Tuesday, December 18 2018

12/19/18 – Durham Sports Club Christmas Party

This is a “members and their guests only” meeting.  Luke DeCock from the News & Observer will be presenting the “Sports Year in Review”.

 

The next meeting that will be open to the public will be Wednesday, January 16th, 2019.  Happy Holidays!

 

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Mark Your Calendars!

1/2/19 – NO MEETING!!!!
1/16/19 – Chris Pollard, Head Baseball Coach, Duke
2/6/19 – Special Guest Speaker!


12/5/18 – Alan Matthews, Crosschecker Scout, Los Angeles Dodgers

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Alan Matthews, “Southeast Regional Crosschecker Scout” for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Matthews grew up in Durham, was a catcher at Northern High School, and went on to journalism school in college before taking a job at Baseball America here in Durham in 2002.  After meeting some people who worked in professional baseball through his position as writer/editor at Baseball America, the Rockies offered him a full-time scouting position covering Georgia, Alabama and North Florida in 2007. His first draft pick was Charlie Blackmon (second round, 2008) from Georgia Tech. Blackmon just appeared in his second All-Star game in 2018 and is still the starting Center Fielder in Colorado. Two other players he signed while with the Rockies, Jordan Patterson (2013, 4th round University of South Alabama) and Sam Howard (3rd round, 2014, Georgia Southern University) have since made it to the majors, as well

In August of 2015, Matthews accepted a regional crosschecking position with the Dodgers, covering the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Puerto Rico. He supervises four area scouts in the Southeast. Matthews moved back to Durham from Atlanta, where he had relocated while working that area for the Rockies.  For more information, check out https://dodgers.mlblogs.com/how-a-baseball-america-scribe-landed-in-the-dodgers-scouting-department-968b60d64e5

 

 

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Mark Your Calendars!

12/19/18 – Durham Sports Clubs’ Annual “Christmas Party” with Luke DeCock’s “Sports Year in Review”
1/2/19 – NO MEETING!!!!
1/16/19 – Chris Pollard, Head Baseball Coach, Duke

 

 

 


11/21/18 – Anne Keene, Author, “The Cloudbuster Nine”

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Anne Keene, Author of the book “The Cloudbuster Nine – The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II”.  In 1943, the New York Yankees won the World Series but one of the nation’s strongest baseball teams practiced on a skinned-out college field in the heart of North Carolina. Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Sain were among a cadre of fighter-pilot cadets who wore the Cloudbuster Nine baseball jersey at an elite Navy training school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The “Cloudbuster Nine” was recently named as a finalist for the 2018 CASEY Award for “Best Baseball Book of the Year” by Spitball magazine.

Anne’s work has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic Books, the Dallas Morning News and the Raleigh News & Observer and sports publications such as Boston Sports Extra. She served as a governor-appointed board member to the Texas State Archives Historical Records Advisory Board dedicated to the preservation of the state’s archives and documentary heritage. She is an advisor to Texas Our Texas, a Texas PBS documentary and education network, and serves as a board member of the Friends of Libraries and Archives of Texas. Anne swims for Longhorn Aquatics Masters at the University of Texas and is passionate about supporting fitness for veterans and children.

Anne began her career as a writer after graduating from UNC with a journalism degree, working in radio news/television documentary research and production, and serving as a press secretary and speechwriter in both Congress and a Presidential Administration.

 

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Mark Your Calendars!

12/5/18 – Alan Matthews, Southeast Regional Crosschecker, Los Angeles Dodgers
12/19/18 – Durham Sports Clubs’ Annual “Christmas Party” with Luke DeCock’s “Sports Year in Review”
1/2/19 – NO MEETING!!!!
1/16/19 – Chris Pollard, Head Baseball Coach, Duke

 

 

 


11/7/18 – Tara Hittle, Assistant Volleyball Coach, Duke University

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Tara Hittle, Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach at Duke.  Tara joined the Duke volleyball program in April 2018 and serves as an assistant coach, aiding in all aspects of the program including recruiting, practice planning, match preparation, scheduling and team travel.

A former NCAA Division I student-athlete and professional volleyball player, Hittle brings ample experience as a both a coach and a recruiter. She spent the 2017 season as an assistant coach at Portland State, helping the Vikings to their first 20-win season since 2013 while helping guide four Vikings to All-Big Sky Conference honors.

Before her arrival at Portland State, Hittle spent the 2016 campaign as a member of the Dartmouth coaching staff. Prior to her time in Hanover, N.H., Hittle served as a high school and club volleyball coach in her home state of Colorado. She was the head volleyball coach at Valor Christian High School from 2014-15 and Doherty High School from 2011-14. Hittle led Doherty to the 2012 state championship and was named 2012 Colorado Coach of the Year.

From 2011-16, Hittle was also the head coach of the Colorado Juniors Volleyball Club, leading her squad to two Colorado Crossroads Championships as well as a second-place finish at the 2016 National Tournament. She successfully guided her team members through the collegiate recruiting process, sending 100 percent of her players to the next level.

Before embarking on her coaching career, Hittle participated in both volleyball and basketball at the University of Hawaii, graduating with a degree in physical education and health in 2009. A four-time letterwinner, she remains in the school’s volleyball record book for both career digs (4th | 1,315) and digs per game (7th | 2.83). Following her collegiate career, Hittle then played professionally for the Volleyball Franches-Montagnes in Switzerland during the 2010-11 season.

Thanks, goduke.com

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Mark Your Calendars!

11/21/18 – Anne Keene, Author, “The Cloudbuster Nine”
12/5/18 – Alan Matthews, Southeast Regional Crosschecker, Los Angeles Dodgers
12/19/18 – Durham Sports Clubs’ Annual “Christmas Party” with Luke DeCock’s “Sports Year in Review”

 


10/17/18 – “Hugo Germino Sports Ambassador Award” Presentation

Join us as we recognize two outstanding citizens who exemplify the traits of the “Hugo Germino Sports Ambassador Award“. The “Hugo Germino Sports Ambassador Award” was established to honor deserving citizens who have spent an exceptional amount of time promoting, coaching, and working with young people in various sporting activities in the Durham community, without recognition.  We feel these individuals deserve credit for taking their time and interest to promote athletics, fun, and happiness for so many people without expecting any pay or personal accolades.

 

Mark Your Calendars!

11/7/18 – Special Guest Speaker
11/21/18 – Anne Keene, Author, “The Cloudbuster Nine”
12/6/18 – Special Guest Speaker

 


10/3/18 – Mike Krzyzewski, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Duke

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Mike Krzyzewski, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Duke University. Krzyzewski will enter the 2018-19 season with a 1,100-338 record in 43 years as a head coach, including a 1,027-279 mark in 38 seasons at Duke. From his first career win as head coach at Army on Nov. 28, 1975, to his 1,100th over Syracuse in the 2018 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, Krzyzewski has set the standard for winning in Division I men’s basketball.

Coach K became the Division I men’s career wins leader on Nov. 15, 2011, at Madison Square Garden, moving past his former coach Bob Knight with his 903rd victory. His historic 1,000th career victory came against St. John’s at The World’s Most Famous Arena on Jan. 25, 2015, as he became the first Division I men’s basketball coach to achieve a four-figure win total.

The crown jewels of Krzyzewski’s tenure at Duke are the five NCAA championship banners that hang in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Coach K’s five national championships are the second-most in NCAA history, trailing only the 10 won by former UCLA coach John Wooden, and he is one of just two coaches since 1975 to lead a team to back-to-back national titles (1991 and 1992).

Krzyzewski and former Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun are the only coaches in NCAA history to win national championships in three different decades.

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Mark Your Calendars

10/17/18 – “Hugo Germino Award” Presentation
11/7/18 – Special Guest Speaker
11/21/18 – Anne Keene, Author, “The Cloudbuster 9”


9/19/18 – Dwayne Ballen, Sports Broadcaster and Author

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Dwayne Ballen, an award-winning television journalist with more than twenty years of television industry experience. His broadcast resume includes CBS Sports, The ESPN networks, The Golf Channel, Fox Sports, USA Network, and TNT’s NBA Playoffs coverage. He has been a contributor to NPR and the Fox News Channel.

Ballen is also the author of the recently published book, “Journey With Julian”, about his family’s life with his eldest son (Julian) who has autism. Told from the rarely heard father’s perspective, “Journey With Julian” has received praise since its release. A review in the New York Journal of Books says the book will “enlighten and educate” the reader as it “conveys the importance of family, the necessity of acceptance, and the pure joy of unconditional love.”

Ballen, is an award winning television sports journalist and has been recognized for his outstanding skills as an interviewer and anchor. He is host of the upcoming talkshow “Sportsthought” which focuses on the more substantive issues that revolve around sports. Ballen dedicates a good deal of his time to raising awareness about autism. He’s delivered keynote addresses to the Autism Society of America’s annual conference, Clay Aiken’s National Inclusion Project tenth year celebration and the CDC’s national autism awareness day. He travels the country speaking about autism and his family’s experience. He and his son appeared on a special episode of the Katie Couric show, which dealt with autism.

 

Mark Your Calendars

10/3/18 – Mike Krzyzewski, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Duke University
10/17/18 – “Hugo Germino Award” Presentation
11/7/18 – Special Guest Speaker

 


9/5/18 – Tubby Smith, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, High Point University

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Orlando “Tubby” Smith, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at High Point University.  On March 27 of this year, Smith was named as the 12th head men’s basketball coach in HPU history.  He joins the Panthers after serving as the head coach at Memphis for two seasons.  An all-conference standout for High Point College from 1969-73, Smith coached Kentucky to the 1998 national championship and is one of two head coaches to guide five different programs to the NCAA Division I Tournament (Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota and Texas Tech).

Smith has been named National Coach of the Year three times (2003, 2005, 2016), conference coach of the year six times (1994, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2016) and was honored with the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award in 2016. In 2000, Smith was an assistant coach on Rudy Tomjanovich’s staff that led the United States to Olympic gold.

Smith has made 20 postseason appearances as a head coach, including nine Sweet Sixteen and four Elite Eight trips. Smith has mentored 18 student-athletes who have gone on to play in the NBA, including 13 NBA draft picks. In 27 seasons at six schools, Smith has amassed a combined record of 597-302 (.664).

The former Panther standout was inducted into the High Point University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2013, Smith was inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Smith comes to High Point University in a time of great transformation. Since 2005, enrollment has more than tripled and grown from three to eight academic schools. The US. News & World Report ranked HPU the Best College and the Most Innovative College in the South and the Princeton Review included HPU among its Best 382 Colleges in the Nation.

 

 

Mark Your Calendars

9/19/18 – Dwane Ballen, Television Journalist
10/3/18 – Mike Krzyzewski, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Duke University
10/17/18 – “Hugo Germino Award” Presentation


8/15/18 – Jay Smith, Historian

Our Guest Speaker for this week’s meeting will be Jay Smith, history professor at UNC.  Smith is best known for authoring Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports (Potomac Books, 2015) with co-author Mary Willingham, which provides an exposé of the UNC athletic-academic scandal and an assessment of the educational culture fostered in big-time sport programs.

More recently, in 2017, he tried to start a sports history class (History 383) at UNC that would include information about the UNC scandal.  UNC administration intervened and would not allow the course to be taught, a decision that was ultimately reversed and the course was made available this year. Smith says that when he attempted to teach the class during the fall 2017 semester, his efforts were suppressed by administrative forces outside of the history department.

In July 2017, he filed a grievance with the University’s Faculty Grievance Committee, asserting that his academic freedom had been violated.

On April 20, 2018, the Board of Trustees issued the final say in the matter: the University’s administration did not violate Smith’s academic freedom in the case of History 383 being kept off the fall 2017 schedule.

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Mark Your Calendars

9/5/18 – Tubby Smith, Head Basketball Coach, High Point University
9/19/18 – Dwane Ballen, Television Journalist
10/3/18 – Special guest speaker!


8/1/18 – Alex Keddie, Director of Compliance, UNC

The guest speaker for this meeting will be Alex Keddie, who joined the UNC Athletics staff in July of 2018 as Director of Compliance. Her primary responsibilities include oversight of rules education and interpretation for UNC Athletics. Additionally, she will serve as the point of contact for the men’s soccer agent program.

Keddie came to Carolina from Seton Hall University, where she was most recently Associate Athletics Director for Compliance. At Seton Hall, she was responsible for overseeing the departments compliance efforts, including creating policies/procedures and providing rules education for all staff members and student-athletes.

Prior to her time at Seton Hall, Keddie served in several compliance capacities at East Carolina University.

Keddie is a native of Massachusetts and a graduate of Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management and was a women’s soccer student-athlete. She also holds a Master of Science in Sport Management and a Master of Business Administration from East Carolina.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
8/15/18 – Jay Smith, UNC Historian
9/5/18 – Tubby Smith, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, High Point University
9/19/18 – Dwane Ballen, Former Sports Anchor and Reporter


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