Silverio takes over at ND
Jay Louderback led the Notre Dame women’s tennis program for 29 seasons, earning 24 NCAA tournament appearances and two trips to the NCAA semifinals before announcing his retirement in May.
Now Alison Silverio will grab the reins.
Silverio, who has served as the head coach at the University of Oregon since June 2014, was announced as ND’s next head coach Friday.
As an athlete, Silverio helped Georgia Tech secure a team NCAA title in 2007, garnering NCAA Tournament MVP honors. She earned ACC All-Tournament team honors twice and ACC Tournament MVP honors in 2005, as the Yellow Jackets were crowned ACC champions each season from 2005 to 2007.
Silverio’s Oregon Ducks finished 16-10 and 5-5 in Pac-12 play this past season, earning the program’s second consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Ducks also captured their first NCAA Tournament win in 14 years.
Prior to her arrival in Eugene, Ore., Silverio served as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech and NC State.
TRACK & FIELD
Irish promote Sparks
Matt Sparks has been named the men’s and women’s track and field coach at Notre Dame.
Sparks replaces Alan Turner, whose contract was not renewed.
Sparks had coached Notre Dame’s distance runners the past four years, including Mishawaka graduate Anna Rohrer, who was a first-team All-American this past season. Sparks also coaches the Irish cross country program.
Sparks spent 12 years as track and cross country coach at Southern Illinois University and was previously on the coaching staffs at Ohio State and Indiana University. A graduate of IU, Sparks was named the Hoosiers’ cross country MVP in 1996.
Dennie is All-State
Plymouth second baseman Cam Dennie was named to the Indiana High School Coaches Association Class 4A All-State team.
Earning honorable mention are Kyle Schmack of South Central (1A), Robbie Berger of Glenn, Michael Machnic of Glenn, Brady Gumpf of Saint Joseph (3A), Chandler Banic of LaPorte, Jared Miller of Elkhart Central, Benji Nixon of Plymouth and Payton Kerr of Penn (4A).
East Side goes 1-1
East Side went 1-1 in pool play Thursday at the 10-and-under softball regional in Glasgow, Ky.
East Side beat EAYS All-Stars, 11-1, as Mia Castelucci pitched a one-hitter and struck out six.
Annika Retaina and Zariah Wiley each had two hits.
Barren County All-Stars then beat East Side, 13-4. Alex Lowery struck out six in the loss and Abigail Bogunia had two hits.