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UW names new softball coach; Liebhold U.S. 200 IM champ; Volleyball No. 10 in preseason poll

Wisconsin names new softball coach

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez announced the hiring of a new softball coach Monday. Chandelle Schulte, who coached at College of Charleston for the past four years, has been hired as the new Wisconsin softball coach. Schulte replaces former coach Karen Gallagher, who announced her resignation in late June.

"I'm very pleased to add Chandelle to our staff," Alvarez said in a prepared statement. "She has been successful at every stop in her career. I know our student-athletes will benefit greatly from Chandelle's experience and knowledge."

Schulte led the Cougars to a 163-82 record in four seasons, which included two regular-season Southern Conference championships, one conference tournament championship and an NCAA regional tournament appearance. Schulte was named the SoCon Coach of the Year this season after leading her team to a record 53 wins.

"This is a tremendous opportunity," Schulte said. "I can't wait to get to know the team and take them to new places. I'm excited about the possibilities that lie ahead."

Schulte also coached at Charleston Southern University from 1999-2001 and Concordia University in Ann Arbor from 1993-96, and was an assistant coach at Florida State from 1996-99.

Schulte received her bachelor's degree in English literature and language from Eastern Michigan in 1992. She went on to earn her master's degree in sports administration from Wayne State in 1996.

Barbara Sherwood, a former assistant at Troy University, has been named Wisconsin's top assistant softball coach, Schulte said.

"I'm very excited about coming to Wisconsin and the challenges that await," Sherwood said. "It's a great school in a great city."

At Troy, Sherwood worked mainly with the pitchers and catchers and also served as the recruiting coordinator.

Her pitchers notched a 1.45 ERA this past season, and two of them had 20 wins.

Sherwood, who was a four-year letterwinner at Troy and its starting catcher and team captain for three years, went on to coach as a student assistant there from 1998-99, as a graduate assistant from 1999-2000 and as Troy's top assistant from 2000-2005.

Liebhold U.S. 200 IM champ

Former Wisconsin swimmer Tim Liebhold won the 200-meter individual medley Monday at the 2005 ConocoPhillips National Championships in Irvine, Calif. Liebhold's time of 2 minutes, 1.75 seconds broke a U.S. Olympic Trial record of 2:07.39.

"For Tim to do what he did was a huge accomplishment, to say the least," Badger head coach Eric Hansen said. "It's a huge step for Tim and our program. We couldn't be more proud of him."

Liebhold also placed third in the 400 IM (4:20.86), 14th in the 200-meter backstroke (2:04.19) and 19th in the 100 backstroke (57.30).

Several other Badgers competed at the championships, including junior Tom Molzahn who also competed in the 200 IM and finished 27th in the preliminaries. Badger 2005 graduate Adam Mania took seventh in the 100-meter backstroke in 56.10.

On the women's side, senior Anna Trinidad placed 14th in the 200 backstroke in 2:17.67, and senior Amalia Sarnecki finished 14th in the 100 backstroke in 1:12.39.

Volleyball No. 10 in preseason poll

The Wisconsin volleyball team is ranked No. 10 in the CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Coaches' Top 25 preseason poll, which was released Monday. Wisconsin finished the 2004 season ranked No. 14 with a 22-10 record.

"Preseason polls are meant to be a gauge for the upcoming season and we're proud to be listed among so many great programs," UW coach Pete Waite said.

Nebraska was the top-ranked team in the poll, earning 1,463 points and 35 first-place votes (of a possible 60). Rounding out the top five were: Washington, Stanford, Hawaii and Penn State. Big Ten schools Minnesota (No. 6) and Ohio State (12) also cracked the top 25, while Purdue and Illinois received points.

Pearson a national champ with summer soccer club

Wisconsin sophomore Durk Pearson won the Under-19 Boys 2005 US Youth Soccer National Championship July 31 while competing with the Sockers FC Chicago, his hometown club team. The Sockers recently competed in the Final Four of the national championships at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. His team defeated the Nomads (Calif.), Reston (Va.) and the Atlanta Fire (Ga.). Pearson notched the game-winning goal against the Nomads in the first game and an assist on the game-winning goal against Reston. The Sockers eventually defeated the Atlanta Fire 2-1 in overtime for the championship.

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