Meaghan LeBlanc ‘06, season and career stroke average holder, became a two-time medalist at her final MVC conference tournament.
Spring sports update
Tennis player Marko Marevic ’06 became Bradley’s first four-time MVC all-conference award recipient. In tournament competition, the Braves fell short in their second-round match versus Drake. Women’s tennis claimed a first-round victory against Evansville during MVC championship action. This is the team’s first MVC tournament win since 1994…Men’s golf achieved a sixth-place finish at the State Farm MVC championship. Women’s golf claimed the MVC championship title, besting Illinois State by two shots. The team’s 54-hole score of 917 is the third lowest in championship history. The Braves received an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament where they competed against two of the nation’s elite programs, Stanford and UCLA. Meaghan LeBlanc ’06 was named a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V selection…Women’s track and field completed its season by attaining 11 personal records at the MVC championship meet…Baseball pitcher Brandon Magee ’06 was named first-team All-MVC. Jason Newburger ’06, Ryan Curry ’06, Dan Brewer ’09, and Collin Brennan ’09 received honorable mention All-MVC. In the postseason, the Braves went 2-2, ultimately falling to Missouri State, 8-3…Softball pitcher Brittany Dehler ’06 received the MVC Pitcher of the Week award. This is the first Valley Player of the Week recognition the team has received since 2002. The team lost to Creighton in extra innings of the final game.
For Lisa Gordey Encarnacion ‘82, life has always revolved around sports and public relations. She played softball in high school and coaches her young daughter Michaela’s tee-ball team. Her husband, Luis, was a professional baseball player for 14 years and pitched for the Kansas City Royals. Today she serves as director of external relations at Roosevelt University’s Schaumburg campus, where she represents the university to the community.
During her freshman year at Bradley, Encarnacion was a volunteer in the sports information office under Joe Dalfonso ‘76 and has been involved with public relations ever since. Encarnacion says Dalfonso was a mentor to her then. “Joe was fantastic in teaching his student assistants the ins and outs of the sports information field, allowing us to actually work with teams and coaches,” says Encarnacion. “I learned so much from Joe during those four years and ended up pursuing sports information as a career.”
After earning her degree at Bradley, Encarnacion went on to be a graduate assistant at Indiana State University, then took her first job as sports information director at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. While later working as the editor of a national coaching journal and doing public relations for a high school district in the south suburbs of Chicago, she was contacted by Dalfonso. “He asked if I was interested in getting back into sports information. He shared that Tony Barone, who was now the head coach at Creighton, had contacted him and asked what I was doing, as the sports information director job at Creighton was open,” remembers Encarnacion. “I interviewed for the job within two weeks and was in Omaha by July 1.”
Encarnacion is grateful to all the coaches she worked with at Bradley: Dick Versace, Tony Barone, Rudy Keeling, and Dewey Kalmer. She adds, “All of these coaches treated me with respect as a professional even though I was a college student. I have always remembered this when I have had students working for me and how important this was to my professional development.”
NCAA ruling set
The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has placed Bradley University on probation for one year as a result of an inadvertent violation of the extra benefit
The committee recognized the inadvertent nature of Bradley’s situation and reduced probation from the standard minimum two-year probation. The probation period extends from May 19, 2006, through
Bradley has added a newly created position, director of compliance. Shalini Shanker will start July 5. In addition, the University has self-imposed penalties, including reducing its recruiting days during the
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