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Dream come true for Penguins Rivers, Moss

YOUNGSTOWN — Avery Moss and Derek Rivers went into the 2017 NFL Draft clinging to hopes of being drafted — and their dreams came true for both of them. The former Youngstown State defensive ends were each chosen during the three-day draft, which was televised nationally on ESPN. It was ...

YSU star Rivers chosen in third round by Patriots

Derek Rivers had an NFL future when he left Youngstown State. Eighty-three picks into the NFL draft, the former Penguins defensive end began his professional career with a third-round selection. He was the first pick of the defending Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots, a selection ...

YSU assistant excited about Penguins’ future

YOUNGSTOWN — Bobby Steinburg shares his father’s gift. Bob Steinburg was a radio personality and serves in the North Carolina House of Representatives. Knowing or meeting people is more than an art, it’s a way of life for Bob. It’s a trait Bobby has utilized coaching men’s ...

New staff works hard at getting acclimated

YOUNGSTOWN — Recruit, coach, converse, repeat. The lives of Jerrod Calhoun and his assistant coaches aren’t as simple as one-word answers, but hectic as a last-minute filer on tax day. The last half of April, especially with a new staff like Youngstown State’s, consists of recruiting ...

Akuchie latest to join YSU

Michael Akuchie had a memorable visit to Youngstown State University. The business school caught his eye — a place where the senior high school basketball player can further his education. Of course, he was intrigued by the passion of new YSU men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun and ...

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Brookfield graduate Jeremy Quinlan is YSU’s top starter as a senior.

Hairy situations not bothering Quinlan

NILES — Jeremy Quinlan still has room for growth as a college baseball player, even though the senior has been a starting pitcher in each of his four years at Youngstown State. Quinlan knows it. He’s not happy about it, but the veteran understands a few things are missing. “We’re ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Youngstown State’s Shane Willoughby is hit by a pitch from Kent State’s Joe Vranesic as catcher Pete Schuler looks on during the Golden Flashes’ 6-3 victory Tuesday at Eastwood Field.

Early lightning at Eastwood

NILES — The plan for Youngstown State starting pitcher Javier Alvarez was to throw strikes early on and get ahead of Kent State’s hitters. Apparently, the Golden Flashes were ready for that plan. Kent scored four times on five hits in the first inning and played exceptional defense to ...

Penguins land commitments from three players

Naz Bohannon, Jacob Brown and Garrett Covington all gave verbal commitments and tweeted out their intentions in the past couple of days. All three were in agreement — Youngstown State. The Penguins have two more scholarships for the 2017-18 season and four available for the 2018-19 ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Former Fairmont State guard Shammgod Wells is slated to be a Youngstown State graduate assistant coach. Wells played for YSU coach Jarrod Calhoun this past season at Fairmont.

From Fairmont to YSU: Wells to join Penguins staff

YOUNGSTOWN — Shammgod Wells apologized for not having a full Youngstown State outfit for a picture coinciding with this story. Wells took a break from his workouts with the YSU men’s basketball current players. His gray long-sleeved shirt with the word Basketball and YSU bookend to one ...

Coaches reunite at Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — Mark Richmond remembers his senior year at West Virginia University. So does Jerrod Calhoun. It was the time he crashed on Richmond’s couch. Richmond was a basketball team manager and part of the scout team for the Mountaineers. Bob Huggins and his staff came to campus in ...

New Penguin coaching staff putting in plenty of hours

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun’s door is closed briefly. The Youngstown State men’s basketball coach has his iPhone to his ear, listening to another lead. YSU assistant Paul Molinari is busy taking in another conversation. Another Penguins assistant, Jason Slay, has his time occupied as ...

Harden’s YSU success comes quickly

YOUNGSTOWN — Collin Harden didn’t expect this success. The former Girard High School athlete made the 300-meter hurdles his with a Division II state title last year. On Saturday, he made the 400 hurdles his own, etching his name in the Youngstown State record book. His time of 51.98 ...

YSU hires Slay as men’s assistant

YOUNGSTOWN — Jason Slay accepted an invitation nine years ago. The then-23-year-old coach took the call from the West Virginia University Director of Basketball Operations. His name was Jerrod Calhoun. Slay was an assistant coach at NCAA Division II West Virginia State, excited to learn ...

This haul of recruits could make YSU Bragg

YOUNGSTOWN — Bear with me as I play connect the dots. This is something of a recruiting puzzle that coach Jerrod Calhoun could fit together. Not to start the next Youngstown State men’s basketball season, but beginning with the 2018-19 campaign. The YSU coach and assistant coach Paul ...

Brookfield grad Quinlan pitches YSU to win

NILES — Brookfield High School graduate Jeremy Quinlan threw 136 pitches for Youngstown State on Sunday at Eastwood Field as the Penguins handed Wright State its first Horizon League defeat of the season, 5-2. Quinlan, a senior struck out seven and fought through a jam in the ninth to ...

Penguins enter key part of season

YOUNGSTOWN — As Hunter Wells leaned up against a wall in the hallway near the locker room underneath Stambaugh Stadium to talk to reporters, different players — and even a coach — walked by and playfully teased and mocked him. The unflappable Wells, a laid-back senior quarterback rarely ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Youngstown State’s Kevin Rader, left, tries to make a catch while defended by Billy Nicoe Hurst during the Penguins’ final spring football practice Friday at the WATTS on the YSU campus.

Mood optimistic as Penguins turn focus to fall

YOUNGSTOWN — Friday sure didn’t feel like spring, with temperatures in the 20s, and the fact that Youngstown State didn’t hold its annual Red-White Spring Football Game for the first time since the tradition began back in 1973 made the dreary start to April even stranger. The Penguins ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Youngstown State’s Devin Haygood works on a drill Friday during a practice at Beeghly Center.

YSU basketball veterans pleased with new system

YOUNGSTOWN — Devin Haygood hunched over following Friday’s individual workout at the Beeghly Center. The soon-to-be Youngstown State University junior forward said he hasn’t been this energized since he was at Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Mich. Haygood couldn’t stop smiling ...

Penguins’ new coaching staff nearing completion

YOUNGSTOWN — The time showed 4 minutes on the scoreboard inside the Beeghly Center, keeping track of the perpetual motion of the returning Youngstown State men’s basketball players. They were learning coach Jerrod Calhoun’s new up-tempo system during an hourlong practice Wednesday. The ...

YSU fans can forget dismal past

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun has taken hold of the dark past of Youngstown State men’s basketball and wants to turn his back on that chapter. The 35-year-old coach has his own take of YSU’s struggles which include 20 or more losses in 11 of the past 16 seasons. Depression around the ...