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University of Massachusetts men's soccer coach Sam Koch died Sunday at his home in Hadley.

Sam Koch, UMass men's soccer coach, dies at 59; led Minutemen to success over 23 seasons

Monday, July 21, 2014

University of Massachusetts men’s soccer coach Sam Koch died Sunday at his home in Hadley after a two-year battle with sinus cancer. UMass announced Koch’s death on Twitter at 9:52 a.m. Monday with this post: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sam Koch. An all-time great person who will be sorely missed.” Koch, 59, coached … 0

UConn faces fundraising challenge for athletics

Monday, July 21, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — Workers are putting the final touches on UConn’s new state-of-the-art basketball training center, the first in a series of projects designed to keep the school’s athletic programs nationally competitive. The university already has committed to building an on-campus hockey arena in the next four years as it moves its men’s program this fall into Hockey East, the nation’s top hockey … 0

Matt Vautour: Coach Sam Koch dedicated life to UMass men’s soccer program

Monday, July 21, 2014

From my view at Elaine Sortino’s funeral last August, I had a pretty clear view of Sam Koch. I couldn’t help but wondering what was going through the University of Massachusetts soccer coach’s mind. A few weeks earlier, I’d sat in Koch’s office for an article about his battle with sinus cancer. Koch … 1

College presidents say no to unions for athletes

Thursday, July 3, 2014

WASHINGTON — Northwestern University on Thursday urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its scholarship football players to unionize, holding up the football program as exemplifying the university’s integration of athletics … 0

John Calipari excited about returning Kentucky players

Monday, June 30, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach John Calipari is “excited” having familiar faces on the Wildcats roster next season. It hasn’t happened that often during his tenure in Lexington. But the Wildcats return six regulars from last year’s NCAA runner-up squad, and as usual will be in a cadre … 0

Has conference realignment at last reached a lull?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The latest wave of major conference realignment lands ashore this week, bringing with it geographical contradictions, upended traditions and financial gains. Welcome to the Atlantic coast, Louisville. Time to get to know the Great Lakes, Maryland and Rutgers. … 0

UMass incoming defenseman Brandon Montour picked in the second round of NHL draft Saturday

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Brandon Montour will enter UMass as the highest drafted hockey player in school history. The Anaheim Ducks selected Montour, a defenseman from Oshwegen, Ontario, in the second round, 55th overall, in the NHL draft Saturday. Under NHL draft rules, a team that selects a player retains that player’s … 0

UMass promotes Kristi Stefanoni to permanent head softball coach

Saturday, June 28, 2014

AMHERST — The search at the University of Massachusetts for the first new softball coach in 34 years ended where it started. Athletic director John McCutcheon announced Saturday that Kristi Stefanoni, who led the program as the interim head coach in 2014, will be the permanent replacement for … 0

UMass eyes also on NHL draft

Thursday, June 26, 2014

When the NHL has its draft Friday and Saturday one current UMass player and one future Minuteman could have their names called. Brandon Montour, a defenseman from Oshwegen, Ontario, who’ll begin his freshman year at UMass this fall, is ranked at the No. 92 among North American skaters … 0

Young players led charge to Vandy’s championship

Thursday, June 26, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin figured last year was his baseball program’s best chance to win its first national championship. It was the 2014 team that got the job done, starting four sophomores and two freshmen … 0

UMass football to play UConn, Rhode Island in 2016

Monday, June 23, 2014

The first month of the 2016 football season is shaping up to be a rivalry month for UMass. The school is expected to announce shortly that the Minutemen will host games against UConn and Rhode Island at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, according to contracts between UMass and Gillette … 0

Virginia coach O’Connor on home turf for College World Series finals

Sunday, June 22, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. — Brian O’Connor has done just about everything at the College World Series except win a national championship. He’s got his chance now. The 43-year-old O’Connor is the local boy who has done well, leading Virginia … 0

Big Ten head paints dire picture of paying players

Friday, June 20, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. — The head of the Big Ten painted a dire picture Friday of what college sports would look like if players were paid. He said his conference likely would cease to exist and the Rose Bowl … 0