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NAIA Athletic Directors Association (ADA) President, Kevin Steele announced today the formation of the associations first ever Board of Directors. The ADA Board of Directors includes one representative from each NAIA conference including the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). The Board of Directors along with ADA Officers; Kevin Steele (President), Angie Fincannon (Vice President), Darin Wilson (Secretary), and Jeff Bain (Past President) will be tasked with promoting the ADA within conferences, working to provide professional development opportunities and mentoring for ADA members, and recognizing outstanding achievements by Athletic Directors within the NAIA.
"The creation of the Board of Directors is the result of several months of intensive work done by the ADA Officers and an ad-hoc advisory committee (composed of Jim Abbott of Oklahoma City University, Bob Wilson of Vanguard University, Matt Sayre of Southern Oregon University, and Bruce Parker of Rocky Mountain College), to reshape the direction and purpose of the NAIA ADA," commented Steele. "We are moving toward an organization that really serves, promotes, and educates NAIA Athletic Directors and the creation of this board is an obvious step in this effort. The professionals that make up this board are an incredibly talented group and our ability to work collaboratively will prove beneficial to all of our members and the NAIA as a whole. At the end of the day, Athletic Directors are the practitioners that make athletic departments run. We are committed to making sure that our AD's are prepared, Informed, and involved in the decisions that affect the way we do business in the NAIA."
"We are extremely fortunate to have so many dedicated and talented AD's in the NAIA," said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. "An active ADA Board of Directors will provide the organization with an incredible resource as we continue to innovate and think creatively about the ways in which we can serve our student-athletes."
The immediate work of the Board of Directors will occur in an ad-hoc advisory capacity. The full implementation of the Board and other changes in the ADA will be discussed at the next business meeting of the ADA which will occur at the NAIA Convention in April, 2015.
(Bourbonnais, Ill) The Golden Eagles opened play at the Holiday Inn Express Tournament hosted by Olivet Nazarene University. Cornerstone defeated Hannibal-LaGrange 3-0 in their first match. Maria Ma led the Golden Eagles with 10 Kills. Chelsea Lake had 18 Assists and Libby Webber had 10 Assists for Cornerstone. Megan Newhouse led the team with 13 Digs. Murphy Heyer and Maria Ma both had 2.5 Blocks.
Cornerstone returned in the afternoon to take on #5 Columbia College. The Golden Eagles lost the first set 25-23 but then won 25-13, 25-21, and 25-20 to win the match 3-1. Cailie Schultz and Ellie Van Laar led Cornerstone with 11 and 9 Kills respectively. Megan Newhouse and Chelsea Lake had 18 and 12 Digs. Libby Webber led the team with 3.5 Blocks. Heather Green had 2 Service Aces for the Golden Eagles. Cornerstone improves to 10-3 on the season. Cornerstone will play Grand View (Ia.) and Trinity Christian (Ill.) tomorrow.
The Golden Eagles returned home to face St. Xavier (Ill.) tonight. Cornerstone got on the board early when Chris Buitenhuis scored his first goal of his career in the 6th minute of play. Tristan Esprit served a corner kick and Buitenhuis finished it in the lower right side of the goal. The Cougars tied the score on a bicycle kick in the 15th minute of play. The game remained tied through the remainder of regulation so the teams went into OT. Shots were 6-6 after 90 minutes. Cornerstone garners 3 shots to St. Xavier's 1 shot in the 1st OT and then won it 2 minutes into the 2nd OT when Caleb Colp scored his first goal of his career on a Garrett Nimmo assist. The Golden Eagles have been on the wrong side of 3 OT games so far this season so it was nice to finally break the ice for their first win of the season. The Golden Eagles outshot the Cougars 10-7 and had a 9-2 advantage in Corner Kicks. Cornerstone improves to 1-5-0 on the season. The Golden Eagles will return to action on Saturday when they play at Goshen with a 7:00 pm kickoff.
The Golden Eagles played in the Aquinas College Invitational at Scott Lake Country Club today and finished 9th with a score of 423. Whitney Kreiger led Cornerstone with a score of 99. Jordan Sprehe shot 104 and Heather Promer came in with a 107. Claire Niergarth recorded a 113 for a team total of 423. Aquinas won the event with a team score of 346. Cornerstone will return to action a week from today when they travel down to Ft. Wayne for the WHAC Jamboree #3 at Coyote Creek Golf Club hosted by Indiana Tech.
The Golden Eagles hosted Goshen College tonight and they got a quick start. Tori Johns played a give and go with Kerri Hoffman around the top of the box and a defender poked the ball away but right to Lexie Brisson-Fast that cut the ball by her defender and then slid the ball under the GK with 39:28 left in the half. Brisson-Fast scored her second goal of the game with about 6 minutes left in the half. She got a ball played over the top and the defender misplayed the ball and Brisson-Fast hit a volley past the GK to make it 2-0. Lexie made it 3-0 with just over 4 minutes left in the half. Teigan Mitcham laid a ball out to Jessica Erny who hit a one time cross to Brisson-Fast for a header into the right side of the goal. Cornerstone would go on to outshoot the Maple Leafs 20-2 on the game but wouldn't finid the back of the net again. The Golden Eagles move to 4-0-2 on the season. Cornerstone will have the weekend off and will return to action next Tuesday when they take on Rochester in Pontiac at Ultimate Soccer Arena at 3:00 p.m.