IU Northwest names coach; Shelton bags 100th win

2013-11-13T17:30:00Z 2013-11-21T01:08:04Z IU Northwest names coach; Shelton bags 100th winAl Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com, (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
November 13, 2013 5:30 pm  • 

They may not tee off at The Masters Tournament, listen for their names at the NBA and WNBA drafts, or play Centre Court at Wimbledon.

But athletes and coaches at our Northwest Indiana colleges are doing some remarkable things. We will share their stories in NWIUNOTES that will publish Thursdays in The Times and NWI.com.

Featured will be notes and nuggets from Purdue University Calumet, Indiana University Northwest, South Suburban College, Purdue North Central, Calumet College of St. Joseph and Prairie State College.

Let's get started.

REDHAWKS HIRE COACH: IU Northwest has named Javier Heridia as its first men's and women's cross country coach.

"Javier's enthusiasm throughout the interview process impressed me," IU Northwest director of athletics Kristofer Schnatz said in a statement. "He is well prepared, organized and his energy is exactly what our program needs to get the cross country teams off the ground."

Heredia will be responsible for recruiting, scheduling and organizing all phases of the cross country program, which will begin competing in the fall of 2014.

"I am looking forward to building a solid cross country team foundation. Our athletic program is moving forward and good things continue to happen here on campus," Heredia said in the same statement.

"I am thrilled that I will play a larger role in the process."

Heredia currently is in his first season as the Redhawks' men's head basketball coach.

In other campus news, IU Northwest's women's basketball team recently beat Trinity Christian College, 74-51, of Palos Heights, Ill., to give coach Ryan Shelton his 100th career win.

His nickname should be "Lazarus."

In 2007-08, Shelton took over a failing program that had six student-athletes and finished 0-24. Now in his seventh season, his Redhawks have averaged more than 20 wins per season from 2008-12.

IU Northwest is a member of the A.I.I. (Association of Independent Institutions) but competes at the NAIA level. It tied for the No. 1 ranking in the A.I.I. coaches preseason poll.

SOUTH SUBURBAN'S HOME BODIES: Coach John Pigatti's Bulldogs recently hosted top-ranked and defending national champion Rend Lake College, hoping to avenge last season's 85-83 overtime loss at the NJCAA National Tournament.

Mission accomplished.

The Bulldogs made their final 14 free throws, and sophomore Antonio Levy led the way with 17 points and seven assists as SSC upset its third No. 1-ranked team in the country at home during Pigatti's eight seasons in South Holland.

SSC is 109-5 at home over those years.

MEGYESI NEARING 100TH WIN: Getting his 100th career win at Purdue Calumet may take some patience for women's basketball coach Tom Megyesi, who currently is 96-92.

The Peregrines play No. 20 Grace College Friday night and No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan, the defending national champ, on Saturday.

Purdue Cal is ranked No. 21 in the NAIA.

Megyesi's teams have been on a roll the last two seasons with a combined 44-23 record.

On the men's side, 6-foot-4 Lew Wallace grad Brandon Bradford has 11 blocked shots in four games.

The Purdue Cal men and women both have 3-1 records this season.

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