A Page -- June 24, 2010

Notre Dame AD receives top honor 

from Westlake-based NACDA

June 24, 2010

By Andy Barch

SOUTH EUCLID – Notre Dame College Athletic Director Sue Hlavacek has been named the 2009-10 NAIA Northeast Region Athletic Director of the year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).  , and has also earned the Administrator of the Year Award from the National Association of Collegiate Women’s Athletic Administrators (NACWAA).  (NACDA Release) | (NACWAA Release)


Hlavacek has been with Notre Dame College since 1996, and has played an instrumental role in the incredible growth of the athletic program, which now operates 23 men’s and women’s varsity sports, 19 more than when she began.  The department has also added the Pep Band and Dance Team under her direction. Over the last decade, Falcon athletics have experienced a meteoric rise in the NACDA rankings, and recently finished 26th in a field of over 300 NAIA institutions. 

Sue Hlavacek


A native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a 1980 graduate of Cleveland State University, she lettered in each of her four years in both basketball and volleyball and was named Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year three separate years. A First Team All-Ohio basketball and volleyball selection, Hlavacek was voted Most Valuable Player in basketball each of her four years with the Vikings. In 1991, she became the first woman to be inducted into CSU’s Hall-of-Fame.


The NACDA award, sponsored by Under Armour, had a number of criteria, including service as an AD for a minimum of five academic years; demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments. Additionally, each AD's institution must have passed a compliance check through its appropriate governing body (i.e., NCAA, NAIA, etc.), in which the institution could not have been on probation or cited for a lack of institutional control within the last five years during the tenure of the current athletics director.


Nominators were NACDA-member directors of athletics, institutional presidents and conference commissioners. Special Selection Committees composed of current and former directors of athletics, present and past NCAA and NAIA presidents, current and former commissioners and other key athletics administrators voted on nominees for the award.


The NACWAA Administrator of the Year Award is presented to NACWAA members for significant contributions made as an administrator of intercollegiate athletics. This award, recognizing administrative excellence, is presented annually to members in NCAA Divisions I-FBS, Division I-FCS, Division I; II; III; NAIA/Junior/ Community Colleges and Conferences/Organizations.


“I am honored to be recognized as administrator of the year by two outstanding organizations,” Hlavacek said.  The two crowning achievements mark the second time Hlavacek has won both awards.  In 2003, she was honored by the NACWAA as the Administrator of the Year, and in 2004 the NACDA named her the NAIA as the Athletic Director of the year. 


The NACDA will present Hlavacek with her award at the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 24 at NACDA's 45th Annual Convention at the Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., and the NACWAA will honor her during the Administrator of the Year, Honor and Distinction Awards Banquet at the 2010 NACWAA National Convention on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at The Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas

Baldwin-Wallace Senior Jim 

Rodriguez is the Winner of the 

CoSIDA Undergraduate Scholarship; 

descendant of renown Rodriguez 

family at B-W

June 24, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- North Olmsted native and current Baldwin-Wallace College senior Jim Rodriguez '11, a sport management and business administration major, is a 2010 recipient of a $2,500.00 CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Fred Neusch - Dave Wohlhueter Undergraduate Scholarship. He is the second B-W student to receive the honor in the past three years and will be presented his award on July 7 at the annual CoSIDA Workshop in downtown San Francisco.


Rodriguez, who is also a Student/Writer for S/A-Cleveland, is in his fourth year of working in the SID office at B-W and interns with the Mid-American Conference (MAC). He plans to pursue a Master's degree and a career in college athletics following graduation in 2011. He will be one of only two recipients of the scholarship after being chosen over hundreds of candidates from around the nation.

Rodriguez joins 2009 B-W graduate Andrew Middleman '09, who received the award in 2008 at CoSIDA's Workshop in Tampa, Florida. Middleman is currently finishing an internship with the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) and will begin working fulltime with theFedEx Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida in July.

"We are extremely pleased and proud for Jim and his family as he is well-deserving of this honor," said B-W Sports Information Director Kevin Ruple. "His talent, hard-work, leadership and commitment both in the classroom and in our office is emblematic of the dedication and commitment that Fred Neusch and Dave Wohlhueter displayed throughout their long and distinguished careers in the sports information profession.

"We also are grateful to the Selection Committee as it doesn't often occur where a school has two deserving recipients in a three-year span," continued Ruple. "In Jim Rodriguez this year and Andrew Middleman in 2008, we have among the best and brightest lights in college athletics. We appreciate the committee's confidence in both young men."

Rodriguez, who carries an outstanding 4.0 grade point average and is a member of a number of academic honoraries, is the head student assistant in the B-W SID office. He assists in media relations for all 21 intercollegiate teams at the College and supervises the department's game management crews. Amongst his many responsibilities, he operates Statcrew software, aids in website maintenance, trains fellow student-assistants, composes feature stories and press releases, and assists with athletic publication design.

In addition to his duties with the B-W SID and the MAC, Rodriguez also has volunteered with the Cleveland BrownsCleveland State University and the 70th Annual Senior PGA Golf Championship.

"I'm very honored to be receiving the scholarship," said Rodriguez. "I'm most proud that I'll be the second B-W student to receive the honor in three years. Andrew (Middleman) and I receiving the award really speaks volumes about the College and the type of office Kevin (Ruple) and Nick (B-W Assistant SID Nick Minerd) run."

"The key to the success of our student assistants really goes right back to the commitment that the College makes to young people like Jim and Andrew," said Ruple. "Senior Vice President Dick Fletcher and Associate VP George Richard fully understand that Nick and I view our office as an extension of the classroom education that each student receives. The College provides us with valuable resources that continue to create outcomes like the CoSIDA Scholarship, internships and jobs for our students.  Jim Rodriguez is another example of the success the support creates."

Rodriguez is the son of B-W graduates Mark '83 and Jackie Rodriguez '85 of North Olmsted. The Rodriguez family has strong ties to Baldwin-Wallace as Jim's father Mark (currently Athletic Director at Cuyahoga Community College), his uncle Angelo '62, and his grandfather James '53 (former AD at Cleveland St.), are all members of the B-W Athletics Hall of Fame. His uncles Bob '87 and Dave '84 also were standout athletes at the College.

Jim Rodriguez is a 2007 graduate of North Olmsted High School and played four seasons on the Eagle soccer team.

Notre Dame seals a top-30 spot in 

NACDA rankings


June 24, 2010

By Andy Barch

SOUTH EUCLID – At the conclusion of the 2009-10 academic year, the all-sports Directors’ Cup standings, as published by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today, are in, and the Falcons are still soaring. (NACDA standings)


Notre Dame earned a 26th-place ranking in the final release of the broad-based ranking, which accounts for performances on a national level in 21 sports (11 men’s and 10 women’s). NDC tallied 422.50 points through the end of their spring sports season, with their No. 26-ranking marking the College’s best finish ever.




Azusa Pacific (Calif.) finished the year with the No. 1-ranking in the NAIA, with 820.00 points, after scoring 229 points in four spring sports.


Falcon teams recently tallied points in softball (27th at Nationals), Men’s Track & Field (43rd) and Women’s Track & Field (49th).   Earlier this year, the Falcons earned points in Wrestling (National Champions), Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving, (14th and 13th at Nationals), Men’s Indoor Track & Field (22nd) and Men’s Soccer (5th).


“This is a marvelous achievement not only for our athletics department but for the College as a whole,” said Director of Athletics Susan Hlavacek. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work of all our coaches and student-athletes.”


In placing 26th, Notre Dame has now made an ascent in the national ranking for an eighth consecutive year (2002-03 through 2009-10), and the College’s athletic programs have enjoyed a meteoric rise in the Director’s Cup competition for the better part of a decade. Falcon programs placed 34th last year (2008-09), 48th the year before (2007-08), and 69th three years ago (2006-07). In 2001-02 and 2002-03, NDC failed to even crack the Top-200. The current rankings include a field of nearly 300 NAIA institutions.


The Director’s Cup program honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's. It began in 1993-94 for NCAA Division I by NACDA and USA Today, it was expanded in 1995-96 to include Division II, III and the NAIA. Each institution is awarded points in a pre-determined number of sports for men and women. The overall champion is the institution that records the highest number of points in their division's Directors' Cup standings. The program is sponsored by Learfield Sports.

Norris Cole To Take Part In Elite 

Point Guard Camp

Viking Senior Is One Of 10 College 

Players Invited To The Deron 

Williams Skills Academy

June 24, 2010  
By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND - Cleveland State senior Norris Cole, who was a first team All-Horizon League selection last year, will get a chance to compete against some of the nation's best this weekend (June 24-26) when he travels to Chicago, Ill. to take part in the second annual Deron Williams Skills Academy.

Cole is one of 10 collegiate point guards who will take part in the camp, which is by invitation only.  The camp will also feature between 15-20 of the top high school point guards as well.
Norris Cole

"Norris is very deserving of receiving the opportunity to attend this camp," CSU head coach Gary Waters said.  "He has worked really hard to elevate his level of play and over these three days, he will get a great opportunity to play against and learn from some of the best point guards in the country and be able to judge his ability.

"This invitation shows the respect that Norris has earned from around the country because of his play and the level that the Viking basketball program has reached," Waters added.

Cole, a 6-2, 175-pound guard from Dayton Ohio,  had a breakout season with the Vikings in 2009-10, ranking second in the Horizon League with a 16.3 scoring average.  He was also third in assists (4.4) and steals (1.8), fifth in asssist-to-turnover ratio (1.6) and ninth in free throw percentage (.799).  He is one of 14 players in school history to score 500 points in a single season, recording eleven 20-point games as a junior.

Cole, who has played in all 104 games during his career, ranks 14th in school history with 1,198 career points.  He will enter his senior season having starting 70 consecutive games, the seventh-longest streak ever at CSU.

The academy is named after Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams, who after competing at the collegiate level at Illinois has gone on to play five seasons in the NBA, earning a gold medal on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team at the Beijing games and being named to the 2010 NBA All-Star game.

Crushers continue to sizzle, have 

now won seven straight and 11 of 

last 12

June 24, 2010

By Harry Plumer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Lake Erie Crushers overcame an early 3-0 deficit against the Traverse City Beach Bums to pick up their seventh straight victory, 6-3, tonight.

Traverse City got going early against Crushers starter Josh Roberts, who entered the game with the Frontier League’s lowest ERA and a 3-0 record. Michael Diaz hit a two-out single in the first inning to set up a two-run home run for Chase Burch, his sixth of the year, to give the home nine a 2-0 lead.

The Beach Bums would go deep again in the second off of Roberts, this time a solo blast for Kyle Eveland’s first of 2010.

Lake Erie’s bats were silent for the first five innings as Traverse City’s Ryan Platt held the Crushers without a hit until Joel Collins hustled out a double on a hit to left-center field to lead off the sixth. Jodam Rivera’s walk and Andrew Davis’ single loaded the bases for Eddie Tisdale, who got the Crushers on the board with a sacrifice fly. Travis Vetters then blooped a double down the right-field line to score Rivera and bring the Crushers within one at 3-2.

The Crushers got right back to work in the seventh against Jack Adams, who replaced Platt to start the frame. Arden McWilliams picked up a one-out base hit before Julio Rivera, who entered the game in the bottom of the previous inning to replace an injured Collins, wrapped a two-run home run around the right-field foul pole to put the Crushers ahead.

The eighth inning saw the Crushers strike for two more runs. Andrew Davis stood at third and Eddie Tisdale was at second when Andrew Saylor dropped a base hit in front of Beach Bum center fielder Jason Codiroli to score Davis. Wayne Bond’s rbi-groundout finished the scoring for Lake Erie.

Roberts picked up his fourth win of the season over six innings of work, settling down after Traverse City’s early fireworks. He gave up six hits and struck out one.

The series concludes tomorrow as the Crushers (19-13) send RHP Phil Rummel against LHP Jonny Bravo for the Beach Bums (17-15).