Cal U Women win Division II National Title with 86-69 win


Photo Credit: California University The Cal U Vulcans captured the NCAA Division II National Championship for the second time in program history on Friday night with an 86-69 victory against California Baptist at the Sanford Pentagon. The California University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team closes the year with a 32-4 overall record and joins the 2004 Vulcans as the only basketball national champions from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Meanwhile, California Baptist finishes the year with a 29-7 mark in its second year as a full member of NCAA Division II. Sophomore guard Miki Glenn finished with a career-high 31 points after scoring 20 points in the second half. She made 10-of-17 attempts from the floor and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. Glenn also added eight points, four assists and three steals, while playing all 40 minutes. Senior Emma Mahady posted 19 points, including 13 inRead More »

DePaoli: Cal U administration has golden opportunity to take a tough stand and change their athletic culture


When I heard about six Cal U football players nearly beating a man to death last week, it was shocking to me since I grew up in that town where we never locked our doors, had a low crime rate even with thousands of students, and this type of thing never happened, plus I am a Cal U alum. On the other hand, with the way the football culture is these days, I guess it wasn’t all that shocking. The most despicable part is that these thugs were reportedly yelling “football strong”, clearly identifying themselves as football players with no regard for the unconscious person lying on the sidewalk as they ran away. The University President absolutely made the right decision in cancelling Cal U’s football game last weekend and I applaud the administration for taking a strong stand, but the sanctions need to be taken a step further. ThisRead More »

22 NFL teams, including Steelers attend Cal U’s Pro-day


The California University of Pennsylvania football program welcomed representatives from 22 NFL teams and one CFL team to Adamson Stadium on Tuesday morning, as nearly two dozen players from Pennsylvania schools participated in Pro Day. The Vulcans had 11 seniors participate at their annual Pro Day: defensive backs Shawn Anderson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn Hills),Erik Harris (New Oxford, Pa./New Oxford),James Nixon (New Haven, Conn./Hyde Leadership) andPatrick Swearinger (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone); defensive linemenMarcus Cook (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods),Kevin Crawford (Brooklyn, N.Y./Gar-Field (Va.)),Thomas Mulabah (Sterling, Va./Parkview) andSteve Santia (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield); offensive linemanRishaw Johnson (Hammond, La./Hammond); and wide receiversChedrick Cherry (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) andThomas Mayo (Reston, Va./South Lakes). Cal U also welcomed nine additional players from across the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) schools and a pair of FCS players to Adamson Stadium: defensive backs Herschel Thornton (East Stroudsburg) and Gary Tillman (Millersville); defensive linemen Randy Colling (Gannon) and Keir Jeter (Edinboro); linebacker Ian Wild (Mercyhurst); offensiveRead More »

Four Vulcans on NFL Active Rosters to open 2011 Season


CALIFORNIA (Sept. 5) – With the start of the NFL regular season only days away, an impressive four former California University of Pennsylvania football players – Tommie Campbell (Tennessee Titans), Dominique Curry (St. Louis Rams), Terrence Johnson (Indianapolis Colts) and Josh Portis (Seattle Seahawks) – were selected to the 53-player active roster with their respective teams. Campbell (No. 37) was selected in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Titans and is listed as the second-string right cornerback behind All-Pro Cortland Finnegan, who was a seventh-round selection in 2006. In four preseason games, Campbell posted eight tackles (seven solo), registered two interceptions and defended four passes. On Aug. 27, the 6-3, 205-pound rookie returned his first career interception 90 yards for a touchdown in a 14-13 victory over the Chicago Bears (video). Curry (No. 15) made the active roster with the Rams for the second-straight year. LastRead More »

Vulcan Hockey: Cal U claims 5th straight CHE Championship


Congratulations to the California University Mens’ hockey team in winning their 5th straight College Hockey East Championship on Sunday night, defeating Robert Morris 7-1 in the final game of the best three series. Ryan Jones was named MVP of the playoffs. The Vulcans will enter the ACHA National Championships this week in Holland Michigan as a No. 1 seed out of the Atlantic Region. It will be their fourth appearance in the ACHA D-III National tournament in the last five years. The Vulcans were ACHA National Champions in 2008. The Vulcans run to a 2nd National Title in four years can be follwed at

Mens’ Hoops: Vulcans shoot season-best 63.8 percent in win


MANSFIELD, Pa. (Jan. 3) – The California University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team shot a season-best 63.8 percent from the floor and three players scored in double figures on Monday night in a 78-60 victory at Mansfield in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Crossover play. With the win, the Vulcans improve to 6-2 overall after winning five of their last six games. Meanwhile, the Mountaineers have lost two-straight games to fall to 6-3 this season. Junior forward Steve Swiech (Greenock, Pa./Elizabeth-Forward) scored a season-high 14 points on six-of-seven shooting and also added five rebounds in his second-straight start. Over the last two games, the Akron transfer is averaging 13.0 points and 5.5 rebounds. Sophomore guard Quentin Harding (McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport) and senior forward Rashawd Hatten (Clairton, Pa./Clairton) each finished with 11 points. Hatten also collected five rebounds, two assists and a career-high four blocks against the Mountaineers. Juniors Freddy Appiah (Toronto,Read More »

Women’s Hoops: Vulcans top Mansfield 62-50


MANSFIELD, Pa. (Jan. 3) – Senior forward Kayla Smith (Elkins, W.Va./Elkins) registered her 50th career double-double on Monday evening, as the Vulcans earned a 62-50 win over Mansfield in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Crossover action. With the victory, the California University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team improves to 6-3 this season. Meanwhile, Mansfield drops to 5-4 overall this year after posting only five victories during the 2009-10 campaign. Smith finished with season highs of 26 points and 18 rebounds (10 offensive) against the Mountaineers. She shot 9-of-16 from the floor and made 8-of-10 from the free-throw line on Monday. The senior All-America candidate leads the Vulcans with 17.4 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game this season. Sophomore Megan Kermond (Adelaide, Australia/Unley) added nine points off the bench after hitting three treys, while fellow guards Danielle Luckett (Chicago, Ill./James Hubert Blake (Md.)) and Stephanie Michael (Morgantown, W.Va./Morgantown) eachRead More »

Sources: Mike Kellar to replace Walt Harris as offensive coordinator at Cal U


Former Pitt coach Walt Harris is out as offensive coordinator with the California University Vulcans Football team, Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned. Harris I’m told turned down an opportunity to join Colorado University’s coaching staff and would have liked to have returned as offensive coordinator with the Vulcans but the school doesn’t want him back as offensive coordinator. The school is expecting his possible resignation as the university restructures their coaching staff after under performing in 2010. The school interviewed two candidates last week and will be hiring Concord University head football coach Mike Kellar. Kellar will replace Harris and take on the position of associate head coach/offensive coordinator. Kellar previously had a successful five year stint as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Cal U. During Kellar’s tenure, the Vulcans went 48-12, winning four PSAC championships and reached the NCAA Division II national semi-finals in 2007 and 2008.

Vulcan Soccer: Green to play for USA in Maccabi Games


CALIFORNIA (Dec. 15) – California University of Pennsylvania senior Adam Green (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) will represent Team USA on the Open Men’s Soccer Team at the upcoming Maccabi Australia International Games from Dec. 26-Jan. 2 in Sydney. The games will take place at Olympic Park where many of the competitions took place during the 2000 Summer Olympics. Maccabi USA strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. Green was a four-year defender on the Vulcan soccer team, appearing in 61 games with 39 starts. He started a career-best 17 games this season and helped Cal U post an 11-5-2 overall record. The 6-1 senior posted a goal and assist in 2010 and anchored a defense that allowed just 0.94 goal per game. “It’s an honor to represent the USA at the Maccabi Games,” said Green. “It has always beenRead More »

Penguins, Cal U help make remarkable difference in wounded Vet’s life


I just wanted to share a quick note on Pat McIlvain, a former California University of Pennsylvania hockey player who was seriously wounded in Afghanistan last May. Last Thursday, Cal U hosted a special Veterans Day hockey event at the Consol Energy Center in honor of Pat, in what was a great event and on Friday, Pat was a special guest of the Penguins, attending the morning skate, meeting players in the locker room and attended Friday’s nights game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Pat returned to the Hunter Holmes McGuire Medical Center on Saturday and in remarkable fashion, returned a completely different person. According to Pat’s family members, the hospitals’ doctors, therapists, social workers, etc are in shock at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. In the words of the doctors, “ He is alive!” and Pat’s family members were able to hold a phone conversation with PatRead More »