NEW HAVEN, Ct.
— This week’s news items in black college sports includes the CIAA announcing its 2007 postseason honors, a look back at the MEAC Track and Field Championships, and a possible new head football coach at Howard.
CIAA TABS GOODRICH, TRAHAN AS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
With the 2007 CIAA Tournament just a week away from invading downtown Charlotte, the long awaited all-conference honors have been decided by the CIAA men’s and women’s Basketball Coaches Associations.
This year’s teams not only feature the NCAA Division II Men’s leading scorer and the NCAA Division II Women’s steals leader, but a handful of All-American prospects as well.
The CIAA men’s Player of The Year, Gil Goodrich of Bowie State currently leads the nation in scoring, 26.9 ppg. and tops the conference in three other categories: assists (6.8), steals (2.4) and free throw percentage (86%).
Goodrich, a 5-foot-10, senior guard from Baltimore is also a member of this year’s all-conference team. He’s joined by Virginia State Trojan and Defensive Player of The Year, Avis Wyatt. A 6-foot-11 senior forward from Petersburg, Va., Wyatt leads the conference in blocked shots with 3.2 pg. and pulls 7.3 boards per game.
On the ladies side, 6-foot-2 junior center Celeste Trahan of Elizabeth City State is the women’s Player of The Year. A native of Stockton, Ca., Celeste ranks fourth in the nation in rebounds (12.4) and eighth nationally in blocked shots (2.7).
Trahan also leads the CIAA in scoring (19.5) and rebounding. Her teammate, Deanna Price rounds out the women’s honors as the Defensive Player of The Year for the second year in a row. A 5-foot-7 senior guard from Washington, D.C., Price leads the nation in steals (4.9 spg) and ranks second in the CIAA in assists (5.5 apg).
Also, the 2007 CIAA Rookies of the Year were announced as voted on by the CIAA Sports Information Directors’ Association. Leading the way for the ladies is Jori Nwachukwu of N.C. Central. A five-time CIAA Rookie of the Week honoree, Nwachukwu led all freshmen in scoring and rebounding this season nearly averaging a double-double of 12.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per outing.
On the men’s side, Charlotte native Jerry Hollis of Johnson C. Smith was the 2007 Rookie of the Year. Hollis set the bar freshman this season the men’s side as he was voted CIAA Rookie of the Week an astounding seven times. Hollis led all freshmen this past year in scoring (12.0) rebounding (6.4), blocked shots (1.5) and steals (1.53).
NSU MEN, HU WOMEN TAKE MEAC TRACK CROWNS
The Norfolk State University men and the Hampton University women captured the titles at the 2007 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships at Prince Georges’ Sports & Learning Complex.
Hampton’s Terrance Burton tallied 20.5 points and finished among the top three in the 200m and 40m events to earn Outstanding Performance honors. Burton was also apart of the 4x400m relay team that took home the gold with a time of 3:16.28.
The Spartans of Norfolk State recorded 133 points to earn its second consecutive MEAC title and fourth overall. Maryland Eastern Shore (110), Hampton (64) Morgan State (61) and Delaware State (51) rounded out the top five.
“The guys really did well and everyone contributed to this championship,” said Norfolk State head coach Kenneth Giles. “Earlier this season we lost David Kemboi (due to injury), who was the MEAC Outstanding Performer last year, everyone had to step up and I think it was a total team effort.”
The Lady Pirates earned 51 points on day one and finished with 179 points to win their fifth consecutive title. Hampton set a new MEAC Indoor Championship record with their 179 point performance, topping their own mark of 168 points at last year’s championships.
Maryland Eastern Shore (95.50), Morgan State (72) Norfolk State (52) and Delaware State (42) completed the top five.
“We are excited that our team ranked among the top 15 in the nation during this indoor season, explained Hampton women’s head coach Maurice Pierce.
“I wanted to let it be known that was not a fluke. Hopefully after this week, we will be ranked in the top 10. That was the goal. We came into this championship ready to win and win big and we accomplished those goals.“
Yvette Lewis of Hampton was named the MEAC Women’s Outstanding Performer for the second straight year. Lewis won four events including the triple jump, long jump, 200m and 60m, and earned 53.5 points during the two-day championships.
It was a record setting day on and off the track, as four MEAC Indoor Track and Field records were broken. Hampton ’s Carolyn Lewis set a new MEAC indoor record in the pole vault with a 3.24m (10-07.50 feet) toss.
Norfolk State’s Crisitina Zuniga, who finished second behind Lewis with a 3.09m (10-01.50 feet) throw, held the previous record with her 3.05m (10-00.00 ft) throw at last year’s indoor championships.
Coppin State’s Natoya Baird broke the record in the women’s heptathlon. Baird recorded 3,616 points to top the old record of 3,546 points which was previously held by Yvette Lewis in 2006.
Maryland Eastern Shore senior Kimani Kirton set a new MEAC mark in the shot put event with his 17.92m (58-09.50 feet) toss, breaking the previous record of 17.52m (57-05.00 feet) which was held by both Florida A&M’s Jomo Cousins (1997) and Hampton’s Rodney Johnson (2000).
REPORTS SAY BAILEY WILL TAKE HOWARD GRID JOB
SouthernPigskin.com reports that Carey Bailey has accepted the head coaching position at Howard University. A press conference is scheduled for sometime this week to make the announcement official.
Bailey comes to Howard from the University of Minnesota where he served as defensive line coach for the Gophers for the past two years. Considered an excellent recruiter, he was a defensive line coach at Oklahoma State prior to joining the staff at Minnesota.
Before his arrival at Oklahoma State, Bailey was on the coaching staff at Middle Tennessee State, where he spent one season, but helped take the Blue Raider defensive line from last in the league in sacks to near the top.
Prior to his coaching stint at Middle Tennessee State, Bailey served five years as an assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette from 1998-2002. Before he joined the UL- Lafayette staff, Bailey was the defensive line coach at Virginia Military Institute from 1995-97.
A native of Morgantown, W.V., Bailey began his coaching career on the staff at West Virginia working with the defensive secondary when the Mountaineers won the Big East Conference title in 1993 and led the Big East in interceptions in 1994.
Bailey played collegiately at the University of Tennessee and was part of two SEC championship teams. He was a four-year letterman from 1988-91 and led the team in tackle-for-loss and in quarterback sacks during his junior season.
As a senior he was part of a Tennessee team that led the SEC in total defense. He finished his collegiate career with 96 total tackles and 7.5 quarterback sacks and participated in four bowl games including the 1988 Peach Bowl, 1990 Cotton Bowl, 1991 Sugar Bowl and 1992 Fiesta Bowl.
Bailey earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Tennessee in 1992. He and his wife, Angela, have one daughter, Evann Leigh.