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Pittsburgh area native Doug Kuberski has been named the head coach of the Youngstown State Women's Bowling program, the university announced on Thursday.

Kuberski is the current head coach at Iowa Western Community College, and he was previously the interim head coach at annual Division I power Arkansas State. He will begin at Youngstown State in December.

"We couldn't be more excited that Coach Kuberski has decided to join our Penguin family," said YSU Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Ron Strollo. "His background as a former Division I athlete and an interim Head Coach at a top-five nationally ranked program, as well as his most recent experience in starting up both a collegiate men's and women's bowling program in just seven short months at Iowa Western, demonstrated to us he knows the game and knows how to successfully lead a Division I program. Our student-athletes are ecstatic about his selection and look forward to his arrival in December."

Kuberski will take over as the second full-time head coach in program history. He follows Chelsea Gilliam, who led the program from its infancy and through the first two years of competition before taking another head coaching position. Clint Daley has served as the interim head coach since the beginning of October.

"From the moment I stepped on campus, I sensed a special culture flowing through YSU," Kuberski said. "It was positive, passionate and inspiring. There is a commitment to win and to win the right way. I appreciate YSU's vision for growth and believe it aligns perfectly with my own."

"This is a talented group of young ladies and I consider myself very fortunate to be able to work with such a strong team. They've built upon their top-25 ranking in just their third year and are off to a great start with a 13-9 record and wins against some of the nation's best teams. Coach Daley and the team have done a fantastic job. With a program filled with shotmakers who shoot spares as well as they do and who communicate as well as they do, it's no surprise that they are consistently in contention.

Penguin Bowling has a very solid foundation in place. I'm excited to get to work and build upon that foundation."

Kuberski comes to YSU having served as the first men's and women's bowling head coach at Iowa Western Community College. He recruited the inaugural class of 20 bowlers as well as laid the administrative groundwork for the program. In addition to his instruction, he organized travel, managed the budget, ordered equipment, ran the team's website and social media, fundraised and engaged with the community.

Prior to his time at Iowa Western, he served as the interim head coach and an assistant coach at Arkansas State during the 2017-18 season. The Red Wolves went 27-12 in head-to-head matches under his watch and won the 2017 Warhawk Classic. While Kuberski was an assistant at Arkansas State alongside three-time NTCA Coach of the Year Justin Kostick, the team won the 2018 Southland Bowling League championship and went on to finish fifth at the NCAA National Championship tournament.

Kuberski's first collegiate coaching experience came in 2008 when he served as the bowling coach of the Texas A&M men's team, and he led the Aggies to a win at the Big XII Championship Tournament. He has served as a personal coach for 15 years.

Originally from Monroeville, Pa., he was an Academic All-American at Nebraska and helped the Huskers finish third at the 2003 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships. He has been coached by current Nebraska head coach Bill Straub as well as former Team USA head coach Jeri Edwards.

Before his time at Arkansas State, Kuberski spent six years at a political science professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He has a doctorate degree in political science from Texas A&M, a master's in political science from Akron and a bachelor's in history, political science and philosophy from Nebraska.

YSU Penguin Athletics / NDSU In-Game Thread
« on: November 03, 2018, 03:18:23 PM »
15-minutes to kick-off

YSU Penguin Athletics / Women's Bowling
« on: November 03, 2018, 12:31:22 PM »
Did anyone happen to see the scores from this tournament?

Friday's Baker Match Results

    #3 Nebraska 956 – Youngstown State 811
    #23 Monmouth 893 – Youngstown State 880
    Youngstown State 886 - #16 UAB 880
    Youngstown State 900 - #4 Sam Houston State 822
    Youngstown State 953 - vs. #17 Louisiana Tech 905

Obviously Sam Houston may not be playing up to potential, but a win over a top-5 team is very impressive. The Lady Pens go 3 of 5 with all opponents in the top-25. I will be very interested to see where we end up in the polls next week!

YSU Penguin Athletics / Devin Morgan Interview
« on: November 02, 2018, 01:56:21 PM »

I like this kid's head. Very personable and seems to have a good basketball IQ. Very team oriented ...but you can tell he wants to step up and distinguish himself.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Penguin Gameday at SDSU
« on: October 13, 2018, 11:08:36 AM »

    The Youngstown State football team heads back on the road making a visit to No. 2 South Dakota State on Saturday. Kickoff for the contest between the Penguins and Jackrabbits is set for 3 p.m. Eastern/2 p.m. Central at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium. The game is available on WBCB TV in Youngstown, ESPN+, WKBN 570 AM and iHeartRadio.
    YSU (2-3, 1-1) picked up a come-from-behind 17-14 win over Southern Illinois last Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. The Penguins trailed 14-6 with five minutes remaining in the game before rallying for their first MVFC win.
    YSU led 3-0 on a Zak Kennedy field goal before the Salukis took a 7-3 lead on a five-yard touchdown run by D.J. Davis in the second quarter. The Penguins pulled within one at halftime on a 24-yard Kennedy field goal. With 10:57 remaining, SIU QB Matt DeSomer extended the lead to 14-6.
    However, the Penguins didn't wilt. Down eight ,YSU moved 76 yards in 14 plays and pulled within two points on a one-yard touchdown run by Tevin McCaster. On the two-point conversion, Montgomery VanGorder hit Zach Farrar on a slant to tie the contest at 14 with 4:36 left. The YSU defense forced a quick three-and-out, and, following a short punt, the Guins took over at the SIU 39. The Penguins moved to the Salukis' 13-yard line, and, with the ball at the 17, Kennedy came on to kick the game-winning field goal from 34 yards with just 26 seconds remaining.
    South Dakota State (3-1, 1-1) fought off a comeback bid by Indiana State to earn a 54-51 overtime win over the Sycamores last Saturday at Dykhouse Stadium. SDSU led 42-24 entering the fourth quarter before 24 points by the Sycamores forced a 48-48 tie at the end of regulation. In overtime, Indiana State kicked a field goal on its possession to lead 51-48. But the Jackrabbits' Isaac Wallace scored on a two-yard run for the victory. QB Taryn Christion threw five touchdown passes in the first three quarters of the contest.
    The Penguins beat SDSU in impressive fashion in last year's contest at Stambaugh Stadium. YSU picked up a 19-7 win over the Jackrabbits and had a time of possession of 45:14. The Guins forced two key turnovers in the contest. In the all-time series, SDSU leads 12-7. YSU last won at SDSU in 2014 (30-27), but dropped a 24-10 decision in 2016.


Quick Notes
• The fourth-quarter rally against Southern Illinois was the first by the Penguins since beating Eastern Washington in the FCS semifinals in December 2016.
• It was the lowest total of points scored by YSU in a win over SIU since 1965 (9-7).
• Through the first five games, Montgomery VanGorder has thrown 10 touchdown passes.
• TB Tevin McCaster has 535 yards rushing on 113 carries and six touchdowns. He is averaging 107 yards per game.
• McCaster scored his 30th career touchdown against Southern Illinois. He became the 10th player in YSU history to score 30 rushing TDs in a career.
• WR Zach Farrar has a team-high 19 catches for 292 yards. He caught his first career touchdown pass against Western Illinois. He hauled in three passes for 36 yards and caught a two-point conversion pass against SIU.
• LB Armand Dellovade has a team-high 43 total tackles. He also has a team-best 26 solo stops.
• DE Shereif Bynum has a team-high eight tackles for losses and four sacks.
• PK Zak Kennedy made three field goals in the win vs. SIU. It was the eighth time in his career that he had made three field goals in a game.
• Kennedy now has 51 career field-goals made, which is one shy of second in school history (52 by Paul McFadden 1980-83).
• Eight different Penguins have caught touchdown passes, and for six of those it was their first career touchdown catch. WR Natavious Payne and TE Miles Joiner went one better; their first career catch went for a touchdown.  The other four who have hauled in their first TD catches are Farrar, Kendric Mallory, London Pearson and Darius Shackleford.
• Six players have started each of the last 16 games - TB Tevin McCaster, C Vitas Hrynkiewicz, OG Gavin Wiggins, LB Armand Dellovade, DE Johnson Louigene and CB Bryce Gibson.
• Kennedy has made his last 67 PATs entering the game vs. South Dakota State. His last miss came in the second quarter of YSU's playoff win over Wofford in 2016.

Last Game: YSU 17, SIU 14
    YSU picked up a come-from-behind 17-14 win over Southern Illinois last Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. The Penguins trailed 14-6 with five minutes remaining in the game before rallying for their first MVFC win.
    YSU led 3-0 on a Zak Kennedy field goal before the Salukis took a 7-3 lead on a five-yard touchdown run by D.J. Davis in the second quarter. The Penguins pulled within one at halftime on a 24-yard Kennedy field goal. With 10:57 remaining, SIU QB Matt DeSomer extended the lead to 14-6.
    However, the Penguins didn't wilt. Down eight, YSU moved 76 yards in 14 plays and pulled within two points on a one-yard touchdown run by Tevin McCaster. On the two-point conversion, Montgomery VanGorder hit Zach Farrar on a slant to tie the contest at 14 with 4:36 left. The YSU defense forced a quick three-and-out, and, following a short punt took over at the SIU 39. The Penguins moved to the Salukis' 13-yard line, and, with the ball at the 17, Kennedy came on to kick the game-winning field goal from 34 yards with just 26 seconds remaining.

Last Meeting: YSU 19, SDSU 7
    The Penguins beat the fourth-ranked Jackrabbits 19-7 behind an impressive all-around performance last year at Stambaugh Stadium.
    The Guins never trailed in the contest while amassing 448 yards of total offense. YSU maintained possession for 45:14 of the game while running 86 offensive plays to SDSU's 37.
    YSU took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when QB Nathan Mays scored on a four-yard keeper. After SDSU tied the contest 7-7 following a 10-yard pass from Taryn Christion to Jake Wieneke early in the second, the Penguins had the upper-hand. TB Tevin McCaster scored on a one-yard run with 10:02 left in the second quarter to put the Guins ahead 14-7.
    In the second half, YSU played keep away scoring five points on a safety and a 24-yard Zak Kennedy field goal. YSU had the ball for nearly 26 minutes of the second half. It was the first win over SDSU at Stambaugh Stadium since 2007.

Dellovade Now Sits 15th
    Senior LB Armand Dellovade was credited with five tackles against Southern Illinois. For his career, Dellovade has 278 tackles (168 solos) to rank him 15th in school history.
    Dellovade is just five behind LB James Terry for 14th place (283) and is 22 shy of becoming just the 13th player in school history to reach the 300 tackle mark. Only one player since 2000 has been credited with more than 300 tackles, linebacker Jeremiah Wright (2003-07).
    Against SIU, he moved past current YSU c0-defensive coordinator Donald D'Alesio, who finished with 274 stops between 2010-14.

VanGorder Off to Hot Start
    QB Montgomery VanGorder is off to a hot start in his first year with the Penguins.
    Through five games, he has completed 90-of-165 passes for 1,148 yards and 10 touchdowns .
    Last year, the most touchdown passes by any YSU quarterback was five, and four of those came in one game. His 90 completions are more than last year's high of 75 set by Nate Mays.
    In three of the five games, VanGorder has thrown for three touchdowns. VanGorder has had three TD tosses against Butler, Valparaiso and Western Illinois.
    It is the first time since Kurt Hess in 2013 that a YSU quarterback has thrown for three TDs on three occasions during a year. It has happened three other times since 1999 - Jeff Ryan (four in 1999), Brandon Summers (three in 2008) and Hess again in 2011 (three).

McCaster A 2,000/30 Player
    Senior TB Tevin McCaster has rushed for more than 2,000 yards and scored 30 touchdowns in his impressive YSU career.
    In 36 games played, McCaster has rushed for 2,270 yards on 470 carries. He scored the 30th touchdown of his career in the Penguins' come-from-behind win over Southern Illinois.
    In his 16 games as a starter, he has rushed for 1,601 yards on 334 carries and scored 19 of his 30 career TDs.
    With a 141-yard rushing performance against Valparaiso on Sept. 15, McCaster eclipsed the 2,000-yard rushing mark in his YSU career.
    He ranks tied for ninth in school history for rushing touchdowns with 30. He is 16th in attempts and 18th in career rushing yardage.

Kennedy Moves Into Second
    Senior PK Zak Kennedy moved into second in school history in points by a placekicker after a nine-point effort against Southern Illinois.
    With 31 points this season - 16 PATs and five field goals - he now has 285 points, which moved him past Mark Griffith (1996-99) and into second place in school history. Jeff Wilkins set the school career mark of 373 from 1990-93 before moving on to having a successful NFL career.
    Last season, Kennedy had 67 points. As a sophomore he scored 96 points, and as a freshman he had 91.
    Kennedy has made 51 field goals in his career and 132 extra points in his four years with the program. He has made his last 67 PAT kicks dating back to December 2016.

McCaster Up For Payton
    Tevin McCaster is one of 25 FCS offensive standouts who have been named to the Walter Payton Award Watch List by STATS FCS.
    McCaster is one of four Missouri Valley Football Conference representatives on the Watch List. Other MVFC standouts on the list include North Dakota State running back Bruce Anderson, NDSU quarterback Easton Stick and South Dakota State quarterback Taryn Christion.
    This year he has 535 yards on 113 carries and six touchdowns. He had a season-high 166 yards rushing against Butler.
    In his first year as starter in 2017, McCaster rushed for 1,066 yards on 221 carries and scored 13 touchdowns. In conference play he rushed for 803 yards on 171 attempts and scored 10 touchdowns.

Lee Getting Playing Time
    Strong safety Chrispin Lee has made a big impact in the secondary this season. After seeing limited playing time his entire career, Lee has started the past four games at strong safety.
    Against Southern Illinois he had 11 total tackles, nine of which were solo stops. He had his first career sack in the contest against the Salukis. At West Virginia earlier in the year he had a career-high 15 stops.
    This season, Lee has 36 total tackles in five games. In his previous 19 games played, mostly on special teams, he had 13 stops.

Newcomers Step Up at WR
    With little experience returning in terms of pass catchers, the Penguins were looking for someone to step up and lead the way. So far through five games, its been an impressive group effort.
    Newcomer Zach Farrar leads the group with 19 receptions for 292 yards and a touchdown. Farrar has caught at least two passes in each game this season. In the two road games, he has 11 receptions for 218 yards. He had three catches vs. SIU.
    Five other wide receivers have at least six catches through five games. Samuel St. Surin has 12, Kendric Mallory and Darius Shackleford have nine, Natavious Payne has seven and Jermiah Braswell has six. Six different wide receivers have touchdown receptions so far.

Strong Down The Middle
    YSU's offensive line features experienced players in center Vitas Hrynkiewicz, guard Gavin Wiggins and guard Connor Sharp.
    The Penguins feature new tackles this year as they replace four-year starter Justin Spencer and last year's starter Cameron Fraser.
    Redshirt freshman left tackle Dan Becker has started the first five games while Kansas transfer right tackle Charles Baldwin started four at right tackle and junior college transfer Devon Robinson started against Valpo.
    Wiggins has started 36 straight games, Hrynkiewicz has started the past 31 while Sharp made his ninth career start vs. SIU.

Bynum Having Big Year
    Junior DE Shereif Bynum has had a breakout year in his first season as a starter.
    Bynum has 22 total tackles, 14 of which are solo stops. He leads the team with eight TFLs and four sacks.
    In three contests this season he has five tackles - West Virginia, Western Illinois and Southern Illinois. Last Saturday against the Salukis he had a pair of sacks. He also has sacks against Butler and Valparaiso.
    Entering the season, he had four total tackles in his career.

Plenty of Newcomers
    YSU has had plenty of new faces see action so far this season.
    A total of 31 players have made their Penguins debut in the first five contests while 19 players have made their first career starts.
    The Guins who have made their first career starts are QB Montgomery VanGorder, OT Devon Robinson, OT Charles Baldwin, TE Miles Joiner, WR Darius Shackleford, WR Kendric Mallory, WR Zach Farrar, WR Samuel St. Surin, TE Kierre Hawkins, TE Chris Durkin, TE Josh Burgett, SS Terray Bryant, SS Chrispin Lee, NB Will Latham, LB Christiaan Randall-Posey, LB Ray Anderson, FS Devanere Crenshaw, DE Shereif Bynum and DT Wes Thompson.
    Six true freshmen have played this year: WR Natavious Payne, DB Paul French, LB Griffin Hoak, DT DeMarko Craig, DT Dontae Cilenti and TE Jake Benio. Through five games, only Payne will not be able to redshirt.

Dellovade Always Plays Tough
    YSU senior LB Armand Dellovade has been a mainstay on the Penguins' defense throughout his career.
     In 43 career games played, Dellovade has  278 career tackles, 168 of which are solo stops. Impressively, Dellovade has made 41 starts in his 43 games played. The only non starts by Dellovade were his first career game at Pittsburgh 2015 and later in the season vs. Missouri State when the Penguins started a six defensive-back package on the contest's opening snap.
    He has started the 2018 campaign strong recording at least seven tackles in four of the five games. He had 15 stops vs. WIU, he had eight at West Virginia and vs. Valparaiso and seven against Butler. He leads the team with 43 tackles, including 26 solos.
    Last season, he was second on the team with 76 total stops, 40 of which were solos. He also had three sacks.
    As a sophomore he had 105 tackles in 16 games. As a true freshman in 2015, he was credited with 54 total tackles.

Spreading the Ball Around
    In the first five games of the year, the Penguins have had 15 different players catch passes.
    Leading the way is Zach Farrar, who has 19 catches for 292 yards, highlighted by  a six-catch effort at West Virginia.
    WR Samuel St. Surin has 12, Kendric Mallory and Darius Shackleford have nine, Natavious Payne has seven and Jeremiah Braswell has six. TB Christian Turner has 11 receptions after a career-high eight at Western Illinois.
    TBs Tevin McCaster and London Pearson have catches as do TEs Miles Joiner, Josh Burgett and Kierre Hawkins. Other wide receivers with receptions are Ryan Emans, Jake Cummings and Zack Torbert.
    An impressive 12 players caught passes in the game at Western Illinois.

McCaster Moving Up Charts
    Senior TB Tevin McCaster has 2,270 yards rushing in his career to rank 18th in school history. He ranks ninth in school history with 30  rushing touchdowns and 16th with 470 carries.
    He has scored a touchdown in each of the past for games for the Penguins. In 2017, he scored a touchdown in nine games. The only two contests McCaster didn't score in were against UNI and Illinois State. In 2016 he had touchdowns in nine of the Guins' 16 games. In five of the seven games he didn't score in 2016, he had four or fewer carries.
    At South Dakota in 2017, McCaster scored a career-high four touchdowns. Against South Dakota State in 2017, McCaster had a career-high 35 rushes for a career-best 183 yards.
    In 2016 he had 129 totes in the 16 contests (8 per game) and followed that with a 229-carry effort (20.8) in 11 games in 2017. Eight times he had more than 19 carries a year ago.
    This year he has as least 25 carries in a game on three occasions.

VanGorder's Record Breaker
    QB Montgomery VanGorder set three school single-game passing records against Western Illinois on Sept. 29.
    VanGorder finished the game with 418 yards passing completing 33-of-57 passes. In the first half, he was a modest 7-of-15 for 83 yards.
    In the third quarter he was 11-of-18 for 140 yards, and in the fourth period he was 15-of-24 for 191 yards. In total, he was 26-of-42 for 331 yards and three touchdowns in the second half.

Preseason Accolades
    Five seniors on the team were recognized as All-Missouri Valley Football Conference or All-American.
    LB Armand Dellovade, TB Tevin McCaster, C Vitas Hrynkiewicz, OG Gavin Wiggins and LS Steven Wethli were named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference's preseason all-league first team. Sophomore CB Bryce Gibson was a second-team preseason all-league pick.
    On the STATS FCS Preseason All-America squad, McCaster was a second-team preseason selection while Wiggins, Wethli and Dellovade were third-team picks.

Schuler Has Been Solid
    Junior punter Mark Schuler has been a key weapon for the Penguins throughout his career. In his career he is averaging an impressive 41.4 yards per punt on 126 attempts.
    At WVU, Schuler had an outstanding game with an average of 43.2 yards per kick on six attempts. He had a long of 56 yards and placed two punts at the WVU one-yard line. He placed three kicks inside the 20 vs. Valparaiso and two inside the WIU 15. This year he has placed seven of his 21 kicks inside the 20-yard line.
    As a sophomore, he played in nine games - YSU did not punt in a game twice - and had 41 punts for an average of 41.6 yards per boot. As a freshman, he was a second-team All-MVFC selection, averaging 42.5 yards per punt on 64 kicks while playing in all 16 games.

Gibson Leads Secondary
    Sophomore CB Bryce Gibson has been the leader of an ever-changing secondary.
    Eight different players have started a game in the secondary with Gibson and DJ Smalls being the only two to have started all five games.
    Chrispin Lee has started four games, Will Latham and Avery Larkin have started three, Devanere Crenshaw has started the past two at safety while Melvin Jackson and Terray Bryant have each started once. Jackson made his first career start vs. SIU. Crenshaw has started the past two games after missing the first three games of the campaign.
    Against SIU, the unit had its best performance of the season allowing just 105 yards passing and 12 completions. It was the first time this year that the Penguins did not allow a passing touchdown in a game.
    Last year, Gibson started all 11 games as a true freshman. The Guins started a pair of seniors in Jalyn Powell and Billy Nicoe Hurst along with sophomore Kyle Hegedus last year. Hegedus tore the ACL in his right knee and was lost for the season leaving YSU without three starters from 2017. YSU's unit led the FCS in fewest passing yards allowed in 2017.

Mays Showed Grit in 2017
    Junior QB Nathan Mays started a team-best five games last season and entered two others on the game's first series following an injury to starter Hunter Wells.
    For the year, he completed 75-of-113 passes for 905 yards and four touchdowns. On the ground, he rushed for 317 yards on 77 carries and added four scores. He started against Central Connecticut, South Dakota, North Dakota State, UNI and Illinois State.
    He was called upon to replace Wells on the opening series twice and led the Guins to wins over Robert Morris and SDSU. Mays has yet to play in 2018.

Numbers of Note
• Turnover Margin: Since 1996, the Penguins are 136-36 when they win or tie in the turnover margin. When committing more turnovers, YSU is just 26-69.
Since 1990 YSU is:
• 164-20-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points in a game.
• 139-17 when rushing for 200-plus yards.
• 160-27 when scoring 28-or-more points.
• 86-10-1 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing in a game.
• 190-16 when leading entering the fourth.
• 88-3-2 when holding opponents to 10 points-or-less in a game.

Up Next:
    YSU returns home to take on South Dakota at Stambaugh Stadium on Oct. 20.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Other Scores of Interest
« on: October 07, 2018, 10:15:10 AM »
SDSU defeated ISU in overtime.
Samford 66 vs W. Carolina 28 That new qb for Samford accounted for almost 800-yards of offense.
Elon 27, James Madison 24

YSU Penguin Athletics / SIU In-Game Thread
« on: October 06, 2018, 06:06:06 PM »
That QB loss will not help us as much as we think, SIU has a big line

YSU Penguin Athletics / WIU in-game thread
« on: September 29, 2018, 03:56:55 PM »
2 minutes and counting

YSU Penguin Athletics / Today's scores
« on: September 22, 2018, 06:00:33 PM »
Nice win by Illinois State over Colorado State.
James Madison crushing William & Mary, they are clearly the team to beat this year.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Basketball Names Brady Trenkle Assistant Coach
« on: September 20, 2018, 09:23:14 AM »
Brady Trenkle, a successful junior college head coach for the last eight years, has been named an assistant coach on the Youngstown State men's basketball staff, Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun announced on Monday.

"We're really excited about bring Brady Trenkle on to our staff," Calhoun said. "He's going to benefit us in a variety of ways. He will help us in all facets of the program, including on-floor coaching, scouting, recruiting and player development."

Trenkle, who owns an eight-year junior college coaching record of 149-102, comes to YSU after spending the last four years as the Head Men's Basketball coach at Garden City Community College.  During his time at GCCC, Trenkle amassed a four-year record of 77-50. Last season, Trenkle led the Broncobusters to an overall record of 21-12 and a trip to the Region VI semifinals.

In his first year as head coach his team went 22-9 and finished tied for third in the Jayhawk West Conference.  That was the best record at GCCC since the 2008-09 season and the best finish in the Jayhawk West Conference since the 2004-05 season. His team also finished at the top in several statistical categories in Region VI (first in field-goal percentage defense, first in defensive rebounding, first in turnover margin, second in rebounding margin, third in scoring defense, and fourth in scoring margin).     

Prior to GCCC, Trenkle spent four years at the helm of Dodge City Community College. During his four seasons at Dodge City, Trenkle coached his teams to a combined record of 72-52.  He coached six All-Jayhawk West players and seven All-Region VI selections. Trenkle also saw multiple players go on to compete at the four-year level including several NCAA Division I signees.

Prior to being named the head coach at Dodge City, Trenkle served as an assistant for four years in the Conquistador program for Brian Hoberecht. During his time with Hoberecht, the Conquistadors advanced to the semifinals of the Region VI Tournament twice and won two Jayhawk West titles.

Trenkle also served as an assistant at College of Eastern Utah and Seward County Community College for two years apiece. In his time at Seward County the Saints won one Jayhawk West title.  As a coach in the Jayhawk West Conference, Trenkle was been a member of three Jayhawk West Championships.

YSU Penguin Athletics / QB Play
« on: September 12, 2018, 11:58:00 AM »
I keep going back and forth on the aspects of VanGorder vs. Mays.

-VG has a little quicker release, but not much. Additionally I think they both are about the same in knowing when to dump it.

-Mays has more power on the short passes, but we do not seem to have a receiving RB this year (something I really miss) so it may not matter. While VG has better touch on medium passes. Long passes I would call a draw.

-They are two different types of runners, with Mays better off-line for yards and VG better at getting open to throw.

-Mays seems to read the field slightly better, but neither is up to par.

-As to leadership, I have to think that we do not fall apart so easily under Mays ...simply because of experience.

So it is still a draw and I would like to see how Mays performs. Any other thoughts?

The No. 24-ranked Youngstown State football team plays host to Butler at Stambaugh Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff for the season-opening contest is set for 2 p.m. A full afternoon of actitivies is planned for the game.

Tailgating festivities are set to begin at 8 a.m. in the M-63 and M-70 Lots. Beer will be on sale in both lots beginning at 8 o'clock. Parking in the premium M-71 and M-72 lots is available at that time. Parking in the M-62 Surface Lot (Lincoln Avenue), M-66 Lot and either deck (M-30 and M-60) is just $5.

The Penguins will march through the M-70 Tailgate Lot before the contest on Saturday. YSU is scheduled to walk through the M-70 Tailgate Lot at 10:30 a.m. to greet fans on the way to the stadium.

In the M-70 Tailgate Lot, an AT&T Interactive Fan Display will be open for fans beginning at 11 a.m.

At 12:45 p.m., the YSU Marching Pride, which will be joined by the Bay High School Marching Band, will hold their Icebreaker just North of the Andrews Recreation and Wellness Center.

Members of the YSU baseball program will be selling merchandise near the M-63 Lot and then at the game on the West Stands Concourse. The program will be accepting credit cards for purchases.

All fans attending the game will receive a schedule magnet courtesy of Pizza Hut, Chemical Bank and 21 WFMJ.

During the game members of the softball team will be selling 50/50 Raffle Tickets.

As always, YSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID with seating on the East Side stands. Tickets on gameday are $20 for reserved seats. The YSU Athletic Ticket Office is open until 6 p.m. on prior to the contest.

For those individuals who cannot make Saturday's game can follow the game via LIVE STATS | LIVE VIDEO | LIVE AUDIO. Fans need a subscription to ESPN+ to watch Saturday's contest.

During the game, the YSU Women's Tennis team will receive on-field recognition. The Bay High School Marching Band will perform at halftime along with the YSU Marching Pride.

Saturday's Schedule

8 a.m. - Tailgate Lots (M-63 and M-70) open | Parking available in M-62/M-72
9 a.m. - Athletic Ticket Office opens
9 a.m. - Car Coach Display (West Side of Stadium)
10:30 a.m. - TEAM WALK through M-70 Tailgate Lot
11 a.m. - AT&T Interactive Fan Display M-70 Tailgate Lot
12:30 p.m. - Stambaugh Stadium Gates Open
12:30 p.m. - North/South/East Side Ticket Booths Open
12:45 p.m. - Icebreaker Pre-game Concert (North of Andrews Wellness and Recreation Center)
1 p.m. - 570 WKBN YSU Tailgate Show Live from M-70 Lot
1 p.m. - Mosure Hall of Gridiron Glory Opens on Concourse Level
1:40 p.m. - YSU Marching Pride Pregame Show
2 p.m. - Tailgate Lot Closes
2:04 p.m. - YSU vs. Butler

Halftime: YSU Marching Pride, Bay High School Marching Band

Postgame: Fifth-Quarter Call-in Radio Show on 570 WKBN

On Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter fans are encouraged to use #GoGuins and #PenguinNation when posting photos, videos or tweets. If you need assistance in the tailgate lot contact YSU Police @YSUpolice on twitter or call (330) 941-3527.

Fan Services and credit card sales are available on at the YSU Athletic Ticket Office inside Stambaugh Stadium. Visiting team will call is located behind the East stands.

YSU Penguin Athletics / First Conference in Bowling
« on: August 30, 2018, 09:14:04 PM »
The Penguins joined the Southland Bowling League earlier this month, and the SBL Championships will be held on March 22-24 in Dallas, Texas. Prior to that, YSU will compete in four regular-season tournaments in the fall and four more in the spring. The Penguins will also have the chance to bowl at the USBC Sectionals the second weekend of March.

"Our schedule is going to look a little different this year," Gilliam said. "We have added a few new tournaments to balance our schedule out a little. We will still have a very tough schedule and compete against all of the top teams. I feel this year is going to be even better for our program. Now that we have a couple of seasons under our belt, we know what to expect and what we need to do to be at the top of our game."

Just as it has the previous two years, the Penguins will begin the campaign at the Bud Whitman Memorial in Reading, Pa., on Oct. 13-14. YSU will then bowl three straight weekends in November at the Track Kat Klash (Houston, Texas), the Warhawk Classic (Milwaukee, Wis.) and the Hawk Classic Invitational (Millsboro, Del.). The Warhawk Classic and the Hawk Classic Invitational will both be new tournaments for Youngstown State.

Exactly two months after the conclusion of the Hawk Classic Invitational, YSU's spring slate will begin at the KU Invitational (Limerick, Pa.). The Penguins will then head to the Orlando area on Feb. 8-10 for the Sunshine State Winter Classic in their only tournament of the month. March is the busiest month on the schedule with the Hawk Flight Invite (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.), USBC Sectionals, the Music City Classic (Smyrna, Tenn.) and the SBL Championships (Dallas, Texas) in four consecutive weekends.

The NCAA Championships will be April 11-13 at RollHouse Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio, and the USBC Championships will be at Poelking Lanes South in Dayton, Ohio.

YSU Penguin Athletics / YSU Announces 2018 Football Broadcast Plans
« on: August 25, 2018, 10:21:46 AM »
The Youngstown State Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is proud to announce that NewsRadio 570 WKBN, an iHeartMedia station, will once again serve as the radio home for Youngstown State football game broadcasts while WFMJ will serve as the host of the Penguin Gameday TV Show and YSU's road conference games will air on WBCB TV.

Play-by-play voice Bob Hannon returns for his 30th season calling the action of Youngstown State football in 2018. Hannon, the president and chief professional officer of the Youngstown/Mahoning Valley United Way, has called more than 350 YSU games since 1989. Making his return as analyst is former Cardinal Mooney and NFL offensive lineman Ed Muransky. Muransky, a prominent Youngstown businessman, played professionally for the Los Angeles Raiders from 1982-84. Handling sideline duties at home this season is Mike Yourstowsky with Drae Smith filling the role on the road. Fans can also listen to all YSU football game broadcasts on the iHeartRadio App.

With the return of Youngstown State football, comes the return of YSU's two weekly Coaches' Shows. Penguins' fans can join Head Coach Bo Pelini at Cassese's MVR in Youngstown every Monday during the season for his radio show, "Penguin Playbook", hosted by Hannon. The program, presented by Southwoods Health, will air live on 1390 WNIO "The Sports Animal" from 6–8 p.m. with the first hour focusing on YSU's other sports like soccer and volleyball.  The first radio show is set for Monday, August 27.

Mike Orto once again returns to handle engineering duties for all the football games and weekly radio shows.

On Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. on 21 WFMJ, fans can an inside look at the YSU football team on Coach Pelini's television show, "Penguin Gameday", presented by Greenwood Chevrolet. The half-hour fast-paced program will be hosted by WFMJ sports director Dana Balash. Much like the weekly radio show, "Penguin Gameday" will showcase YSU student-athletes and assistant coaches.

Through an agreement with the Missouri Valley Football Conference and ESPN, all YSU football home games will be streamed live on ESPN Plus and on the ESPN app. Jim Campbell returns to handle the play-by-play with Drae Smith joining him as the analyst. The road game at Western Illinois will be streamed exclusively on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN App with the other three conference road games televised live on WBCB.

By Brian Dzenis


Youngstown State is sticking with the quarterback nicknamed “Gummy.”

After Tuesday’s practice, head coach Bo Pelini named senior Montgomery VanGorder the starting QB for the Sept. 1 season opener against Butler.

“I think he’s confident. For the most part, he makes good decisions — he hasn’t been perfect by any means — but I think he’s got better,” Pelini said. “He has a good handle on our offense and he’s made plays. I feel really good about where he is in his development.

“We’ve thrown a lot of stuff at him defensively, but he’s handled it very well.”

VanGorder has been exclusively practicing with the first team for the past week as incumbent Nathan Mays sat with a nerve issue in his leg. He wasn’t at practice as he was undergoing further medical evaluation, but Pelini isn’t concerned with his availability for the season.

“We actually got positive news on it,” Pelini said “We didn’t know what was causing his issue, but the doctors are on it and we can get it fixed.”

VanGorder will make his first college start. The Buford, Ga., native was a reserve quarterback for the past three seasons at Notre Dame, only getting on the field last year as a holder for kicks.

A conversation with Pat Pelini — Bo’s son and a walk-on with the Irish — led VanGorder to the Penguins.

“I’m just going to treat it the way I’ve been treating it my entire life. I’ve been playing quarterback since I’ve been putting pads on,” VanGorder said of his first start. “You try to keep everything the same from practice and you apply it to the game.

“Obviously, there’s more emotions involved. You have a band, the crowd and all that stuff. You have to zone out and focus on the 11 guys in the huddle.”

YSU has had a shaky history with keeping quarterbacks upright, using four in 2016 and three in 2017. Even with the QB job settled, there’s still the possibility Mays could see the field in certain situations, quarterbacks coach Joe Ganz said. If history is an indication, the rest of the QBs need to stay ready.

“I was in that situation when I played and I tell those guys you’re one play away from being a starter,” Ganz said.

“It’s helped them by seeing us play two or three quarterbacks, so you have to be ready so you don’t get embarrassed on the field. It keeps the guys engaged, but you hope you’ll be that ultimate competitor to be a starter.”


VanGorder isn’t the only Georgia native earning a starting role.

Sophomore Terray Bryant — who is from Atlanta — has excelled at camp in a short amount of time. He was a reserve player last year when he was injured playing special teams against Indiana State. He missed the final three games of the season and spring practice.

He entered fall camp as a linebacker, but injuries to DeShon Taylor and Kyle Hegedus have him dropping 15 pounds to start at safety.

“My head was spinning at first, but I know I’m an athlete and I know my teammates needed me,” Bryant said.

“They needed me to play safety, so I play safety. If they need me to play linebacker, I’ll play linebacker.”

Bryant intercepted VanGorder in practice and came close to doing it a second time on Tuesday.


Late lineup changes aren’t just limited to the field at YSU. Ed Muransky, Youngstown businessman and former NFL lineman, is rejoining Bob Hannon in the broadcast booth to do color commentary for YSU games on WKBN-AM 570. The pair took in practice on Tuesday.

“They asked me to do them a favor,” Muransky said. I’ve worked with Bob before and it’s an easy transition doing this in August and I can step up and help out.”

Muransky is replacing Chris Sammarone, who is campaigning for a judge’s seat in Sebring, which prohibits him from working as a broadcaster. Muransky previously worked with Hannon from 2010-13.

“The nice thing about Ed is that he played at a high level. He brings instant credibility and the coaches are comfortable talking to him and they’re comfortable with him talking to the players,” Hannon said.

“What I remember about Ed is that he’s a very busy guy. In his first year, he had a playbook for me. He didn’t miss practice and he was ready to go. It was impressive.”

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