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August 20, 2014

University athletic departments making news during offseason

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Former Oakland University basketball player Travis Bader, left, is pictured at a Fan Fest event last summer along with broadcaster Neal Ruhl. Bader had the opportunity to play for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Golden State Warriors during the NBA Summer League.

While summer may bring a halt to the collegiate sports schedule, it doesn’t mean the news stops. Here are some tidbits to help keep you up to date on some of what has been happening at local colleges.

Oakland University
Jeffrey F. Konya takes over as director of athletics

Oakland University has appointed Jeffrey F. Konya as director of athletics. Robby Stewart had been serving in that role on an interim basis since Feb. 1, after former Athletic Director Tracy Huth moved out of state.

Konya officially started in his new role Aug. 11. Prior to coming to Oakland, he was the athletics director at California State University Bakersfield (CSUB), which competes in 18 sports at the NCAA Division I level. In 2012, Konya was named a National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) finalist for the Division I athletics marketing department of the year.

Konya was born in Royal Oak and spent time as a youth in West Bloomfield.

OU’s Bader competes in summer league
Oakland University alumnus Travis Bader, who is the NCAA Division I all-time leader in 3-point shots made and attempted, earned the opportunity to compete in the NBA’s Summer League. After Bader was not selected in the draft, his agent was contacted by NBA teams, according to a release by Oakland.

Bader chose to play for the Philadelphia 76ers in Orlando (July 5-11) and the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas (July 11-21).

He is slated to play with a professional team in France but can get out of his contract if he makes an NBA squad.

Bader has also made other news since graduating from Oakland, as along with Jacki Fletcher from the University of Illinois at Chicago, he was named as a recipient of the Horizon League’s Cecil N. Coleman Medal of Honor, which is the league’s highest individual honor given to the top senior male and female student-athlete.

Bader was selected Mid-Major All-American, All-Horizon League first team and NABC All-District first team.

Academically, he posted a 3.47 grade point average. Bader graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications, and according to Oakland’s release, is “in pursuit” of his master’s degree in the same field.

In OU baseball and golf news
Baseball players Jake Paulson (Walled Lake Central High School) and Jake Morton were selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Paulson, who had an ERA of 3.68 last season, was drafted in the 27th round by the Cincinnati Reds.

Morton was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 39th round as a right-handed pitcher, despite primarily playing catcher for Oakland.

Four Oakland players have been drafted since John Musachio became the Golden Grizzlies’ coach in 2008, with Hayden Fox and Shane McCatty receiving that honor in previous years.

In men’s golf news, Evan Bowser qualified for the United States Amateur Golf Championship for the third consecutive year. The U.S. Amateur Championship was scheduled for Aug. 11-17 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The University of Detroit Mercy
In basketball news
The 4th annual Titan Club Basketball Camp for Special Needs players took place June 30 at Calihan Hall. The camp was hosted by the Titan Club, which is a booster organization for the University of Detroit Mercy athletic department.

The camp drew 45 participants, who were joined by family, friends and volunteers.

Student-athletes from Detroit’s men’s and women’s basketball team volunteered their time at the Our Lady of Good Counsel’s PBJ Outreach project. The student-athletes helped prepare food and lunch bags at the church, and later helped distribute sandwiches, snacks and drinks to people in need.

Golfer Lindsey Lammers qualified for top amateur tourney
UDM alumna and President Award winner Lindsey Lammers qualified to play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, which took place Aug. 4-10 at the Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, New York.

Lammers qualified after shooting an even-par 72 at a qualifier held at the Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club in Grosse Ile in July.

Wayne State University
Wayne State University’s women’s golf program is slated to begin its inaugural season this fall, and the Warriors have signed the women who will make up the first-ever roster. Alexandra Lee (Ann Arbor Pioneer), Chloe Luyet (Canton), Shannon McNamara (Mason), Nikki Mollohan (Edison) and Amanda Noakes (Battle  Creek Lakeview) represent Wayne State’s first signing class.