The Wolverine

October 2011

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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������ inside michigan athletics Maize And Blue Notebook ously announced U-M would begin play in 2012-13 ��� with Homecoming the hiring of head coach Jennifer Ulehla. ��� Steve Merriman will be returning to the Michigan dug���I am very honored and grateful for the opportunity to repout in 2012, hired by Rich Maloney to be the Wolverines��� resent such a prestigious university and traditionally strong pitching coach. Merriman previously served as U-M���s hitathletic department,��� Ulehla said. ���I would like to thank Dave ting coach in 1995, and as its pitching coach and recruiting Brandon, Bitsy Ritt and the University of Michigan athletic coordinator in 2002. He has spent the past two years in the administration for having the confidence to give me such a Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau. tremendous responsibility. They have ���Steve comes to us with a wealth committed the time and resources of experience and a tremendous necessary to build a respected and passion for pitching and mentoring nationally competitive lacrosse proyoung men,��� Maloney said. ���We share gram. That is our goal. a common bond in that we consider ���This position is an absolute dream ourselves to be grinders. Steve shares come true for me. It is with great with me a dream to take Michigan pride and dignity that I will work to back to Omaha. I am excited for the develop a women���s lacrosse program future of Michigan baseball and glad that is worthy of the Michigan tradithat Steve will be partnering with us tion.��� to continue our great tradition.��� Ulehla was an assistant coach with Merriman takes over for Matt White, Florida from 2008-10, helping the Gawho accepted a job with the Boras tors become a competitive Division I Corporation. program. She oversaw each of UF���s In 2011, the Maize and Blue ranked first three recruiting classes. Ulehla dead last in the Big Ten in pitching, also held head coaching positions at with a 5.09 ERA. Their 17 wins were Temple (2004-06) and James Madialso the fewest in the conference. son (1994-2002). ��� There���s a lot of history in the brickand-mortar building on State Street Transferred called Yost Ice Arena. ��� Golfer Joey Garber is no longer Named for Fielding H. Yost, the with Michigan, choosing to transman who built Michigan athletics fer to Georgia. Garber, named The into a premier powerhouse, it has Wolverine���s Freshman of the Year for housed champions, from basketball 2010-11, was U-M���s top individual to hockey. For one day in late August, it was Boston Bruins defenseman Steve Kampfer, who finisher in two of 12 tournaments also home to the most famous tro- played at Michigan from 2006-10, brought the last year, ranking third among the phy in the latter sport, and maybe in Stanley Cup on campus to display at Yost Ice Maize and Blue with a 74.00 scoring average in 31 rounds. He recorded six Arena for a day this August. all of sports ��� the Stanley Cup. photo by Brian Babineau-NHLI via Getty Images top-20 performances and shot under As a part of a tour with the trophy, par in almost half his rounds (15). Boston Bruins defenseman Steve Kampfer brought the cup Garber told his hometown Petoskey News: ���I loved Michito his alma mater, for fans and Ann Arborites to enjoy. gan, I���ll always be a Michigan fan, a Michigan man, no matter ���It���s been phenomenal to bring it back to Michigan,��� Kampwhat. Georgia was a place that appealed to me as a person. fer said. ���Having it here has been a lot of fun, and being able There���s something to be said for playing year round, and to accommodate Michigan as well.��� playing in the SEC, which is undoubtedly the best golf conKampfer played for the Wolverines from 2006-10, earning ference in the country.��� a plus-65 plus/minus rating in his four seasons. Under Way ��� Michigan���s 26th, and newest, varsity sport held its first official practice Sept. 14 when head coach John Paul led his lacrosse squad onto the turf inside Oosterbaan Field House. ���We spoke very briefly at the start about the fact that this was an historical day, but once the whistle blows it���s just another practice,��� Paul said. ���They���re not thinking about the historical significance of the moment when they are competing for a ground ball or making a save. They are just getting after it.��� The Wolverines will host their first exhibition doubleheader Oct. 2 against Providence and Concordia (Wis.). ��� The Michigan women���s lacrosse team, meanwhile, is one step closer to its target date of 2013-14 ��� it had been previ- Hall Comes Calling ��� Current Michigan softball coach Carol Hutchins and former U-M football coach Lloyd Carr were inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Sept. 15. In 27 seasons in charge of the softball program, Hutchins has compiled a 1,209-407-4 record (.748 winning percentage), winning 15 conference titles while making 16 NCAA Tournament appearances. The Wolverines captured their sport���s ultimate prize in 2005, becoming the first school east of the Mississippi River to win the national championship. Carr directed Michigan from 1995-2007, posting a winning record in all 13 of his seasons, with a 122-40 (.753) final tally. He won five Big Ten Conference crowns and led the Maize and Blue to a national title in 1997. October 2011��� ������ the wolverine��� 13

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