Ferris State Picked to Repeat as GLIAC Champions
DETROIT – Defending NCAA Division II national runner-up and Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion Ferris State was picked to repeat as conference champion after topping the GLIAC’s preseason coaches’ poll on Monday as part of the GLIAC Media Day in Detroit.
The Bulldogs, who are coming off a 15-1 season and their first national championship game appearance, received eight of the nine first-place votes in Monday’s poll for 64 points. Ashland was picked second with 55 points, with Grand Valley State in third at 51 points and one first-place vote.
“We’ve been who we are,” Ferris State coach Tony Annese said. “We’ve lost 15 games I guess in seven years. The target has existed for a long time, whether we play in the national championship game or we win the GLIAC in three of the last five years. We’ve been undefeated in the regular season for three of the last five years. People know who we are and they’re going to come after us. But again, it’s more about us than them.”
Saginaw Valley State was selected fourth in the preseason poll with 42 points, with Davenport and Wayne State tied for fifth with 30 points. Northern Michigan was seventh with 19, Northwood eighth with 17 and Michigan Tech came in ninth with 16.
“All we talk about is camp. How we going to be in camp,” Ferris State senior linebacker Avonte Bell said. “You could tell that everyone’s mindset is on a different level right now. Everybody’s just ready to go.”
Monday’s GLIAC Media Day was the first held by the conference in more than 10 years.
“I thought it was something that maybe the coaches didn’t want, but after talking with them for the last two spring sessions when we have conversations with the coaches, they all said they don’t know what it was gone. They would love to see it come back,” GLIAC commissioner Kris Dunbar said. “We put our staff together and took a couple months to put it all together. But really, it’s all about the student-athletes.”
Ferris State opens its 2019 season at home at Top Taggart Field against Findlay at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.