By: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
It’s August 31 and it’s more than apparent that the 2010-11 school year is upon us. The football team has been on campus and practicing for nearly two weeks, while many more fall sports returned to Lexington over the weekend and they are beginning preseason practices this week.
We’re busy working on student-athlete bios and roster pages and hope to have all of our fall season previews posted on generalssports.com by the end of next week. It’s a busy time preparing for the opening of the 2010-11 athletic season starting with Saturday’s football game at Franklin & Marshall. It’s an exciting time because each new season holds so much promise. Before we push on, time to look in the rearview mirror one last time.
This month, we unceremoniously celebrated the one-year anniversary of the W&L Sidelines Blog. By unceremoniously I mean that I failed to realize that it was approaching (let’s hope the same doesn’t happen next June 26 or my life may become a little less comfy at home). I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading the content here, even if we didn’t update as regularly as I had hoped over the summer.
I began the blog last summer by looking back at my favorite moments from my time at W&L (1998-pr.) and I ended the last school year by posting the most memorable moments from 2009-10. This year, I do nothing but look forward. I think that we have some exciting developments upcoming, not to mention some teams that we expect to do very well. First, the developments.
Last school year was the debut of the new athletics website, generalssports.com. I hope that you enjoyed it and that it helped you keep up with everything athletically related. This year, we unveil the W&L athletics facebook page and twitter page. You can find them at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/WLU-Generals/140682352616536?ref=ts and http://twitter.com/wlugenerals. If you haven’t already found them, sign yourself up and take advantage of any method you can to follow the Generals.
I have also become part of a promotions committee designed to promote school spirit and hopefully increase attendance at our athletic events. Our first order of business is to promote Bleedin’ Blue Weekend on Sept. 11-12. Classes begin on Friday and so do the Generals. Volleyball kicks off the home schedule by hosting the W&L Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Generals entertain McDaniel and Averett on Friday at 5:30 and 8:00 pm, respectively. On Saturday, W&L plays Southern Virginia at 10:30 am and Transylvania at 3:30 pm. The Pioneers are coached by former W&L assistant Casey Dale. Field Hockey will host Catholic on Friday at 7:00 pm and Women’s Soccer also hosts a tournament. W&L plays Sewanee on Saturday at 12:00 pm and Methodist on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Additionally, cross country plays host to the W&L Invitational beginning at 10:00 am. It’s a full slate to begin things and we hope that you will attend wearing as much blue as you can in support of the Generals.
Some things to also keep an eye on during the 2010-11 school year.
• Frank Miriello is just two wins away from becoming the football program’s all-time leader in wins. He is 75-73-1 overall.
• Wendy Orrison is just eight wins away from recording her 100th win as coach of the Generals’ field hockey program. She is 92-72 overall.
• Head Women’s Soccer Coach Neil Cunningham is just five wins shy of 200 career wins. He is 195-57-23 overall for his career at Savannah College of Art & Design and W&L.
• Head Volleyball Coach Bryan Snyder is just 15 wins shy of 300 wins at W&L. His record stands at 285-75 at W&L.
• Head Wrestling Coach Gary Franke is just six wins shy of 200 career victories. He will roam the sidelines for his 37th season this winter.
• Head Women’s Basketball Coach Mandy King is just 10 wins shy of 100 career victories. King led the Generals to their first-ever ODAC title last winter.
• Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Gene McCabe is just one win shy of 100 career victories. He is 99-40 for his career at Hamilton and W&L.
As was the case in 2009-10, W&L will strive to include more video content during the 2010-11 school year. Jeremy Franklin continues to serve as host of the W&L Sports Weekly, which will again feature one coach and two athletes each week throughout the school year.
If your level of interest involves following the contests over the internet, we’ll also do our best to bring it to you at home. You can watch video of home games through the newly-minted America One company (formerly B2 Networks), or via a number of other internet carriers for road contests. Audio of numerous home and road contests will continue to stream courtesy of WLUR and live stats will be available for a number of home and road events. For links to reach all three, simply visit each sport’s schedule page. Just click on the link for video/audio/live stats and enjoy.
I’m excited for the 2010-11 school year, the athletic department is excited to get things underway and our athletes are geared up to maintain W&L’s spot atop the ODAC and Division III rankings. Please join me in ushering in the 2010-11 school year by avoiding the rearview mirror and looking squarely ahead at what the Generals will accomplish this year!