Preserving History & Legacies
Spring time welcomes the high excitement of college sports basketball’s elite tournament season. The indoor rivalries that meet in the climax of a long hoops season offers men and women a last chance to compete for the crown of conference and national championships. Then, the stage is set for the opening of outdoor sports like baseball and track and field. These sports bring out the champions and upcoming athletes and fans outside where the air of anticipation is as reverent as watching new blooms piercing the crusty earth that houses the baseball diamonds and oval tracks of baseball and track and field.
Black college history is wrapped around these moments when the opportunities to reign or produce an upset are imbedded in the annals of time. In the chapters …Champions and Dynasties, Most Memorable Moments and NAIA Black College Basketball Champions, they highlight some of the exciting history landmarks. Be sure to check out the CIAA Tournament timeline for one of the nation’s most popular tournaments and the best of college sports. Be sure to browse all of the categories for more exciting and entertaining Black College Sports History.
Leads A Quiet Track Dynasty...
Mico University, Jamaica
Gardner Webb, M.S.
One of the greatest coaches in Lincoln University, MO history, Victor "Poppy" Thomas’ highly decorated career was topped with five Coach of the Year awards in 2016, including the USTFCCCA NCAA Div. II Indoor Women's Track & Field Coach of the Year after leading the Blue Tigers to their 12th national championship in his 15-year tenure. He has won South Regional Coach of the Year honors four times.
Thomas led the women’s teams to seven outdoor national titles, five indoor national championships, five MIAA indoor titles and four league outdoor championships. Lincoln athletes have claimed 81 individual national championships.
He coached four CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-Americans. Thomas served as head coach of his (native) Jamaican Junior Pan American Games National Team.
Lincoln's track & field teams were inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2013
This Month in Black College Sports History
1951 JEAN PATTON became the first of the famed TENNESSEE STATE TIGERBELLES to become a World
1980 BETTYE MCCLENDON became the FIRST FEMALE OFFICIAL to call a MEN’s BASKETBALL
GAME…Jan. 22…other firsts: FIRST FEMALE STARTER (Track & Field)…FIRST FEMALE to call
a NCAA DIV. II WOMEN”S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT GAME.
We have added five new Classics to the BOWLS & CLASSICS category thanks to Alaric Robinson's contribution. He is a former Student Assistant Sports Information Director at Southern University ( 1986-1988). Robinson is also a Southern University School of Architecture Graduate (1986) and now contributor to Black College Sports).
Space City Classic: Grambling and Texas Southern, Houston, Texas (Baseball)
State Fair Classic: Grambling and Prairie View, Dallas, Texas (Football)
Turkey Day Classic: Tuskegee and Alabama State (Football)
Coleman Young Classic: Southern and Tennessee State, Detroit, MI - unknown
La. State Fair Classic: Grambling vs. opponent, Shreveport, LA (Red River State Fair Classic (formerly the State Fair Classic and, more recently, the Shreveport Classic) (Football)
Southern Heritage Classic: Tennessee State vs. Jackson State, Memphis, Tn. (Football)