This Week In LMU Athletics

June 4, 2018

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It’s an exciting time for LMU Athletics as one chapter closes and another begins. The growth that this department has seen during Dr. William Husak’s 20-year tenure as Athletic Director has allowed the Lions to see new heights. Whether it be championships won, facilities built, or students graduated, Dr. Husak’s legacy will always be remembered and cherished. With his announced retirement, LMU has named the replacement set to step in and take the Lions into the 2018-19 school year and beyond!

Craig Pintens, a proven athletic administrator with leadership experience at national championship-winning programs, will be the next athletic director at Loyola Marymount University, President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., announced Thursday. Pintens comes to LMU from the University of Oregon, where he has served as senior associate athletic director for the past seven years. In that role, he helped lead Oregon’s athletic programs to tremendous success in competition and transformed the fan experience, strategic planning processes, athletics operations, promotions, and fundraising. Pintens will start on June 25.

Be sure to make your plans to see the new era of LMU Athletics in action. Season tickets are now available for ticketed fall sports including men’s soccerwomen’s soccer, and volleyball. Additionally, season ticket deposits are now available for men’s basketball and women’s basketball season. For any ticketing questions, please contact the ticket office at 310-338-5466.

Men’s basketball learned last week who they will face during next season’s West Coast Conference games.The WCC has announced the 16 conference matchups for each of its 10 men’s basketball teams for the 2018-19 season, with Loyola Marymount men’s basketball scheduled to play BYU, Gonzaga, Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland, San Diego, and Santa Clara both home and away. The change from an 18-game league schedule to 16 means that LMU will not travel to Moraga to face Saint Mary’s or host San Francisco next season. 

While the spring season has come to a close, the awards have not. Two women’s water polo playerswere named to the 2018 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division I All-America Teams. Hana Vilanova and Claire Wright, both received Honorable Mention All-America recognition after phenomenal seasons and leading LMU to a Golden Coast Conference Tournament Final.

The West Coast Conference named their All-Academic Team for women’s rowing. LMU's Anna Davis and Bailey Page were among those named to the first team, and Jessica ApodacaAlexandria BauerShannon FolanIndia Krappe and Julia Pinamont earned honorable mention accolades. Davis carries a 3.80 GPA as a psychology major, while Page sports an impressive 3.96 GPA while studying physics and applied mathematics.

A pair of baseball seniorswere recognized for their play in the 2018 WCC Baseball Championship All-Tournament. Seniors Tyler Cohen and Billy Wilson were named to the 2018 WCC Baseball Championship All-Tournament team at the conclusion of play on Saturday. The duo helped guide LMU to within a game of the Championship Round.

Following one of the best seasons in program history, LMU women’s tennis has been rewarded with the highest ranking the Lions have ever sported– checking in at #55 in the final ITA team rankings. In addition to the team ranking, LMU also features Veronica Miroshnichenko at #36 in singles, and Miroshnichenko / Eva Marie Voracek at #22 in doubles.

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