2020/05/31

DeafDigest Sports – – May 28-31, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— new Gallaudet swimming coach

— elite deaf hockey player

— college deaf baseball player

— announcement from Virginia deaf school

— reward for two deaf athletes

— a past gold-medal winning deaf skier

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Gallaudet swimming

Nick Pezzarossi tabbed as Gallaudet’s swimming head coach

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University Athletic Director Victor Mansure
announced today Nick Pezzarossi as the new men’s and women’s swimming and
diving head coach. Pezzarossi will begin his part-time duties immediately.

“We are very pleased to welcome Coach Nick Pezzarossi back to the
Gallaudet athletics department and announce him as the leader of our men’s
and women’s swimming and diving program,” said Mansure. “Coach Nick’s
coaching experience, vision for our program, passion for our school and
teaching aptitudes will help guide our student success efforts. During
this time Coach Nick, Coach Larry and I, will be working together as we
transition going forward. Please join me in welcoming Coach Nick to the GU Bison Family.”

Pezzarossi, 45, is no stranger to the Gallaudet swimming program as he
served as an assistant coach on two different occasions. He served three
years under former head coach Bill Snape from 2004-07 and one year under
former head coach Rosemary Stifter in 2003-04.

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/mswimdive/2019-20/releases/pezzarossi

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Virginia sports

part of newspaper story

Kiser retiring as VSDB’s athletic director

STAUNTON – Come this fall, the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
will have a new athletic director.

Jim Kiser, who has held the position the last eight years, has decided to
hang it up.

note:

Sadly, because of low enrollment in recent years, the school had problems
fielding full teams in volleyball, boys’ basketball and girls’ basketball,
and even track.

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Reward for two deaf Kenyan athletes

part of newspaper story

The Ministry of Sports remitted Sh10,000 stipend to a total of 302
hearing (and two deaf athletes) athletes.

The deaf athletes were  a swimmer and a karate participant

Sh10,000 (Kenyan shilling) is equal to $94.00 in USA dollars

Our deaf athletes in USA do not get a cent!

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Deaf skier

part of newspaper story

Looking back: Marcinuk overcame odds to achieve greatness
Fitchburg skier won 5 gold medals at Deaflympics

Starting in 1967, Tammy Marcinuk claimed five gold medals, one silver medal and
three bronze medals over a 24-year period in deaf international skiing
competitions.

note:
When Simon Carmel, who is deaf, founded the first time ever
USA national deaf skiing team, one of the New England hearing
skiiing officials immediately told him of Tammy Marcinuk.

Much to Carmel’s joy, Tammy immediately became the face of
the USA deaf skiing program for years to come.

Tammy is now retired.

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elite deaf hockey player

Josefine Jakobsen, Denmark National Women’s Hockey Team

she was listed on the national women’s roster that
would have competed at the World Hockey championships
this season.

Because of Covid-19 the championships were cancelled

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college deaf baseball player

Nick Zeitlow

rising junior

baseball

Lindenwood University (Missouri, NCAA-II)

was listed on the roster, same as last season when he
was a freshman.

For both seasons, his stats were non-existent. Possibly
coach did not use him in any of the games in his two
seasons. The team played 17 games before the season
was cancelled because of Covid-19.

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random deafsports thoughts

a question was asked of DeafDigest Sports editor –

Is Nick Pezzarossi Gallaudet’s first deaf swimming coach?

A trick question – Agnes Dunn Sutcliffe, who was deaf and a
Gallaudet graduate, coached the women’s swimming team in the
1969 season. She did not coach the men’s swimming team at the
same time.

So, is Nick the men’s first deaf men’s swimming coach? Do not know.
The Gallaudet library archives may have that information, but
the campus is closed because of Covid-19.

Must wait for the campus to re-open so DeafDigest Sports
editor can go to the archives to get the information
on past deaf swimming coaches, if there were any!

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be