Nashville lands National Women’s Soccer Conference team: Trojans

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Rachel Ortiz-Marsh watched the inauguration Williamson County Girls Flag Football League Championship at Nissan Stadium feeling better than ever about the business venture she took on after retiring from the military.

Oritz-Marsh, a former sergeant first class, is founder/co-owner of the Tennessee Trojans, an expansion team in the National Women’s Football Conference, who will start playing in Nashville in April 2023.

The league was launched in 2019 and has secured sponsorships from adidas, Riddell Sports and other major brands. Its mission is to propel women’s full-contact football into the mainstream of sponsors and media.

The players are the lifeblood of the league and Oritz-Marsh was encouraged by what she and her spouse and co-owner Tessa Ortiz-Marais seen on the pitch on Saturday.

“We saw some really talented players and it let us know that there are a lot of young women in this area who would love the opportunity to play football,” Oritz-Marsh said. “With the Trojans, we want to let them know that there is something to aspire to; you can have a career, you can play football at a competitive level, you can be celebrated and show all that ferocity and tenacity. “

Players are not yet paid in the WNFC but Oritz-Marsh predicts that will happen in the next 5-6 years. .

The Trojans became the 18th team to join the WNFC.

“Our mission to help women and girls reach their full potential through the power of sport has expanded even further (with the addition of the Trojans),” said the WNCS Commissioner. Janice Masters mentioned. “The WNFC is very strategic and mindful of expansion and partnerships which are good for the betterment of women’s football. With that, we are incredibly excited to partner with Rachael and her team as we continue to lead the way. creating the most challenging women’s football sports league in history.”

Some of the other league teams are located in Los Angeles, San Diego, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Texas, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

It took a while to convince Oritz-Marsh to land a franchise in Nashville.

“Honestly, they weren’t looking at Tennessee because Tennessee is considered a small market compared to some of the teams they have,” Oritz-Marsh said.

“But when the (Sports Authority Board) hired a consultant to assess what was missing in Nashville sports, the big chunk was women’s sports. I know they were looking primarily at the WNBA and NWSL. People say you can’t compete with (the WNBA and NWSL) and we know that, but what we can compete for is community support and that’s important to show these bigger leagues that it exists.

Oritz-Marsh works closely with Lisa Limperformer assistant football manager in Hillsboro and Glencliff as she prepares for the season. This includes hiring a general manager and coach and securing a venue where the team will play.

Tryouts for players, who must be 18, will take place soon.

Belmont’s Mick Hedgepeth named Berry’s basketball coach

Mick Hedgepeth (34) of Belmont is trailed by a Wisconsin defender in a fight for the ball during a second round game of the NCAA Southeast Regional College Basketball Tournament Thursday, March 17, 2011 in Tucson, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Former Belmont basketball star Mick Hedgepethwho has spent the past three seasons with the Bruins, is the new coach at Berry College.

Hedgepeth, 32, returned to Belmont when Casey Alexander replaced Rick Byrd as a Bruins coach.

“Mick is the best example of what a coach should be; a true servant leader, a quick basketball wit, and someone who will represent Berry well in every way imaginable,” Alexander said.

Hedgepeth returned to Nashville after spending two seasons as a coach at Sewanee. Hedgepeth led the Tigers to a 36-18 record and a trip to the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Crossville, Alabama native began his coaching career at Williams College in Massachusetts.

During his playing career, Hedgepeth was part of 96 wins, three playoff appearances, three Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championships, two Atlantic Sun Conference tournament championships, and two NCAA tournament appearances. (2011 Wisconsin, 2012 Georgetown).

He was a two-time All-Atlantic Sun second-team winner and the 2011 Atlantic Sun Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Hedgepeth ranks among Belmont’s all-time leaders in points (1,191), rebounds (692), blocked shots (78), field goal percentage (.540) and games played (134). ).

After graduating, Hedgepeth played professionally in Spain.

Scott Hamilton completes 444 mile bike ride for cancer awareness

Scott Hamilton, with his sons Maxx, left, and Aiden, after completing a 444-mile bike ride for cancer awareness.  Maxx and Aiden joined their father for the last few miles of the ride.

Olympic figure skating champion and cancer survivor Scott Hamiltona Nashville resident, completed the second annual 444-mile “Erase the Trace” bike ride on May 7.

Hamilton completed the ride in rain and headwinds, but that’s nothing compared to his battle with testicular cancer that began 25 years ago.

Hamilton, who is living with his third benign brain tumour, was joined in the final miles of the journey by his sons Aidan, 18 years old, and Max, 14, as part of the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation’s commitment to funding innovative cancer research.

The trip began May 3 in Natchez, Mississippi, and continued 90 miles to Clinton, then 92.3 miles on May 4 from Clinton to French Camp; 90.4 miles on May 5 to Saltillo; 85.1 miles on May 6 to Collinwood, Tennessee, and the final 87.8 miles of the trip began May 7.

Hamilton was joined on the ride by Johnny Burrella Nashville-based CranioSacral therapist, who currently holds three cycling records, and Scott Williamswho lives with glioblastoma and created this event last year, inspiring Scott Hamilton to participate this year.

Cumberland names Hall of Fame class of 2022

Cumberland Super Baseball Matt Greener, wrestler Jake Williams and volleyball player Lisa Holloran Johnson are in the school’s Sports Hall of Fame class of 2022.

The 2004 baseball team is also classy.

Greener helped lead the Phoenix to the NAIA National Championship in 2010. He is the only Cumberland player to be named the NAIA National Player of the Year.

The Jupiter, Fla. native, who was also an All-American and the TranSouth Conference Player of the Year, led the nation in home runs (27), hits (116), total bases ( 225) and runs hit (101).

Williams, a native of Rio Ranch, New Mexico, won the wrestling program’s third and fourth individual national championships in the 149-pound weight class. He was a four-time NAIA All-American and a two-time Mid-South Conference champion who had 1,076 career wins.

Hollran, who played five seasons (1993-97), earned Mid-South Conference Player of the Year honors and was the first Cumberland player to be named an All-American.

The 2004 baseball team, led by Hall of Fame coach woodland hunting, was the first in school history to win the NAIA National Championship. The team posted a 59-21 record. The team was led by All-American Chuck McFarlane and World Series MVP Donnie Burhalter.

The enshrinement ceremony will take place on October 7 in the alumni hall on campus.

Vanderbilt’s George Harwell named All-SEC; on the way to the national championships

George Harwell

Former star of Montgomery Bell Academy George Harwellnow senior captain of the Vanderbilt tennis team, made first-team All-SEC.

Harwell, who led the MBA to the 2017 state championship, was a second-team All-SEC last season.

He is ranked 31st nationally by collegetennis.com and qualified for the NCAA Individual National Championships May 19-22 in Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Angelo Volpe, president of Tennessee Tech and member of the Sports Hall of Fame, dies at 83

Angelo Volpe

Angelo Volpe, a former president of Tennessee Tech who is in the Golden Eagles Sports Hall of Fame, died Monday. He was 83 years old.

During his tenure as president of Tech (1987-2000), Volpe was a strong supporter of athletics.

Under Volpe Tech, women’s soccer was added, built its women’s golf team from a freshman program into a three-time conference champion, and restored the women’s track and field team after a 12-year absence.

He was inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2001.

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