JMU roundup: Briones, Goodman named preseason all-CAA in volleyball

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HARRISONBURG — James Madison University senior Lizzy Briones and sophomore Janey Goodman have both been named to the Preseason All-CAA Volleyball Team, as voted on by the league’s coaches and announced by the CAA Thursday afternoon.

Briones racked up the honors as a junior last season, earning an AVCA All-East Coast Region Honorable Mention nod, in addition to First Team All-CAA and First Team All-State spots after tallying 154 blocks over the course of the year.

As a freshman, Goodman made an immediate impact for the Dukes, playing in all 28 matches and starting 20. She led JMU in kills (327) and kills per set (2.95) en route to Second Team All-CAA and CAA All-Rookie honors.

JMU’s two representatives on the preseason all-conference team is tied for the most in the league, as Northeastern was the only other school with a pair of players honored.

“Lizzy and Janey were a force to be reckoned with in conference last year,” JMU coach Lauren Steinbrecher stated in a news release. “They certainly earned the respect of the coaches in the league and I have no doubt that they’re prepared to have another fantastic season and help our team be our best.”

The Dukes return every starter from a squad that went 8-6 in the conference last season and advanced to the CAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. JMU kicks off its season on Aug. 29-30, as the Dukes play host to the JMU Classic and welcome Norfolk State, Charleston Southern and Villanova to Harrisonburg for the two-day tournament.

Men’s basketball

HARRISONBURG — James Madison coach Matt Brady announced that he has hired Dorian Long as the new director of basketball operations for the Dukes’ men’s basketball program.

Long joins Brady’s staff after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for Washington College, a Division III institution in Chestertown, Maryland. He was recently elevated to associate head coach for the Shoremen for the 2014-15 year prior to being hired at JMU.

“We are really excited about adding Dorian to our staff,” Brady stated in a news release. “He and I have known each other for a few years and we talked about him potentially coming into the program when the opportunity was a good fit for us and him. He’s a high-character and high-quality person, he has a terrific work ethic and is someone who is very committed and invested in becoming a college basketball coach.”

Long is a 2010 graduate from Neumann, where he earned a bachelor of science in sport management.

Long joins a JMU program which returns eight letter winners from a year ago, including two starters in junior guards Ron Curry and Andre Nation. The Dukes finished the 2013-14 campaign with an 11-20 overall record and were tied for sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 6-10 conference mark.