FOOTBALL HOLDS FULL CONTACT PRACTICE
Florida Atlantic University's football team returned to the practice field Saturday morning, in full pads for the second day, and was permitted full contact for the first time in 2013.
Special teams were first on the schedule and were more a part of the practice schedule than in recent days. Every unit continued to work on ball security. During 7-on-7 it was Christian Milstead who gained praise for breaking up a 60-yard pass that would have been a score.
The next team session saw a tightly cover DeAndre Richardson haul in a red zone pass for a score. The Owls defense also recorded multiple stops, during the red zone session, forcing field goals. Hakeeme Ishmar beat his man for a red zone score and quarterback Jaquez Johnson connected with Marcus Cunningham in the back of the end zone.
FAU will use Sunday for corrections and meetings and will return to the practice field Monday morning.
FAU Athletics to Host Events Leading Up to Football Season Opener
Florida Atlantic University Athletics will host a number of events leading up to FAU football's season opener against the University of Miami on Friday, Aug. 30.
Fans are invited to watch the FAU women's soccer team officially open the 2013-14 athletic calendar with a pair of home matches. The Owls will host the University of Albany at on Friday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. and the University of Arizona at on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m., at FAU's Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.
FAU Athletics will host a freshmen kickoff celebration on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 3:30 p.m., in FAU Stadium. The event will welcome the entire FAU class of 2017 to campus and serve as an introduction to members of the athletic department. FAU Head Football Coach Carl Pelini and FAU Head Baseball Coach John McCormack will be in attendance, along with the FAU cheer and dance teams.
FAU fans will be given an opportunity to turn in T-shirts from other colleges and universities, or an old FAU T-shirt, at the Wally Sanger Ticket Office in exchange for a new FAU T-shirt beginning Monday, Aug. 26. All shirts collected in the exchange will be donated. Fans also will be able to purchase tickets to the UM football game, as well as take advantage of a special single-game ticket offer for FAU football's first home game against Middle Tennessee State University on Saturday, Sept. 21 that will only be available during the week long festivities.
On Thursday, Aug. 29, FAU's Student Government then will host the sixth annual fall bonfire, beginning at 6 p.m., at FAU's Boca campus. The event will feature American ska punk band Less Than Jake, and is free and open to the public.
The volleyball team will be hosting their season opening tournament on Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31 when it hosts the FAU Invitational. Bethune-Cookman University, Southeastern Louisiana University and Jacksonville University will make up the rest of the field.
Friday is also "Wear Your College Colors Day," and FAU Athletics will host a pep rally at noon in the Breezeway at FAU's Boca campus. Those in attendance will have a chance to participate in a T-shirt exchange, as well as in contests to win prizes. Fans also will be encouraged to submit pictures of themselves wearing the FAU logo via Twitter (@FAUAthletics) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FAUATHLETICS). Those who submit the best photos will receive prizes.
FAU Athletics Announces 2013 Women's Soccer Schedule
Florida Atlantic University Athletics has announced the 2013 women's soccer schedule, which boasts nine home games and a journey to the west coast of the United States.
The Owls open their preseason under first-year head coach Patrick Baker with a cross-state contest at Florida Gulf Coast University on Friday, Aug. 16.
"We are very excited about the opportunities this fall in the non-conference season and within our first season as a member of Conference USA," Baker said.
FAU fans will get their first view of the new squad with regular-season home matches against the University of Albany on Friday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., and the University of Arizona on Sunday, Aug. 25.at 1 p.m., at FAU's Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. After returning to FGCU for matches against Davidson College and Mississippi State University on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, respectively, the Owls host the University of Miami on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m.
"We have a very challenging nonconference schedule that will put us against good teams from a number of different conferences," Baker said. "The PAC-12, ACC, SEC and the Big East highlight the fall and those games will be great environments for our players."
FAU gets its first taste of out-of-state action on Thursday, Sept. 19 with a trip to Los Angeles to battle the University of Southern California. The Owls finish up the nonconference slate with a home match against the University of Memphis on Sunday, Sept. 22 before making their debut in C-USA at UTSA in Texas on Friday, Sept. 27.
"The Conference USA schedule is one that will be interesting by playing so many teams we are unfamiliar with, yet exciting to be involved in," Baker said.
Seven of FAU's final eight regular-season games will come against the East Division of C-USA with matches against UNC-Charlotte, East Carolina University, FIU, Middle Tennessee State University, Marshall, UAB, and Old Dominion. The Owls also will face Tulsa University and UTEP out of the West Division. The Conference USA Tournament, hosted by Rice University, is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 10 in Houston, Texas.
"We have a season-long vision of where we would like to be each month and hopefully we can be one of those teams playing in November," Baker said.
FAU Names Brooke Kohler as Head Sand Volleyball Coach
Florida Atlantic University Athletics has named Brooke Kohler as head coach of its sand volleyball program. She also will serve as an assistant for the indoor volleyball team. Fernanda Nelson, FAU's head indoor volleyball coach and director of volleyball, will oversee the sand volleyball program.
"I'm excited to welcome Brooke to the FAU volleyball family. Her passion and knowledge of the game will be a tremendous asset. I have no doubt that she will lead the sand volleyball program in the right direction," said Nelson. "Having coached Brooke as a player, we are familiar with each other and that will make it a lot easier to work together."
After graduating from Jupiter High School where she led the Warriors to a state Final Four appearance as a senior, Kohler attended Clemson University. The Tigers made two trips to the NCAA Tournament in her time in uniform.
Kohler received her bachelor's degree in health science from Clemson, but still had eligibility remaining when she transferred to Florida Gulf Coast University to pursue her graduate degree. She played two seasons for the Eagles. In 2011, when Nelson was an assistant coach, Kohler led the FGCU indoor team in total blocks. That spring, Kohler and teammate Brittany Muse won the Flight No. 3 title at the inaugural Atlantic Sun sand volleyball tournament. The duo also was named to the all-tournament team. The following season, Kohler helped the Eagles to the Atlantic Sun regular season indoor title and advanced to the final day of the conference tournament in sand volleyball.
Kohler supplemented her on-court experience with a coaching position at Jupiter Elite Beach Volleyball and as a camp counselor for the Clemson volleyball camps, where she designed innovative team practices for young and emerging players, as well as introducing individual drills focused on improving skills and endurance.