HBCU Sports News Roundup

By Tony McClean
Updated: August 17, 2008

HBCU BandNEW HAVEN, Ct. – We’re just a few days away from the beginning of the black college football season on August 28th.

However, there are many other major happenings within the black college sports scene. Let’s take a look.


North Carolina A&T State University Chancellor Stanley F. Battle announced the hiring of Wheeler Brown as the school’s new director of intercollegiate athletics at a press conference held at the Bryan Fitness and Wellness Center.

Brown has served as the interim director of athletics since last November. Before taking over the role of interim AD, he served as the department’s associate athletics director for internal affairs and compliance for five years.

During his time as associate athletics director, Brown was one of only 12 applicants selected to participate in the NCAA Fellows Program. The program pairs minorities and women who are striving toward being director of athletics at Division I institutions with an executive Division I director of athletics mentor. Brown was the only person in the program from a historically black college or university. Today, he is one of the program’s success stories.

“We had an outstanding pool of highly qualified candidates,” said Battle. “However, Mr. Brown brings tremendous energy, experience and leadership to the position. He is an alumnus of the university and the appropriate person for the job at this time.”

Brown graduated from N.C. A&T in 1979 with a degree in health and physical education. Before graduating, he competed for four years as an offensive tackle for the Aggies football team. He was a part of N.C. A&T’s first MEAC football championship in 1975. The Baltimore native earned first-team All-MEAC honors in 1978. Twenty five years later, he was inducted into the N.C. A&T Hall of Fame.

“It is always an honor to come back and serve your alma mater in any capacity,” said Brown. “To be named athletics director is a little more special because I am a product of North Carolina A&T athletics. I really want to build our future on the strong traditions of the past.”

Brown began his professional career as a teacher and coach at C.L. Harper High School in Atlanta. Five years later he became the head men’s basketball coach at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md. In 10 seasons, he compiled a 191-110 record.

The foundation for his ascension to director of athletics began in 1996 when he accepted a position as an assistant athletics director and assistant men’s basketball coach at Wheeling and Jesuit University. He spent five years there before being hired as an associate athletics director at Bowie State University in 2001. A year later, he returned to his alma mater as an associate athletics director.

“From the first day I stepped on campus,” said Brown. “I fell in love with the school. “It wasn’t called Aggie Pride back then, but you had people on campus ready to preach to you about the importance of being an Aggie. We have to restore the attitude in our student-athletes that once you become an Aggie, you’ve become something special.”


The Southwestern Athletic Conference has named Eunice Elliott as Director of Branding/External Operations, Commissioner Duer Sharp announced. Elliott will focus on corporate sponsorships, marketing, and special events for the conference. She brings a diverse background to the Conference office, having worked in public relations, marketing, and communications.

She most recently worked a brief stint as Director of Public Relations for the All American Football League’s Birmingham franchise. Prior to that, Elliott managed her own management company, MC=E2, representing professional athletes and non-profit foundations. She has worked as executive producer of “The Other Side of the Bench” a television show highlighting community efforts of the Atlanta Falcons.

Elliott also worked as media relations director of client services for ProFiles Sports Management in Atlanta. The Birmingham native and University of Alabama graduate also worked as a radio personality while in Tuscaloosa.


Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Kellen Winslow Sr. will join the Central State University administration as Director of Athletics and Student Wellness in September.

A native of East St. Louis, Ill., Winslow earned consensus all American honors during his senior year while playing for the University of Missouri Tigers. Winslow played nine seasons for the San Diego Chargers and is often referred to as the player who redefined the tight end position. Kellen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

As Director of Athletics and Student Wellness, Winslow will manage and direct the University’s athletic programs, the athletic staff, and develop and implement fundraising and marketing strategies for Central State athletics. In addition, Winslow will create health intervention programs designed to foster the adoption of a more active and healthy lifestyle among the University’s student population.

“I am honored to join the Central State University administration. I see the opportunity to develop an innovative wellness program and lead the Athletic Department as one mission with similar opportunities and goals,” said the new athletic director. “Awareness, fundraising and the building of facilities are crucial for either to be successful. We are now a part of the NCAA Division II and I will work to solidify our standing. In athletics we will focus on identifying resources, recruitment, retention and the health of our athletes and, of course, graduating productive students.”

On September 1, 2008 Central State University will move from the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) to membership in the NCAA Division II classification. This move is part of a five year examination of the University’s athletic department’s ability to maintain integrity.

John Garland President of Central State University said, “I am confident that Kellen Winslow will provide the leadership and talent to help the University and establish a greater athletic presence locally, regionally and nationally. He has shown us he has a vision for great leadership. I am especially gratified that Mr. Winslow shares my vision that student wellness is an important element in a Central State University education. I have believed in this for quite some time. Now we have Mr. Winslow as our champion for this endeavor.”

Kellen Winslow earned a bachelor’s degree in educational studies, from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a Juris Doctorate, from the University of San Diego School of Law. Most recently, Winslow was the Director of New Business Development and Sponsorship for Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

His son, Kellen Winslow II, currently plays tight end for the Cleveland Browns and made his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2008 for the 10-6 Browns.

Central State University is the only public Historically Black University in Ohio. The University provides access to public higher education for all citizens of Ohio, and throughout the country. Central State University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and public service in a values-based environment.


The SWAC announced its 2008 preseason soccer honors with Jackson State teammates Naira Crimiel and Rochelle Moncrieffe claiming top honors. The team was voted on by the schools’ coaches and sports information contacts.

Crimiel, a 5-foot-3 sophomore midfielder from McComb, MS, was named preseason offensive player of the year following a successful 2007 campaign. Last season, she played in 16 games in which she tallied 14 goals and six assists (34 points).

She connected on three game-winning goals and had a shot-on-goal percentage of 69 percent. She had three games of at least two goals and two matches of four goals scored. She was first in the conference averaging 2.12 points per game, first in goals scored and third in assists. She was named conference player of the week four times and was the 2007 SWAC Offensive Player of the Year.

Moncrieffe, a 5-foot-10 sophomore defender/forward from Coconut Creek, FL, was voted as the preseason defensive player of the year. She garnered six goals and seven assists last season while assisting in one of the stingiest defensive efforts in the conference.

JSU allowed the fewest goals in the conference (16) while posting an goals-against average of 1.15 per game. The team had seven shutouts last season while notching 78 team saves. Moncrieffe ended the 2007 season as a member of the all-conference second team.

In the predicted order of finish, Jackson State and Grambling State were picked to win their respective divisions. In the Western Division, Grambling State garnered ten first-place votes en route to 83 voting points. Southern (six first-place votes) was second with 74 points while Prairie View A&M (four first-place votes) was third with 64 points.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (40 pts) and Texas Southern (36 pts) rounded out the division. In the Eastern Division, Jackson State was chosen first with nine first-place votes as they received 83 points. Alabama A&M, the defending champs, were picked second with 80 points while Mississippi Valley State (four first-place votes) received 68 points. Alabama State (35 pts) and Alcorn State (34 pts) close out the divisional list.

Mississippi Valley State had five players chosen for preseason honors – two on the first team. Southern had four selections; Prairie View A&M, Grambling State, Alabama A&M and Jackson State placed three players on the preseason squad while Alcorn State had one player chosen.