New men’s tennis coach hired
Binghamton men’s tennis has a new head coach. Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott announced on Friday, Dec. 12, that Nick Zieziula (pronounced za-ZOO-la) has been hired to lead the sport that historically has been the most successful at the University.
Zieziula comes directly from Georgia Southern, where he turned that program around during his four-year stint as head coach. His 2013 Eagles team was ranked No. 8 in the Southeast Region and Zieziula coached the 2013 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year. Georgia Southern also produced the 2011 SoCon Player of the Year and had two regionally-ranked individuals and a nationally-ranked recruiting class during Zieziula’s tenure.
Off the court, 19 of his players earned ITA All-Academic honors and three of his teams achieved the highest team GPA in the conference.
“We’re excited to have Nick guide our men’s tennis program going forward,” Elliott said. “Nick possesses a quality breadth of experience, including his knowledge of the Mid-American Conference, SUNY system and Northeast region.”
Men’s soccer goalie Moewes named all-region
Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Moewes has added another accolade to his already illustrious 2014 season. He has been named first-team All-East Region by the NSCAA.
Last month began for Moewes when he was named the America East Goalkeeper of the Year as well as first-team all-conference. He was then named to the America East All-Tournament Team as the Bearcats advanced to the conference semifinals for the first time since 2008.
During the season, Moewes ranked second in the America East and No. 36 in the nation with 4.65 saves per game. His .802 save percentage also ranked No. 46 nationally.
The signature performance for Moewes, however, came against Stony Brook in the America East quarterfinals. In the decisive shootout, he stopped three penalty kicks, setting the stage for the Bearcats to advance to the next round.
“This is an outstanding honor for Robert,” head coach Paul Marco said. “He was terrific for us all season and he still is capable of playing even better in the future.”
Men’s cross country captured America East championship
For the second time in six years, the Binghamton men’s cross country team has won the America East cross country championship. With four runners in the top 11 and five in the top 21, the Bearcats won the nine-team meet, which was held on Saturday morning at the University of Maine. In the women’s meet, Binghamton placed eighth.
Binghamton has now won a pair of America East men’s titles during its 14 years in the conference. The Bearcats were also the runner up in both 2010 and 2013. All of those performances came under current head coach Annette Acuff, who was named the conference’s Men’s Coach of the Year at the conclusion of Saturday’s meet.
The Bearcats needed a complete team effort to score a meet-best 59 points. UMass Lowell was the runner up with 62 points. Defending champion UMBC, who edged out Binghamton for the title last year, was third with 85 points.
“I am really happy for our team and our university,” Acuff said. “Our guys went out today and really executed the race plan we talked about heading into today. They ran tough and smart and deserve the win.”
Senior Matt Johnson led the squad with an eighth-place finish. He covered the 8,000-meter course in a time of 25:19.14. Fellow senior Jesse Garn was ninth (25:19.91), junior Ethan Hausamann was 10th (25:21.51) and sophomore Eric Holt was 11th (25:21.77). Senior Andrew Roache sealed the win with a 21st-place finish (25:41).
All-conference honors went to the top 10 finishers in the race. For Johnson, Garn and Hausamann, it marks the first time each of them have been all-conference in cross country.