Emmitsburg, Md. (July 25, 2013) -- The Mount St. Mary’s athletic department announced the hiring of new assistant coaches for the upcoming 2013-14 season. Mike Salomon will join the tennis coaching staff, Tim Nickas is set to begin his first season with the track and field team, Anthony Golden will assist with men’s lacrosse, Dustin Pease is entering his first season as an assistant baseball coach and Ryan Defibaugh will be an assistant for the women’s soccer team.
Salomon, Nickas, Golden and Pease are all Mount graduates, while McDaniel grad Defibaugh has made coaching stops at his alma mater as well as Penn State.
A former Northeast Conference Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Salomon finished his four-year career as the Mount’s career singles leader with 74 victories with a 74-33 singles record. Salomon also set program records with 56 dual match singles wins and 56 doubles wins.
A 2012 First Team All-Northeast Conference selection for No. 4 singles, Salomon helped lead the Mountaineers to the NEC Semifinals as a junior and senior. Following his junior campaign, Salomon was named the NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s tennis.
As a senior in 2012-13, Salomon received the Sheridan Award, which is also voted on by the Mount athletic department, is for the college student-athlete, who, through athletic and academic achievement, has exemplified the spirit and dedication demanded by intercollegiate athletics, and who, through such activity has fostered the ideals of Monsignor John L. Sheridan and Mount St. Mary's University.
Nickas was a versatile competitor for the Mount’s track and field team who competed in the decathlon and heptathlon as well as other events.
In his final season in 2012-13, Nickas took ninth in the decathlon at the IC4A Championships as well as fourth in the pole vault at the Northeast Conference Outdoor Championships. He also finished in the top seven in the NEC in the long jump for outdoors and the pole vault for indoors.
During the 2011-12 campaign, Nickas qualified for the IC4A Championships in the decathlon and took third in the NEC Championships for the pole vault. On the track, Nickas was a member of the Mount’s 4x400m relay team that earned First Team All-NEC recognition. Nickas experienced a breakout season in 2010-11 with All-East honors with a fifth-place finish in the decathlon at the IC4A Championships as well as a third-place finish in the decathlon at the Penn Relays.
Golden was a member of the Mount’s men’s lacrosse team from 2009-13, playing in 58 games with 16 starts. The Loyola Blakefield grad netted 30 goals and dished out eight assists for the Mountaineers.
In 2011, Golden helped the Mount capture the first-ever NEC men’s lacrosse championship with seven goals and four assists on a team that put together a 9-6 record.
Golden recorded a career-high 11 goals the following season in 2012 as the Mount finished as the NEC runner-up.
A 2007 graduate of the Mount, Pease went on to play seven years of professional baseball after his record-setting career in Emmitsburg. The lefty pitcher from Baltimore worked his way up the ranks from Independent leagues and caught on with the San Diego Padres organization. Pease made it as high as AA San Antonio in 2012.
During his playing days at the Mount, Pease burst onto the scene as a freshman by earning NEC Rookie of the Year, First Team All-NEC and a spot on the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team. Two years later, Pease took home NEC Pitcher of the Year with a 10-4 record and a 3.42 ERA.
Pease currently ranks as the Mount’s all-time leader in wins (31), strikeouts (304), innings pitched (347.0) and shutouts (three).
Defibaugh, who was an assistant under Mount coach Tom Gosselin while both were at McDaniel, brings a vast amount of experience to the program from Penn State, McDaniel and the club level.
Defibaugh was a four-year starting goalkeeper for McDaniel’s soccer team. He was a two-time All-Centennial Conference honoree and an All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection before moving into coaching upon graduation in 2002. Defibaugh served as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s soccer teams at McDaniel from 2003-05, including two seasons on Gosselin’s staff.
In 2006, Defibaugh made the jump to Division I as an assistant men’s soccer coach at Penn State. He spent four seasons with the Nittany Lions with the 2009 team compiling a 12-8-2 mark and earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Defibaugh returned to McDaniel as an assistant on the men’s staff for the 2010 season. In 2012, he worked for Thunder Soccer Club in Howard County, Md. and currently works for Potomac Soccer Club in Potomac, Md.