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A New, Year-Round Event Hospitality Program


A New, Year-Round Event Hospitality ProgramThe Army West Point Athletics Department officially announced an event hospitality program – Army West Point Hospitality - that will allow guests the opportunity to experience historic traditions similar to those of Army West Point Athletics. The program will be fully customizable and specially curated for the group and the length of the visit. The experience will highlight Army West Point Athletics' heritage, values, and commitment to excellence, all set to the backdrop of West Point's beautiful and historic campus on the western bank of the Hudson River.

The Army West Point Hospitality platform will serve as a premier destination to translate the mission of Army West Point Athletics to the workplace. The goals are to assist in: shaping culture, team building, personal growth and strategy exploration. From private receptions, team-building experiences through larger multi-day retreats, there is a solution to fit all corporate needs.

“The launch of Army West Point Hospitality is extremely exciting. We believe it will be a powerful way to display the unique experience of West Point and that of our cadet athletes, as we bring those pillars of Military, Physical and Academic to a wide variety of groups and constituents. We look forward to getting this program going and serving organizations with these customizable experience packages,” said Mike Buddie, Army West Point Director of Athletics. Read more.

Army Ethics Debate Wins Regional Ethics Bowl


Army Ethics Debate Wins Regional Ethics BowlThis past weekend, West Point’s Ethics Debate Team won the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl. With this win, our team qualifies for the National Ethics Bowl in the spring. Onscreen, our team members are framed by virtual backdrops from the Hudson River School painter, Thomas Cole. Offscreen, our resilient, poised, and adaptive Cadets were competing from crowded airports, in cars, and on trains. We couldn’t be more proud of them, and we have high hopes for another national championship!

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USMA Helpful Links

West Point Admissions has gathered up a list of resources where you can find more information about specific West Point programs, details, and admissions related content. If you have questions, please get in touch with your Regional Admissions Officer, which can be found in the second link.

1. USMA Admissions FAQs: https://www.westpoint.edu/admissions/frequently-asked-questions

2. Question: Who is my Regional Admissions Officer: Answer: Meet the USMA Admissions Team https://www.westpoint.edu/admissions/west-point-admissions-team

3. Question: How do I apply? Answer: USMA Steps to Apply: https://www.westpoint.edu/admissions/steps-to-admission | USMA Admission Application Tips https://www.westpoint.edu/admissions/prospective-cadets/application-tips | USMA Candidate Questionnaire https://candidate.westpoint.edu/guest/cq/dad_pcq_part1.cfm?field1=BW. Read more.

Jeff Monken Press Conference: Air Force


Jeff Monken Press Conference: Air ForceArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Commander-in-Chief's Trophy will be on the line this at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 at Michie Stadium when the Black Knights take on service academy foe Air Force. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: Opening statement)
“It was certainly a great win on Saturday. It was an exciting game and really just a physical and hard-fought game. I thought our guys played particularly well on defense. The goal-line stand was the turning point of the game. What really turned there was field position. They obviously gained a lot of field position to get it down there to the six-inch line and we couldn't get a first down and we had to punt. There were actually four punts that exchanged hands, but finally we were able to flip the field position back down to the other end and it made a huge difference. It made it more difficult for them to go the distance without a big chunk play like they had with the quarterback on the 52-yard run. We were very fortunate to get that stop. Our guys played really hard and it was just a determined effort there. I think there was a great determination all game to try to get the victory. Obviously, we have a lot of guys on our team that experienced that loss a year ago and it hurts to lose in that game. They got the best of us a year ago, so it was nice to be able to come out victorious. Obviously, a little bit different having another game to decide the CIC after the Army-Navy Game. I think around here we've played games after the Army-Navy Game well in our history, but never a CIC game after the Army-Navy Game. It makes it different and forces us to refocus our efforts this week and get ready for a huge football game here at Michie Stadium this weekend.”

(Ref.: On the challenge of moving past the Navy game to prepare for Air Force)
“I think our players were very conscious of the fact that, even very soon after that game on Saturday night, that we have another game that we were going to have to get ready for and regroup. I think they have really had a good attitude about it. We had a good workout the next day and were able to put the whole thing behind us for right now and focus on this next ballgame. We are going to face a good team that we are going to have to play very well against to have a chance to win.”

(Ref.: On what it means to have the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy on the line)
“It's a source of pride for everybody that plays for it. I'm certain of that. All three schools that play for it covet that trophy. It's the most important goal that we have as a program and I'm sure that is shared by our counterparts. It's a big game and we're excited for this opportunity to play. We didn't know that as the season went along if we were going to have a chance to do that. We're fortunate to be here and excited that we'll have an opportunity to compete for it.” Read more.

Lockheed Martin Commanders’ Classic to Feature Army and Air Force


Lockheed Martin Commanders’ Classic to Feature Army and Air ForceArmy West Point will compete in the first college football game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, when they face off against foe Air Force in the Lockheed Martin Commanders' Classic, it was announced today.

The two-year agreement begins on November 6, 2021 with Air Force as the home team. Army will be the home squad for the return meeting on November 5, 2022. Game times and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

The Texas Rangers will host and operate the games with marketing assistance from Dallas-based LST Marketing. The 2021 matchup of FBS rivals will be the first college football game hosted at Globe Life Field.

“We are excited to announce the Commanders' Classic series for 2021 & 2022,” said West Point Director of Athletics, Mike Buddie. “It is thrilling to have this opportunity to play one of our rival academies in the state of Texas, home to many military installations and service men and women. I'd like to thank Sean Decker and the entire Texas Rangers organization for providing this wonderful opportunity for our cadet-athletes and fans, and to Lockheed Martin for its tremendous support of the event.”
In order to be seated in the Army sections of the stadium, tickets must be purchased through the Army West Point ticket office. Presale through Army will begin on Tuesday, January 5th. For more information call the Army A Club at 845-938-2322 or the Army Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY.

“We are honored to have Air Force and Army play the inaugural football game at Globe Life Field,” said Texas Rangers Executive Vice President of Sports & Entertainment Sean Decker. “Honoring our military heroes is very important to the Texas Rangers, and we expect the environment and other activities surrounding this great matchup will make for a very exciting weekend in Arlington.” Read more.

2020 Football Early Signing Period Statement


2020 Football Early Signing Period StatementToday marks the National Football Early Signing Period. Due to Academy policy, names of recruited student-athletes will not be released until they arrive to West Point this summer.

Army West Point head coach Jeff Monken had this to say about his early signing day class:

“I am excited about the future of Army Football. With today being the start of the early signing period, we have secured commitments from several outstanding young men. Unlike traditional colleges, we cannot publicize these commitments until after their arrival at West Point this summer, but we are confident that we have recruited a group of young men who will be outstanding Cadets, leaders of character to serve our nation, and football players who will help carry on the winning tradition of Army Football.”

Marathon Kept the Ball Running


Marathon Kept the Ball RunningCadets on the Army West Point Marathon Team kept the 'Ball Run' tradition going leading up to Army's historic win at the Army-Navy Game on Saturday, December 12, 2020.

According to members on the Marathon Team, the Ball Run is a tradition that started more than 30 years ago. The football for the Army-Navy Game is put into motion about a week before Game Day, carried by Marathon team members in relay all the way from West Point to the Stadium where the Army-Navy game will be played. As it travels miles from runner to runner and from towns to cities, the local communities along the way have also become part of the Ball Run tradition over the years.

This year, all 16 Marathon Team members, Master of the Sword Colonel Nick Gist ’94 and Commandant of Cadets BG Curtis A. Buzzard ’92 ran in the Ball Run, which started on December 1, 2020 at West Point. This year was unique in that the Ball Run remained on the grounds at West Point due to COVID-19 safety protocols. The collective USMA team still got in lots of travel time on post and the football was carried more than 170 miles around West Point before it arrived at Michie Stadium on Game Day!

During the Ball Run around post, the Marathon team issued a Ball Run Challenge to the community to run 10 miles in 10 days wherever you are, so that everyone could participate virtually and safely. The community accepted the challenge with over 260 runners and 2,800 community miles keeping the spirit of the Ball Run alive!

“Despite these differences, the team preserved the spirit of the ball run: community. We engaged the Army community with social media and fitness challenges, we interacted with hundreds of residents on-post, and we ran with Navy midshipmen.” - Cadet Alexander Block ’21. Go Army West Point Marathon!

Football Set to Host Air Force Saturday


The Black Knights look to capture the CIC Trophy on Saturday as they host Air Force at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 19 at Michie Stadium.

Army has won the CIC Trophy eight times, including back-to-back in 2017 and 2018 for the first time in program history. Also won it in 1972, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1996. The Black currently own a nine-game home winning-streak dating back to 2019. During the stretch, the Black Knights have outscored their opponents by a total of 350-82. During that nine-game home winning streak, they have held their opponents to less than 10 points in seven of those seven games. In six of those seven games (four in 2020), they have held opponents to a touchdown or less.

The 2020 season marks the 49th year of the CIC trophy, which goes annually to the winning academy (Army, Air Force, Navy) with the best record in round-robin competition. The winning team goes to the White House to receive the trophy from the President of the United States. The game will also be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network with play-by-play from Dave Ryan, color from Ross Tucker and sideline reporter Tina Cervasio. The game will also be broadcast live on the Army Sports Network by Rich DeMarco and Dean Darling on the call. Fans can follow along on TuneIn Radio starting with the Tailgate Show at 1 p.m. ET. The Black Knights were named the FWAA Team of the Week for the first time since 2004 after the 15-0 shutout of rival Navy.

The Black Knights and Falcons are meeting for the 55th time overall. The Falcons lead the series, 37-16-1. At Army, Air Force leads the series, 14-11. The Black Knights are 14-34 in Commander-in-Chief's Trophy games vs. Air Force dating back to 1972. Read more.

Football Claims CIC Trophy with 10-7 Victory Over Air Force


Football Claims CIC Trophy with 10-7 Victory Over Air ForceThe Army Black Knights defeated Academy rival Air Force, 10-7 yesterday afternoon at Michie Stadium to capture its third Commander-in-Chief's Trophy in the last four seasons. The Black Knights (9-2) put together a 16-play, 80-yard drive that ate up 7 minutes and 11 seconds in the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in the 10-7 victory. The drive included a conversion on a fourth and four where Christian Anderson executed a perfect boot to rush for seven yards and the first down to continue the drive.

The Black Knights once again faced fourth down with a fourth and goal, do-or-die moment in the game and Jakobi Buchanan muscled his way in for the one-yard score. A Quinn Maretzki extra point put the Black Knights up, 10-7. The Black Knights got on the board first, as Quinn Maretzki converted on a 24-yard field goal attempt with 11:23 left in the second quarter, going up 3-0. Air Force (3-3) took the lead 7-3 with 15 seconds left in the third quarter as they finished off a 10 play, 87-yard drive for their one and only touchdown of the day. Quarterback Haaziq Daniels connected with Kyle Patterson for the 10-yard touchdown reception.

Down 7-3 heading into the fourth quarter, the Black Knights displayed their toughness and never-say-die attitude. Quarterback Christian Anderson, who entered the game in the second quarter in place of injured starter Tyhier Tyler never missed a beat, extending the game-winning drive on fourth down with his feet and finishing the day with 85 yards rushing on 18 carries and was also 1-for-1 passing. Buchanan, who shared the load at b-back with starter Sandon McCoy, was outstanding on the final drive, muscling in the for the game-winning touchdown with 1:13 left in the game. He finished with 86 yards rushing on 21 carries.

The defense made key stops all day, but none bigger than two interceptions in the fourth quarter. As Air Force was driving and at the Army 40 yard line, Jabari Moore intercepted Daniels in the end zone for a touchback, his third interception of the year. Then linebacker Arik Smith sealed the game for the Black Knights as he intercepted a tipped ball from Kwabena Bonsu with 1:05 left in the game to dash the Falcons' hopes. Read more.

2020 Radiance Technologies Bowl Update


2020 Radiance Technologies Bowl UpdateThe 2020 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl that Army West Point was slated to play in on Saturday, December 26 in Shreveport, La., has been cancelled because of the opting-out of possible opponents creating a lack of teams available to play.

“These young men haven't quit all year and we surely won't quit now,” said Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie. “They deserve better. Period. They have earned an opportunity to get 10 wins and, as we have all year, we will continue to fight to get them that opportunity.”

“We want to thank all the constituents at the Independence Bowl for their invitation and hospitality as we were looking forward to our trip to the City of Shreveport,” added Buddie.

Home for the Holidays Virtual West Point Holiday Show


Home for the Holidays Virtual West Point Holiday ShowIf you did not get to watch it live...Enjoy one the West Point Band’s favorite winter traditions, the Holiday Show.

“Holiday Presence”
“A Marshmallow World”
“Up on the Housetop”
“Ocho Kandelikas”
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
“White Christmas”
“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
“Jingle Bells”
“Field Music Christmas”
“Silent Night”
West Point Band’s Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Benny Havens Band. SGM MaryKay Messenger; SSG’s Emily McAleesejergins, Kate Walsh, and Francisco Aisporna, vocalists. LTC Tod Addison, conductor. Recorded at Eisenhower Hall Theatre at West Point, The U.S. Military Academy.

Feinstein’s Findings: Hollywood Ending Along the Hudson


Feinstein’s Findings: Hollywood Ending Along the HudsonA guy walks into a Hollywood movie studio for a pitch meeting with an idea for a football movie. He sits down with the decision-makers and says, "Picture this: In the midst of Covid-19, a team has to play its arch-rival one week and THEN has to play its other arch-rival just a week later; entire season on the line.

“Team comes into the game down two key players in the backfield and a bunch more out because of covid. Then, the starting quarterback gets knocked out of the game in the second quarter by a helmet-to-helmet hit. Starting fullback, team captain and emotional team leader, is also knocked out by injury.

“The opponent's quarterback, who spent the first half looking as if he was a lefty trying to throw righty, suddenly becomes Patrick Mahomes late in the third quarter, completing five passes to take his team 87 yards for a 7-3 lead. Offense for the good guys is stalling repeatedly. Opponent QB completes a 22-yard pass on third-and-18 and moves to good guys 40-yard-line. Clock starting to run down. Then—an interception in the end zone. One last chance for the good guys. They face a fourth-and-seven—and convert. Only healthy fullback is limping. It comes down to fourth down from the one-yard line, a little over a minute left. Fullback scores! Good guys win 10-7, win the trophy they covet.

“Hollywood ending!”

The studio big-shots look at the guy and shake their heads. “Come on, you've got to come up with something more realistic than that.”

Guy says: “I know. You're right. Except it's a true story.”

Yes it is. It’s the story of Army's extraordinary 10-7 victory Saturday over Air Force in a game that had to be seen, experienced and FELT to be truly appreciated. The weather was—predictably—frigid, especially after CBS insisted on a 3 o'clock kickoff even though that meant the sun would be down by halftime. The low temperature for the day inside Michie Stadium: 10 degrees.

But this was one of those days and games where the weather had to be shrugged off on both sidelines. The stadium was close to empty because the 4,300 cadets who had been allowed into Army's seven previous home games had gone home for a much-deserved holiday break. A 'crowd,' officially listed as 1,403 very brave people—staff, faculty, families, the Army band—sat in a stadium that seats about 38,000 on non-covid Saturdays. Read more.

Rhattigan, Johnson Earn PFF All-America Honors


Rhattigan, Johnson Earn PFF All-America HonorsArmy West Point Football firsties Jon Rhattigan and Mike Johnson earned Pro Football Focus (PFF) All-America honors, the organization announced yesterday. Rhattigan was tabbed a third team performer at linebacker, while Johnson received honorable mention nods at left guard.

Rhattigan leads the team with 78 tackles on the season and has the most tackles for a loss with nine. The Naperville, Ill., native has two interceptions on the season. He returned one pick for a touchdown and brought the other one back 50 yards. He also has two fumble recoveries on the year, including one that set up the lone touchdown against Navy.

Entering the season Rhattigan had just six career tackles in 14 games played. Much of the playing time he saw was on special teams, as he was behind two-time captain and current member of the Los Angeles Chargers Cole Christiansen on the depth chart.

Johnson has led the push up front for Army's rushing attack which ranks fourth in the nation with 281.3 yards per game. Additionally, the Black Knights join Georgia Southern as one of just two teams to rush for over 3,000 yards on the season. The Hinsdale, Ill., native also leads the team in knock-down blocks with more than 150.

The firstie duo helped lead Army to a regular season record of 9-2 and a perfect 8-0 record at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights captured their third Commander-in-Chief's trophy in the last four years, after topping service academy foes Navy and Air Force, respectively, in consecutive games.

Football Accepts Bowl Bid to 2020 AutoZone Liberty Bowl


Football Accepts Bowl Bid to 2020 AutoZone Liberty BowlThe Army West Point Black Knights have accepted a bid to the 2020 AutoZone Liberty Bowl to play against West Virginia of the Big 12 Conference on December 31 at 3 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

After the 9-2 Black Knights' had their original bowl game cancelled due to opt-outs and not enough opponents available to fill the slot in the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, the opportunity became available for the Black Knights to fill an open slot in the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl, it was announced this evening.

“The men on our football team deserved this opportunity and we were not going to rest until we exhausted every potential pathway to a bowl game,” said Army Director of Athletics Mike Buddie. “We are thrilled our guys will get to suit up one more time to represent Army West Point in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.”

The Black Knights were invited to participate in the bowl after the University of Tennessee was unable to compete in the 62nd AutoZone Liberty Bowl due to its pause in team activities.

“Our young men are so deserving of this and I am excited that this special team and this senior class will get an opportunity to play together one more time. Sometimes things turn out even better than you thought they would, and we are so thankful to everyone who supported our program and worked to make this happen. A big thank you to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and we can't wait to get to Memphis to play an outstanding Power Five opponent in West Virginia,” said head coach Jeff Monken.

The Black Knights are headed to their fourth bowl game under seventh-year head coach Jeff Monken. They are 3-0 in three previous bowl appearances under Monken. Read more.

Tickets On Sale Now for 2020 AutoZone Liberty Bowl


Tickets On Sale Now for 2020 AutoZone Liberty BowlTickets are on sale now for the Army Football matchup vs. West Virginia in the 2020 AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. On December 31 at 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET.

The tickets are available in socially distanced pods, with quantities ranging from 2-6 tickets.

Prices depend on location and range in price from $75 to $95.

For more information, visit goarmywestpoint.com/2020ArmyBowlTickets or contact the Army A Club at 845-938-2322 or the Army Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY.

Four Men’s and Women’s Hoops Games to be Aired on CBSSN


Four Men’s and Women’s Hoops Games to be Aired on CBSSNThe Patriot League announced Tuesday that Army-Navy basketball rivalry will be featured four times, with two men’s and two women’s games, on CBS Sports Network this season.

Navy will host Army in a men's basketball matchup on Saturday, January 23 in Annapolis, Md. (2:30 p.m.). An Army-Navy doubleheader will air on Saturday, February 20 with the Army at Navy women's game taking place before the Midshipmen at Black Knights men's game. The Navy women host Army the following day on Sunday, February 21.

The CBS Sports Network will be airing 17 Patriot League basketball games during the 2020-21 season, including both men's and women's League championship games.

Patriot League men's basketball will be featured each Sunday in January on CBS Sports Network with Lehigh at Lafayette (4 p.m.) and Navy at Bucknell (6 p.m.) tipping off the schedule on Sunday, January 3.

The League slate continues January 10 when Boston University hosts Colgate, in a rematch of the 2020 Patriot League Men's Basketball Championship Game, at 6 p.m. from Case Gymnasium. The defending champion Terriers will be featured twice more in January when they travel to Lafayette on January 24 (6 p.m.) and host Holy Cross on January 31 (5 p.m.). The Leopards also take on Loyola Maryland at Reitz Arena on January 17 beginning at 6 p.m. during the League's opening month of play.

Three more exciting League matchups will be televised in February, including Loyola Maryland at Bucknell (February 8), Bucknell at American (February 14) and Lehigh at Colgate (February 21).

The Patriot League Men’s Basketball Championship Game will be televised on CBS Sports Network for the 10th-consecutive season on Sunday, March 14 at noon. The Patriot League Women's Basketball Championship is set to be aired for the 12th-straight at 4 p.m. CBS Sports Network will also carry both men’s basketball tournament semifinal matchups on Wednesday, March 10.

League play will be contingent on the League and its member institutions being able to conduct competition in ways that protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staffs, and their communities. Read more.

McGraw Resigns with Portland Timbers for 2021 Season


McGraw Resigns with Portland Timbers for 2021 SeasonAfter making history as the first cadet in program history to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft last January, former Army West Point Men’s Soccer defender Zac McGraw has been resigned by the Portland Timbers for the 2021 season.

McGraw was selected by the Timbers in the third round (No. 68 overall) of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft after making 68 appearances (66 starts) and tallying one goal and nine assists in addition to helping the Black Knights defense to 21 shutouts as a four-year starter at West Point.

During his time at the Academy, the two-year team captain was a four-time First Team All-Patriot League honoree, a two-time Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, the 2017 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the USCA All-Northeast Region first and third team.

The Torrance, Calif., native did not find any field time during his first year with the Timbers but is eager to return for a second season and continue to find his role on the team. In an interview with the host of “Catching Up With” with Richard Farley back in September, McGraw mentioned his time at the Academy really helped prepare him to face the obstacles that 2020 has thrown his way and has conditioned him to have strong mental fortitude during these times.

To keep up with Zac's MLS career, visit www.timbers.com for the latest news and schedule updates.

Jeff Monken Press Conference: AutoZone Liberty Bowl


Jeff Monken Press Conference: AutoZone Liberty BowlArmy West Point football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Black Knights recently accepted a bid to the 2020 AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., where they will take on West Virginia. The game is set for December 31 at 3 p.m. CT. It will be televised live on ESPN.

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken
(Ref.: Opening statement) 
“I am really excited to be sitting here as the Commander-in-Chief's champions. That is one of the great things about playing at Army, for these guys to have this opportunity to play for that trophy and the pride that comes with securing that trophy. I am just really happy for our players and excited for the opportunity to hopefully make a trip to the White House. Obviously, with things the way they are right now, we don't know if that will happen or not, but we're hoping. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for guys that do this. We have seniors that would have the chance to make their third trip there, they will be playing in their third bowl game, they just became the winningest class in program history, and so I am just really happy for them and proud of their efforts to lead this team. We had two really hard-fought battles. The one this past weekend was just a slugfest and to be able to come out with a victory makes me really proud of our players. The defense played really well. They had a great drive against us there in the second half to take the lead and when we needed the points most, our offense answered the bell and had a great drive and scored on fourth-and-one to win the football game. It was a great battle and very fitting for this trophy that all three teams fought so hard to try to win it.  
We are thrilled for the opportunity to be in the Liberty Bowl. It is a great bowl game. We're playing an outstanding team and great program in West Virginia University and Neal Brown. He's a tremendous coach and they are a very talented football team. It's going to present a great challenge for us, but we are excited. We are excited to be in this game with the exposure that has come our way because of what happened with the Independence Bowl and being shut out there for a day. We are thrilled for this opportunity and we wish the best for the University of Tennessee. We had some issues with COVID and that is always a concern with every team, but just for people in general. We hope that everyone will be healthy and able to recover and not have any long-term effects from this virus. It did clear out an opportunity for us to play and we are honored and privileged to have the opportunity. We’ll try to make the most of it.”

(Ref.: On the performances of Jakobi Buchanan and Christian Anderson) 
“Those two guys were the players of the game. We just couldn't decide between the two of them and we gave a game ball to each of them. Jakobi had to carry the load and was banged up in that series when we pulled him out and put Tyson Riley in there for a play or two, and he just soldiered on through. He really did a great job running the ball for us and played as well as he had all year without the ball. Christian started the season as the number one quarterback and then got hurt. He came back in the Tulane game and didn't have a great game in New Orleans, and I guess we essentially benched him and started another quarterback. When Tyhier (Tyler) got hurt, he was ready and came in and answered the call and really did a great job of leading our football team. I am really proud of both of those guys. Especially for Christian, given the situation he was in this year.” Read more.

Women’s Basketball Picked Eighth in Preseason Poll


Women’s Basketball Picked Eighth in Preseason PollThe Army West Point Women’s Basketball team was selected to finish eighth in the Patriot League preseason poll.

The Black Knights finished with 59 points in the poll, which was one more the ninth-ranked Holy Cross and three fewer than Loyola, which was slated to finish seventh. The poll was voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.

Army (3-2) and Navy (0-4) were granted the opportunity to play a non-league slate because both service academies are unique in their environments and their missions within higher education.

Dating back to last season, the Black Knights have won seven of their last 12 games. Three of Army's losses during that stretch were by six or fewer points.

Alisa Fallon, an All-Patriot League Third Team selection from a year ago, and Kate Murray are each averaging over 15 points this season. Additionally, Murray is averaging a double-double with 10.2 boards per game.

League play starts up this weekend. Army will host Colgate for a pair of games in Christl Arena with the first tilt set for 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 2 and the second for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 3. Read more.

Katsenes to Play in Patriot All-America Invitational


Katsenes to Play in Patriot All-America InvitationalTom Katsenes is one of 84 golfers from around the nation to be competing in the 2020 Patriot All-America Invitational at Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

The Invitational kicks off on Tuesday with round one and continues for three rounds with a champion crowned on New Year’s Eve. Special to this event is throughout the 54-hole championship, each participant honors a fallen or severely injured soldier by carrying a bag bearing the name of that individual.

Katsenes has chosen to honor CJ Morgan, who passed in the summer of 2019, and was a member of the Army wrestling team. Katsenes is set to tee off at 11:20 AM local time on Tuesday morning.

Fans can follow the invitational with live statistics through Golf Genius.

Rhattigan Named Second Team All-American by USA Today


Rhattigan Named Second Team All-American by USA TodayFirstie linebacker Jon Rhattigan was named a Second Team All-America by USA Today, it was recently announced.

This joins Rhattigan's previous honor of Third Team All-America by Pro Football Focus (PFF), announced earlier this week.

Army’s first-ever semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, Rhattigan finished the regular season with a team-high 78 tackles on the season, along with the most tackles for a loss with nine. The Naperville, Ill., native has two interceptions on the season. He returned one pick for a touchdown and brought the other one back 50 yards. He also has two fumble recoveries on the year, including one that set up the lone touchdown against Navy.

Entering the season Rhattigan had just six career tackles in 14 games played. Much of the playing time he saw was on special teams, as he was behind two-time captain and current member of the Los Angeles Chargers Cole Christiansen on the depth chart.

Rhattigan and the Black Knights will head to the 62nd AutoZone Liberty Bowl on December 31 to face Power Five opponent West Virginia at 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET in Memphis, Tennessee.

January 6 Hockey at Holy Cross Postponed


January 6 Hockey at Holy Cross PostponedDue to the temporary suspension of activities by the Holy Cross hockey program after a positive case of COVID-19 within its Tier 1 group, the scheduled game between Army and Holy Cross on January 6 has been postponed. 

A potential makeup game will be announced at a later date.

The Black Knights will return to action on January 2 when they travel to Bridgeport, Conn. in the first half of a home-and-home series with Sacred Heart. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

Curtis ’23 was Santa for Many Children this Year


Curtis ’23 was Santa for Many Children this YearCadet Alijah Curtis ’23 recently collected and donated more than $2,000 worth in Christmas gifts of toys and games for children living at the YWCA Canton Emergency Homeless Shelter. “When I arrived home for winter break, helping kids during the holidays was put on my heart,” Curtis said. “I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a blessing to others and I knew Ms. Shana would be able to help make my vision a reality.”

“I was deeply moved by Alijah’s desire to help those most in need during this holiday season,” YWCA Canton CEO Shana Smith said. “While Alijah could have spent his time connecting with friends and family, he chose to figure out how to give back to our community. “Without hesitation, our team immediately dropped what we were doing and turned toward helping Alijah carry out his heart’s desire. We are blessed to know that we have partners of all ages who are committed to helping the YWCA fulfill its mission.”

Curtis visited the YWCA on December 22 to receive wish lists for children living in the homeless shelter. With less than 48 hours before Christmas Eve, he had his work cut out for him. “I believe there is no such thing as a late blessing and thanks to my friends and family I was able to shop for and wrap each gift in less than 24 hours,” he said. In addition to toys and games, Curtis also bought clothing, diapers and food.

Among the 10 children receiving items, two are getting something a little more than gifts this Christmas. Read more.

Jeff Monken Press Conference: West Virginia


Jeff Monken Press Conference: West VirginiaArmy West Point Football head coach Jeff Monken met virtually with members of the local media on Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference inside Nowak Auditorium.

The Black Knights will take on West Virginia in the 2020 AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., on December 31 at 3 p.m. CT. The game will be televised live on ESPN. 

Army West Point Football Head Coach Jeff Monken

(Ref.: Opening Statement)
“I'm excited that we're here. I'm excited that we are preparing for the bowl game and the opportunity to play in the post season. It's one of the great rewards of playing college football and having an outstanding season is being able to play in a bowl game, and particularly a game like the Liberty Bowl that has so much history and playing a tremendous opponent like West Virginia. Our players are excited, our staff is excited, and I think everyone here at the Academy is just thrilled for the opportunity that we've been afforded to be able to apart of this game. Originally, obviously having secured an opportunity to play in the Independence Bowl and unfortunately that game wasn't able to be played but to be able to find our way into a major event like the Liberty Bowl is really a privilege for us. We got our team back and reconvened on the practice field yesterday. We obviously won't have a lot of time to prepare for this game – just again this afternoon and tomorrow before we travel to Memphis to play the game. Our guys are excited to be back and I think having had the opportunity to recharge the batteries a little bit after a really long semester and a long stretch from June 1st when we started our workouts and had guys back on campus. It's pretty unique to experience a season like this, which has been the case for everybody, but I think there's just a renewed spirit about this brotherhood after those guys had a chance to see some family and now be back here together. We're working really hard as a staff. It's a difficult opponent to prepare for - they are so talented and so well-coached. We recognize all of the challenges that are out there in front of us, but we've got a great group of guys that work really hard. They play with a lot of pride and a lot of passion for these colors, playing for Army West Point and so we're going to try and make the most of this great opportunity to play on national TV and be a part of the bowl scene in 2020.”

(Ref.: Looking back on 2020)
“2020 will be looked back upon as a crazy year with all the challenges that we've all experienced with our families and the restrictions on our way of life as we've enjoyed it. As we look back upon 2020 as a program, it's been a great season within a very tough year. I will recall this season fondly for many years to come. This is one of the most memorable seasons because of all we've had to go through to get here, but it's also one of the most memorable seasons because of what we've been able to accomplish together. This is the best team I've ever coached. It's the best team I've ever been a part of and I've been around some great groups and some very successful teams and some great teams with players I am very fond of. None more than this season and maybe a lot of it is because of all we have had to go through and all the challenges that were put in front of us and still be able to accomplish the things that we have. It is a great senior class. Regardless of what happens in the game on Thursday, and I hope we give ourselves a chance to win and fight our way to victory, but regardless of what happens, this has been a great senior class. They have led this team with great poise and with being demanding, but also very loving and servant-minded. They have taken on the epitome of what we imagine a West Point leader and West Point football player can be. They hold this brotherhood dearly. It has been a great season and I am so excited to play in such a big bowl game like the Liberty Bowl. We are very fortunate, and we are looking forward to the opportunity.” Read more.

USMA Faculty Selected for DURIP Award


USMA Faculty Selected for DURIP AwardFaculty from the U.S. Military Academy’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science were recently selected for a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award which gives $50 million across 85 different institutions.

The award will be used for additional instrumentation of the recently renovated robotics laboratory in Thayer Hall to support courses, senior design projects, and cadet and faculty research.

West Point is extremely proud to receive its first DURIP award to support margin of excellence research in human robot teaming as we make advances for our Army and nation.

For more information, please read the DoD DURIP press release.

Army Announces Hockey Schedule Changes


Army Announces Hockey Schedule ChangesFollowing the postponement of this weekend's hockey series against Sacred Heart, the Army West Point Hockey program has announced several changes to its upcoming schedule.

The Black Knights will host Atlantic Hockey foe American International at Tate Rink on Wednesday January 6 and Thursday January 7 at 5 p.m. Army will then travel to Springfield, Mass. to face the Yellow Jackets on Sunday January 10. That contest is slated to begin at 4 p.m. The game scheduled for February 4 in Springfield will now be played at West Point.

The team has also announced that it will take on Sacred Heart in Bridgeport, Conn., on Sunday February 7 and Mon. February 8, before returning home to face-off with the Pioneers at West Point on Tuesday February 9.

All dates and times are subject to change.

Wed. January 6 at 5 p.m. - Army vs. AIC - West Point, N.Y.
Thurs. January 7 at 5 p.m. - Army vs. AIC - West Point, N.Y. 
Sun. January 10 at 4 p.m. - Army at AIC - Springfield, Mass. 
Thurs. February 4 - TBA - Army vs. AIC - West Point, N.Y. 
Sun. February 7 at 3 p.m. - Army at Sacred Heart - Bridgeport, Conn. 
Mon. February 8 at 7 p.m. - Army at Sacred Heart - Bridgeport, Conn. 
Tues. February 9 at 7 p.m. - Army vs. Sacred Heart - West Point, N.Y.

Women’s Basketball Overcome Early 18-point Deficit


Women’s Basketball Overcome Early 18-point DeficitThe first nine minutes looked like an early indicator that the Army West Point-Colgate game in Christl Arena on Sunday would be a repeat of the game played 24 hours before in the same building between the same two teams.

Colgate once again opened the game on a tear, shooting 10-for-12 from the field and connected on its first five shots from deep. The Raiders' fifth triple came with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter and gave them the 28-10 advantage, forcing Army head coach Dave Magarity to burn a timeout.

Thankfully for the Army Women’s Basketball team, there was 31 minutes left to play… and the Black Knights made the most of them. After the timeout, Army went a 24-3 run. Throughout the spurt Army shot 9-for-11 from the floor and with six different players contributing points led by Alisa Fallon's seven.

Colgate fought to hold a 37-35 lead at the break. However, by the five-minute mark of the third quarter the Cadets had built their lead to double-digits thanks to a 17-3 run to start the half. After trailing by 18 points in the first quarter, the Black Knights went on to win by 19 with a final tally of 72-53. Read more.

Men’s Basketball Bounces Back to Beat Colgate


Men’s Basketball Bounces Back to Beat ColgateThe Army West Point Men’s Basketball bounced back from Saturday's loss to top Patriot League foe Colgate, 75-73, at Cotterell Court on Sunday.

“I have been fortunate to be a part of teams that have won championships and those are great feelings, but I'm not sure that I have been part of a tougher win than we saw today,” Army Head Coach Jimmy Allen said. “I can't say enough about the character that our team showed after coming back from the way we got beat yesterday to win today. We got knocked out and got off the mat and played some inspired basketball.”

After falling handily to the Patriot League's preseason top-ranked team in the league opener, the Black Knights stormed out of the gate in this one, jumping out to a 10-point lead in the game's first five minutes. Firstie Tucker Blackwell was a key catalyst of the offense early on, knocking down three of his four three-point attempts to give Army an 11-point advantage at halftime. Army stretched the lead to as much as 14 in the opening minutes of the second half before Colgate fought back into the contest, riding a 10-0 run to even the game at the midway point of the half. The Black Knights stood strong, as the teams traded buckets throughout the final minutes of the contest before Army was able to put the game away.

“What we lacked in energy on Saturday, we made up for in a big way today,” Blackwell said. “Every player, especially on the bench, was locked in until the end. This is a big team win for us today.”

Firstie Lonnie Grayson led the Cadets with 13 points on the day. Fellow senior Nick Finke put together a huge performance off the bench, going 3-3 from the field and leading the team with 11 rebounds. Read more.

Wrestling Ranked No. 25 in NWCA Division I Coaches Poll


Wrestling Ranked No. 25 in NWCA Division I Coaches PollThe Army West Point Wrestling team held the company of some of the best wrestling programs in the country this week as they were ranked No. 25 in the NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll to start their 2021 campaign.

The poll is voted on by two coaches from each Division I wrestling conference. Each first-place vote is worth 25 points, 24 points for a second-place vote, 23 for a third-place vote and so on through to one point for a 25th-place vote. The poll is based on dual meet results.

Among those listed were 11 Big Ten schools, four ACC and Big 12 teams and two EIWA, Mid-American and Pac-12 schools. Army received 34 total votes, following just behind Northern Iowa at No. 24. Former conference champion, Lehigh University, was the only other EIWA school to make the Top 25.

Army will open its season this Saturday when it welcomes Long Island University to Gillis Field House for a 2 p.m. matchup. Read more.

Applying to West Point?


Applying to West Point?As a reminder, applications for West Point’s Class of 2025 are due by January 31, 2021. If you are a high school junior looking to apply to West Point for the Class of 2026, the application portal opens January 15, 2021 to start your candidate file. For more information, go to https://westpoint.edu/admissions.

RATE Study, Proximity Logging at West Point


RATE Study, Proximity Logging at West PointFrom November 30 through December 5, the U.S. Military Academy centered two research efforts on technology to gather important data with USMA cadets and U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School cadet candidates as the primary targets while other USMA personnel voluntarily participated.

Approximately 1,300 personnel were issued the Garmin Fenix 6 watch and Oura Ring between November 30 - December 3 in the Haig Room at Jefferson Library. The watch and ring in the RATE study collect individual physiological data to determine when a person is getting sick.

The two efforts studied are the Rapid Analysis of Threat Exposure (RATE) study and the Limited User Test (LUT) with information being compiled over the next few months from each data gathering. The RATE study is sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and is supported by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO CBRND). The LUT is sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisitions, Logistics, Technology) with the USMA CIO/G6, USMA G3, U.S. Corps of Cadets S3, the Office of the Dean operations and USMAPS working together to help field the results. 

Both programs are meant to inform future Department of the Army and Department of Defense systems development to improve force protection, and the hope is the feedback from the devices will drive improvement and system evolution. 

The purpose of the RATE study is to collect data to inform the RATE algorithm. The anonymized data is sent via a participant’s cellphone; however, it doesn’t rely on the participants being at West Point, said Col. Edward Teague, USMA CIO/G6. Read more.

Krueger, Berg and Ungrady Named December Scholar Athletes


Krueger, Berg and Ungrady Named December Scholar AthletesMadison Berg and Graham Ungrady of Army West Point Swim and Dive and Mason Krueger of Army West Point Hockey were selected as the Corps Squad Athletes of the Month for December.

Women’s Swim & Dive - Madison Berg ’21, Army team captain and Minnesota native Madison Berg performs best when conditions are most challenging, proving time and again over the past nine months that COVID-19 can neither slow her speed in the pool nor thwart her academic excellence in the classroom. Against Boston College in Army West Point's lone in-person meet of the 2020-2021 season, Madison earned two victories, claiming the 200-yard freestyle and anchoring her relay squad in the 200-yard freestyle relay. She was also a close second to teammate Sammie Edwards in the 100-yard freestyle event, rounding out an impressive overall performance from one of last season's First Team All-Patriot League selectees. With her best academic semester to date, Madison earned a 3.45 GPA as a Psychology with Honors major this past fall. Named an Academic All-Patriot League member last year, Madison's past two semesters have been her best at West Point despite significant adjustments due to COVID-19 since March 2020.

Men’s Swim & Dive - Graham Ungrady ’21, Cadet Graham Ungrady is a Firstie captain hailing from Jacksonville, Fla. Against Boston College in Army West Point's lone in-person meet of the 2020-2021 season; he won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1.37.51. He was also a part of the 200-yard freestyle team that won its race with a time of 1.21.32. This past fall, Graham finished the semester with a 3.856 GPA. He maintains a 3.454 cumulative GPA as a Systems Engineering major. Last year his academic achievements landed him on the 2019-20 Academic All-Patriot League Team. Additionally, his skills in the pool earned him a spot on the 2019-20 Second Team All-Patriot League. He has made the Dean's List in all seven semesters at the Academy.

Hockey - Mason Krueger ’21, Cadet Mason Krueger, a firstie forward on the Army Hockey team, has proven himself as a top scholar athlete and leader this season. As one of the senior leaders on the hockey team, he has done an outstanding job demonstrating to his teammates how to balance academics with the Hockey team's grueling travel schedule and the challenges of COVID. After compiling 19 goals over the past two years, Mason opened the season as the center for the first line of Black Knight offense. Leading from the front on the first line of offense, he has one of the highest compiled ice times on the team and is on the ice for the most critical parts of the game. He is trusted as a backbone of the Army offense. His activity on the scoreboard is crucial for the team, but his leadership on special teams is critical to the team's success. Mason plays the game aggressively and is always contributing. Mason is excelling in academics as well. This term, he has an impressive 3.56 APST while finishing up the more difficult classes of his Systems Engineering major and performing his role on the team. Read more.

Tickets On Sale Now for Lockheed Martin Commanders’ Classic


Tickets On Sale Now for Lockheed Martin Commanders’ ClassicTickets are now on sale to the general public for the Lockheed Martin Commanders’ Classic, Army vs. Air Force on November 6, 2021 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Ticket prices vary from $55 to $185 per ticket.

For more information, seating chart and more for the first-ever Division I football game at Globe Life Field, click here.

Gymnastics Slated 12th in Preseason Coaches Poll


The Army West Point Gymnastics team has been ranked 12th in the 2021 College Gymnastics Association Preseason Coaches Poll, the organization announced yesterday.

The Black Knights closed out the shortened 2020 season on a high note, recording the program's highest score since 2016 with a 408.650 output against William & Mary and earning their first victory over service academy rival Air Force in five seasons. Cow Mathew Davis will once again look to lead the Black Knights after being named the team's first CGA All-American since 2005 last season.

Stanford (221 points) sits atop the poll, with Oklahoma (208 points), Michigan (187 points), Nebraska (171 points) and Illinois (156 points) rounding out the top five.

Army’s 2021 slate of competitions will be released in the near future.

Teacher Accessibility - What Sets West Point Apart


Teacher Accessibility - What Sets West Point ApartCheck out this video to learn more about what teacher accessibility typically looks like at West Point. Amongst many things, teacher accessibility is important and something that sets the United States Military Academy at West Point apart from other universities. These are unique relationships that last beyond West Point.

Lithgow Tabbed Patriot League Rookie of the Week


Lithgow Tabbed Patriot League Rookie of the WeekLauren Lithgow of the Army West Point Women’s Basketball team was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week, the league announced in a release yesterday afternoon.

Lithgow earned the award after averaging 17.5 points per game and shooting 50 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from 3-point range in this past weekend's series against Colgate. Additionally, the Manasquan, N.J., native was 7-for-8 from the line, which improved her season total to 24-for-27. Lithgow's season free throw average of 89.7 percent ranks third in the nation among freshman that have attempted at least 25 free throws.

The Black Knights turned an early 18-point deficit into a 19-point win on Sunday to split the series with the Raiders and improve to 4-3 on the season.

Army will have a home-and-home series with Holy Cross next weekend in a matchup that pits Dave Magarity against his daughter Maureen, who served as an assistant on his staff at Army from 2006-10. The Cadets will host Holy Cross on Saturday then travel out to Worcester, Mass., for Sunday’s matchup. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+ and are set to start at 3 p.m. ET.

Athletics Focused Facebook Live Admissions Brief


Athletics Focused Facebook Live Admissions BriefIf you are considering attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, don't miss this online Athletics Focused Facebook Live Event hosted by West Point Admissions. Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST. This event is Free for anyone that wishes to attend.

Learn more about admissions requirements, process, athletics, cadet life, and the opportunities that a West Point degree opens. Current candidates, potential candidates, and families are welcome to attend. https://www.facebook.com/events/424881368662712.

Wrestling Shows Strong Momentum in Season Opener Against LIU


Wrestling Shows Strong Momentum in Season Opener Against LIUThe Army West Point Wrestling team took the mat Saturday night against LIU, eager to redeem themselves after having their opportunity at an NCAA Tournament appearance cut short in 2020. Saturday's match was the first time that the Black Knights have taken the floor against an opponent since the EIWA conference tournament last March. Army and LIU competed in a tournament style matchup, including 12 individual bouts, resulting in no cumulative team score. The competition included both intersquad and dual matchups with LIU.

The Black Knights and the Sharks went head-to-head in five different weight classes and seven total bouts including 149lbs, 157lbs, 174lbs, 184lbs and 285lbs. Army came away with wins in all seven appearances in addition to notching five pins and two technical fall victories. Taylor Brown set the pace for Army in the opening match at 184lbs, defeating LIU's TJ Franden in a 20-3 tech fall. Cow heavyweight Ben Sullivan followed suit with the first pin of the night in the second bout, overpowering Tim Nagosky with a fall at :21.

Army stole the show for the remainder of the faceoffs, tallying pins from four seasoned veterans in P.J. Ogunsanya at 149lbs, Markus Hartman at 157lbs and Bobby Heald at 285lbs in addition to an 18-1 technical fall victory from Sahm Abdulrazzaq at 184lbs. Read more.

Men’s Basketball Claims Second Straight League Win


Men’s Basketball Claims Second Straight League WinThe Army West Point Men's Basketball team continued its hot start to the 2020-21 season, defeating Patriot League opponent Holy Cross, 83-68, this past Saturday.

“We saw a really solid effort from our team today,” Head Coach Jimmy Allen said. “We got off to a bit of a slow start, but I thought we were in the right positions and getting the right shots. We stuck with it and things turned around for us.”

The Black Knights' balanced attack was on full display in this one, as four different cadets reached double-digits on the score sheet in the game. Josh Caldwell led all scorers with a career-high 20 points on the day, while going 9-13 from the field. Firstie Alex King was a dominant force for Army, shooting 8-10 for a season-best 19 points. The Black Knights have now had at least three double-digit scorers in seven of the team's eight contests this season.

“We have a really great group of guys who play selfless basketball,” Alex King said. “We are always looking to make the next pass and find the right shot.”

Army’s upperclassmen carried the load in the game, with the Black Knights' juniors and seniors combining for 77 of the team's 83 points.

“I don't know that enough credit goes to those guys,” Allen said. “Our seniors were in complimentary roles in the past behind Tommy Funk and Matt Wilson, and they have worked so hard to step into leadership roles. We are building a really good culture with this group and I am excited to see what we can do moving forward.” Read more.

A Matchup Years in the Making


A Matchup Years in the MakingBy JJ Klein, Army West Point Athletic Communications

Basketball has always been a family affair for the Magaritys. However, this past weekend it was a family feud.

Army West Point Women’s Basketball head coach Dave Magarity squared off against his daughter Maureen Magarity’s Holy Cross team in the first of two home-and-home series slated between the two programs. Saturday’s game was believed to be the first of its kind at the Division-I level with a father coaching opposite his daughter. 

With Dave currently in his 15th season coaching on the women’s side and Maureen in her 11th overall season as a head coach and first at Holy Cross, it is reasonable to presume that this matchup has been in the making for years. However, it is a contest that the father-daughter duo has been avoiding since Maureen left her father’s staff to take the head coaching position at New Hampshire over a decade ago. This avoidance was a decision they arrived at with some help from Rita Magarity, Dave’s wife and Maureen’s mother. 

“People laughed and joked about it, but I never really had the want to say, ‘No, we need to play a game dad,’” Maureen said. “It was always just, ‘I’m good with just scrimmaging and cheering you on.’”

“The scrimmaging was fine,” Rita noted. “But now that they have to play each other, in this profession it’s tough because there’s always going to be a winner and a loser. When your livelihood is winning of course that makes it extra hard.” 

Basketball has been part of Maureen’s life since the day she was born. Literally. On the same day that she was born, her dad was coaching the St. Francis (Pa.) men’s team in a conference playoff game. Read more.

Patriot League Announces Fall and Spring Sports Scheduling Formats for 2021


Patriot League Announces Fall and Spring Sports Scheduling Formats for 2021The Patriot League has announced a plan for League schedules for baseball, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, and volleyball during the 2021 spring semester. League play will be contingent on the League and its member institutions being able to conduct competitions in ways that protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches, staff members and their communities.

In addition to the nine sport spring schedules, the League has plans to host championships for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, women’s rowing, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men’s and women’s tennis. Competitive opportunities will also be available for men’s and women’s indoor track and field.

Scheduling for field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball will be limited to League-only contests. Non-League scheduling for baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse and softball can proceed per institutional discretion. League institutions are responsible for setting regular-season schedules for cross country, golf, rowing, swimming and diving and indoor and outdoor track and field. Opponents must follow comparable health and safety protocols.

Consistent with the prioritization of health and safety, the 2020-21 schedule format features a significant reduction in travel and overnight stays. No teams will be permitted to fly to games. Instead of the League’s traditional formats, teams will play an increased number of games against League opponents in closer geographic proximity.

The Patriot League office will announce detailed League schedules at a later date. Read more.

Riley Family Claims 1000th Victory With Army Hockey


Riley Family Claims 1000th Victory With Army HockeyThe Army West Point hockey team defeated AIC, 5-3, in what was a historic night for the program. The victory was the 1,000th win for the Riley family at the helm of the Army hockey program.

“Obviously, this is a special night,” Head Coach Brian Riley said. “I know my dad and my brother would both say what an honor and a privilege it is to coach at West Point and be around these cadets. We will never forget this one and I am thinking about my dad and my brother after this win.”

The Riley era of Army hockey started in 1950, when a 30-year-old John Patrick “Jack” Riley was named the 14th head coach in program history. One of the titans of American hockey, the International Hockey Hall of Famer led the United States Olympic Hockey team to its first Gold Medal in 1960. As the leader of the Black Knights, he claimed two Spenser Penrose Awards as the top coach in NCAA Division I hockey. 36 seasons and 542 victories later, he handed the keys to the program off to his son, Rob, who guided the Black Knights to 257 victories over 18 seasons. The two remain the winningest father-son duo in college hockey history. Brian Riley, the youngest son of Jack, was named head coach of the Black Knights in 2004 and has led the cadets to 201 victories over the course of his 16-year tenure. Brian himself has been no stranger to coaching accolades, as he boasts three Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year honors.

The Black Knights and Yellow Jackets met on Sunday for the third time in five days, with Army looking for a bounce-back effort after AIC fought back from a 3-1 deficit in the final three minutes on Thursday to win 4-3 in overtime. Read more.

Army-Air Force Hockey Series Postponed


Army-Air Force Hockey Series PostponedFollowing suspension of hockey activities at the United States Air Force Academy due to COVID-19 cases within the program, this week's scheduled series between Army and Air Force slated for January 15 and 16 has been postponed.

At this time, no make-up dates have been announced, but both programs will work with Atlantic Hockey on rescheduling possibilities. Further information on rescheduled dates will be communicated when appropriate.

Hockey Adds Two Contests vs. LIU


Hockey Adds Two Contests vs. LIUFollowing the postponement of this week's scheduled series at Air Force, the Army West Point Hockey team has announced the addition of two home contests against Long Island University (LIU) on Friday, January 15 and Saturday, January 16 at Tate Rink.

The meetings will be the first between the two programs, as the LIU hockey team is in its inaugural season. It will also mark the first matchups between Army head coach Brian Riley and his nephew, Brett Riley, who was named the first head coach of the LIU hockey program back in May.

Friday's contest is slated to begin at 5:05 p.m., while Saturday's game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.

The Black Knights (2-4-0, 2-3-1-0) will look to build off the momentum of Sunday's 5-3 victory over AHA rival American International. Cow Colin Bilek enters the series with 7 points (6-1-7) in the last three games.

Bilek Named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week


Bilek Named Atlantic Hockey Player of the WeekThe Atlantic Hockey Association announced yesterday that Army West Point cow Colin Bilek has been named the league's Player of the Week.

Bilek was a dominant offensive force on Army's top line this week, posting seven points in the team's three contests against American International. In the Black Knights' 5-3 win over the Yellow Jackets on Sunday, he posted a career-high four points, netting his first career hat trick.

“Colin had a special week,” Head Coach Brian Riley said. “It is hard to score in this game, and he had seven points in three games. He was a difference maker all week and played a huge part in us getting the win on Sunday against AIC.”

The Brighton, Mich., native has found the back of the net in three straight contests for the first time in his career. His six goals this season currently ranks fourth in the conference.

Gymnastics to Compete in Trio of Virtual Gymnastics Meets


Gymnastics to Compete in Trio of Virtual Gymnastics MeetsArmy West Point Gymnastics head coach Doug Van Everen has announced that his team will open the 2021 season with a trio of virtual meets, beginning with a matchup with Penn State on January 16.

“We are excited to finally get this year going,” Van Everen said. “Virtius is a program that allows two teams to compete at their own facilities at the same time, while using remote judges. We have conducted several test runs, and the first time anyone will see it in action will be on January 16 against Penn State.”

The virtual format will also be on display when the Black Knights take on Oklahoma on January 30 and California on February 6. Army enters the 2021 season ranked 12th in the CGA Preseason Poll, coming off a promising conclusion to the shortened 2020 season.

“Our team is fairly well balanced on the six events, but high bar remains a challenge,” Van Everen said. “Our top performers for sure will again be team captains Matthew Martin and Mitchell McHugh, as well as all-arounder Mathew Davis. Matt is coming off last season as an Eastern Champion and an All-American, so we expect big things from him.”

The remainder of the team's 2021 schedule will be released in the near future.

CDT Robinson ’21 Published by the AIAA


CDT Robinson ’21 Published by the AIAACadet Justin Robinson ’21 recently presented research on Kriging Variance and Human Factors to Steer an Unmanned Aircraft System Swarm to Survey a Radiation Field at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) SciTech Conference, where his work was published.

This study explores the benefits of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) swarm that utilizes Kriging to map out and collect data from fields of interest. Kriging Swarm is an algorithm that repeatedly seeks to find the next set of optimal data points for the swarm to survey to minimize uncertainty in a field of unknown and random samples. The implementation of Kriging in a swarming behavior to accomplish this was found to be more effective than a baseline algorithm. This was determined by conducting radiation simulations in SCRIMMAGE. Results were analyzed using a Mean Sum Squared Error (MSSE) analysis of the uncertainty values at each predicted value that comes from Kriging across the entire field of radiation. An analysis was conducted to evaluate the effects of human factors on the algorithm. Considerations for operator supervisory control elements are presented in order to successfully implement this survey mechanism in real-world operations.

Listen to the Latest SOSH Podcast


Listen to the Latest SOSH PodcastOn the newest episode of the Department of Social Sciences (SOSH) Podcast, Dr. Hugh Liebert talks to Dr. Michael Warner and Lieutenant Colonel John Childress about their new book “The Use of Force for State Power: History and Future.” They discuss their model of analyzing how leaders can apply force against adversaries, both internally and domestically, and what that means for global trends today. Listen here.

“In Science We Trust”: An Academy Professor’s Journey


“In Science We Trust”: An Academy Professor’s Journey“They say that math is a language in which God wrote the universe. And so you have to be proficient in math to be proficient in science,” Col. Corey Gerving ’95, a U.S. Military Academy professor in the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, said as he explained how important a role science plays in the advancement of military strategy.

Gerving said it’s not about turning a cadet into the next Albert Einstein or Isaac Newton, it’s about producing the next great military mind. Military strategy, coupled with scientific deliberation, will furnish the strategist needed to guide the country into a hopeful future.

With his daughter, Gabby, attending the U.S. Air Force Academy and hoping to join the Space Force one day, Gerving thought about his journey and how it led him to teach physics at West Point.

He recalled when he was once the young hopeful who would take part in shaping the Army’s future. It was the early ’90s at West Point. There were Colonels. John Lasala and Bruce Oldaker, who were physics instructors at the time. Lasala was as stern as he was brainy and Oldaker was quick-witted and just as shrewd.

Gerving remembered attending one of Oldaker’s lectures where he said to the class, “I will penalize blatantly wrong answers with extreme prejudice — you’re better off not saying anything than saying something wrong.”

Despite their stringent teaching methods, Gerving admired and respected the two instructors. Throughout his tenure as a cadet, Lasala and Oldaker would advise and mentor him, and in turn, Gerving excelled in his physics classes.

Yearlings (sophomores) who struggled in class would often come to Gerving for help. On many occasions, they would go to his barracks room. Gerving would move the dresser aside and would use the wall of the room to write on with dry-erase markers and take his colleagues through all the physics problems they had trouble with.

“I did well in my physics classes when I was a cadet,” Gerving said. "(Cadets I assisted) would say ‘you should be an instructor here someday,’ and so that (statement) kind of got me thinking — maybe I will come back as an instructor.” Read more.

Rifle Announces Spring Schedule


Rifle Announces Spring ScheduleThe Army West Point Rifle team announced the addition of several matches to its slate.

Army will open up the spring portion of its schedule on Sunday, January 17 in a virtual match against NC State. It will count as Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) match but will not be an official NCAA mark.

The Black Knights will take on GARC foe Akron in Palmyra, Pa., on Saturday, January 23.

The Cadets will then square off against Navy in the highly anticipated star match, part of the overall Star Series presented by USAA, on February 6. The location and start time of the match will be determined at a later date.

Army is then slated to face Nebraska at the Tronsrue Marksmanship Center on Saturday, February 13. The following weekend will be the NCAA Qualifier match on Saturday, February 20.

Members of the team will compete in the USA Shooting Junior Olympic Selection Match which will be on February 21.

The GARC Championships will take place on the weekend of February 26-27. The NCAA Championships are set for March 11-13 in Columbus, Ohio.

The schedule is subject to change.