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Foley Named Head Football Coach

The Fordham University Rams have a new head football coach. Rams offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Foley was named to the top job on March 3, replacing Dave Clawson, who resigned last month to become head football coach at the University of Richmond.

“Ed Foley is the right person to lead the Fordham Rams in football,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., the president of Fordham University. “He is both a coach and an educator, and I am confident that he will build upon Fordham’s strong foundation of excellence on and off the gridiron.”

As Fordham’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, Foley helped lead the Rams to the top of the Patriot League in 2002, when the team won its first-ever league title with a 10-3 record. This past fall, the Rams compiled a 9-3 overall record and had 12 players named to the All-Patriot League Team, including six members of the offense, four of whom were named to the First Team.

“We conducted an extensive search with tremendous interest from many well-qualified candidates, but in the end Ed Foley earned the job,” said Frank McLaughlin, executive director of athletics. “Ed has been a part of the success of the football program, and we’re confident that he will continue that success.”

Under Foley’s guidance, the Fordham offense has set numerous records in recent years, including single-season team records for most rushing yards (1,657) and for most pass completions (255). Over the past three years the Rams have compiled a 26-10 record, 14th best in the NCAA I-AA. They open the 2004 campaign, their 105th season of varsity football, on Saturday, Sept. 4, when they host the University of Rhode Island on Jack Coffey Field.

Volkert Named Head Volleyball Coach

Peter Volkert, who led Manhattan College’s women’s volleyball team for the past seven years, was named head women’s volleyball coach at Fordham on March 1. He is the 10th head coach in the University’s 28-year volleyball history.

“We are very excited to be able to find a coach with the talent and experience of Peter Volkert,” said Charlie Elwood, director of athletic administration and chairman of the volleyball search committee. “He brings a wealth of experience to our volleyball program, and we are confident that he will help Fordham rise to the top of the pack in the Atlantic 10.”

At Manhattan, Volkert led the Jaspers to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship in each of the past two years. This past fall, Manhattan finished with a 21-14 overall record and was 8-1 in the MAAC, earning a number one seed in the conference tournament. The Jaspers won the tournament to earn their third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Volkert was the head women’s volleyball coach at Pace University from 1994-1996. He took over a 5-22 program and led it to the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) Tournament in 1994, the Eastern Collge Athletic Conference Tournament in 1995 and the NCAA Tournament in 1996, where the Setters advanced to the Sweet 16. He compiled a 78-26 record at Pace, and during his last two years there, the Setters were ranked 14th and 19th, respectively, in NCAA Division II competition.

Women’s Basketball Players Receive Atlantic 10 Honors

Junior Monica Mack was awarded the Atlantic 10’s Most Improved Player honor at the Atlantic 10 awards banquet on March 4, while senior Beth Ann Dickinson was named to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Team.

Mack, one of the cocaptains of the women’s basketball team at Fordham, has been the most consistent player for the Rams all season. She improved her scoring by more than eight points from last year, going from averaging 5.2 to 13.3 points per game, while also raising her shooting percentage from 35 to 40 percent from the field and from 32 to 39 percent from 3-point range. Mack also nearly tripled the number of 3-pointers she sunk this year, hitting 50 compared to 18 last season.

Dickinson, the other cocaptain of the squad and a business administration major, holds the highest grade point average on the team. She is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12 points a game, and leads the squad in free throw and 3-point percentages, at 89 and 39 percent, respectively. She is the first Fordham women’s basketball player to be named to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Team.

Peterson and Brooks Receive Student-Athlete Award

Seniors Carson Peterson and Erin Brooks received the Daniel E. Quilty Student-Athlete Award for academic achievement, excellence in athletics and active participation in community service.

Peterson is a three-year member of the men’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams at Fordham. A business administration major, he holds the highest grade point average of any student athlete at the University with a 3.96. Over the past three years, Peterson has added depth to the Rams’ sprinters and relay teams, finishing among the top Fordham athletes in numerous races.

Brooks, a center fielder on the women’s softball team, started every game for the Rams last season and led the team in nine different categories. She set a new team record by scoring 33 runs and also led the team in at bats, hits (56), triples (2), total bases (70) and stolen bases (12), and had a perfect fielding percentage. She is an information systems major with a 3.82 grade point average.

The award is named in memory of Dan Quilty, the longtime athletic director at New York University and a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) committee member for close to three decades. It is given annually to two senior student-athletes who attend a Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball institution.

Seniors Carson Peterson, left, and Erin Brooks

Porcaro Breaks School Record

Senior Mark Porcaro broke the Fordham school record in the indoor 400-meter dash, clocking in at 48.11 seconds at the ECAC/IC4A Championships in Boston, Mass., on March 6 and 7.

In other competition at the IC4A Championships, the 4x400-meter relay team of Porcaro, senior Charles Urquiola, and juniors George Peterson and Jason Schenk finished 11th, with a season-best time of 3:15.52. The 4x800-meter relay team qualified for the finals placing ninth, as the team of juniors Rich Pica and Mike Rozea, sophomore Robert McKay and freshman James Caufield ran a season-best time of 7:38.25. In the final, Urquiola was substituted for an injured Rozea, and the team placed eighth, with a time of 7:43.20. In the high-jump, freshman Reshard Hicks finished ninth overall, clearing 6' 9".

On the women's side, the 4x800-meter relay team, consisting of senior Colleen Stapleton and sophomores Lauren Dike, Maureen Zivic and Stephanie Luther ran a season-best time of 9:20.10, placing 16th overall.

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