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Lincoln soccer closes out season with win.
By Kevin Korpal
Jun. 1, 2010   ·   10:45 a.m.

Strong defense led the Lincoln Railsplitters to a 3-1 victory over the undersized Ypsilanti Phoenix to close out the season on Lincoln’s Senior Night last Thursday....read more

Lincoln lacrosse dominates Ypsilanti
By Kevin Korpal
May. 20, 2010   ·   6:23 p.m.

Wind and rain were the names of the game when the Lincoln High School lacrosse team defeated visiting Ypsilanti High School 13-3 Monday night.

The Railsplitters...read more

Flyers softball drop season opener
By Jeremiah Juncker
Mar. 31, 2010   ·   5:50 p.m.

Willow Run junior starting pitcher Katie Mullins in the third inning in the team's home-opener against Huron Valley Lutheran High School. Flyers lost 13-4 against the Hawks Tuesday.

It was a mix of inexperience, first game jitters and a strong opposing pitcher which saw the Willow Run High School girl’s softball team drop its season-opener...read more

Lincoln High School sports roundup
By Jeremiah Juncker
Mar. 30, 2010   ·   10:39 a.m.

Baseball: Ace Andrew Dillon leads a young Railspitters team as fourth-year coach Marty Lozano tries to turn things around after a 12-21 season in 2009. Lozano has...read more

Lincoln hockey earns fourth straight win
By Tom Perkins
Dec. 22, 2009   ·   9:47 a.m.

Railsplitter David Skeans fires in the game winning goal against Chelsea.

For two periods it looked as if Lincoln hockey was not only going to break their winless streak against Chelsea, but they were going to decimate the Bulldogs in...read more

EMU picks new football coach

Photo by Dan DuChene

Eastern Michigan formally introduced Ron English as head football coach Tuesday at a press conference at the Convocation Center. English made comments along with Athletic Director Dr. Derrick Gragg and President Susan Martin.
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Ron English one of five African American college coaches in the nation

By Josh Curmi
Dec. 22, 2008    ·    5:17 p.m.

Eastern Michigan formally introduced Ron English as head football coach today at a press conference at the Convocation Center.

English takes over for Jeff Genyk, who’s contract was not renewed at the end of this season. In his five seasons, the Eagles were 16-42 overall and 13-26 in the Mid-American Conference

English spent 2008 as defensive coordinator at the University of Louisville. He had the same position at the University of Michigan from 2006-2007, after serving as defensive backs coach for three seasons.

Athletic Director Dr. Derrick Gragg and President Susan Martin spoke of English and a renaissance for the program and university.

“I promised the student athletes the best possible coach, we have done just that,” Gragg said.

“Today is a great day for us, introducing Ron English, he will be a great role model for all of us,” Martin said.

Martin pointed out of the Convocation Center windows overlooking Rynearson Stadium and told all in attendance, “I was told we can’t fill the stadium, we will fill the stadium.”

Current Eastern Michigan players attended the conference, as English promised his team would commit to a process doing things “the right way.” English also stated he won’t be patient in waiting for success.

“I want to turn it around, and turn it around fast,” he said. “I believe we can win here, the time is right.”

English has an impressive resume as an assistant, coaching in a bowl game each of his five seasons while at Michigan, including three Rose Bowls. He was named National Defensive Coordinator of the year by from Rivals.com in 2006.

Recruiting Michigan will be at the top of the list with English, who feels the program needs in-state talent to come to Ypsilanti. “Michigan is a top priority a lot of players in this conference are from Michigan,” he said. “We will recruit this state with passion and integrity.”

English didn’t wait long to send a clear message to his players, “Five teams from this conference made a bowl game this year, we want to be one of those teams,” he said.

English did not name any candidates for assistants, but said “we will get the right people here with the right players.”

Also in attendance were former University of Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr and current Athletic Director Bill Martin. Carr served as an unpaid adviser during this process.

This hiring makes English one of five African American Coaches out of 119 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. He is one of two in the MAC.

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