Donlon let go at Wright State
FAIRBORN — Wright State University Athletics Director Bob Grant has announced the university will be changing coaches for its men’s basketball program.
The university and Billy Donlon’s representative have been in conversations for the last several days about the basketball program’s change in direction. Per policy and in the interest of fairness to both parties, the university’s position was to maintain confidentiality until such time as Donlon’s future role with the university was determined.
“Based on a careful evaluation of the basketball program and Coach Donlon’s overall body of work, I have decided to move in a different direction,” said Grant.
“Billy has been a fine ambassador of the university and has demonstrated concern for the welfare of our student-athletes. However, we simply have not achieved the level of performance that I feel our fans deserve and that I expect. I believe we have the best fans and facilities in the Horizon League, yet our fan engagement and overall success on the court has waned.”
“We aspire to be a top 100 program, but have not reached that level in the last six years. These are not unrealistic expectations. We’ve been there before, and most of the other Horizon League schools have achieved at that level since. I want us to return there. Moreover, we have no NCAA appearances, NIT appearances, or victories over ranked opponents in the last six years. We need these types of achievements to energize our fan base.”
We fully support Bob Grant and the Athletics Department in this decision and we have been engaged throughout the process,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Abrahamowicz, Ph.D.
Donlon led Wright State to an overall record of 109-94, including 53-49 in Horizon League play and 99-94 versus Division I competition.
A national search for Donlon’s successor will begin immediately.
Ankeney Wins GWOC Title
BEAVERCREEK — The Ankeney Middle School girls eighth grade basketball team defeated Springboro Blue, 35 – 24, on February 13 to win the Greater Western Ohio Conference tourney championship. The team finished its season with a record of 18 – 1 and were coached by Jeff Petry. This is the second year Ankeney has won the championship.
Dayton Dutch Lions hosting tryout
DAYTON — The Dayton Dutch Lions FC are excited to announce an open tryout for its men’s soccer team that competes in the United Soccer League Premier Developmental League (USL PDL). The tryout will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday March 20, at DOC Stadium in West Carrollton.
The tryout will be run and overseen by head coach Sid van Druenen and his coaching staff. The day will start with a quick club presentation followed by a 30-45 minute training session and 11 vs. 11 games.
The 2016 USL PDL season sees the Dayton Dutch Lions FC play, among others, against 2015 season champions KW United and 2014 season champions Michigan Bucks.
A $50 registration fee is charged to participate in the tryout. Payment via credit card, cash or money order will be available the morning of the tryout.
More information about the 2016 USL PDL League season can be found on the Dayton Dutch Lions FC website, www.ddlfc.com.
Wood bat tournament set for June
STRUTHERS — The Bob Cene Baseball Complex will host an all-Ohio wood bat baseball tournament for teams with players ages 16-18, June 22 thru June 26. Contact Ken Quinn (330) 719-0581 for information.
Beavercreek hosting fundamentals girls basketball camp
The 16th Amanda (Reese) Crockett and Ed Zink Beavercreek Fundamental Girls Basketball Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6-9 at Beavercreek High School.
Cost is $100 per camper with a $10 discount for additional campers from the same family. Anyone who registers by May 20 can register for $90.
Camp will be administered and taught by Beavercreek’s all-time scoring leader Amanda (Reese) Crockett, and current Beavers coach and three-time coach of the year Ed Zink, along with current and former basketball players.
The camp is designed to provide campers with personal attention to improve their basketball fundamentals. Campers will also develop their skills and teamwork each day during league play.
Campers will receive a camp t-shirt, a drink each day, and trophies/awards for contest winners.
Also, Thursday June 9 is Mother-Daughter Camp Day, and family members are invited to participate.
Please send a check (payable to Beavercreek Boosters), application form and a signed release to: Ed Zink, Beavercreek High School, 2660 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek, OH. 45444-6399.