Jan. 8, 2014
As we make the shift to a new calendar year we also are making the shift to a new coaching staff. The year is off to a running start for the new staff, but things continue to grow at a rapid pace. Our radio partner ESPN 106.3 is expanding its local coverage. The West Palm Beach team will now cover local sports each weekday from noon-7 p.m. Check them out and show your appreciation for their coverage of Florida Atlantic University Sports.
We also announced, this week, that the US National women's soccer team will play the Russian national team at FAU Stadium, marking the first time since 2002 that the two teams have met. This week 34 players, from 17 different states, have converged at the FAU baseball fields with the hope of competing for the Women's National Team Development Program. The women, coached primarily by veteran collegiate baseball coaches, will work through skill drills and will hold scrimmages throughout the week.
The events announced this week come on the heels of last month' s announcements that FAU would host the NCAA College World Cup, the national women's championship event, in December of 2014 as well as the Boca Bowl, produced by ESPN.
So what else is going on? Well, the women's basketball team is off to its best start since 1991. Both the men's and women's teams will open Conference USA play this week. Men's and women's tennis open up this month and swimming will hit the heart of their seasons.
I also just returned from the Allianz Championship media luncheon with Director of Athletics Pat Chun and newly hired head coach Charlie Partridge. Both men received a nice welcome as both continue to work towards making FAU athletics a program that the community can be proud of. The Allianz Championship is just one of the many events that the FAU men's golf team works as volunteers. It is an opportunity for our golfers to witness, first-hand the game and regiment of many of the greats.
So for those of you, myself included, that think football is done so it will be quieter. Think again! "Building Champions Brick-by-Brick" is an everyday commitment. Are you committed to making today the best?