September 18, 2019
Good afternoon Viking fans!
What an exciting start to the 2019-20 academic and athletic year at Cleveland State University. It is rewarding to see our student-athletes compete and represent CSU in their respective sports. The beginning of the semester is always a great time to feel a renewed sense of energy around campus and seek out engagement opportunities. I have recently had the pleasure of attending a variety of events including the MidTown Cleveland annual meeting at the Agora Theatre, a welcome reception for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and a tour of the newly renovated Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (I would highly recommend you check out their grand opening event on September 28).
A few updates below on CSU Athletics:
WELCOME WEEKEND AND EARLY FALL SEASON RESULTS
A couple of weekends ago, we welcomed our student-athletes back to campus with a number of activities including move-in to Fenn Tower and Euclid Commons, the University's welcome pep rally Magnus Fest where over 2,000 new CSU students were welcomed to campus, and our annual student-athlete orientation program.
There have been a number of highlights on the field, courts, courses, etc. for the Vikes. Women's soccer has played in four double-overtime games and secured one-goal victories over Akron and Miami (Ohio). Men's soccer battled #14 Louisville to a 2-2 draw on the road and secured Sinisa Ubiparipovic's first career victory with a 4-0 win over Robert Morris. Volleyball secured their first two wins of the season with victories over Butler and Charlotte in a tournament at Bowling Green. Women's golf finished 2nd in their season opening tournament, while cross country has been paced by Anna Brandt who has finished 4th and 20th overall in her first two appearances of the season.
Some of our new head coaches continue to build out their respective staffs including the promotion of Matt Bertrams to defensive coordinator and the addition of Nick Acquaviva as assistant coach in lacrosse, the addition of CSU alum Pieter Ritz as assistant coach for swimming & diving, and the promotion of Chandler Rice to full-time assistant coach in softball.
More news coming soon as we close in on our selections for a few other department vacancies, including our search for a new head coach in women's track and field!
Also, in case you missed it, President Harlan Sands added three new members to the CSU senior leadership team. I am excited to call Michael Biehl, Julie Rehm and Randy Deike my teammates and am very much looking forward to working with each of them to further CSU's strategic priorities.
CSU Homecoming provides for a number of campus and athletics events. I look forward to visiting with returning alumni at all of the festivities, which will include a men's and women's soccer doubleheader and alumni tailgate on September 28 (women vs. Milwaukee at 4 p.m. and men vs. Milwaukee at 7 p.m.), women's soccer vs. Youngstown State on October 2 at 7 p.m., a volleyball match vs. Milwaukee on October 4th, and a full day of activity on October 5th including a ribbon-cutting dedication of our newly renovated Swimming and Diving locker rooms, volleyball match vs. Green Bay at 4 p.m., followed by a tip-off event for our men's and women's basketball programs in Woodling Gym.
We officially announced the final 2019-20 men's and women's basketball schedules this week (MBB Schedule, WBB Schedule). We look forward to seeing fans throughout the season at the Wolstein Center. Single-game tickets will go on sale on Oct. 1 for men's basketball home games, while great season ticket locations can also be secured. The ticket office can be reached online, or by calling 216-687-4848. Our staff has worked on a number of promotions for the season. If you'd like to check out the newly renovated hospitality room (5th floor Viking Loge) during the season, please consider a gift to the new VIKING FUND, which provides opportunities to engage with our student-athletes, coaches, staff and directly impact the student athlete experience for all 350 students in our 18 sport programs.
Thank you, as always, for your loyal support of Cleveland State University and CSU Athletics. Please reach out if you have questions or feedback!