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Toledo Football Player Followed His Heart to Find a Career Path

Like many college students, Bryce Harris arrived on campus as a freshman looking for some guidance.

A scholarship football player, Harris had all the help he needed from the Rocket coaching staff. There was no issue there. But on the academic side, he had no idea what to major in, or beyond that, what he would like to pursue as a career after football. He only knew one thing for sure: He liked working with young people.

Bryce Harris ran with a youngster at Victory Day in 2016.

An introductory career class and some assistance from a UToledo success coach helped send him in the right direction.

The class was Career and Self-Evaluation, taught by DeMya Wimberley, who also became Harris’ success coach. By his sophomore year, Harris had his direction — school counseling.

“DeMya helped me find my academic niche and my career field,” said Harris, the Rockets’ starting center. “My goals in life centered around helping people. I just needed to find a career that would allow me to do that.”

Winberley said Harris possessed all the tools for success before he came to college. He just needed a little nudge.

“I saw right away that Bryce had a maturity about him. He had a focus. He just needed direction,” said Wimberley, who is a program manager for the Center for Success Coaching. “My class helps students learn more about themselves. Sometimes you need to learn a little more about yourself before you can choose a career path.”

Since UToledo does not have an undergraduate major in school counseling, Harris chose psychology as his major with a minor in school counseling. He earned his bachelor’s degree in spring 2019. He then entered the College of Graduate Studies, which does have a school counseling major. He is on course to receive his master’s degree next spring.

While the time commitment of being a student-athlete can pose its challenges, for Harris it has provided an opportunity he might not otherwise have had.

“My home life was very stable growing up, but in reality, I’m not sure I would have even gone to college right out of high school if it wasn’t for football,” said Harris, who attended Firestone High School in Akron. “It would have been a bit tough financially. I probably would have worked for a few years and then maybe pursued it later in life.”

In addition, the circumstances of his athletic career have made it possible for him to finish six years of higher education while on an athletic scholarship. After sitting out his first season as a redshirt in 2015, Harris moved his way into the starting lineup the following season. He became a stalwart on the offensive line, earning second-team All-Mid-American Conference honors as a junior in 2018. However, off-season surgery forced him to sit out the 2019 season, while the Coronavirus pandemic has put the 2020 season on hold. With his athletic career delayed, Harris has forged ahead on his academic journey. A two-time Academic All-MAC honoree, Harris gained the opportunity to earn not one, but two degrees during his playing career as a Rocket.

Bryce Harris posed last year with some students from St. Pius X Catholic School in Toledo.

“Bryce is someone who has always maximized his ability and potential in everything he does, both on and off the field,” said Toledo Head Football Coach Jason Candle. “He’s a mature young man who has really grasped the concept of what it means to be a student-athlete. It takes a special person to be in a position to earn two degrees while playing college football. It says a lot about his parents, too. They have been supporting him through every step of the way.”

Harris said the highlight of his academic experience thus far has been an externship at St. Pius X Catholic School in Toledo. There, he worked with students in a classroom, helping them with their assignments, but also getting to know them as individuals, listening to their problems, and offering guidance. He was required to work 60 hours in the program, but enjoyed it so much he volunteered for an additional 60 hours. He also participated in an after-school program there, spending time with students until their parents or guardians were able to pick them up. For Harris, the experience fit perfectly with his goal to help others. It’s something he does in his spare time as well.

“My parents always taught me that if you’re in a position to help others, do it,” Harris said. “I’ve been doing some type of volunteer work since my freshman year of high school back in Akron. So coming to Toledo and participating in all of the volunteer opportunities they provide for us in the football program has always been a no-brainer for me to sign up. I love working with the youth, or anyone in need. Seeing a smile on someone’s face is all I need to brighten my day.”

Harris’ life away from football is on a pretty clear path right now. He has two more semesters left to finish before he receives his master’s degree in May. He also got married during spring break last March to his high school sweetheart, Janelle Perry, a former track and field star at both Ursuline College and Central Michigan University.

What is somewhat less certain is his future on the gridiron. Like all his teammates, Harris is hopeful that there will be a spring football season so he can wear the Midnight Blue and Gold one last time. There is also more at stake than just school pride for Harris, who is a candidate for the Rimington Award as the nation’s best center and the Outland Trophy as the country’s top down lineman. Another good season also could improve his prospects for a potential NFL career, especially since he has not played football in almost two years.

“I’ve been playing football since I was 8 years old and all that time I’ve dreamed of playing in the NFL,” Harris said. “I worked hard to get an athletic scholarship so I could get my college degree and get a chance to play in the NFL. Hopefully, I can do both.”

2020 Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame Class Announced

The University of Toledo Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame will induct seven former student-athletes this fall.

A dinner will be scheduled at a later date, pending developments with the COVID-19 pandemic. Information on purchasing tickets will be announced after the event is scheduled.

The 2020 Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame inductees are:

Kate Bean McCauley, women’s volleyball, 2003 to 2006. She dominates the Toledo volleyball record book, ranking first in career attacks (4,522), second in career kills (1,515) and career service aces (173), third in career kills per set (3.40) and fifth in career digs (1,401). She also ranks fourth for most kills (435) in a season, and her 39 digs vs. Ball State as a senior was the most ever by a Rocket in a match. A native of Louisville, Ky., McCauley made the Mid-American Conference All-Tournament Team in 2005. She is the only Rocket in volleyball program history to be named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America First Team (2005 and 2006) and is one of two student-athletes in Toledo history to be a member of the first team on more than one occasion. She also was a three-time Academic All-MAC team selection and a three-time Academic All-District pick.

Jeremiah Detmer, football, 2011 to 2014. A three-time All-MAC selection, Detmer was the 2013 MAC Special Teams Player of the Year. That season, Detmer was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award that goes to the nation’s top kicker, a year in which he also made first-team All-MAC, connecting on 19 of 20 field goals and 44 of 45 extra points. Detmer is second on Toledo’s all-time field-goal list with 65, trailing only Rusty Hanna (68 from 1989 to 1992), and seventh all-time among MAC kickers. He is the MAC’s all-time leader in field-goal percentage (65-77/84.4%) and ranks third in points scored in Toledo history with 340. His long field goal of 52 yards ranks second in Toledo history. Detmer was named MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week nine times during his career. He ranked No. 44 on Toledo’s All-Century Team released in 2017 and was the only kicker on the list. As a freshman in 2011, Detmer was used mostly for kickoffs, but he still hit field goals of 50 and 52 yards. He took over the field-goal duties full time in 2012, at one point making 17 field goals in a row. He ended the season hitting 24 of 29 boots, earning third-team All-MAC honors. His best game in 2012 came in a 29-23 win over No. 18 Cincinnati in which he hit all five of his field-goal attempts. In 2013, he extended his consecutive field-goal streak to 23, the fifth-longest streak in NCAA history. He also ranked second in the nation in field-goal percentage (95.0%). As a senior co-captain, he made second-team All-MAC, connecting on 17 of 22 field goals and nailing 57 of 59 extra points. A three-time Academic All-MAC selection, Detmer made Academic All-District in 2013. He graduated with a degree in education in 2015.

Greg Mancz, football, 2010 to 2014. A three-time All-MAC selection, Mancz won the Vern Smith Award as the top player in the MAC in 2014, the only offensive lineman ever to earn that honor. Mancz was a four-year starter on Rocket teams that went 34-17, and won two division co-championships and two bowl games. As a freshman, he earned Freshman All-America (Yahoo Sports) and Third-Team Freshman All-America (Phil Steele) honors in 2011. He was a key part of an offense that ranked eighth in the nation and first in the MAC in scoring (42.2), and 10th in the nation and first in the MAC in total offense (481.3). Toledo’s offensive line also ranked tied for sixth in the nation and first in the MAC in fewest sacks allowed (10) that season. He went on to make third-team All-MAC as a sophomore and second-team all-league as a junior. In his junior season, the Rocket offensive line allowed six sacks in 12 games, the fewest in the country. Mancz earned first-team All-MAC honors in 2014 for a Rocket offense that ranked No. 1 in the MAC in total offense (486.3) and in rushing offense (247.3). He also earned second-team All-America (Football Writers Association of America) honors, becoming the first Toledo offensive lineman to make either first- or second-team All-America on one of the five major All-America teams since Dan Bukovich made the Associated Press first-team in 1938. A four-time Academic All-MAC pick, Mancz has played five seasons in the NFL with Houston Texans. Mancz ranked No. 36 on Toledo’s All-Century Team that was released in 2017.

Jessica Popiel Stone, women’s golf, 1996 to 1999. She was the MAC Player of the Year and a first-team All-MAC selection as a senior in 1999, compiling a career-best stroke average of 78.7 that year. She also made the MAC All-Tournament Team in 1998, a year in which the Rockets won the MAC Invitational Tournament. Popiel was a tournament medalist twice in her career. Additionally, she was named a National Golf Coaches Association All-American in 1997 and 1998, and won the MAC Presidential Award (1998-99) and MAC Commissioners Award (1998-99). A four-year letter winner, Popiel co-captained the Rockets for the 1998-99 season. She was the first Rocket to compete in an LPGA Tour event, playing in the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic (now Marathon Classic) from 2000 to 2002.

Dr. John Rudley, men’s basketball, 1965 to 1969. Rudley was a four-year starter and two-time co-captain at point guard, helping to guide the 1966-67 team to a 23-2 record, MAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. He was the team’s floor general and leading passer in an era when assists were not kept as a statistic. With scorers like Steve Mix, John Brisker and Bob Miller on the floor, he likely had big assist numbers. Rudley averaged 7.4 points and 3.9 rebounds as a sophomore, 12.0 points and 4.6 rebounds as a junior, and 15.0 points and 4.8 rebounds as a senior captain. Rudley received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UToledo, then went on to earn his master’s degree and Ph.D. in administration from Tennessee State University. He served as the president of Texas Southern University from 2008 to 2016, and is president emeritus and distinguished professor of business there. Previously, he served as interim chancellor and president at the University of Houston (2007 to 2008), as well as vice chancellor for business and finance at Houston (2002 to 2007), vice chancellor for business and finance for the University of Tennessee Board of Regents (1995 to 2002), vice chancellor for administration and finance at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (1987 to 1991, 1992 to 1995), and vice president for fiscal affairs at Texas Southern (1981 to 1987). He also worked for former Tennessee Gov. and Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander at the U.S. Dept. of Education from 1991 to 1992.

Chris Wallace, football 1995 to 1998. Wallace played quarterback for four seasons at Toledo and was the starter in 1997 and 1998. He ranks fourth in career touchdown passes (44); fifth in career passing yardage (5,454) and passing attempts (848); sixth in career passing completions; and seventh in completion percentage (54.7). He accumulated most of these numbers in just two seasons. As a junior in 1997, Wallace set records (all since broken) in passing yardage (2,955), passes completed (232) and TD passes (27). He still holds the single-season record for passes attempted (433). For his efforts in 1997, he was named second-team All-MAC. His biggest game as a Rocket came in 1997 when he passed for 364 yards in a thrilling win over Miami, tossing a winning TD strike to Brock Kreitzburg with just seconds remaining. Wallace led the Rockets to division titles in both 1997 and 1998, including an 8-0 start in 1997 that saw the Rockets move to No. 18 in the Associated Press poll. He played 18 seasons of professional arena football, retiring following the 2018 season. Wallace spent eight seasons with the Florida Firecats, setting league records in career touchdowns (484) and passes completed (1,797), and team records for TD passes (100) and passing yards (3,918). He led the Florida Tarpons to league titles in 2012 and 2013, and rejoined the team in 2015 until his retirement in 2018. Wallace was a high school football coach and dean of students at the Florida Christian Institute in Fort Myers for three years. He returned to Ohio to take care of his father, James, during his battle with Alzheimer’s disease, which ended in 2011. Wallace lives in Springfield, where he serves as the community mentor supervisor for the Springfield City School District. Wallace leads the Springfield Chapter of My Brothers Keeper, which was launched by President Obama as a national initiative to address the opportunity gaps facing young minority male students. The program connects students with community leaders through mentoring relationships and educational events to help ensure all young people reach their full potential. Wallace also coaches football at his alma mater, Springfield High School, where he serves as the offensive coordinator. In 2019, he helped lead the Wildcats to their first state semifinals in school history. He also serves as the head coach for the freshman basketball team at Springfield.

Inma Zanoguera, women’s basketball, 2011 to 2015. Zanoguera was a three-time All-MAC honoree who played on teams that averaged 22 wins per season and won one MAC regular-season championship and two division crowns. As a senior, Zanoguera earned first-team All-MAC honors, leading the Rockets in scoring (15.4), rebounding (6.7) and assists (5.0). She was selected as one of 30 NCAA women’s basketball nominees for 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award, only the second player in school history to make the list. As a junior, she averaged a team-best 14.0 points and 8.7 rebounds, earning second-team All-MAC. Zanoguera was a third-team All-MAC pick as a sophomore, averaging 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds for a Rocket team that went 29-4 and won the MAC regular-season championship title. She was named MAC West Division Player of the Week six times in her career. Zanoguera, who played both guard and forward as a collegian, ranks fourth in school history in career minutes played (3,936), fifth in free-throw percentage (.819, 258 of 315) and games played (132), seventh in steals (195), 10th in rebounds (781), 10th in assists (375) and 15th in scoring (1,424 points). A two-time team captain, Zanoguera was twice named Academic All-MAC. She graduated with a degree in communication. After graduation, she played professional basketball in Italy. A native of Llucmajor, Spain, on the island of Majorca, Zanoguera played for all Spanish national teams from U16 to the senior team. She was a three-time European Championship Gold Medalist (2011, 2012, 2013); a Bronze Medalist with the Three-on-Three Senior Team in the 2015 European Olympics in Baku, Azerbaijan; and was selected to the All-Europe U20 First Team in 2013. Zanoguera was featured in a 2018 documentary titled “Running Home,” which chronicled her journey to the Western Sahara refugee camps in Algeria, where many Sahrawi people, including her mother, fled during a civil war in neighboring Morocco. While there, Zanoguera ran and won the Sahara Marathon in her first attempt to run the 26-plus-mile event.

Others to be honored by the Varsity ‘T’ Club include Dan Saevig, who will receive the Distinguished Service Award. Saevig retired in March as UToledo’s vice president of alumni engagement after serving his alma mater for 30 years. And receiving honorary lifetime membership awards from the Varsity ‘T’ Club will be former Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, a football player at UToledo from 1973 to 1976, and Jeff Hepinstall, who played football for the Rockets from 1974 to 1977 and has been an active member of the Varsity ‘T’ Club for many years.

Former Toledo Women’s Basketball Standout Signs Pro Contract in Israel

She’s back! Former Toledo women’s basketball great Naama Shafir is making a comeback. Shafir has signed a professional contract to play for Elitzur Ramla in the Israeli Female Basketball Premier League.

Shafir is one of nine former Rockets under Head Coach Tricia Cullop to play professionally overseas, joining Melissa Goodall (Italy and Spain), Andola Dortch (Belarus), Inma Zanoguera (Italy), Brenae Harris (Spain), Janice Monakana (Great Britain), Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (Spain and Great Britain), Mariella Santucci (Italy) and Sara Rokkanen (Spain) on that list.

In addition, Kaayla McIntyre, Janelle Reed-Lewis, Dortch and Harris currently play for the Toledo Threat, which is part of the women’s professional basketball organization.

Shafir, who retired in 2019 after getting married and giving birth to a daughter, is playing for Elitzur Ramla for the second time. During the 2017-18 season, she averaged 7.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 30 games. Shafir shot 39.8% from the field, including 39.5% from three-point range, and 89.8% from the free-throw line, helping the team make it to the finals.

Most recently, Shafir played for Maccabi Ramat Hen in the D1 Israel National League during the 2018-19 campaign. She tallied 9.6 points, 4.5 boards, 4.7 helpers and 1.1 thefts in 24 contests. Shafir converted 49.3% from the floor, including 42.6% from beyond the arc, and 86.8% from the charity stripe, guiding the squad to the cup final and the league semifinals.

“I’m happy to hear Naama is resuming her professional career after taking a year off for the birth of her baby,” Cullop said. “She was a joy to coach, and I’m sure her teammates are thrilled for her return.”

One of the most decorated players in school history, Shafir was a four-time All-MAC selection. A 2018 Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame honoree, she sits first in program annals in career games played (139), minutes played (4,218) and assists (722), as well as ranking third in free throws made (538), fourth in steals (227), fifth in points (1,874), seventh in field goals made (601), tied for ninth in scoring average (13.5), and 10th in free-throw percentage (.773).

As a freshman, Shafir averaged 11.7 points and 4.5 assists, earning honorable mention All-Mid-American Conference recognition. A year later, she earned second-team all-league honors, contributing 14.3 points and 6.7 helpers, leading Toledo to the MAC Championship Game for the first time since 2001. As a junior, Shafir tallied 15.3 points and 5.1 assists, garnering first-team All-MAC accolades. The Rockets won the MAC regular-season championship that year and went on to capture the Postseason WNIT. She was named tourney MVP, scoring a career-high 40 points against USC in the championship game before a record crowd in Savage Arena.

Shafir played in only four games in 2011-12 due to a knee injury, but the Hoshaya, Israel, native came back in 2012-13 to propel the Midnight Blue and Gold to a 29-4 overall record, 15-1 in the league. Shafir once again collected first-team all-league honors, registering 12.8 points and 4.6 assists. She was runner-up for MAC Player of the Year and a regional finalist for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Coaches All-America Team.

An excellent student in the classroom as well, Shafir earned Academic All-MAC honors a program-record three times.

Toledo Football Ready to Prepare for Spring Season

Toledo Football Head Coach Jason Candle said that while he and his team are disappointed they will not be playing football this fall, he understands the decision and will help the Rockets focus on training and preparing for a football season next spring.

On Aug. 8, the Mid-American Conference announced the postponement of all fall sports until next spring due to continuing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Candle

“I think what we’re all striving for is to try to find an environment for our guys that is as safe as possible and will allow them to do what they love to do,” Candle told a gathering of reporters Monday morning. “We always try to learn from the past, produce in the present as much as we can, and prepare for the future. We have had four months of dealing with the past and learning what this virus has done. The present has changed quite a bit obviously with no football this fall. The one thing we do know is there will be football in the future, and we know we have to be ready for that.”

After missing all last season due to a knee injury, senior offensive lineman Bryce Harris said he and his teammates are prepared to wait a little longer for their return to the gridiron.

“I told my offensive group that this is an opportunity for us to grow,” Harris said. “We want to play, and we want to be on the field, but we have to look at this time off as a time to get better.”

After hearing the disappointing news on Saturday, Candle said many of his players went right back to work.

“When I left here on Saturday after telling them the news, there were 20 guys down on the field working out,” Candle said. “That’s who they are and that’s who they will continue to be.”

MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said in his news conference Saturday that details regarding the plans to move fall sports schedules to the spring will be announced at a later date.

Former Toledo Men’s Basketball Player to Begin Pro Career in North Macedonia

Former University of Toledo men’s basketball forward Willie Jackson will continue his career at the professional level with KK Kozuv in North Macedonia.

“I think this is a very good opportunity for Willie to experience what life is like in another part of the world,” Toledo Head Men’s Basketball Coach Tod said. “Willie has been an elite rebounder at the high school and collegiate level, and I believe that will continue as a pro. After seeing Willie grow a great deal as a player and as a person in our program, I’m excited to see what the future holds for him.”

A 6-foot-6, 212-pound forward, Jackson averaged a double-double (12.3 points per game, 12.0 rebounds per game) and was one of the nation’s top rebounders in his final season as a Rocket. He was the only player in the MAC to average double digits in rebounding and ranked third nationally. He led the Rockets with a 49.3 field-goal percentage and also tied for sixth in the nation with 19 double-doubles.

Jackson’s former teammate, Luke Knapke, signed a contract to play professionally in Belgium in April.

Other former Toledo men’s basketball players who are playing professional basketball are Nathan Boothe (Germany), Tre’Shaun Fletcher (Italy), Steve Taylor Jr. (Italy), J.D. Weatherspoon (Japan) and Jonathan Williams (Poland).

Mid-American Conference Postpones Fall Sports Season

The Mid-American Conference announced Saturday that its 12 member schools will postpone all scheduled fall contests, as well as MAC Championships, due to continuing concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The Council of Presidents unanimously voted to take this action with the health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches and communities as its top priority.

As a result, The University of Toledo’s men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball programs will prepare to compete in the 2021 spring semester.

At this time, there have been no decisions made regarding winter sports.

The MAC has begun formalizing plans for the 2021 spring semester. The conference will continue to consult with its Medical Advisory Panel and will monitor developments surrounding the pandemic with state and local health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and governmental entities.

“Given what we know about preventing the spread of the virus — maintaining social distance, wearing a mask and hygiene measures — we determined that postponing fall sports was the best decision to protect our student-athletes and the rest of our campus community,” said UToledo Interim President Gregory Postel. “Unlike classroom, residence hall and campus settings, the field of competition does not allow for the necessary safety precautions critical to our Rocket Restart plan.”

“This is an incredibly difficult day, but the health and safety of our student-athletes no matter what the sport has always been our top priority and will continue to be,” said UToledo Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “There are simply too many unknowns for us to put our student-athletes in a position that is not clearly understood. We will move forward and provide the best opportunities for our student-athletes so they can build upon and enhance their educational experiences.”

Information will be forthcoming regarding plans for the 2021 spring season, as well as options for season ticket holders who have already paid for their tickets.

Men’s and Women’s Basketball Season Tickets on Sale Aug. 3

The University of Toledo Athletic Department announced that 2020-21 men’s and women’s basketball season tickets will go on sale Monday, Aug. 3.

With the schedules of games to become available soon, fans can expect to see a full slate of Mid-American Conference rivals and non-conference foes in 2020-21. Last year, the men’s team ranked second in MAC attendance, while the women’s squad led the league in attendance for the 30th straight year and finished 26th nationally.

Season ticket plans are available with pricing options to fit all budgets. Reserved seating in the upper level for men’s basketball starts at $80 ($5.30 per game). Lower Level general admission seats for women’s basketball are only $95 ($6.33 per game). Exclusive discounts also are available for youth (12 and younger) and full-time University employees and retirees.

Senior guards Marreon Jackson and Spencer Littleson will lead a deep, athletic men’s squad in 2020-21. Jackson earned second-team All-MAC honors last year after averaging 19.8 points per game and setting a school record with 99 three-point field goals. Littleson also averaged in double digits at 10.5 points per game and will be joined in the backcourt by 2019-20 All-MAC Freshman Team member Keshaun Saunders (7.7 points per game).

The Rocket women return eight letter winners from last year’s squad that finished the season strong by upsetting No. 1 seed Central Michigan in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals. The backcourt trio of senior Tatyana Davis, sophomore Quinesha Lockett and sophomore Sophia Wiard are expected to lead Toledo’s attack in 2020-21.

Season ticket benefits:
• Order before Sept. 4 to receive a complimentary Savage Arena replica.

• Complimentary general admission parking (Rocket Fund donors receive premium parking).

• Ticket exchange program — swap out tickets for games you cannot attend.

• Discount to Rocky’s Locker Team Store.

• Special discounts from corporate partners of the UToledo Athletic Department.

• Invitations to various Athletic Department special events throughout the year.

• Pre-sales for special events.

For more information or to purchase season tickets, visit the Rocket Ticket Office at the Sullivan Athletic Complex in Savage Arena, call or text 419.530.GOLD (4653), or go to the Toledo Basketball Ticket Central website.

Swimmer, Diver Named Scholar All-Americans

University of Toledo diver Joelle Gallais and swimmer Izzy Jones have been named to the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American Team.

The award recognizes student-athletes who achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and were invited to compete at their respective national championship.

Gallais earns Scholar All-America honors for the second time, while this is the first such award for Jones. Both Gallais and Jones garnered Academic All-Mid-American Conference honors this season as well.

Gallais, a sophomore, posted a 3.75 GPA this past semester as a bioengineering major, and Jones, a junior, recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA and graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.

The Toledo swimming and diving team turned in a combined GPA of 3.742 this past spring semester, with nine members achieving a flawless 4.0 mark.

As a whole, Rocket student-athletes posted a combined GPA of 3.527, the highest combined semester GPA ever for UToledo athletics.

Men’s Golf Team One of Three MAC Programs to Receive National Recognition

The University of Toledo men’s golf team earned President’s Special Recognition by the Golf Coaches Association of America after posting a 3.751 grade-point average in the 2019-20 academic year.

The Rockets were one of 57 Division I programs that received the President’s Special Recognition and one of three Mid-American Conference programs that were honored by the association.

The squad posted a 3.776 GPA and had six individuals register perfect 4.0 GPAs in the 2020 spring semester. In the 2019 fall semester, the Rockets notched a 3.709 GPA with three earning perfect 4.0 GPAs.

Earlier this month, four members of the team were named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars. Earning the honor for the Rockets were seniors Rasmus Broholt Lind and Nate Thomson as well as sophomores David Amm and Muhammed Afif Mohd Fathi. Read the UToledo News story.

President’s Special Recognition (3.5 GPA or above)
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Toledo Women’s Golf Coach Serving as Caddy for LPGA Drive On Championship

University of Toledo Women’s Golf Head Coach Jenny Coluccio will serve as a caddy during this weekend’s LPGA Drive On Championship at the Inverness Club.

The 54-hole tournament will be televised on the Golf Channel Friday through Sunday, July 31 to Aug. 2.

UToledo Women’s Golf Coach Jenny Coluccio will serve as a caddy at the LPGA Drive On Championship at Inverness Club.

Coluccio will hold the bag for Linnea Johansson, a rookie from Sweden who earned Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-America honors at Oklahoma State in 2016.

“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to caddy for Linnea,” Coluccio said. “I love to test myself, and this will be a fun test. The experience will be valuable for my skills to continue to help our players in the future.”

The tournament will take place without sponsors, pro-ams or spectators, and the field is competing for a $1 million purse. Practice rounds will take place Wednesday and Thursday, July 29-30.