Piscataway: Social Media Capital of ....football?
It's a young man's game, and so is social media. The new football staff seems to be very comfortable with the little bird in the blue box.
Like the enthusiasm of the RU staff on social media. Not wasting any time. Good luck Coaches, look forward to meeting you! #fencethegarden— Ryan O'Flaherty (@CoachOFlaherty) January 4, 2016
Hashtags, emojis & ways @RUCoachK @CoachBlaz @AaronHenry7 @DrewMehringer @shaneburnham52 have an advantage. https://t.co/ogMuRygBcT #Rutgers— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) January 15, 2016
Baseball's Gardner Awarded
Glen Gardner (@49Beef) named a winner of Walter/Frates Inspiration Award https://t.co/FY1UESFfKN @collbaseball pic.twitter.com/cBwpxGZc26— Rutgers Baseball (@BaseballRU) January 9, 2016
Rutgers baseball director of operations Glen Gardner was named a winner of the fifth-annual Tom Walter/Pete Frates College Baseball Inspiration Award, CollegeBaseballInsider.com announced Friday. The award, named after Wake Forest head coach Tom Walter and former Boston College star Pete Frates, recognizes examples of inspiration in college baseball.
Something not many people know is that Gardner lives with multiple sclerosis. As director of operations he handles on-campus recruiting efforts, team travel and other day-to-day responsibilities of the program. Before that, he was an assistant coach for 18 years and was one of the top student-athletes to wear the Rutgers uniform on the field.
"Beef [Gardner] is well-deserving," said head coach Joe Litterio, who played for Gardner in the early 1990s. "He has been a staple at Rutgers inspiring not only Rutgers players, but the many he has worked with throughout his career."
The award, started by CollegeBaseballInsider.com in 2011, is named for Tom Walter, the head coach at Wake Forest who donated a kidney to freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan before the 2011 season, and Frates, whose courageous battle with ALS captured the nation's attention with the Ice Bucket Challenge - the effort has raised more than $220 million for ALS research.
When last we saw the helicopter that football uses for recruiting, it was bringing former coach Kyle Flood back from an aborted recruiting trip to Long Island. He returned to be fired. Hopefully, we're doing better this time around.
Hunting for Scarlet Knights#gottalovethegrind pic.twitter.com/CcCGCSndQ2— Jay Niemann (@CoachNiemann) January 16, 2016
And on recruiting.....
Do any of us like Chris Partridge?
#JumpingFences #NJ2A2 is Real! @_KareemWalker @TheDeuce_2_Nice Welcome to MICHIGAN! pic.twitter.com/UtKt9Ov0qN— Chris Partridge (@CoachCPartridge) January 3, 2016
Lacrosse is cranking up
It may be January, but that just means the lacrosse team is practicing indoors. Coach Brian Brecht wrapped up his first week with a high school coaches clinic. #fencethegarden
Great finish to R first week with over 120 NJ HS coaches in attendance for our clinic and practice today! pic.twitter.com/25hQ2sEgrh— Coach Brian Brecht (@RUlaxCoach) January 16, 2016
And on recruiting, how about softball
#RUSoftball is excited to welcome R five new Scarlet Knights! Learn more about the 2016-17 recruiting class - https://t.co/GOsoSuKUpN— Rutgers Softball (@RUSoftball) January 5, 2016
The recruiting class brought in for next year by coach Jay Nelson has no players from New Jersey: there are three from talent-rich California and two from Illinois. It includes one pitcher along with two infielders and two outfielders.
Did someone say hockey?
No, but we will. I've been pushing for the restoration of sports that were cut on Bob Mulcahy's watch. And many, me included, would like even more added. The other day, Pat Hobbs said, in essence, don't hold your breath. But he also said in an nj.com piece that he's always open to generosity from gracious donors. Powerball.....
"Somebody handed Penn State $100 million to have hockey. Someone wants to hand me $100 million, I'll consider just about any sport," Hobbs said.
And look at where hockey did happen recently - and in a most unexpected location. Out in Arizona they are fielding calls from schools asking how to get it done.
ASU's AD talks growth. Who's your #nexthockeyschool? One reply will win @CCMHockey gear. https://t.co/4wcQXtrhxz pic.twitter.com/trub4NqUAG— College Hockey Inc. (@collegehockey) January 7, 2016
And in case your interested, Mr. Hobbs, as noted above the AD at Arizona State is Ray Anderson. His phone number is 480-965-0983 and his email is Ray.Anderson@asu.edu . Good luck, Pat.
Scarlet Moment of Zen
That Scarlet Knight is such a scamp. The Gymnastics team had their home opener last weekend and in preparation for it, the Knight came around for some practice and motivation. What a guy!
.@RUScarletKnight recently stopped by #RUGym practice! @RVisionRU was there... https://t.co/6qmjN3N7LV— Rutgers Gymnastics (@RUGymnastics) January 5, 2016