Salisbury picks alum Merkel to be men's basketball coach

Wizards head backward into the future with new uniforms

May 11, 2011|By Sports Digest

Colleges

Salisbury picks alum Merkel to be men's basketball coach

Salisbury named 2001 graduate Josh Merkel men's basketball coach Tuesday. Merkel, who helped Randolph-Macon to a 25-5 record this past season as an assistant coach, played for the Sea Gulls from 1997 until 2001, averaging 9.3 points, 2.5rebounds and 1.8 assists. Before his stint with the Yellow Jackets, Merkel spent five seasons as an assistant at Eastern Kentucky, which won the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in 2007.

Women's basketball: UMBC named Kristin Drabyn and Brenna Rollie assistant coaches. Drabyn, a shooting guard for the Retrievers from 2004 to 2008, spent last season as an assistant at Holy Cross. Rollie, who played guard at Augustana, spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Bucknell. Drabyn and Rollie join incumbent Cheri Eleazer to complete the roster of assistants.

Men's track and field: Johns Hopkins junior Luke Sand, who won the shot put and discus at the Centennial Conference championship meet, was named Most Outstanding Field Performer.

Women's track and field: Johns Hopkins' Bobby Van Allen was named Centennial Conference Coach of the Year. … Hammond sprinter Titi Oden will attend Northwestern State.

Baseball: Junior right-hander Chuck Ghysels struck out a career-high eight batters in six innings while holding host Delaware (26-23) to one run as Maryland (21-32) escaped with a 7-6 victory. … Junior Brian Klukowicz had five RBIs as host UMBC (8-33) earned a 13-7 victory over Towson (25-22-1). … CCBC Essex (24-23) defeated Rappahannock Community College of Warsaw, Va., in the opening round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX Division II tournament, 6-1, at Cecil College but then lost to the host school, 5-4.

Softball: Third seed Maryland will play sixth seed North Carolina State at noon Friday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Atlanta. … Coppin State, the third seed in the Northern Division, will play second seed Florida A&M in the first round of the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference tournament Thursday in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Golf: Maryland women's coach Jason Rodenhaver, who played three seasons for the Terps in the mid-1990s, will add coaching responsibilities for the men's program under a new position as director of intercollegiate golf. Men's coach Tom Hanna retired last week.

Et cetera

Wizards head backward into the future with new uniforms

The Washington Wizards unveiled the team's updated look featuring a red, white and blue color scheme Tuesday. The new uniforms were redesigned to capture the spirit of the organization's former "stars and bars" look. Wizards is displayed on the front of the home white jersey, while Washington appears as a wordmark on the red road jersey. Both wordmarks are framed by bars of red, white and navy. A ball dots the "I's" in each wordmark, and the Washington Monument is formed in the upright of the "d" and "h" respectively on the home and away jerseys.

NFL: The Ravens' public relations staff recently received the Rozelle Award by the Pro Football Writers of America after narrowly missing out on the achievement over the past decade. The annual national award is given to the public relations department that consistently strives for excellence in its dealings and relationships with the media. It marks the first Rozelle Award for the Ravens, who were among four finalists in eight of the past 10 years.

Baseball: Pitcher Adam Kolarek (Catonsville) has been called up to the High Single-A St.Lucie Mets from extended spring training. New York drafted him in June after his junior season at Maryland, and he pitched in Rookie-level ball and at short-season Single-A Brooklyn.

—From Sun staff and news services

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