SSU AD a Finalist For Job in Alaska
Savannah State University athletics director Sterling Steward, Jr. is one of three finalists for the athletics director job at Alaska Fairbanks.
Steward has been the athletics director at Savannah State since 2011.
The other two finalists are Derrick Johnson, Milton Richards. Johnson most recently served as the athletic director at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina while Richards was the senior director of athletics and recreation at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, from 2011-15.
The trio of candidates will take part in a public forum where they will each spend a day on the UAF campus that will include a 20-minute presentation on their vision for the athletic department. They also will meet with members of the search committee, university administrators and Nanooks staff members and coaches. Johnson was on the UAF campus on July 13 while Richards was on campus July 16. Steward will meet with the search committee on July 20.
To find the right candidate, the university enlisted the help of the Spelman and Johnson group, an executive search firm which helps higher education facilities find high-ranking executives.
Alaska Fairbanks has a enrollment of 11,149 students and their athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division II level although their hockey team competes on the Division I level and their ski, swim and rifle teams compete on the multi-divisional level.
Habersham Earns Preseason Honor
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference held their annual Football Media Day on July 10 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
Among those honored was Albany State running back McKinley Habersham who garnered second team honors on the preseason all conference squad. Last season, the Savannah native helped the Rams in having the number two overall offense and number two rushing offense in the conference.
In ten games, the former Memorial Day athlete had 141 carries for 850 yards and eight touchdowns. The rising senior also caught 12 receptions for 98 yards. He averaged 20 yards per punt return and 23.2 yards on kickoff returns.
Quarterman Competes in NBA Summer League
Tim Quarterman is spending his summer in Las Vegas but the former Johnson High basketball star wasn’t at the casinos. Instead, Quarterman was playing basketball as part of the NBA Summer League with the Milwaukee Bucks organization. In five summer league games, the 6-foot-6 guards had 27 points, 15 assists, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Quarterman has played in 19 NBA games over the course of the past two seasons with the Portland Trailblazers and Houston Rockets. He also played in 11 G League games this past season with the Agua Caliente Clippers and averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 25.6 minutes per game.