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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Dantonio's Make Gift In Support of YSU Football Program
« Last post by guinpen on December 01, 2021, 04:40:37 PM »
That is great, I am impressed!
YSU Penguin Athletics / Dantonio's Make Gift In Support of YSU Football Program
« Last post by IAA Fan on December 01, 2021, 11:23:37 AM »
Long-time successful College Football Head Coach Mark Dantonio, and his wife Becky, have made a gift to support the students and football program at Youngstown State University.

The Dantonio Family has donated $100,000 to the University to a$$ist the enhancement of the Penguins Football program and the state-of-the-art Don Constanini Multimedia Center.
In recognition of their generosity, the annual Graduate a$$istant position within the football program will be designated The Mark and Becky Dantonio Graduate a$$istant. Additionally, the Home Coaches booth in the Constantini Center will be named The Mark and Becky Dantonio Coaches Booth.

"The impact that Becky and Mark have had on many lives, whether its been student-athletes, coaches, support staff and even their local communities is something that has made a big difference," President Jim Tressel said. "We are very appreciative of their donation and that they see the continued potential of Youngstown State University."

Dantonio was an a$$istant coach at Youngstown State from 1986-90. He served as the Defensive Coordinator in 1990 for the Penguins and coached the secondary for all five years with Tressel. In 1990, YSU posted the only unbeaten, untied regular-season in school history.

"What this University has done for Becky and myself has been amazing," Dantonio said. "The relationship I was able to establish with Coach Tressel has been life-changing. The opportunity he gave me back in 1986 helped lay the foundation for the tremendous coaching journey I was able to experience. This donation can help with the continued growth of YSU and its successful football program."

Dantonio spent 13 seasons as the Head Football Coach at Michigan State University, retiring from the program in February 2020. He finished his career with a record of 114-57 in East Lansing. During his time at the helm of the Spartans program, Dantonio compiled an impressive list of accomplishments including three Big Ten Championships, two victories in the Big Ten Championship Game, victories in the 2014 Rose Bowl and the 2015 Cotton Bowl, and an appearance in the 2015 College Football Playoff, finishing his career as the winningest football coach in Michigan State history.

Beyond his record for most victories at MSU, Dantonio won more Big Ten Championships (three) and bowl games (six) than any other coach in school history, while also ranking first with 12 bowl appearances. His .639 (69-39) winning percentage in Big Ten games is a school record, while he stands tied for first in AP Top 25 finishes (seven) and second in Big Ten wins (69), home wins (67) and AP Top 25 wins (21). A two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2010, 2013), Dantonio led Michigan State to Top 25 finishes seven times.

A Zanesville, Ohio, native with Midwest ties, Dantonio spent 40 years in collegiate coaching, including 19 seasons as a head coach 16 at Michigan State and three at Cincinnati (2004-06). In 16 overall seasons, he had a career coaching record of 132-74.

After leaving YSU he served as an a$$istant at Kansas, Michigan and Ohio State. He was reunited with Tressel at OSU where Dantonio was the Defensive Coordinator from 2001-03. In 2002, the Buckeyes won its first National Championship since 1968.
YSU Penguin Athletics / Golf Programs Big Part of 2021 YSU Athletics Hall of Fame Cla$$
« Last post by IAA Fan on December 01, 2021, 11:21:18 AM »
The YSU Athletics Department is proud to announce a six-member 2021 Hall of Fame Cla$$. The group will be honored on Saturday, Jan. 29.

The 2021 honorees include former Women's Golf Coach Roseann Schwartz, women's golfers Samantha Formeck and Katie Rogner, men's golfer Ryan Stocke, track and field standout Alisha Anthony and baseball player John Koehnlein.

Schwartz was the first coach in the history of the women's golf program helping create the team in 1996. She served as the Penguins' head coach until 2013 after guiding the Penguins to Horizon League Championships in 2003 and 2009. YSU also had six second-place finishes and five third-place finishes in the Horizon League and Mid-Continent Conference under Schwartz's guidance. Only twice from 1998 through 2013 did the Penguins fail to finish in the top three at the league meet.

Formeck and Rogner helped set the standard for the women's golf program during their careers. Both won Horizon League Championships and were named YSU Female Athletes of the Year.

Formeck won the league meet in 2009, finished second in 2011 and was third in 2010. She was named the Horizon League's Golfer of the Year in 2009 and 2010. In her three years, she claimed six tournament titles overall. She was a model of consistency throughout her career. In 28 career tournaments, she won six times, placed second on five occasions and had 23 top 10 finishes. In 63 rounds played, she set the school record averaging 78.3 strokes per 18 holes.

Rogner won the Horizon League title in 2008, was fourth in 2011 and fifth in 2010. As a freshman in 2008 she was named the HL's Golfer and Newcomer of the Year. In 87 rounds played, she averaged 79.4 per round, which was the second-best total in school history upon the conclusion of her career. The 87 career rounds were also a school mark at the time. She had five tournament victories while at YSU.

Stocke is the only men's golfer to win a Horizon League title placing first at the event in April 2010. He is the school record holder for most rounds played (128) and still ranks second for career average (74.8 strokes per round). He was a two-time first-team all-league selection during his career.

Anthony was a two-time NCAA East Regional qualifier in the long jump (2010 and 2011). She won three straight Horizon League Indoor long jump crowns from 2007-09. At the outdoor meet, she won the triple jump in 2008 and 2009 and took home the long jump title in 2011. She was named the Outstanding Field Performer at the 2009 Horizon League Indoor Championships.

Koehnlein was one of the top producing hitters in the baseball program's history. He still ranks third in school history with a .376 batting average with 245 career hits. His hit total ranks fifth in program history. He is also seventh in runs scored with 130. Koehnlein was a All-Horizon League first-team selection in 2007 and was named to the second team in 2006. In 2007, he had a school-record .434 batting average with school bests 108 hits in 249 at bats.

For more information on the 2021 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony contact Rebecca Fink at

2021 YSU Athletics Hall of Fame Cla$$

Roseann Schwartz (Former women's golf coach) Contributor
Ryan Stocke Men's Golf
Samantha Formeck Women's Golf
Kate Rogner Women's Golf
Alisha Anthony Women's Track and Field
John Koehnlein Baseball
YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: 2022 Recruiting Cla$$
« Last post by penguinpower on December 01, 2021, 05:06:11 AM »
I think they will bring in a good group.  I heard they are working their tails off on bringing in a high impact recruiting cla$$ that includes some transfers.

As I said before, it's going to take time.  But if he gets a really good cla$$ it could be sooner.

This far the kids he's brought in were excellent.
YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: 2022 Recruiting Cla$$
« Last post by Dmorton on November 30, 2021, 05:00:46 PM »
I doubt if half of them know who Jim Tressel or Urban Myer is?
YSU Penguin Athletics / 2022 Recruiting Cla$$
« Last post by goodnews on November 30, 2021, 02:28:49 PM »
I couldn't help but think of YSU Football and the struggles that have persisted for 20 years when I read this quote from Barry Switzer.

"You can't recruit off tradition," Switzer said. "S---, 18-year-old kids don't give a damn about Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer, Bob Stoops. They don't know who the hell they were."

Non YSU Sports / When can you snap the football?
« Last post by Stevennall on November 30, 2021, 05:29:15 AM »
The football snap starts when the ball is moved legally and ends when the ball leaves the snapper's hands (A.R. 7-1-5-I-II). If during any backward motion of a legal snap, the ball slips from the snapper's hand, it becomes a backward pa$$ and is in play (Rule 4-1-1).
YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Yes there is a FCS playoff going on!!! Does anybody care?
« Last post by guinpen on November 28, 2021, 12:32:29 PM »
I have some mild interest, was happy UIW won and MSU and UNI lost. The SIU and SDU game didn't matter, one of them had to lose.

UNI was no surprise they are the biggest choke school ever in the play-offs.
YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Yes there is a FCS playoff going on!!! Does anybody care?
« Last post by Penquin68 on November 28, 2021, 10:03:19 AM »
I see that SIU beat SDS and SDSU won big.  Surprized that NIU lost. Incarnate Word also won. MSU lost. So two teams we beat won and one lost. Northern Iowa is a puzzle. They have good teams but don't do well in the playoffs. They tailed at the end of the season this year. Not sure of injuries etc so something is lacking. In the field of 16 we have 4 teams, but two play one another so at best in the field of 8 we will have three.

Our big issue is recruiting. I hear it is going well, but December 8 is the early signing day and will tell much about our staff and future. We don't need that much to get to 500 so that seems likely. Better is possible, but that is primarily the portal. We will see.
YSU Penguin Athletics / Yes there is a FCS playoff going on!!! Does anybody care?
« Last post by YSUGO on November 28, 2021, 09:51:03 AM »
I guess what 3 appearances in 20 years can do that do your fan base.
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