The athletes may be getting a break, but summer has been busy with new hires on the coaching staffs and honors for both coaches and athletes:
IUP baseball player Ryan Mostyn has been named a recipient of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Top Ten award for the Spring sports season, marking the second straight year he has been recognized for his athletic and academic accomplishments by PSAC sports information directors.
Coach Jeff Dow has filled one of two vacancies on the IUP women’s basketball coaching staff with the hiring of former Glenville State and Marshall assistant coach Jerod Alltop. Alltop replaces Dustin Odum, who left the Crimson Hawks program after one season to return to Washburn University.
Dow now turns his attention to a second assistant coach after Courtnay (Rattigan) Bryson stepped down earlier this week.
Alltop had a pair of tenures at Glenville State, including two years as a student assistant coach and the past two as a full-time assistant, in addition to a position as an instructor of business.
Former IUP player and student assistant coach Ryan Eden has returned to his alma mater as wide receivers coach, replacing Nick Sirianni, who left in March to take a job with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Eden had been the assistant director of football operations at Villanova since February 2007. He maintained the day-to-day operations of the Wildcats football program and had specific responsibilities in the areas of recruiting, academics, and game plan development.
Tye Desiderio, a four-year starter as a member of the IUP football team from 2002 to 2005, has accepted a position as a graduate assistant coach with the Crimson Hawks and will be in charge of the team’s running backs. Desiderio had been on the staff at Midwestern State in Wichita Falls, Texas, the past two years and is completing his master’s degree in kinesiology. He will pursue a second master’s in Geographical Information Systems at IUP.
Head coach Fred Joseph continued his string of PSAC Coach of the Year honors when he was selected for the award for the 2008–2009 season by his conference peers. Joseph has now received the award nine times in his seventeen seasons as IUP head coach, including five of the past six years.
Last season, Joseph led the Crimson Hawks to their second straight Division II Super Regional title and a twelfth-place finish at the NCAA championship tournament, tying the 1993 team for IUP’s best-ever showing at nationals. IUP was in the NCAA tournament for the thirteenth consecutive season.
The Crimson Hawks also claimed the PSAC championship in October with a thirteen-stroke win over Clarion. That was the last in a string of four consecutive tournament titles for IUP during the Fall season. IUP has taken the past two conference crowns and eight in the last twelve years.
IUP golfer Gavin Smith was featured earlier this month when CBS televised its recap of the NCAA spring sports championship season. Smith won the Division II title at the NCAA tournament in May at the Loomis Trail Golf Course in Blaine, Wash. He birdied the first playoff hole and gave IUP its first NCAA champion and first overall since Rick Hrip won the NAIA title in 1968. The CBS segment included an interview with Smith as well as his winning putt.
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