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"After many days of watching, reading and listening to the outrage of our country and the ongoing perpetuation of violence on people of color, and reflecting as a mother of a Black son and Black daughters, wife to a Black man, as a Black female athletics director, and as a person responsible for shaping and molding the lives of our student-athletes, my thoughts and feelings will not be enough in this battle against systemic racism.


The North Carolina Central University Department of Athletics stands in solidarity in the fight for justice, equality and peace. As Eagles, we have a long history of being on the front lines for educating and advocating for people of color, our marginalized communities and the City of Durham.

We will utilize our collective voices to peacefully promote love and unity, while mourning and healing one another through these times of unrest and loss.
As a family, we stand together as student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and support staff from all walks of life in the fight against injustice to galvanize the #BlackLivesMatter movement."

- Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree, North Carolina Central University Director of Athletics

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NCCU Student-Athletes Earn 3.06 Cumulative GPA

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DURHAM, N.C. – At the conclusion of the spring 2020 semester, North Carolina Central University student-athletes now boast a 3.06 cumulative grade point average.

Thirty-five NCCU student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the spring 2020 semester, while 182 Eagles (59 percent) registered a semester GPA of 3.0 or better.

“Our student-athletes continue to show us how resilient and determined they are to achieve their academic goals,” said NCCU Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree. “I am so proud of their accomplishments this semester, particularly during these critical times in our country.

“I am appreciative of our Student-Athlete Academic Support Services team, led by Kwadjo Steele, as they worked around the clock to ensure our student-athletes had all of the tools and resources needed as they transitioned from campus to virtual learning,” McCree added. “Congratulations to our student-athletes!”

Out of more than 300 student-athletes representing the NCCU Department of Athletics, 169 (55 percent) have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. In addition, 10 NCCU teams have reached the 3.0 cumulative GPA standard, headlined by women's tennis (3.76), men's tennis (3.65), softball (3.39) and women's volleyball (3.38).

Ten student-athletes have achieved an unblemished 4.0 cumulative GPA.


Howard Senior Profile Featuring Priscilla Ayala
Catching with champion Priscilla Ayala


Derek Bryant  (Photo Credit – Frank Mitchell III)


WASHINGTON (June 9, 2020) – Howard University rising senior Tiffany Hunt talked with fellow student-athlete and recent graduate Priscilla Ayala (Manassas, Va.) from the women’s soccer team, asking 10 questions for the 2019-20 Senior Profile series.


Q: What’s your favorite part about soccer?

A: My favorite part about soccer is the family aspect. My teammates and I have such great chemistry on and off the field. Overall, my teammates are like sisters and they want the best for me.


Q: How did you get started in soccer?

A: My parents encouraged me to play a sport at age five and my family was already big soccer fanatics. So, I started playing and became really good. I continued playing because I really enjoy the sport.


Q: What kept you motivated?

A: My competitive drive kept me going because I always put my best effort forward for my teammates, parents, and myself.


Q: If you were not competing in soccer, what other sport would you do?

A: I would have played field hockey or lacrosse because they’re like soccer in my opinion. Athletically, I would have been able to grasp quickly.


Q: Who is your favorite athlete and why?

A: My favorite athlete is Serena Williams because she’s superwoman. Consistently, she dominates the tennis world while balancing her life as a mom. I appreciate her drive to be the best.


Q: What’s your favorite memory at Howard?

A: My favorite Howard memory is winning the 2018 SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) Championship because I was super excited and proud of the team. That year, I was unable to play in the tournament due to a concussion. Even though I wasn’t physically able to play, I was super ecstatic and happy all our hard work paid off.


Q: Plans after graduation?

A: I plan to attend Howard Graduate School, pursuing a postgraduate degree in occupational therapy. I’m looking to work with either young kids in education or a professional team.


Q: What or who will you miss at Howard?

A: I’ll miss several people from Howard. I’ll miss former athletic trainer Regina ParquetRandy Smith (Howard Learning Specialist), and Mr. Paul Bowden (Howard Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support Services).


Also, I’ll miss my senior class teammates because they have contributed to my overall growth as a person at Howard.


Q: What advice would you give future Bison?

A: My advice for future Bison would be to stay focus, always have a plan and ask questions. You’re going to experience challenges at Howard, but always keep a positive mindset because it’s going to make you stronger at the end.


Q: Who would you like to thank?

A: I would like to thank Dr. Leiba because he helped me switch majors. Early on, I was undecided on a major and he guided me in pursuing my future career endeavors. He also assisted me in getting into Howard Graduate School. I’ll miss him.


About Ayala


Priscilla Ayala, the daughter of Rafael and Bedilia Ayala, is a graduating senior, majoring in Health Science with a concentration in Occupational Therapy.


From Manassas, Va., Ayala attended Osbourn Park H.S., where she was a two-year letterman on the women’s soccer team. Ayala was a member of the National Honors Society and was an honor roll student-athlete.


At Howard, she competed in nearly 50 contests for the Bison. In her rookie campaign, Ayala played 20 matches and guided HU to the 2016 SWAC Regular Season Title. Two years later (2018), Howard won the league’s tournament crown and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament.


She also excelled inside the classroom, making the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Commissioner's All-Academic Team.


The Virginia native plans to attend Howard Graduate School, pursuing a postgraduate degree in occupational therapy. Ayala looks to work with either young kids in education or a professional team.


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Howard University Athletics Saddened by the Loss of Fallen Bison Tim McDougle
Former member of HU’s Hall of Fame football team dies at age 53

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WASHINGTON (June 8, 2020) – Howard University Department of Athletics grieves the loss of Fallen Bison, Timothy “Tim” McDougle, who died Tuesday, May 26 due to complications from the coronavirus (COVID-19) at age 53.

McDougle was a member of the 1987 football team that went 9-1 overall with a perfect 5-0 mark in league play. That season, Howard won its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship that ultimately enshrined them into the 2014 HU Athletics Hall of Fame.

After his playing days on the gridiron, McDougle returned to his alma mater and served 26 years. From 1998 to 2002, he was part of the University’s Office of Student Accounts. Later, he joined HU’s Division of Student Affairs in the Office of Residence Life for 16 years (2002-18).

During his time in Student Affairs, McDougle served as Supervisor of Billing and Adjustment while playing an active role in creating and developing programs to engage student leaders. He made a positive impact on members of the University community. Notably, McDougle created and led the Green Team for Residence Life, which encouraged a much broader impact on University-wide recycling and conservation efforts.

A celebration of Tim's life is to be announced at a later date.

Recently, Tim’s family have started a GoFundMe account to cover all expenses. To donate, please click here.

Ed Hill, Jr., retired Howard Sports Information Director, Kenneth Holmes, Howard Vice President for Student Affairs, and Howard Alum Dr. Paul Cotton contributed to this story.

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Link to Tim McDougle's Memorial Expressions of Love (GoFundMe):

About Howard Athletics

The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 21 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent five conferences: the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA), Sun Belt Conference (SBC), Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at