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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: February 2010

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Shen's goalie Rakowsky named to All-CDHSHL team

Shenendehowa goaltender Peter Rakowsky was named to the 2009-10 All-CDHSHL team last week as the Capital District High School Hockey League voted on its annual awards

Defenseman Tommy Asterino and forward Mike McCarthy were named to the Division I first team and forward Matt Findlay was named to the Division I second team.

2009-10 All-CDHSHL team
Peter Rakowsky Shenendehowa goalie
Stephen O’Sick Glens Falls defense
Anthony Soprano Queensbury defense
Corey Brustle Shaker/Colonie forward
Cody Nizolek Saratoga forward
Stephen Russo Bethlehem forward

Division I First Team
Graeme Bulmer Saratoga goalie
Nick Kyratis Shaker/Colonie defense
Tommy Asterino Shenendehowa defense
Steve Cash Saratoga forward
Ryan Phillips Shaker/Colonie forward
Mike McCarthy Shenendehowa forward

Division I Second Team
Jim Lanne Shaker/Colonie goalie
Ryan Lee Saratoga defense
Doug Swezey Shaker/Colonie defense
Garrison Grant Saratoga forward
Kyle Sacks LaSalle forward
Matt Findlay Shenendehowa forward

Division II First Team
Josh Hill Glens Falls goalie
Lucas Hay Queensbury defense
Kenny Jack Bethlehem defense
Kevin Valenti Queensbury forward
Mike Cronin Glens Falls forward
James Rizzo Glens Falls forward

Division II Second Team
Dylan Hafner Queensbury goalie
Dan Lanoir Glens Falls defense
Tim Boller South Glens Falls defense
Brian Frederick Queensbury forward
Kyle Barach Bethlehem forward
Eric Halek Bethlehem forward

CDHSHL Player of the Year
Alex Cooper Bethlehem goalie

CDHSHL Honorable Mention
Derek Barach Bethlehem
Sam Vincent Bethlehem
Mitch Kuziak Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa
Max Munsey Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa
Steve Basile Christian Brothers
Mike Dougherty Christian Brothers
Paul Bennett Glens Falls
Nick McKinney Glens Falls
Josh Evans Guilderland
Shawn Buzzard Guilderland
Joe Heffernan LaSalle
Mitch Wacholder LaSalle
Brandon Glasser Mohonasen/Schalmont
Sam Hartz Niskayuna/Schenectady
Nick Torcivia Niskayuna/Schenectady
Taylor Cooke Queensbury
Anthony Langevin Queensbury
Luke Fauler Saratoga
Conor Murphy Saratoga
Brian Sinew Shaker/Colonie
T.J. Goodwin Shenendehowa
Tyler Ballantyne Shenendehowa
Ben Trudell South Glens Falls/HF

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Shen, Saratoga sectionals moved

Here is the latest update for boys and girls basketball sectionals for Shen and Saratoga.

Shenendehowa girls will host Troy High at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. The Shen boys will host Queensbury at 5:30 p.m. immediately following the girls game.

Saratoga girls will travel to face Bishop Maginn at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. The Saratoga boys basketball team will host Queensbury at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.

Fans will have to decide between boys hoops at home or the Section II Division I final against Shaker/Colonie at Achillies Rink on the Union College Campus at 7 p.m.
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Shen's Matt Miner Suburban Council MVP, Toga's Snyder Coach of the Year

Shenendehowa senior and Division II-bound St. Edwards star Matt Miner was selected as the Suburban Council MVP and Saratoga Springs coach Mitch Snyder was voted Coach of the Year.

The Suburban Council exceptional seniors will face the Big 10 exceptional seniors at a later date.

Suburban Council Boys Basketball All-Stars
First team
Matt Miner (Sr., Shenendehowa)
Zach Morton (Sr., Burnt Hills)
Dan Lee (Sr., Shenendehowa)
Nick Keefe (Sr., Columbia)
Mike Branche (Sr., Colonie)

Second team
Mike McElroy (Jr., Saratoga)
Zach Aprey (Sr., Saratoga)
Kevin Rocco (Sr., Averill Park)
Kyle Bayly (Jr., Niskayuna)
Chris Bogdan (Sr., Shaker)

Third team
Anthony Gallo (Sr., Guilderland)
Ryan Ochs (Sr., Guilderland)
Chris Hooks (Sr., Shaker)
Garrett Sisson (Jr., Mohonasen)
Guy Waltman (Sr., Niskayuna)

Fourth team
Tony DeLoatch (Sr., Saratoga)
Corey Gibson (Jr., Columbia)
John Morrill (Sr., Bethlehem)
Mark Seager (Sr., Ballston Spa)
Scott Seiter (Sr., Shaker)

2009-10 Exceptional seniors
Matt Miner (Shenendehowa)
Zach Morton (Burnt Hills)
Dan Lee (Shenendehowa)
Mike Branche (Colonie)
Nick Keefe (Columbia)
Kevin Rocco (Averill Park)
Zach Aprey (Saratoga)
Chris Bodgan (Shaker)
Anthony Gallo (Guilderland)
Ryan Ochs (Guilderland)

Most Valuable Player
Matt Miner (Sr. Shenendehowa)

Coach of the Year
Mitch Snyder (Saratoga)

Sportsmanship award

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Skidmore ice hockey on the road at Southern Maine for playoffs

Fourth seeded Southern Maine (7-9-3 ECAC, 10-12-3 overall) will host fifth seeded Skidmore (7-10-2 ECAC, 8-15-2) at a time yet to be announced in the first round of the ECAC-East Division III men’s ice hockey playoffs Saturday, Feb. 27.

No. 1 Norwich (16-1-2, 20-1-4) will host No. 8 University of New England (2-17-0, 3-21-0), No. 2 Babson (9-9-1, 12-11-2) will host No. 7 UMass Boston (6-11-2, 10-12-2) and No. 3 Castleton (7-9-3, 9-11-5) will host No. 6 New England College (6-11-2, 10-12-2) all on Saturday, Feb. 27.

The semifinals are set for Friday, March 5 at the highest remaining seeds and the championship game is set for Saturday, March 6.

The Thorougbreds were playing for the opportunity to host a home playoff contest for only the second time in the ice hockey program's history, but fell to No. 6 Middlebury and No. 8 Williams College over the weekend at home. Southern Maine earned the home playoff contest with a win over Holy Cross.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Guitar Hero Tournament for Nick's Fight Feb. 26

A Guitar Hero Tournament to benefit Nick's Fight to be Healed Foundation, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 in the Shenendehowa High School West Auditorium/Cafeteria.

The event is sponsored by the 9th grade Class Council, Respect Club, Breakfast Club, Environment Club along with Gowana Student Council and BEST BUY of Saratoga Springs.

The event is open to all Shen high school and middle school students and their families. Cost for contestants is $10 per person with prizes for highest score, overall tournament winner, best rock costume and best performance. A spectator fee of $3 per person (under 10 free and students under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult).

Tickets will be sold in High School West through Feb. 24 during periods 4-7 outside the cafeteria. Tickets will be sold in Gowana Middle School through February 24 during periods 3-6 outside the auditorium.

For more information about the rules and the event see


Table Tennis for Shen Baseball Feb. 25

The Shenendehowa Baseball Dugout Club is sponsoring it's first-ever Table Tennis Championships for students at Shen on 7 to 930 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the High School East new gymnasium.

Currently the event has 32 slots for the singles tournament and 32 slots for the doubles tournament (only one entry per individual). It is a double-elimination tournament with each participant guaranteed two games.

A tournament T-Shirt will be awarded to the Final Four participants with a trophy going to the champions. All contests are played under the International Rule of Table Tennis Competition. All contests are played to 21 points.

The entry fee is $10 and blind brackets will be used for the competition. Contact Coach Greg Christodulu to get an entry form at

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Saratoga Phillies unveil new name for Oneonta franchise

On Sunday, the Saratoga Phillies wood-bat collegiate baseball team announced its move to Oneonta to take over the former home of the Oneonta Tigers A-level minor league team that is moving to Norwich, Conn.

Click here for the announcement and the new name...the Oneonta Outlaws.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Section II bracketology or a lot of work in one afternoon

I had a full day at "the other job" while sports editor Andrew Bernstein and sportswriter Nicole Russo pinch-hit for me at the annual Section II boys and girls basketball seeding announcements.

With brackets and notes in hand they shuffled back to each write a story and I followed up with scans of the available brackets and posted them on Sribd for all to see here.

If there was any disappointment it was that the Ballston Spa boys basketball squad opted out of the tournamet for the second-straight year. We may have a follow-up if coach Tim Moseman is up to it.

Quick pass - Boys No. 1s AA - Shenendehowa and CBA, A- Lansingburgh, B- Fonda, C - Maple Hill and D - Argyle.
For the girls, No. 1s, AA - Colonie, A - Averill Park, B - Watervliet, C - Maple Hill, CC - Greenwich, D - Whitehall.

One point of interest is that the boys side opted for three different play in games for six teams in Class C versus going with the girls tradition of a Class C or CC tournament. With 22 teams competing it is possible, but maybe the committee is waiting to be forced with 24 teams.

I'm converting the boys brackets from the sharp hand-written PDFs that you see now to updateable excel spreadsheets hopefully before Friday's tip-offs.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Shen grad, UAlbany senior Olivia Jaren receives post-grad scholarship

INDIANAPOLIS - The University at Albany ’s Olivia Jarem, a midfielder on the women’s lacrosse team, has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, as announced today by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Jarem was one of 13 females nationwide to receive the award.

Jarem, a senior from Clifton Park and a Shenendehowa graduate, has a 4.0 cumulative grade point average in psychology with a minor in education. Jarem, who intends to study sports psychology, is in her second year with the UAlbany lacrosse program after transferring from UC Davis. She appeared in 11 games as junior when the Great Danes posted their first winning campaign since 2000. Jarem scored three goals in a victory over Temple and had two points in a conference road win at Binghamton.

“It’s an honor to even be considered and I am overwhelmed,” Jarem said, a two-time U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American on the high school level. “I give credit to my institution and people in the athletic department who supported me in the process.”

Recipients must be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or related program that will help them obtain a career in intercollegiate athletics. Scholarship winners have one year to use the one-time award of $6,000.

The scholarship programs were developed by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics and the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee with the goal of increasing the pool of and opportunities for qualified minority and female candidates in intercollegiate athletics.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Hudy Head book review: Personal Foul

Personal Foul

A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA
By Tim Donaghy
VTi Group
252 pages

Labeled by the NBA as a “rogue” referee for his involvement with organized crime and betting on games in which he was officiated, Tim Donaghy tells his side of the story in “Personal Foul.”

Donaghy loved his job, loved the life he lived, loved his wife and four girls, but he loved gambling more. That is what led Donaghy down the slippery slope that claimed his livelihood, his marriage and his freedom, convicted of wire fraud and conspiracy to transmit wagering information and sentenced to 15 months in federal prison.

Like many gamblers, his path started out innocently enough, just looking for a thrill more than looking for ways to make fast money. He would be with friends on the golf course, in card games after golf and then as a frequent flyer with the NBA, countless hours to kill before game time playing the horses or visiting available casinos.

From there illegal wagering was available to him on everything, except the NBA.

It is a familiar story that has haunted baseball’s all-time hit king, Pete Rose. Both sports, the NBA and MLB have strict rules on gambling, but it is a death sentence to bet on the sport you are involved in.

An interesting point in the story is that the NBA frowns upon any sort of betting, legal or illegal. It does not allow any referee to partake in any form of gambling during the NBA season, horses, casinos or otherwise.

That is where Donaghy goes “rogue.”

Not only did Donaghy state that his NBA picks were correct 70 percent of the time, he informs the reader of everything behind the zebra’s locker room. He writes of NBA “directives” of making calls for teams and against players that have been overlooked during previous contests. Does Kevin Garnett travel in the post? Yes he does, but the other crews didn’t call it, you are going to call it tonight. Does Allen Iverson palm the ball? Yes he does, but if last night’s crew let it go, you’re going to enforce it tonight.

Can referees influence the outcome of a game? Absolutely, as they often bet on who will be the first referee to call a foul, the whistler loses. Ever watch a contest and you hear an announcer say “They’re letting them play tonight?” The reason is the whistles are swallowed because of a locker room bet between the officials, according to Donaghy.

Almost every fan has questioned the eyesight and sanity of an official and it isn’t different from basketball coaches. Those who cross the whistle-blowers too often will usually get an early exit from the game or no calls at all. Just ask Donaghy.

Those familiar with the sport remember the tax evasion charges to several referees from pocketing air fare changes from first class to coach. Where are they now? Many are still on the job or in some cases, promoted to higher positions within the NBA.

Donaghy resigned from the NBA after he went to the federal authorities about his gambling issues, drawn into the fire by an old high school friend with ties to organized crime. His tips earned him $2,000 per correct pick, the ire of the mob when he guessed wrong and the pressure became too much. He decided to come clean about his picks, made easier just be knowing what fellow referees were working contests, their preferences and grudges with each team. He wanted to protect his family and not his job.

“Personal Foul” is full of names known throughout the NBA as Donaghy doesn’t hold back the relationships between referees and the teams that they officiate every night. Players, coaches and former officials are named, forcing the NBA to utilize the “rogue” reference about Donaghy and a subsequent $1 million lawsuit for his indiscretions.

While dismissed by the NBA, the basketball organization has made changes from Donaghy’s indiscretions, never admitting that it provided him the tools on a daily basis to pick the outcome of numerous games throughout the 82-game season. Amazingly enough, the NBA never blew the whistle on themselves.

“Personal Foul” is Tom Donaghy’s personal account of his own gambling addiction and fearful involvement with organized crime that cost him his career and his marriage. Despite his fall from grace, Donaghy shows that a technical foul should be called against the NBA, but his book is a buzzer-beating winner.
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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saratoga Phillies moving to Oneonta

Happy Valentine's Day, baseball just broke my heart.
What started as a story from the Oneonta Daily Star Friday night became a reality Sunday afternoon as the Saratoga Phillies, a NYCBL affiliate was approved to move to the former Oneonta Tigers stadium, leaving the Spa City after a six-year stay.

The Phillies have had a challenging era in Saratoga, sharing East Side Rec field with a host of other organizations where tensions ran high regarding who had the "rights" to use the field, the care of the field by the city, condemned bleachers down the third base line and rain was a four-letter word throughout last summer.

But through it all, some of the best talent in college played in front of sparse crowds, all admitted for free, in June and July, winning an NYCBL title in 2006, and that's when my newspaper finally took notice.

We blew the 2006 season, didn't even know who they were. After another sports editor change, we knew and it made my summer. College baseball, the same I enjoyed on vacation at Cape Cod with my wife, we were a pair whenever possible down the third baseline loving every night of it.

We produced a stellar preview section two years ago, a nice preview piece last year and I was already thinking about 2010. Now it is just a fond memory. The Glens Falls Golden Eagles are too far north and out of our coverage area, so the soda pop leagues will prevail, Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, American Legion and Little League rejoice...I'm all yours.

Damashke Park is a former A-level stadium, not a field, with lockers, great sight lines and of course, beer.

The move fits well for co-owners Keith Rogers and Dan Scaring, with the extra income, they anticipate hiring a GM to run the operation, operate the field and play the role of owners, not cashiers, salespeople, recruiters and more. They just have to do it down I-88.

I'll link to my story here from The Saratogian.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Soccer Hall of Fame

From the Associated Press, the Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, previous home of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys soccer championships (since awarded to Middletown), will close its doors.

I personally want to bid on the soccer ball...Here's the AP story.

ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum is shutting down its building.

The Hall announced Sept. 22 that it was closing except on days of special events, and on Wednesday the Hall said it will seek to transfer its 62-acre campus to the Otsego County Development Corporation, which will immediately start managing the property. The transfer must be approved by state agencies and the state Supreme Court.

"The National Soccer Hall of Fame is saddened to be closing our doors in Oneonta, a city and region that has showed great support for both the museum and the sport long before we opened here," Hall president Jonathan Ullman said. "Ultimately, we need to move forward in a manner that maximizes our resources and provides the greatest possible access by the public."

The Hall opened in 1979 and has been in its current building since 1999. It will require that soccer programs be continued at the current complex but will allow the building and grounds to be used for other purposes.

Exhibitions will be distributed to several locations around the nation, and archives will be stored by Eurosport, a Hall sponsor, in Hillsborough, N.C. Annual elections will continue.

"As we transition into a new and more sustainable operating model, we will continue to promote and celebrate the Hall of Famers and their accomplishments," U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said.


Saratoga County 1/3 of top seeds at Section II wrestling tourney

Saratoga County grapplers claimed 11 of the 30 available top seeds in this weekend's Section II wrestling tournament at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Eight wrestlers claimed the top spot in the large (Class A/B) and small (Class C/CC/D) school divisions.

Saratoga's Ford Plowman (171) leads the large school list followed by Ballston Spa's Chris Ohnsman (189), Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa's Dylan Clarke (160), Zeal McGrew (285) followed by Shenendehowa's Nick Kelley (119), John Belanger (135), Seth Hazleton (140) and Mike Almaviva (215).

Corinth's Zach Marcel (103) along with Mechanicville's Josh Harrison (152) and Sam Chase (285) top the list in the small school division.

Here's a list of the top four seeds in the weight classes. Wrestling begins Friday afternoon and goes through Saturday with the finals scheduled for 7 p.m. Admission will be charged for both days and the second session Saturday night. Parking is always at a premium, so be prepared.

Division I Seedings

96 - 1. Brandon Lapi (Amsterdam); 2. Shawn Berman (Albany); 3. Cody Meissner (Averill Park); 4. Tyler Wood (Queensbury).
103 - 1. Cody Mosley (AP); 2. Josh St. John (Qby); 3. Blake Retell (Shaker); 4. Joey Butler (Burnt Hills).
112 - 1. Brendan Goldup (La Salle); 2. Will Richards (Lansingburgh); 3. Brendan Morgan (Columbia); 4. Zach Hamell (Qby).
119 - 1. Nick Kelley (Shenendehowa); 2. Kevin Bates (Guilderland); 3. Corey Southard (Colum); 4. James Ronca (Ballston Spa).
125 - 1. Connor Sutton (LaS); 2. Steve Anson (Colonie); 3. Mark Hitchcock (Mohonasen); 4. David Almaviva (Shen).
130 - 1. Jason Chudzinski (Colo); 2. Max Miller (Shen); 3. Nick Leffler (Scotia); 4. E.J. Hart (Colum).
135 - 1. John Belanger (Shen); 2. Jon Clemente (LaS); 3. Brandon Guthrie (Colo); 4. A.J. Rue (Saratoga).
140 - 1. Seth Hazleton (Shen); 2. Dan Palmerino (Amst); 3. Evan Wallace (Colum); 4. Ta-Kiem Cowan (Alb).
145 - 1. Alex Espina (Niskayuna); 2. Anthony Paturso (Mohon); 3. Josh Lyle (BH); 4. Jesse Bolduc (Qby).
152 - 1. Giuseppi Lanzi (Amst); 2. Matt Lashway (Qby); 3. Thomas Esmann (BH); 4. Jared Wojtowecz (BSpa).
160 - 1. Dylan Clarke (BH); 2. Zach Zovistoski (Colo); 3. Austin Schnapp (Lans); 4. Will Bryans (Shen).
171 - 1. Ford Plowman (Sara); 2. Chad Obzud (Lans); 3. Eugene Sellie (Guild); 4. Bill Cook (BSpa).
189 - 1. Chris Ohnsmann (BSpa); 2. Tony Fusco (Qby); 3. Tyler Kraus (Mohon); 4. Matt McCarthy (Colo).
215 - 1. Mike Almaviva (Shen); 2. John Acors (BH); 3. Josh Barbuto (Bethlehem); 4. Isaiah Earing (Schenectady).
285 - 1. Zeal McGrew (BH); 2. Alex Boudreau (AP); 3. Luke Guild (Colum); 4. Kwame Hilts (Schdy).

Division II Seedings
96 - 1. John Delaney (Watervliet); 2. Casey Ballard (Cairo-Durham); 3. Connor Franzese (Cohoes); 4. Carter Merecki (Salem).
103 - 1. Zach Marcel (Corinth); 2. Al Aubin (Whitehall); 3. Freddy Pechette (Ravena); 4. Kody Bruno (Hudson Falls).
112 - 1. Noah Valastro (HudF); 2. John Diekel (Whi); 3. Sarah Anderson (Schuylerville); 4. Anthony Mosca (Wvlt).
119 - 1. Donny Radliff (Cobleskill); 2. Donovan Santisteban (Warrensburg); 3. Curt Rowley (Duanesburg); 4. Zack Winney (HudF).
125 - 1. Evan Borst (Dua); 2. Curt Thompson (Whi); 3. Taylor Treadgold (Voorheesville); 4. Brendan Miller (Granville).
130 - 1. Andy Lyman (Rav); 2. Gus Clark (Dua); 3. Andrew Etman (Wvlt); 4. Paul Billings (Cohoes).
135 - 1. Randy White (Dua); 2. Tyler Nicholson (Cor); 3. Chris Disonell (Coh); 4. Kyle DiCaprio (Albany Academy).
140 - 1. Brian Walsh (Wvlt/Loudonville Chr.); 2. Karl Palmer (Gran); 3. Davin LeClair (Cor); 4. Zach Wilder (Canajoharie/Fort Plain).
145 - 1. Jake Oswald (Tamarac); 2. Aaron Dudley (HudF); 3. Tyler Waldron (Dua); 4. Ken Crouse (C/FP).
152 - 1. Josh Harrison (Mechanicville); 2. Brandyn Ainsworth (Broadalbin-Perth); 3. Dylan Slater (C/FP); 4. Ryan Brown (Dua)..
160 - 1. Travis Beayon (Whi); 2. Dave Kohls (Mech); 3. Joel Murray (Cob); 4. Alberto Beltran (Schalmont).
171 - 1. Zach Diekel (Whi); 2. Dustin Hallock (Coh); 3. Kyle McKeighan (Salem); 4. Erik Franklin (Fonda).
189 - 1. Vince Gallo (Schal); 2. Tim Fensterer (Mech); 3. Nate Butler (Rensselaer); 4. Kevin Bardin (Salem).
215 - 1. Nick Gwiazdowski (Dua); 2. Grant Gebo (Whi); 3. Adam Biron (Johnstown); 4. Eric Hastings (Gran).
285 - 1. Sam Chase (Mech); 2. Luke Albrecht (HudF); 3. Walter Foster (Gran); 4. Mike Castle (Wvlt).

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Local Olympian, Shen grad named assistant coach to MLS Utah squad

SANDY, Utah — Real Salt Lake General Manager Garth Lagerwey today announced that former MLS player Miles Joseph has joined the 2009 MLS Cup Champions as an assistant coach. Joseph, a native of Clifton Park, played in six MLS seasons from 1996-2001 for the (NY/NJ) MetroStars, Columbus Crew and Dallas Burn. Joseph scored 12 career goals in 125 total games for the teams, and was a teammate of current RSL Head Coach Jason Kreis during the 2001 campaign in Dallas. Joseph replaces former RSL assistant coach Brian Johnson, who left the club to pursue other opportunities.
"This opportunity is a dream come true for me," said Joseph. "The entire Real Salt Lake staff is comprised of former teammates or opponents from my playing days, and they have obviously taken what they learned as players to reach the pinnacle of their profession as coaches with the MLS Cup 2009 win. I'm anxious to work alongside them as we prepare to defend the title."

By hiring another ex-MLS player, Real Salt Lake maintains the distinction among Major League Soccer's 16 teams of having the only group of coaches and a general manager composed entirely of former MLS players. The RSL braintrust now boasts cumulative MLS experience of 71,242 total minutes, covering 902 games and including 126 goals and 22 shutouts (the equivalent of nearly 30 complete seasons of service). With the addition of Miles Joseph (12 goals, 125 games, 7,060 minutes) to Jason Kreis (112 goals, 327 games, 26,693 minutes), Robin Fraser (2 goals, 290 games, 25,489 minutes) , Jeff Cassar (15 shutouts, 84 games, 7,138 minutes) and Garth Lagerwey (7 shutouts, 56 games, 4,692 minutes) , the RSL soccer staff has the unparalleled ability to tap into personal experience as it guides, assists and develops current RSL players.

"We selected Miles from a number of candidates and were impressed by his pedigree as a player and his youth development coaching experience," said Lagerwey. "We need people fully committed to doing everything necessary to defend our title and build a dynasty here in Utah. We hope Miles will be a great contributor to our continued success not only in MLS, but also in the CONCACAF Champions League and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competitions."

Joseph, a Shenendehowa grad, earned All-America honors at Clemson University - where he was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference 50th Anniversary Team - before being drafted with the 12th overall pick in the 1996 MLS College Draft by the MetroStars. A standout on the United States U-18 and U-20 Men's National Teams, Joseph was selected for the roster of the U.S. team at the 1993 U-20 World Cup held in Australia, scoring a goal in the 6-0 victory over Turkey. The U.S. went 1-1-1 in group play, qualifying for the second round where it fell to Brazil.

In 1996, U.S. coach Bruce Arena named Joseph to that year's U.S. Men's Olympic Team, participating in the Atlanta Summer Games. Once again, the team went 1-1-1, but this time failed to make the second round. Joseph earned his first cap with the full U.S. National Team when he came on for Cobi Jones in the 89th minute of a 3-1 win over El Salvador on August 30, 1996. In addition to having been coached by National Soccer Hall of Fame manager Arena, Joseph has also gained knowledge and experience while playing for international luminaries Fabio Capello (the current England National Team coach oversaw Joseph's trial with AC Milan in 1997), Carlos Quieroz (current Portugal National Team Coach), Carlos Alberto Parreira (former Brazil National Team Coach) and Bora Milutinovic (Bora coached five different National Teams), each of whom managed the MetroStars during Joseph's MLS career.

Since 2003, Joseph, 35, has been the Technical Director and Director of Coaching for the Players Soccer Academy. Joseph also concurrently served as Executive Director of NY Elite FC, located in his hometown of Clifton Park, a club that is presently composed of 25 elite boys and girls teams. Prior to those positions, Joseph served as an assistant coach on the Siena College women's program. During his Shenendehowa High School career, Joseph won three New York State championships, and was named the Gatorade High School Player of the Year while earning All-America honors.

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