Garland Cooper Is The Director Of Softball & Partner Development With The NCSA

Next College Student Athlete is a Chicago-based organization that focuses on the recruiting process for high school students who want to continue or play sports on a collegiate level, and helping them find the best schools and coaches for each individual student athlete.

Former ESPN softball analyst Garland Cooper is now the Softball and Partner Development for NCSA, and she joined Matt Drzik, Greg Benedetti & Frank Sparks for an interview on the Saturday Sports Slam. She explained how the recruiting process for college students is more difficult than it was before, and how her background and experience with NCSA wants to make it easier for the students.

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Roberto Clemente Jr. Talks About “Food For The Hungry” On Sports Slam

Food For The Hungry is an organization that operates out of Phoenix and is a non-profit that helps starving citizens of the Dominican Republic to obtain water, food, and a healthy way of living. This year they have added the pledge campaign “Striking Out Poverty”, a drive spearheaded by several current MLB players including current Pirate Gregory Polanco.

Roberto Clemente Jr. is the Global Ambassador to FH and the son of Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. He joined Matt Drzik and Greg Benedetti on the Saturday Sports Slam to discuss the great things this organization is doing, as well as the ways others can give their time and donations to this organization.

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Nick Nardone Is The Man In Charge Of Beaver Falls Football In 2017

After winning the PIAA Championship as a defensive coordinator, Nick Nardone will now take the head coaching reins of the defending state champions in 3A football, the Beaver Falls Tigers.

Nick spoke with Matt Drzik and Greg Benedetti on the Saturday Sports Slam about his new role with the team, the similarities and changes from last year’s squad, and what his background in football is to have led him to this point.

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Steelers sign Villanueva for four years!!!

Alejandro Villanueva was signed by  the Steelers today to a four-year contract. Villanueva started all 16 regular season games last year, as well as the three postseason games, at left tackle. He was part of an offensive line that helped Le’Veon Bell break records, as well as allowing only 17 sacks, the fewest in Big Ben’s career. In 2015 Villanueva played in all 16 games, starting the final 10 after Kelvin Beachum was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Villanueva made the most of his opportunity to turn into one of the top lineman in the NFL after a career as a U.S. Army Ranger.

Tune into A.M. Beaver County with Matt Drzik tomorrow morning for more on the signing.

Ryan Matsook Talks About New Role As Western Beaver AD On Sports Slam

After a banner year that saw him coach the Beaver Falls Tigers to their first WPIAL title since 1984 and their first PIAA gold in football, Ryan Matsook left his position as BF’s head coach in March, and is now the new Athletic Director at Western Beaver High School in Industry.

Matsook phoned in to the Saturday Sports Slam on July 22 to discuss with Matt Drzik and Greg Benedetti about his new role, including what his duties are in helping Western Beaver Athletics, the similarities in his current and past jobs, and how he looks at the new six-class WPIAL format.

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