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  1. 1. IU Kokomo Athletics People   Unit IUK News Home Schools Divisions Faculty Chancellor Around Campus News Campus Around Kokomo Athletics Athletics News  IUK Contact Alumni Search Login Search RSS Feed search news... Chancellor News IU Kokomo emeritus faculty member recognized for IU Kokomo adds women’s basketball, hires Kokomo Wayne James sworn in as IU Kokomo chief of IU Kokomo director Marilyn Skinner receives First Cougar athlete qualifies for national IU Kokomo’s Enactus food drive receives boost IU Kokomo students decorate Seiberling Mansion IU Kokomo volleyball earns tournament bid; players IU Kokomo faculty member chosen for Clinton IU Kokomo student lands dream job weeks before Students partner, share information at “Block Out Joint simulation gives students chance to Allied health classes use Cole Fitness Center as IU Kokomo cross country team sets high goals for IU Kokomo students gain job experience, benefit Indiana University Kokomo unveils new bus 2 3 S E P T E MBER 2 0 1 1 KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo community has a vibrant, new, and exciting way to travel. Make way for the IU Kokomo Bus! Friday morning (September 23) the freshly decorated bus made its way through campus, stopping outside the Main Building for a celebration of faculty, staff, students, and – of course – the IU Kokomo Cougar. Sports teams and other student organizations that need to travel will use the bus for their respective activities. Contact Marie Radel Director of Media and Marketing (765) 455-9468  meradel@iuk.edu Danielle Rush Communications Specialist (765) 455-9414  darush@iuk.edu Find us on Facebook Indiana University Kokomo Like 2,637 people like Indiana University Kokomo. file:///C|/Users/mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College.htm[12/11/2013 9:54:51 PM]
  2. 2. IU Kokomo Athletics Created with flickr slideshow. The bus will make its maiden voyage tonight with the volleyball team in tow. “We’re traveling to Donaldson this evening for a tri-match against Ancilla College and Grace College,” said Coach Kristen Snoddy. “We were certainly hoping they would get the graphics on before the end of the season, so this is awesome.” Being able to travel together is an important part of the team’s mentality, Snoddy said. “We have taken separate vans before and it just wasn’t the same,” she said. “Hopefully the bus will spur us on for another win tonight!” Roy Tamir, vice chancellor for administration and finance, is thrilled with the look of the bus and, more importantly, being able to provide safe transportation for students, faculty, and staff on university-related trips. “The new bus looks fantastic, but the main reason for its purchase was to ensure the safety of all who travel representing IU Kokomo,” Tamir said. “Also, we are now able to share our campus pride in the communities we visit.”  Facebook social plugin Trent Murray, a freshman member of the basketball team, was also there to check out the new ride. “The graphics are very detailed and I think it looks really nice,” he said. “I can’t wait to ride in it this season.” Murray hopes the bus will bring some extra enthusiasm for the athletic programs. “We’re going to be riding in style,” he added. Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. The learning process continues for volleyball team 1 5 S E P T E MBER 2 0 1 1 KOKOMO, Ind - The Indiana University Kokomo Cougars women’s volleyball team is making strides, as evidenced by last week’s road win against Grace College.  On Wednesday night, the Cougars faced off once more against the Lancers, this time on IU Kokomo’s home court at Northwestern High School. The result may not be considered as historic as the first win as the file:///C|/Users/mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College.htm[12/11/2013 9:54:51 PM] www.flickr.com
  3. 3. IU Kokomo Athletics Cougars pushed Grace but came up short, losing in the four set match, 3-1.  Coach Kristen Snoddy said things are headed in right direction for the young team.  “We are still making lots of errors,” Snoddy said. “But we are getting better. It is nice to see how many people are here for the game. There is a real sense of community and that’s good.” Liz Barney (15) and Krista Armstrong (1) keep the volley going. See More The first set was the proverbial slugfest with neither team giving any quarter. Neither team built more than a three-point lead until late in the set when Grace rattled off six points to make it 21-16. Shelby Spall and Jenna Pelling both scored winners for the Cougars in a three-point run to cut the lead to 21-19. Grace scored the next two points making it 23-19. Peling scored on a tip to make it 23-19 but the Lancers returned the favor, leaving them one point from the win. Trailing 24-20, the Cougars responded with ferocity worthy of their namesake. Fueled by points from Pelling and some Lancer errors, IU Kokomo stormed back to a 25-24 lead. Unfortunately for the home team, Grace was equal to the task and scored three straight points to take the 27-25 win. The Cougars shook off any effects from the loss in the second game, dominating the Lancers at the net most of the way. Led by Pelling and Spall, the Cougars raced to an 18-11 lead before Grace recovered. The Lancers closed the gap to 20-16 before the Cougars pieced together a 5-3 run to finish out the set and claim the 25-19 win. The third set saw the equally matched teams again battled to a near draw. Strong play on both sides of the net left the Lancers clinging to a 19-16 lead late in set. Grace tallied two points to make it 20-16. IUK, once again, rose to the occasion and ran off five consecutive points to take a 21-20 lead. Grace wasn’t to be denied, however, a 5-1 run finished the third set at 25-22. The fourth set was nearly all Grace as the Lancers cruised to an 18-8 advantage. Even if they were running out of gas, the Cougars weren’t going down without a fight. IU Kokomo pieced together an 8-1 run to cut the lead to 19-16. The Lancers stood their ground and IU Kokomo never got closer than 22-20. Three straight Lancer points finished the scoring and gave Grace the 25-20 win. Pelling led the way for the Cougars with 14 kills while Spall added 12. Rachael Williams continues to be the backbone of the offense at the setter position as she finished with 32 assists. On defense, Emily West led with 18 digs and Williams had nine. Pelling and Spall each had nine blocks on the night. The Cougars return to action on Sept. 23 at Ancilla College. IU Kokomo returns home on Sept. 29 to take on Indiana Tech with a start time of 7 p.m. Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win file:///C|/Users/mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College.htm[12/11/2013 9:54:51 PM] Go to IU Kokomo's photostream
  4. 4. IU Kokomo Athletics against Grace College 1 0 S E P T E MBER 2 0 1 1 KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo Cougar Women’s Volleyball team made history on Saturday (Sept. 10) by winning its first game against Grace College. The Cougars beat the Lancers 25-22, 25-22. “This is an amazing accomplishment for our team,” said Coach Kristen Snoddy. “We have come together in a short amount of time and have proven we are competitive and driven. I am so proud of all the players.” Chancellor Michael Harris attended the game and shared the proud moment with the team. “I am thrilled to share this amazing experience with the coaches and the team who have worked so hard to reach this goal,” Harris said. “They are fulfilling the dream and vision of Coach Snoddy and the team celebrate scoring a point. the campus by proving to be a first-rate team. This is a great, historic day for IU Kokomo and its future as a world class regional campus.” Spearheading the victory were setter Rachael Williams' 21 assists, middle hitter Jenna Pelling's 8 kills, and libero Emily West's 10 digs. The Cougars host Grace College at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, September 14, at their home site of Northwestern High School.  Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Women’s Volleyball team gains experience in first two games 28 AUGUST 2011 KOKOMO, Ind. – The start of athletics at Indiana University Kokomo got off with a big bang even though the women’s volleyball team went 0-2 in its opening weekend of play. Despite losing matches to Indiana Tech on Saturday and Vincennes University on Sunday, coach Kristen Snoddy said the Cougars gained something from the experience. file:///C|/Users/mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College.htm[12/11/2013 9:54:51 PM]
  5. 5. IU Kokomo Athletics   “I saw dramatic improvement from one day to the next,” said Snoddy. “If we had played on Saturday like we did on Sunday, we’d have won that match.”   Sunday the Cougars opened their home schedule at Northwestern High School against the Trailblazers before a packed house. The final scores were not indicative of the effort put forth by the new team. Vincennes won 25-15, 25-17 and 25-12, despite a strong performance by IU Kokomo.   The first game of the match saw the Cougars fall down 7-0 before scoring their first point on a strong serve by Lael Burrus. The Trailblazers, thanks to the strong play by the back line, pushed the score to 18-6 before IU Kokomo could make another run. The Cougars cut the lead to 23-15 but Vincennes put the game away with two quick points.   The Cougars found their feet in the second game, battling to a 7-4 lead early in the match. Vincennes stormed back, reclaimed the lead at 9-8 and pushed its advantage to 2117 before pulling away for the win.   In the best of five set, the Cougars fell behind early in the third match as Vincennes built a 13-3 lead. IU Kokomo never came closer than eight the rest of the way.   “Our improvement today (Sunday) was incredible,” Snoddy said. “We made about half as many mistakes as we did the day before.”   Snoddy understands the pressure the players in a new program feel.   Liz Barney (15) gets the volleyball over the net. See More “We were playing against a team with several scholarship players,” she said. “This is still a club sport for us. But we played well today and we will get better as the season goes along.”   Against Vincennes, the Cougars were led by Krista Armstrong with 29 digs and Shelby Spall with six kills. Rachael Williams led the team with nine assists from the setter position.   “I have to give Rachael credit,” Snoddy said. “She wasn’t really a setter but she knew we needed one. She stepped up and took the position when we needed her to.”   In addition, the Cougars received solid play from Payton Landseadel, Jenna Peling, Brittany Royer, Alex Wylie, Emily West and Liz Barney.   Indiana Tech The Cougars opened the season against Indiana Tech, losing 25-16, 25-17, and 25-14. “We had some opening game jitters,” Snoddy said. “That was to be expected. We had lots of errors but we played with lots of emotion.”   The next match for the Cougars is Sept. 6 against Goshen College at Northwestern High School with a 7 p.m. start time. On Sept. 10, IU Kokomo travels to Grace College for a three-way match with the first game at 9 a.m.   Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. file:///C|/Users/mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College.htm[12/11/2013 9:54:51 PM]
  6. 6. IU Kokomo Athletics Tailgate party kicks off opening of IU Kokomo women’s volleyball 28 AUGUST 2011 KOKOMO, Ind. – More than 300 people joined in the celebration and support of the Indiana University Kokomo women’s volleyball team at a tailgate party and inaugural home opener on Sunday (August 28).   Cougar fans of all ages enjoyed great food, fun and music, including the t-shirt launcher and corn hole games, sponsored by the IU Kokomo Alumni Association. The Cougar Women’s Volleyball team played the Trailblazers of Vincennes University at Northwestern High School.   “I’m excited for the first game ever at IUK,” said senior Jordan Ousley. “I think we're going to have a good year. It's something for these girls to build on for the future. I'm really excited to see how they do it.”   IU Kokomo basketball player Seus Parker showed up to cheer on the volleyball team as well.   “I can’t wait for the girls to play,” Student Jordan Ousley gets his war paint for the first Cougar home game. See More file:///C|/Users/mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College.htm[12/11/2013 9:54:51 PM]
  7. 7. IU Kokomo Athletics Parker said, a freshman. “I’m part of the basketball team and I think it’s important to support our girls’ first year out here. We’re all Cougars.”   The IU Kokomo Crescendos led the crowd in the IU fight song. Students, faculty, and staff were on hand to share in Cougar pride and enjoy the pre-game festivities.   “I’m really excited to be here for the game,” said Professor of Finance Dianne Roden, as she enjoyed the tailgate party. “It’s such a beautiful day and there are so many people here. There is a camaraderie and excitement and energy that is great.”   Chancellor Michael Harris, who encouraged and supported club sports to be made available for students at IU Kokomo, was more than pleased with the turnout.   “You can just feel the pride and excitement in the air,” he said. “I am so proud of our women’s volleyball team – win or lose. They have worked so hard, and I know they will continue to work even harder throughout the season.”   IU Kokomo Volleyball Coach Kristen Snoddy is optimistic about the upcoming season.   “We had some big improvement in terms of fewer errors. In terms of intensity we had some longer runs,” she said after the game. “If we continue to improve, I’m going to predict that we’re going to have some big wins.”   The IU Kokomo Cougars will play Goshen College on September 6, at 7 p.m. at Northwestern High School.   Kokomo’s Windmill Grill catered the event, while local DJ Kevin Boucher provided the music.   Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. “Name the Cougar” contest begins; great prizes to top five name choices file:///C|/Users/mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College.htm[12/11/2013 9:54:51 PM]
  8. 8. IU Kokomo Athletics 28 AUGUST 2011 KOKOMO, Ind. – The large, furry Cougar mascot seen running around campus lately is in desperate need of a name. “Here kitty, kitty” has become quite disgraceful.   To help out this feline fellow, the Media and Marketing department at Indiana University Kokomo is sponsoring a “Name the Cougar” contest, beginning Monday, August 29, through Friday, September 23.   The Cougar is anxiously awaiting his new moniker.   “Without an identity, I don’t know who I am. I’m utterly lost,” said the Cougar. “Please help name me before I go insane and start thinking I’m a dog or something. I shudder at the thought of barking.”   Prizes will be awarded to the top five entries: first place, an iPad 2; second place, an iPod Touch; third place, a Nook; fourth place, a $100 Visa gift card; and fifth place, a Cougar hoodie.   Only IU Kokomo students can submit their entries online at www.iuk.edu/cougar. A committee will narrow down the submissions to three, and then students will have a chance to vote for the ultimate winner.   The winning name will be announced on Thursday, September 29, at the Cougar Women’s Volleyball game against Indiana Tech at Northwestern High School, at 7 p.m. The top five winners will be notified ahead of time, and must be present at the game to claim their prize.   Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Cougar women’s volleyball at Indiana Tech 27 AUGUST 2011 The IU Kokomo Cougar women’s volleyball team opened its first season of intercollegiate competition in Fort Wayne against the Indiana Tech Lady Warriors, a very strong program -- 126-41 wins over the last four years and a top 12 finish in the 2009 National Tournament. As slated, the Cougars competed against Tech’s JV squad, falling 16-25, 14-25 and 17-25.  At one point in the third set, the Cougar’s owned a five point lead; however, as was characteristic throughout most of the match, unforced errors plagued the team in its first showing.  Coach Kristen Snoddy commented, “It wasn’t as though the errors fell into one category in particular. We just did not play well in long enough spurts, and that may have certainly been due to the fact that this was the first collegiate competition for all but one of our girls, and perhaps there was added pressure and excitement over it being the first ever showing for the Cougars – very historic.” Jenna Pelling and Krista Armstrong had 6 and 5 kills respectively and setter Rachael Williams had 10 assists. Libero Emily West had 9 digs. Snoddy acknowledged the girls’ accomplishments yet stated some ambivalence over the match. “I told the team after the match that I was equally pleased and disappointed. On the one hand, we learned today that when we play well we are certainly competitive. It is not a matter of us not belonging here. Quite truthfully, as new players and coaches we were not sure how we would measure up until today. The downside is that we beat ourselves – had we played as well as we are capable of playing, we could have very well come out on the other side of this.” The women host the next two opponents, Vincennes on August 28 and Goshen on September 6. file:///C|/Users/mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College.htm[12/11/2013 9:54:51 PM]
  9. 9. IU Kokomo Athletics Tailgate party to mark opening of Cougar women’s volleyball season 22 AUGUST 2011 KOKOMO, Ind. – Come join Indiana University Kokomo for food and fun as they kick off the opening of the women’s intercollegiate athletics program with a tailgate party on Sunday, August 28, at 12:30 p.m. at Northwestern High School. The IU Kokomo Cougars will take on Vincennes University at 2 p.m. Leading the Cougars in their first season is Coach Kristen Snoddy, a senior lecturer in English, who previously coached at Northwestern. Coach Snoddy said the team is more than ready to take on the Trailblazers.   “We have been working hard since the beginning of June, and we are very ready to begin our season and see where we stand,” she said. “The support from the community and the campus has been wonderful. There is definitely a buzz outside the campus and I really think we’re going to have a great crowd.”   The inaugural women’s volleyball team consists of 10 student athletes: Krista Armstrong, Bunker Hill; Liz Barney, Wabash; Lael Burrus, Denver; Payton Landseadel, Tipton; Jenna Pelling, Michigantown; Brittany Royer, Rossville; Shelby Spall, Kokomo; Emily West, Peru; Rachael Williams, Kendall, Wisc.; and Alex Wylie, Bunker Hill. Cougar volleyball Team   The IU Kokomo Alumni Association, sponsor of the tailgate party, will give a free gift to the first 50 alumni who arrive to cheer on the Cougars. The Windmill Grill is catering the event, and music will be provided by local DJ Kevin Boucher. Attendees should bring their own seating.   The tailgate will be alcohol and tobacco free. ß   Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Team effort helps kids stay FIT 1 5 J U N E 2 01 1 KOKOMO, Ind. – Nursing students and the Lady Cougars at Indiana University Kokomo teamed up Tuesday to teach fitness, good health, and even a few volleyball skills to local youth. The first annual FIT Kamp kicked off this week, sponsored by the School of Nursing, to teach kids ages six through 13 the importance of exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. FIT Kamp joins two long-running camps – Camp Eeze-The-Wheeze and KIDDS Kamp – which teach children with asthma and diabetes how to live with and manage their diseases. More than 30 local children are participating. Samantha Dalpoas, 12, who file:///C|/Users/mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College.htm[12/11/2013 9:54:51 PM]
  10. 10. IU Kokomo Athletics attended the Camp Eeze-TheWheeze last year, was one of the dozen FIT campers who enjoyed exercising at the Jackson Morrow Park sand courts. “I’ve learned about how to take care of myself, deal with asthma, and stay fit,” said Dalpoas. “I decided to attended FIT Kamp this year because I wanted to learn how to stay healthy, how to eat healthy, and exercise. This has been a lot of fun working with the volleyball team.” Cougar team members led exercises for campers – running scrimmages against nursing students, backwards and diagonally, and correctly hitting volleyballs. The Cougars and the Kampers do one last rally before they say goodbye to each other... Photos “This week has been very fun and I’ve definitely enjoyed interacting with the kids,” said junior Ashley VanSkyock, a nursing major. “Just knowing kids are learning about being healthy and active is rewarding. I’m probably going to be sad when this week is over. It’s certainly made me think about specializing in pediatric nursing.” Eleven-year-old Gradyn Rogers showed off his competitiveness during the exercises, challenging everyone to sprint races in the sand. “Today is the best so far, because we finally got to race and I love racing,” said Rogers, a little breathless after racing Assistant Volleyball Coach Melissa Wetekamp. “My parents signed me up for this camp, and I’m glad they did, because I know what I’m going to be doing next summer!” Brittany Royer, a junior who transferred from Ivy Tech Lafayette to play on the Cougar team, was excited about having the experience of working with the campers. “I’ve coached fourth graders before and it’s fun working with kids because they get so excited,” said Royer. “Kids want to learn to hit the ball right away and are anxious to play.” For Ora Peters, helping out at camp is more than just a service project. “Coming together with my classmates and meeting various kids in the community has been a great experience,” Peters said. “Just to see the number of kids participating, whether it’s to learn more about staying fit, diabetes, or asthma has been rewarding. This has been very enlightening and enjoyable.” Student interaction with the campers is vital to the success of these camps, and Lynda Narwold, director of the R.N.-B.S.N. programs and a camp coordinator, is pleased with the outcome. “This activity is great for campers, nursing students, and the volleyball team,” she said. “It gives our kids a chance to have fun while exercising, and it gives the students a chance to work with youth.” Photos file:///C|/Users/mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College.htm[12/11/2013 9:54:51 PM]
  11. 11. IU Kokomo Athletics  Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. IU Kokomo signs seven volleyballers 16 MAY 2011   KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s volleyball team brought together the core of its team on Friday, May 13, as seven athletes signed to become part of the newly-formed squad. Coach Kristen Snoddy, Chancellor Michael Harris, and Assistant Athletic Director Sarah Sarber welcomed the seven women in a signing ceremony at Kresge Auditorium.  Coach Snoddy said the seven will form the nucleus of the Lady Cougars that could number 15 players before the season starts. “We wanted to sign these seven first since they are already college students,” Snoddy said. “We have four more athletes we want to sign that are currently high school students. We will have those ceremonies at their schools.” Snoddy said the 11 signees could be joined by as many four more players before the fall season begins. Chancellor Harris said athletics is quickly becoming part of student life at the university. Seven new volleyball players pose for a photo with Chancellor Harris. “We are very delighted to have you here,” Harris said to the students and their families. “We are very serious about athletics, but more importantly, we are very serious about education. Athletics has an important role in education.” All seven athletes indicated that the university’s size and closeness to home were factors in their decision. Read more... First athlete signs intent to play for Cougars Kristen Snoddy named first women's volleyball coach 2 8 A P R I L 2 01 1 17 MARCH 2011 KOKOMO, Ind. – Tri-Central High School senior Jake Robertson this week became the first student athlete to sign a KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo has named the first women’s volleyball coach for the upcoming fall season, file:///C|/Users/mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College.htm[12/11/2013 9:54:51 PM]
  12. 12. IU Kokomo Athletics letter of intent for Indiana University Kokomo Cougars men’s basketball team. and tryouts are scheduled for mid-April. Kristen Snoddy, senior lecturer in English, has a 30-year A point guard for the Tri-Central Trojans, Robertson will attend IU Kokomo this fall, majoring in business management and playing on the men’s basketball team. IU Kokomo has announced Jace Thompson was selected as the program’s first coach. “I’d heard IU Kokomo was going to start a men’s basketball program, but I wasn’t sure about whether or not it would be in place before my graduation from high school,” said Robertson. “As it turned out, IU Kokomo was able to get the program together and it turned into a golden opportunity for me. It seems crazy IU Kokomo has athletic teams now. I’m going to be able to play basketball with friends, and on top of that I get an IU education.” history of coaching volleyball, most recently for Northwestern High School. She encourages all interested students to attend try outs tentatively scheduled for April 12, 13, and 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Northwestern High School gym. Read more... Tharp takes role as interim athletic director 11 MARCH 2011 For Robertson’s family, his decision to choose a university close to home was more than welcome. “I was happy when he told me,” said Robertson’s mother, Teresa Long, at the letter signing. “I like the fact he will be local, able to play basketball with kids he knows, and will be enrolled in a good program. He’s been talking about going to IU Kokomo ever since he’d seen in newspapers it was going to have a basketball team.” IU Kokomo, however, wasn’t the only school eyeing the Tri Central student, said his father, Brad Robertson, noting his son had also been considering some other area colleges. KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris has appointed Jack Tharp as interim director of athletics to lead the new club sports program coming to campus this fall. “I am excited to serve in this role and look forward to working closely with the coaches and students to ensure a successful athletic program,” said Tharp, who also serves as vice chancellor of student affairs. “Chancellor Harris appreciates the value of intercollegiate athletics and what it can bring our university.” “I’m very proud and excited for him,” said Brad. “I’m glad he’s going to be staying nearby, but I think the best part of his signing with IU Kokomo is that he’s going to be getting an IU degree close to home. When I first heard IU Kokomo was going to have a basketball program, the thought that Jake would play for them was always in the back of my mind.” Read more... Trojan Coach Kyle Zahn added Robertson will be an asset for the new IU Kokomo team. “I think he has a very unique opportunity and will definitely be able to bring a lot to the team, especially leadership,” said Zahn. “Jake is extremely competitive and his passion has a tendency to spread to the other team members. He makes it hard for other teams to beat him. He’s going to be hard to replace. He has a rare ability to inspire others because when he’s on the floor, everyone else is better for it.” Thompson agreed, noting Robertson has a keen understanding of playing basketball. “Jake has an understanding of how to win,” said Thompson. file:///C|/Users/mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College.htm[12/11/2013 9:54:51 PM]
  13. 13. IU Kokomo Athletics “I’m looking at having a roster of 10 to 15 guys and not all of them will be local kids. Right now, I have three other commitments, but Jake is the first to officially sign.” In February, IU Kokomo announced competitive club sportsmen’s basketball and women’s volleyball – will be added to student activities this fall semester with an eye on joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) by fall 2012. Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Media Contact: Marie Radel Phone: 765-455-9468 Email: meradel@iuk.edu Indiana University Kokomo women's volleyball tryouts slated 0 6 A P R I L 2 01 1 KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo is coming one step closer to establishing its first women’s volleyball team. From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, April 12 through 14, tryouts for the women’s volleyball team will be held in the Northwestern High School gymnasium. Eligible athletes must be full-time students and in good academic standing. Earlier this year, IU Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris announced the addition of club sports to student activities – offering competitive men’s basketball and women’s volleyball with an eye on joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) by fall 2012. In March, Kristen Snoddy, senior lecturer in English, was named coach of the campus’ first women’s volleyball team. “There are approximately 25 women who have expressed an interest in playing on the team,” said Coach Snoddy, who has about 30 years of experience in coaching volleyball. “I am pleased so far with the interest and the encouragement that I have received both on and off campus.”   Read more... More Articles... file:///C|/Users/mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College.htm[12/11/2013 9:54:51 PM]
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