Tuesday, September 18 2018

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


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 – Tubby Smith, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, High Point University


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).

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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


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