Monday, July 16, 2012

Drake Tickets Go On Sale Today

Season tickets for Drake football, volleyball and men's and women's soccer go on sale to the general public beginning today. The Drake Athletics Olympic Sports Pass also will go on sale today. The defending conference co-champion Bulldogs’ football team opens its six-game home schedule Thursday, Aug. 30, against Grand View, followed by a Sept. 8 matchup with Rob Ash's Montana State squad in advance of its home Pioneer Football League schedule. Women’s soccer opens at home on Friday, Aug. 17, vs. Northern Illinois while men’s soccer’s home opener is Friday, Aug. 31, vs. Loyola. The Bulldogs’ volleyball team hosts its first match at the Knapp Center on Friday, Sept. 14, vs. Wichita State. Buy your season tickets early to be sure you catch all the action of the Bulldogs’ fall sports. Fans may purchase tickets in one of three convenient ways. The best option is to purchase tickets online at Fans may also purchase tickets either in person at the Drake Ticket Office or by phone at (515) 271-DOGS (3647).

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Drake Hurdler Marissa Smith Has Personal Best In 100 Meters

Drake women's track standout Marissa Smith (Ajax, Ontario) sprinted to a new personal best of 13.34 in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday at the 2012 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Track and Field Championships. Smith who was a representative of her native Canada at the championships, finished in fifth place in the event. It was her first experience at a large international competition. Brianna Rollins of the United States won the event in 12.60, while Smith's Canadian teammate Ashlea Maddex finished in third at 13.21. Americans dominated the sixth NACAC Under-23 Track and Field Championships, winning 43 of the 66 events on the weekend. Smith would not have been the only familiar face for Drake fans at the event. Many champions, such as Kimberlyn Duncan (U.S.) and Andrea Guebelle (U.S.) competed at Drake Stadium throughout the 2012 season. Smith, a senior, is the defending Missouri Valley Conference outdoor champion in the women's 100-meter hurdles and Valley indoor champion in the women's 60-meter hurdles. She will attempt to defend her titles next season.


About the North American, Central American, and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships: Founded in December of 1988, the NACAC is the continental confederation governing body for national governing bodies and multi-national federations within the region. It is one of six area associations of the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF). The organization holds senior and under-23 Track and Field championships, as well as Mountain Running and Cross Country championships. Neville McCook of Jamaica is the current president, serving since 2007.The NACAC have held the bi-annual Under-23 Track and Field championships since 2000. [This story was written for Ron Maly by Trygve D. L. Jensen of Drake's sports information staff].

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Honor for Drake's Jordan Clarke

Fifth-year senior forward Jordan Clarke has been announced as a member of the 2011-12 Honors Court by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), reflective of his excellence in academics during the 2011-12 academic year.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, an athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria.

Clarke (Rockville, Md.), a co-captain for the Bulldogs, earned second-team Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete recognition in 2011-12, competing as a junior in eligibility. Playing the center position he ranked seventh in the league in rebounds per game (7), setting a career high in that category. Clarke’s 49 steals ranked sixth in the Valley and were the most in school history by a Bulldog center.

The qualifications for the NABC Honors Court are as follows:

1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.

2. Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year.

3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.

4. Member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Institution.

[This story was written for Ron Maly by Paul Kirk, Drake's assistant athletic director for communications].

29-37 Record Earns McCaffery a Pay Raise, New Contract At Iowa

A two-season record of 29-37 [11-20 in 2010-11 and 18-17 in 2011-12] has earned Fran McCaffery a pay raise and an extended contract as Iowa's basketball coach. The new seven-year agreement guarantees McCaffery a minimum average of $1.66 million annually over the length of the contract, beginning with a base salary of $1.3 million in 2012-13. The base salary moves McCaffery to the upper half of the Big Ten Conference in comparison to his colleagues. McCaffery’s average compensation for the full term of the new contract could climb to $1.86 million per year should next year’s team make it to the 2013 NCAA tournament. As was the case with his previous contract, McCaffery can also earn additional compensation annually by achieving certain competitive and academic benchmarks. “Two years into his tenure, I’m thrilled with where Fran is taking our program,” said athletic director Gary Barta. “He has done an outstanding job, in all phases. We are pleased that the victory total has increased in the last two seasons. But, as important, Fran has demonstrated a total commitment in all phases of the program, including recruiting, community involvement and commitment to academic performance.” Said McCaffery: “I am very excited to sign this contract. We have made tremendous progress in all phases of the program in two seasons. I appreciate the support and confidence expressed by President Sally Mason and Gary Barta in signing this contract. We are committed to continued improvement.We have made progress during both the regular season and in post-season play with our participation in the 2012 NIT. Our players know they have the complete support of the University and we look forward to the upcoming seasons.” [This story was written for Ron Maly by Matt Weitzel of Iowa's sports information office].