Sports Briefs

Seawolves hire Green to lead volleyball

UAA athletic director Dr. Steve Cobb announced March 26 that Chris Green has been hired as the Seawolves’ new volleyball coach. Green, who becomes the sixth coach in program history, has spent the last nine years as the head coach at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Neb.

Green built a powerhouse program at WNCC, compiling a 453-55 record that culminated in the 2007 NJCAA Division I national title. The Cougars finished in the top 10 at the national tournament in each of Green’s seasons, including a current string of four straight Final 4 appearances. In the last three seasons, WNCC went 163-7 and finished national runner-up in 2006.

Under Green’s tutelage, the Cougars earned a total of 10 first-team and six second-team All-America certificates and regularly placed players at NCAA Division I and II programs. WNCC’s players have also found success in the classroom, with the team maintaining a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average in all nine of his seasons.

Seawolf Hall of Fame nominations sought

Nominations for this year’s Seawolf Hall of Fame class are being accepted now through April 4. The Class of 2008 will be selected and announced this summer, and induction ceremonies will take place Sunday, Oct. 12, in conjunction with UAA’s annual Kendall Hockey Classic.

Nominations are accepted in four categories – former UAA student-athletes, former UAA staff members, former UAA athletic teams, and others. Former student-athletes and teams are eligible for nomination 10 years following their last competition at UAA, and former staff members are eligible five years following their university service.

Qualifications for student-athletes include having earned a minimum of two varsity letters, outstanding achievements as an athlete, an exemplary life of community service and a professional career that brings credit to the person and UAA. Graduation and/or exemplary academic achievements as an undergraduate are additional desirable qualifications.

Qualifications for former UAA coaches, faculty or staff members include evidence of an outstanding career as well as having had a direct and significant impact on UAA athletics.

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Former UAA teams that have brought national recognition to the University may be nominated, as may those who have made an extraordinary contribution that results in a significant benefit or reflects great credit to UAA Athletics.

Seawolf Hall of Fame nomination forms are available on the web at GoSeawolves.com.

Seawolves fall despite season-best score

Freshman Leah Wilson took top honors on balance beam Feb. 29 as the UAA gymnastics team delivered its finest performance of the 2008 season despite losing to host and conference rival UC Davis, 192.875-190.625.

UAA (3-8) also got a terrific three-event performance from fellow freshman Kelsey Fullerton, who scored a career-high and team season-best 9.825 on floor exercise, plus a 9.625 on vault and a 9.6 on balance beam.

The Aggies’ Michelle Kulovitz edged UAA’s Courtney Williams in a two-woman all-around competition, 37.800 to 37.375.

The Seawolves posted season-highs for total score – topping their 190.075 Feb. 1 at New Hampshire – plus balance beam (47.825) and floor exercise (48.025), the two events they have struggled with the most this year. The team total ranked No. 12 in program history as well.

Fullerton’s floor score was good for second place on that event, while senior Jessica Portlock took runner-up honors on vault with her 9.775. Freshman Kristy Boswell placed second on bars with a 9.75, trailed by Portlock’s 9.725.