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January 17, 2020

From a SVSU Press Release —

UNIVERSITY CENTER — A pair of Saginaw Valley State University head coaches will be finishing their respective careers with the Cardinals this spring, as Men’s and Women’s Head Golf Coach Joe Vogl and Head Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving Head Coach Bruce Zimmerman have announced that they will be retiring at the end of the 2019-20 spring season.

“When you contemplate the amount of coaching experience that we will be losing with the retirements of Bruce and Joe, it’s rather staggering,” said SVSU Director of Athletics John Decker. “Add to that the fact that both of these men performed their work with the utmost integrity, dedication, and professionalism, we then can begin to understand how difficult the task will be to find the next generation of leaders for these two programs. Personally, I am very thankful that I have had the privilege to work with Joe and Bruce for the past few years and I will always admire them for the leadership they provided for our athletics department. I wish them both happiness and fulfillment during their retirement years.”

Vogl has been a member of the Saginaw Valley staff for 41 years and is in his 26th season as the head coach of the golf programs. He has coached the men’s squad in two different stints, leading the program from 1990-2008 and from 2008-current. The SVSU Women’s Golf program began its first year in the 2016-17 campaign as well, with Vogl serving as the head coach of that program, now in its fourth season.

Coach Vogl has led the Cardinals to the NCAA Division II National Championships three different times, competing at the postseason event during the 1997, 1998 and 2014 seasons. The Cardinals claimed back-to-back GLIAC Championships under Vogl’s direction as well, winning the league title in the 1996 and 1997 campaigns. The SVSU Men’s Golf program has claimed 19 team titles in Vogl’s 26 seasons and has finished runner-up in 36 different tournaments. The Women’s Golf program has achieved quick success as well, winning three tournaments and finishing runner-up another pair of times.

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Two players earned All-American honors under Coach Vogl, with Brian Eggleston (1998) and Dave Tokarsky (2000) earning that honor for the Cardinals. There have been 14 Academic All-Americans on the men’s side and another nine on the women’s side, with the men’s squads being named Academic All-America as a team nine different times.

In regards to All-GLIAC honors, 36 Men’s Golf student-athletes have been named all-conference and two Women’s golf team members have earned that distinction as well. Adding to that, Vogl has helped lead 11 Men’s golfers to all-region honors.

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September 28, 2019

From WSUATHLETICS.COM – Jeff Weiss

DETROIT – The Wayne State University football team (2-2 overall, 1-0 GLIAC) began conference play with a 24-20 triumph over visiting Saginaw Valley State University (3-1 overall, 1-1 GLIAC), who entered the contest ranked No. 25 in the nation according to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

The victory was the first for WSU over a top-25 squad since a 41-31 win over 13th-ranked Carson-Newman on Sept. 13, 2014 at Tom Adams Field.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Wayne State took the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards in eight plays for the game’s first score.  Senior Kyle Lewis (Detroit, Mich. / Renaissance) had a 35-yard kickoff return, and graduate student Deiontae Nicholas (Chesterfield, Mich. / L’Anse Creuse North) followed with a 15-yard carry to midfield.

After another 15-yard scamper by Nicholas, and a 12-yard reception by Lewis, senior quarterback Dakota Kupp (Waterford, Mich. / Mott) went around left end for a 14-yard touchdown dash on third-and-one.

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September 21, 2019

From the SVSUCARDINALS.COM

UNIVERSITY CENTER — The Cardinal Football team hosted the Michigan Tech University Huskies on Saturday (Sep. 21) afternoon in the GLIAC opener for both teams. After a Michigan Tech touchdown on its first possession, Saginaw Valley shut the door defensively and used a 17-point fourth quarter to register a 23-7 comeback victory at Wickes Stadium.

SVSU got a career-high 131 yards on the ground from Nate McCrary and three field goals from Connor Luksic as part of stellar special teams play to help lead to the win. The Cardinal defense forced three turnovers as well, with Nick WhitesideJared Stephens and Michael Woolridge all picking-off passes.

Tech took a 7-0 lead at the 12:37 marker when Will Ark connected with Jacob Wenzlick for a 52-yard score.

A 47-yard field goal from Luksic split the uprights with 5:47 to play in the opening quarter, trimming the deficit to 7-3. Luksic added another field goal in the second when he drilled a 43-yard try to narrow the score at 7-6. That score came as 6:17 showed in the second quarter and the 7-6 count remained into the half.

The third quarter went scoreless, as both teams failed to find paydirt and entered the fourth quarter with the score at 7-6 in favor of the Huskies.

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September 20, 2019

Ypsilanti, MI –

College Football Wrap-Up(C) has spotlighted the game between #2 Mich. Tech Univ. (2-0) and #4 Saginaw Valley State Univ. (2-0) [rankings based upon the TPR(c)] as it’s GAME OF THE WEEK!

MTU has started off the season strong with road victories over Hillsdale College and McKendree University. SVSU is a perennial powerhouse in the state and started the 2019 campaign with a road victory over Texas A&M – Kingsville. A victory highlighted by 5 take-aways from the TAM-Kingsville offense.

Details for the game appear above.

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Sept. 07, 2019

From SVSUCARDINALS.COM

KINGSVILLE, Texas — The Saginaw Valley State University Football team opened the 2019 season with a big 35-14 victory on the road over Texas A&M-Kingsville, using five defensive turnovers and four touchdowns from senior quarterback Ryan Conklin to claim the win.

After a scoreless first quarter, SVSU outscored the Javelinas 14-0 in the second to take that lead into halftime. Conklin found a wide open Chad Gailliard down the left sideline for a 44-yard touchdown pass with 3:37 left in the first half to make the count 7-0. The second score came after Jacob Dorn recovered a fumble at the Kingsville 3–yardline and Conklin promptly found Nysir Minney-Gratz for a 30-yard touchdown strike to push the count to 14-0.

Kingsville opened the scoring in the second half, trimming the Cardinal lead to 14-7 with 5:19 showing in the third quarter on a 22-yard pass play.

It didn’t take long for the Cardinals to respond, as SV found paydirt for the third time with 4:23 left in the third quarter as Conklin hit Casey Williams on a route and Williams took over and finished-off a 79-yard touchdown play. That pushed the visitors’ lead to 21-7.

The Cardinal defense got into the action to start the fourth quarter, as Marvin White picked-off a pass and brought it back to the house 71 yards for a pick-six and 28-7 Saginaw Valley lead just 18 seconds into the final frame.

The Javelinas scored again with 10:30 left to make the count 28-14 in SVSU’s favor but the nail in the coffin came when Conklin rushed the ball into the endzone from 13 yards out with just 4:33 left to push the lead out to 35-14.

That is where the final score remained, as SVSU sealed the deal and moved to 1-0 to begin the season.

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