The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday that Temple coach Dawn Staley is “high on the search list” for the vacancy at South Carolina after Susan Walvius resigned earlier this month.
Staley signed a six-year contract extension with Temple last year.
Temple Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw told the Inquirer, “Dawn and I have an agreement not to talk about those situations when they come up.”
The men’s basketball team inked their first two recruits for next season as T.J. DiLeo of Cinnaminson High in New Jersey and Andrew “Scootie” Randall of Communications Tech signed National Letters of Intent Friday.
DiLeo, a 6-2 senior guard averaged 23.9 points and six rebounds per game, set the school record for points in a game, season (692), three-pointers in a game and three-pointers in a season. The Philadelphia Inquirer and Courier Post South Jersey Player of the Year is the son of Philadelphia 76ers Senior Vice President Tony DiLeo.
Randall, a 6-6 forward, averaged 21.2 points, 11 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks as a senior. He earned 2008 PIAA State Player of the Year honors and the Markward Award, while being one of only 12 players named to the all-Public league in three seasons. He helped lead Communications Tech to a Public League title with a 77-73 double overtime win over Frankford at the Liacouras Center on Feb. 24.
Breakfast of Champions
The sixth annual Breakfast of Champions was held last Wednesday to honor Temple’s best athletes both on-and-off the field.
More than 200 student-athletes were recognized for academic and athletic accomplishments, while junior Paul Amess of the men’s golf team and sophomore Kristin Howell of the women’s fencing team earned the top male and female Student-Athletes of the Year awards.
Amess, the team’s captain, owns the team’s lowest stroke average (73.9 strokes per game) and shot the sixth-lowest individual score (67) in program history. He is currently ranked in the top 10 in the conference.
Howell, the first epee all-American in Temple history, finished second in the Junior Olympics while compiling a 27-10 overall record and helping the fencing team finish No. 8 in the nation at 24-6.
Besides Amess and Howell, 101 student athletes were named to Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw’s Honor Roll while 40 were named to the President’s Honor Roll.
Temple announced that Amess, Candice Borrows (women’s basketball), Matthew Chevrollier (men’s soccer), Noelle McKenzie (women’s cross country/track), Krystle Metzler (women’s softball), Anne Marie Mikolajewski (women’s crew), Jackie Morrison (volleyball), J.T. Noone (men’s soccer), Anastasiia Rukayyshnykoya (women’s tennis) and Charise Young (field hockey) would make up its Trustee Ten in terms of grade-point average.
– Joe Polinsky