It has been a fast-paced couple of weeks.
I would like to thank all the supporters who came out Wednesday night to Shay's Lounge to Greg Stemen's reception. We had over 100 people in attendance and it was a great testament to the positive impact Greg has had on SMSU, the Mustang athletic department and the community of Marshall.
Greg may be leaving us, but he will always remain a part of the Mustang Family. I would like to wish Greg the best of luck in the challenges of his new profession and thank him for all he has given Marshall, SMSU and most importantly our Mustang men's basketball program.
As of yesterday I am happy to announce, our men's basketball l coaching staff is intact with former graduate assistant, Nate Kaeding, taking over the vacant assistant coaching position previously held by interim head coach Brad Bigler. I know our student-athletes, coaching staff and community members are excited to have Nate back in our program. He will bring great energy and consistency that head coach Brad Bigler was seeking in an assistant coach.
The No.14 SMSU volleyball team (15-5, 5-3 NSIC) went a 3-0 last week in conference play, defeating Winona State University, Minnesota State University-Moorhead and Minnesota-Crookston.
The Mustangs are on the road this weekend, traveling to Winona State and Upper Iowa for a pair of conference matches beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. in Winona and continuing Saturday in Fayette, Iowa, at 3 p.m. This is an important road trip for the Mustangs before coming home for two matches versus St. Cloud State University and Concordia University-St. Paul next week.
The SMSU women's golf team will be traveling to St. Paul this weekend to compete in the fall NSIC Championship at Hillcrest Golf Club. The Mustangs come off a seventh-place finish in the Mustang Invite hosted two weeks ago at the Marshall Golf Club. This is the final competition for the Mustangs this fall before beginning their spring season next March.
The SMSU soccer team (0-9-0, 0-6-0 NSIC) will complete a seven-game home stand on Friday, hosting Minnesota State University-Mankato (7-2-1, 3-2-1 NSIC) at 2 p.m. The contest will kick off the weekend festivities for this year's homecoming celebration.
The SMSU football team returns from a two-game road trip to host Augustana College for homecoming Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Mattke Field at the Regional Event Center.
SMSU will be looking to snap an 11-game losing streak against the Vikings and earn the program's first win over the Vikings since September 7, 1991.
SMSU (3-3 overall, 2-3 NSIC, 1-2 NSIC South) is looking to rebound following last week's 41-33 road loss to Winona State. The Mustang offense enters the game ranked third in the nation in scoring offense (42.3 points per game) and sixth in passing offense (331.7 yards per game). Bring the family out to the parade at 10 a.m. and spend the afternoon at the Regional Event Center to take part in the festivities. Go to SMSU.edu to view all the homecoming activities going on this week!
Good luck to all of our Mustang teams this weekend. Go Mustangs!
Trivia Question: Last week, Brian Hmielewski (my father) provided the correct answer to the Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: How many NCAA Regional appearances has the Mustang volleyball team made under head coach Terry Culhane? Culhane has had five NCAA Regional appearances in his five years as head coach of the Mustangs.
Hoofprints Trivia Question
What year was the first year women's soccer competed at SMSU? Bonus Prize: Who was the head coach at that time?
The first person to e-mail me at MustangHoofPrints@SMSU.edu with the correct answer to this question will receive a SMSU Ag Bowl t-shirt. The winner will be announced on The Saturday Morning Mustang Show between 9-10 a.m. on 1400AM each week.