Scott was the “Coaches’ Confidential” spotlight subject in the November 9 issue of SwimSwam. Scott is the head coach of the SUNY-New Paltz men’s and women’s swimming teams. He’s been at the college for seven years and has led his swimmers to numerous school records, All-American honors, and NCAA championship qualifying swims. In 2011 he was named Coach of the Year in the Division III State University of New York Athletic Conference. Says Scott, “As I get older the biggest joy I have in this job is not necessarily in watching the team go fast at a duel or championship meet, but in seeing the athletes accomplish something they didn’t think was possible and grow in the process.” There’s lots more in the interview, including nice mention of his alma mater. At K he majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.
Bob and his wife, Sue (Wotila) Brackenridge ’65, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 19 with family and friends in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They are still active and healthy, and both attended the 2015 Homecoming in Kalamazoo. They also are planning a Michigan trip in May 2016 that will include stops at the Senior PGA golf tournament in Benton Harbor, the Michigan capitol in Lansing, and the Upper Peninsula. The latter is sure to rekindle memories of Bob’s “Soo to Kazoo in ‘62” cross-country relay with Coach Swede Thomas and Hornet harrier teammates.
Bobby (and, to a lesser extent, the extraordinary streak of consecutive conference titles by the Hornet men’s tennis program) is the subject of a short feature on the Colgate University Raider website. Bobby is in his ninth season coaching both the Colgate men’s and women’s tennis squads. “I was fortunate enough to play four years for the Kalamazoo College men’s tennis team,” he is quoted. He was captain his senior year and part of an All-American doubles team with partner Andrew Minnelli ’01. Bobby’s major at K was English.
Sarah, a.k.a. the “Bricktator,” is making a name (even two!) for herself in roller derby. She’s a lifelong athlete: a childhood figure skater, high school basketball player, and Hornet soccer standout (she was captain of the women’s varsity team two years). At K Sarah majored in biology and studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. After graduation, while living in San Francisco in 2011, Sarah got hooked on roller derby after attending a local game. She joined the Bay Area Derby Girls, a four-team league. Last year, when Arnosky moved to St. Louis, Mo., to attend graduate school at Washington University, she joined the St. Louis-based Arch Rival Roller Girls (ARRG) league and had an immediate impact. She was named MVP of the ARRG league this season, and she led her travel team to a No. 10 international ranking. In November of 2015 Sarah and her ARRG travel team qualified for the WFTDA Championships in St. Paul, Minn. The event included teams from five countries and was streamed live on ESPN3. In roller derby, each team has five players on the track at one time — four blockers and one jammer. The goal of the game is for the jammer to lap opposing players as they go around the track. Each time the jammer laps an opponent, one point is scored for the jammer’s side. The blockers are thus simultaneously attempting to stop their opponent’s jammer while also trying to create space for their own jammer to skate through. Sarah is a jammer for ARRG with the moniker “Bricktator.” She loves the sport for its physicality and footwork and for the fact that it favors so many different types of athlete body–short, tall, wide and thin. The sport has surged during the past 15 years with hundreds of women’s leagues around the world.
Scott is one of only 158 nominees nationwide for the 2015 Allstate/National Association of Basketball Coaches Good Works Team. The award recognizes men’s college basketball players for their charitable achievements and community involvement. Scott is a senior captain of the Hornet men’s basketball team. He carries a 3.9 grade point average and is majoring in economics and mathematics. He does significant volunteer work for Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, an organization dedicated to food security and food justice. He also helps coach Special Olympics teams and serves as a recess assistant at Woodward Elementary School. The 10 award winners will be announced this month. If Scott is in that group he will be flown to the Final Four tournament in April, recognized for his service, and he will participate in a community service project in the host city of Indianapolis.
Nick has been named the head coach of the University of Portland (Ore.) men’s soccer program. For the past four years Nick has been the associate head coach for the UCLA Bruins. He has helped build championship programs at UCLA and at George Mason University. At those two schools Nick brought in nationally-ranked recruiting classes each of the past seven seasons, including the nation’s number one recruiting class each of the past three seasons at UCLA. At Kalamazoo College Nick earned his B.A. in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, and Oaxaca, Mexico. He was an All-American goalkeeper on the Hornet men’s soccer team, for which he was four-year starter and a two-year captain. Nick holds the Hornet record for shutouts and saves. Following his graduation from K, Nick had a short playing stint (cut short by a knee injury) with Cruz Azul Oaxaca of the Mexican Second Division. From 2002-05, he played for the Kalamazoo Kingdom where he set franchise records as a goalkeeper for wins and shutouts during the 2004 season. He also saw time on trial with Osnabruck of the German third division in 2006.
Dirk is executive team leader for logistics at Target, Inc. He lives in the greater Chicago area. He had previously played professional basketball in Osnabrueck, Germany. He earned his degree at K in economics and business and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany.
James will celebrate his 100th birthday next month on March 16. James majored in sociology at K, earned a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and studied at the Chicago Theological Seminary. He retired as a minister in the United Church of Christ. Not long ago his daughter Joan called Lisa Murphy ’98, the College archivist, seeking information on her father’s time at K so that she could put together a book to give him at Christmas. “I found tennis and Glee Club photos of him as well as a bunch of newspaper articles from The Index that she was able to put into the book,” says Lisa. “The family also purchased a 1938 yearbook for him on eBay, which he is holding in the photo.” Joan was kind enough to ask her father some questions for Lisa. Turns out that James was a Hornet tennis player for legendary coach Allen Stowe. Lisa wondered if he had any special memories of Coach Stowe or the team. “Yes,” says James. “One afternoon the coach asked me to warm up with a female tennis player. The rest of the team sat on the bleachers and watched. I served the ball gently to her and it came back hard and forceful. I knew I was in trouble. We played a few sets, all of which she won. After the sets I found out she was the United States female tennis champion, and I had been set up. My teammates and coach were laughing, so did I. She played well.” What James recalls most about his coach was his extraordinary kindness. “He taught chemistry. It was odd that he never played tennis, just coached it.” His favorite class and professor? “Dr. Dunsmore [Religious Studies] was my favorite professor,” says James. “He was my counselor as well and guided me through graduation. My favorite class was sociology.” K sends James a early happy-100th-birthday wish.
Bill was inducted into the Lake County (Ill.) Sports Hall of Fame for his career coaching cross country and track. Over his tenure he has worked with seven state champions, three state record setters and three high school All-Americans. Six of his athletes have gone on to earn All-American honors in college, including one national champion. Another athlete was overall national champion and an Olympian. Bill continues to teach math and coach at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Ill.
Judy was inducted into the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame on January 30, 2015. She works at the Academy of Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) where she serves as associate head of school, upper school director, and women’s varsity tennis coach. When Judy was a high school player, team trips to Stowe Stadium may have influenced her decision to attend K. As a Hornet she played field hockey and basketball and sort of “fell into tennis. I played for Tish Loveless,” Judy said. “She was the field hockey coach, so showing up for tennis try-outs wasn’t intimidating. A former high school teammate came to get me from my dorm room the afternoon of try-outs and said that clearly I should play tennis. She was right. It was a great decision.” By the time that the Hornets reached the MIAA Tournament that spring, Judy was playing one-doubles with the one-singles player. “I was really inspired to continue playing after that experience,” she added. “I played all four years at K.” Since becoming varsity tennis coach at Sacred Heart, the Gazelles have won nine regional championships and finished second six times. They have recorded 11 top-ten finishes in state competition, including two state titles (2012 and 2013). Judy has been regional coach of the year on four occasions and was state coach of the year in 2001. She is a member of the Catholic High School League Hall of Fame.