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Restore the Glory

Only one Athletics program has the distinction of having its nickname derived from a branch of the military. Only one Athletics program is a current and charter member of both the Missouri Valley Football Conference (Gateway) and the Summit League (Mid-Continent Conference). And only one Athletics program can call itself the Fighting Leathernecks.

While WIU Athletics has a rich and storied history, the competition in both the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Summit League is greater than ever. State funding has decreased, scholarship costs have increased, and your help is needed to “Restore the Glory” of the Fighting Leathernecks.

“One of the key aspects for a growing athletic program is to have a strong and vibrant annual fund. We have been strategically repositioning the Leatherneck Club in recent months,” said Director of Athletics Tommy Bell. “Our ‘Restore the Glory’ membership campaign is the first phase of our new strategic plan to expand the Leatherneck Club over the next 3-5 years.”

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Introducing Men's Basketball Coach Billy Wright

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Ashley Luke Named Academic All-Summit League in Women's Hoops

Western Illinois women's basketball forward Ashley Luke added another honor to her growing list of accolades, as she was named to the Academic All-Summit League team, the conference announced Thursday (April 10) morning.

The award, voted on by the league's sports information directors and faculty athletic representatives, recognizes student-athletes for their accomplishments on and off the court.

In the classroom, Luke holds a perfect 4.0 grade-point average as a Political Science and Journalism double major. She is also active in the community, holding leadership positions in various campus groups and a volunteer for several organizations around Macomb.

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Football Season Tickets on Sale

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All fans are eligible to purchase their season tickets for the upcoming 2014 Western Illinois Football season. The Fighting Leathernecks will play six games at Hanson Field, four of those against Missouri Valley Football Conference members.

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Sammy Marshall Named Top 25 Finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award

RockyWestern Illinois' Sammy Marshall was named a Top 25 Finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award on Wednesday (April 9).

The award, given out annually to the best college softball player by the Amateur Softball Associate and USA Softball, is considered the most prestigious award in college softball.

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Still Time to Sign Up for the Leatherneck Club Golf Classic

Golf OutingWestern Illinois University Athletics and the Leatherneck Club invites you to the 37th annual Golf Classic.

The event begins on Sunday night, June 1st, with the pre-golf social at the Macomb Country Club. Golf will take place Monday, June 2nd, at the Harry Mussatto Golf Course.

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Jamario Taylor Breaks Program High Jump Record

Jamario Taylor broke the program high jump record to lead Western Illinois track & field at the A-State Red Wolves Open, hosted by Arkansas State on Friday and Saturday (April 25-26).

Taylor's record-breaking and meet-winning leap of 7-01.50 tops the mark of 7-00.50 he previously cleared in 2012 to match Dave Stoermer's record first set in 1977. It also matches his career-best mark, as he also cleared 7-01.50 at the 2012-13 indoor conference meet, and puts him in the top 25 nationally.

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