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Shooting Hoops with the Raiders

Hey folks, just an update on my blog. I have decided to stop updating with the daily articles, unless it deals with career updates. I don’t want to burn people out and I don’t want to burn myself out. That said, look for it at least twice a week.

Also, the interview with the Yellow Nation Army went over very well. I will try to see on how I can get the interview onto my WordPress page. In the mean time, I now continue with my blog. Originally it was going to be a preview of Fall Sports which I might write about sometime next week.

As you might know, I am a student at Wright State University. The Raiders play in the Horizon League, with nine other teams with all of them being in major mid-western cities. I can’t tell you how many stories I hear from students saying “Oh, we are Division I?,” or “We have sports?” In fact, we do have sports and have a history of around 40 years and history in Division I since the 1987-1988 seasons.

Basketball is arguably the jewel of WSU Athletics. Playing inside the beautiful Nutter Center, the arena has seen more of a personal touch. There are more banners displaying the excellence of the basketball teams. You can see more green and gold rather than white or old Dayton Bombers colors. This year is a special season in the making.

Both the men and the women are with new coaches. Coach Bridgett Williams was let go after nine seasons along with all her staff and Coach Brownell took some of his old staff with him to Clemson.

In their place: Coach Mike Bradbury for the women’s team and Coach Bill Donlon for the men. Coach Bradbury comes to Wright State from Morehead State University, where he was the head coach of the Eagles for a couple of years. He also has coaching experience at Xavier of the A-10 and Cincinnati. Coach Donlon was the Associate Head Coach for Brad Brownell all four years he was here with WSU and has been tagging along with Coach Brownell since 2002 at North Carolina-Wilmington.

Both teams have released their 2010-2011 schedules. Both teams play the other nine teams in the Horizon League at home and on the road. The women have five home games out of conference with two being exhibition matches against Georgetown KY (yes, the same place that the Bengals train at) and Kentucky State and the men have six home games with no exhibitions and two non-Division I opponents.

Let’s talk about some of the new players coming in as well as some leaving the program. For the men, we see the loss of four seniors (John David Gardner, Todd Brown, Cory Cooperwood, Ronnie Thomas), two juniors (Scott Grote and Walter Offutt who didn’t play a single minute at WSU), and two freshmen (Tyler Koch is going to Ball State as a walk-on, Paul Darkwa is transferring to Columbus State in Georgia). The women lose three seniors (Erica Richardson, Charne Dixon, and Kanisha Ward), but gain a whopping eight freshmen into the mix. The men will get a transfer from North Carolina State next year, as well as five other freshmen (one will be redshirting).

As you can see, the Raiders will be bringing in a chunk of youth. The women will have the majority of the games on the road while the men have two Big Ten teams on the schedule (we might not play Purdue in the Chicago Invitation Tournament but we will be kicking off the season at Indiana).

As a media member, I am excited to see both teams on the court. It will be a great year for Raider basketball.

Until next article, see you around.

-Lee

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