Thomas Named Morehouse Associate AD
Savannah native Dr. Phillip Thomas has been named the Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations at Morehouse.
The former student athlete on the Maroon Tiger football team in 1996 and 1997 will oversee the internal operations of the athletic department which include administration, game management and operations, budget review while also having sport supervision of the football, baseball, track & field and cross country teams.
He has over 20 years of experience working part-time with the Morehouse football program in many different capacities. Thomas currently serves as the Director of Football Operations while also coaching the specialist. Through the many dedicated years to the maroon and white he has also served as running backs coach, special teams, academic and recruiting coordinator, as well as overseeing the equipment operations for the Maroon Tigers.
Along with his duties at Morehouse, Thomas is an Adjunct Professor at Belhaven University and has been an educator in the Atlanta Public School System since 2013. Prior to working in APS, Thomas taught in the Fulton County School system between two stops in the DeKalb Country School District. The son of Beverly Hall and John & Anita Thomas, is also teaching education courses at Spelman this fall.
The 1987 Windsor Forest High School graduate arrived at Morehouse after serving in the United States Air Force where he worked in air transportation, logistics management and in information systems in various duty stations as Japan, South Korea, Texas, Florida, Arizona, California, South Carolina and finally Georgia before retiring in 2008 after 20 years of service.
SSU Football Player Concerned About Bahamian Family
As Savannah State was preparing to play their first football game of the season last week, senior football player Czar Beneby was worried about his family and friends in his home country of the Bahamas who were affected by hurricane Dorian. “It was hard to concentrate on football,” he says.
At least 70,000 people are homeless on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands, the parts of the Bahamas hardest hit by the hurricane.
Beneby grew us in Nassau, Bahamas but moved to Florida with his family when he was 11. He says he never went through a hurricane while living in Nassau.
The lanky 6-foot- 5 wide receiver states that he has nieces, nephews and cousins still in the Bahamas who were affected by hurricane Dorian.
“Nobody was hurt or anything but the family is devastated. They lost their home and belongings.”
Beneby and a few other SSU students want to help those in need and are in the planning phase of trying to raise funds and supplies to help the storm survivors in the Bahamas.
Tigers Lose Season Opener To Florida Tech
The Shawn Quinn era of Savannah State got off to a heartbreaking start on September 8 as the Tigers lost a
tough game to visiting Florida Tech 23-22 at TA Wright Stadium.
SSU was down 23- 16 with just over two minutes left in the game but the Tiger offense put together a eight play, 75 yard drive that ended when Cameron White caught a six yard touchdown pass from DeVonn Gibbons with 14 seconds left.
Down by one, the Tigers went for the two point conversion only to have Gibbons’ run fall short. The Panthers took over possession and ran out the clock.
In the second quarter, Quen Wilson scored on a 34 yard run for SSU while in the fourth quarter, Giovanni Lugo kicked a 44 yard field goal and Gibbons scored on a seven yard run.
The crowd of 3,028 saw Gibbons lead the Savannah State offense with 91 yards rushing and 23 yards passing. Dorian Metts had a 17 yard reception for the offense while Djuan Tinsely, a Stetson transfer who played his high school football at Jenkins High, make seven tackles.
Albany State To Cut Two Sports
As part of a plan to strategically realign resources to build a sustainable athletics program, Albany State has announced the discontinuation of their men’s cross country and men’s golf programs.
These programs will be discontinued at the conclusion of the 2019-20 academic year. ASU has had reductions across multiple sports included decreases in scholarships, operational expenses and personnel.