Big name baseball hires for Rice, HBU

Rice and Houston Baptist made notable hires, naming baseball coaches Jose Cruz Jr. and Lance Berkman, respectively. Movements that should improve each program. On the basketball court, Rice won the national women’s invitational tournament and the South Texas men won a top-four game.

In October, following news of her transfer to the American Athletic Conference from Conference USA, Rice launched a $ 100 million fundraiser by 2025 for athletics.

In football, Rice rallied with 14 points in the final minutes to beat Louisiana Tech 35-31 to end Mike Bloomgren’s fourth season as a coach at 4-8. Two of the Owls’ losses were in overtime. Rice’s most impressive win was a 30-24 at UAB, handing the Blazers their first home loss in a conference game since the program restarted in 2017. Elijah Garcia was the first defensive lineman in the UAB. whole conference.

The Owls (15-13) reached the quarterfinals of the C-USA tournament in men’s basketball. Second-year guard Travis Evee was the C-USA Newcomer of the Year. Team top scorer Quincy Olivari has been part of the third team of all conferences.

Rice (23-4), the West Division conference winner, defeated Ole Miss 71-58 for the WNIT championship. Senior center Nancy Mulkey (Cypress Woods) has been named the tournament’s MVP. For the third consecutive season, Mulkey was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. In April, Rice appointed Lindsay Edmonds as a coach to replace Tina Langley, who left for Washington.

Cruz, a former big of the Owls, arrived on board in June, replacing the dismissed Matt Bragga. The Owls went 23-29-1, failing to reach the conference baseball tournament for the first time since 1993.

First-year golfer Rodrigo Martin is tied for sixth in the C-USA tournament. Conrad Russell and Sumit Sarkar have advanced to the NCAA Men’s Doubles Tennis Championship. Completing the transition from pole vault to pitcher, senior James McNaney placed 20th in javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Championship in Eugene, Oregon.


Beating Mount St. Mary’s 60-52, this was only the second time the Tigers have won in the top four round. The Tigers secured their spot by beating the seeded Prairie View A&M 80-61 in the championship game of the SWAC tournament. Guard Michael Weathers was named the SWAC First Team and Newcomer of the Year.

An attempt to play a spring football season only lasted two games for the Tigers due to COVID-19 protocols. In the fall, the Tigers gave coach Clarence McKinney his first wins as Tigers coach, going 3-8, underscored by a 35-31 victory over Southern at the Arlington Showdown.

First baseman Oscar Ponce and pitcher Kam Fields were named to the All-SWAC second team in baseball. Fields was selected in the 20th round of the MLB Draft by Tampa Bay. Long jumper Kenneth Pree competed in the NCAA outdoors. Away striker Thalia Cordero Moreno has been named to the All-SWAC volleyball first team.


The Huskies passed the first round of the Southland Conference men’s basketball team. This month, Ron Cottrell claimed his 500th career victory. Kicker Gino Garcia and punter Brady Buell were part of the All-SLC first team in a 0-11 football team.

Marcelo Trevino was sixth in the conference tournament in men’s golf. Kaitlin Smith is the two-time reigning SLC pentathlon champion. Denim Rogers placed 15th in the decathlon at the NCAA National Indoor Championships. Triple jumper Christopher Welch was named SLC Indoor Athlete of the Year.

A&M Prairie View

Earlier this month, Prairie View (7-5) won SWAC West Division football for the first time since 2009 and played in the Conference Championship game, losing to Jackson State 27-10 . Two days later, Panthers coach Eric Dooley left to take the job at Southern. Defensive lineman Jason Dumas and Drake Cheatum in high school were part of the All-SWAC first team.

For the third consecutive season, the men’s basketball team won the SWAC regular season. Byron Smith received the Hugh Durham Award as Mid-Major Coach of the Year. The baseball team finished first in the SWAC West.

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