Webster fall athletes undergo concussion testing
As mandated by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, all SLIAC student athletes — including athletes from Webster University — will have to undergo neurocognitive testing prior to the start of their sports seasons. Student athletes participating in a fall sport took the test on Aug. 16.
The purpose of the computerized baseline testing, which was administered by Webster athletic trainers, is to help determine an athlete’s ability to return to play after suffering a concussion.
The test typically takes a little less than 30 minutes for student athletes to complete. Test features included measurements of athlete symptoms, verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time.
For example, athletes were asked to click on the numbers 1-25 backwards and remember specific shapes and words (such as ‘house’ or ‘knife’).
Siener becomes newest assistant men’s soccer coach; Kurz to take Siener’s place
Michael Siener has left his position as a Webster University assistant men’s basketball coach to become an assistant men’s soccer coach.
Siener, who is also the head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams, spent 10 years as a Webster basketball coach under Chris Bunch. Siener replaces former assistant Alex Fritts and will now work under Marty Todt, who will be entering his 24th year as the head men’s soccer coach.
Taking Siener’s place as the new assistant men’s basketball coach is Landon Kurz. Kurz played basketball at Westminster College for four years and was an assistant coach at Westminster during the 2008-2009 season.
Kurz was a graduate assistant coach for the University of Central Missouri men’s basketball team the past two years.
In another coaching note, Jeff Stevens will work under Jordan Olufson as the new assistant women’s basketball coach. Stevens spent the last seven years as the varsity girl’s basketball coach at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School.
Volleyball picked to finish third in SLIAC
In the 2011 preseason poll, St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference coaches selected the Webster University volleyball team to finish third in the conference for the upcoming season.
Greenville College, which won a share of the SLIAC regular season title as well as the tournament championship last year, was picked as the favorite by six coaches.
Spalding University received two first-place votes and was chosen to finish second. Westminster College got the final first-place vote and was selected to finish fourth.
Webster finished third in the SLIAC last season with a 12-4 conference record. The Gorloks went 17-17 overall. Webster begins the 2011 regular season on Sept. 1 when they travel to Springfield, Illinois to take on Benedictine University.
Kyler Scott named summer golf tour’s co-player of the year
Webster University junior golfer Kyler Scott’s point total earned him co-player of the year status in the collegiate men’s division of the inaugural Accelerated Golf Tour. Scott played in five of the Tour’s events, winning twice and finishing second in the Tour’s final tournament.
The AGF was created to give local golfers a chance to play top area courses during the summer months. The Tour featured 10 tournaments and boasted 400-plus participants.
Scott was named a SLIAC All-Conference first team selection in 2010, and a second team selection in 2009. Scott and the Gorloks will begin their fall season on Sept. 2 when they travel to Wisconsin to play in the Culver’s Edgewood College Fall Classic.