Local roundup: Blue Hen hoop coach Ingelsby receives 2-year extension

University of Delaware men’s basketball head coach Martin Ingelsby has received a two-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season, Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak announced.

Blue Hens coach Martin Ingelsby (Delaware sports information/Mark Campbell)

Ingelsby, along with assistant coaches Bill Phillips, Corey McCrae and Torrian Jones, Director of Operations Pat Rogers and Coordinator of Player Development/Videography Danny O’Connor, has led the Blue Hens to 44 victories during his first three seasons in Newark, and Delaware has increased its win total during all three years.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be the head coach at the University of Delaware,” Ingelsby said. “I want to thank President Assanis, Chrissi Rawak and the Board of Trustees for their support and commitment to our basketball program. I am proud of the progress we have made over the last three years and couldn’t be more excited about the direction we are heading.”

Ingelsby guided Delaware to a six-win improvement during his first season in 2016-17, while the 2017-18 squad won 14 games including a CAA Tournament triumph over Elon. This past season the Blue Hens recorded their highest win total and highest CAA finish since 2014 with 17 victories, and advanced to the CAA Tournament Semifinals for the first time in five years with a dramatic comeback victory over William & Mary in the quarterfinals.

Ingelsby’s teams have featured a pair of CAA Rookies of the Year, and the Blue Hens are the only conference school to feature an All-Rookie Team selection during each of his three seasons. This year Eric Carter was a second team All-CAA and All-District honoree, while freshman Ithiel Horton was named to the CAA All-Tournament Team.

The Blue Hens also enjoyed an excellent year in the classroom, as Delaware posted the highest men’s basketball academic GPA since records began in 1995-96.

“The Delaware men’s basketball program has made tremendous strides not only on the court, but also in the classroom and in the community, during Martin’s first three seasons,” Rawak said. “The program continues to make significant progress, and I’m extremely excited about where we are headed.”

College football

Fry commits to Wesley: Quarterback Drew Fry announced he will be joining the Wesley College football team next year.

Fry, out of Middletown High, was the 2018 Delaware high school Offensive Player of the Year.

High school track and field

CR’s Bailey-Perkins wins Gatorade award: In its 34th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company announced Destiny Bailey-Perkins of Caesar Rodney High as its 2018-19 Gatorade Delaware Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Bailey-Perkins is the first Gatorade Delaware Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Caesar Rodney High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track, distinguishes Bailey-Perkins as Delaware’s best high school girls track & field athlete. Bailey-Perkins is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year award to be announced later in June.

The 5-foot-10 senior won three individual events at the state Meet of Champions this past season. Bailey-Perkins broke the tape in the 100-meter dash in 12.27 seconds, while soaring 18 feet, 5.75 inches in the long jump and 37-8 in the triple jump.

Bailey-Perkins has volunteered on behalf of early childhood programs at local elementary schools.

“Destiny is willing to sacrifice individual glory for the good of the team, despite her elite status,” said Caesar Rodney coach Mike Tucci. “There’s no prima donna attitude; she would do any event we asked her to do.”

Bailey-Perkins has maintained an A average in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Campbell University (North Carolina) this fall.

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