Former SSU Coach Enters Hall Of Fame
Willie Scott will be one of five new members inductees into the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame. The 2020 Enshrinement Ceremony is set for April 2 at the Hilton Greenville. Scott was a four-year letter winner for the South Carolina Gamecocks from 1977- 80 and in 1992 was voted as a member of the modern era all-time team as a tight end. In 2006 he was voted as a member of the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame and the Southeastern Conference Hall of Fame. In 2004 Scott was selected to the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. The Newberry,SC native finished his USC career with 70 receptions for 986 yards and seven touchdowns. Drafted in the 14th round of the 1981 draft, Scott played five years with Kansas City and three with New England. Scott spent two years (2000 and 2001) on the Savannah State coaching staff, coaching the defensive line and special teams.
Wallace Named SIAC Coach of the Year
Savannah native Phillip Wallace, Jr. has been named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in women’s basketball for the 2019-20 season.
Wallace wins his second career Coach of the Year award and first with the Golden Bears. This season, he led the Lady Bears to a 19-7 regular season mark – tying the school record for most regular season wins – and won the SIAC Western Division title for the first time in program history. Miles set another school mark with a perfect 11-0 mark at Knox-Windham Gymnasium and was the only conference team to defeat nationally-ranked Benedict on the road.
Wallace was the head women’s basketball coach at Savannah State from 1990-96 and had a record of 105-38.
A graduate of Savannah High, Wallace received a Bachelor of Science degree from SSU in 1989 and his Masters in Public Administration from Savannah State in 1993.
SSU Opens Outdoor Track Season
The Savannah State track &
field program opened their 2020 outdoor season on February 29 by hosting the Tiger Relays, which drew 14 teams to Theodore Wright Stadium.
Both SSU teams placed third in their field. UNC Wilmington won the men’s and women’s divisions, followed by Piedmont and SSU to round out the top three. The UNC Wilmington women had 148 points followed by Piedmont’s 94 and SSU who had 82. The UNC Wilmington men accumulated 133 points, Piedmont had 109 while the SSU men had 71 points.
The SSU women had 14 top ten finishes with Jaylen Sewell winning the 400m hurdles race. The SSU men finished in the top ten in 19 events. Nyem Bozeman won the high jump and the 4x200m relay team of Bozeman, Kyce Gray, Edward Musgrow and Eric Jackson won their event.
A&M Wins Softball Series
The Alabama A&M softball team won a weekend series with Savannah State by sweeping the Tigers on February 29 but losing on March 1.
The Bulldogs won game one 8-1 and completed the sweep with a 8-4 victory in the second game. The following day, Savannah State got revenge with a 3-1 win. In Savannah State’s win, Alysin Ferrell pitched a complete game, giving up five hits, one run and one walk while striking out two. Stacie Smith, JaNesa Robinson and Jalexia Wright all drove in one run apiece for the Tigers who improved to 3-10.