Jane McManus will be the new occupant of the office in room 141 of Lowell Thomas, as the new director of the Center for Sports Communication. Her qualifications speak for themselves, and for the department the only limit is imagination.
The Marist College Center for Sports Communication will welcome its new director, as former ESPN reporter Jane McManus is set to lead the department on Dec. 1.
Aside from being a radio and television personality, Thomas was a sportsman himself. He enjoyed skiing throughout his travels and assisted in the development of ski resorts in both Vermont and the Adirondacks. However, his true athletic passion lied in baseball. Not only was he an avid player, but he also managed men’s softball clubs and constructed a softball diamond on his property in Pawling, N.Y.
Separate gym facilities for athletes and students, an indoor track, and drastically expanded locker room space are all amenities students can look forward to upon the completion of the McCann Center renovation in 2019. For students of Marist’s senior class, all they will get is an inconvenient rebuild.
Over the past two decades, there have been 15 international Men’s Basketball players from 15 different countries at Marist College. Is this just a coincidence or a part of a tradition at Marist of international recruitment by the Men’s Basketball program?
There was growing concern that Marist was only able to develop “Quadruple A” players, meaning that they produced players that were talented enough to get drafted, but not good enough to stick professionally. That was until September 9, 2016, when Kevin McCarthy toed the rubber for the first time as a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.
Transferring to a mid-major after playing basketball for an ACC school may seem to some like a downgrade, but Marist College forward Alana Gilmer disagrees. After leaving Virginia Tech for Marist, she found her true home in Poughkeepsie.
On August 26, 2016, Vander Weide was charged with a DWI and indefinitely suspended from the basketball team at Missouri State, but was allowed to stay in school.
When she was going through what she described as “rock bottom,” Vander Weide turned to her faith for guidance.
Year by year, more athletic departments across the country are adapting to a new type of athlete, one that does not run, jump and lift weights. This athlete is a gamer, a true gamer that sits in front of a screen using their quick twitch fingers to control the virtual world.
And the team, slowly swaying with their arms around one another, repeat it again. “Musa musa musa.” The circle sways a little faster. “Aye olè, bali wae bali wae!” Reinhardt and Bongiorni smile to each other as the team repeats the last part. Now it’s time to get loud.