Excitement is in the air for the UIndy football program, entering its 13th and final season in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2011. The Greyhounds return 17 starters among 40 letterwinners from the 2010 squad, which finished with the program’s best record since 2007. The Greyhounds will be one of the charter teams as the Great Lakes Valley Conference begins sponsoring football in 2012 with eight representatives and two associate members.
“We hope to go out with a bang,” head coach Bob Bartolomeo said. “We want to make our presence known one more time in the GLIAC. We would love nothing better than to go out winners. That’s something our team has been focused on since starting training in January.”
Returning quarterbacks Rob Doyle and Chris Mills passed for 2,451 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, while the Greyhounds returned 94.2 percent of their 2010 rushing yards and all 16 touchdowns. UIndy also will feature wide receivers Ryan Forney and Mar’Quone Edmonds, who combined for 110 receptions, 1,464 yards, and 12 touchdowns in 2010. The defense is loaded with nine returning starters from a unit that finished in the top two in the GLIAC in passing defense and turnover margin. The Hounds ranked 12th among all D-II teams, allowing just 154 passing yards per game, and tied for fifth with a 1.45 average turnover margin.
UIndy also will benefit from the first season with the new Athletics & Recreation Center, the practice home of the NFC champion for the 2012 Super Bowl.
“The biggest thing we were allowed to do—and this is a testament to our Athletics Director, Sue Willey [’75]—is to use the ARC in a teaching form. We now have classroom settings for all of our position groups to teach the game of football through our state-of-the-art video capabilities and meeting rooms. That’s a big, big plus in terms of the immediate help the ARC provides,” Coach Bart explains.
“In terms of recruitment, it’s a ‘Wow Factor.’ We have a ‘Wow Factor’ now. When you walk in that building, it’s impressive, from the state-of-the-art locker rooms to the meeting rooms to the video capabilities.”
The Hounds host six games this season beginning with Kentucky Wesleyan on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. (Find the complete schedule at www.uindy.edu.)
“I encourage people that haven’t been out to see Greyhound football to come out for the exciting atmosphere,” Bartolomeo says. “It’s family-friendly and economical to enjoy a Saturday night at Key Stadium watching great football.”
Swimmers add to UIndy Academic All-America tradition
For the first time since ’04, UIndy produced a trio of Capital One Academic All-Americans to give the Greyhounds 40 honorees in school history. Swimmers Austin Biefnes, Maura Donahue, and Meghan Donahue all made the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Team. Maura was one of just two sophomores recognized, making the second team. Juniors Biefnes and Meghan Donahue were tabbed to the third team. Maura Donahue was a seven-time All-American at the 2011 NCAA Championships, including runner-up finishes in the 200, 500, and 1,000 free. The 2011 Female Swimmer of the Meet at the GLIAC Championships has a 3.95 GPA in her nursing major. A three-time Counsilman Hunsaker National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week, she holds school records in the 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 free, 200 and 400 medley relays, and 200, 400, and 800 free relays.
A three-time All-American at the 2011 NCAA Championships in the 200, 400, and 800 free relays, older sister Meghan has a 3.83 GPA in computer science. She is a member of all five school record relays and holds individual school records in the 100 and 200 back.
A chemistry major, Biefnes holds a 3.99 GPA and recently was named to the GLIAC Academic All-Excellence Team and won the 2011 Winter GLIAC Commissioner’s Award. The junior finished fourth in the 800 free relay, fifth in the 400 IM, ninth in the 200 back, and 11th in the 200 IM at the GLIAC championships.
UIndy was second in the conference with 148 Academic All-GLVC selections. The Greyhounds led the league with 32 honorees in women’s track and field and nine in men’s tennis. UIndy had at least four Academic All-GLVC student-athletes in every sport, including 10 or more in women’s track and field (32), women’s soccer (15), men’s track and field (14), women’s cross country (13), and men’s soccer (11).
Combined with its 47 GLIAC All-Academic selections in football and men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and five tabbed by the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association, UIndy had a grand total of 200 student-athletes on all-academic honor rolls for the 2010-11 season.
Greyhounds still among top NCAA Division II athletic programs
UIndy finished the year ranked #20 in the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Division II standings—the fifth straight season the Hounds have finished in the top 20 among NCAA Division II athletic programs and the eighth time in nine years. UIndy is one of only two Great Lakes Valley Conference programs in the top 20.
UIndy scored 453.5 points in 10 sports, led by volleyball, which reached the regional final, and women’s swimming and diving, which placed 10th nationally. Behind Nick Walpole’s national championship (the first wrestling national title in school history, see page 11), the wrestling team placed 12th nationally, while men’s track and field earned points in both the indoor and outdoor season.
The Greyhounds also received scoring from men’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, women’s golf, men’s golf, and softball. Individually, the Greyhounds finished the season with 18 student-athletes earning First Team All-America honors: Shiran Abrahamson, Nikolas Aresti, Bruno Barbosa, Nick Brattain, Musaffer Demitras, Jennifer DeMotte, Maura Donahue, Meghan Donahue, Jerel Flournoy, Robert Gardner, Blaze Hurley, Matt Irwin, Jermel Kindred, Guy Kogel, Julia Madeira, Craig Ray, Matt Royer, and Nick Walpole.
In the community, the UIndy Student-Athlete Advisory Committee captured its second consecutive GLVC SAAC Challenge title, besting the other 15 conference committees with 3,557 total points. UIndy has won the traveling trophy three of the last four years.
UIndy golf makes mark on the course and in the classroom
The University of Indianapolis golf squads continued their record of achievement in 2010-11 as both the men and women returned to the NCAA tournment. The men made their seventh consecutive appearance in the postseason, while the women advanced for the fifth year in a row. In the classroom, the women’s golf team had the highest grade point average (3.75) in the GLVC, while freshmen Jenny Konop (3.98 GPA), Brianna Scheidler (3.96), and Amy Thompson (3.70) and senior Hillary Wenning (3.60) were named to the National Golf Coaches Association Division II All-American Scholar Team.
Backed by a minimum cumulative grade point average requirement of 3.50, the criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. Graduating senior Blair Webb was one of 10 graduating Greyhounds to earn the GLVC Council of Presidents’ Academic Excellence Award and was awarded the UIndy Richard E. Schrier Postgraduate Scholarship.
On the course, junior Darin Pinnick was named All-GLVC for the women, while junior Aaron Monson and freshman Jacob Yocum were named Division II PING All-Midwest Region by the Golf Coaches Association of American. Yocum also was tabbed as the male GLVC Freshman of the Year and Monson was named GCAA All-America Honorable Mention for the second time in his career.
Monson went on to finish fifth in the Indiana Amateur Championship to give UIndy a top-five finish for the second year in a row. For the women, Amy Thompson enters her sophomore season with momentum after reaching the championship of the Indiana Women’s Golf Association Match Play. She defeated NCAA Division I golfers from Kansas and Missouri and the reigning Horizon League Player of the Year from Butler. Thompson is the latest UIndy golfer to have fared well at the IWGA Match Play Tournament as former standouts Lyndsey McBride ’10 and Kristi Piepenbrink ’09 won the match play crown in 2010 and 2007, respectively.
—Matt Holmes, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations