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Sprint Football’s Abercrombie CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week
9/21/2021

 Sprint Football’s Abercrombie CSFL Special Teams Player of the Week After a strong showing in the Army West Point Sprint Football Team's season opener against Penn, cow kicker Ben Abercrombie has been named the CSFL special teams player of the week.

The Phoenix, AZ native successfully kicked all five of his extra-point attempts in the Black Knights 38-13 thrashing of the Quakers. Abercrombie also showed he can kick from distance, splitting the uprights on a 46-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter.

Abercrombie also factored into the return game as the kickoff specialist for Army. The cow kicked off seven times for the Black Knights totaling 376 yards for an average of 53.7 yards per boot.

Teammates JC Watson and David Dickerson were named to the league's honor roll after their strong performances last Friday.

Abercrombie and the Cadets will look to follow up on their impressive performance this Friday, September 24 when they travel to Phillipi, WV for a matchup with Alderson Broaddus University at 7pm. Read more.

Bilek Named Atlantic Hockey’s Preseason Player of the Year
9/21/2021

Bilek Named Atlantic Hockey’s Preseason Player of the YearAfter a breakout season as a junior, Army West Point Hockey team captain Colin Bilek has been named the Atlantic Hockey Association Preseason Player of the Year. The 2020-21 AHA First-Team Selection collected seven votes from AHA coaches to claim the top spot in the poll.

The Brighton, Mich. native also earned a spot on the Coaches' Preseason All-Atlantic Hockey Team, taking one of the three forward spots. He opens the 2021-22 campaign as the AHA's active leader in power play goals (16), ranks fifth in points (62) and is tied for second in goals (32) among returning players. Last season, Bilek led the conference in goals (15) while finishing fifth in +/- (+11) and eight in points (21). Teammates Lincoln Hatten, Thomas Farrell and Anthony Firriolo all received votes in the poll.

In the annual coaches' poll, the Black Knights were picked to finish third in the conference. The Cadets finished second in the AHA with a 15-6-1 (10-4-1 AHA) record a season ago, which was fueled by a 13-game mid-season win streak.

Bilek and the Black Knights will begin their pursuit of an Atlantic Hockey Title on October 2nd when they travel to Rhode Island to take on the Providence College Friars in their season opener. Read more.

Roberts Added To Track and Field Coaching Staff
9/21/2021

Roberts Added To Track and Field Coaching StaffArmy West Point Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Mike Smith has added Michael Roberts as an assistant coach. Roberts will work with the Black Knights sprints, hurdles, horizontal jumps, and relays.

“Michael is an experienced young coach who has had success at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels,” said Smith. “He elevated the profile of the program at Northwood and guided several of his top athletes to elite performances at the NCAA Championships. He possesses the qualities that will serve him well here at Army. He is a confident leader, he is looking for a challenge, and he has a proven background of success as a recruiter and as a coach. He comes highly recommended by his athletic director, for both the success he brought to Northwood, but also because of his professionalism and maturity. He will be a strong leader for our cadet-athletes, and we are lucky to have him join our staff.”

Roberts joins the Black Knights from Northwood University (MI), where he served seven seasons as the head coach for the men's and women's cross country/track & field programs. During his tenure with Northwood University, the Timberwolves set 21 school records, had 20 NCAA First Team All-American honors for both programs, and served as a member of the USTFCCCA DII Track & Field Executive Committee. Read more.

West Point’s UMAT Wins Operational Analysis Award
9/21/2021

West Point’s UMAT Wins Operational Analysis AwardCongratulations to the U.S. Military Academy's Modeling and Analysis Team (UMAT), comprised of Systems Engineering and Math faculty, who was awarded the US Army’s Operational Analysis Award! The team was led by COL Paul Evangelista and included COL Matt Dabkowski, Mr. Ian Kloo, MAJ Courtney Razon, LTC(P) Nicholas Clark, and MAJ Steven McCarthy. Their presentation titled “Modeling and Analysis Support to USMA’s Operation RESILIENT KNIGHT” captured their incredible analytic work and robust approach to an ill-defined problem which ultimately captures the response as an Academy to the pandemic. This faculty team provided analysis that informed decision-makers and shaped positive outcomes not only at USMA, but across the Army, while simultaneously excelling at their regular teaching, research, and mentoring responsibilities. Well done!

Cadets Tour Revolutionary War Fortifications
9/21/2021

Cadets Tour Revolutionary War FortificationsCadets received a tour of the Revolutionary War fortifications of West Point by Captain Jonathan Bratten. Cadets learned about the site's vital role during the American Revolution, the types of fortifications built there, Benedict Arnold's plan to betray the post, and about period weaponry. Tours like this are one of the many ways that the Department of History works with cadets outside the classroom to build knowledgeable leaders of character.

Offense Powers Football Past Huskies
9/20/2021

Offense Powers Football Past HuskiesThe Army West Point Football Team came out on the winning side of another Michie Stadium battle on Saturday afternoon, downing UConn 52-21 for its 12th-straight win at home.

The Black Knights (3-0) finished the day with 504 total yards, the team's most since a 538-yard effort against Hawaii on November 30, 2019 and had a season-high six different players notch touchdowns.

Army’s offense was clicking immediately out of the gate, as the Cadets opened up the game by reaching the end zone on three-straight possessions. The early slew of scoring was highlighted by a 55-yard career-long rush for Brandon Walters, Isaiah Alston's first career touchdown and Christian Anderson's 10th career strike.

On the other side of the ball, the Black Knights’ defense did a great job of stifling the opposing offense early on. UConn (0-4) was limited to a total of 27 yards in its first three drives and was forced to punt the ball twice. Read more.

Cross Country Claims Army Open Title
9/20/2021

Cross Country Claims Army Open TitleThe Army West Point Men’s and Women’s Cross Country both finished first at the Army West Point Open.

The Black Knights posted the top-seven finishers led by Alexandra Gibbs (20:45.3). She was followed by Thorin Jean (20:47.4), Dominique Shultz (20:48.9), Sarah Grodin (20:52.5), Katherine Kopotic (20:54.3), Evie Bell (21:07.2), and Joanna Halfhill (22:25.2).

The Army Black Knights finished first at the Army West Point Open on Friday afternoon.

Plebe Caleb Bender won the race (24:35.6) in a meet where the underclassmen shine. Classmates Spencer Bush (25:29.0) and Gabriel Nichols (25:41.3) placed third and fourth, respectively. Gregory Langone was sixth and was followed by yearling Gideon Rothschild. Plebe Christopher Verdugo finished ninth.

Q&A with Football’s Marquel Broughton
9/20/2021

Q&A with Football’s Marquel BroughtonQ: Why did you decide to attend West Point?

MB: I wanted to better my life, better my family’s trajectory and serve my country.

Q: Aside from football, what’s been your favorite part of West Point?

MB: The people. I’ve had great mentors here, like Col. Bates and Col. Woodruff. A lot of people are on my side and I think some of the best people in the world are here at West Point.

Q: What does it mean to you to be named captain of this team?

MB: It means everything. It’s a blessing. I’m just thankful that my teammates saw me as someone that can lead this team. I’m going to continue to give my all to them and encourage them to do the same.

Q: What was it like to be a part of the team that beat both Navy and Air Force at Michie Stadium?

MB: Great experience. I’ve never won anything so that was big. Winning the CIC Championship while defending Michie Stadium is one of the best experiences in my life. Hands-down one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. Read more.

Women’s Tennis Finishes Up Play at the UConn Invite
9/20/2021

Women’s Tennis Finishes Up Play at the UConn InviteArmy Women’s Tennis returned to the courts this weekend for its first tournament of the Fall season in Storrs, Conn. at the UConn Invite. The Black Knights sent nine representatives to Connecticut to compete against Fairfield, Quinnipiac and UConn.

The Cadets put on a strong showing in their first action of the season, collecting a total of 16 wins throughout the three-day tournament. Read more.

Contest At Duke Highlights Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Slate
9/20/2021

Contest At Duke Highlights Men’s Basketball Non-Conference SlateLee Anderson Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jimmy Allen has released the program’s non-conference schedule for the 2021-22 season. A trip to play at perennial national power Duke highlights the 13-game non-conference schedule.

“I think we have a terrific non-conference schedule this season,” said Allen. “We are excited to be able to return to a full schedule as we continue to build on the success of the past two seasons. Certainly, the highlight will be the opportunity to play at Duke in Coach K's final season!”

The Black Knights tip-off the season hosting SUNY New Paltz on November 9 at 7:30pm.

Army West Point then heads to Durham for a pair of games in the Duke Veterans Day Weekend Showcase. The Black Knights will play the Duke Blue Devils, coached by Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and USMA graduate Mike Krzyzewski on November 12. Army will face Hartford the next day.

The Black Knights return home to play Merrimack on November 17, before traveling to take on La Salle on November 20. Army starts a three-game homestand on November 24 against Wagner at 5 p.m., followed by meetings with a pair of MAAC opponents in Marist (November 27) and Siena (November 30). Read more.

Sprint Football Runs Past Penn, 38-13
9/20/2021

Sprint Football Runs Past Penn, 38-13After almost two years, Army West Point Sprint Football returned to Shea Stadium for a Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) contest. The Black Knights did not show any signs of rust in this game, defeating the Penn Quakers by a score of 38-13.

The Cadets came out firing right from the opening kickoff, scoring on the first play from scrimmage after quarterback JC Watson found Kraig Hamilton for a 69-yard touchdown pass just 20 seconds into the game. The defense followed the offense's lead, forcing Penn to a five-play drive, highlighted by a Brett Boswell sack to force a Quaker punt. Watson and the offense got back to work at their own 26 yard line. Army would march down the field on the backs of Watson and starting running back Ryan Connors. The duo would combine for 56 rush yards and connect for an 18 yard touchdown pass to put the Cadets up two scores.

The next point would come from kicker Ben Abercrombie, who split the uprights on a 46-yard field goal attempt early in the second quarter. The junior would also contribute five extra points while also serving as the kickoff specialist for the team. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Defeats Colgate 3-0 to Open up Patriot League Play
9/20/2021

Men’s Soccer Defeats Colgate 3-0 to Open up Patriot League Play100 years after the two teams met for the first time the Army West Point Men’s Soccer repeated history by defeating the Colgate Raiders 3-0. The 1921 Black Knights defeated the Raiders by the same result in 1921. The Cadets powered through the rough weather to pick up a decisive result in the Patriot League opener and improve their record to 4-2-1.

In typical Army men's soccer fashion, the team came out running on the Raiders, keeping the ball in the Colgate half of the field for nearly the entire first seven minutes of play. Andrew Guerra and D'Anthony Brown put two early shots on goal to test the Colgate keeper, but neither were able to find the back of the net.

Oscar Pereira followed up with another shot on goal that was deflected by the Colgate keeper to set up a corner for Army. Cooper Warren took the corner to the Black Knights, putting on a cross on net that found Justin McStay, who then deflected the ball right onto the foot of Jack Eaton, who buried a shot in the back of the net to give Army an early 1-0 advantage. Read more.

Volleyball Holds off Mountain Hawks
9/20/2021

Volleyball Holds off Mountain HawksArmy West Point Volleyball claimed its second victory in Patriot League play after defeating Lehigh in five sets on Saturday night in Gillis Field House. Paige Fixemer was a force at the net for the Black Knights with 14 kills and eight blocks, six being solos. Cate Buckingham recorded her second double-double of the season recording 11 kills and 12 digs. Sayler Butters played a big role in Army's defense finishing the match with 20 digs, followed by Riley Parchment with 15.

Army jumped ahead in set one, capitalizing on Lehigh's errors to lead 9-5 at the first timeout. The teams traded errors, but Army pulled ahead going on a 5-0 run to lead 20-18. Savannah Bray threw down the last point for the Cadets to give them to 25-20 victory. Buckingham finished the set with five kills, while Bray had four.

Lehigh claimed the early lead in set two, leading 11-9 at the first timeout. The Black Knights bounced back quickly going on a 5-0 run highlighted by a service ace from Nickerson. Lehigh fought back, but Army's offense shut them down to win the set 25-23. Fixemer led the team with four kills and one solo block. Parchment and Butters were key on defense recording five digs each. Read more.

Fourteen Plebes Join Wrestling Program
9/20/2021

Fourteen Plebes Join Wrestling ProgramArmy West Point head wrestling coach Kevin Ward has announced the addition of 14 freshmen to his program in preparation for the 2021-22 season.

The group is made up of cadet-athletes that represent 10 different weight classes and will join a program that sent seven wrestlers to the 2020 NCAA Championship, marking the team's third-consecutive year of achieving the feat.

“Overall, I think we are just really excited to finally get this recruiting class on campus and in the wrestling room,” Ward said. “This is a group of guys that showed tremendous belief in our program by committing to us through the lockdowns and all the strict COVID protocols. And from what we've seen out of them already they are worth the wait. They are hard-working, eager to learn, and ready to contribute. No one should be surprised to see a few freshmen in our lineup this season.” Read more.

Capstone Days at West Point
9/17/2021

Capstone Days at West PointOur SE, EM, and SDS Firsties, as well as Math Operations Research majors, complete a year-long capstone project for a real-world client. They not only spend nine months solving problems, but also complete a technical report for each client. The cadet teams write a scholarly paper and present in the General Donald R. Keith Memorial Capstone Competition in April. This year’s clients include US Army AFRICOM, Bell Helicopter, the JFK Special Warfare Center, Lockheed Martin, US Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Tobyhanna Army Depot, and Mitre, along with several others.

Men’s Tennis Completes First Day at The Bedford Cup
9/17/2021

Men’s Tennis Completes First Day at The Bedford CupThe Army West Point Men’s Tennis Team started its 2021-22 season at the ITA Bedford Cup in the Mountains hosted by Air Force on Thursday. Six Cadets - David Gorshein, Nathan Jose, Diego Huttepain, Samuel Eden, A.J. Woodman, and Thomas Lake – will be representing the Black Knights at the tournament.

Samuel Eden, seeded second in the draw, received a bye to advance to the round of 16. He won his match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, over Denver's Relja Eskic. Eden will face Montana State's Joaquin Espinoza in the quarterfinals on Friday.

After falling in his opening round match, David Gorshein defeated Montana State's Marcos Zelver, 6-3, 6-1, in the consolation round of 16. He plays Weber State's Matteo Savio in the quarterfinals. Nathan Jose fell in three sets in his opening round match. Jose received a bye and will play Jordan Coutinho from Weber State in the consolation quarterfinals on Friday. Read more.

West Point Ethics Bowl Team Prepares for Battle
9/17/2021

West Point Ethics Bowl Team Prepares for BattleJoin is in cheering on our Ethics Bowl Team as it prepares to defend their regional title! The Department of English and Philosophy’s Ethics Bowl Team conducted tryouts and had its first practice to solidify its 20 Cadet roster. The team has its eye on defending its regional title in the Collegiate Ethics Bowl competition that it currently shares with Tufts University. The regional Ethics Bowl competition will take place on November 20 at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, MD. Teams from all over the northeast, such as Harvard, Yale, and Tufts will compete to be named as the top ethics debate team and a chance to compete at the National tournament. Last year, not only did the West Point Ethics Bowl team win first place regionally but also placed 3rd Nationally. They are eager to improve on our last year’s success!

Ready to Rumble!
9/16/2021

The Army West Point Boxing team hosted the Annual North Area Rumble to showcase their talent, grit, and determination. Cadets, faculty, and staff flocked to central area in droves to watch the annual Army Boxing Rumble exhibition event at West Point. Competitors fight in nine weight classes ranging from super featherweight (132 pounds) to heavyweight (over 201 pounds). Photos.

Army West Point Football Returns to Michie Stadium Against UConn
9/15/2021

Army West Point Football Returns to Michie Stadium Against UConnThe Black Knights return to action at Michie Stadium after earning a 38-35 victory over Western Kentucky during last weekend's home-opener

The Army West Point Football Team will continue its three-game home stand with a 12 pm game against UConn this Saturday, September 18 at Michie Stadium.

The action between the Black Knights and the Huskies will be on CBS Sports Network with Jason Horowitz, Ross Tucker and Tina Cervasio on the call. The radio call will be found across 25 stations in nine different states via the Army Sports Network. Additionally, the call can be heard for free via the Varsity Network app and through the in-venue feed for fans in attendance.

How to follow: Television - CBS Sports Network | Radio - Army Sports Network | Game Notes - Army:UConn | Live Stats - GoArmyWestPoint.com. Read more.

2nd Regimental Commander Soto ’22 and CSM Tolston ’22
9/15/2021

CSM Tolston ’22 and 2nd Regimental Commander Soto ’22Diego Soto ’22, is an Applied Statistics and Data Science major from, Missouri City, TX, chose West Point for the unique challenges designed to push cadets in ways they have not experienced elsewhere. He saw this as an opportunity to grow rather than to wallow. He served as the Sandhurst SGM, was the “Moosehurst” I-2 Sandhurst team Squad Leader, earned the role of I-2 Company 1SG, and served as the Cadet Basic Training Regimental S-3 this past summer. “As the Second Regimental Commander, I hope to create a culture of putting people first. I believe that focusing on people through actions, not words, will lead to creating an environment of inclusion, compassion, and getting results. I believe in the philosophy of putting people first, the results can be pretty astonishing.”

Mirriam (Mimi) Tolston, an Operations Research major and native of Commerce Township, Michigan, chose West Point because she wants to be a role model for the next generation so they can break out of stereotypes to become great leaders. Tolston was selected as best Platoon SGT going into her Cow year, served as the Air Assault Command Sgt. Maj. this past summer, and has been the Rabble Rousers Team Captain since Cow year. “I am committed to empowering the cadets in 2nd reg to become an integral member of the team while also working to further their understanding of themselves as individuals. I hope to bring positivity to every cadet in 2nd regiment so that we can further an inclusive team environment through meaningful interactions.”

Cadets Briefed on Weapons of the Civil War
9/15/2021

Cadets Briefed on Weapons of the Civil WarMr. Les Jensen, the Curator of Arms and Armor at the West Point Museum briefed cadets in CPT Greenberg’s HI101 class sections on Civil War weapons and soldier systems. Cadets handled a Springfield Model 1855, Minie Balls, a bayonet, a Colt Revolver, a saber and scabbard, and a Sibley Stove as they analyzed and discussed Civil War soldier motivations.

Two from Men’s Soccer Take Home Player of the Week Awards
9/14/2021

Two from Men’s Soccer Take Home Player of the Week AwardsAfter an impressive week of competition, Army West Point Men’s Soccer took home two Patriot League Player of the Week awards. The Black Knights went 1-0-1 on the week, tying Fairfield in a dramatic comeback effort and dropping Siena 5-0 thanks to an impressive showing on the attacking side of the field. D'Anthony Brown and Oscar Pereira both played a crucial role in the effort, combining for four goals and three assists during the week to earn the League's Midfielder and Defensive Player of the Week Awards, respectively.

The duo was the catalyst behind the two-goal comeback Tuesday night against Fairfield, sparking the rally after connecting for a goal in the 79th minute when Brown fed Pereira for the Cadets' first score in the contest. Pereira would also record the assist on the equalizing goal from Justin McStay in the 85th minute to complete the comeback.

In the contest against Siena, Brown shined on both ends of the pitch. The junior scored two goals, including the first of the game, while also aiding in the defensive effort that shut out the Saints offense. The goals were also the first of Brown's career.

Pereira once again found the back of the net against the Saints which was his third straight game with a goal, and his second consecutive game with a goal and an assist. The New York native now has 11 points on the season which is good for tops in the Patriot League and puts him in a tie for second in the country. This is also the senior's second weekly award after earning the offensive player of the week award after the first week of the season. Read more.

Men’s Cross Country Moves Up in Regional Rankings
9/14/2021

Men’s Cross Country Moves Up in Regional RankingsThe Army West Point Cross Country Team is ranked 13th in the latest 2021 NCAA Division I Men's Cross Country Northeast Regional Ranking announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Black Knights started the 2021 season with a win (17-46) over the Maine Black Bears in Orono, Maine on September 3. Army posted four of the top five finishers, led by Marshall Beatty who finished first with a time of 25:12.61. Thomas Vo followed with a time of 25:26.71 and Garrett Gough placed third (25:27.33). Matthew Porter rounded out the top five with a time of 25:36.90.

Army is back in action on September 17 to host the Army Open in Wappinger Falls, NY. Read more.

Q&A with Football’s Cedrick Cunningham Jr.
9/14/2021

Q&A with Football’s Cedrick Cunningham Jr.Q: Why did you decide to attend West Point?

CC: I decided to attend West Point because of the opportunity to serve. I believe that this opportunity is second to none and I’ve always had an interest in other people and their well-being, so coming here was an easy choice. I also believe that the opportunity to be a part of this team and play for this program is so special.

Q: Aside from football, what’s been your favorite part of West Point?

CC: Definitely the people that I’ve met. That goes across a bunch of different areas. From instructors to TAC officers, to other Cadets, these are the best people I’ve ever been around. The memories that I’ve created with them are things I hold close to my heart.

Q: What does it mean to you to be named captain of this team?

CC: It’s very humbling and such an honor. To be selected by my peers as a leader and to essentially be a face for this program is really special. Especially since I didn’t see myself as a leader at times. For them to put their trust in me means a lot. Read more.

Golf Concludes Gene Miranda Falcon Invite
9/14/2021

Golf Concludes Gene Miranda Falcon InviteThe Army West Point Golf team finished its first tournament of the 2021 fall slate with strong finish at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invite. The Black Knights finished with a team score of 903 (+39) after going 9-over during the final round of the three-day event. UC Davis led from start to finish and won the event by 22 strokes over Nevada at 33-under. Tom Katsenes was Army's top individual finisher for the tournament at 7-over par after carding a 2-over 74. He ended up in a tie for 51st place on the individual leaderboard.

John Heckel Jr. had an impressive showing in his first action as a Black Knight and was tied with Katsenes for 51st place. He was consistent with his rounds, including an even par 72 during the second round of play. The top player on the final day was Marshall Daniel, who shot a 2-under 70 and joined Katsenes with under-par rounds at the tournament. He finished with four birdies, including one on the final hole of the round.

Samuel Kim was the top golfer for the Black Knights that was competing as an individual on the Silver Course throughout the weekend. He ended up in a tie for eighth place after shooting a 1-over 73 to conclude the final round. He was 4-over for the tournament. Read more.

USMA No. 2 in Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges
9/13/2021

UMSA No. 2 in Top Public Liberal Arts CollegesThe U.S. Military Academy is again rated as one of the nation's best undergraduate education institutions!

The 2022 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings places the U.S. Military Academy No. 2 in Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges and No. 11 in Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.

In the Best Engineering Programs category, at engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s, West Point ranks No. 4 overall, and ranks No. 5 for its civil engineering program in the Best in the Specialties category.

“This recognition reflects the U.S. Military Academy’s commitment to preparing cadets for the intellectual rigors of leading in an ever evolving and complex world,” said BG Shane Reeves, Dean of the Academic board. “Our academic program is the intellectual engine that drives innovation in the Army through applied research, cross-disciplinary work, and engagement. Our faculty and staff are dedicated instructors, mentors, scholars, and most importantly, role models who work tirelessly to support our cadets in and out of the classroom.” See all rankings.

Football Holds Off Western Kentucky in Home Opener
9/13/2021

Football Holds Off Western Kentucky in Home OpenerArmy West Point Football opened Michie Stadium with a 38-35 win over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights are 2-0 for the fourth time in the Jeff Monken era.

The Hilltoppers (1-1) found their rhythm early until Marquel Broughton picked off a pass for his third career interception. It was the team's second consecutive game forcing a turnover on its opponent's opening possession. The stop shut down a seven-play, 39-yard drive by Western Kentucky. Christian Anderson got the start under center looking to help the Cadets find their groove. He threw his first of five completed passes to Brandon Walters, but the drive came to a halt when the Cadets fumbled the ball. The first quarter ended scoreless after another Western Kentucky drive was cut short by the Army defense.

Tyrell Robinson came out energetic in the second quarter, rushing for 24 yards on the first play of the second quarter to get Army on the board first. Robinson recorded his third career touchdown and his longest rush since the 2020 season when he had a 50-yard run against Abilene Christian. Cole Talley secured the extra point for the Black Knights to make the score 7-0. The defense went to work on their side of the ball holding the Hilltoppers to two yards on their next drive forcing Western Kentucky to punt.

Back under center, Anderson found Braheam Murphy and connected for a 40-yard touchdown pass, his second 40-yard pass of the season. Army jumped ahead to a 14-0 lead over Western Kentucky, but the Hilltoppers found their way to the endzone with a 73-yard touchdown pass on the following possession. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Overpowers Siena in a 5-0 Win
9/13/2021

In the second game of its three-game homestand, the Army West Point Men’s Soccer Team put on an offensive showcase, featuring five goals from four Cadets in a 5-0 win over the Siena Saints.

Even though he plays as a backline defender, D'Anthony Brown shined on offense tonight, scoring two goals to lift the Cadets to their third win of the season. He and Oscar Pereira lead the Black Knight's offense that fired off a total of 18 shots in the contest, nine of which ended up on goal.

In typical fashion, Army came out of the gates with energy quickly moving the ball up the field into Saints territory. Pereira took the first shot for the Cadets just four minutes into the game. Two more shots from D'Anthony Brown and Atef Sikazwe missed the mark before Brown was able to put one past the keeper to break the scoreless tie.

Brown, a defender, made a terrific run from the backline and collected the ball in space off a pass from Cooper Warren to get the Cadets on the board.

Just eight minutes later, it was John Poncy who found the back of the net for his first goal of the season. Pereira was able to work around a few Saint defenders before finding Poncy who was able to collect the ball, turn and find the bottom left corner for the second goal of the night. Read more.

Women’s Rugby Dominates Coast Guard
9/13/2021

Women’s Rugby Dominates Coast GuardArmy West Point Women’s Rugby dominates Coast Guard in the home opener, winning 102-5 on Friday night at the Anderson Rugby Complex.

The Cadets came out firing in the first half taking a 67-0 lead after 40 minutes. The momentum did not stop as the final score was 102-5. The Black Knights had 14 different players contribute tries to the score: Codi Butt, Sydney Schaff, Kaitlyn Schwarting, Sophia Linder, Julia Riekena, Kaylee Cargile, Emma Gamboa, Emma Baughman, Rebecca Syrup, McKhaye O'Boyle, Christina Ellis, Charisma Henry, Kyla Johnson, Anabella Acinapura. Butt contributed conversions as well. She and Schaff found the endzone for the second weekend in a row. Read more.

Men’s Rugby Defeats Notre Dame (Ohio), 40-6
9/13/2021

Men’s Rugby Defeats Notre Dame (Ohio), 40-6Army West Point Men’s Rugby returned to the pitch at Warrior Field on Sunday and cruised to a 40-6 win over the Notre Dame College Falcons. The Black Knights outworked the Falcons from the first whistle, using a 33-0 run to claim their first win in Rugby East play.

The Army Men’s Rugby Team did not waste any time in this contest, jumping all over the Falcons from the first whistle. Firstie captain Matt Meehan punched in the first try score just three minutes into the contest to give Army the early lead. Sean McNulty followed suit, kicking the conversion to extend Army's early lead.

Notre Dame answered with back-to-back penalty kicks, bringing the score to 7-6 at the 15 minute mark. Those would be the last points for the Falcons in the contest as Army ramped up the defensive pressure to completely shut down the Falcon attack.

Army followed up the second penalty try with an unanswered 33-0 run to close out the contest over the final 65 minutes of action. Every player on the field contributed in one way or another to spark the run and clinch the first Rugby East win of the year for Army. Read more.

Army Set to Open Up Michie Stadium Against Western Kentucky
9/10/2021

Army Set to Open Up Michie Stadium Against Western KentuckyThe Army West Point Football Team will open up Michie Stadium this Saturday, Sept. 11 with an 11:30 a.m. game against Western Kentucky.

The action between the Black Knights and the Hilltoppers, who both enter the contest with 1-0 records, will be on CBS Sports Network with Jason Horowitz, Ross Tucker and Tina Cervasio on the call. The radio call will be found across 25 stations in nine different states via the Army Sports Network. 90.3 FM will Air a non-delayed feed inside Michie Stadium.

Additionally, the call can be heard for free via the Varsity Network app and through the in-venue feed for fans in attendance.

Furthermore, Knight Vision, Army West Point's live streaming service, will continue to provide free subscriptions for active and reserve duty members of the military for the season.

Active service members will receive a free subscription with their .mil email address by signing up at GoArmyWestPoint.com/ActiveMemberSignup. After registering, active service members can log on to GoArmyWestPoint.com/ActiveMemberLogin before every home game.

InterMat Preseason Rankings Feature Four from Wrestling
9/10/2021

InterMat Preseason Rankings Feature Four from WrestlingThe Army West Point wrestling team had four cadet-athletes featured in InterMat’s NCAA Division I Preseason Rankings, as PJ Ogunsanya (149 lbs.), Markus Hartman (157 lbs.), Ben Pasiuk (174 lbs.) and J.T. Brown (197 lbs.) were all tabbed in their respective weight classes.

Each member of the quartet returns to this year's team after qualifying for the 2021 NCAA Championship. Additionally, Ogunsanya and Pasiuk enter the year as the reigning EIWA Conference Champions at 149 lbs. and 174 lbs., respectively.

“Those guys are leaders on the team and leaders on the mat,” head coach Kevin Ward said. “All are NCAA qualifiers with championship experience, and we are looking forward to them leading the way for our team this season.”

Pasiuk had the highest overall ranking within his class, checking it at No. 15. Both Ogunsanya and Brown landed at No. 20, while Hartman was slotted 21st. Army is the only service academy to place three student-athletes 20th-or-higher, as Navy had two and Air Force had one. Read more.

Cadet Independent Research at AFRRI
9/9/2021

Cadet Independent Research at AFRRICadets conducting an independent research study went to the Armed Forces Radiobiological Research Institute (AFRRI) to conduct experiments on the survivability of Raspberry Pis against space radiation. The Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) sponsored the experiments, and NASA’s 2015 research inspired the study in testing low-cost electronics that could be potential candidates for spacecraft control systems.

Volleyball’s Fixemer Named Patriot League Player of the Week
9/9/2021

Volleyball’s Fixemer Named Patriot League Player of the WeekFixemer was a force at the net, opening the invite with a double-double in Army's five-set win over Sacred Heart. She recorded 17 kills and ten blocks with three being solos. She finished the match with 23.5 points. In the Cadet's fall to High Point, she recorded seven kills and three blocks. The Omaha, Neb. native closed out the invite with 11 kills in the Black Knight's sweep over Columbia.

Fixemer has recorded double-digit kills in three of the six matches she has competed in, with her season-high of 17 against Sacred Heart. She currently sits seventh in the league for kills per set (3.05), is second in blocks per set (1.26) and leads the league in solo blocks (4).

Ethridge earned honorable mention nods after posting her first collegiate double-double with a season-high of 51 assists and 23 digs in the win over Sacred Heart. She finished the next two matches with 58 assists and 15 digs. She recorded a season best of three kills against Columbia. Read more.

Two from Women’s Soccer Earn Weekly Patriot League Honors
9/9/2021

Two from Women’s Soccer Earn Weekly Patriot League HonorsThe Army West Point Women’s Soccer Team was well-represented among the Patriot League’s weekly accolades, as Jasmine Talley was named Offensive Player of the Week and Dara Murray was tabbed Midfielder of the Week in an announcement put out by the conference office yesterday. The honors are the first for the Black Knights (3-3-0) this season, who are coming off a split 1-1 week of action after defeating William & Mary (September 5) and falling to Fordham (September 3).

“These two getting recognized is just the tip of the iceberg in how we competed this weekend,” head coach Tracy Chao said. “As we reflect and rewatch our matches, we are seeing our offense and defense really coming together. There's no doubt that Jasmine had a fantastic weekend and specifically two big moments with her finish and assist against William & Mary. She's definitely not done yet with great work rate, energy and ability to read and move into dangerous spaces in our attack. If you watch the game-winning goal by Dara, it's a pretty accurate depiction of her as a player: pure determination, big-time hustle, grit, awareness and ultimate sacrifice of committing whatever it took to getting something on the ball which led to an unbelievable play.”

Talley had one of the strongest performances of her career during the match against the Tribe, as she netted her first goal as a Black Knight and assisted on Murray's game-winner. With the addition of the assist she picked up during the double-overtime defeat of Saint Peter's (August 29), she has four points in 2021, good for second on the team. Read more.

Cadets Arrive in Armenia
9/9/2021

Cadets Arrive in ArmeniaCadets recently arrived in Armenia for the first iteration of Persian Semester Abroad Program (SAP). The program is designed specifically for West Point’s Persian Section. The semester-long program includes 300 hours of intensive Persian language classes during 80 days of in-class instruction encompassing history, geography, current events, literature, and film and television. Cadets will also participate in guest lectures, film screenings, and numerous cultural excursions.

Katsenes Added to Stephens Cup Field Golf Tournament
9/9/2021

Katsenes Added to Stephens Cup Field Golf TournamentFirstie captain Tom Katsenes of the Army West Point Golf Team was named to the field of the inaugural Jackson T. Stephens Cup.

The Stephens Cup, a national college golf tournament, will debut October 17-20, 2021, with the goal of featuring one of the strongest fields in collegiate golf. Named in honor of the late Augusta National Chairman, Jackson (Jack) T. Stephens, the inaugural Stephens Cup will be played at The Alotian Club in Roland, Ark.

In addition, Golf Channel will provide live broadcasts on each day of official tournament play: Monday, October 18: 4-7pm eastern time, Tuesday, October 19: 3-6pm eastern time and Wednesday, October 20: 3-6pm eastern time. The nightly encore broadcast schedule will be determined closer to the tournament.

The University of South Carolina Women and the Florida State University Men, both ranked fourth in men's and women's college golf according to the most-recent Golfstat rankings, lead the field of 12 teams invited to play. Read more.

Foster Adds Kinney to Baseball Staff
9/9/2021

Foster Adds Kinney to Baseball StaffHead baseball coach Jim Foster has announced the addition of Matthew Kinney to his staff for the 2022 season. Kinney will serve as the Army West Point baseball team's assistant coach and will oversee the pitchers.

“Coach Matthew Kinney is going to be a great addition to our staff as we continue to build on our success as a program and work to take it to another level,” head coach Jim Foster said. “He is going to recruit and develop our players at a high level and is a great human being who will be a very good example for our cadet-athletes. We are very excited to have him and his fiancé Allyson here and welcome them to the Army baseball family. I look forward to working with them both.”

Kinney joins the Black Knights after a four-year stint as the pitching coach at Southeast Missouri. In his most recent season with the Redhawks, Kinney was part of a team that won both the OVC Regular Season and Conference titles and advanced to the Oxford Regional. As a pitching staff, the 2021 Redhawks led the league in saves, ground ball percentage and fewest walks allowed. Additionally, the team was third in the league in strikeouts/9 inn.

To go along with the overall success of his pitching staff, Kinney mentored OVC Pitcher of the Year Dylan Dodd in his final year in Cape Girardeau. The southpaw led the conference in innings pitched, strikeouts, wins and games started and checked in at second in ERA. Dodd earned Second Team All-America honors and went on to earn the highest draft pick in program history when he was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the third round of the 2021 MLB Draft. Read more.

Grusczynski Joins Bagley's Staff as Assistant Coach
9/9/2021

Grusczynski Joins Bagley's Staff as Assistant CoachThe Army West Point Golf Team and head coach Chad Bagley have announced the hiring of Neal Grusczynski as an assistant coach.

“The Army golf family is excited to welcome Coach Grusczynski back to West Point,” Bagley said. “Neal is a talented coach with a winning track record; and his previous experience at USMA will ensure we continue to achieve our mission of developing leaders of character and being the best version of ourselves on the fields of friendly strife.”

Grusczynski returns to Army West Point after spending time in his native city of Milwaukee serving as the head boys golf coach at Muskego High School and working with junior golfers at his Collegiate Prep Golf School.

“To have an opportunity to come back and contribute to the Army golf team at West Point is humbling and a huge honor,” Grusczynski said. “I would like to thank Coach Bagley for believing in me and my family, as we are looking forward to contributing to the success of the cadet student athletes through the game of golf.”

Grusczynski served as the head Men's golf coach at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, July of 2019 through December 2020.

Before coaching in Athens, he was the director of golf and head men's and women's golf coach at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Read more.

Branch Week at West Point
9/8/2021

Branch Week at West PointThis week marks the annual Branch Week at West Point where representatives from each of the branches open to cadets after they graduate from USMA set up displays to talk about their branches and answer questions. For Plebes and Yearlings, the week is geared toward educating them on what their options are. Cows, on the other hand, are expected to spend the week talking to branches that interest them and start narrowing down their preferences. The 17 branches are: Field Artillery, Air Defense Artillery, Infantry, Armor, Aviation, Engineers, Military Police, Chemical Corps, Cyber, Finance, Military Intelligence, Medical Service, Signal, Adjutant General, Transportation, Ordnance
and Quartermaster.

Men’s Gymnastics 11 CGA All-America Scholar-Athletes
9/8/2021

Men’s Gymnastics 11 CGA All-America Scholar-AthletesArmy West Point Men’s Gymnastics was named 2021 National Academic Team Honorable Mention while 11 Black Knights were tabbed All-America Scholar-Athletes, as announced by College Association Gymnastics.

The CGA honored 133 individual gymnasts as 2021 First Team All-America Scholar-Athletes for attaining a 3.5 grade point average or higher and 56 Second Team All-America Scholar-Athletes for attaining a grade point average between 3.499 and 3.2.

Six Cadets earned First Team All-America Scholar: Mitchell McHugh (engineering management), Adam Elahmadi (electrical engineering), Corban Barstow (physics), Jackson Pophal (economics), Kalvin Kingshill (physics) and Joseph Minus (space science).

Five Black Knights earned Second Team All-America Scholar-Athletes: Patrick Armstrong (life science), Rudolph Churchill (economics), Kiernan Reagan (economics), Mitchell Monahan (kinesiology) and Declan Henriques (psychology). Read more.

Women’s Cross Country Opens Campaign with Win Over Maine
9/8/2021

Women’s Cross Country Opens Campaign with Win Over MaineThe Army West Point Women’s Cross Country Team opened its season with a victory over the Maine Black Bears. The Black Knights had the meet's top-four runners, including two yearlings and a plebe. Georgia Jones, who was an all-league performer as a plebe, finished the race first with a time of 17:55.02. Yearling Helen Shearer was close behind placing second (17:59.85). Plebe Abigail McIlvain finished her first collegiate meet in third (19:02.79), and cow Arielle Zlotnick placed fourth (19:06.27). Read more.

Football Defeats Georgia State, Monken Earns 50th Win at Army
9/7/2021

Football Defeats Georgia State, Monken Earns 50th Win at ArmyThe Army West Point Football Team took care of business on both sides of the ball en route to earning a season-opening 43-10 victory over Georgia State on Saturday afternoon at Center Parc Stadium. The victory marks the 50th of head coach Jeff Monken's Army career.

The nation's top defensive unit from a season ago got to work quickly opposite the Panthers (0-1) and recovered a fumble on the opening drive, thanks to Arik Smith. With the ball in his hand, starting quarterback Tyhier Tyler and his offense then put together an eight-play, 40-yard drive that culminated with Tyson Riley's first career touchdown. The four-yard rush put the Black Knights (1-0) up 7-0.

After forcing the Panthers to punt away their next possession, the Black Knights once again marched their way down the field on their second drive. Tyler found wide receiver Sean Eckert with a 26-yard pass for the second-to-last play in a six-minute push that ended with AJ Howard's first career touchdown, extending the lead to 14-0. Read more.

1st Regimental Commander Hinton ’22 & CSM Bieler ’22
9/7/2021

1st Regimental Commander Hinton ’22 & CSM Bieler ’22Donovan Hinton, a Kinesiology major from Woodbridge, Virginia, spent part of this summer as the Cadet Basic Training 1 Regimental Commander. He chose West Point because he wanted to surround himself with service-oriented people. “My goal as First Regimental Commander is to instill the idea of staying on T.O.P. through Team building, Ownership, and Prioritizing the fundamentals. Despite the many clubs and sports cadets are involved in at the Academy, we are all one team with the same responsibilities when we graduate. It’s when we take the time to develop relationships with one another, hold each other accountable, and stress the importance of even simplest task that we build a strong team of future officers. We become the best versions of ourselves, so we can serve others to the best of our ability, and I look forward to seeing cadets embody that this year.”

James Bieler, a Mechanical Engineering major, from Darien, Connecticut, is a member of the West Point Men's Lacrosse and Sprint Football teams. He chose West Point for the leadership and wanted to be surrounded by those motivated by fitness, challenges, and personal development. “It is my goal this academic year to foster an environment in the regiment where seeking help, mentorship, and leader development is encouraged. I hope to create a culture of positivity and high energy in the regiment. I hope to inspire my peers to fully appreciate the amazing opportunities we have at West Point.”

Photo Cadet Hannah Lamb ’23

Women’s Rugby Picks Up Overtime Win Over Brown
9/7/2021

Women’s Rugby Picks Up Overtime Win Over BrownArmy West Point Women’s Rugby collected its first win of the 2021 season with a 26-19 overtime win over Brown, on Saturday morning. Brown got on the board first, scoring a try to take a 5-0 lead. Hope Moseley made her way to the endzone to help the Black Knights answer back quickly, tying things up at 5-5 heading into the half.

Sydney Schaaf scored the try to give Army the 10-5 lead over Brown and Codi Butt recorded the conversion to tack on another two points for the Black Knights. Butt kept her momentum going, finding her way to the endzone, and scoring the conversion to put Army up 19-5 at 27 minutes.

Brown did not go down easy as they scored off a long run to cut the Cadets' lead to 19-12. Brown scored another try and conversion to tie things up at 19-19 with 15 minutes left. The teams would not record another point in regulation and headed into overtime locked at 19. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Powers Past William & Mary
9/7/2021

Women’s Soccer Powers Past William & MaryFor the second straight game, Dara Murray found the back of the net in what would be the difference for the Army West Point Women’s Soccer Team in its 2-1 victory over William & Mary. The Black Knights were able to hold off the late surge from the Tribe offense, who were not able to get through cow goalkeeper Taylor Stalheim. Stalheim's save in the 89th minute capped off the win for Army, the team's third straight.

The Cadets brought the energy early, coming out fast with an attack that continually worked the ball into the Tribe's half of the field throughout the first 20 minutes of action. Yearling Jasmine Talley broke the scoreless tie in the 18th minute, taking the feed from Lauren Drysdale and finding the lower left corner of the net for her first goal of the season and the first for her career.

Stalheim's efforts anchoring the Army defense proved to be crucial in the first half, keeping Army on top with saves in the 14th and 23rd minutes of action and helped the Black Knights carried their 1-0 lead into the second half

The second half began much like the first for the Black Knights, as Army controlled the pace thanks to the strong play of their midfield of Drysdale, Daniela Mendoza and Izzy Fontana. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Longwood, 2-0
9/7/2021

Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Longwood, 2-0In the final game of its three-game homestand, the Army West Point Men’s Soccer Team ran past the Longwood Lancers for a 2-0 victory. The Black Knights jumped on the Lancers from the very first whistle, using a steady attack to create several early scoring chances. The front line of Sal Rasizzi, Andrew Guerra, Brandon Bryant and Oscar Pereira helped lead Army into the Lancer zone and create three shots for the Cadets.

On the third chance, Guerra was able to collect the ball off a throw-in and feed Pereira who made a series of moves before finding the bottom left corner of the net for Army's first goal of the match.

Army controlled the tempo for the rest of the half thanks in large part to outstanding defensive efforts from Jack Eaton, D'Anthony Brown and Dylan Mitchiner. The back line held off the Lancer attack for much of the game and gave plebe goalkeeper, Tomas Hut, room to breathe in the backfield. Hut would only need to make one save off a shot in the 58th minute on his way to his first career shutout. Read more.

Men’s Rugby 48-28 Win Over Queen’s
9/7/2021

Men’s Rugby 48-28 Win Over Queen’sArmy West Point Men’s Rugby returned to the pitch at Warrior Field on Saturday to earn a 48-28 win over Queen's University of Charlotte. The Black Knights outworked the Royals on both ends of the field to earn their first victory of the 2021 15s season.

Army came out of the locker room ready to run, and run is what they did, as it took the Cadets only two minutes to find the try zone and take the lead. Jonny Haley scored the first try of the season for Army, which was followed by a successful conversion by Sean McNulty to give the Black Knights a 7-0 lead that they would not surrender. Lucas Pattinson followed up with a try score of his own to give Army a 12-0 lead just 10 minutes into the game.

Michael Amberg was the star of the pitch in the season opener, scoring fifteen total points on three tries to lead the Cadets in scoring. The junior scored back-to-back tries in the 24th and 36th minute to stretch the lead to 26-7 going into the break. Queen's rallied early in the second half to shrink the Army lead to five (26-21) at the 50 minute mark. With Army needing a score to keep the lead, senior captain Matt Meehan drove his team down the field and into the end zone for a huge score. McNulty followed suit, booting another conversion between the pipes to push the Army lead back to 33-21. Read more.

Volleyball Splits Second Day of the Black Knight Invitational
9/7/2021

Volleyball Splits Second Day of the Black Knight InvitationalArmy West Point Volleyball split the second day of the Black Knights Invitational falling 3-0 to High Point then returned to sweep Columbia 3-0 in the last match of the invite.

The Black Knights opened the match with three kills from Paige Fixemer to lead 4-1 over the Panthers. High Point battled back capitalizing on Army's mistakes to take a 13-10 lead. Savannah Bray and Fixemer battles to keep the Cadets in the match, recording three kills and one block each. It was not enough, as errors increased High Point's lead allowing the Panthers to take the first set 25-19.

Army opened set two with a 9-4 lead over the Panthers, led by two kills from Bray. Errors started to get the best of High Point helping keep the momentum in Army's favor. Cate Buckingham fired off a kill to increase Army's lead to 16-10 forcing the Panthers to take their second timeout. High Point fought back, capitalizing on attacking errors made by the Cadets, to bring the set to 22 all. The teams traded points, but High Point jumped ahead to take the 26-24 victory. Bray finished with six kills and four digs.

High Point jumped out in front early, leading 6-2 at Army's first timeout. Attacking errors by the Cadets allowed the Panthers in extend their lead. Kai Nickerson and Fixemer helped the Cadets battle, but ultimately fell 13-25 to lose 3-0 to High Point. Read more.

Keeping Up with Football Practice at West Point
8/26/2021

Keeping Up with Football Practice at West PointThe Army West Point Football Team was back out on the practice field yesterday evening as the Black Knights were getting ready for the 2021 season.

Firstie captain and linebacker Arik Smith and quarterback Jabari Laws discussed the progress the team has made since the start of camp and how the Black Knights are preparing for the season opener on September 4 at Georgia State as the first game is less than two weeks away.

Club Night at West Point!
8/26/2021

Club Night at West Point!Cadets spent the evening exploring 137 clubs at the annual USMA Club Night. Choices range from military, academic, support, hobby, religious, and diversity clubs. Whether a cadet wished to explore the ancient, but never aging game of chess, join the boxing team, weapons team, or delve into the Women’s Team Handball, they took time to explore and joined what appealed to them.

Severe Weather Preparedness and Training
8/26/2021

Severe Weather Preparedness and TrainingOutside of the classroom, our academic departments have robust experiential learning opportunities. This summer the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering conducted the Severe Weather Preparedness and Training summer immersion program, led by Dr. Adam Kalkstein and Maj Jim Hughes (USAF) with six cadets from the class of 2023. In addition to observing and learning about severe weather across five states, cadets visited three Air Force and two Army installations. Cadet-led interviews revealed how weather teams protect resources and personnel from severe weather, and how they support operations and training. Finally, cadets gained an appreciation of the geography and culture of the Great Plains and Southwest through a variety of stops such as White Sands National Park and Fort Sumner. Read more.

Allen Completes Staff with Addition of Thorsen
8/26/2021

Allen Completes Staff with Addition of ThorsenWith the recent addition of Nick Thorsen to his ranks, Lee Anderson Head Men's Basketball Coach Jimmy Allen has completed his staff for the 2021-22 season. Thorsen will serve the team as an assistant coach, working primarily on offensive efforts.

“I am very excited that we are able to have Nick join our staff after serving as our prep school head basketball coach,” Allen said. “Over the past six years he has done a fantastic job of coaching, developing, and mentoring our young guys. His ability to teach our system and his knowledge of the academy makes Nick the perfect fit on our staff. The learning curve that most coaches have coming to West Point does not apply to Nick and he has hit the ground running. He has developed great relationships with our players and everyone in our program is equally as excited for his arrival.”

Thorsen joins the Black Knights after a six-year stint as the head men’s basketball coach for the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS). Under his guidance, the team posted 111-47 mark and picked up six wins over the Naval Academy’s prep school. As head coach, Thorsen's responsibilities included scheduling, scouting, budget management and day-to-day team operations. He helped develop and prepare future Black Knights, oversaw the team's strength and conditioning program, and monitored his players' academic progress. Read more.

First Captain Holland Pratt
8/25/2021

First Captain Holland PrattHolland Pratt, a Military History major and Middle East Regional Studies minor from Liberty Lake, Washington, chose West Point to help others and be surrounded by people with a similar mission and mindset for service.

As First Captain, how will you lead at West Point?

“I hope to empower cadets at West Point to feel they have the tools and opportunities to pursue excellence and influence those around them in a positive manner. West Point often pinpoints your weaknesses and makes you work at them, but if we stay focused on serving those around us and remember the legacy of servant leadership we have inherited as cadets and service members, we can overcome those difficulties and be better prepared to lead to the best of our abilities as platoon leaders and beyond. ‘Eager to Serve, Willing to Lead’ always!”

Photo: CDT Ellington Ward ’22, Cadet Media Group CIC

ASEM Wins Two Founder’s Awards
8/25/2021

ASEM Wins Two Founder’s AwardsCongratulations to our Engineering Management Program, winners of two American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM) Founder’s Awards. The program was recognized for both the Best ASEM Student Chapter and the Best Undergraduate Engineering Management Program for 2021!

To quote Department Head COL Rich Morales: “Both awards recognize excellence and leadership, both in programs and in people. This selection is not made solely by academics, but also by well versed practitioners and employers in the field. This reinforces what we already know: our program teaches and leads, not only in the theoretical domain, but by expertly applying engineering concepts to real world problems, a skill that will enable Cadet success now and in the future.”

Special thanks to 2LT Mitch McHugh, the ASEM Cadet-in-Charge for AY21, MAJ Abe Payne, the ASEM Officer-in-Charge, and to COL Paul Evangelista, LTC(P) James Schreiner, and Dr. Kenny McDonald, who expertly led the Engineering Management Program and oversaw ASEM during AY21. Well-deserved!

Hershberger Joins Track & Field Staff
8/24/2021

Hershberger Joins Track & Field StaffArmy West Point Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Mike Smith announced the addition of Ryan Hershberger to his track and field staff on Monday afternoon. Hershberger will oversee the throwers as an assistant coach.

“I have known Ryan for quite some time first as an athlete at K-state and more recently as a coaching colleague,” said Smith. “He has accomplished a lot in his short career, and we are lucky to have him join our staff. There is a consistent level of praise for Ryan from peers and mentors regarding his talent, his acumen, and his work ethic.”

Hershberger joins the Black Knights from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he served as an assistant track and field coach. During his tenure with the Forty-Niners, Hershberger oversaw the throwing events helping UNC Charlotte win seven Conference-USA titles in the throwing events. He assisted student-athletes in setting program records in the men's shot put, women's hammer throw and men's discus throw.

This past season, Hershberger guided senior thrower Terrell Adams to an NCAA Championship berth in the discus throw, where he finished eighth and earned First Team All-American honors.

Prior to his time with the Forty-Niners, Hershberger was a volunteer assistant coach for his alma mater Kansas State University. As a student-athlete, he was an All-Big 12 and NCAA All-American selection in the shot put with a lifetime best of 19.29m (63'3"). Read more.

Football Getting Set for Opener with Second Scrimmage
8/23/2021

Football Getting Set for Opener with Second ScrimmageThe Army West Point Football Team participated in its second scrimmage in August as the Black Knights get set for the season opener at Georgia State on September 4 in Atlanta. Head coach Jeff Monken as well as linebacker Daryan McDonald and quarterback Jemel Jones spoke after the scrimmage.

The scrimmage started off with two-minute drill with Jabari Laws, Christian Anderson and Jemel Jones all getting a chance to run the hurry up. The defense posted stops during the first two drives, forcing a punt from Zach Harding. Jones led the team to six points during the drill with Jakobi Buchanan finding the endzone after Jones connected with Laquan Veney for a long gain. Tyhier Tyler took the first snaps for the first team during a regular drive and eventually ran it in for a touchdown after a long drive. Anderson took the next snaps and eventually rushed it in for a touchdown on third down. Tyler back in after halftime break and found Veney for a 10-yard touchdown reception. Laws came in later in the scrimmage again and found Justin Lescouflair rushed it in to end the drive with six points. Cole Talley crossed the goal line for extra two-point conversion. Ended with rookies offense vs defense.

CST Hooah 2021 Wrap-Up
8/23/2021

CST Hooah 2021 Wrap-UpAs the United States Corps of Cadets start their second week of classes, we are reminded of the dedication and hard work they poured into Cadet Summer Training (CST). May they maintain the same grit, tenacity, and resilience the rest of the academic year!

Lennon Joins Swimming & Diving Staff
8/23/2021

Lennon Joins Swimming & Diving StaffHead swimming coach Brandt Nigro recently announced the addition of Kelly Lennon to his staff. In preparation for the 2021-22 season, Nigro named Lennon an assistant coach.

“Kelly offers a unique combination of experiences that will make an immediate impact on our cadet-athletes and our program as we continue to build something very special here,” Nigro said. “She brings instant energy to the pool deck and our dryland sessions, and our team already loves working with her. Her expeerinces as both a student-athlete and collegiate coach are valuable, but it was her non-swimming experiences that really set her apart from the other applicants. I'm excited to work with her and help her grow as a coach. There's no doubt our program is stronger with the addition of Kelly.”

Lennon comes to the banks of the Hudson after pursuing a master's degree in sport administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her time with the Tar Heels, she served as a graduate assistant of athletics administration, helped with the event management staff, and worked as a graduate teaching assistant.

Prior to her stint in Chapel Hill, Lennon interned with the America East Conference for the 2018-19 competition year. She participated in calls with groups such as the student-athlete advisory committee advisors, business officers, senior women administrators, and athletic directors. Additionally, she helped to plan and executive the America East Healthy and Safety Summit, assisted with expansion of the America East Alumni Network and helped to develop a rollout of the Better To9ether mental health initiative.

Lennon brings plenty of coaching experience to West Point, having served as an assistant at Merrimack College and an age group coach at SOLO Aquatics. She was a decorated student-athlete at the University of Vermont, where she swam from 2014-18. A three-time America East All-Conference honoree, she was named the America East nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year in 2018 and earned the UVM Athletic Department's Jeff Stone Memorial Award during her senior season. Read more.

Track & Field Announces Upcoming Clinics
8/23/2021

Track & Field Announces Upcoming ClinicsArmy West Point Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Mike Smith has announced clinic dates for the 2021-2022 seasons. The clinics will feature every event and are open to all ability levels.

The sessions will take place at Gillis Field House, the home of indoor track and field for the Black Knights. Clinics will be held on select Tuesdays throughout the year, beginning August 24, 2021, and will run through May 10, 2022.

Each session will take place from 6:15p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Participation is free of cost and open to any and all entrants on a first-come, first-serve basis with a limit of 20 athletes per session. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Head Coach Feature
8/20/2021

Men’s Soccer Head Coach FeatureBrian Plotkin will be the first to tell you that he is all about the team.

The newly appointed head coach of Army West Point Men’s Soccer is always quick to turn the conversation towards his Cadet-athletes and always makes you aware of the achievements of his players. His wealth of soccer knowledge and experience is hidden underneath a sense of selflessness that he hopes to infuse into his program as he enters his first season at West Point and his first as the leader of a college soccer program.

Plotkin believes that the first step in building a championship-caliber program is to establish a culture that emphasizes teamwork and encourages an unselfish attitude.

“Success begins with our Cadets being good teammates. That's the foundation of it all, selflessness and competitiveness.” said Plotkin. “It all comes back to three words that I want to be at the center of our team; purposeful, powerful and passionate. We have to be purposeful in our training. We have to be passionate in everything we do. Finally, we have to be powerful in our belief that we, as a team, can achieve our goals.”

By emphasizing these three attributes, Plotkin hopes to create an environment that will help develop not only good soccer players, but high-quality Cadets and young men. Full story.

Class of 2023 Affirmation Day
8/19/2021

Class of 2023 Affirmation DayMembers of the Class of 2023 affirmed their commitment to serve in the U.S. Army upon graduation from West Point during the Affirmation Ceremony on Sunday, August 15.

Class of 1973 attended as the 50-year class affiliate, and former astronaut, COL (R) William McArthur, Jr. ’73, served as the evening's guest speaker. The Oath of Affirmation was given by BG Mark Quander ’95, Commandant of the U.S. Corps of Cadets, and welcoming remarks were made by the Class President, Cadet Melic Belong ’23. Congratulations!

USMA on Stacker List of the 100 Best Colleges in America
8/18/2021

The United States Military Academy has made it on to Stackers 2021 List of the 100 best colleges in America. To coincide with the beginning of another school year, Stacker compiled a list of the best colleges in America using Niche's 2021 rankings. Niche ranks colleges using various factors, including academics, admissions, financial, and student life. Read more.

Football Continues to Get Ready for Season Opener
8/18/2021

Football Continues to Get Ready for Season OpenerThe Army West Point Football team continued practice on Tuesday evening to get ready for the season opener against Georgia State on September 4 in Atlanta.

Tyrell Robinson ’24 and Malkelm Morrison ’22 spoke after practice about fall camp and how the team is getting ready for the season.

Two Volleyball Cadets Named to Preseason All-League Team
8/18/2021

Army West Point Volleyball, the 2020 Patriot League Champion, was selected third in the league's Preseason Coaches' Poll, while Paige Fixemer ’24 and Allanah Cutler ’24 each garnered a spot on the Patriot League Preseason All-League team, as announced by the conference this morning. Army finished with 112 points, seven first place votes and one point behind American in second. Colgate claimed the top spot in the poll with 115 points and eight first-place votes, while Allie Lowe was named Preseason Player of the Year. Navy trailed Army in fourth, followed by Loyola Maryland and Holy Cross. Lehigh, Lafyette and Bucknell rounded out the Patriot League Preseason Poll.

The Black Knights finished last season with a record of 6-3 and a 4-2 mark in conference matches. Army collected the program's fourth conference title, earning their second berth to the NCAA Championship that was held in Omaha, Neb. Army led the league in kills per set (13.18) and digs per set (18.09).

Fixemer was a 2020 Second Team All-Patriot League selection after her stellar rookie campaign. The middle blocker played in all nine matches finishing second on the team in kills (93) and kills per set (2.51), while leading the Black Knights in total blocks (29). The Omaha, Neb. native recorded a season-high of 20 kills against Holy Cross and tallied two more double-digit kills matches. Cutler garnered a spot on the league's All-League team after finishing her plebe year leading the team in kills while ranking seventh in the Patriot League with 113 kills. She recorded double-digit kills in seven of the nine matches she played in and totaled 123 points. Cutler recorded a season-high of 19 kills and 20 points in the Black Knights' five set victory Holy Cross. Read more.

Pereira Named to Preseason All-Patriot League Team
8/18/2021

Pereira Named to Preseason All-Patriot League TeamAfter a breakout season as a cow, Oscar Pereira ’22 of Army West Point Men’s Soccer has been named to the Patriot League’s preseason All-League Team. Pereira, who was named to the team as a midfielder, was the team's leading scorer a season ago, finding the back of the net four times in 2020. The league's annual preseason poll, which was also announced today, had Army picked to finish 10th in the conference.

The New York native adds this honor to his All-Conference Second-Team award that he picked up for his work on the field a season ago. Pereira started all five conference games for the Black Knights, totaled five points in conference play which was good for seventh in the Patriot League. His best performance of the season came against the Midshipmen in Army-Navy Cup IX, where scored a goal and assisted on another in a convincing 2-0 shutout victory.

Pereira will look to pick up where he left off in 2020 when the Cadets take the field for their season opener opposite La Salle (August 26). Read more.

ASEM Representing at Club Night
8/18/2021

ASEM Representing at Club NightThe American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM) student chapter was represented at Club Night, the Cadets-in-Charge were, CDT Matt Hawkins ’22 and CDT Leang Tri ’22. If you’re an alum or friend of Department of Systems Engineering and want to get involved in our ASEM as a guest speaker, reach out to OIC MAJ Abe Payne, Abe.payne@westpoint.edu.

Women’s Soccer Welcomes 12 Plebes 2021
8/18/2021

Women’s Soccer Welcomes 12 Plebes 2021Army West Point Head Women’s Soccer coach Tracy Chao has announced the addition of 12 plebes to the 2021 team, which is set to open its season this week in San Diego.

The group is made up of six defenders, two midfielders, two forwards and two goalkeepers and features players from as far away as California and as close as New York.

“We inherited a really solid class of players and even more amazing people that have chosen to not only be a part of our women's soccer program but the prestigious Army West Point to ultimately become extraordinary leaders and serve our great country,” Chao said. “Nevertheless, this class brings a lot of depth in different areas of the field, and it has been fun these last few weeks getting to see them on the field and identifying their abilities. They are certainly going to be impactful for us this season as they join a tremendous group of returning players.” Read more.

Army West Point Athletics Unveils Transition to Mobile Ticketing
8/18/2021

In an effort to provide a more convenient, sustainable and secure gameday experience, Army West Point Athletics will transition to mobile tickets for all ticketed athletic events, starting with the 2021 fall sports season.

With the introduction of the My Account website portal, managing tickets on a mobile device has never been easier. Mobile ticketing will also help provide an additional level of security, guarding against the production of fraudulent and counterfeit tickets. For complete details, including step-by-step instructions and FAQ's, please visit armygameday.com/mobiletickets. Read more.

Class of 2025 Acceptance Day Parade
8/17/2021

Class of 2025 Acceptance Day ParadeSaturday August 14, the Class of 2025 participated in the Acceptance Day parade and was officially accepted into the United States Corps of Cadets. Congratulations to all classes! Well done!

Football Closes Camp with Saturday Scrimmage
8/17/2021

Football Closes Camp with Saturday ScrimmageThe Army West Point Football team closed out its fall camp this past Saturday with its first scrimmage of the season at Michie Stadium. Head coach Jeff Monken, along with Maurice Bellan, Braheam Murphy and Marquel Broughton spoke after the scrimmage, which was held just after noon at West Point.

Following its pregame routine, Army started off with 7 vs. 7 drills as well as and one-on-one linemen drills. Tyhier Tyler took the first snaps on the opening drive, which finished with a rushing touchdown by Tyson Riley after a long run from Anthony Adkins. Jemel Jones took snaps on the second drive for the offense. Another long rush from Adkins started it off and he later scored on a rush. Maurice Bellan was under center on the third drive and found tight end Brandon Jones for a touchdown, the first non-rushing score of the day.

Rookie Simeon Evans took snaps on the fourth drive, the first rookie quarterback to see action. He connected with Bishop Johnson down the sideline for a touchdown. Jabari Laws took snaps to start the first team's second round of action. Laws spotted Braheam Murphy through the air and the slot back found the end zone for another score for the offense. Christian Anderson took snaps on the sixth drive and then handed ball over to Cade Ballard in a two-minute drill situation. Sean Eckert reeled in a nice grab on fourth down to extend the drive during the two-minute. Rookie Logan Burks hauled in the final touchdown of the afternoon with a nice grab in the back of the end zone.

The Black Knights finished camp but are continuing to get ready for the season opener on September 4 at Georgia State and then Army will be home for the first time in 2021 against Western Kentucky on September 11.

Soldier Borne Sensor Soars Over West Point
8/17/2021

Soldier Borne Sensor Soars Over West PointThe Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) took flight during Cadet Leader Development Training (CLDT) over a two-week period in July.

Product Manager Soldier Maneuver Sensors (PdM SMS) provided two first generation SBS systems and training to the cadets selected to pilot the unmanned aerial systems, nicknamed the “Black Hornet”.

Cadets employed the SBS systems while conducting offensive and defensive training operations led by the West Point Department of Military Instruction. The opportunity arose through a well‐established partnership between PdM SMS and the West Point Robotics Research Center who also supported the event.

CLDT is a Cadet Summer Training (CST) program offered to third and fourth year West Point cadets to train, mentor and assess basic leadership skills. More than 1,400 cadets learned effective communication and tactical decision-making skills in a series of small unit tactical training scenarios.

“I’m flying the Black Hornet in support of a platoon sized attack,” said Carlos Vaquero, a third year USMA cadet selected to pilot the SBS. “It’s really fascinating because it's the only time that cadets will get to do this kind of peer-on-peer training. Both sides are equal in size and have the same capabilities and equipment, including full gun teams, fire support, and technology. My counterpart is piloting the drone in support of the defense.” Read more.

Wilkins Promoted to Associate Head Coach
8/17/2021

The Lee Anderson Men's Head Basketball Coach Jimmy Allen announced the promotion of longtime assistant Ben Wilkins to Associate Head Coach on Friday morning. Wilkins, who is entering his sixth year at Army West Point, was one of Allen's first hires ahead of his inaugural season at the helm in 2016-17.

“Ben has been as responsible for the success of our program and the culture we have as anyone,” Allen said. “He is a terrific teacher of the game and a tremendous role model for our cadet-athletes. He has done a great job recruiting as well as being our defensive coordinator. I am very happy we are able to reward him with a promotion to Associate Head Coach. Ben is going to be an awesome head coach very soon.”

Since becoming a Black Knight, Wilkins has played an integral role in a staff that has compiled the most wins in their first four years at Army since Mike Krzyzewski. He has helped the men's basketball program compile winning records over service academy rivals, Navy and Air Force. During his time on the staff, the Black Knights have recorded a 6-4 mark against the Mids, giving the Class of 2020 the most wins versus Navy in program history. Army has also taken three of the four matchups opposite Air Force since Wilkins joined the program.

“I am honored to work with exceptional student-athletes and incredible young men at such an elite institution,” Wilkins said. “I take great pride in doing my part in the West Point mission of developing leaders of character. It is humbling for me to be recognized in such a way by Coach Allen and Mike Buddie. I appreciate the opportunity to further serve our student-athletes. My family and I are excited to remain a part of the West Point community. I am excited about the future of the Army West Point basketball program.” Read more.

Bieler ’22 Advice to the Class of 2025
8/17/2021

Bieler ’22 Advice to the Class of 2025Congratulations to Chi Alpha Sigma Scholar, CDT Jake Bieler! Jake is a Mechanical Engineering major and Sprint Football athlete.

Jake provides advice to the class of 2025: “Being an athlete at West Point has taught me lessons of resiliency and teamwork that have carried into all aspects of my life. The other men on sprint football and lacrosse have motivated me and pushed me day-in and day-out to be a better version of myself. Getting better is a daily process, with no time to waste. Having teammates to reiterate this and invest in our development has been extraordinary. From an academic standpoint, the concepts of preparation, asking questions, and seeking help are fluid across both academics and athletics. I am fortunate for my teammates, friends, coaches, and family for investing with me in this process.” Complete list of Chi Alpha Sigma Scholar cadets.

Cadets Intern with the Space and Missile Defense Command
8/12/2021

Cadets Intern with the Space and Missile Defense CommandCadets Jeffrey Green ‘24 and Anusha Pakkam ‘24, completed a summer internship at the Space and Missile Defense Command to discover how they are building future space and missile defense forces today. CDT Pakkam majors in international law and space science where she hopes to become a JAG lawyer with a focus in space, cyber and technology law. CDT Green majors in economics, and he plans to branch either infantry or aviation.

“I always knew I wanted to join the Army because of the incredible opportunities the United States has given me and my family,” CDT Pakkam said. “I am a first-generation American and grew up with parents who always encouraged me to strive for excellence, while stressing the importance of dedication and perseverance – the same qualities which afforded them the opportunity to move to this country and fulfill their lifelong ‘American Dream.’ I am a product of that determination and know there is no better way to express my gratitude for my country than serving as an officer in the U.S. Army. Read more.

Lake Frederick Highlights 2021
8/12/2021

Lake Frederick Highlights 2021The Lake Frederick experience was the first opportunity new cadets had to step back from the company they operated in during Cadet Basic Training and bond with their entire class. The event was designed to build class cohesion through recreation and sports activities, pugil stick fights, and the crucible event branded The Long Gray Line Starts Here.

Cadet Lead STEM Camps for Students
8/12/2021

Cadet Lead STEM Camps for StudentsThe Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM executed virtual STEM camps for rising 7th/8th graders and rising 9th/10th graders. In the past, these summer STEM camps were held in-person, on campus. Over the summer, faculty members assembled over 230 individual STEM kit packages and sent them out to students all over the country who were accepted into the program. Twelve Cadets led and mentored students through five modules (cryptography, catapult design, rocket design, origami math, and bridge design). The camp also featured guest speakers, virtual lunches, Cadet panels, barracks room tours, and an introduction to West Point. Learn more about STEM.

Drysdale Lands on Preseason Women’s Soccer All-Conference Team
8/10/2021

Drysdale Lands on Preseason Women’s Soccer All-Conference TeamLauren Drysdale has landed a spot on the Preseason All-League Team, highlighting the early awards for the 2021 Army West Point Women’s Soccer team. The announcement, which was put out by the Patriot League on Tuesday morning, also shared that the program has been picked to finish fourth in the coaches’ poll.

“After a COVID year, we are all looking forward to stepping back on the pitch for the season and certainly back into our Patriot League matchups,” head coach Tracy Chao said. “Every preseason there are a lot of questions every team is looking to answer in a really short window, and now, it has been two years since any of us have been in this position going into a fall. What we do know is there are no easy games in the Patriot League, and our focus is not on where we’re predicted to start but the process of getting to where we need to be at the end. With that said, Lauren Drysdale is just a piece of our process for this fall who certainly came off a solid spring. She is a servant leader who exhibits that on and off the field and has the quality and consistency in her game and work rate that obviously goes unnoticed.”

Drysdale, who landed on the 11-player squad as a midfielder, will captain the Black Knights after garnering First Team All-League honors in the shortened 2020 campaign. The junior started all five of the team's games last season, playing the full duration in two matches. She finished the slate with one goal, a game-winner during the team's 1-0 victory over conference foe Lehigh (March 13). Drysdale is one of two all-conference players returning from last year's team, joined by Elise Urkov (Third Team). Read more.

BG Shane Reeves ’96 Instructor Shout Out
8/10/2021

BG, Dean Reeves ’96 Instructor Shout OutAs we celebrate the end of Beast Barracks, I’d like to highlight two of our instructors who helped mentor and develop cadet leadership. This photo was taken on R-Day when it all began. Great work, LTC(P) Kevin Steele and MAJ Berto Santos!

LTC(P) Kevin Steele ’00 served as the Cadet Basic Training Deputy Commanding Officer. During the academic year, he serves as the Executive Officer for the Department of Foreign Languages and a German Instructor. LTC(P) Steele commissioned as an Aviation officer before becoming an Army Foreign Area Officer. LTC(P) Steele expressed deep pride in having the opportunity to be part of the leadership team for Cadet Basic Training, noting that this is the 25th anniversary of his summer as a New Cadet in 1996. He also emphasized that having personnel from the Dean’s Directorate performing roles in support of Cadet Summer Training details allows for a great team-building experience, as these officers get a chance to work closely with counterparts from many organizations throughout the Academy.

MAJ Roberto W. Santos (Berto) is beginning his second year of teaching the Philosophy and Ethical Reasoning course. After ten years of civilian work experience, he commissioned as an MI officer through OCS in 2010. MAJ Santos currently coaches the Ethics Debate Forum, which placed first in regional competitions and third in Nationals last year. During CBT, he served as the AS3, responsible for oversight of daily TOC operations. He says that cadets are the ones who truly ran the show and was impressed by how tirelessly they worked to build a functioning team, run TOC operations, and safeguard and train the New Cadets. Aside from the experience of shaping the minds of future leaders, teaching at West Point has offered him a window into a different commissioning source, which helps him better understand the diversity within the Officer Corps, which he believes makes for a better Army.

Army Hockey Mini Plan and Group Tickets On Sale Now
8/10/2021

Army Hockey Mini Plan and Group Tickets On Sale NowWith the season opener just around the corner, Army West Point hockey has opened sales of mini-plans and group tickets. Army hockey is looking forward to opening Tate Rink for its fans to enjoy an exciting 2021-22 schedule that includes several marquee matchups with both conference and nonconference opponents. The home slate features 16 competitive matchups, including tilts with Yale, Princeton and RPI. In addition, the international rivalry against the Royal Military College of Canada returns to West Point this season.

Mini-plan packages will allow fans to catch multiple games at Tate Rink while saving money on a per-game basis. These three-game or six-game bundles can be purchased in the chairback or the bleacher section and can include any games on the Army Hockey home schedule. Read more.

The Class of 2025 March Back
8/9/2021

The Class of 2025 March BackThe Class of 2025 completes their March Back to West Point, the culminating event to Cadet Basic Training, also known as “Beast.”

Football Opens Fall Camp
8/9/2021

Football Opens Fall CampThe Army West Point Football team opened its 2021 fall camp on Friday as the Black Knights get set for the season opener on September 4 at Georgia State.

Head coach Jeff Monken along with Connor Bishop, Arik Smith and Tyrell Robinson spoke after the first day of practice at Howze and Goldstein Fields.

Wrestling Adds Scott Green to Coaching Staff
8/9/2021

Army West Point Wrestling head coach Kevin Ward has rounded out his coaching staff for the 2021-22 season with the hiring of Scott Green, who will join the program as an assistant coach. Ward is confident that Green's hire will help the Army continue to build up its national reputation.

“I couldn't be more thrilled to add Scott Green to our staff. One of the commitments I make to all of our wrestlers is to surround them with the best people and coaches we can find and there is no one we would rather have support, develop and mentor our Cadets than Scott Green.” said Ward. “He has a phenomenal track record of recruiting and developing some of the nation's best wrestlers and his skill set will help elevate our program as we continue to climb up the national ranks.”

Green lands at West Point after an 11-year tenure as the head coach at Wyoming Seminary high school. In his time with the Blue Knights, Green turned Wyoming Seminary into one of the best high school programs in the country, twice winning the National Prep championship (2014, 2020) while mentoring six National Prep individual champions. Green posted a 208-9 record in dual meets with Wyoming Seminary since 2010, guiding the Blue Knights to 14 straight Pennsylvania Prep Championships. He also coached 100 wrestlers to individual state titles, with 41 going on to win National Prep titles. Read more.

Ask the AD with Mike Buddie
8/6/2021

Ask the AD with Mike BuddieArmy West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie talks with Rich DeMarco about the latest happenings with Army Athletics.

https://youtu.be/Rk_PGIsBnCM

Cadet Pugil Stick Battles
8/6/2021

Cadet Pugle Stick BattlesCadets battle one-on-one, facing their fears and engaging in friendly competition where pugil sticks teach bayonet techniques meant to disable and disrupt their opponents. It encourages camaraderie, the warrior ethos, and a competitive spirit within companies.

2021-22 First Captain Holland Pratt
8/5/2021

2021-22 First Captain Holland PrattCadet Holland Pratt has been named First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets for the 2021-2022 academic year. Pratt is majoring in military history with a minor in Arabic, and most recently led 1,200 cadets as the Regimental Commander of Cadet Field Training.

“The motto I live by and shared with new cadets this past summer during training is ‘Eager to Serve, Willing to Lead.’ This phrase means that your number one priority is always service to others, your leadership position is a tool to accomplish that service and is never the end state,” Pratt said.

As First Captain, Pratt will be responsible for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400-member Corps of Cadets. She will also implement a class agenda and act as a liaison between the Corps and the administration. Story.

CDT Canarie Explains His Summer Training Role
8/4/2021

CDT Canarie Explains His Summer Training RollCadet Cole Canarie, B4 Platoon Leader, explains his role in cadet Summer Training, how the Field Training Exercise (FTX) provides direct leadership instruction for squad leaders entering their third year at West Point, and how it provides new cadets opportunities to practice their warrior tasks and drills.

Video by: SPC Pierre Osias

CDT Udler AIAD with Special Operations
8/4/2021

CDT Udler AIAD with Special OperationsThis summer, through the West Point Combating Terrorism Center, Cadet Amir Udler worked with Special Operations at Fort Bragg, NC to analyze the evolving threats that the community will be facing in the upcoming years.

During his Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD), he engaged directly with DOD servicemembers and civilians alike to better understand the deliberate process of collaboration for the Special Operations enterprise when creating long-term policies and plans—ones that are nested within broader departmental and national security guidance.

In addition to his exposure to current projects, he was able to research ongoing strategic competition in the cyber domain and its implications, specifically in the developing Latin American region.
Cadets, Staff, and Faculty worked tirelessly this year to set up over 396 summer immersion experiences despite COVID limitations.

Well done, CDT Udler and the CTC! Find out more about the CTC.

Class of 2025 will March Back from Lake Frederick
8/3/2021

Class of 2025 will March Back from Lake FrederickNew cadets descend on Lake Frederick for a historical experience that has not been conducted since 2009 that will forever bond the class before they march back to the academy for acceptance into the Corps of Cadets.

“They will wake up early, they will march, they will sweat, they will work as a team, they will persevere, and they will become stronger and more confident,” said Major Travis Taggart, operations officer for Cadet Basic Training. “Throughout our nation’s history, the U.S. Military Academy has educated and trained cadets to lead, fight, and win our nation’s wars. For the Class of 2025, that journey begins now.”

Photo: Tarnish Pride USMA/PAO

Michie Stadium Preservation Project Support Spotlight: Robert Healy
8/3/2021

Michie Stadium Preservation Project Support Spotlight: Robert HealyA consistent supporter of West Point and a member of the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) Douglas MacArthur Lifetime Giving Society, Robert Healy was among the first to make a significant commitment to the Michie Stadium Preservation Project.

Giving back to West Point, he said, “means a great deal to me personally as I feel a sense of obligation to help the Academy as much as possible as West Point helped me in so many ways in life. So, to be able to help build upon the tremendous sports tradition at West Point really gives me a great deal of joy.”

Built in 1924, Michie Stadium has become a West Point icon and serves as the gateway to the Academy for many Americans. The transformational Michie Stadium Preservation Project will help to preserve and protect Michie Stadium’s history, tradition, and “once-in-a-lifetime experience” for generations to come. The project will support reconstruction of the East Stands and introduce all-new premium suite, loge, ledge, and club-level seating areas. Army West Point Football already provides an unparalleled experience, and the proposed upgrades will further enhance the uniqueness of experiencing a game at Michie Stadium.

Healy’s strong personal connection to Army Football inspired him to support this project. He was a quarterback for the team as a cadet and was the MVP of the 1985 Peach Bowl, leading the team to their second Bowl victory in history. Read more.

 

 

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