We won’t rest on laurels – Fergie

first_img United will not get their hands on the Premier League trophy for another fortnight, yet already minds are turning to the best way of strengthening Ferguson’s squad. Whilst the United boss believes only a couple of additions are required, he has been told additional cash will be available if the right man comes along. “Having spoken with the Glazer family, there is every intention to kick on,” Ferguson said. “We possibly need two players. It depends. If a player came along who met our criteria we would push the boat out and get him, irrespective of how many players we have.” Press Association The Glazer family have assured Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson they intend to “kick on” from the club’s record 20th championship.center_img It is bad news for United’s domestic rivals, given they are already well behind. Not that such an easy stroll to championship glory can be anticipated next term, with Manchester City sure to strengthen and Ferguson expecting a renewed threat from Chelsea, especially if Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge. “Chelsea will definitely be involved next year,” the Scot said. “They have some good players and it looks likely Mourinho will be going there.” United head to Arsenal still with the aim of reaching Chelsea’s Premier League points record of 95 points, which they would eclipse by winning their remaining four games. It is those little targets that allow Ferguson to attain so many big ones, and ensure he is never short of an incentive to motivate his players. “I said last week I don’t mind winning the league in the last game of the season,” he said. “Now we have won the league with four games left, I look at it as being one thing to win the league, another to do it by beating the record. Ninety-six points would be phenomenal. I don’t know if that could ever be beaten.” Ferguson has a few “bumps and bruises” to assess before he finalises his line-up although Paul Scholes will not be in it. However, Ferguson is hopeful of having the veteran midfielder, who has not played since January due to a knee injury, back to make what could be his farewell appearance against Swansea at Old Trafford on May 12. “Paul is back training now,” Ferguson said. “He has been training for a week and is obviously not ready for Sunday but hopefully we will have him ready for Swansea in the last home game of the season.” last_img read more

Islanders Hire Joni Stephens as Head Golf Coach

first_imgCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi interim Director of Athletics Willis Wilson has announced the hiring of Joni Stephens as the Islanders head golf coach. Stephens, who spent the last two seasons as the head coach at the University of Louisiana Monroe, will begin her new role on the Island this July. “I am very excited to welcome Joni Stephen as our new women’s golf coach,” said Wilson. “She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the program, and I am confident that she will do great things for the program in the seasons ahead.”Stephens brings 28 years of teaching and coaching experience to the Islanders. For the past 16 years she has worked as a Division I head golf coach at three different institutions. She has an LPGA Class B Certification.”I would like to thank President Quintanilla and interim AD Willis Wilsonfor giving me the opportunity to lead the women’s golf program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi,” said Stephens. “I am honored to be joining the Islander athletic staff. There is an energy and expectation of great things ahead and I am excited to be a part of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi community. I am looking forward to helping the golf program reach new heights in the classroom and on the golf course.”At ULM, Stephens team improved their Golfstat Ranking from 226 to 179 in three semesters with a scoring average improvement of 322 to 309.8. The Warhawks had two second-place team finishes under Stephens and added seven top-five individual finishes. In the classroom, Stephens’ team was recognized by the WGCA as having the second highest team GPA in the country (3.865) and earned a team GPA recognition at the Sun Belt Championship. While at ULM, she helped organize fundraisers and taught a golf class in the Department of Kinesiology.  For two seasons, Stephens served as the head golf coach at the University of Montana where she coached eight Big Sky Conference Golfers of the Week and six all-conference performers. Her teams were ranked as high as 132 by Golfstat and had a scoring average of 305.8 in two years.Stephens spent 12 years as head coach at Eastern Kentucky University. She was the 2005 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year and coached 17 all-conference performers. The Colonels finished in the top-three at the OVC Championships four times and had two second-place finishes in her last six seasons.Stephens earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Eastern Kentucky. Stephens and her husband Pat have three sons, Daniel, Ben and Joseph; two daughters-in-law, Mindy and Leah, and five grandchildren, Carter, Cara,last_img read more