At 18 this Saint Augustine’s basketball player is already a published author

Courtesy of SAU Office of Sports InformationRALEIGH, N.C.  – According to a website article, 80 percent of Americans aspire to pen a book and get it published within their lifetime. Few actually start or finish, however. Bre’cha Byrd bucked the odds and she’s only 18 years old. A basketball student-athlete at Saint Augustine’s University, Byrd is talented way beyond the basketball court. She is a published author and a motivational speaker. “Some people think you have to be 40 [years old] or 50 or 60 to become an author, but…

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Lincoln University’s Jason Armstrong ranked amongst top D-2 assistant coaches

from lulions.com: Lincoln University Associate Head Coach Jason A. Armstrong is ranked as one of the top assistant coaches in Division II. The Minority Coaches Association has ranked the first-year assistant as the sixth best assistant coach. “It’s no surprise at all that Jason is rated as one of the top assistant coaches in the country,” said Lincoln University head men’s basketball coach Corey Lowery. “He has a championship pedigree, has developed numerous All-Conference players, he genuinely cares about the players, is a great recruiter, and has a great mind for the game. These…

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The CIAA calls off all Fall 2020 Sports

from the CIAA: CHARLOTTE – After thorough analysis the Board of Directors for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), in conjunction with its Athletic Directors Association (ADA), has voted that NCAA sport competition sponsored by the conference will not occur during the fall of 2020 due to ongoing safety concerns associated with COVID-19. The decision is informed by the reality that several CIAA member schools are located in states experiencing dramatic increases in new COVID-19 cases. This recent rise in cases has led to a pause in phased reopening plans in…

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Winston-Salem State wins 2020 CIAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

From the CIAA : CHARLOTTE, NC – Robert Colon’s three free throws with 4.6 seconds remaining completed a late comeback by Winston-Salem State University as they defeated Fayetteville State University 63-62 to capture the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Men’s Basketball tournament title Saturday afternoon at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The championship was Winston-Salem’s 12th in the conference tournament’s 75-year history and their first since winning the title in 2012.  The Rams, who were the #2 seed in the south entering the tournament, earn the CIAA’s automatic bid to…

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CIAA announces preseason Men’s and Women’s Basketball All-Conference teams and predicted order of finish

Though we are getting into the teeth of football season, the start of basketball season is looming over the horizon. The CIAA, which has a rich basketball tradition, announced their preseason Men’s and Women’s All-CIAA teams and the predicted order of finish. From The CIAA: Charlotte, NC – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) announces the 2019 All-CIAA Preseason Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams, as voted on by the CIAA Basketball Coaches Associations and the Sports Information Directors Association, and the predicted order of finish as selected by the men’s and women’s…

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Week 3 CIAA Football Recap

From theciaa.com : 2019 CIAA Football Standings 2019 Composite Schedule 2019 Statistics Week three of CIAA Football wraps up the non-conference slate for the majority of the conference’s 12 teams. This week’s slate of games also kicked off league play in the national spotlight as Shaw and Chowan would do battle in the NCAA Division II Football Showcase, a game that was broadcasted live on multiple platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and the CIAA Sports Network. Additionally, three non-conference matchups between conference teams also took place as Virginia State traveled to Raleigh to…

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Eleven Virgina State Athlete-Students recognized as Arthur Ashe,Jr. Scholars

From the Virginia State Office of Sports Information: ETTRICK, VA– The Virginia State University Athletics department continues to stay true to their mission of developing academic and athletic champions!  In line with the Trojans mission, the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars Award, sponsored by The Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine, honors undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field.  In addition to their athletic ability, the students named 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5,…

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Virginia State’s Lonnie Blow Jr. Named 2018-2019 Gaines Award Recipient

From theciaa.com: Courtesy of National Sports Media Association WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (April 26, 2019) — The National Sports Media Association (NSMA) has announced that Kelvin Sampson (Division I) and Lonnie Blow Jr. (Division II) are the 2018-19 winners of the Clarence “Big House” Gaines College Basketball Coach of the Year Awards. The Gaines Awards will be presented during the 60th annual NSMA Awards Banquet on June 24, 2019, at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. Sampson was selected after he led the University of Houston to a 33-4 overall…

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UMES hires Jason Crafton as Men’s Basketball Coach

From meacsports.com : PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Jason Crafton, a young but experienced coach with stints at several levels including most recently the NBA G-League, has been hired to lead the University of Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball team. The 16-year-veteran of coaching spent this past season in the NBA ranks as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers’ G-League affiliate Delaware Blue Coats. Prior to that, he was the head coach at his alma mater, Nyack College from 2012-18. He spent the beginning of his career as an assistant at…

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Amir Hinton named to NCAA DII First Team All-American and Bulletin Player of the Year

From theciaa.com: RALEIGH, N.C. – Shaw University junior Amir Hinton was selected to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II First Team All-American Team, announced Wednesday. In addition, the Philadelphia, PA native was recently named the 2019 Division II Bulletin Player of the Year. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) standout who declared for the NBA draft last month posted the nation’s highest scoring average (29.4 ppg) while leading DII in free throws made (321) and ranking second in total points (853). He also averaged 4.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game while…

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