Roundup: Burrows named Wesley men’s basketball coach

Paul Fleming of Vincenzo’s  sends a pitch to the plate in Dover recreational league action Tuesday night.  Paul, at age 75, is in his 42nd year of playing softball and has probably pitched more games than anyone in Delaware history. (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

Paul Fleming of Vincenzo’s sends a pitch to the plate in Dover recreational league action Tuesday night. Paul, at age 75, is in his 42nd year of playing softball and has probably pitched more games than anyone in Delaware history. (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

After a nationwide search, Wesley College Director of Athletics Mike Drass has named Dean Burrows as the new head coach of the Wolverines men’s basketball program. Burrows has served the past three years on the coaching staff, and spent last season as assistant head coach.

“We are excited to announce the hiring of Coach Burrows as our new men’s basketball head coach,” said Drass. “Dean has done an outstanding job with our program over the last three years. He has been Coach Kobasa’s primary recruiter and his right hand when it has come to our basketball program.”

In his first three seasons, Burrows has witnessed first-hand the rewriting of the men’s basketball program’s record book. During his time on staff, the Wolverines have amassed an overall record of 55-26 with a 33-13 mark against Capital Athletic Conference opponents.

Through the duration of Burrows’ tenure, Wesley has earned a CAC regular season crown, two CAC playoff berths, a CAC finals appearance, two NCAA Tournament appearances, and the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. The Wolverines earned a win over the nation’s top team (Virginia-Wesleyan, Dec. 20, 2012) and were ranked in the D3Hoops.com Top 25 poll on several occasions, climbing as high as No. 6 in the nation with Burrows on staff.

As an assistant coach, he helped to set program records for wins in a season (20) and consecutive wins (11) in the 2012-2013 campaign. The next year, Burrows and the Wolverines reset both of those records, winning 23 contests including 12 straight.

Prior to joining the college ranks, Burrows coached basketball at the high school level for 11 years. Burrows broke into the coaching ranks at his alma mater, Salesianum School, where he served as an assistant for three years. He then spent five years as an assistant coach at Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers, Fla. before returning to his native Delaware to take over the program at St. Thomas More Academy in Magnolia.

American Legion baseball

Middletown Post-25 9, Fox Post-2 1: John Barkley earned the victory for Middletown who remained in first place.

Barkley, a Smyrna High player, pitched a one-hitter. Garrett Lawson had the only hit for Fox Post in the fourth inning.

Two other Smyrna players led the Middletown offense as Jared Gillis was 3-for-3 with three runs and a RBI-double while Ryan Seymour went 2-for-3 and scored twice.

Walt Bowers baseball

Felton-Harrington takes Walt Bowers tournament: Felton Harrington defeated Smyrna Clayton 15-3 Monday before knocking off M.O.T. in the championship on Tuesday.

Adam Schiff was 3-for-3 with a single, a double and a triple. He also pitched four, innings and struck out nine.

Bryce Coker 2-for-3 with double and a single. Logan Warncke Jack Thode and Noah Miller all had singles while J.J. Marshall had a triple and a single.

8-9-year-old softball

Felton-Harrington 23, Camden-Wyoming Gold 17: Elena Aguilar and Brianna Brooks-Combs went 5-for-5 as Felton-Harrington captured the tournament final.

Big League softball

Milford sweeps Camden-Wyoming in doubleheader: Milford won a pair of games, 9-1 and 1-0, contested on Monday.

Shaina Reed struck out 13 in the first game and hit a home run for the lone run in the second.

Milford was also paced by Faith Garey and Whitney DeMora who each homered in the first game. Allie Sanders and Haylee Scruggs each scored twice.

College football

UD to appear on TV three times: University of Delaware football will be showcased on live television three times during the upcoming 2015 season as part of the Colonial Athletic Association television package released on Tuesday by the league office.

The Blue Hens will also appear on live television on Sept. 19 at Villanova (12 noon on Comcast SportsNet), Oct. 3 at home vs. William & Mary (7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network), and Nov. 14 at home vs. James Madison (3:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet). Both Villanova and JMU advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

Delaware’s Sept. 26 game at Atlantic Coast Conference contender North Carolina may also be televised but no outlet has been confirmed at this time.

The Blue Hens, led by third-year head coach Dave Brock, will return 17 players with starting experience. Among the top returning players are All-American punter Eric Enderson, 2014 CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year Blaine Woodson, and All-CAA offensive tackle Ben Curtis.

Great season ticket packages for the 2015 season are on sale now and can be purchased in-person at the Bob Carpenter Center Ticket Office, by phone at 302-831-2257, and online at www.bluehens.com.

CAA Football is again set to feature one of the nation’s top lineups with partners NBCSN, NBC Sports Regional Networks and the American Sports Network.

CAA Football’s broadcast partners will televise a total of 24 regular-season games in 2015. Four of the contests – including the Delaware vs. William & Mary game on Oct. 3 from Delaware Stadium –  will be carried nationally on NBCSN. The Emmy Award-winning network is the 24/7 cable home for NBC Sports, and is available in more than 84 million households.
NBC Sports Regional Networks – which include CSN Mid-Atlantic, CSN Philadelphia, CSN New England and SNY – will carry 11 CAA Football games this season.

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