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NESCAC | Breaking down the Middlebury athletics budget (via Damon Hatheway, Middlebury Campus)
For the fiscal year 2010 — which all of our data will be drawn from — Middlebury had a college-wide operating budget of $269 million. In comparison, the athletics budget was $4.96 million, or roughly one fifty-fourth of the college’s total budget. For context, other NESCAC schools such as Williams ($4.75 million) and Amherst ($4.73 million) allocated similar money to their athletics budget in the same fiscal year. For some, regardless of what other NESCAC schools are spending on athletics, nearly $5 million is far too much to budget for Division III athletics at a liberal arts school. On the other hand, 28 percent of the student body is made up of student-athletes and the athletics budget serves — to some degree — the entire student body, given that many coaches’ salaries include their duties as P.E. teachers or club sports directors. The athletics budget also covers the swimming pool, athletics fields and other venues to which students, regardless of their participation in Middlebury athletics, have nearly unlimited access. Another important consideration is that roughly 25 percent of the athletics budget is covered by donation gifts, endowments and other revenue sources such as ticket revenue, meaning Middlebury itself provides only about 75 percent of the total budgeted money in a given year rather than the full $4.96 million.
Men’s Basketball | Spotted a 14-point lead, No. 7 Amherst holds on vs. No. 13 Williams, 67-65 (via Howard Herman, Berkshire Eagle)
“They’re really talented and really athletic. They’re a really good team. A 14-point hole really, really hurt us,” said Williams guard James Wang, whose desperation 3-point shot from half court fell short at the final horn. “Credit to my teammates. We never gave up. We believed. We could have rolled over, but wedidn’t.”
The win was the first for Amherst (16-2) in Williamstown since Jan. 10, 2009. The loss for Williams (15-4) stings as far as Little Three play is concerned. But since this was the non-league game of the home-and-home series, it does not count in the league standings. Michael Mayer came off the bench for Williams to register a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Women’s Ice Hockey | Trinity’s interim head coach is a worldly woman, and has brought change to the Bantams (via Mike Anthony, Hartford Courant)
Born in Denver but having spent her formative years in Alberta, Carson Duggan is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.
Because of her father’s globetrotting career in the oil industry, she has also lived in Texas, Africa and South America. She played college hockey at St. Lawrence in upstate New York, then professionally for a year overseas in Prague.
Who knows what the future holds? Maybe a career in finance will take her to Wall Street or Calgary. A career in hockey could lead her to a rink in just about any corner of North America. For now, she’s on Broad Street in Hartford, interim coach of the Trinity women’s hockey team, which is rolling after a rocky start to an unexpected period of transition.
Women’s Basketball | Clutch captain Stedman keeping the Lord Jeffs steady (via Emmett Knowlton, Amherst Student)
In case (for some reason) you haven’t been following the world of Div. III women’s basketball, now would probably be a pretty good time to start. After all, with Trinity’s men’s squash team losing to Yale last weekend, the Amherst women’s basketball team may just hold the longest current streak in DIII sports (but don’t quote me on that).
To recap: after winning the program’s first-ever national championship last year, the Jeffs entered this season with a 50 home-game win streak, a 19-game win streak and the No. 1 national ranking. With a repeat-or-bust mentality, the women opened the season with eight consecutive wins, all by 20 or more, concluding the first semester’s play with a decisive 69-26 win against Springfield College.
Men’s Ice Hockey | Continentals falter against nation’s top teams (via Dave Meisel, Hamilton Spectator)
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