Greeks Win Honors at the 2010 ESPY Awards Show
ESPN held its annual ESPY Awards show, which was hosted by Seth Meyers, Phi Gamma Delta from Northwestern. Taking top honors in three categories (Best Male Athlete, Best Championship Performance, Best NFL Player) was New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Sigma Chi at Purdue. Named as the ESPY Award winner as Best Coach/Manager was Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson, Sigma Alpha Epsilon at North Dakota. Finalists in the Best Coach/Manager category were New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Alpha Tau Omega at Northwestern, and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, Sigma Chi at Eastern Illinois
Five Greeks Among Major Emmy Award Nominees
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards and five alumni from NIC member fraternities are among the the nominees. In the Best Actor, Drama category is Matthew Fox (Phi Gamma Delta at Columbia) for "Lost". Nominated for Best Actor, Comedy is Larry David, former Tau Epsilon Phi chapter president at Maryland, for "Curb Your Enthusiasm". John Goodman (Sigma Phi Epsilon at Missouri State) is nominated as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie ("You Don't Know Jack") and Beau Bridges (Sigma Alpha Epsilon at UCLA) has a nomination as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for "The Closer". Bob Balaban (Phi Kappa Tau at Colgate) is nominated as Outstanding Director for a Miniseries or Movie ("Georgia O'Keefe").
Two Significant Sig Books Now in Stores
New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl-winning quarterback Drew Brees, a member of Sigma Chi at Purdue University, promoted his new memoir, Coming Back Stronger, on Monday's "Good Morning America" and the book (published by Tyndale House Publishers) was on major bookstore shelves the next day. The Saints head coach Sean Payton, a Sig from Eastern Illinois, had his new book, Home Team, about the teams' success also in the stores the same day.
Rookie Delt Pitcher Featured in USA Today Sports Weekly
The June 30-July 6 issue now at newstands has a full page feature titled "Fun and success in Strasburg's shadow" on Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen, a member of Delta Tau Delta at Stanford University. The 10th player chosen in the 2009 baseball draft, he has raced to the big leagues in just 11 months. Since his May debut, he has posted a 1.89 ERA and 2-1 record out of the bullpen. With sensational teammate Stephen Strasburg gaining headlines, Storen has taken a back seat. If he was on any other team's big league roster, he would likely be considered the super phenom of the team.
NIC Announces 2010 All-American Baseball Team
The NIC's annual selections are now on this website and can be viewed by clicking here or by going to Press Room/Greeks in Sports. There are 13 NIC member fraternities represented on our first and second team. There are additional standout head coaches and players on our Honorable Mention list.
SAE Head Coach Wins 11th NBA Title
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University of North Dakota, took his squad to its second straight National Basketball Association championship and fifth in the last 11 seasons. It was the first time the Lakers had beaten the Boston Celtics in game seven of a championship series. Jackson previously led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles.
Two Greek Head Coaches to Meet in College World Series Action
TCU head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, and Florida State head coach Mike Martin, a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, will play each other in the opening round of the College World Series this weekend in Omaha, Nebraska. The Horned Frogs, with a 51-12 record, go to their first CWS tournament while the 47-18 Seminoles make their 20th appearance in Omaha.
Phi Gam Derek Eitel is Rose-Hulman’s First Drafted Athlete
Pitcher Derek Eitel, a member of Phi Gamma Delta, became the first athlete in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology history to be selected in a professional sports player draft. He was chosen in the 17th round of the major league baseball draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. A two sport standout for Rose-Hulman, he set a baseball team record with 29 career victories and was 2009 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a quarterback.
Teke Owner’s Horse Wins Belmont Stakes
In the final leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, longshot Drosselmeyer, co-owned by Tau Kappa Epsilon's Kenny Trout, staged a stirring stretch run to win the 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes in New York. Drosselmeyer's victory gave Troutt a second Triple Crown jewel this year after Super Saver won the Kentucky Derby. Finishing fourth at the Belmont was Game On Dude, trained by Bob Baffert of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and placing sixth was Interactif, trained by Todd Pletcher of Pi Kappa Alpha.
Delt Golf Coach Leads Purdue Women to NCAA Title
Head coach Devon Brouse, a member of Delta Tau Delta at Purdue University, led his alma mater's women's team to the 2010 NCAA national championship and was named National Coach of the Year by the National Golf Coaches Association. He took over as head coach of both the women's and men's teams at Purdue in 1998. His 2010 women's team won its third straight Big Ten title and his men's squad placed fifth in the Big Ten.