Mark Pope named head coach at BYU

first_img“This place is like nowhere else,” Pope said. “It is a beacon on a hill and it is such an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to be the head men’s basketball coach here at BYU. I couldn’t be more proud or more excited. There is a standard of excellence here in everything that happens on this campus.” The school announced Wednesday that it was naming Pope to replace Dave Rose, who retired in March after 14 seasons at the helm of the Cougars program. Pope was an assistant under Rose from 2011 to 2015 before leaving to take the top job at Utah Valley. April 10, 2019 /Sports News – Local Mark Pope named head coach at BYU Pope was a member of Kentucky’s 1996 national championship team, He played two seasons with the Wildcats after transferring to the school from Washington. He earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors in 1992 after setting a freshman single-season record with 8.1 rebounds per game in his debut season for the Huskies. Written by Pope plans to recruit and schedule aggressively at BYU. He faces the expectations of trying to raise up a program that hasn’t won a conference title since joining the West Coast Conference in 2011 and hasn’t earned an NCAA Tournament berth since 2015. Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/Mark Pope/UVU Wolverines Basketball After graduating from Kentucky, Pope was selected by the Indiana Pacers in the second round of the 1996 NBA draft. The 6-foot-10 center played seven seasons in the league with the Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, and Denver Nuggets. “We’ll be fearless in everything we do,” Pope said. “We’ll take our lumps and we’ll jump back off the mat and, with confidence, go on to the next battle. Our team will be a team that’s not afraid of failure.” He emerged as the leading candidate at BYU after his successful stint at Utah Valley, where he compiled a 77-56 record over four seasons. Pope led Utah Valley to CBI Tournament appearances in each of his final three seasons with the school. He also had stints as an assistant coach at Georgia and Wake Forest. Associated Press “There was a good pool of candidates for this job,” BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said. “I really think he just stood out as the one who was the right coach for this job.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah (AP) — Mark Pope is returning to BYU as the Cougars’ new head coach with the task of elevating a program that hasn’t earned an NCAA Tournament berth since 2015.last_img read more

Tour city park to see where the needs are

first_imgNow, with the restoration of A Diamond under way and work progressing on the Music Haven seating enhancement, I think some serious work should be done by the city to clean up the surrounding areas. For the past three or four years, I have noticed a huge degree of neglect on the part of the parks department to complete necessary and/or routine work, such as the removal of dead trees and stumps, coupled with a lack of cutting and trimming of low-hanging limbs and dead branches.I have a mental list of four or five dozen other projects that could/should be completed, including the clean-up and restoration of the casino, that will bring Central Park back to where it should be.I invite any elected city official, starting at the top, to take a one-hour walk with me in the park. I will point out everything that I believe should be done to accomplish that goal. Please let the clean-up start now so Central Park at least compares to Albany’s Washington Park, The Crossings in Colonie and all the parks in Niskayuna.I sincerely hope to find an interest from someone in the city of Schenectady.Paul McDonaldNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes I was born and raised in Schenectady and lived within a stone’s throw of Schenectady’s Central Park. In my youth, my friends and I spent play time there on a year-round basis. For the past 70-plus years, I have frequently visited the park and I know it very well. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Piacentini ties all-time Syracuse record with 8th consecutive game with point

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After weeks of anchoring Syracuse’s offense, forward Melissa Piacentini soared into the Orange record books this weekend against rival Mercyhurst. With her team facing a two-goal deficit late in the second period on Saturday afternoon, she fought to position herself well in Laker territory. Nicole Renault quickly fired a pass over to Piacentini, who didn’t hesitate when getting the puck in her hands.Piacentini didn’t attempt to show off her ability to score at will. Instead, she sent the puck over to Margot Scharfe, who executed on the open lane en route to a goal.“Melissa kind of chipped the puck so it ran on my stick,” Scharfe said. “And I tried to have a little patience to put it in.”Piacentini’s assist extended her point streak to eight consecutive games. That ties the longest streak in the program’s history, which was first set by Isabel Menard in 2009-10.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen asked about the new milestone, Piacentini was satisfied with the streak. But with Syracuse (14-11-2, 6-6-2 College Hockey America) losing the weekend series against Mercyhurst (17-7-3, 10-3-1 CHA) — 3-2 on Friday and 2-1 on Saturday — her recent success was put on the back burner. “It’s great, but I have to put it away when it really matters, like at the end of the game today,” Piacentini said.Piacentini also capped off a new program record when scoring a goal on Friday night, extending her streak to seven consecutive games with a goal scored. With the Orange trailing 2-0 in the second period, Piacentini’s style of play matched the toughness provided by the Mercyhurst defense. She found an open spot near Lakers’ goalie Amanda Makela, which put her in an ideal position to receive the oncoming puck from Allie LaCombe.That provided her with the chance to launch the puck past Makela and provide the Orange with the opportunity to compete down the stretch. While Piacentini’s goal streak ended on Saturday, head coach Paul Flanagan was pleased with her taking the record.“She’s been pretty consistent,” Flanagan said. “For her, that gives you confidence to feel you can go out and not only get one every night, but now you can get hungry and go out and get a couple (goals).”This record-tying streak by Piacentini is a product of her consistent effort. She has emerged as the most consistent offensive threat during the past month for the Orange.Scharfe said that Piacentini deserves all of the accolades as a result of her hard work.“It’s great. I’m really happy for Tini,’” Scharfe said. “Every game she works hard and she deserves the recognition.”As Piacentini earned the two different records over the weekend, her personality on and off the ice did not change at any point of either game. But individual performance does not trump the overall success of the team in her mind, especially with a month remaining in the regular season.Julie Knerr wasn’t aware of the program records that Piacentini matched over the weekend, based on her teammate’s calm attitude about the recent success. Knerr is hopeful that Piacentini will carry over the recent momentum into the last few weeks of the year.“It’s awesome for her, and it doesn’t even faze her at all,” Knerr said. “She doesn’t even show that she has that streak. We’re pumped for her and want her to keep it going. “It’s pretty cool for one of our teammates to do it that way.” Comments Published on February 3, 2014 at 2:50 amlast_img read more