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The Tigers celebrate after beating UCLA 43-41 in the 1996 NCAA Tournament. 
Photo courtesy of Ben Hart ’96

Moments in March: Pete Carril led the Tigers to a stunning upset over UCLA

In 1996, Pete Carril — who had served as men’s basketball head coach at Princeton for 29 years — became the only Division I coach to record 500 wins at a university that doesn’t offer athletic scholarships. Unbeknownst to the ’95–’96 team, it was his final season.

In 1996, Pete Carril — who had served as men’s basketball head coach at Princeton for 29 years — became the only Division I coach to record 500 wins at a university that doesn’t offer athletic scholarships. Unbeknownst to the ’95–’96 team, it was his final season.


Bob Scrabis ‘89 (#34) and Kit Mueller ‘91 (#00) orchestrate the offense in Princeton’s 1989 NCAA tournament game against Alonzo Mourning (#33) and the Georgetown Hoyas. Courtesy of GoPrincetonTigers.com.

Moments in March: How Princeton’s 1988-89 men’s basketball team saved March Madness

“After the game, I said, ‘if people are talking about this 10 years from now, that would give me tremendous pride,’” said team captain Bob Scrabis. “Here we are, 32 years since then, and we're still talking about it.”

“After the game, I said, ‘if people are talking about this 10 years from now, that would give me tremendous pride,’” said team captain Bob Scrabis. “Here we are, 32 years since then, and we're still talking about it.”


Courtesy of goprincetontigers.com

Charlie Volker's journey from Princeton track and football to Team USA bobsledding

During his time at Princeton, Charlie Volker ’19 was an All-Ivy football and track athlete. But after graduation, he left those sports behind in favor of something entirely new: Bobsledding. Daybreak sat down with Volker to talk about his transition to the sport, his training, and his hopes for making it to the Beijing Olympics in 2022. 

During his time at Princeton, Charlie Volker ’19 was an All-Ivy football and track athlete. But after graduation, he left those sports behind in favor of something entirely new: Bobsledding. Daybreak sat down with Volker to talk about his transition to the sport, his training, and his hopes for making it to the Beijing Olympics in 2022. 


The 1964–65 Princeton Men’s basketball team. 1965 Bric-a-brac / Princeton University, via Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Moments in March: Bill Bradley ’65 led the Tigers to their only Final Four run in school history

The ‘Prince’ spoke with Princeton basketball alumni Don Rodenbach ’66 and Bob Haarlow ’66 on their team’s journey to the Final Four round of the 1965 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament — a team coached by Butch van Breda Kolff ’45 and led by Bill Bradley ’65.

The ‘Prince’ spoke with Princeton basketball alumni Don Rodenbach ’66 and Bob Haarlow ’66 on their team’s journey to the Final Four round of the 1965 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament — a team coached by Butch van Breda Kolff ’45 and led by Bill Bradley ’65.


Hanne Bortslap competing in the pole vault 
Beverly Schaefer / Princeton Athletics

With the Ivy League season cancelled, Princeton track athletes turn elsewhere

On February 18, the Ivy League announced that it will not be holding spring athletic competitions. Today, sports reporter Wilson Conn speaks to junior pole vaulter Hanne Borstlap and senior triple jumper Kara Steele, two athletes on the women’s track team, about their reactions to the cancellation, and how they are planning to stay competitive without a season.

On February 18, the Ivy League announced that it will not be holding spring athletic competitions. Today, sports reporter Wilson Conn speaks to junior pole vaulter Hanne Borstlap and senior triple jumper Kara Steele, two athletes on the women’s track team, about their reactions to the cancellation, and how they are planning to stay competitive without a season.


Courtesy of GoPrincetonTigers

NBA hires Leon Newsome ’92 as chief security officer

“Newsome will oversee all aspects of security operations for the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and soon-to-launch Basketball Africa League as well as the NBA’s 15 offices worldwide,” a press release read.

“Newsome will oversee all aspects of security operations for the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and soon-to-launch Basketball Africa League as well as the NBA’s 15 offices worldwide,” a press release read.


Ryan Schwieger ’21 (left) and Jerome Desrosiers ’21 (right) will compete as graduate transfer students next year at Loyola University Chicago and the University of Hawai’i, respectively.
Tom Salotti and Jack Graham / The Daily Princetonian

With Ivy League athletics canceled, Men's Basketball's Desrosiers and Schwieger look elsewhere

We spoke with Jerome Desrosiers and Ryan Schwieger about their impending transfers to play basketball at Loyola Chicago and Hawai’i, respectively. Though they are moving on following a canceled Princeton season, both remember their time as Tigers fondly. 

We spoke with Jerome Desrosiers and Ryan Schwieger about their impending transfers to play basketball at Loyola Chicago and Hawai’i, respectively. Though they are moving on following a canceled Princeton season, both remember their time as Tigers fondly. 


Princeton University athletes participate in socially-distanced practices as part of Phase I of five-phase process for return to competition. Courtesy of: @princetonathletics/Instagram.

Ivy League cancels spring athletic competitions

The Ivy League will not see athletic competition or host league championships for the entirety of the 2020-21 academic year. The announcement did state that, as stipulated in the League’s five-phase athletics plan, limited local competition may be possible later in the spring, should there be significant improvements in public health conditions.

The Ivy League will not see athletic competition or host league championships for the entirety of the 2020-21 academic year. The announcement did state that, as stipulated in the League’s five-phase athletics plan, limited local competition may be possible later in the spring, should there be significant improvements in public health conditions.


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