Wednesday, July 18 2018

7/18/18 – Granville Eastman, Head Football Coach, NCCU

Our Guest Speaker for this week’s meeting will be Granville, Eastman, interim Head Football Coach at North Carolina Central University. With 20 years of collegiate coaching experience to his credit, Granville Eastman joined the North Carolina Central University football coaching staff in January 2014. He served as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and safeties coach until his promotion to interim head coach on Dec. 8, 2017.

Prior to joining NCCU, Eastman spent nine seasons (2005-13) as the defensive coordinator at Austin Peay State University in Clarkesville, Tennessee. During his 11 total seasons at APSU, he coached defensive backs and linebackers, and also served as special teams coordinator (2003-04) and interim head coach (winter 2013).

Eastman coached four seasons (1999-2002) at Tiffin University in Ohio, including the last three seasons as defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, while working with defensive backs and defensive line during his tenure.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Eastman secured his first coaching position at York University in his hometown, where he spent two seasons (1994-95) working with defensive backs.

He has interned with five NFL teams since 2002, lending his services to the Detroit Lions (2002), Arizona Cardinals (2004), Tennessee Titans (2006), Indianapolis Colts (2011) and Minnesota Vikings (2012).

Eastman also volunteers as a coach and mentor with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
8/1/18 – Alex Keddie, Director of Compliance, UNC
8/15/18 – Jay Smith, UNC Historian
9/5/18 – Special Guest Speaker!


6/20/18 – Barry Jacobs, Sports Writer

The guest speaker for our upcoming meeting will be Barry Jacobs, noted freelance sports writer. He has authored five books, 14 basketball annuals, nominations to the National Register, and hundreds of articles on sports, history, and the environment for newspapers (including 20 years for the New York Times), magazines, and the Internet. His books include:

• Across the Line: Profiles In Basketball Courage: Tales Of The First Black Players In The ACC and SEC

• Coach K’s Little Blue Book, Revised and Updated: Lessons From College Basketball’s Best Coach

• Golden Glory: The First 50 Years of the Acc

• Three Paths to Glory: A Season on the Hardwood With Duke, N.C. State, and North Carolina

In addition to writing, Barry has served on and chaired the Orange County Planning Board and the Board of Directors of OWASA. He was first elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners in 1998 and reelected in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
7/4/18 – HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! NO MEETING!
7/18/18 – Special Guest Speaker!
8/1/18 – Special Guest Speaker!


5/30/18 – David Cutcliffe, Head Football Coach, Duke

The guest speaker for our upcoming meeting will be David Cutcliffe, Head Football Coach at Duke University. the 2013 National Coach of the Year who has earned both ACC and SEC Coach of the Year honors in a distinguished career that includes the mentoring of Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, was named Duke University’s 21st head football coach on December 15, 2007.

Cutcliffe is 52-61 (.460) in nine seasons at Duke and owns an overall head coaching ledger of 96-90 (.603). Cutcliffe’s 52 victories in nine years with the Blue Devils are 42 more than the program’s total in the previous eight seasons (2000-07) combined.

Highlights from the last five years include the program’s first bowl victory since 1961, an NFL first round draft pick pick in Laken Tomlinson (2014), an eight-game winning streak in 2013 (Duke’s longest since 1941), the program’s first appearance in the BCS standings in 2013 and in the College Football Playoff rankings in 2014 and final national rankings in both polls in 2013 (22nd by USA Today/Coaches & 23rd by Associated Press) to mark Duke’s first showing in a final poll since 1962. Cutcliffe directed the 2013 Blue Devils to a school record four fourth quarter victories as well as, for the first time since 1971, two wins over nationally-ranked opponents. A year later, Cutcliffe had Duke as high as No. 19 in both the USA Today and Associated Press polls, its highest AP ranking since November 12, 1994. Duke also won two or more games as a ranked team in consecutive years for the first time since the 1954-55 seasons.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Cutcliffe graduated from the University of Alabama in 1976 and is a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016. He got his start in coaching at Banks High School — his alma mater — and spent four years as an assistant coach before becoming the head coach in 1980.
Cutcliffe is married to the former Karen Oran, and they have four children (Chris, Marcus Hilliard, Katie [Kolls] & Emily), one daughter-in-law (Molly), one son-in-law (Chris Kolls) and six grandsons (Shivers, Bennett, Oliver, Campbell, Theodore & Cooper).

thanks for the info, www.GoDuke.com

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

6/6/18 – Scholar-Athlete Awards Night (5:30pm)
6/20/18 – Special Guest Speaker
7/4/18 – HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! CoaNO MEETING!


5/16/18 – Curt Cignetti, Head Football Coach, Elon University

The guest speaker for our upcoming meeting will be Curt Cignetti, Head Football Coach at Elon University. Cignetti was named Elon University’s 22nd head football coach on Dec. 31, 2016. The assistant coach/recruiting coordinator on Nick Saban’s undefeated 2009 National Championship team at Alabama, Cignetti guided the Phoenix to a six-win turnaround and an FCS Playoff appearance in his first season.
Under Cignetti’s leadership, Elon was one of the nation’s most improved teams in 2017. The Phoenix went from 2-9 in 2016 to an 8-4 overall mark in Cignetti’s first season at the helm of the program. Elon, which had been picked to place 11th in the 12-team CAA Football league, posted a 6-2 conference record to finish third. Elon was one of the nation’s most improved teams in 2017. The Phoenix went from 2-9 in 2016 to an 8-4 overall mark in Cignetti’s first season at the helm of the program. Elon, which had been picked to place 11th in the 12-team CAA Football league, posted a 6-2 conference record to finish third. Elon’s performance on the field led to Cignetti claiming CAA Football Coach of the Year honors and a fourth-place finish in voting for the Eddie Robinson Award for the FCS National Coach of the Year.

During the 2017 season, Elon returned to the top-25 rankings for the first time since 2010, peaking at No. 7. The maroon and gold defeated four ranked opponents and put together an eight-game winning streak on its way to the program’s first FCS Playoff appearance since 2009.

Cignetti was hired on Nick Saban’s original staff at Alabama, helping the Crimson Tide to a national title in 2009 and back-to-back SEC West championships in 2008 and 2009 as the recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach. He joined the staff at Alabama after spending seven seasons (2000-06) as the recruiting coordinator at North Carolina State while also coaching tight ends from 2000-02 and 2005-06 and quarterbacks during the 2003 and 2004 campaigns. NC State qualified for five bowl games during that time, including the 2002 Gator Bowl, when the team set a school record with 11 victories.

Cignetti was a quarterback at West Virginia, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1982. He is married to the former Manette Lawer and the couple has three children – Curtis John, Carly Ann and Natalie Elise.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

5/30/18 – David Cutcliffe, Head Football Coach, Duke
6/6/18 – Scholar-Athlete Awards Night (5:30pm)
6/20/18 – Special Guest Speaker


5/2/18 – Marissa Young, Head Softball Coach, Duke

The guest speaker for our upcoming meeting will be Marissa Young, Head Softball Coach at Duke University. Former Big Ten Player-of-the-Year Young is the first head softball coach at Duke University, as announced by Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Kevin White on July 29, 2015. Young spent the previous two years as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina.

Young was a three-time All-America selection as a pitcher at the University of Michigan and was named the 2002 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and 2003 Big Ten Player of the Year. At North Carolina, her primary responsibilities included coaching the pitchers and catchers.

In the spring of 2015, Young helped the Tar Heels to a 37-16 overall record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament after the squad won 24 contests the prior season. Young’s pitchers posted a 3.30 earned run average with 234 strikeouts in 335.1 innings pitched.

Young spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan, where she served as the compliance liaison, recruiting coordinator and managed team travel and the operational budget, among other duties. She helped coach five Academic All-America picks and five player of the week selections during her tenure at Eastern Michigan.

Young graduated from Michigan in 2003 as the all-time strikeout leader (927) and her 88 career wins became the second highest in program history. She also matched the then-program single-season home run record with 13 in 2003.

Young played two years of professional softball, one overseas in Italy and the second year with the Texas Thunder of the National Pro Fastpitch.

The Blue Devils are in their first season of varsity play.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

5/6/18 – “Night Out With the Bulls”
5/16/18 – Special Guest Speaker
5/30/18 – David Cutcliffe, Head Football Coach, Duke
6/6/18 – Scholar-Athlete Awards Night (5:30pm)


4/18/18 – Larry Fedora, Head Football Coach, UNC

The guest speaker for our upcoming meeting will be Larry Fedora, Head Football Coach at the University of North Carolina. Fedora will be entering his 6th season at UNC. Fedora is UNC’s 34th full-time head coach. He promised to implement an aggressive, attacking philosophy on both sides of the ball, with the same wide-open spread offense he used at Southern Miss and a blitz-heavy defense. His philosophy is based on a a quote from George S. Patton—”Instead of waiting to see what might develop, attack constantly, vigorously and viciously. Never let up, never stop, always attack.” He has vowed that Tar Heel football would be known for “playing smart, playing fast, and playing physical. Over the last five seasons, the Tar Heels have set records in bunches, electrified fans with their special teams, play, produced numerous professional prospects and finished first in the Coastal Division on two occasions.

Fedora, who already ranks fifth all-time at UNC with 40 victories, signed a new contract extension in May to keep him in Chapel Hill through the 2022 season.

“I enjoy coaching at the University of North Carolina and I appreciate the trust Chancellor Folt and Bubba Cunningham have shown in the leadership of our program,” Fedora said. “Our staff and players have worked diligently over the last five years to build a program that encompasses all aspects of the student-athlete experience, while simultaneously achieving success on the field.”

Carolina has won 19 games in the last two years, including 13 of 16 ACC regular season contests. The 19 wins are the most in back-to-back seasons since winning 21 in 1996 (10) and 1997 (11). Fedora’s .813 winning percentage in ACC games (13-3) over the past two seasons ranks in the top six nationally among Power 5 schools.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

5/2/18 – Marissa Young, Head Softball Coach at Duke and “Bob Bickell Lacrosse Award” Presentation
5/6/18 – “Night Out With the Bulls”
5/16/18 – Special Guest Speaker
5/30/18 – David Cutcliffe, Head Football Coach, Duke


4/4/18 – Kathryn Brown, Winter Olympics Reporter, WRAL

The guest speaker for our upcoming meeting will be Kathryn Brown, Reporter/Anchor for WRAL-TV. Kathryn covered the past Winter Olympics for WRAL, and will talk to us about her experiences in Pyeongchang.

As a General Assignment reporter, Kathryn has worked around the country covering everything from presidential elections and inaugurations, to hurricanes along the Outer Banks and Gulf Coast, to the Occupy Wall Street movement, mine disasters and building explosions. With her colleagues at WRAL, she’s covered the historic 2016 Presidential Election, the Carolina Panthers 2016 Super Bowl run, and Hurricane Matthew, to name a few.

In 2008, Brown won an Emmy Award for Continuing Coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre (WJZ-TV) as well as an Associated Press Award for Continuing Coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre (WJZ-TV). In 2005, she was nominated for an Emmy for General Assignment Reporting with WCBS-TV and an Emmy nomination for Continuing Coverage with WRAL-TV.

Since August 2014, Brown has been an Anchor/Reporter from WRAL-TV; From February 2009 to August 2014, a reporter with WCBS-TV, New York; From June 2008 to December 2010: National Correspondent, CBS Newspath; June 2005 to June 2008: Reporter, WJZ-TV, Baltimore; August 2002 to June 2005: Anchor/Reporter, WSET-TV, Roanoke, Va.

Kathryn is married and has one son and twin daughters.

Thank you, WRAL.COM, for the info!

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

4/18/18 – Larry Fedora, Head Football Coach, UNC
5/2/18 – Special Guest Speaker and “Bob Bickell Lacrosse Award” Presentation
5/6/18 – “Night Out With the Bulls”
5/16/18 – Special Guest Speaker


3/21/18 – Dave Odom, College Basketball Expert

The guest speaker for our upcoming meeting will be Dave Odom, father of Ryan Odom (Head Basketball Coach at UMBC, which defeated UVA in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament), and former Head Basketball Coach at Wake Forest and the University of South Carolina, and college basketball expert.

Odom began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Wake Forest University in 1976 under head coach Carl Tacy. After three years at Wake Forest (1976–1979), Odom became the head coach at East Carolina University, where his squad compiled a 16-11 record, the university’s best since 1965. Odom stayed with the program until 1982, when he was offered a chance to return to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) as an assistant at the University of Virginia.

As an assistant at Virginia (1982–1989) under head coach Terry Holland, Odom participated in some of the university’s most successful seasons, including five National Collegiate Athletic Association berths and a trip to the Final Four in 1984. During this time, Odom coached future No. 1 NBA draft pick Ralph Sampson, who graduated in 1983. Odom served as acting head coach when Holland missed several games due to illness in the 1988-1989 season. Odom left Virginia in 1989 to return to Winston-Salem as the head coach of Wake Forest University.

Odom was named ACC coach of the year in 1991, 1994 and 1995. He led his team to consecutive ACC Championships in 1995 and 1996. Much of the success during these two years is attributed to star center Tim Duncan, whom he recruited as a player in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1994. In 1995, led by Duncan, the team put up a 26-6 overall record, including winning the ACC Tournament by defeating North Carolina by the score of 82-80, with the victory coming from a last second shot by point guard Randolph Childress. In 1996, the team successfully defended its title with a record of 26-6 by defeating Georgia Tech by a score of 75-74.

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

4/4/18 -Kathryn Brown, WRAL-TV, Coverage of Winter Olympics
4/18/18 – Larry Fedora, Head Football Coach, UNC
5/2/18 – Special Guest Speaker and “Bob Bickell Lacrosse Award” Presentation

 

 


3/7/18 – Dr. Frank Bonner, Director, NCAA Division I

The guest speaker for our upcoming meeting will be Dr. Frank Bonner, President of Gardner-Webb University and a Director on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors. Bonner joined Gardner-Webb in 1987 as vice president for Academic Affairs. His role later evolved into vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and then provost and senior vice president. In May, 2005, he was named president and took office on July 1. Prior to GWU, he was a faculty member and associate dean for Special Programs at Anderson College in Anderson, S.C. A 1969 graduate of Furman University in Greenville, S.C., with a bachelor’s degree in English, Bonner earned his master’s degree from the University of Georgia in 1971 and his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977.

President Bonner has been heavily involved in intercollegiate athletics. In 2017, he was appointed to the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, which includes 24 presidents and chancellors. He also serves on the NCAA Board of Directors and the Division I Committee on Academics. In addition, Bonner is a member of the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU). He is also a past president of the Big South Conference and a past chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities.

Bonner is married to Florence (Flossie) Black of Chester, South Carolina, also a Furman graduate. She is a retired high school mathematics teacher. They have two daughters, Alison Bonner Dalton of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Florence Bonner Crawford of Fort Myers, Florida. The Bonners have six grandchildren.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

3/21/18 – Dave Odom, NCAA Basketball Guru
4/4/18 – Special Guest Speaker!!!!!
4/18/18 – Larry Fedora, Head Football Coach, UNC


2/21/18 – Jim Koerner, Head Baseball Coach, NC Central University

The guest speaker for our upcoming meeting will be Jim Koerner, Head Baseball Coach at North Carolina Central University. Koerner came to NCCU in 2011 from the University at Buffalo, where he was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

During the 2015 season the Eagles were once again in the hunt for a division title, and featured one of the best pitching staffs in NCCU’s modern era. The team kept the second-lowest earned run average (4.55) and second-lowest opposing batting average (.286) in the program’s modern history.

In 2014, Koerner and the Eagles were right in the thick of the MEAC’s Southern Division race throughout the entire season, putting together one of the best season’s offensively since the program restarted. NCCU recorded 454 hits, the second-most since 2007, and ripped a Division I high 22 home runs, along with the most doubles in the modern era of the program (75). New standards were set in the 2013 campaign for Koerner and his program as the Eagles set a new modern era record with 27 wins overtaking the 21 victories collected in the 2007 season, the only year NCCU played at the NCAA Division II level. Despite finishing third in the Southern Division and dropping its opening round matchup against Norfolk State in the 2013 MEAC Baseball Championships, the Eagles recovered to win two of the next three to advance all the way to semifinals as one of the four remaining teams left in the tournament, going 2-2 during the week.

He received his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1997 from St. John Fisher College (N.Y.), and a master’s degree in athletic administration from Marshall University. Koerner and his wife, Kylie, have two children, Sam and Elizabeth.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

3/7/18 – Dr. Frank Bonner, President, Gardner-Webb University and NCAA D-I Director
3/21/18 – Dave Odom, NCAA Basketball Guru
4/4/18 – Special Guest Speaker!!!!!


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