Fitch Named AD At Allen University
Former Savannah State University athletic director Dr. Jerome Fitch has been named athletic director for Allen University. Fitch brings a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in athletic administration, most recently at the Claflin University, where he was instrumental in the University’s transition from a NAIA school to NCAA Division II by ensuring institutional compliance with all rules and regulations.
Fitch has been challenged to doing the same thing at Allen as the Yellow Jackets plan to move from NAIA to NCAA Division II status.
Prior to serving as Claflin athletics director for nine years and director of compliance for three years, he served as athletics director at Alabama A&M University, where he completed the construction of the football stadium and rectified compliance issues with multiple sports. As athletic director, at Savannah State, his fundraising efforts eliminated $197,000 in debt.
“Dr. Fitch’s experience and leadership in NCAA athletics will serve as a strong fit for Allen University Yellow Jacket athletics,” said Dr. McNealey, Allen University President said. “His dedication to student athletes, the advancement of HBCU athletics, and tremendous fundraising efforts align with our vision and trajectory as we prepare our student-athletes to thrive in NCAA Division II.
“Allen University currently sponsors 13 intercollegiate programs and was selected as the newest provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II effective for the 2020-2021 academic year in July 2020.
“The challenge of helping Allen transition into NCAA Division II is one that I felt I could be helpful in accomplishing,” said Fitch, who has an accomplished history in athletics administration. “Knowing Dr. McNealey from time spent in the SIAC, and knowing his energy and support for University athletics, I knew that I wanted to be a part of the upward trajectory at Allen University.
“Dr. Fitch began his career as assistant athletics director, assistant men’s basketball coach and sports information director at his alma mater, North Carolina Central University, in the early 1970s. He later became the head men’s basketball coach at Johnson C. Smith University, Voorhees College and Livingstone College. Dr. Fitch was also the head coach of the women’s basketball team at Elizabeth City State University. Dr. Fitch has a Doctor of Education degree from South Carolina State University (1988) and a Master of Education degree from North Carolina Central (1972) and a Bachelor of Science degree from NCCU (1968).
To Nova Southeastern
Former Savannah State women’s basketball player Alexus Bryant has transferred to Nova Southeastern.
“Alexus is a very powerful, long and athletic 6-4 post player,” described NSU head coach LeAnn Freeland-Curry. “Even though she is a very efficient scorer at the rim, she sees herself more as a defensive force on the floor. Her rebounding and shot-blocking abilities will be game-changers for us. Her help-side presence will enable our guards to pressure the ball more on the perimeter.
As only a sophomore at SSU, she tied for third in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in rebounding and was second in the league in blocked shots.”
Bryant started 22 of the team’s 23 total games playing 31 minutes per contest during the 2019-20 season. The 6-foot-4 post player from Jacksonville, Florida helped the team finish with a 15-8 overall record with a second-place finish in the East Division of the SIAC.
During her sophomore season as a Lady Tiger, Bryant averaged 6.7 points per game, 8.8 rebounds per game, 2.5 blocks per game (58 total) and shot 53 percent from the field. She also recorded career highs in points (21 points vs. Carver College on Nov. 10, 2019), rebounds (18) and blocks (six) – both coming from a game at Lemoyne-Owen on Dec. 14, 2019.
Nova Southeastern is a Division II institution that participates in the Sunshine State Conference.