Flegler Leaves SSU Basketball Program
Joseph Flegler, who has served as an assistant coach with the Savannah State men’s basketball team since August of 2014, has left the program.
The Washington, D.C. native left SSU in early February and spent the remainder of the season working as an assistant coach at Maryland-Eastern Shore. The situation is puzzling because the UMES staff, which includes former Savannah State assistants Clifford Reed and Raheem Waller, worked the 2018-19 season as interim coaches so their employment at UMES past this academic year is uncertain.
Flegler, a former Savannah State point guard, will get married on May 5 to Lacie Hawkins in Bethesda, Maryland. Two of the four groomsmen will be current SSU assistant coaches Clyde Wormley and Patrick Hardy.
Walker, Anderson Earn Basketball Honors
Savannah native Savanna Walker and Oronte’ Anderson have earned post season basketball honors for their play during the 2018-19 season in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. Walker, a 5-foot-8 sophomore, attends East Georgia while Anderson attends Gordan State. Both players made the Division I all region first team. Walker, a graduate of Woodville Tompkins, averaged 19.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists a game for the Bobcats during the regular season. Her best game of the season came against Andrew where she had 29 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals. Anderson, a New Hampstead graduate, averaged 13.9 points, 6,6 assists and 2.6 rebounds a game this past season. His best game came against Central Georgia Tech where he had 24 points . The 5-foot-9 sophomore had 14 assists against Albany Tech and six steals against Andrew. Anderson has offers to further his basketball career at Montevallo, West Florida and Claflin.
Sewell Wins at SSU Invitational
Jayden Sewell won two events for the Savannah State women’s track team at the SSU Invitational which was held March 27 at TA Wright Stadium.
Sewell won the women’s 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles events. The SSU women’s 4x100m relay team won their event while Toni Pellington was second in the high jump and Danielle Chambers placed third in the 200m race.
Morgan Ellis-Foster finished first for Savannah State in the men’s 400m hurdles and the 110m hurdles. Also winning their event was the 4x100m relay team and Abbas Abbkar who won the 400m race.
Carlous Bartee was second in the 100m race while Mohamed (1500m) and Iverson Darius (200m) finished third in their events. Earning fourth place finishes were Mohamed (3000m), Ny’em Bozeman (high jump), Tracy Gaston (long jump) and Michael Johnson (shot put).
Howard Named Georgia Southern Women’s Basketball Coach
Georgia Southern athletics director Tom Kleinlein has announced the hiring of Anita Howard as the Eagles new women’s head basketball coach. Howard comes to GSU from Columbus State, where she has served as head coach of the Cougars for the past three seasons.
Howard becomes the eighth head coach in Georgia Southern women’s basketball history and the first African American female head coach.
Prior to Columbus State, Howard served as the head coach at Livingstone College for two seasons and Salem College for three seasons. In seven seasons as a collegiate head coach, she has compiled a 146-55 overall record, for an outstanding .726 winning percentage.
Howard was a standout high school player at Beach High School in Savannah under Ronald Booker. She played collegiately for three seasons at Fort Valley State, earning SIAC Defensive Player of the Year honors all three years. She then transferred to Armstrong State for the 2002-03 season, where she helped the Pirates compile a school-record 27-4 mark, capturing the Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament title while leading the team to their first NCAA Championships appearance.
She graduated magna cum laude from Armstrong State in 2003 with her bachelor’s degree in fine arts design. Beginning her coaching career in Savannah, she was the head coach at Savannah High before moving into the collegiate ranks as an assistant coach at Winston-Salem State, Shaw (N.C.) and St. Augustine’s (N.C.) before beginning her head coaching career at Division III Salem College in 2012.
Howard and her husband, Theo, have three children: Jason, Thallan and Theo II.