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HottyToddy.com Sports Roundup: June 22 – 29

The round up highlights sports on the Ole Miss campus for the week of June 22-29, 2014.
Softball
Schumann Tabbed Softball Associate Head Coach

Jake Schumann was named associate head coach of Ole Miss softball on Monday, head coach Mike Smith announced. Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics
Jake Schumann was named associate head coach of Ole Miss softball on Monday, head coach Mike Smith announced.
Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics

Ole Miss softball head coach Mike Smith named the first member of his new staff Monday, tabbing Jake Schumann to be the team’s associate head coach. Schumann comes to Ole Miss after serving as the head coach at Florida International University for each of the past three seasons.
“Jake’s going to bring great experience here,” Smith said. “He’s been a head coach for a number of years and he’s built programs similar to what we’re trying to do here. He’s been a good friend for a while, but he’s a great coach too. Being able to have the two of us collaborating with the experience we’ve had at different levels – we’ve kind of taken a similar path. His recruiting realm is east coast to west coast, especially down in Florida and Tennessee. The relationships he’s built, he’s going to be a huge godsend for this program and the direction we’re trying to head.”
In his three seasons as head coach for FIU, Schumann led the Panthers to an 88-75 record, and a 40-33 conference record.
In his final year at FIU, Schumann led the Panthers to a 33-20 record, the school’s best mark since 2010. Freshman first baseman Stephanie Texeira was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year, as well as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-South Region first team selection. Texeira finished the season with the second highest single-season batting average in school history (.408), and the second most home runs in a year (11).
In the summer leading up to his third year at FIU, Schumann was an assistant coach for the USSSA Pride in the National Pro Fastpitch League. While with the Pride, Schumann coached a roster littered with legends of the game, including former Olympians and NCAA champions, such as Cat Osterman, Natasha Watley and Caitlin Lowe. The Pride went on to win the best-of-three championship series over the Chicago Bandits at the end of the season to claim the 2013 NPF Championship.
During his second season at FIU, Schumann guided the team to its longest winning streak in four years, and his pitching staff was highlighted by the Sun Belt Conference’s wins leader among freshmen. Among the team’s wins in 2013 included sweeps of the Atlantic Sun’s top-seeded North Florida, and the Mid-American Conference’s first-place Ball State, as well as an extra-inning victory over Florida Gulf Coast.
In 2012, his first season with the Panthers, Schumann led FIU to a 28-27 overall mark, and a 15-9 record in the Sun Belt Conference.
Prior to taking over the FIU program, Schumann spent four years as the head softball coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
During his tenure at Texas A&M-CC, Schumann amassed a record of 120-104, improving his team’s win total every season, culminating with a 41-19 record and a Southland Conference regular season championship in 2011. The team also advanced to the finals of the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in school history, as Schumann was named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year.
Additionally in 2011, Schumann became the Islanders’ all-time leader in wins, surpassing the previous mark of 112 held by former Ole Miss head coach Missy Dickerson. The 41 wins marked in 2011 was the second highest total in school history, and the highest since 2005.
In 2010, Schumann guided the Islanders to a 35-22 record and an appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament, marking Texas A&M-CC’s first postseason appearance since joining the Southland Conference. The 35 wins were tied for the third-most in school history, as the Islanders went 6-6 against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament, and had two wins over top-25 opponents, including victories over No. 15 Texas and No. 21 Texas A&M.
Schumann came to Texas A&M-CC from Texas A&M-Kingsville, where he served as head coach for four seasons. In his final season, he guided the team to a 34-22 record and a trip to NCAA Regionals. He left Texas A&M-Kingsville as the all-time winningest softball coach in school history with 120 victories.
During his time at Kingsville, Schumann guided the Javelins to three 30-win seasons. He coached 19 All-Lone Star Conference players, a pitcher of the year, the school’s first-ever player of the year and the program’s first All-American.
Prior to arriving in Kingsville, Schumann spent two years as the head coach at Carl Albert State College (Okla.). Schumann inherited a squad that compiled a record of 19-35 the season before his arrival, and, with Schumann at the helm in 2002, Carl Albert State went 31-23 and was the Region II runner-up. The next season, the Vikings went 31-17 and finished third in the regional tournament while producing five all-region infielders.
Schumann began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Oklahoma. Northeastern posted a 101-16 record in his two seasons with the squad, and in 2000 the team finished third in the nation. In four seasons at Northeastern, Schumann coached 19 all-region players and six All-Americans.
In addition to his numerous coaching duties, Schumann has served as an athletic coordinator for the National Youth Sports Program sponsored by the NCAA.
He is a native of Maplewood, Minnesota, and he played baseball for two years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M before transferring to Ball State University. Schumann received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from St. Xavier University in Chicago, and also owns a secondary social studies certification from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Schumann received his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in May 2006, and is married to the former Julie Campbell. The couple has two daughters, Jenna and Isla Jade.
For all Ole Miss softball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at@OleMissSoftball and on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball.
-Ole Miss Sports.com
Palma Named Softball Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach

Sharon Palma will be the Ole Miss softball team's assistant coach and pitching coach. Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics
Sharon Palma will be the Ole Miss softball team’s assistant coach and pitching coach. Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics

Ole Miss softball head coach Mike Smith rounded out his coaching staff Tuesday by naming Sharon Palma as the team’s assistant coach and pitching coach. The former professional pitcher of the Carolina Diamonds in the National Pro Fastpitch League, was an assistant coach at Florida International for the 2014 season.
“Sharon is going to bring big-time experience,” Smith said. “She pitched professionally and had a great, storied career at Wright State. She’s been coaching now for three years at the Division I level. She’s a great motivator, a great developer and a great teacher. Where we are right now in our program, starting fresh, we need somebody to be able to come in and give us all three of those. She has great relationships with her players. She’s a go-getter, very organized, and wants to be successful. She’s going to do a tremendous job. The nice thing is, both Jake Schumann and her worked together for a year at Florida International, so that transition is going to be a lot easier.”
In her lone year at FIU, the Panthers went 33-20 and 15-9 in Conference USA. FIU’s two starting pitchers posted a 2.90 ERA, and junior right-hander Shelby Graves threw her first career no-hitter en route to earning Conference USA Pitcher of the Week honors.
Palma came to FIU after spending the 2013 season on the IUPUI staff where she was the Jaguars’ pitching coach. There, she was responsible for pitchers and catchers, recruiting and fundraising.
Palma spent the 2012 season at Michigan State where she served as the volunteer assistant for the Spartans. As the volunteer coach for MSU, Palma primarily worked with the pitchers and catchers.
Palma was a three-year letterwinner for Wright State from 2008-10 and helped the Raiders to Horizon League tournament titles in 2008 and 2010. She was named the 2008 Horizon League Tournament MVP and earned a spot on the 2009 All-Horizon League second team, the 2008 All-Horizon League newcomer team and the 2008 Horizon League All-Tournament team.
In the Raider record books, Palma is currently in third-place for pitching appearances (120), pitching starts (93) and player wins (46). She is also fourth all-time for innings pitched (504.0) and career strikeouts (360), and 10th all-time with four shutouts. Palma’s 19 wins during the 2009 season is tied for first for the most wins in a single season.
After graduation, Palma played for the Akron Racers and in the summer of 2012 she played for the Carolina Diamonds of the National Pro Fastpitch league.
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Palma graduated from Wright State University with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education.
For all Ole Miss softball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at@OleMissSoftball and on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball.
 —OleMissSports.com

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Men’s Tennis
Center Court Belongs to Billy Chadwick

Billy Chadwick and Julie Chadwick Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics
Billy Chadwick and Julie Chadwick
Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics

A recurring theme among those who attended Friday’s retirement celebration for Ole Miss men’s tennis head coach Billy Chadwick was family. His Ole Miss family honored the hall of fame coach by naming court one the “Billy Chadwick Center Court.”
“I was absolutely surprised,” said Chadwick after letting it sink in for awhile.  “It’s such a tremendous honor. So many great players through the years have graced these courts, especially that court. I am humbled.”
Several of Chadwick’s former players from his first women’s teams to his most recent men’s teams were on hand to celebrate his career.
“It was great to see Dave Randall [our first All-American], NCAA Champion Devin Britton and All-American Mike Knowles here,” Chadwick said. “Then we had a couple of women from our first women’s team. It was a great mix of people here. It was fantastic.”
Chadwick’s list of accomplishments are numerous, but it was the family atmosphere he created that former Chancellor Dr. Robert Khayat, former athletics director Pete Boone and women’s head coach Mark Beyers talked about when describing Chadwick’s legacy.
“That’s the message that the athletics department has been sending the last few years, but 35 years ago, Billy Chadwickwas doing that already, creating that family atmosphere with the tennis teams,” Beyers said. “The current and former players appreciate how much Billy and Julie care.”
Britton became the youngest NCAA Singles Champion in the history of men’s tennis, and credits much of his success to Chadwick and the family environment at Ole Miss.
“It’s special to have played a small part in his success,” Britton said. “He’s one of the legendary coaches in college tennis. I am very proud to be under his list of accomplishments. I wouldn’t have achieved any of it without his guidance and direction.
“It is 100 percent family here. Coach and Julie, his wife, they care so much about each player who comes through here. They make sure to make a connection with each player. They’ve managed to bring in players from all over the world and treat them just like their own kids and make them feel at home in Oxford. Everyone who comes here considers Oxford their second home and that’s in large part to the Chadwick’s.”
After leading the women’s team to a runner-up finish in the SEC Championship in 1982, Chadwick took over the men’s team in 1983. He coached both until 1987, when Jerry Montgomery, his assistant, became the women’s head coach. Then in 1996, Chadwick hired current women’s head coach Mark Beyers to be his assistant men’s coach. There were others, including Jeff Clark who spent four years here and is now the women’s head coach at Chattanooga. For the last eight years, Toby Hansson has worked alongside Chadwick and now takes the reins of the program.
“It’s kind of surreal,” Beyers said. “For the last 19 years we’ve worked together, whether as his assistant or as the head women’s coach.  I can remember it like it was yesterday, we were at Bottletree (Bakery) and he offered me the job. Obviously, he’s left a tremendous legacy. It’s something Toby and I can build on.  When you have an outstanding tennis program that is nationally recognized it helps with facilities and recruiting. He’s known not just in the United States, but around the world. For some of his former players to be here speaks volumes about what he’s meant to Ole Miss tennis.”
Long after most of the crowd had left, Coach Chadwick and Julie sat in the pavilion above the women’s team room listening to the band play and soaking in the moment.
“It’s been a tremendous labor of love for 35 years,” Chadwick closed. “Anyone that’s ever played here feels part of the Chadwick Family, and that’s a real tribute to Julie and the boys (sons Lyon and Carr). Also, hats off to all the fans through the years, because they are the ones that made the difference.”
-Ole Miss Sports.com
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Women’s Golf 
SEC Women’s Golf Coaches Earn SEC Sportsmanship Award
Rebel head coach Michele Drinkard and the SEC Women's golf coaches earned the SEC Sportsmanship Award. Photo courtesy of OleMiss Athletics
Rebel head coach Michele Drinkard and the SEC Women’s golf coaches earned the SEC Sportsmanship Award.
Photo courtesy of OleMiss Athletics

The Southeastern Conference women’s golf coaches, including Ole Miss head golf coach Michele Drinkard, received the SEC Sportsmanship Award as was announced by the SEC on Thursday (June 19).  Also honored were the Missouri football team, Tennessee men’s basketball team and the Georgia equestrian team.
The four groups were chosen by a vote of the SEC Directors of Athletics. The Mizzou Tiger football team and Volunteer men’s basketball team tied for the male award while the Bulldog equestrian team and the women’s golf coaches of the conference tied for the female honor.
“Sportsmanship, civility and social responsibility are marks of character that last a lifetime,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.  “We are proud of these teams from Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia and the women’s golf coaches of the SEC for setting an example for us all.”
The SEC women’s golf coaches rallied around Auburn head coach Kim Evans, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer shortly after the 2013 SEC Women’s golf championships. Her coaching counterparts in the SEC went into action to show support, weaving a net of encouragement and care for their ailing colleague.  They wore ribbons and rally socks, sported teal watches in support of ovarian cancer victims, put their teams in the colors of teal and pink for cancer awareness, and embroidered special shirts in honor of Evans. Through these efforts the SEC coaches showed the young women playing in their programs how to support and encourage a friend in need.  The three male head coaches in the SEC even shaved their heads to support Evans while her hair was thin during treatment.
“Our coaches in the SEC truly care for one another and reaching out to Kim (Evans) in her time of need was just one way in which we could show her how much we care, “said Drinkard.  “Kim has touched each of us over the years in different ways and done so much for women’s golf over the years.  On a personal note, I’m blessed to call Kim a close friend, having grown up in Decatur, Ala., just a few miles from Cullman. She lights up a room with her smile and personality, so I speak for all of us in the SEC, it was so very easy to be there for her in her time of need.”
For the full SEC Release click HERE.
For all Ole Miss women’s golf news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, and follow the Rebels on Twitter at@OleMissWGolf and on Facebook at Ole Miss Women’s Golf.
Complete list of SEC Sportsmanship recipients:
2014 – University of Missouri Football Team; Tennessee Men’s Basketball Team; University of Georgia Equestrian Team; SEC Women’s Golf Coaches 2013 – University of Tennessee and University of South Carolina Football Teams; Maho Kowase, Georgia (Tennis)
2012 – Matt Walters, Arkansas (Tennis); Joanna Mather, Florida (Tennis); Laura Eddy, Georgia (Soccer)
2011 – Louis Day, South Carolina (Track & Field); Ole Miss Softball Team
2010 – Rodney Scott, Ole Miss (Football); Sam Arbaugh, South Carolina (Softball)
2009 – Dorian Ulrey, Arkansas (Track & Field); Alabama Women’s Tennis Team
2008 – Chris Lofton, Tennessee (Basketball); Jessica Yadloczky, Florida (Golf)
-Ole Miss Sports.com
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