Catching Up with Western New England Coach Jason Lebeau

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Peter Hoff and Western New England have won four-straight contests since falling to Springfield College in their season-opener. (PHOTO COURTESY: Western New England Athletics)

By Brian Willwerth | @BriWillwerth

After dropping their season-opener to Springfield College, the Western New England Golden Bears enter the bye week riding a four-game winning streak.

During their bye week, we caught up with first-year head coach Jason Lebeau to talk about his team’s recent success.

We began our conversation by discussing cornerback Tommy Ganley, who was named to this week’s D3Football.com Team of the Week after recording two interceptions, one pass break-up and three solo stops last week against Salve Regina.

“Tommy’s been fantastic for us (this season),” said Lebeau. “He has really found his role as a corner,” adding that Ganley transitioned nicely from wide receiver to the defensive side of the ball this season.

“He just another guy who’s worked really hard to get where he is,” said Lebeau.

When it comes to players who don’t always light up the stat sheet, Lebeau had high praise for long snapper Jake Salera.

“You watch our return team, and Jake is in the returner’s face every time,” said Lebeau.

On the offensive line, he singled out center Anthony Hale.

“We were struggling at the position, trying to get our five best offensive linemen on the field, (and he’s) moved over from the tackle position and made such a big difference,” said Lebeau. “Now that we’ve moved him there, our communication is so much better.  Our confidence is so much better.”

Coach Lebeau thinks the Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC) is strong from top to bottom.

“There are a lot of hungry teams (in our conference) that are finding their way,” he said.  “It’s not going to be easy (the rest of the way),” adding that he’s happy to have three of the last five games at home.

It may not be surprising to see the Bears rolling up the yards and the points. Lebeau spent six years as offensive coordinator.  Now, in his first year as head coach, his team is averaging over 36 points game, with a pretty balanced attack.

The Golden Bears return to action next Saturday, October 13th when they host Curry College.


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D3 Football: Early Preseason Noontime Top 10 Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Monday, New England D3 Football fans and friends!

We are a few weeks away from unveiling our first Noontime Sports New England Top 10 Football Poll for the upcoming season, so get excited! Additionally, we are about to kick-off our preseason coverage, too.

So, in honor of a brand new season of coverage, it is time to unveil our first-ever ‘Early Preseason Poll,’ highlighting our early 10 teams to watch heading into camp in a few weeks, along with what teams are ‘on the rise.’


Noontime Sports New England Top 10 Football Poll | Early Preseason Poll
Monday, July 30th, 2018

1. Springfield College 

2017 Record: 10-1 (NEWMAC)

2. Framingham State 

2017 Record: 10-1 (MASCAC)

3. Trinity College 

2017 Record: 8-1 (NESCAC)

4. Western New England 

2017 Record: 8-3 (CCC)

5. Husson University

2017 Record: 10-2 (ECFC)

6.  WPI 

2017 Record: 9-2 (NEWMAC)

7. Plymouth State 

2017 Record: 9-2 (MASCAC)

8. Amherst College 

2017 Record: 7-2 (NESCAC)

9. Curry College 

2017 Record: 8-3 (CCC)

10. MIT   

2017 Record: 7-3 (NEWMAC)

ON THE RISE: Middlebury College (2017 Record: 7-2 NESCAC) & Williams College (2017 Record: 6-3 NESCAC)


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Football Friday Notebook: 10 Weeks Away From A Brand New D3 Football Season

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Welcome to Football Friday Notebook, fans and friends!

As see on Twitter earlier today, our good friends from In The (D3FB) Huddle tweeted that we are 10 weeks away from some major week one games.

What games are we most excited for? Hmm … well everyone, duh! We actually dished out some games to watch the first week earlier this month. And yes, we included one of our favorite Labor Day Weekend games between Springfield College and Western New England, along with Endicott College and Framingham State.

Yesterday, the National Football Foundation tweeted Maine Maritime Academy‘s Cody O’Brien was the NFF Scholar-Athlete of the Day. As noted in the tweet, O’Brien is a marine engineering technology major. Way to go, Cody!

Good news from Pro Football Talk regarding Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. As noted in this morning’s blog post, the former Bills signal-caller is doing well following his latest surgery, per an Instagram post. Jim’s wife Jill Kelly wrote that he is doing well under the circumstances.

Kelly announced five years ago that he had been diagnosed with cancer in his jaw, but has undergone numerous surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. We wish the best for both Jim and Jill, as well as their families – stay strong, Jim!


New England D3 Football Posts from earlier this week: 

Malik Grove to join the Amherst College football coaching staff as their running backs coach. 

Malik Hall tabbed the next coach at Bates College


We’re still a few weeks away from the start of New England Patriots Training Camp, but Patriots Wire has a few blockbuster trades the team could do to shake-up the roster for the upcoming season. One of the potential trades includes sending Rob Gronkowski to another team like the Houston Texans or San Francisco 49ers for two first-round picks.

As noted in the New Canaan AdvertisersZach Allen of Boston College was named to to Athlon’s Preseason All-America teams on Tuesday. Allen, who is from Connecticut, decided to forgo this year’s NFL Draft to stay with the Eagles for his senior season.

In addition to Allen, AJ DillonLukas DenisChris Lindstrom and Michael Walker were also named to the Athlon’s Preseason All-America teams. Dillon was selected to the second team – he will certainly be a running back to watch this fall.

Speaking of the Eagles’ football team, they recently announced their theme days for the 2018 season, which includes Senior Day, Youth & High School Football Day when they host Syracuse University on Saturday, November 24th.

Finally, Sports Illustrated highlighted five true freshmen that could make an impact this fall, including Georgia‘s James Cook.

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D3 Lacrosse: Final Noontime Top 10 Men’s Lax Poll (Wednesday, May 30th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2018 NCAA Division 3 Men’s Lacrosse season officially concluded this past weekend with Wesleyan University winning its first-ever national title with an 8-6 win over Salisbury University at Gillette Stadium.

With the two-goal win, the Cardinals secured the top spot in our final Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll. Wesleyan began the season as a top team in our poll, but was forced to share the top position with New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foes Amherst College and Tufts University. The Jumbos secured the second position in our final poll, while the Mammoths slid into the third spot.

Springfield College, which captured this year’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown, checked-in fourth overall, while Williams College rounded out the top five, checking-in fifth overall.

Conn. College and Coast Guard Academy – two teams we watched more closely this season – secured the sixth and sevenths positions, respectively. We expect both teams to be back in the mix next spring, despite some key graduation departures.

As always, you can stay connected with @Noontime_Lax on Twitter for lacrosse news, notes, scores and more!

Men’s D3 New England Top 10 Poll | Weds. May 30th, 2018 

1. Wesleyan University 

19-3, 10-1 NESCAC

2. Tufts University 

18-2, 9-1 NESCAC

3. Amherst College 

15-4, 9-1 NESCAC

4. Springfield College 

13-6, 6-1 NEWMAC 
5. Williams College 

9-8, 6-4 NESCAC

6. Conn. College 

10-6, 5-5 NESCAC

7. Coast Guard Academy 

14-4, 6-1 NEWMAC

8. Middlebury College 

9-7, 5-5 NESCAC

9. Bowdoin College 

8-7, 4-6 NESCAC

10.   Western New England 

13-7, 8-0 CCC

ON THE RISE: Babson College (9-7, 6-1 NEWMAC), Bates College (8-8, 4-6 NESCAC), Johnson & Wales (9-12, 5-4 GNAC), Keene State (12-5, 7-0 LEC) and New England College (16-5, 7-0 NAC)

D3 Football: Lebeau Elevated To Head Coach At WNE

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It was announced yesterday – Wednesday, May 8th, to be exact – that Jason Lebeau has been elevated to the head coaching position of the Western New England football team.

Lebeau, who has spent the past six seasons as the squad’s offensive coordinator, takes over for Keith Emery, who is stepping aside to relocate with his family. Emery will remain involved with the team as a in an advisory capacity, per Wednesday’s release.

“It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I accept the tremendous opportunity to lead the Western New England Football program,” Lebeau said in the Wednesday release. “It is my honor and privilege to lead a team of student-athletes that remind me of my “why” each and every day while working for an academic institution committed to success both on and off the field.”

Lebeau, who has spent the past eight seasons with the Golden Bears football program, was a three-year starter for the team on the o-line – he also earned the squad’s MVP honor his senior season before graduating in 2010. He would continue his education at WNE, earning his MBA in coaching six years later.

Under Lebeau’s direction, WNE’s offense has been tough to stop – the unit concluded its 2017 campaign second in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) in points (30.8) and yards (395.5) per game. The Golden Bears registered 300 or more yards in 10 of 11 contests last season, while tallying a season-best 534 yards in a 42-28 win over Curry College. The win over the Colonels helped the Golden Bears capture the inaugural CCC crown.

WNE concluded its 2017 season 8-3 overall, including 5-0 in conference play. The Golden Bears kick-off their 2018 season on Friday, August 31st when they visit Springfield College at 7 p.m.