DeafDigest Sports – July 31, 2018
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— legendary Gallaudet athlete featured in a magazine
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— deaf soccer discrimination in Somalia
— deaf swimming championships
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— Gallaudet first participation in national tournament
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Gallaudet legend Ronda Jo Miller featured in NCAA Champion magazine
INDIANAPOLIS – Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of Famer Ronda Jo
Miller, ’01 is profiled in the Summer 2018 issue of Champion magazine
published by the NCAA.
The story, which was nearly a year in the making, was written by Matthew
Holmes, Assistant Director – Championships & Alliances with the NCAA. The
profile story is titled “Gallaudet star soared on both the basketball and
volleyball courts” and can be read here:
Miller, now Ronda Jo Donatucci, was inducted into the Gallaudet Athletics
Hall of Fame in 2008 for women’s basketball and 2014 for women’s
The story catches up with Donatucci and reflects on her astonishing career
at Gallaudet that saw her set team, conference and national records.
Miller, who had her No. 23 women’s basketball jersey retired on Feb. 8,
2014, was a three-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)
All-American first team selection, three-time Capital Athletic Conference
(CAC) Player of the Year and holds numerous school records. She led
Division III in scoring average (26.3 points per game) during the 1998-99
season when the Bison (24-6) reached the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA
tournament. She still holds the Division III all-time career mark for
rebounds (1,545) in 106 games played. Gallaudet made two appearances in
the NCAA tournament (1996-97, 1998-99) with Miller leading the way.
She was a three-time CAC Player of the Year (1996, ’97, ’99) in
women’s volleyball and a three-time American Volleyball Coaches
Association (AVCA) all-region honoree (1996, ’97, ’99). She became the
first women’s volleyball player to earn CAC Player and Rookie of the
Year in the same season (1996) and a four-time All-CAC first team
selection. Miller helped the Bison win their third and fourth CAC
championships (1996, ’99) and make two NCAA tournament appearance. Her
four single-season kill totals rank first (1,038 in 1999), second (896,
’97), third (845, ’98) and fifth (720, ’96) in CAC history and are
in the Top 10 in Division III history. She finished her career with a NCAA
record 3,579 kills (tops in Division I, II, III) on 7,117 attacks (.389
hitting percentage) in 583 sets played.
She got to play for the Washington Mystics in one pre-season
game. This appearance represents that highest level in major
league sports (ML, NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS and WNBA) that a Gallaudet
athlete could ever participate, regardless if it was a
regular season game or a pre-seson game.
random deafsports thoughts
Ronda Jo Miller continues to get athletic honors.
There is one thing missing – she broke all these
volleyball records – yet never made the national
NCAA-III volleyball All-American honors!
She made national NCAA-III All-American basketball
honors three times, but in volleyball, zero!
A crying shame, it is.
Seven of the eight programs in St. Johns County will kick off practice
today. The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind will begin
preparations for its 105th season later under first-year head coach Travis
deaf soccer in Somalia
Somalia’s deaf footballers create their own league
A group of deaf football players in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, have set
up their own league after being blocked from joining existing teams.
The teams have been playing since 2010, and have been steadily gathering
They hope to eventually be recognised by Somalia’s football federation.
MATTHEW KLOTZ BREAKS 2 DEAF WORLD RECORDS AT US NATIONALS
American Deaflympian Matthew Klotz has broke three World Deaf Swimming
Records last week in Irvine at the 2018 US National Championships.
First, in a time trial, he swam a 23.14 in the 50 long course meter
freestyle, which broke the World Record of 23.34 done by Marcus Titus at
the 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships. Klotz’s previous personal
best was 23.46 from 2016.
Titus, one of the most successful deaf swimmers in history, was a
three-time member of the USA Swimming National Team and a 12-time NCAA
All-American at Arizona.
Then, in the 50 back, Klotz broke his own World Record twice: first with a
26.06 in prelims, which tied him for 20th place in the heats, and then
again with a 25.95 in the C-Final, which placed him 19th overall.
Klotz’s previous World Record of 26.26 was done at the 2017 Deaflympics.
Klotz is a rising junior at LSU, where last season he had matching
18th-place finishes for LSU at the SEC Championships in both the 100 yard
(47.57) and 200 yard (1:43.80) backstrokes. He also swam on LSU’s
8th-place 200 free relay, with a team-best split of 19.52.
There were no strobe lights or hand signals used to start races at this