IUP ROUNDUP: Hawks baseball alum and Punxs'y native Gett joins Royals' staff
Former IUP baseball player and assistant coach Alex Gett was named a minor league strength coach with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.
A Punxsutawney native, Gett was a volunteer student assistant coach with IUP from 2010 to 2013, working as the Crimson Hawks’ strength and conditioning coach. He’ll begin with the Royals in February when spring training begins in Arizona before moving to North Carolina to work with Burlington, the Royals’ rookie affiliate in the Appalachian League.
In the summer of 2013, Gett interned at the University of Pittsburgh in the strength and conditioning program, working specifically with the Panthers’ Olympic sports. He’s currently volunteering with Wofford College in the same capacity.
Gett graduated from IUP with his master’s in health and physical education in December of 2012.
A four-year letterman during his collegiate career, Gett made 24 appearances on the mound with 13 starts from 2003 to 2006. He struck out 79 batters in 84 innings.
After graduating from IUP with a degree in criminology in May of 2006, Gett embarked on a professional career with the St. Joe Blacksnakes of the American Association. He was later traded to the Washington Wild Things in the Frontier League in 2007 and was a member of their league runner-up team that season. Gett also played for the Harlingen White Wings and Coastal Bend Thunder of the United League. He had a combined professional mark of 6-9 covering 41 appearances including 15 starts and fanned 133 batters in 149.1 innings.
Gett also starred in the AAABA as a member of the league champion Johnstown Grays in 2004 and 2005. He was the AAABA Pitcher of the Year in 2005 when he helped lead the Grays to the second of back-to-back trips to the semifinals of the national tournament.
DIXON TROPHY STANDINGS: After completion of the 2013 fall championships, IUP is sixth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Dixon Trophy standings.
The trophy is awarded at the end of each academic year to the league’s most successful program based on conference playoff and/or regular-season finish. The winner of the Dixon Trophy is the school which compiles the top average score for all PSAC championship sports the school sponsors. Equal to its total membership, each conference sport champion is awarded 18 points and a descending point value is given for respective place finishes. The second- through last-place values vary depending on the number of teams that sponsor the sport.
IUP generated an overall average of 10.91 points with participation in seven of the league’s nine fall championship sports. The three men’s sports averaged 12.5 points while the four women’s sports averaged 9.38.
Football garnered the most points for the Crimson Hawks, as their second-place finish in the Western Division was good for 15.5 points. The women’s cross country team and its fourth-place finish at the PSAC championship meet earned it 15 points.
Shippensburg leads the overall rankings with an average of 14.93. IUP has never won the Dixon Trophy.
Seven PSAC championships will be contested in the 2013-14 winter season: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and wrestling. The next update of the Dixon Trophy standings will be released following the basketball championships in early March.
FOOTBALL: Five IUP players were named to the Daktronics Division II All-Super Region One team, which is selected by the sports information directors in the region and was announced Thursday. Representing IUP on the all-region team were: running back De’Antwan Williams, offensive tackle Byron Dovales, linebacker Carl Fleming and safeties Terrell Holloway and Eric Williams. All were named to the second team.