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Kutztown Golden Bears
Logo
University Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Conference PSAC
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Greg Bamberger
Location Kutztown, PA
Varsity teams 19
Football stadium University Field
Basketball arena Keystone Hall
Baseball stadium North Campus Field
Nickname Golden Bears
Fight song "Go, Bears, Go"
Colors
     Maroon       Gold
Website www.kubears.com

The Kutztown Golden Bears are the sports teams that represent Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Kutztown University is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). The university sports eight men's and 13 women's intercollegiate sports. In 2007-08, Kutztown University added Women's Lacrosse and Women's Bowling to the list of varsity sports that it offers.[1]

Kutztown won the Dixon Trophy in 2006, which is awarded to the PSAC school with the best overall athletic program that year. Kutztown became the fifth league school to win the award after placing second in the rankings in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 school years.[2] Famous former athletes from Kutztown include football stars Andre Reed, John Mobley, Bruce Harper and Doug Dennison and baseball standout Ryan Vogelsong.

The university provides an array of intramural and club sports programs for students. Leagues and tournaments are organized by the Recreational Services department every semester, and range from badminton tournaments to rock climbing competitions.

Overview[edit]

From the mid-1930s up until 1961, Kutztown's sports teams were known as the Golden Avalanche. In 1961, Kutztown replaced the Golden Avalanche nickname with the Golden Bears as the University's nickname. In later years, Golden Bear mascots came into play. Before 2005, Goldie and Griz served as the KU Golden Bear mascots. However, they were both "graduated" to make way for a new mascot. The Raymond Entertainment Group of Newark, Delaware, helped KU create the new mascot. On October 1, 2005, at Kutztown's football game versus West Chester University, Kutztown University unveiled Avalanche as the school's new mascot. Avalanche is so named to honor Kutztown State College during the time of the Golden Avalanche sports teams.[3]

The Golden Bears can be seen in more places than the sports fields. Golden Bear statues are located near the basketball courts on South Campus and in North Campus near the Boehm Science Building. Along with the statues, several residential areas are named after the Golden Bear. Golden Bear Village South behind University Place and Golden Bear Village West next to Rothermel Hall are student apartments which hold the Golden Bear moniker.

Fall sports[edit]

Football[edit]

The Kutztown Golden Bears play East Stroudsburg in the 2013 Homecoming game at University Field

The Kutztown University football team is led by coach Raymond Monica, who served as defensive coordinator at Temple University for eight seasons as well as being the assistant head coach for the last seven. Before coaching at Temple, Monica served as defensive line coach at the University of North Alabama, which won three Division II football championships during the years Monica coached for the team.[4] Monica began as head coach of the Golden Bears in 2006 and led Kutztown to a 4-6 record, two wins better than Kutztown's 2005 record of 2-8. Among Kutztown's victories in 2006 was the first game to be played at night at Kutztown's University Field after lights were installed in the stadium and the team's season-opener, a 27-10 win over Clarion. Kutztown was 5-6 in 2007.

PSAC Players of the Year from Kutztown, since 1985:[5]

All players won their awards as members of the PSAC Eastern Division

  • Offensive Players of the Year:
    • Mike deMarteleire (2000)
    • Kevin Morton (2010)
  • Defensive Players of the Year:
    • Michael Baldwin (2005)
    • Pete Mendez (2001)
    • Terrence Miles (1999)
  • Athletes of the Year (Award was broken up into Offense and Defense in 1996):
    • John Mobley (1995)
    • Andy Breault (1990, 1991)
    • Paul Magistro (1985)
  • Rookies of the Year
    • Stephen Gammage (2002)
    • Pete Mendez (1999)
    • Mike DeMarteleire (1998)
    • Kevin Wimberly (1995)
    • Kevin Mobley (1994)
    • Nick Hanych (1993)
    • Mark Steinmeyer (1988)

PSAC Coach of The Year (Eastern Division) from Kutztown (since 1985)

  • Barry Fetterman (1991)
  • Raymond Monica (2010)

Field hockey[edit]

The Kutztown University field hockey team is led by head coach Betty Wesner, who has served in that role since 1980. Wesner has a career record of 292-218-15. She has been named the NFHCA Division II Coach of the year in 1997, the NHFCA South Region Coach of the Year in 2007, and the PSAC coach of the year in 1988, 1997, 2004 and 2007. The team finished as the NCAA Division II runner up in 1997.[6]

Men's and Women's Soccer[edit]

The Kutztown Men's Soccer team is led by 10th year head coach Otto Ormosi. With a record of 69-111-12 as head coach, Coach Ormosi gives him the second most wins in KU men's soccer history. Before coaching at KU, Ormosi coached at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerville, NJ for 10 years where he led his team to eight regional tournament appearances and a national ranking of fifth in 1997. In 1999, Coach Ormosi led the Golden Bears to their winningest season in school history. Kutztown's record that year was 12-7, three wins better than the 1975 and 1991 seasons.[7]

PSAC Men's Soccer Rookies of the Year from Kutztown Since 1994:[8]

  • John Lapore (2000)

Since 1998, Kutztown players have won 18 All-PSAC men's soccer team honors. 10 players have been chosen to be part of the All-PSAC Men's Soccer Team, including two-time first team selections Lee Hawley (2000, '01) and Marc Benson (2004, '05). Prior to that, nine players were chosen twice, and three (Tony Didyoung ('74-'76), Joe Heffner ('83,'85-'86) and Kevin Berg ('91-'93)) were chosen three times.

The Kutztown Women's Soccer Team is under the direction of Erik Burstein, who became head coach in 2007. Burstein came to Kutztown from Bowling Green State University, where he served as an assistant coach during the 2006 season. The women's soccer program has recorded six-straight double-digit win seasons, and had four-straight appearances in the PSAC Playoffs (2003-'06) and was the PSAC runner-up in 2004 and 2005.

PSAC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year from Kutztown (Since 1994)

  • Kim Kelty (2004)

Coach Jeff Schellenberger was named PSAC East Coach of the Year in 2004.

Players from Kutztown were selected to the All-PSAC Women's Soccer Team 28 times since 1994. Kim Kelty was selected four times, the most at Kutztown University.[9]

Men's and Women's Cross Country[edit]

Kutztown University's Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams are under the direction of head coach Ray Hoffman, who has led the program since 1998. Coach Hoffman also has served as head coach of the entire track and field program since the 2006-07 school year.

The women’s team has earned five trips to the NCAA Championship, including a best-ever 14th-place finish in 2006 after winning its first-ever NCAA East Regional title. Hoffman has twice been named the PSAC Women’s Coach of the Year (2000, 2006) and the KU Women’s Athletics Coach of the Year (2000-01, 2001-02).

The women's cross country team has competed in the NCAA Championships four times. In 2000, Megan Seefeldt won the individual PSAC title, being the first-ever in the program's history. The team has placed as high as second at the PSAC Championships and have not placed lower than fourth in the last six seasons. The men's team has placed fourth twice and fifth once at the 2000-02 PSAC Championships and finishing fifth twice and sixth at the NCAA Regionals.

During Hoffman's eight seasons as coach:

  • One runner has won a PSAC individual title (Megan Seefeldt)
  • 21 made All-PSAC honors
  • 1 was named PSAC Runner of the Year
  • 3 were named PSAC Rookies of the Year
  • 19 won All-Region awards
  • 1 won an All-America honor
  • 26 won USTFCCCA All-Academic Team individual awards
  • 1 won Academic All-America of the Year[10]

Women's Volleyball[edit]

The Kutztown Women's Volleyball team is led by head coach John Gump, who has guided the program since 1997. Before coaching at KU, Gump was head coach of Division III Allentown College (now DeSales University) Gump is the winningest coach in Kutztown University volleyball history, with an overall record of 230-120 in 11 seasons and a PSAC East record of 78-32. Over the past six years, the team has won four PSAC East titles and went a perfect 10-0 in the PSAC East in 2003.

Coach Gump was named the 2003 and 2006 PSAC East Coach of the Year, the 1998-99 and 2003-04 KU Women's Athletics Coach of the Year.[11]

Since 1983, 22 players have been selected to the All-PSAC East First Team.

PSAC Eastern Division Rookies of the Year (since 1991):

  • Sarah Knaub (1995)
  • Jessie Didier (2000)
  • Ebany Hetrick (2002)

PSAC Eastern Division Athletes of the Year (since 1991):

  • Jessie Didier (2003)
  • Sarah Brandon (2004, 2005, 2006)[12]

Winter sports[edit]

Men's and Women's Basketball[edit]

Kutztown University's men's basketball team was established in 1903. It is currently under the direction of head coach Bernie Driscoll, who has led the program since 2000. The team won the PSAC East regular-season title in 1988 and shared the division title in 2008. Since 2003, the team has posted five straight winning seasons, and has an appearance in the PSAC title game (2004).[13]

The Kutztown University women's basketball team was established in 1971. Head coach Janet Malouf has served in that position since 1994. She has the most wins in The team appeared in the PSAC playoffs every season from 1995-96 to 2005-06.[14]

Men's and Women's swimming[edit]

The Kutztown University men's and women's swimming teams are guided by head coach Tim Flannery, who has served in that position since 1996-97. The program has produced two NCAA champions, Ed Flory (1977-'78) and Claudine Gruver (1997).

Wrestling[edit]

The Kutztown University wrestling team is led by head coach Robert Fisher, who has served in that role since 2000-01. Fisher has a record of 81-40-1. The program was established in 1940, but was discontinued three years later due to World War II. In 1965, Dan Hinkel was the head coach when the program was reinstated. In 2007, Joe Kemmerer won the first NCAA championship, winning the 133 pound title at the Division II Championships.[15]

Spring sports[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Chris Blum has served as head coach of the Kutztown University baseball program since 2003. Blum has amassed a 225-96 record, including an 87-35 mark in the PSAC East. On March 14 2008, Blum became the fastest collegiate baseball coach to 200 career victories, when KU defeated California (Pa.) in Blum's 314 career game[16] Kutztown has won PSAC Eastern Division titles in 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2007; PSAC Championships in 1966, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008; and has won the North Atlantic Regional tournament in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2007. The team spent the week of April 30, 2007, as the No. 1 ranked team in Division II.[17] A first for the program.[18]

Women's Lacrosse[edit]

The Kutztown University women's lacrosse program returned to varsity status in 2008. The program was instituted in 1975 and discontinued in 1990. The program, which won the PSAC title in 1982, is responsible for the first PSAC Championship by a women's team in KU history. The team is now under the direction of head coach Sarah Greer, a Kutztown University graduate.[19]

Softball[edit]

Kutztown University's softball team is led by head coach Judy Lawes, who has served as head coach since 1987. Lawes has led the Golden Bears to appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament in 1994-96 and then every year from 2000-08. Lawes has also guided Kutztown to 13 PSAC playoff appearances, including four runner-up finishes (1988, 1989, 1996, 2007). Lawes has been named PSAC East Coach of the Year in 1989, 1994, 2000 and 2007. Lawes also garnered the Dr. Dorothy Moyer Award in 1994, 1995, 2000, 2007 and 2008, which is presented to the KU Coach of the Year for women’s athletics. Other accomplishments include setting the school record for overall wins (48) in 2008 and wins in the Eastern Division (22) in 2007. Additionally, her team won a share of the PSAC East title in 1994 and won the title outright in 2007 and 2008.[20]

Multi-Season Sports[edit]

Women's Golf[edit]

Kutztown University's women's golf team is led by head coach Robert Fisher, who has served in the role since January 2002. The team was established in 2000-01 as the first women's golf program in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.[21]

Men's and Women's Tennis[edit]

Kutztown University's men's and women's tennis teams are under the direction of head coach Suresh Ramamurthi. Ramamurthi has served as head coach since the 1999-2000 season. The men's team has won the PSAC title in 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07. The women's team has finished a best-ever second in the PSAC twice (1993-94, 2004-05)[22]

Men's & Women's Track & Field[edit]

Kutztown University's Men's and Women's Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field teams are under the direction of head coach Ray Hoffman, who has led the program since the 2006-07. From 1998-2006, Hoffman served as an assistant coach, while also serving as head coach of the cross country teams. The men's team won the PSAC outdoor title in 1983, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2002; and the Eastern College Athletic Conference indoor title in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001. The women's team has won the PSAC outdoor title in 1997, 2000 and 2005; the PSAC indoor title in 2004, 2005 and 2006; and the ECAC indoor title in 2001. The program has produced two NCAA Division II National Champions, Mike Cantrel (pole vault, 1987 indoors) and Tara Crozier (hammer, 1997 outdoors).[23]

Club Sports[edit]

Men's Rugby[edit]

Founded in 1984 by Andrew Lewis,[24] the Kutztown Rugby Football Club represents Kutztown in college rugby competitions, and has been a member of USA Rugby since 1988. Gregg 'Doc' Jones has been the team's head coach since 1986.[25]

Kutztown plays in the East Conference of Division 1-A rugby. There have been multiple tournament wins, international tours, and playoff appearances. In 2008, Kutztown advanced to the national quarterfinals, led by Marco Barnard who later went on to play for the U.S. national team.[26] In spring 2013, Kutztown reached the USA Rugby national playoff quarterfinals.[27]

Kutztown has also been successful in rugby sevens. In February 2012, Kutztown beat Missouri and Miami-Ohio en route to reaching the semifinals at the Las Vegas Invitational.[28] Kutztown began the fall 2012 season ranked as the #1 team in college rugby sevens.[29] Kutztown reached the semifinals of the 2013 Collegiate Rugby Championship, the highest profile competition in college rugby, played at PPL Park in Philadelphia and broadcast live on NBC. Kutztown improved on their performance the following year, reaching the finals of the 2014 Collegiate Rugby Championship before losing to Cal 24-21.[30]

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