Blue Devils name interim women’s basketball coach
Linda Hill-MacDonald has been named interim head coach of women’s basketball at Fredonia State University, bringing with her an impressive resume of over 30 years at the high school, major college, and professional levels.
Hired to coach the Blue Devils for the 2013-14 season, Hill-MacDonald inherits a team which finished 12-12 last season, including 7-11 in the State University of New York Athletic Conference.
A three-sport athlete at Ridley High School in Folsom, Pa., she spent 10 years as a high school coach before becoming the first full-time head coach at Temple University in 1980. She later served as head coach at the University of Minnesota, and the University at Buffalo, as well as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina.She also was the head coach of the WNBA Cleveland Rockers, and worked for two other WNBA teams.
At Temple, she coached the Owls for 10 seasons and won a program-record 166 games. Her teams made one NCAA and two WNIT appearances. Hill-MacDonald was twice chosen Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, and she was named Big 5 Coach of the Year once and Philadelphia Area Coach of the Year once.
She left Temple for Minnesota in 1990, and her best season came in 1993-94 when the Gophers finished 18-11. Entrusted with raising the team’s overall academic performance, Hill-MacDonald had 20 players named Academic All-Big Ten during her seven seasons. She had previously served as an academic advisor at Temple, where she was in charge of study skill sessions and tutoring programs for all female student-athletes.
In 1997, Cleveland was granted one of eight original WNBA franchises, and team owner Gordon Gund chose Hill-MacDonald as the team’s first head coach. The Rockers the nickname drawn from the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame finished 15-13 in their first season, and then improved to 20-10 in 1998 to win the Eastern Conference title before losing to the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA semi-finals. She coached the Rockers through the 1999 season, and was chosen to coach the Eastern Conference in the 1999 WNBA All-Star Game.
After leaving Cleveland, Hill-MacDonald had two stints as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina, and served as an assistant coach for the WNBA Washington Mystics and a scout for the WNBA New York Liberty, before she landed the head coaching job at the University at Buffalo in 2005.
In addition to her UB coaching duties, she directed and her teams participated in community outreach and volunteer programs. She also took part in various public relations and fund-raising activities, and organized and directed summer basketball camps. She coached the Bulls through the end of the 2011-2012 season.
Originally from Morton, Pa., Hill-MacDonald attended West Chester University, where she earned athletic awards in field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation. She also earned a master’s degree in physical education from West Chester, and is both a member of the West Chester Athletic Hall of Fame and a West Chester Distinguished Alumni. She is a member of the Ridley Township Old Timers’ Hall of Fame.
Among her numerous professional honors, Hill-MacDonald served as president of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and on numerous women’s basketball national committees. She is the 1989 recipient of the WBCA Carol Eckman Award and was honorary chairperson of the 1991 International Special Olympics.
Hill-MacDonald has a daughter, Kelli, and a son, Scott.
Senior night success
The Fredonia State women’s volleyball team continued its strong play defeating Penn State Behrend 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Fredonia State stretched its win streak to 12 games and improves to 22-8 overall. Behrend, who drops to 19-8, currently sits atop the Allegany Mountain Conference.
The Devils won the sets by scores of 25-21, 25-21 and 25-23.
Freshman Sara Madison led the Devil offense with 11 kills. Sophomore Paulina Rein had nine. Fellow sophomore Kelly Edinger had 37 assists.
Defensively, it was Lauren Hokaj with 11 digs and senior Hannah Manning with four total blocks.
Prior to the start of the match, three seniors were recognized for their four-year contributions to the program. Kaitlin Orcutt, Lauren O’Haraand Manning.
Orcutt finished the night with eight kills including the 75th and final point of the evening to close out her career in Dods Hall.
The Devils are off to the Skidmore Invitational next weekend in preparation for the SUNYAC Tournament the following weekend.
Devils fall at Hobart, 3-1
GENEVA – The Fredonia State men’s soccer team wrapped up its 2013 campaign falling 3-1 at Hobart College on Tuesday.
Hobart improves to 10-7-1 overall, while the Blue Devils fall to 5-12-1.
Hobart’s Jacob Fox started the scoring for the Statesmen at the 31:00 mark. Ian McGarty pushed a pass through a group of Fredonia State defenders to find Fox, who slid a short shot from right out in front into the goal to give Hobart a 1-0 lead. It was Fox’s third goal this season.
Just 1:19 before the break, freshman Sam Greco put the Blue Devils on the board. Sam Guilder blasted a shot on goal but Statesmen goalie Mike Lucas made a tremendous diving save. However, Greco was there to send home the rebound to tie things up at 1-1. It was his third goal of the season.
In the 60th minute, Joe Busuttil took back the lead for Hobart. Tyler Terens sent a corner into the box and Busuttil was able to tip the ball into the back of the net from the left post.
In the 74th minute, Charlie Kelly padded the Statesmen lead with his 11th tally this season. He carried the ball into the box first faking around a Fredonia State defender for a one-on-one with the keeper. Kelly then faked the keeper twice before sending his shot into the back of the net.
The Blue Devils came very close to tying up the game a second time with 19:12 to go. Paul Reinis fired a shot on goal from just inside the box, but it banged off the top of the crossbar.
The Statesmen had also come inches away from scoring again in the 63rd minute. Sophomore Marco Ronning drilled a shot that banged off the crossbar and fell straight down, but did not cross the goal line. It was then immediately clear out of the zone by a Blue Devils defender.
The Statesmen held a 22-14 advantage in shots and a 6-4 edge in corners. Lucas played all 90 minutes in goal and finished with five saves. A.J. Grecco played the entire match in goal for Fredonia State and finished with six saves.
RIT blanks Blue Devils, 2-0, in season finale
ROCHESTER Fredonia State lost to Rochester Institute of Technology, 2-0, in the final game of the Blue Devils’ 2013 women’s soccer season.
The Blue Devils were outshot overall 18-4 and had only one shot-on-goal. RIT also had a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Maxine Culhane and Sierra Kiss had the RIT goals, one in each half. The Tigers, ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division III, improved to
Fredonia State freshman goalkeeper Hannah McGlinchey was credited with eight saves.