Jul 02

What is a “RED RIOT”?

“Red Riot” is the student organization of athletic supporters from Northern Illinois University who come together in force (like a “riot”, albeit in a fun way!), to support NIU and the NIU athletes.  The group are known for “over the top” ways of showing their support from painted faces, crazy-wild costumes, and just about anything else fun that will demonstrate school spirit. Red Riot will always be there to demonstrate NIU student support for all our athletes in a variety of sports.

Aug 17


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As I’m sure most of you might have seen, last Thursday the 2014 World Cup in Brazil kicked off as the host nation took on Croatia and defeated the Vatreni, 3-1. With 11 games played over the weekend, much of the hype all weekend in the United States was the start of the Red, White and Blue’s World Cup campaign Monday versus Ghana at 4 p.m. Central. For those not familiar with U.S. Soccer, the contest is a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Round of 16 where Ghana defeated the “Yanks”, 2-1 in extra time.
What does the World Cup and U.S. Soccer have to do with #NIUSocialSummer? It’s really simple actually. NIU Athletics has two connections to the U.S. Soccer Federation, one current and one former.
Currently, NIU men’s soccer Associate Head Coach Garrett Biller is a scout in the United States Soccer Federation’s Development Academy where he performs player identification and training evaluations for U.S. Youth National Teams. 
In the former, NIU Hall of Famer Willy Roy, who served as the Head Coach of the men’s soccer program for 16 years between 1987 and 2002, played for the U.S. National Team between 1965 and 1973. In his time at NIU, Roy posted a 142-131-22 record and is the all-time leader in victories. Roy earned 20 caps (games played) for the United State’s, scoring 10 goals for the Red, White and Blue, the most by a U.S. Soccer player between 1973 and 2002. In honor of the United States Soccer Federation’s 100th anniversary, the 11 best players in federation history were selected. Though Roy was not named to the all-time XI, he did receive a vote for the squad. Roy is also a member of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame.
For more on Roy, take a peak at these articles below, including a photo gallery.
Photo Gallery (NASLJerseys.com)
Q&A w/Former MNT Forward Willy Roy (USsoccer.com) 
Career Highlights (USSoccerPlayers.com)
2011 NIU Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced (NIUHuskies.com)

Aug 17


www.niuhuskies.com – Social Summer World Cup Flags (small).jpgWith the World Cup getting underway on Thursday in Brazil, it seemed like a good time for #NIUSocialSummer to take a look at Huskie Athletics’ international connections to this year’s World Cup competitors.  

Using the 2013-14 NIU rosters, EIGHT of the 31 World Cup countries outside of the U.S. are represented by 15 student-athletes from nine different Huskie programs.

The World Cup countries represented by Huskies (number of student-athletes in parens): France (4), England (3), Spain (2), Mexico (2), Croatia (1), Bosnia and Herzegovina (1), Germany (1), Columbia (1).

The Huskie programs with the most World Cup-affiliated students: Women’s Tennis (4), Men’s Tennis (3), Men’s Golf (2), Men’s Soccer (2), Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field (1), Women’s Golf (1), Women’s Soccer (1), Men’s Basketball (1).

And the complete list:
MBB –   Marin Maric (Croatia)   
MGolf – Raphael Denais & Pierrick Fillon (France)   
MSoccer – Richard Hall & Albert Levett (England)       
MTennis – Simon Formont (France), Carlos Manzanas (Spain), Jovan Zeljkovic  (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
WXC/TR – Juliane Totzke (Germany)
WGolf – Lena Gautier (France)
WSoccer – Amy Carr (England)
WTennis – Cristina Alvarez (Spain), Arantza de la Torre & Ilse Pacheco (Mexico), Maria Rozo (Colombia)

Of course, this is only a partial list of NIU’s international connections as student-athletes from Israel, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Zimbabwe and Jamaica will not be seeing their country’s team compete in Brazil.

Aug 17


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To steal and paraphrase a line from Major League, “welcome, to another season of Northern Illinois baseball.”

The defending Mid-American Conference West Division Champion Huskies opened practice Friday, January 24 at the brand Chessick Practice Center, adjacent to the Yordon Center. It was the team’s first full practice at the facility.

Matt Gray of College Baseball Central, a former scout turned writer, came out from Woodstock, Ill. to take in the opening practice of the season, snap some photos and talk with a few players and coaches.

Gray has already written three articles on the Huskies, talking with Head Coach Ed Mathey, 2013 First Team All-MAC pitcher Eli Anderson and with various others about the first practice of the season.

All three stories are shared below:
Ed Mathey Focused on Pitching and Process for Northern Illinois (Jan. 22)
Eli Anderson: From the Shadows to the Spotlight for NIU (Jan. 23)
Northern Illinois University Opens New Facility, New Baseball Season (Jan. 24)

Aug 15

Starting QB still a mystery

DeKALB – Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey said his sense after watching his team scrimmage Thursday afternoon was that none of his three quarterbacks “ran away” with the job.

Aug 15

Huskies’ starting QB remains a mystery

DeKALB – Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey said his sense after watching his team scrimmage Thursday afternoon was that none of his three quarterbacks “ran away” with the job.

Aug 13

Soften the sting: Despite injury to Stingily, RB depth a strength for NIU

DeKALB – Before the 2013 football season, Northern Illinois tailback Akeem Daniels seemed poised to be NIU’s starter after finishing 2012 on a strong note.

Aug 12

Northern Public Radio, Rockford Symphony Orchestra find new space

WNIJ and WNIU logosNorthern Public Radio and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra opened a new collaborative space partnership in their current Riverfront Museum Park location at 711 N. Main Street in Rockford.

An open house to showcase the new space is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, from 3 to 6 p.m.

“The mission of Northern Public Radio is to enrich, inspire and inform adults in northern Illinois through programs and services that share ideas, encourage thought, give pleasure and create community,” said Staci Hoste, general manager of Northern Public Radio.

“Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to create vibrant music experiences that enlighten, educate and entertain. Physically aligning space will allow us to build a stronger relationship and is advantageous to everyone by seamlessly aligning the missions of both nonprofit organizations.”

“This change will allow the Rockford Symphony Orchestra to better serve audiences and provide an inviting space for patrons and volunteers,” said Julie Thomas, executive director of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. “Also, what better way is there to build a passion for music throughout the Rockford region than to collaborate with the region’s premiere classical music station?”

Northern Public Radio provides programs and services to listeners throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin including 89.5 WNIJ, a National Public Radio member station that provides news, talk, variety and classical music programming; 90.5 WNIU, an all-classical music station; and NIRIS, a unique broadcast service which provides current print information to blind and print-impaired citizens.

Rockford Symphony Orchestra logoThe Rockford Symphony Orchestra performs more than 16 classical and pops concerts annually and provides educational programs throughout the Rockford area.

The organizations collaborate annually around the Rockford Symphony Classics Series Concerts. Each year, WNIU previews the season with RSO conductor Steven Larsen and broadcasts all concerts on 90.5 WNIU.

There will be modest cost savings, but economic considerations, though important to both organizations, were not the driving force behind the shared-space partnership.

“People who attend the symphony also listen to public radio,” Thomas said. “The Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Northern Public Radio have a shared commitment to growing our listenership and audience base. We recognized that there was an opportunity to increase awareness, create better visibility for the box office, and expand educational and outreach activities through this project.”

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Staci Hoste

“We look forward to the collaborative space creating increased opportunities for furthering the classical music experience throughout our community,” Hoste said.

Cyndie Howard, facility manager of the Riverfront Museum Park, said the Discovery Center Museum will occupy the space vacated by the symphony.

“The extra square footage will give the Discovery Center the opportunity to expand their Tot Spot second floor exhibit area and will also provide extended office space,” Howard said. “Utilizing all available space efficiently is not only cost effective, but it is also considerate to the needs of all five of the organizations that make up the Riverfront Museum Park.”

The Riverfront Museum Park is part of the Rockford Park District. It was designed as a unified space in which arts and science organizations could focus on their core missions and outreach programs. It opened to the public in 1991.

It is currently home to the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Northern Public Radio, the Rockford Art Museum, the Rockford Dance Company and the Discovery Center Museum.

Aug 09

First week of practice comes to an end

Northern Illinois completed its first full week of practice Friday. The Huskies will hold their first two-a-day Saturday, with practices at 9:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Aug 08

Korcek’s Corner: Looking at both sides of SchedulePalooza

Athletic directors past and present, “Chick” Evans, Bob Brigham, and Sean Frazier – must be kindred Northern Illinois University spirits.

Aug 04

Saturday NIU football practice notes: Huskies begin camp Saturday

DeKALB – Northern Illinois football took the field at Huskie Stadium Saturday for the team’s first official workout since the spring game in April.

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