Polar Vortex? That means SAVINGS!

by on Jan.07, 2014, under baseball, basketball, CCIW, d3sports, football, hockey, IIAC, Liberty League, MIAA, MIAC, MWC, NAC, NACC, NWC, OAC, SCIAC, Skyline, soccer, UMAC, volleyball, WIAC

Photo by Flickr user mikefranklinMost of the country spent last night below freezing – and in Minneapolis we may not have set a record for cold when we bottomed out at -23F this morning but we wanted to let you know that we survived the worst freeze we’ve had in a decade by giving you the opportunity to take 23% off your next order!

If all you’re looking for is a simple 4×6 from one of our athletic events in the last two years you can get free USPS shipping with the code! The best part: there is no limit to the number of times you, or anyone else, can use the code! Between today and January 15 enter “COLDSAVINGS” at check out and get 23% off all orders – Digital Downloads or Reprints.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions about the process or if the game you are looking for is not on our Photo Shelter page – we will do our best to get them uploaded as quickly as possible.

And, as an added incentive, if we get 100 orders in the next eight days we will extend the offer through the end of January AND pick one lucky individual from the orders in January to get a $100 gift certificate off any order in the future.
And if we get 200 orders between now and January 31 everyone will receive a $5 coupon code they can use at any time in the future – or share with a friend.

Thanks to you we had an incredibly successful 2013 and we want to share that success with you.

From the entire family at d3photography.com I thank you for your patronage.

Ryan Coleman
Publisher, d3photography.com
Twitter: @d3photography

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The 2013 Jake Wade Award goes to…

by on Jun.14, 2013, under baseball, basketball, d3sports, football, hockey, How it's done, Insights, Personal posts, soccer

Pat Coleman interviews Ursinus College's Kevin Small at the 2008 NCAA Division III Basketball Third Place game at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, VA.

2008 D3sports.com File Photo by Ryan Tipps
Pat Coleman interviews Ursinus College’s Kevin Small at the 2008 NCAA Division III Basketball Third Place game at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, VA.

If you’ve been around our website for a little while you’re no stranger to D3sports.com — or more importantly it’s news sites: D3football, D3hoops, D3baseball, D3soccer, and (most recently) D3hockey. Or you’re a message board follower and you’re on D3boards.com or D3blogs.com.

Did you know there’s also D3jobs.com for people looking for employment at the Division III level and elsewhere? We helped make that site happen, and the others, thanks to the CoSIDA 2013 Jake Wade awardee, Pat Coleman.

We wouldn’t be doing what we do today if it weren’t for Pat and his labor of love. I’ve been involved with the site since 1998 when I first put the graphics together for the discussion boards Posting Up (basketball) and Post Patterns (football), but in the spring of 2002 I came on staff full time as the application and web developer for the two websites. It was rocky at first – I had no experience in the area prior to my 21st birthday that spring but Pat was willing to take the chance to push forward and try something new. The first few versions of the interface weren’t pretty but he stuck through it and we ended up bringing D3football and D3hoops under a new standard and eventually launched D3baseball and D3soccer under a single, common, platform. Baseball in 2007 and soccer in 2008.

Pat Coleman during the broadcast of the 2008 Final Four Hoopsville at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia, on March 28, 2008.

2008 D3sports.com File Photo by Ryan Coleman
Pat Coleman during the broadcast of the 2008 Final Four Hoopsville at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia, on March 28, 2008.

We launched a photo service – without D3sports.com we, d3photography, could never have existed. Pat’s support of us and, more importantly the schools, programs and student athletes, has resulted in complete growth in online coverage of college athletics.

Many of us owe our careers to Pat, and for that we are extremely thankful.

We went out and gathered the thoughts and well wishes of a few friends of D3sports.com – a former writer, an SID, a photographer, a current columnist and one of the host cities of many championships he has attended – as a testimony to the hard work Pat has put in and the respect he has earned among the schools, conferences and other media.

Jim Stout was a founding employee of D3football.com and also MaxPreps.com. He has a few words he’d like to share with you:

I can still remember seeing and reading d3hoops.com for the first time during that inaugural season, 1995-96 or 1996-97 or whenever it was. I was working in Kent Cherrington’s office at Plymouth State in the dead of a New Hampshire winter, after covering a Little East basketball game. We were talking periodically about the need to grow Division III sports and the public’s awareness of them. Coverage was negligible at the time in most places. The web was only slowly evolving. There weren’t a lot of alternatives. Kent then said something to the affect, “have you seen what THIS guy is doing?” Kent had a cramped little first-floor office back then at Plymouth and no real desk, and everyone worked at a counter top, so you really didn’t have to get up to look at someone else’s computer screen. You just leaned over and looked. He summoned a page on his screen, and the original parquet floor design for the home page of d3hoops popped up. I vaguely recall seeing there had been 2,000 visitors to the site since the publication opened. “Two thousand people, wow!” We both agreed that was huge, astronomical really. There was an email listed, d3hoops@aol.com. I contacted the owner of the email and the site to see if he needed any help. Life was never quite the same after that. To this day I still use that email. I think there may be a place for it in Springfield someday, as well as that parquet floor home page.

On d3football:
Some people remember where they there when John Kennedy was shot or when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon or when Nixon resigned. I remember sitting in a hotel room in Leominster, Mass., in June of 1999, waiting to cover a summer collegiate baseball game, when Pat made the plunge to launch d3football.com. It’s difficult to imagine this today, but he was actually a little reluctant to do it at first…if not reluctant, extremely cautious. It was a huge commitment and not necessarily a sane one. There was no real staff, no money, no history of success with football, no guarantee that the move wouldn’t be a colossal waste of time. D3hoops was tough enough to maintain in the early days. Another site? There were three of us as I recall on the IM chat conference that day (yes, we had IM back then, barely). Pat, “Sugar” Ray Martel and myself…we debated the pros and cons. It seemed like a good idea, but once you go ahead with it, there’s no turning back. That was the scary part. It couldn’t just be another site. It had to be good. It had to have the credibility of the still-young d3hoops. It had to have the Pat Coleman stamp of excellence. The debate wasn’t going all that well. Finally, I think it was Ray that said, “all of this is true, but if we don’t do it now, someone else will. We don’t want to regret it. We don’t want to be sitting here a year or two from now wishing we had moved.” Suddenly there was a long pause on the computer screen. There was no chat in the IM dialogue box for the longest time. At first I thought there was a problem with the Internet connection (this was probably an 8k or 56k dial-up connection, remember). Still nothing. Finally, four fateful words: “ok, let’s do it.” Weeks later, d3football was born.

On people:
Earlier this week, Ryan sent me a screen shot and page archive from the original d3football.com home page, something I probably hadn’t seen for a decade or more. Two quick thoughts:
One, it’s amazing how good it still looks today. Dated yes, a little, but most things are dated. I often cringe when I see old web designs or old newspaper designs or anything old that isn’t a classic. This is a classic. This was GOOD. I see things today that were designed only months ago that aren’t this good.
And two, to look at the list of columnists from that first season in the left-hand rail, to see names such as Ira Thor, Mike Warwick, Don Stoner, Eric Sieger, to be back again with them – and others – to be counted again as one after all these years is really quite moving…which of course is another reason why we’re celebrating Patrick’s award. To borrow loosely from a time-honored adage, we don’t remember web sites, we remember people. We remember moments, all of which D3, Inc., has helped bring together over the years for so many people across the country. I know I speak for most when I say that all of us who have worked with Pat have had our lives enriched by the many friendships and associations we’ve developed through the sites and through the network. Personally I haven’t been involved in the operation for over 10 years, but I don’t feel as though I ever left the D3 family. The family now transcends multiple generations. It used to be that you’d only know the D3 coaches and the SIDs, and the kids were kids. Now those same D3 kids are coaches and SIDs themselves, and they remember the early days of being covered by the original d3 publications. I work closely in my current role with high school coaches in all sports, in all 50 states. It’s common occurance to get an email from a young high school coach who remembers seeing a name, and remembers being covered by d3football or d3hoops in the early days, and how much it meant. An extended family indeed. A family that only one person could have made possible through his decades of work and commitment – Pat Coleman.

Jim Stout
Media Manager, Eastern U.S.
CBS MaxPreps, Inc.

Mark Adkins has been a friend and supporter of D3sports.com for many, many years.

Pat has done so much for Division III athletics. I honestly can’t think of too many sports he hasn’t helped in a positive way with his web sites. They are the true “places to go” if you want information on Division III as it happens.

I would also add that he has been one of the true friends in the business to me during my 14 years as a Division III SID. Always willing to answer a question at any time and also to talk about our shared love and disparity of the Vikings.

This honor is well deserved good friend. Congratulations!

Mark Adkins
Sports Information Director, Manchester University (Ind.).
Formerly at Norwich University (Conn.) and Wartburg College (Iowa)

Larry Radloff, one of our regional photographers, came on board in the summer of 2006:

I met Pat Coleman in the fall of 2006. I was just starting my work with him as a photographer, and to be honest I didn’t know much about the Division III world outside my little corner of the world in Wisconsin.

My first lesson, learn the powerhouses. So Wisc.-Whitewater and Mount Union were quickly understood. And it was a lesson well learned. After all those years in the Stagg Bowl, I was well prepared to have an opinion on them both. And then it spread, a little bit in basketball, but more to baseball, where by 2007, I was well versed in everything I needed to know to cover them. Through Pat, I met Jim Dixon, where I learned the finer parts of Division III baseball and the storied programs there. Try as he has, I still don’t understand Pool B and C, I guess we have a ways to go yet.

Pat has certainly taught me the geography of d3 sports. Its a learning process, but a path he has taken myself and many others down, and through his love of the sports that he covers and continue to develop. It’s been a great ride, I’ve met many people, future professional players, coaches, even a World Series MVP. None of them will ever remember me, other than someone they’ve shook a hand with, but to me I’ve met great people and great friends all because of Pat.

Larry Radloff
Great Lakes Editor, d3photography.com

Larry: We can definitely revisit that this summer if you want a refresher. It’s a lot easier than explaining the concept of the “throw-away game” to parents and fans who have never been to the Baseball Championship (a Pat Coleman educational video).

Carey Harveycutter, who has been instrumental in bringing countless NCAA championships to Salem, Virginia, shared these words with us:

Pat Coleman and D3sports has done more for Division III sports than any other outlet. I met Pat early on in our hosting of the Stagg Bowl when he was still living in Virginia and have followed his successes. I am glad that after many years of hard work and using his own money to keep it all afloat he is finally making a little money. I am so pleased that he was recognized by CoSIDA for his efforts.

Carey Harveycutter
Director of Civic Facilities
City of Salem, Virginia

It’s a labor of love, but I think I said that already. Not only can I thank Pat for my career in web development but also in sports photography and, really, helping push my technology career that I still maintain to this day.

Adam Turer is a columnist for D3football.com and a graduate of Washington and Lee and a writer for the Community Press and Recorder in Cincinnati:

For many of us, Pat Coleman became a household name before we had houses to call home. He was a writer we first read in our dorm room, or maybe that seminal summer after high school graduation and before our first two-a-days as collegiate athletes. Pat’s passion for Division III athletics shines through in all of his work. He doesn’t just make sure that D3 athletes get the coverage they deserve; he fights for their recognition. He has made countless personal sacrifices to grow the D3sports brand. The number of athletes who received coverage on a D3sports website that they would not have received anywhere else must be approaching, if it hasn’t already exceeded, millions.

Like many of you, I started reading a D3sports website as a freshman. D3football.com quickly became my laptop’s homepage. After graduation, I reached out to Pat, who gave me an opportunity to contribute to the site. It was a way for me to give back and show my appreciation for my favorite website. Pat gave me a chance to stay involved in something I was passionate about, after my playing days were over. He has given many others the same opportunity. I’m proud to be a member of the D3sports.com family, a family that would not exist without the ingenuity, passion, drive, and perseverance of Pat Coleman. I’m proud to call Pat a journalist I respect, a colleague, and a friend. Congratulations, Pat, on the Jake Wade award. Any and all recognition you receive for all you do for Division III schools, athletes, and families is well-deserved and long overdue.

Adam Turer
Mid-Atlantic Columnist, D3football.com

Today Pat joined an elite group of, now, 56 members of the media as a recipient of the Jake Wade Award along side the likes of Dick Vitale, Dick Enberg, Sid Hartman, Pam Ward, Robin Roberts and many, many others.

I’m proud to not only call him not only my brother but boss and mentor.

Without Pat’s support and initiative our lives would be vastly different.

Ryan Coleman
Publisher, d3photography.com

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It’s MADNESS, I tell you… MADNESS!!!!

by on Mar.06, 2013, under baseball, basketball, d3sports, hockey, Insights, NCAA Tournament

CBS Sports and the NCAA like to make us think March is mad because of the Division I Men’s Basketball tournament… but those of us who cover or follow other sports know it’s mad for another reason.

As you know I am within a short drive of the HHH Metrodome and I am often found in the press box or on the field of the Dome taking photos but this weekend is uniquely insane: I am scheduling 10 matchups with the possibility of a couple extra between now and Sunday night. Although three of those are WCHA Final Faceoff hockey games but we should also have the Saint Thomas/North Central (Ill.) men’s basketball game covered, as well as two basketball games at Wisc.-Whitewater on Friday and NCAA Div III hockey tournament game on Saturday night.

If any of you make the trip to any of these events please stop by and say hi to Larry Radloff or myself.

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NCAA Playoffs – Soccer and Football – and more!!

by on Dec.02, 2012, under basketball, CCIW, football, hockey, Liberty League, NCAA Tournament, soccer, UMAC

Some select photos from this weekend’s games:

St. Thomas vs. Hobart: Photo Gallery Ryan Coleman and Scott Pierson, d3photography.com
Mount Union vs. Widener: Photo Gallery Dan Poel, OhioSI.com
Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Wesley: Photo Gallery Andrew Zavoina, d3photography.com

Soccer Shot by Eric Kelley, d3photography.com
Emory vs. Messiah – Women’s Championship: Photo Gallery
Ohio Northern vs. Messiah – Men’s Championship: Photo Gallery
Emory vs. Wheaton (Ill.) – Women’s Semifinal: Photo Gallery
Messiah vs. Misericordia – Women’s Semifinal: Photo Gallery
Messiah vs. Loras – Men’s Semifinal: Photo Gallery
Ohio Northern vs. Williams – Men’s Semifinal: Photo Gallery

Basketball Shot by Larry Radloff, d3photography.com
Knox vs. Lawrence – Men’s: Photo Gallery
Knox vs. Lawrence – Women’s: Photo Gallery

Ice Hockey Shot by Larry Radloff, d3photography.com
Marian vs. Northland – Men’s: Photo Gallery

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Playoffs?! Playoffs?! …

by on Nov.11, 2010, under basketball, football, Liberty League, MIAC, Rivalry Week, SCIAC, soccer, UMAC, WIAC

Concordia-Moorhead celebrates their victory over Carleton in PKs in the MIAC Women's Soccer Championship game. Photo by Katrina Styx, d3photography.com

Tonight marks the start of the NCAA Division III soccer playoffs. and the first game kicks off with a men’s match at 5 pm Eastern tonight between Transylvania and Lynchburg, and a women’s match at 8 pm ET (5pm Pacific) between Redlands and Chapman.

We’ll have our best soccer playoff coverage to date with six photographers confirmed for matches around the country:

  1. Joe Bergman is covering the SCIAC tournament, starting with the Redlands/Chapman tilt tonight and the winner at Cal Lutheran on Saturday
  2. Jeffrey Levy will be at the TCNJ regional
  3. Daryl Tessmann will be at the UW-Whitewater regional on Saturday
  4. Larry Radloff will be at the UW-Oshkosh regional
  5. Scott Pierson will be covering the Macalester regional victors on Saturday
  6. I will be at UW-Whitewater for the match between the Saturday victors.

We’ll also have some football covered this weekend with Matt Milless at the CORTACA game (Cortland State vs. Ithaca), Joe will be at the Occidental / Cal Lutheran game on Saturday, too, and I will be at the Monon Bell rivalry game between Wabash College and DePauw University – the 117th matchup between these two teams in the oldest football rivalry game in the Midwest.

Basketball, around the corner

Basketball season is right around the corner. November 15 is the earliest day the NCAA allows Division III teams to schedule a regular season game (they can play up to two scrimmages prior – often against teams from other divisions). This will make the number of sports we have coverage for in a news environment to twelve.

  1. Men’s Basketball
  2. Women’s Basketball
  3. Men’s Soccer*
  4. Women’s Soccer*
  5. Football*
  6. Div I Men’s Ice Hockey
  7. Div I Women’s Ice Hockey
  8. Div III Men’s Ice Hockey
  9. Div III Women’s Ice Hockey
  10. Wrestling
  11. Men’s Swimming & Diving
  12. Women’s Swimming & Diving

* denotes fall sports in playoffs

Wow, that’s a lot. And the baseball season starts in February. We will be working the Division III Men’s Frozen Four at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis for USCHO, the Division I Men’s Frozen Four at the XCel Energy Center in April for CollegeHockeyNews.com, the early rounds of the Div III men’s and women’s basketball playoffs for D3hoops.com, the Stagg Bowl for D3football.com and the men’s and women’s soccer championships for D3soccer.com in December. A busy few months ahead for us, including the MIAC Swimming and Diving Championship and a few other conference meets that we’re going to try and finalize the next few months.

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Carleton’s stadium underwater

by on Sep.26, 2010, under basketball, football, MIAC, soccer, volleyball

This was originally published on D3football.com on Sunday, September 26, 2010.

By Ryan Coleman

Laird Stadium underwater
Laird Stadium stood under feet of water on Saturday evening, casting the location of this upcoming Saturday’s home game against Augsburg into doubt.
Photo by Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com

As the sun rose over Carleton’s picturesque campus in Northfield, Minn., Friday morning Laird Stadium was dry. But as the hours progressed, the rising water of the Cannon River spun the tables on the school’s 7,500-seat football stadium.

At 7 a.m. Carleton officials would have told you that they could host a football game, if scheduled to, on Saturday afternoon. But by 9 a.m. an email went out to players on the football team to come down and empty out the locker room. An hour later there was a foot-and-a-half of water on the field, and it was rising fast.

Southern Minnesota was hit with a monsoon of storms, many local meteorologists likened its arrival as to many winter storms that often hit the state. But this occurred during the warm month of September, not December or January as they often do. If this storm had struck the region in the winter months it could have packed a crippling amount of snow ranging from 30 inches in the Twin Cities to over 100 inches in Amboy, Minn., midway between Mankato (home to Bethany Lutheran and nearby to Gustavus Adolphus and Martin Luther) and Interstate 90.

But the 73-year old Laird Stadium isn’t the only victim to Carleton athletics. Next to the field is the West Gym, home to basketball, volleyball and swimming. By 4 p.m. Saturday the basement had “about 3.5 feet of water,” said Sports Information Director Dave Pape. “I didn’t have hip-waders on, so that’s just an estimate.”

The sump pumps were shut off as they just were unable to keep up with the amount of water coming in through the foundation. The basement, a full level below the gymnasium floor, has been used primarily for storage of equipment and is the home to the filter and pumps for the natatorium. Pape added that there may have been some loss of historical archives, but he was not sure to what extent.

Student-athletes had been helping take as much out as they could that was not already lost to the rising water. He is confident that the water will not rise high enough to reach the gymnasium floor — a situation, should it occur, could very well be devastating to Carleton hosting any more home events in volleyball or basketball.

And past the gym, a little further upstream is the football and men’s soccer practice field. In the middle of that field sits a regulation soccer goal, with all but the last foot of the eight-foot tall frame underwater. (Soccer is played on a field across campus, on higher ground.)

Carleton's practice field
Carleton’s practice field is on the other side of the gymnasium, on lower ground.
Photo by Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com

Three bridges that directly connect the campus to the western part of town, where fellow Division III school St. Olaf sits on much higher ground, have been closed by the National Guard. The city has declared a state of emergency and Division Street (which runs along the side of Laird Stadium, the West Gym and the practice field) is open only to campus traffic and is closed beyond the library parking lot. Laird also has 22 dorm rooms nearby, with 30 students living in them. They have been evacuated, although their living arrangements were unclear.

Former athletic director Leon Lunder, a Northfield resident since 1950, told Pape that he has never seen water reach Laird Stadium before.

But what does this leave Carleton with? They have their homecoming scheduled next Saturday against Augsburg at 1 p.m.. School president Steven Poskanzer is insistent that Laird Stadium will host homecoming on time but athletic director Gerald Young told WCCO-TV on Saturday that may not happen.

“I think it’s a long shot. That’s why at the beginning of the week we are going to look at what some of the other options of what we have to do. We would love to get out here for homecoming, but I think it’s a real long shot.”

They have a few options, although nothing is confirmed and may not be for many days: They could play at Laird, except it will take days for the water to subside, the field to dry and the facility to be approved for use after it has dried out. St. Olaf is hosting Bethel and does not have lights.

Northfield High School’s field has lights and, according to an email from Carleton, does not have any events scheduled for it on Sept. 25.

Contributing: Larry Radloff, d3photography.com

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Are you interested in joining d3photography.com?

by on Sep.10, 2010, under baseball, basketball, football, hockey, How it's done, soccer, sports

Are you a die-hard fan of Division III athletics? Do you own a digital SLR camera with a good lens? Are you willing to shoot and upload your photos within a few hours of an event? Can you shoot a couple of events a month through the school year?

Then we might just be looking for you. We’re looking to expand around the country. On the map below, we’re looking for photographers in states where there are NCAA Division III schools, the full color circles are where we currently have photographers, some of them are extremely dense regions (Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles) and we’re looking for a few photographers there.

There’s more to Division III than football. We also cover Mens and Womens Soccer for D3soccer.com, Mens and Womens basketball for D3hoops.com and baseball for D3baseball.com. Starting in October, 2010, we will be covering Division I Womens Ice Hockey and Division III Mens and Womens Ice Hockey for USCHO.com, and we also cover Division I Mens Ice Hockey for CollegeHockeyNews.com

There are a few things you need to know before contacting us:

  1. We have both a flexible deadline and expectations. We expect you to do the editing, uploading of both proof images shortly after the game and the full resolution files within a couple days of the game.
  2. We do not pay per game. You are paid a percentage out of your sales. All of our photographers are paid in this manner and we have been operating this way since 2003.
  3. We do not reimburse mileage, meals or food. You can write those off on your taxes out of your sales next spring.
  4. You are expected to be your own salesperson at events. While we give you resources to help you (shirts, sweatshirts [for purchase], business card designs, marketing on facebook and on our media partner websites) you need to make your sales happen.
  5. We’re a resale outlet for you. We will sell on your behalf, we will provide images to newspapers, schools, other media outlets that come to us.
  6. You own your images. You’re just letting us resell them to make you some extra income and give the fans something to look at and hold on to remember the games by.
  7. This is “At will employment.” And you are a contractor. We will not take taxes out of your sales.

Are you still interested? Send a link to your portfolio, your coverage area and experiences to newshooter@d3photography.com

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