Tag: Kevin Loney

Mass. College Football: Nichols’ Respass Named NEFC Offensive Player Of The Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s today’s release about Quillian Respass being named this week’s New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week:

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College sophomore Quillian Respass (Huntington, N.Y.) has been named the New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week.

Respass tallied 536 total yards (331 pass, 205 rush) and eight total touchdowns (four rush, four pass) in the Bison’s 63-52 loss at Maine Maritime Saturday afternoon. He completed 19-of-27 pass attempts and rushed 27 times for an average of 7.6 ypc.

In the process, Respass tied the program record for most rushing touchdowns in one game, which was accomplished by Matt Fox against UMass Boston in 2000 and again by Anthony Smith against Bridgewater State in 2003.

“Quillian has been a great addition to our program,” said Nichols third-year head coach Kevin Loney. “From the moment he walked in, he’s played the game at a different speed. I expect big things as our offense continues to gel.”

In his first season in Dudley, Respass had passed for 1,035 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 420 yards and six TD’s. He becomes the second Nichols’ student-athlete to earn NEFC Offensive POW honors in 2013. Senior captain Dylan Rimsky (Denville, N.J.) received the same honor on September 8 after he established single-game program records for receptions (14) and receiving yards (290) in the Bison’s 28-27 overtime win against Westfield State two days prior.

The Bison (1-6, 0-5 NEFC) travel to Curry on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.

Mass. College Football: Nichols Will Participate In ‘Coach to Cure MD’ On Saturday

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s today’s release about the football team that will be participating in ‘Coach to Cure MD’ on Saturday against Coast Guard Academy:

DUDLEY, Mass. – Members of the Nichols College football coaching staff will wear ‘Coach to Cure MD’ logo patches on the sidelines in support of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coach to Cure MD fundraiser this Saturday, September 28 when the Bison head to New London, Conn. to face Coast Guard at 1:30 p.m.

Now celebrating its sixth year, Coach to Cure MD seeks to raise awareness and money to fund research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most prolific lethal genetic disorder of childhood. On September 28th, thousands of AFCA members will wear Coach to Cure MD shoulder patches on the sidelines to help raise awareness of the program.

This year, over 600 schools will participate in the event, which is an all-time high. The five-year fundraising total is just over $1 million.

“We as a coaching staff are glad to be involved again with the AFCA’s initiative, Coach to Cure MD,” said Nichols head coach Kevin Loney. “It is one of the great causes in college athletics, and we hope that someday we will find a cure for Duchenne.”

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and primarily affects boys across all races and cultures. Boys and young men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and limited therapeutic options exist.

In addition to the coaches’ efforts, families affected with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will also gather for fund-raising tailgate parties on campuses around the country to encourage more fans to get involved.

College football fans are asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Donations can be made by either going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or by texting the word CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill).

About the AFCA

The American Football Coaches Association was founded in 1922 and is considered the primary professional association for football coaches at all levels of competition. The 10,000-member organization includes more than 90 percent of head coaches at the 700-plus schools that sponsor football at the college level. Members include coaches from Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan and Mexico.

About PPMD

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1994 by parents of children with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. The organization’s mission is to end Duchenne. We accelerate research, raise our voices in Washington, demand optimal care for all young men and educate the global community. PPMD is headquartered in Middletown, Ohio with offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.parentprojectmd.org.

Mass. College Football: Catching Up With Head Coach Kevin Loney (Nichols College)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Nichols College commenced their 2013 campaign with an exciting overtime victory against Westfield State at home last Friday night.

The Bison, who trailed the Owls by two touchdowns, rallied to force an extra session before their defense stopped Westfield on a two-point conversion, which sealed the win.

A few days after their exciting victory, Noontime Sports caught up with Head Coach Kevin Loney to discuss the victory and how the Bison will use it going forward into their next game tomorrow evening against Western Connecticut State University.

On last week’s victory: “I think for the upperclassmen, they’ve been through so many close games over the last four years. They’ve come out on the wrong side on a lot of those, so finally to win one against a good opponent that we haven’t beaten in a long time (should help our team realize) that we can do this and that’s a big thing. I called a timeout right before the last play of the game. (Westfield) lined up to go for two (in overtime). We saw the play on film, so I called timeout and said that was the play. (My team responded) by saying, ‘We’ve got it, Coach,’ but the kids now feel (confident), which is a big thing and now we’ve got to keep building on that (for the rest of the season).”

On starting the season with a win: “Being that it was against Westfield State, a team our seniors had not beaten and two years ago, our first year as a (coaching) staff here we lost to those guys in a very similar game by a point, they blocked an extra point at the end of the game to beat us. Our kids were pretty amped up for last year’s game too, but last Wednesday in practice I knew our kids were ready to play. For us, winning early and getting it over with will be a big thing for us. Now that the monkey is off our back, let’s go play.

“Things have been good this week in practice. They’re practicing with confidence, but they still have a bit of an edge and urgency. Last year we beat UMass Dartmouth and going through practice (afterward) there was just such a relief for our guys because they had been so tensed for two years and then finally we could take a deep breath. Again, they’ve practiced with a bit of an urgency this week, so hopefully that carries through to Friday night.”

On the team’s current attitude: “Last Saturday, our men’s soccer team played Springfield College and beat them, which is a huge win for them and a bunch of our guys were at the game and (from interacting with some of the guys I felt) they’re starting to believe. Guys are starting to believe in our process and how we’re going to go through it, and they came out Sunday and had a good practice and a good film session.

“I did say to the team, ‘Your biggest improvement is from week one to week two,’ so obviously it’s a totally different opponent this week because West Conn is a spread offense and they’re extremely athletic and they’re going to be really good, so I think it’s a good thing for our guys to be able to go play and challenge ourselves to play better football this week.”

On a growing moment from this summer: “During one of our double sessions, we cut practice early to give the guys a bit of a breather and I think it was a day when we had our Green and White scrimmage. We went out that night and practiced a little bit and it was just a light practice to give the guys a little bit of work. Once we ended practice, the kids stayed for an extra hour. They were running and doing other stuff with no coaches involved. They just did it, and I was walking up the hill and thought they were probably going to stay for (an extra few minutes), but it was an hour and that’s never happened since I’ve been here. We have coaches on our staff that was here (before I arrived) and it’s never happened, but they still do it.

“The team is taking ownership in their success and to me that’s probably the biggest change because it can’t always be coach driven. If you have players that want to be good and willing to work at it then you’re going to have success, so that is a really god thing.”

On the senior class legacy: “We’ve got a good group of kids and we’ve gone through a lot here in terms of turning our roster over and being more of a Northeast roster over the last three years. I think the kids that have lasted with us have bought into our philosophy and our ideas about how to build this program for the long haul. It is shown by how we practice every day and how we handle ourselves in meetings, which has been really fun to watch.”

Mass. College Football: Nichols’ Rimsky Named NEFC Offensive Player of the Week

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s today’s release about senior captain Dylan Rimsky, who was named this week’s New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week:

DUDLEY, Mass. – Senior captain Dylan Rimsky (Denville, N.J.) has been named New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

Rimsky established Nichols single-game records for receptions (14) and receiving yards (290) in the Bison’s 28-27 overtime win against Westfield State Friday night at Vendetti Field. Rimsky hauled in a 63-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, then caught a 32-yard pass in overtime to put the Bison in front for good. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak to Westfield State and also gave the Bison their first win in a season opener since 2007.

“I am very proud of Dylan. What a great way to start off his senior season!” Nichols head coach Kevin Loney. “He has a tremendous work-ethic, and it showed on Friday. He’s been overshadowed here for a few years, but I guess that’s over now. I look forward to seeing what he has in store in the future.”

Rimsky was named to the NEFC Honor Roll last October after catching eight passes for 155 yards and a touchdown at Plymouth State.

The Bison return to action on Friday when they host Western Connecticut State at Vendett Field at 7 p.m.

Nichols College Football Aims To Correct Mistakes

By Matt Noonan 

Fixing mental errors in football is never an easy task.

Following Nichols College’ most excruciating loss of the season to Endicott College, second year head coach Kevin Loney knew his team needed to focus on correcting their mistakes.

On Tuesday, Loney explained in a phone interview with Noontime Sports what his players were able to decipher from their film session following that particular game, and how it changed their mentality heading into last weekend’s contest against UMass Dartmouth.

“As we watch all these games, we [realize] it’s a matter of just executing and a lot of it is execution. And when you play against Endicott you cannot make a mistake because they’re going to capitalize because they’re so talented,” stated the Bison head coach.

Executing assignments properly is something Loney preaches to his players every day. And against the Corsairs on Saturday, the Bison executed enough to earn their first win of the season, as well as snap their 17-game losing streak, too.

“What we saw Saturday was a group of kids, who decided [they were] going to trust their technique and take advantage of opportunities, and I thought [our quarterback Pat Viencek] played very well. It was great for him to have some success,” exclaimed Loney.

“The o-line did a phenomenal job and that was for us a start and step in the right direction.”

Nichols College has three games remaining before the season concludes, and after their uplifting victory this past weekend, Loney hopes his squad can continue to execute, especially against Curry College, MIT and Salve Regina.

“[They] are going to be three completely different challenges, [but we’re going to try] and play our best football,” explained Loney.

“I think we had 114 yards of penalty yards last year against Curry and that’s called self-destruction, so can we fix that and come out of the game and against Endicott we had one penalty, which is the best we’ve ever been, so can we get to that point against Curry and not give them extra plays because you’ve got to get those guys off the field on offense and their defense is no slouch either.

“[Our focus for the next three weeks is] to take care of the football, which has been a big issue for us this year, protect the ball and make plays when the opportunity presents itself.”

Video courtesy of the Nichols College Bison YouTube page