Georgia State Basketball: Jarvis Hayes Added to Basketball Staff

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May 6, 2019

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Jarvis Hayes Added to Georgia State Basketball Staff

 

ATLANTA-Georgia State head coach Rob Lanier announced the final assistant coach to his staff on Monday with the addition of Jarvis Hayes.

 

Hayes spent the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach at Morehouse College guiding the squad to a 20-5 overall record and SIAC regular season title.

 

With deep ties to Atlanta basketball, Hayes was the head coach of the Atlanta Celtics AAU team from 2015-18, one of the premier AAU teams in the country.

 

“What stands out to me about Jarvis is his humility,” Lanier said. “He is a man of great character and work ethic. Those are the qualities we were looking for in completing our staff and to be able to find that in someone with the basketball background that Jarvis has, is great for our program. To add to that, Jarvis’ familiarity and connection to Atlanta and the state of Georgia makes him a phenomenal addition to our staff.”

 

“I want to thank Coach Lanier and Georgia State for giving me this opportunity,” Hayes said. “The city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia have meant a lot to me throughout my career. I look forward to hitting the ground running and helping Georgia State continuing to show why it is one of the premier mid-major programs in the country.”

While at Morehouse, Hayes assisted in the recruitment and development of both the conference Player and Newcomer of the Year.

 

From 2015-18 he led the Atlanta Celtics AAU team while also serving as a color commentator for NBA TV and the ESPN/SEC Network. He also served as an assistant basketball coach at the Drew Charter School for two seasons.

 

Hayes was drafted with the 10th pick in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft to the Washington Wizards. Hayes spent four seasons in Washington before playing the 2007-08 season for the Detroit Pistons advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. He spent his last two seasons in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets serving as a NBPA Team Representative.

 

From 2010-15 he continued to play professionally overseas winning a championship with CSU Asesoft Ploiesti in Romania. He also played in Italy, Qatar, Israel, Russia, and Turkey.

 

After his freshman season at Western Carolina where he averaged 17.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game to become the first freshman in 40 years to lead the Southern Conference in scoring, Hayes transferred to Georgia.

 

As a Bulldog, Hayes played two seasons before entering the NBA Draft. As a sophomore he won the SEC scoring title averaging 18.6 points per game. He was voted the SEC Player of the Year by Basketball America, The Sporting News, and CNNSI.

 

During his junior year he ranked second in the conference in scoring and fourth in 3-point field goal percentage. He became the only Bulldog to be a “two-time” unanimous All-SEC First Team selection by the coaches.

 

Hayes twin brother, Jonas, coached at Morehouse during the 2005-06 season and was recently named men’s basketball assistant coach at Big East member, Xavier University.

Hayes and his wife Illia, were married in 2008. The couple has two young boys, Jarvis Jr. and Myles.
 

Georgia State is expected to start summer practice in early June as summer school gets underway.

 

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Stellar A-State Men’s Golf Season Comes to a Close at Louisville Regional

For Immediate Release:  May 15, 2019

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Stellar A-State Men’s Golf Season Comes to a Close at Louisville Regional

 

SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (5/15/19) – The Arkansas State men’s golf team’s Sun Belt Conference championship season came to a close Wednesday at the NCAA Championships’ Louisville Regional, where the Red Wolves finished 11th out of 13 teams with a 54-hole 878 score.

 

The Red Wolves’ 11th-place finish among a loaded field that included five top-25 and nine top-50 nationally ranked teams was their best ever at a NCAA Regional.  Ranked 35th in the nation itself, A-State was making its fifth all-time appearance in the NCAA Championships and its first since 2002.

 

The squad also produced its lowest three-round score ever at an NCAA Regional, topping its previous best of 880 shot at the 2000 NCAA Central Regional in Victoria, Texas.  Although A-State placed 11th after recording a final-round 293 at the University of Louisville Golf Club, it finished only one stroke behind 10th-place Southern Illinois.

 

A-State stood in 10th place at the conclusion of the opening day and entered today’s play in ninth after posting a 295 and 290 for the first and second rounds, respectively.

 

“This was a good experience for our team, but it obviously wasn’t the finish we wanted,” said A-State head coach Mike Hagen.  “We were disappointed after today with just how we played over the last three days, but we prepared well and gave great effort.  I told the guys not to let three days or one event define their season, which you can’t.  They’ve rewritten the record books this year, and it seems like the team or someone’s name is at the top of every single category.

 

“We lose some important pieces from this team next year, but we also have the three highest ranked players coming back and a fifth-year senior in Matt Cole.  Along with what we’re adding, I think we can build off the year we had and continue to get better.  A foundation was laid the last three years, and this was kind of a breakout year for us.  Our current guys and the ones before them should be proud of that.”

 

Arkansas State was led by junior Julien Sale, who finished tied for 25th place with a combined 216 (75-70-71).  Not only did he become the first A-State player to ever place among the top 25 individuals at a regional, his 216 combined score tied Jason Jackson (2000) for the lowest ever by an A-State player in the NCAA Championships.

 

A three-time Sun Belt Conference Golfer of the Week selection this season, junior Zan Luka Stirn tied for 45th place along with two-time All-Sun Belt pick and senior Joel Wendin.  They both ended the tournament with a 54-hole 221.  Stirn shot a 73 for both the first and second rounds and a 75 for the second 18 holes, while Wendin carded an opening-round 72 that was followed by a 73 and 76.

 

Also competing for A-State, freshman Luka Naglic finished tied for 55th place with a 224 (75-76-73) and junior Matt Cole tied for 59th with a 225 (77-72-76).

 

A-State’s season saw it claim five tournament championships, the second most in school history, while earning a school-record No. 18 national ranking at one point.  It concludes the year with the best all-time scoring average since at least 1993, and records indicate probably in the history of the program.

 

ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS

Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3—Total)

11, Arkansas State (295-290-293—878)

T25, Julien Sale (75-70-71—216)

T45, Zan Luka Stirn (73-75-73—221)

T45, Joel Wendin (72-73-76—221)

T55, Luka Naglic (75-76-73—224)

T59, Matthew Cole (77-72-76—225)

 


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MBB: Men’s Basketball Announces Signing of Kendall Lewis (Updated)

May 13, 2019

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BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State men's basketball head coach Dustin Kerns has announced the signing of Kendall Lewis (Snellville, Ga./Shiloh).
 
"We are super excited about the addition of Kendall Lewis to the Mountaineer family," said Kerns. "He is a high character person who comes from a great family with wonderful parents in Eric and Sherry."
 
Lewis (6-6, 190, F) earned AJC All-Metro Gwinnett County honors as a senior at Shiloh High School after averaging 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. He also was selected to play in the Gwinnett County All-Star Game.
 
He was a member of the Atlanta Express in AAU competition this spring and averaged 15.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, while shooting 61.5 percent from the field and 66.7 percent on 3-pointers.
 
"Kendall had an excellent high school career and is a very versatile player with tremendous length and skill," added Kerns. "He has a natural playmaking ability to score and makes plays for others. With his athleticism, he provides us a strong defensive presence as well. Please join us in welcoming Kendall and his family to the App State family."
 
Lewis joins Donovan Gregory and J.C. Tharrington as newcomers for the 2019-20 season. The Black and Gold will officially tip the season in November.

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A-State Men’s Golf Opens Play at Louisville Regional

For Immediate Release:  May 13, 2019

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A-State Men’s Golf Opens Play at Louisville Regional

 

SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (5/13/19) – Making its first appearance in the NCAA Championships since 2002, the 35th-ranked Arkansas State men’s golf team shot a first-round 295 Monday at the Louisville Regional to place it 10th among the 13-team field that features five top-25 ranked teams.

 

The Red Wolves quickly found themselves near the bottom of the standings to begin the day at the University of Louisville Golf Club, but climbed back to as high as sixth-place late before their five-man lineup stumbled on the final hole to drop the squad back to 10th place.

 

“We started playing better after a slow start, and it looked like we were going to settle into our round, but then we didn’t finish very well,” said A-State head coach Mike Hagen.  “We started making some birdies and seeing some movement in the right direction, but the last hole gave us some trouble and we just didn’t finish our round good, which is unusual for us.

 

“We played the tougher stretches of the course well, so that was a positive we can build off of, but we have to manage our round better.  You have six conference champions in this field, and the others are obviously very good teams, so we have to be consistent throughout the entire round.”

 

The Red Wolves were led by senior Joel Wendin, who carded a 72 to place him tied for 26th.  Junior Zan Luka Stirn posted a 73 to place him tied for 35th, while junior Julien Sale and freshman Luka Naglic both shot a 75 to put them in a tie for 53rd place.  Also competing for A-State, junior Matthew Cole stands tied for 60th place with a 77.

 

A-State will enter tomorrow’s second round, which is set to begin at 6:30 a.m., only one stroke behind ninth-place Mississippi State and within three of 13th-ranked North Florida.  Fifth-place West Virginia holds a nine-stroke advantage over A-State after posting a 286, while Auburn leads the field with a 276.

 

ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS

Place, Name (RD 1)

10, Arkansas State (295)

T26, Joel Wendin (72)

T35, Zan Luka Stirn (73)

T53, Julien Sale (75)

T53, Luka Naglic (75)

T60, Matthew Cole (77)

 


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A-State Athletics Setting Academic Records as Red Wolves Take Part in Spring Commencement

For Immediate Release:  May 11, 2019

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A-State Athletics Setting Academic Records as Red Wolves Take Part in Spring Commencement

 

JONESBORO, Ark. (5/11/19) – The same week it was revealed that Arkansas State Athletics posted a school-record 979 all-department Academic Progress Rate (APR), over 40 more student-athletes from the Red Wolves’ NCAA intercollegiate sports programs earned their college degrees as Arkansas State University held its 2019 Spring Commencement ceremony Saturday at First National Bank Arena.

 

The latest graduating class of A-State student-athletes represented 15 of the Red Wolves’ 16 sports and also featured 33 individuals who were part of the school-record 232 members of the fall 2018 Athletics Director’s Honor Roll.  The group helped A-State compile a 3.12 all-department GPA this past fall, which was also an all-time high for the Red Wolves.

 

A-State continues to graduate its student-athletes at a school-record pace, posting an all-time-best 85 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) according to the latest NCAA date (2018). 

 

Representing the sport of baseball in this year’s class were Nate Alberius (General Studies), Justin Felix (Criminology), Jesse Kutzke (General Studies), Kyle MacDonald (General Studies), Conrad Ray (Finance & Marketing), Brandon Stuckenschneider (Chemistry Pre Pharm) and Drew Tipton (Business Administration).

 

The graduates from women’s basketball included Madison Heckert (Exercise Science), Jadee Scott-Jones (Electrical Engineering), Starr Taylor (Exercise Science) and Akasha Westbrook (Biological Science and Chemistry), while Ty Cockfield (Communication Studies), Grantham Gillard (General Studies) and Tristin Walley (General Studies) represented men’s basketball.  Denisyha Waller (General Studies) of the women’s bowling team earned her degree also.

 

Representing football were Kavin Alexander (Creative Media Production), Omar Bayless (Communication Studies), Marvis Brown (Communication Studies), Tajhea Chambers (Sport Management), Kendrick Edwards (Communication Studies), Dahu Green (General Studies), TJ Harris (Exercise Science), Darreon Jackson (Communication Studies), Michael Johnson (General Studies), Kirk Louis (Sport Management), Justin McInnis (Sport Management), Kirk Merritt (General Studies), Nour-Eddine Seidnaly (Communication Studies) and Warren Wand (Sport Management).

 

Three members of the men’s golf team earned their degree, including Matt Cole (Marketing), Trent Jones (General Studies) and Joel Wendin (Business Administration).  The women’s golf team also featured three graduates made up of Sarah Childers (Electrical Engineering), Beth Ann Compton (Mechanical Engineering) and Aracelly Jimenez Rios (Finance).

 

Soccer’s Kelsey Ponder (Exercise Science) and Anita Detlava (General Studies) and Shelby King (Communication Disorders) were part of the class.

 

The men’s track and field team saw Tiaan Steenkamp (Finance) graduate, while the Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field squads were represented by Rebecca Eldien (Marketing Sales) and Andrea Perez (Sport Management).  Rounding out the class from volleyball were Kenzie Fields (Exercise Science) and Carlisa May (General Studies).

 


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Georgia State Golf: Joe Inman Announces Retirement After 11 Years with Program

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Georgia State’s Joe Inman Announces Retirement After 11 Years with Program

 

ATLANTA – Georgia State Director of Golf and former head coach Joe Inman, who has led the program for the last 11 years, announced his retirement from the program on Tuesday.

Inman served as the head coach of the men’s golf team starting in August of 2008. He guided the program to five NCAA Regional appearances, including a stretch of four straight from 2014-17. In 2014, the program finished 22nd at the NCAA Championship, less than a week after finishing a school-best second at the NCAA San Antonio Regional.

“Being able to work with so many incredible young men and the Georgia State staff has been a blessing over the last 11 years,” Inman said. “As much as I hope I taught them, I know that they have taught me even more. The game of golf has been a huge part of my life for the last 60 years and this has been an incredible chapter that I will never forget.”

For his contributions to the game, he was inducted into the GSGA Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in January 2017.

After nine years as head coach, Inman took over the Director of Golf position, hiring Chad Wilson as head coach, while continuing to work with the players, but also spending more time fundraising for the program. In the last two years, Inman was instrumental in the new Bobby Jones Golf Course, home to GSU golf, as well as the purchase of a new Sprinter Van for the squad.

This year he watched as all four seniors graduated on time after a season that saw the Panthers earn a third-place finish at the GSU-hosted Autotrader Collegiate Classic. Inman was responsible for bringing Autotrader on board as the title sponsor for the event eight years ago. The event has become one of the premier collegiate events in the southeast.

In 2016-17, Inman guided Georgia State to its eighth conference championship and fourth-straight NCAA Regional appearance. It was the second Sun Belt title since 2014 for the Panthers who topped in-state rival Georgia Southern 3-2 in the Match Play Final. For his efforts, he was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year for the second time, also earning the honor in 2014.

It was the 2013-14 year that was his most successful as he guided the Panthers to a school-record four wins, a second-place finish at the NCAA San Antonio Regional and a ranking as high as No. 43 in the country en route to the school’s fifth NCAA Championship appearance where GSU finished 22nd. 

After winning the Autotrader Collegiate Classic in the fall, Georgia State earned a school-first back-to-back-to-back wins to end the spring, taking the titles of the Furman Intercollegiate, Irish Creek Collegiate and Sun Belt Conference Championship. After winning the conference title, he was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year.

Under Inman’s guidance, Georgia State made its second appearance in an NCAA Regional in 2014. The second-place finish was the best in school history as he watched senior Tyler Gruca finish third, the best result by an individual in NCAA Regional play in program history.

Inman guided the team to a one-stroke win at the conference championship and was named the 2014 Sun Belt Coach of the Year by his peers. Three Panthers earned all-conference honors, including a pair on the first team.

Spanning more than 25 years, Inman’s pro playing career included four victories, one on the PGA Tour and three on the Champions Tour. He had nearly 100 top-25 finishes on each circuit, and his career earnings totaled over $5 million.

Inman’s career on the PGA Tour included playing in 329 events, highlighted by a victory in the 1976 Kemper Open. He also posted three runner-up finishes and four third-place showings on the PGA Tour, along with 32 top 10-performances and 98 finishes in the top 25.

After working as a sales representative for PING from 1989-97, Inman began playing on the Champions Tour in 1998. He owns three tournament titles, winning the Pacific Bell Open in 1998 and 1999 and the SBC Open in 2000. He also compiled two runner-up finishes, three third-place efforts, 33 top-10 showings and 88 top-25 performances while missing only seven cuts in 276 events on the senior circuit.

As a collegian, Inman was a three-time All-American at Wake Forest, earning first-team honors in 1969 following second-team accolades in 1968 and honorable mention recognition in 1967. Playing on powerhouse teams under legendary coach Jesse Haddock, Inman helped the Demon Deacons to three straight Atlantic Coast Conference titles and top-three NCAA finishes in 1968 and 1969. His college teammates included future PGA Tour standouts Lanny Wadkins and Leonard Thompson. 

Georgia State’s season came to an end at the Sun Belt Conference Championship last month. The 2019-20 season is expected to get underway at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate in September.

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A-State Men’s Golf Heading to NCAA Championships’ Louisville Regional

For Immediate Release:  May 1, 2019

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A-State Men’s Golf Heading to NCAA Championships’ Louisville Regional

 

JONESBORO, Ark. (5/1/19) – Announced during the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships Selection Show Monday night on the Golf Channel, Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State is set to play in the Louisville (Ky.) Regional May 13-15 as the No. 6 seed.

 

The Red Wolves learned their NCAA Regional destination alongside a crowd of supporters on hand for a selection show watch party held at Centennial Bank Stadium’s Woodard McAlister Family Club.  Making its fifth all-time appearance in the NCAA Championships, A-State is one of 13 teams that will compete in the Louisville Regional at the University of Louisville Golf Club.

 

“It’s exciting to be in the NCAA Championships and playing in one of the regionals,” said A-State head coach Mike Hagen.  “I was looking forward to (this watch party) all day and finding out where we were going to go.  I knew we would have a good seed, and I was obviously hoping we would get a good draw in the regional they put us in.  It was fun to see your name go up (on the screen) and the reaction of all our guys and the people who came out to support us.”

 

A-State will be part of a talented field that features No. 1 Oklahoma State, the 2018 defending national champions.  Including the Red Wolves at No. 35, the tournament will feature nine programs ranked in the top 50 in the latest Golfstat rankings.

 

In addition to A-State and Oklahoma State, the 13-team regional also features Auburn, North Florida, Louisville, Baylor, Iowa State, West Virginia, Arizona, Mississippi State, New Mexico, Jacksonville State and Southern Illinois.  The low five teams and low individual not on those teams from each of the six regional sites will advance the finals in Fayetteville, Ark.

 

A-State will enter the Louisville Regional coming off its first ever Sun Belt Conference championship.  The squad holds a 132-22-0 head-to-head record this season and has won five tournaments, which are the second most in school history.

 

“I think we were ranked around 80th at the beginning of this year, and now we’re a six seed at the regionals,” said A-State junior Zan Luka Stirn, who is ranked as the No. 92 player in the nation by Golfstat.  “It just means a lot – I made it regionals as an individual my freshman year, but now this year making it as a team is just so much more special, and I just hope we can go on and play in the nationals.”

 

The Red Wolves will play a practice round on Sunday, May 12, prior to the start of the first round the following day at 6:30 a.m. CT.

 


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FB: App State Announces Home Game Times, Troy Date Change

April 30, 2019

 

Contact: Joey Jones (jonesj7@appstate.edu)

 

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ONLINE: https://appstatesports.com/news/2019/4/30/app-state-announces-football-home-game-times-troy-date-change.aspx

 

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State has set game times for its 2019 home football schedule at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Also of note, the road game at Troy has been moved from its originally scheduled date of Nov. 30 to Friday, Nov. 29 (6 p.m. ET/5 CT).

 
After winning three straight Sun Belt Championships and four consecutive bowl games, the Mountaineers will get the 2019 season started at home against East Tennessee State at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 31. Each of the team’s first four home games will kick off at 3:30 p.m., while the Georgia Southern game on Halloween will be a nationally televised (ESPNU) Thursday game with a kickoff time that will be announced at a later date, and the Texas State game on Nov. 23 will kick off at 2:30 p.m.
 
Scheduled game times can be subject to change. Broadcast outlets for the first two home games will be determined shortly before the season. The others will be determined, as is the standard, 12 days in advance.
  
Season tickets are available to purchase online, by phone at 828-262-2079 or in person at the App State athletics ticket office located in the Holmes Center. Today, April 30, is the last day for 2018 ticket holders to renew their season tickets for 2019 to ensure the same seat allocation.

 

2019 App State Football Schedule


Sat., Aug. 31 vs. East Tennessee State (Hall of Fame / Jerry Moore 30th anniversary celebration), 3:30 p.m.


Sat., Sept. 7 vs. Charlotte, 3:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 21 at North Carolina, TBA

Sat., Sept. 28 vs. Coastal Carolina* (Family Weekend), 3:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 9 at Louisiana*, TBA [ESPN2]

Sat., Oct. 19 vs. ULM* (Homecoming), 3:30 p.m.


Sat., Oct. 26 at South Alabama*, TBA


Thurs., Oct. 31 vs. Georgia Southern*, TBA [ESPNU]


Sat., Nov. 9 at South Carolina, TBA


Sat., Nov. 16 at Georgia State*, TBA


Sat., Nov. 23 vs. Texas State* (Senior Day), 2:30 p.m.


Fri., Nov. 29 at Troy*, 6 p.m.


Sat., Dec. 7 – Sun Belt Championship Game

 

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Home game in bold

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A-State Athletics Honors Student-Athletes at 7th Annual “State Awards”

For Immediate Release:  April 29, 2019

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A-State Athletics Honors Student-Athletes at 7th Annual “State Awards”

 

JONESBORO, Ark. (4/29/19) – Hosting the 7th Annual “State Awards,” the Arkansas State Athletics Department brought all of the Red Wolves together Monday night at First National Bank Arena to celebrate their academic success, athletic achievements and community service for the 2018-19 year.

 

The event was highlighted by the announcement of Arkansas State’s major award winners from this year, but also featured a dinner, presentation of senior rings, videos, special recognitions for others who contribute to the success of A-State Athletics and more.

 

Three-time Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Offensive Player of the Year Carlisa May and Sun Belt Football Player of the Year Justice Hansen were named the recipients of the Terry Gwin Award.  The award is named after former football player Terry Gwin and based on leadership, citizenship, scholarship and athletic performance.

 

The Scott and Kay Dawson award went to junior women’s basketball player Starr Taylor and senior baseball player Casey Vaughn.  The criteria for the award includes, but is not limited to, excellence in service, attitude, loyalty, character and leadership.

 

The Dr. Tim and Terri Langford Award, the highest academic honor within A-State Athletics and presented for excelling academically while demonstrating a commitment to academic integrity, Arkansas State University and the community, was issued to Sammy Brainard.  The junior track and field student-athlete holds a 3.904 cumulative GPA while working on a double degree in biology and chemistry.

 

The H.T. “Pug” Winters Degree Completion Award went to Anaelle Charles, a junior on the women’s track and field team.  Senior women’s soccer play Riley Ebenroth and senior pole vaulter Michael Carr earned the Tom and Anna Belle Akers Family Degree Completion Award, while the Billie Gene Davidson Degree Completion Award was issued to senior football player Brandon Byner.

 

The Red Wolves’ 2018-19 female Freshman of the Year winner was Osereme Erewele of the track and field team, and running back Marcel Murray of the football team was tabbed as the male winner.

 

A-State’s Newcomers of the Year were junior Kirk Merritt of the football team and Emma Nwofor of the track and field team.

 

The event began with music and a social function when student-athletes visited with those in attendance and posed for photos.  They also enjoyed a buffet dinner before the program began with a welcome from radio play-by-play announcer Matt Stolz, who served as master of ceremonies.

 

Following a brief recognition of distinguished guests, A-State Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics began the official program with introductory remarks to A-State’s student-athletes.

 

In addition to Mohajir, men’s golf head coach Mike Hagen and Vaughn both addressed the crowd.  As part of the event, Dr. Lynita Cooksey was presented with an Athletics Department Service Award, and the evening continued with a Team GPA Award issued to the women’s golf, football and volleyball teams.

 

An Athletics Director’s Honor Roll recognition ensued, as well as a recognition of the A-State Spirt squads showing the athletics department’s appreciation for their dedicated involvement with A-State Athletics.

 

Not only were the student-athletes presented their All-Sun Belt Conference trophies for this year, there was an NCAA Championships recognition for the women’s bowling and men’s golf teams.

 

The evening concluded when Mohajir recognized the seniors sport-by-sport for their commitment and contributions to Arkansas State University and Red Wolves Athletics throughout their career by presenting them with their senior rings.

 

 


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A-State to Host NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Selection Show Watch Party

For Immediate Release:  April 29, 2019

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A-State to Host NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Selection Show Watch Party

 

JONESBORO, Ark. (4/29/19) – The Arkansas State Athletics Department has announced it will host a watch party with its Sun Belt Conference championship men’s golf team during the 2019 NCAA Division I Championships Selection Show on Wednesday, May 1.

 

Open to the public, the event will be held at Centennial Bank Stadium’s Woodard McAlister Family Club.  While doors will open at 7:00 p.m., the actual show will air at 8 p.m. on Golf Channel’s Golf Central and be streamed live on the Golf Channel web site.

 

The Red Wolves have already secured an automatic bid into the NCAA Championships after claiming their first ever Sun Belt title, but will find out their regional-tournament destination and seeding during the show.

 

Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 12-15.  Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of the three regionals, while the other regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams.  The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.

 

The six regional sites include Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Washington, hosted by Washington State University; Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, California, hosted by Stanford University; TPC Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, hosted by Coastal Carolina University and Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance; University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Kentucky, hosted by the University of Louisville; University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Georgia, hosted by the University of Georgia; and University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas, hosted by the University of Texas.

 

NCAA team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.

 

While the Red Wolves won their first ever Sun Belt title this year, it was their second all-time conference championship after also winning the American South Conference in 1989.  They will now make their fifth all-time team appearance in an NCAA Regional and their first since 2002.

 


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FB: Five Mountaineers Sign NFL Free Agent Deals

April 28, 2019

 

Contact: Joey Jones (jonesj7@appstate.edu)

 

Secondary contact: Bret Strelow (strelowb@appstate.edu)

 

ONLINE: https://appstatesports.com/news/2019/4/27/football-five-mountaineers-sign-nfl-free-agent-deals.aspx

 

BOONE, N.C. — Five recent alums of the Appalachian State football team took the next step in their football journeys by signing free agent deals with NFL teams upon the conclusion of the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday.

 

Clifton Duck signed with the Chicago Bears, Austin Exford with the Houston Texans, Tae Hayes with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalin Moore with the New York Jets and MyQuon Stout with the Jets.

 

The Mountaineers already led Sun Belt Conference programs with nine alums currently on NFL rosters, and this quintet will look to add to that total.

 

Duck, a Matthews, N.C., native, completed his 2018 junior season by being named a first-team All-Sun Belt cornerback for the third time. The 2016 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year who helped App State rank among the nation’s most turnover-happy defenses, he intercepted 12 passes, made 158 tackles and totaled 324 punt return yards over his three seasons as a starter.
 
Exford excelled as both a hard-hitting standout on several special teams units as well as a safety who was named first-team All-Sun Belt by the PFF College site last fall. The Snellville, Ga., native played in 41 career games and totaled 102 tackles, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, one interception, one sack, and a defensive touchdown.

 

Hayes, from Decatur, Ala., was a three-year starter at cornerback with 33 career passes defended, including nine interceptions. He earned All-Sun Belt honors as both a junior and senior. In his four seasons, App State’s 73 interceptions tied San Diego State for the national lead during that span.

 

During his App State career, Moore rushed for 3,570 yards (No. 6 in school history), averaged a school-record 6.13 yards per carry and scored 34 total touchdowns. The two-time Sun Belt rushing champion with back-to-back seasons of 1,000-plus yards had four games with at least 235 rushing yards in his career, and the ability to squat 650 pounds contributed to him being No. 1 among running backs on NFL.com’s 18-player list of “college football’s most freakish athletes” in 2018.

A native of Shelby, N.C., Moore suffered a season-ending ankle fracture and dislocation on Oct. 9 but, in part because of the dedication he showed during his rehab process, received the first official invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl. He later attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where he ranked No. 2 among the 28 invited running backs with 27 reps on the 225-pound bench press, and then went through on-field drills in front of NFL personnel during App State’s Pro Day earlier this month.

 
A two-time team captain and three-year starter at nose tackle, Stout was the leader of a defense that ranked No. 4 nationally by allowing just 15.5 points per game in 2018. The Salisbury, N.C., native earned first-team All-Sun Belt honors as a senior and finished his career with 88 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.