After three years at the University at Buffalo, Anucha Brown Sanders is moving on to a position with the NCAA. This week, Brown Sanders was named the NCAA's vice president of women's basketball championships.
In her new role, she will be the liason between the NCAA and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the Division I, Division II and Division III women's basketball committees. She will help with "strategic oversight" of the process to determine championship locations.
Brown Sanders was the senior associate athletic director and senior women's administrator at UB. She was the adminstrative supervisor for men's and women's basketball, volleyball, softball, swimming, diving and rowing. She also worked to improve Buffalo's marketing, corporate partnerships and community relations.
"It’s an exciting time for the game of women’s college basketball and I am thrilled and honored to have been selected for the challenge of leading the championships into the next phase of growth and development,” Browne Sanders in the release from the NCAA. “Basketball has provided me with numerous opportunities in my life and I hope to take that experience and build upon it as we enhance the student-athlete experience at all championship levels.”
UB opened practice today under sunny skies at UB Stadium. Coach Jeff Quinn's in fine voice; you can probably hear him driving by on Millersport. Gone from the roster are LB Jaleel Verser, a starter last year, and LB Wonderful Monds. Both are academic casualties. ... No pads until later this week. ... Opener is Sept. 1 at Georgia, No. 6 in Coaches Poll.
As if opponents needed another reason to worry about Canisius College softball.
The Golden Griffins announced today that Al Dirschberger is joining the coaching staff. Dirschberger recently retired as the head softball coach at Niagara where he spent 22 years. While there he earned Coach of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference twice -- in 2000 and 2007. He coached three conference players of the year, three rookies of the year and a total of 36 all-conference players.
"I obviously coached against Al for a long time when he was at Niagara, but we also coached together for three years in the Empire State Games," Canisius head coach Mike Rappl said in a press release from the school. "I am really looking forward to adding him to our staff. He knows the game and he knows the MAAC. I feel this is going to be very, very beneficial to our program here at Canisius."
This past season was difficult for the Griffs, who went 20-30 overall but went 11-5 in the MAAC and earned the third season in the conference tournament for its 21st appearance in 23 years of the MAAC tourney. The Griffs return 10 position players and three pitchers in 2013.
And for those scoring at home, Dirschberger is the third former Niagara head coach to end up at rival Canisius joining Mike McRae (baseball) and Dermot McGrane (men's soccer).
Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.
Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.