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Savannah State football coach Robby Wells recently added two coaches to his staff. Hans Batichon will coach wide receivers and C.J. Frye will coach the running backs. Batichon comes to SSU from Watauga High School in Boone, N.C. Batichon was born in Haiti and raised in Miami, FL. He graduated from Appalachian State in 2008 with a degree in mass communications/public relations. While attending ASU, he played wide receiver for the Mountaineers and won three national championships and three Southern conference titles. Frye comes to SSU from McCormick High School in S.C. He has also worked at Hilton Head High, South Carolina State and South Carolina. Frye played offensive line at USC where he was a four-year Letterman and made the SEC All- Academic Team for three years. The Columbia, SC native is the son of Gamecock track coach Curtis Frye, Sr. and graduated from USC in 2002 with a degree in accounting and a masters degree in 2005 in hotel restaurant and tourism. Batichon replaces Eddie Johnson who was promoted to offensive coordinator while Frye replaces Trevin Smith who is no longer on the staff.
Lincoln University in Missouri has relieved athletic director Paula Jackson of her duties. Jackson was hired at Lincoln in June 2008. Before coming to Lincoln, Jackson worked at Savannah State since 2005. Jackson had been director of compliance and senior woman administrator at SSU and served as interim athletics director from October 2007 to June 2008. Jackson came to SSU from Morehead State where she served as assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator. Prior to that, she held the same positions at Clark Atlanta.
Former Savannah State football player Roland Jackson will marry his college sweetheart, Janika Davis on August 1. The couple will tie the knot on the 50-yard line at SSU’s T. A. Wright Stadium. The 6-5, 310-lb. Baxley, GA native states that God gave him the vision to propose to Davis while in pre-season camp in 2008. Jackson popped the question during Homecoming 2008. “After the game was over, I ran inside to shower so I could come back out and propose. I came back outside and told Janika my ankle was hurting, reached down in my sock and got the ring, after distracting her, I told her to look at the shirts while I got down on one knee, after that through tears and overall shock she said, “Yes I will marry you Roland Jackson”.
Savannah native Joseph Williams has been selected to the 2009 All-SIAC Preseason team first team offense. The league coaches did the voting. A Beach High School alumnus, The 6-4, 280 senior offensive tackle was one of eight Morehouse players to earn first or second team preseason honors. Albany State sophomore Mike Mavromichalis, who played at Windsor Forest, made the second team as a offensive lineman. Making the second team defense was Fort Valley State linebacker Trent Newton. The senior from Lakeland, FL played at Savannah State for two seasons before transferring to FVSU.