Go greyhounds

 

Playing with the big boys?

NFL hopes—The St. Louis Rams invited former Greyhound Tim Dury ’09 to rookie mini-camp. The 6’3″, 275-lb. Dury was a First Team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference offensive lineman in 2009. He was Offensive Lineman of the Year in both 2008 and ’09.

Affiliation migration

The University of Indianapolis will become affiliated with the Great Lakes Valley Conference in football, in addition to the 17 other sports that already compete in the league. UIndy now competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference. The GLVC announced that it will sponsor football beginning in the 2012 season.

UIndy senior, Kyleigh Turner

National, conference awards

Pair of Elite 88s—The NCAA is honoring one student-athlete at each of the 88 national championships being contested among all three NCAA divisions (I, II, III). In the first year of the honor, two Greyhounds walked home with the accolades as Kyleigh Turner (volleyball) and Allison Tyler (women’s golf) each had the highest cumulative grade point averages among all of their peers at the championship venue.

Paragon Award—UIndy senior volleyball standout Kyleigh Turner won the 2009–10 Richard F. Scharf Paragon Award, given to the best student-athletes the GLVC has to offer. The award was established prior to the 1990–91 season in honor of Richard F. Scharf, commissioner emeritus of the GLVC, and is bestowed annually on one male and one female student-athlete, based on academic excellence, athletic ability and achievement, character, and leadership.

UIndy senior, Seth Fair

One of six Nelson Award finalists—Senior golfer Seth Fair finished fourth at the NCAA Division II Championships, cohosted by the University of Indianapolis in Noblesville, Ind., and was named one of six finalists for the 2010 Byron Nelson Award. Fair was the lone Division II candidate among the list of finalists. The selection committee considers the nominee’s collegiate academic and golf career as well as his character and integrity while in college. Particular consideration is given to a nominee’s good citizenship.

League leaders—& more awards

The volleyball team enjoyed its most successful postseason run to date, advancing to the NCAA II Elite Eight. The squad hosted its first Midwest Regional, won its second GLVC title, and lost one regular season match all season. Head Coach Jody Butera was honored as the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Division II Coach of the Year.

With a series sweep over then-first-place Quincy on the season’s final day, UIndy’s softball team grabbed the top seed in the GLVC tournament—the first #1 seed for a UIndy team in the championship’s 27 years. Senior Megan Russell was named GLVC Player of the Year for the second straight season.

The women’s basketball team (26-4)started the season with a 24-game winning streak. Junior Samantha Meissel was a Daktronics Third Team All-American and honored as GLVC Player of the Year. The league’s Coach of the Year, LeAnn Freeland, led her team on its third straight NCAA tournament trip.

The women’s golf, volleyball, and men’s indoor track and field teams all claimed GLVC titles in 2009–10. The lady golfers took home their second straight league crown; the track team claimed its first indoor title.

The women’s golf team again advanced to the NCAA Championships after winning back-to-back league titles, and Senior Lyndsay McBride was slated to defend her national title. McBride was named a Second Team All-American after being a national champion last season.

Head Coach Gary Vaught won his 700th career game and the baseball team qualified for the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row.

Both men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams claimed Great Lakes Valley Conference titles, sweeping the awards at the meet. Coach Scott Fangman was named Coach of the Year. Kierra Allen was Female Track Athlete of the Year, and Asia Cammack picked up top freshman honors.