Meade named Cedarville University women’s soccer coach
CEDARVILLE — Veteran women’s collegiate soccer coach Jonathan Meade has been chosen as the new head coach of the women’s soccer program at Cedarville University.
The announcement was made by CU Athletic Director Dr. Alan Geist, who introduced Meade to the team late Thursday afternoon.
“We are excited to add a coach with Jonathan’s experience and past success to our program.” Geist stated. “Throughout the interview process, his desire to serve Christ and see his student-athletes achieve success in all areas of life was very evident.
“His understanding of other NCAA DII programs and what it takes to win in the Midwest Region will help to build on the success that we have already had.”
Meade comes to the campus with 16 years of heading coaching experience including the last eight at NCAA Division II Ohio Dominican University in Columbus where he guided the Panthers to a 78-37-16 record.
“I’m really honored and humbled to be given this opportunity,” said Meade, who becomes CU’s third head coach in the 19-year history of the women’s soccer program. “It’s a wonderful place and I’m really impressed. It’s a growing and thriving campus that’s very alive.
Meade inherits a Lady Jacket team that posted a 13-5-4 record in 2015 and graduates ten seniors. Cedarville won the Great Midwest Athletic Conference crown and earned the league’s first-ever NCAA Tournament bid.
“I’m especially humbled to come in after a Cedarville legend and icon, John McGillivray, who’s someone I’ve looked up to for many years,” Meade added. “He really impacted me as a young coach and even when I played in college.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity to work with such a great group of young ladies plus the faculty and staff here at the University.”
Meade led Ohio Dominican to a record-setting 15-5-1 record in 2014. The Panthers won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season title and achieved a bid in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his stint at ODU, Meade started the women’s soccer program at his alma mater, Mount Vernon Nazarene University. He coached the Cougars from 2000-08 posting a 134-61-7 record including a 20-3-1 slate in 2003.
Meade is a 1995 graduate of MVNU where he was a four-year letter winner on the men’s soccer team. Jonathan and his wife, DeAnn, are the parents of three daughters.
Sidney upends Xenia
VANDALIA — Sixth seeded Sidney trailed the no.5-seed Xenia Buccaneers, 35-27, at halftime, but the Yellow Jackets outscored the Bucs 43-30 in the second half to claim a 70-65 win, Tuesday night in the second round of the Division I sectional basketball tournament, held at Butler High School’s Student Activities Center.
No individual statistics were provided from this game by either team.
Sidney (17-7) plays Centerville at 7 p.m. tonight, Feb. 26 in the sectional final.
Xenia seniors Danny Naylor, Rocky James, Ryan Johnson and Garett Salyers played their final high school varsity basketball games with the loss. Xenia finished the season with an 18-6 overall mark and shared the Greater Western Ohio Conference’s South Division title with Springboro and Fairborn.
Indians win over Emmanuel Christian
TROY — The no. 6-seeded Cedarville Indians defeated no. 7 Springfield Emmanuel Christian, 55-47, Wednesday night to advance to the Division IV Troy sectional title game on Saturday.
No individual statistics were provided for this game by either team.
Cedarville led 26-14 at halftime, then held on for the eight-point win. They’ll face South Charleston Southeastern at 7 p.m. Saturday at Troy High School.
Yellow Springs plays tonight
TROY — The third seeded Yellow Springs Bulldogs will play the top seed and defending Division IV state champion New Madison Tri-Village Patriots for the sectional crown, at 7 p.m. tonight, Feb. 26 at Troy High School.
The winner will then play the Taylor High School upper bracket winner (either Middletown Christian or Fayetteville Perry) at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at UD Arena in Dayton.
Patriots to play Marshall
KETTERING — Carroll, the fifth seed in Division II, will take on no. 4-seed Dayton Thurgood Marshall (15-7) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the lower bracket sectional final at Wright State University’s Nutter Center.
Carroll currently has a 16-7 overall record and finished second in the Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North Division. Marshall finished second in the Dayton City League.
Undefeated Bellbrook to battle for district crown
MASON — The Bellbrook Golden Eagles (22-0) will take on Springfield Kenton Ridge at 7 p.m. tonight in a Division II district title matchup at Mason High School.
The winner will play either Cincinnati Wyoming or Kettering Alter at 8 p.m., Tuesday March 1 at Springfield High.
Cedarville takes on Miami Valley
TIPP CITY — The sectional champion Cedarville Indians will play Miami Valley at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 27 at Tipp City Tippecanoe High School for a Division IV district championship.
Saturday’s winner will then take on either New Madison Tri-Village or Jackson Center at 7 p.m. March 3 at Vandalia Butler High School.
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