#1 total for all of the defensive lineman that benched at the combine.

According to the IU Hall of Fame website, Michelle Venturella is one of the most accomplished team sport athletes in IU history.  Venturella won softball letters in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1995.

A native of South Holland, Illinois, Venturella was named All-Big Ten twice and Academic All-Big Ten three times.  She was the 2nd team All-America in 1994, 3rd team All-America in 1995 and IU Female Athlete of the year in 1995.

Venturella won IU’s Big Ten Medal in 1995 and set conference records in batting average, total bases and runs battled0in in 1994.  She holds IU season records for runs, doubles, home runs and runs batted in, while also owning the career record for runs batted in.

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Venturella was a member of the USA softball team for six years, helping the US to a gold medal in both 1996 and 2000.  She was also part of the 1998 World Championship gold medal team.

What is this softball legend up to today?

Michelle Venturella is currently the head coach at University of Illinois-Chicago, a position she has held since 2008.  Prior to UIC, she was an assistant at Iowa for six years, including four as associate head coach, and an assistant coach at Northern Illinois for two years.

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Venturella is entering her fifth season at the helm of the UIC softball program.  Since taking over, she has placed eight Flames members on 11 different occasions to the all-conference team.  She was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2009.  Her squad claimed a regular season championship in 2009 and the tournament crown in 2011, which pushed the Flames to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004.

 

Former Hoosier Athlete now CEO of Golf Training Systems

Posted: April 16, 2013 by kelseyray in IU Golf

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Wayne McDonald came to IU  to play golf after he won the Ontario Junior Championships in 1964.  In 2010, McDonald was inducted into the IU Hall of Fame.  At Indiana, he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

McDonald won golf letters from 1968-1970 and placed second and seventh in the Big Ten meets as a junior and senior.  He was a two-year All-American, placing second and ninth in NCAA championships, IU’s only two-time first team All-American player in men’s golf.

In 1969, McDonald won the Canadian Amateur title and also played in the Eisenhower Cup for Canada.  In 2001, McDonald became a Senior Professional golfer at the age of 51 and competed with the top-ranking players on the Champions Tour.  He has finished successfully in the US Senior Open, British Senior Open and Canadian Senior Open.  Furthermore, he won four professional events on the secondary Senior Tours.

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Today?  McDonald currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he is the managing partner for Matteson Partners, Inc., an executive search firm.  On top of that, he also founded and was Chairman and CEO of Golf Training systems, a company he took public in 1995.  Prior to that, he served as President of a venture capital backed firm in Atlanta, Cornerstone Products Inc., which became the leading visual merchandising supplier of in-store products to promote and sell logo merchandise for professional sports leagues, including the MLB, NBA, NASCAR and USOC.

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Now, his focus is in C-level searches in addition to working with Engineering and Architectural Firms, Sports, Non-Profit Organizations, Sales and Marketing Professionals.  With Golf Training systems, the company successfully developed golf products and programs for well-known instructors David Leadbetter and Dave Pelz.  It helped brand and market these names and products lines worldwide.

Currently, McDonald continues to play golf.  Of course, it is at a reduced schedule.  I would say the man is pretty busy!

Past IU Football Alumni returned for the Youth Clinic prior to the 2013 Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Photo credit: IUHoosiers

Past IU Football Alumni returned for the Youth Clinic prior to the 2013 Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Photo credit: IUHoosiers

 

Headliners included Antwaan Randle El, George Taliaferro, James Brewer, Tandon Doss and Courtney Roby. It was a fun day out at Memorial Stadium, as the who’s-who of Indiana Football helped run a youth clinic before the Cream versus Crimson game on Saturday April 13th, 2013. I actually got the chance to talk with Mr. Taliaferro, who said he’s been in Bloomington for some time now, just “enjoying life.” It was a refreshing day at The Rock to say the least.

Along with having a good reputation throughout Bloomington, specifically on campus, the Indiana University Men’s Soccer program leaves lasting impressions on aspiring soccer stars.

Every summer Todd Yeagley and the rest of the IU Soccer Staff hosts a soccer camp for boys between the ages of 10 and 19. The campers get to stay in the dorms and eat at the IU dining halls, getting a feel for college life.

The Indiana Soccer Camp develops players who come it at all levels of play and aim to increase their level of skill by the end of the camp. The players get a chance to train with the the best coaches at the collegiate level.

As a whole the soccer program reaches out to a broad audience, creating better soccer players at all ages and levels. Hopefully, a future Hoosier and professional are in the mix. For more information about the soccer program visit indianasoccercamp.com.

Photo Courtesy of Indiana Soccer Camps

Photo Courtesy of Indiana Soccer Camps

Aside  —  Posted: April 15, 2013 by sabeeson in IU Men's Soccer
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Photo Courtesy of IU Men’s Soccer Twitter

One of the most useful and efficient ways to get the latest updates on Indiana University’s Men’s Soccer team is their twitter account. @IUMensSoccer provides updates to everything the team is doing.

They provide a play by play during games such as the score and scoring chances or saves. During the offseason (like now for example) the account tweets about practices and scrimmages. Most recently they have tweeted about the new star being added to the scoreboard at Armstrong Stadium.

In addition, they do a lot of promoting past players if anything substantial comes along. For example, when Luis Soffner and Eriq Zavaleta were drafted in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft they tweeted pictures and information so that fans could stay up to date. Again, as I’ve mentioned, they also took part in #GetWellKA, where the New England Revs tried to reach their fan base to get well wishes sent to their player.

The twitter account definitely gives the men’s soccer program at Indiana a good image and helps promote games etc, so that fans come out and support the team. Definitely give it a follow!

I called in the college basketball professionals. Ben Fishman, writer for Hoosier Sports Nation and IU cheerleader, joins me for an interview about changes in IU and other NCAA basketball teams.

Michelle Gardner brought a new light to IU Softball Team.

Photo courtesy of: newsinfo.iu.edu

Photo courtesy of: newsinfo.iu.edu

In her first four years as head coach, she has had 3 First Team Big – Ten players which is more than the 2001-2007 seasons combined!  She continues to bring a new attitude to this team as well as grabbing some wins along the way.

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned the Penn State Series and how the team had done so far in the season.

The video posted below gives a current update which includes information about their series win over Penn State and there upcoming series here in Bloomington for the Crimson and Gold Cup.

To see the final outcome of this weekend’s games as well as future games, visit the full schedule here.

Volleyball Update

Posted: April 10, 2013 by srcrone in IU Women's Sports
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Earlier this year, I did blog post on Sherry Dunbar and the IU Volleyball Team which is avaiable here.  Back then, the Fall season was over, so the video I posted was a little outdated.

Previously this week, Jeremy Grey met up with Coach Dunbar.  The following interview gives a recap of last weekend’s tournament in Kentucky as well as the upcoming tournament that is close to home.

If you would like to watch the girls this weekend at the Circle Center Tournament, you will not have to travel far.  They play their first game on Saturday at 9 am in Plainfield, IN.

Photo Courtesy of: replayphotos.con

Photo Courtesy of: replayphotos.con

Running for Fun Now

Posted: April 9, 2013 by kelseyray in IU Women's Sports

Michelle Dekkers Maton won cross country and track letters in 1988, 1989 and 1990.  She was Big Ten cross country championships three times.  She was named an All-American in cross country three times, led teams to Big Ten cross country championships and holds the best times on IU’s course in cross country.  She still holds IU records both indoors and outdoors in 5,000 and 10,000.

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So, what has Maton been running around doing lately?

Maton took time out from running to start a family and and move from Ohio to South Florida with her husband.

“Having kids gives me a good balance,” Maton said. “I’m not thinking about racing or training all the time. I like being busy with the kids.”

Maton runs in marathons for fun today.

“I still get a little nervous,” Maton said. “I’ve always had a problem with nerves. I enjoy it more because I am running for myself – not for a college, not for a team – just for myself.”

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Maton is a native of South Africa.  She grew up running barefoot and still trains that way sometimes today.

It seems like she can’t run away from track.  Not surprisingly, her husband is former NCAA indoor 800-meter champ Jim Maton.

Is it just me, or do we see running proteges in the future from these two?