Meet the new Coordinator of Intramural & Club Sports

Most people around the Marist College campus are unfamiliar with the exact number of students involved in intramural and club sports. But, Brandon James who was most recently appointed as the new Interim Coordinator of Club Sports, Intramurals, and Summer Camps is in charge of making sure these activities are running smoothly and successfully. However, with approximately a third of the entire Marist undergraduate program participating in at least one intramural sport, the position definitely has its challenges. Continue reading

Josh Royce: More Than Your Average Athlete

When thinking of your typical collegiate football player, media production is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. However, for senior Wide Receiver Josh Royce, this aspect of his life defines him just as much as his on the field contributions. Royce is known for being a contributing member of the Marist offense as well as creating a Marist Football promo video during the course of Marist’s 2013 Pioneer Football league championship season while he was injured. The video garnered a lot of attention and quickly became the most watched Marist football promotional video on the internet.

Royce initially got into media production in the 7th grade by making short funny videos with his friends. As he got older, he noticed that this was in fact his passion by making his own highlight videos for football. Eventually, upon coming to college Royce decided to pursue it full time, he became a Media Production major here at Marist. Much of what Royce knows is self taught, as he learn most of the information through the videos he made with his friends. Here at Marist, Royce has been given a great opportunity to combine his two loves of football and media production, merging them into something flashy and creative.

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Royce making a tip toe catch along the sidelines

Royce was hit with a major setback on the football field in 2013, suffering a serious knee injury that forced him to sit out the entirety of the season. During this time, Royce said the time away from football gave him some perspective on things, saying, “It reminded me of what I really wanted to do in school.” It was during this time that he began to film promotional videos for the Marist football team. Royce also added, “The promotional video really gave me something to do when I was injured.” The video, chronicling the journey of the Marist football team from preseason to Pioneer League Champions has garnered the most views for a Marist football video, with over 3,200 and still counting. The fact that Royce has an insider understanding of what it means to be a football player has helped his media production abilities as well, saying, “A lot of the kids in the media department aren’t athletes and don’t really know what to look for,” Royce commented. “I play football, I know what to look for.”

Royce likes to do things somewhat differently from the traditional Media Production major. He defines his style as more modern and having more flash and creativity than other styles of Media Production majors. He also states that although much of what he learns in school is helpful, the type of media production that he is into is more of a modern style and not necessarily taught in a school setting, saying, “they don’t really teach you how to make flashy videos like music videos or highlight films.” This has caused Royce to do more media production on his own for himself which in turn has led to an increased passion for his area of study, as although he does not follow the traditional norms in terms of media production, he has been successful in doing his own thing.  “You think of stories in your mind and they’re like movies,” Royce stated, adding “it makes your imagination come to life.”

Although filming and editing is what Royce is known for off the field, he says he aspires to be like Steven Spielberg and do it all, meaning directing, editing, writing, and production. Royce took a step in this direction last year, writing an award winning script for a short film called “Closure”, Royce was recognized for his efforts by the Marist Media Department.

This year, Royce is no longer injured and back to being one of the contributors on the Marist Football Team. Although he no longer has the free time his injury gave him to pursue his passion, this hasn’t compromised his love of filming and editing. Following his graduation from Marist, Royce says he wants to go more in the freelance direction of media production. Along with flashy highlight videos, Royce also has a deep interest in travel and different cultures and customs. His dream is to travel the world and film different places and cultures. Royce summed it up perfectly, saying “I just want to enjoy my life and catch it all on film.”

Marist College Football Promo Video by Josh Royce

Marist vs. Jacksonville Pre Game Pump Up by Josh Royce

Against All Odds: The Nick Pittito Story

Senior Defensive End Nick Pititto.  Courtesy of Marist Athletics

Senior Defensive End Nick Pititto. Courtesy of Marist Athletics

If there is anything history has shown us it’s that everybody loves an underdog story. There is nothing better than someone achieving the unthinkable and reaching their goal when the odds are against them. No matter what sport it is, walking-on to a Division 1 College sports team isn’t easy. Although none are easy, perhaps there is none more challenging then Division I college football.

It’s 6 a.m, he rolls out of bed, he looks outside his window, three feet of snow greets him as he opens his front door. “Damn! How am I going to get to my first practice?” He looks up with a stern face as if reliving the moment. “It was at that point I knew Alfred University wasn’t for me”. Continue reading

Short is Sweet: Dominating in a Sport Where Height Matters

The 2013 Marist Volleyball Team. Photo Credit: Marist Athletics.

The 2013 Marist Volleyball Team. Photo Credit: Marist Athletics.

The Marist College Women’s Volleyball team huddles up before the opening set of every match, raising their hands skyward. In a sport where height provides an invaluable advantage, the players’ arms stretch well over six feet.

But, if you look closely, you’ll see a hand in the huddle that doesn’t quite reach the others. It belongs to Brooke Zywick – the team’s libero – standing at a mere 5’4”.

Liberos are generally the shorter members of the volleyball team, but Zywick knows that her tiny stature is rare at the collegiate level.

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Ushering in success: Jeff Bower, Marist’s men’s basketball coach

Jeff Bower warms up to the press at his introductory news conference. – photo courtesy of goredfoxes.com

Jeff Bower warms up to the press at his introductory news conference. – photo courtesy of goredfoxes.com

In the history of the NCAA, few Division I men’s basketball programs have experienced a worse season than Marist’s 2009-2010 campaign.

The Red Foxes went 1-29 under coach Chuck Martin that season. Bleacher Report, a popular online sports outlet, published an article in February of 2011 titled “College Basketball: The Worst Seasons in D-I History”, which ranked Marist’s 2009-2010 performance number 10 all-time. As a result, the Marist community’s excitement and attention has been rightfully focused on Marist’s women’s basketball team who have experience consistent post-season success.

Enter Marist’s new men’s basketball coach Jeff Bower, who is set to use his experience of the game to propel the Red Foxes toward similar success. Bower brings a plethora of experience in the collegiate and professional ranks to a Marist program that last appeared in the NCAA tournament in 1987 when Bower served as an assistant to long time head coach Dave Mcgarity.

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Looney Setting the Bar, Breaks Program Passing Records

Poughkeepsie, N.Y – For the past two weeks, Marist College senior quarterback Chuckie Looney has been rewriting history in the program’s record books with the first coming Saturday October 5, 2013, when set the program’s all-time passing yards record as Marist shutout conference foe Valparaiso 37-0 at home, and the following week October 12, 2013, he threw five touchdown passes in a 35-33 loss at San Diego, the new single-game record.

“I am honored that I am being recognized for my play on the field,” says Looney “these achievements are great but, my primary focus is on the Pioneer Football League championship that is so close to my team’s grasps.  I just have to remain humble and not get distracted by these achievements so that I can make my main goal a reality and then I can look back on my last season at Marist.”

In the 37-0 victory over Valparaiso at home, Looney, who was pulled from the game late in the third quarter, threw for two touchdowns, 188 yards, and was 11- for-15 on the day.  126 of Looney’s passing yards, and a touchdown went to fifth-year senior receiver Bartley Leneghan.  Leneghan spoke on Looney’s recent accomplishment saying “Chuck has really gotten into the zone.  As an offense we don’t move until Chuck does.  He’s our leader and has really been doing a good job this year.  It’s amazing how much he has matured and is only getting better.”

Looney drops back to pass in Marist's  37-0 win against Valparaiso October 5, 2013.

Looney drops back to pass in Marist’s 37-0 win against Valparaiso October 5, 2013.

After Saturday, Looney now has 4,874 career passing yards, eclipsing the former record of 4,703 yards by James Luft, who played from 2001- 2005.     Continue reading

Being Told You Can’t, Doesn’t Mean You Stop Trying

“Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable!” This was the motto that Dan Ventricelli followed when he was young, and is the same motto, that he continues to follow today.

Daniel Ventricelli Jr., now in his third year at Marist College, attempted to walk on to the Marist College Baseball team his freshman year. Unfortunately for him, things didn’t go the way he wanted. When cuts were announced, Ventricelli found out that he would not be a part of the team. “It hurt inside,” said Ventricelli. “Being told you can’t play something that you enjoy, hurts, but that was the fuel I used to work harder.” And work harder was exactly what he did.

Having played baseball since he was a little kid, Ventricelli didn’t want to stop playing the game he loved. He knew that in order to try and make the team the following year, it would take a lot of effort and determination. Getting better and improving was something that Dan was committed to doing. “I literally went to the gym every day and played on a competitive summer ball team,” he said. “I ate healthy and was focused on the small things that I needed to improve on.” Continue reading