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Napier off to Oklahoma; Hunter to coach at Niagara; Owens signs pro deal; former Badgers make U.S. rowing team

Napier to take Oklahoma assistant position

Wisconsin men's track and field assistant coach Mark Napier has accepted a position at Oklahoma, where he will serve as an assistant to the men's and women's track teams, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Thursday.

Napier worked with jumps and multi-events in his 12 years at Wisconsin, coaching athletes such as James Dunkleberger, who won the 1997 NCAA Championship as a decathlete, and six-time All-American Len Herring. In his 11 years at Wisconsin, Napier coached 25 Big Ten champions.

Hunter takes position as assistant coach at Niagara

Meghan Hunter, a former forward with the Wisconsin women's hockey team, has joined the Niagara women's hockey program as an assistant coach, Niagara interim coach Heather Reinke announced Tuesday. Hunter was a volunteer assistant coach at Wisconsin during the 2004-05 season.

"I am very excited about Meghan joining our coaching staff here at Niagara University," Reinke said. "Her playing experience and coaching background will add a great deal to our program. I look forward to working together and welcome her to our hockey family."

Hunter suited up for the Badgers from 2000-04, earning Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Year in 2001. A Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award finalist in 2001, Hunter is currently Wisconsin's career leader in points (177), goals (83) and assists (94). Hunter also participated on the Team Canada Under-22 national women's hockey team from 2001-03.

Owens to play with BC Kaley Tallinn

Former Wisconsin guard Freddie Owens has signed a contract to play basketball with BC Kaley Tallinn in the Estonian League. Owens reports to the team Aug. 8.

Owens, who was at Wisconsin from 2000-04, played in 111 games in his career and was part of two Big Ten regular-season championship teams and one Big Ten tournament title team. Owens averaged 10.3 points per game as a junior.

BC Kaley Tallinn won the Estonian League in 2005 and advanced to the Estonian Cup semifinals in 2004.

Two former Badgers to compete with 2005 U.S. Rowing National Team

Beau Hoopman and Paul Daniels, former Wisconsin rowers, have been invited to compete with the 2005 U.S. National Team that will participate at the 2005 FISA World Rowing Championships in Gifu, Japan, Aug. 28-Sept. 4.

Hoopman, who lettered at Wisconsin from 2001-2003, will row in the men's eight with coxswain and men's four without coxswain. Daniels, another 2003 graduate, will compete in the men's eight with coxswain.

Both competed at the 2004 Rowing World Cup and Hoopman was on the 2004 Olympic gold medal-winning crew team. Hoopman and Daniels also won gold medals on the 2002 Under-23 World Championship men's eight team, and each have found success in numerous other international competitions.

Former Badger Micah Boyd and current Wisconsin coxswain Chase Phillips are also members of the U.S. National Team.

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