DiBernardo, Illini tie in soccer exhibition

DiBernardo, Illini tie in soccer exhibition

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Vanessa DiBernardo tallied the lone goal for the Illinois women’s soccer team in a 1-1 draw against Missouri in an exhibition match Friday.

The Tigers got on the board first when Danielle Nottingham scored in the 55th minute. DiBernardo notched the equalizer for the Illini nine minutes later when she cleaned up a rebound off a shot by Jannelle Flaws.

Men’s track adds assistant. Adrian Wheatley, who produced five All-Americans during three years as an assistant coach at Virginia, has joined the Illini men’s track and field staff.

Illinois coach Mike Turk announced the hiring of Wheatley, an Ohio native, on Thursday. The former Tennessee All-American will serve as sprints and hurdles coach.

"In researching possible candidates with several colleagues, his name is one that came up often,” Turk said. “He is a tremendous person of high integrity and has developed a reputation of having an outstanding work ethic. His pedigree and experience in the sport is outstanding.”

At Virginia, Wheatley had primary responsibility for the sprints, hurdles and relays on the men’s and women’s teams. His athletes earned two indoor All-America honors and three outdoor All-America awards. In addition, the Cavaliers broke school records in the 60-meter hurdles, 110 hurdles and 400 hurdles during his tenure.

Wheatley previously served as an assistant track and field and cross-country coach at Austin Peay State and the College of Charleston.
During his collegiate career, Wheatley was a member of Tennessee’s 2001 NCAA Championships title team and 2002 NCAA runner-up squad. A two-time All-American, he ran on a school record-setting 1,600 relay team.