Reno Ferri hired as Syracuse tight ends coach

first_img Related Stories Syracuse football reportedly hires former Onondaga Central High School RB Mike Hart as running backs coachSyracuse football announces hiring of 6 assistant coachesSyracuse football adds 4 members to its support staffSyracuse football hires Asil Mulbah as director of recruitingTop 5 Syracuse sports storylines to look for in 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 13, 2016 at 11:18 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonaticenter_img Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers has hired Reno Ferri take over as SU’s tight ends coach, SU Athletics announced in a release. He was formerly the fullbacks and tight ends coach as well as the recruiting coordinator at Towson.“Reno has experience coaching multiple positions on offense and his units have always been extremely productive,” Babers said in the release. “He’s also built an extensive network of high school contacts as the recruiting coordinator at both Towson and Akron. Those connections, especially in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia, will be invaluable to our #OrangeIsTheNewFast recruiting initiative.”Ferri had coached at Towson since 2011, when he came to the staff as the Tigers’ running backs coach. In 2013, he coached Terrance West, who set the Football Championship Series record for rushing yards and touchdowns in a season. As a team, Towson ran for 3,830 yards on the ground that season.Prior to coaching at Towson, Ferri was a graduate assistant with Akron in 2004, moving up to director of football operations in 2005,  joining the coaching staff as wide receivers coach in 2006 and settling in as running backs coach with the program in 2007. In 2009, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Ferri was placed on administrative leave with the Zips and suspended with pay, “pending an internal review of compliance requirements with NCAA rules investigation.” He eventually resigned.In his playing days, Ferri was a running back at Army, graduating in 2000 and then immediately becoming a graduate assistant in the following season. From May 2000 until March 2002, Ferri served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFerri’s hiring rounds out SU’s new coaching staff, which, by rule, can only include nine assistants. Here’s a look at Syracuse’s other assistants.Offense:Sean Lewis – co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacksMike Lynch – co-offensive coordinator/offensive lineKim McCloud – assistant head coach/wide receiversMike Hart – running backsDefense:Brian Ward – defensive coordinatorTom Kaufman – special teams coordinator/linebackersNick Monroe – secondaryVinson Reynolds – defensive line Commentslast_img read more

Dominica Independence – celebrating 39 years

first_imgDominica Independence – celebrating 39 yearsOn Friday, November 3, for it’s 39th year even as the country recovers from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, the celebration continues for Dominica independence.Addressing the nation, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit urged citizens not to be daunted by the task of rebuilding the nation.Hurricane Maria hit Dominica on September 18 as a Category 5 storm, killing at least 28 people and leaving billions of dollars in damage.Unlike previous years when nationals were honored for their contribution to the socio-economic development of the island, this year’s national awards ceremony was postponed to next year.Still standingIn his address marking the Dominica independence anniversary,  Skerrit said Dominica ‘is still standing” despite facing the “fiercest floods, the most ferocious winds. “We are sorrow-stricken; we swallow hard, but it still catches in our throat; but we are still standing! Difficulties envelope every aspect of life, uncertainties swirl; and we are still standing! The outside world wondered aloud whether this is the kind of devastation from which you don’t recover. We are still standing.Hope is infinite“We, the children of Dominica, have shown the world that disaster is finite; but, hope is infinite! Maria stole everything money can buy, everything you can put a price on; but left you with that which is priceless! We will determine the value of those things through our actions in coming days and weeks. A moment comes, but rarely in history, when a nation’s soul is revealed.”He told the Dominica Independence Day rally at the Windsor Park Stadium attended by thousands of people that how the island responds to the storm “will define us, will make us; will become us.”Skerrit said he’s confident that people who fled the island after the storm as they did in 1979 when Dominica was hit by Hurricane David, would soon return.“Sometimes it takes a crisis to remind everyone of the importance of our journey. Remember, you only see the stars clearly at the darkest hour. Ladies and Gentlemen, on this our Independence Day, Dominica stands forth on the edge of a great triumph to come, on the edge of a triumph not just for Dominica but for the world.”Outlines re-development plans The prime minister also outlined new plans for the re-development of the island saying there are moves to establish the Climate Resilient Economic Agency of Dominica, (CREAD) to support the rapid implementation of the plans once they are funded.He said following his visit to the United States, London and Brussels over the last few weeks over 50 per cent of the funding needed to rebuild the island had been forthcoming. “We will be presenting our plans to a partners conference in New York later in the month to help raise part of the balance needed. We will support the private sector as it rebuilds and restores.”For recent article on Dominica, click the link: FAO calls for immediate food production in Dominicalast_img read more

Back at the Lakers facility with Team USA, Brook Lopez shakes off the past

first_img Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory While the comment may have been made with a hint of tongue-in-cheek, Team Serbia has good reason to be confident. Their roster includes at least four healthy NBA players, including Nikola Jokic and Bogdan Bogdanovic. While the U.S. roster is stocked with NBA players, it is lacking some of the star power it has had in the past, with players such as James Harden and Anthony Davis declining invites.Team USA coach Gregg Popovich said he heard about the comment, but called Djordjevic “a (heck) of a coach” and a “hero” of his as a player. He also called the Serbian group “a heck of a team.”“People will talk,” he said. “But that’s not usually something I respond to.” That’s all the past for Lopez now: His future is with the Bucks. But there has been an upshot to joining Team USA that’s related to his brief Lakers tenure: reconnecting with teammate Kyle Kuzma, who Lopez mentored during the 2017-18 season.Kuzma said he felt compelled to follow Lopez’s example of work ethic, noting that he was typically one of the first players back at the practice facility court the morning after a game.“Brook’s my guy,” Kuzma said. “He’s one of the guys that I always looked at when I was a rookie as being one of the best bigs in the league when he was Brooklyn. … He was great when I was a rookie, and having a chance to play with him now is great.”Lopez also noted that Kuzma struck him as a promising rookie. He got an inkling from their early interactions that the forward could make it in the NBA.“I remember the first time talking to him, and we were icing — just in the cold tub, talking,” he said. “He asked all the right questions. As a rookie, he was very active and just trying to learn whenever possible. And that’s big in this league.” Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Team USA sidesteps Serbian trash talkA notably star-deficient USA roster may be emboldening other nations: Serbian coach Sasha Djordjevic made a comment on national television last week that if Serbia and the U.S. meet in the FIBA World Cup in China next month, “may God help them.”Related Articlescenter_img On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead EL SEGUNDO — A North Hollywood native, Brook Lopez surely has plenty of old haunts in Los Angeles.Maybe one of the last you’d expect is the Lakers practice facility, given that the 31-year-old center has been with the Milwaukee Bucks for more than a year. But shooting 3-pointers — his late-career specialty — in the closing minutes of a Team USA practice on Tuesday night, Lopez didn’t appear to harbor any strange feelings about taking reps where his former team practices.“It’s honestly not that different,” he said. “It’s like coming back and getting work in. We had a great practice and great work ethic, and I had a lot of good times here. I enjoyed it.”There was probably a time when Lopez thought he might spend more than one season with the Lakers, but last summer wound up in Milwaukee on a one-year deal for just $3.4 million before being re-signed to a multi-year contract in July — a bit of a sore subject for Lakers fans who saw Splash Mountain play a pivotal role for the Eastern Conference finalists. Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more