being accepted largely on faith. The problem with this system is that at every step along the way there is room for error: the national selection camps may have a flawed process; not every player on an excellent team is herself an excellent player. Although we have statistical measures for isolating her contribution they are largely in their infancy. Also, there is no adequate measure for determining whether a so-called blue chip prospect will make the transition fr [Read More]

published August 1, 2014 at 9:10am EDT


NCAA – UPDATED CLASS OF 2015 RECRUITING RANKINGS

Teams ranked 26-50 after the jump. 1. Stanford 2. Penn State 3. North Carolina 4. Tennessee 5. Duke 6. Virginia 7. Notre Dame 8. UCLA 9. Boston College 10. Washington 11. Florida State 12. Michigan 13. BYU 14. Santa Clara 15. Wake Forest 16. Florida 17. Kentucky 18. LSU 19. Colorado 20. Miami and#40;FLand#41; 21. USC 22. Northwestern 23. Yale 24. Texas Aandamp;M 25. Maryland 26. Washington State 27. Air Force 28. Arizona State 29. Texas 30. Ohio State 31. Pepperdine 32. Memphis 33. San Diego State 34. UC Santa Barbara 35. TCU 36. Illinois 37. Auburn 38. Utah 39. Loyola Marymount 40. Portland 41. Texas Tech 42. West Virginia 43. Dayton 44. Louisville 45. Syracuse 46. Indiana 47. Michigan State 48. Arkansas 49. Pittsburgh 50. Oklahoma State Committed Blue Chip Prospects Dorian Bailey and#40;North Carolinaand#41; Katie Cousins and#40;Tennesseeand#41; Natalie Jacobs and#40;Notre Dameand#41; Ellie Jean and#40;Penn Stateand#41; Tegan McGrady and#40;Stanfordand#41; Taylor Racioppi and#40;Dukeand#41; Kaleigh Riehl and#40 [Read More]

published July 31, 2014 at 2:40am EDT


NCAA – UPDATED CLASS OF 2016 RECRUITING RANKINGS

Through this weekendandrsquo;s last updated of the big recruiting spreadsheet. 1. North Carolina 2. UCLA 3. Duke 4. Virginia 5. Notre Dame 6. Stanford 7. Santa Clara 8. West Virginia 9. USC 10. Florida State 11. South Carolina 12. Rutgers 13. Washington 14. Maryland 15. Tennessee 16. Boston College 17. Auburn 18. Texas Tech 19. Saint Louis 20. Miami and#40;FLand#41; 21. UCF 22. LSU 23. Louisville 24. Kentucky 25. SMU Committed Blue Chip Prospects Marley Canales and#40;UCLAand#41; Mia Gyau and#40;Dukeand#41; Mallory Pugh and#40;UCLAand#41; [Read More]

published July 29, 2014 at 3:14am EDT