Top 2017 Sports Stories from SSU
With 2017 recently coming to a close, this writer came up with what he thinks were the top five Savannah State sports stories. 1- In April, the SSU administration announced plans to move the institution’s athletic program from Division I to Division II, because of financial reasons. In early December, the administration held a press conference to say that SSU, who currently competes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, had been accepted to re-join their former conference, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 2- In February, the SSU cheer team won the Level 4 Division, Open 4 category at the CHEERSPORT Nationals in Atlanta. The win
was the first time that a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) won a national CHEERSPORT event. The last time SSU competed at CHEERSPORT was in 2013 where they finished in eighth place in the College Level 4. 3- In February, LaRon James set a school record in track as he won the men’s long jump competition at the MEAC Indoor championships with a leap of 24 feet, 5.5 inches. In May, the Gainesville, Florida native set a school record in winning the long jump at the MEAC outdoor championships, with a leap of 24-8.5. 4- In October, the SSU football team defeated Norfolk State 27-9, to spoil the Spartans Homecoming. It was the Tigers first road win since 2011, a span of 40 games. It was Savannah
State’s first win of the season and snapped a ten game losing streak. 5- In February, Troyce Manassa ended his collegiate career by scoring a career-high 42 points to lead the Tigers to a 95-88 win over visiting South Carolina State. In the game, Manassa made 12 of 23 shots from the field, made six 3-pointers, hit 12 of 14 free throw attempts and grabbed ten rebounds.
SSU Ready to Start MEAC Play
With the non-conference games basically out of the way, teams across the country are getting ready to start playing conference games. Among those is Savannah State. At press-time, the Tigers were set to play national power Michigan State
on New Year’s Eve. After that, SSU has road games in Baltimore at Coppin State (Jan. 6) and Morgan State ( Jan. 8) before heading to the port city for a fourgame home-stand against Maryland-Eastern Shore (Jan. 13), Howard (Jan. 15), Hampton (Jan. 20) and Norfolk State (Jan. 22). The Tigers are 3-11, with their only Division I win being a 101-97 win over Alabama State. SSU scores almost 80 points a game but surrenders nearly 97 points a clip. Dexter McClanahan averages 13.6 points and 3.5 rebounds a game while Alante Feener adds 10.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. The Lady Tigers, who have only played one regular season home game thus far, have a 2-8 record with wins over LaGrange
and Georgia Southern. SSU was to play at Jacksonville on Dec. 31 before hosting Kennesaw State in another non-conference tilt on Jan. 3. With a roster of 11 newcomers, Savannah State is averaging 50 points a game but giving up 82. Chicago State transfer Kaylee Allen has been a bright spot, averaging 12.4 points and 4.1 rebounds a game while junior Donasja Scott chips in 11.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per outing. Six-foot-three freshman Alexxus Sowell averages 7.9 rebounds per game.
Louimeus Is SSU Equipment Manager
Alormser Louimeus has been hired as the Savannah State athletic equipment manager. He replaces Brian Eason, who took a job with the University of Connecticut athletic department. Louimeus comes to SSU from New Century International in Fayetteville, North Carolina where he served as the assistant athletic director and the head coach in football, wrestling and baseball. He also taught health and physical education.
In his two seasons at NCI, Louimeus compiled a 12-3 record in football and 10-4 record in baseball. The football team was runner-up in the district in both seasons and baseball won the district in both seasons. He was named Coach of the Year in 2015-16.
Prior to his tenure at NCI, Louimeus was the head coach in football and track and field at Westover Middle School from Aug. 2013 until July 2015. He also taught health and physical education.
Louimeus earned his Associate’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Physical Therapy from State University of New York at Canton in 2005 and he earned his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University in Physical Education in 2013.
Milton Leaves FAMU For Kennesaw State
Kennesaw State President Sam Olens has announced the hiring of Milton Overton as the Owls new director of athletics. Overton, a 25-year veteran of college athletics administration, has spent the last two years as director of athletics at Florida A&M.
Overton has guided a remarkable transformation at FAMU. By instilling a sense of accountability and fiscal responsibility, the Rattlers made monumental strides in the areas of fundraising and fan development. For the first time in more than decade, the athletics department boasted a balanced budget in 2016-17, while achieving three consecutive years of record-breaking fundraising and ticket-sales growth.
Florida A&M’s revenue has increased by $2 million dollars under Overton’s watch and fan participation has soared with the football team finishing among the top five in FCS attendance in 2015 and top three in 2016. One of his benchmark initiatives was the establishment of FAMU’s giving program, “Investing In Champions,” that was a key component of the increased revenue.