SSU Names Obunaga Interim Volleyball Coach
Savannah State has named Roselidah Obunaga as the school’s interim volleyball, replacing Edric Poitier who took a similar position at Florida State College at Jacksonville in March.
Obunaga comes to Savannah State from Montana State University-Northern where she was the Skylight’s head volleyball coach for two seasons. Before coaching at Montana State-Northern, the 45-year old Kenya native had been the head coach at Stephens College in Missouri for five years. Prior to her time at Stephens, Obunaga was a student assistant volleyball coach at Columbia College, where she earned a degree in Business Administration. In 2011, Obunaga completed a master’s degree in Public Service Administration from the University of Evansville, where she served as a graduate assistant coach.
As a junior college player, she was a twotime First Team NJCAA All-American at Missouri State University-West Plains. In 2009, she was inducted into the Missouri State-West Plains Hall of Fame. She was also a First- Team NAIA All-American at both Central Methodist University and Columbia College.
Obunaga was a two-time Olympian, participating in both the Sidney (2000) and Athens (2004) Summer Olympic Games as a member of Kenya’s National Volleyball team, and also competed in the 1998 World Championships in Japan.
Savannah State Player Drafted By Dodgers
Savannah State baseball player Justin Washington received a early birthday present this year when the Tiger center fielder was selected in the 35th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, on June 5.
Washington, who will turn 22 on June 19, finished the 2019 season batting .242. He started 39 of the 40 games he played in and ended the year with 153 at bats, 23 runs, 37 hits, three doubles, one triple, two home runs and 24 RBI while drawing seven walks. Washington had 14 steals in 15 attempts. In the field, Washington had 125 put outs, two assists and four errors for a .969 fielding percentage.
The Decatur, Georgia native is the fourth Savannah State baseball player to be drafted with the last being Kyle McGowin who was picked in the fifth round in the 2013 draft by the Los Angeles Angels. In 2003, Jeff Urgelles was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 26th round. Clay Cleveland was also picked up by the Reds in the 2003 draft, going in the 39th round.
Locals Compete At Track Championships
A trio of local athletes competed at the NCAA Division I Outdoor National Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas that were held June 5-8.
Abbas Abbkar of Savannah State ran in the men’s 800m and finished eighth in his heat and 21st out of 24 runners with a time of 1:51.88.
Ohio State’s Tay- lor Deloach and Andre Jeff also competed at the meet.
FLH 300 Golf Tournament is June 29
The FLH 300 Club Inc. will have their annual golf tournament at Henderson Golf Club in Savannah, GA on June 29. The cost of the tournament will be $75.00 per person which includes range balls and lunch.
There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start and the format will be four-man Captain’s Choice. There will also be $5.00 Mulligans (two per individual).
The tournament will also feature a longest drive and closest to the pin contest as well as a 50/50 raffle.
Tournament organizers are also seeking sponsorships.
Hole sponsorships, which will feature your personal or company name on the hole, are $400. Gold sponsorship is $200, Silver sponsorship is $100 and Bronze sponsorship is $50.
Monetary donations in any amount and/or merchandise for prizes are also welcomed. All donations are tax deductible All proceeds raised will benefit the student-athletes at Savannah State University.
Contact Jamie Muhammed at 912-484-3521 for more information.