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By Joe Summins | Posted at 3:15 pm on Thursday, July 2, 2009

NIU football 2009 signee Jordan Lynch and Team USA will take on Canada in the gold medal game of the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship Sunday, July 5 at 12 p.m. Central Time at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Lynch, a team captain, has made four tackles and two assists for an American defense that has yet to yield a point in two games. Team USA defeated France, 78-0, in the opening round and blanked Mexico, 55-0, in front of a crowd of 11,218. If you can't make it out to Canton this weekend, you can follow all the action live via



By Brett McWethy | Posted at 11:59 am on Thursday, July 2, 2009

In case you missed it upon logging onto (to read the Happenings of course!), just minutes ago, our new and improved front page video player was made live!  Developed entirely through flash, the new player has improved audio capabilities, and up to six videos can be viewed at any time.  Our six "kick-off" videos are a good selection -- check out the football season tickets commerical, and head coach Jerry Kill "mic'd up" at spring football practice!  For premium audio and video content, sign up to be a Huskies All-Access member HERE.  It's just $6.95 per month!


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:28 am on Thursday, July 2, 2009

Have you checked out the "Getting to Know You" Q&A session on  It's worth a daily view, and will generate some fire for the upcoming football season.  NIU's David Bryant will appear on the site next Monday (July 6), followed by quarterback Chandler Harnish on July 18.

In the snow, Harnish and the Huskies dashed Kent State on the road, 42-14. 


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:14 am on Thursday, July 2, 2009

Northern Illinois head women's basketball coach Carol Owens will look to capture her third gold medal as the USA Basketball U-19 coach this month in Bangkok.  Read how Owens is planning on adjusting to the cuisine, and also her love for Twittering.  Or is it tweeting?  Either way, follow her!!!


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:09 am on Thursday, July 2, 2009

Come on coach Luzzi, you didn't think you'd be able to enjoy your 4th of July weekend did you?  As the DeKalb Daily Chronicle's John Sahly relays in this story, Luzzi's world has vastly changed in the past 48 hours, and it may be a whirlwind that isn't going to stop anytime soon. 


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 2:32 pm on Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Over halfway through the Top-10 Moments of 2008-09 Countdown. Today we hit up Number Five: 157-pound wrestler Bryan Deutsch entered the Mid-American Conference Tournament as the lowest seed, then pinned the No. 1 seed, and beat the No. 3 and No. 2 seeds to win the MAC Championship. And since reading is so 20th-century, we're going with video for this one. Enjoy.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 8:42 am on Wednesday, July 1, 2009

He loves adidas, giardiniera, Manchester United, and Ronald Reagan...he is your next Huskie men's soccer coach... Eric Luzzi!!!

The newest Huskie men's soccer coach has been named! It's a familiar face, as former associate head coach Eric Luzzi will take the reins of one of the most successful sport programs at Northern Illinois. First off, Eric is a great guy, who cares deeply about creating an environment of excellence at NIU in so many ways. You also simply could not find a guy more obsessed with the game. He has a library of hundreds of soccer books, DVDs, action figures (unverified), etc. He simply loves soccer, and is slightly offended when someone else doesn't love soccer as much as he does. Eric is a fantastic choice by Jeff Compher to lead the men's soccer program to more championships!


By Donna Tuner | Posted at 10:12 am on Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Huskie Welcome! to new Northern Illinois football equipment manager Alvy Armstrong.  Armstrong comes to NIU from Southern Illinois, where he spent the last six years in charge of equipment for all 16 SIU varsity sports.  As the football equipment manager, Armstrong is in charge of ordering, maintaining and distributing the Huskies' football equipment and gear out of the Yordon Center equipment room.  He also oversees the transportation of equipment to away games and directs the student equipment staff.

Prior to his time at Southern Illinois, Armstrong served as assistant equipment manager at his alma mater, Youngstown State, for seven years.
The equipment folks are some of the most over-worked and under-appreciated in college athletics, another one of those "behind-the-scenes" groups who get things done early in the morning and late at night to keep the football team, and the athletic department, functioning.

So welcome again, and best of luck to Alvy here at Northern Illinois!


By Donna Turner | Posted at 3:38 pm on Tu esday, June 30, 2009

Thanks to NIU Head Men's Golf Coach John Cleary for stopping by with this news on one of our men's golf alums!

Former Huskie golfer Mike Suhre (1996-2000) is among the 87 golfers who made the cut at the 42nd PGA Professional National Championship being played at Twin Warriors Golf Club in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M. (Check the scores at and see live action on the Golf Channel on Tuesday and Wednesday, 2:30-5 p.m. Central.)

Midway through the third round, Suhre is tied for third at the prestigious tournament, the premiere event for PGA Professionals.  Each of the top 20 finishers at the PGA Professional National Championship qualifies for the 91st PGA Championship, one of golf's four "majors," which will be played in Hazeltine, Minn. at the Hazeltine National Golf Club August 13-16.

Suhre, whose NIU career stroke average of 76.5, was one of 312 golfers in the original field and shot rounds of one-under par 70 on Sunday and Monday.  The tournament concludes Wednesday. 

As an NIU golfer, Suhre was named a Golf Coaches Association of America All-America Scholar in 1999 and 2000 as a junior and senior, respectively and was a Midwestern Collegiate Conference All-Conference selection as a freshman in 1996.

Suhre is currently the PGA Head Professional at Oak Brook Golf Club in Edwardsville, Ill. 


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:52 pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

During your afternoon internet perusing session, be sure to spend some time on John Sahly's "Huskie Wire" blog.  Sahly posted both a Q/A with head women's basketball head coach Carol Owens, along with his Tuesday countdown, which features the MAC's top-10 defensive players.  Where do you think David Bryant lands?


By Zach Peters | Posted at 11:08 am on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Moment No. 6 comes from the NIU baseball team's win over Baseball America No. 15 Missouri in which hurler Andy Deain was on his game to help the Huskies take down a ranked team for the first time since 2001.

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The Huskies came into the game against Baseball America's No. 15th ranked team in the Missouri Tigers on February 28 after facing No. 8 Arizona State the day before in the second game of the DeMarini Invitational at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. , resulting in a 6-1 loss despite the Huskies outhitting the Sun Devils eight to seven.

NIU tied the game 2-2 in the fourth inning with the help of an interference call, allowing Dave Reynolds (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) to score from first on a two-out single by Troy White (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young).

In the sixth, the Huskies took their second lead of the game after Jordin Hood (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) doubled to start the inning and scored on Justin Behm's (Downers Grove, Ill./North) double play grounder after Reynolds moved him to third with a single.

NIU added to the lead in the eighth with an RBI single by Behm and an RBI double by Joe Etcheverry (Bakersfield, Calif./Centennial) to give the Huskies a 5-2 lead that was more than enough for the pitching staff, led by starter Andy Deain (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge).

After being one of the Mid-American Conference's top closers last year, Deain joined the rotation in 2009 and earned his first win on this date by throwing a then-career-high six solid innings, giving up an earned run on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts.  His performance was dominant enough for him to earn the MAC West Player of the Week honor for the first time in his career a few days later on March 3.

A trio of relievers then finished the game as Tom Zelasko (Lansing, Ill./Mt. Carmel), Zach Oates (Wheaton, Ill./North) and Reynolds combined for three innings, surrendering just three hits and a walk with two strikeouts, both behind the arm of Reynolds, who earned his second career save and went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs.

"The pitchers did a great job today of throwing in the zone and challenging hitters," NIU head coach Ed Mathey said after the game.  "They were able to hang in there and compete despite some errors being made in the field. They made up for the mistakes on the mound.

"Deain worked hard in the first inning on a tough error that added pitches to his pitch count.  He did a great job of establishing pace and throwing strikes.  Tom, Zach and Dave also did a great job for the second game in a row. It was outstanding to get that type of performance from our pitchers."

The victory for NIU marked the first time that the Huskie baseball team beat a ranked opponent since defeating No. 13 Stetson 3-2 in 10 innings on March 14, 2001.

"It was a good win for us against a Big 12 team that was a preseason pick to go far in the NCAA tournament," Mathey said of NIU's first win in its first try over the Tigers, who fell to Western Kentucky in the NCAA Regionals.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:59 am on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Northern Illinois University women's basketball program will be holding its annual golf outing Friday, August 14th at River Heights Golf Course in DeKalb, Ill. Click here to register. For more information, contact Cecelia Bolles at 815-753-0586.


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:16 am on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The 14th Annual Brigham-Novak Gridiron Classic will be held Friday, July 24 at Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodbridge.  Organized by the Huskie Athletic Scholarship Fund, all proceeds from this event directly benefit the NIU football program.  As of yesterday afternoon, there were at least 20 foursomes signed up for the event, far more than what had been seen in the past.  We've heard Seven Bridges is a tough trek; check it out for yourself.



By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 8:55 am on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The DeKalb High School football team plays its home games at Huskie Stadium. It's a cool way to connect with the community, bring some people on campus that may not come, and support the Barbs. As the DeKalb Daily Chronicle's James Nokes writes here, that era of DHS football is coming to an end.



By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 8:51 am on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Purdue blog Hammer and Rails has a preview of the Huskies' Sept. 19 game at the Boilermakers' house. Within the preview is this sweet video of Chandler Harnish scoring a touchdown at Kent State that I hadn't seen before.


Speaking of the Huskies' games against Big Ten Conference foes, you can order tickets for the road tilts at Wisconsin and Purdue HERE.  


By Joe Summins | Posted at 4:10 pm on Monday, June 29, 2009

NIU head women's basketball coach Carol Owens is winding down here final few days here in DeKalb before taking off to Bangkok Thailand for the 2009 FIBA World Championships. You can read what she's been up to the last few days in the latest entry of her blog.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 1:36 pm on Monday, June 29, 2009

Looking for something fun for your kids over the summer? How about just a place to dump them off for a while to get them out of your hair? Northern Illinois camps are a great solution to both problems! There are still a ton of camps coming up this summer. Your kids will be well taken care of, and have lots of fun while learning a lot more than they would sitting on the couch playing Guitar Hero: Rach Bock. Here's a quick list of the camps that you can still sign up for:

July 1-16 Wrestling
July 5-11 VB
July 7,8 Tennis
July 12-15 Women's Soccer
July 13-16 Tennis
July 19-26 Men's Soccer
July 19-22 Athletic Training
July 20-23 Golf
July 28,29 Tennis

Signing up is easy, just head over to our camps page or call (815) 753-5300.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 1:30 pm on Monday, June 29, 2009

Totally unrelated to NIU, here's a fun video:




By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:43 am on Monday, June 29, 2009

The Huskie softball team gives us our No. 7 moment in the countdown. Andrea Colosimo jacked her first career home run, a grand slam no less, to help NIU defeat then-No. 18 Houston.

Trailing 3-1 with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the sixth, sophomore Andrea Colosimo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) belted a grand slam to give the Huskies a dramatic 5-3 victory over No. 18 Houston at the Marriott Houston Classic Feb. 21, 2009. Northern Illinois scored five runs in the inning on one hit for the come-from-behind victory.

The inning started innocently enough with a walk by Katie Colby (Waukesha, Wis./West) and groundout by Jenna Roberts (Verona, Wis./West). Crabtree then showed some wildness, walking the next three batters she faced, scoring Kayla Kramer (West Chicago, Ill./West Chicago), who came in to pinch run for Colby.

Colosimo then stepped to the plate with a chance to drive in the tying run. The at bat didn't start out too promising. She was in a 0-2 hole after fouling off the first pitch and taking a strike. She then came back to take two pitches outside the zone to even the count, before sending Crabtree's 2-2 offering over the left field fence to clear the bases.

However, she wasn't finished. After giving the Huskies the lead, Colosimo came in to pitch the seventh inning. She pitched a scoreless seventh, to pick up the save. Joreigh Landers (Vernonia, Ore./Vernonia) posted her first victory of the season, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits in six innings of work.

Colosimo's grand slam was the first by a Huskie since Stacy Paller blasted one against Arizona Mar. 12, 1993. She ended the season with the team lead in RBIs with 24 and hit two home runs. She was named to the Mid-American Conference All-Tournament Team.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:26 am on Monday, June 29, 2009

Pat Disabato of the Southtown Star wrote this article on NIU recruit Jordan Lynch's participation on USA Football 2009's Junior National Team. Lynch talks about changing positions from quarterback to saftey, and says this:


"To be able to fly around and hit people is fun." I like him already.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:24 am on Monday, June 29, 2009

For those of you who didn't catch it Friday, head men's soccer coach Steve Simmons has accepted the same position at Oregon State. Here's OSU's story on their hire. Both stories mention that a large part of the reason for the move is Steve's family out West. I've worked with him from my first day here at NIU, and we've talked from time to time about how great it would be for his family if an opportunity came out West. As tough as it is to lose such a great coach and person, we couldn't be happier that he'll get to raise his three kids close to their family.

That said, we're coming after you Sept. 25 when the Huskies meet the Beavers in Corvallis.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:52 am on Friday, June 26, 2009

In the No. 8 slot of our Top-10 Moments of 2008-09 Coutndown, the first home Northern Illinois track & field meet in nearly three decades, held at the new NIU Track & Field and Soccer Complex.

Since program reinstatement in 2000, the Huskie track & field team has been a bit of a vagabond (only better smelling). Without a true home to practice and host meets at, the team bounced from location to location, practicing a the local high school, inside the Convocation Center, and outside the Convocation Center... in the parking lot.

That era officially came to an end, May 9, 2009, when Northern Illinois hosted Augustana in the first track & field meet held on the NIU campus since 1982. The Huskies won all but five events, with junior Brittany Houghton scoring two individual golds, and helping two NIU relay teams to first-place finishes.

But the day will be rembered more for ribbon-cutting than running, as the team turned a corner into a new era. Even practicing on the new surface yielded immediate benefits, as Huskies set or tied seven school records during the 2009 outdoor season.

With a home to call their own, the Huskies should continue that upward trend.

You can check out the GameDay Blog from the event, this photo gallery, as well as the post-meet story, and this feature on the opening in the DeKalb Daily Chronicle.

Also, here are some photo galleries from the construction of the new facility: May 22, June 24, August 22.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 3:19 pm on Thursday, June 25, 2009

As we continue our countdown of the top-10 moments of the 2008-09 athletic season, day two brings us to the ninth moment.

At No. 9, we have Meagan Schoenrock (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview) of the women's volleyball program recording her 1,000th career kill midway through her junior season.

Meagan Schoenrock became the 16th Huskie to reach 1,000 kills.

On September 25th, 2008, the Huskies opened Mid-American Conference play with a match in Kalamazoo, Mich. against preseason favorite Western Michigan, who would go on to finish first in the MAC regular season, second at the MAC Tournament, and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. 

At the time the Huskies had won six of their last seven matches and Schoenrock was averaging 5.04 kills/set, which was first in the MAC and second in the nation.  She needed just five kills to reach 1,000 and true to her average she got it in the first set with NIU trailing 20-12.

Desp ite the outstanding achievement, the Huskies fell to the Broncos in the opener 25-17, 25-15, 25-21 and NIU head coach Ray Gooden summed up the moment and Schoenrock's competitiveness with this quote after the match: "It's a great individual accolade for Meagan.  I can safely say that she would trade that in for a team victory tonight."

By reaching the 1,000 kill mark, she became the 16th Huskie to do so and the third to do it under Gooden.  She finished the season with 507 kills to give her 1,265 for her career, which ranks 10th all-time at NIU.  If she has a similar season as she did last year, she can pass Amber Howard (1,484) for the third spot behind Tera Lobdell (1,907) and Kate McCullagh (1,936), who both also reached the plateau under Gooden.   

With her monster 2008 season, Schoenrock earned first team All-MAC and Academic All-MAC honors.  With her two second team All-MAC selections, she is the fourth players in program history to earn All-MAC honors three times.  She also was named to three All-Tournament teams.  She finished 16th in the nation with 4.33 kills/set.  She set career-highs with 507 kills, 118 digs, 543 points and hit .232. She had six matches with 20 or more kills, including a career-best 29 against Western Michigan on Oct. 30. She was a National Top Performer for the week of Sept. 8 as NIU went 5-0 and she registered 81 kills and hit .404.

Re-live the moment by checking out's archived recap.

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