2008-09 ATHLETIC SEASON WRAPS UP...
While the season may have ended prematurely for both the NIU baseball and track and field teams this past weekend, it is with great pleasure that we recognize another successful year for Huskie Athletics beginning this Monday morning.
First, the eight-consecutive semesters of obtaining at least a 3.0 grade-point-average for NIU student-athletes can not be reiterated enough. That is a feat that most Division I athletic departments would dream of achieving, and NIU has helped set that coveted standard. Also, for the fourth consecutive year, all 17 Northern Illinois sports programs exceeded the academic standards set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as measured by the Academic Progress Rate (APR). The future of the NIU Athletic Department on and off the field is in good hands.
Over the next 16 days of "Huskie Happenings," we'll take you through a quick look at how each team fared during the 2008-09 campaign. Also, stay tuned for a more detailed version of the year-in-review in the Annual Report, which will be completed and posted on NIUHuskies.com later this summer.
The NIU volleyball team finished with an 18-14 (9-7 MAC) record, advancing to the MAC Tournament quarter-finals in Toledo. The Huskies nearly upset third-seeded Miami (Ohio) after a first-round win over Kent State, but fell in a tough five-set decision at the Seagate Centre.
After being named to the volleyball All-Mid-American Conference second-team in her first two years as a Huskie, junior Meagan Schoenrock earned a spot on the All-MAC first-team in 2008. Meanwhile, freshman Allison McGlaughlin was selected to the MAC All-Freshmen team as well as the All-MAC second-team as voted on by the conference coaches. Schoenrock also recorded her 1,000th career kill, at Western Michigan on Sept. 25.
Schoenrock set career highs in nearly every category with 507 kills, 118 digs and 543 points along with getting double-figure kills in all but one match during the 2008 season. She is the fourth NIU volleyball player to earn All-MAC honors three times in a career and ranks 10th on the program's kills list with 1,265.
Head coach Ray Gooden earned his 100th career win with a 3-0 sweep of Western Illinois on September 9 and currently ranks third on the program's win list. At the end of the season, five Huskies received Academic All-MAC recognition. Schoenrock and Irene Johnson both made the team and Jody Hardwick, Monica Lang and Amanda Tadla were named to the honorable mention list. Johnson joined Marie Zidek as the only two Huskies to earn the honor twice in a career.
MRS. POORE'S NEW GIG
Congrats to Gwen Poore, wife of NIU quarterbacks coach Pat Poore, for her appointment as the new Athletic Director of Elgin High School. You can read all about Gwen's new job in this Daily Herald story. In another spousal appointment, Stephanie Gooden, wife of head volleyball coach Ray Gooden, is the new head volleyball coach at DeKalb High School. Go Barbs! (Go Spartans, too! and Maroons!)
Former Huskie d-lineman Darion Tate spent some time in the big leagues of indoor professional football, winning an Arena Bowl title with the Chicago Rush in 2006. Now, he's playing for the Chicago Slaughter. You can get a glimpse of what the Slaughter have been up to this season in this Daily Herald story (two in one Happenings for the DH!).