DMACC CROSS COUNTRY TEAM FINISHES SECOND IN REGION XI TIME TRIALS
September 2, 2011
The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) women’s cross country team garnered its highest finish ever at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XI Time Trials Aug. 27 at Creston.
The Bears, led by Gilbert sophomore Katie Clark’s sixth-place finish in the individual competition, scored 76 points to place second behind Iowa Central Community College (ICCC). The Tritons won the meet with 21 points. Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) took third with 83 points and North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) finished fourth with 88 points. Southwestern Community College (SWCC), Iowa Lakes Community College (ILCC), Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) and Marshalltown Community College (MCC) also competed in the meet.
NIACC’s Anna Buenneke was the individual winner. Her time was 19:27.
“We beat established programs like Iowa Western and NIACC, which have been pretty good,” DMACC cross country coach Jim Dose said. “Fifth is the highest we’ve ever gotten, so we were all really excited. It was fun.”
Clark, a national qualifier in 2010, toured the 5K (3.1-mile) course in 21 minutes, 12 seconds. Allana Lauck, a freshman from Algona, finished 10th in 21:26 and Kirstin Angus, a freshman from West Des Moines, was 17th in 22:57.
“The neat thing about that race is that they each got a plaque,” Dose said. “It looks like Clark is going to be our strongest runner again this year, but she’s being pushed by Lauck.”
Other DMACC results saw sophomore Christine Allen of Knoxville finish 20th in 23:31; freshman Brooke Schweikert of Ames was 23rd in 23:42; and freshman Anna-Kate Bruns of Cedar Rapids was 34th in 25:38.
“The six of them are a great group,” Dose said. “They’ve kind of gotten to where they pair up and push each other in practice. They’re really doing a nice job with that.”
Dose said he expects this year’s team to be much improved over a year ago.
“This group is so much stronger,” Dose said. “We’ll be a lot more competitive. Saturday’s meet gave us a lot more confidence. Five of our six times on Saturday beat every time from last year except what Clark ran. Bruns, our sixth runner, would have been our No. 3 runner a year ago and she’s our No. 6 runner this year. They’re a good group and a fun bunch.”
DMACC Adding Women's Softball
November 18, 2010
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) is adding women's softball to its intercollegiate athletic program and will begin play with the 2011-12 school year.
The program will be part of the DMACC athletic department in Boone and home games will be played at the Boone Little League Complex. Women's softball becomes DMACC's eighth sports team.
"DMACC Athletic Director Orv Salmon did a survey about a year and a half ago asking students if we added a sport what it should be and softball was the No. 1 choice," says DMACC Boone Campus Provost Tom Lee. "Because we don't have a softball field at the college, we talked to the Boone Little League and when they agreed to let us play our games at their fields that was a major factor in our decision. If we couldn't have played on their fields, we wouldn't be doing this."
To head the softball program, DMACC has hired long-time Central Iowa high school softball coach Bob Ligouri.
Ligouri coached for five years at West Des Moines Dowling Catholic High School and coached the past nine years at Des Moines East. He compiled a career record of 564-127. His teams appeared in the state tournament seven times and he led Des Moines East to a state championship in 2006 and to a second-place finish in 2010. His teams won eight conference championships and 42 of his players played at the collegiate level.
Ligouri has earned numerous coaching awards, including being named conference coach of the year seven times and district coach of the year four times. He has been selected to coach the Iowa All-Star Team and 12 of his teams have been ranked in the top ten in Class 4A, including three No. 1 rankings in the final poll of the season.
"We're excited to hire such an outstanding coach from Central Iowa like Bob Ligouri," says Salmon.
Ligouri is equally excited to become a part of the DMACC softball program and is anxious to begin recruiting players. "It's a great opportunity to work with some outstanding people in a great community," Ligouri says. "I think the potential is really, really good to bring something special to the college and to young people. I've always had great feelings for the community and the college. I'm real excited.
"DMACC has many things going for it with its location and administration and a history of excellence," says Ligouri. "It will be very easy to talk with student athletes about DMACC and get them excited about the program we're going to build."
Lee, who came to DMACC in 2005, worked with Ligouri when he was a principal at Des Moines East.
"He brings instant credibility to the program," Lee says. "He will have us competing on a national level in two or three years. A lot of girls here in Central Iowa want to stay close to home and play and I think he will really have an advantage in trying to get some of those students."
John Wilkinson, who was the head softball coach at West Des Moines Dowling Catholic for six seasons and led the Maroons to a state championship in 2004 and a runner-up finish in 2002, will serve as Ligouri's assistant. Wilkinson, who has a career record of 254-54, coached Dowling to five consecutive Central Iowa Metro League championships and four state tournament appearances.
Lee says the decision to offer softball will support DMACC's commitment to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. He notes that women's soccer also was considered before the decision was made to offer softball. Only six teams in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) offer soccer while 11 of the 12 conference teams have a softball program.
"We will start in the fall of 2011 and we'll play probably 10 or 11 dates and then we will start in earnest in the spring of 2012," Lee says.
DMACC's other athletic programs include men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, women's volleyball, women's cross country and men's baseball.
DMACC WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM UPSETS IOWA LAKES
October 3, 2010
Wednesday night’s match was the first of five upcoming home dates for DMACC. The Bears host Clinton Community College on Oct. 5 and host the DMACC Tournament on Oct. 8-9 before closing the home stand against Ellsworth Community College on Oct. 11.
Clark Sets School Record; DMACC fifth at ICCAC Time Trials
September 6, 2010
Katie Clark set a new school record in leading the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) women’s cross country team to a fifth-place finish Saturday at the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Time Trials in Council Bluffs.
Clark, a freshman from Gilbert, was timed in 23 minutes, 01.21 seconds on the 5K (3.1-mile) course, good for seventh place in the individual competition, the highest finish for a DMACC runner in the history of the program. Anna Buenneke of North Iowa Area Community College (NICAA) placed first in 19:43.78 and Kalyn Kruckenburg, also from NIACC, finished second in 20:17.95.
“Katie Clark was terrific,” said DMACC coach Jim Dose. “To finish seventh of all community college runners in Iowa is a real testament to her hard work.”
Kari Sylvester (Bondurant-Farrar) was the second DMACC runner to cross the finish line, placing 24th in 25:57.48, a personal best for her. Nyang Toang (Des Moines) finished 35th in 28:00.56, Shannon Jefferson (Des Moines) was 51st in 34:15.87 and Jeanvenia Jones (Des Moines) finished in 52nd place. Her time was 37:15.28.
DMACC scored 154 points in finishing fifth in the team standings.
NIACC won the team championship with 27 points. Following the Trojans in order were Iowa Western with 75 points, William Penn (non-conference) with 78 points, Iowa Central Community College (84), DMACC, Southwestern Community College (165), Iowa Lakes Community College (180), Indian Hills Community College (215) and Marshalltown Community College (250).
“It was a very promising opening meet for the Bears,” Dose said. “Everyone contributed to help make this the highest finish DMACC has ever had at this opening meet. We hope everyone continues to work hard and to improve and to have a
McKowen hired as DMACC Assistant Basketball Coach
September 6, 2010
Brooks McKowen, the all-time Iowa high school career and single-season scoring leader and a three-year starter for the University of Northern Iowa, has been hired as an assistant basketball coach at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) after serving as a member of the UNI staff for the past three seasons.
McKowen played prep basketball at Wapsie Valley High School near Fairbank and finished his career with 2,831 points. As a senior, he set the single-season scoring record with 1,002 points.
McKowen was named Iowa's "Mr. Basketball" by the Iowa Newspaper Association as a high school senior. He averaged 35.8 points and 11.2 rebounds during his final prep season and made 102 of 304 three-pointers that year. He was named captain of the Class 2A all-tournament team after leading the Warriors to a second-place finish in the state tournament and was a three-time first team all-state selection.
McKowen was the starting point guard on three consecutive NCAA tournament teams while at UNI from2004-2007. Following his graduation from UNI, he joined the Panthers staff as a graduate assistant and served in that capacity for two seasons. He was the team's video coordinator during the 2009-2010 season.
"I have known (UNI) coach Ben Jacobson for quite awhile and through (the UNI staff) learned that Brooks was looking for an opportunity to get into a full-time assistant coaching position," said DMACC Men's Basketball Coach BJ McGinn. "He's been on staff with a very successful program and been a part of five NCAA tournament appearances, three as a player and two as a coach. He definitely knows what it takes to achieve success and he's been around great coaches in (former UNI, Iowa State and Creighton head coach Greg) Coach McDermott and Coach Jacobson.
"My dream was to play college basketball and someday be a college basketball coach,' McKowen said. "At this level you're really involved in a lot of stuff and that's one thing I really wanted to do. I'll be involved in just about every aspect of the game. I think I've got a lot to bring to the guards. I know a lot of different drills and being a college point guard is a big transition from high school. Hopefully, I have a lot of knowledge I can help these guys along with."
McKowen will be involved in every aspect of the DMACC program.
"Having been in his shoes ten years ago, I understand the importance of being involved as an assistant in all parts of the profession," McGinn said. "Brooks did a great job at UNI and has the passion for the game that it takes succeed as a coach. He will be in charge of coordinating our recruiting efforts, our player development and individual workouts, strength and conditioning, scouting of opponents, and academics. He's going to be a tremendous asset for us, and I am very excited to have Brooks with us here at DMACC."