BLUFFTON — Bluffton University has hired Hanover College defensive coordinator Denny Dorrel as its new head football coach, the school announced.
Dorrel, a graduate of Hanover College, was Hanover’s recruiting coordinator and academic coordinator last season. He replaces Tyson Veidt, who resigned after six seasons to become the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Toledo.
Hanover won three conference championships while Dorel was a player. He takes over a resurgent Bluffton football program who finished 4-6 last season, but won its last three games. The Beavers were 6-4 in 2012 and 5-5 in 2011.
Dorrel has had previous coaching stops at Marietta and Thomas More College.
Dorrel and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of twins Dexter and Kate, who are three years old today, and 1-year old Dylan. They plan to live in Bluffton.
Hyde honored by Summit League
ELMHURST, Ill. — Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne’s Amanda Hyde has been named to the Summit League’s Academic All-League women’s basketball team.
It was the second consecutive season Hyde, the two-time Summit League Player of the Year, was an all-academic honoree.
Hyde, who led the league and ranked 13th in the nation in scoring (22.3 ppg), carries a 3.97 grade-point average as a mathematics and psychology major.
The Liberty-Benton graduate set single-season league records for free throw made (215) and attempted (247) and single-game records for free throws made (18) and attempted (21). Her 670 points rank fourth in single-season league history while her 1,676 career points rank ninth.
Hyde has been named a Capital One Academic All-America selection the last two seasons and was The Summit League’s 2012-13 Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
FHS swimmers Academic All-American
Five Findlay High School swimmers recently earned Academic All-American honors from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America.
The Trojans Olivia Bair, Lindsay Barchent, Emily Lazar, Hannah McClellan and Grant Weickert each earned the award for the Trojans.
To qualify, an athlete must be a senior in high school, must have lettered in swimming, diving or water polo and must have a cumulative grade point average of greater than 3.75 over seven semesters.
Welch wins GLIAC award
BAY CITY, Mich. — For the second straight week, University of Findlay junior Justin Welch has been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week.
Welch posted two NCAA automatic qualifying marks in last weekend’s Bellarmine Invitational, winning the hammer throw with a heave of 218 feet, 6 inches and placing second in the discus with a toss of 173-6.
Both meets will wrap up today.