Miller, Zwiercan named 2019 women’s soccer team captains

5/16/2019 | Women’s Soccer

Kutztown University women’s soccer and head coach Erik Burstein have announced rising seniors Kristina Miller and Emily Zwiercan as team captains for the upcoming 2019 season.
Miller was also voted as a captain last season, while Zwiercan will be a first-year skipper this fall. Over the last three years, the duo has helped lead the Golden Bears to a ton of success, including earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament all three seasons. KU has played in NCAAs in eight of the last 10 years and has qualified for PSACs in each of the last 11 seasons.
“I am very excited to announce that Emily will join Tina as our team captains for the upcoming season,” said Burstein. “Both of these players have shown a strong commitment to our program, and they wholeheartedly believe in our culture and the standards and expectations we have set. They are also both fully aware that we have a fantastic group of upperclassmen who fully buy into our culture and who can also help provide leadership and insight to the entire squad, especially the incoming freshman; Tina and Emily are not threatened by that; they embrace it, which is important.
“Next year will be a very challenging year for us, especially with PSAC women’s soccer moving to a divisional format. It is absolutely critical that we begin the season with the proper leadership and there is no question we will have that with Tina and Emily.”
Miller started all 20 games last season and has 62 games played under her belt, starting 57 of them. She scored a career-high three goals as a junior and played in the center of a defense that allowed a program-low nine goals all season and recorded 12 shutouts, third-most in KU history.
On the field, the Lansdale native received a number of different accolades including All-Atlantic Region First Team and All-PSAC First Team. Miller is also a standout in the classroom, earning a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and Dean’s List Honors.
Zwiercan has had a knack for finding the back of the net during her first three years in Maroon and Gold. She started every game last season and has appeared in 66 career games, making 44 starts. As a junior, Zwiercan finished fourth in the PSAC with 11 goals and sixth with 25 points. She ranks fourth all-time in KU history with 30 goals, fourth with 18 assists and tied for second with 78 points.
The Reinholds native earned All-Atlantic Region and All-PSAC First Team honors last year and was also a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and Dean’s List.
Kutztown opens its 2019 campaign with back-to-back road games. The season-opener is Thursday, Sept. 5, at Charleston (W.Va.), followed by a trip to PSAC foe Millersville on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The home-opener is slated for Saturday, Sept. 14, at the newly renovated Keystone Field against East Stroudsburg.

Coach Shari Bucklin-Webber to be inducted into 2019 Middle States Tennis Hall of Fame

5/16/2019 | Men’s Tennis

Official Release

Kutztown University men’s and women’s tennis head coach Shari Bucklin-Webber will be inducted into the 2019 Middle States Tennis Hall of Fame in October, as announced by the United States Tennis Association.

The 24th Middle States Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Auction will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Boathouse at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.

Since its inception in 1994, 107 of tennis’ most influential players, coaches and volunteers have been inducted into the prestigious institution.

Webber has been at the helm for the Golden Bears for four years with this Fall being her fifth season. She came to KU after eight years as the head coach at Millersville University. She also coached at her alma mater, Marshall University, and Albright College.

In 2017, she won her fifth national doubles title by winning the National Grass Court Doubles Championship in the Women’s 45 bracket. This year, her team in the 40-and-over league won the Philly-based league, qualified for and won the district tournament, and then won sectionals on Sept. 9. She competed at both singles and doubles and went unbeaten (12-0) throughout the season and postseason, going 5-0 at sectionals on hard-court play, mostly competing at No. 1 doubles. She competed in the Nationals Team Competition in Las Vegas, Nev. in Oct.

She was inducted to the Berks County Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.

Quote by USTA: “Bucklin-Webber has been a tennis leader and pioneer for 30-plus years. She began her career as a standout junior and collegiate player, continuing to play competitively after leaving school. Since then she’s stood out in USTA Tournaments (local and national) and through Intersectional play. Bucklin-Webber shares her expertise on the tennis court with the many players she coaches. She was the first woman to be named PSAC Men’s Coach of the Year. She most recently took over the Kutztown University tennis program.”

Reynolds inks NFL free agent deal with Washington Redskins

5/13/2019 | Football

The National Football League’s Washington Redskins announced the signing of Kutztown University running back Craig Reynolds and four others to free agent contracts on Monday afternoon.

“We’re extremely proud of Craig and excited for this opportunity for him,” said Golden Bears head coach Jim Clements. “This is a tremendous chance for him to get acclimated to professional football, train and impress an NFL team. He left his mark on KU football and we look forward to seeing him excel at the next level.”

Reynolds certainly impressed Washington head coach Jay Gruden and his staff during Redskins Rookie Minicamp this past weekend at the team’s headquarters, becoming one of the first tryout invitees to ink a deal.

The Willow Grove, Pennsylvania native will join the Redskins for three weeks of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), beginning May 20-21. OTAs continue May 28-30 and wrap up June 10-12. Washington will also hold its mandatory minicamp from June 4-6.

Reynolds led the Golden Bears in rushing with 823 yards and 15 TDs on 172 carries last season, and moved atop KU’s all-time rushing touchdown list with 35.

The all-purpose threat also caught 40 passes for 472 yards and three scores. He produced 1,675 all-purpose yards, including 380 in the return game, and threw for a score on his only pass attempt of the season.

A three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division First Team and Don Hansen Gazette All-Region honoree, Reynolds was named honorable mention All-America by the Don Hansen Gazette following the 2018 season. He ranked fourth in the PSAC and 16th in NCAA Division II with 152.27 all-purpose yards per game. Reynolds capped his Kutztown career second in career all-purpose yards (5,277) and third in rushing yards (2,650).

Reynolds is the second former Golden Bear to sign an NFL free agent contract this offseason. Guard Jordan Morgan, who played for KU between 2013-16, signed with the New York Jets back in February.

Ryan and Baukman Recognized as 2019 KU Senior Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Kutztown University women’s soccer player Alyssa Ryan and men’s track & field student-athlete Caleb Baukman earned the distinction of being named the 2019 Senior Scholar-Athletes of the Year on Wednesday night at KU’s annual All-Sports Celebration, held at Schaeffer Auditorium.

Ryan is the first women’s soccer player to win the award since 2014, and just the second member overall. Baukman is the third member of KU T&F to earn the distinction and first since 2013.

A two-year team captain, Ryan finished her senior season starting in 17-of-20 games and appearing in 82 games in her career, second-most in program history. She was voted to the All-Atlantic Region Second Team by United Soccer Coaches and to the All-PSAC Second Team for the second straight season.

A biology/pre-med major, Ryan holds a 3.93 GPA, earning Dean’s List honors seven times. She is a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) scholar-athlete, a two-time D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner and was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District team.

Baukman earned All-Atlantic Region and All-PSAC honors in the high jump during the indoor season this year. A social work major, Baukman has accumulated a 3.94 GPA and is a seven-time Dean’s List honoree. He is a three-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete and ranks seventh all-time at KU in the indoor high jump and 10th in outdoor.

Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Year Winner
2005 Greg Fulkerson, Swimming
2006 Michael Baldwin, Football
2007 Jeff Craig, Baseball
2008 Tom Cressman, Football
2009 Scott Thomas, Swimming
2010 Ben Loht, Track and Field
2011 Jared Haas, Football
2012 Josh Smith, Football
2013 Kori Meshaw, Track & Field
2014 Rushi Amin, Tennis
2015 Brandon Martinez, Baseball
2016 Chad Barton, Football
2017 Ryan Connolly, Basketball
2018 Gabriel Nogara Souza, Tennis
2019 Caleb Baukman, Track & Field

Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Year Winner
2005 Erin Livingston, Field Hockey/Softball
2006 Colleen Healey, Field Hockey
2007 Sarah Brandon, Volleyball
2008 Stephanie Williams, Cross-Country/Track
2009 Kelley Healey, Field Hockey 
2010 Rohini Das, Tennis
2011 Lindsay Confer, Volleyball
2012 Stephanie Kearns, Swimming
2013 Brianna Risch, Volleyball
2014 Katie Oliveri, Soccer
2015 Colleen Smith, Softball
2016 Emma Sullivan, Track & Field
2017 Kelsey Watson, Basketball
2018 Courtney Konowal, Field Hockey
2019 Alyssa Ryan, Soccer

Football set to host Maroon & Gold Game Friday evening

Coming off the third winningest season in program history, anticipation and excitement surround the Kutztown University football team in 2019. The Golden Bears wrap up spring practice with the annual Maroon & Gold Game at Andre Reed Stadium on Friday, April 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Backed by a high-powered offense that averaged 38.0 points per game –second most in the PSAC and 18th nationally– KU produced a 9-2 record last fall and qualified for the NCAA Division II Championship tournament for the third time. The Golden Bears were tops in the conference in red zone efficiency on both sides of the ball and head into 2019 looking for a sixth consecutive winning season under head coach Jim Clements.

Clements’ .673 win percentage (37-18) over his first five seasons with the Bears is the highest in program history. Kutztown has improved its win totals in each of the last two seasons and three of the last four.

Friday’s game format will follow that of recent seasons with 15-minute running clock quarters, full officiating crew and unique scoring system that rewards offensive, defensive and special teams performance.

At halftime, Clements and his coaching staff will recognize Most Improved Players on offense and defense.

Admission to the Maroon & Gold Game is free.


2019 MAROON & GOLD GAME INFO AND SCORING BREAKDOWN

Kutztown’s Gold Team (offense) has won four of the last six matchups over the Maroon Team (defense), but the games have been highly competitive and close. The defense will wear maroon jerseys, while the offense and kickers sport white jerseys. Quarterbacks don red jerseys, designating no contact during the game.

While standard scoring for touchdowns, field goals and PATs remains the same, each unit accumulates points based on the following:

OFFENSE
Touchdown = 6 pts
Field Goal = 3 pts
Big Play (15+ yard play) = 2 pts
Two Consecutive First Downs = 2 pts
Two-Point Conversion = 2 pts
PAT = 1 pt

DEFENSE
Touchdown = 7 pts
Turnover without a TD = 6 pts
Missed Field Goal = 3 pts
Missed Extra Point = 1 pt
Sack, Tackle for loss, Three-and-Out, Fourth-Down Stop, Safety = 2 pts

Multiple scores may occur one play.

PREVIEW: KU Softball to honor four seniors Saturday vs. Millersville

4/19/2019 | Softball Live Stats

Before the Kutztown University softball team’s double header with Millersville tomorrow, Saturday, KU will honor four seniors as a part of senior day festivities at North Campus Field, with game one beginning at 1 p.m.

Erin Fortney, Tamara Jennings, Cheyenne Jones and Sara Keeny will all play in their final home games in the Maroon and Gold.

Over the past four seasons, these four student-athletes have been a part of two 30-win seasons, and have won more than 110 games in their careers. Their teams have qualified for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament two times, and have played in the NCAA Tournament twice, winning at least one game each of those two seasons, including playing in the Atlantic Regional final in 2016.

The quartet has helped guide the Golden Bears to a 29-16 overall record and 6-6 mark in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division. They are positioned to qualify for both the PSAC and NCAA Tournaments after missing out last season, with six more games to go in the 2019 regular season. KU is third in the PSAC East and was ranked sixth in the Atlantic Region.

Fortney is a two-year member of the Golden Bears. She has appeared in 24 games, making 17 starts inside the circle throughout her career. Fortney has won four games and struckout 53 batters in 75.2 innings. In the batter’s box, she has two hits in nine at-bats, including a double and an RBI, and also scored four runs.

In the classroom, Fortney is a three-time Dean’s List Honoree, a D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner and a PSAC Scholar-Athlete. Fortney will graduate in December with a degree in biology/allied health.

Jennings is a four-year member of the Golden Bears and has played in 167 games, starting in 158 during her four-year career. She has a career batting average of .336, including a career-high .422 this season, 8th in the PSAC. Jennings has totaled 164 hits in 488 at-bats, and has added 101 runs scored, 82 RBI and 35 doubles. She set a new program-record with eight sacrifice flies this season. She also has a .983 fielding percentage as the right fielder.

In the classroom, Jennings is a seven-time Dean’s List Honoree, three-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete, and a two-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete and D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner. She will graduate in May with a degree in information technology.

Jones is a four-year member of the Golden Bears. She has played in 116 career games, starting in 110 throughout her four years. Jones is batting a career-high .381 this season and holds a .328 career average. At the plate she has totaled 117 hits, including a career-high 53 this season. Her 53 hits and 39 RBI rank fifth in the PSAC. She has tallied 21 doubles, seven triples and 14 HR, and has added 79 RBI and 49 runs in her career.

Last year Jones was named to the Eastern Division All-PSAC First Team. She will graduate this summer with a degree in communication studies.

Keeny is a four-year member of the Golden Bears and has played in 179 career games so far, starting in every one. She is batting .520 with 79 hits and 53 runs this season, both rank first in the PSAC, and also has a career-high 21 RBI. Keeny ranks second in PSAC and KU history in stolen bases (126), third at KU in hits (268) and triples (13) and fifth in runs scored (163).

She is a three-time All-Atlantic Region Second Teamer, a three-time All-PSAC East First Teamer and PSAC East Freshman of the Year and KU Female Freshman of the Year.

In the classroom, Keeny has been a 3x PSAC Scholar-Athlete and a Chambliss copper award winner. She will graduate in May with a degree in criminal justice.

These four have had excellent careers both on the field and inside the classroom and we wish them success in whatever endeavor they choose to pursue.

NASCAR Xfinity Driver Justin Haley and Pocono Raceway to Visit Kutztown University April 9

Kaulig Racing’s Justin Haley will visit Kutztown University on Tuesday, April 9, from 12-3 p.m. as part of the fourth annual Pocono Raceway College Tour. Haley is currently the driver of the no. 11 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

The Pocono Raceway College Tour works exclusively with Marketing, Business Management, and Sport Management students. These students participate in a competition to plan a “Pocono Raceway Day on Campus.” The competition primarily focuses on getting the students to demonstrate their skills in marketing, data collection and event planning.

During his visit to campus, Haley will participate in a day of events planned by KU’s Sport Management club. He will be on the McFarland Student Union lawn from 12-12:45 p.m., where a DJ and bounce house will be located for anyone interested in stopping by. Haley will then have lunch in the Cub Café followed by a campus tour and meeting with sport management students.

Pocono Raceway will determine the winners based on their performance in the competition once the tour is over. They will receive a VIP package to the Pocono Green 250 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons NXS race, as well as $500. Previously, Kutztown’s Sport and Leisure Management club won the competition in 2016 and 2017.

For more information KU’s Sport Management department, please visit www.kutztown.edu/sportmanagement.

Five Bowlers in Top-50 of USBC Sectionals Field

3/8/2019 | Women’s Bowling

The 25th-ranked Kutztown University women’s bowling team had five members that finished inside the top-50 of a field of 160 competitors at the United States Bowling Congress Individuals Sectionals Tournament Friday evening in Stratford, N.J.

Renee Riffey and Keanna Delp were inside the top-25, placing 22nd and 25th with 1148 and 1144 game totals respectively through six games. Lindsey Gotwalt, Kelly Normandin and Angela Kozma all competed to a top-42 finish and each had over 1,100 total points or more.

Madison Burkert, Dana Henry and Ashley Fister all were inside the top-100 competitors and had at least 1,000 total points.

KU has been to USBC Nationals four times in program history; 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. KU has had one player qualify for singles, Brooke Bower, in 2012, who actually led the field in Allentown, Pa; and qualified for Nationals that year.

Kutztown Results

22. Renee Riffey – 1148
25. Keanna Delp – 1144
30. Lindsey Gotwalt – 1129
36. Kelly Normandin – 1109
42. Angela Kozma – 1101
61. Madison Burkert – 1074
90. Dana Henry – 1030
95. Ashley Fister – 1026
122. Alexis Case – 988
137. Megan Bauter – 954
145. Laura Hartley – 915
146. Alexis Ripic – 914
153. Molly Agnello — 887

Tatum Mack of Bethel to present at conference

Tatum Mack of Bethel, PA is one of six Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania students who will present research at the National Conference for the National Strength and Conditioning Association from July 10 to 13 in Washington D.C.

Mack, also a first-year graduate student, will discuss data assessing how to handle type affects neuromuscular fatigue from a project conducted by Swapan Mookerjee, BU professor of exercise science.

The NSCA is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning profession by disseminating research-based knowledge and its practical application through industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, and continuing education opportunities.

Kutztown Field Hockey Receives National Team Academic Award for 15th Consecutive Year

3/12/2019 | Field HockeyOfficial Release

The Kutztown University field hockey team was recognized as 1-of-30 Division II field hockey programs to maintain at least a 3.0 team GPA during the Fall 2018 semester, earning them the Zag Field Hockey / NFHCA Division II National Academic Team Award for the 15th consecutive year.

Head Coach Marci Scheuing has proven her strong commitment to excellence in the classroom. At Kutztown, her teams have received the National Academic Team Award in each of her six years, including the top GPA in Division II in 2015.

The Golden Bears program continues to win on and off of the field.

“Our program prides itself on academics,” said Scheuing. “This [award] is because of the hard work of all of our student-athletes in study hall and in the classroom. I am so proud of this team for what they have accomplished off of the field, as well as on the field.”

Kutztown finished the 2018 season at 14-5 overall, the most wins by a program since 2007, including seven Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) games. The Maroon and Gold also played in their first PSAC Tournament since 2015. They were voted ninth in the nation in Division II in the final national poll.

KU also defeated the No. 1 team in the nation, West Chester, on Oct. 24 last season, and held separate win streaks of five and eight games. Kutztown is set to return 22-of-26 from its roster for 2019 after graduating seniors McKenna Conselyea, Laura Durdon, Lauren Latchford and Rita Muro.

There is a ton of positive momentum in the field hockey program heading into the Fall.

Individually, members of the NFHCA National Academic Squad (3.3 GPA or higher) and the Scholars of Distinction (3.9 GPA or higher) will be announced at a later date.