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Oberlin S/A Alumni Profile: Marty Dugan '73

In this Alumni Profile piece, goyeo.com sat down with former two-sport Marty Dugan as he relives his glory days on campus from 1969-73. Dugan, one of the founders of the Heisman Club, was a member of the men’s basketball team that won the 1970 OAC Tournament title. 

Name: Martin Dugan
Graduation Year: 1973
Major at Oberlin: Sociology
Sport(s) Played at Oberlin: Basketball, Golf
Grad School: MA, Education Administration (Central Michigan)
Former Occupation: VP, CRE with Herman Miller Inc.
Current Occupation: volunteer 15 hours per week with Boys & Girls Club

How has being a student-athlete at Oberlin prepared you for life after college?

Balancing classroom education with ongoing athletic endeavors, while also working part-time on campus provided me with very important learning opportunities in preparation for graduation and moving into the real world independently.  Being a member of a team also continued to educate me on how important group efforts are, how important real friendships are, and how important leadership is at various moments.

What message would you give to current student-athletes at Oberlin?

Enjoy, learn, and accomplish as much as you possibility can on whatever field or court you play on. The goals should be the same as your other classroom, College and community engagements.  Fully embrace being on a team and establishing ways to make important contributions.

What is your hope for the future of Oberlin Athletics?

Continuing the effort towards creating competitive attitudes, and to mentally and physically strengthening all athletes on all teams. Also for the department of athletic to continue to grow its efforts for keeping athletic alumni involved and present.

What is your favorite memory of being a student-athlete at Oberlin?

I played basketball and golf for all four years, but my favorite moment came freshman year when we won the OAC Championship Tournament (See book entiled to Oberlin Fever to read more).

Senior year was also special under Athletic Director Jack Scott as I was the student-coach for the golf team.

Also being from Cleveland and having my family and even a few friends attending hoops’ games each season was awesome.

Describe the relationship you had with your coach.

Coach Julian Smith was my coach for both hoops and golf for three years before leaving before my senior year. Julian and I have stayed in touch via phone, e-mails and occasionally face-to-face.  I was with him on the University of North Carolina campus a year ago as he celebrated his playing days for UNC in the 1940s when the program first played in the national championship. He has been on campus a couple times over the past five or six years around gatherings of the early 70s team and Hall of Fame inductions.

Why do you feel it is important to stay connected to the college and the athletics department?

My education on the OC campus was 24/7. It came not only in the classroom, but in the gym and out on the course or by serving breakfast at in the dinning hall. Being able to return at least once a year has kept me involved and having been one of the people to have started the Heisman Club is truly something special. I enjoy have being around athletics and the Heisman Club activities over the last 30-plus years.

Why should someone go to Oberlin College?

If you are looking for a very broad, open education, then come to OC.  There is never a quiet, dull moment on campus, including the Conservatory of Music.  There are many opportunities to be off campus for a few days or during winter term to truly engage in all cultures.

What do you miss most about being a student-athlete at Oberlin?

Playing a pickup game of 3-on-3 hoops, shooting 9 holes, or just having a beer with my teammates and seeing them face-to-face,  those were all great memories.

Now to this day I still enjoy all of those same activities that constantly remind me of the broad, mind-blowing times I had Oberlin from 1969-73. Just this past Fall I was the “old man” out there playing in the Men’s Basketball Alumni Game. (See Photo Gallery)

Storm Wrestling Hosts #13 West Liberty, Youth Night in Home Opener Wednesday; Live Webcast on LakeErieStorm.com

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College wrestling team hosts nationally-ranked West Liberty University Wednesday night, Dec. 14, in the 2011-12 home opener at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. It is also Youth Night as the Storm will welcome youth wrestlers from over 18 area programs to the dual meet.

The Hilltoppers (3-0), ranked 13th in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division II Poll, represents the fourth ranked team the Storm (4-4) will face in the past five days. On Saturday, Dec. 10, Lake Erie faced three ranked foes in its four matches, including the top-ranked team in the nation, at the Newberry College Duals.

WATCH THE ACTION LIVE: LakeErieStorm.com will provide a LIVE video webcast of all home dual meets this season, starting Wednesday night vs. West Liberty. To watch the match, click on the "Live Broadcast" button on the homepage or click the "Video" link on the wrestling schedule page next to the match listing or at the top of the preview story.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie posted a 2-2 record as a team at the Newberry Duals. The Storm lost to host and No. 1-ranked Newberry (47-0) and No. 18 University of North Carolina-Pembroke (25-15) before handling No. 17 Limestone College (29-12) and Anderson Univeristy (35-9). Individually, sophomore Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) went 3-1 at 174 pounds, winning his final three matches to improve to 9-3 on the year. Six others posted two wins on the day, including junior Justin Toth (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside/Mt. Union) and freshman Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) who were 2-0 and 2-1, respectively.

125 Austin Gillihan (5-4, 3-3)
133 Tom McVicker (4-6, 1-4)
141 Nate Ball (3-4, 2-2)
149 Zak Vargo (0-0)
157 Tyler Tesny (7-5, 4-4)
165 Matt Vandermeer (11-3, 6-2)
174 Zev Green (9-3, 5-3)
184 Jon Schafer (5-4, 2-3)
197 Mike Samiljenko (5-5, 3-4)
285 Bobby Zappitelli (3-7, 1-4)

THE OPPOSITION POSITION: After not receiving a single vote in the preseason coaches poll, West Liberty vaulted into the Top 25 a week ago at No. 13 after a 3-0 start to their dual season. Included in the Hilltoppers' hot start are a pair of road victories at perenial D-II powers the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Shippensburg University. Individually unbeaten J.D. Ramsey (8-0) is ranked sixth nationally at heavyweight and Nick Wykoff (7-2) is fifth at 141 pounds.

125 Joe Wagstaff (3-4, 1-2)
133 Dillon Nolte (5-4, 1-2)
141 Nick Wykoff (7-2, 2-1)
149 Art Hobley (8-0, 3-0)
157 Jarrod Shaw (7-2, 1-2)
165 Jordon Nolan (3-2, 1-0)
174 Matt Littleton (4-3, 2-1)
184 Derrick Williams (6-4, 1-2)
197 Jacob Donley (7-2, 3-0)
285 J.D. Ramsey (8-0, 3-0)

UP NEXT: The Storm travels to Indianapolis, Ind. this weekend, Dec. 18-19, for the annual Midwest Classic at the University of Indianapolis.



Central Michigan at Ole Miss, 3:30 PM 

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The Central Michigan women's basketball team is coming off the biggest win in school history when, on Sunday, it defeated No. 12/14 Purdue, 75-62. Hoping to ride that momentum, the Chippewas will travel to Mississippi to begin the first of eight straight games on the road. Three freshmen are leading CMU's offense in - Crystal Bradford, Jas'Mine Bracey and Jessica Green. Bradford has posted two double-doubles against PITT and South Florida. She is currently averaging 15.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest. She has also scored in double figures in every game this season. Green is second on the team in scoring averaging 12.0 points and 2.6 assists a game. Bracey, who is third on the team in scoring, is averaging 11.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. As a team the Chippewas are ranked 67th in scoring offense in the country (70.3 points per game). They are 26th in blocked shots per game (5.6) and 31st in steals per game (12.4). DiGuilio is currently 45th in the country shooting 42.9 percent from behind the arc. Bradford holds the 48th spot with her 2.1 blocks per game, while Bracey is 82nd averaging 1.7. The Rebels are currently a perfect 4-0 at home, but are coming off a tough 76-48 loss on the road to No. 9 Miami. Nikki Byrd and Valencia McFarland, who are averaging 14 and 13.8 points per game respectively, are leading Ole Miss offensively. Byrd also leads the boards with 10.8 rebounds. As a team they are outscoring their opponents by six points, forcing more than 20 turnovers and blocking four shots a game.



UIC at Northern Illinois, 5:30 PM

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Northern Illinois plays its fifth home game of the year with its 41st all-time meeting with Illinois Chicago. NIU ranks second in the MAC in opponent field goal percentage (.368). The Huskies are 4-1 when holding opponents under 40 percent shooting and are 4-0 when outshooting their foes. With rebounding margin of +7.0, NIU ranks second in the MAC and 37th in the NCAA. The Huskies have outrebounded their opponents six times this year and are 4-2 when doing so. Freshman Claire Jakubicek ranks fourth in the MAC in field goal percentage (.527) after an outstanding 10-for-12 day at Chicago State last Sunday. Her 21-point, 8-rebound, 5-assist performance was the first 20-point, 5-rebound, 5-assist game since Marke Freeman tallied 24 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds on Feb. 20, 2010, against Toledo. Amanda Corral's 16-point, 10-rebound double-double against Temple was the first by an NIU guard since last year's leading scorer Marke Freeman poured in 23 points and 17 boards in a 56-48 win at Ohio on Jan. 1, 2011. The Flames finished last season with a 14-16 mark, 9-9 in Horizon League play. Returning three starters and seven letterwinners from last year's team, first-year Head Coach Regina Miller has UIC off to a 4-4 start. The Flames own wins over Drake, Southeast Missouri State, St. Louis, and Central Methodist. Their four losses have come against SIU-Edwardsville, Illinois State, Indiana State, and Oakland.



Akron at Duquesne, 7:00 PM

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Akron returns to the court after having a four-game winning streak snapped by Florida State on Saturday. Rachel Tecca (21 p, 9 r) and Taylor Ruper (15 p) led the Akron attack in the loss. Rachel Tecca's 21-point effort against the Seminoles was her third-straight 20-plus point game. Tecca is currently second in the MAC at 18.2 points per game. Akron shot below 40-percent from the field for just the second time this season in the loss to Florida State. The Zips rank 12th in the nation in team field goal percentage at 45.9-percent. Featuring a balanced attack, six Akron players are averaging at least 7.0 points per game, while five players pull down 3.2 rebounds per game or more. Nine players see significant action on a regular basis, averaging at least 13.4 mpg. The Zips lead the MAC in scoring offense, field goal percentage, and assists, while ranking second in 3-point field goal percentage, 3-pointers made per game, free throw percentage, assists and assist/turnover ratio. Senior Ti'eshia Stubbs leads the league in field goal percentage (65.1), while Rachel Tecca and Sina King are third and fifth, respectively. Junior Taylor Ruper is second in 3-point field goals per game (3.0) 3-point field goal percentage (45.8). Duquesne brings a 7-1 record into Wednesday's matchup and have won five-straight since losing at North Dakota on Nov. 20. Included in that streak are wins over MAC East teams Miami and Ohio. The Dukes also defeated MAC East squad Buffalo earlier in the season. Duquesne is led by senior guard Alex Gensler (17.5 ppg, 3.3 apg) and sophomore forward Wumi Agunbiade (16.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg). Vanessa Abel (10.6 ppg, 5.4 apg) is also a strong contributor for the Dukes.

Case Reserve re-entering PAC for football puts fourth D-III league in Cleveland market; aligns CWRU Student/Athletes with greater number of schools placing a premium on academics in relation to athletics

Case Western Reserve’s re-entry into the President’s Athletic Conference benefits the league and the school for two reasons: 1) it aligns Case Reserve with more like-minded schools academically, and 2) it brings the Cleveland presence back into the PAC.

With the PAC back in the Greater Cleveland area, it brings to four the number of Division III Student/Athletic Conferences here with the Ohio Athletic Conference (Baldwin-Wallace, John Carroll, Mount Union), North Coast Athletic Conference (Oberlin, Hiram, Wooster) and the University Athletic Association (Case Reserve).

Case Tech and Western Reserve Academy were charter members of the PAC in the 1950s. John Carroll left the PAC in the late 1980s to rejoin the OAC and Hiram left shortly thereafter.

Most of the PAC’s members are in Pennsylvania, but since Case Reserve attracts students and by extension S/As from all 50 states and over 50 nations, the recruiting of Cleveland-area high school students and S/As to those other schools will probably work more favorably toward the other schools, increasing opportunities for Greater Clevelanders.

Being in the UAA, Case Reserve is already in one of the most elite conferences academically due to all the schools being top research universities, but the move into the PAC for football only (the Spartans will still play their three UAA football opponents and the other UAA groups in other sports) adds variety and more numbers of schools aligned with that always place academics above athletics.

“It’s a great fit for us academically,” said Greg Debeljak, the head coach of Spartans and coach of the year in the UAA. “The PAC is a great for us and at the same time we will continue our relationship with the University of Chicago and Washington University in the UAA.”

Only four members of the UAA compete for the league championship for football. Carnegie Mellon is the fourth school in the UAA and it also will be rejoining the PAC so the Mellon-C. Reserve game each year will count in the standings for both leagues; PAC schools must play eight league games. CMU and C. Reserve joining bring to 11 the number of football-playing schools in the league.

Dave Diles

“When we started this discussion we wanted to be certain that we had common ground and on the surface it appeared that we did,” said Dave Diles, the Case Reserve Athletic Director. “All the presidents concurred that we shared a similar desire for the level of academic achievement for Student/Athletes and a high level of football to go with it.  While not every school in the PAC is a research university, we have a great deal of admiration for the colleges and universities and their academic approaches.

“They all place the student before the athlete, knowing that the overall student experience is augmented with active participation in intercollegiate athletics. We found great comfort in knowing that the football Student/Athlete’s academic experience at these schools is primary. We have a shared vision and mutual philosophies. We saw a near identical pattern as our own when it came to the Student/Athletes’ academic achievements.”

Case Reserve was also a charter member of the NCAC in 1983 and when aligning with the UAA in the later 1980s maintained its membership in the Westlake-based conference for quiet a number of years before leaving altogether in the 1990s. The Spartans did maintain rivalry non-league games with Oberlin and Wooster to this day.


Elyria Catholic vs. Fairview - 12/13/2011

Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 24
1, Elyria Catholic High School, 95. 2, Fairview Swimming & Diving, 88.
Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay
 1, Elyria Catholic High School 'A' (Sleva, Ben J 17, Newman, Daniel M 17, 
 Poper, Ian L 17, McGervey, Matthew V 18), 1:57.12. 
Boys 200 Yard Freestyle
 1, McCaffrey, Kevin A, Elyria Catholic, 2:09.41. 
Boys 200 Yard IM
 1, Sleva, Ben J, Elyria Catholic, 2:21.17. 
Boys 50 Yard Freestyle
 1, Poper, Ian L, Elyria Catholic, 24.72. 
Boys 1 mtr Diving
 1, Chaqueco, Iven, Fairview-OH, 157.60. 
Boys 100 Yard Butterfly
 1, Poper, Ian L, Elyria Catholic, 1:05.77. 
Boys 100 Yard Freestyle
 1, Sleva, Ben J, Elyria Catholic, 55.50. 
Boys 500 Yard Freestyle
 1, McCaffrey, Kevin A, Elyria Catholic, 5:43.86. 
Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
 1, Elyria Catholic High School 'A' (Newman, Daniel M 17, Ternes, Myles A 15, 
 McCaffrey, Kevin A 14, Poper, Ian L 17), 1:45.88. 
Boys 100 Yard Backstroke
 1, Kilbane, Brennan, Fairview-OH, 1:10.65. 
Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke
 1, Gibbons, Connor, Fairview-OH, 1:13.76. 
Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
 1, Elyria Catholic High School 'A' (McCaffrey, Kevin A 14, McGervey, Matthew V 
 18, Amato, Jacob A 16, Sleva, Ben J 17), 3:54.73. 
Elyria Catholic vs. Fairview - 12/13/2011
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 23
1, Elyria Catholic High School, 131. 2, Fairview Swimming & Diving, 50.

Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay
 1, Elyria Catholic High School 'A' (Molnar, Mikayla M 17, Snow, Shelby R 16, 
 O'Dell, Jenna M 16, Sustersic, Taylor A 18), 2:07.28. 
Girls 200 Yard Freestyle
 1, Peters, Sarah C, Elyria Catholic, 2:08.63. 
Girls 200 Yard IM
 1, Sustersic, Taylor A, Elyria Catholic, 2:36.97. 
Girls 50 Yard Freestyle
 1, Snow, Shelby R, Elyria Catholic, 26.54. 
Girls 1 mtr Diving
 1, Clark, Alice, Fairview-OH, 184.95. 
Girls 100 Yard Butterfly
 1, Sustersic, Karlie S, Elyria Catholic, 1:15.59. 
Girls 100 Yard Freestyle
 1, O'Dell, Jenna M, Elyria Catholic, 58.28. 
Girls 500 Yard Freestyle
 1, Peters, Sarah C, Elyria Catholic, 5:45.98. 
Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
 1, Elyria Catholic High School 'A' (Wearsch, Kaya A 16, Elbert, Kelly E 16, 
 Peters, Sarah C 18, O'Dell, Jenna M 16), 1:50.41. 
Girls 100 Yard Backstroke
 1, Molnar, Mikayla M, Elyria Catholic, 1:11.68. 
Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke
 1, Weich, Julie A, Elyria Catholic, 1:25.71. 
Girls 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
 1, Elyria Catholic High School 'A' (Sustersic, Taylor A 18, Wearsch, Kaya A 
 16, Peters, Sarah C 18, Snow, Shelby R 16), 4:01.65.