Larry Vickers to receive J. Roy Rodman Memorial Award

Courtesy of Maya Dawson, Asst. Director of Sports Communications, Norfolk State Athletics

Norfolk State women’s basketball head coach Larry Vickers will receive the J. Roy Rodman Memorial Award from the Norfolk State Sports Club (NSC) next month, given to Virginia’s Outstanding Collegiate Coach.

The recognition will come at the 77th Annual Jamboree, taking place on Thursday, Aug. 8, at Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Va. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the event will be headlined by National Football League (NFL) three-time Pro Bowler Tiki Barber.

The accolade comes after Vickers led the Spartans to their winningest season in the program’s Division I era, finishing with a 27-6 record. Norfolk State earned the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) regular season title with a 13-1 record in league play, before winning a second consecutive MEAC Tournament Championship with a 51-46 victory over Howard.

The postseason success culminated in a NCAA Tournament appearance, facing Stanford in the first round. The Spartans also went undefeated at home, posting a 10-0 record at Echols Hall.

Vickers won MEAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season as his team garnered many MEAC and national accolades. Kierra Wheeler was named MEAC Player of the Year and BOXTOROW HBCU National Player of the Year, as Diamond Johnson earned MEAC Newcomer of the Year and BOXTOROW HBCU Impact Award honors.

The event is open to the public with tickets costing $85 per person and $650 for a table of eight. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the Chartway Arena Box Office.

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