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Track and Field team wins championship

The indoor track and field team made it to the Southland Conference Tournament for the First time since 2014. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, Southland sporting events have been cancelled through March 30.

Daniel McClain, Staff Reporter

March 26, 2020

Led by head coach Corey Mistretta, the university men’s indoor track team clinched a spot at the top of the Southland Conference. The team had not accomplished this goal since 2014. With the team placing second in the conference last year, Mistretta explained how incoming recruits and redshirt runner...

Devin Dixon prepares for final season of eligibility

Sprinter on the track and field team Devin Dixon started running track at nine years old. Dixon’s father was his first track and field coach when he was a kid. The track and field team’s next meet will be on Jan. 10 in the Purple Tiger Invitational hosted by Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Daniel McClain, Staff Reporter

December 16, 2019

With each college athletic program, there are usually students who have played the sport for the majority of their lives. Devin Dixon, a graduate student sprinter for the track and field team, started running track and field with his father since he was nine years old. “The next year after that,...

Underdogs and life lessons: Mistretta’s coaching approach

Corey Mistretta, head coach of track and field, has been coaching since 2004. He began coaching at the university as the assistant coach in 2014. Mistretta is acknowledged for his loyalty and dedication by his fellow coaches.

Diamond Hollins, Staff Reporter

March 11, 2019

For Corey Mistretta, head coach of track and field, entering the coaching profession was meant to be. With his dad being a football coach and his love for sports, Mistretta always knew that coaching would be a part of his life. “My dad was my high school football coach, so coaching has been in my...

Wrapping up the fall sports for 2018

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

December 4, 2018

Football, cross country, soccer and volleyball concluded their seasons this semester.  The football team wrapped up its season, finishing ninth in the Southland Conference with a 4-7 record. Football Head Coach Frank Scelfo discussed his team’s performance this season. “We did a lot of things ...

Coaching opposite genders

Rick Fremin, head coach of softball, works daily with female student-athletes, and prefers the work over coaching male athletes.

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

September 19, 2018

Coaches work to connect with their athletes to optimize their training, and gender differences can be one of multiple factors that stand in their way. Although minimal women coach male sporting teams, 58.8 percent of head coaches for women’s teams are men according to the University of Minnesota’s...