Deason ECU's new defensive coordinator
ADA – Justin Deason hopes to bring a winning edge to East Central University’s football program this fall.
Deason, who was an ECU assistant for two seasons in 2004-05, was named the Tigers’ new defensive coordinator on Tuesday, replacing longtime assistant Todd Fugett, who stepped down last week to pursue a career with the Chickasaw Nation.
Deason spent the last three seasons as linebackers’ coach and special teams coordinator at highly-successful West Texas A&M.
“We’re very pleased to have Justin back at East Central. He gained some valuable insight, coming from a championship-type program at West Texas A&M,” said ECU head coach Tim McCarty. “He’s an excellent coach and a great recruiter off a successful team in the Lone Star Conference. We’re excited about what he is going to bring to the table. He’s an up-and-coming young coach who brings a successful resume’ to East Central.”
Sigwing Selected as the Seventh Head Coach of Zia Softball Program
Eastern New Mexico University athletic director, Dr. Jeff Geiser has announced the selection of Lauren Sigwing as the new head coach of the Zia softball program. Sigwing is no stranger to the highly competitive nature of NCAA Division II softball, having served as a graduate assistant at Northwest Missouri State, and played collegiately at Central Missouri State in the Mid-American Athletic Association. Most recently, she served a three-year stint at Fort Scott Community College and led the program to its best season in 2009, winning 36 games.
Malone commits to Tarleton State
Recent Stephenville High School graduate Chris Malone, a wide receiver, has committed to playing football this fall at Tarleton State University. Malone, an all-district wide receiver for the Yellow Jackets as a junior and senior, says hes looking forward to playing for the Texans and believes he will enjoy the opportunity to again be teammates with SHS classmate Josh Emmons, who signed with Tarleton in the spring. StephenvilleHead Coach Joseph Gillespie referred to Malone as a kid who loves football and says he has done a wonderful job of always representing Stephenville well.
Angelo State softball names Naumoff as assistant coach
After serving as a graduate assistant for the two seasons, Katie Naumoff has been announced as the new assistant coach for the Angelo State softball program. Naumoff fills the position left open by the departure of Claudia Lopez after the conclusion of the 2009 season.
“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to hire coach Naumoff as a full-time assistant,” ASU head softball coach Travis Scott said. “She has been with the program for two seasons and understands Angelo State softball. Coach Naumoff will be a big asset to the program in the office, in recruiting and on the field.”
Cocannouer ready for first collegiate season
One of the featured speakers in Monday’s session of the Oklahoma Coaches Association coaches’ clinic was former Edmond Santa Fe football coach Dan Cocannouer, who left the Wolves late last year to take over at Southwestern Oklahoma State.
"Usually you have to win a state championship to speak at these things,” Cocannouer said. "But I’ve had a great response from the coaches here.”
Cocannouer is making a concentrated effort to recruit in the state. He estimated the Bulldogs had 29 players from Oklahoma on their roster last year. This year, he said, there will be 70 from the state.
The biggest adjustment, Cocannouer said, was relinquishing some control during the off-season.
"I’m used to having summer pride and 7-on-7 and you can’t do those things in college,” he said. "Every time I’ve woke up this month, I start thinking, ‘My gosh, I’ve got to get into the weight room.’ ”
Instead, Cocannouer has spent his time getting settled in — his family is in the process of moving to Weatherford after his house recently sold — and brushing up on NCAA rules.
"There are a lot of NCAA regulations to learn,” Cocannouer said. "I’m scared to death. Every time we do something I ask, ‘Can I do this? Can I do that?’ ”
Paris College pitcher signs with Tarleton
Tarleton head baseball coach Bryan Conger has announced the signing of Chris Pearson to a national letter-of-intent to play baseball for the Texans this coming spring.
Shockers forced to pare down
Five players will not return to Wichita State's baseball team as a result of NCAA rules limiting the number of scholarship athletes.
Infielder Taylor Brown, designated hitter Josh Rosecrans, outfielder Andrew Letourneau and pitchers Clint Maune and Cameron Maldonado are no longer on the roster, according to coach Gene Stephenson. They chose to leave WSU, after being told their scholarships would not be renewed.
"This is difficult," Stephenson said. "It hurts me, personally. It hurts the team, because these were good guys and good teammates who wanted to be here."
Brown, as a sophomore, hit a team-leading .338 and started 43 games, 21 on the infield, nine as the DH and 13 in left field. He was hitting .402 as of April 15 before a slump knocked him out of the lineup. He hit . 219 over the remainder of the season. He will transfer to Central Oklahoma, Stephenson said.
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