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Fall Sports 2010 Preview

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Coaching his own team

From 2002 to 2005, the Elon University football team secured 12 wins in four seasons. In the following four seasons, under new head coach Pete Lembo, the team more than doubled its win number to 29

Meet the Coach: Pete Lembo

Spectators see him walking up and down the sidelines, looking on as the Elon University football team takes on its opponent. He's the man beneath the headset, talking to coaches and players alike.

Sitting down with Scott Riddle

Elon University senior quarterback Scott Riddle shares his thoughts on his career as a Phoenix and the upcoming season.

It's a New Year: football looks to the future, not dwelling on past

On a chilly day at the end of November, the Elon University football team made school history when it took the field against the University of Richmond in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The 2009 team was the first ever to make the FCS postseason, with an at-large bid after finishing 9-2 overall and second-place 7-1 in the Southern Conference.

Men's and women's cross country is motivated, ready for successful season

One point can make a big difference. After last year's Elon Invitational Oct. 31, Elon University cross country learned about this difference — the difference between first and second place for the women's team. After being so close to success, the motivation is palpable this year.

Meet the Coach: Christine Engle

In the two years that head coach Christine Engel has been at Elon University, the program has reached many milestones.

New season brings higher expectations, goals for Phoenix men's soccer team

With seven regular starters from last year's roster graduating, the 2010 men's soccer squad will sport a new look — one full of young talent, new faces and battles at multiple positions.

Meet the Coach: Darren Powell

Take one look at the Phoenix sideline during a men's soccer match, and you will see a man furiously pacing up and down the pitch, wildly flailing his arms, trying to get his team's — even the referee's — attention.

Women's soccer looks to expand on last year's history-making season

With 12 wins during the 2009 season, the Elon women's soccer team needed just one more to secure a spot in the Southern Conference tournament and became conference champions. But a 1-0 loss Oct. 29 against UNC Greensboro ended the Phoenix's hopes at postseason play.

Meet the coach: Chris Neal

This summer, every night before he went to bed, Elon women's soccer coach Chris Neal took out his notebook and drew out soccer strategies for the upcoming season. During the summer months, Neal spent some of his time working on schedules for preseason workouts and logistical work for the team. He focused on preparing his team for the upcoming season on the field as well.

Season of high expectations, hope for volleyball team

Upon being asked what games she is most looking forward to this fall, junior outside hitter Caroline Lemke gave quite a list before pausing.

Meet the coach: Mary Tendler

Going into her eighth season as the Phoenix head coach, Mary Tendler has had the Phoenix improving every season.