Alex Simon

Alex Simon is the Sports Editor for the Pendulum. A junior from Redwood City, California, he is a Broadcast Journalism major with a minor in Sport & Event Management and American Studies. Alex keeps coming back, and never wants to leave.

Alex Simon, from Redwood City, California, is the Sports Director for Elon News Network. He is a Broadcast Journalism major with minors in Sport & Event Management and American Studies. Alex loves In-N-Out Burger and long walks on the beach.

Recent Articles

A surprising change: Cignetti arrives at Elon

1/17/17 3:45pm

The phone in Curt Cignetti’s office was ringing regularly once the Indiana University of Pennsylvania football team’s season ended. The sixth-year coach was content with the Crimson Hawks, seeing a future with at least 10 wins a season for the next two years. So he graciously declined each request, taking the time to answer the call but never giving what the person on the other end wanted. But in late December, Cignetti got a call from Elon University.

Cignetti introduced as Elon football coach

1/2/17 4:00pm

The Elon University football team introduced Curt Cignetti as its 22nd head coach in program history Monday afternoon at a press conference. Cignetti, former coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, made it clear that he was content to stay at IUP despite other offers from FCS schools, but once he visited Elon, his “mindset had totally changed in terms of what I wanted to do.” “I really wasn't looking to make a move,” Cignetti said.

Curt Cignetti hired as Elon football coach

12/31/16 9:00am

The Elon University football team has hired Curt Cignetti as the 22nd head coach in the school’s history. “I am excited about the great opportunity at Elon and humbled and honored to be chosen to lead the Phoenix football program,” Cignetti said.

Skrosky resigns as Elon football coach

12/20/16 7:45am

Elon University Director of Athletics Dave Blank announced Tuesday that head football coach Rich Skrosky resigned to take a coaching position at Florida International University. In the statement, Blank said, “This was an unexpected development.

Men's basketball can't get tying shot off at Georgetown

12/4/16 11:41pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Trailing by three with the clock winding down, senior guard Luke Eddy ran the play exactly how head Elon University men’s basketball coach Matt Matheny wanted. cqjb But he was a half-second late, not able to get sophomore guard Steven Santa Ana the ball in time for a potential game-tying 3-pointer as Elon lost to Georgetown University 77-74 Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C. “We were definitely going for a three, and we were trying to create — we had a double screen off the other side," Eddy said.

SIMON: Football needs improved results in 2017

12/1/16 10:30am

There’s no sugarcoating the struggles that the Elon University football team had during the four years that seniors, like me, have been here. In total, the Phoenix won just nine of its 46 games — less than 20-percent.

Elon beats FIU in OT on emotional night

12/1/16 12:11am

As the clocked ticked below 30 seconds in overtime of the Elon University men’s basketball game Wednesday night, two Florida International University defenders near trapped sophomore guard Dainan Swoope mid-court. In what was only six seconds but felt like an eternity, Swoope pivoted over and over, seemingly having no way out of the trap.

JMU ends Elon football's season with 63-14 rout

11/19/16 6:48pm

HARRISONBURG, Va. — A season that was supposed to be one of growth and fulfilled promise finished its freefall Saturday afternoon with expected humiliation, as the Elon University football team lost its seventh straight game 63-14 to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) champion James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia. James Madison’s offense moved the ball at will, gaining 699 yards with a near perfect balance of 362 rushing and 337 passing. “Obviously, their offense is very high-powered,” said sophomore linebacker Matt Baker, who finished with five tackles.

Football keeps Allison at forefront

11/16/16 10:45am

For the Elon University football team, November 11 was more than just a day of practice ahead of its Senior Day game the next day. It had been exactly a year since teammate Demitri Allison died when he fell off of a residential building at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Elon professor interviewed for 'Religion of Sports' TV show

11/14/16 5:05pm

It’s not very common for an Elon University professor to be interviewed for a TV series. But L.D. Russell, senior lecturer of religious studies, thinks he knows how the producers of the new TV documentary series, “Religion of Sports,” found him.

Football falls flat in blowout loss to last-place Rhode Island

11/12/16 8:14pm

The Elon University football team’s season hit a new low Saturday afternoon, as last-place University of Rhode Island blew out the Phoenix 44-14 in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) matchup. It’s a sixth-straight loss for Elon, dropping the Phoenix into a tie for last place and making 2016 Elon’s fourth-straight season with just a single home victory. “Obviously, a really frustrating day in every regard,” said head coach Rich Skrosky.

Men's basketball beats D3 school to open season

11/12/16 5:59pm

It was a 101-68 win for the Elon University men’s basketball team over Division III William Peace University Friday night, but head coach Matt Matheny felt that the Phoenix has a lot to learn going forward. “We wanted to be victorious, and we were,” Matheny said.

Cross country season ends at NCAA Southeast Regionals

11/12/16 5:40pm

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A day that started with a record-breaking performance from senior Kimberly Johansen ended in frustration for sophomore Nick Ciolkowski and the Elon University cross country teams Friday at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships. Johansen ended a sparkling cross country career with a school record time of 20:51.7 in the 6-kilometer race and her second-straight All-Region finish, taking 14th place.

How Elon hosted a USA-USSR women's basketball game during the middle of the Cold War

11/9/16 4:15pm

For Dr. Janie P. Brown, the trips back and forth to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (NCSHoF) meetings from her log cabin home in Northern Alamance County can take a good amount of time. But the retired Elon University professor of physical education doesn’t mind the drive, especially when she can be a part of the induction process as a Board of Director. This past summer, the NCSHoF inducted Susan Yow, leading Brown to reminisce on the memories of Yow’s playing days under her sister, Kay, when at the then-Elon College. And while some memories have faded over the years, there’s one event Brown couldn’t possibly forget. The June 3, 1974 women’s basketball game at Elon’s Alumni Memorial Gym between the U.S.

Men's basketball ready for experience to shine through

11/8/16 4:00pm

As the Elon University men’s basketball team gears up for another season, head coach Matt Matheny hasn’t been shy to hide his delight in his team’s work since last year’s disappointing finish. “We have talked a lot to our players about how proud we are of how they worked in the offseason,” Matheny said.

Women's basketball hoping that 12 is the right number

11/8/16 3:00pm

Elon University women’s basketball head coach Charlotte Smith knows that she is working with one of the smallest rosters in the country. And she doesn’t seem to care, really only bringing one concern into the season about it. “I love the number that we have,” Smith said.

Strength, energy defined Dennion on, off field

11/8/16 2:30pm

They gathered at midfield, where she played 37 matches in her No. 22 jersey, where she was honored on senior day a year ago, where she touched the hearts of many through her tenacious, dominant play. And right there, on Rudd Field, Nicole Dennion’s former teammates, friends and fellow Elon University athletes lit up this cold November night with candles that formed the number “22” and her initials, “N.K.D.” and with countless memories and stories of the high-energy, always honest woman taken too soon. The game-day selfies she and best friend Mel Insley ‘16 used to take.

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