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Morehead State volleyball alum Liz Schuler helping patients in California as occupational therapist

By Matt Schabert Morehead State University You might call Morehead State volleyball alum Liz Schuler adventurous. Since her days as an Eagle, Schuler has lived in her hometown of Louisville, then in Texas and now nearly 2,500 miles away in Monterey, Calif. Her new adventure is one Schuler says she has strived for her entire life, and it was similar life experiences that led her to the field of occupational...

EKU standouts Lewis, Harris selected to Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division I All-America team

Senior catcher A.J. Lewis and junior second baseman Daniel Harris IV have been chosen to the Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I All-America team. Lewis was a first team selection while Harris earned a spot on the third team. A.J. Lewis EKU has featured an All-America selection in each of the last four years – Ben Fisher (2017), Alex Holderbach (2018), Aaron Ochsenbein (2019), Lewis (2020) and Harris...

EKU’s Quantasia Perry enjoying challenges, rewards of being a student-athlete and mom

(On July 27, 2018, Quantasia Perry gave birth to her daughter, Kali… less than 10 months later, she lined up to race for an Ohio Valley Conference gold medal) Eastern Kentucky University’s Quantasia Perry stood in lane four and stared down the track. The redshirt freshman was 100 meters away from a gold medal at her first Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. But...

Susan and Oliver Ramsey establish fund at EKU to promote names of football players on jerseys

The donors who make up the Eastern Kentucky University giving community each support a unique passion. For Susan and Oliver Ramsey, their passion is student-athletes. No matter the distance or time passed, the Ramsey’s have continued to support EKU football, rarely missing a game in more than 40 years. “Since the late 70s, we have maintained season tickets within Roy Kidd Stadium,”...

EKU’s Abbott a ‘Jacob’ of all trades on the baseball diamond; has played eight different positions

When Jacob Abbott took the mound on a cool February night in Baton Rouge, the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team led 11th-ranked LSU, 2-0, in the bottom of the ninth. There were two outs. And two runners on. Cade Doughty, LSU’s highly touted leadoff hitter, stepped to the plate. He represented the winning run for the Tigers. The atmosphere was tense. Abbott fell behind early – two balls,...

EKU men’s basketball adds five players to roster; Colonels look to contend for OVC crown next season

Eastern Kentucky University head coach A.W. Hamilton has announced the addition of five players for next season. The five signees are Devontae Blanton, Matt Cromer, Cheikh Faye, Brandon Knapper and Cooper Robb. Blanton is a 6-foot-6 wing out of powerhouse St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. A four-year starter at St. Edward, Blanton scored 1,000 career points and helped...

Morehead State women’s basketball team inks UMBC graduate transfer Tyler Moore for next season

The Morehead State women’s basketball team has inked sharp-shooting Maryland-Baltimore County graduate transfer guard Tyler Moore, head coach Greg Todd has announced. Moore, a 5-foot-10 product of Portsmouth, Va., missed the 2019-20 season due to injury after a stellar junior campaign in which she shot 38 percent from 3-point range. Moore finished eighth in the America East Conference with 1.8...

Former EKU basketball player Willie Cruz now NBA athletic performance coach for Houston Rockets

Like most kids who grow up playing basketball, Willie Cruz dreamed of reaching the NBA. He made it. Only not as a player. Cruz, a former Eastern Kentucky University basketball player, is now the athletic performance coach for the Houston Rockets. Cruz was born on the shores of Lake Ontario, in the “Flower City” – Rochester, New York. Willie Cruz, a former EKU basketball player, is now...

EKU announces two-year contract extension for men’s basketball head coach A.W. Hamilton

Eastern Kentucky University Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Roan has announced a two-year contract extension for men’s basketball head coach A.W. Hamilton. The extension will keep the 2020 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year in Richmond through at least the 2023-24 season. “In two short years, A.W. has done a phenomenal job returning our men’s basketball program...

Murray State endows Coach Cal Luther Scholarship; honors longest-tenured men’s basketball coach

Murray State University has fully endowed the Coach Cal Luther Scholarship that will help fund higher education opportunities for future Racers in honor of former men’s basketball coach and director of athletics Cal Luther, who led a transformation of Murray State athletics for nearly three decades. The Coach Cal Luther Scholarship was established as an endowment by gifts to the Murray State University...

EKU standout guard Jomaru Brown declares as early entrant in NBA Draft; eligible to return to school

Eastern Kentucky University sophomore guard Jomaru Brown has submitted his name as an early entrant in the 2020 NBA Draft. Under NCAA rules, Brown can sign with a certified agent, receive feedback and still have the ability to return to school if he chooses. The 2020 NBA Draft Combine is tentatively scheduled to be held May 21-24 in Chicago. All early entrants have until 5 p.m. on June 15 to choose...

EKU goalkeeper Zoe Aguirre punches ticket to U-20 World Cup as member of Mexican National Team

Eastern Kentucky University sophomore goalkeeper Zoe Aguirre will play in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup as a member of the Mexican National Team. The World Cup is currently scheduled to be contested this August in Costa Rica and Panama. Zoe Aguirre Aguirre and the Mexican team earned a berth in the global finals by finishing second to the USA at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship...

EKU’s A.J. Lewis named to watch list for Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award

Before the collegiate baseball season ended, Eastern Kentucky University’s A.J. Lewis was named to the watch list for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award, which honors the nation’s top NCAA Division I catcher. Lewis was the only player from the Ohio Valley Conference on the watch list. The award was previously known as the Johnny Bench Award. EKU has had a catcher on...

EKU names Matt Roan as Director of Athletics; spent past three years as AD at Nicholls State

Eastern Kentucky University has named Matt Roan as Director of Athletics after a two-month search process. Roan returns to EKU after three-plus years as Director of Athletics at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. “Eastern Kentucky University and the region it serves are special places for my family and me, and we are honored to be returning. We look forward to embracing EKU’s tradition...

Eastern Kentucky opens Ohio Valley Conference play Thursday with 74-59 victory over Tennessee Tech

Eastern Kentucky opened Ohio Valley Conference play Thursday night with a 74-59 victory over Tennessee Tech at McBrayer Arena. Tre King led EKU (4-10, 1-0 OVC) with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He also had two blocks and two steals. Ty Taylor hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points, five rebounds and two assists. Russhard Cruickshank also knocked down three 3-pointers and scored 13 points...

Murray State names Dean Hood football head coach; brings 30 years of college coaching experience

Murray State University has named Dean Hood as the head coach for the Racers football program. Hood, Murray State’s 19th head coach, was introduced in front of faculty, staff, regents, community friends and supporters at Heritage Hall. He brings with him an intense desire to lead a storied program and a wealth of experience building successful football programs at both the NCAA Division I FBS and...

Former Murray State star, current Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant to visit campus Friday

Former Murray State basketball star Ja Morant is coming back to campus Friday as he travels with his new team, the Memphis Grizzlies, in the team’s preseason Regional Caravan Tour. In June, Morant became the highest NBA Draft pick in the history of the Ohio Valley Conference when the Grizzlies selected him as the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Ja Morant (Photo from MSU) His visit to...

Murray State selected preseason volleyball favorite in Ohio Valley Conference; Morehead State voted third

Murray State has been picked to win the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference volleyball title in a vote of the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. The Racers picked up 12 first-place votes and 228 points, while Austin Peay earned six first-place votes and 212 points to be selected to finish second. Morehead State was selected to finish third, picking up five first-place votes and 207 points,...

Battle of the Bluegrass football rivalry renewed: EKU to meet WKU in 2024 at Houchens-Smith Stadium

The football version of the Battle of the Bluegrass will renew when Eastern Kentucky University travels to play at Western Kentucky University in 2024, the two schools announced Monday. The game will be played on Sept. 7, 2024, at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. The most recent meeting between Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky came on Sept. 2, 2017. Eastern held Western at bay for much...

Defending OVC men’s basketball champion Murray State to face rugged schedule in 2019-20

After two outstanding seasons in which the Murray State men’s basketball team won a pair of Ohio Valley Conference regular-season and tournament championships, appeared in two NCAA Tournaments and put the program into the national spotlight, the Racers will play a rugged 2019-20 schedule. Matt McMahon enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Racers. Murray State will play several road...