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Steward Hired at New Orleans

Former Savannah State University athletics director Sterling Steward, Jr. has been hired at the University of New Orleans as Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Revenue Generation.

Among Steward’s responsibilities are overseeing the rental of facilities. He oversees rental and scheduling of all university athletic facilities for both internal and external constituents. Steward is also in charge of venue and logistic assessment and selection including negotiating pricing and contracts for all catering, facility rental, and AV needs.

Before being hired at UNO, Steward served as the athletics director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’, a position he held for eight months. Steward spent seven years as the AD at Savannah State, from 2011-18.

During his tenure at SSU, the Tigers won Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships in men’s basketball, baseball and women’s basketball; along with individual championships in men’s golf, tennis and track & field.

Sterling Steward
Sterling Steward

Steward came to Savannah State from Mississippi Valley State University where he served as senior consultant for Athletics Administration. Prior to that, he was at Alabama State University (interim athletic director/associate athletic director for compliance), Kentucky State University (assistant athletics director/compliance director), Eastern Oregon University (assistant athletic director for internal opera- tions) and Xavier University of Louisiana (assistant athletic director for internal operations/ director of campus recreational sports).

A native of New Orleans, Steward attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, in coaching & sports administration/ history (1993) and sports management/recreation (1996).

Flegler Joins SC State Staff

South Carolina State head men’s basketball coach Murray Garvin has announced the hiring of Joe Flegler to the Bulldog coaching staff.

Joe Flegler
Joe Flegler

Garvin notes, “The addition of Joe Flegler is a steal in my opinion. He is an outstanding young coach that has been a part of a Savannah State staff that consistently got more with less before dropping down to Division II status. He will bring great enthusiasm and energy to an already high-octane coaching staff that is looking forward to the 2020-2021 season.”

Flegler comes to SC State after spending the last five years as an assistant coach at Savannah State. During his time at SSU, the Tigers participated in the 2016 College Insider Tournament, defeated its only power 5 opponent in school history in 2017, and won the 2018 MEAC Regular Season Championship.

In addition, the Tigers led NCAA Division I in three-point fields made per game and finished in the top five nationally in scoring 90pts + for three consecutive years. A savvy recruiter and talent developer, Flegler is credited with signing two NJCAA Division I All-Americans and developing six all-conference performers.

Flegler started his coaching career at Thomas University where he spent one season. The program had been defuncted for over a decade prior. In their first season, he helped resurrect the Nighthawks, who won 18 games, including three top 25 wins, and went to the final four of The Sun Conference postseason tournament.

“I am truly thankful for the opportunity that Coach Garvin has given me,” said Flegler. “South Carolina State is an institution rich in tradition, and it is an honor to become a part of that. I look forward to becoming a resource for the program, the university, and the community.”

As a student-athlete, Flegler played three years for the Tigers as a point guard. He was one of the pieces head coach Horace Broadnax used to rebuild the program.

The year before Flegler arrived at SSU, the team went 0-28. By the time Flegler was a senior, the Tigers went 15-14; the programs first winning season since 1985-86.

The Washington, D.C. native played one season at College of Southern Maryland, before transferring to SSU where, in 2005, he was selected to the All-MDJUCO Team and the All-Region Team.

While playing for the Tigers (2005-08), Flegler played in 91 games, scored 874 points, had 101 steals, 212 assists and 165 rebounds. For a career, he averaged 9.6 points, 1.1 steals, 2.3 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game. His efforts on the court resulted in him being named the team MVP his senior season as well as to the Division I All-Independent Team

Following his college playing career, Flegler played professionally in the Eastern Basketball Alliance (Nova Hawks), Continental Basketball League (Savannah Wildcats), National Basketball League of Canada (Quebec Kebs), Latin Basketball League (Peru) and the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (Beltway Bombers).

Flegler graduated from Savannah State in 2010 with a bachelor degree in criminal justice with a minor in mass communications. He is currently pursuing a master of business administration degree from Thomas University.

Correction On Avon Riley Story

This writer made a few errors on the Avon Riley story that was published a week ago.

Riley graduated from Savannah High School in 1977, not 1997; Riley’s daughter, Avion Riley Frazier, is married to Steven Frazier; and Riley was buried in Bonaventure Cemetery, not Evergreen.

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