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Former Fordham Athletes Participated in Summer Olympics
Three Alumni Also Went to Greece

Bobby Kingsbury and Mobolaji Akiode competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics Games held in Athens, Greece.

Akiode, a former member of the Fordham University Women’s Basketball team, played for the Nigerian Olympic Women’s Basketball team. She led the team to Africa’s first ever win in Olympic competition, scoring 15 points in 34 minutes in the 11th place game against South Korea. She appeared in six games, averaging 3.8 points-per-game and 3.0 rebounds-per-game to go along with six steals.

Kingsbury, a former member of the Fordham University Baseball team and current member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, played for the Greek Olympic Baseball team. Kingsbury picked up his only hit of the tournament, an RBI triple, in Greece’s lone win, which came against Italy in the preliminary round.

Joining the athletes in Greece to announce the games for NBC were three Fordham alumni: Bob Papa, Mike Breen and Spero Dedes. Papa, a 1986 Fordham graduate, announced boxing; Breen, a 1983 graduate, covered men’s basketball; and Dedes, who graduated in 2001, called the play-by-play for field hockey in Athens. All three received their start in the announcing profession at WFUV, 90.7, the National Public Radio affiliate located on the Rose Hill campus.

Football Rams Look to Duplicate Past Success Under New Coach

The Fordham Rams enter this football season with a new head coach, a newly renovated field to practice on and a guarantee to appear on live television at least twice.

Offensive coordinator Ed Foley takes over as head coach, replacing Dave Clawson, who is now the head coach at the University of Richmond. Foley inherits a squad that has been one of the more successful NCAA I-AA teams over the past three years, compiling a 26-10 record, the 14th best winning percentage among I-AA teams over the span. Last season the Rams posted a 9–3 record.

The Ram’s Sept. 18 home game against the Columbia University Lions will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. on the YES network. The team will also appear on RCN and the Empire Sports Network when they host the Lafayette College Leopards on Oct. 23 at 1 p.m.

The Rams have been practicing on the newly renovated Murphy Field. Over the summer, the old artificial surface was replaced by FieldTurf, the playing surface currently used at the New Jersey Meadowlands for the New York Giants and Jets.

Assistant Coach Steps in to Lead Baseball Team

Fordham University assistant head baseball coach Nick Restaino has been named the team’s interim head baseball coach. He takes over for Dan Gallagher, who is recovering from surgery and is undecided about his return.

Restaino, a 1993 Fordham graduate, is entering his eighth year as a member of the Fordham staff. As the recruiting coordinator, Restaino was responsible for recruiting two-time Atlantic 10 player of the Year Bobby Kingsbury, currently in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and a member of the 2004 Greek Olympic team. Restaino also recruited Rob Semerano, who was chosen in the 20th round of last year’s Major League Baseball draft by the Oakland Athletics.

New Coach Gets Cheerleaders off to a Good Start

Under the guidance of their new coach, Lynette Rivera, the Fordham Cheerleading team kicked off the season with an impressive showing at the Universal Cheerleaders Association Collegiate Camp at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn., from Aug. 10–12.

The Rams finished first in the Sideline Competition and were chosen as the Most Collegiate team.

Rivera, who was named head coach on August 2, has been a volunteer cheer instructor for Fordham since the 2003 spring semester. She also served as the head cheerleading coach at the Ursuline School, where she led the squad to its best ever finish at the National High School Cheerleading Competition in Orlando, Fla.

— John Blakeley

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