Former SSU Coaches On The Move
Former Savannah State athletic coaches Sam Chatman, Katie Rietkovich and Daniel Stockdale have found new coaching homes.
Chatman was the Tigers strength and conditioning coach since 2015. He now works for the National Basketball Association and is based in China. Before coming to SSU, Chatman worked at Langston University, Bethune-Cookman, Villanova and Linden- Wood University.
Rietkovich, who spent the past three years as a volunteer assistant with the Rebels softball program at Ole Miss, has been hired as an assistant at Minnesota. Prior to working at Ole Miss, the Guyton native was an assistant at SSU during the 2014 season.
Stockdale, who served as the Tigers assistant baseball coach in 2014, has been hired as an assistant softball coach at Georgia State. Prior to GSU, Stockdale served as an assistant coach for the Memphis Tigers in 2017. Other coaching stops include Albany
State, Pinecrest Academy in Cumming, Ga., Temple University, Jared Hardin Softball, and Baseball U.
Also making a career move was former SSU equipment manager Brian Eason who spent the previous year as the football assistant equipment manager with the University of Connecticut. Recently Eason was hired as the equipment manager at Campbell University. Eason served as the SSU equipment manager from 2013-17.
Champaigne To Play Basketball in Peru
Hikeem Champaigne has signed a free agent contract to play basketball with La Salle Arequipa in Peru. Champaigne played in Cyprus last season where he averaged 16 points 12.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks.
The 6-foot-9 power forward has improved his game since his playing days at Savannah State where he last played during the 2014- 15 season. In his two years with the Tigers, Champaigne participated in 37 games and had a career average of 2.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Davis Joins Staff at Alcorn State
Former Armstrong State men’s basketball coach Evans Davis has been hired as an assistant coach at Alcorn State.
Davis spent eight seasons total at Armstrong, including four seasons as assistant coach before moving up to head coach. He was at the helm when Armstrong athletics ceased to continue after the University merged with Georgia Southern.
In 2015-16, Davis coached the Pirates to a 10-9 record in the Peach Belt Conference. The team led the league in assists and assist:turnover ratio, while ranking second in the league in three-point field goal percentage. Armstrong was considered one of the conference’s most dangerous offensive teams during Davis’ tenure.
Prior to Armstrong, Davis served as an assistant coach for North Florida for three years. He went to North Florida after working as both an assistant and then the head coach at Truett McConnell. Davis began his collegiate coaching career at Mercer as a graduate assistant for the women’s program.
Funeral Services Held for Norwood
Funeral services were held for former Savannah State football player Pastor Kenneth Norwood on July 28 at New Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church on Savannah. Norwood died on July 22.
After finishing high school at Northside Warner Robins, Norwood enrolled at Savannah State where he was a tight end on the Tigers football team. He was one of 28 newcomers in the Tigers 1978 recruiting class that include standout players such as Reggie Tindal, Tim Jordan and Cecil Newton among others. White attending Savannah State, Norwood and his roommate, Newton, became members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. About two dozen of his former teammates attended the services including his college coach, Rev. Frank Ellis.
Norwood was a contractor who owned his own business, “Wood Man Handy Man.” He was also the pastor of New Hope Fellowship Church.
During his ten minute eulogy, Pastor Kenneth Rouche spoke from the book of Philippians and told those gathered that Paul kept the faith but today is a day that our faith was being put to the test.
He added that during our life, we all make mistakes but what matters is how we finish.
Others who shared their memories of Norwood during the service were longtime friends Steve Fiarbanks and Pastor Carl Ramey and Norwood’s twin brother, Keith.
Norwood’s body was cremated after the service.
Game The Savannah State Community Booster Club is sponsoring a day trip to the SSU Tigers vs. Florida A&M Rattlers football game in Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
The cost of the trip, including transportation (charter bus) and game ticket, is $85 per person.
For more information, contact Barbara Mc- Ghee at 912-352-7800.