December 5, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - Just days after Penn State's final game of 2013, two members of Bill O'Brien's coaching staff are no longer with the program. Long-tenured linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher resigned from Penn State "to pursue other opportunities," the team announced last night. Rumors of the coaches' depatures surfaced Monday afternoon. "I appreciate all of Ron and Charlie's hard work and thank them for their dedication and service to Penn State," O'Brien said in a news release.
November 20, 2013 |
WISELY, Chip Kelly wasn't making any grand pronouncements as he headed into his first NFL bye week in first place in the NFC East at 6-5, the latest in a season the Eagles have been above .500 since 2010, when they last made the playoffs. But it was clear in yesterday's day-after media session that Kelly is pleased with the progress his team has made, that he feels his offense and his overall approach are doing just fine, 11 games into Kelly's NFL head-coaching career. "I really didn't have any preconceived expectations.
November 19, 2013
Seven weeks after their season came to an end, the Phillies have three vacancies on their coaching staff. For the second time this offseason, assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner informed the team that he would not be returning in 2014, the Phillies announced yesterday. Later in the day, foxsports.com reported that Joyner was taking a job as the Detroit Tigers hitting coach. The Phillies will reboot a search for an assistant hitting coach, while also looking to fill the vacant pitching coach and bullpen coach positions, too. Joyner drew rave reviews among players in 2013, his first season on the coaching staff and the first year the Phillies employed two hitting coaches.
November 17, 2013 |
SMG, the West Conshohocken facilities manager that will start running Philadelphia's vast but underused Convention Center on Dec. 1, has tapped Lorenz Hassenstein, former vice president at Trevose-based Advertising Specialty Institute Inc., for a new job supervising most of the center's operating staff. Hassenstein will head the group that runs the center and deals with shows, contractors, hotels, and unions. He will report to SMG chief operating officer Bob McClintock and to the state-owned center's new executive director, whom the Convention Center board plans to approve and name next week.
November 15, 2013 |
THERE ARE still about 40 people Chip Kelly brought to NovaCare whose names or duties most of us have no clue about. As far as we know, they could all be busily reanimating zombies in the auditorium where the team used to hold news conferences, before Kelly decided reporters should be penned outside in a tent. But Jerry Azzinaro, with the mop of gray curls and the big mustache, is one of the more prominent new faces. He's the defensive-line coach, who also carries the title of assistant head coach.
October 12, 2013 |
The rumor started flying through the hallways of central Pennsylvania's Mercersburg Academy even before the first bell rang out Thursday. What began in hushed tones in the 120-year-old prep school grew in volume to shock and awe as it was confirmed that alumna Deborah Simon was on campus to announce a $100 million donation. The present equaled the second-largest gift to a private secondary school in American history. "It's exciting for sure," said Mike Sweeney, head of the math department.
October 10, 2013 |
When Ryne Sandberg was a mere 22-year-old infielder with an oddly spelled name at Wrigley Field, Larry Bowa was there. They ate lunch before games. They talked about that day's opposing pitcher. Later, once they finished nine innings of work, the two men who were traded together from Philadelphia to Chicago shared a beer. "Now, as a young manager," Sandberg said Tuesday, "with his experience and knowledge and information, I think he'll be a terrific guy by my side. " Bowa is back for his fourth stint with the Phillies.
October 9, 2013 |
After Peter Laviolette was fired Monday, new Flyers coach Craig Berube held a 20-minute meeting with his players at the Wells Fargo Center, demanding that they make changes. Berube's message, according to forward Kris Newbury, who had an assist Sunday in his Flyers debut in Carolina: Play for one another. Work harder. Play more of a team game. "Guys need to be accountable," said Ian Laperriere, who was named one of Berube's assistants. "You know, Lavy lost his job because some guys didn't do their job. That's going to change; that's going to need to change.
September 27, 2013
VILLANOVA basketball coach Jay Wright will add his former video coordinator Kyle Neptune to the staff, sources close to the situation have confirmed. He replaces Billy Lange, who just left after two seasons to become an assistant for new Sixers' coach Brett Brown. Former Wildcat Baker Dunleavy, who's been one of Wright's assistants since 2010, will move up to associate head coach. Neptune was the video coordinator from 2008-10 before heading to Niagra to become an assistant for Joe Mihalich.