Student-Athlete
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Michigan student-athletes achieve incredible feats, and most happen after they leave campus. We are proud to have student-athlete alumni that embody what it means to be the Leaders and Best in their careers, their communities, and their own lives. This page is an opportunity to celebrate all of the exciting things happening in your life and to share your good news with the entire Michigan Family.

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U-M Announces Michigan Moustaches for Men’s Health Initiative

he University of Michigan ice hockey team announced an initiative for the month of November called Michigan Moustaches for Men’s Health. As part of the program, Michigan players along with head coach Red Berenson and the coaching staff will grow moustaches during the month to raise awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer. Click here for the full story.

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Smoragiewicz Takes 42nd at World Triathlon Championships
Tony Smoragieqicz, Men's Cross Country

Sophomore Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D./Rapid City Central)of the University of Michigan men’s cross country team finished 42nd at the International Triathlon Union Junior World Triathlon Championships on Thursday, Sept. 12, in London. He was the second of three members of Team USA to cross the finish line, completing the sprint course in 53:59.00. Click here for the full story.

Avery Aims High for Life after Football
Courtney Avery, Football

Senior cornerback Courtney Avery has accomplished a great deal on the football field during his career at Michigan. His family has a storied history here, but Avery wants to leave a footprint of his own in Ann Arbor, and he’s taking the steps to do just that. While his football chapter has one entry left, the legacy of Courtney Avery as a person is just being written.

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McCallister, Team USA Claim Seventh at Junior World Cup
Ainsley McCallister, Field Hockey

MONCHENGLADBACH, Germany – Senior/junior Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) of the University of Michigan field hockey team contributed to a seventh-place performance by the U.S. Under-21 National Team at the 2013 Junior World Cup. Team USA posted a 3-3 record over the nine-day competition, defeating South Africa, 4-2, in its final game on Sunday (August 4) at Mönchengladbach’s Hockeypark.

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A Night of Student-Athlete Networking

On Monday, October 28, the Office of Alumni Engagement hosted a Student-Athlete Networking Event. The event invited 25 student-athlete alumni back to campus to provide guidance to current student-athletes as they prepare for life after sports. Over 75 student-athletes attended the marquee event. The event was organized in collaboration with the Michigan Professional and Career Transition (M-PACT) Program, which is overseen by Shari Acho, Director of Career Education and Advancement. For the full story click here.

A Leader of Vision and Determination
Phyllis Ocker, Field Hockey Coach

If there is a single person who has shaped the University of Michigan’s women’s athletic program, it is Phyllis Ocker. Her career as a teacher, coach and administrator spans nearly three decades, comparable to the legendary reigns of both Bo Schembechler and Don Canham. For twenty-nine years, she has remained one of the department’s staunchest supporters, a quiet diplomat who gently but firmly guided the U-M women’s varsity athletic program through its infancy and, perhaps, its most tumultuous times. Click here for the full story.

Brandon's Blog: Harmon the Gold Standard for U-M Student-Athletes
Tom Harmon (Football, '41)

In the 134 years of Wolverine football, one student-athlete has remained as the gold standard of all who have worn the winged helmet; his name is Tom Harmon. A positive aura surrounded his number 98, and it has remained synonymous with Michigan football greatness throughout the years. Saturday night in front of a jam-packed Michigan Stadium, the name Tom Harmon and the number 98 will once again play an important role in U-M football history as we honor one of the great Michigan Men.

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Alumnae Mueller, Tomek Rowing at World Championships
Ellen Tomek (Rowing '06), Felice Mueller (Rowing '12)

CHUNGJU, South Korea – Former University of Michigan rowers Ellen Tomek (2003-06) and Felice Mueller (2009-12) are competing for USRowing at the 2013 World Rowing Championships being held at the Tangeum International Rowing Regatta venue.

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NPF Profile: Jordan Taylor Writes First Chapters of Storybook Life
Jordan Taylor, Softball '11

Professional softball pitcher and University of Michigan softball alum Jordan Taylor (2008-11) is living the dream of thousands of young girls right now. She travels the world pitching and earning a living from her rocket-powered right arm. She lives in interesting cities and meets dynamic people. She even appeared on an episode of “Mythbusters” in May.

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Former Wolverines Clary, Houchin Win Medals at World Championships
Tyler Clary, Charlie Houchin, Swimming '10

Former University of Michigan men’s swimmers Tyler Clary (2008-10) and Charlie Houchin (2007-10) each won medals for Team USA on Friday (Aug. 2) at the FINA World Championships, held at Palau Sant Jordi. Houchin won a gold medal as part of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay team (7:01.72), while Clary won the bronze medal in the 200-meter backstroke (1:54.64).

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