Blazing Stars

Purple Knights claim fifth consecutive USAG team title and ECAC Division II Crown plus make history by qualifying for NCAA Regional. By Chuck Sadowski The juggernaut that is the University of Bridgeport women’s gymnastics program continued to roll along in 2013 as the dynastic squad under the direction of head coach Byron Knox captured its fifth consecutive USA Gymnastics (USAG) Women’s Collegiate National Team Championship and won its fifth...

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Baseball Reaches Conference Title Game for Third Consecutive Season

UB also well-represented on several postseason all-region teams By Alex Magliocco For the third consecutive season the University of Bridgeport baseball team reached the East Coast Conference Championship Tournament final game, capping a successful season for first-year head coach Joe Tonelli. Tonelli led the Purple Knights to a 22-26 overall record with a 13-11 ECC record. The 2013 team was well represented in post-season awards, too; UB had at...

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The Standout Team

Alumnus Edward DeChent named to New England Basketball Hall of Fame. By Mike Patrick When Edward DeChent ’89 was recruited as an undergraduate by the University of Bridgeport basketball program back in the mid-1980s, there was one prospective teammate he was most excited about sharing the court with. “The thought of playing alongside Manute Bol really sparked an interest with me,” he said. “I thought it was a great opportunity. It never...

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Three new members for Athletic Hall of Fame

Pepin, Savo, Tabor induced; other awards go to Ellis and Valuckas. By Chuck Sadowski Three new members were inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in June, when Richard Ellis ’55 won the Fran Bacon Award for Lifetime Achievement and Tommy Valuckas ’75 was awarded the inaugural Purple Knights Shield of Merit. This year’s new members are the late Craig Pepin ’72, Vito Savo ’78, and Diahann Tabor ’93. “One of the...

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Soccer Standout

Katie Stanley earns a spot on the Great Britain Women’s National Team. By Chuck Sadowski Former University of Bridgeport women’s soccer standout Katie Stanley ’12 was called up to the Great Britain Women’s National Team for the 2013 World University Games that will take place in Kazan, Russia in July. Stanley, who is a current member of the Oxford United Ladies Football Club, received her first international cap when she played in two...

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Men’s Basketball Storms into NCAA Division II East Regional Finals

Purple Knights rebound from slow start to grab conference title. By Chuck Sadowski It was a slow start and awesome finish for the 2012-13 edition of the University of Bridgeport men’s basketball team, as the Purple Knights, after going 2-6 in their first eight games of the year, captured the 2013 East Coast Conference title and fell just one win shy of reaching the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, as UB advanced to this season’s NCAA East...

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Behind Every Athlete . . .

Behind Every Athlete . . .

Before the country’s best college gymnasts hit the mat, beam, and uneven bars at the National Championships, a small army of donors helped UB make it all possible. UB GYMNASTICS HALL OF HEROES Antinozzi Associates Barrett Outdoor Communications, Inc. Citizen’s BankCreative Partners Deary’s Gymnastics Supply Durant, Nichols, Houston, Hodgson & Cortese-Costa, P.C. Forstone Capital Hearst Media Keno Graphic Services Northeast...

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Chasing a Soccer Dream to the Other Side of the World

Chasing a Soccer Dream to the Other Side of the World

Former men’s soccer captain Akil Pompey signs a professional contract in Mongolia. Former University of Bridgeport men’s soccer standout Akil Pompey ’10 has signed a professional contract with Khoromkhon FC for the 2012 Mongolian Niislel League season, which began play in late June. Khoromkhon FC is based in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. A native of Trinidad, Pompey served as the Purple Knights’ team captain during the 2009...

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New Skipper at the Helm of UB Baseball

New Skipper at the Helm of UB Baseball

University of Bridgeport Director of Athletics Jay Moran announced in early June that Joe Tonelli has been selected as the Purple Knights new head baseball coach. Tonelli, who has been on the UB baseball staff since the fall of 2009 and also serves as the University’s director of the Wheeler Recreation Center, takes over from John Anquillare, who led program for the past nine seasons. “I can think of no better person to keep our baseball...

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Seventh Heaven

Seven not-to-miss events for the Purple Knights in 2012-13 1 The men’s soccer team is the first squad to see 2012 regular-season action on campus as head coach Brian Quinn and his charges host the UB Classic at Knights Field on Thursday, August 30 and Saturday, September 2. Joining Bridgeport in season-opening action will be LIU Post, Wilmington, and Bloomfield. Matches get underway each day at 4 p.m.   2 After being ranked...

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For Gaetano Giunta, baseball runs in the family

For Gaetano Giunta, baseball runs in the family

The 2011 UB grad hopes his days as a Purple Knight and current spot on an independent team will launch him into the major leagues. Gaetano Giunta has been playing baseball for more than 21 years. That’s quite an accomplishment, considering he’s only 24 years old now. But the 2011 UB graduate and infielder for the New Jersey Jackals pro team comes from a long line of high school and college ballplayers who made sure that, even at the tender...

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Five inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

Five inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

Five new members were inducted into the UB Athletic Hall of Fame, and Vito Montelli received the inaugural Fran Bacon Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching. The Hall of Fame Class of 2011 includes Efrian “Chico” Chacurian (coach of men’s and women’s soccer teams) and four standout student-athletes: Winston Jones ’94 (men’s basketball), Norman Taylor ’88 (men’s basketball), Lilja Valthorsdottir ’06 (women’s soccer), and...

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Put a Bow on It!

Put a Bow on It!

UB athletic teams wrapped up their seasons with big wins on the national level. Along with the UB women’s gymnastics team winning its fourth consecutive USA Gymnastics Collegiate Team title this season, several Purple Knights’ programs made an impact on both the regional and national levels during the 2011-12 academic year. Women’s soccer kicks off season The women’s soccer program got the school year off to an impressive start as it...

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Unbeatable!

Unbeatable!

UB gymnast win the USAG Collegiate National Championships for the fourth year in a row. Extending its stunning winning streak, the University of Bridgeport (UB) women’s gymnastics team won its fourth straight USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships at the Webster Bank Arena in front of more than 1,600 cheering fans who in only a handful of years have watched the team catapult from virtual obscurity to establish itself as an...

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