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Aug. 24, 2009

Welcome back Miami faculty, staff and students and welcome to the Class of 2013!

With the start of a new school year and all the first-year students joining the Miami University Community, we also welcome several new people into the Miami Athletics Family, including head coaches Kelly Phillips (women's track and field/cross country RELEASE) and Dave Emery (women's tennis RELEASE), who have joined the staff within the last month.

The men's cross country team helping with Thursday's move-in day.

Several teams took part in the festivities on campus over the weekend. Thursday, several athletes and coaches helped move the freshmen into the residence halls throughout the morning and afternoon. On Friday, members of the Miami Athletic Department lined the lawn to Millett Hall to greet the freshmen on their way to Opening Convocation and then took part in a pep rally in the evening at McKie Field at Hayden Park. Head Baseball Coach Dan Simonds and Head Men's Basketball Coach Charlie Coles were featured speakers at the pep rally. Again Miami Athletics was out and about, taking part in the Block Party at Yager Stadium on Saturday evening. Miami Director of Athletics Brad Bates and football oc-captain Jordan Gafford took a few moments to fire up the crowd at the Block Party.


Members of the athletics staff and various teams--including members of the synchronized skating, men's basketball and ice hockey programs--will be attending the Uptown Pig Roast on Thursday.

Also this week is the first Red & White Club event. The Fall Kickoff event, featuring Head Football Coach Michael Haywood, is 6 p.m. this Wednesday (August 26) at The Knolls of Oxford Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for Red & White Club members and $15 for non-members.

Kersta Carlson helped women's soccer to a 3-0 win over Eastern Kentucky Sunday

Women's soccer opened the 2009-10 athletic year for Miami last weekend as the RedHawks traveled to the University of Louisville on Friday and hosted Eastern Kentucky University on Sunday. After being edged 1-0 by Louisville on Friday (RECAP), the RedHawks bounced back to collect the first win of the season for Miami Athletics in a 3-0 triumph over EKU (RECAP). The RedHawk women's soccer team returns to action Sept. 4, hosting Youngstown State.


Other fall sports teams have been gearing up for the starts of their seasons. Volleyball and field hockey spring into action this weekend. The RedHawk volleyball team takes on defending national champion Penn State University in its season opener on Friday at the Active Ankle Challenge hosted by Saint Louis University. The team then faces Saint Louis and the University of Alabama on Saturday. Field hockey travels to the University of Virginia on Friday to start its season and faces Virginia Commonwealth University in a neutral-site game at Virginia on Saturday.

Football continues preparations for its much-anticipated season opener when the RedHawks battle the University of Kentucky at noon Saturday, Sept. 5 at Paul Brown Stadium in the RUMBLE at the RIVER. Get your tickets now to be a part of history in the first game of the Michael Haywood Era. Special student packages are available (CLICK HERE for more information). To purchase tickets, call the Miami Athletics Ticket Office at 1-866-MUHAWKS or 513-529-HAWK, or CLICK HERE to purchase online.

Men's and women's cross country also open their seasons on Sept. 5 at the Dayton Flyer Challenge.

Additionally, Miami unveiled its 2009-10 men's and women's basketball schedules (MEN'S SCHEDULE RELEASE / SCHEDULE; WOMEN'S SCHEDULE RELEASE / SCHEDULE) last week. Each team hosts 13 home games and boasts challenging non-conference opponents. Call the Miami Athletics Ticket Office at 513-529-HAWK or 1-866-MUHAWKS to order your basketball season tickets today!

We look forward to another exciting and successful week and year. Miami's women's teams prepare to defend their back-to-back Jacoby Cup titles, while the RedHawk men's teams seek their 24th Reese Trophy for overall athletic achievement.