Bruin second in Hermann voting

Indiana’s Will Bruin finished second in voting to Akron’s Darlington Nagbe for the Hermann Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate men’s soccer player, the Missouri Athletic Club announced Friday.

Both juniors, Bruin and Nagbe are expected to be taken in the Major League Soccer draft next week. Nagbe had seven goals and 13 assists to help the Zips win the NCAA title, while Bruin finished with 18 goals and five assists for the Hoosiers.

Stanford’s Christen Press took the women’s honor in voting by the NCAA Division I coaches.

IU football names new strength and conditioning coach

From IU Sports Info:


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Head Football Coach Kevin Wilson announced Friday that Mark Hill will serve as head strength and conditioning coach for football. Hill comes to Bloomington after four years as the head strength and conditioning director at the University of Minnesota.

“Mark worked with Jerry Schmidt, who is the best in the business, for four years at Oklahoma,” Wilson said. “Jerry’s offseason program and overall player development are Oklahoma’s strengths, and Mark is a direct descendant of Jerry’s principles. We are thrilled Mark is joining us at Indiana. He was a part of starting a new program at both Arizona and Minnesota, so he is used to coming into a program from day one.”

Hill spent 2004-06 as associate director of performance enhancement at the University of Arizona and 2000-03 at the University of Oklahoma as an assistant strength and conditioning director. Hill and Wilson worked together in 2002 and 2003.

“I am extremely excited to be at Indiana University,” Hill said. “It is great to be a Hoosier. I have known Coach Wilson for a long time and I am tremendously happy to be with a coach that I trust and respect. He is a hard worker, structured and has a great plan in place. I think we are going to be successful here. Coach is putting together a great staff and he is going to lead us to where we need to be.”

Mark Wateska, who has headed the strength and conditioning for the IU football program since 2002, will remain as assistant athletic director for strength and conditioning. In that role, he will continue to be ultimately responsible for all the functions, facilities and personnel within the strength and conditioning area. Wateska will also assume a new role as the head strength and conditioning coach for Olympic sports.


Hulls will be featured on BTN’s “The Journey”

Photo: Chris Howell | Herald-Times

Indiana sophomore Jordan Hulls will be prominently featured in the season premiere of the Big Ten Network’s “The Journey.”

The show will premiere at 9 p.m. Sunday, following the IU-Northwestern game.

I know they interviewed Bloomington South coach J.R. Holmes several weeks ago, so I imagine its going to talk a lot about Hulls being the hometown kid.

Its the second season of “The Journey,” a really well-done show with all-access footage that tells the stories of the conference and the players that play in it.

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Kevin Wilson is trying to hold on to one of two four-star prospects in the recruiting class he inherited. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


Taylor’s recruitment open, but has visit to IU next week

Raymon Taylor, a four-star “athlete” from Detroit who verbally committed to Bill Lynch’s staff at Indiana, said his recruitment is open and he’s considering all of his options, but he does have a visit scheduled to Indiana on the weekend of Jan. 15.

Though Taylor has said since Lynch’s firing that he was still committed but looking at other options, his recruitment by Michigan had picked up in recent weeks. He said he received a scholarship offer from his home state school about 2 1/2 weeks ago, and that he was scheduled to take a visit to Ann Arbor this weekend.

Plans changed, though, when Michigan decided to fire coach Rich Rodriguez. The Wolverines have postponed all visits until they hire a new head coach. (more…)

Benson to train with national team

Indiana University announced today that volleyball All-American Ashley Benson, a Bloomington North grad and daughter of former basketball great Kent Benson, has been invited to spend the next three months training with the USA Women’s Volleyball National team coaching staff. That staff includes assistant coach Karch Kiraly of Olympic and beach volleyball fame.

Training begins Jan. 17 and this puts Benson in position to be in the mix for the national team with the next Olympics coming up in 2012 in London.

After taking off the spring semester to train, she will return to Bloomington for summer classes before completing her degree during the fall semester. She could continue working with the national team after that or begin a professional career overseas. Michigan’s Frey, Maryland’s Brattan up for IU O-Line job’s Tom Dienhart is reporting that two coaches from recently deposed staffs are up under consideration for Indiana’s offensive line coach position. Michigan offensive line coach Greg Frey — looking for work after Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez’s firing was announced Wednesday — and Maryland offensive line coach Tom Brattan — presumably unemployed thanks to the ouster of Ralph Friedgen, are both reported to be up for the job.

The 37-year-old Frey has been with Michigan for three seasons after joining Rodriguez’s staff at West Virginia in 2007, the final season before that staff moved. From 2000-06, Frey was part of the start-up at South Florida.

The 60-year-old Brattan has been with Maryland for the past 10 years. Before that, he was at Stanford for two years and Northwestern for seven years. He did not cross paths with Indiana coach Kevin Wilson at that time. Brattan also spent eight years at William & Mary and nine seasons as a high school coach in Virginia and Delaware.


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