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Both of today’s scheduled events were postponed. Baseball at home against Misericordia has been moved back a week to March 20, and softball at Susquehanna has yet to be rescheduled.
ERBER RESIGNS AS MUHLENBERG A.D.
FOR JOB AT CORNELL
FOUR MUHLENBERG RUNNERS SET FOR NCAA TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

Juniors Brian Cash, Ben Phillips and Josh Cohen and senior Will Elson will represent the Muhlenberg men’s indoor track team at the NCAA Division III Championships being held on the campus of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., this weekend.

NCAA track logo

The foursome received an NCAA bid after earning the fastest time (10:01.59) of all Division III schools in the distance medley relay at the ECAC Championships. They will compete in the DMR on Friday at 7:50.

Elson, a member of the relay team, will also compete in the 1,500-meter run. He earned a bid after he was victorious in the 1,500 at the Centennial Conference Championships with a time of 3:55.66. The preliminaries will take place Friday at 5:00 p.m. and if Elson qualifies he will compete in the finals being held on Saturday afternoon.

“It is very exciting to be part of Muhlenberg DMR this year,” said Elson. “These guys have trained hard and deserve everything they get. I have complete confidence in Brian, Ben and Josh, and it is an honor to run on this record-breaking relay team. Teams always have more fun than individuals, and that’s a well-known fact. Teams can also achieve more than an individual.”

Elson is the first individual in Muhlenberg history to compete at the NCAA Championships in three separate sports; cross country, indoor and outdoor track. Phillips is the first Mule athlete to compete in the NCAA Championships in a team sport and an individual sport in the same academic year (he was member of the football team in the fall).

Click here for the official tournament site.

Steve Erber, director of athletics at Muhlenberg College for the last six-plus years, has announced his resignation effective March 31 to accept Steve Erber the position of associate director of athletics at Cornell University. Muhlenberg will conduct a national search for a replacement.

“Muhlenberg is a terrific place, and, for me, it is always the people that make it so,” said Erber. “We have an excellent coaching and support staff that has attracted quality student-athletes. That’s what has enabled us to build a successful program. I hope the program is at least a little better than it was when I arrived here. Cornell is a great school, and I am excited about the opportunity to work there.”

Appointed Nov. 1, 1996, Erber was responsible for considerable growth and success in Muhlenberg’s 22-sport varsity intercollegiate athletics program. During his tenure, the College constructed Scotty Wood Stadium, a state-of-the-art AstroTurf facility, and added two varsity sports, women’s golf and men’s lacrosse. Muhlenberg also won Centennial Conference championships in nine different sports and sent teams or individuals to the NCAA Division III Championships in 12 sports.

Erber also represented Muhlenberg at the national level, serving on the NCAA Amateurism Task Force since 1999 and the NCAA Wrestling Sports Committee since 2001. In August 2002, he was the only Division III athletic director invited to testify before the Secretary of Education’s Commission on Opportunity in Athletics.

“Steve made dramatic improvements to Muhlenberg’s athletic programs in every area,” said Dean of Students Rudy Ehrenberg. “He was always an ardent advocate for our scholar-athletes and a great ambassador for Muhlenberg College.”

The move to Cornell represents a return to New York for Erber, who came to Muhlenberg after 14 years in athletics administration at Binghamton University. He was assistant director of athletics from 1982 to 1990, associate director of athletics from 1990 to 1995 and director of athletic development from 1995 to 1996.

A 1965 graduate of Penn State, Erber received the State University of New York Athletic Conference Distinguished Service Award, the Conference’s highest honor, in 1996.

Erber founded Binghamton’s wrestling program in 1967 and coached it for the next 22 seasons, reaching national prominence with 152 wins, 34 NCAA All-Americans, four individual NCAA champions and six top-10 NCAA team finishes. He was inducted into the NCAA Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1992, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Binghamton University Hall of Fame in 1999.


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Last updated March 13, 2003