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Sunday, July 7, 2002

BASKETBALL: Lafayette will sorely miss its 'Go-to Girl'
The Express-Times/ By Ed Laubach
It turns out Stefan Ciosici, Craig White, Ron Reynolds, Mike Whitman, Keith Brazzo and others were given more credit than they deserved over the years as basketball teams at Lafayette College put up 20-win seasons and appeared in NIT and NCAA tournaments. While Brian Ehlers and Ciosici combined to lead the Leopards to the back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 1999 and 2000, they were not the most valuable performers. When the Leopards went 20-10 in 1988-89, it wasn't Otis Ellis who deserved the team's MVP award. Nor did Bob Falconiero for the 21-8 season in 1979-80, Phil Ness for the 23-8 team in 1977-78 and 21-6 in 1976-77, or Todd Tripucka for the 1974-75 squad going 22-6. They were merely candles in the night, burning bright for 3-4 years before flickering and, finally, going out. The true franchise player at Lafayette College never flickered, never wavered in a 28-year career, standing tall through 7-20 in 1995-96, 2-25 the year before and consecutive 20-loss seasons from 1990-93. She also never touched the ball. Judy Campbell was the rock, the go-to girl, the straw that stirred the drink, the glue that held it all together -- The Franchise. Judy Campbell was the office secretary, who retired in May. She was there every step of the way.

Thursday, July 4, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: O'Hanlon tentatively scheduled to have surgery
The Express-Times/ By Ed Laubach
EASTON -- Years of playing basketball -- most recently exhausting full-court games of one-on-one with assistant coach Pat Brogan -- apparently have taken a toll on Fran O'Hanlon, head basketball coach at Lafayette College. O'Hanlon, 53, confirmed Wednesday that he is tentatively scheduled to have hip replacement surgery this month. Another well-known college coach, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, also had hip replacement surgery in the last year. This summer has not been kind to O'Hanlon, who last week lost Brogan to Penn State's basketball staff and, earlier, assistant Mike Longabardi to Towson. O'Hanlon also lost his office secretary, Judy Campbell, who retired in May.

Wednesday, July 3, 2002

FOOTBALL: Lafayette tabs Smith to help out the defense
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON -- Bruce Smith has his priorities straight. It was announced Tuesday morning that Smith, the former Phillipsburg High School head football coach, was named to Frank Tavani's staff at Lafayette College as a part-time assistant in charge of defensive ends. Smith celebrated Tuesday night by taking his wife, Jeanne, out for dinner in honor of their 14th wedding anniversary. Some dates you just don't want to forget no matter the circumstances. Smith said Tavani approached him after Lafayette's spring game in late April about filling an opening on his staff. "He said he wasn't going to let me get out of coaching," said Smith, who had been the defensive line coach at Bethlehem Catholic High School the last three years but resigned upon the retirement of head coach Bob Stem. "Frank and I have been good friends for a long time since he was an assistant at Lafayette and I was at Phillipsburg."

Tuesday, July 2, 2002

FOOTBALL: Lafayette tabs Smith to help out the defense
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON -- Bruce Smith has his priorities straight. It was announced Tuesday morning that Smith, the former Phillipsburg High School head football coach, was named to Frank Tavani's staff at Lafayette College as a part-time assistant in charge of defensive ends. Smith celebrated Tuesday night by taking his wife, Jeanne, out for dinner in honor of their 14th wedding anniversary. Some dates you just don't want to forget no matter the circumstances. Smith said Tavani approached him after Lafayette's spring game in late April about filling an opening on his staff. "He said he wasn't going to let me get out of coaching," said Smith, who had been the defensive line coach at Bethlehem Catholic High School the last three years but resigned upon the retirement of head coach Bob Stem. "Frank and I have been good friends for a long time since he was an assistant at Lafayette and I was at Phillipsburg."

Tuesday, July 2, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: O'Hanlon, assistant face full-court press
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON -- Success has a price. For the Lafayette College men's basketball program, which has produced three Patriot League regular season champions in the last five years, it means assistant coaches moving on. Fran O'Hanlon's top lieutenant, Pat Brogan, was officially named Monday as an assistant to Jerry Dunn at Penn State, and O'Hanlon's other full-time assistant, Mike Longabardi, took a similar position at Towson. "Right now, I have one assistant coach (John O'Connor)," O'Hanlon said. O'Connor, who joined O'Hanlon's staff last season as a restricted earnings coach, moves into a full-time role for the 2002-2003 season. O'Connor spent eight years as an assistant at Drexel before coming to Lafayette.

Wednesday, June 18, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards' recruiting class includes two 6-7 forwards from Europe
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
The search for new players to fill the void left by graduating seniors and transfers led Lafayette men's basketball coach Fran O'Hanlon into the European talent pool. O'Hanlon found two 6-7 forwards who, he said, are athletic but need work. In other words, Miran Omanovic, a native of Bosnia, and Andrei Capusan of Romania likely will be project players as freshmen. Lafayette also signed 6-2 guard Pat Betley from Haddonfield Memorial High in New Jersey, increasing the team's roster to 10. The Leopards need a few more bodies, considering the shuffleboard system O'Hanlon uses in which players check in and out of games, often in an offense-for-defense substitution pattern. ''We are still looking,'' O'Hanlon said. ''There are still a couple kids who we are involved with, possibly a transfer student.''

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards import two recruits from Europe
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON -- If Lafayette College men's basketball coach Fran O'Hanlon can have as much luck with two of his latest European imports as he did with former great Stefan Ciosici, then the Leopards should be on their way to remaining competitive in the Patriot League. The 6-foot-11 Ciosici, Lafayette fans will remember, was the 1998 Patriot League Player of the Year and finished his career as the program's fifth all-time leading scorer. Two of O'Hanlon's three recruits in the Class of 2006 are from Europe, though they played their basketball this past winter in the United States. Miran Omanovic is from Mostar, Bosnia, by way of the Shipley School in suburban Philadelphia and Andrei Capusan is from Bucharest, Romania, by way of St. John's College High School in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Both Omanovic and Capusan are listed as 6-foot-7 forwards with Omanovic tipping the scales at 210 pounds and Capusan at 195 pounds. The third recruit, Pat Betley, was also the starting quarterback at Haddonfield High School in southern New Jersey. He's a 6-2, 170-pound guard who was a three-year starter and averaged 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game as a senior.