As the July recruiting season gets under way, Canisius College has locked up its head women's basketball coach for another four years.
Terry Zeh signed a contract extension this week that will keep him at Canisius through the 2010-11 season.
Zeh, who took over the program for the 2004-05 season, is 55-35 overall with a 36-18 mark in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games. In his first year, the 39-year-old Zeh helped lead the Golden Griffins to a 21-10 overall record, a MAAC Tournament championship and the first trip to the NCAA tournament for a Big 4 women's program.
"The support given to me by both [athletics director] Bill Maher and [school president] Father [Vincent] Cooke makes this a great place to work," Zeh said. "I'm proud of what this team has accomplished, and I look forward to working with my coaching staff and players as we build towards being one of the elite teams in the MAAC year in and year out."
Zeh's contract extension is the third for Big 4 coaches this summer -- Niagara's Bill Agronin and St. Bonaventure's Jim Crowley each received contract extensions this summer but neither school released terms.
Canisius added a transfer when Marie Warner announced she would join the Griffs from Utah. The 5-foot-11 forward is a native of Hamilton, Ont., who just finished her junior season for the Utes. Last season, she played in all 32 games, but with only one start. Warner averaged 7.9 points and 3.4 rebounds.
Warner will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules.
>Hilbert hits the boards
Hilbert, a Division III school, has installed a new wood gym floor at the Hafner Recreation Center.
The Robbins Floor System replaces the original surface in the Hafner Recreation Center, which opened in 1979. Wood valued at $33,000 was donated by Baillie Lumber Co.
St. Bonaventure's Brian Pellegrini earned his second All-American honor recently when he was named to the 2007 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-America third team. Pellegrini was also named to the Louisville Slugger All-American third team May 30, becoming the first player in program history to earn All-American status.
The honor came after he was selected in the 12th round with the 381st pick of the Major League Draft on June 8 by the Houston Astros.
Pellegrini was assigned to play for the Tri-City ValleyCats, the Class A New York-Penn League affiliate of the Houston Astros located in Troy. He's had a rough start as a pro: In five games, Pellegrini is 1 for 14 with six strikeouts.
Canisius freshman outfielder Ian Choy earned two national honors. He was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and earned All-Freshman Second Team honors from Ping! Baseball. The first MAAC Rookie of the Year in Griffs baseball history, Choy hit .370 with 12 doubles and 26 RBIs.
>Bell shines again
University at Buffalo men's soccer goalkeeper Daniel Bell was honored with the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award for outstanding academic and athletic achievement for the second straight year. The award is given by the magazine "Diverse: Issues In Higher Education." Bell, who was also named to the first team last year, was one of 13 men's soccer players from around the nation on the first team.
Bell graduated with a degree in political science and a 3.66 grade point average. He played and started in goal in all but one of UB's 19 games last season, logging 1621:46 minutes in net and allowing only 16 goals. He had a 0.89 goals against average, recorded eight shutouts and became UB's all-time wins leader with 33 victories.
>Halter a good sport
D'Youville sophomore Christine Halter was selected as the female award winner of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Sportsmanship Award. Halter plays volleyball, basketball and softball for the Spartans.