Dayton athletic trainer Mike Mulcahey roamed his new work space at UD Arena on Tuesday like a kid in ToysRUs. He pointed out a couple of his his new toys: a Dynatronics Solaris 709 Plus machine and a Vectra Neo Modular Electrotherapy System.
If Dayton athletes need ultrasound, electronic stimulation, laser therapy or heat and cold probes, Mulcahey and his staff can provide treatment with those machines. Mulcahey said he has seen the Neo machines only in the NFL. The renovated Donoher Center, which was built with $4 million in private donations, features a training room that Mulcahey described as a “1,000 percent state of the art.”
“We have the best tools to keep these (players) healthy,” Mulcahey said.
The room is a short walk from the tunnel leading to the arena floor and the men’s and women’s basketball and football locker rooms. It includes elevated training tables that are seven feet long and two inches thick, big enough for 6-11 center Steve McElvene.
“We tried it out,” Mulcahey said. “His toes come right to the end of the table.”
There are also two hot and cold tubs. One is set to 51 degrees, the other to 103.5.
Mulcahey and the Dayton coaches and trainers knew this upgrade was coming, but photos didn’t do it justice. When they finally saw their new digs, which includes fancy new locker rooms and meeting areas with pool tables and televisions mounted on the walls, they couldn’t believe it.
“The neatest part was seeing the players come in,” Mulcahey said. “They don’t take it for granted. It’s extremely appreciated.”
Men’s basketball: Dayton fans might have noticed a player with his arm in a sling at the exhibition game Saturday against Saginaw Valley State. That’s sophomore forward Josh Cunningham, who transferred to UD from Bradley in June.
Cunningham, who was sitting out this season anyway as a transfer, had a torn labrum repaired earlier this month.
“He came in with two injuries this summer,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said. “He never got hurt here. We took care of his knee first, which is 100 percent back. He got his shoulder repaired the first or second of November. He’s going to be on a four- to six-month recovery process. The goal is to have him finished and clear to go around springtime. He’ll have all spring and summer and be ready to go as we approach next year.”
Men’s soccer: The Flyers (10-5-3) earned the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament and will play No. 7 seed Duquesne at 5 p.m. Thursday in Fairfax, Va.
Dayton leads the nation with 2.56 goals per game. Senior Amass Amankona was named A-10 offensive player and midfielder of the year this week. He has 10 goals and five assists.
Ssenior forward Maik Schoonderwoerd (nine goals), junior forward James Haupt (six goals, five assists) and junior defender Lalas Abubakar were named to the A-10 first team. Senior midfielder Kissima Bojang (three goals) made the second team.
Women’s soccer: The Flyers finished 10-9-1. They lost to Duquesne in the first round of the A-10 tournament. The game was tied 1-1 at the end of two overtime periods, and Dayton lost 3-2 in penalty kicks.
Senior Ashley Campbell scored her 17th goal of the season. It was her school-record 63rd and last of her career.
Volleyball: The Flyers (22-5, 13-0 A-10) take a 20-match winning streak into their regular-season finale at Saint Louis on Saturday. They play in the A-10 tournament semifinals Nov. 21 in Washington, D.C.