OU Men’s Basketball On the Road for International Competition

The OU Men's Basketball team won their first of three games Monday night over professional squad Escazu, 74-71.

It may be summer break, but the Oglethorpe Men’s Basketball team continues to sport the black and gold.  The Stormy Petrels have taken their game on the international road to Costa Rica, mixing competition and culture in an overseas team-building experience.  Head coach Philip Ponder, assistant coach Andrew Tulowitsky, and nine players from last season are spending seven nights in the country, competing in three international games and taking in some of the country’s famed cultural and educational excursions. 

“This should be a great trip for our student-athletes,” said Coach Ponder. “The guys will have a chance to experience another culture while also playing some top-notch basketball games. Team building outings like this can really help with group chemistry.”

The team is set to tour the National Museum and Theater, visit the Supreme Court,  go zip-lining, and take a whitewater rafting trip in the country’s tropical waters.  In true Oglethorpe fashion, the guys also will spend time volunteering at a local shelter for disadvantaged youths.

Even after a long day of international travel, rising senior Andrew Steioff took time to report to the OU Blog from the road:

“My name is Andrew Steioff, a communication major from Duluth, Georgia and a member of the Oglethorpe basketball team which is embarking on a week long tour of the country of Costa Rica.  Before the trip, my teammates and I were all anxious and excited to see what the trip had in store for us.  Little did we know that our first day would end up being a little hectic.  Continue reading

Oglethorpe Athletics Names Aaron Nester to Lead Women’s Basketball

Coach Nester at Wartford

The Oglethorpe University athletics department has searched high and low for a new head coach for the women’s basketball team, and it seems that they’ve found the perfect match. The department announced today that Aaron Nester will lead the Stormy Petrels team, one of the most successful sports programs in OU athletics history. 

Nester comes to Oglethorpe from Wartburg College in Iowa, a Division III school where he spent five years as assistant coach for the Knights.  He finished his career at Wartburg with the team posting a 21-5 overall record this season.

Before coaching at Wartburg, Nester helped lead his alma mater, Division III Rockford College,  to their best four-year stretch in program history.  During Nester’s time as assistant coach, the Rockford Regents won their conference championship three years in a row and went to the NCAA tournament in the 2003, 2005 and 2006 seasons.

This will be Nester’s first head coaching position, and he comes to Atlanta prepared. Throughout his coaching career Nester has handled all facets of leading a successful program, including preparing scouting reports, analyzing game video and assisting with in-game strategy.

Aaron Nester (photo: go-knights.com)

He follows an incredible coaching legacy in coach Ron Satelle, who resigned as head coach of the Oglethorpe Women’s Basketball team after an impressive five years with the Stormy Petrels, who advanced to the NCAA’s Final Four in 2008. The next year, the Stormy Petrels returned to the NCAA tournament, progressing to the tournament’s famed Sweet Sixteen match-up, and claiming the school’s first ever conference championship for any women’s sport along the way.    

“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to join what I think is a great institution in Oglethorpe University,” said Nester. “…I really enjoyed meeting the great people on Oglethorpe’s campus and look forward to guiding this proud program back to the top of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.”

Keep up with all Stormy Petrel Athletics at www.gopetrels.com.

Oglethorpe’s Steioff Named to National Team-of-the-Week

Oglethorpe University junior forward Andrew Steioff of Duluth, Ga. has been named to the D3hoops.com Men’s Basketball Team-of-the-Week. Steioff is one of only five men’s players nationally selected for the award, bestowed by D3hoops.com, the premiere national news source for Division III men’s and women’s basketball.

Steioff had a perfect weekend to help guide Oglethorpe to back-to-back wins over Millsaps and Hendrix. In the January 28 game, he connected on all ten of his field goal attempts to finish with a team-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists and three blocks. He picked up where he left off on Sunday, making all seven of his attempts from the field to finish with 16 points, three rebounds, three blocks and one assist. For the weekend Steioff was 17 of 17 from the field while averaging 18 points per game, four rebounds per game, three blocks per game and two assists per game. He can challenge the NCAA record of 24 consecutive made field goals over the course of multiple games when the Petrels face Rhodes College on Friday, February4.

At 8-3 in league play, Oglethorpe is currently tied for second place in the SCAC East standings amongst teams who can qualify for a postseason berth. The Petrels are back in action for their final two home games of the season this weekend with Rhodes College at 8:00 p.m. (Homecoming) on Friday, February 4, and Birmingham-Southern (16-1 overall record) at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 6.

Congratulations, Andrew!

Guess who’s flying in for the OU basketball games?

Calling all Petrel fans!

Join us this Friday, January 28, when the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels host the Millsaps Majors for the Women’s (6 p.m.) and Men’s (8 p.m.) Basketball games—one of the most anticipated match-ups of the season. 

We’re looking forward to welcoming alumni for an Alumni Hospitality Night… and a very special feathery friend is flying in just for the occasion. Get a sneak peek here:
Watch on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu_KwGePupg

See you there!