A Middlesex woman with an extensive background in marketing and brand management will be the new chief marketing officer for the State of Vermont. Kathy Murphy, currently the director of marketing for the Vermont Ski Areas Association, will join the state Agency of Commerce and Community Development this month as the new chief marketing officer. Murphy will assist various state agencies with marketing campaigns and oversee the process of updating the Vermont Brand. ‘Kathy brings 25 years of marketing experience and a comprehensive understanding of the Vermont Brand,’ said Agency of Commerce of Community Development Secretary Lawrence Miller. ‘As the public and private sector work together to explore new ways to market Vermont, Kathy will provide valuable insight, guidance and leadership.’ Prior to her role at the Vermont Ski Areas Association, Murphy was the brand director and general manager of Tubbs Snowshoes for 18 years. Prior to that, she worked at Jager DiPaola Kemp Design, Paul Kaza Associates and Stowe Mountain Resort. ‘The economic, agricultural and cultural transformation of Vermont continues, and a vision of a mutually reinforcing relationship between tradition and progress is more critical than ever,’ Murphy said. ‘It’s my belief that a fresh, free-thinking, collaborative and consistent approach is necessary to meeting the challenges and opportunities of marketing Vermont today and in the future.’ Murphy replaces Christine Werneke, who has taken a position with the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.
Former Wisconsin goalie Chase Rau elected to transfer to Western Michigan University following a tumultuous spring where he lost hold of his starting position and reportedly, his place on the team.Multiple reasons converged to put Rau in the position where he chose to leave Wisconsin in April with head coach John Trask signing his release, allowing him to play immediately the following season at the university of his choice.Trask cited a number of reasons for Rau’s departure, including academics and “things that obviously would not be public information.” One main reason seemed to be a disparity with scholarship money.Rau, an out-of-state student-athlete from Sparta, Mich., declined to go into specific detail about his scholarship at Wisconsin but said it covered more than half of his tuition costs (out-of-state tuition at Wisconsin was $26,634 for the 2012-2013 academic year). He also disclosed Trask and Rau “didn’t necessarily agree on [the] scholarship.”“Initially, our agreement was, if I came in, I would be at this much, and if I got the starting position, that money would go up,” Rau said. He took over the starting position in just the fourth game of the season. “I was fortunate enough to get the starting position, and he couldn’t afford to give me that money.“That’s just the way it is, I understand. Essentially, I could have stayed, but at the money they were giving me, I couldn’t afford to go to [Wisconsin] at that price.”Spreading scholarship money across a team of 24 players is one thing, but graduating only two seniors in 2012 and welcoming six incoming freshmen makes it even more difficult. In addition, a majority of the scholarship money is allotted to the Wisconsin’s large senior class, which comprises more than half of the student-athletes on the roster.However, sources have said that Rau’s exit came amidst strange circumstances this spring.Of the aforementioned factors, what Trask said “would not be public information” may have been Rau showing up to a spring practice “very, very, very hungover,” according to a Wisconsin player who spoke on the condition of anonymity.According to the player, Rau was struggling in spring practice and had lost his leg-up in the goalkeeper competition – one that included senior Max Jentsch, who split time with Rau in 2012.To compound the situation, Rau had reportedly approached Trask about his scholarship before refusing Trask’s offer to find a better situation at another university.That’s when, according to the player, Rau showed up to practice extremely hungover.“That’s when coach decided he was going to find him a new place to play,” the player said. “Chase showing up to practice basically drunk was the last straw for coach.”Another UW player, who chose to remain anonymous, was at that practice and detailed what he heard from teammates.“I didn’t really see [much of] Chase at the practice because he was off doing his own goalie stuff, but what people said was basically, he was talking to the coaches and they smelled the booze on his breath, so that tipped them off.“Nothing really happened, no one knew about it, and then [a couple days later] coach called us in before one of our practices and announced that Chase was not going to be returning to the team.”Trask was much more guarded about the incident. When asked to explain if Rau showed up to practice intoxicated, Trask declined to comment. When Rau was asked, he held similar ground.“I don’t know if I should comment on that,” Rau said. “I heard that coach Trask hadn’t commented on that either, because he didn’t want that information to be public.“I don’t know who told you that I was hungover. I definitely was not hungover. I don’t know if I should comment on that,” he continued.Not long after that phone interview with the Herald, Rau followed up with a text: “To comment on what my teammate had said about coming to practice hungover, that situation had nothing to do with my decision to leave Wisconsin.”The Badger Herald first learned of the incident from a source close to the program last spring.Although the UW Athletic Department never formally announced Rau’s departure, Trask told The Badger Herald Wednesday the decision for Rau to part ways with the program was in place for some time and had been made during the winter and spring, collegiate soccer’s offseason.However, Rau remained listed on the Wisconsin roster on uwbadgers.com until being removed from the list early in July.Rau started 15 games during his lone season in Madison, earning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors three times, a tie for most in the conference. He was passed over for Big Ten postseason honors after splitting playing time with Jentsch.Western Michigan head coach Chad Wiseman confirmed Rau’s transfer in an email to The Badger Herald Thursday and said Rau would be able to compete from day one with the program.“He has an entire year of starting Big Ten experience under his belt,” Wiseman wrote. “We think we have one of the best goalkeepers in the [Mid-American Conference] and the Midwest.”However, Wiseman did not answer a question about the aforementioned spring practice.If he wins the job, Rau could be stepping onto the pitch against his former Wisconsin teammates when Western Michigan visits Madison for a non-conference game Sept. 6.Rau remained complimentary of the way Trask and UW handled his exit. He said he holds “no hard feelings” against Trask and the Wisconsin program and is happy at Western Michigan, where he is currently enrolled in summer courses.“Things worked out good for me at Western [Michigan],” Rau said. “I feel like this is where my life should be right now. I’m grateful for the efforts that coach Trask has put in to make my life work out the best for me.”
With under seven minutes left in a scoreless game against Northeastern, junior Georgia Allen was open from the top of the box. She took the pass and struck it to an unreachable part of the net, the top right corner. Her goal, in only her second game of the season after playing in the U-20 World Cup, lifted Syracuse above .500.Things were different then. The 3-2 Orange felt like it could go on a run, Allen said, and surpass the seven wins from the year before. For a young team with 16 underclassmen, that victory could’ve been the one to push SU into contention in the ACC.But it didn’t. And nobody expected what would follow.Since its 1-0 victory against Northeastern on Sept. 2, SU has lost 12-straight games. In that span, it’s conceded 43 goals, including an average of five goals a game in its last five contests. Syracuse (3-14, 0-9 Atlantic Coast) hasn’t won a game in nearly two months. With its final game on Thursday against Clemson and its playoff hopes diminished since the start of the month, Syracuse can’t change the season’s outcome. Instead, it can just analyze what went wrong.“We’ve been decimated since the start of the season onwards,” SU head coach Phil Wheddon said. “… We’re just in an unfortunate situation.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textComing into the season, Syracuse graduated its “deepest” recruiting class, one that featured All-ACC honoree Courtney Brosnan and two of its top defenders in Alana O’Neill and Jessica Vigna. The group never qualified for the ACC tournament. Its 2018 squad, highlighted by last season’s leading scorer, Sydney Brackett, and young defenders like Clarke Brown, wanted to change that.And for its first five games, it looked possible. SU rebounded from its opening loss to La Salle with back-to-back wins against Connecticut and St. John’s, with sophomore Kate Hostage scoring in both. Even when the Orange got blown out 4-0 by then-winless Harvard, Allen followed up the shaky performance with her 83rd-minute game-winner.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorThe Orange’s first sign of instability started in goal. Graduate-transfer Jordan Harris played all 90 minutes in SU’s first three games but began to split time with sophomore Lysianne Proulx after its loss to the Crimson.Early in its losing streak, Syracuse’s losses weren’t blowouts. With a lead in the final 20 minutes against Kent State at home on Sept. 13, the Orange conceded, sending the game to overtime. Eventually, SU’s backline fell apart and gave the game away in the 103rd minute.Ten days later, SU kept a one-loss Louisville scoreless for 89 minutes until the Cardinals took the lead with 9 seconds left in regulation.“We fall asleep for (those) moments,” Wheddon said on Oct. 7.But as the season carried into conference play, the Orange got further away from a victory. Proulx found her stride in goal, but after a 6-3 loss to North Carolina State, she went down with a hip injury and was eventually ruled out for the season.With solely Harris playing in goal, SU’s close losses primarily became blowouts. In a three-game stretch between Oct. 4 and 13, the Orange were outscored 18-5.“All you can do is just try and keep taking small positives out of these games,” Allen said. “You can choose to sit here and talk about how many goals you conceded or you can choose to make a difference.”The Orange opened the season in a 4-3-3, but quickly shifted to a 4-5-1 when they started to concede goals. With the ACC tournament no longer attainable, Syracuse has tried a new approach in its last two games. Wheddon employed a formation in which all 11 players stayed on defense to avoid the opposing team running up the score. The switch tries to stop top-ACC offenses but makes it almost impossible to play offense. Against Virginia on Thursday, SU conceded four goals but couldn’t record a shot.With the Orange’s streak reaching double-digits, Allen said her sights are set on next season. Wheddon said he’s going to try “my best until my very last day here.”Wheddon called SU’s final game against Clemson “massively important.” Syracuse’s goal has always been to get points in the ACC, he said. Those don’t matter anymore, though. The Orange just need a good final performance at SU Soccer Stadium.“We don’t take this for granted,” Allen said. “We won’t be put out by this season next year. We’ll make changes.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 23, 2018 at 11:15 pm Contact KJ: firstname.lastname@example.org | @KJEdelman