Borr Drilling sheds 14 jack-up rigs

first_imgBorr’s fleet  Offshore driller Borr Drilling has sold 14 old jack-up rigs en bloc to a non-drilling company as part of its rationalization program following Paragon Offshore takeover.The rigs will be delivered to the new unnamed owner over the next 30 days and the disposal is expected to contribute up to $16 million in profit to Borr’s 2Q 2018 results, the driller said on Monday while announcing the sale.The company further said that 13 of the rigs will be demobilized as drilling rigs and will be targeted for mobile offshore production unit (MOPU) orientated work. The remaining unit is allocated to development work for a specific life of field project. None of the rigs will re-enter the international jack-up drilling market post this transaction.Borr Drilling noted it has, since the conclusion of the Paragon transaction earlier this year, actively tried to reduce the daily operating cost and capex linked to rigs which from a technical, economical or safety perspective are not feasible to return to revenue generating drilling activities.Since the beginning of the year, Borr and Paragon have sold in total 26 rigs which will all leave the actively marketed jack-up fleet. According to Borr, the direct stacking cost for these 26 rigs was estimated to be around $35 million yearly which will be reduced to zero when the last rig is delivered within the next 30 days.Out of the total delivered jack up fleet of 531 units, in total 244 units (46 %) were delivered prior to 1988. In total, 104 of these older units have been stacked for more than a year. The cost and investments required to bring old, unemployed rigs back to the drilling market cannot be defended from a financial, operational or safety point of view, Borr explained. Borr Drilling said it has executed its divestment strategy and will, after the rationalization of the fleet and delivery of the remaining nine newbuilds, have 24 high spec jack-ups, making it the largest premium jack-up operator in the world.In addition, Borr Drilling owns five older jack-ups and one older North Sea semi-submersible all performing contractual obligations, and two older jack-ups unemployed in the North Sea Market.CEO, Svend Anton Maier, said: “We have, over the last 17 months, been able to build a unique fleet of 24 high specification assets acquired at attractive prices funded by a strong combination of equity and attractive seller financing.”He concluded: “We see clear signs that the tender activity in the market is increasing, to a large extent, driven by NOCs and major oil companies. With the solid operational platform built both organically and through the Paragon acquisition, we are very well positioned for what we see as the start of the next upturn cycle in the jack-up market.”last_img read more

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Ronaldo breaks Serie A record

first_img Ronaldo has been criticised recently after missing a penalty against Milan in the Coppa Italia semi-final and struggling to have an impact in the final versus Napoli. Former Italy international Luca Toni described Ronaldo’s performance in the last four of the Coppa Italia as ‘average’. “I saw the whole Juventus team in difficulty, even Cristiano Ronaldo, who looked like an average player in what was a very slow match,” Toni told Rai Sport after the Milan clash. “You expect a big performance from him but he looked like he was experiencing physical difficulties – he couldn’t even dribble past a man. read also:Ronaldo offers escape route for Man Utd flop as Solskjaer dilemma nears Ronaldo’s sister took to Instagram after the match to stick up for her brother, stating that he can’t always be expected to win matches on his own. She said: “What else can you do? It is what it is and my darling can’t work miracles alone. I can’t understand how they played like that. Anyway, keep your head up. You can’t do more, my king.” The Coppa Italia final loss marks the only time in Ronaldo’s career that he has lost two successive finals, having been defeated by Lazio in the Supercoppa Italiana at the tail end of 2019. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ronaldo slotted the first-half penalty down the middle in Juve’s 2-0 win over Bologna, a result that saw the Bianconeri move four points clear at the top of the table. The goal was Ronaldo’s 22nd in Serie A this season, one more than the 21 he managed in his debut campaign in Turin following his move from Real Madrid in 2018. In reaching 43 goals, the 35-year-old also moved beyond Rui Costa as the Portuguese player with the most goals in Italy’s top flight. Rui Costa spent eight years in Serie A, playing for Fiorentina and then Milan between 1994 and 2006. Former Manchester United star Ronaldo remains the top Portuguese scorer in Premier League history having scored 84 times in 196 appearances. He is the also the leading Portuguese scorer in La Liga history having registered 311 goals in 292 appearances for Real Madrid, where he is the all-time leading scorer. Only Ronaldo’s great personal rival Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has scored more La Liga goals. Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, overtook Rui Costa to become the leading Portuguese scorer in Serie A history on Monday.center_img Loading…last_img read more

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CTE student organizations recognized Indiana General Assembly

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — February is National Career and Technical Education Month. To raise awareness, the Indiana FFA Association and other Career and Technical Student Organizations assembled at the Statehouse today and met with lawmakers about the important role CTE plays in readying students for college and their careers.One of the highlights of their visit was being recognized by members of the Indiana General Assembly with a resolution in the House Chamber, authored by State Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany).“Career and technical education is critical to the future success of our state and communities, and it should be recognized as an option for all students,” Clere said. “CTE opens countless doors, and organizations such as FFA give students a chance to explore career options and develop relationships. This resolution provides an opportunity to reflect on the importance of CTE and celebrate student achievement.”Career and Technical Student Organizations, like FFA, are integrated into a school’s CTE programs and courses, and extend learning through innovative programs, experiences, competitions and more. They are student-driven, and primarily based in high schools and career technology centers.Indiana has eight such programs that serve more than 24,000 students across the state. According to the National Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations, 94 percent of students that participate in these types of programs graduate from high school.“These organizations are a great avenue for growing Indiana’s career ready workforce,” said Rob Hays, Indiana FFA Association Director. “The skills and knowledge students gain will last them a lifetime, and FFA is proud to be a part of that experience.”Indiana FFA offers more than 200 activities to help prepare its members for their next stage in life. Through Career Development Events and Supervised Agricultural Experiences, the students are able to apply what they learn in the classroom, gain real world experience and develop the skills necessary to pursue meaningful careers, ranging from biotechnology to mechanics to agricultural communications.They are also able learn soft skills, such as teamwork, complex problem solving and public speaking, and develop as leaders.“FFA has instilled a lifetime of connections and networking for me,” said Nathan Deatrick, Indiana FFA State Officer. “It has gotten me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to grow into the leader that I am today.”The eight Career and Technical Student Organizations include BPA, DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, HOSA, SkillsUSA, TSA and FFA. For more information click here.last_img read more

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Lockdown: Para-Athletics Chairman donates cash gift to members in Ekiti

first_imgRelatedPosts Iruland committed to environmental, national development — Oniru Oyo APC leaders storm Fayemi’s home for reconciliation Thunder strikes in Ekiti, kills 15 cows The Chairman, Ekiti Para-Athletics Association, Gbenga Familoni, has donated N25,000 each to all Para-Athletes in the state.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Familoni gave the cash gift on Tuesday at Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado-Ekiti. The  chairman said the gesture was to cushion the effects of the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic on them.He said: “I want the beneficiaries of the gift to see it as my own contribution to identify with them.“I believe this token will go a long way to cushion the effects of the lockdown directive by Ekiti Government as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.”In a similar vein, Ekiti All Stars Football Club has donated food items as palliatives to five Ekiti Para-Athletes.Dr. Sunday Afolayan, the Chairman of Ekiti All Stars Football Club, while giving the food items to the beneficiaries in Ado-Ekiti, described the gesture as a show of love. Afolayan said: “What we are giving to you is not an indication that you are poor, it is our show of love for you.“This gift is in appreciation of your courage to participate in sports, despite your physical challenges.”NAN reports that the food items included milk, Bournvita and biscuits.The Head Coach of Ekiti Para-Atheletics club, Peter Ojo, thanked the donors for the gesture and called on other well meaning Nigerians, especially Ekiti indigenes, to emulate same.Tags: Cash GiftEkiti Para-Athletics AssociationEkiti StateLockdownlast_img read more

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EPl: Struggling Norwich face Hammers test

first_imgNorwich City vs. West Ham Venue: Carrow Road Kick off: 12:30PMWest Ham United will be looking to boost their Premier League survival hopes and all but relegate Norwich City in the process in lunchtime’s clash at Carrow Road. The Hammers are four points above the relegation zone following a mixed run of form, while Norwich are 10 points from safety with four games to play.Last week’s impressive 3-2 win over London rivals Chelsea, secured through a late strike from Andriy Yarmalenko, was supposed to have kickstarted West Ham’s campaign.However, a 2-2 draw against Newcastle United four days later was a case of an opportunity lost, with United twice squandering a lead against opponents with little left to play for.Then came Wednesday’s 1-0 home loss to Burnley – Jay Rodriguez’s fine header shortly before half time condemning the Hammers to a fourth defeat in six matches.Thankfully for United, the teams below them have also struggled to pick up points since last month’s restart, so there is still a four-point buffer on Aston Villa. The Villans, as well as Bournemouth who are also on 27 points, have games in hand to play against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur respectively on Thursday.There is no doubt that David Moyes’s side are still very much in a relegation battle following their midweek reverse to Burnley, with four big matches to come.United have Norwich, Watford and Aston Villa to face in their four remaining games – three of only four teams currently below them in the table – plus a trip to in-form Manchester United.It is now effectively a battle between four teams for the two remaining relegation spots given that Norwich have already accepted their fate.The Canaries are rock bottom of the division, as they have been since pre-Christmas, and need to win all four of their remaining matches to have any realistic hope of staying up. With trips to Chelsea and Manchester City still to come, it is fair to say that Championship football will be returning to Carrow Road next season.Daniel Farke’s men are now playing for pride, and this visit of West Ham does at least offer them a chance to register just a sixth victory of a disappointing campaign.Four of those wins have come at home, giving City the worst home record in the top flight.Norwich City possible XI: Krul, Aarons, Klose, Godfrey, Lewis, Vrancic, McLean, Buendia, Stiepermann, Hernandez, Pukki. West Ham United possible XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Noble, Yarmolenko, Antonio, Bowen.RelatedPosts EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Leeds host first Premier League game after 16 years Tags: Carrow RoadEnglish Premier LeagueEPLNorwich CityWest Ham Unitedlast_img read more

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Toure’s agent blames City bosses

first_img He told the Sunday Mirror: “Some people at City are trying to blame Yaya for what has happened this season. But those people aren’t taking responsibility for their own mistakes. “I am talking about executives who have bought players for a lot of money – and then put those players on the bench. Executives who spend a lot of money on Stevan Jovetic and then drop him from the Champions League squad. I feel sorry for Pellegrini. He’s a good coach, but a weak manager. “He won the title with the team left behind by (predecessor) Roberto Mancini.” Toure, whose relationship with the club came under strain last summer, has been linked with a move away this summer, with Mancini making clear his interest in signing the 31-year-old for Inter Milan. “If City want Yaya to leave, they should come out and say so,” Seluk added. “Two of the biggest clubs have already asked me if he is available, and I know that if City would sell, another 10 would call me inside 24 hours.” City go into Sunday afternoon’s match against West Ham four points above fifth-placed Liverpool and with the pressure firmly on Pellegrini. The Chilean has maintained he is not worried about his job, but admitted that could change if they dropped out of the Champions League places. “You are wrong if you think that, at this club, if you don’t win the title then you are out,” he said in a number of national newspapers. “If we miss the top four then maybe it will be different because that would not be the same thing, the analysis of the season will be different.” Press Association Yaya Toure’s agent has called Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini a “weak manager” and criticised the club’s chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain. center_img Toure’s performances have come under the microscope amid a dismal run for City which has seen them go from title contenders to being in a battle simply to finish in the top four. But agent Dimitri Seluk has claimed the club are trying to make Toure a scapegoat for bigger problems behind the scenes. last_img read more

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Coloccini calls for support

first_img McClaren was at the top of the list drawn up by Charnley in January as he looked to replace the departed Alan Pardew, and when he could not get his man at the time, he decided to hand Pardew’s assistant Carver the task of guiding Newcastle over the finishing line. But little did he expect at that point that a team sitting comfortably in mid-table would win only two of its next 16 league games and lose the last eight in succession, to slip into the thick of a survival fight. McClaren’s prospects of landing the job in the longer term may have been dealt a fatal blow by his continued reticence, but the club’s short-term focus is more fundamental. Saturday’s 3-0 humiliation at Leicester, during which Williamson and Daryl Janmaat were sent off, left the Magpies in 15th place in the table, but just two points clear of the drop zone. Thousands of fans have boycotted the last two games in protest at the way the perceive owner Mike Ashley to be running the club – but on Saturday they know only victory will ease their relegation fears. Given that they have only scored four goals and conceded 18 in the last eight games, that looks a remote prospect unless something changes radically in the Newcastle dressing room. And captain Coloccini is clearly hoping his open letter will do the trick. Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has begged the club’s fans to put their anger to one side and cheer the Magpies to a crucial Barclays Premier League victory at home to West Brom on Saturday. Coloccini apologised for the club’s recent plight and insisted: “Players and staff have come together in order to leave all past problems aside and to focus 100 per cent on the three ‘cup finals’ that we have left. ” I would like to make a call to all fans today to also leave aside all differences, all different opinions, anything that divides us as people who love this club. “On Saturday, please come to St James’ Park, create a great atmosphere, support the team more than ever, because at the end of the day what matters the most here is Newcastle United Football Club. “I am also a fan and I understand how badly you are hurting, but I think that the best fans are those who are there for their club in the worst of situations. “Today we need you more than ever. In these three games we need to be together, we need to be united, to be a family – a family that fights together against adversity, a family that strives to achieve the success that you and this club deserve.” Yet long-suffering Magpies fans might not be so easy convince having already taken to social media this week to express their disappointment that Carver is set to remain in his post. Despite reports to the contrary, Press Association Sport understands Carver neither offered to walk away during talks with managing director Lee Charnley, nor was asked to step down. But that situation might have been different had Derby boss Steve McClaren not indicated that he was not ready to give the Magpies the answer for which they were looking after a lengthy pursuit. Coloccini has taken the unusual step of issuing an open letter through the club’s media channels in the wake of another dismal week on Tyneside which saw coach John Carver survive crisis talks. Carver, who accused defender Mike Williamson of deliberately getting sent off in the Magpies’ eighth consecutive league defeat at Leicester on Saturday, did not merit a single mention in Coloccini’s extensive plea. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Illegal Occupants of National Stadium in Lagos, Abuja Get Quit Order

first_img*Ministerial Task Force to begin work today in Sports-cityBy Olawale AjimotokanAfter several years of Illegal occupants and structures within the National Stadium in Lagos, the Ministerial Task Force set up by Youth and Sports Development Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare, will begin work today to identify those to flush out of the facility. Similarly, all illegal occupants at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja have been given a 25-day ultimatum to quit the place to enable rehabilitation work commence.The National Stadium in Lagos became haven to illegal squatters and miscreants over the years as a result of lack of attention from previous administrations.But Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, who is determined to leave a lasting legacy in Nigerian sports set up a ministerial task force recently to source for how to renovate and put sports facilities in the country back to maximum use.According to the Special Adviser on Media to the Minister, John Joshua Akanji, the task force will begin work today with the verification of occupants and identification of illegal structures at the complex.The committee headed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Gabriel Aduda, is mandated to restore sanity to the complex ahead of the planned concession.Already, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning, Dr. Jide Salako, has been co-opted into the committee as a member.While inaugurating the committee, Mr. Dare charged the committee to bring back the lost glory of the edifice.“The National Stadium, Lagos holds alot of fond memories for our sportsmen and other Nigerians. We shall no longer allow our infrastructures to lie waste. “All our national stadiums shall be put to best use. Abuja and Kaduna are at advanced stages of regaining their prestige.“Lagos has approval from the Federal Government for concession. Before the process is complete, we need to restore sanity to the place. So the work of the task force is cut out. In the past, we had interlopers. Not anymore more. The stadium is now going to be fixed to serve our teeming youth. The task force will carry out its assignment according to the law of the land,” the minister had laid out as part of the brief of the task force.The terms of reference of the commitee include; carry out audit of approved tenants; verify details of tenancy agreement; come up with list of all approved and unapproved physical structures and approved construction; list of all squatters and their business; investigate staff of the Ministry who allow the presence of the squatters; carry out a detailed analysis of all revenue generated at the stadium and take inventory of all shops and businesses within the stadium premises.The commitee headed by Mr. Aduda has members drawn from the Sports Ministry, Lagos State and the organized private sector.Other members of the committee include Dr. Paul Ohido, Director, Sports Medicine, Mr. Mohammed Danjuma, Director, Legal, Mr. Olajide Ajayi TA. To PS, Mr Sola Aiyepeku, Executive Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr Peter Nelson Director, PMI, Mr. Alanamu Abolore , Director FM/FASD, Okedairo,DD , SFDA, Alhaji Bode Durotoye, DD/ LO, Lagos, Mr. Abiodun Owoborode, Executive Assitant to HM, Benjamin Ukwuoma, CTO, FASD, Mr.Adeolu Fasanya, SAO,/ FASD, Mr Kehinde Owopetu, CSW/SM, Lagos.Others are Idris Oloruninbe, and Abdulgafar Idris representing the organized private sector.The committee has 21 days to complete its assignment.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare last_img read more

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Outside smoke, Molzahn leads UW by example

first_imgMEGHAN CONLIN/Herald photoJust take one step onto the chilly pool deck at the SERF and you’ll immediately notice Tom Molzahn — you might not see him, but you’ll definitely hear him.”He is loud,” expressed UW assistant coach Kari Woodall. “But you also notice he is the team jokester, and he likes to keep things light for the team. Every team needs one of those.”All jokes aside, Molzahn is also one of the hardest-working members of the UW swim team. The Barrington, Ill., native leads practice every morning and afternoon.”If you want to compare yourself to see how you’re doing in practice, then you compare yourself to Molzahn,” explained sophomore teammate Tommy Gregory.But Molzahn has not always been a consistent leader during practice. Two years ago, when the middle distance swimmer first dove in the pool as a Badger, he had trouble keeping up with the pack. Ambition and dedication were there, but his endurance was lacking. As Molzahn finally began to adjust to college training, an accident happened in Fall 2003 that would cause a major bump in his road to perfection.It was a cool night on State Street and Molzahn was out walking with some teammates. Being the jokester that he is, Molzahn decided it would be a great idea to jump on top of a former teammate’s back. The jump was unexpected, and Molzahn plummeted over six feet to the pavement headfirst.”He was totally out of it for what seemed like a couple weeks,” former teammate Matt Bonzer said. “He could barely stand up and walk downstairs to get dinner. All he wanted to do was train, hang out and party with everyone else.”His injuries resulted in a skull fracture, hemorrhaging to the brain, bruising in the brain and severe damage to his left ear. After weeks of recuperation and rehab, Molzahn was able to return to the water with a new outlook on swimming, and himself.”I think the biggest thing it taught me was how to get through a tough time,” Molzahn explained. “Obviously the injury was tough, but getting back in the water was more difficult. I had to learn how to walk again and how to do simple things like learning how to do a flip turn all over again.”It will definitely be the toughest time in my four years here, and getting it out of the way has given me a new perspective on the rest of my career,” he added.Now, as one of two upperclassmen, Molzahn has become more mature and can’t be tamed.”He is a relentless worker,” said senior teammate Mike Hamm. “He works his butt off.””Every since my freshman year in high school, I’ve been able to improve,” Molzahn said. “I put a lot of faith in the coaches that I have, and I try to learn as much as I can from them. Each year you learn something new about your stroke, something new about yourself, and I think that’s what has helped a lot.”Being the lone junior on the team has also helped Molzahn flourish into the team leader that he is today. His skills in and out of the water have also led him to become co-captain this year with Hamm — a role that hasn’t been easy for Molzahn.”It has been tough,” he explained. “I’m the only junior and there is only one other senior, so it was hard to try and bring a bunch of young guns together. It was also hard to bring focus to a bunch of guys who have little experience on the team. It’s been a tough year, but also a fun year.”Being the only junior on the team has also had an effect on Molzahn. However, he believes this unique situation also contains some benefits.”I liked a lot of guys in my class, but being the only junior, the underclassmen know who to look up too,” Molzahn said. “There are only two upperclassmen, so they know who to go to for experience. And that made it easier. It was easier having a couple of focused individuals rather than a bunch of guys.””I don’t think it has mattered,” Hamm commented about Molzahn’s lone junior status. “Tommy has been a very good team member. He has been very friendly to all the guys in all the classes. I think being the only guy in his class is maybe a source of pride since he has been the only one to stick with it.”He has been an excellent captain this year and he will be an excellent captain next year,” Hamm continued.Though Molzahn may be an excellent leader, his greatest quality may be his ability to focus on himself. Over the years, Molzahn has lost many training partners due to graduation. This can be difficult for most swimmers, considering the sport requires you to spend over 90 percent of the practice with your head underwater.But Molzahn hasn’t let a lack of a training partner discourage him.”His greatest quality is that he focuses on himself a lot,” Woodall said. “He just puts his head down and gets to work. He will do whatever you will ask of him. He is always trying to figure out how to get better, and he is always trying to please you.”Even without a training mate, Molzahn continues to improve each day. After a long season of hard work and dedication, his training abilities will be put to the test this weekend as the Badgers set themselves to participate in the Big Ten Championships in Bloomington, Ind.At the Championships, Molzahn will be competing in three individual events (200-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle) as well as a plethora of relays.Though he would like to see himself improve at another Big Ten meet, his main focus will be the relays, which he is hoping will help him qualify for the NCAA Championships in March.”I think that the main goal and focus is getting the relays to NC’s and getting as many guys as we can to go,” he said. “I have always been able to swim on another level when I am swimming for someone else. I think everyone else does too. You can go as fast as you can individually, but somehow you can always go a second faster on a relay, and you don’t feel as if you did anything different except that you are swimming for a different purpose.”Relays will be a huge factor for Molzahn, but individual events are important as well. In the Big Ten, his highest seeding going into the meet is 15th in the 200-yard butterfly. This outside seeding could play a large role for Molzahn in that he is an outside threat to faster competition.”He is in a good position right now, because people don’t know who he is,” Woodall explained. “He could be that guy in the outside lane that sneaks up on everyone.””He has come a long ways, and he keeps improving,” volunteer student assistant coach Adam Mania added. “There is no limit to his talent.”A successful meet could add to Molzahn’s confidence, which is something that Woodall would like to see.”He needs confidence, and with maturity comes that confidence,” Woodall explained. “He has not been on the national scene quite yet. He went to Nationals this past summer, and that was a huge breakthrough for him.”Physically, he is talented and he works hard and he gets everything out of this sport, but it is a big mental breakthrough to not just go there, but [be] someone who is noticed,” she added.Whether Molzahn has a successful championships or not, one thing is for sure; he will be heard.”I think he is going to do a really good job,” Mania said. “Being very vocal, it is going to be vital for him to step it up. That is how he will lead by example. I think that when he is yelling at someone, we all want him to go overboard; so then everyone wants to get in on it. He is going to make cheering a lot more fun. Molzahn always has a way of multiplying his energy, and everyone thinks that it’s hilarious.”Added Molzahn: “I just think that being heard and bringing a lot of energy to the team will help bring everyone together. Sometimes you need someone to say what needs to be heard, and I think that when everyone hears one voice, it can bring everyone together.”last_img read more

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USC adds two new assistant coaches

first_imgAfter a remarkable first season at the helm of the program, USC women’s basketball head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke has continued her run of success with the hiring of two impressive new assistant coaches. Cooper-Dyke’s staff now includes longtime San Diego State head coach Beth Burns and former Fresno State standout Taja Edwards.Helping hands · Head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who led the Women of Troy to their first postseason appearance since 2006, will welcome new associate head coach Beth Burns and assistant coach Taja Edwards. – Benjamin Dunn | Daily TrojanBurns, who played college ball at Ohio Wesleyan, was named associate head coach under Cooper-Dyke. Burns began her head-coaching career with the Aztecs in 1989. She would stay there for eight seasons before moving on to Ohio State, where she coached from 1997 to 2002. In 2000, she guided the Buckeyes to a WNIT championship. Burns returned to San Diego State in 2005, leading the team to an unprecedented eight-year run of success. In 2010, the Aztecs advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament, where they upset 6th-seeded Texas and 3rd-seeded West Virginia. In 2013, Burns led San Diego State to a program-best 27 wins and its second straight Mountain West Conference championship. She was also named conference coach of the year in 2012 and 2013. In all, Burns has made eight NCAA tournament appearances in 21 years of head coaching, along with six conference coach of the year awards.Burns’ tenure at San Diego State, however, was not without controversy. In April 2013, she unexpectedly quit after perhaps her most successful season with the program. Many claimed that she was forced to retire after a video surfaced that depicted her striking an assistant coach with a clipboard. Burns, however, maintains that she was forced out for comments she made regarding the university’s poor treatment of women’s athletics programs. Burns recently filed a wrongful termination suit against the school.Cooper-Dyke is supportive and appreciative of Burns.“Beth is a legend,” Cooper-Dyke told USC Trojans. “She established a winning culture at San Diego State that is in line with what we are working to do here at USC. She [is] a defensive-minded coach who has such wisdom when it comes to college basketball. Her passion and energy also make her a great fit for us here at USC, and I’m very eager to have her on staff.”New assistant coach Taja Edwards, a highly successful former college basketball player who appeared in the NCAA tournament four times with Fresno State, will bring youth the USC’s coaching staff. Edwards was a McDonald’s All-American at Long Beach Poly High School, where she also won two state championships. She began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Ole Miss, where she spent the 2012-2013 season. The Carson, Calif. native spent last season as an assistant at Cal State Fullerton. Cooper-Dyke is impressed by Edwards’ combination of youth and experience.“Taja is a bright, young coach who I really believe has a great future,” Cooper-Dyke told USC Trojans. “She has NCAA Tournament experience as a player, so she knows what it takes to succeed as a student-athlete on the court and in the classroom.”Burns and Edwards will replace former assistants Brandy Manning and Evan Unrau, who helped lead the Women of Troy to a dramatic but successful 2013-2014 season. The team got off to a hot start, but struggled down the stretch of the Pac-12 schedule. With its NCAA tournament chances in serious jeopardy, USC won four straight games to capture the Pac-12 conference tournament title. That run included a monumental upset over No. 6 Stanford in the semifinals.Though the team lost in heartbreaking fashion to St. John’s in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, the season still marked the team’s first postseason appearance since 2006. Cooper-Dyke is convinced that her recent hires can take the Women of Troy to the next level.“I’m so excited to have Beth and Taja on board,” Cooper-Dyke told USC Trojans. “I think this staff is a strong group, and I know the team looks forward to learning and working with them, too. We got a taste of victory this past season, and I believe this staff can carry this program even further.”last_img read more

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