From the Desk of Dan Radakovich

From the Desk of Dan Radakovich

Dear Canes Community,

We have a busy month of April ahead with our baseball, golf, tennis, track and field and rowing teams all in action, plus the return of our football spring game to campus on April 13. We hope to see you cheering on the Canes in Coral Gables all month long!

Spring Football Game

The Canes will wrap up spring football by hosting their annual spring game on campus on Saturday, April 13 at 4 p.m. We are looking forward to a packed house at Cobb Stadium. The game will also be televised live on ACC Network Extra. Tune in to get your first look at the 2024 Canes!

Our 2024 schedule features six home games at Hard Rock Stadium, including matchups with Florida State and Virginia Tech. Season tickets are available now. Call 1-800-GO-CANES or click here so you don’t miss any of the action!

Katie Meier Retires

On March 21, Katie Meier announced that she was retiring as Miami women’s basketball coach.  Katie led the Hurricanes for 19 seasons, and is the school’s all-time winningest basketball coach (men’s or women’s) with 362 career victories. She led Miami to 11 20-win seasons, 10 NCAA Tournament berths and the program’s first-ever trip to the Elite Eight in 2023. She was named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year in 2011 and the 2013 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year.

Katie has done a remarkable job leading our women’s basketball program for nearly two decades. Her list of accomplishments speaks for itself, but her legacy extends far beyond the court. She has been an incredible ambassador not only for Miami basketball but for the sport of women’s basketball and for the University of Miami.

Katie will transition into a new role with Miami Athletics as a special advisor and are excited to continue working with her as a member of the Hurricanes Family. We are full go on the search for our next head coach to lead our women’s basketball program.

Men’s Basketball Moves

Jim Larrañaga’s men’s basketball squad received good news on multiple fronts last week, as guard Nijel Pack announced he would be returning for his final season of eligibility and center Lynn Kidd signed with the Canes after three seasons at Virginia Tech.

Nijel – the 2023 NCAA Midwest Region Most Outstanding Player – averaged 13.3 points per game and a team-leading 3.6 assists per game. Lynn averaged 13.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season. Season tickets are on sale now! Call 1-800-GO-CANES or click here to get your seats for the 2024-25 season!

Mark Light Magic 

Our baseball team (15-12, overall, 6-6 ACC) has already registered 11 comeback wins in J.D. Arteaga’s first season, including a thrilling walk-off victory over No. 3 Clemson this past Friday. Gage Ziehl threw a complete game in that win, striking out 15 batters – the most by a Miami pitcher in 11 years.

We have 13 home games remaining, including two critical ACC series against Louisville (April 19-21) and Pittsburgh (May 16-18). Call 1-800-GO-CANES or click here to secure your seats and we will see you at The Light!

Olympic Sports Update

Our rowing team captured the Sunshine State Invite in Sarasota this past weekend. The Canes’ first varsity eight boat took gold, pushing Miami past UCF and Iowa for the team title. Congratulations to head coach James Mulcahy and our rowers!

Our track and field squad is off to a strong outdoor start after Russell Robinson capped our indoor season with a national championship in the men’s indoor triple jump. Congratulations to Russell – the 84th individual NCAA champion in Miami history!

Devoux Deysel and Deisiane Teixeira are the reigning ACC Field Performers of the Week after each set school records in the javelin at the Hurricane Collegiate Invitational. Both currently rank first in the ACC and fifth nationally in the javelin. Congratulations to Devoux and Deisiane!

The Canes had two divers and one swimmer earn All-America honors at the NCAA Championships. Mohamed Farouk placed fifth in the 1-meter to garner first-team All-America accolades, while Brodie Scapens earned honorable mention All-America honors in both the 1-meter and 3-meter. Giuliana Carvalho placed 14th in the 100-yard butterfly, setting a school record and earning honorable mention All-America honors. Congratulations to Mohamed, Brodie and Giulia!

Our 21st-ranked women’s tennis moved to 8-4 overall and 6-2 in ACC play with a 6-1 win over Syracuse Sunday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. Two days earlier, the Canes defeated Boston College 5-2 at the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium, where both teams had the unique opportunity to play on the grounds of one of the most prestigious events in professional tennis. Thank you to the Miami Open and Hard Rock Stadium for creating such a memorable experience for our student-athletes!

UM Sports Hall of Fame & Museum Banquet

The UM Sports Hall of Fame & Museum’s 54th induction banquet will take place on Thursday, April 18 at Watsco Center. The Class of 2024 inductees include Kimberli Barrett (women’s track and field), Johan Donar (men’s tennis), Jose “Chemi” Gil (men’s diving), Meghan Saake-Knockey (women’s basketball), Shane Larkin (men’s basketball), Brandon Meriweather (football), Eric Winston (football), Chris Perez (baseball), former polo coach George Oliver and athletic administrator Rick Remmert.

In addition, Holmes Braddock will receive the Hall of Fame President’s Distinguished Service Award. Holmes has been a mainstay at UM Athletics since he started attending games his freshman year in 1946. He has been a member of the Hall of Fame’s general committee and Board of Directors for more than 25 years. Congratulations, Holmes!

The UM Sports Hall of Fame & Museum induction banquet is a memorable event that honors the incredible history of Miami Athletics. Click here for ticket information and we hope to see you there!

Celebration of Women’s Athletics

We will host our 10th annual Celebration of Women’s Athletics on Sunday, April 28, at 5 p.m. at the Donna Shalala Center.

The CWA is a wonderful event that helps us recognize the achievements of our female student-athletes in competition, in the classroom, and in the community. It is also part of our Together4Her initiative, which showcases the accomplishments of women and champions gender equality on and off the field of play. Proceeds from the CWA directly support the academic and athletic pursuits of our female student-athletes.

Click here for more information. I hope you can support us and join us at our 10th CWA!

Canes Connection

Canes Connection is the Official NIL Collective of Miami Athletics and helps develop partnerships to benefit student-athletes with the goal of helping Miami build the most impactful NIL program in college athletics.

Canes fans, alumni, and corporate partners can support student-athletes through Canes Connection, and as a benefit of that support, Canes Connection members receive exclusive access to a wide variety of benefits including direct interaction and engagement with student-athletes. There are six membership plans to choose from. Click here to learn more about Canes Connection.

Our Canes Community remains stronger than ever thanks to your generosity. Go Canes!

–  Dan Radakovich