Thursday morning: What's in the news ...

1. SMU has received a $5 million commitment to build a soccer and track & field stadium. The Washburne Soccer and Track Stadium, named after SMU alumnus Ray Washburne and his wife, Heather, will become the home of men's and women's soccer, replacing Westcott Field, along with the track & field and cross-country teams. It will feature a new 1,000-seat stadium, 400-meter outdoor track and a structure with locker rooms and a team meeting/conference room.

2. NISA has accepted the New Jersey Teamsters to play in the new Division 3 league in 2021. The team, which currently plays in the UPSL and will be based in Bayonne, is owned by Sibrena Stowe-Geraldino, the first female African-American principal owner of a U.S. pro soccer team, and husband Alexsi Geraldino, the first Dominican-American pro soccer club owner in the U.S. ranks.

3. FIU has hired Kyle Russell as its new men's head coach. He spent the past 10 seasons as a member of the Coastal Carolina men's program, the last five as the Chanticleers' associate head coach. Russell replaces Kevin Nylen, who was hired as the new Boston University men's coach.
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