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YSU officially hires Calhoun as men’s coach

From staff, wire reports YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University made it official Monday, hiring Jerrod Calhoun as its new men’s basketball coach. Calhoun, who led Fairmont State University to the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship game, replaces the retired Jerry Slocum, who ...

VASJ coaches like new Penguins mentor

Babe Kwasniak couldn’t have a more glowing review about Jerrod Calhoun, comparing the soon-to-be Youngstown State men’s basketball coach to one of the rising stars in the profession. That’s not because the Villa Angela-St. Joseph boys basketball coach is great friends with Calhoun. Not ...

More sources confirm Calhoun coming to YSU

WHEELING — A week after losing West Liberty’s Jim Crutchfield to Nova Southeastern University, the Mountain East Conference is bracing for another big-name defection in its men’s basketball ranks. A source confirmed to The Intelligencer that Jerrod Calhoun, coach of NCAA Division-II ...

Source: Calhoun to be named new YSU coach

YOUNGSTOWN — Sports Team 27, a news partner with the Tribune Chronicle, has learned that Jerrod Calhoun is expected to be officially named the next men’s basketball coach at Youngstown State University this week. A YSU spokesperson would not confirm the hire, nor would the university ...

Penguins practice as they await new coach

YOUNGSTOWN — Cameron Morse isn’t a stranger to this situation. A few years ago, the Flint, Mich., native and his teammates waited for a new coach during the offseason prior to his senior year at Carman-Ainsworth High School. Some names were tossed around as replacements — quick as the ...

Morse earns yet another hoops honor

YOUNGSTOWN — Cameron Morse takes nothing for granted, even when he’s been bestowed an award. On Wednesday, the Youngstown State junior guard was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 12 first team with other Horizon League players like Valparaiso’s Alec ...

Penguins taking steps to hire new coach

Ron Strollo seems more like a research assistant than an athletic director these days. The Youngstown State University Director of Athletics has spent a good portion of his time investigating candidates for the men’s basketball coaching vacancy. He’s keeping YSU President Jim Tressel ...

Interest growing in YSU’s opening

YOUNGSTOWN — Interest has grown in Youngstown State University men’s basketball — as far as prospective coaches go. Names have circulated around the university the past couple of weeks since Jerry Slocum retired after 12 years at YSU. You might ask why? Why does a program with very ...

YSU draft hopefuls nearing end of wild ride

YOUNGSTOWN — The preparation college prospects go through to gear up for the NFL Draft is a tricky process. It’s a procedure a few Youngstown State players are getting to know well. Derek Rivers and Avery Moss each had superb senior seasons for the Penguins and caught even more attention ...

Pro Day turnout impressive for YSU

If there was ever any doubt that last year’s Youngstown State football team was one of the school’s all-time best, it was removed Tuesday. When 18 scouts — and what seemed like half the student body — show up to the Penguins’ Pro Day, that tells you something about YSU. More ...

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Former NFL linebacker and current New York Jets scout Kevin Greene, middle, instructs Youngstown State defensive lineman Derek Rivers, right, and Avery Moss during YSU’s Pro Day on Tuesday.

Penguins show off their skills to NFL scouts

YOUNGSTOWN — The 2017 Youngstown State University Pro Day was much different than any other, but in a good way. Representatives from 18 NFL teams were in attendance at the Watson and Tressel Training Site to watch 11 Penguins show their skills in a number of drills. That was 10 more scouts ...

Youngstown State's Chad Zallow, left, is passed by Florida's Grant Holloway in the men's 60-meter dash during the NCAA college indoor track and field championships Saturday, March 11, 2017, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

All-American hurdler

Chad Zallow tweeted out four simple words prior to the 60-meter men’s hurdles final Saturday at the NCAA Indoor National Championship. “Youngstown against the world.” In essence, this was the Youngstown State University sophomore track standout’s fiercest competition of his ...

Zallow 3rd at indoor nationals

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Youngstown State sophomore and John F. Kennedy graduate Chad Zallow finished third Saturday in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Stadium. Zallow ran a time of 7.72 seconds to finish behind ...

Changes desperately needed for YSU hoops

YOUNGSTOWN DARKNESS swirls around. All you hear is a metronomic beat repeating and sometimes thrown in with a squeak like those of a car making a sudden stop. Then, I realize my head is buried in my arms, trying not to watch what is in front of me. Welcome to the Beeghly Center. Eleven of ...

Fitting end for Slocum with YSU

You can say it was a fitting end to long-tenured career. On Tuesday, Jerry Slocum retired as the Youngstown State men’s basketball coach. Slocum, 65, arguably had the biggest win in his 12 seasons as the Penguins’ mentor when YSU upset top-seeded Oakland Saturday in the quarterfinals of ...

Zallow ready for challenge of NCAA nationals

YOUNGSTOWN — Chad Zallow has one drive. The John F. Kennedy graduate knows the opportunity in front of him and it’snot like he’s new to this kind of challenge. A handful of Ohio High School Athletic Association individual gold medals and a team state championship are proof of ...

Penguin run ends in loss to Norse

DETROIT — Youngs-town State twice rallied from deficits of 15 points or more in the second half, but could not sustain the comebacks and, in the end, could not continue its Cinderella role in the Horizon League men’s basketball tournament at Joe Louis Arena. Northern Kentucky, who as the ...

Horizon League tournament muddled by several upsets

DETROIT — Three huge quarterfinal round upsets Saturday and Sunday have knocked the Horizon League Tournament bracket for a loop and leaves Youngs-town State facing Northern Kentucky tonight in a semifinal game on ESPNU. The Penguins got the upset train rolling on Saturday with an 81-80 ...

Penguins upset No.1 seeded Oakland

DETROIT — Once again, it was Jordan Kaufman who became Oakland’s Achilles’ heel. This time, the Youngstown State senior center lifted the ninth-seeded Penguins to the Horizon League semifinals with an 81-80 victory over top-seeded Oakland in Saturday’s quarterfinals of the Horizon ...

Penguin men top Vikings; women’s season is ended

DETROIT — Matt Donlan scored 24 points, Braun Hartfield scored 22 and Jorden Kaufman had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead Youngstown State past Cleveland State 84-69 in the opening round of the Horizon League Tournament Friday night. Youngstown State (12-20) moved on to face top seed ...