The 2019 John B. McLendon CIAA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
will take place on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the
Charlotte Convention Center.
The CIAA will induct Dr. S. Dallas Simmons, former North Carolina
Central University administrator and President of St. Paul's College
and Virginia Union University; Thomasina Cunningham, former track &
field athlete at Hampton Institute; Antwain Smith, former basketball
standout of St. Paul's College, Eric Moore, long-time sports
information guru of the CIAA; John Locket, former St. Augustine's
University men's basketball athlete; LTC Robert L. Weeks, Sr. (U.S.
Army Retired), former Winston-Salem State University center; and
James "Jim" Burch,former basketball official and CIAA Coordinator.
The CIAA recognizes inductees for their excellence in the CIAA,
significant contributions in the community, leadership in CIAA
sports and commitment to the CIAA mission. The induction ceremony is
a part of the ancillary events surrounding 2019 CIAA Men’s
and Women’s Basketball Tournament that will be held in Charlotte,
North Carolina from February 25 - March 2, 2019. Tickets to attend
the breakfast may be purchased online.
Dr. S. Dallas Simmons | North Carolina Central University, St.
Paul’s College, Virginia Union University | President (posthumouslyinducted)
Dr. S. Dallas Simmons began his professional career in higher
education as the Director of the Computer Center at his alma mater,
North Carolina Central State University (NCCU), in 1962. After his
tenure as the Director of the Computer Center at Norfolk State
University (1964-1966), he returned to NCCU where he held several
positions, including Assistant Professor of Administration,
Assistant to the Chancellor, and Vice Chancellor of University
Relations. Dr. Simmons’ displayed leadership received him an
appointment to President Gerald Ford’s White House Advance Team.
In 1981, Dr. Simmons became President of St. Paul’s College where he
served until 1985 when he was named President of Virginia Union
University (VUU). During his 14-year tenure at VUU, he is credited
for outstanding fiscal management and endowment building. Dr.
Simmons’ strides initiated VUU’s Criminal Justice Program, restored
several campus facilities, and build a new library.
Dr. Simmons earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees at NCCU
and a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Duke University. He was awarded
an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from NCCU and an Honorary
Doctorate of Law from VUU. He also served on the boards of North
Carolina Central University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute &
State University. Dr. Simmons passed away in July of 2014 and will
be recognized posthumously.
Thomasina Cunningham | Hampton University | Track & Field
Thomasina Cunningham was one of the CIAA's top women's track and
field athletes from Hampton University (formerly Institute),
1981-84. As a freshman, Cunningham won the CIAA Indoor and Outdoor
Track and Field 100m Hurdles, Outdoor Long Jump, and was a member of
the Outdoor Sprint Medley team. That year it was no surprise when
she earned Rookie of the Year and Hampton Institute Track and Field
MVP. Cunningham added three more CIAA championship trophies to her
case: Outdoor 100m Hurdles (1984) and Outdoor Long Jump(1981 &
Cunningham earned several national championship trophies during her
collegiate career including NAIA Indoor Track and Field Long Jump
Champion (1982), Outdoor Track & Field 100m Hurdles Champion
(1982-1984), and Indoor Track and Field 55m Hurdles Champion
Cunningham was named Hampton Institute Outstanding Performer in the
1981-82 and 1983-84 seasons. Adding to her competitive performance,
she was also recognized for her academics on several occasions.
Cunningham was named Hampton Institute Outstanding Scholar Athlete
(1982-83), NAIA Women's Indoor Track and Field Academic All-American
(1981 & 1984), and NAIA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Academic
All-American (1981 & 1984).
Antwain Smith | St. Paul’s College | Basketball
Antwain Smith was a four-year basketball letterman at St. Paul’s
College, where he holds the school record in career steals (120) and
is the second-highest career scorer with 2,056 points. In 1996,
Smith earned CIAA Rookie Team and All-Conference honors. The forward
continued to excel in his collegiate career, earning All-CIAA
accolades during each year of competition as well as All-Tournament
Team recognition. Smith is the only player in conference history to
be named Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons
(1997-1999). During his college career, Smith was also named Most
Valuable Player of the 4th Annual National Car Rental Black College
All-Star Classic Portsmouth Invitational.
In 1999, Smith was the first Black College player selected in the
National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft. As the 51st overall
pick, the 6’7” powerhouse was drafted by the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Smith went on to compete in the International Basketball League
(IBL) with the St. Louis Swarm (1999-01) and Richmond Rhythm
(2000-01). He also played in the Premier A Slovenian Basketball
League in 2001 and the National Basketball Development League (NBDL)
for the Fayetteville Patriots (2001-02).
Eric Moore | Fayetteville State, CIAA | Supporter
Eric Moore is an established figure in sports information and
credited for his impact and preservation of CIAA history and
statistics over time. Moore started his career at Fayetteville State
University in 1984, which allowed him a clear vantage point and
grounding for his career as a consultant for the conference office.
There he assisted and lead the initiative of updating technology and
communications needs, including the development of the league’s
Moore continues to serve as a resource, guide and mentor to many
sports information directors within the CIAA and across the NCAA,
providing instruction and concepts surrounding statistics and best
practices for communication. Over the course of his career and still
today, he provides statistical services at a variety of CIAA
contests including at conference championship events.
Moore continues to serve as an industry leader as the Executive
Director of the Black College Sports Information Directors’
Association (since 2001).
John Lockett | St. Augustine’s University | Basketball
John Lockett was a top scorer and rebounder in the CIAA as a member
of the Saint Augustine’s University men’s basketball team. The 6’4”
forward/guard averaged 27.8 points and 14.9 rebounds per game during
his two-year career with the Falcons. As a senior, he averaged a
team-high 27.4 points per game. After his season performance in
1967, Locket earned All-CIAA team honors. Lockett was inducted in to
the Falcons’ Hall of Fame in 2004.
LTC Robert L. Weeks, Sr. | Winston-Salem State University | Football
LTC Robert L. Weeks, Sr. was a four-year letterman in football at
Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). Weeks became the starting
center on the Rams’ offense after the third game of his freshman
year and never relinquished his starting role for the remainder of
his time on the team. He started 40 consecutive games during his
career at WSSU and was selected co-captain of the offense in
Weeks was named to the NAIA All-District 26 team in 1975, All-CIAA
team in 1976, and to the Pittsburgh Courier All-American team in
1976 and 1977.
Weeks graduated Cum Laude from Winston-Salem State University with a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education in 1978.
His leadership continued after college through his decorated
military career. He retired from the United States Army after20
years at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Weeks was inducted in to
the Winston-Salem State Hall of Fame in 2004.
James “Jim” Burch | CIAA | Official/Coordinator of Officials
Jim Burch is well-known in the CIAA for his nearly 60-year service
as a basketball official and Coordinator of Basketball Officials.
Burch began his career as an official in 1959, breaking down many
barriers in officiating during a time of segregation and
integration. Burch was a trailblazer becoming the first Black game
official in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 1969. Throughout
his career, Burch has officiated in the CIAA, ACC, Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference (MEAC), and Southern Conference and has worked
14 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournaments. He
has trained and mentored hundreds of officials over the years, many
who have gone on to careers in the CIAA, ACC, Southern Conference
and NCAA championships.
Burch was a two-sport athlete and a 1949 graduate of Fayetteville
State University, where he would later serve on the board of
trustees. He established the James T. Burch Scholarship to recognize
student-athletes who exemplify the qualities of academic excellence,
involvement in public service, and love of athletic competition.
Burch has been inducted into seven halls of fame, including the CIAA
Officials, MEAC Officials, NCHSAA, Fayetteville State Athletic, and
South Atlantic Conference. He also served as the basketball
coordinator for the Southern Conference for 17 years. Burch was
featured in the NCAA Champions Magazine in 1994 and 2014.
Mr. Burch retired from his position as CIAA Coordinator of
Basketball Officials in June of 2018.
|NCCU Athletics Staff Members Box More Than
Instead of hosting a department holiday staff gathering, North
Carolina Central University Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker
McCree invited staff members to come together for a community
service project at the Food Bank of Greater Central & Eastern North
Carolina in Durham.
On Friday morning (Dec. 21), NCCU Athletics Department staff members
teamed up to build 856 boxes of food, equating to more than 17,000
meals for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
“This was a great opportunity for our staff to lead by example and
make sure our community knows we stand committed to helping others,”
said McCree. “It was also a way to continue building a culture of
giving and another opportunity to participate in a team-building
activity with our coaches, staff and student-athletes.”
During the 2017-18 season, NCCU student-athletes completed more than
6,000 hours of community service.
About the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
The mission of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is:
No One Goes Hungry in Central & Eastern North Carolina.
Established in 1980, the Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that
has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties for
over 35 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800
partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and
programs for children and adults through distribution centers in
Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern
Pines) and Wilmington.
Sadly, food insecurity remains a serious problem in central and
eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 600,000 people
struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary
for a healthy life.
To donate, volunteer or learn more about the Food Bank of Central &
Eastern North Carolina, visit www.foodbankcenc.org.
|MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY MEN’S BASKETBALL HONORS
NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 18, 2018—Malik Gantz of North Carolina A&T State
was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s
Basketball Player of the Week, the conference announced today.
Howard’s Andre Toure was named Rookie of the Week, while Cletrell
Pope of Bethune-Cookman is the Defensive Player of the Week.
Gantz (6-3, G, Sr., Harrisburg, Pa.) helped the Aggies secure a
78-76 win over Tennessee State, shooting 73 percent from the floor
(11-for-15), and 50 percent from beyond the arc (2-for-4), scoring a
career-high 27 points. He also grabbed five rebounds, had three
steals and netted 3-of-5 attempts from the charity stripe in 33
minutes of play.
Toure (6-8, F, Fr., Paris, France) scored 11 points on 5-of-9
shooting for the Bison, while also grabbing five rebounds and
dishing out three assists, while also getting one steal during 25
minutes of play, during the contest againstFordham. He also grabbed
seven boards and blocked two shots against George Washington.
Pope (6-9, F, Gr., Palm Beach, Fla.) had a double-double for the
Wildcats against Jacksonville, scoring 18 points while also grabbing
19 rebounds – 10 of which came on the defensive end. He also blocked
three shots and nabbed apair of steals in the contest.
Other Top Performers
D.J. Jones (FAMU) had 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting, along with one
assist, two steals and four rebounds at Utah.
M.J. Randolph (FAMU) scored eight points on 4-for-6 shooting, while
grabbing four rebounds with one assist and one steal at Utah.
Justin Ravenel (FAMU) scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting,
connecting 5-of-6 from 3-point range, while also dishing out two
assists and one steal at Utah.
Qua Copeland (NCAT) scored 25 points on 59 percent shooting from the
floor, shooting 50 percent from behind the arc against Tennessee
Jordan Butler (NSU) recorded his 13th career double-digit rebounding
game, grabbing 10 boards against Rider.
Nic Thomas (NSU) averaged 17 points in two games on 9-for-25
shooting, while grabbing four rebounds, and went 10-for-11 from the
Damani Applewhite (SCSU) averaged 21.5 points in a two-game stint,
shooting 55 percent from the field, while averaging 6.0 rebounds.
|Martin and Afriyie Earn MEAC Weekly Awards
DURHAM, N.C. — North Carolina Central University women’s basketball
senior guard Rodneysha Martin was named MEAC Co-Player of the Week
and junior forward Paulina Afriyie was tabbed MEAC Defensive Player
of the Week for Dec. 11-17 as announced by the Mid-Eastern Athletic
In her first two games of the season after returning to the lineup
from injury, Martin was a catalyst in NCCU’s first two wins of the
season. Martin shot 56.3-percent from the field and 76.9-percent
from the free throw line to average 24 points per game in thetwo
Martin made a splash in her season debut, scoring a career-high 27
points in Wednesday’s 66-57 win over UNCG. She was a stellar 8-of-10
from the free throw line while also providing five rebounds, three
assists and two steals in first ever program win over the Spartans.
Three days later, Martin poured in a game-high 21 points in
Saturday’s 66-59 victory over Wofford College. Martin also
contributed eight rebounds and three assists in NCCU’s first
back-to-back wins against non-conference opponents since November of
The Olive Branch, Mississippi, native averaged 6.5 rebounds, 3.0
assists and 1.0 steals to go along with her 24.0 points per game.
Afriyie was a defensive force in NCCU’s two wins this past week,
averaging 13.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.0 steals per game. She
also tallied 18.0 points per game as shepicked up her second and
third double-double of the season.
Against UNCG, Afriyie scored 17 points, pulled down 13 rebounds,
swiped two steals and swatted away a career-high five blocks.
Afriyie continued her strong play with 19 points, 13 rebounds and
two blocks against Wofford.
The Bronx, New York, product is second in the MEAC in field goal
percentage (51.0%), third in rebounding (8.9 RPG), eighth in scoring
(14.0 PPG) and eighth in blocking (1.2BPG). Martin is not ranked at
this time as she does not meet the minimum percentage of games
NCCU next plays in the GSU Holiday Classic and will open up against
host Georgia State University on Thursday at 1 p.m. The Eagles will
then play Kennesaw State University on Friday at 1 p.m.