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Leatherneck Football to Hold Alumni Event Homecoming Weekend

Western Illinois Football will welcome back its alumni during Homecoming weekend as the football team plays South Dakota State at 3 p.m. (Oct. 12).

The day will begin with a 9:30 a.m. breakfast at the alumni house, followed by the 2013 Homecoming Parade in downtown Macomb at 10:30 a.m.

Alumni can then participate in the pregame tailgate from noon to 3 p.m. in Q-lot, and will also receive two free tickets to the game.

Following the game, alumni are invited to Sports Corner to interact with current Leatherneck coaches during a postgame social.

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Registration Continues for the 2013 Hall of Fame Ceremony

Hall of Fame InducteesReservations are still being accepted for the upcoming 2013 Western Illinois University Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The event will be held on Friday, October 11 in the University Union Grand Ballroom.

The social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with the dinner starting at 7.

Four individuals and the back-to-back NAIA national championship gymnastics teams from 1964 and 1965 represent the 2013 Athletics Hall of Fame class.

Those receiving the highest honor by Leatherneck Athletics are: Fred Adair (contributor), Russ Michna (football), Kathy Orban (administrator) and Becky Tyo (women’s basketball). The back-to-back NAIA national championship gymnastics team from 1964 and 1965 will be inducted as well.

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Hokenson Promoted to Men's Basketball Associate Head Coach

Fighting Leatherneck head men's basketball coach Jim Molinari announced Monday (Sept. 23) that Wade Hokenson, who is entering his sixth season at Western, has been promoted to associate head coach.

"It is a privilege working at Western Illinois University and I am excited to serve this team and the athletics department in a new role," said coach Hokenson. "I want to thank Coach Molinari for this opportunity, and also coach (Billy) Wright and coach (Josh) Wolfe for all the time and energy they have invested into the mens' basketball program. I consider myself fortunate to work for one of the elite coaches in college basketball and will continue to work hard to develop young men both on and off the court."

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Men's Basketball Adds Damon James to Coaching Staff

Coach Damon JamesThe Western Illinois men's basketball program announced the addition of Damon James Thursday (Sept. 19) to its coaching staff. James joins the Fighting Leatherneck men's basketball staff after assistant positions at Racine Lutheran High School and Wisconsin-Parkside, and most recently a head coaching position at Kenosha Bradford High School.

"We are very excited about adding Damon to our coaching staff," said head coach Jim Molinari. "He really fits well into our program's culture, and he has a great family, including his wife, Charity, and their four children. Damon has paid his dues. He has been a high school head coach at a competitive level and he has coached at the college level as well. I think he will be not only a good mentor, but a great example for our young men like coach Hokenson and coach Wolfe have been."

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Leathernecks Sports Network Continues Expansion

Leatherneck Sports NetworkWestern Illinois Athletics continued its expansion of the Leatherneck Sports Network by adding LB Sports Productions (WRMS-FM 94.3 in Beardstown) as the radio flagship for the 2013-14 academic year.

In all, seven radio stations are part of the Leatherneck Sports Network. Fans can listen to Leatherneck football and basketball games both on the radio and online at Fans can download the TuneIn Radio app on iTunes or Google Play then search for WRMS radio to listen to games on their mobile device or tablet.

With the new partnership, Western’s games will now reach north of Dubuque, Iowa; south towards the St. Louis area; west near Iowa City, Iowa; southwest to Columbia and Macon, Missouri; and east to Peoria and Springfield.

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Leathernecks Partner with Neoti on LED Video Board Video Board

Fans who attended the Western Illinois Football season-opener enjoyed a new feature at Hanson Field. Athletics Director Tommy Bell joined with Neoti in a program to provide a portable video board at Hanson Field.

The board, measuring 23 feet across and 13 feet high, displayed promotional graphics, feature videos by Leatherneck Athletics, and a live game feed courtesy of WIU-TV3 broadcasting.

“The project is a pilot program to experiment with Neoti as an alternative to the permanent scoreboard/video board project here at Western Illinois University,” said Bell. “I wanted to look into alternative ideas rather than a permanent video board at Hanson Field. Neoti is a well-known company around collegiate athletics. They are currently working with a few other Division I institutions.”

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