Dec. 2, 2013
Army Football Game Notes
The Army football team will close out the regular season in America's top rivalry, the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA. The service-academy clash is set for Dec. 14 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. CBS will broadcast the game to a national audience at 3 p.m.
Army and Navy are meeting for the 114th time and the Black Knights can share the Commander in Chief's Trophy with a victory in Philadelphia.
Army is 3-8 after a valiant comeback at Hawai'i came up short in a 49-42 loss on Nov. 30.
Navy is 7-4 and has been idle since beating San Jose State 58-52 in overtime on Nov. 23.
A.J. Schurr ran for four touchdowns and threw for 122 yards, all in the second half. Schurr completed 5-of-10 passes with a long completion of 48 yards, to Xavier Moss.
Schurr is the second player to rush for four touchdowns this season (Terry Baggett vs. Eastern Michigan, 10/12/13).
Terry Baggett went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. It marked the 18th time an Army player had eclipsed the milestone.
For the second consecutive game Army, successfully executed an on-sides kick. While Army recovered against Eastern Michigan it was nullified by a penalty. Against Hawai'i, Stephen Ricciardi batted the ball forward and Andrew King recovered.
The on-sides kick helped Army score two touchdowns in a span of 59 seconds early in the third quarter.
Chris Carnegie made his first career interception and 13 tackles.
Army was 6-for-6 in red zone opportunities, with six touchdowns.
Josh Jenkins returned a fumble for 19 yards after Shaquille Tolbert forced the turnover in the third quarter.
Army visited Pearl Harbor and toured the USS Arizona during the Thanksgiving weekend trip.
The Commander in Chief's Trophy has been awarded each season since 1972 and is presented to the top service academy after round-robin play. Navy beat Air Force in the first game and Air Force topped Army in the second game.
This season will mark the 42nd season of the trophy and Army can tie Navy, though Navy would keep the trophy.
A complete list of Commander in Chief's Trophy results can be found on page 8.
One of the great parts of the Army-Navy Game presented by USAA is the march on from both academies. Army will march on at 12:16, with Navy set to begin at 12:46. Both the Corps of Cadets and the Brigade of Midshipmen are 4,400 students.
For the third consecutive season, Army will don Nike Pro Combat uniforms for its contest with Navy.
Army will wear striking white and gray uniforms that pay tribute to the legacy of Gen. Winfield Scott, a long-time general who insisted on proper military dress. Scott served in the heat of the War of 1812 and the same color gray is still worn by all cadets at West Point. That carries over to the new uniform pants and baselayer. The sleeves of the baselayer are decorated with elements of the West Point crest with olive branches representing peace on one sleeve and oak leaves representing strength on the other.
The Black Knights will wear their gold helmets with a black stripe.
According to Nike, the Army Pro Combat uniforms work as unique systems built from the inside out, as the athlete's baselayer works in concert with his jersey and pants. The Nike Hyperwarm Shield Max Mock provides athletes with a streamlined, thermo-regulated baselayer that doesn't sacrifice warmth and features lightweight panels to reduce bulk as well as side mesh gussets allowing for a full range of motion and extra breathability. Nike Dri-Fit Max twill -- a combination of thick and thin threads -- accelerates the pull of moisture from the skin, keeping the body dry and helping to eliminate chill.
Army will also wear the Nike Alpha Pro Cleats and Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Shield Gloves. Constructed with seamless Nike Hyperfuse on the back of the hand for wind and water-resistance, the Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Shield Glove is equipped with a fleece lining on back of hand for extra warmth. The palm features Nike Magnigrip material to catch in any condition. With a 3/4 length Phylon wedge at the midsole, the Nike Alpha Pro Cleat promotes forefoot control through low profile cushioning. The bladed cleat base provides 360-degree traction for precise cuts on all surfaces.
A pair Army record-setting football players met on an NFL field on Dec. 1.
Josh McNary made his debut for the Indianapolis Colts and helped the squad to a 22-14 victory over Collin Mooney and the visiting Tennessee Titans.
McNary, Army's all-time sack leader and a 2011 West Point graduate, was added to the Colts' active roster and suited up as a linebacker. While he did not register a tackle, he was credited with a quarterback hurry in his NFL debut.
Army's single-season rushing leader and a 2009 West Point graduate, is a running back on the Titans. He caught one pass for minus four yards.
McNary racked up 28 sacks playing defensive end for Army from 2007-10.
Mooney rushed for 1,339 yards as a fullback during his senior season and collected 1,361 yards from 2006-08.
Mooney, listed at 5-10, 238 and wearing No. 42, joined the Titans as a free agent in 2012. He was released at the end of training camp but joined the practice squad before being elevated to the active roster.
He made his regular season debut against Houston on Dec. 2, 2012 and four weeks later rushed five times for 19 yards against Jacksonville.
Mooney has played in all 12 games for the Titans this season, with four starts. While he doesn't have any rushing attempts, he has six receptions for 32 yards. He recorded a 22-yard reception against St. Louis and averages 7.2 yards per catch.
For his career, Mooney has played in 14 games with four starting assignments.
McNary, who served as team captain his final season when Army won the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in 2010, was added to the active roster just before Thanksgiving.
He was originally signed by the Colts in April of 2013, waived and re-signed to the practice squad in September.
McNary, listed at 6-0, 251, wears No. 57 for the Colts.
Four Army football players, two on each side of the ball, have been named Capital One Academic All-District.
Terry Baggett, Hayden Tippett, Thomas Holloway and Joe Drummond all collected first team District 1 accolades and are now eligible for Academic All-America honors.
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) oversees the awards in which a nominee must have at least a 3.3 grade-point average and be a starter or significant reserve. Athletic communication professionals begin voting for Academic All-Americans in early November.
Capital One Academic All-Americans will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Baggett, a junior from Chicago, Ill., boasts a 3.44 GPA in Chemical Engineering. Tippett, a senior fullback from Tempe, Ariz., shows a 3.95 GPA in Information Technology. Holloway, a senior captain and linebacker from Birmingham, Ala., is an International & Comparative Legal Studies major with a 3.65 grade-point average. Drummond, a junior from Pittsford, N.Y., is an Economics major with a 3.71 GPA.
The Last Meeting
December 8, 2012
Late Touchdown Lifts Navy Past Army, 17-13
Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds rushed for an eight-yard score late in the game to lift the Midshipmen to a 17-13 victory over Army, Saturday afternoon in the 113th annual Army-Navy Game presented by USAA in front of a sold-out crowd of 69,607 at Lincoln Financial Field.
TIPPETT NATIONAL FINALIST
Army fullback Hayden Tippett is one of 12 finalists for the 2013 Wuerffel Trophy, a national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
The award is named after former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, who led the Florida Gators to the 1996 national championship, played six years in the National Football League and has received national recognition for his humanitarian and community service efforts with Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans and around the country. The All Sports Association, Inc. oversees the honor.
The finalists, who were nominated by their schools' sports information directors or football liaisons, are (listed alphabetically by university):
Hayden Tippett, Sr., Army, FB
Dave Harding, Sr., Duke, OL
Aaron Murray, Sr., Georgia, QB
Will Jackson, Sr., Georgia Tech, OL
Nathan Scheelhaase, Sr., Illinois, QB
James Morris, Sr., Iowa, LB
Jacob Karam, Sr., Memphis, QB
Chris Hawthorne, Sr., Minnesota, K
Gabe Ikard, Sr., Oklahoma, OL
Ryan Alderman, Sr., Temple, WR
Eric Soza, Sr., Texas-San Antonio, QB
Carey Spear, S.r, Vanderbilt, K
A committee that includes the Wuerffel Trophy national directors, selection committee members and past winners, will vote on the finalists later this month, and the winner will be announced on December 10.
Past Winners of the award are: 2005-Rudy Niswanger / LSU; 2006-Joel Penton / Ohio State; 2007/Paul Smith-Tulsa; 2008/Tim Tebow-Florida; 2009-Tim Hiller/Western Michigan, 2010-Sam Acho/Texas; 2011-Barrett Jones/Alabama and 2012-Matt Barkley/USC
The 2013 Wuerffel Trophy will be presented to the winner at the All Sports Association's 45th Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, February 7, 2014.
Tippett, a fullback from Tempe, Ariz., has rushed 30 times for 139 yards. He averages 8.3 yards per carry and has a long run of 13 yards. He also has one catch for 16 yards and is an integral part of an offense that is among the nation's best.
Prior to the start of his senior season, Tippett volunteered in Hohoe, Ghana, as a fourth-grade instructor for three weeks. He also assisted in setting up network services for a local college. In addition, he spearheads the football team's Relay For Life squad, which has raised in excess of $110,000.
ABOUT THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Army is averaging 26.0 points per contest and 406.5 yards of total offense per game.
The Black Knights lead the nation in rushing at 325.9 yards per contest, paced by Terry Baggett's 1,072 yards rushing on the season. Baggett averages 96 yards per game. Angel Santiago averages 38 yards per contest, while Trenton Turrentine averages 6.8 yards per carry. Tony Giovannelli, who has started the last two games, averages 8.0 yards per carry.
Santiago has completed 41-of-83 passes for 547 yards and two scores on the season. A.J. Schurr has connected on 14-of-24 passes for 196 yards and a score.
Xavier Moss is the team's leading receiver with 30 catches for 418 yards and a score. Chevaughn Lawrence has 10 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Thomas Holloway leads the defense with 59 catches in seven games while Geoffrey Bacon has 55 in the same number of games. Colby Miller has 52 stops and four tackles for losses. Robert Kough has a team-best 7.0 tackles for losses of 19 yards and three sacks, while Mike Ugenyi has 6.5 tackles for losses of 17 yards.
Josh Jenkins and Justin Trimble each have two interceptions and Jenkins paces the team with six pass breakups.
ABOUT THE MIDSHIPMEN
Navy is averaging 34.4 points per contest and averaging 419 yards of total offense, 320.1 of it on the ground.
The Midshipmen opened the season with wins at Indiana (41-35) and against Delaware (51-7) before a setback to Western Kentucky. A 28-10 win against Air Force was followed by losses at Duke (35-7) and in overtime at Toledo (45-44). Navy beat Pitt (24-21), lost at Notre Dame (38-34) and are riding a three-game winning streak after beating Hawai'i (42-28), South Alabama (42-14) and San Jose State (58-52 in overtime).
Quarterback Keenan Reynolds leads the team with 250 rushing attempts for 1,124 yards and 26 touchdowns. He has completed 64-of-114 passes for 1,028 yards and eight scores.
Chris Swain has played in nine games and has 373 yards rushing while Darius Staten has 364 and four touchdowns. Casey Bolena has a team-best 13 catches while DeBrandon Sanders has 211 receiving yards on 11 receptions.
Navy is allowing 188 yards rushing per game and 230 passing yards per contest.
Cody Peterson leads the defense with 124 tackles, while DJ Sargenti has 97 stops and 6.0 tackles for losses of 20 yards. Chris Johnson and Parrish Gaines each have three interceptions.
Michael Kime, Thomas Holloway and Jarrett Mackey are serving 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.
BOWLING IN 2015
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl has set its lineup of teams for six years, beginning in 2014, bowl officials announced and it includes Army.
Army will meet a team from the Mountain West Conference in 2015 if bowl eligible.
Army has previously announced a bowl agreement with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in 2014 and 2017 provided the team is bowl eligible.
Army claimed the 2010 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl championship with a 16-14 victory over SMU at Gerald Ford Stadium in Dallas.
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. Through 11 games, Army has rushed 648 times for 3,585 yards.
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.
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.
Following a 28-12 victory over Morgan State on August 30, Army improved to 5-5 in games played under the lights of Michie Stadium.
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 440 kickoffs and 322 returns and 324 punts and 117 punt returns without a score.
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 Ghana, 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.
Following 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.
Geoffery Bacon served as squad leader during Cadet Field Training, helping to shape the sophomore class. Chevaughn Lawrence also had that responsibility, after taking physics class.
Anthony Stephens was part of Cadet Leadership Development Training and then worked with an Engineering company while at Fort Bragg.
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.
Army leads the country in rushing offense with 323.6 yards per game.
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
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 15,407 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.
Among those accepted as part of the Class of 2017 are 91 valedictorians, 232 class presidents and 777 team captains.
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.
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.
To find CBS Sports Network, please visit www.cbssportsnetwork.com and click on the channel finder.
During each home game, CBS Sports Network sideline reporter Kristine Leahy was joined by a cadet to aid in the broadcast.
The following cadets appeared during the 2013 season.
Morgan State: Craig Curry
Stanford: Kevin Carlin
Wake Forest: Emily Clemons
Eastern Michigan: Alex Jensen
Western Kentucky: Daniel Sauter
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 carried these unit flags for the this 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
For the contest against Navy, players will be allowed to choose which patch to wear.
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 by 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.
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 Regiment Command Sergeant Major.
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 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., and 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.
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.
The 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.
THIS WEEK IN ARMY FOOTBALL
The popular "This Week in Army Football" radio show has one show remaining.
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.
The final show of the season is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the First Class Club at West Point and will begin at 7 p.m. The broadcast 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.
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.
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 an 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."
Army Spirit Luncheons, presented by USAA, will conclude on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Lunches will be held at the West Point Club at the U.S. Military Academy and begin promptly at noon with food service beginning at 11:15 a.m. Head coach Rich Ellerson and other special guests will speak.
Tickets are just $8 if purchased in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, please contact the West Point Club at 845-938-5120.