HBCU Happenings Week of April 28-May 4

By Elliott Robinson, Esq.
Updated: October 12, 2007

swac swac swac swac swac swac swac swac swac CIAA Spring Champions Baseball – Bears 19- Trojans 15 Most Valuable Player, Milton Redd, Shaw University Softball – Elizabeth City State 4 – Johnson C. Smith 3 Elizabeth City State 7 – Johnson C. Smith 2 Most Valuable Player- Tavheisha Walton, Elizabeth City State Track & Field MEN: 1. Saint Augustine’s (212) 2. Virginia State (111.5), 3. Livingstone (95) Top Male Field Performer: Dane Magloire, Saint Augustine’s Top Male Track Performer: Jordan Vaden, Livingstone College’s WOMEN: 1. Saint Augustine’s (173) 2. North Carolina Central (109), 3. Virginia State (100) Top Female Field Performer: Cadriesha Akinfe, St. Augustine’s Top Female Track Performer: Katerina Glosova, N.C. Central’s Repeat Individual Champions: Alhaji Alhassan, St. Augustine’s – Men’s 5000m Run (2000-2002) Derrick Blount, Virginia State – Men’s 110m Hurdles (2000-2002) Garrye Chavis, St. Augustine’s – Men’s 800m Run (2000-2002) Katerina Glosova, N.C. Central – Women’s 1500m Run (2000-2002) Katerina Glosova, N.C. Central – Women’s 3000m Run (2000-2002) Dujuan Williams, Virginia State – Men’s Javelin Throw (2000-2002) Alhaji Alhassan, St. Augustine’s – Men’s 1500m Run (2001, 2002) Maurice English, St. Augustine’s – Men’s Long Jump (2001, 2002) David Lowery, Virginia State – Men’s High Jump (2001, 2002) Krystal Pasley, Virginia Union – Women’s Discus Throw (2001, 2002) Jason Smoots, N.C. Central – Men’s 100m Dash (2001, 2002) FSU Broncos take Eighth Golf Title in Nine Years Fayetteville State University’s golf team captured the 2002 CIAA Golf Championship, their 8th CIAA Title in nine years and 21st since golf became a varsity sport in 1970. Coach Raymond McDougal was named CIAA Golf Coach of the Year, his seventh honor since assuming the head coaching duties of the golf team. Fayetteville took the title by 46 strokes over second place Saint Augustine’s College.

Fayetteville State’s Terry Barber took Tournament Medalist honor with 71-79=150 Team Results Fayetteville State University 304-314=618 Saint Augustine’s College 310-354=664 Johnson C. Smith University 332-342=674 Elizabeth City State University 351-371=722 Virginia State University 379-362=741 North Carolina Central University 375-380=755 Virginia Union University 407-397=804 Golden Bulls Repeat and Fayetteville State Takes First Women’s CIAA Tennis Championship The Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith edged out the Bears of Shaw.68-67 to win the 2002 CIAA men’s tennis tournament. The two teams split the singles competition with each school taking home three titles and three runner-up awards. However, JCSU managed to win two of the three doubles finals on day one, and that proved to be the deciding factor.

The Lady Broncos of Fayetteville State captured the first women’s tennis title with 62 points, as they participated in five of the six championship matches, winning two of them at the number five and six singles positions. Johnson C. Smith was a close second with 57 points, followed by North Carolina Central’s 53.

Women Aoyo Ake – SU, Rookie of the Year Renata Strong, JCSU – Player of the Year Men Michael White – JCSU, Rookie of the Year Michael Oladele – SU, Player of the Year Morris Brown Looking to Fill Several Positions The Morris Brown Wolverines are looking for a few good man and women for their Division I athletic department. The following positions are currently open: Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, Head Men’s & Women’s Golf Coach, Head Men’s & Women’s Tennis Coach, Sports Information Director, Assistant Football Coach (Running Back and Offensive Line), Head Certified Athletic Trainer and Asst. Certified Athletic Trainer. If you are interested, please contact Coach. Tamica Jones, Asst. AD of Women’s Athletics with a letter of application, a resume and 3 references. This information can be sent to her attention at: tamica.smith@morrisbrown.edu or via fax at: (404) 739-1610, or by mail at: MBC Athletics, Attn: Tamica Smith Jones, 643 Martin Luther King, JR. Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30314 Coppin State Signs 3 from Philly (courtesy Baltimore Sun) Coppin State Basketball Coach Fang Mitchell has signed 6-7 power forward Nick King, who was one of the top players in Philadelphia in 2000-2001 before he attended Milford (Conn.) Academy last season, and two Martin Luther King of Philadelphia players, 6-5 forward Darron Bradley and 6-2 point guard Raheem Scott. Scott was a first-team All Philadelphia pick and Bradley was a second-team all-city selection.

Scott and Bradley also are expected to help Coppin in its bid to sign Martin Luther King’s 6-10 Junior Wayne Marshall.

SCSU Signs One of Nation’s Top Prep Players Orangeburg, SC – South Carolina State has signed one of the nation’s top prep basketball players to a national letter-of-intent. Signing with the Bulldogs was Dakin Braddick, who is listed among the top 200 (186) players in the nation by Prep Squad High School Scouting Service.

Braddick, 6-11, 215, played last season at Bonner Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he averaged 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. The North Charleston native formerly played at North Charleston High before enrolling at Bonner last season. Braddick joins his brother, Dustin at SCSU. Dustin Braddick, 6-6, sat out last season after transferring from Clemson.

Braddick is the third played signed by Coach Cy Alexander this season. The Bulldogs earlier signed Brandon Trapp, 6-0, 185 of Keenan High School in Columbia and the 3-A Player of the Year, and Matthew Bell, 6-9, 280 of Houston, Texas.

Benedict College Returns To The SIAC The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Office and the Council of Presidents proudly announce that Benedict College will become the eleventh member of the Conference beginning in the Fall of the 2002-03 academic year. The SIAC Council of Presidents, after a thorough review of the information submitted by Benedict, voted unanimously to extend an invitation to Benedict College to re-enter the SIAC.

Benedict College sponsors fifteen (15) intercollegiate sports ranging from the traditional sports of football and basketball to non-traditional sports like handball. Beginning in the 2002-03 academic year, Benedict College will compete for the championships in the twelve (12) SIAC sponsored sports.

“We look forward to Benedict College entering the Conference for the 2002-03 academic year and adding to the history and legacy of the SIAC. Under the Council of Presidents’ direction, we will continue to look carefully at the issue of expansion,” said Commissioner Robert Vowels.

UMES Lady Hawks Sign Up Four Recruits The University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Lady Hawks, fresh off of a first round win the MEAC Conference Tournament have bolstered their lineup even more with the addition of two junior college transfers and two incoming freshman. The Lady Hawks have received National Letters of Intent from all four to start play in the Maroon and Grey next season.

Latoshia Bailey, a 6’3 center from Memphis, TN was one of the first to come on board with the Lady Hawks. She is a transfer from Southwest Tennessee Community College who played her freshman year at Texas A & M University. She chose UMES after being heavily recruited by The University of Memphis and Arkansas State University.

Erica Bennett, a 5’6 point guard from Pensacola, FL attended Florida Community College.

Another Memphis native, Rachel Goodwin is a 5’7 guard from Central High School. Goodwin will help fill the void of freshman Octavia Thompson, last year’s runner-up from MEAC rookie of the year. Thompson is transferring to a school closer to her home in Virginia.

Another point guard is Cklya Grays from Los Angeles, CA. She attended Compton High School and is a proven winner. Tiffany Winkfield, a 6’1 post player, who signed with the Lady Hawks in December.

Fighting Hawks Sign Baltimore Baller The University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Fighting Hawks basketball team is pleased to announce the signing of Javes Wiggins of Baltimore, MD.

Wiggins just completed his sophomore year at Essex Community College in Baltimore, MD. He is a 6’7″, 225 pound forward.

The Fighting Hawks hope Javes is a big help for them next year. Their top recruit, Javes averaged 21 points and 17 rebounds a game for Essex. He was also named to the Region XX All-Region Division II First Team and was selected All-Conference in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Association. He finished above University of Maryland signee Jamar Smith in rebounding and scoring in the conference. “He will be a big help inside and will give us that presence that we have needed,” said Trotter. Wiggins is expected to fill the void left by Senior Andre Newson.

Shaw Bears Return To Gridiron With 10-Game Schedule The Shaw University Bears will return after 23 years to collegiate football action this fall with a 10 – game schedule. “We are excited about the upcoming schedule, especially with most of the games in Raleigh,” stated SU Head Coach Greg Ruffin.

SU has not sponsored football since 1979 and the new era of Bears Football will kickoff at home on Saturday, August 31 at 1:30pm against Fork Union Military Academy. All home games will be played at John H. Baker, SR Stadium (Southeast Raleigh High). SU will compete on the club level in 2002 and will move up to NCAA Division II and CIAA competition in 2003.

The Bears will also host St. Paul’s College (September 21), Hargrave Military Academy (October 5), Bethel College (November 9) and will close out with the Homecoming clash against Allen University (November 16).

The Bears will travel to George Mason University, Allen University, Edward Waters College, St. Paul’s, and the match -up with cross town rival St. Augustine’s College will be hosted by the Falcons this season.

“The football staff and I feel as though this schedule will allow us to compete at a very high level in our inaugural season. With five home games our alumni and the community will have a chance to enjoy college football right here in Raleigh,” concluded Ruffin.

Mississippi Valley To Implement Women’s Soccer in Fall The Mississippi Valley State University Department of Athletics will welcome women’s soccer as a part of the program beginning this fall, and with the schedule finalized, athletics director Lonza Hardy Jr. is increasing his efforts to fill the head coaching position for the campus’ newest sport.

Each of the 10 members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference will field a women’s soccer program. Alabama A&M University is the only school within the SWAC that has had women’s soccer as a varsity sport on the Division I level.

The first round of the inaugural SWAC soccer tournament will begin on Friday, November 8 and continue through Sunday, November 10, when the first conference championship will be played. The top two regular-season finishers from the Eastern and Western Division will compete in the SWAC’s post-season tournament each year. The inaugural SWAC soccer tournament will be held on the campus of AAMU in Huntsville, AL on November 9-10, 2002.

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY 2002 INAUGURAL WOMEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE Fri., Sept. 27 Texas Southern University* Houston, TX TBA Sun., Sept. 29 Jackson State University* Itta Bena, MS 3:00 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 6 Alabama A&M University* Huntsville, AL TBA Fri., Oct. 11 University of Memphis Memphis, TN 5:00 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 13 Alabama State University* Montgomery, AL TBA Sun., Oct. 20 Alcorn State University* Itta Bena, MS 3:00 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 3 Southern University* Itta Bena, MS 3:00 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 8 SWAC Tourney-First Round Huntsville, AL TBA Sun., Nov. 10 SWAC Tourney-Championship Huntsville, AL TBA John Williams To Take Over Women’s Basketball Program at Winston-Salem State Winston-Salem, NC – Winston-Salem State University has named John Williams as its head women’s basketball coach. Williams, who has served as the head men’s and women’s basketball coach at Wallace Community College in Selma, Alabama since 1997, brings nearly 20 years of coaching experience to a Lady Ram program that finished last season 17-13, reaching the finals of the 2002 CIAA Basketball Tournament.

With his new appointment, Williams will have coached in all four of the historically black conferences (CIAA, SIAC, SWAC, SIAC). He served as the head men’s basketball coach at Alabama State from 1995-96, and prior to that held the same title at Savannah State (1990-95) where he received his first head coaching experience.

Carson Inducted into Division II Hall of Fame (Courtesy Associated Press) Harry Carson, South Carolina State University athlete who went on to play for Super Bowl champions, is among those selected for induction in the Division II Hall of Fame on Monday. Carson, a linebacker for the New York Giants, was a defensive end at South Carolina State Carson set school and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference records with 17 sacks and 112 tackles. He anchored the 1975 team that recorded six shutouts and set an NCAA record for fewest points (29) allowed in a 10-game season. He was a 10-time Pro Bowl selection, winning the Super Bowl with the Giants after the 1986 season.

Brenda McCoy Appointed Interim MEAC Commissioner Greensboro, NC – Brenda McCoy has been named Interim Commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, effective immediately. The appointment was announced by William DeLauder, President of Delaware State University and chair of the Council of MEAC Chief Executive Officers.

DeLauder said McCoy will hold the position while the conference conducts a national search for a successor to Charles Harris. On April 12, Harris announced his resignation after a five-year tenure. A longtime member of the MEAC staff, McCoy has most recently been serving as Assistant to the Commissioner and Director of Championships.

DeLauder said the conference hopes to name its new commissioner this summer.

SWAC Searching For a Commissioner (Courtesy of 3c-hbcusports.com) The search for a new commissioner has begun. The SWAC office has announced that it is officially accepting applications for the position of conference commissioner. Resumes and letters of application with references are due in the conference office by May 31, 2002. The candidate selected will report to work July 1, 2002.

Memo From CIAA Commissioner Leon Kerry on the 2003 CIAA Tourney Dear Patron: Enclosed is information that pertains to the 2003 CIAA Basketball Tournament, scheduled on February 24 through March 1, 2003, in Raleigh, NC. The information provides insight on the CIAA ticket process and distribution. Additionally, it addresses the CIAA Ticket Policy.

This year’s Tournament established another attendance record and we expect similar results for next year. With articles in the USA Today (front page), Ebony and Essence magazines, the CIAA Basketball Tournament is receiving the recognition and exposure it deserves!

Our fans have been an integral part of the success of the CIAA Tournament by attending not only the games but; the many festivities associated with the Tournament. From the CIAA Fashion Show to Super Saturday, CIAA fan loyalty and enthusiasm for the entire Tournament Week cannot be matched. We extend a heartfelt thank you for your support.

However popularity and success have caused the demand for tickets to increase. We have already begun to receive orders for next year. Do not wait until September to submit your order and expect to receive prime seating. Place your order for tickets now!

Remember our goal is to continuously improve our service to you. If you have any questions, please call the conference office at (757) 865-0071. Again, we appreciate your patronage. See you at the 2003 Tournament!