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March 4, 2010
Chris Hmielewski

Hello Mustang Fans!

Since the last Hoofprints article, the SMSU department of athletics has had two head coaches step down from their positions. Eric Eidsness, who accepted a position with the South Dakota State University football program, and Mike Jewett, who will complete his duties through the academic year at SMSU and seek other professional opportunities.

Both Eric and Mike will be missed by the university, our department and student-athletes and the community for the leadership, success and great character they brought with them every day that impacted the lives of all they touched. Thank you for all that you have given the Mustang family.

Both men's and women's basketball searches will begin shortly following a very similar timeline as the search for our next head football coach. We will hope to finish the men's and women's basketball searches in the early part of April. These are very aggressive timelines, but we believe it is very important to provide our student-athletes, recruits and Mustang supporters a clear direction for these programs as we prepare for the 2010-11 sports seasons.

The SMSU women's basketball team ended its season last weekend against Northern State University (S.D.), posting a 15-13 overall record. The Mustangs finished the year in ninth place in the NSIC and posted their first winning season since the 2004-05 campaign. Megan Stadler and Aimee Burmester, both seniors, played in their last game as Mustangs and both made great contributions on the court and in the classroom at SMSU as well as in the community of Marshall.

The No. 8-seeded SMSU men's basketball team (15-11, 10-10 NSIC) competed in the quarterfinals of the NSIC/Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament yesterday, taking on conference champion and No. 1 seed Minnesota State-Mankato (24-3, 17-3 NSIC) at the Taylor Center in Mankato. SMSU closed the regular season on a two-game winning streak to finish in a three-way tie for sixth place in the NSIC standings with Wayne State College (Neb.) and Concordia-St. Paul, but received the No. 8 seed following NSIC tiebreakers.

The SMSU wrestling team qualified three wrestlers for the NCAA Championships last Sunday at the Super Region Three tournament at Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D. Brandan Schunk qualified at 141 pounds, C.D. Johnson at 184 pounds and Brian Rodas at 285 pounds.

All three wrestlers will compete in the NCAA Championships being held in Omaha, Neb., March 12-13.

The SMSU tennis team (2-3, 0-2 NSIC) headed to St. Cloud yesterday to take on Montana State Billings (0-5). The Mustangs return to St. Cloud on Saturday for NSIC play against Minnesota State University-Moorhead (1-4, 1-2 NSIC) at noon.

The SMSU softball team opened up its 2010 spring season going 3-1 in the St. Cloud State Dome Invitational, beating Wisconsin-Superior, Bemidji State and Dakota State University, while losing to the host Huskies. The Mustangs will now travel to Kissimmee, Fla., for 12 games over spring break in the Rebel Spring Games. The Mustangs will take on some very good competition before taking on MSU-Mankato in the first NSIC action of the year in Mankato on April 2.

The Mustang baseball team was ranked sixth in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II Central Regional preseason poll released this week. The first NCBWA regular season poll will be released on March 1.

SMSU is 2-1 this season after opening the season last month in Minneapolis at the Metrodome with a three-game series versus Minnesota-Duluth. The Mustangs finished the 2009 season with an overall record of 28-15 and advanced to the program's first NCAA region tournament.

The Mustangs return to action on March 7 in Winter Haven, Fla., versus Concordia-St. Paul in a nonconference doubleheader. The team will play 10 games in Winter Haven before coming back to Minnesota for their home opener against Dakota State on March 23.

The SMSU women's golf team begins the 2010 spring season next week with a dual match and a two-day invitational in Florence, Ariz. The Mustangs will open the spring season on March 9 with a dual match versus conference rival Winona State at Poston Butte Golf Club.

SMSU will compete in the five-team, 36-hole Poston Butte Invitational on March 10-11. NSIC foes Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota State, Winona State and Upper Iowa will join SMSU at the invite.

The Mustang wheelchair basketball team will host the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Marshall on March 18-20 for its final competition of the year.

Good luck to our Mustang teams this weekend. Go Mustangs!

- Last week, no one was able to provide the correct answer to the last Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: What was the last year both the Mustang Women's and Men's Basketball teams qualified for the NSIC post-season tournament? The 2002-03 campaign was the last time head coaches, Kelly Kruger and Greg Stemen, lead their respective teams to the NSIC Tournament in the same year.

How many regular season NSIC titles has the Mustang softball team won under head coach Shawn Semler?

The first person to e-mail me at with the correct answer to this question will receive an 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.



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