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Beyond the dome: How a $17.7-million donation from doTerra will help Utah Valley athletics move into the future

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Sep 27th - 5:32pm

Utah Valley University's supersized $17.7 million donation from local essential oil company doTerra won't just help further educational developments at the state's largest public university — the athletics department is a big beneficiary.

Here's why Shaq felt he had to protect Utah Valley's new coach 'Mad Dog' Mark Madsen

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Sep 24th - 4:31pm

"Mad Dog was the purest NBA guy I’ve ever met. I had to protect that," O'Neal told Kristine Leahy recently on Fair Game on FS1.

Serassio's strike, stellar defense keep No. 10 BYU soccer undefeated with 1-0 win at UVU

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Sep 16th - 11:32pm

Danika Serassio’s second-half golazo helped the No. 10-ranked BYU women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over crosstown rival Utah Valley University in front of 3,952 fans in the Cougars’ first-ever trip to Clyde Field.

UVU hoops releases full 2019-20 schedule; UNLV transfer Trey Woodbury cleared to play

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 15th - 1:16pm

Trey Woodbury, a former three-star shooting guard from Las Vegas who played one season at UNLV, has received a waiver from the NCAA clearing him to play immediately for the Wolverines, a source with knowledge of the clearance told KSL.com.

TBT in SLC: Crawford, Gray rally Jimmer-coached Team Fredette by CitiTeam Blazers, 99-96

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Jul 26th - 12:09am

Gray, the former Houston standout who plays professionally in France, had 31 points, four rebounds and two assists, and Crawford added 20 points, nine assists and the game-winning jumper to help second-seeded Team Fredette rally for a 99-96 victory over CitiTeam Blazers in the opening round of TBT’s Salt Lake Regional at the Maverik Center.

Into the Portal: NCAA's transfer mechanism aids traveling students, but at what cost?

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Jul 25th - 9:03am

All BYU coach A.J. Steward knew was he needed a running back and there was an SEC-caliber back on the NCAA’s transfer portal that might fit the bill. So into the portal, he went.

Into the portal: How Utah’s college coaches are using the NCAA’s new transfer system

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Jul 24th - 9:22am

This is the second of a three-part series about the NCAA transfer portal and how it affects local college and university athletic departments. Part three will drop on KSL.com tomorrow.

Into the Portal: Utah basketball coaches adapting to NCAA’s new transfer mechanism

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Jul 23rd - 9:01am

With 376 college basketball players in the portal, according to 247 Sports’ database of reported moves, there are a lot of reasons for local coaches to peruse the database.

Transfer notebook: UNLV's Trey Woodbury commits to Utah Valley amid BYU interest

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated Jun 16th - 4:33pm

Woodbury, a three-star shooting guard who prepped at Las Vegas’ Clark High School, averaged 1.4 points and 6.3 minutes per game as a freshman at UNLV.

Utah’s Oliver Dunn selected by Yankees, 4 other locals selected in MLB draft Wednesday

Casey Overfield, KSL.com  |  Posted Jun 5th - 8:41pm

Five local college and high school baseball players were picked up by major league teams on day three of the 2019 draft.

Utah Valley hires former BYU assistant Dan Nielson as next women's basketball coach

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated May 13th - 5:30pm

Just a few weeks after former Lakers assistant Mark Madsen was named men’s basketball coach at UVU, the university announced BYU women's basketball assistant coach Dan Nielson as the Wolverines' next women's coach.

'I had just made history:' UVU golf coach completes unprecedented career grand slam as US Senior qualifier

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 12th - 5:20pm

A short time later, the final group was in the clubhouse. Sue Nyhus' name still sat atop the leaderboard. She had just made history.

SLCC’s Todd Phillips hired as first assistant under Utah Valley coach Mark Madsen

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Updated May 10th - 12:28pm

Salt Lake Community College head coach Todd Phillips has been named an assistant coach at Utah Valley, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told KSL.com.

Former Orem big Richard Harward joins UVU teammates in transferring to BYU

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 8th - 5:45pm

The Cougars announced Wednesday afternoon that 6-foot-11 center Richard Harward has signed a financial aid agreement to play for the Cougars, along with Lowell and Stewart.

Utah Valley promotes long-time staffer Jared Sumsion to full-time athletic director

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted May 3rd - 1:23pm

Jared Sumsion, the university's longtime associate athletic director and a native of Utah County, has been promoted to athletic director, UVU president Astrid Tuminez announced Friday.

Details emerge of Mark Madsen's 3-year contract as men's basketball coach at Utah Valley University

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 30th - 1:00pm

The man tasked with building on the legacy of former coach Mark Pope received a contract remarkably similar to his predecessor, according to an open-records request filed by KSL.com.

Report: WAC freshman of the year Wyatt Lowell plans to follow Mark Pope to BYU

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 24th - 5:44pm

Reigning Western Athletic Conference freshman of the year Wyatt Lowell will also embark on the exodus five miles eastward on University Parkway, he told Stadium's Jeff Goodman.

Report: Former BYU guard Jake Toolson returning as graduate transfer from UVU

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 23rd - 11:21pm

Jake Toolson will enroll at BYU as a graduate transfer, coming full circle as he follows Mark Pope back to Provo, he told Stadium's Jeff Goodman on Tuesday evening.

Utah Valley's Isaiah White withdraws from NCAA transfer portal, will return to Orem

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Apr 22nd - 6:12pm

After flirting with the NCAA transfer portal, Isaiah White has elected to return to Utah Valley University, a source with direct knowledge of the portal told KSL.com Monday.

Patrick Kinahan: Pope needs recruits to do what he didn't

Patrick Kinahan, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted Apr 17th - 11:21am

During interviews shortly after becoming the new BYU basketball coach, Mark Pope emphasized the need to develop strong relationships to facilitate success in recruiting.