Army and Community Sports

  • Portland Timbers sign Zac McGraw

    Former Army West Point men’s soccer standout defender Zac McGraw was signed by the Portland Timbers to a first-team contract, the team announced on June 22. McGraw made history back in January after he became the first cadet in program history to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft. The Torrance, Calif., native will be the first active MLS player from any of the nation’s service academies since Navy graduate Joseph Greenspan spent the 2015-17 seasons in the league with the Colorado Rapids and then Minnesota United. During his time at West Point, McGraw made a name for himself as a two-year team captain on the back line. He appeared in 68 matches while making 66 starts and recorded 11 career points on one goal and nine assists. Read More

  • Three members of Army Executive Staff appointed to NCAA Committee posts

    The NCAA announced June 22 that Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie, Senior Associate AD/SWA Kristine Fowler and Senior Associate AD/Internal Operations Brad Brown have been appointed as NCAA Committee members.
    Each will serve as individual sport committee members, with Buddie joining the Division I Baseball Committee, Fowler joining the Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Advancement Committee and Brown being reappointed to the NCAA Gymnastics Committee.
    In addition, Brown will serve as the NCAA Gymnastics Committee Chair for the 2020-21 season.
    The NCAA is a membership-driven association and is governed by more than 150 committees with almost 1,500 committee members from NCAA institutions and conferences. Association-wide committees are comprised of individuals from all three divisions and consider issues that affect the NCAA across all divisions. Read More

  • Funk, Sullivan named AAA winners

    Prior to graduation each year, the Army Athletic Association (AAA) awards a male and female cadet-athlete who displayed the “most valuable service to intercollegiate athletics during a career as a cadet.” The AAA trophy is highly regarded as the United States Military Academy’s most prestigious athletic award. Being that the 2019-20 school year looked a bit different than years past, this year’s award winners were announced during the first-ever virtual Black Knight Awards.
    After an outstanding record-breaking career with the Army West Point women’s rugby program, senior Sam Sullivan was chosen as the 2019-2020 female recipient of the AAA Award.
    In the 116th year of the award, Sullivan was recognized alongside senior men’s basketball captain, Tommy Funk, who was the male honoree. Read More

  • Mooradian receives prestigious Special Award

    The Army Athletic Association announced June 11 that senior Lynne Mooradian of the track & field team has received the academy’s Special Award.
    The distinguished honor is presented to cadet-athletes who exhibit “outstanding achievement and exemplary leadership in athletic competition.”
    Unlike the annual AAA Award, the AAA Special Award is given only in years when a worthy candidate is deemed.
    “The special award is not an annual award at West Point for good reason,” Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Mike Smith said. “There has to be a rare combination of talents and achievements worthy of recognition. The acclaim that Lynne has brought to the academy and to our program warrant that recognition. I am proud of her accomplishments and who she has become. Read More

  • WEST POINT, TO THEE

    It began in 2008, when I was in the fifth grade. I attended an Army vs. Navy lacrosse game in Michie Stadium with my father and close family friend Rick Bifulco, who was the team captain in 1976. The first thing I remember from the trip was the cadets passing time between classes. It seemed so synchronized, so harmonious. Seeing each student wearing the same uniform and walking at a similarly brisk pace was almost mesmerizing.
    The location on the Hudson River was beautiful, and the stone buildings made me feel like I was standing in history. It was overwhelming.
    All that said, my lasting impression of West Point that weekend was the physical play and intensity of the Army lacrosse team. Read More

  • Rigney fourth overall pick in Premier Lacrosse League draft

    Army West Point men’s lacrosse senior defender Tom Rigney was selected as the fourth overall pick by the Chrome Lacrosse Club in the 2020 Premier League Lacrosse Draft May 13.
    Rigney was the fourth overall pick by the Chrome in the second ever PLL draft and the Black Knights’ top pick in program history. He is the second Army men’s lacrosse player to be selected after Johnny Surdick was picked by the Chaos in 2019. In both PLL Drafts, the top defensive picks were from the Black Knights.
    “Joe Alberici does a terrific job coaching our men’s lacrosse program and having them prepared to compete at an elite level,” said Mike Buddie, Army West Point Director of Athletics. “We are excited to see Tom have the possibility to continue his lacrosse career in the PLL, competing with the grit and toughness you would expect from a West Point cadet. Read More

  • WEST POINT, TO THEE

    “For he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.”
    I will never forget this moment.
    There is a video about Army men’s rugby that was made a few years ago. It talks about the team, the brotherhood, the legacy, our traditions and our rivalry with Navy.
    I have seen this video probably 100 times throughout the last five years and as the years have gone on, this video and some of the words said have taken on a whole new depth of meaning for me.
    Before it was just a cool video. Now when I watch, it allows me to relive some of those moments that I have experienced.
    The part of the video that has always stuck out the most is, “it’s just one of those things, you get a feeling in your gut, you get this intense focus, it’s always going to be a battle.” Every time I watched that video those lines always stuck out to me, and then finally come my junior year, I understood why. Read More

  • WEST POINT, TO THEE

    A letter to the fans, coaches, West Point Community, my family and my teammates,
    We have worked all of our lives to have the opportunity to play college sports. We spent countless hours with our parents driving to hitting lessons, pitching lessons, fielding lessons, to tournaments and showcases across the country just for the chance to play at one of the highest levels of softball. I was fortunate to play with the West Point name across my chest and to represent a team and a family much greater than myself.
    I vividly remember playing in the 2014 Colorado Sparkler Softball Tournament and Army West Point was in the stands. Our recruiting liaison after the game had told me that West Point was interested in me as a third baseman and I looked at her like she was crazy. Read More

  • Christiansen, Riley, Slomka receive offers in NFL undrafted free agency

    WEST POINT, N.Y.—Army West Point football players Cole Christiansen, Elijah Riley and Connor Slomka each received offers as undrafted free agents from National Football League teams on Saturday night.
    Christiansen received an offer from the Los Angeles Chargers, Riley’s came from the Philadelphia Eagles while the Jacksonville Jaguars extended one to Slomka.
    The trio are the first to receive offers under the NFL undrafted free agent program since the secretary of defense endorsed a policy in November making it possible for exceptionally talented athletes who have graduated from a military service academy to pursue employment as professional sports athletes following graduation.
    Once approved, they will be permitted to delay their commissioning and subsequent service obligation to pursue employment as professional sports athletes.
    “We are extremely proud of Cole, Elijah and Connor,” Mike Buddie, Army West Point Director of Athletics, said. Read More

  • WEST POINT, TO THEE

    The Lingering Flame
    I told them about a fire, about the simple combination of fuel with a spark. With numb feet and a slight quiver in my voice, I predicted the fiercest blaze would smolder over that frozen field on Michie Stadium in February.
    Odds are I wasn’t supposed to give my senior speech to my teammates that day. Growing up in Tampa, local lacrosse players just did not play college lacrosse on the scale of those from Fort Lauderdale or Jacksonville, not even mentioning traditional hotbeds in Baltimore and Long Island.
    But with a chance sighting and tremendous support from coaches and family all along the way, I found myself speaking to 60 of the greatest men I know on that brisk dark Friday night. Read More

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