USC hires Brent Crouch as new volleyball coach

first_imgUSC made it to the regional round of last year’s NCAA Tournament, but now face have the challenge of adjusting to a new coach. Photo by Alexandra Ting | Daily TrojanThe USC  women’s volleyball team named Brent Crouch as the team’s next head coach on Tuesday.Crouch formerly served as head coach for the University of Portland’s women’s volleyball team since 2014.Mick Haley, who served 17 years as the head coach of the Trojans, was let go a week after the Women of Troy were narrowly defeated in a five-set contest against No. 3 Florida Gators in the regional title match. Haley led the Trojans to 17 consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament and compiled an overall record of 435-119, including a 25-10 mark this past year. Haley led the Trojans to two NCAA championships in 2002 and 2003 and won AVCA Coach of the Year in 2003. Crouch, meanwhile, served as the head coach of the Portland Pilots for four seasons. He led the team to a resurgent four years, following a winless season. The Trojans will be counting on Crouch to turn the Trojans back into championship contenders as well.Crouch took over Portland in 2014 following a 0-27 season in 2013. He led the team to a 7-23 record in his debut season and to a 16-15 and 17-13 record the two next seasons.This last year, Crouch led the Pilots to a 15-15 record as the team suffered numerous injuries that dogged the team throughout the season. His overall record with Portland stands at 55-66. Prior to his stint in Portland, Crouch also served as an assistant coach for the St. Mary Gaels women’s volleyball and as a head coach for the Gaels’ beach volleyball squad. Crouch also has experience working with the U.S. Volleyball program and the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball team.USC hopes Crouch can continue Haley’s run of success as he inherits a talented team with All-American outside hitter Khalia Lanier, and four starters returning for the 2018 season.last_img read more

Isaac Success: Writing a Success  Story  at Watford

first_imgIsaac Success only appeared in Nigeria’s first two matches at the 2013 FIFA U- 17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates before injury condemned him to the bench for the rest of the competition. However, his potential was not lost to scouts and it came as no surprise when in November of the same year, Udinese of Italy requested for his signature. This season, he moved over to Watford in the English Premier League for a club record fee. Last weekend, Success came in from the bench to score his first goal for the club. He is hoping that his equaliser against Bournemouth could convince his coach for a first team start, reports Kunle AdewaleIsaac Success would have loved to crown his penultimate weekend performance in the Premier League with a first match for the Super Eagles during the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia, but this won’t happen. Success had a knock that made it difficult for him to walk and had since been replaced by Enugu Rangers’ Chisom Egbuchulam. In spite of not starting since the beginning of the season, Success insists he is not getting tired of the super-sub tag he gets at Vicarage Road, after scoring his first Watford goal only seven minutes into his latest appearance from the bench. His 65th-minute header earned the Hornets a point in their 2-2 draw with Bournemouth with Success again playing a significant role from the bench, five days after he had looked the brightest spark in a dismal performance for the Golden Boys at Burnley.The 20-year-old has always made a big impact each time he came on for the Hornets this season, and will have strengthened calls to receive a first start of the campaign when Watford next turn out at Middlesbrough after the international break.But Success is not worried about when he will finally see his name in Walter Mazzarri’s starting 11.He said: “I’m a Watford player and if I get a chance to play in any way, I have to help the team, even if it’s only two or three minutes. It’s not really a relief to score my first goal, it’s a goal for the team and me, but I’m happy about it. It’s not frustrating being a substitute, I’m just happy to be among the 18 players selected for the game. Every time I get to play, I just want to help the team. I just have to keep working hard and see what comes up.“I brought a lot of energy to the team when I came on, that’s what I’m about. As a striker, I’m ready to play anywhere in the forward line and it’s just up to the coach to give me the instruction where in particular I have to play.”Success replaced Ighalo in Mazzarri’s side last weekend, but after their respective performances at Burnley, it was somewhat of a surprise that the change was made shortly after half-time rather than in the starting 11.He said: “I have always looked up to him. He’s very calm, he told me how to be like that on the pitch. I’m not trying to take his place. Every player in the team deserves chances to get into the team and I just want to play. I don’t know if I’m taking someone’s position but he’s a good player. When I scored, the first thing I did was look at the bench and he was celebrating more than me, and I was really happy. He’s an African brother. He’s like a big brother to me.”Success received special praise from his Watford boss, Walter Mazzarri, after scoring his first goal for the club since joining from Udinese in the summer.Reacting to Success’ goal, Mazzarri described him as an excellent player, who believes he could improve. “He is an excellent player and he has showed it in the past, not only today, He can improve a lot in defensive parts, but he deserves it because every time he’s come on he’s showed he can help the team,” the Italian coach told the Watford official website.Rayo Vallecano coach, Paco Jemez, who will be pleased to see the back of Success in La Liga said: “He is a strong and powerful player, and that allows them to play a direct and incisive game in certain areas of the pitch. He has been creating a lot of danger and is one of their most important players.”Salva Ruiz, Success’ former teammate at Granada, indeed said he was “one of the strongest guys I’ve ever seen”.Nick Dorrington is a freelance football writer and the author of Scout’s Notebook, who has followed the burgeoning career of Success closely wrote: “He is still raw and needs to work on his end product in order to become more consistently decisive for his side, but if he can avoid off-field distractions and remain focused on his development, he looks to have all the attributes necessary to become a very useful top-level forward in the coming years.”While the former Nigerian junior international  is excited about life in England and playing alongside his countryman Odion Ighalo, he admits he left Granada with a heavy heart.“Today is a bittersweet day for me. I want to say goodbye to my colleagues and all employees of the club who have both supported me since I came to Granada, and this city that has given me everything,” he wrote in a farewell letter to the club’s supporters. “Heartfelt thanks to all who have been there, I feel if on occasion I have not given everything that was expected of me, but my intention has always been to give our best every day. Now I begin another professional stage that would not have been possible without my learning and development in the Granada.”Born in Benin, Success started his football career with local side, BJ Foundation Academy after which he left for Caitlin Fallows.In November 2013, Success agreed to a five-year deal with Udinese, being effective in January, for a €400,000 fee.  However, he was only granted a work permit in March of the following year, and immediately joined Granada, being assigned to the reserves in Segunda Division B. In July 2016, Success agreed a five-year deal with Watford in a record transfer fee, estimated around £12.5 million.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Artesians Open New Indoor Soccer Season at Home on Saturday

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe Oly Town Artesians open up the 2017-2018 Western Indoor Soccer League season when they play host to the Snohomish Skyhawks on Saturday night. First kick at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College is set for 6:30 p.m. where a healthy mix of experienced players and newcomers look to build on their strong 2016-2017 campaign. JJ Olson of the Oly Town Artesians. Photo credit: Charis WilsonThe Artesians wrapped up their best season in the WISL in third place with a record of 4-5-1 with 13 points, good enough for third place and an appearance in the WISL semifinals. Willie Spurr led the club with 14 goals and JJ Olson started every game at goalkeeper.Olson returns to the Artesians as the club’s leader in goalkeeper wins. The Saint Martin’s alum and Minnesota native has spent two seasons with the club, backing up Evan Munn in his first season and taking over the role of starter last season. He will be pushed for time by newcomer Brad Hanson, who played well in his first season of indoor with the Artesians and allowed just one goal at the WISL Tournament in late October.Other returners include defenders Nate Boatright and Brett Stallworth. Both have become fixtures on the backline for the Artesians. Stallworth, a Tacoma native, has not missed an indoor game in two seasons and brings a professional work ethic and toughness to the position. JT Meyer returns to the frontline for Oly and Matt Stalnik returns to provide a good option in the post position.A host of newcomers, including Capital High School grads and former Evergreen players, Jake and Jordan Zimmerman, will attempt to replace the scoring of Willie Spurr. Spurr had a fantastic season for the Timbers U23s and is taking the indoor season off to focus on his professional outdoor career and hopes to sign with a USL club soon.The Skyhawks enter Saturday’s game as the only indoor club remaining in Snohomish County after Sporting Everett FC folded in the offseason. This brings a handful of former Everett players into the fold and gives the Skyhawks more depth than they have had over their 11 seasons of indoor play across various leagues.Kick off at The Pavilion is set for 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:45. Fans are encouraged to bring drums, noise makers and more. Tickets are just $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12. Kids under 5 are free. Chinqually Booters players in uniform are admitted for free with a paying adult and can accompany the team during introductions. Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

Online cricket getting more and more popular during the pandemic

first_imgAdvertisement 50NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3oWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4uu3l( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4qeptWould you ever consider trying this?😱mCan your students do this? 🌚kh5Roller skating! Powered by Firework While cricket already is one of the most popular sports in India it still keeps growing in popularity. The national team has a huge fan following and the Indian Premier League (IPL) has become the hottest T20 tournament in the world with cricket fans all over the world gathering to witness some of the IPL teams in action.Advertisement However, as we are all well aware at this point, COVID-19 completely turned all industries, including cricket upside down. Because of the new coronavirus, the IPL has been postponed and it might not even be held this year. And as one can imagine, this news was pretty devastating for all the cricket fans all over the world, who were anticipating this event. But lucky for them, the online entertainment industry is becoming more and more popular every day. With people getting into gaming, esports, or gambling online, playing real money online casino games, cricket games just became available too and they are a great way to pass time and stay connected with the sport at the same time.Advertisement By far, one of the most famous games in this category is the World Cricket Championship (WCC) and the fans of this game can expect some improvements in the near future. Nextwave Multimedia, the group which owns the WCC has recently signed a deal with Aakash Chopra, former Indian test opener and now a commentator, in order to provide commentary on the games. And this event is quite important as it will be the first time that a professional cricket commentator will be providing commentary for a cricket game in India.Advertisement And this move will not provide more comfort and fun to the users but it is also expected to drive even more fans towards the game even though the World Cricket Championship (WCC) has enough of them already as there are 2.5 million daily active users and 10 million monthly active users from many different countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, UK, and India, of course. Just like many other video game companies, gambling outlets, and other online entertainment service providers, the WCC has seen a 20% rise in its revenue with in-app purchases growing by over 100%, and the number of active users also increasing by 25%.Now is a perfect time for a lot of brands to get in touch with the WCC and strike a deal with them as it is about to surpass 110 million downloads. This game has a large captive audience which becomes very clear after seeing the number of monthly and daily users. Brands that focus on cricket can profit especially well and should make sure they seize this opportunity.Chopra himself revealed that he is very enthusiastic about this project and to go on the platform. He also views this as a challenge as it will be definitely very different from commentating on a live game where you can somewhat predict what will happen.WCC has even more exciting features with more high-quality graphics and animations and better controls and shots, including better artificial intelligence in store for us, which will provide a better gaming environment. All of this will further establish this game as one of the best on the market and a lot of people, and not just the cricket fans are anticipating the new updates and modifications which will take the experience to another level.ALSO READ:BCCI’s SOP for domestic cricket: Arogya Setu app, consent forms and more! Advertisementlast_img read more