Handy Spartan sports guide

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Case Western Reserve University has an outstanding athletics program based on the athletic traditions of both Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University. Our student athletes compete at the Division III level and expertly balance school and sports in a recipe for success. Here is a breakdown of our excellent varsity athletics and an opportunity for you to learn a little about each of our varsity squads. Make sure to put this knowledge to good use as you go out and support our Spartans this season.

Football

Head Coach: Greg Debeljak (12 seasons)
Home Venue: DiSanto Field
Players to watch: Rob Cuda (QB), Adam Hochman (FB)
Fun Fact: Spartans returned to the PAC last season, a conference both CIT and WRU helped found
First Home Game: Sept. 19 against Saint Vincent College

Volleyball

Head Coach: Karen Farrell (10 seasons)
Home Venue: Horsburgh Gymnasium
Players to watch: Katie Best (OH), Marian Barton (RS)
Fun Fact: The team just got back from a trip to Italy
First Home Game: Sept. 11 against SUNY Buffalo State

Cross Country

Head Coach: Kathy Lanese (15 seasons)
Home Venue: CWRU Squire Valleevue Farm
Players to watch: Ben Davis, Kelsey Aamoth
Fun Fact: Alumna Esther Erb will be competing at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Beijing
First Home Meet: Sudeck Stampede at Sundown Sept. 4

Men’s Soccer

Head Coach: Brandon Bianco (3 seasons)
Home Venue: DiSanto Field
Players to watch: Chris Cvecko (MF), Michael Balog (F)
Fun Fact: Spartans are looking to return to NCAA Tournament for first time since 2011
First Home Game: Sept. 5 against University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Women’s Soccer

Head Coach: Tiffany Crooks (9 seasons)
Home Venue: DiSanto Field
Players to watch: Kate Dolansky (M), Lauren Wichman (D)
Fun Fact: Coach Crooks is seven wins short of becoming the winningest coach in CWRU history
First Home Game: Sept. 1 against Oberlin

Wrestling

Head Coach: Danny Song (first season)
Home Venue: Horsburgh Gymnasium
Players to watch: Connor Medlang, Cito Balsells
Fun Fact: Song is only the fourth head coach since CIT and WRU federated in 1967
First Home Game: TBD

Women’s Basketball

Head Coach: Jennifer Reimer (8 seasons)
Home Venue: Horsburgh Gymnasium
Players to watch: Jessica McCoy (G), Laura Mummey (F/C)
Fun Fact: In a big upset, the team beat archrival Carnegie Mellon to finish the 2014-2015 season
First Home Game: Dec. 2 against Wooster

Men’s Basketball

Head Coach: Sean McDonnell (12 seasons)
Home Venue: Horsburgh Gymnasium
Players to watch: Jimmy Holman (PG), Julien Person (G)
Fun Fact: The team runs Cakes @ Case, cake delivered to your door
First Home Game: Nov. 13 against Goucher

Swimming and Diving

Head Coach: Doug Milliken
Home Venue: Veale Natatorium (5 seasons)
Players to watch: Mary Katherine Miller, Drew Hamilton
Fun Fact: The men and women’s teams broke a combined 12 records last season
First Home Game: Oct. 31 against Carnegie Mellon, Clarion University of Pennsylvania and Gannon University

Baseball

Head Coach: Matt Englander (10 Seasons)
Home Venue: Nobby’s Ballpark
Players to watch: Aaron Cain (OF), Connor Tagg (P)
Fun Fact: Team broke the school record for wins in 2014 with 34
First Home Game: TBD

Softball

Head Coach: Josie Henry (6 seasons)
Home Venue: Mather Park
Players to watch: Annie Wennerberg (P/OF), Kristen Klemmer (OF), Katie Wede (OF)
Fun Fact: Wennerberg hit the most home runs (20) in all of Division III last season
First Home Game: TBD

Track and Field

Head Coach: Eric Schmuhl (3 seasons)
Home Venue: Veale Center Track
Players to watch: Cassandra Laios, Jonathan Freeman
Fun Fact: Men’s 4×400 meter relay team set the school record in 2015 and then set it again at the next meet
First Home Game: TBD

Men’s Tennis

Head Coach: Todd Wojtkowski (7 seasons)
Home Venue: Carlton Courts
Players to watch: CJ Krimbill, Louis Stuerke
Fun Fact: Stuerke and Krimbill finished in top 4 at NCAA Doubles Championships this past season
First Home Game: TBD

Women’s Tennis

Head Coach: Kirsten Gambrell (3 seasons)
Home Venue: Carlton Courts
Players to watch: Nithya Kanagasegar, Jennifer Lowe
Fun Fact: Coach Gambrell led the Spartans to their highest national ranking in her first season as coach
First Home Game: TBD