MSJ visit continues three-game homestand

MSJ visit continues three-game homestand

A pair of special ceremonies are part of Manchester University's final 2014-15 home doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 14.

Game specifics: The Spartans face off against Mt. St. Joseph University with tip-off times of 1 p.m. for the women and 3 p.m. for the men inside Stauffer-Wolfe Arena … MU's women's basketball Class of 2015 team members will be honored prior to their contest, while a court dedication ceremony is set between games … Live audio, stats and video are available for both games via a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Court dedication information: – Manchester University's Athletic Department and Advancement Office announced Monday, Feb. 9, that the court inside Stauffer-Wolfe Arena will be named for 1966 graduate Stan "Doc" Weller in honor of former men's basketball coaches Claude Wolfe and Paul Hoffman. The event, scheduled for 2:30 p.m., is among many this year that have aided in celebration of MU's 100th season of men's basketball.

"One of the reasons we are so grateful for Stan's generous gift is because of its reciprocity," Tim McElwee, MU vice-president for advancement, said. "It is a gift from a former Manchester student-athlete to the current generation of Manchester student-athletes.  Stan knew that one of the reasons he was able to succeed during his years on campus—as a student and later as a faculty member—was because of the dedication and generous support of our friends and alumni.  It's always wonderful when grateful alums are motivated to return the favor by supporting today's Manchester students."

"Coaches Wolfe and Hoffman had such a huge influence on not just myself but so many people," Weller said. "I felt strongly that their names be involved with this (due to that). They are both such great men."

Weller, a member of four successive winning and three 15-or-more victory teams under the tutelage of legendary head men's basketball coach Claude Wolfe and then-assistant and later head coach Paul Hoffman and a Class of 2007 inductee into the MU Athletics Hall of Fame, scored 1,189 career points, which ranks No. 16 all-time, to go along with four varsity letters. He was named all-conference in 1965 and 1966 and a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' honorable mention All-American following his senior season.

Weller graduated from Manchester in 1967, with a bachelor's degree with distinction in chemistry, and went on to graduate school at the University of Florida, where he worked toward a doctorate in chemistry that was completed in 1973.

Weller's post-graduate career bio is just as impressive as his playing career. While continuing his doctorate degree work, he returned to Manchester in 1970 as an instructor.

From 1970-1979, Weller was the men's tennis coach, despite no prior experience in the sport. Despite that fact, the team had several good seasons and was the NAIA District 21 champion in 1978.

Currently, Weller, a member of various national associations that relate to chemistry, is chief technical officer and vice president for research and development at Zep Inc., a leading producer and marketer of a wide range of high-efficacy maintenance and cleaning solutions for commercial, industrial, institutional, and consumer end-markets. Prior to joining the Atlanta, Ga.-based company, he worked at Huntington Laboratories in nearby Huntington, Ind., and Ecolab, Inc., of Mendota Heights, Minn.

Wolfe, the winningest head coach in program history, guided Spartans' men's basketball to 246 victories during two tenures as head coach (1951-62 and 1964-76) as part of his Manchester University coaching career. His teams accounted for eight of the institution's 36 winning campaigns. Hoffman, who was on several of Coach Wolfe's staffs, took over head coaching duties from 1962-64 which was highlighted by leading an 11-6 team in 1963-64.

Spartan Shorts: Hitting at a better than 51 percent rate from the field and resuming a season-long theme of balanced scoring were themes that led Manchester University in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action Feb. 11. Despite a 91-77 loss at the hands of conference rival Anderson University, junior forward Matt Brown (Hobart, Ind.), resuming an impressive 2014-15 campaign, tallied a game-high 26 points to go with three assists. Junior guard Brady Dolezal (Tipton, Ind.) added 17, while sophomore guard Blake Brouwer (Elkhart, Ind.) tallied 15, and fellow sophomore guard Chase Casteel (Monrovia, Ind.) ended with 10. Casteel ended just a rebound shy of a double-double (nine boards), while freshman guard Brody Kirby (Frankfort, Ind.) turned in a strong 40 minutes, too, with nine points, six assists and a steal. The four players winding up in double figures marked the fifth time in the last eight games MU's had that number or more tallying 10-or-more points in the same contest … Along individual lines Wednesday, Brown registered his fourth 25-points-or-more total. His evening moved him over the 18 points-per-game mark for the first time this year. Casteel reached double digits for the 10th time in the last 11 games, while his nine boards marked the 12th time he's grabbed five-or-more … The defeat dropped the Spartans to 5-17 overall and 4-11 in the HCAC … The Black and Gold hold top 10 slots on six conference statistical categories. Brouwer has zoomed up to second in three-point field goal accuracy (46 pct.) and is also sixth in overall field goal percentage (54) and eighth in blocked shots (.6 pg). Brown ranks fourth in scoring (18.1 ppg) and eighth in free throw percentage (83.1), while senior guard Caleb Jackson's (New Castle, Ind.) 3.5 assists per game are sixth-best … MSJ holds a 12-10 series lead over the last 10-plus campaigns which includes a 72-47 victory in Cincinnati in early January. Six of the previous 10 years have seen the two sides split the season meetings.

Men's Senior Night: Defiance College comes to North Manchester Wednesday, Feb. 18. Prior to the 7:30 p.m. start, the two members of the Spartans' Class of 2015 will be honored. MU's women take to the road for a similar tip-off time at Defiance College's Karl H. Weaner Center.