“The time has come to build a team that you will all be very proud of,” said Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. The change has been done gradually over several months. Since the start of the current season, Tacon, coached by David Aznar, have trained and played their home games at Valdebebas, a few metres from the men’s team. This will continue to be the case this season and the club have not ruled out using the Santiago Bernabeu for showcase matches. The launch will be an historical moment for the club but for women’s football too. “It’s a huge positive,” Ada Hegerberg, the first winner of the Women’s Ballon d’Or in 2018, told AFP. “I’m hoping they will stabilise the investment over a long period and that they have a long-term perspective because it can’t happen overnight. Read Also: La Liga: Barcelona suffer title blow in Atletico Madrid draw “You have to invest for a long time to succeed. It’s a huge positive that you have the biggest men’s club in the world now investing in the women’s side. That’s how modern women’s football should be driven. “It’s the present and the future. And it sends out a message to other clubs, it keeps everyone on their toes when a club like Real Madrid creates a team. I hope they go all in.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… After 118 years, Real Madrid will launch a professional women’s team on Wednesday by absorbing CD Tacon and launching a fresh Galactico project at the club. Real Madrid, the best team of the 20th century according to FIFA, has so far been one of the only elite clubs to resist the creation of a female team Madrid, the best team of the 20th century according to FIFA, has so far been one of the only elite clubs to resist the creation of a female team. By taking over Tacon, the women’s club based in Madrid and created in 2014, ‘Real Madrid Femenino’ will become a reality. Approved at a meeting of shareholders in September last year, the buyout of Tacon for 300,000 euros ($337,000) will become official from July 1, when another recruitment drive will begin. According to the Spanish press, Madrid have set their sights on the game’s finest talents and some of the first signings could arrive this week. Tacon have already been expanding in preparation. They signed Swedish internationals Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson, who was nominated for the 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or and who joined last year after finishing third in the Women’s World Cup. But there will be more changes, after the announced departures of Ana Valles, Esther, Marina Martin Massanet, Patri Carballo, Ainoa Campo and Osinachi Ohale, in May. The goal will be to turn Madrid into contenders both in Spain and Europe, where they will hope to challenge the supremacy of Barcelona’s women’s team, finalists in the 2018-2019 Women’s Champions League and who thrashed Tacon twice this season, 6-0 and 9-1. Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldThese Guys Are Turning 50 This Year. Feeling Old Yet?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith
Kendrick Scott, a former Florida State linebacker who played for the Seminoles from 1991-94, created a online petition to rename Bobby Bowden Field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium.Campbell served as president of Florida State University during its transition from an all-female campus and was instrumental in getting the football stadium built, however, his pro-segregationist views are well documented.Scott said in the petition that Campbell’s “non-inclusive views of blacks as a segregationist is divisive, therefore his name should be removed from a stadium that has been home to many black football players helping to build the school and the tradition to what it has become today: a national treasure.”Instead, the stadium should be named after former quarterback Charlie Ward, the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner, Scott suggested.
CASTINE — Christopher Keiley scored six goals and provided four assists as the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners crushed Green Mountain College 20-2 in their lacrosse season opener on Saturday at Ritchie Field. Ryan Williams of the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners checks a Green Mountain College defender during MMA’s lopsided 20-2 season-opening lacrosse win on Saturday at Castine.—MIKE OLESThe Mariners jumped out to an 8-0 first-period lead over the visiting Eagles and led 13-2 at halftime. MMA freshman Andrew Di-Salvo had a strong debut with 10 points, including seven assists. Senior Garret Lake and sophomore Todd Murphy each contributed three goals, and sophomore Wade Mondoux had a goal and three assists. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFreshman goalkeeper Daniel Redmond made eight saves in notching his first collegiate win. For Green Mountain, Chris Wetzel and Thomas Wheeler each scored and goalkeeper Steve Braunius had a busy afternoon with 14 saves on 50 MMA shots. The Mariners were slated to continue their North Atlantic Conference play yesterday (Wednesday), hosting Thomas College, and they will host St. Joseph College on Saturday at 1 p.m. Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts admin Latest posts by admin (see all) State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Bio House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014
Tags: skaneatelesswimmingWest Genesee Ultimately, it was Buchholz earning the clinching team points when she tore to first place in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.77, quickly followed by Winkelman’s first-place time of 1:14.65 in the 100 breaststroke as Comer (1:17.63) was third. King, Springer, Comer and Buchholz swam the 400 freestyle relay in 4:01.17.WG, for its part, had Allison Putnam win the 500 freestyle in 5:47.16 to Winkelman’s 5:58.39, followed by Murdock, Ivery, Adriana Gill and Victoria Senus winning the 200 freestyle relay in 1:48.76 to the Lakers’ 1:54.74 from Cottrill, Winkelman, Comer and Musso.Putnam was second in the 200 freestyle in 2:10.36, with Maggie Smith second in the 200 IM in 2:37.51 and also second (1:13.79) in the 100 backstroke. Devon Burnside was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.97.Murdock was third in the 100 freestyle and Taylor McFadden third in the 100 butterfly, with Kelsie Bottari third in diving.Skaneateles takes part in the OHSL championships this week at Mexico, while WG ventured to Nottingham for last Saturday’s Salt City Athletic Conference championships before it meets Fayetteville-Manlius Thursday at Cazenovia College.At its league meet, WG rose to fifth in the 200 freestyle relay as Senus, Gill, Smith and Ivery posted a time of 1:48.67. the wildcats was also ninth in the 200 medley relay in 2:07.25Murdock, in 26.74 seconds, beat out Ivery (26.90) and Senus (27.36) for seventh place in the 50 freestyle. McFadden was eighth in the 500 freestyle in 6:07.92 and got to ninth place in the 200 freestyle in 2:13.21.Devon Burnside had a strong showing in the 100 breaststroke, getting to sixth place in 1:17.42, while Allison Putnam was seventh in the 100 backstroke in 1:07.79.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story While having an 8-3 overall record was nice, nothing the Skaneateles girls swim team has done this fall could compare with knocking off its large-school neighbors to the east.That’s what the Lakers accomplished Tuesday night at the Community Center YMCA, defeating West Genesee 99-85, only the second time in varsity program history that Skaneateles had bettered the Wildcats head-to-head.Each of the first four races went in the Lakers’ favor, starting with the 200-yard medley relay, where Lily Buchholz, Lili Winkelman, Grace King and Elizabeth Springer went 2:00.16 to beat WG’s second-place 2:03.86. Right after, Buchholz beat the field in the 200 freestyle, prevailing in 2:03.52, with King promptly taking the 200 individual medley in 2:30.76 and Springer, in 25.93 seconds, topping WG’s Hannah Murdock (26.23) and Anna Ivery (26.43) in the 50 freestyle.A close diving competition saw Julia Turton put the Wildcats in the win column with 167.80 points to the 163.05 from Skaneateles’ Lexis Cottrill, but the Lakers promptly started winning again.King, in 1:06.24, took the 100 butterfly over Amelia Musso (1:09.59), with Springer completing a sprint sweep by going 56.91 seconds as part of a 1-2 finish with Caitlin Comer, who went 59.13 seconds.
The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation has canceled the Four Nations women’s hockey tournament in November because it can’t guarantee its players’ participation due to an ongoing pay dispute. Sweden’s top players boycott their national teamThe federation announced the decision on Friday and noted that the uncertainty regarding their players’ status has made it difficult for the three other competing nations to make travel plans. The tournament was scheduled to feature teams from Finland, the United States, and Canada. Sweden’s top players are boycotting their national team because they are unhappy over pay and working conditions.Read | FIFA Women’s World Cup: Netherlands Defeat Sweden, Enters FinalsThe players skipped a Five Nations tournament held in Finland in August because of the strike, and have yet to agree on a new contract with the federation. They have also formed a union and raised numerous complaints about their previous deal, which expired in April. Players are unhappy over their compensation, while also having to fit work and family schedules around national team requirements.Other complaints included travel conditions and schedules, the short and long-term vision for women’s hockey in Sweden and a perceived lack of respect.Read | Pakistan Hockey Team Coach Khawaja Junaid Faces Revolt From TeamThe Swedish players are following in the steps of U.S. women’s national team members who were successful in landing better compensation after threatening to boycott the 2017 World Championships being held on American soil.PWHPA’s supportIn May, more than 200 of the world’s top players pledged to boycott playing in North America this season in a push to establish a women’s professional league with what they say must be a sustainable economic model. They have since formed a union, the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association, to represent them. The Swedish players have the PWHPA’s support.Read | Netizens Hail This Indian Hockey Player As She Continued To Play In The FIH Series Finals Hockey Tournament Despite Her Father’s Demise“It’s tough to see, for sure, but I think it really speaks to the fact that we are all only as strong as our weakest link,” PWHPA board member Liz Knox wrote in a text to The Associated Press. “We support them striving for better because, in the end, women’s hockey as a whole will be better for it.”Anders Larsson, Chairman of the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation, last month said that the boycott is damaging the brand of the country’s hockey team and is a failure for both the federation and the Swedish team.Read: ‘Exceptional Game, Excellent Outcome!’: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Congratulates Indian Women’s Hockey Team As They Win FIH Series Finals Tournament COMMENT FOLLOW US Manogya Singh LIVE TV Written By Last Updated: 13th September, 2019 23:56 IST Swedish Boycott Leads To Cancellation Of Four Nations Tournament The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation has canceled the Four Nations women’s hockey tournament in November because it can’t guarantee its players’ participation WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 13th September, 2019 21:52 IST
Ex-Real Madrid GM Valdano: Isco must do some soul searchingby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano says Isco needs to “do some soul searching”.Valdano recognises Isco is on the outer of coach Santiago Solari’s plans.He said, “A year ago, Isco and Asensio were the great sources of hope at Real Madrid; [now] one has lost his way and the jury is out on the other.”Everyone knows something’s up, but nobody knows what; it has to be resolved in private. Today, [B-team striker] Cristo played ahead of Isco, [so] the issue has clearly developed into a very serious one. I imagine it’s something they’re discussing within the club. Isco needs to do some soul-searching.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Phil Lutzenkirchen FieldPhilip Lutzenkirchen, a former All-SEC tight end at Auburn, passed away last June in a single car crash near La Grange, Georgia. This summer, Lutzenkirchen’s high school, Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia, will unveil a new turf field installed in his honor. Thursday, the school board in Cobb County approved a $332,421.68 project (fully funded by the Lutzie 43 Foundation) to have the field completed by the end of July. Here’s more, via AL.com:Frank Filmann Stadium plays host to Lassiter High’s football games. The new field will be named “Lutzie 43 Field.” Lutzenkirchen’s family memorialized Philip inside the high school stadium three days following his shocking death in a single-vehicle accident outside La Grange, Georgia on June 29, 2014.The Lutzie 43 Foundation celebrated the decision by tweeting the news to its followers.#LutzieField is coming this fall! The @CobbSchools board passed it 7-0! pic.twitter.com/WKXWvJQT7Y— Lutzie 43 Foundation (@lutzie43) June 25, 2015[AL.com]
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Luke YohoAPTN NewsThe first thing you see driving onto the property of Pictou Landing Elder Carl Thomas is a sign that reads “No Pipe” attached to the side of his porch.Less than a half kilometre down the road is Boat Harbour – a body of water that has been the centre of a battle between the community and a pulp and paper mill for decades.“What I’ve seen happen here at Boat harbour back in 1966, it only took a few days to wipe out this whole harbour,” Thomas said. “All the fish were dead, they were upside down. There were clams, nothing was good anymore. Our whole livelihood was taken away.”A Lost Ecosystem Elder Carl Thomas at his home in Pictou Landing. Photo: Luke Yoho/APTNFor over 50 years, Northern Pulp has been dumping toxic effluent into Boat Harbour beside Pictou Landing First Nation.The pulp mill has been met with controversy and opposition from the community since the opening of the facility with complaints ranging from the plant’s odour to potentially-related health issues.On a daily basis, the pulp mill pumps 80 million litres of the effluent into settling ponds, where the wastewater sits for seven to 30 days as contaminants to settle to the bottom. After a dam at the mouth of the harbour releases the water back into the strait.“We can no longer swim back there, get our food back there, get our medicine back there, couldn’t do anything back there anymore,” said Thomas.“It’s a dead zone.”Water Protectors Assemble There is now a proposal from the mill to build a subsea pipe intended to dispose of effluent into Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Strait.Last weekend, Mi’kmaq activists and allies rallied on the beaches and in the waters of Pictou Harbour to protest the project.Thomas said the rally was a sign of solidarity for a community whose livelihood has been crippled since the pulp mill’s construction.“What they are proposing with that new pipeline, they are saying it’s not going to harm it. I don’t believe that,” said Thomas.Members of Pictou Landing have expressed concern for decades about the adverse effects of the pulp mill’s toxic refuse on the environment and the community, which was disregarded until an effluent leak in 2014 pushed the company to take action.The rupture brought much-needed attention to the condition of the lagoons, and the urgency to clean the harbour, which could cost over $130 million.Nicole MacKenzie standing by Boat Harbour. Photo: Luke Yoho/APTNA price tag that the company is indemnified from paying due to an agreement reached in the 1960’s with the province.“We are really concerned with what could happen if they get this proposal approved to pump their pulp effluent waste into pristine fishing grounds,” said activist Nicole MacKenzie.“We’re still working with the fishermen to build scientific-based evidence that pumping effluent into the Northumberland Strait will be harmful to the water and marine life.”Pictou Landing coordinated with several organizations, such as Friends of Northumberland Strait and the Northumberland Fishermen’s Association, to raise awareness about Northern Pulp’s decision to dump the potentially hazardous waste directly into the strait. Friday’s protest empowered a community whose cries for action have otherwise been ignored.A Change in Tide “We Indigenous people, we’re always concerned about the environment, no matter it be land or water or air. We always care,” said Thomas,“It was good to see the chiefs from other reserves come and support the rally. It was good to see all the boats from different provinces, from different fishing areas, come down and collaborating this big rally just to make people aware, the world aware, of what is really going on. What they are really proposing.”Good news may just be around the bend for the residents of Pictou County.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said on Tuesday that there may be federal intervention in the way of an environmental assessment once the plant submits their final proposal for the project in the [email protected]
Their dysfunctional on-screen family antics brought a cult TV sitcom back from cancellation, but an expert says the “Arrested Development” cast’s public reckoning with accusations of on-set verbal harassment could strike a chord with many Canadian workers dealing with bullying on the job.In a candid sit-down with the New York Times this week, several cast members from the Netflix series addressed the allegations of inappropriate behaviour against actor Jeffrey Tambor, including an outburst directed at his co-star Jessica Walter.Walter tearfully recounted being verbally “harassed” by Tambor in the interview, saying that in her career spanning six decades, “I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set.”Tambor has admitted to having lashed out at coworkers, including Walter, but has denied separate allegations of sexual harassment that resulted in him leaving the cast of the Amazon series “Transparent.”McMaster University professor Aaron Schat, who studies aggression in professional settings, said the cast’s discussion offers an instructive test case for understanding the interpersonal dynamics and power structures that facilitate workplace bullying.“I think what I found so interesting, and frankly, disappointing is how it really … plays out as a microcosm of what can take place at organizations in general.”A well-established actor, Tambor serves as an example of how a worker can excel in their domain despite an acknowledged history of workplace aggression, said Schat.In fact, he said, professional success is often used to excuse bad behaviour.“The system ends up supporting or covering for their actions, and that of course then perpetuates and ends up implicitly rewarding this kind of behaviour rather than clamping down and reducing it.”Schat said this pattern can be seen in the Times interview when Jason Bateman “minimizes” his co-star’s culpability by attributing his conduct to the stresses of working on set, and says he would drop out of “Arrested Development” if Tambor wasn’t involved.In a series of tweets Thursday, Bateman apologized for his comments, saying they were “wrong” and that it seemed like he was “condoning yelling at work.”Schat said Bateman’s initial “endorsement” of Tambor also sent an implicit message to Walter that “he’s more important to the show than you are,” putting pressure on her to forgive him for the sake of keeping the peace.Forty per cent of Canadians experience workplace bullying on a weekly basis, according to a 2006 study cited on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research website.Schat said there are a few options for workers who are being mistreated by their colleagues.Most organizations have internal mechanisms for resolving workplace conflict, said Schat. He said some targets decide to confront their bullies head on, while others find strength in numbers by confiding in their coworkers.Jacqueline Power, an associate professor at University of Windsor’s business school, said workers in Canada have another tool at their disposal: the law.Labour laws protect Canadians from harassment in the workplace, Power said, and some provinces have tried address workplace bullying through their own legislation.However, she said, taking a bully to court does not guarantee a favourable outcome. Even if the victim prevails, it’s likely they’ll be awarded only a small sum in damages after a costly and time-consuming legal process, Power said.Having exhausted all other options, Power and Schat said many workers resort to quitting their jobs to put an end to the harassment.“You realize, ‘Wow, I’m experiencing this terrible behaviour, and I really have no one I can go to,’” said Schat.But things are changing, Schat said. Amid a global shift in society’s tolerance for harassment, he said, conversations about bad behaviour in the workplace are increasingly playing out in the public eye.“A really positive outcome of all of this is the broader conveying of a message that has probably been quiet too long,” he said.“This type of behaviour is not acceptable for anyone, and there needs to be a greater level of accountability in our organizations and in our industries than there probably has been in the past.”
RCMP say these individuals are often travelling in rental vehicles and using rental equipment.It is said that they demand payment up front, either never complete the job or do a sub-par job, and leave with your money.Here are some tips to protect yourself from sales crime:If the deal is too good to be true, it probably isResearch any company/contractor prior to hiring themAsk for referencesMake efforts to know who you are speaking toAsk to see their business license and identificationTake steps to verify information prior to hiring a companyDo not pay upfront prior to the start of a jobIf you have any information about similar incidents, you are being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are warning the public of a travelling paving business following a fraud incident.On the morning of July 4, at around 11:00 a.m., Grande Prairie RCMP responded to an incident involving a travelling group offering paving services at discounted prices.According to Police, individuals are travelling door to door offering residential paving for a fraction of the cost claiming to be associated with reputable paving businesses.
HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Starting next week, BC Hydro will be conducting geotechnical investigations in various places throughout Hudson’s Hope.The purpose is to install and commission groundwater monitoring wells. By drilling small test holes at groundwater sample sites in different locations. According to BC Hydro, crews will be at each site for approximately two to three days.Investigations, tests and installations of groundwater monitoring wells will continue until the end of October. What to expect;There will be increased noise and vibration from drilling and hydro-vac trucks. Noise levels will be similar to construction noise.Traffic control personnel and signage will be in place.Work is expected to occur from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm from Monday to Saturday and 10:00 am – 7:00 pm on Sunday.No interruption in utility services will result from this work.
Mumbai: A M Naik, who led the transformation of Larsen & Toubro into a global construction, engineering, manufacturing, technology and services conglomerate, was conferred India’s second highest civilian award –the Padma Vibhushan –by President Ram Nath Kovind, at a ceremony in the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2009. Accepting the Padma Vibhushan, Naik said, “I have always considered myself fortunate to be in a position of service to India and to millions of my fellow countrymen. To receive such a high national honour is a matter of utmost joy for the L&T Group.” Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsHe added, “For me, the Padma Vibhushan is an acknowledgement of the contributions made to the nation, industry and society by Larsen & Toubro – the company I am proud to have served for over five decades and led for the last two. I thank the Government of India for this honour and take this opportunity to congratulate my fellow awardees who have won recognition in different fields.” In a career spanning more than 50 years, Naik spearheaded some of the country’s landmark and marquee projects, setting new benchmarks in infrastructure both in India and abroad. Under him, L&T ascended the value chain, providing solutions in critical sectors –Defence, Nuclear Power, Aerospace, Infrastructure, Water and Effluent Treatment, Hydrocarbon and Financial Services. Also Read – Coking coal shipments rise 15 pc to 29 MT at 12 state-run ports in Apr-SepHe led the company’s foray into new age businesses like Information Technology and Engineering Services. Deeply committed to social upliftment of the underprivileged, Naik plays an active role in meeting the health, educational and vocational needs of these sections of the populace. In recognition of his services in this segment, he was recently appointed as the Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India. This honour is a well-deserved recognition of Naik’s extraordinary record in serving the Indian industry and fulfilling the twin objectives of building the nation and creating value for all stakeholders.
New Delhi: Bajaj Auto and Austria’s Pierer Industrie AG have started discussions to assess the possibility of transferring Bajaj’s 48 per cent stake in KTM AG to KTM Industries AG, with the Pierer-Group continuing to retain the controlling majority over KTM Industries AG. “Pierer Industrie AG and Bajaj will now evaluate the proposals in detail. The transaction decision is targeted to be made in the second quarter of 2019,” Bajaj Auto said in a regulatory filing Thursday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal At present, Pierer Industrie AG holds approximately 62 per cent of the shares of KTM Industries AG. The listed company KTM Industries AG holds approximately 51.7 per cent of the shares of KTM AG. “If Pierer Industrie AG and Bajaj decide to execute the transaction, KTM Industries AG will examine the legal and economic requirements and conditions of a capital increase by contribution in kind from the existing authorised capital of the company. The authorised capital enables a capital increase of up to 50 per cent of the existing share capital,” the filing added. Bajaj Auto said if the transaction is executed, KTM Industries AG’s stake in KTM AG would increase from current 51.7 per cent to approximately 99.7 per cent.
At the end of this season, the Ohio State women’s field hockey team will lose four players, including its top three scorers, but the future seems to still be bright. Three women are playing in their first year at OSU — sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold, freshman midfielder Emma Royce and freshman forward Peanut Johnson. — two of whom lead the team in minutes on the field. Growing up and playing field hockey in Berlin, Frommhold received multiple awards. She was named the best defensive back in 2006 and 2007 at the German indoor championships and the best player at the championships in 2006, 2008 and 2010. She is also a member of the U-21 Germany National Team . As a freshman, Frommhold played in Germany and then transferred to OSU. She said her biggest transition to playing here was combining school and her sport. “We don’t have a college league, we only play in club. The practice between the classes is different than Germany to here,” Frommhold said. Since the first game of the 2012 season, Frommhold has stepped into a starting role. She has started all 17 games, is fourth on the team in goals with six and has tallied four assists. She also has the second most playing time on the team with 1,197 minutes. Frommhold described one lesson she learned from this season so far. “Prepare to have a lot of practice, not only two times per week,” Frommhold said. “Everyday be prepared to practice.” Hailing from Kingston upon Thames, U.K., Royce has played in all 17 games this season and following the season opener has been part of the starting lineup. She has scored two goals and leads the team in playing time with 1,203 minutes. The mental toughness required by players is the biggest lesson Royce said she would take from her first season of college play. “People underestimate how much work and effort and strength you need,” Royce said. “I’m certainly going to prepare myself mentally for not just playing good teams but playing great teams.” Coach Anne Wilkinson said the biggest adjustment for the two international players would be the frequency OSU plays games. “There’s no time to let down … in international (leagues) they don’t, maybe, play three games a week. They’re not used to that grind here … going day in and day out,” Wilkinson said. When it came to Johnson, a Dayton native, Wilkinson said what she learned was “the physicality of the game.” The season opener was the only game Johnson has not played. Since then, she has started six games, come off the bench to play in ten other games and has scored five goals and three assists. Johnson also described the lessons she’s learned from her freshman season. “How much work you put forth as a whole team, like you have to have a common goal and make sure you are on the same page when you are going into the season and each game, and I think that will carry into next year as well,” Johnson said.
Ohio State associate head coach Mike Stafford played for the Buckeyes from 1994 to 1998, serving as the closer his last two seasons. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsMike Stafford had spent the last seven seasons coaching pitchers at Ball State on the staff of then-head coach Greg Beals. But when Ohio State head coach Bob Todd retired in 2010, Beals emerged as the front-runner to take over the position.Stafford played for the Buckeyes from 1994 to 1998, serving as the closer his last two seasons. After graduating from Ohio State, he dreamed of returning to his alma mater to coach. And with Beals potentially heading to Columbus, the dream looked like a possibility.All this excitement was stored in the back of Stafford’s mind while on a recruiting trip to Chicago. While evaluating a recruit, his phone rang.“[Beals] called me on his way home from somewhere and said that ‘[Ohio State Athletics Director] Gene Smith just called and said that he offered me the job,’” Stafford said. “And I remember I was in Chicago, I took the call and went running behind the stadium and I was like ‘Wow this is, this is another life-changing moment.’”The opportunity had been a lifetime in the making for Stafford, who recently became Ohio State’s associate head coach.Stafford was born into a baseball family. He’s the only son of pitcher Bill Stafford, who won two World Series titles with the New York Yankees in the 1960s.Stafford said he constantly felt pressure from the media in Canton, Michigan, to live up to his father’s level. “There was awfully a lot of pressure to either match what my dad did or be better,” Stafford said. “But at the same time I felt like I learned a lot from it and made me a better player and person, and now a coach because of that.”Growing up 9 miles from Ann Arbor, Michigan, meant a majority of Stafford’s friends attended either Michigan or Michigan State, but he wanted to do something different. He wanted to leave the state. His high school baseball coach knew Todd, and after a visit, Stafford knew Ohio State was the place for him.Settling into first base to begin his Ohio State career in 1994, Stafford saw little playing time until his redshirt junior year. The Buckeyes had several left-handed pitchers leave the program and an opportunity appeared.“The biggest thing I wanted to tell coach Todd was, ‘I pitched in high school, I can help this team as a pitcher,’” Stafford said.The coaches gave him a shot in fall workouts and he won the closing role in the bullpen.Stafford saved six games in his redshirt senior season of 1998, 12th most all-time in a single season at Ohio State. His ERA was the lowest on the team in both 1997 and 1998. The Toronto Blue Jays felt Stafford was worth a 41st-round draft pick and he played in the minor leagues for four seasons. His professional career came to an end with the High Desert Mavericks, the Advanced Class-A team of the Brewers, after the 2001 season.“I was looking in the mirror, just thinking, ‘I’m 27 years old, I’m in high-A. I’m not making the progress that I feel like I need to to make my career as a big leaguer,’” Stafford said. “I felt like the writing was on the wall and I really needed to think about my future, and my future was I wanted to stay in the game of baseball somehow.”Doors soon blew open. The Yankees called Stafford to ask if he would be interested in becoming a scout. He accepted the opportunity and made plans to train for the position. But his plans changed.“A week before I was supposed to go to Arizona to go to scout school, my dad passed away,” Stafford said. “Scout school’s only offered once a year, this many days. And I wasn’t going to be able to do that and make that a priority over my family.”After some time off to grieve, Stafford instead became the bullpen coach for the Columbus Clippers. His stint lasted two seasons, ending a short time before Beals entered the picture.“After my first year at Ball State, I realized that I needed to have somebody to take care of our pitching staff,” Beals said. “Coach Stafford’s name came up a couple of times from professional scouts.”The same scouts told Stafford about the opportunity and worked to get him a phone interview. Beals called him in fall 2003.For almost an hour, the two discussed pitching, coaching philosophy and player development. Both recall an instant connection. “It almost felt like we knew each other before we even knew each other,” Stafford said.After an on-campus interview it was a done deal. Stafford was Beals’ choice for pitching coach.Fast forward more than 14 years, Stafford has produced five players selected in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft and more than a dozen total picks. He’s won two conference titles with Beals. Now, before the 2018 season, he has been promoted to associate head coach.“The promotion is a loyalty thing for me,” Beals said. “One thing that you never want to have in your program is status quo, so to say. I want for there to be progression. I want there to be progression in our program, and so I want there to be progression in our coaching staff.”John Kuchno, a player who failed to make the team at Wake Forest as a freshman, was recruited to Ohio State by Stafford. He finished his collegiate career as a draft pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Current major-league pitchers Brad Goldberg and Drew Rucinski still ask for Stafford to evaluate them and offer advice.“Whether they win 12 games or two games, the work they put in, the accountability and the commitment that they have to get their education and play baseball at Ohio State is second to none,” Stafford said. “I still have a great relationship with all of them.”Beals made clear that one of Stafford’s greatest attributes is his ability to relate to players.Redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer was a fan of Stafford’s personality before even arriving at Ohio State, having met Stafford when he was recruited.“He seemed like a really genuine, down-to-earth person that wasn’t telling me stuff for me to believe him just to get recruited,” Niemeyer said. “He was telling me stuff that I could genuinely learn from.”Through the years, Stafford and Beals have maintained a strong relationship that has clicked since the early days at Ball State. Stafford is more laid back and soft spoken. Beals is a high-energy guy.After 14 seasons together, the promotion is a signifier of the camaraderie between two coaches who might coach together until one or both retire.“We have a friendship that goes beyond just our jobs,” Beals said. “You develop a level of trust, there’s more than just ‘this is your job, this is my job’ when you spend that much time with somebody.”Stafford sees himself staying at Ohio State for the foreseeable future.“I don’t feel like I have any aspirations of going anywhere else,” Stafford said. “I’m a Buckeye, I’ve always been a Buckeye, and this is my home.”