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DANA CALDWELL

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  • Prep football: South Fort Myers scores often early, beats Lely 27-9 Updated 09/13/2008 at 1:19 p.m.

    Lely was supposed to be an early-season test for South Fort Myers.

  • Eagles eager to debut new soccer complex Published 08/22/2008 at 6 a.m.

    Florida Gulf Coast University athletics kick off tonight with, appropriately, the women’s team at the brand-new FGCU Soccer Complex

  • Girls Tennis: Lely falls to Bishop Verot in regional Published 04/15/2008 at 10 p.m.

    While junior Lauren Embree was whittling her way through the field of the prestigious Easter Bowl in Rancho Mirage, Calif., last week, her Lely teammates were being blitzed by Naples in the Class 2A-District 12 final.

  • FGCU women's basketball: Eagles take on powerful No. 19 FSU tonight Updated 11/09/2007 at 11:54 a.m.

    Florida Gulf Coast University officials won’t be passing out slingshots in Alico Arena for tonight’s season-opener against No. 19 Florida State. But make no mistake, FGCU is a longshot here. And playing the role of Giant Killer is not a ...

  • FGCU cross country: Serious strides Published 10/03/2007 at 12:20 a.m.

    Be it as a competitor, coach or roommate, it's tough to keep up with the frenetic Angela Hegge. Fellow Florida Gulf Coast University freshman cross country teammate Megan Thies has plenty of first-hand experience with trying. Along with teammates Cadie ...

  • Eagles' season ends in heartbreak Published 05/13/2007 at 10:50 p.m.

    David Deiros wrapped his left arm around the shoulder of his junior Florida Gulf Coast University ace, Rachael Edinger, as they walked to the media room of Valdosta State University's softball complex Sunday night.

  • Still winners: Eagles soar to new heights Updated 03/25/2007 at 4:17 p.m.

    KEARNEY, Neb. -- Florida Gulf Coast University did not score the big wooden Division II NCAA Tournament championship plaque, but no doubt this was a banner year for the Eagles.

  • Senior Moments Published 03/20/2007 at 4:25 a.m.

    Sure, it takes hard work, a stubborn nature, smarts and savvy, but there often is a lot of luck involved with inking slam-dunk classes. Two-plus years ago, it took a stolen cellphone, an ironic viewing and several other twists and ...

  • No. 7 Eagles on shaky ground as Selection Sunday nears Published 02/28/2007 at 12:33 a.m.

    The local Beef O’ Brady’s will host a suspenseful evening this Selection Sunday. The men’s basketball team of Florida Gulf Coast University (26-5 entering Tuesday night’s regular-season finale against Central State), is 21-3 in the South Region but is on ...

  • No. 13 Butler holds off FGCU men Updated 02/13/2007 at 10:18 p.m.

    The FGCU men hung with the Bulldogs, ranked No. 13 in Division I before losing 79-65.

  • FGCU women No. 1 in the nation Updated 02/06/2007 at 11:03 p.m.

    The women's basketball team of Florida Gulf Coast University made history late Tuesday afternoon when it was announced that the Eagles are the top-rated Division II team in the country, according to the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA D-II Top 25 Coaches Poll. ...

  • Turnbull marks first Golden Panther to play in Super Bowl Published 01/30/2007 at 8:15 p.m.

    Nick Turnbull can still close his eyes and hear the roar, that perpetual soundtrack for the two-hand touch staredowns on the streets of his Pembroke Pines neighborhood.

  • Reunited with Dungy, McFarland aims to lead Colts to Super Bowl win Published 01/30/2007 at 8:08 p.m.

    Anthony “Booger” McFarland always held a special place in his heart for Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy.

  • FGCU's Carl McAloose will miss Merwin Published 01/17/2007 at 8:28 p.m.

    Florida Gulf Coast University lost one of its most ardent sports fans on Wednesday when school president Bill Merwin resigned following an emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees. Merwin offered his resignation during the meeting because of an “inappropriate ...

  • Bucs' top pick doesn't like to stand around Published 07/31/2006 at 12:16 a.m.

    There he was, the big deal, mostly standing around, hands on hips or gripping blocking pads. A dozen hours after joining the Bucs on Thursday night, Tampa Bay rookie right guard and top pick Davin Joseph spent most of Friday ...

  • Gruden less than pleased after the first day in pads Published 07/31/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    There was a whole lot of popping going on at Disney's Wide World of Sports on Sunday morning as Tampa Bay put on the pads, and the hits, for the first time on the third day of training camp.

  • Has Simms finally arrived? Published 07/30/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    This guy has it made. Start with the privileged blond-haired, blue-eyed birth to the wife of Super Bowl-winning former Giants quarterback Phil Simms. Fast forward to the New Jersey Player of the Year awards and all those records he racked ...

  • Clayton is looking like his old self Published 07/30/2006 at 12:10 a.m.

    Some of the most tossed around questions of this Tampa Bay training camp involve the possibility of Michael Clayton regaining his rookie form. A 6-4, 215-pound LSU product, Clayton had a dream of a first year, setting team rookie records ...

  • A-train still has some steam Published 07/29/2006 at 12:27 a.m.

    The loudest cheer during Tampa Bay’s first training camp workout Friday morning at Disney’s Wide World of Sports was for an old-school Buc. When Mike Alstott, the 33-year-old, Purdue-tough fullback with mammoth arms and stubborn legs, snagged a short Chris ...

  • Gruden: Starters still have to earn their jobs Published 07/28/2006 at 12:25 a.m.

    Most everyone has seized upon the angle, but Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden isn’t such a deep thinker. Not even with this loaded team returning almost intact after an 11-6 record and NFC South title.

  • With 21 starters back, Tampa has high hopes Published 07/27/2006 at 12:26 a.m.

    With almost everyone back for a dash at defending their NFC South title, you might expect Tampa Bay’s Buccanneers to mostly run in place during training camp, which begins Friday for the fourth consecutive year at Disney’s Wide World of ...

  • Brown rejects pro offers to get master's at FGCU Published 07/25/2006 at 12:13 a.m.

    Three days before his 26th birthday, former Florida Gulf Coast University forward Roman Brown flew back from Long Beach, Calif., on Wednesday with a handful of offers to play professional basketball overseas. Two German teams and one from Australia courted ...

  • Eagles' Williams signs free agent deal with Reds Published 07/13/2006 at 12:20 a.m.

    Florida Gulf Coast University senior left-hander Ryan Williams became the third Eagle from last season’s 41-17 team to sign a major league contract when the Estero native inked as a free agent with Cincinnati this week. Williams will be assigned ...

  • Brown earns Summer Pro League spot Published 07/12/2006 at 12:28 a.m.

    It’s a long, long way from Florida Gulf Coast University to the NBA. For former Eagles forward Roman Brown, an FGCU graduate assistant in the athletic department who is working on his master’s degree in public administration, the journey has ...

  • FGCU's Stiver readies for pro debut Published 06/23/2006 at 12:24 a.m.

    Justin Stiver is set to make his first throws as a professional when he takes the mound for the Tri-City ValleyCats at Vermont’s Centennial Field against the Lake Monsters in tonight’s Class-A Penn League matchup in Winooski.

  • Soccer field on the horizon for Eagles Published 06/21/2006 at 12:13 a.m.

    It's almost time to dig in. On the desk of Florida Gulf Coast University athletic director Carl McAloose's third-story Alico Arena office rests a colored architect's rendering of the gigantic, two-story clubhouse.

  • Horton remains tennis coach for men, women Published 06/20/2006 at 12:09 a.m.

    After guiding the men and women to the NCAA Division II Tournament last season, Florida Gulf Coast University coach J. Webb Horton will again lead both teams next season and likely well into the future.

  • A-Sun to schedule hoops doubleheaders Published 06/17/2006 at 12:25 a.m.

    Searching for a rise in attendance and enthusiasm and a lowering of travel time and expenses, presidents of the member schools of the Atlantic Sun Conference voted Thursday afternoon while meeting in Orlando to schedule doubleheaders of men’s and women’s ...

  • Butehorn to coach soccer at FGCU Published 06/08/2006 at 12:25 a.m.

    Florida Gulf Coast University seems to have found the right man in Bob Butehorn to build its Division I men’s soccer program from the ground up. The 43-year-old is a finisher, as he proved in netting a master’s degree last ...

  • Reds select Eagles' Louwsma in baseball draft Published 06/08/2006 at 12:25 a.m.

    Wednesday’s final day of the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft went quite well for Florida Gulf Coast University coach Dave Tollett. First of all, senior Jason Louwsma was picked by Cincinnati in the 29th round (No. 864 overall).

  • FGCU names coach for new men’s soccer program Updated 06/07/2006 at 3:16 p.m.

    Florida Gulf Coast University seems to have found the right man in Bob Butehorn to build its Division I men's soccer program from the ground up.

  • Tolisano to play in AFLAC Classic Published 06/07/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    Though he only recently completed his junior season at Estero High by driving the Wildcats to their third straight district title, the Class 4A semifinals, a second-place ranking much of the season and a 28-2 record, John Tolisano planned to ...

  • Astros draft FGCU's Stiver Published 06/07/2006 at 12:11 a.m.

    Justin Stiver became the first Florida Gulf Coast University player ever taken in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when Houston snatched the junior pitcher with its 17th-round pick, 519th overall, during Tuesday's first of the two-day process.

  • Estero High athlete receives national baseball honor Published 06/06/2006 at 3:21 p.m.

    Though he only recently completed his junior season at Estero High by driving the Wildcats to their third straight district title, the Class 4A semifinals, a second-place ranking much of the season and a 28-2 record, John Tolisano planned to ...

  • Tollett nervously awaits Eagles' fate Published 06/06/2006 at 12:13 a.m.

    Florida Gulf Coast University coach Dave Tollett should have a great time tonight as he watches his former Punta Gorda-Charlotte High right fielder, Tommy Murphy, play for the Los Angeles Angels against the Devil Rays up in Tampa.

  • New swimming team looks for competition Published 06/04/2006 at 12:14 a.m.

    Where does Florida Gulf Coast University's new swimming and diving program go from here? That's the big question. Even with the facility in place and with Wednesday night's hiring of Florida Atlantic University associate head coach Neal Studd to lead ...

  • Studd chosen to steer FGCU women's swimming team Published 06/03/2006 at 12:25 a.m.

    Florida Gulf Coast University athletic director Carl McAloose intends for the Eagles to make waves in Division I women’s swimming and diving. The first ripples began on Wednesday night, when Florida Atlantic University associate head coach Neal Studd immediately accepted ...

  • FGCU scores new swimming and diving coach Updated 06/02/2006 at 2:05 p.m.

    Florida Gulf Coast University athletic director Carl McAloose intends for the Eagles to make waves in Division I women's swimming and diving.

  • FGCU tennis teams ranked 14th, 15th Published 06/02/2006 at 12:25 a.m.

    Florida Gulf Coast University netted spots in the final Fila Division II Collegiate Tennis Rankings following a season in which J. Webb Horton coached both teams for the first time. The men (16-6), ranked ninth this time a year ago, ...

  • FGCU close to naming its three new coaches Published 06/01/2006 at 12:25 a.m.

    Florida Gulf Coast University athletic director Carl McAloose began entertaining and continued interviewing three women’s and three men’s soccer coaching candidates on Wednesday. The process will continue through the weekend and McAloose hopes to name those posts by late next ...

  • Celtics unveil new weapon: QB Davis Published 05/27/2006 at 12:25 a.m.

    It didn’t take long for St. John Neumann sophomore quarterback Bobby Davis to break tackles and drop jaws during Friday night’s spring game at Bishop Verot. Second play from scrimmage: Davis faked to his running back cousin, Jessie Davis, then ...

  • Eagles reflect on successful season Published 05/22/2006 at 12:06 a.m.

    There were tears and hugs around the visitors' dugout at the University of Tampa following Florida Gulf Coast University's 5-3 loss against third-ranked and third-seeded Catawba (N.C.) College Saturday night. But the Eagles' season hardly was a crying shame.

  • FGCU's season ends Published 05/21/2006 at 12:15 a.m.

    Two groggy teams lurched into each other in Saturday night's NCAA Division II South Region action at Tampa University. One regained its balance and snapped right back. The other came to life too late. Catawba (N.C.) College still is standing ...

  • FGCU baseball loses first NCAA game Published 05/20/2006 at 8:55 p.m.

    Florida Gulf Coast University lost its first NCAA Division II South Region game, 12-5, against top-seeded and top-ranked host University of Tampa on a scalding Saturday afternoon.

  • Louwsma gives Eagles big lift Published 05/20/2006 at 12:28 a.m.

    Pale and sluggish Jason Louwsma was so sick prior to Friday night’s NCAA Division II Tournament game against Catawba (N.C.) College that he was sprawled out on Florida Gulf Coast University’s charter bus while his teammates took batting and infield ...

  • Resilient Eagles rally, win opener Published 05/19/2006 at 12:28 a.m.

    Its shelled ace in the dugout, its batters iced by Chris Snow and trailing 4-1 against flexing Lynn University in the sixth inning, it would be an understatement to say Thursday’s prospects looked bleak for Florida Gulf Coast University’s first-ever ...

  • Eagles need a healthy Hassen Published 05/18/2006 at 12:26 a.m.

    After barely missing it in the first season of his program’s eligibility last year, Dave Tollett has been working like mad to get to the Division II South Regional at the University of Tampa that runs from today through Sunday.

  • Eagles rewarded, land regional's No. 2 Published 05/16/2006 at 12:14 a.m.

    Dave Tollett didn't mind Monday's 1:31 a.m. wake-up call at all. That's when the Florida Gulf Coast University baseball coach learned his 28th-ranked team will, indeed, be among the field of six in the Division II South Regional, played Thursday-Sunday ...

  • FGCU baseball gets second seed in tournament Published 05/15/2006 at 8:49 a.m.

    Dave Tollett didn't mind Monday's 1:31 a.m. wake-up call at all.

  • Strong chemistry resulted in outstanding year Published 05/15/2006 at 12:08 a.m.

    It's a good thing Florida Gulf Coast University softball coach David Deiros also is an adjunct professor of chemistry at the school. Coming off a season on the brink in which Florida Gulf Coast University won 38 games, but still ...

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