Atterbury Honored By Black College Nines
A Savannah State University baseball player was among the 57 players from Historically Black College and Universities named to the 2019 Black College Nines’ Elite Teams.
Jalen Atterbury earned second team honors as a second baseman in the large school division. The large school division featured players from the MEAC and SWAC.
During the 2019 season, Atterbury batted .317 with 53 hits, 31 runs, 24 RBI, eight doubles and 26 stolen bases.
Steward Out As Alaska Fairbanks AD
Sterling Steward has stepped down as athletics director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
After spending seven years as the athletics director at Savannah State University, Steward lasted just eight months in Alaska. During Steward’s tenure beginning in October 2018, the university added new locker room and team spaces and announced the Nanook hockey team will move from the Carlson Center in Fairbanks to a campus facility within two years. Steward’s departure on June 11 came one day after the university announced the hiring of Terlynn Olds as the new associate athletic director of internal operations and senior woman administrator.
Local Trio Earns All American Status
A trio of local track & field standouts have earned All American honors for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field sea son.
Andre Jeff, who is a member of the Ohio State men’s 4x400m relay team earned second team honors while Taylor Deloach and Abbas Abbkar both earned All American honorable mention status.
Deloach runs with the Ohio State women’s 4x100m relay squad while Abbas Abbkar competes in the men’s 800m for Savannah State.
Jeff attended New Hampstead High School while Deloach attended St. Vincent’s Academy. Abbkar is a native of Clarkston, Georgia.
Former SSU Baseball Player Dies
Former Savannah State player Robert “Tate” Jordan died on June 15. A native of Wrens, Georgia, Jordan was a catcher and an outfielder on the Tigers baseball team. As a junior in 1984, he batted .375. During his senior season in 1985, Jordan hit .267 while hitting one home run, three doubles and driving in 14 runs. He also stole 11 bases in 16 attempts. While at SSU, Jordan became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and was in the ROTC program. It was also at Savannah State where he would meet his future wife, Romelda Crosby.
After earning an engineering degree from Savannah State, Jordan entered the military as a commissioned officer. After a stay in the military he retired and started working in the information technology field which took him from Charlotte, North Carolina to Bolingbrook, Illinois.
Jordan, whose untimely death came a day after his 56th birthday, is survived by his wife, two children, mother, sister, grandmother and a host of other relatives.
A celebration of life service was held in Aurora, Illinois at Cathedral of Grace St. John AME Church on June 21. Another service for Jordan will be held June 29 at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia at 11 a.m.