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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU players.NIL
« on: May 22, 2024, 10:29:26 AM »
We are  not 12th in NIL.  I looked it up.  We are near the bottom for athletic budget for all sports for D1.  I don’t know what that writer was referencing.

It reads like he’s trying to say 12 in the league, but if I’m not mistaken, we do not have 12 teams at this point in the league

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Horizon softball tournament
« on: May 10, 2024, 08:56:11 PM »
If anyone is interested, the elimination game is on ESPN plus

YSU Penguin Athletics / Horizon softball tournament
« on: May 10, 2024, 07:39:32 PM »
I had a feeling we were going putt quick. We lost game one now we play game two and just a few minutes and of course, if we lose this one we’re out. With our record, all we had to do which win a few games in the tournament and I bet we would’ve gotten an invitation to the NCAA aggravating.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Missouri St
« on: May 10, 2024, 03:29:56 PM »
I will tell you one thing that is going to happen because of that move to conference USA. The Missouri Valley football conference is going to merge with the Missouri valley conference. They’ll no longer be considered two separate conferences. The two separate fees that Missouri state has to pay probably isn’t that much less than what they paid to go in conference USA, so we have to see how that impacts other teams like us in the program because Western Illinois is gone this year . Can you think of anyone outside of Youngstown State that is not an all sport participant in the football conference oh, I guess North Dakota and South Dakota and the states where did they go in the summit?

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Missouri St
« on: May 10, 2024, 03:24:00 PM »
Remember basketball determines what conference you go in. Football determines everything that happens at Youngstown State.   The lady bears basketball team is historically a very Tremendous program

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU Beeghly facilities upgrade
« on: May 06, 2024, 07:11:30 PM »
Is today the day that they start the upgrade?

It would be interesting to have a live feed video so we could watch the progress.

Yes, I remember when they put two cameras in stambaugh we got to see the new turf and also we got to see them build visitors side. We could maybe do something similar here.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Football tickets
« on: May 02, 2024, 09:50:45 AM »
Did everybody get their ticket and tailgate renewal forms? Also, the penguin club renewal came through in the mail.

Youngstown State junior right-hander Jacob Gehring has been named the Under Armour Horizon League Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday.

Gehring tossed his first-career complete game and the first by a Penguins pitcher in nearly two years to help lead YSU to a 10-4 series opening victory over Oakland at Eastwood Field on Friday. The Canfield, Ohio, native threw 108 pitches while scattering eight hits and walking one. He struck out five batters, and Oakland's four runs came on three home runs. Gehring retired the side in order in the sixth and eighth innings as he blanked the Golden Grizzlies in six different frames.

Gehring leads the Penguins with three wins, 40 strikeouts, 55.1 innings pitched and 11 starts through the first 11 weeks of the 2024 season. The junior right-hander also ranks tied for fifth in the Horizon League with 55.1 innings pitched.

Youngstown State will return to action on Friday to begin a three-game Horizon League series at Northern Kentucky at 2 p.m. The Penguins and Norse will proceed to play on Saturday at 1 p.m. before closing the series on Sunday at noon.

For the latest news and updates throughout the 2024 season, follow @YSUBaseball on X and Instagram.


Youngstown, Ohio -- Youngstown State head women's basketball coach Melissa Jackson has announced that Peyton Booth and Courtney Davidson will be joining her staff as she enters her second month as a Penguin.

"I am thrilled to welcome Peyton and Courtney to our Penguin family," Jackson said. "Not only are they exceptional basketball coaches, but they are also tremendous people who our young women will get to learn from each and every day. They both know Ohio very well, have established connections and will be able to hit the ground running from a recruiting standpoint."

Booth and Davidson will join Jason Pacanowski and Brice Margenthaler, who will remain at Youngstown State in their previous capacities.

Booth comes to Youngstown after spending the 2023-24 season as an assistant coach at Western Michigan. Before that, she was an assistant coach alongside Jackson for three seasons at Akron.

"Having worked with Peyton for three years, she knows our culture, the ins and outs of our system, and, most importantly me," Jackson said. "She is an exceptional teacher of the game with a high aptitude for scouting opponents. Our players will benefit from her knowledge and experience."

The Broncos were 12-18 overall and 7-11 in Mid-American Conference games in 2023-24 with Booth on the bench, and one of those victories was a 54-52 triumph over the Penguins at Beeghly Center. The Zips won 50 games in Booth's three seasons in Akron, including 17 in each of her final two seasons. She was first a graduate assistant at Akron in 2018-19, and she returned in 2021-22 as an assistant coach.

In her two seasons as an assistant coach, Booth coached four Zips who earned All-MAC honors, including 2022 MAC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Jordyn Dawson.

Booth is a native of Wadsworth in Northeast Ohio, and she played collegiately at New Hampshire.

Davidson is a daughter of Youngstown having played and coached at Ursuline High School, and she is joining the Youngstown State women's basketball staff for the third time in her career. She most recently served as the recruiting coordinator at Fordham in 2023-24.

"Over the years, I have watched Courtney grow in this profession," Jackson said. "She has always been someone who impressed me with her professionalism and how she cultivates relationships.  Courtney is super passionate about Youngstown! Having worked at YSU, she brings a great level of knowledge. I am also really excited for our point guards to learn from one of the very best in our business."

Davidson has been a Division I assistant coach for 11 years, and she has served as a recruiting coordinator for the last five. Her collegiate coaching career began as director of operations at Youngstown State in 2013-14, and she held the same role for a year at the College of Charleston in 2014-15. Davidson then was an assistant at Radford in 2015-16 and 2016-17 as the Highlanders won 42 games in two seasons, and she returned home to Youngstown for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 campaigns. The Penguins played in a postseason tournament in each of those seasons, and the 2018-19 squad won 22 games and earned an at-large berth in the Women's NIT.

Davidson's first recruiting coordinator opportunity was at Hartford in 2019-20 and 2020-21, and she held the same position at Loyola Maryland in 2021-22 and 2022-23 before moving on to Fordham in 2023-24.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: NDSU TO MOUNTAIN WEST?
« on: April 12, 2024, 06:17:52 AM »
I thought that the mountain west was going away?

YOUNGSTOWN — Last season, Youngstown State’s defensive identity was based around its front seven.

The Penguins’ group of defensive linemen and linebackers made their living getting into opposing backfields to harass the quarterback and stop the run. As a result, YSU was 10th in the FCS in rush defense and 13th in total sacks.

Despite significant attrition this offseason on the depth chart, the Penguins are again hoping to maintain that same defensive identity as they prepare for the 2024 season heading into the final week of spring practice.

“We always gotta stop the run first,” defensive coordinator and linebackers coach John Haneline said after practice on Tuesday. “That’s this conference, that’s college football. Studies have shown that if you win the run game, you’re winning probably about 70-80% of your games — the passing battle, you’re winning about 40-50%. So that’s going to be the mentality, and with the transition of new guys, the biggest thing is teaching them how to make those plays.”

Of the 11 defensive players that started YSU’s season finale against Villanova in the fall, just one remains on the roster — cornerback Jaylen Castleberry — whether that’s due to the transfer portal, graduation and/or completing their collegiate eligibility.

The pieces are there, whether it be depth players that saw significant playing time last season like junior defensive end Dawan Martin or newcomers like Tiffin transfer linebacker Antonio O’Berry, but now the Penguins have to find the best fits to retool and rebuild the defense.

“I always tell the guys during the first spring meeting, we need 22 starters because we’re going to be heavily involved in special teams and all those things,” Haneline said.

On the defensive line, Martin is a player that the coaches have been particularly high on with his length on the outside edge. He played in all 13 of YSU’s games, registering 13.0 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

The coaching staff expects his role to increase drastically this season, especially considering the leadership strides that he’s made, according to Haneline.

“I really love what Dawan Martin is doing, just from a technique and fundamental (standpoint),” head coach Doug Phillips said. “He’s a guy that’s played football, but he’s going to play a lot more football. Instead of playing maybe 20-22 snaps per game, he’s going to have to play 40. To see his technique and his fundamentals this spring is the best I’ve seen of him.”

Elsewhere on the defensive front, junior Deamontae Diggs has shifted from defensive tackle out to defensive end, while seniors Jaelen Crider and Hunter Allen are also competing for spots on the defensive line. Like Martin, Haneline also noted that Michael Voitus is filling a leadership void. Voitus saw time on special teams last year, but is another name in the mix on the defensive front.

But transfer additions O’Berry and Jabarrek Hopkins, from Marshall, are each fully in the mix on the defensive line, as well.

“These new guys — they were brought in to stagger those classes and play and do that stuff,” Haneline said. “They’ve shown growth from the first practice. Everything’s new for the new guys, like going to class and doing all those things. It’s all new, so they’ve done a great job just adapting into the culture.”

YSU likely incurred its most significant personnel losses at linebacker with the departures of Alex Howard, Greg Benton Jr. and D’Marco Augustin.

But junior Devin Johnson, senior Logan Pasco and sophomore Mike Wells are each back after getting snaps in reserve roles last season. Plus, the Penguins added Iowa State transfer Carston Marshall to also compete for a spot.

Haneline notes that players like junior Preston Zandier and senior Keon Freeman will also likely see their roles expand at linebacker.

“Devin Johnson is a guy who’s played a ton of football and he’s now learning how to control a game, identify things and take his game to the next level,” Haneline said. “Lining up out there, we know Devin knows the defense, he knows that in and out. But it’s about getting him to a level of communication with other guys and seeing things (out there). Alex Howard leaves and it gives Mike Wells a great opportunity to take strides. Then Logan Pasco, Keon Freeman and Preston Zandi — there’s been a lot of growth in the linebacker room.”

At the start of spring, the secondary looked like the group that had the most returning experience. But after cornerback Troy Jakubec put his name in the transfer portal Tuesday, that experience has decreased.

However, Castleberry returns at the other cornerback spot, in addition to Amarian Robinson at free safety, and the team’s leading returning tackler, strong safety Tyjon Jones, is back in the secondary. Also, according to the Penguins’ roster, Latrell Fordham has made the switch from offense to defense, moving from receiver to defensive back.

Like Martin, Jones is someone that has received a good deal of praise from the coaches.

“The key going into spring was focus and discipline, and I’m seeing that from our safeties,” Phillips said. “Tyjon Jones has had the best spring he’s had since I’ve been here. It’s not just athletic ability, but his focus and his leadership has really gone to the next level, and I want to continue to see that.”

Even with all the competition at almost every position, things still remain very much in flux for the defense. After the spring game on Saturday, YSU still has to go through another portal cycle, summer lifts and workouts and then fall camp in August.

Most, if not all, of the starting spots on defense likely won’t be determined or finalized until well into August.

“It’s still a learning process,” Phillips said. “I think we have talented players, it’s just putting it all together. A lot of guys are doing a lot of thinking. You can tell, the minute they grasp those types of knowledge, they’re going to play a lot faster then what they’re playing right now. … Be prepared now because when you get that opportunity, you gotta make the most of it.

“So we’re at that point going into the last week (of spring) that a lot of guys are fighting to earn a position in this program. That’s the part of spring I love. You see young guys mature and you’re seeing young guys grasp it in this last week. I want to see them hit the film rooms a little longer, so that come Saturday, they can play fast.”

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Admin stop the nonsense posts
« on: April 08, 2024, 06:16:46 PM »
Unfortunately, they do not allow moderators to do that for some dumb reason. They only allow the administrator to do it and if I make other people administrator, they have complete authority so I really cannot do that. I went ahead and set it up. I think so that People have to be approved by me to join. We’ll see what happens. This should not affect anyone who’s already a member but let me know if it does.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Admin stop the nonsense posts
« on: April 07, 2024, 09:23:06 PM »
The only way to stop them is to make it so that all new people that join have to be manually approved. Trying to avoid it, but maybe we’ll just have to do it. It’s just that a lot of people read some thing for the first time and want to respond right away and that won’t happen.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: It’s officially Football Season
« on: March 12, 2024, 11:40:27 AM »
If he only played in four games specially if they were the first four games of the season, he could play almost every down and get that game back. Sounds like he had some coaches that knew what they were doing.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU Baseball
« on: March 12, 2024, 11:34:35 AM »
I’m not saying keep him or let him go either way. But I am saying we seldom do any better than what we have have done this year and the first half of the season. And I can say he has contacts when if we ever had games of this stat or so many of them and one season?

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