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Syracuse University professor Michael D’Eredita established the first varsity sport in Finland. While coaching overseas in Turku, Finland in 2000, he and a team created University Rowing. Previously, sports were available through clubs and were not university-sponsored. He went on to coach Finland’s national rowing team, bringing them back-to-back scholars in the World Rowing Cup and the 2000 World Championship title. He was also responsible for two rowers winning the World Rowing Cup lightweight women’s single and lightweight men’s single scull event for Finland.Fifteen years later, the iSchool professor is still coaching, now as the high performance director for Portugal’s national rowing team.He’s led both the Finland and Portugal teams to Rowing World Cup medals. As the high performance director, D’Eredita is in charge of creating a system including a team of coaches, athletes and a training program.D’Eredita’s passion for rowing began when he was on the rowing team in high school in Liverpool, New York.“I purposefully took to rowing for two reasons — one person told me that it was the hardest sport so I took it as a challenge,” D’Eredita said. “The other reason I chose it was that I always viewed it as a lifelong sport.”When he was in graduate school studying cognitive/experimental psychology at Syracuse University, he was the graduate assistant for the university’s rowing team. He went on to coach U.S. developmental and U.S. pre-elite teams, before traveling to Finland in 2000. Around the same time, he took a job teaching at SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite the travel required for him to coach, D’Eredita’s work overseas doesn’t interfere with his teaching profession. The professor has chosen to live in the United States in order to keep teaching at SU.Marcene Sonneborn, an iSchool professor who teaches classes on information technology startups with D’Eredita, said D’Eredita’s traveling has never been a problem for the two of them. Sonneborn added that they work collaboratively to plan out the semester.Sonneborn, who has worked with D’Eredita for about six years, added D’Eredita’s passion for rowing is evident.“When he talks about rowing, that is his true love and it’s just something that he gets a lot personally from it, and he is always very animated when he talks about it,” Sonneborn said. “When he talks about the individuals he’s coaching, it’s almost like a father coaching a son,” Sonneborn said.It was this passion for coaching that led D’Eredita from a winning Finland to a less-talented Portugal in 2003. The national team was performing very poorly, and needed to win medals in an Olympic event at the Senior or Under 23 World Championships by 2004. If Portugal didn’t, its Olympic Committee was going to deem rowing as a recreational sport and stop funding the team.When D’Eredita arrived to coach, one of Portugal’s best athletes, named Luis Teixeira, was ready to quit. But after one week at training camp with D’Eredita, the athlete had a change of heart. With D’Eredita as the new coach, Portugal won two bronze medals at two World Cup events and won the silver medal at the Under 23 Championships that the team needed in 2004.Adrian Hatch, a junior information management and technology major, said D’Eredita’s success as a coach shows in his teaching of entrepreneurship. He said D’Eredita knows how to build and run a team, and teach someone else to do the same.“You can tell he has a passion. He made the point that you don’t have to be a rower to teach these guys, because you can be passionate about rowing,” said Hatch, who has taken several classes with D’Eredita. “But all the guys on the team are great at rowing. They are as good as it’s going to get.”When a new administration took over the Portugal Rowing Federation in 2004, D’Eredita got replaced by a new coach. But when the state of rowing dropped during the new administration, Teixeira, who trained with D’Eredita, started his own international training center and four-star hotel. In 2011, Teixeira decided to run for president of the rowing federation. He asked D’Eredita to come back to Portugal to “clean up the mess” made by the new administration.Teixeira is now the president of the Portugal Rowing Federation, a position he’s held since 2012. He was the one who asked D’Eredita to come back to Portugal as high performance director.“I’m addicted to building something from nothing. While there wasn’t ‘nothing’ there, in terms of international results and a system, there wasn’t a system. So that’s the fun part,” D’Eredita said. “It’s building a system that hopefully will continue to turn out results in the long run.”D’Eredita believes failure is a great thing, however. It teaches athletes that the gold medals are earned and don’t just happen because of luck.“The woman I used to coach, Laila Finska, used to say that you have to learn how to lose before you win and she’s right,” D’Eredita said. “What is really meant by that is, to really lose means you are going into an event thinking and believing you are going to win. That’s when you really lose.” Comments Published on February 5, 2015 at 12:57 am Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+
Cody Stahmer told his mother to come pick him up as soon as possible.Nichole Stahmer was in the car driving her younger son, Austin Stahmer, home from the hospital where he’d just been declared cancer-free.Something in Cody’s voice told Nichole this was urgent. And when she arrived at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, she found out her older son had already scheduled surgery. He’d felt a lump in his testicle one day in the shower and drove to a distant hospital to get tests to keep it to himself after several meetings with an on-campus doctor. Stahmer’s football season had ended and he’d finished his finals. He left school without telling anyone.“I didn’t like the fact that people would know I had testicular cancer,” Stahmer said. “Honestly, I was embarrassed. … It was the scariest moment of my life. I didn’t know what to do. And I don’t think anyone around me knew what to do either.”Stahmer doubted that he wanted to — or even could — return to football. But after a bit of thought, he created a goal to return to the gridiron. About 18 months later, he became a starter and one of the most productive members of the Division III Buccaneers’ offense. He had the tumor surgically removed and fought through days of treatment. After surgery, doctors still monitored Stahmer, but he was cancer-free by June. He fought that battle away from everyone except his family. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was awful,” Nichole said. “Coming off the football season he seemed so strong and just finishing his first semester he was getting his life together … Football was a huge motivator. Cancer wasn’t going to take something he worked so hard for away from him.”Stahmer knew the chemotherapy would leech the muscle from his body, so he planned ahead. Christmas morning, he unwrapped boxes of Serious Mass High Protein Weight Gainer, a muscle-building shake. The next day, he had his first round.Chemo sapped Stahmer of energy, grayed his skin and made his hair fall out. He refused to stay overnight at Dana Farber Hospital in Boston. He awoke at 5 a.m. daily for treatment in exchange for the comfort of home and to have his pitbull, Chief, by his side in bed. All the while, he kept in constant contact with the school nutritionist.At Mass Maritime, second semester is “sea term,” which most students spend aboard a ship. That term doesn’t begin until March and stretches until June. Stahmer used that extra, two-and-a-half-month-long break to fight his private battle.“I probably should’ve talked to people earlier, if I could go back,” Stahmer said. “Dealing with it yourself isn’t what you have to do. I was scared and I probably shouldn’t have been.”He finally told his head coach, Jeremy Cameron, one winter day while playing basketball. He told some of his teammates when they unknowingly teased him about keeping his hair so short to fit military guidelines. He was still thin and weak, but when spring football started in May, Stahmer suited up.He didn’t miss a single team activity.“I was nervous when he came back,” Cameron said. “I didn’t know how hard he could go … I’d just never seen anyone do that before. I was impressed by him. He could’ve easily said, ‘I just want to get my degree and get healthy.’ But he’s a competitor.”Over the summer, he built strength by lifting bigger weights and running longer times in a town gym with former teammate E.J. Bennett. Dinnertime conversation centered on gaining weight. His mother noticed the difference. When he arrived back on campus, Cameron thought he looked in better shape than ever.In his first game back, Stahmer caught two touchdown passes — one was theatrical and “miraculous,” Cameron said — in a blowout win.“When he scored that first touchdown, oh my God,” Cameron said. “Storybook.”Cameron sees a new focus an air of seriousness about Stahmer in practice.But Nichole sees a joy just to be on the field. In his last game on Oct. 31, Stahmer caught a 14-yard touchdown pass, his third of the season, and ran off the field with a smile, despite his team trailing by 22 points.“Every time I see him play football, it’s the coolest thing just to see him out there. He always flashes this smile,” Nichole said, her voice trailing off. “He knows that he’s better.”He doesn’t like losing, she said, but it’s in perspective. He’s already beaten something bigger. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 3, 2015 at 10:32 pm Contact Sam: email@example.com | @Sam4TR
GLENDALE, Ariz. >> Another spring injury will likely sideline Andre Ethier at the start of the season for the second consecutive year.An MRI on Ethier’s back Monday revealed a mild herniation of a disc, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. Ethier had been limited by pain in his lower back for most of two weeks before getting the exam.Ethier received an epidural injection to treat the back issue and will be out of camp until later this week. Roberts said the Dodgers have not determined a timetable for when Ethier might get back on the field, let alone in games.“As far as timetable, we really don’t have one right now,” Roberts said. “ I just know we’re going to have a week to 10 days where we’re going to let it calm down, let that epidural take. We’ll kind of re-evaluate then.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Toles had a double in Tuesday’s game and is batting .316 (12 for 38) in Cactus League games this spring.“Obviously ’Dre was expected to be on our roster,” Roberts said. “So there’s still opportunities. We still have guys in camp. We’re evaluating every day. I don’t want to name specific names but there’s still an opportunity. And that’s obviously contingent on ’Dre.”Game timeFor the first time since he injured an oblique muscle on his right side on March 3, shortstop Corey Seager was back in a game – a minor-league game on the far side of the Camelback Ranch complex.Seager batted only and did not play defense. In three times up, he grounded out once and struck out twice.“It never really bothered me swinging,” Seager said of the injury, which occurred while he was making an off-balance throw. “But this was good. It was finally something where I couldn’t baby it. I couldn’t hold back.”Seager said the plan is for him to play five innings on defense and bat each inning in another minor-league game on Thursday.Kazmir workLeft-hander Scott Kazmir appeared in the same minor-league game as Seager and pitched 4 2/3 innings – one inning was rolled over with two outs after a pair of errors (one by Kazmir on a pickoff throw) and two walks inflated his pitch count.Kazmir allowed one unearned run on three hits (two singles and a double), walked two and struck out three. Afterward, Kazmir spent additional time in the bullpen area, working on his delivery with guest instructor Eric Gagne.“It’s still a matter of syncing everything up,” Kazmir said. “It’s getting better.”Roberts was not on the minor-league side of the complex for Kazmir’s outing but said he was told his velocity had improved and “got up to 87 (mph), I think.” While throwing to hitters in a simulated-game setting last week, Kazmir rarely exceeded 82-83 mph.Roberts said the Dodgers would like to see Kazmir pitch in a Cactus League game on his next scheduled day. He has thrown just 2 2/3 innings in two aborted starts this spring.“I think you want to see it against major-league hitters,” Roberts said. “Today, it was a couple clicks up. But, yeah, you want to see it in a major-league game.”AlsoThe Dodgers sent five players to the minor leagues following Tuesday’s game – outfielders Alex Verdugo and Brett Eibner, second baseman Willie Calhoun and Jose Miguel Fernandez and utilityman Darnell Sweeney. That leaves 46 players in camp (plus right-hander Yimi Garcia who is already on the 60-day DL). With opening day less than two weeks away, it seems certain Ethier (who has only had 19 plate appearances in Cactus League action) will open the season on the DL for the second consecutive year. Last spring, he suffered a spiral fracture in his tibia when he fouled a ball off his shin in a Cactus League game and was sidelined until September.“I don’t think we’re there yet as far as even thinking of opening day for us. It’s just contingent upon how he responds in this next week,” Roberts said. “I don’t know the number for Andre as far as how many at-bats he feels he needs to be ready. He’s a veteran player so we’re definitely not closing that door. But it’s going to be tough.”Last June, left-hander Clayton Kershaw was also diagnosed with a mildly herniated disc in his back. Kershaw spent 75 days on the DL with that injury. Roberts said his understanding is that Ethier’s disc herniation is not as severe as Kershaw’s injury.“The No. 1 thing is we need to get him back healthy and feeling good,” Roberts said. “So whenever that day is – if it’s prior to opening day or not – then that’s our goal.”With Ethier almost certainly out of the picture for an extended time, the door opens to one of the other outfielders jockeying for position. If the Dodgers stick with their plan to platoon a left-handed hitter with veteran Franklin Gutierrez in left field, Andrew Toles is the only candidate. The other reserve outfielders (Scott Van Slyke, Trayce Thompson and Brett Eibner) as well as the trio fighting for a utility spot (Kiké Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Charlie Culberson) all hit right-handed.