Thomas named USTFCCA Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year
Lincoln University head coach Victor Thomas has been selected as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year for 2019.
It was the second consecutive outdoor title earned by Thomas and his program, the ninth outdoor championship overall in school history, and the 14th total national title for Thomas since 2003. Thomas has now been named the USTFCCCA Women’s Head Coach of the Year six times between the indoor (2006, 2010 and 2016) and outdoor (2014, 2018 and 2019) seasons.
Thomas, who just completed his 17th year at the helm of the program, led the Blue Tigers to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championship last weekend. Under Thomas’ direction, the Blue Tigers swept the 4x100m and 4x400m relays and won three other events en route to scoring 64 points at the national title meet.
One of the athletes Thomas coached, Rene Medley, was the High Point Scorer of the Meet, as the junior was responsible for 25 points just by herself. Medley won individual titles in the 100m and the 200m, and was a member of both relay teams. Thomas also coached Kissi-Ann Brown to an individual national championship in the 400m.
This Month in Black College History
1881…Tuskegee Institute founded by Booker T. Washington…1897…Winston-Salem State University founded as Slater Industrial School for Negroes …1927…Texas Southern University founded as Houston Junior College…1960…Wilma Rudolph, Tennessee State…won three Gold medals in the 1960 Olympics…100, 200, 4X100 relays
Aggies Star Blazes Way to NCAA Fame and Beyond
North Carolina A&T’s Kayla White lit up the track world in the MEAC outdoor meet when she posted one of the top 5 all-time performances among collegian sprinters with a 10.96 in the 100M finals. In the 200m heats, she ran a wind-aided 22. 62. In the 200M relays finals, she and her teammates turned in an U.S. best 22.52, with frosh teammates Cambrea Sturgis (22.62) and Kamaya Debose-Epps (23.14) their own all-time. She ranks in the top-10 nationally in the 200m (1st), 60mh (4th) and 60m (10th). White has dominated the MEAC with
White won the MEAC 200M indoor with a record-breaking time of 23.53.
six gold medals in the indoor championships.
She is ranked in the top-10 nationally in the 200m (1st), 60mh (4th) and 60m (10th).
The Kind of Coach, Mentor You'd Love to Have
In 1951, Ed Martin excelled as a baseball star at North Carolina A&T before joining the Philadelphia Stars in the Negro American Baseball League. He played against Hank Aaron and many other future Major League stars as a member of the Cincinnati Reds system before a career-ending shoulder injury forced him to retire.
Born in Allentown, PA in 1925, Martin earned his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina A&T University, and his M.A. from Temple University.
Overcoming Adversity Pays off for Jackson State Signee
The smile on Brandon “Duke” Sanders’ face at Jeff Davis High School on National Signing Day said it all.
Consider the Montgomery, AL senior wide receiver hasn’t played in a football game since 2017. Last spring, suiting up in college appeared to be a long shot. During the Volunteers’ second day of spring practice, Sanders tore the ACL in his left knee.
Sanders underwent surgery and began the long rehabilitation process with the help of his trainer.
Listed as a three-star recruit by 24/7 Sports, he saw his scholarship offers dwindle. After a six-month rehabilitation, Sanders was medically cleared to resume football activities in November.
Then, in December, while playing in a pickup football game with his friends, Sanders tore the ACL in his right knee.
When schools found out he was healthy they started come around again. Carter said. “Then, when he tore the READ MORE…
Meet Gil McGregor...BCSEF Podcast Host and Motivational Speaker
A former sportscaster for the Charlotte Hornets and New Orleans Hornets and a nationally-known keynote/motivational speaker, McGregor joined the Black College Sports & Education Foundation in May 2019 as host for the weekly podcasts which has featured some of the greatest sports figures in American history.
He joined the Hornets after serving as academic advisor of athletics at his alma mater, Wake Forest University. The 6-8 rebounding record-holder was the starting center for the Demon Deacons from 1968 – 71 after being named one of the top 50 high school players in the country in 1966-67. He was drafted out of college by the Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings) in the 1971 NBA Draft and played in 42 games with the Royals during the 1971-72 season. McGregor played seven years professionally in Belgium, France and Italy.
McGregor is a highly sought after motivational speaker whose various activities in the community have included School To Career, Teach America and the Louisiana High School Athletic Director Association. He has served on numerous boards, including the Foundations of the Carolinas Grant Advisory Board, the Board of Visitors of Chapel Hill Children’s Hospital and the Board of Visitors of UNC-Charlotte. McGregor also served as the honorary chairman of the March of Dimes Walk America.
McGregor was an analyst for the Hornets on Cox Sports Television and the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball telecasts with Jefferson Pilot/Raycom Sports. He worked the NCAA Tournament on ESPN, MEAC Basketball telecasts on ESPN2, CIAA Basketball and Football and was an analyst for Southern University Jaguar basketball.
To book Gil for your next event, contact Trecie Jeffcoat at email@example.com or call: (803) 606-8643.