Catching Up With Tyler Hundley of Worcester State Men’s Basketball

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Tyler Hundley was recently named the new men’s basketball coach at Worcester State last week. (PHOTO/GRAPHIC Credit: Worcester State Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

It was announced just last week that Tyler Hundley would be taking over the Worcester State men’s basketball program for this upcoming season.

Hundely, who is no stranger to the New England D3 basketball world, arrives in Worcester after spending three seasons with the Keene State Owls. Keene State concluded its recent campaign 19-9 overall – the Owls advanced to the Little East Conference (LEC) Championship in February, but fell to Eastern Connecticut State, a program Hundley competed for as a student-athlete.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Hundley to discuss his first-ever head coaching position with the Lancers, as well as his outlook for team’s upcoming 2018-19 campaign.

What interested you in becoming the Worcester State men’s basketball coach? 

Worcester State interested me for a number of different reasons. The first being that I know that the Worcester community has a rich and storied basketball history, but also being able to join a community like this one felt like an honor in itself. The investment Worcester State made in its athletic facilities was extremely appealing to me as well and will benefit our program in numerous ways.

 

Who have been some of your coaching icons over the years that have helped you, both as a player and assistant/associate coach over the years? Do you plan on consulting with them throughout the upcoming season? 

I consider myself lucky to have worked with such a variety of coaches with unique coaching styles, dating back to my high school days. Ron Johnson, who is a local high school coaching legend in North Carolina, really sparked my interest in basketball. His attention to detail in coaching and teaching the game was extremely important in my development as a student-athlete, as well as a young coach.

Kevin Kehoe at Cheshire Academy was instrumental with providing me some college exposure, while finding the right college program for me, as well.

Bill Geitner, who I played for at Eastern Connecticut, is one of the best basketball minds I’ve ever worked with in my opinion. I learned so much from him and his sustained success proves how intelligent he is.

Sean Foster gave me my first coaching opportunity at Salve Regina – both he and Matt Adams set the tone that first year, which allowed me to realize that I wanted to pursue coaching as a career.

Aaron Galletta, who is the men’s basketball coach at Lasell College, is a great offensive coach that really helped me look at the game from a different perspective. He also allowed me to speak and have a platform to coach on the fly.

Lastly, Ryan Cain, who is the men’s basketball coach at Keene State – he certainly made a mark on my young coaching career. We both came to Keene State at the same time – it was his first-ever head coaching gig. We hit it off immediately and he really taught me how to recruit, which has become one of my biggest strengths. He truly empowered me, while allowing me to have a lot of responsibility and influence on the Owls’ program. We had a ton of success, especially during the postseasons, which was a testament to the level that we were able to play at, but also the work that we put in, too.

I plan to consult with all of my coaches during the upcoming season, but I see myself consulting Ryan quite frequently, especially in year number one.

What is the most important thing you need to concentrate on heading into your first season with the Lancers? 

The most important thing for this season is to build a culture and camaraderie, both on and off the court, while creating a sense of pride for Worcester State basketball.

Do you have a certain basketball philosophy you plan to implement with the team/program? If so, what is it?  

I am inheriting a team that gave up over 85 points per game last winter. I have been a part of, as well as learned from some of the best defensive coaches in our region, so our biggest goal (heading into the upcoming season) will be to significantly improve our defense.

What do the next few months look like from a new coaching perspective? How will you get both yourself and the team/program ready to go come mid-October? 

I have already begun building relationships with returners and incoming recruits. They need to feel comfortable and confident in me – vise-versa. We will have numerous team activities and fundraisers planned in the fall before October 15th (our first practice day as a team) comes around. I plan to maintain constant communication with our strength and conditioning team to ensure that our team is physically ready to go, so that way we can spend more time on basketball and less on getting their bodies ready for a season. (Also), I will make sure (to use this time currently) to make sure I am well-prepared for my initial season as a head coach.

A few fun questions, beginning with your all-time favorite basketball player: who is it and why? 

I was a big Kevin Garnett fan growing up. He was a tremendous teammate and played with passion that seemed to forced his teammates to play at his level.

How much of the NBA Finals have you been watching and who are you cheering for to win this year’s crown? 

I’m not a fan of either team that played in this year’s NBA Finals. I really just like to see a good, competitive series. LeBron James is the best player of this generation and is fascinating to watch. On the other hand, the Warriors have the three of the most unique players on the planet in Steph CurryKevin Durrant and Draymond Green, who are just as entertaining to watch.

What is your all-time favorite basketball movie? 

I’m not a big movie guy, but I really like a lot of the ESPN’s 30 for 30’s, along with their basketball documentaries, too. I see them as learning opportunities.

Finally, what was the greatest advice you were given as a young basketball player that has helped you become a successful student-athlete and coach? 

I grew up Davidson, North Carolina and went to multiple sessions at Bob McKillop‘s Davidson Basketball Camp. He was very prominent at his camps and at times would talk to each camper individually. He always seemed to explain things very clearly and helped me improve my basketball IQ.

Stay connected with Noontime Sports’ basketball Twitter: @Noontime_Hoops 

D3 Football: WNE Unveils Its 2018 Schedule

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Western New England unveiled its 2018 schedule. (PHOTO CREDIT: Rachael Margossian | WNE Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

The Western New England Golden Bears recently unveiled its 2018 schedule, which includes five home dates, as well as their annual rivalry game with Springfield College.

WNE will visit the Pride in week one on Friday, August 31st with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Last season, the Pride defeated the Golden Bears in the Fifth Annual Pynchon Saw Game. Quarterback Anthony Service concluded the contest with 235 passing yards – he also rushed for a team-high 49 yards.

The Golden Bears will host their initial home game of the 2018 season one week later when they entertain Westfield State on Saturday, September 8 before making the trek to Husson University on Saturday, September 15th. The Eagles lost to the Golden Bears last season by a touchdown, but did lead at the break by two scores (14-0). Husson was the lone New England squad to advance to the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Tournament last fall.

WNE will close out the month of September with back-to-back games against Anna Maria College and Salve Regina.

The Golden Bears will compete in a trio of conference contests in October, including a pair of home games against Curry College and University of New England before closing out its regular season slate with games against Endicott College and Becker College in November.

WNE concluded its 2017 campaign 8-3 overall and 5-0 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). The Golden Bears captured the inaugural CCC title with back-to-back wins over Curry and Salve Regina to secure the crown before advancing to the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against Delaware Valley.

D3 Lacrosse: 2018 Men’s Midseason Report

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Welcome to April, New England D3 Lax fans! We have officially made it to the mid-way point of the 2018 season – crazy, right?

With just a few weeks remaining before conference tournaments begin, let’s take a spin around the New England landscape and check-in on every conference.

Stay connected with Noontime Sports lacrosse by following us on Twitter: @Noontime_Lax


Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): It should come as no surprise that Endicott College and Western New England remain the top two teams in the CCC. Both squads will meet on Saturday (Apr. 7th) in a pivotal regular season match-up. The winner will most likely be the top seed in the upcoming postseason tournament.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Western New England. The Golden Bears seem to be the team to beat in the CCC this spring and should take care of business on Saturday against the Gulls. Maybe they get tripped up down the stretch by Roger Williams or Salve Regina, but the Golden Bears are my pick to win the regular season crown and host the 2018 CCC Tournament.


Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC): This is an interesting conference to watch – there really isn’t a favorite. Lasell College captured the GNAC crown last season, but appears to have rebounded from a difficult start. The Lasers boast a 2-0 ledger in league play and can really push ahead for good with a win this weekend over Mount Ida College. The Mustangs are certainly in contention for the regular season crown, as well as Johnson & WalesNorwich University and Rivier University.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Despite a slow start, I still like Lasell College, especially if they can find a way past Mount Ida this weekend.


Little East Conference (LEC): Keene State will remain the favorite in the LEC, but it will be interesting to watch a few teams over the next few weeks, including UMass Dartmouth, which is riding a three-game winning streak. The Corsairs will meet the Owls this weekend in New Hampshire.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): Let’s go with … Keene State! The Owls will secure the top seed. Sure, they may get tripped up once (or twice?) down the stretch, but they will be the team to beat in the LEC postseason.


New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): Dean College appears to be the team to beat in the NECC. They currently boast a 5-3 overall ledger and will begin conference play this Saturday, April 7 when they host Mitchell College at 1 p.m.

All three NECC teams will qualify for the tournament later this month, but as of now, it appears the Bulldogs have the upper hand against Mitchell and Becker College.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): The Dean Bulldogs should most likely be the team that hosts the championship game on Saturday, April 28.


New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC): As expected, the NESCAC has been a fun conference to follow this season – a majority of their team’s have continued to appear in our weekly Top 10 poll.

My guess, as of now, is Amherst College will find a way to secure the top seed, but I wouldn’t rule out Tufts University or Wesleyan University. All three teams will meet over the next few weeks, which will help determine the regular season champion.

Keep an eye on Bowdoin CollegeConnecticut College and Williams College over the next few weeks, as well.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): I think Amherst College is the team to beat in the NESCAC this season. They remain our top team in the latest Noontime Sports Top 10 Poll and will most likely be the squad that hosts the semifinals and championships next month.


New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NESCAC): Coast Guard Academy has been the team to watch – can they continue their March momentum this month against MIT and Springfield College? Their mid-week match against the Pride in two weeks will most likely determine the top seed in the NEWMAC.

Springfield has enjoyed another successful regular season campaign, as well. They boast a solid 6-3 ledger, which includes some non-conference wins over SUNY CortlandNazareth and Union College.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): I think Coast Guard Academy will find a way to get past Springfield to secure the top seed in the NEWMAC.


North Atlantic Conference (NAC): Once again, New England College appears to be the favorite – I am not sure if Castleton University will catch the Pilgrims, but we shall see.

NEC has rebounded from an 0-4 start with seven-straight wins, including some non-league victories over University of New EnglandMount Ida and Norwich University.

Regular Season Champion (Prediction): The New England College Pilgrims will finish its conference slate undefeated and secure the top spot in the NAC playoffs.

D3 Football: 10 Games to Watch In Week 11 in New England

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s the final week of the regular season, D3 Football fans, so let’s get it started with our weekly 10 Games to Watch post!

As always, make sure to stay connected with us on social media (Facebook and Twitter), while following our friends from In The (D3fb) Huddle, too (@D3FBHuddle).

Western Connecticut State at Westfield State (Friday, Nov. 10th at 7 p.m.): After coming-up short against the Rams last week, look for quarterback Quinn Fleeting and the Colonials to cap their season with a win on the road. PREDICTION: Western Conn. 27, Westfield State 14

Curry at Salve Regina (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): A win for the Colonels would match their win total from 2009 (eight), but also provide the Purple and White with some serious momentum heading into the offseason and next season. PREDICTION: Curry 28, Salve Regina 20 

MIT at Springfield (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): A Pool B bid is on the line for the Pride, while MIT will look to end its season with a seventh win. Look for another solid defensive performance from Springfield in this game. PREDICTION: Springfield 30, MIT 21

Mount Ida at Husson (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): John Smith and the Eagles are headed back to the postseason, but a game against the Mustangs will be a must-see (or must-follow) – Mount Ida will certainly provide Husson with a good test before the tournament begins next weekend. PREDICTION: Husson 28, Mount Ida 22 

Worcester State at Framingham State (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): The Lancers’ offense has put up some serious points this season, but will certainly be challenged by a Rams’ defense that managed to slow down Western Connecticut for most of last week’s game. Expect another big day on the ground from Framingham State tailback Quron WrightPREDICTION: Framingham State 35, Worcester State 31 

Merchant Marine at Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): We spoke with Coach Bill George and Cam Cecchini about this game on this week’s podcast, and both are excited for this must-see rivalry game, which will be seen on ESPN 3. The Bears want to end their season on a high note, but must find a way to slow down the Mariners’ rushing attack, which will once again be led by quarterback Brice MoorePREDICTION: Merchant Marine 34, Coast Guard 27

Amherst at Williams (Saturday, November 11th at 12 p.m.): Amherst enters the contest with a great deal of momentum following wins over Wesleyan, Tufts and Trinity. Can they continue it against Coach Mark Raymond‘s squad, which is searching for its first Amherst-Williams win since 2010? PREDICTION: Amherst 25, Williams 17

Bridgewater State at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12 p.m.): Who will capture the Cranberry Bowl this season? The Buccaneers will look to rebound from a 37-14 setback a week ago to UMass Dartmouth, while the Bears will look to cap their season with a win after falling to Worcester State last weekend. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 28, Mass. Maritime 14. 

Middlebury at Tufts (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12:30 p.m.): The Jumbos are focused on concluding their season with a win and received some solid advice at practice this week from New Hampshire’s own Chip KellyPREDICTION: Tufts 29, Middlebury 24

Colby at Bowdoin (Saturday, Nov. 11th at 12:30 p.m): The Mules and Polar Bears are set to compete for the 129th time – that’s a lot of years my friends! PREDICTION: Colby 34, Bowdoin 23

Springfield Remains Atop Sixth Grinold Chapter New England D3 Weekly Rankings

Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 9.25.02 AMBy Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Springfield College remained the top team in the latest Grinold Chapter New England Division III football weekly rankings, as announced via email earlier today (Monday, Oct. 30th).

The Pride, who received 13 first-place votes this week, was idle this past weekend, but returns to the gridiron this Saturday, November 4 when they travel to Maine Maritime for a 12 p.m. kickoff.

In addition to checking-in first on this week’s poll, Springfield also remained the 22nd best team in the country, per the latest D3Football.com poll.

Trinity College and Plymouth State checked-in second and third, respectively, while Husson University and Western Connecticut tied for the fourth position. Both the Bantams and Panthers earned one first-place vote.

Framingham State, Curry College and Amherst College checked-in sixth, seventh and eight, respectively, while Western New England secured the ninth position and WPI the 10th spot. Salve Regina, which fell to the Golden Bears this past weekend, was the lone team to receive votes.

Trinity, which secured an impressive 27-5 win over Middlebury College, improved to 7-0 on the season, while Plymouth State improved to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the MASCAC with a 17-0 win over Westfield State.

Quarterback Quinn Fleeting highlighted the Colonials seventh win of the season by tossing four touchdown passes, while rushing for one score on the ground. Fleeting and the Colonials head to Framingham State this Saturday for an important conference clash with the Rams.

Husson University defeated Anna Maria this past weekend, while Framingham State rolled by UMass Dartmouth, 34-13. The Rams’ defense highlighted their exciting win over the Corsairs.

For more information on the Grinold Chapter of the National Football Foundation, please visit www.grinoldchapter.com.