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Men’s Basketball

Coach: Terry Haggerty, 20th year

Last year: 17-3—first in OUA East—eliminated in division final

From the archives: Has been Ryerson’s only consistent winner over the past five years. Last season the Rams looked poised to capture the national championship, until they choked in the playoffs

Try out info: First meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 6:15 p.m., in W277. First practice, Thursday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., in Kerr Gym. Don’t bother trying out unless you’re 6 foot 6 and have played in the NCAA.

Men’s Volleyball

Coach: Mirek Porosa, sixth year

Last year: 1-11—fifth in OUA East—missed playoffs

From the archives: The team made the playoffs in 1996 and 1997, but has been stuck in its division’s cellar ever since. Its record the past three yeas is 2-34—beats the women’s soccer team’s record though.

Try out info: First team meeting and practice, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 7:15 p.m., at RAC gym 2.

Men’s Soccer

Coach: Stuart Miller, ninth year

Last year: 4-10—sixth OUA East—missed playoffs

From the archives: The team has had a losing record in each of the past five years, but it finished last season by winning two of its final four games.

Try out info: First team practice, Thursday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m., at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough. First team meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m., in W370

Men’s Hockey

Coach: Ed Kirsten, first year

Last year: 9-16-1—fourth in OUA East Mid West Division—missed playoffs

From the archives: Kirsten will try to take Ryerson where his predecessor, Louie Carnevale, could not in his six years—the playoffs.

Try out info: First meeting, Monday, Sept. 11, 5 p.m., in W370. First practice, Monday, Sept. 18, 3:30 p.m., at Moss Park Arena. You may want to carry a gun on the three-block walk from the campus to the rink. Remember, don’t stare at anyone—just look straight ahead.

Women’s Basketball

Coach: Sandra Pothier, ninth year

Last year: 8-12—fourth in OUA East—eliminated in division semifinal

From the archives: Has been a middle-of-the-pack team for the last three years. After losing several starting players to graduation, it will be tough for the Rams to have a breakout season this year.

Try out info: First meeting and practice, Thursday, Sept. 7, 5 p.m., in Kerr Gym. Expect to compete with a strong group of recruited athletes.

Women’s Volleyball

Coach: Arif Nathoo, sixth year

Last year: 5-5—fourth in OUA East—lost both games in OUA playoff tournament

From the archives: One of the school’s bright spots last year, the women v-ballers made the playoffs for the first time in team history. With most players returning, the team should contend again.

Try out info: First team meeting and practice, Tuesday Sept. 5, 5:15 p.m., in RAC gym 2

Women’s Soccer

Coach: Joe Sanderson, third year

Last year: 0-12—seventh in OUA East—missed playoffs

From the archives: This team hasn’t won a game since…oh, you don’t want to know.

Try out info: First practice, Monday, Aug. 28, 6 p.m., at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough. This team desperately needs players. Last year it played a game one woman short. If you’re female and you know how to kick a ball, consider trying out. Your school needs you dammit.

Women’s Figure Skating

Coach: TBA

From the archives: Ended last year with a second-place finish in synchronized skating at the OUA finals.

Tryout info: First team meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 6 p.m., in W370. First practice, Monday, Sept. 11, 7 a.m., at Moss Park Arena. Be careful walking to Moss Park—see hockey box.

Men’s and Women’s Badminton

Coach: Joe Xavier

From the archives: Led last year by mixed-double team of Long Quan and Joanne Wong, who finished the regular season first in the OUA, but missed the playoffs because Ryerson’s overall team failed to qualify.

Try out info: First meeting and practice, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5 p.m., in RAC gym 2. Warning: At this level, the birdie moves really, really fast—really.

Men’s Squash

Coach: Duncan Stuart

Try out info: First team meeting and practice, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m., at the RAC. Stuart is taking over head coaching duties from Nigel Gleeson.

Men’s and Women’s Fencing

Coach: Ioseph Mirkin

From the archives: Led last year by Mark Peros, who finished third at the OUA Sabre Championship. He also placed first in two regular-season meets.

Try out info: First team meeting and practice, Monday, Sept. 11, 5:30 p.m.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming

Coach: Victor Delac

From the archives: Led last year by David Quane, the only Rye swimmer who qualified for the CIAU championships, at which he broke a school record by placing ninth in the 50-metre backstroke, in 30.12 seconds.

Try out info: First team meeting and practice, Monday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m., at the pool (northwest basement of Kerr Hall). No water wings allowed.

Women’s Squash

Coach: Leona Mouliaskis

Try out info: First team meeting and practice, Monday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m., at the RAC. New assistant coach, Melanie Jans, is one of Canada’s top players.

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