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Tag Archive: Athletics

Finlandia Esports Valorant National Champions
June 6, 2022

Esports win 2022 Valorant National Championship

It was a dominating performance as the Finlandia University Esports team for Valorant (9-7) beat British Columbia Marine (14-1) 3-0 (13-3, 13-7, 13-2) for the NECC National Championship in the Navigators Division.

This is the first national championship for the Esports program, which finished their second season.  It’s the third national title for Lions athletics, the first in 18 years.

BRITISH COLUMBIA (MARINE) (14-1) – W, 2-0

Game 1 Dominic “MrGuy” Barrette led the way early on for Finlandia, taking the early rounds in [...]

esports
May 16, 2022

Finlandia Esports advance to quarterfinals in NECC Rocket League National Tournament

Finlandia University’s Esports Rocket League team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the NECC National Tournament after going 2-1 in the qualifying round of the double-elimination tournament. At 3 p.m. today, May 16, FinnU will open quarterfinal play against GFU Academy. The winning team will advance to the semifinals held tonight at 6 p.m.

“Yesterday, I think we really came together as a group and I think we did a great job as a team to qualify for today,” Rocket League [...]

October 5, 2021

Gary Kruzich hired to lead athletic partnerships and instruct for ISB

Gary Kruzich is joining the International School of Business as a new Assistant Professor of Marketing and the Athletic Partnerships Manager. Kruzich brings over 25 years of corporate marketing experience as well as five years of higher education teaching experience. Kruzich earned his Bachelor of Science in 2015, his Master of Science in Sports Management in 2016 and his Master of Business Administration in 2018 from Liberty University.

Kruzich is excited to be teaching for Finlandia as he believes [...]

December 11, 2020

The best time to visit campus during a pandemic? Right now.

Enrollment officers, Jason Dart and Lauren Huested are ready to show off campus

Enrollment officers, Lauren Huested and Jason Dart, joined Olivia Myers on Finlandia Fridays this week to discuss why now is the best time to schedule a campus visit. In addition, to the $1,000 Visiting Scholarship students can receive for completing an in-person or virtual visit, Dart and Huested highlighted that there’s never been a safer time during the COVID-19 pandemic to [...]

December 4, 2020

Goodman, Gonzalez talk fall esports success, announce new arena

ECAC Fall FIFA finalist, Chelan Gonzalez, and Esports Coach, Thomas Goodman, called into Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about the team’s success in their first season, how they managed to play through COVID restrictions and what they’re looking forward to in 2021 with their new arena.

Gonzalez, a sophomore Psychology major from Tecumseh, Mich. was recruited by Goodman through the men’s soccer program. As the fall sports teams weren’t allowed to compete due to COVID-19, [...]

The Lion's Den
March 27, 2020

Introducing The Lion’s Den Initiative for Student Athletes

On this week’s episode of Finlandia Fridays head women’s soccer coach and academic coordinator for athletics, Grace Sokolow caught up with host Anastazia Hartman to talk about a new comprehensive initiative called the Lion’s Den for student-athletes. The main mission of the Lion’s Den is to educate and support Finlandia University student-athletes beyond the classroom, field, court, and ice.

“We have identified a need in our student-athlete population for more comprehensive academic support,” said Sokolow. “So we have created [...]

Esports
March 20, 2020

Introducing FinnU’s New Esports Director, Thomas Goodman

On this episode of Finlandia Fridays, host Olivia Myers is joined by Thomas Goodman who was recently hired as the director for the new Esports program, which begins Fall 2020. The pair discusses everything from students to recruits and what you need to know about the team and upcoming season.

Esports is growing rapidly at the collegiate level and has been linked with improved memory, concentration, and analytical development. With this program, FinnU can reach [...]

Finlandia Fridays Esports
January 24, 2020

Athletic Director Curtis Wittenberg Talks Esports

On this week’s episode of Finlandia Fridays host, Olivia Myers is joined by FinnU’s athletic director, Curtis Wittenberg to chat about the new varsity Esports program beginning this fall.

Esports is organized, competitive online gaming that allows multiple players to participate in competitions. Esports is one of the fastest-growing sports at the collegiate level. Online gaming has been linked to improved memory, concentration, and analytical development but, it also provides an opportunity for social development through teamwork and [...]

esports
January 20, 2020

Finlandia to Introduce Esports as varsity sport in Fall 2020

Finlandia University Athletics is excited to host a new varsity sport on campus beginning in fall 2020, esports. Esports – competitive, organized, multiplayer, online gaming – is the world’s fastest growing sport and has begun to explode in popularity at the collegiate level.

“Esports can provide a home for those students who might not otherwise be engaged in college spirit, campus activities or social events, while offering an opportunity to make friends and build relationships,” said Athletic Director Curtis [...]

November 1, 2019

Basketball, Pasties and Leadership

On this episode of Finlandia Fridays, host Olivia Myers is joined by new Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Sam Casey. Casey recently moved to the the Copper Country, he shares with Myers his experience so far, his philosophy on a successful program and the team.

“To me leadership is not necessarily getting people to follow you, it’s getting people to walk with you,” said Casey. “We spend a lot of time individually with our students. One of the things [...]