|XU women's tennis, volleyball are NAIA Scholar-Teams
by Ed Cassiere
NEW ORLEANS -- High grade-point averages by two Xavier University of
Louisiana's women's teams -- volleyball and tennis -- have earned them
NAIA Scholar-Team awards for the 2013-14 academic year.
This is the first time that Xavier has been honored. The NAIA announced
the awards Tuesday.
The Gold Nuggets compiled a 3.11 team GPA in volleyball and a 3.00 GPA
For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must
have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale as defined by the institution. The
team GPA includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.
"Being named an NAIA Scholar-Team is a tremendous honor for our women's
tennis and volleyball teams and a fitting reward for their hard work in
the classroom," said Jason Horn, XU director of athletics and
Both XU teams qualified for NAIA National Championships this past
season. Volleyball was 26-8 and won Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
regular-season and tournament championships. Tennis was 17-7, won the
NAIA Unaffiliated Group 2 Tournament, ranked No. 1 twice in the coaches
poll and advanced to the national semifinals
7/18/2014 | Men's Basketball
On a night which saw six former NBA players in attendance, Virginia Union
University bestowed former men's basketball coach with the Lifetime
Achievement Coaching Award in a ceremony held on Thursday, July 17, in the
Henderson Center on the VUU campus in Richmond, Va.
The proceeds from the event will establish a scholarship in the name of
Robbins, who coached for 30 years at Virginia Union and who won three
national championships (1980, 1992 and 2005).
Former VUU greats Ben Wallace, Charles Oakley, A.J. English, Terry Davis,
Keith Valentine, Derrick Johnson, Luqman Jaaber as well as CIAA
Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams shared stories and memories of their time
spent with Coach Robbins at VUU.
Dr. Benjamin Royal donated $50,000 to help establish the endowment for the
Coach Robbins garnered a career record of 713 wins, an average of 24 wins
per season over his 30 years of coaching at VUU. In addition to the three
national championships, Robbins also guided the Panthers to 14 CIAA
ATHLETICS DIRECTOR WICKER-McCREE EARNS NACWAA ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics
Administrators (NACWAA) has announced North Carolina Central University
Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree as the recipient of its 2014
NCAA Division I FCS Administrator of the Year Award.
A native of Durham, N.C., who is now in her 20th year at NCCU, Wicker-McCree
was named the University’s first permanent female Director of Athletics in
2008 and has successfully transitioned NCCU from NCAA Division II to NCAA
Division I FCS.
She will receive the award on Oct. 14 in Louisville, Ky., at the 2014
Administrator of the Year Luncheon in conjunction with the 35th Annual
NACWAA National Convention. The Administrator of the Year Award is presented
annually to NACWAA members for significant contributions made as athletics
"I am absolutely honored and thrilled about receiving this prestigious
award,” said Wicker-McCree. “It is humbling to be recognized by your peers
and the National Association of College Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA)
is a phenomenal organization of supportive women and men that serves as a
vehicle to empower women to excel in the field of college athletics. I have
a fantastic support group of family, friends and co-workers who allow me to
make a difference in the lives of our student-athletes, and I look forward
to continue serving our students and student-athletes in enhancing their
experiences at NCCU.”
|GCAC champion Nuggets announce signing of 3 more
by Ed Cassiere July 16, 2014
ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana announced Wednesday the signing of
three more for women's track and field. Joining the Gold Nuggets will be
Clarke Allen of Mendenhall, Miss., and Mendenhall High School, Drew Chatters
of Lake Charles, La., and St. Louis Catholic High School, and Tyler Row of
Baton Rouge, La., and St. Michael the Archangel High School.
Four have signed with coach Joseph Moses' XU women for 2014-15.
Allen was a member of Mendenhall's Class 4A state-champion 800-meter relay
teams this year and in 2013. Both times the Lady Tigers set 4A meet records
in that event. Allen placed fifth in the 400 at the state meet this year,
and she won several district and regional championships for Mendenhall. Her
best marks include 12.80 seconds in the 100, 26.55 in the 200, 59.76 in the
400 and 33 feet, 8 inches in the triple jump.
Chatters was a three-sport standout at St. Louis. In track and field she was
the Class 3A state champion in the javelin in 2012, and in 2013 she was a
member of the Lady Saints' 1,600 relay team which won the 4A championship.
Her best throw in the javelin was 131-2 in a second-place finish at the 3A
state meet this year.
Chatters helped St. Louis win the 4A state championship in 2013 and the 3A
title this year. She was all-district in volleyball and soccer and helped
St. Louis reach the state semifinals two times apiece in those sports.
Chatters has two older sisters who attended Xavier. Jodi Chatters was a Gold
Nuggets volleyball standout in 2012 and 2013, and Cydney graduated from XU
in May. Chatters' mother, aunt and uncle are XU alumni.
Row qualified for the Class 4A outdoor state meet four consecutive years and
posted eight top-4 finishes, three apiece in 2012 and 2013. She was a state
runner-up in the 100 hurdles this year, the 300 hurdles in 2012 and the
1,600 relay in 2012 and 2013. She was a district champion in the 100 hurdles
four consecutive years.
Row placed third this year in the 60 hurdles at the Division I state indoor
meet. As a member of the United Southern Express Track Club, Row was
All-America in the 100 hurdles and the pentathlon in 2011.
Row's best times are 14.94 in the 100 hurdles, 45.16 in the 300 hurdles and
12.50 in the 100.
Like Chatters, Row has several XU connections. Her mother, an uncles and two
cousins attended the university.
Allen, Chatters and Row will be biology/pre-medical majors at Xavier. Allen
was Mendenhall's class valedictorian.
The Nuggets' previously announced signee was Carlie Calais, a distance and
middle-distance runner from Breaux Bridge, La.