Army vs. Stanford Presented By USAA Game Notes

Army will host Stanford Saturday at Michie Stadium.

Army will host Stanford Saturday at Michie Stadium.

Sep 9, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The Army football team returns to Michie Stadium for a matchup with nationally ranked Stanford, Saturday at noon. The game is being presented by USAA.

The Black Knights are 1-1 following a 40-14 loss at Ball State. Stanford, ranked in the top five of both major national polls, is 1-0 after beating San Jose State 34-13 in its lone game this season.

Stanford is listed No. 5 in the latest Associated Press poll and fourth in the USA Today listing.

• The last time Army hosted a nationally ranked opponent was a 28-21 loss to Iowa State on Sept. 23, 2005. The Cyclones were ranked 22nd in the Associated Press poll.

• The last time Army beat a nationally ranked team was a 17-14 victory opposite service academy rival No. 15 Air Force on Nov. 4, 1972.

• The last time a team ranked in the top-five nationally played at Michie Stadium was the 1962 season when Army knocked off No. 3 Penn State, 9-6 on Oct. 13.

• The last time Army played a team from the Pacific-12, Army almost pulled off an upset. The Black Knights were driving for the game-tying score against No. 22 Washington on Sept. 23, 1995, when time ran out in a 21-13 loss in Pullman, Wash.

• The last time Army hosted a team from the Pacific-12 was in 1980 when Army defeated California 26-19 on Sept. 20, under Ed Cavanaugh.

• Army head coach Rich Ellerson, now in his fifth season, will face a team from the Pacific-12 for the first time during his West Point tenure.

• The  last time Army faced a nationally ranked team was a 28-7 loss at Rutgers Nov. 10, 2012.

CLOSE CALLS
Army has had several close calls against nationally ranked opponents in recent years.

• In 1998, Army lost three consecutive games to nationally ranked opponents: a 20-17 loss at No. 18 Notre Dame; a 49-35 defeat at the hands of No. 14 Tulane and a 35-7 setback to No. 25 Air Force.

• In 1995, Army's potential game-tying drive stalled at the 1-yard line as time expired in a 21-13 loss at No. 22 Washington.

• Also in 1995, Army's two-point conversion was inches short in the final minute allowing No. 17 Notre Dame to escape Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., with a 28-27 win.

BALL STATE LEFTOVERS
Junior Larry Dixon rushed for 113 yards, his second 100-yard game of the season and the sixth of his career, moving him into a tie for 12th all-time at the Academy.

Thomas Holloway made 11 tackles, the fourth time he was credited with double-digit stops.

Alex Tardieu punted a career-high five times. He averaged 35.6 yards per punt with a long of 48 yards.

ABOUT THE CARDINAL
Stanford enters 2013 with high expectations and a national ranking that has experts predicting a national championship run.

The Cardinal dispatched San Jose State 34-13 behind 207 yards passing and two scores from Kevin Hogan. Hogan completed 17-of-27 passes and was not intercepted.

Tyler Gaffney rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns and 104 yards.

Stanford held San Jose State to 35 yards rushing.  Ed Reynolds made 12 tackles and Shayne Skov nine.

HONOR
West Point cadets live by the cadet honor code which states: "I will not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do."

CAPTAINS
Michael Kime, Thomas Holloway and Jarrett Markey will serve as team captains for the season, head coach Rich Ellerson announced to the squad before breaking camp.

Mackey, a linebacker from Snellville, Ga., was named the team's "legacy captain" by the 2011 seniors. He will continue in that role and also add special teams captain responsibilities.

Holloway, a linebacker and defensive back from Birmingham, Ala., was chosen as the defensive captain.

Kime, a versatile offensive lineman from Zionsville, Ind., will serve as the offensive captain.

The team captains were chosen in a vote by the players.

RUSHING RETURNERS
Army welcomes back six of its top eight rushers from last season's squad that led the nation with 369.8 yards per game.

Raymond Maples, Larry Dixon, Hayden Tippett, Trenton Turrentine, Terry Baggett, A.J. Schurr and Stephen Fraser helped Army establish Academy records for yards per game, total rushing yards (4,438), total offensive yards (5,235) and first downs (283) during the 2012 season.

MOVING BACK
Geoffery Bacon, who led the Black Knights with 136 tackles last season, moved from mike linebacker to free safety in spring practice. Bacon started all 12 games in 2012. Through two games as a safety, Bacon has a team-best 20 tackles.

RUSHING TO THE RECORD BOOK
Senior Raymond Maples is one of just three players to run for 1,000 yards in two straight seasons and will attempt to become the second to do it for three straight seasons. Mike Mayweather and Carlton Jones each rushed for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons but only Mayweather did it three times.

DYNAMIC RETURNERS
Raymond Maples and Larry Dixon, who combined for 2,182 yards last season with 1,773 rushing yards and 459 receiving yards last season, are among the most dynamic returnees this season.

Maples and Dixon together boast the sixth-most yards of those expected back for the 2013 season. Kent State's Dri Archer and Trayion Durham (3,487 yards), Tulsa's Trey Watts and Ja'Terian Douglas (2,394), Syracuse's Jermome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley (2,366), Georgia's Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall (2,352) and Kansas' James Sims and Tony Person (2,232) are the only pairs ahead of Maples and Dixon.

TOPPING 4K
Last season, Army rushed for a school-record 4,438 yards, just the second time in school history the Black Knights have topped the 4,000-yard mark. The 2011 squad rushed for 4,158 yards.

STAFF CONTINUITY
Army is just one of seven schools that have coordinators who have been with the team for five years or more.

Offensive coordinator Ian Shields and co-defensive coordinators Chris Smeland and Payam Saadat are all beginning their fifth seasons at Army.

Oregon State has the longest tenured coordinators. Defensive coordinator Mark Banker is in his 11th season with the Beavers while offensive coordinator Danny Langsforf is in his ninth.

Navy, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Southern Methodist and Texas Christian also have coordinators with at least five years at their institutions.

EXTRA TIME
Army has played seven overtime games since 2006 and holds a 5-2 mark in those games. Only East Carolina (6-4), Navy (6-3) and Buffalo (5-3) have played more.

LONG DISTANCE
Army's Thomas Holloway and Stanford's Davis Dudchock both graduated from Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Ala., in 2010. They were the only players to choose Division I football and they traveled quite a long way to pursue their educations

It is approximately 1,000 miles from Birmingham, Ala., to West Point, N.Y., and 2,310 miles from Birmingham, Ala, to Stanford, Calif.

HONORING LEGENDS
Army inducted the Class of 2013 into the Army Sports Hall of Fame during a black-tie banquet on Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Hall.

Five All-Americans, the first American to walk in space, a Heisman Trophy runner-up, an Army Athletic Association Award winner, two legendary coaches and an administrator who also contributed as a multi-sport athlete, were among the candidates selected.

The 10th induction class into the Army Sports Hall of Fame includes women's basketball standout Julie DelGiorno, two-time football All-American selections Paul Bunker and Richard "Dick" Nowak, lacrosse coach Jack Emmer, cross country and track and field mentor Carleton Crowell, three-time soccer All-American Jose Gonzalez, football, baseball player and administrator Al Vanderbush, football, men's basketball and lacrosse star Charles "Monk" Meyer, tight end Gary Steele and Ed White, the space walker who first starred in track and field and soccer at the Academy.

The Class of 2013 brings the total of Army Sports Hall of Fame inductees to 99 and encompasses nine sports.

NIGHT VISION
Following a 28-12 victory over Morgan State, Army improved to 5-5 in games played under the lights of Michie Stadium.

SPECIAL TEAMS
The last time Army scored a special teams touchdown was against Temple on Sept. 29, 2007. Corey Anderson returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a score and Jeremy Trimble returned a punt for an 85-yard touchdown opposite the Owls.

Army has gone 386 kickoffs and 297 returns and 291 punts and 105 punt returns without a score.

SUMMER TRAINING
Typical summers for cadets at the U.S. Military Academy include three blocks. Your major, branch plans, academic schedule, health and much more determine how that time is spent.

The Army football team had players scattered all over the world during the summer months. A sampling of some of the summer training they participated in:

 • Hayden Tippett spent three weeks in Guam, Africa, as part of Cross Cultural Solutions. In the morning, he spent his days teaching fourth grade students math and information technology. In the afternoons, he utilized his information technology major to help a local college with network administration.

After his time in Africa, Tippett returned to the United States and flew directly to Fort Bragg, N.C., where he spent three weeks with the Military Police.

Holt Zalneraitis and Daniel Whitaker spent the first part of their summers preparing for the Medical College Admission Test, one of many steps in getting accepted to medical school.

After taking the MCATs, Zalneraitis was the Regimental S3 as Commander of Operations for Cadet Basic Training, guiding the new class of plebes, or freshmen.

Raymond Maples took two classes at West Point before traveling to Fort Bragg for Cadet Troop Leader Training. Maples spent half of his six weeks with a Transportation unit and half with an Air Defense Artillery unit.

Michael Kime had a similar path with a class and training at Fort Bragg, through his time was spent with a Field Artillery unit.

In all, 32 players were at Fort Bragg for Cadet Troop Leader Training where they had the opportunity to learn about the branches of the military and help them decide what branch is best for them.

Patrick Laird served as a Platoon Leader at Cadet Leadership Development Training at Camp Buckner at West Point. Laird was in one of six companies that, over the course of 19 days, engaged in three simulated training modules designed to test what they have learned from the West Point experience.

Laird was one of 23 football players to partake in the three week training done under scorching temperatures. Leadership roles are rotated to give each cadet an opportunity.

Follow the training, Laird participated in the Summer Garrison Regiment, along with seven of his teammates. They learned how West Point operates in all facets while assisting staff.

• Geoffrey Bacon served as squad leader during Cadet Field Training, helping to shape the sophomore class. Chevaughn Lawrence also had that responsibility, after taking a physics class.

Anthony Stephens was part of Cadet Leadership Development Training and then worked with an Engineering company while at Fort Bragg.

AMERICA'S GAME IN PHILLY
Army and Navy will meet for the 114th time when the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA takes place Dec. 14 in Philadelphia.

The service academy matchup will be played in Philadelphia for the 83rd time and will be shown live on CBS. Kick-off is set for 3 p.m.

RUSHING SUCCESS
Since 2009, Army has been among the top-18 teams in the country in rushing yards.

Army led the nation in rushing each of the past two seasons with its total yards per game increasing 166 yards per game.

CLASS MOTTO
One of the many duties new cadets are tasked with during Cadet Basic Training is choosing a class motto. The Class of 2017 chose So Others May Dream and unveiled it on a large banner during the March Back on August 15.

The other classes chose:
2016 With Honor We Lead
2015 For Those We Lead
2014 Forever One Team

NEW FACES
Army head coach Rich Ellerson added four new members to the coaching staff. Mayur Chaudhari, Tom Simi, Todd Spencer and Wayne Moses round out the 2013 staff.

Chaudhari came to West Point after two seasons at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS) and works with the safeties and co-defensive coordinators Chris Smeland and Payam Saadat.

Simi was the head coach at USMAPS last season, his fourth season at the prep school. He and Spencer, a veteran option mentor, have offensive line responsibilities.

Moses works with the A-Backs and C-Backs at West Point. Moses has been on the staff of 13 bowl teams and has worked with head coaches including Terry Donahue, Steve Mariucci, Jim Lambright, Walt Harris and Rick Neuheisel.

Army's coaching staff, responsibilities and alma maters as well as game day locations can be found on page 2.

THE CLASS OF 2017
A total of 1,193 cadets began Cadet Basic Training and the class now stands at 1,182 following summer training.  Medical disqualifications and those who didn't successfully complete the training shrunk the number.

The Class of 2017 includes 337 minorities, 17 international cadets and 31 combat veterans. The class was chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 applicants.

The Class of 2017 includes cadets from every state in the nation and 17 international cadets entering the class under the sponsorship of their respective countries. The countries represented include Afghanistan, Botswana, Cambodia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Rwanda, United Arab Emirates, South Korea and Thailand. Upon graduation, these cadets will return to their respective countries as officers in their armed forces.

NO ONE IN 12
While Army has retired four numbers, Army does not issue the number 12 to any of its players. Rather, the number is reserved for the Corps of Cadets, the 12th man of Army football. Most shirts that feature a number, use 12. Numbers 24, 35, 41 and 61 have been retired.

OFFICER PLAQUE
As the Army football team enters the field, one of the long traditions is to touch the Officer plaque. A team member holds the plaque aloft and the players reach up as they are passing by.

The plaque states: "I want an officer for a secret and dangerous mission. I want a West Point football player." Gen. George Marshall, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army during World War II, made the statement at the Pentagon when he needed an officer to train and lead a ranger-type battalion on a secret mission.

ARMY/CBS SPORTS NETWORK
Army and CBS Sports Network are in the fourth year of an exclusive television partnership that guarantees all Black Knights home games are shown live on national television.

The agreement was originally set to begin with the 2010 season but began a season early with the live telecast of three games in 2009.

CBS Sports Network Army broadcast team features Ben Holden on play-by-play, former coach Tom Bradley as the color commentary, Kristine Leahy as the sideline reporter and John Feinstein as essayist.

CADET ASSISTANCE
During each home game, CBS Sports Network sideline reporter Kristine Leahy will be joined by a cadet to aid in the broadcast.

The following cadets are schedule to appear during the 2013 season.

Morgan State: Craig Curry
Stanford: Kevin Carlin
Wake Forest: Emily Clemons
Eastern Michigan: Alex Jensen
Western Kentucky: Daniel Sauter

PATCHES
The Black Knights will wear only one uniform patch this year, the patch of the U.S. Army.

In past years, the uniforms have featured a different patch each week. Instead, the team will carry out a flag of a unique unit each week.

The Army jersey patch will remain for the season and helmet stickers to reflect the flag will be utilized.

Army will carry these unit flags for the upcoming season.

Morgan State - 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.
Ball State - 2nd Infantry Division, Uijongbu, South Korea
Stanford - 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.
Wake Forest - 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Louisiana Tech - 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
Boston College - 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
Eastern Michigan - 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
Temple - 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas
Air Force - 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
Western Kentucky - 101st Air Assault, Fort Campbell, Ky.
Hawai'i - 25th Infantry Division, Wahiawa, Hawai'i

FOOTBALL LEADERSHIP
Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr. became the 59th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on July 17, 2013.

Lt. Gen. Caslen graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975. He earned master's degrees from Long Island University and Kansas State University.

Caslen earned varsity letters as a member of the football team in 1973 and 1974.

Previous to this assignment, Lt. Gen. Caslen served as the Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq. His prior deployments and assignments include serving as the commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the command that oversees the Command and General Staff College and 17 other schools, centers, and training programs located throughout the United States; commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) and commanding general of the Multi-National Division-North during Operation Iraqi Freedom; Commandant of Cadets for the U.S. Military Academy; Deputy Director for the War on Terrorism, J-5, The Joint Staff; Assistant Division Commander (maneuver), 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized); Chief of Staff, 10th Mountain Division (Light); Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force Mountain during Operation Enduring Freedom; Commander, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Chief of Staff, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Senior Brigade C2 Observer/Controller, Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center; Commander, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light); Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander in Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy; J-3 in Honduras for Joint Task Force Bravo; Brigade Operations Officer, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Lieutenant General Caslen's awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters. He has earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and is Airborne, Air Assault, and Ranger qualified.

FOLLOWING IN FOOTSTEPS
While Army boasts five sets of brothers, there are four players with brothers who were recently commissioned from the U.S. Military Academy.

Freshman Seth Combs is the younger brother of Nate, last year's co-captain. Sophomore Jake  Peterson's brother, Zach, was a 2011 graduate while senior Justin Trimble is the third in his family to play for the Black Knights following Jeremy (2008) and Jordan (2010). Junior Mike Ugenyi's brother, Victor, is a 2009 graduate.

POSTSEASON BOWLING
If Army is bowl eligible during the 2013 season, the Black Knights will participate in the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 26 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. Kickoff on ESPN is set for 9:30 p.m.

Army needs to have six wins prior to its game against Navy to qualify for the bowl game. It will oppose a team from the Mountain West Conference.

Army has never played a bowl game in California and is looking to earn a bid to its sixth bowl game. The last time Army played in a bowl game was a 16-14 victory over Southern Methodist University in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30, 2012, in Dallas.

LEADING FROM WITHIN
Thomas Holloway, a senior member of the defensive secondary, is a part of the leadership of the Corps of Cadets.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Holloway will serve as the Brigade Student Athletic Advisor Council, a group made up of team captains from each sport.

Holloway is one of five cadet-athletes on the Chain of Command. Lindsey Danilack serves as First Captain and leads the 4,400 Corps of Cadets. Fellow track and field athletes Alexandra Sutherland (Brigade S4) and Ian MacPherson (Fourth Regiment Commander) are also among the group. Jon Crucitti, a former football player who is injured and a star on the baseball team, has responsibilities as the Third Reigment Command Sergeant Major.

OH BROTHER
Army has five sets of brothers on the roster, including twins Julian and Jordan Crockett, Shane and Evan Finnane and Joey and Tony Giovannelli. Freshmen Lance Baggett and Adam Szott joined their brothers, Terry and John, respectively, on the team.

Army, Navy and Wisconsin each have five sets of brothers on their respective rosters.

GENERAL HONOR
General Raymond T. Odierno, the 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and a 1976 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy will be presented with the National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award. Odierno will be presented with the honor during the 56th NFF Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on Dec. 10.

One of the most prestigious honors presented by the NFF, the award recognizes an outstanding  person who has maintained a lifetime of interest in the game and who, over a long period of time, has exhibited enviable leadership qualities and made a significant contribution to the betterment of amateur football in the United States.

Odierno became the 38th Chief of Staff of the United States Army on Sept. 7, 2011. He boasts more than 37 years of military experience since graduating from West Point, including service in Albania, Germany, Kuwait and Iraq.

An executive officer in operations for Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the 1990s, Odierno returned to the Middle East in 2003 as the commander of the 4th Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and his troops captured Saddam Hussein outside of Tikrit in December 2003. "It was ironic that he was in a hole in the ground across the river from the great palaces he built using all the money he robbed from the Iraqi people ... caught like a rat," Odierno legendarily said at the time.

Born on Sept. 8, 1954, Odierno grew up in Rockaway, N.J., playing tight end on a championship football team at Morris Hills High School.  At an imposing 6-feet-5 inches, he was recruited by West Point to play football and baseball, but Odierno suffered a knee injury his freshman year, which forced him to forgo football. He shifted his focus to baseball, earning three varsity letters as a pitcher for the Black Knights.

RADIO STRENGTH
The Army Athletic Association, in conjunction with Army Sports Properties, continues to grow its radio network and this football season will offer affiliates all over the country.

For the eighth consecutive year and ninth overall, WABC (770-AM) in New York City will serve as the flagship station.

WABC is a 50,000-watt clear-channel signal covers the tri-State area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, and can be heard in 38 states and Canada. WABC is also the number one streamed radio station.

In addition to WABC, fans all over the country will be able to follow along with Army football games with the announcement of 13 new affiliates. Twenty stations, many at or near military posts, will offer the Army Sports Network.

For a complete list of affiliates, please see page 1.

The Army Sports Network will offer comprehensive coverage of Black Knights football this fall. The Army Football Tailgate Show airs two hours before kickoff with Black Knights Game Day starting 30 minutes prior to the start of the game.

he Army Sports Network has one of the most tenured broadcast crews in the nation. Color commentator Dean Darling is now in his 34th season, program host Joe Beckerle is in his 15th year, play-by-play announcer Rich DeMarco begins his 10th season and sideline reporter Tony Morino is in his fourth year. John Minko, the host of the home tailgate show, has been with Army football for 14 years.

WEST POINT TERMINOLOGY
While cadet-athletes are referred to as freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors on the playing  field to avoid confusion, the U.S. Military Academy has its own nomenclature, both official and slang.

Each class has a defined set of rules and regulations in regards to privileges, dress and leadership positions.

First Year: Fourth Class (Plebe)
Second Year: Third Class (Yearling or Yuk)
Third Year: Second Class (Cow)
Fourth Year: First Class (Firstie or First Classman)

THIS WEEK IN ARMY FOOTBALL
The popular "This Week in Army Football" radio show will return for the 2013 season, with an added twist.

Assistant Athletic Director for Multimedia Rich DeMarco will serve as host along with head coach Rich Ellerson. Last year, the show featured a segment that spoke about the particular patch the team was wearing. This year, with the squad utilizing an Army patch, an Officer Representative will speak regarding the flag the team is carrying out. Once again, an assistant coach will join the show each week.

All shows will be held at the First Class Club at West Point and will begin at 7 p.m. Shows will be streamed at goARMYsports.com on Knight Vision, allowing those with a subscription to watch. The Army Sports Network will also carry the show.

Free appetizers, giveaways, prizes and contests are offered each week.

2013 Schedule
Thursday, September 12th
Thursday, September 19th
Thursday, September 26th
Thursday, October 3rd
Thursday, October 10th
Thursday, October 17thThursday, October 31st
Thursday, November 7th
Tuesday, November 26th
Wednesday, December 11th

ARMY IN CANTON
Bill Parcells, who spent three years as an assistant coach at Army, was among the seven people inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this August.

Parcells was a member of Tom Cahill's football staff for three seasons and also assisted Bobby Knight on the basketball court from 1967-1969.

He was enshrined into professional football's hall of fame along with Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Chip, Jonathan Ogden, Dave Robinson and Warren Sapp. The Class of 2013 was elected in February and enshrined during an emotional afternoon in Canton, Ohio.

Wearing the traditional mustard yellow blazer, Parcells became the 22nd coach inducted after leading four teams to the playoffs - the Giants, Patriots, Jets and Cowboys - the only coach to ever do so.

At Army, Parcells coached the linebackers and helped the Black Knights win 19 games over that span, including two stars victories over Navy, 21-14 in 1968 and 27-0 in 1969.

He was also a member of Bobby Knight's basketball staff, though in a recent interview he said his role was limited.

Parcells spent 19 years coaching in the National Football League, amassing a 183-138-1 record, including an 11-8 mark in the playoffs. He was named the NFL Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1994.

COACHING CONCENTRATION
Members of the Army football team made the trek to Freehold Township, N.J., to participate in a unique workshop held by Mark R. McLaughlin, MD, at CentraState Healthcare System over the summer.

Dr. McLaughlin guided the coaches as they performed mock surgery on spine and brain models to learn concentration, precision and execution under stress in an operating room.

Dr. McLaughlin's workshop showed how to improve concentration, execution and overall performance as it relates to what a surgeon does in the OR and what a football coach and team does on the field.

Dr. McLaughlin, medical director of Princeton Brain & Spine Care, developed the concept that performance is non-specific; whether you're a surgeon, football coach, a military officer or parent, every task has to be done with focus and commitment.

"I'm not sure what I was expecting but the day blew us away," said Army coach Rich Ellerson. "Dr. McLaughlin apparently believes that if it's worth doing, it's worth over-doing. We were exposed to a remarkably talented and committed team of medical professionals. They combined the right amount of `theater' with a state-of-the-art medical environment and sobering realities. We were briefed, prepped, and guided through simulations that gave us a glimpse of the demanding and life-changing challenges they face routinely. Mark, his colleagues, and the good people at CentraState Medical Center provided us with a once-in-a-lifetime experience that made a profound impression. We are exceedingly grateful and humbled by the effort they made on our behalf. It will make a difference."

NEW VOICE
Gordon Deal, who has served as the New York Giants public address announcer since 2011, will add Army football duties.

Deal will serve as the public address announcer for all home Army football games. Deal, the host of the Wall Street Journal Radio Morning Show, will be behind the microphone for all five Army home games this season.

A veteran radio reporter, Deal has been with the Wall Street Journal since 2005 after serving stints at WINS-AM and WCBS-AM. In addition to his writing and reporting at the nationally know news stations, Deal also served as New York City bureau chief for Metro Networks which aired on WOR-AM and WABC-AM.

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