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2014 Army Football Uniforms

If you haven’t watched the One on One with Adam Brooks on Army’s 2014 football uniforms, it is one of our favorites. What you don’t see in the piece is a wrinkle that Army fans were exposed to in the season-opening win over Buffalo. Nike and our equipment staff do a wonderful job working together on our uniforms to keep them current, but also respect the traditional look that Army fans have been accustomed to seeing. This year’s addition of the player nameplate on the chest mimics the cadets’ Army uniform, is unique to the academy, and provides a bit of individuality for each player. From all accounts the reviews have been positive.

During a game week, a piece of the Army uniform for the upcoming Saturday is released on twitter by @Army_Football. For Wake Forest, it seems like a good bet we will be seeing some white.

GO ARMY!

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In Remembrance of 9/11

Lt. General Robert L. Caslen addressed the West Point community at Trophy Point earlier this morning, talking about the 9-11 generation that is living history. Caslen discussed how certain moments in American history stand out and that the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the fallen plane in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001 are a part of those from our nation’s history that will never be forgotten, not only by the American people, but from people around the world. His speech encouraged the community to continue to stand together in the fight for freedom’s light that will never be eclipsed by terror because of the brave men and women, firefighters, soldiers and civilians alike who fight for it to stay shining. Caslen spoke about how here at West Point we are among cadets that have joined the military for their own reasons, but all did so during a time of war because they too want to fight for freedom’s light.

After Caslen’s speech the final bell was struck by the West Point fire department symbolizing the last response. Then the bagpipers played Amazing Grace followed by four cannon blasts that represented the four planes and West Point’s recognition to those who have lost their lives because of terrorism.

If you are on post today, you may have seen cadets and members of the West Point community running with the American flag. As part of the remembrance of 9/11, Cadets and members of the West Point community took to the streets and we were able to catch a shot of men’s basketball head coach Zach Spiker and is wife Jenn, along with assistant coach Jimmy Allen this morning.

We join the country in remembrance for all those who lost their lives on that day 13 years ago.  

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First Football Weekend in the Books

Saturday was quite the experience with all the anticipation of head coach Jeff Monken’s first game leading the football team and it was great to see the team come through with a huge victory over Buffalo. It was my first game as part of the staff here at West Point and I was lucky that I was able to stay within the air conditioning of Hoffman Press Box. I didn’t realize how hot it was on the turf until people started coming in and out of the press box and seeing the looks on their faces.

As for the game, we ran all over the Bulls for over 300 yards rushing, which should be a norm for this team as Monken said in his press conference after. It was also impressive that Angel Santiago and A.J. Schurr combined to be a perfect 7-for-7 in the passing game. However, the star of the show was Larry Dixon, who ran for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his touchdown scampers were the result of huge holes left by the offensive line. Josh Jenkins also put forth an exceptional effort with two interceptions and Chris Carnegie changed the game with his pick coming right before halftime, which gave the offense the ball at the Buffalo 8-yard line. 

We got some national attention on Saturday night as well with Larry Dixon earning a helmet sticker from Mark May on ESPN’s College Football Final, which drew a lot of tweets and favorites on Twitter. Our black top and white bottomed uniforms also got play on the internet. People liked the addition of the names on the right side of the chest, which mirrors the look of the Army Combat Uniform.

There were a couple of photos of the day that came after the game with the cadets and Buffalo as they were walking off the field and Monken’s excitement following the Alma Mater. There was a photo circulating on Twitter of the Corps of Cadets and the Buffalo players shaking hands as the Bulls left the field. What a great and classy moment following a very intense game. Monken’s photo was him raising his hat in the air in front of the team after singing second in front of the cadets.

His quote after the game sums up the celebration after the game.

"There are 4,000 cadets over there, that have been standing out in the sun and are living and dying on every play with our team and part of the celebration is for them. We represent the Corps of Cadets and so when we went over it should be a moment to celebrate. We want them to be excited and we all 4,000 of them to have our backs every time we take the field. We want them to be yelling and into the game and to be enjoying it and to be our 12th man. I want to make sure every time we celebrate, we go over there and celebrate."

-Matt

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BUFFvsARMY Social Media Recap

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A Unique Perspective

Hello all, my name is Ally Keirn and I am another new addition to the Army Athletic Communications staff. I came on board at Army after spending the past two years as the graduate assistant in the Sports Information Department at Bloomsburg University.

While I was a part of the Huskies, I worked closely with the 20 Division II varsity sports as well as Division I wrestling. I played an integral role in the social media efforts for the athletic department and was involved with the day-to-day operations while doing a majority of the graphic work for athletic publications, all while obtaining a Master’s of Business Administration.

It was during my undergrad years that I discovered there was a profession involving intercollegiate athletics filled with great individuals that I wanted to be a part of. I was a four-year starter of the nationally ranked women’s lacrosse team at Mercyhurst University and was fully unaware of the behind-the-scenes efforts that went into not just my sport, but all collegiate athletics. It wasn’t until I declared Sports Business Management as my major and volunteered for the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four in Erie that I got my first taste of athletic communications, and this is what ignited my passion for the unique profession. Since then I have become fully educated in what truly goes into college athletics.

Here at Army I am the primary contact for the golf team as well as for men’s and women’s swimming and diving in the traditional sense, but I also have a unique role as the Army-Navy social media coordinator. I am excited for the seasons to start and to see the cadet-athletes in action. The golf team’s only home event this fall is Sept. 27-28 when they host Navy so I will be able to fully cover the deep-rooted rivalry as the cadets and midshipmen tee-off against each other at the West Point Golf Course. The swim and dive teams have two intrasquad scrimmages before diving into a dual-meet at UMASS. This will give me the chance to see the teams in action and get to know the athletes a little before the season truly starts.

With the Army-Navy social media position I am hoping to use my mix of perspectives as a former student-athlete, a sports fan and my time in athletic communications to bring the fans of the two great military academies exactly what they want to see. It is a tough feat, but I am up for the challenge.

So far I have been in awe with what goes on here at West Point. The standards which the cadets and employees are held to help push us all to perform at our best every day because we represent so much more than other colleges. I am really looking forward to my first football game day experience when the Black Knights host Buffalo on Sept. 6. I can’t wait for the cannons go off, the parachuters to soar down onto the field and the glee club to start singing the national anthem. It is such a surreal feeling to be a part of something that has so much history and boasts many traditions. I am eager to share the experiences this season with all the fans through social media.

We officially kicked-off the fall season last Friday when the women’s soccer team hosted Fairfield. The following few weeks will be filled with much anticipated out-of-the-office games and events, which we are all looking forward to.

Hoping to see you at games and on social media,

-AK

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USA Men’s Basketball at West Point

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USA Basketball Visits West Point

What a day it has been for the West Point community! First off, let me introduce myself. My name is Nick Lantz, and this is my first season in the Army Athletic Communications office.

We were treated with a special and unique experience today at West Point. The USA men’s basketball team visited post. Some of the best basketball players in the world spent their day at the U.S. Military Academy touring the grounds and seeing what it’s like to be a cadet.

The players and coaches visited some important spots on post, including the cemetery and trophy point. They enjoyed the sloppy joes at the mess hall before getting some practice time in at Christl.

The players entertained the crowded gym with some drills, a short scrimmage and a little friendly competition with Army’s men’s and women’s basketball squads. They even played a long game of knockout, with forward Chandler Parsons of the Dallas Mavericks taking the crown.

It was a warm welcome for USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who played for the Black Knights under Bobby Knight and was Army head coach for five seasons during the late 70’s. Alongside Coach K were coaches Monty Williams, Tom Thibodeau and Jim Boeheim.

Jay Bilas played host while the practice was being televised on ESPN2. Fans enjoyed the show, but none more than the cadets. Many cadets were able to share some laughs with players while taking a selfie or two.

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose received a huge ovation from the crowd. Rose, a former NBA MVP, is returning to the court after missing a large majority of the past two seasons due to knee injuries.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was also a fan favorite, as was Houston Rockets guard James Harden. The rest of the team: Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar DeRozan, Kenneth Faried, Rudy Gay, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver and Mason Plumlee.

It was quite the experience having these terrific young players and distinguished coaches among the West Point community. Team USA heads down to the Big Apple for an exhibition with the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night in preparation for the FIBA World Cup.

Just another wonderful day at the U.S. Military Academy!

GO ARMY!

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Excitement Building for ODIA Newcomers

Hello, everyone. I’m Kelly Dumrauf, one of the newest members of the athletic communications staff. There are five new people in the office this year and we’ve all be enjoying our transition so far.

I’ve been at Army for about a month now, coming to West Point from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an NCAA Division II school in Southwestern Pennsylvania. There I was the primary contact for eight sports and was afforded the opportunity to work with nationally ranked programs including men’s basketball and football. The last year at IUP was a unique opportunity for me since the institution is my alma mater.

Here at Army, I will be working with cross country and track & field, gymnastics, men’s and women’s rugby and women’s tennis. I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with a few sports I have never dealt with before and to learn from some of the bests in the business.

Rugby has been the newest addition to the Army Athletic Association’s growing list of varsity sports, as it was just announced on Aug. 1. The Black Knights now feature men’s and women’s rugby and are one of just a few schools to include those two under athletics. Heading into the season, I have never seen a rugby match. It has been a growing topic in our field and a sport that has been gaining popularity over the past few years. I am excited to see it through and to learn more about the game and the cadets who play it.

Gymnastics is also a sport I have never worked with before. Not many Division II schools carry gymnastics programs so this will be a new opportunity for me. Army is lucky to have one of the top gymnasts in the country, Jesse Glenn, and a very historic program under head coach Doug Van Everen. As an Olympic sport, gymnastics is a unique event that I think will be very interesting to be a part of. It’s always one of my favorite to watch during the Olympics. The gymnastics squad is also hosting the Army-Navy meet this year, on Valentine’s Day, so it will be fun to get to experience the rivalry first-hand. 

With such a young and talented group, these next few months should be a wonderful learning experience and a great time for all of us. We have a plethora of exciting events coming up including the Army-Navy football game in Baltimore and a trip to Yankee Stadium for a matchup with Connecticut. This year will be full of eventful nights and I’m sure some amazing competition.

Events will start getting underway soon and that is bringing in a lot of excitement in the office, with just a few weeks to go before we’re officially in season. I can’t wait to see what the year brings us and I look forward to working and meeting the Black Knights’ family.

-Kelly 

Go Army! Beat Navy! 

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Another week has come to an end, which means we’re another week closer to the 2014-15 Army sports season.

Preseason football practice continues to roll on, with the Black Knights finalizing preparations for their season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 6. Practice began on Monday with players donning helmets and shorts before adding shoulder pads on Wednesday and Thursday.

Check here for the recap from Thursday’s practice session.

Also of note this week was the announcement that five senior cadet-athletes were selected to lead the Corps of Cadets. Men’s soccer goalkeeper Winston Boldt will serve as the Deputy Brigade Commander, which ranks as the second-highest leadership position in the Corps. Also selected to the Cadet Chain of Command were women’s basketball guard Jordan Elliott, women’s cross country and track & field athlete Dayna Cline and football players Larry Dixon and Joe Drummond.

For the full write up on the varsity athletes selected to the Cadet Chain of Command, click here.

Working with and around these cadets nearly every day allows us to get to know some of them on a personal level as collegiate athletes. But when hearing about how well-respected these cadet-athletes are by their peers, it really makes you step back and realize how special these young men and women are, not only as athletes, but as leaders.

I know I can speak for the entire department when I say we are all extremely proud of these five athletes and all of the cadets we have the opportunity to interact with on a daily basis.

Along with begin chosen as the Deputy Brigade Commander, Boldt was named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List as one of 32 Division I men’s soccer selections. The Hermann Trophy, which is presented annually by the Missouri Athletic Club, is as the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer and is the official National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) Player of the Year award in Division I.

The list of 32 players will be narrowed down to 15 toward the end of the regular season, with three finalists being selected from the group of 15. The winner will be announced in January. For more information on Boldt’s selection to the watch list, click here.

The men’s basketball team announced its Patriot League schedule on Wednesday after unveiling its nonconference slate earlier this summer.

Army is set to open its conference schedule on New Year’s Eve when the Black Knights welcome Lafayette to Christl Arena for a 3 p.m. tip. Prior to beginning Patriot League action, Army plays an 11-game nonleague schedule which includes the season opener against Air Force (Nov. 14) and road contests at Duke (Nov. 30) and at USC (Dec. 13).

For the full Army men’s basketball schedule, click here.

The summer is a great time to do some relaxing and take a more low-key approach to life. As much as I enjoy the summer, I always find myself looking forward to the first game of the fall and everything that comes with it. The 2013-14 season was certainly one to remember and we can only imagine what the upcoming year will hold.

That’s all for now, thanks for checking in to the Black Knights Blog this week and be sure to come back next week for more updates surrounding Army Athletics.

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2014-15 Season Rapidly Approaching

Welcome Army fans to the first full week of August! Summer is quickly winding down, which means the fall sports season is right around the corner.

The Army football team opened its 2014 preseason camp yesterday afternoon, as 155 players took part in the two-and-a-half-hour session under first-year head coach Jeff Monken. For a photo gallery of Monday’s practice, click here.

The entire football squad will undergo a media training session on Aug. 14 as part of next Thursday’s Media Day. Players will also have their team headshots taken among a series of additional media requirements.

The Black Knights open their 12-game slate on Sept. 6 when they welcome Buffalo to Michie Stadium at 12 p.m.

Among the other Army teams beginning their respective seasons this month are the men’s and women’s soccer teams.

The women’s soccer squad opens on Aug. 22 at home against Fairfield to mark the official beginning to the 2014-15 Army sports calendar. Second-year head coach Marcia McDermott guided the Black Knights to an 8-7-4 record in her first season with the team.

The men’s team begins regular-season competition one week later, hosting Fairfield on Aug. 29. Russell Payne, who enters his fifth season as head coach at Army, led the team to a 12-3-3 finish in 2013. Last season marked just the fifth time the Black Knights recorded at least 12 wins in the 93-year history of the program.

Both teams welcomed their respective recruiting classes earlier this summer. Check out the following links for information on the men’s and women’s incoming freshmen.

The volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country programs also begin competition in August, all starting play on Aug. 29.

The volleyball squad travels to Smithfield, R.I., for the two-day Bryant Invitational on Aug. 29-30. The Black Knights are scheduled to play four matches over the two days, including contests against St. John’s, Bryant, Towson and UMass Lowell.

Head volleyball coach Alma Kovaci, who enters her seventh season at the Academy, led Army to a 14-13 record last season and brings in a nationally ranked recruiting class to join the 2014 Black Knights.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams kick off the 2014 season by hosting the Army Open on Aug. 29.

Have a good Tuesday Army fans and be sure to check back later in the week for more updates.