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					Sports         A look at fall athletics

                                                                   Both on and of f the field, Brett Beard is determined
                                                                   to produce winners. By N E L S O N B RYA N
                                                                                                                             In the Trenches

                                          T SIX - FEET - FOUR -       With a new coaching staff now in place,           of the kids and sometimes tutor others.”
                                             and 290
                                          INCHES                  Beard is excited about the 12-game schedule           Another focus of his attention is Backfield in
                                  pounds, Brett Beard             and Vandy’s football future. “I think they’ve         Motion, a nonprofit organization that offers
                                  makes quite a first             finally gotten a coaching staff that’s fit for this   inner-city kids a chance to play football.
                                  impression. There               program,” he says. “They recruited well this          “Instead of having to pay money, they have
                                  is inside him a                 year for the time they had, and there is a bright     to come for tutoring several hours during the
                                  healthy mixture of              future ahead for Vanderbilt football. We lacked       week. I’ve also taken time to read books to
                                  toughness and com-              discipline, and these guys are bringing the           elementary schools.”
     passion. He played eight-and-a-half games                    discipline. I think in the end—if not this year,          A resident of Birmingham, Ala., Beard
     last season with a broken foot—at nose tack-                 for sure next year— we’re finally going to                    decided to become a Commodore
     le, recording 41 tackles with three for loss                 turn this thing around and win a                                         because of his familiarity with
     of yardage. He also reads to children in ele-                bunch of games.”                                                             Nashville and Vanderbilt.
     mentary schools and tutors inner-city youth.                     Beard’s reputation at the                                                  His parents both grad-
         The Commodores will count heavily on                     University as a community                                                         uated from the same
     Beard’s defensive line experience as they                    volunteer is equally as                                                            Nashville high school,
     change from last season’s 3-4 defense to a                   respected as his foot-                                                             and he has an older
     4-3 defense. A tough, strong run-stopping                    ball prowess. He was                                                               sister who lives here.
     specialist, his best game last season was against            named by the ath-                                                                  “This is where we
     Alabama with nine tackles, a narrow 12-9                     letics department                                                                 always came during
     Alabama victory.                                             as Vanderbilt’s                                                                  the summer,” he says.
         During the next game, a 28-22 home vic-                  representative to                                                              “Everything revolved
     tory over the University of Richmond, Beard’s                the Southeastern                                                              around Nashville, and I
     foot was broken underneath a pile of play-                   Conference’s                                                      used to come to Vanderbilt basket-
     ers. Yet, he played on it for the remainder of               Good Works Team.                                        ball games when I was younger.”
     the game. “I had x-rays after, and the doctors               Only one athlete from each of the 12 mem-                 Life after Vanderbilt holds a lot of prom-
     told me what was wrong. From there, I would                  ber schools is given that honor.                      ise for Beard. He would like to pursue a pro-
     just tape it up and practice. It’s funny—it                      “He’s one of our shining stars,” says Kevin       fessional football career if possible. Beyond
     would bother me until I hurt it again in a                   Colon, director of life skills with the athlet-       that, he wants to be a coach. “I never really
     game. When I finally hurt it again, I’d be good              ics department. “He has a heart of gold. He           thought of coming here until I got the oppor-
     to go.” He had surgery in the off-season and                 spends time in elementary schools on read-            tunity. I get to come up here, spend time with
     now is fully recovered for the 2002 season. A                me day and visits Children’s Hospital.”               family, and my parents don’t have to travel
     redshirt junior, he will graduate in May 2003                    The Edgehill Community Center, an inner-          far. I get to play football in the SEC and, most
     but will have one year of eligibility left in foot-          city center that schedules after-school activ-        important, I get a good education to fall back
     ball. He is a human and organizational devel-                ities for at-risk children, occupies much of          on if football is not in the future.”
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     opment major and will earn a master’s in that                Beard’s non-football time. “The kids come
     field during his final year of eligibility.                  over for tutoring after school. I help take care                                                                                        Brett Beard

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     S                                                                                  P       O      R      T   S                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               S    P     O     R       T   S

         Balcomb Named Women’s                                                                                                                                                                                                          as the fifth-winningest pro-
         Basketball Coach                                                                                                                                                                                                               gram since 1993 with five top-
         MELANIE BALCOMB WAS NAMED VANDERBILT’S                                                                                                                                                                                         10 finishes and top-25 national
         new head women’s basketball coach last May.                                                                                                                                                                                    rankings every year.
         She coached the previous seven years at Xavier                                                                                                                                                                                     Heading into the 2002 sea-                                                                                                 ever finish in the SEC Championships. The sea-    ranking. She teamed with Tsoubanos at number-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Basketball: Women Win
         University in Cincinnati and was the win-                                                                                                                                                                                      son, all eight of Corbin’s                                                                                                     son also brought significant individual honors.   one doubles, and the duo posted a 25-6 record
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   SEC Tourney
         ningest women’s basketball coach in Xavier                                                                                                                                                                                     recruiting classes gained top-                                             The women’s basketball team won the South-          Junior Nicki Cutler of Englewood, Colo., was      and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA
         history. She recorded her best record in 2000-                                                                                                                                                                                 25 recognition. Baseball Amer-                                             eastern Conference Tournament in Nashville for      named an honorable mention All-American at        Doubles, finishing the season with a number six
         01 when the Musketeers went 31-3 and                                                                                                                                                                                           ica tabbed his 1999 recruiting                                                                       the first time since      season’s end. She also was a second-team All-     national ranking. The All-American honors were
         advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite                                                                                                                                                                                        class as number one in the                                                                           1995, beating             SEC selection along with senior Meredith Ward     the first of their careers for both Riske and

                                                                                                                                        NEIL BRAKE
         Eight, defeating Tennessee in the Sweet 16.                                                                                                   Balcomb                                                                          nation and listed Clemson as                                                                         Louisiana State Uni-      of Crystal Lake, Ill. Sophomore Courtney Wood     Tsoubanos. They are the third and fourth Van-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of Brentwood, Tenn., earned an SEC honorable      derbilt women’s tennis players to earn All-
         After the 2001 season, Balcomb was named                                                                                                                                                                                       one of the top five college                                                                          versity 63-48. In
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             what would turn out       mention.                                          American status.
         “Coach of the Year” in the Atlantic 10 Con-                                                                                                    “This is an ideal fit for me,” Balcomb says.                  recruiting staffs in the country in 1997. Base-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             to be Coach Jim Fos-                                                            Reynolds earned All-American honors for
         ference.                                                                                                                                    “I am excited to be coaching at a university                     ball America and the American Baseball Coach-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Anderson                  ter’s final season, the   Tennis: Three Named                               singles play and was only the second Vanderbilt
                                                                                                                                                     that has high standards and high aspirations.                    es Association named Corbin the “Assistant                                                                                                                                                         men’s tennis player to become an All-American.
                                                                                                                                                     Basketball is important to Vanderbilt, and its                   Coach of the Year” in 2000.                                                                  team logged a 30-7 record and advanced to the       All-Americans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. In        Three Vanderbilt Commodore tennis players         He posted a 30-13 record while playing at No.
                                                                                                                                                     commitment is obvious. We will work very                             “I like the idea of selling Ivy League edu-                                                                                                                                                    1 singles last season. He finished the year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the process, junior Chantelle Anderson was          were named All-Americans by the Intercolle-
                                                                                                                                                     hard to continue this program’s tradition of                     cation with Southeast-                                                                                                                           giate Tennis Association. Junior Sarah Riske      ranked number 15 in the nation. All three play-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   named to the AP’s All-America team and senior
                                                                                                                                                     successfully competing at the highest level                      ern Conference baseball,”                                                                    Zuzi Klimesova was a first-team All-SEC player                                 of McMurray, Pa.,      ers return next season.
                                                                                                                                                     and doing so with integrity.”                                    Corbin says. “I can see                                                                      and named MVP of the SEC Tournament.                                           and sophomore Aleke
                                                                                                                                                        Balcomb compiled a record of 135-78 at                        by the improvement in                                                                                                                                                       Tsoubanos of           Football: VU-UT Game at
                                                                                                                                                     Xavier while winning one Atlantic 10 Con-                        facilities that the Uni-                                                                     Golf: Teams Make NCAA                                                          Chesterfield, Mo.,     Nashville’s NFL Coliseum
                                                                                                                                                     ference regular-season title and making three                    versity wants a quality                                                                      Championships                                                                  earned women’s All-    The 2002 Vanderbilt-Tennessee football game,
                                                                                                                                                     NCAA Tournament appearances. Her teams                           baseball program.”                                                                           Both Vanderbilt’s men and women’s golf teams                                   American honors,       scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, will be played
                                                                                                                                                     also won two Atlantic 10 Conference tour-                            Former Coach Roy                                                                                                                             Riske and Tsoubanos while sophomore               in Nashville’s professional football coliseum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   were represented in this year’s NCAA Champi-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NEIL BRAKE
                                                                                                                                                     nament championships and made one appear-                        Mewbourne retired at                                                                         onship Tournament. Vanderbilt junior Brandt         Bobby Reynolds of Acworth, Ga., earned men’s      (formerly known as Adelphia Coliseum). It
                                                                                                                           Mordica                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     All-American honors.                              marks the second time for Vanderbilt to host
                                                                                                                                                     ance in the WNIT.                                                the end of the season Tim Corbin                                                             Snedeker, of Nashville, tied for 23rd place with
                                                                                                                           in 1978                                                                                                                                                                                 a score of even par at the NCAA Division I              Riske earned All-American status in both      the Volunteers in the downtown Nashville home
                                                                                                                                                        In the last three years, Xavier had a 5-1                     after a 24-27 finish. Dur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Men’s Golf Championship.                            singles and doubles for the 2002 season and       of the Tennessee Titans. On Nov. 25, 2000, the
                                                                                                                                                     record versus the Southeastern Conference                        ing his 30-year career in collegiate baseball,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The women’s team made their first trip to       was one of only 12 women’s players nationally     teams staged a classic game, with the Volun-
                                                                                                                                                     with victories over Vanderbilt, Kentucky (twice),                he posted an overall record of 922-682-9 with
                                                                                        {Where AreThey Now?}                                         Mississippi State and Tennessee. Vanderbilt                      a Vanderbilt record of 655-608-9.                                                            the NCAA Championships and had their best-          to earn both accolades. She finished the season
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with a 23-9 singles record at the number
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         teers withstanding a furious Commodore rally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to prevail 28-26. The game, played before a
                                                                                            Frank Mordica, BS’81,                                      also registered the lone victory, which came                                                                                                                                                                    one position and a number 14 national             capacity crowd of 68,360, featured the largest
                                                                                            one of Vanderbilt’s all-time                                   in Nashville last season.                                  Kylene Kownurko Wins SEC                                                                                                                                                                           home audience ever to see a Vanderbilt game.
                                                                                            great running backs, con-                                            She succeeds former women’s coach                    Steeplechase Championship                                                                                                                                                                              For more information, call the Vanderbilt
                                                                                            tinues to make great                                               Jim Foster, who accepted the head                      KYLENE KOWNURKO, A DISTANCE RUNNER with                                                                                                                                                            Athletic Box Office at 615/322-GOLD or

                                                                                            strides with the U. S.                                              coaching position at Ohio State                       the Vanderbilt track team, won the SEC Steeple-                                                                                                                                                    1-877-44-VANDY.

                                                                                            Navy. During his Van-                                               University, and Tom Collen, for-                      chase championship in May and, in the process,
                                                                                            derbilt football career,                                            mer head coach at Colorado State                                                 broke her own SEC
                                                                                            he set two school records                                          University, who resigned a day after                                              steeplechase record.
                                                                                            that stand today. He ranks                                        being hired at Vanderbilt because                                                  May was a big month
                                                                                            number one in single game                                      of a perceived discrepancy in his résumé.                                             for the senior from
                                                                                            rushing yardage with 321 against                                                                                                                     Newton, Pa., as she
                                                                                            the Air Force Academy on Nov. 18,                        Tim Corbin Named                                                                            also graduated with
                                                                                            1978, and still claims the career rush-                  Vanderbilt Baseball Coach                                                                   a B.E. degree in bio-
                                                                                            ing yardage record with 2,362. Mordi-                    TIM CORBIN, AN ASSISTANT AND ASSOCIATE HEAD                                                 medical engineering.
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                                                                                            ca is now a senior chief and currently                   coach for the past nine years at Clemson Uni-                                                  With the win she
                                                                                            assigned to the nuclear-powered air-                     versity, was named Vanderbilt’s new baseball                                                became the most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kylene Kownurko
                                                                                            craft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt                     coach following the retirement of Coach Roy                                                 recent Vanderbilt
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                                                                                                                                                     Mewbourne.                                                       Southeastern Conference champion, follow-                                                                                                                                                                 Courtney Wood and Sarah Jacobs
                                                                                            in Norfolk, Va., attached to the med-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               placed first and second, respectively,
                                                                                            ical department, in charge of keeping                        Corbin helped craft the Tigers into a nation-                ing on the heels of former SEC and NCAA                                                                                                                                                                   in the 2002 Tennessee Women’s
                                                                                            5,000 sailors and marines “fit to fight.”                al power, winning more than 71 percent (434                      champion Ryan Tolbert, who won a nation-                                                                                                                                                                  State Open Championship.
                                                                                                                                                     wins, 172 losses) of all games. Clemson ranked                   al title in the 400-meter hurdles.

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