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Mashiska Washington Named Interim Head Tennis Coach

Mashiska WashingtonWestern Illinois Athletics announced that Mashishka Washington will serve as the interim head tennis coach for both the men’s and women’s program during the 2013-14 season.

No stranger to the Leathernecks, Washington enters his third year coaching with both programs, serving as a volunteer coach in 2011-12 then elevating to graduate assistant coach last season.

"I am very excited about the opportunity of becoming the Interim Head Coach for the men's and women's tennis program at Western Illinois for the 2013-2014 season.  With a core of returning players from last season, along with the addition of our incoming freshman and transfer students, I believe that we have the potential to produce some positive results. There is a new level of energy and enthusiasm for the upcoming season which helps to create a positive environment amongst our players,” said Washington. “It is very important for our tennis program to remain diligent with their academic achievements while maintaining a strong level of athletic performance.  We are looking forward to what the future holds."

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Youth Football Camp Draws Crowd of Nearly 200

Youth Football CampNearly 200 young football players were in attendance at Hanson Field for Sunday (Aug. 18) afternoon's Youth Football Camp.

"We had an outstanding turnout for our Youth Football Camp. This is a great opportunity for the coaches and student-athletes to get involved in the Macomb community and work with youth football players from around the area. I know our guys had a great time interacting with the near 200 kids in attendance," said associate head coach Matt Entz. "I want to thank all the Junior Football League organizations for participating - especially the programs from Macomb, Rushville-Industry, West Prairie, West Central and Fort Madison. We enjoyed meeting the coaches and players, and you can tell the programs are dedicated to teaching the game of football the right way."

Children from grades 3-6 had the opportunity to learn from Leatherneck players and staff the fundamentals of the game. They were able to learn skills from the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and also special teams.

Although this was the first year the event had been held, there are plans to make this an annual event.

Amber Davis Named Candidate for the Senior CLASS Award

Amber DavisSenior defender Amber Davis has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS AWARD.

"It's a huge honor and an accomplishment to be selected as one of the semifinalists," Davis said. "I don't think I could have done it without my teammates and coaching staff. They helped me grow as a person on and off the field. It's a huge accomplishment for not only me but for the program itself."

"She's world class," head coach Ted Flogaites said. "You literally can't ask to coach what I think is a very fine human being. Coaches say a lot of flowery words about a lot of players but you're talking about a player who literally gets it done in every facet of her life. She understands the meaning of deep friendships and commits to that. I think it's well deserving. I think when you do everything from the heart, I don't think you can ever go wrong."

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Leatherneck Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award

The Western Illinois volleyball team earned a spot on the 2012-13 AVCA Team Academic Recipients list for the fourth time in the past five years. The Fighting Leathernecks received the honor with a grade point average of 3.49.

"Our student-athletes work so hard on and off the court," said head coach April Hall. "This award is a true testament to their dedication to their studies and willingness to go above and beyond in the classroom. I'm so proud of them and am looking forward to getting this school year underway to see what we are capable of this year."

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Ryan Brownlee Excited for 2014 Baseball Coaching Staff

Western Illinois baseball will return four of five coaches for the upcoming 2014 season, head coach Ryan Brownlee announced on Thursday (Aug. 15). Assistants Shane Davis and Dusty Napoleon, as well as student assistant Matt Igara and former volunteer assistant Bill Albee will all return. Former standout first basemen Steve Kedroski will join the staff as the second student assistant, replacing Dan Russell who graduated in the spring.

“It is tremendous that we could, for the most part keep our staff in tact,” Brownlee said. “We will switch some of the responsibilities around on our staff with Dan moving on after graduation. I do want to thank Dan for the job he did last year. I know that things will turn out well for him in baseball."

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Leatherneck Men's Basketball's Attendance Increase Ranks Nationally

The NCAA released its 2012-13 men's basketball attendance figures Tuesday (August 14) and The Summit League made a strong showing in several areas.

The Fighting Leathernecks were featured in the top 20 of largest average attendance increases over the previous year. During the 2011-12 season Western averaged an attendance of 1,182 before jumping to 2,454 during last year's record-breaking season. The regular season co-champions placed 18th by virtue of an average attendance jump of 1,273 per game.

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