Longwood Men's Basketball Ranked in Preseason Top 10
The Longwood men's basketball team has been ranked No. 9 in the Basketball Times magazine preseason Division II National Poll. The Lancers of third-year head coach Mike Leeder return four starters, including Basketball Times preseason Top 20 player Jason Pryor. Pryor, a 6-2 senior guard, is the leading returning scorer in Division II (24.8) and is a candidate for All-America and National Player of the Year honors for this upcoming season. Longwood finished 23-8 a year ago, winning the program's first-ever CVAC Tournament Championship while advancing to the NCAA Regional semifinals.
Longwood College Director of Athletics Don Lemish has announced his retirement effective January 1, 2002. He will complete 20 years within the Virginia higher education system December 31. Lemish had returned to Longwood in September 1999 as interim AD, and became the institution's director of athletics in April 2000.
Lemish stated that a desire to devote more time to his family and outside business interests in Harrisonburg prompted his decision to retire. Before his return to Longwood, Lemish was the director of athletics at James Madison University from 1993-99, and vice president for advancement at JMU from 1987-93. He was previously Longwood's VP for advancement from 1982-87.
"I am going to miss the student-athletes," said Lemish. "After all, that's who it's all about.I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity I had to return to Longwood and hope that I have made a significant contribution to progress in the athletic department."
Longwood graduate Claire Cunanan Reyes '01 featured in the special summer edition 2001 of Longwood magazine was selected as the 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year for the Commonwealth of Virginia. A two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) first-team All-American (2000, 1999), she earned her May 2001 degree in physical education, including a concentration in exercise science. Reyes, also a three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree (2000, 1999, 1998), graduated from Longwood with a 3.75 GPA.
The 2000-01 Longwood College Female Athlete of the Year, Reyes was a four-year starting defender for the NCAA Division II Lancer field hockey team, competing from 1997-2000. She started 75 of 76 career games, totaling two (2) goals and four (4) assists for eight (8) career points, along with six (6) defensive saves.
Longwood began its 2001-02 campaigns in intercollegiate sports with the fall seasons involving field hockey, men's & women's golf, men's & women's soccer, and the debut of men's & women's cross country as the newest teams sports. Through September, the women's soccer team had remained unbeaten and ranked No. 15 nationally in the NSCAA Division II National Poll. The female Lancer booters of head coach Todd Dyer '93 were looking for their first-ever CVAC Tournament Championship and also the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Cross Country began on a high note as the Longwood women's team opened with a second-place team effort at its first-ever competition - an invitational hosted by Averett University.
Greg Prouty, Sports Information Director