Perez Leaves SIAC Office

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Commissioner, Richard J. Ensor has named Ruben R. Perez Jr., as MAAC Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball & Baseball. Perez is currently the associate commissioner of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). As the Associate Commissioner, Perez Jr., will serve on the MAAC senior management staff and will be responsible for conference scheduling of men’s basketball and baseball and assist the Commissioner in managing MAAC’s membership in the Collegiate Officiating Consortium, LLC. He will oversee the scheduling of the MAAC broadcast package for men’s basketball, conduct in-season operations, oversee the officiating bureau, and manage championship operations for baseball. He will also assist with the basketball tournament marketing and operations in coordination with host arenas and member schools. Additionally, Perez Jr., will manage the budgets for men’s basketball and baseball and will assists with host coordination for NCAA tournaments hosted by the MAAC. Prior to joining the SIAC, Perez Jr., was the Director of Sports Information at Clark Atlanta University. Before his appointment at CAU, he was the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information at Chicago State University. He also served four years as Media Relations Assistant at Savannah State University. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Perez Jr., holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a focus in public relations and advertising from Savannah State.

Smith-Jones Named AD At UC Riverside

UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox has announced the appointment of Tamica Smith Jones as the Highlanders new athletic director. Jones came to UCR from Texas San Antonio where she was Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Affairs and Senior Woman Administrator. Jones has 15 years of experience working in collegiate athletics, and previously served as Athletic Director/ Senior Woman Administrator at Clark Atlanta University after a stint there as the head volleyball coach. Previously she held similar positions at Morris Brown College and Savannah State University. A native of Atlanta, Jones earned a basketball scholarship at Troy University in Alabama, and, after transferring, graduated with a B.S. in Business Management from Alabama A&M University, where she was both a basketball and cross-country scholarship athlete. She also holds a master’s in Public Administration from Savannah State, and a PhD in Business Administration from Warren National University [formerly Kennedy Western University]. At UCR, her annual compensation will be $225,000.

Cox Joins KSU Staff

Kennesaw State men’s basketball coach Al Skinner has announced the hiring of Stephen Cox as assistant coach. Cox joins the Owls after previously serving as the head coach at Thomas University for two seasons. Previously, Cox was an assistant coach at Georgia Southwestern State University where he helped lead the Canes to their first appearance in the NCAA Division II National Tournament as a three seed. Prior to GSW, Cox served as an assistant at two NCAA Division I schools in Georgia at Savannah State and Mercer. As a player, Cox played two seasons at Middle Georgia College prior to transferring to Clayton State University to finish out his career.

MEAC Announces 2015 Volleyball Preseason Honors

Florida A&M sophomore outside hitter Pamela Soriano was selected as the 2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Volleyball Preseason Player of the Year. Howard University was predicted to win the Northern Division, while FAMU was chosen to claim the Southern Division. All awards are voted on by the conference’s head volleyball coaches and sports information directors. Coppin State was picked to finish second in the Northern Division followed by Hampton, Morgan State, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Norfolk State and Delaware State. Bethune-Cookman was selected to finish second in the Southern Division followed by North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central, South Carolina State and Savannah State.

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