COLLEGE CLIPBOARD: Softball, Track and field, football
Oakley steps down
UND coach Eric Oakley resigned Thursday after three years at the helm.
Oakley, who intends to pursue opportunities closer to his family in Michigan, finished with a career record of 34-98 (.258).
UND went 18-29 his first season as a member of the Great West Conference. Last season, the school’s first in the Big Sky Conference, it went 10-30. This season, UND finished 6-39.
Oakley's resignation is effective June 30. A national search for a full-time head coach will begin immediately.
GF to host Big Sky meetings
Athletic directors, presidents, faculty athletic reps and senior women’s administrators will be in Grand Forks from June 2-4 for the annual spring Big Sky Conference meetings.
The Big Sky Conference also will hold its first student-athlete and wellness symposium in conjunction with the meetings. Issues such as depression, alcohol drug abuse, sexual assaults and concussions will be discussed.
League commissioner Doug Fullerton also will be on hand for the meetings.
Track and field
Three to compete at NCAA prelims
UND senior Shawn Johnson and sophomores Stephanie Clarke and Jayd Eggert have been selected to participate in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Preliminary Championships competition.
The trio will compete in the West Preliminary Championship, hosted by the University of Arkansas from May 29-31.
“Getting someone to the first round of the national championships is always a great thing,” said UND coach Kevin Galbraith. “It’s not easy. You have to be among the top 50 in your region. To get one is tremendous; to get three is a great accomplishment for our program. As a coach, you work to get your student-athletes to the highest possible level, so this is really exciting.”
Johnson, of Eveleth, Minn., will compete in the shot put and discus after earning All-Big Sky Conference honors in both events last weekend.
Clarke will compete in the 400-meters after winning the Big Sky championship last weekend in Flagstaff, Ariz. Eggert, of Minot, will compete in the javelin.
UMC hires Nurse
CROOKSTON — The University of Minnesota Crookston has hired Wes Nurse as a running backs and tight ends coach.
Nurse spent the past two seasons coaching defensive backs at UND.
“We are really fortunate to have a coach of Wes’ caliber join the staff at UMC,” head coach Mike Fritze said. “Wes brings to our staff a great deal of experience at the highest level of coaching. He fits in well with our current staff members and we are excited to have him became a member of the Golden Eagle family.”
Prior to starting his coaching career, Nurse was a three-year starter at safety for Boise State. Nurse was named first-team All-WAC and the Broncos’ Defensive MVP in 2003. He also served as team captain during hat season. The Broncos compiled a record of 52-11 during his four seasons and appeared in four bowl games, winning all four.