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Scott hired as new assistant women’s basketball coach

Bernard Scott was hired on May 17th as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team. Scott is going on his 10th year as a college basketball assistant coach, having spent time at the University of Toledo, University of Dayton, University of Arizona, and Youngstown State University.
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The Cleveland Stater YouTube Channel New interim AD to fill more than just time

John Parry was named interim athletic director on May 10 after former athletics director Lee Reed left for Georgetown University.
Prior to being named interim athletic director, John Parry had “failed retirement” as he puts it, and was working as a consultant for Cleveland State when President Berkman impressed him so much that he agreed to extend his three month long consultant gig into a year long interim athletic director position.

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Softball Wins Horizon League Title

CSU softball has been outright dominating this year and they clinched their second Horizon League title in the last three years.Owning the top record in the Horizon League at 19-2, the Vikings also have an overall record of 39-13. Both set new records in victories for league play and for the school as well.Read More

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Men's Tennis Three-peats at Horizon League Championships

CSU’s women’s tennis team ended their season Saturday, April 24, after losing 4-1 to Detroit in the semifinal round of the Horizon League tournament.

The Vikings faced UDM after earning a first round bye with their program-best second place finish in the regular season.

The Titans went on to face UIC in the championship match and ended up losing to the reigning champs who won their 14th straight title.

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Former NBA giant Bol had ties to the Vikings

Manute BolManute Bol died on June 19, and for the first time many people learned the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey would say. The beginning of his story is well known. He was the son of a Sudanese tribal chief, and claimed to have killed a lion with a spear as a boy to protect his cows. An immediate sensation during his rookie year, reporters loved asking him to tell the story. Then the tallest player in NBA history, Bol quickly became known for his one true basketball skill, blocking shots.

Soon however, the deficiencies in his other areas on the court pushed him into the fringe of popularity. Known for less than flattering things, such as his three-point shot, Bol became a side show. Eventually leaving the NBA after ten seasons, Bol continued to play professionally abroad until his health forced him to quit.

Part of the story few people know about began before Bol’s entrance into the NBA. In 1982 Bol was recruited from a Sudanese basketball team by an associate of then CSU basketball coach Keven Mackey to play in the United States. Bol agreed and by 1983 was living in Cleveland, taking ESL classes at the Case Western University campus in order to learn enough English to attend a division one college.

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CSU Athletics Needs to Engage Fans More

The Lee Reed era is coming to a close at Cleveland State, and he told cleveland.com some interesting information regarding part of his decision making process.
After reading the story online, a small passage of it caught my attention, when Reed said that one of the reasons he is leaving CSU is due to the lack of a big fan base surrounding both the men’s and women’s basketball programs.

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