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The Lions returned to their winning ways in 2011 finishing with a 21-19 overall record and 14-11 conference record. The team lived up to Head Coach Chuck Murray’s statement last season after finishing under .500 for the first time since 1995 – “…We want to start a new streak of better than .500 seasons…” The Lions look to keep that streak alive in 2012 as Murray enters his 16th season as head coach and his 19th season overall with the Mount.
The Lions’ men’s basketball program begins a new era this winter as first year Head Coach Toby Carrigan starts his tenure as the Mount’s second head men’s basketball coach in school history. Carrigan joins the Lions along with Assistant Coach Justin Ray bringing with them extensive backgrounds and successes in collegiate basketball as both players and coaches.
The Lions slipped to 4-4 in the HCAC last season, 5-5 overall, dropping them to fifth place in the conference standings, just one year after completing the conference slate of games with a perfect 7-0 mark and their fifth HCAC title. While the Mount out-scored its opponents during the 2010 season, 221-205, it was markedly down from the season before which saw Coach Rod Huber’s team record 353 points while allowing 257. The Lions total offense fell from an average of 408.6 yards per game to 329.0 last season. The biggest falloff from the 2009 season occurred in the Mount’s passing game, which passed for nearly 80 yards less per game. That decline in points per game and offense had a direct impact on the outcome of games, as the Lions scored only 46 points in their four conference losses in 2010 and lost three games by ten points or less. The Mount did claim the program’s 100th win, with a 42-35 victory at home over HCAC-rival Anderson University.
The Lions had their best overall season in program history last spring, capped by a best-ever second place finish at the HCAC Tournament. Kenny Brosnan was named to the All-Conference team after placing seventh overall with a stroke total of 320. The Mount turned in two first place finishes in invitational's last spring, claiming first at both Mount St. Joseph University Invitational and the Defiance College Invitational, as well as two second place finishes at the Rose-Hulman Invitational and the Hanover College Invitational during the spring 2011 season. Last season’s team re-wrote the Mount record book, inking their status as one of the best men’s golf teams assembled in school history.
Jeff Bumiller returns to the Lions for the 2012 season as the head coach after a brief hiatus to spend time as a head coach at the high school level. Coach Bumiller was previously with the Lions as an assistant coach back in 2008-2009. Coach Bumiller’s main focus this season is to overcome the challenges of the head coaching change by getting to know the student-athletes very well early on in the season as well as them getting to know him and his coaching style. Coach Bumiller will be leaning heavily on the seniors and juniors to help with the transition and to maintain a positive team attitude as Bumiller was an assistant coach with the Mount when they were freshmen.
Head Coach Rudy Argueta enters his third year as the head coach of the Lions’ men’s soccer program and the 2011 season’s main focus is on putting the team first. “The guys expect to play as much as possible, but they need to put the team ahead of self,’’ Argueta states. “They need to do what is best for the team.” Maintaining Coach Argueta’s team focus should assist them in achieving his high expectations for the 2011 season. Coach Argueta wants to build off an exciting spring session, in which the team went 2-0, have the team’s first winning season, and make their first-ever HCAC Tournament appearance. Coach Argueta expects his players to compete to their fullest potential.
The Lions return all but two players from last year’s 6-10 squad, including 2011 HCAC Most Valuable Player, Sandy Berry. First-year Head Coach Justin Ray says his team’s primary goal for the season is to improve upon last season’s record by competing in the HCAC and making sure guys are working hard every day. “We need to focus on getting better every day,’’ Ray states. “Coming to practice ready to work, and putting in the time individually to develop strengths and improve weaknesses.”
The men’s volleyball program enters its third year of competition in 2012, all under Head Coach Jon Bennett. Coach Bennett’s primary goal this season is to continue to grow the program. “Being such a young program we are going to have a young roster for a few years, and we will have to continue to learn to compete,” says Coach Bennett.
The team looks to continue dominance of the HCAC and build upon last season’s accolades, which include a third place finish at the Manchester College Spartan Mat Classic, and HCAC Championship; second place at the Mid-States Championship; and a fourth place finish at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Tournament.
In her second season as the Lions’ women’s basketball head coach, Ashley Bland says, “Consistency and defense are the keys to having a successful season in 2011-2012.” Bland adds that she is a defensive-minded coach and wants to have the best defense in the HCAC. Having a great defense requires discipline, responsibility, and most importantly teamwork. “To reach common goals they will have to work together as a team,” says Bland. Building teamwork will require extra effort this season as the Lions lost eight seniors to graduation and return just four players from last year’s team.
The 2010 season saw many highlights for the Lions as another chapter was written in Mount women’s golf program history. As a team, the 2010 Lions had the best season average to date in Mount golf history recording an average team round of 394.8, breaking the previous record by 46 strokes. The team also set records in both an 18-hole tournament (362) and a 36-hole tournament (762). Both records were broken by 38 strokes and 106, respectively. Head Coach Jeff Newman would like to see continued improvement for the Mount women’s golf program which it has had over the past few years, and build off last season’s great successes to take the program to the next level.
First-year Head Coach Mike O’Hara will be at the helm for the Lions this spring coming to the Mount following a three-year span (2008-2010) as head coach of the lacrosse program at Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. As the Lions enter their fourth year of competition, Coach O’Hara wants to emphasize the importance of teamwork as a fundamental focus for success this spring.
The Lions hope to bounce back to their winning ways this season after finishing 8-9-2 overall, with a 7-2 conference record in 2010. The Lions struggled with their non-conference schedule in 2010, but will look to make amends in 2011 as they will face a similar non-conference schedule.
The Lions are coming off a 6-26 overall record, including a 4-11 conference record during the 2011 season. The 4-11 HCAC finish was good for seventh place in the conference, one spot above where the Lions finished in 2010. Head Coach Beth Goderwis enters her 11th season overall and 10th season as head coach with the Mount. The Lions were chosen to finish seventh in the HCAC Coaches’ Preseason Poll for the 2012 season, but that does not mesh well with Coach Goderwis and her team’s goals.
Tiffany Menhorn enters her second season as the head coach of the Lions’ women’s tennis team for the 2011 campaign. This season, Coach Menhorn wants the team to focus on maintaining consistency and improving every day through hard work. Maintaining Coach Menhorn’s focus will help the Lions achieve their goals in 2011. Coach Menhorn wants to improve the team’s overall and HCAC won-lost records, and believes these improvements can be accomplished through hard work and dedication.
The Lions will be looking to build off a season that saw many highlights, from winning the HCAC Championship to competing in the NCAA Tournament and capturing the AVCA National Play of the Year. The Lions will look to continue improving this fall. In 2010, the Lions finished with a 22-11 overall record while going 8-1 in the HCAC falling only to Transylvania University in regular season play. The Lions, however, avenged that loss in the HCAC Tournament Championship by knocking off the Pioneers. Mount Head Coach Jon Bennett said that while the team met its goals last season, they want to go above and beyond the 2010 goals this fall.
The Lions enter the 2011 season expecting to improve upon last season’s results. In his fourth season at the Mount, Head Coach Paul Longano would like to see his team finish in the top seven teams at the HCAC Championship. Longano felt that last season’s team had much potential, but needed to train better. Coach Longano and Assistant Coach Tina Blakley devised a strong summer workout plan for the athletes to help keep them in shape and prepare them for the demands of the coming season. Longano and Blakley have a strength test prepared for the athletes when they return to school for practice, which will give the coaches an idea of how prepared the athletes are for the upcoming season.
Track & Field
The Mount’s men’s track & field program enters its ninth year of competition in 2012, and their first under first-year Head Coach Tina Blakley. The Lions jumped up a spot from last season’s HCAC Championship meet, finishing in seventh place in 2011, and Blakley, who was an assistant coach for the Lions the previous three years, looks to continue that improvement. She will be assisted by returning assistant Jamie Eastham, who work’s with the team’s throwers and jumpers.