Bryant Hired To Coach Basketball In Albany
On May 13, the Dougherty County Board of Education voted to hire Bakari Bryant as the new head boys basketball coach at Dougherty Comprehensive High School in Albany, Georgia. Bryant takes the helm of the Trojans Basketball Team having come from Berkmar High School in Lilburn, Ga., where he helped guide the Patriots to 19-9 record as an assistant coach. Prior to that role, Bryant was the head coach at Jenkins High School in Savannah, where he won a state title in 2015 and four consecutive region titles and two state runner-up appearances. In his seven years (2011-2018) as the Warriors head coach, Bryant amazed a 167-43 overall record and a 86-13 region mark. Before taking over the Jenkins program, Bryant spent several years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Savannah High School.
“I’m very excited to be a Trojan,” Bryant said in a press release. “Sometimes we have to make things fit our purpose but I believe that this opportunity was God’s purpose for me. For me personally, joining the team at Dougherty is a match made in Heaven.”
Bryant, who holds his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of West Alabama, where he was a member of the football team, and a graduate degree in Education from Cambridge College, said that while he’s excited to get to know the athletes at Dougherty, he’s also eager to get to know the staff and students at Albany Middle School — Dougherty’s feeder.
“I can’t help but feel like this is where I’m supposed to be,” Bryant said. “I’m eager to get started working with the athletes, especially at Albany Middle. It’s great that we have the opportunity to build a program in a feeder school and really develop a pipeline of talent. This will be my first time having that opportunity.”
Smith Earns Softball
Savannah State freshman softball player Stacie Smith has been named to the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Softball All-Conference Team.
The Metter, Georgia native led SSU with a .437 batting average.
In 103 plate appearances, Smith led the team with 45 hits. She also had 14 RBI, two home runs, one triple and two doubles. Smith also had a team-leading 29 steals in 33 attempts. In the field, the 5-foot-9 outfielder had a .947 fielding percentage.
Simmons Laid To Rest
Funeral services were held for 73-year old Benjamin Simmons on May 11 at Savannah’s Central Missionary Baptist Church.
Simmons died as a result of a automobile accident which occurred on the corner of Bulloch Street and Amaranth Avenue on May 5. He died at Candler Hospital.
A 1964 graduate of Tompkins High School, Simmons was inducted into the Woodville-Tompkins Sports Hall of Fame in 2013 for his play on the basketball court.
Tigers Beat Bethune- Cookman
The Savannah State baseball team finished their regular season, winning two of three games from Bethune-Cookman, in games played at Tiger
The Wildcats defeated SSU 6-2 on May 9 but the Orange & Blue bounced back to win 3-2 on May 10 and closed out the regular season with a 5-3 victory on May 11.
Joey Roberson was the series hero, hitting a two-run home run in the first game, a solo home run in the second contest and a two-run double in the final game.
SSU ended the regular season with a 12-25-1 overall record and a 10-14 MEAC record.