students wait for results of ‘best coaches’ competition
Shippensburg University students are waiting for the results of a mathematics
competition to determine who is the best college coach in various sports. The
results will be announced in late April.
was represented by two teams of three students each during the recent Consortium
for Mathematics and its Applications’ (COMAP) International Mathematical
Contest in Modeling. One team
included Jacob Evjene, Jennifer Flinchbaugh and Allen Koederitz and the other team
included Grant Innerst, Mary Long and Lindsey Schadler. Dr. Ben Galluzzo,
assistant professor of mathematics, was adviser to both teams.
contest, which last year attracted more than 5,600 teams worldwide, challenged
undergraduate students to clarify, analyze and propose solutions to one of two
open-ended problems over the 96-hour contest.
Each of the
SU teams chose a problem that asked them to create a mathematical ranking
scheme to identify the best college coaches (past or present) from among either
male or female coaches in such sports as college hockey, field hockey,
football, baseball, softball, basketball, or soccer. Students were then asked
to present their model’s top five coaches in each of three different sports as
well as prepare a one- to two-page article for Sports Illustrated to provide a non-technical explanation of the
“We are proud to have students that are
willing to challenge themselves,” said Galluzzo.