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DeBlanc Leaves SSU For Texas A&M

Nakia DeBlanc has left her athletic academic advisor job at Savannah State and now works in the athletic department at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

DeBlanc, who joined the Aggies staff in March, is a scholastic supervisor who works as the women’s basketball and equestrian advisor. Before joining the A&M staff, De- Blanc worked at Savannah State (2016-18) in various roles such as academic advisor, SAAC Advisor/Life Skills Coordinator and Adjunct Professor. Prior to working at SSU, DeBlanc was at Daytona State College (2015-16) and Florida A&M (2013-15). DeBlanc earned her B.S in Elementary Education from California University of Pennsylvania (2012) and her M.S in Sport Management from FAMU (2014).

Balkcom Back at Georgia Tech

Thomas Balkcom

was one of five new staff members to the Georgia Tech football program announced recently by head coach Paul Johnson. The Yellow Jackets’ five new staffers include three new members of the player personnel department and two new graduate assistants. Balkcom will work with the player personnel department as one of the associate directors.

Balkcom, a former Georgia Tech defensive back and member of the Yellow Jackets’ 1990 national championship team, returns to his alma mater with 28 years of experience as a coach at the high school, college and NFL level. He has 11 years of experience at the collegiate level, working at Morris Brown (defensive backs coach/special teams coordinator), Morehouse (linebackers coach/ co-defensive coordinator), Central Florida (linebackers/ defensive backs/special teams) and at Savannah State (defensive backs/special teams coordinator). He also has five years of experience as a high-school head coach, most recently at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School in 2017. His resume also includes twice being awarded the NFL’s prestigious Bill Walsh Coaching Fellowship, working with the Minnesota Vikings in 2003 (linebackers) and St. Louis Rams in 2006 (defensive line and special teams).

Robertson Out As SC State

The South Carolina State University Department of Athletics will not renew the contract of women’s head basketball coach Doug Robertson, Jr. “We would like to thank Coach Robertson for his service to the program and the university and wish him well in all his future endeavors,” Director of Athletics Stacy Danley said in a press release. Robertson, Jr. was hired in 2008 and his teams went 112-175 overall and 61-99 in the MEAC during his 10 years at South Carolina State. During the 2017- 18 season, his team posted a 12-17 mark and advanced to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament where they lost to North Carolina A&T.

Assistant Coach Roderick Woods has assumed the role of interim head coach and a national search to find the next leader for the women’s basketball program is already underway.

Jackson Resigns From SSU

Jonas Jackson, the senior member of the Savannah State football staff has resigned. Jackson, who served as the Tigers defensive line coach, special teams coach and recruiting coordinator, had been a part of the program since 2013. According to Jackson, during the past two seasons, three of his players were named All-Americans, five were named All-MEAC and two led the conference in sacks. Savannah State’s 2017 football signing class was ranked in a tie for the 10th place spot among the nations Division I historically black institutions, according to a poll done by BOXTOROW.

Prior to Savannah State, Jackson spent time at Assumption College, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Illinois State University and LaSalle University.

Jackson will be working at Your Call Football (YCF). According to their website, YCF offers high quality, professional games where the fans control the action on the field. Fans call the plays for live games from their mobile devices, watch their plays executed on the gridiron in real time, and compete for cash prizes based on their coaching skill.

A former player at Eastern Michigan, Jackson earned his Associate of Arts from Arizona Western in 1999, a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan in 2002, and a Master of Arts from Valparaiso in 2004. With Jackson gone, the only African American on the SSU football staff is cornerback coach Glenn Davis. Jackson’s departure also means that Russell DeMasi is the only assistant on the staff that was a part of the Earnest Wilson staff

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