Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - June 28, 2013

Cardinal coaches add three new assistants

Stanford's Wilson repeats as champion in golf tournament; Robbins, Logan qualify for world rowing championship events

by Rick Eymer

The Stanford basketball and women's golf programs will have new assistant coaches this season following the hiring of Tim O'Toole, Tempie Brown and Lauren Dobashi.

O'Toole will join Johnny Dawkins' staff with the men's basketball team after spending time on the staffs of two of the winningest coaches in college basketball history in Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) and Jim Boeheim (Syracuse).

"I'm very excited to have Tim join our staff and look forward to working with him," Dawkins said. "Tim brings a wealth of experience to our program, having served as a head coach and an assistant coach for several successful programs. He possesses an incredible passion for the game, and has the ability to instantly connect with the student-athletes he coaches. Tim's presence will greatly benefit everyone associated with our program."

O'Toole was the Director of Operations at Syracuse last season, joining the program midway through its Final Four run during his second stint as a member of the Orange coaching staff.

O'Toole also had served as an assistant coach on Boeheim's staff from 1991-95, assisting with scouting and recruiting while leading the Orange to three NCAA Tournament appearances.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join Johnny's staff and work for such a tremendous institution," said O'Toole. "I have been blessed in my career to have the fortune of working at elite academic institutions while coaching under Hall of Fame mentors. I have known Johnny for 20 years, respect him greatly and believe in him whole-heartedly. Johnny has always been committed to excellence and Stanford is an incredible institution that represents excellence. I am grateful to be a part of the program and equally excited about the direction we are headed."

Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer, meanwhile, has added Brown to her staff as an assistant. She spent the previous four seasons at Michigan State.

"We are very excited about Tempie's addition to the Stanford program. Her level of knowledge, talent and passion for the game will be invaluable to the continued elevation of our team," VanDerveer said. "Tempie's accomplishments and success both on and off the court with the Michigan State program make her a great fit on our staff and we are excited to have her on board."

Brown rose to the position of associate head coach as she helped guide the Spartans to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of her four years in East Lansing.

Over that span the Spartans went 95-37, including a 46-20 mark in conference play as the team finished third or higher in the Big Ten standings.

Stanford women's golf coach Anne Walker has announced the addition of Dobashi to the staff as assistant coach.

Dobashi arrives on The Farm after wrapping up her third year as an assistant coach at UC Davis, where she was involved in all facets of the program and helped direct the Aggies to a top-10 national ranking, three consecutive Big West titles (individual and team) and three consecutive Big West Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards.

A native of Gold River, Calif., Dobashi was a four-year letterwinnner at UC Davis, playing her final two seasons under Walker, who served as the head coach for four seasons. One of the program's first recruits once the women's golf program was added back in 2005, Dobashi guided the Aggies' transformation from its NCAA Division I debut campaign in 2007 to a top-30 mainstay during her playing career.

During Dobashi's tenure at UC Davis, the Aggies won a total of nine collegiate tournaments while sending two players to the US Open and five players into the professional ranks.

Men's golf

Cameron Wilson began the golf season last November by recording a course record at CordeValle in San Martin. The Stanford senior-to-be appears to have no intention of slowing down his record-setting ways now that school is out for the summer.

Wilson won his second consecutive Ike Championship at Wykagyl Country Club in New York, tying a course scoring record in the process and matching his own low round of 65 during the two-day, three-round tournament this week.

Wilson, the eighth player to repeat as champion in the 58-year history of the event, shot a 13-under 203, winning by four strokes.

"It's awesome," Wilson told nj.com on Tuesday. "I couldn't be happier to win the Ike, let alone for the second year in a row. I couldn't be happier with how I played and couldn't be happier with putting my name on that trophy again."

Wilson, apparently, wasn't sweating the heat and humidity as he went 7-under 65 in the morning round and took a three-stroke lead into the final round, when the wind made conditions a little tougher.

"I felt pretty comfortable with the lead the whole time," Wilson said. "I just kept on making some birdies, made some par putts. I knew I was playing well. It was a good possibility for me, that I would win again. I'm happy to have done it, but I'm not that surprised."

Wilson won last year's event with an 8-under-par 208, setting a tournament record for margin of victory.

"Winning a tournament like this just tells me I'm doing the right things when I'm working on my game," said Wilson. "I love MGA events. There's' good competition, the courses are awesome and they are some of the most fun events I play in."

Wilson, who shot a 61 at CordeValle, was in a three-way tie for the lead following Monday's first round. He put himself ahead of the pack with his record-matching second round Tuesday morning.

Rowing

Stanford oarsman Will Robins and partner Jordan Volpe will represent the U.S. in the lightweight pair at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships in late July after claiming victory by a 0.1-second margin Wednesday at the U.S. trials in West Windsor, N.J.

The World Rowing Under-23 Championships are set for July 24-28 in Linz, Austria.

Robins and Volpe captured the win with a final time of 6:59.28, just edging out the crew from the Seattle Rowing Center by a tenth of a second. The finish was so close that the rowers did not get the final decision until they were paddling back to the docks.

"I thought we barely pulled out the win, but when the buzzer went off, I still wasn't sure," Robins told USRowing after the race. "Once we were paddling in, someone yelled and told us we had won. We were so close during the race (with Seattle Rowing Center) and we just went all out in the last 20 strokes to win it."

This will mark the second straight summer in which Robins has represented the U.S. on the world stage. Last August he was part of the U.S. lightweight eight that took ninth at the World Rowing Senior and Junior Championships.

Meanwhile, Stanford grad and Olympian Elle Logan earned the single sculls bronze medal on Sunday at the Samsung Rowing World Cup II in Eton Dorney, Great Britain, to earn a spot in the World Rowing Championships in late August.

The bronze medal is Logan's second in two international events. She captured her first bronze medal at World Cup I in the spring.

The two-time Olympic gold-medalist, who switched to single sculls after spending most of her U.S. Senior National Team career with the women's eight, entered Sunday's final needing a top-four finish to clinch her spot at the world championships.

Synchronized swimming

Eight Stanford synchronized swimmers are on the 11-person roster that will compete for the United States, July 5-9, at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

The squad is being led by Stanford head coach Sara Lowe and Cardinal assistant Megan Azebu. Stanford won its seventh national title at the U.S. Collegiate Championships in March in Lowe's first season at the helm of the program.

The USA team includes 2012 Olympians Mariya Koroleva (Stanford) and Mary Killman (Lindenwood), who finished 11th in duet in London.

The U.S. will compete in the team technical on July 6 and the team free on July 8. Team members also will compete in the solo and duet events.

Killman will take part in the technical and free solo competition. Olivia Morgan (Stanford) will compete in both the technical and free duet. She'll partner with Rosilyn Tegart (University of the Incarnate Word) in tech and with Megan Hansley (Stanford) in free.

Other Stanford athletes on the roster include Leigh Haldman, Michelle Moore, Morgan Fuller, Madison Crocker and Evelyna Wang.

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