FOOTBALL

UA adds assistant

coaches, staff

The University of Akron announced the addition of 10 assistants to new coach Tom Arth's staff in a release on Wednesday.

Joining the Zips for next season are Matt Feeney (defensive coordinator), Scott Aligo (player personnel), Brian Cochran (defensive line), Chris Cook (tight ends/offensive tackles), Shelton Felton (inside linebackers), Chris Hurd (special teams coordinator), Oscar Rodriguez, Jr. (secondary), Davern Williams (outside linebackers/defensive ends) and Tommy Zagorski (offensive line).

Feeney, Aligo, Cook, Hurd, Rodriguez and Williams coached at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga under Arth, who was hired on Dec. 14 to replace Terry Bowden as Zips coach.

Arth also will retain Ben Murphy as director of football operations.

The hirings are pending approval by the University's Board of Trustees.

“We are proud to announce the hiring of the majority of our coaching staff,” Arth said in the release. “This is a great group who will not only be able to teach, lead, and recruit our student-athletes at the highest level, but will also be outstanding representatives of the University of Akron and excellent role models for each member of our program.”

 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Zips earn first MAC win

The visiting University of Akron used some hot shooting from long range to defeat Western Michigan 72-59 Wednesday for its first Mid-American Conference victory of the season.

The Zips (10-3, 1-1 MAC) made 12 3-pointers, just short of its 13 converted field goals from inside the arc.

Alyssa Clay (11 points) led the 3-point barrage with perfect 3-for-3 shooting from deep. Megan Sefcik (15 points, 10 rebounds) also had three 3s, and Haliegh Reinoehl and Shayna Harmon drilled two apiece.

Caitlin Vari added eight points and grabbed a game-high 12 boards.

 

Kent State rallies to stay undefeated in MAC

A dazzling effort by junior guard Ali Poole helped host Kent State come from behind to beat Northern Illinois 87-78 for its sixth consecutive win and remain unbeaten in MAC play.

Playing every minute, Poole poured in a game-high 28 points and out-dueled Northern Illinois guard Mikayla Voigt, who scored 26.

Poole added seven rebounds, one block and a steal to help the Golden Flashes (9-4, 2-0) overcome a three-point deficit heading into the final quarter and outscore the Huskies (9-5, 1-1) by 12 down the stretch.

Asiah Dingle and Lindsey Thall each added 17 points for KSU.