Altoona’s Endress to coach at SFU

LORETTO — Saint Francis Unversity has added a familiar name — Altoona Area High School product Wade Endress — as a graduate assistant for its cross country and track and field teams.

“Wade is going to be a great addition to our staff, and a great resource for our student-athletes,” Red Flash coach Doug Hoover said.” He comes to the program with a strong background as a competitor and is passionate about the sport.”

Endress, an Altoona graduate, is a two-time state champion and owns the state record in the indoor 800 meters.

Endress comes to Loretto by way of Penn State and the University of Denver. Endress is a 2016 graduate of Penn State where he served as captain for the cross-country and track and field teams and was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award winner. Endress earned All-America honors as part of the Nittany Lions’ distance medley team.

Away from the track, Endress picked up valuable coaching experience helping to oversee the Penn State Club sports program, a position that he continued at Denver, where he interned with the Pioneers’ club sports program as well as student-athlete services.

“Wade knows the region and the competition,” Hoover added. “He’s a great fit here at Saint Francis and I’m excited for what he brings to the table.”

Endress will be pursuing his masters in educational leadership at Saint Francis.

Lions game cancelled

NASSAU, Bahamas — Due to unforeseen circumstances, Wednesday night’s scheduled game between the Penn State men’s basketball team and the Bahamas All-Stars was cancelled.

No specific explanation was given for the game not being played. The Nittany Lions completed the competition portion of their 2017 foreign tour with a 2-0 record with wins over the New Providence Basketball Association All-Stars and the Providence Storm.

“It has been a pleasure working with the Bahamas Basketball Federation in every aspect of our trip,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. “We have made excellent progress in terms of our development, not only from the standpoint of our time on the court practicing, but also as far as bonding as a team. We got everything out of this experience that we wanted. There is work to be done, but I feel like this has put us ahead as we work toward the season.”