Bill Barrale Named Baseball Coach at Williams College

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Williams College Athletic Director Harry Sheehy announced today that current Eph assistant baseball coach Bill Barrale has been named the head coach of the Williams baseball team. Barrale succeeds Dave Barnard who compiled a record of 305-144-1 in 13 seasons at Williams. "I'm very excited to have this opportunity," said Barrale. "We have six of eight position players returning and depth and experience in pitching. We lost three players to graduation and we have some talented players coming in." The six returning starting position players all batted at least .311 last season. Headlining the returnees is All-American, All-New England and NESCAC Player of the Year catcher Chris Kenney. Kenney batted an impressive .500 this past spring. Shortstop Paul Morgan (.417) also collected All-New England and All-NESCAC honors, while pitcher Dan Benz with a 6-1 record was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and first baseman Sean Gleeson (.348) was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team. Barrale an assistant baseball and assistant football coach at Williams the past two seasons came to Williams after serving as an assistant football coach (six years) and head baseball coach (five years) at Norwich University. A standout football and baseball player at Northeastern University, Barrale led the Huskies in total offense in 1990 and was the North Atlantic Tournament MVP and an all-star selection in baseball in 1994. He began his coaching career as an assistant football coach at Hamilton College (1994-95) before moving on to Rutgers (1995-97) and served as the offensive line coach at Rowan University in 1997 before moving on to Norwich. Barrale graduated from Northeastern in 1994 with a degree in political science and in 2004 he received a master's degree from Rowan University in Student Personnel Services. Donald Brooks Named Athletic Administrative and Assistant Coach Intern Williams College Athletic Director Harry Sheehy announced today that Donald Brooks has been named the Athletic Administrative and Assistant Coach Intern. Brooks' 10-month position at Williams will have administrative duties within the Eph Athletic Department and he will serve as an assistant coach in football working with the wide receivers. The Brooks position is funded through a grant by the NCAA's Ethnic Minority Internship Grant Program and is a two-year grant. Brooks earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management from Springfield College in 2002 and he expects to complete his Master's of sport management at Springfield this summer. Brooks previously served two summers as a scouting intern for the Houston Texans and for the past three years has been the Athletic Director at New Leadership Charter School in Springfield as well as a graduate assistant football coach at Springfield College. In his playing days at Springfield, Brooks was a standout defensive lineman. His football coaching duties at Springfield included coaching linebackers and nose tackles, preparing practice plans, breaking down film and recruiting. Former NESCAC Standouts Mike Blair (Trinity) and Eric Ludwig (Williams) Named Assistant Football Coaches at Williams Williams College head football coach Mike Whalen announced today that Mike Blair a 2006 graduate of Trinity College and former Eph offensive lineman Eric Ludwig '06 will join the Eph staff. Blair will coach the defensive line and Ludwig will coach the running backs. Blair was an All-American football player and captain in football and wrestling. Recently Blair was named the Bantams' top senior male athlete after a final year that saw him named NESCAC's Defensive Player of the Year and an All-American in both football and wrestling. Blair is the first New England wrestler to earn All-America honors four years in a row. Blair finished his career with 116 tackles and a Trinity record 37 tackles for a loss. He also played for the USA as a teammate of Eric Ludwig's in the 2005 Aztec Bowl vs. Mexico won by the U.S., 53-15. Ludwig was a three-year starter for the Ephs on the offensive line and served as a captain his senior year. In 2004 Ludwig was a First Team All-ECAC New England selection and he is a two-time First Team All-NESCAC selection. Ludwig was named to the 2005 New England Football Writer's Association Div. II-III All-Star team and played on the U.S. team that defeated Mexico.
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Mount Greylock Committee Hears Concerns About Turf Field Plan

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Rubber infill from the turf field at Weston Field adheres to a reporter's leg after a minute lying down on the surface to take a photo.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee last week declined to slow plans for installing an artificial turf field at the middle-high school but members noted that there is still time to weigh health and environmental concerns before shovels go into the ground.
 
The full School Committee earlier in the spring authorized the Phase 2 grounds subcommittee to put the turf field out to bid this summer.
 
Since that time, committee members have heard from a number of residents concerned about studies that have linked "infill" materials in used in turf fields to higher rates of cancer and environmental contamination due to runoff from those fields.
 
"Some of the chemicals found in crumb rubber are known to cause cancer," a fact sheet from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at University of Massachusetts at Lowell reads in part. "Because of the large number of chemicals present in the infill, as well as the health effects of individual chemicals, crumb rubber made from recycled tires is the option that likely presents the most concerns related to chemical exposures."
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