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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2012
Randy Monroe has resigned as UMBC's men's basketball coach just two days before the official start of practice. UMBC athletic director Charles Brown told The Sun that he was not surprised by Monroe's resignation. "Well, we talked about it, he gave us his resignation," Brown said. "Today is the official date of his resignation. " Brown acknowledged that "the timing ... was an issue," but declined to further discuss the reasons for Monroe's departure because it is "a personnel issue.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
UMBC announced Tuesday that Aki Thomas has signed a two-year extension that will keep him as head coach of the men's basketball team through the 2015-16 season. Thomas, who at 34 is one of the youngest coaches in Division I, expressed his gratitude for the university's faith in him. “It tells me that they like the direction that we're taking the program in right now,” said Thomas, who succeeded Randy Monroe on Oct. 10, 2012 as acting head coach before earning the permanent title on March 4. “They see some really good things happening, which makes me feel good about the job that myself and the staff have been able to do so far. We still have a long way to go, but I also think we're moving things in the right direction.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
Randy Monroe was looking forward all spring and summer to getting back on the court with his UMBC men's basketball team. The Retrievers, coming off three consecutive single-digit-win seasons, had much to prove in 2012-13, but the veteran coach said in August that he was “ very confident and optimistic about this year's bunch .” But “a couple weeks” ago, Monroe said he started thinking about his future and what was best for UMBC...
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2013
Two days before basketball practice officially started last year, Aki Thomas was named UMBC's interim head coach following the unexpected resignation of Randy Monroe . Heading into the 2013-14 campaign, Thomas has had the interim tag removed and several months to put his stamp on a Retrievers program that went 8-23 a year ago.  Guards Ryan Cook , Brian Neller and Adrian Satchell have graduated, while sophomores Jarrell Lane...
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2012
Three consecutive seasons of single-digit wins might damper a coach's enthusiasm. But heading into the 2012-13 campaign, UMBC coach Randy Monroe is "confident and optimistic" about this Retrievers squad. Monroe returns the top three scorers off last season's 4-26 team in junior forward Chase Plummer , senior guard Ryan Cook (Pallotti) and senior guard Brian Neller . Other returning Retrievers are sophomore guard Joey Getz , junior guard Quentin Jones (Mount St. Joseph)
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun reporter | May 15, 2008
UMBC's best NCAA Division I basketball season earned coach Randy Monroe a six-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season, the school announced yesterday. "The message I get is that Randy Monroe and UMBC go hand-in-hand," Monroe said. Monroe, 46, produced the school's first America East Conference championship and its first NCAA tournament berth in Division I this season. The Retrievers (24-9) rose after five straight losing seasons. The program improved in each of Monroe's four seasons as coach after 10 years as an assistant at the school.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2013
Two days before basketball practice officially started last year, Aki Thomas was named UMBC's interim head coach following the unexpected resignation of Randy Monroe . Heading into the 2013-14 campaign, Thomas has had the interim tag removed and several months to put his stamp on a Retrievers program that went 8-23 a year ago.  Guards Ryan Cook , Brian Neller and Adrian Satchell have graduated, while sophomores Jarrell Lane...
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By RICH SCHERR and RICH SCHERR,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 21, 2005
As an assistant coach at UMBC, Randy Monroe once put some effort into recruiting forward Steven Smith. Now the Retrievers' head coach, Monroe last night put just as much effort into devising a way to stop the 6-foot-9 La Salle senior, whom many believe will find a home in the NBA next season. After using their defensive intensity to stay with the Atlantic 10 team until midway through the second half, the host Retrievers couldn't keep up the pressure, eventually wearing down and absorbing a 70-55 loss before 2,410.
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By Mike Frainie, Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2010
In a battle of neighborhood rivals, Towson prevailed when push came to shove — literally. In a game that was closer than the final score would indicate, the Tigers used a full-court press and an offense that found itself in the second half to defeat host UMBC, 86-77, Saturday night at the Retriever Activities Center. The game featured the ejection of UMBC forward Laurence Jolicoeur after a shoving match with Towson's Braxton Dupree with 12:41 left in the game. Dupree led the Tigers (3-8)
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By Sports Digest | September 15, 2010
Baseball Prosecutor: Man drank for hours before Adenhart crash A man charged with murder in a drunken-driving crash that killed rookie Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart , a Washington County native, and two others in April 1999 spent hours drinking tequila and beer with his stepbrother at three bars before getting behind the wheel of his parents' minivan, a prosecutor said Tuesday in Santa Ana, Calif. Andrew Gallo , 23, knew the dangers of driving under the influence because he was convicted of the offense in 2006 and signed court papers indicating he understood that if he killed someone while driving drunk he could be charged with murder, Deputy District Attorney Susan Price told jurors in her opening statement.
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By Josh Vitale, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2013
When UMBC men's basketball coach Randy Monroe resigned less than a month before the start of the season, he left behind a roster almost devoid of in-state players. Aki Thomas didn't understand. The then-acting head coach said it was a “weird thing” to have a roster with so many out-of-state players. With Baltimore and its surrounding areas such a fertile recruiting ground, how was it possible that 10 of the Retrievers' 14 team members were from Pennsylvania or New Jersey? UMBC has just two Maryland natives on the roster - both walk-ons - and neither was recruited by the Retrievers.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2012
Two years and five inches ago, Will Darley was a Division II player at best. The 6-foot-3 guard was a top player for Dulaney, but his recruitment was limited to DIII schools and a handful of DIIs. The player Ed Huckaby Jr. saw this summer, however, bore little resemblance to the one-time Lions star. Playing with Crusader Nation on the AAU circuit, Darley had sprouted into a 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward with guard skills. Huckaby, the coach of Fishburne (Va.) Military Academy's post-grad basketball program, was blown away by Darley's game, as were several mid-major college coaches.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
Randy Monroe was looking forward all spring and summer to getting back on the court with his UMBC men's basketball team. The Retrievers, coming off three consecutive single-digit-win seasons, had much to prove in 2012-13, but the veteran coach said in August that he was “ very confident and optimistic about this year's bunch .” But “a couple weeks” ago, Monroe said he started thinking about his future and what was best for UMBC...
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2012
Randy Monroe has resigned as UMBC's men's basketball coach just two days before the official start of practice. UMBC athletic director Charles Brown told The Sun that he was not surprised by Monroe's resignation. "Well, we talked about it, he gave us his resignation," Brown said. "Today is the official date of his resignation. " Brown acknowledged that "the timing ... was an issue," but declined to further discuss the reasons for Monroe's departure because it is "a personnel issue.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2012
Three consecutive seasons of single-digit wins might damper a coach's enthusiasm. But heading into the 2012-13 campaign, UMBC coach Randy Monroe is "confident and optimistic" about this Retrievers squad. Monroe returns the top three scorers off last season's 4-26 team in junior forward Chase Plummer , senior guard Ryan Cook (Pallotti) and senior guard Brian Neller . Other returning Retrievers are sophomore guard Joey Getz , junior guard Quentin Jones (Mount St. Joseph)
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Sports Digest | November 29, 2011
Et cetera De La Rosa to leave UMBC men's basketball team Chris De La Rosa has left UMBC for personal and family-related matters, coach Randy Monroe said. De La Rosa, who played two full seasons for the Retrievers after one season at Siena, plans to withdraw from UMBC at the end of the fall semester. Named to the America East Conference second team after last season, La Rosa underwent surgery on his right foot in May and dressed for only one game this season, scoring 17 points and adding 10 assists at VMI on Nov. 19. … McDaniel senior guard Cullen Murray-Kemp earned PrestoSports/Pride of Maryland Player of the Week honors.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
UMBC announced Tuesday that Aki Thomas has signed a two-year extension that will keep him as head coach of the men's basketball team through the 2015-16 season. Thomas, who at 34 is one of the youngest coaches in Division I, expressed his gratitude for the university's faith in him. “It tells me that they like the direction that we're taking the program in right now,” said Thomas, who succeeded Randy Monroe on Oct. 10, 2012 as acting head coach before earning the permanent title on March 4. “They see some really good things happening, which makes me feel good about the job that myself and the staff have been able to do so far. We still have a long way to go, but I also think we're moving things in the right direction.
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Sports Digest | November 29, 2011
Et cetera De La Rosa to leave UMBC men's basketball team Chris De La Rosa has left UMBC for personal and family-related matters, coach Randy Monroe said. De La Rosa, who played two full seasons for the Retrievers after one season at Siena, plans to withdraw from UMBC at the end of the fall semester. Named to the America East Conference second team after last season, La Rosa underwent surgery on his right foot in May and dressed for only one game this season, scoring 17 points and adding 10 assists at VMI on Nov. 19. … McDaniel senior guard Cullen Murray-Kemp earned PrestoSports/Pride of Maryland Player of the Week honors.
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By Sports Digest | June 15, 2011
Redskins Bowie site being considered for new training facility The Maryland Stadium Authority approved funding Tuesday for a study that will examine the possibility of the Washington Redskins' leaving their training facility in Ashburn, Va., for one in Bowie. The proposed site is land owned by Prince George's County off Route 197 and Lemons Bridge Road; the location is near the Bowie State MARC station, about 10 miles from FedEx Field in Landover.
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By Sports Digest | December 30, 2010
Indoor soccer Blast stay perfect on season with 22-6 rout of Comets Pat Healey scored four goals and the Baltimore Blast improved to 5-0 with a 22-6 victory over the host Missouri Comets on Wednesday night. The Comets struck first three minutes into the game when Byron Alvarez knocked in a power-play goal to give Missouri an early 2-0 lead. Healey tied the game at 2 at the 5:17 mark, and the Blast dominated the remaining 54:43 as six different players scored goals and Sagu stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced.
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