Derek Plucienski Named New Cowboys’ Golf Head Coach

first_img“I am extremely honored to be joining the McNeese State University family as the next head men’s golf coach,” said Plucienski. “I would like to thank our Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill and the entire hiring committee; Tanner Stines, Bridget Martin, and Quitman Moon for believing in me and my vision for our men’s golf program. “I look forward to meeting all of our players, supporters, and entrenching myself and our program in the surrounding community. The facilities in the Lake Charles area are outstanding and afford us the ability to practice and compete for championships. “With Derek, the Cowboy golf program will continue to contend for conference championships and increase the McNeese brand nationally.” Plucienski played professionally from 2013-14 setting the Country Club of Jackson course record with a round of 63. Plucienski also had success prior to college winning the 2007 Gulf States PGA Junior Tour Championship and the 2006 Louisiana Premier Golf Championship. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Southern Miss in 2011. Plucienski also has a master’s in sport management from Southern Miss in 2013. Plucienski fills the spot that was open after former head coach Austin Burk left in December to join the private sector while Cowgirls’ head coach Mike Fluty assumed the role as the Cowboys’ interim head coach during the spring season. The McNeese men’s golf program has achieved great success both on and off the course and that is something I will continue and build on. Geaux Pokes!” “Furthermore, I’d like to give a heartfelt thank you to Coach Theo Sliman at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette for providing me with the opportunity to be his assistant coach and paving the path to the head coach position at McNeese.center_img Plucienski spent the 2018-19 season at ULL where he helped coach and develop Micah Goulas who was this year’s Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) Newcomer of the Year. Courtesey of McNeese AthleticsLAKE CHARLES, La. – Derek Plucienski, a Louisiana native and recent assistant men’s golf coach at Louisiana-Lafayette, has been named the new head coach for the McNeese Cowboys, Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill announced on Wednesday. “This is an incredible opportunity. Additionally, I need to thank Coach (Mike) Fluty and Coach (Billy) Gabbert for doing an outstanding job this past spring season. Moving forward, I will continue to depend on Coach Gabbert as the volunteer assistant coach. As a former standout player and a McNeese alum, he is an asset to our program. “We’re excited to have Derek as our men’s golf coach,” said Hemphill. “He impressed everyone on the committee with his knowledge, energy and enthusiasm to lead our program. A native of Slidell, La., Plucienski played four seasons at Southern Miss being named the team captain from 2011-12. He earned All-Conference USA Second Team honors in 2011 after posting the fourth lowest stroke average in school history at 73.1. He was named a David Toms Award Finalist and also competed in the NCAA Colorado Regional that same season. Prior to joining the ULL staff, Plucienski served as the Tournament and Operations Manager for the Gulf States Section PGA from 2016-17 directing over 25 Section events annually. Before then, he spent a year with the APT Professional Golf Tour as a Tournament Operations Director overseeing 26 events during the season.last_img read more

Olaizola: “Mendilibar is one of the best coaches in Spain”

first_img– In his last season as a footballer and captain of Mallorca, 2003-2004, he coincided with Iván Ramis, who, at 19, alternated the subsidiary and the first Mallorcan team. What can you say about Ramis, current Eibar captain?– It was already seen that Ramis, from a very young age, had many faculties. Everyone assumed that he would succeed in the world of football, as he has achieved. Even now, who is 35 years old, it shows when he plays and the defensive strength he gives the team.– Olaizola retired with 34 years as captain of Mallorca for the injuries, which are now harming Ramis, who is similar in age when he ‘hung up his boots’.– I had never been injured during my career, but I had to retire because in a year and a half my two knees were broken, one in Riazor and another in Mestalla. Then I could no longer continue in elite football. Iván Ramis does not have injuries as serious as I had, so I am optimistic and I think he will recover from his knee injury, in which he has undergone an arthroscopy to clean adhesions. I am convinced that he has one more year left in the elite. I usually see him from time to time in San Sebastián and sometimes we have spoken.– From your experience, would you recommend Ramis to become a coach when he leaves football?– I would recommend Ramis to be a second coach, because he suffers a lot from first coach. It has nothing to do with the football career of a player than that of a coach. The distribution of responsibilities among soccer players is between 25. There is always a person who has more responsibility, who is the coach. A player starts thinking about the next game on Thursday, or Friday, or even the day before. However, when the coach finishes an encounter, he is already thinking about the next one. It is a beautiful race, for those who like football. But it also involves a lot of suffering constantly. – Before, Basque players were quoted and, now, also coaches, such as Mendilibar, Valverde, Emery, Jagoba Arrasate, Gaizka Garitano, Asier Garitano, Imanol Alguacil, Antoni Iraola …– The Basque character is a winner, 100% competitive. That has been demonstrated before in the teams that had Basque players and, now, they are seeing Basque coaches. We have defined characteristics that are not the same in other communities. And that’s why those technicians are triumphing.– Do you see yourself training in Primera, after doing it in Second in Mallorca at two different times, in May 2014 and December 2016?– The illusion of a coach is always to progress and improve. I am focusing on my work in Arenas. We are struggling and suffering a lot to try to achieve permanence in Second B. But for any professional, their illusion is to train in the highest category.– How many current footballers of Eibar or Mallorca have you trained?– In the first team of Mallorca, to Lago Junior (former Barca player), Baba, Joan Sastre, Raíllo, in my second time there. Lago Junior has many virtues to play in the highest category, it has cost him, but football has put him where he deserves, in First. I also directed Sergi Enrich in the youth Mallorca, and Pedro Bigas in the first team.– While an Eibarrés coach, Javier Mandiola ‘Manix’ trains Atlético Baleares in Segunda B, in the same category, Javier Olaizola, for 9 seasons, a footballer from Mallorca and a Majorcan coach, works outside the Balearic Islands, leading the Arenas. It could be the other way around. Is there no logic in football?– In the world of coaches there is no logic, you have to ‘take your bags’ and go from here to there, where they want you and there is a good sports and economic proposal. ‘Manix’ is playing a great role in Atlético Baleares, with which he played last season’s promotion phase to Segunda and, now, he is once again leading leader of his group. You have to fit in clubs where you can have successes.– It is curious that Eibar has three Balearic footballers, Ramis, Sergi Enrich, and Pedro Bigas; while there is only one Basque-Navarre, Arbilla.– Players also try to progress and improve. Both Sergi Enrich and Bigas, whom I trained in youth and the first team of Mallorca, respectively, and Ramis, who was my teammate in his footballing beginnings, are helping Eibar be year after year in First.– What is your prognosis for the match and your heart with who goes?– My heart is ‘broken’. I want them both to win and not to descend. They are the two teams of my life. I can’t make forecasts. If one wins, I will suffer for the one who has lost and I will rejoice for the one who has won. Javier Olaizola (Lasarte, 1969) has the “broken heart” between the Eibar and the Majorca, his two exequipos, which will meet on Saturday (13 hours) in Ipurua for the first time in the First Division. The former defender – elected in the best eleven of the 75-year history of the Barça club -, who he was a Majorcan captain and also his coach, he hopes that his two previous sets achieve permanence in the highest category. He is the current technician of Getxo Sands, Biscayan club of Second B, since last summer. Lives in Saint Sebastian, from where you travel daily to Bizkaia.center_img – Eibar and Mallorca face on Saturday. How do you see the game of your two former teams?– Very competitive, because the two are in a complicated situation. Although Eibar is better, because it adds 5 points more than Mallorca, which is what marks the relegation places. Mallorca comes from losing in Son Moix (0-1) with Getafe, while Eibar has won Levante (3-0) in Ipurua.– Permanence is at stake. Mallorca, a newly promoted, if he wins, would approach the eibarreses. If Eibar wins, it would move away from a direct rival.– They are two rivals who are fighting not to descend. Mallorca is the third by the tail; if he wins in Ipurua he would approach Eibar, and would be close to leaving the relegation places, although Celta is ahead. If Eibar wins Mallorca, it would take a giant step to achieve permanence.– Mallorca has improved somewhat as a visitor, but has not yet won as a visitor.– Mallorca’s handicap is that it has only added 2 points, 2 draws with Celta, and Betis. It is a poor baggage at home to be able to achieve a goal such as permanence.– Mallorca is usually good at Ipurua, where he has won many times in the Second Division, some with Olaizola as a footballer. What do you remember about those matches?– I had coaches (Víctor Muñoz and José Manuel Esnal ‘Mané’) who told us that the team that won in Ipurua had great chances of getting promoted to Primera, since they understood that winning there was very complicated. Now it is still a very difficult field, since Eibar is a team well worked by its coach, Mendilibar. His game is strong, powerful, he presses very well. Winning in Ipurua is very complicated for rivals.– He played at two different times at Eibar (seasons 1991-1992 and 1994-1995), which was a ‘springboard’ for Olaizola and many other players.– The two teams of my life that I have engraved in my heart are Eibar and Mallorca. Eibar because it gave me the possibility to play twice and then sign for more powerful clubs; For that I will always be grateful. In Ipurua we all formed a great family, managers, players and technicians. And Mallorca was where I established myself as a player and where I achieved the most important successes of my football life (promotion to Primera in 1997, the Spanish Super Cup in 1998, a runner-up of the European Cup Winners Cup in 1998, and a Copa del Rey in 2002-2003).– How times change! He made his first debut with Real Burgos (1992-1993) – he also performed at El Plantío in 1993-1994 in Second -, and now a Burgos team is in Second B facing the Sands he trains. Instead, Eibar militates in First.– Eibar has been doing better and better management and that has allowed it to reach the highest level, which in its day was difficult to dream of being in First. But not only has he achieved it, but it has remained, because some thought that he was going to be in the top category for a short time. I hope it goes on for many years. In Burgos the opposite has been the case, since the club was poorly managed in the 90s. The players then had problems charging. When you do things wrong, you end up in failure. That happened to Burgos.– Did you ever dream that Eibar was going to play in Primera?– Dreaming yes, but it was complicated that in modern football, where so much money moves between clubs, Eibar will reach the league of stars. In addition, thanks to Mendilibar he has been in Primera for many years, and in previous seasons he has enjoyed options to play European competition. It is a brutal success.– As a coach, how do you rate Mendilibar at Eibar?– Mendilibar is the great architect that Eibar has been in the elite for so many years. I am his number one fan, for the values ​​he instills, for the way he works and for how his teams compete. For me Mendilibar is one of the best coaches in Spain.AIOL & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>AIOL (DAILY AS)last_img read more

Liberia’s first entertainment complex opens with added value

first_imgTruly a story of Destiny in the making! Introducing Liberia’s first upscale entertainment complex that is packaged for the entire family unlike anything you have seen in Liberia. The Destiny Entertainment Complex is opening just in time for the holiday celebrations for all Liberians to enjoy. What makes it even more special is that it is 100% Liberian owned with the investment being made singlehandedly with no local bank loan whatsoever showing the owner’s commitment and trust in Liberia at this present time as most Liberians are packing their bags or going slow owing to the upcoming presidential and general elections coming up in 2017. According to Marie Morgan-Luyken, who is the proprietress and owner of this establishment, Destiny is to make a difference with something special to offer for all and will be unique to our diverse community. The Complex has over 50 working staff and is adding more, making them a serious investment brand in Liberia.Destiny Entertainment Complex is located on the Capitol bye-pass by the old Health Ministry, now the Ministry of Gender, and is situated on over 2 acres of land. The Complex can be value at over US$2 million in investment capital with more value being added as the management wishes to get international status and a brand that transcends beyond the borders of Liberia, as the venue will be used as a platform for the showcasing of Liberian arts and craft as well as talents from all walks of life.“Destiny offers a comprehensive entertainment facility for the entire family while featuring a broad spectrum of community events designed to build and strengthen the Liberian economy and communities while promoting the arts. Destiny will provide Liberians an outlet for daily entertainment in addition to featured events that will promote growth in individuals and communities. The facilities include: 10 movie theaters, with two having SD features; a pool hall, bingo gaming; 3 restaurants and food court; private suites; outdoor café; night club and lounge with an ice cream parlor, plus more. The Complex is ideal for live concerts with a space that can take up to 2,000 plus persons, and is unique for weddings, parties, etc.Destiny will play host to a series of activities on a daily basis with activities that shall include educational and entertaining films and documentaries; dance classes for children and adults; group fitness classes; painting workshops; outdoor festivals and gigs; and with added events like fashion shows, talent shows, bodybuilding contests, poetry nights, comedy nights, date nights, ladies nights with top DJ’s and entertainers as special guests, local and international. The grand opening kicks off on Friday, October 28, with a VIP event including the general public, and will continue up until Sunday, with a carnival for the entire family. The roll out continues on a daily basis.Concluding, Madam Luyken said that her love for Liberia while growing up is the reason she has returned to help to add value by building an institution that will be family friendly as this is the whole purpose of Destiny Entertainment Complex. She looks forward to Liberian and foreign resident patronage as she can assure all of a high level of customer service coupled with an atmosphere that will be safe and conducive for all.So, the red carpet are being rolled out, the cameras are on ready to flash, and it is time to check out Liberia’s First Entertainment Complex….Destiny Entertainment Complex.Grand Opening EventFriday 28: Club Night – DJ TK Lamour & Gangsta DJ: Happy Hour 9pm-11pmSaturday 29: Club Night: DJ TK Lamour & Gangsta DJ- Ladies free until 11pmSunday 30: Day Carnival – Bring the whole family for music, matineemovie and food special Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rep. Ricks Toweh Joins Liberty Party

first_imgRep. Ricks Toweh, District # 6, Nimba CountyRepresentative Ricks Toweh of Nimba County Electoral District # 6 has joined the opposition Liberty Party (LP).Rep. Toweh made the declaration in Saclapea City over the weekend when the standard bearer of Liberty Party, Cllr. Charles Brumskine, chose Mr. Harrison Kanwea as his presidential running mate for the October elections.Rep. Toweh in his remarks said the Liberty Party has been asking him to join the party as far back as 2005, before he got into politics.“Now that I have tested politics, I think it is now time that I join the Liberty Party and am therefore pledging my support to the party along with my supporters,” he said.Meanwhile, his critics say that Toweh joining the Liberty Party would not make a difference on the county’s political landscape, as he is unpopular in his district and the county at large.Many District # 6 citizens are demanding proof of Toweh’s impact in their district, especially when it comes to spending the funds allotted for the district from the 53rd Legislature of Liberia.In his remarks, Rep. Toweh boasted of joining the party with about 500 supporters, a number critics are doubtful of.It may be recalled that Rep. Ricks Toweh ran on the ticket of the now defunct National Union of Democratic Progress of Senator Prince Johnson. After the party fell apart, Rep. Toweh’s status in terms of party connections, remained in limbo until Saturday, March 18, 2017, when he finally found a political home in the LP.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trackers and Female U18 Tier 1 Midget teams hosting training camps

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers will be hosting their first training camp this weekend at the Taylor and District Ice Centre. The camp will be the first on-ice session with new head coach David Johnston, who was announced as the club’s new head coach two weeks ago.In conjunction with the Trackers camp, the as-yet unnamed Peace Region U18 Female Tier 1 team will also be hosting tryouts in Taylor. Head coach Jason Stark says that the team will be playing in tournaments throughout the region after overwhelming positive support for a higher-tier female hockey team was received by the Peace River District Minor Hockey Association.The Trackers’ camp begins on Friday evening with registration at 5:00 p.m. before the players hit the ice from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.- Advertisement -Both teams hit the ice on Saturday and Sunday. For more information and for ice times, visit the Fort St. John Minor Hockey Association’s website.last_img read more

January edition of the Taylor Times

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Robben retires after Dutch World Cup failure

first_img0Shares0000Arjen Robben has retired from international football after 14 years with the Netherlands.PHOTO/Sky SportsLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 11 – Arjen Robben announced his retirement from the Netherlands after his two goals against Sweden were not enough for the Dutch to qualify for the World Cup.The former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger, 33, steered his side to a 2-0 win against Sweden on Tuesday in what proved to be his final international appearance as they missed out on a play-off place. The Netherlands needed to win by seven goals to have the chance to reach next year’s World Cup in Russia.“I wanted to show one more time all the things that I can do,” Robben said after the game.Robben scored 37 times in 96 appearances for the Netherlands and was part of a talented generation that reached the 2010 World Cup final where they lost 1-0 to Spain after extra-time.The Dutch also progressed to the last four at the 2014 finals before losing to Argentina on penalties.“Fourteen years, it’s beautiful, magnificent even,” said Robben, who made his international debut against Portugal in April 2003.“I will always remember the 2010 World Cup and 2014. Those are my best memories. During those two competitions we formed a real team.”Robben, who has had plenty of injury problems over the years, was quoted by vi.nl as saying: “The man of glass has lasted the longest.”The Bayern Munich midfielder added: “I’ve been thinking about it (international retirement) for a long time.“I have already considered it for a while, but then I went on. I wanted to finish this qualification.“I’m 33 years old now. I’m playing at a top club in Europe and I want to concentrate on it now. It’s also a good time to hand over the baton.“I still feel very good and want to be at the top as long as possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer Rumours and Paper Review – Monday, April 13

first_imgHere are the top transfer tales from Monday morning…Inter Milan’s former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is set to try to sign three players from his old club in the summer, with midfielders Samir Nasri, 27, Yaya Toure, 31, and James Milner, 29, on his wanted list. (Daily Mail) West Ham are reportedly preparing to offer £10m for Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson, 23, and beat Liverpool to the right back’s signature. (Daily Star) Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has agreed to finance a £10m bid to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin, 25. (The Sun) Chelsea are ready to make a move for Atletico Madrid’s Brazilian defender Miranda, 30, who has a year left on his contract and could be available for a cut-price fee. (The Mirror) Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes his old club must resist any bids to take goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, away from Old Trafford this summer. (Sky Sports) Arsenal believe they have sealed a £4.5m move for 16-year-old Argentinean striker Maxi Romero from Velez Sarsfield. (The Mirror) And here are the latest transfer spotlights from talksport.com…Transfer Spotlight: Chelsea look to beat Man City to sign Brazilian starlet NathanTransfer Spotlight: ‘New Arjen Robben’ on Manchester United’s radarlast_img read more

Five important games for Man United in the new season

first_img 4) Manchester City v Man United (derby revenge): 19/03/15 – Click the arrow above, right, to see four other exciting Man United games next season – City won at the Etihad last November where Chris Smalling was sent off before half-time and Marcos Rojo was stretchered off. Here, though, a March showdown could prove pivotal in the title run in. 5) West Ham v Man United (banana skin?) 23/04/15 – April represents a couple of tough away trips, all of which the club must win should Van Gaal’s men find themselves in the title mix come the end of the month. Tottenham (9 April) and West Ham are sandwiched between visits from Everton (2 April), Aston Villa (16 April) and Leicester (30 April). Get through those and United finish the season with Norwich away and Bournemouth at home. 1) Man United v Newcastle (Champions League distraction): 22/08/15 – Click the arrow above, right, to see four other exciting Man United games next season. – The new Premier League fixtures have been released, but before the end of August Man United face a potential tricky home tie against Newcastle. Having finished fourth last season, the Red Devils face a play-off match to reach the Champions League, the second leg of which comes just three days after the visit of the Magpies, who have a new coach in Steve McClaren. The players will know they cannot afford any early slip ups. 5 5 3) Man United v Chelsea (end of a tough December): 28/12/15 – Click the arrow above, right, to see four other exciting Man United games next season – The home game against Chelsea comes at the end of a busy festive period, which begins with West Ham at home, Bournemouth away, Norwich at home and then the visit of Jose Mourinho’s champions. Three points against the Blues after a gruelling month would be a nice way to end the year. A chance to avenge the narrow 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge comes in early part of the new year when they travel to south west London on 6 February. 5 5 5 2) Man United v Liverpool (The first big test): 12/09/15 – Click the arrow above, right, to see four other exciting Man United games next season – United enjoyed a double against north west rivals Liverpool last season and it is the Reds who pose an early test. Many pundits expect Brendan Rodgers’ side to fare better next term with the two rivals expected to again battle one another for a place in the top four. It doesn’t begin until August, but the new season’s fixtures have been released.Here, talkSPORT looks at Man United’s five best games as they look to reclaim their crown as England’s best team.Louis van Gaal successfully guided United back into the Champions League and will be expected to go further in his second season in charge.For the full fixture list, click here and let us know which game you’re looking to most.We’re sorry if your team got Bournemouth away in winter…last_img read more

Vintage Video: ‘It’s a goal!’ The crazy decision that infuriated every England fan

first_imgFive years ago this weekend, Frank Lampard’s wonder strike against Germany beat Manuel Neuer, rattled off the crossbar and flew past the line into the goal. 2-2 in Bloemfontein, game on.BUT, Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda continued play as the German goalkeeper picked the ball up, as if nothing had happened.In the end, two goals from Thomas Muller, and goals from Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski saw Germany win the game 4-1 with Matt Upson scoring England’s only goal.The defeat was the Three Lions’ biggest in a World Cup and saw Fabio Cappello’s side knocked out of the World Cup in the last 16 knock out stage, but don’t remind Mark Saggers…last_img read more