March 2, 2001 |
Hey, Jay Wright. You've just coached Hofstra to its second straight America East regular-season title, ending the season with a national-best 15-game winning streak. What are you going to do next? We're going to the America East tournament to try to win it so we can get an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, Wright might respond, trying to sound excited. Wright, 39 and a Philadelphia area native, is not one to bemoan the way things are when you coach at a mid-major school.
December 12, 2000 |
Drexel University, which has competed in the America East conference since 1991, will take its 18-sport athletic program to the Colonial Athletic Association for the 2003-2004 school year. Drexel is one of four America East schools that are leaving for the CAA. The others are Delaware, Hofstra and Towson. They will join current association members George Mason, James Madison, North Carolina-Wilmington, Old Dominion, Virginia Commonwealth, and William and Mary. The official announcement on the addition of the teams to the CAA will be made tomorrow during a news conference in Washington, D.C. "Drexel is pleased to be joining the Colonial Athletic Association because of its record of strong academic performance combined with its great athletics," said Constantine Papadakis, Drexel's president.
December 14, 2000 |
Candace Crabtree, six games into her tenure as the Drexel University women's basketball coach, soon will face perennial hoops power Old Dominion annually. Dragons men's coach Steve Seymour soon will recruit against James Madison, George Mason and William and Mary, despite having a significantly smaller basketball arena. Beginning with the 2003-04 season, Drexel's 18 sports programs will play in the Colonial Athletic Association, which yesterday announced the addition of the Dragons, Hofstra, the University of Delaware and Towson University to form a "new" CAA, which after this season will lose East Carolina, Richmond, and American to other conferences.
March 6, 1999 |
At this time last year, Drexel coach Bill Herrion and his Dragons were licking their wounds after finishing 13-15 and failing to reach the America East tournament final for the first time in seven years. Today, that same core group of players will visit Delaware for the championship game and the right to move on to the NCAA tournament. "Maybe we had to go through last season to get to this point," said Herrion, who last winter had his first losing season in seven years as the Dragons' coach.
March 27, 2001 |
The America East Conference is expected to announce this week that Drexel, Delaware, Hofstra and Towson will be free to play in the Colonial Athletic Association next season instead of in 2002-03, as originally agreed. America East presidents discussed the matter during a conference call yesterday. The new schools would be CAA members in all sports. Among the remaining America East schools, there was some discord about Delaware's hosting the conference basketball tournament again next season.
January 23, 2000 |
When he accepted the men's basketball head coaching position at Maine four years ago, John Giannini left a prosperous Rowan College program that he had just guided to a NCAA Division III national championship for a mediocre team in the obscurity of the far Northeast. Going into its games this weekend against Hofstra and Drexel, however, Maine was no longer an America East pushover. The Black Bears (13-5 overall, 5-2 conference) are off to their best start since 1960-61, and were tied with Hofstra for first place in the league before falling to the visiting Flying Dutchmen, 80-72, on Friday.
March 28, 2001 |
The Colonial Athletic Association remains a six-team league for next season after America East presidents tabled expansion discussion Monday that could have released four departing schools a year early. America East spokesman Matt Bourque told the Daily Press of Newport News, Va., yesterday that no decision was reached on further expansion or the status of departing members Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra and Towson. In a conference call, the presidents decided only to meet again, but not before mid-April.
May 27, 1999 |
Kelly Griffith has earned first-team Mid-Atlantic Regional all-America honors for women's lacrosse, and Robyn Hill has been named to the second team. Griffith, a senior defender who graduated from Shawnee, and Hill, a senior midfielder from Washington Township, led Delaware to the America East title and were named to the all-conference first team. Griffith also earned all-tournament honors at the conference playoffs. Hill, who started all 18 games for the Blue Hens (13-5)
June 9, 2000 |
Vince Vukovich (Eastern), Casey Fahy (Gloucester Catholic) and Chris Kolodzey (Cherry Hill East) helped lead the University of Delaware baseball team to the NCAA Division I tournament this season. The Blue Hens (37-20) were eliminated after two losses in the NCAA regional May 26-28 in Oklahoma City. Kolodzey, a junior outfielder, earned first-team all-America East honors and was named to the America East all-tournament team. He started all 57 games for Delaware and hit .347.
February 4, 1998 |
With a little over five minutes left in the game and their Dragons trailing by 16 points, the student body at Drexel's Physical Education Athletic Center started making its way to the exits. But a flagrant foul on Towson State's Derick Newton, a transfer from La Salle, made them stay, and they then were treated to one of the most thrilling comebacks in Drexel basketball history, completed when Mike DeRocckis hit two foul shots with .07 seconds left for an improbable 72-71 victory in an America East game last night.