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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mount Mercy women eye next step

Aaron Jennings never wrote down "women's basketball coach" when he was asked for his career goals while attending Northwestern University.

He knew he wanted to coach when his playing days were over, but women's basketball? It never entered his mind.

Now Jennings is beginning his seventh year as the women's basketball coach at Mount Mercy and loves it. "Honestly, I don't think I ever thought about being a women's basketball coach until I applied for the job," he said Tuesday.

Jennings was not being chauvinistic at the time. He spent four years as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at Mount Mercy and figured he'd become a head coach for a men's team somewhere when the time was right, but he enjoys working at Mount Mercy and saw no reason to move when the women's basketball job became available.

He has compiled a 119-76 record with the Mustangs, including a trip to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II national tournament in 2012.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 05:12

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Mustangs sweep Waldorf in volleyball

Abbie Perez collected 30 assists Tuesday night as Mount Mercy swept Waldorf, 25-11, 25-19 25-19, in a college volleyball match at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Leslie Hoffmann contributed 12 kills for the Mustangs. Cori Peterzalek had 11 kills and nine digs. Megan Paustian furnished nine kills and Samantha Meyer had 15 digs.

Mount Mercy raised its record to 14-20 overall. Waldorf fell to 14-21.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 22:13
 

Mustangs pay tribute to absent teammate

There will be an empty chair for Mount Mercy men's basketball games this season at the Hennessey Recreation Center in honor of Danny DeBacker, a member of the team who was killed in a car crash by a drunk driver last month.

DeBacker's white home No. 20 jersey will be displayed on the bench in his memory and the team's shooting jerseys say "DD No. 20" on them.

He's gone but certainly not forgotten.

"I still struggle sleeping a little bit at night, because that's when I think about him," Mount Mercy Coach Paul Gavin said Tuesday after practice. "He was a great kid."

It's been a stressful year for Gavin and the Mustangs. He kicked four players off the team during the season last year, contributing to a rare 12-20 overall record and 3-9 finish in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.

"For the first time in my career I had to dismiss players," he said. "All four of them were starters. It was all at the same time. It changed things."

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Mount Mercy women eye next step

Aaron Jennings never wrote down "women's basketball coach" when he was asked for his career goals while attending Northwestern University.

He knew he wanted to coach when his playing days were over, but women's basketball? It never entered his mind.

Now Jennings is beginning his seventh year as the women's basketball coach at Mount Mercy and loves it. "Honestly, I don't think I ever thought about being a women's basketball coach until I applied for the job," he said Tuesday.

Jennings was not being chauvinistic at the time. He spent four years as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team at Mount Mercy and figured he'd become a head coach for a men's team somewhere when the time was right, but he enjoys working at Mount Mercy and saw no reason to move when the women's basketball job became available.

He has compiled a 119-76 record with the Mustangs, including a trip to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II national tournament in 2012.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 21:36

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4 Mustangs earn league honors

Four students from Mount Mercy University have been named Athletes of the Week in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.

Kevon Farquharson, a sophomore from Jamaia, was named the Offensive Player of the Week in men's soccer. He collected seven goals and an assist against Grace for 15 points, setting school records for goals and points in one game.

The seven goals and 15 points are season-highs in the NAIA this season. He also had an assist against William Penn.

Mount Mercy goalkeeper Goar Kempf-Heitlinger, a sophomore from Germany, was named the Defensive Player of the Week in men's soccer. He made 10 saves in a 1-1 tie with William Penn.

Tyler Keith, a senior from Muscatine, was named the Athlete of the Week in men's cross country. He finished 22nd out of 194 runners at the Mt. Marty Invitational, covering the 8K course in 26 minutes, 34 seconds.

Liz Mosbach, a junior from Ladd, Ill., was honored in women's cross country. She placed 21st out of 192 runners at the Mt. Marty Invitational.

 

 

 

   
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