ATHLETICS | It’s an exciting time for Loyola Marymount University athletics as one chapter closes and another begins. William Husak, whose 20-year tenure as athletic director has allowed the Lions to see new heights, is retiring this summer. Husak’s legacy will always be remembered and cherished for the championships won, facilities built, and students graduated.
Craig Pintens, a proven athletic administrator with leadership experience at national championship-winning programs, will be the next athletic director at LMU, President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., announced. Pintens comes to LMU from the University of Oregon, where he has served as senior associate athletic director for the past seven years. In that role, he helped lead Oregon’s athletic programs to tremendous success in competition and transformed the fan experience, strategic planning processes, athletics operations, promotions, and fundraising. Pintens will start on June 25.
Start making plans to see the new era of LMU athletics in action. Season tickets are now available for ticketed fall sports including men’s soccer and women’s soccer and volleyball. Additionally, season ticket deposits are now being accepted for men’s basketball and women’s basketball season. For any ticketing questions, please contact the ticket office at 310.338.5466.
Men’s basketball learned last week who they will face during next season’s West Coast Conference games. The WCC announced the schedule for the 2018-19 season, and the change from an 18-game league schedule to 16 means that LMU will not travel to Saint Mary’s or host San Francisco next season.
As the spring season comes to a close, the awards continue. Two women’s water polo players were named to the 2018 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Division I All-America Teams. Hana Vilanova and Claire Wright, each received Honorable Mention All-America recognition after phenomenal seasons and leading LMU to a Golden Coast Conference Tournament Final.
The West Coast Conference named their All-Academic Team for women’s rowing. LMU’s Anna Davis and Bailey Page were among those named to the first team, and Jessica Apodaca, Alexandria Bauer, Shannon Folan, India Krappe and Julia Pinamont earned honorable mention accolades. Davis carries a 3.80 GPA as a psychology major, while Page sports a 3.96 GPA studying physics and applied mathematics.
A pair of baseball seniors were recognized for their play in the 2018 WCC Baseball Championship. Seniors Tyler Cohen and Billy Wilson were named to the 2018 WCC Baseball Championship All-Tournament team at the conclusion of play on Saturday. The duo helped guide LMU to within a game of the championship round.
Following one of the best seasons in program history, LMU women’s tennis has been rewarded with the highest ranking the Lions have ever sported – checking in at No. 55 in the final ITA team rankings. In addition to the team ranking, LMU also features Veronica Miroshnichenko at No. 36 in singles, and Miroshnichenko / Eva Marie Voracek at No. 22 in doubles.