Articles in Athletics

Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Griffin Retires

Distinguished 30-year career marked by many achievements


Longtime men’s basketball coach Mike Griffin has retired following a distinguished 30-year career at the helm. Griffin’s retirement was effective May 31 and a national search to find Rensselaer’s next head men’s basketball coach has begun. “I have been so fortunate to spend three decades in this wonderful educational environment where intercollegiate athletics are considered… Read More

Senior Athletes Honored at Banquet

Annual event celebrates graduating students


The Rensselaer 2013-14 senior student-athletes were recognized at the annual banquet held at the Hilton Garden Inn recently. Each student-athlete was presented a senior gift by Vice President for Student Life Tim Sams and Jim Knowlton, director of athletics. One highlight of the event was the awarding of the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) Team of… Read More

Spotlight Athlete: Amanda Alexander

Tennis player and study abroad student

Amanda Alexander, an architecture major, took her tennis rackets
with her when she did a study abroad term in Italy.

If you thought Rensselaer students only learn in Troy, N.Y., think again! Amanda Alexander is one of the students who has taken full advantage of the opportunity to study abroad. The School of Architecture offers a five-month cultural-based program in Italy for students with impressive portfolios. While in Turino, Alexander collaborated with Italian students at… Read More

Spotlight Athlete: Ivy Muchuma

Kenya native is interested in improving her neighbors’ environment

Why not change the world? That’s the charge Rensselaer students are given and Ivy Muchuma is planning on doing just that! When she is not competing in multiple events in track and field, she is making plans to provide sustainable infrastructure developments for impoverished areas. The Kenya native was driven to bettering her surroundings at… Read More

Focus On: Big Red Freakout and Icehouse

Annual Icehouse celebration of “red and white” prepares fans for hockey game


On Feb. 8, nearly 500 alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, and community members gathered at the Heffner Alumni House for the Big Red Freakout Ice House. The annual Ice House tradition, held in conjunction with the Big Red Freakout hockey game, features a buffet dinner and pep-rally, complete with visits from Puckman and the RPI… Read More

Jerry Knightley ’65 Added to Hockey Ring of Honor

Seventh inductee into prestigious group

Former Rensselaer student-athlete Jerry Knightley is the seventh inductee into the prestigious Hockey Ring of Honor. A 1965 graduate, Knightley was recognized on Feb. 7 during the Engineers’ game against Yale University. Additionally, he and his teammates from the 1963-64 NCAA Final Four team were honored as part of a 50th anniversary celebration. “I am… Read More

Military Appreciation Night at Men’s Hockey Game Feb. 21

The Engineers will auction off jerseys to raise money for charities


The Rensselaer men’s hockey team will be wearing special camouflage uniforms on Friday night, Feb. 21, when it celebrates Military Appreciation Night at the Houston Field House, during an ECAC Hockey game against St. Lawrence University. The event, which is sponsored by E. Stewart Jones Law Firm, will benefit a pair of charitable organizations that… Read More

FOCUS: Mayor’s Cup

Men’s hockey team defeats Union 2-1 in second annual Mayor’s Cup game at the Times Union Center

Mayors Cup

More than 7,100 fans watched as junior goaltender Scott Diebold made 28 saves to lead the Rensselaer men’s hockey team to a 2-1 victory over third-ranked Union College, in the second annual Mayor’s Cup game, at the Times Union Center Jan. 25. With the win, the Engineers improved to 10-10-4 overall, while the Dutchmen dropped… Read More

Mathias Lange ’09 Named to Austrian Olympic Team

Former Engineers hockey player to tend goal for Austria


Former Engineers hockey player Mathias Lange ’09 will represent Austria as a member of the hockey team in the upcoming Sochi Olympics, it has been announced. Lange, who is currently playing for the Iserlohn Roosters in Germany, was a standout goaltender for Rensselaer from 2005 to 2009. The Klagenfurt, Austria, native finished his collegiate career… Read More

Athletics Hall of Fame Inducts Six New Members

Annual banquet held during Reunion & Homecoming Weekend


The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Athletics Hall of Fame has inducted six new members. The Class of 2013 consists of Patrick Fell ’05 (swimming), Paul Louderback ’99 (baseball), Jimmy Motzkin ’06 (football/track & field), Dan Quinn ’05 (baseball), Rosina Schiff ’06 (ice hockey), and Tom Schneider ’06 (basketball) “We are excited about this incoming class,” said… Read More