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Howard Senior Profile Featuring Latroya Pina, A talk with future Olympian Latroya Pina
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WASHINGTON (April 22, 2020) Ė Howard University junior broadcast journalism major Tiffany Hunt reached out to her womenís lacrosse teammate Latroya Pina (Seekonk, Mass.), who is also a former member of the swimming & diving team, asking a dozen questions for the 2019-20 Senior Profile series

About Pina

Latroya Pina hails from Seekonk, Mass., and is currently a HU graduate student. She is undergoing her second degree at Howard, pursuing a masterís degree in biology.

During her undergraduate years at The Mecca, Pina was a dual student-athlete, competing for HUís swimming and diving team, as well as, playing on the womenís lacrosse team.

Towards the end of her undergraduate career (2018), Pina had the opportunity to participate at the 14th annual FINA World Swimming Championships, that took place in Hangzhou, China.

Aside from being a star on the lacrosse field, her primary focus is training for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), The Games were postponed until 2021.

Along with her many swimming and lacrosse accomplishments in competition, Pina strived in the classroom. In 2018, Pina was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) President's Honor Roll and was selected to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Commissioner's All-Academic Team twice (2018 & 2019).

Currently, Pina is continuing to complete her masterís degree in biology and plans to resume her training for the upcoming Summer Olympics. After the Olympics, the Massachusetts native will continue her education, applying for medical school.

 
Christian Angulo Agrees To NFL Agent Contract with New York Giants

Jim Heath 04.25.20 , Photo courtesy Hampton

HAMPTON, Va. Ė It was announced late Saturday night that Hampton University defensive back Christian Angulo had agreed to terms on a NFL free agent contract with the New York Giants.

ďI am very excited for Christian and his family,Ē said Hampton University head coach Robert Prunty. ďI think the New York Giants not only got a good football player, they got an outstanding young man.Ē

Angulo was the Defensive MVP of the Chicago Football Classic with five pass breakups, three tackles and one interception in the win over Howard. He finished fifth in FCS with 14 pass breakups with a season high four tackles against Monmouth. Angulo was also named to the Big South All-Academic team, along with being a second team All-Big South Conference honoree.

For more information on Hampton University football,  visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.

VUU Launches Search for New Women's Basketball Coach

VUU Sports 4/24/2020 | Women's Basketball, Photo courtesy VUU

(Richmond, VA) - Virginia Union University's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Wellness has launched a national search to replace former head women's basketball coach AnnMarie Gilbert. Assistant Coach Danielle Dawson will serve as the team's interim head coach, effective immediately.

"Our women's basketball program has enjoyed outstanding success, both academically and athletically, under Coach Gilbert's leadership. I extend my thanks and appreciation for her many contributions," said Athletic Director Felecia Johnson. "Coach Dawson will help us build on that success as our team prepares for next season."

"We wish Coach Gilbert all the best as she joins the Division I University of Detroit Mercy athletics program," said Joe Taylor, VP of Intercollegiate Athletics and Wellness at VUU. "We thank her for her valuable contributions to our athletics program,"

Danielle Dawson has served as Assistant Coach of the Lady Panthers since 2019. She has also responsible for recruiting, player development, and scouting. Previously, she served as assistant coach at Delaware State and Radford University.

"Our Lady Panthers have made history with back-to-back CIAA championships and NCAA DII championship appearances," said Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, President & CEO of Virginia Union University. "They are in good hands with Coach Dawson and I am excited to see the teams continued success under a new leader."

The national search for the next Lady Panthers head coach will begin immediately. A search committee will be appointed and will include women's basketball player and captain Bianca Lockamy.

During Coach AnnMarie Gilbert's five seasons at VUU, she guided the Lady Panther basketball program back to national prominence. The 2018 and 2019 CIAA championships were the first back-to-back titles for VUU since 1981 and 1982. Three CIAA Championships. Gilbert won135 of 153 games, lead the Lady Panthers to five straight NCAA appearances, a National Championship game appearance, and celebrated five straight 20-win seasons. She was named the CIAA Coach of the Year in three of her five seasons at VUU and coached the CIAA Player of the Year for four straight years (Kiana Johnson, Lady Walker, Alexis Johnson, and Shareka McNeill).

"We all know Coach Gilbert will continue a successful career," said Coach Taylor. "We will always call her a Lady Panther."
VUU Announces 2020 Football Schedule

VUU Sports 4/20/2020 | Football Photo courtesy VUU

Virginia Union University will open the 2020 football season when the Panthers take on Hampton University at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, VUU announced on Monday, April 20.

This will mark the second straight year where VUU will open on the road against the Pirates. Virginia Union will have five road games and five home games for the 2020 season.

The next week will see the Panthers travel to Hickory, N.C., to face Lenoir-Rhyne University, which finished 13-1 and ranked fourth in the nation last season.

"Our 2020 schedule will be very challenging. Any time you face an FCS and a DII power house in the first two weeks of the season you definitely have your hands full. Those opening weeks along with a very tough CIAA slate means your team has to be ready week in and week out," said Virginia Union Head Football Coach Dr. Alvin Parker. "We were very fortunate that after a late cancellation we were able to schedule Elizabeth City State University in the Down East Classic. Although playing twice wasn't Ideal it does give our student-athletes and additional in-region and Division II game. I thought our guys were having an exceptional off-season until it was shorten due to the pandemic, we are eager and ready to get to work for what is expected to be an exciting 2020 season."

VUU will travel to Rocky Mount, N.C., to face Elizabeth City State University in the Down East Viking Classic on September 19 before travelling to Charlotte, N.C., to meet Johnson C. Smith University on September 26.

This will mark the first time since 2005 that the Panthers will open with four straight road contests. VUU will have five road games to go with five home contests in 2020.

Virginia Union will kick off the 2020 home season with the Willard Bailey Classic on October 3 against Shaw University.

The Panthers will then face Lincoln University on Homecoming 2020 on Saturday, October 10.

After travelling to Murfreesboro, N.C., to face Chowan University on October 17, VUU will return to Hovey Field on October 24 to face Bowie State University in the Annual Dr. Lucille M. Brown Community Youth Bowl.

VUU will host Elizabeth City State on Veterans' Appreciation Day on October 31 and will finish out the 2020 regular season with the Panthers' traditional Senior Day match-up with Virginia State University on November 7.

The CIAA Championship Game is scheduled for Saturday, November 14.
 
Howard Senior Profile Featuring Latroya Pina, A talk with future Olympian Latroya Pina
 
   



Derek Bryant 04.22.20 (Photo Credit Ė Howard Athletics Media Relations)

WASHINGTON (April 22, 2020) Ė Howard University junior broadcast journalism major Tiffany Hunt reached out to her womenís lacrosse teammate Latroya Pina (Seekonk, Mass.), who is also a former member of the swimming & diving team, asking a dozen questions for the 2019-20 Senior Profile series.

Q: Whatís your favorite part about lacrosse?

A: My favorite part about lacrosse is being able to play defense and to participate in a full contact sport, where I can showcase my athleticism.

Q: How did you get started in lacrosse?

A: The lacrosse program was looking for prospects who were interested in trying out. Immediately, I appreciated what the sport had to offer, and I instantly connected with everyone on the team, creating an everlasting bond.

Q: What kept you motivated?

A: No doubt, my teammates kept me motivated. Although I was new to the sport, I wanted to master it and make an impact immediately.

Q: If you were not competing in lacrosse or swimming, what other sport would you do?

A: I would run track because swimming has a lot of similarities. With both sports, you can compete individually, and I love the responsibility and pressure that is put upon a track runner, since theyíre representing them self.

Q: Who is your favorite athlete and why?

A: My favorite athlete is Alia Atkinson. Despite being a super-fast swimmer, she is very down to earth and gives other swimmers advice and tips to become better athletes.

Q: How has being invited to the Summer Olympics changed your life?

A: Well, itís an opportunity that most people dream about. Itís changed my life because I never expected that I would get this opportunity.

After qualifying, I proved to the people of my country that there are no limits and you can achieve anything. Having this once in a lifetime opportunity is something I will truly cherish forever, and Iím extremely grateful to be a black face in a predominantly white sport.

Q: How do you balance your Olympic training with your lacrosse training?

A: Well, I get up at 3:30 a.m. to drive 25 minutes away to jump in the pool at 4 a.m. and swim until 6 a.m. Then, I drive back to campus and run on the Greene Stadium turf and join lacrosse practice until 8 a.m.

I have a love and passion for both sports and Iím extremely dedicated to making both work.

Q: Whatís your favorite memory at Howard?

A: Iíve had so many great memories, itís hard to choose one. Overall, I would say enjoying my time with friends.


Q: Plans after graduation?

A: My immediate plans after graduation is to continue my swim training in preparation for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.


After the Olympics, I will continue my education by applying for medical school.


Q: What or who will you miss at Howard?

A: I will miss my teammates for the amazing bond and vibe we have created. Also, the friends that I made along my collegiate career at The Mecca.


Q: What advice would you give future Bison?

A: My advice to future Bison would be to enjoy your freshman year but stay focus. Freshman year is a great way to give yourself a strong platform, starting with a high grade point average. So, during your time at Howard, you have built a strong foundation to rely on.


Q: Who would you like to thank?

A: I would like to thank Mr. B (Paul Bowden, Howard Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support Services & Womenís Lacrosse Interim Head Coach) because he has always been there for me. He was always someone I can go to for advice, especially with any personal challenges.

About Pina

Latroya Pina hails from Seekonk, Mass., and is currently a HU graduate student. She is undergoing her second degree at Howard, pursuing a masterís degree in biology.

During her undergraduate years at The Mecca, Pina was a dual student-athlete, competing for HUís swimming and diving team, as well as, playing on the womenís lacrosse team.

Towards the end of her undergraduate career (2018), Pina had the opportunity to participate at the 14th annual FINA World Swimming Championships, that took place in Hangzhou, China.

Aside from being a star on the lacrosse field, her primary focus is training for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), The Games were postponed until 2021.

Along with her many swimming and lacrosse accomplishments in competition, Pina strived in the classroom. In 2018, Pina was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) President's Honor Roll and was selected to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Commissioner's All-Academic Team twice (2018 & 2019).

Currently, Pina is continuing to complete her masterís degree in biology and plans to resume her training for the upcoming Summer Olympics. After the Olympics, the Massachusetts native will continue her education, applying for medical school.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
 

Updated 05.04.20 , updated 05.0520