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NKU’s Virag a perfect match at Western and Southern Open

NKU’s Virag a perfect match at Western and Southern Open

Kevin Carey, Reporter

August 30, 2017


Filed under Featured Story, Sports, Tennis

In his second consecutive year as a hitting partner in the Western & Southern Open, NKU tennis player Mate Virag had the opportunity to warm up his skills with the eventual winner, Grigor Dimitrov, at the championship Aug. 20. Pressure built as fans gathered around one after another until Virag faced...

A quiet man with high importance

A quiet man with high importance

Carrie Crotzer, Managing Editor

February 19, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Features, Women's Basketball

Sitting calmly on the sideline like many assistant coaches is a man whose tranquility is unnerving in its own as the crowd roars in anger. It probably comes from his 36 years of experience as a coach of one kind or another, but Lynn Plett, assistant coach for NKU’s women’s basketball team, seems to ...

Assistant coaches bring DI experience

Assistant coaches bring DI experience

Clayton Castle, Reporter

November 12, 2014


Filed under Featured Story, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Features

As the Norse begin their first season of conference postseason eligibility, the men’s basketball team welcomes two new assistant coaches to the ranks, both with Division I college basketball playing experience and one with Division I NCAA tournament experience. This season, Ethan Faulkner and Dante...

Cross Country coach’s career turns 21

Cross Country coach’s career turns 21

Troy Bendgen, Reporter

September 24, 2014


Filed under Cross Country, Sports, Sports Features

Cross Country head coach Steve Kruse is now in his 21st season at Northern Kentucky University. Coach Kruse is not only entering his third decade on campus, but he has never coached at any other school in his entire career. What makes Kruse so committed to NKU after all of these years? Coach Kruse ran...

Coaches share stories on becoming Norse

Coaches share stories on becoming Norse

Evan Merrill, Staff writer

September 26, 2013


Filed under Featured Story, Sports

NKU’s men’s basketball team is coming off of moderate success last year, tying for fifth in the Atlantic Sun Conference with the University of South Carolina Upstate, and finishing with an 11-16 overall record, according to the A-Sun’s website http://www.atlanticsun.org/mbasketball/. Unlike other...

Coaches linked through prior experience

Coaches linked through prior experience

Evan Merrill, Staff writer

September 12, 2013


Filed under Featured Story, Sports

NKU’s women’s basketball team is entering its second year in Division I after a 15-13 overall performance last year, and many of the coaching staff are also entering their second year on staff. The staff consists of Head Coach Dawn Plitzuweit, Assistant Coach Lynn Plett and is joined by fellow...

Players and coaches note recruitment changes from transition to Division I

Evan Merrill, Staff writer

September 5, 2013


Filed under Sports

The transition to Division I has not only meant changes to recruiting rules, but it has also brought forth additional changes noticed by both coaches and players alike. “It [the Division I recruitment rules] affects you in a number of ways. It changes what you do and how you recruit,” men’s...

Former athlete turned student coach

Brook Clifford, Staff writer

April 11, 2013


Filed under Featured Story, Sports

  During her first two years at NKU, Katie Sullivan played third base for the softball team. She left the team her sophomore year because of a heavy class load. But before she left, her coach offered her another opportunity as a student assistant coach for the 2012 season. Now the senior...

Former coach will be inducted into hall of fame

Former coach will be inducted into hall of fame

Jessica Cox, Contributing Writer

September 13, 2012


Filed under Sports

A former Northern Kentucky University baseball coach will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Jan. 4, 2013 in Chicago. Bill Aker, who coached at NKU from 1972 to 2000, will be joining five other coaches in the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame’s...

Michigan trend continues at NKU

Michigan trend continues at NKU

Andrew Despotes, Senior account executive

August 23, 2012


Filed under Sports

A new era begins on the sidelines for women’s basketball at Northern Kentucky University with a new head coach, two new assistant coaches and a new division. Karmen Graham is the only coach on the staff from last season. Also, the team had four starters graduate in the spring. Dawn Plitzuweit,...

NKU Athletics hires new coach

John Minor, Sports news editor

January 25, 2012


Filed under Sports

Northern Kentucky University announced Friday night that Brian Nester will be the head coach for the Norse tennis program. Nester, a native of Edgewood, Ky., comes to NKU after serving as the director of tennis at Kenwood Country Club from 1997-2011. Before then, he was the head professional and director...

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