TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Adam Lancia has been named head coach of the University of Alabama women's wheelchair basketball team.
Lancia previously coached the ASV-Bonn German First Division team from 2008-11 and the Nova Scotia Flying Wheels first division team in Halifax from 2012-2015. Ha also has played for the Canadian National team since 2001 and has won two gold medals and a silver medal as a player across three Paralympic Games since 2004.
"The timing of this opportunity is tremendous," Lancia said. "From speaking with (assistant coach) Adam Kramer, he can't say enough about the resources and how supportive the university is of our team and Alabama Adapted Athletics."
Dr. Brent Hardin, director of UA Adapted Athletics, has followed Lancia's career since his days as a college player at the University of Illinois, where Lancia helped lead the Illini to a national championship in 2003. He said Lancia's extensive experiences at every level of wheelchair basketball will help UA continue its championship success.
"He is a cerebral teacher in the gym but also a fiery motivator that will hold our team accountable," Hardin said. "I think our student athletes ware really going to enjoy playing for Coach Lancia. We feel he is exactly the right coach for Alabama and we are confident he will help our players realize their full potential."
Lancia takes over for Elisha Williams, who resigned at the end of the 2015-16 season. Williams won a national championship as a player and one as a coach, leading the Crimson Tide to it fourth women's national championship in 2015.
UA we 15-12 overall and 10-10 in conference play last season. The Crimson Tide will welcome seven new players this season. Six of those players have international experience, Lancia said.
"Dynamic" is a term Lancia hopes becomes synonymous with UA's play, a goal he hopes to reach by simulating the "chaotic" nature of wheelchair basketball in training. "We're going from a good team last year to a deep, dynamic team next season. We'll be able to throw many different looks at our competition."
"When Brent asked me what my offensive and defensive philosophies are, I told him 'my offensive strategy is to frustrate defenses, and my defensive strategy is to frustrate offenses,'" Lancia said "I want my players to do whatever they can to make other teams work. We want to effectively counter what any team throws at us. There's going to be fast play in transition, 3-point shooting, smaller lineups to counter taller, slower teams."
"We're going use that dynamic approach in how we train and organize practices. The game is chaotic, a mess, just crazy times, and practice has to replicate that to an extent."
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The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) today announced Ultimate Workout and Recovery as an official sponsor of the NWBA. Ultimate Workout and Recovery/Stuck in Bed Fitness LLC, is a state-of-the-art rehab and workout gym designed specifically for those with physical disabilities. As such, Ultimate Workout and Recovery is also the official wheelchair gym of the NWBA.
The NWBA will serve as an official distributor of the Ultimate Work and Recovery line of products including the full-size Spider unit that comes equipped with the smaller travel size Viper Edition. The NWBA will market the Spider and Viper products to members through www.nwba.org, e-mail messages, and the NWBA E-Newsletter.
The Spider Edition offers ways to maintain strength both physically and mentally, as well as improve an overall sense of well being. The mission of Ultimate Workout and Recovery is to provide a total body workout via exercises and rehab in dozens of unique and exciting ways, especially for those unable or just not wanting to go out. The Ultimate Workout and Recovery gym is a 100-use system that is the perfect option to exercise regularly right from their recliner, wheelchair or bed, while the travel viper system is perfect for on the go strength and cardio conditioning anywhere anytime for anyone.
“This is such an honor and the NWBA is a perfect match for what we are all about,” said Joseph M Salamon, CEO and Chief Marketing Strategist at Stuck in Bed Fitness LLC. “Our fitness and complete exercise system is geared specifically for wheelchair users, whether short or long term. Everyone in the family can benefit from this new fitness equipment including moms, kids and seniors as well. We feel that our arrangement with the NWBA will allow their players and family members of any age or stage to stay in tip-top condition and get stronger whenever they would like to, and inspire others to join teams and develop further while expanding the NWBA and Stuck in bed fitness LLC reach.''
Dr. Michael Roizen, world renowned Wellness Chief at the Cleveland Clinic, and former New England Patriot linebacker Pierre Woods have each enthusiastically endorsed the Spider unit and smaller travel size mobile Viper edition which can be enjoyed from the bus, car, plane, train, hotel room and more. The Stuck in Bed Fitness LLC team is also proud to announce its new Foundation set up for other Foundations/Rehab Clinic Centers to bulk purchase the units at a special discounted. For more information on the Ultimate Workout and Recovery products visit: www.facebook.com/sibfsllc.
“We are excited about the addition of Ultimate Workout and Recovery as a sponsor of the NWBA and for our members to purchase the Ultimate Workout and Recovery Spider unit. It is an excellent workout system for our athletes that can be set-up for off-season and in-season workouts,” said Jim Scherr, NWBA Executive Director.
On Wednesday, the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games draw for men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball happened. The U.S. men’s and women’s teams got drawn into Pool B, while the defending World and Paralympic champions will face each other in pool play in each of the divisions.
In the men's tournament, World champions Australia will face defending Paralympic Gold medalists Canada in a tough Group A that also includes Spain, Turkey, the Netherlands and Japan.
Team USA drew into Group B and will face-off with host country Brazil, European champions Great Britain, Germany, Iran and Algeria.
In the women's tournament, world champions Canada will face defending Paralympic Gold medalists Germany in Group A, as well as Brazil, Great Britain and Argentina.
Group B features three respective zone champions, led by Team USA, the 2015 Parapan Am Games champions, European champions Netherlands, Asia Oceania champions China. France and Algeria are also in Group B.
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games wheelchair basketball competition
Group A: Canada; Germany; Great Britain; Argentina; Brazil
Group B: USA; Netherlands; France; China; Algeria
Group A: Australia; Canada; Turkey; Netherlands; Japan; Spain
Group B: Iran; USA; Great Britain; Germany; Algeria; Brazil
Click the link below for additional information on the Dave Kiley 3-on-3 Invitational and Free Throw Contest. This year's event will be the 26th Annual Extravaganza in conjunction with Turning POINT.
The annual event held in Dallas, Texas is held in memory of Randy Snow. Event dates are June 3-4, 2016.
Championship Division Final Top Twenty Ranks 2016:
1. Dallas Mavericks
2. Milwaukee Bucks “A”
3. New York Rollin’ Knicks
4. Rogue Valley Scorpions
5. Bay City Thunder
6. University of Arizona Wildcats (Men’s)
7. Austin Rec’ers
8. San Diego Wolfpack
9. Utah Wheelin’ Jazz
10. Sacramento Rollin’ Kings
11. Miami Heat Wheels
12. Mary Free Bed Pacers
13. Golden State Road Warriors
14. Charlottesville Cardinals
15. Albuquerque Kings
16. Seattle Sonics
17. RIC Hornets
18. Shepherd Stealers
19. Minnesota Timberwolves
20. Milwaukee Bucks “B”
Below are the results from the recent poll regarding which division is the most closely followed. Congratulations to the VARSITY DIVISION!
13% Prep Division
30% Varsity Division
12% Collegiate Division
29% Division III
14% Championship Division
2% Women's Division
The Women's Wheelchair Basketball Coach is responsible for all aspects of the Women's Wheelchair program, including recruiting, coaching, administering, scheduling, scouting, travel arrangements, and academic activities. The Women's Wheelchair Basketball Coach directs all aspects of the Cornerstones for Success wheelchair fundraising and awareness programs.
The Equipment Manager manages all aspects of the Williams Center and Roseman Gym Equipment Rooms including the acquisition, inventory, and maintenance of all equipment utilized by Recreation Sports programs and HPERC Classes. The Equipment Manager also hires, trains, schedules, supervises, and evaluates all student employees in the Equipment Room.
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The National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical, held at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky, April 7-10, presented its all-tournament teams, MVPs and Sportsmanship awards. The Championship and DIII Divisions presented their awards to deserving athletes following the respective championship games. The Junior Division awards were presented at the evening banquet at the Galt House Hotel.
Below is a comprehensive list of all of the award recipients by division and category:
2016 Championship Division
All Tournament Teams
Nate Hinze Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks
Patrick Anderson NY Rollin’ Knicks
Jay Nelms Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks
Becca Murray Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks
Jermell Pennie Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks
Jeff Townsend Utah Wheelin’ Jazz
Jorge Salazar San Diego Wolfpack
Tyrone Griner Rogue Valley Scorpions
Trevonn Jenifer Bay City Thunder
Mareike Miller Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks
Captain James S. Ure Sportsmanship Award
Dominique Rogers Albuquerque Kings
Bobbie Nickelberry Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks
2016 Division III
All Tournament Teams
Kyle Huckaby TIRR Houston Hotwheels
Arnold Barners Ft. Lauderdale Sharks
Abraham Hausman-Weiss TIRR Houston Hotwheels
Michael Archie Memphis Rollin’ Grizzlies
Carlos Pijuan Ft. Lauderdale Sharks
Jakob Wiig Memphis Rollin’ Grizzlies
Manuel Ortega LA Hotwheels
Harsh Thakkar MedStar NRH Punishers
Kevin Konfara Detroit Diehards
Marcelo Gomez LA Hotwheels
Pete Morgan Carolina Tarwheels
Dave Kiley Charlotte Hornets
Nate Silvers Turnstone Bandits
Edwin Lopez Nassau Kings
Adrien Burnett Delaware Destroyers
Tee Foster Fayetville Flyers
Hassan Elkadi TIRR Houston Hotwheels
Junior Division - Prep
Collin Lancaster Atlanta Jr. Wheelchair Hawks
Bailey Moody Atlanta Jr. Wheelchair Hawks
Ixhelt Gonzalez Chicago Skyhawks
Preston Howell Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets
Travis Beckler MKE Jr. Bucks
Martell Stevens Chicago Skyhawks
Alex Hilgeford Jr. Minutemen
Edgar Morales CK Rowdies
Hannah Exline RHI Mini Pacers
Moira Paulus MKE Jr. Bucks
Junior Division - NIT
Ryan Glatchak Synergy Bulls
Erica Wilson Lakeshore Lakers
Will Glendenning Rockfort Chariots
Alonte Davis Nebraska Red Dawgs
Emilee Gustafson Jr. Rolling Gophers
Josie DeHart Denver Jr. Nuggets
Maya Campbell Nebraska Red Dawgs
Alexa Halko Sportable Spokes
Isaiah Ahlstrom BORP
Tyler Tiddins Lakeshore Lakers
Jeremy Ocanas Denver Jr. Nuggets
Ignacio Ortega Sportable Spokes
Junior Division - Varsity
Emily Oberst Milwaukee Junior Bucks
Johsua Polson Utah Rush
Collin Evans CK Jr. Rolling Timberwolves
Zach Steger Dallas Jr. Mavs
Zach Miller Phoenix Wheelchair Suns
Tyler Buysse Dallas Jr. Mavs
Joshua Joines Jr. Wheelchair Hawks
Holden Kowalke CK Jr. Rolling Timberwolves
Drew Selz Junior Bucks
Lindsey Zurburgg Seattle Jr. Sonics
Tyler Dwyer ParaSport Spokane
Abraham Hausman-Weiss TIRR Houston Hotwheels