New soccer coach Adam Pfeifer hopes to continue team’s success

Pfeifer_copyAfter 10 years under the same coach, men’s soccer is under new leadership with coach Adam Pfeifer.

The announcement of his hiring by Norwich University Director of Athletics Tony Mariano on March 11 comes several months after coach Kyle Dezotell departed for Manhattanville in January.

Pfeifer will become the 10th head coach in program history, following Dezotell’s 10-year reign. “I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to lead the Norwich men’s soccer program,” said Pfeifer. “Very few coaches have the privilege to take over a program that has such a solid foundation; I am grateful to coach Dezotell and his staff for the work they have done.”

Pfeifer comes to Norwich after serving two years as assistant coach for Middlebury College under legendary head coach David Saward. He also served as the associate head coach at Northeastern University for eight seasons prior to being an assistant with Middlebury College.

“I want to thank Tony Mariano and the entire athletic department staff for believing in me and giving me this great opportunity,” said Pfeifer. “I also want to thank the coaches that have given me opportunities in college soccer, Brian Ainscough, Dave Saward, and my college coach Ed Kelly. They have all played a major role in cultivating my love for the game and helping me develop as a person and a coach.” [Read more…]

Shaw Outdoor Center hopes disc golf course catches on with students

Finding a niche is a tough task for most college students throughout their four years, especially freshman year. Without an activity like a sports team, the first weeks or even months can be a trying time figuring out where they belong.

Staying physically active is no easy task for college students either with all of the responsibilities of class, homework, and other extracurricular activities that take up time. For Colin O’Neil, the manager of Norwich’s Shaw Outdoor Center, fusing those two problems together into one easy solution is an important aspect of the Shaw Center.

The Shaw Center, located at the bottom of Paine Mountain, built a new disc golf course in the fall of 2015 that it is promoting this spring to students, said O’Neil.

“It took a few days of walking, and plotting the general layout and to then create an actionable plan for 18 holes,” O’Neil said. “I designed and managed the creation of a nearby disc golf course. I also have helped with planning, layout, and safety of five other courses in Vermont and New York.”

Disc golf evolved in the early 1960s when participants threw Frisbees at trees as targets. In today’s modern game, players throw the discs into “holes – 18 baskets that have chains connected to them – hence the golf connection.

“Disc golf has been the fastest growing sport in the USA for at least six years, and given that there are around 4,000 public courses in the US, there will be a demand for the sport from future Norwich students,” O’Neil said. “It’s a great lifetime sport that’s fun exercise, which I want to introduce to the Norwich community.” [Read more…]

Norwich club hockey team is now undefeated two years running

With an overall record of 41-7-1 the last three years, the Norwich men’s club ice hockey team has gone undefeated in its conference for the second year in a row. The club program, for the last three straight years, has won both the regular season and conference championships.

Finishing this season with a record of 18-0-0, there is no question that Norwich’s club hockey team has built a legitimate name for the program since the team was first put together in 2009.

The team’s secret to success lies within the strong bond between the players, according to head coach Bruce Baroffio Jr. With only three civilian students on the team, the tight bond that is built between all the players in the Corps of Cadets has shown to carry over on the ice.

Baroffio has been the head coach for the last three seasons. Barrofio was the assistant coach for the two years prior to being named the head coach. He credits bringing new structure to the program for the success. “Since implementing a systems approach for the team style of play, we have seen drastic improvements to the team’s success,” said Baroffio. [Read more…]

Big Man On Campus: Mike Hogervorst of Holland easily towers over fellow students

At 6 feet, 11 inches, Mike Hogervorst, #34, towers over everyone else on the court. He's the tallest guy on campus.

At 6 feet, 11 inches, Mike Hogervorst, #34, towers over everyone else on the court. He’s the tallest guy on campus. Photo by Mark Collier.

Mike Hogervorst stands at a towering six feet and 11 inches and wears a size 15 shoe. He’s from the Netherlands and he’s currently attending Norwich and plays basketball on the Norwich men’s team.

Hogervorst’s daily schedule isn’t much different from any other Norwich student. He attends classes and attempts to sneak in a nap or two, but unlike other students Hogervorst ducks his head under an occasional doorway or two and sleeps on a bed that happens to be shorter than he is.

Hogervorst, a 20-year-old sophomore majoring in electrical engineering, is clearly the tallest student on campus. That helps when it comes to basketball. He plays center position on the Norwich University team and has scored over 300 points during the season and pulled down, not surprisingly, 132 rebounds – the most on the team. [Read more…]

Not your usual spring break: Norwich men’s rugby faces tough tournament in Bermuda

Five players were honored by the New England Collegiate Rugby Conference this spring. Junior #8 Eric Pierce , junior fly half Keegan Frick and sophomore scrum half Tom St. Pierre were all named to the All-Conference team. Pierone, fellow junior Matthew Rambin and sophomore Pasquale Cassese were also named to the NECRC All-Academic team which requires sophomore standing and a 3.25 GPA or higher.

Five players were honored by the New England Collegiate Rugby Conference this spring. Junior #8 Eric Pierce , junior fly half Keegan Frick and sophomore scrum half Tom St. Pierre were all named to the All-Conference team.
Pierone, fellow junior Matthew Rambin and sophomore Pasquale Cassese were also named to the NECRC All-Academic team which requires sophomore standing and a 3.25 GPA or higher.

Each year during spring break, a few Norwich sports teams get the chance to travel and compete outside of Vermont. Of those teams, the university’s Men’s Rugby program is one of the only ones to compete internationally on a consistent basis.

“Playing outside the U.S. definitely gives us the ability to really test our skills,” said left side second row James Rowan, a 20-year-old junior construction management major from Fairfax, Va. “We are able to see different styles of rugby used by other countries.”

For the last 20 years, the Cadets have been participating in an annual match against the men’s team from Bishop’s University, a school in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The sides balance the travel between one another, rotating visits each year. The game has become a solidified tradition – held at the end of fall training camp as a kickoff to the regular season.

“The Bishop’s game is probably one of our most fun and friendly matches; they’re a good group of guys,” said second row right side Jack England, a 21-year-old senior criminal justice major from Weymouth, Mass. “It’s also a wakeup call for our team so we know what to expect and what we can work on for the rest of the year.” [Read more…]

Norwich soccer coach Kyle Dezotell left a historic legacy, and his players will miss him

Norwich Soccer Coach Kyle Dezotell, who stepped down after ten very successful years.

Norwich Soccer Coach Kyle Dezotell, who stepped down after ten very successful years.

“Ten years is a long time to be in a college coaching job in this day and age, and I am incredibly proud of the consistent excellence that our program established over that time period.” – Soccer Coach Kyle Dezotell

After a decade as head coach, Norwich University has said goodbye to Kyle Dezotell, who has the most wins as coach in Norwich men’s soccer history.

He compiled a 131-63-18 record and took over the head coach position when he was only 24-years-old.

Dezotell is stepping down as head coach at NU to take up another challenge at Manhattenville College men’s soccer program, where he will also be the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. He also held that position at Norwich since 2013.

“It will be hard to find a replacement for such a great coach like Kyle,” said Anthony Mariano, the Athletic Director at Norwich University. [Read more…]

Airsoft Club gets go-ahead from Norwich to offer military mock combat game

After several failed attempts by students at Norwich University to form an Airsoft Club, or Airsoft Division as they are also known, recent efforts have finally succeeded, thanks to improved planning and presentation.

“The Airsoft Club did a terrific job preparing their presentation (this year). They learned over the course of their last few attempts the issues that we (the safety committee) were worried about,” said Dave Magida, Norwich’s chief administrative officer as well as the chair of the safety committee.

Before a club can start at Norwich, there is a process it must go through to become university sanctioned. One step in that process is getting approved by the safety committee. [Read more…]

Club hockey is a favorite spectator sport at Norwich, but fans’ behavior is under watch

Club hockey games are a scene on campus where students and rooks come to be rowdy and cheer on their team and friends. “It’s an unbelievable atmosphere to play in front of,” said one of the club hockey players.

But things may have gotten a little too rowdy one too many times, and this season’s end may have brought rook attendance to a close after concerns were raised by school officials about fan conduct.

Club hockey is one of the top club sports on campus, and it competes with the varsity level teams when it come to fan attendance.

“Not playing on the varsity team here, it’s pretty awesome to get the number of fans we do at this school for just a club sport,” said Jacob Boylan, a 20 year old junior from Manchester, N.H., majoring in criminal justice, and a forward on the team. [Read more…]

After 6-4 season that ended with disappointing playoff loss, football team is already training for next year

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Cadet’s hockey will kick off new year with a tournament featuring unfamiliar opponents

The Norwich Men’s Hockey team will be taking on some top-ranked teams to kick off the new year in the Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Tournament this January.

“Its fun to bring in different teams and play someone different,” said head coach Mike McShane.

The two-day tournament Jan. 2-3 features Norwich, Trinity College, Manhattanville, and Wesleyan. Trinity is number three in their league and could cause some trouble for the cadets, but their coach said they’ll prepare like always. “We just focus on the job at hand,” said McShane. “If you get too far ahead of yourself you end up getting it handed to you.” [Read more…]