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Wilkes Hires Izzi Metz As New Head Men's Basketball Coach
Building on the strong tradition of a national power in men's basketball, Wilkes University has announced the hiring of Izzi Metz as the Colonels new head men's basketball coach. Metz is the tenth coach in the basketball's program history. View the full story here and a video of the press conference here.

Schmidt, Yeager Elected To Mac Hall Of Fame
Legendary Wilkes University football coach Rollie Schmidt and two-sport star Ted Yeager '72 have been elected to the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame... more

Homecoming 2014: Share the Spirit!
Join your classmates and teammates at Homecoming 2014 - September 26-28! There is a new event called "Share the Spirit: A Celebration of Athletics at Wilkes," which will take place on the evening of Saturday, September 27. Here, you'll be joined by alumni, coaches, faculty and friends to celebrate the history of athletics and school spirit at Wilkes. There will be a Lettermen and Letterwomen's Reunion at the Tailgate Tent on Saturday afternoon, where lettermen and letterwomen will be recognized on the field immediately before the game. You can let Wilkes know you'll be at Homecoming by clicking here, if you don't want to miss all the fun!

Bo Ryan '69 joins Wilkes for Homecoming
A familiar face is coming back to campus to Share the Spirit with Wilkes. Bo Ryan '69 will be a special guest for "Share the Spirit" on Saturday, September 27. Ryan, a Wilkes U Athletics Hall of Fame member, coaches basketball at the University of Wisconsin and led his Badgers to the NCAA March Madness Final Four Tournament. 

62nd Annual John Chwalek Open
Wilkes University is hosting the 62nd Annual John Chwalek in memory of John Chwalek on June 26, 2014. The tournament is $125 per player. Register here!

Summer Camps & Clinics
Various sports are hosting camps and clinics this summer including baseball, men's and women's soccer, women's tennis, field hockey. Most camps are for high school student-athletes and some are for younger students. See more information or register here.

2nd Football Golf Outing
There's no better way to enjoy a summer day than a round of golf with some of your old teammates! Wilkes Football is hosting the 2nd Football Golf Outing at the Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Course on August 15, 2014. Registration starts at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. There is also a Tailgate at 2 p.m. at the Ralston Athletic Complex. The cost is $75.00 for golf outing and the tailgate. Register today!

Kaster, Ruch, Schappell Selected To All-Freedom Baseball Team
Three Wilkes University baseball standouts were named to the 2014 All-Freedom Conference teams. Relief pitcher Matt Kaster, first basemen Stephen Ruch and second basemen Bobby Schappell were all selected as Honorable Mentions on the All-Freedom squads... more

Borger, Hoops Named To All-Freedom Softball Team
Wilkes University softball standouts Jordan Borger and Alex Hoops were named First Team All-Freedom Conference. Borger was selected as a designated player while Hoops earned first team honors at first base... more

Women's Lacrosse Lands Five On All-Freedom Conference Squads
After setting the school record for wins in a season and securing its first-ever postseason home contest on April 24, the Wilkes University women's lacrosse team saw five players honored on the 2014 All-Freedom Conference teams... more

Wilkes Men’s Tennis Concludes Season In Second Round Of NCAA Tournament
The Wilkes University men's tennis team concluded its season falling 5-0 to host Mary Washington University in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon. Wilkes finishes its season with an 18-2 overall record, the second straight year with at least 16 wins... more

Wilkes Women's Tennis Concludes Season In Second Round Of NCAA Tournament
The Wilkes University women's tennis team concluded its season with a 5-0 loss against host Bowdoin College in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament Saturday at Foreside Tennis Club. Wilkes finishes a fantastic season with a record of 19-3... more

Save the Date: Wrestling Nationals in Hershey
Coach Jon Laudenslager and Wilkes Wrestling will be hosting an event during the 2015 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships, which will be held at the GIANT Center in Hershey, PA. The event will be on Friday, March 13, 2015, so make sure to mark your calendars - we'll be sending out more information later this year. Coach John Reese will also be joining us at this event.

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Michael Beachem
Michael T. Beachem, IV '98 has been ...
Raymond Downey
Raymond Downey '69 was married to Do...
Joshua Swantek
Josh Swantek, PharmD ’08, was promoted t...
Gary Blockus
At the annual Pennsylvania Press Confere...
Donna Beerman
Donna Talarico-Beerman '00 MFA '...
Philip Besler
Tony Shipula ’78 joined Phil Besler ’76 ...
Katie Nealon
Katie Nealon '10, passed the Pennsyl...
Edward Kollar
ParenteBeard announced on May 20, 2014 t...
James Bruck
James Bruck '94 MBA '98 was rece...

PHOTOS: New Men's Basketball Coach - Izzi Metz

If you're planning on attending Homecoming 2014, book your hotel now! For a list of hotels with discounted rates for Wilkes alumni, click here.

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Wilkes Announces 2 New Sports & Marching Band
Wilkes University will launch two new intercollegiate sports – women’s golf and women’s swimming - and the first collegiate marching band in northeast Pennsylvania in fall 2014... more    

Athletics Events Scheduled
Athletics alumni, parents and friends are invited to two upcoming events - the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on January 25 and the second annual Baseball Diamond Dinner on February 8.  Keep an eye on your inbox - more information about these celebrations will be available in the coming weeks. 

Soccer Teams Recognized for Academic Accomplishments 
Both the men's and women's soccer teams were recognized on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Team Academic.  The men's team earned a spot for the seventh straight year and the women's team made the list for the ninth consecutive year... more

Cross Country
The Wilkes University men's and women's cross country teams concluded their respective 2013 seasons running at the NCAA Mideast Regional.  The men finished 40th of 54 teams in the 8k race and the Lady Colonels claimed 40th out of 52 teams in the 6k meet... more

Field Hockey

Four Lady Colonels were selected to the field hockey All-Freedom Conference squads. Of the four Wilkes selections, one was named to the first team, two to the second team and one honorable mention... more

Seven football standouts were named to the All-Middle Atlantic Conference football teams. Wilkes finished the season with a 4-6 overall mark going 3-6 in MAC play including wins over FDU-Florham, Misericordia, and Stevenson... more

Men's Soccer
Junior forward Eric McAnena of Horsham, PA, was selected to the 2nd team All-Freedom squad. Heading into next season McAnena will enter his senior year with 42 points scored (17 goals and eight assists)... more

Women's Soccer
Five Lady Colonels were selected to the women's soccer All-Freedom Conference squads and freshman Samantha Hockley of Middletown, PA, was named Freedom Rookie of the Year.  Of the four Wilkes selections, one was named to the first team, two to the second team and one honorable mention... more

Senior standout Casey Bohan of Harding, PA, earned her second consecutive First Team All-Freedom Conference honor while freshman libero Marissa Mallory of Pine Bush, NY, was tabbed an honorable mention selection... more

Men's Basketball
The Colonels welcome the 2013-14 season with a fresh mindset and a plethora of returning experience and talent that can lead them to success in the highly competitive Freedom Conference.  With eight players back who saw significant playing time last season, Wilkes is poised to make a complete turnaround... more

Women's Basketball
Under third-year head coach Chris Heery, the Lady Colonels will look to build off of an 11-14 overall record during the 2012-2013 that saw the Lady Colonels pick up two Freedom Conference wins... more 


Riding a school record 19-match dual win streak, the 2013-14 version of the Wilkes University wrestling team already has momentum heading into its new campaign.  With four National Qualifiers returning to the lineup, the Colonels look to continue their dominance of the east... more  

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Joseph Smith
Joseph C. Smith, DPM, '90 was elected th...
Aaron Albert
Aaron Albert ('93) completed his first f...
James Butkiewicz
James Butkiewicz '71 is a professor at t...
Beth Kinslow
Beth and Milt Kinslow now reside in Anch...
Maurita Elias
Maurita (Gries) Elias '82 and her husban...

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3 Former Greats Inducted into Luzerne County Hall of Fame
Golden Horde member Ed Burke '70, wrestling letter-winner Ned McGinley '66 and baseball standout William Noone '95 were inducted in the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame last month... more

32 Student-Athletes Named to MAC All-Academic Team
The Colonel baseball team, Lady Colonel softball squad, golf team, women's lacrosse team and both tennis teams earned spots on the MAC spring all-academic list... more 

18 Baseball & Softball Alumni Make MAC All-Century Team
Thirteen former Colonel baseball standouts were selected to the teams, while five former Lady Colonel softball stars garnered selections... more 

Athletics Alumni to be Recognized at Homecoming
Alumni who were named to the Middle Atlantic Conference's prestigious All-Century Teams and members of the 1993 MAC Championship football team will be honored at the Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 5. In addition, special events are planned for the '93 team... more

BLOG: Women's Soccer in Italy 
This summer the women's soccer team, led by head Coach John Sumoski, traveled to Italy.  Read about their adventures in this blog, written by senior accounting major Katie Cocchi and junior pharmacy major Kirsten Smith... more

Women's Lax Ranked 7th Most Improved D3 Team 
According to the Wilkes 
women's lacrosse team ranked as the seventh most improved team in Division III this spring.  The Lady Colonels finished with a school-record 10 wins (10-4) following a 7-6 mark in 2012.... more  

Field Hockey
After just narrowly missing the postseason a year ago, 2013 field hockey team hopes to reach the Freedom Conference Tournament... more

Head coach Frank Sheptock, now in his 18th season leading the Wilkes program, believes his senior class is one of the strongest and most talented he has ever had in the program through his time with the Navy and Gold... more

Men's Soccer
The 2013 Wilkes University men's soccer team looks to snap a Freedom Conference Tournament appearance drought and reach the postseason for the first time since 2009... more

Women's Soccer
The women's soccer team hopes to continue their success after reaching the Freedom Conference Semifinals and ECAC tournament championship game in 2012... more

The volleyball team, fresh off its first Freedom Conference Tournament berth since 2009, looks to make a repeat trip to the conference postseason in 2013 thanks to a talented list of returners including five seniors... more

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Edmund Muskauski
Rita Wallace Muskauski ('73) passed away...
Regina Costanzo-Krieger
Regina Costanzo-Krieger was recently nam...
Jonathan Burke
Jonathan '01 and Cindie PharmD '04 Burke...
Cindie Burke
Cindie PharmD '04 and Jonathan '01 Burke...
David Carey
Dr. David Carey (BS83/MS98) has accepted...

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