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Mike Carlson

Mike Carlson

The Truman men’s basketball team became just the sixth team in program history to reach the 20-win mark and the first since the 2005-06 season. The Bulldogs finished with an overall record of 20-7 and reached the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament as the No. 5 overall seed.

Truman got off to a fast 7-0 start, scoring wins against longtime MIAA rival Northwest Missouri and its GLVC-opener against Quincy. After a brief hiccup at the start of the 2014 calendar, the Bulldogs rattled off seven straight GLVC wins—including a heart-stopping 109-105 overtime home win against Missouri S&T—before going 2-1 against a daunting three-game slate of top-25 squads Drury, Southern Indiana and Bellarmine. The ’Dogs then won three of five to close the regular season before getting upset in the GLVC first round by Illinois Springfield.

The squad earned high praise on an individual level, as senior Mike Carlson was named the GLVC’s co-Player of the Year, while juniors Seth Jackson and Reed Mells each earned second-team All-GLVC nods. Carlson eventually picked up first-team all-region honors by both Daktronics and the NABC before becoming only the sixth All-American in program history.

Head coach Matt Woodley’s squad loses just two seniors (Carlson and Marek Bush) and will return 14 squad members for the 2014-15 season.

Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes

A trio of Bulldogs were recognized as the Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes by the Truman Athletics Department  following the 2013-14 school year. Kelsey Bollman (softball), Casey Jepsen (women’s swimming) and Mike Carlson (men’s basketball) are this year’s recipients.

Bollman finished her Truman career as a four-time all-conference member and is listed in the top five of several softball offensive stat categories. She broke the school record with 58 career doubles while placing fourth in runs scored (140), hits (233), home runs (22) and RBIs (124) in her 200 games played. Bollman and the Bulldogs finished the 2014 season with 43-13 record and made their first trip in nine years to the NCAA national tournament.

Women’s swimmer Casey Jepsen earned three All-America honors this past March and capped off her Bulldog career with a total of nine All-America certificates. She finished 10th nationally in the 200 freestyle and was 11th in the 500 free. Jepsen had a runner-up finish at the GLVC championships in the 200 and was third in the 100 while helping the Bulldogs to a second place finish in the overall conference standings.

Men’s basketball player Mike Carlson was named the sixth All-American in program history and earned Great Lakes Valley Conference co-Player of the Year honors while leading the men to 20-7 overall record and 13-5 GLVC mark. He averaged 21.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a senior and shot 54.4 percent from the floor. He scored 575 points this season, marking the second-highest single-season total in Truman history, and finished his three seasons as a Bulldog ranked eighth in career points with 1,326 total in 82 career games (16.2 per game). Carlson scored a career- and program- single-game high 48 points against Missouri S&T on Jan. 30, 2014.

Truman’s Dr. J

Reinberg enjoys spending time with his wife Christina and their children, Hunter (7), Parker (5) and Emersen (1).

Reinberg enjoys spending time with his wife Christina and their children, Hunter (7), Parker (5) and Emersen (1).

Like most college students, Jason Reinberg (’00) formed a lot of lasting memories during his time at Truman. Between athletics, academics and a social life, he is hard pressed to determine which one is the most memorable.

It could be when, as a member of the 1998-1999 men’s basketball team, he hit two late free throws to secure the conference championship and send the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament. The jam-packed crowd in Pershing Arena and the celebrations late into the night are a flurry of indescribable feelings for Reinberg. That team would carry their late-season momentum all the way to the final four, the best performance ever by a Truman squad. He still considers his teammates as some of his best friends.

“We have always gotten along and supported each other. I would bet the depth and longevity of our friendships is rarely seen in a college team,” Reinberg said.

Maybe something from all of the hours he spent in class or studying in Pickler Memorial Library stands out as his most memorable moment. In addition to his successful athletic career, Reinberg graduated as a valedictorian with a degree in biology. He went on to study at the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine and interned for one year at St. John’s Mercy in St. Louis before returning to Columbia for his dermatology residency.

Currently, Reinberg works in Washington, Mo., at Mercy Clinic as a dermatologist. Although he treats a variety of rashes, the majority of his patients come in for exams in order to diagnose and treat skin cancer. The visual aspects of this field fascinate Reinberg.

“I like being able to look at a problem on the skin and in most cases immediately know what the issue is and how to treat it,” he said.

During his medical school education, Reinberg never felt at a disadvantage when matched against students who graduated from larger or more nationally well-known institutions.

“My Truman education not only prepared me for medical school, but it allowed me to succeed in medical school,” Reinberg said. “It provided a great atmosphere for learning and growth academically, as well as socially.”

JasonReinbergBasketballSo maybe it is a memory from his social life that stands out among the rest. A member of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity, he also spent a considerable amount of time at the Catholic Newman Center. Reinberg even enjoyed living in Missouri Hall his freshman year and still keeps in touch with his roommate and former team member Jason Ramthun (’00). To this day, he plays basketball in a YMCA league with many of the same guys he played with at Truman, as well as some younger graduates.

As great as all those memories are, none of them top the list for Reinberg. Despite his many accomplishments in college, whether they were in the classroom, on the court or in the fraternity house, he will say the one experience that stands out the most was meeting his wife Christina (Hunter) Reinberg (’01). They have three children together and Reinberg enjoys passing on his love of sports to them.