Campus clippings: Ex-Seton Hill star Kaufman headed to play overseas
Recent Seton Hill graduate and former star Jenna Kaufman plans to play basketball in Northern Ireland as part of her Victory Scholar experience, in association with the Sports Changes Life Foundation.
Kaufman will take part in a one-year program in which she will attend Ulster University in Northern Ireland seeking a masters degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology. She will play for the Ulster team and the UU Elks Club team and help coach young players in the region.
Kaufman will be the second player the Griffins’ Mark Katarski has coached to participate in the program.
The other was Meghan McGuinness, who played for Katarski at Niagara. Kaufman is the first Seton Hill women’s player to graduate and play overseas.
She was named a Women’s College Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American last season. She averaged 17.4 points and led the Griffins to a fifth consecutive PSAC playoff appearance.
Kaufman, a Damascus, Md., native, scored more than 1,000 career points.
The Victory Scholar Program “brings hope to young people in local communities through alternative forms of education in teamwork, sport and confidence delivered by the prestigious group of American student-athletes, who will also pursue postgraduate degrees during their time here.”
SVC is the favorite to repeat as the PAC champion. The Bearcats are No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll.
The Bearcats represented the PAC at the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships. Sophomore Sydney Ball, who earned All-PAC first-team honors, and junior Maddie Leya, a second-teamer, were named to this year’s Watch List.
The Griffins were picked to finish first in the PSAC Southwest Division in the preseason coaches poll. The Griffins, who went 22-8 last season and finished second in the division, have made the PSAC Tournament four times in five seasons in the league. In 2017, the team qualified for the NCAA Atlantic Regional for a third time. Seton Hill went 2-2 at the season-opening Eckerd College Tournament.
Junior outside hitter Noelle Carota (Latrobe) posted 17 kills in a 3-2 win over Fairmont State in the season-opening Fairmont State Tournament.
The Saint Vincent College Athletic Hall of Fame will have nine new members. The 2018 class will be inducted during a reception at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Fred M. Rogers Center. They will be recognized during halftime of the home football game that day against Westminster.
The class will include: Richard Boysen of Belle Vernon (soccer); Jeffrey Giordan of Latrobe (lacrosse); Melissa Hayes of South Fayette Township (basketball); Kelly Morda of Ford City (basketball); Anthony Morocco III of Trafford (basketball); Eugene Oberst of Rochester, N.Y. (wrestling); Jeffrey Sheldon of New Kensington (soccer); Tara Cochrane-Warrington of Mount Pleasant (basketball); and Dean Zanella of Everett (soccer).
The next wave of former stars are set to take their place in the Seton Hill Athletic Hall of Fame. The school announced its eighth class of inductees: Calsie Boyd (track and field), Jordan Burkes (women’s basketball), James Delaney (lacrosse), A.J. Erni (football), and Lindsay Dixon Heath (volleyball).
The class will be inducted at the hall of fame dinner Sept. 28.
They will be recognized during the homecoming football game against Clarion on Sept. 29, beginning at 4 p.m.