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Summer 2011, Vol. 14, No. 3

Fall Sports Review


VolleyballTruman volleyball concluded its 2010 season with a 25-8 record, its 11th consecutive NCAA post-season appearance and a third-place finish in the MIAA. The Bulldogs had five players named to all-MIAA squads, including sophomore Megan Sharpe, who also earned third-team AVCA all-American and all-region accolades. Senior Allison Barker was also a second-team Daktronics all-region selection. Daktronics all-region selection.

The Bulldogs secured the No. 21 ranking in the final AVCA top-25 coaches’ poll, marking 153 consecutive weeks in the top-25 dating back to the 2000 season. That moved the squad into Division II’s top-15 all-time in weeks ranked. Head coach Ben Briney’s squad picked up four MIAA Hitter of the Week awards this season, with Megan Sharpe having garnered two, and both Allison Barker and Molly Sinclair picking up one. Sinclair parlayed hers into the program’s first National Player of the Week award in more than five years during the season’s first week.

In addition, Sinclair was selected to the ESPN Academic all-District third-team, as presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The Bulldogs return four starters and three top reserves for the 2011 season.

Truman Announces Reductions in Athletics Programs

Truman State University has decided to discontinue its men’s golf program following the 2011 spring season and will no longer offer future athletic scholarships for the sports of men’s tennis, men’s swimming, wrestling and baseball. These cost-cutting measures are a result of continued state budget pressure and a comprehensive review of Truman’s athletic program by an Intercollegiate Athletics Task Force appointed by President Troy Paino in October.

“This difficult decision is based upon the economic reality facing the University,” said Athletics Director Jerry Wollmering. “We received a 5.2 percent reduction in state funding this past fiscal year, and will face a seven percent cut this fiscal year. This translates into fewer resources to effectively operate all our programs. As fixed costs also rise, such as insurance and travel, we can no longer provide adequate resources for 21 intercollegiate sports programs.”

Men’s golf has been an intercollegiate sport at the University since 1933. The program was directed this spring by Jim Berrey and Tyler Madsen on a part-time basis. Both Berrey and Madsen are employed full-time with Farm Bureau and Truman, respectively.

In addition, the University will phase out University-funded athletic scholarships in the sports of men’s tennis, men’s swimming, wrestling and baseball. Scholarships currently awarded to athletes on these teams will be honored as long as these students remain on the squad. Any athletic aid offered to future incoming players must come from private donations through the Truman State University Foundation. Athletes competing in these sports will continue to be offered merit-based aid. Currently, the University awards over $200,000 in academic scholarships to student-athletes from those sports.

Even with the program elimination, Truman will continue to sponsor 20 sports, the most of any public university in Missouri, and well above the NCAA Division II average of 14.3 sports. The average of all NCAA institutions, regardless of division, is 17.

Three Earn NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships

Three Truman senior student-athletes, Anna Grinter, Alex Henderson and Tanya Sylvester, were awarded NCAA postgraduate scholarships for the 2010-2011 winter sports season. The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall, winter and spring sports. Up to 174 are issued annually through the program, which was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the NCAA’s most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship sports.

Athletic and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated. Grinter was a five-time all-American for the women’s swimming team, capping her career this March with a fourth-place finish in the 200 fl y at the NCAA Championships, touching in a time of 2:02.42. She lettered all four seasons and holds the current school record in the 200 fl y at 2:00.72.

Henderson, a CoSIDA Academic all-American this past season, led the men’s basketball team in scoring and was one of the MIAA’s best three-point shooters during his senior year. He was a third-team all- MIAA member and ranked fifth in the conference in minutes played, logging more than 32 minutes per game. Sylvester, a two-time CoSIDA Academic all-American and nine-time swimming all-American, is the school record holder in the 100 fl y at 55.26 and earned three all-American honors at the 2011 NCAA Championships. She competed as part of two relay events and one individual event that finished in one of the final heats at the Championships.

Truman has now had 17 senior student-athletes earn NCAA postgraduate scholarships, with the women’s swimming program leading all sports with nine. The most recent Bulldog to receive a postgraduate scholarship was Kate Aherne in May 2010.

To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) and must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full- or part-time graduate student.

Spring Sports Review

  Jarrett Eiskina
   Jarrett Eiskina


Bulldog baseball (17-31; 16-28 MIAA) broke the school record with 16 conference wins and featured three all-conference pitchers this spring for fourth-year coach Dan Davis. The 17 overall wins tied for second most in school history while pitchers Ryan Trimble, Jarrett Eiskina and Christian Witt won the MIAA’s Pitcher of the Week Award a combined five times. Trimble earned second-team all-MIAA after leading the league with a 2.34 ERA and posted the first sub 3.00 ERA for the Bulldogs since Matt Leara’s 2.75 in 1993 and the lowest ERA since Al Nipper’s 0.98 in 1978.

  Ryan Trimble 
   Ryan Trimble

The team posted five shutouts, one off the school record, and had four complete-game shutouts after not having one in 11 years. The pitching staff also set school records in strikeouts with 273 and had several lows over a 10-plus year period in runs allowed, walks allowed, home runs allowed and opposing hitter batting average. The team took three of four games from conference opponents Southwest Baptist, Northwest Missouri and Missouri Western. Senior outfielder Michael Reese and junior catcher Devon Myers were also named to the all-conference list making it the most Bulldogs named all-MIAA in over 10 years.


  Jennifer Lawson 
  Jennifer Lawson

The women’s golf team finished second, and senior Jennifer Lawson placed second as an individual, at the MIAA championships this spring at Tiffany Greens Golf Club in Kansas City. For her efforts, Lawson was named all-conference while placing in the top-five nine times in 10 total events during the 2010-2011 season. She won three straight tournaments to close the fall and added another individual title and four top-five finishes in the spring. Lawson averaged 78.9 in 20 rounds played and earned the MIAA Golfer of the Week three times.

  Chris Kovach 
  Chris Kovach

The men’s golf team placed sixth at the conference championships with senior Chris Kovach tying for second in the individual competition to earn all-MIAA accolades. For the season, Kovach finished second in the MIAA men’s golf point race with four top-five finishes and had a stroke average of 76.0 in 24 rounds played. He was selected to compete as an individual at the NCAA Division II Super Regional outside of Louisville, Ky., where he tied for 89th in the 54-hole event.


Kelsey Kuykendall Joe Murphy-Baum

Bulldog tennis (women 8-8 record; men 5-11 record) saw the careers of two successful players come to a close as Kelsey Kuykendall and Amy Ochs competed in their final seasons. Kuykendall earned all-conference honors for the fourth time after finishing with a 21-6 record in 2011 and moved up to third all-time in Bulldog wins with 86 victories and an .811 winning percentage during that four-year span.

She was joined on the all-conference list by juniors Ellen Russell and Dagmar Velez. A pair of freshmen men earned all-league honors for the first time. Joe Murphy-Baum and Mike Merchant were voted to the honorable-mention doubles team by MIAA coaches this spring. In addition, Murphy-Baum was an honorable-mention singles player with a 12-9 record.


Track and Field


Junior Jennifer Zweifel earned her second all-America honors this year as she placed sixth at the Division II Outdoor Championships in Turlock, Calif. Zweifel previously took down the Truman triple jump record this spring with a leap of 40-08.75 at the conference championship meet. She led a contingent of four women to make the trip to nationals.

Senior Shaina Dochterman competed in the 400-meter hurdles, junior Anne Ratermann competed in the 800-meter run and freshman Becca Nelson competed in the javelin. Ratermann broke one of the oldest Truman records this spring in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:11.78 that shattered Jill Bonnstetter’s 1984 record of 2:13.54. The men were led this spring by sophomores Joey Walls and Ryan Peterson. Walls had the teams’ best times in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs while Peterson competed in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes.


  Kelsey Bollman 
     Kelsey Bollman

Truman softball (20-28 overall; 4-18 MIAA) landed four players on the all-MIAA teams, headlined by freshman Kelsey Bollman, who was a second-team pick. After hovering around the .400 mark all season, Bollman closed her first year at the collegiate level with a .372 average that included 14 doubles, six triples and seven home runs. Joining her on the all-conference teams were sophomore Laura Miller and juniors Mary Manley and Bridget Schade. The trio was picked for honorable mention after batting nearly .330 and combining for more than 30 doubles and 10 home runs.

Athletics Selects Four as Top Seniors in 2011

  Top Seniors 
  Pictured (l-r): Amy Galey, Jennifer Lawson, Director of Athletics Jerry Wollmering, Chris Kovach, and Bobby Larkin.

Truman seniors Amy Galey, Chris Kovach, Bobby Larkin and Jennifer Lawson were recognized as the Department of Athletics’ Student-Athletes of the Year. To be eligible for the annual award, student-athletes must have exhausted their eligibility or be graduating in spring 2011.

Galey was named honorable mention all-MIAA for women’s basketball after ranking fourth in the conference in assists during the regular season. Her 241 career assists moved her into 10th all-time at Truman after transferring into the program prior to her junior season.

She averaged seven points per game throughout her career and as many as 5.8 rebounds per game during her senior year as point guard. The Bulldog women reached the conference tournament for the first time in three seasons and nearly upset eventual-national semi-finalist Northwest Missouri in the tournament’s first round.

Kovach finished second in the MIAA men’s golf points race during the 2010-2011 season and qualified for the NCAA Midwest/South Central regional as an individual. In the men’s golf program’s final season, Kovach posted four top-fi ve finishes, including a second-place finish at the MIAA Championships in mid-April to earn all-MIAA accolades. He had a stroke average of 76.0 in 24 rounds played and qualified for regionals for the second time in his career.

Larkin was the NCAA’s best distributor across all three men’s soccer divisions, as the first-team NSCAA all-region and second-team Daktronics all-American selection averaged a division-wide (I, II and III) 1.06 assists per game. In addition, his 17 total assists tied for the NCAA-high behind four matches consisting of at least three assists. Larkin also chipped in four goals to total 25 points on the year and helped the men’s soccer team reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005.

Lawson was named all-MIAA in women’s golf after finishing second as an individual at the MIAA Championships in mid-April, while also placing in the top-five nine times in 10 total events this year. She won three straight tournaments to close the fall portion of the schedule before another individual title and four additional top-five finishes in each of her five spring events. She compiled a 643-51 record against all other individuals and posted a stroke average of 78.9 in 20 rounds played.

Baseball’s Michael Reese and women’s swimming’s Tanya Sylvester earned the Bulldog Academic Award, given to seniors who have earned the highest grade-point average.

Woodley Tabbed to Lead Men’s Basketball

  Matt Woodley 
  Matt Woodley

On March 15, Truman State University Director of Athletics Jerry Wollmering announced the hiring of Matt Woodley as the head men’s basketball coach. Woodley is the 11th head coach in the program’s history and comes to Truman following nine years of Division I coaching experience and two seasons at Waukee (Iowa) High School. He replaced 15-year taskmaster Jack Schrader, who retired following the 2010-11 campaign.

"We are thrilled that Matt has accepted the position to lead our men's basketball program," Wollmering said. "His outstanding experience and enthusiasm will bring high expectations both on the court and in the classroom."

Woodley graduated with a degree in elementary education from Drake University (Iowa) in 2000, having played three seasons for the Bulldogs. He was a starter in every game played and ended his career as the program's all-time leader in steals and second in three-pointers. He twice earned honorable-mention honors from the Missouri Valley Conference and was the team MVP his senior season.

He then served as a graduate assistant at Wayne State (Neb.) for one season before becoming an assistant coach at the University of Denver in 2001. There, he assisted with all aspects of the team, including recruiting, scouting, scheduling and on-floor practices. He played a key role in recruiting the 2005 Sun Belt Player of the Year, Yemi Nicholson, as well as two other all-Sun Belt selections from the 2004-2005 season.

The Des Moines, Iowa, native spent three seasons at Denver before joining Head Coach Kermit Davis' staff at Middle Tennessee State as an assistant coach. Woodley's responsibilities included recruiting, scouting, scheduling and film exchange, as well as the daily preparations for the team. He helped land future all-Sun Belt honorees Desmond Yates (first-team, 2008), Kevin Kanaskie and Adam Vogelsberg. The 2005 recruiting class was ranked 20th overall by national publications.

At both DU and MTSU, Woodley supervised the men's basketball academic programs, landing a combined 14 players on Sun Belt Conference all-academic teams.

Woodley then spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Washington State University for Head Coach Tony Bennett from 2006-09. During his stint at the school, the Cougars advanced to three consecutive postseason appearances, including the NCAA "Sweet 16" in 2008. He served as the program's recruiting coordinator, once again landing a top-20 recruiting class. On the court, he helped the program post back-to-back 25-win seasons and NCAA tournament appearances for the first time in school history.

With family roots in the state of Iowa, Woodley returned home to take the reins of the Waukee High School boys’ basketball program in 2009. In the past two seasons, the school won its first ever CIML conference championship, earning a trip to the Iowa State Tournament this year.

"Matt Woodley is a great hire for Truman State University," said University President Troy Paino. "I believe his success as a student-athlete and coach as well as his personal achievements make him a great fit for our institution. We are excited to welcome Matt and his wife, Jennifer, to the Truman and Kirksville communities.”

Woodley comes from a coaching lineage, as his father and three brothers currently hold coaching positions at various levels. His father, Mike, is the head football coach at Grand View University (Iowa), while his brother, Joe, serves as the team's defensive coordinator. His brother, Brian, is the head football coach at Johnston (Iowa) High School, while his brother Andy, who was a starting point guard at the University of Northern Iowa, won a state championship as the head boys’ basketball coach at Iowa City High School.

"I'm honored and humbled to be the next head basketball coach at Truman State University," Woodley said. "I believe in the direction of Dr. Paino and Jerry Wollmering, and together, we can make this University's basketball team a winning program both on and off the floor."

One of Woodley’s first duties was hiring Todd Lorenson, a three-year assistant coach at the University of Nebraska Omaha, as his assistant coach.

Ed Pretre Selected To Lead Swimming Programs


On April 15 the university named Ed Pretre as the new head men and women’s swimming coach. Pretre was most recently the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for both programs at East Carolina University.

“I look forward to making Kirksville my home and am excited to work with the exceptional student-athletes at Truman,” said Pretre. “I was immediately impressed with how genuinely the swimmers care about their sport and their teammates and how eager they are to carry on Truman’s prestigious swimming tradition. I was also impressed with the administration's focus on student-athletes and expectations for the swimming program at Truman.”

Pretre has been an assistant coach at three Division one institutions prior to his arrival at Truman. In 2005, he was assistant men’s coach for Princeton University (N.J.) where he worked with breaststrokers and butterflyers and coached several Ivy League finalists, Olympic trial qualifiers and an NCAA finalist.

In 2006, he moved over to the women’s side and joined the Rutgers University (N.J.) staff while taking on the additional role as recruiting coordinator. Pretre specialized with training sprinters, IMers and all stroke groups while helping the swimmers to Big East championships breaking school records as well as preparing athletes for the U.S. National team and Olympic qualifiers.

Most recently, Pretre was at East Carolina University (N.C.) where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for both the men and women’s programs. During his watch, 12 swims made the all-time top 10 list at ECU while five earned NCAA B cut times and five broke Pirate school records. He helped the women’s team to their highest finish ever, a second-place showing, at the Conference USA Championships.

“We are excited to have Ed Pretre be the next coach for the men’s and women’s swimming team at Truman,” said Linda Anderson, associate athletics director and chair of the search committee. “His experience training swimmers at Princeton and Rutgers has prepared him to coach in an academic environment such as Truman, and his coaching and recruiting experience with Division I and national level swimmers provide a background that will continue to attract national caliber swimmers to Truman and keep our program a strong contender for NCAA Championships.”

Pretre is a 1997 graduate and letterwinner in swimming from West Virginia University in Morgantown and holds a master’s degree in special education from New Jersey City University. Pretre and his wife Collette have a son, Brayden.


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