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Men’s Basketball Split Weekend Series With Niagara

Mens Basketball SplitMen’s basketball split their two away games against Niagara this past weekend winning the first one by a score of 77-67 on Friday and dropping the second one 74-83 on Saturday.

Monmouth’s Friday victory was their fifth straight win, making it the Hawks longest winning streak since the 2017 season.

In just their second trip, the Hawks secured their first road win of the year while senior forward Melik Martin and senior guard Deion Hammond led the charge putting up 19 and 18 points respectively.

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Dr. Marilyn McNeil Announces Retirement

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On June 30, 2021 Monmouth University’s Vice President and Director of Athletics, Dr. Marilyn McNeil will be officially retiring from the role she has served for the last 28 years.

McNeil has spent 53 years total in the collegiate athletics field including her time as an athlete, coach, administrator and Athletics Director.

“While I have held many roles in intercollegiate athletics, the undisputed highlight of my career has been leading Monmouth for the past 28 years,” said McNeil. “and almost completely because of the wonderful coaches and

staff beside me.”


This speaks to the gift of McNeil who has led a plethora of phenomenally successful collegiate coaches. Remarkably, eight of the University’s current head coaches have been with the team for ten or more seasons. Even more impressively, head football coach Kevin Callahan, head soccer coach Krissy Turner, and head women’s tennis coach Patrice Murray have led their teams for over 20 seasons. All of these tenures have been overseen by none other than Dr. Marilyn McNeil at the helm.

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It is difficult to appropriately measure the impact she has had on Monmouth University athletics as a whole through simply words and numbers. McNeil helped lead all of her programs to a combined 119 regular season conference championships with a grand total of 38 National Collegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA) championships during her tenure.  She helped the university’s reputation improve from relatively no-name programs to some of the most dominant in all of mid-major Division One athletics.

“Dr. McNeil’s influence on Monmouth will be felt for decades to come,” said Monmouth University President Dr. Patrick Leahy. “Our athletics program grew significantly during her tenure, giving hundreds of students the opportunity to compete at the highest levels of collegiate athletics.”

As a strong advocate for the Title IX rule in college sports, McNeil’s impact has been felt strongly in terms of gender equality. She helped bring seven new sports to Monmouth including five for the women’s side.

Dr. McNeil served on the Division One NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics and the office of the President for National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA). If that was not enough, she also served with the Division One NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee where she was the chair for a year.

Some of the major initiatives she led while serving these roles were trying to improve budgets, staffing, hiring processes and other equality practices that she implemented into her programs. An example of this was the all-female Division One voting delegation that she brought to the NCAA convention.

“Dr. McNeil is a fierce advocate for our student-athletes,” said President Leahy. “She has been a leader on this campus for years, as well as a leader throughout intercollegiate athletics nationally, and her influence will be sorely missed.” 

McNeil Retirement 3This is reflected by the “A” grade Monmouth received from the Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sports for the number of women head coaches at Monmouth. As well as the top-notch facilities that she has helped add to the University during her tenure such as OceanFirst Bank Center, Kessler Stadium, and So Sweet a Cat Field.

Incredible academic achievement has also been a key part of McNeil’s impact, with a constantly improving cumulative GPA and graduation rates well over 90 percent.

“Monmouth has been a great environment to grow and learn and I am thankful for having so many influential mentors,” said McNeil. “Our new athletics leader will surely see these cornerstones and move the Hawks upward.”

Monmouth has yet to determine who McNeil’s replacement will be but the job search will begin in the next few months with massive shoes to fill.

PHOTOS COURTESY of Monmouth Athletics

Women’s B-Ball Drops Consecutive Games

womens bball vs drexelWomen’s basketball dropped both of their contests this week falling to La Salle on Wednesday at home by a score of 64-46 and Drexel on Saturday with a final score of 61-50.

Monmouth’s matchup against La Salle was their first home game of the young season. Junior forward Lucy Thomas led the Hawks as she scored a team high 11 points while bringing down eight rebounds.

The blue and white showed their defensive presence early as they held La Salle to 1-of-9 shooting and 0-of-8 from three-point range and were able to build an 8-2 lead but the Explorers scored six unanswered points to tie the game up.

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Changes to Football Practice Amid the Pandemic

Changes FootballMonmouth University - The Monmouth Hawks Football team is ready to anticipate a season this upcoming spring in replacement of the cancelled fall season due to COVID. Players and administration have taken measures to balance social distancing and develop a successful team simultaneously.

Prior to COVID, players and staff had one designated locker room and players could use the training room at any time prior to practice. Due to social distancing concerns, the structure altogether has been altered.

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Social Justice Leader: Prisca Blamon

SocialThis week Monmouth University women’s track and field student-athlete, Prisca Blamon was granted a position as part of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) SAAC Social Justice Committee. The committee is designed to eliminate racial inequality, and also promote gender equity. The goal to make a compendious setting for the schools playing in the conference.

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Women's Ball Plays in First Athletic Event Since March

WBB2 12.2.20The long anticipated 2020-2021 season for the Monmouth University women’s basketball team began at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey on Friday, Nov. 27. It was a tough matchup that the Hawks eventually lost by a final score of 82-38.

This was a game originally scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 25 that had to be delayed in precaution with the welfare of student-athletes, coaches, and event staff after Monmouth’s most recent testing results on the men’s side.

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COVID-19 Derails Start of Men’s Basketball

MBB1 12.2.20On Nov. 25, the Monmouth University men’s basketball team put their season on halt after the result of a positive COVID-19 test from one of the program’s Tier One members.

The team entered a 14-day quarantine following the positive test. Tier One members include student-athletes, coaches, and support staff, all of which will quarantine.

After the cancellation of fall sports, the Monmouth community has been eager and excited to see Monmouth winter sports start up. Basketball is a big sport on campus, and while fans may not be allowed in the stands, all were restlessly anticipating the start of the season from their homes or dorm rooms.

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MAAC Announces Time Out for Black Lives Program

MAAC BLMThe Metro Athletic Conference (MAAC) announced their new program, “Time Out for Black Lives,” which aims to inspire and educate the youth as well as other athletes, families and fans. Senior forward Melik Martin represents Monmouth in this newly launched program.

“Time Out for Black Lives” has a website where coaches and athletes from MAAC basketball programs contribute their time to read children’s books that focus on Black culture, history, music and myths. It comes as part of the MAAC’s United for Justice campaign that they announced over the Summer.

The United for Justice Campaign was instated in response to the racial injustice that is ongoing in society. The MAAC will stand with the “Black Lives Matter” movement and continue to find ways to help address the national issue of systematic racism.

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Women’s Basketball Announces New Class

WBBall AnnouncesOn Nov. 12, 2020, the Monmouth University women’s basketball team announced their latest signings of guard, Emily Jimenez and guard, Antonia Panayides who will join the team in their 2021-22 season.

Hailing from the sunshine state, Emily Jimenez is from Boca Raton, Florida and goes to Cardinal Gibbons. During her junior year, she averaged 11.6 points per game and 4.6 rebounds. In addition to that, she racked up 3.5 assists per game.

Also as an individual player, the Boca Raton native earned Sun Sentinel Second Team All-County and Miami Herald Second Team All-County honors.

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Baseball Signs Eight Players to NLI’s

Baseball SignsMonmouth Baseball announced they have signed eight ballplayers to National Letters of Intent this past Friday, Nov. 13. Monmouth added Jay Bant, Nick Burg, Nick Czarnecki, JD Greeley, Reed Interdonato, Jonathan Peterson, Andew Schmid and Aidan Watson through NLIs.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome this group of fine young men to our program,” said head coach Dean Ehehalt. “They are all outstanding students and of high character. This class will make an immediate impact on the field as well.”

Jay Bant is an infielder from Wall, NJ. He currently plays for Wall High School under the realm of coach James Rochford. In his sophomore season in 2019, Bant hit .341 with two long balls and 27 RBIs. The left-handed hitter also had a slugging percentage of .477.

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Monmouth Intends to Play Winter Sports with Caution

Monmouth IntendsThe effects of COVID-19 have left college athletics in a precarious position. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the college sports world have adapted, rearranging schedules, and reconfiguring protocol. In this complicated landscape, where such a complex matter challenges them, schools like Monmouth University are doubling down on safety procedures.

Maneuvering around these health issues is pressing with the number one priority being students and faculty safety. A pandemic that has changed the landscape of college sports, leaving a bit of a circus. The restart since the stoppage has been plagued by cases of COVID-19 and it has not relented since. Even with the mask and sideline rules, rounds of testing, and other arrangements implemented, the risks still apply.

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