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SSU Assistant Gets Married

Savannah State assistant football coach Lyle Leong recently got married. Leong, who is entering his second season as the Tigers wide receiver coach, married the former Janne Salim on April 23 in a ceremony that was held in Baltimore, Maryland.

About 100 people attended the wedding. The couple met in 2013 while in school at West Virginia University. Lyle was a graduate assistant with the Mountaineers football team while Janne, who hails from Washington, D.C., was an undergraduate studying sports psychology and a member of the WVU gymnastics squad. The Leong’s will make their home in Savannah.

Rigdon Earns Award

In his first season as head baseball coach at Pensacola High School, Jamie Rigdon planted the seeds to turn the program around. According to Max- Preps, the Tigers went 14- 10. The 14 wins were the most the program had since the 2010-11 season when Pensacola posted a 15-10 mark. That was also their last wining season, until Rigdon arrived. Rigdon’s early success earned him Area Coach of the Year honors. Pensacola opened the season with a 10 game winning streak. Rigdon spent nine years as the head baseball coach at Savannah State, his alma mater. He has the most wins of any SSU baseball coach (300) and never had a losing season.

McDaniel To Enter Calhoun-Gordon County Sports Hall Of Fame

Savannah State alumnus, Ezekiel McDaniel, will be enshrined in the Calhoun Gordon County Sports Hall of Fame on August 13.

The ceremony, which will enshrine seven people, will take place at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. According to his bio, McDaniel was a basketball standout at Stephens High School (1948-52) and helped lead Stephens to the 1952 state championship.

After graduating from Stephens, he went on to Savannah State University, where he played four different sports. He was a team captain and four-year letterman in football, started as a freshman in basketball, and also lettered in baseball and track & field during his time there. McDaniel became a teacher and coach after graduating from college and was the head basketball coach at Stephens High, where he led the team to the 1961 state championship. He was also the head track and field coach as his team won state championships in 1960 and 1961. He then became head basketball coach at Georgia School for the Deaf where he served from 1963-1986, leading the Tigers to the Mason-Dixon Championship five times. McDaniel is a member of the GSD Hall of Fame and Rome/Floyd County Hall of Fame and has also won Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year, Atlanta Tip-Off Club Coach of the Year, Rome News-Tribune Coach of the Year and Mason Dixon Coach of the Decade.

SSU Coaches Attend Football Camp

The Savannah State football staff traveled to Leesbug, Georgia on June 2 to serve as guest coaches in the Lee County Elite Prospect Football Camp. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff were the main attraction but other college staffs that worked the camp that drew about 250 athletes were Albany State, Georgia, UCLA, Troy and West Georgia. During the nearly three-hour camp, players learned the fundamentals of football. SSU head coach Erik Raeburn and his staff will host two football camps on June 10 and June 17. For more information contact Jonas Jackson at 912.358.3428 or email him at

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