After months of gym rocking, foot stomping, fan thrilling action at Elon’s Alumni Gym, the men's and women's basketball teams concluded their winning seasons with Southern Conference tournament berths in Asheville, N.C. earlier this year.
Both teams boosted impressive season records with the men racking up 21 wins and the women 19. The men are champions of the North Division and the women credit their success to intense focus and inspired leadership. Players on both teams give major credit to the Elon community's support.
“If we have a big play or dunk and the place erupts, it’s super exciting,” says Sebastian Koch, a junior guard from Munich, Germany. “We have great students and their support is very important to us.”
The support from the campus and community begins with the type of players Elon recruits and their excellence both on and off the court, according to Matt Matheny, men’s head coach.
“What we try to do is recruit players who are good guys, that value the student-athlete experience, that aspire not only to be great basketball players but to take advantage of an education at a great institution,” Matheny says.
The women’s team relied not only on fan support, but also on the wisdom of veteran players. Seniors Kelsey Evans and Ali Ford have played their last game at Elon, but both say the season was about more than winning. It was about setting an example for younger players and establishing expectations and traditions to sustain the program after they’re gone.
Players for both teams are excited for the promise of a new season this November and hungry for championships.
“The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is winning the conference tournament and taking the program to the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever,” says rising senior Jack Isenbarger. “I’m excited not only for the guys on the team, but for the Elon community. The campus is going to go crazy."
Written by: Natalie Allison '13
Global-mindedness is a familiar concept to Dan Carmody.
A 2001 alum and human services major, he was a member of the Peace Corps, worked abroad as a school counselor and met his wife while living in Honduras.
Now, as director of international programs at Boston College High School, Carmody is working to ensure the next generation of students can reap the benefits of a global education.
As part of a worldwide network of more than 500 Jesuit schools, BC High will open a comprehensive center for international studies in the fall, with Carmody leading the charge to expand students’ education abroad.
“It puts us in a pretty incredible position to develop exchange programs with those schools,” Carmody says of the Jesuit school network.
Through the center, students will have opportunities for international service immersion and short-term exchange programs, which are already available at the school, in addition to teacher exchange partnerships. The school will also consider semester-long exchanges.
But Carmody and BC High haven’t waited for the opening of the school’s international center to begin strengthening relationships with Jesuit schools abroad.
In the summer of 2012, BC High hosted a five-day conference that brought together more than 400 heads of Jesuit secondary schools from 60 different countries. It was the first time school leaders had ever met as such a large group to talk about ways to collaborate.
“We said, ‘It would be pretty incredible if all the Jesuit schools worldwide came together to provide these global opportunities for students,’” Carmody recalls.
They spoke with local, regional and national Jesuits within the United States before bringing the idea before the Society of Jesus’ Father General. During the planning process, a six-member conference committee met with various Jesuit secondary education delegates in Vatican City and parts of Africa, South America and Europe for an international perspective.
The gathering was held entirely by BC High and conducted using the three languages of the Society of Jesus—Spanish, French and English. The conference featured a series of keynote addresses, workshops, collaboration sessions and small group discussions.
“We came from a lot of countries and cultures and had a lot in common, but found out how different we were as well,” he says. “We think we do things great at Boston College High School, but it’s amazing to see how schools are run in India or South America. We want to see how we can adopt things we learn from other schools and make them our own and other schools do the same thing.”
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