Former Saluki coaches USA in Olympics

Men’s gymnastics cut from SIU in 1988 Former men’s gymnastics coach Bill Meade impacted many athletes’ lives, including a coach who just came back from the London Olympics. Team USA men’s gymnastics coach Kevin Mazeika said he felt honored ... Continue Reading →

Men’s basketball signs power forward

SIU Men’s Basketball coach Barry Hinson officially announced the signing of his fourth recruit, forward Bola Olaniyan, Wednesday. The 6-foot-8 Olaniyan comes from Richmond High School in Richmond, Ind., where he averaged 14.6 points and 11.6 rebounds ... Continue Reading →

Swim coach to coach Egyptian Olympic team

Coach Rick Walker to coach Saluki Mazen Aziz in the 10-kilometer open-water race Rick Walker was on the cusp of making the U.S. Olympic Swim team in 1980 and 1984, but different sets of circumstances kept him from representing his country. Now, after ... Continue Reading →

Former Saluki takes on new challenge in East St. Louis

Basketball was Tony Young’s opportunity to better himself and go to college, and now he’ll get the chance to help high school kids reach the same plateau in one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the country. Young, who played basketball at SIU ... Continue Reading →

Whitt’s departure leaves basketball thin at forward

Harry Whitt abruptly left the Saluki basketball team this week, although his teammates said they noticed his interest in the sport waning in his final practices with the team. “It wasn’t too shocking, but at the same time, it’s one of those things ... Continue Reading →

First baseman rounds out recruiting class

When SIU recruit Zach Stoner was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft June 5, it left the Salukis with a hole in its roster. Stoner was supposed to be the heir apparent at first base after Chris Serritella ... Continue Reading →

Injuries, academics pull Whitt away from basketball

Harry Whitt has taken a lot of ibuprofen lately. The 6-foot 10-inch center said he’s taken the drug every day for the last year and a half to treat ailing knees, and those knees are part of the reason why Whitt has decided to quit basketball and ... Continue Reading →

Three players snagged from Salukis in MLB draft

Three Salukis got the call to the big leagues in this year’s MLB draft, and the jump to the professional ranks was too good to pass up for all of them. First baseman Chris Serritella, left-handed pitcher Nathan Dorris and first baseman recruit Zach ... Continue Reading →

Dorris taken in 17th round of MLB Draft by Cubs

Junior left-handed pitcher Nathan Dorris was taken in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago Cubs Wednesday with the 524th overall pick. Dorris was 7-4 with a 4.17 ERA in 16 appearances this season, 14 of them starts. He began ... Continue Reading →

Serritella taken in fourth round of MLB Draft by Phillies

Saluki first baseman Chris Serritella was taken in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday. Serritella was taken with the 158th overall pick, which was the last of the fourth round. He was drafted in the ... Continue Reading →

Baseball, track facilities named to honor coaches

The SIU Athletic Department will honor current and former coaches by adorning their names on two of the newest facilities. The new track facility will be named the Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex to commemorate former men’s track coach Lew Hartzog, ... Continue Reading →

Baseball ends season with 8-6 loss in MVC championship game

The Salukis jumped ahead early in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament against Creighton, but the lead didn’t hold and the Salukis were denied their first bid to the NCAA tournament in 22 years. Creighton won the MVC baseball ... Continue Reading →

Baseball can’t hold on to lead, loses 8-6 in MVC championship

The Salukis jumped ahead early in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament against Creighton, but the lead didn’t hold and the Salukis were denied their first bid to the NCAA tournament in 22 years. Creighton won the MVC baseball ... Continue Reading →

Baseball wins in first round of MVC tournament

After he retired the first 15 batters he faced, junior left-hander Cody Forsythe ran into a little bit of trouble in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Salukis’ first-round matchup against Wichita State Tuesday. With the Salukis up 4-0, the Shockers ... Continue Reading →

Men’s basketball formally introduces new staff, two recruits

The coaching carousel hit the Salukis and Illinois State when both men’s basketball head coaches left under different circumstances: Chris Lowery was fired March 28 and Tim Jankovich left April 26 to become the associate head coach at Southern Methodist ... Continue Reading →
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