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The Daily Tar Heel Friday, August 22. 19863B
Jofinin will be Tar Heel coach
Dy MIKE CERARDINO
Assistant Sports Editor
Major league baseball's loss will
be the college game's gain when
longtime pitching great Tommy
John becomes full-time pitching
coach at North Carolina after the
The announcement, made July 24
by UNCs head baseball coach Mike
Roberts, came while John, 43, was
still on the New York Yankees'
disabled list with bursitis of the
Achilles tendon. In two starts since
coming off the DL, however, John
has pitched masterfully a 2-0
record and IS consecutive scoreless
At the time of the announcement,
John was queried about the possi
bility of his winning, for instance,
10 straight games the rest of the
season and receiving a large offer
from Yankees owner George Stein
brenner to continue his career.
"1 would turn it down," said John,
a 23-year veteran of the majors.
"When I told Mike (Roberts) 1 was
coming, I told him My word is my
word. Ill definitely retire after this
But on August 14, his confidence
soaring, John's words had a bit of
a different ring than they did three
I always believed I could pitch
like this," John told the Associated
Press. "If I didn't, I wouldn't have
tried out last spring."
When the possibility of a release
arrangement between the pennant
hungry Steinbrenner and UNC was
raised, John gave this non-committal
answer: "Well, that's between
George and them (UNC)."
John reportedly turned down
similar positions over the past year
with the American League's Texas
Rangers and perennial collegiate
powerhouse Southern California.
John also said he passed up'possible
front office jobs with the Oakland
Athletics and the Yankees.
"We're very excited about Tommy
accepting a position as pitching
coach here," Roberts said. "1 think
Tommy would be a great addition
to college baseball, no matter what
program he was in. I'm just thankful
he's going to be a Tar Heel."
UNC played last season without
a pitching coach due to the departure
of Howard McCullough last
December. McCullough left
Roberts' staff to become a regional
scouting director for the Boston Red
It was then that Roberts contacted
John, a three-time 20-game winner
who appeared in three World Series
in the late 1970s and early 'SOs, about
the prospect of his settling in Chapel
John said several factors led him
to accept Roberts' offer. One was the
favorable impression of the area
John received while playing for the
Yankees in exhibition games at UNC
in 1979 and 1981.
Another consideration was John's
family; his wife Sally and four
children, the oldest of whom is 11-year-old
"Sally and I asked ourselves where
would we like to bring up four young
children, and we liked the (Chapel
Hill) area. Now if we could just find
a home to move into, everything
would be fine," John said.
Another important factor was
UNC's good academic reputation.
John related a story of an unnamed
pitcher with borderline grades,
whom he called Roberts about a few
years ago. The fact that the pitcher's
grades made a difference to Roberts
"Nowadays in college athletics,
grades areni that important to a lot
of institutions," John said. "But here
(UNC) it was."
John outlined his three rules of
pitching this way pitch quickly,
throw strikes and change speeds. It
is a formula which has carried John
to a major-league record of 264-208;
140 of those coming after his much
documented reconstructive elbow
surgery in 1975.
The easy-going John joked fre
quently at the introductory press
conference, held in Boshamer Sta
dium. One of John's gems went like
this: "Of course, coming from
Indiana we're basketball freaks
up there anyway maybe I could
help Dean (Smith) out a little."
Men's soccer yearns for spotlight
By BONNIE BISHOP
12-8-1 team back this season. In
addition to this, they have three
For the last few years, the North freshmen, who will have an imme-
Carolina men's soccer team has been diate impact on the team, according
overshadowed by the women's team.
This year could be the year for them
to share the spotlight.
to coach Anson Dorrance.
"I'm very excited about the prac
tice sessions to date, they (the
The men's soccer team has every players) have a terrific enthusiam
starter from last year's inexperienced and commitment," said Dorrance.
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Tommy Nicholson and UNC will try to improve on their 1985 mark
Last year, with a freshman goal
keeper, lack of speed in the backfield,
and a lack of depth up front,
Dorrance was worried about the
youth and depth of his team. That
should not be a worry this season.
He said that the team had improved
in all areas since last season. He feels
that it will be strongest in midfield
Dorrance said that the key to the
midfield was junior David Smyth.
"When he plays well, the team
plays well," Dorrance said.
Last season, Smyth was asked to
move up front from his midfield
position to help compensate for the
lack of depth.
"He was willing to sacrifice himself
for the team," said Dorrance.
This season, he will be back at the
center of a four-man midfield. At this
position, Dorrance said that Smyth
would be very effective and a great
Three other players that Dorrance
is expecting to be important forces
of the team are Tommy Nicholson,
Frank Gilhboly and Donald
According to Dorrance, Nichol
son, a junior, is one of the quickest
men in the conference and had a
good pre-season, while senior Frank
Gilhooly, last year's MVP, is a very
exciting, hard-nosed player who will
be important to the defense this year.
Cogsville, a junior, was moved
from forward to back to help
increase the speed of the backfield.
Dorrance said that he had done well
in training sessions so far.
The goal of the team this season
is to get an NCAA bid. They will
have to finish at least third in the
conference to receive one.
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Karen Shelton wants to have more celebrations like this one last year after a win over Old Dominion
Field hockey wants 2nd 'family' title
By MIKE BERARDINO
Assistant Sports Editor
The NCAA championship that coach Willie Scroggs'
UNC men's lacrosse team captured last May sent shock
waves throughout the college lacrosse world.
Three months later, the reverberations linger around
Chapel Hill on coach Karen Shelton's women's field
You see, Shelton, who happens to be Scroggs' spouse,
has quite a squad of her own, one with definite national
"People are saying the pressure is on us now and how
nice it would be to have two national championships in
one family," Shelton said. "Their (lacrosse) championship
was a great thing for sport. It was thrilling and I think
that will be an inspiration for my team."
Following a 13-4 season in 1985, in which the Tar Heels
rose to No. 1 before finishing the year ranked fourth in
the nation, UNC has to be considered a frontrunner for
a return to the top spot in the polls.
Graduation claimed the services of Shelton's 1985 tri
captains. Gone are forward Louise Hines, the Atlantic
Coast Conference's career scoring leader, passing whiz Beth
Logan and sensational goalkeeper Jan Miles, who posted
25 shutouts in her four years between the sticks.
Miles' successor will be junior Kathy Mulvey, who
appeared in four games last season. "I think Kathy feels
the pressure," Shelton said. "She's filling some large shoes,
even though Jan was kind of small (5-foot-2).
"But Kathy has come into preseason practice with a
very serious attitude. She got some good experience over
x the summer at camp. She learned a lot and I think she's
Also missing from Shelton's arsenal is Judith Jonckheer,
the talented Dutch midfielder who led UNC in points (goals
plus assists) last season. Jonckheer decided to forego her
last two years of college eligibility in order to return to
Holland and join the national team there. Jonckheer's
master plan is gaining a spot on the 1988 Dutch Olympic
"Judith is a very talented girl and 1 can only wish her
well," Shelton said. "The exchange between Judith and
our team was very positive, not only on the field, but
off it as well."
The new Dutch master on Astroturf Field will be
freshman midfielder Julie Blaisse, a youth hockey star from
Bussum, The Netherlands. According to Shelton, Blaisse
is "very much a Judith (Jonckheer)-type player."
The real leadership this season should come from
aggressive forward Claire Dougherty, the team captain.
The 5-foot-6 senior scored just six goals last season but
created innumerable opportunities with her hustling play.
Other key returnees include last year's sweeper Lori
Bruney, forward Maryellen Falcone, fullback Tracey
Yurgin and Betsy Gillespie, who may play forward this
year. Shelton said she plans to move Bruney to the midfield
and Yurgin into the sweeper spot.
Ten home games are on tap this season for Astroturf
Field, starting Sept. 7 with a 2 p.m. test against Virginia
Commonwealth. But the weekend of Sept. 19-21 promises
to be a veritable field hockey fiesta with national powers
Iowa and Old Dominion making visits on Friday and
On the road, UNC will travel to Boston for games with
New Hampshire and Boston College, to Philadelphia for
a battle with Temple and to State College, Pa., to meet
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Dates: August 18, 21 & 22, 1986
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NEW CAMPUS SERVICE THIS YEAR:
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Parking Lots ("F" and "FR" Lots).
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direct service between NC Memorial Hospital and the
Manning Drive Fringe Parking Lots ("F" and "FR" Lots).
T ROUTE - Service to Weaver Dairy Road area now
running all day long.
J ROUTE - Now serving Rock Creek Apartments.
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