Olivet Nazarene University


Athletic Program Web Site:
http://athletics.olivet.edu/default.aspx
Main School Web Site:
http://www.olivet.edu/
School Colors: Purple and Gold
SID Name: Nick Birkey

Conference:
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Main Rivals:
  • Robert Morris University
  • Saint Xavier University
  • University of St. Francis (Ill)

Undergraduate On Campus Enrollment: 2926
Last National Tournament Appearance: 2011

Local Radio Broadcasts (Call Letters and Fequency):
Local Newspaper: Daily-Journal (Kankakee)
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Returning Starters: 3
Primary Offensive Strategy: Continuity, use of spacing and inside/out approach
Returning players key to your offense:
Aaron Larson (So., G/F) leading returning starter, learning to stretch his game to the perimeter this year, but will continue to play inside as well. Has the ability to shoot with range, score with both hands inside, is getting better at using the dribble, and will use his size when he plays the wing

Austin Davis (Jr., G) most consistent three-point shooter returner and assist leader from last year. Has the ability to fill it up from behind the arc. Also, is learning to use screens in order to score at the rim more. Is developing a good transition game and will be an even better passer this year.

Zach Wagner (So., F/C) played in 25 games as freshman last season, backed up Jake Boyce out of the post position and will be asked to fill a very significant role for us. His production will need to increase and rebounding will need to become more consistent.
Returning Lettermen: 7
Primary Defensive Strategy: man to man primary, pressure ball and keep ball out of lane/sprinkle zone
Returning players key to your defense:
Point guard position - this position starts our pressure and dictates most possessions, also communicate to team
Taylor Tucker
Austin Davis
Alex Thorson
Troy Swindle

Aaron Larson/Reid Farchmin- Both key to defending the wing position, especially since neither have played the position much yet in their careeer

Zach Wagner/Seth Johnson - Our post position has to be willing to take charges and be a dominate player in the paint, leading our team in rebounds, etc...
Top 5 Recruits:
Tyler Crater (G) - Hampshire, Ill. (will factor in as a freshman)
Troy Swindle (PG) - Lindenhurst, Ill. (could see minutes at the PG as a freshman)
Abe Barwegen (G) - Vicksburg, Mich. (developmental player on the wing)
Tanner Ribbe (G) - Bismarck, Ill. (transfer from LLC)
Ryan Carl (F/C) - Galesburg, Ill. (only post in recruiting class)
Coach says this about the offense:
Coach says this about the defense:
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Head Coach: Ralph Hodge

Alma Mater:

Olivet Nazarene University ('75)

Years at Current School:

35

Wins at School:

Losses at School:

705 433

Career Wins:

Career Losses:

705 433
URL to Head Coach Info:
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Head Assistant Men's Basketball Coach:
Nick Birkey
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URL to Other Coach Info:
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Graduate Assistant Coach:
Antonio Marshall
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URL to Other Coach Info:
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McHie Arena

Gym/Arena Address

One University Ave.

Gym/Arena Capacity:

2,500
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Stats No. Last Name First Name Pos Yr Height Weight Hometown
14 Banks Tony G SR 6'1" 172 Peoria, Ill.
42 Crater Tyler G FR 6'3" 183 Hampshire, Ill.
04 Davis Austin G JR 5'11" 168 North Augusta, S.C.
32 Farchmin Reid G SO 6'4" 206 Mahomet, Ill.
13 Jacobs Hunter F JR 6'5" 215 Champaign, Ill.
22 Johnson Seth C JR 6'10" 237 Bringhurst, Ind.
54 Johnson Riley C JR 6'11" 274 Bringhurst, Ind.
24 Larson Aaron F SO 6'7" 202 Tolono, Ill.
34 Ryan Matt F JR 6'7" 221 San Diego, Calif.
23 Steelman Luke G SO 6'4" 187 Aberdeen, Md.
10 Swindle Troy
12 Thorson Alex G SO 5'11" 171 Philo, Ill.
05 Tucker Taylor G SO 6'0" 163 Tyler, Tex.
45 Wagner Zach F SO 6'5" 253 Roselle, Ill.
Date Opponent Location Score Result Record
11/8/2013 7:00:00 PM Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) Home
11/11/2013 7:30:00 PM Lewis University Away 64 - 79 Loss 0-1
11/13/2013 7:00:00 PM Eastern Illinois Universi Away 60 - 67 Loss 0-2
11/15/2013 6:00:00 PM Georgetown (Ky.) Away 89 - 93 Loss 0-3
11/16/2013 2:00:00 PM Life (Ga.) Neutral 83 - 95 Loss 0-4
11/20/2013 7:00:00 PM Concordia (Calif.) Away 69 - 85 Loss 0-5
11/21/2013 8:00:00 PM Cal State San Marcos Away 79 - 94 Loss 0-6
11/23/2013 10:00:00 PM Point Loma Nazarene Away 86 - 94 Loss 0-7
11/26/2013 2:00:00 AM St. Francis (Ill.) Away 78 - 70 Win 1-7
12/3/2013 7:00:00 PM Purdue Calumet (Ind.) Home 60 - 65 Loss 1-8
12/7/2013 3:00:00 PM Holy Cross (Ind.) Away 53 - 58 Loss 1-9
12/14/2013 3:00:00 PM Calumet St Joseph (Ind.) Away 79 - 62 Win 2-9
12/17/2013 2:00:00 AM Purdue North Central (Ind.) Home 84 - 63 Win 3-9
1/4/2014 3:00:00 PM Silver Lake (WI) Home 101 - 76 Win 4-9
1/8/2014 7:30:00 PM Indiana South Bend Away 88 - 74 Win 5-9
1/11/2014 3:00:00 PM Judson (Ill.) Home 81 - 53 Win 6-9
1/15/2014 2:00:00 AM Robert Morris (Ill.) Away 69 - 75 Loss 6-10
1/18/2014 2:00:00 AM Saint Xavier (Ill.) Home 67 - 68 Loss 6-11
1/22/2014 7:30:00 PM Trinity International (Ill.) Away 80 - 71 Win 7-11
1/25/2014 2:00:00 AM Roosevelt (Ill.) Away 91 - 64 Win 8-11
1/30/2014 7:30:00 PM Trinity Christian (Ill.) Home 85 - 78 Win 9-11
2/1/2014 3:00:00 PM Purdue Calumet (Ind.) Away 92 - 82 Win 10-11
2/6/2014 2:00:00 AM St. Francis (Ill.) Home 71 - 48 Win 11-11
2/8/2014 3:00:00 PM Holy Cross (Ind.) Home 59 - 42 Win 12-11
2/12/2014 7:30:00 PM Calumet St Joseph (Ind.) Home 89 - 55 Win 13-11
2/15/2014 2:00:00 AM Purdue North Central (Ind.) Away 102 - 77 Win 14-11
2/19/2014 2:00:00 AM Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) Away 77 - 83 Loss 14-12
2/22/2014 3:00:00 PM Indiana South Bend Home 91 - 56 Win 15-12
2/26/2014 2:00:00 AM Roosevelt (Ill.) Home 84 - 88 Loss 15-13