President Oxholm Promotes Turf, Strength Coach and Fitness
University’s Board of Trustees has approved turf and lights for the University’s newest athletic field on Easton Road. The work will commence in the spring so that the field is ready for play by August and the fall sports season. This decision came shortly after Arcadia’s new full-time strength and conditioning coach, Todd Barnes, joined the Arcadia staff, and six weeks after the opening of the University’s new state-of-the-art fitness facility in Kuch Center.
“We are intent on having championship teams in the Middle Atlantic Division of our Division III Conference,” said Arcadia President Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III. “Our student-athletes receive an excellent education from their professors in the classrooms and labs. We are committed to doing our best to help them reach their potential in the field and on the courts. Our University has a tradition of excellence in sports: Beaver College was nationally top ranked in many sports— from field hockey to basketball to riflery. Our women’s soccer team climbed to 24th in the country this past fall. We intend for our other intercollegiate teams to achieve similar stature.”
President Oxholm met with the Athletics and Recreation Department coaches and staff soon after his arrival to campus, and turfing the field was one of the coaches’ top priorities. He also increased funding for intramural recreational sports. With men’s lacrosse becoming Arcadia’s newest official Division III sport next year, the new field—along with the Dome and its indoor surface—will provide year-round play.
Victory on the field and in the community
Rick Brownell reached the 100-win milestone as head coach of Arcadia University women’s soccer program with the Knights’ 2-1 victory over visiting Lycoming College this fall. He is one of two active Arcadia head coaches to reach or surpass 100 wins. Linda Detra, entering her 19th season as the head coach of Arcadia’s softball program has tallied 386 career wins and is recognized among the top “winningest” active head softball coaches in Division III.
From the onset of the 2011-12 season, freshman basketball player Travis Saltus was given the mighty task of engineering the Knight’s offense as starting point guard. By seasons’ end, he averaged 8.4 points per contest, shot more than 44 percent from the floor, and led the team with 63 assists. In February, he was named as Rookie of the Year by the MAC Commonwealth Conference men’s basketball coaches.
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is 23 athletes from 12 teams—chosen by their coaches for their leadership, attitude, and commitment to making Arcadia athletics better. They put those attributes to use with a successful formal dance fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation in the fall, with a spring dance benefiting the Arcadia Special Athlete Association. “The group meets once a month and forms community service events and fundraising projects as well as discussing on-campus athletic event improvements and more,” says adviser Lorie Khalil, Head Women’s Basketball Coach.
The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association named 219 student-athletes from 85 institutions to the 2011 Academic Honor Roll, as reported by Phillylacrosse.com. Three members of Arcadia’s women’s lacrosse team were honored: Kelly Donahue ’11, Kaitlyn Gamber ’11 and Stephanie Holguin ’12.
Since 2008 Arcadia University has recognized more than 250 student-athlete Academic Honor Roll recipients. The 2010- 2011 Academic Year yielded the best results in four years, with 72 Arcadia students honored for academic achievement. The men’s and women’s Soccer teams had a team-wide cumulative GPA of 3.31 (women) and 3.19 (men), well above the 3.00 mark necessary to be honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NCSAA)—an honor both teams earned for a second year in a row.