Dan Monteroso thrives at 2 sports at Western Liberty after transfer from Purdue

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 1, 2017 at 12:42 am Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 In the West Liberty men’s basketball season opener Nov. 11, starting guard Dan Monteroso scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting. The next day, he ran pass routes and punted for WLU’s football team, hauling in eight passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. That night, Monteroso stared again on the hardwood and scored 16 points.Three games, two days, two sports.“It was a tough weekend,” Monteroso said, “But I’m happy I did it. It’s something I can say, tell my kids when I’m older.”Monteroso used to be a wide receiver and special teams player at Purdue. But after getting limited playing time — he caught only three passes across his three seasons there and hardly played on special teams — he transferred. Last spring, Monteroso completed 21 credits to graduate from Purdue in three years and take his eligibility elsewhere.Monteroso grew up in Saint Clairsville, Ohio, a short drive from Wheeling, West Virginia, the home of West Liberty University.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth of Monteroso’s parents work at West Liberty. His father, Jeff Monteroso, is the defensive coordinator for the football team, and his mother, Cathy Monteroso, teaches in WLU’s College of Education.Throughout his youth and into high school, Monteroso attended basketball camps and played high school games hosted by West Liberty. After receiving only one scholarship offer coming out of high school, Monteroso left the sport for football. After leaving Purdue, Monteroso hoped to revitalize his basketball career, but he couldn’t garner any interest because he hadn’t played organized basketball in three years.The only coach who wanted him was the head coach at West Liberty, Jim Crutchfield, who had seen Monteroso develop. West Liberty gave him a familiar setting to turn back the clock and be a basketball player again.“(When he went to Purdue) I kind of thought he’s got some basketball ability,” Crutchfield said. “I thought it’d be a shame if he never played basketball again.”Jeff Monteroso said last summer was solely filled with basketball workouts for Monteroso. The plan, Jeff said, was for Monteroso to play only basketball at West Liberty. About a week before football preseason-camp began, he changed his tune.Courtesy of West Liberty AthleticsWhen the two sat with WLU head football coach, Roger Waialae, the coach jumped at the opportunity to add a player with the experience and ability of Monteroso. He put up big numbers, catching 14 touchdowns, and used his experience to take less-experienced players under his wing.“He was helping some of the younger kids,” Jeff Monteroso said. “They would listen to him. He would give them advice.”West Liberty’s basketball team is glad to have him, too. The Hilltoppers are 19-1 and Monteroso averages a team-high 18.3 points per game. West Liberty ranks No. 3 in NCAA Division II.Based upon NCAA eligibility rules, Monteroso’s football career concluded this fall. His time as a basketball player will continue for one more season beyond this one.Monteroso has pursued his master’s degree with a focus on coaching education — he’s always wanted to be a college football coach — while playing two sports near his hometown.“It was nice to kind of come back home,” Monteroso said. “It kind of was just a perfect fit.” Commentslast_img read more

“Konadu is the architect of current Kotoko team”- Kotoko CEO George Amoako

first_imgAsante Kotoko CEO, George Amoako, says that Kotoko new head coach, Maxwell Konadu should not have any issues handling the team because of his familiarity with the players.Konadu was unveiled on Wednesday after he signed a 2-year contract on Tuesday to run the team as Kjetil Zachariassen’s successor.Amoako reveals that Konadu had a major say in putting the current team together and so, there should not be any issues of managing the team and meeting expectations.“About 90 percent of the current Kotoko team was recruited based on the recommendation of Maxwell Konadu.It is interesting to note that 7 players from the team were in his Black Stars B team. It shows that this is Konadu’s team and he is coming to take over his team.We can only expect the players to perform very well and we want him to move the team forward. That is what I expect of him.However, The fans and management will have to give him the needed support in order for him to succeed.”Konadu has been given the target of winning the Ghana Premier League and by extension, get the team to play in the CAF Champions League competition.Kotoko, like the other Ghana Premier League teams, are getting ready for the start of the league which is set for December 28.last_img read more

‘One team, one bus’ – Didier Drogba is promising big ahead of Ivorian FA elections

first_imgChelsea legend Didier Drogba is promising to provide a bus for each of the 76 clubs in Cote d’Ivoire’s top 2 divisions if he wins the Ivorian FA elections.In addition each of the 14 elite clubs will receive a starting sum of 150 million CFA (approximately $268,000), the 24 Ligue 2 football clubs take 50 million CFA (approximately $90,000) whilst the Division 3 clubs receive 30 million CFA (approximately $54,000) following the elections.Didier Drogba was mobbed by thousands of cheering fans as he makes his way to submit his nominationDrogba was mobbed by thousands of adoring fans as he submitted his candidacy to become president of Ivory Coast football.The 42-year-old will compete with four other hopefuls for the position after launching his bid in the country’s economic capital Abidjan.The elections to be top chief at the Cote d’Ivoire Football Federation take place on September 5.And the former striker hopes his achievements throughout his distinguished club career and with The Elephants will help him be voted in.Indeed the surrounding streets were full of fans desperate to get a glimpse of their idol, carry banners and wearing T-shirts adorned with Drogba’s face.However, despite his popularity with football fans in the country, he is still not certain to be on the ballot.Drogba needs nominations from three of the 14 Ligue 1 clubs and two from the lower divisions.The two-time African Football of the Year also must have the endorsement of any of five special interest groups of coaches, doctors, current and former players and referees, according to Reuters.And his candidacy has already suffered a big blow after the Ivory Coast Footballers Association controversially did not support him.Drogba said: “Football is everyone’s sport, football brings people together, football unites.“We can see it today with all these people gathered in front of the headquarters of the Ivorian football federation.”The Blues icon added: ”It’s no secret that our football is going badly, and that is why with my team we are committed to contributing to the rebirth of Ivorian football.“If my goal was not driven by a deep desire to give back to Ivorian football all that it has given me, to contribute to the development of football in my country, and if God was not in this candidacy, it would be difficult to be in front of you today.”Drogba represented Ivory Coast between 2002 and 2014, spanning five Africa Cup of Nations and three World Cups. and is the country’s leading scorer with 65 goals from 105 caps.He is also the country’s third most-capped player of all time after Didier Zokora (123) and Kolo Toure (120).last_img read more