ROCKFORD HUSKIE CARAVAN IS TODAY!
The third installment of the Huskie Athletic Scholarship Fund (HASF) Spring Caravans will be held TODAY at Rockford's Aldeen Golf Club (1900 Reid Farm Road). Head football coach Jerry Kill, men's basketball mentor Ricardo Patton, baseball coach Ed Mathey, volleyball coach Ray Gooden and wrestling's Dave Grant will all be in attendance.
The activities kick off at approximately 6:30 p.m. Prior to the evening event, select NIU coaches and staff will participate in an afternoon golf outing at the Aldeen Golf Club. Not sure what the Caravans are all about? This video of the first caravan of the year can get you acquianted.
2008-09 SEASON WRAP - WRESTLING
Tristen DeShazer tells a little secret to an opponent just before pinning him.
Coach Dave Grant just kept doing things the same way he'd always done them.
In his 13th year as the head coach of Northern Illinois' wrestling program, he wasn't about to change. His methods have put wrestlers on the All-American podium six times, and produced 18 MAC Champions. He wasn't about to change, even as his team trudged through a regular season that saw his team finish under .500 for the first time since 1999-2000.
Just keep working hard, just stay aggressive. Find that grit that NIU Wrestling in known for. Grant stuck to the plan. His plan.
At the MAC Championships, that commitment paid off. Sophomore Bryan Deutsch stunned the tournament field by pinning the top seed, then beating the number three and number two seeds to win the Mid-American Conference 157-Pound Championship. His win extended NIU's consecutive years with a conference champion to 13, every year since rejoining the MAC in 1996-97.
Deutsch earned his way to the NCAA Championships with his run to the title. He would be joined in St. Louis by fellow sophomore Tristen DeShazer. The Wichita, Kan. native put the wrestling world on notice by taking sixth place at the acclaimed Midlands Championships in December, pinning four opponents along the way. DeShazer continued to pin his way to the top all season, collecting a Northern Illinois record 17 falls on the season. That total included two at the NCAA Championships, where he finished with a 2-2 record, just two matches away from becoming an All-American.
The Huskies, the youngest team in the MAC in 2008-09, return every starter and will add a talented crop of newcomers to attack 2009-10. And you can count on Grant continuing to stick to his guns - effort, attitude, determination, toughness - next year, too.
MOTOR CITY BOWL TO BE HELD DECEMBER 26, 2009
Organizers say the annual Motor City Bowl will be held the day after Christmas at Detroit's Ford Field, with a 1 p.m. kickoff. As in the past, the game will match a Mid-American Conference team and a Big Ten team.
FORMER HUSKIE GOES PAN-AMERICAN
Former Northern Illinois men's basketball assistant coach Ryan Marks was officially announced as the new University of Texas-Pan American men's basketball coach Wednesday. Marks was on the staff when the Huskies reached the 1996 NCAA Tournament, going 20-10 (10-6 MCC) during the 1995-96 campaign. He has spent the past five seasons as the head coach at Division II St. Edwards, compiling a 91-54 record, which includes three trips to the NCAA Division II basketball tournament.