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SC State Fires Basketball Coach

South Carolina State University will not renew the contract of Bulldog’s men’s basketball head coach Murray Garvin, Director of Athletics Stacy Danley announced on March 15.

Garvin spent 11 seasons on the Bulldog’s staff, the last nine as head coach, and compiled an overall record of 88-166 as head coach with a 50-75 mark in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) play. His best season was his third as head coach in 2015- 16 where his team posted a 19-15 overall record and 12-4 mark in league play, finishing second in the regular season conference standings.

“We appreciate the years of service Coach Garvin gave to Bulldog basketball,” Danley said. “The dedication to his student athletes was admirable. I wish Coach Garvin all the best in his future endeavors.”

Paine Leaves The SIAC

Paine College will be leaving the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).

Murray Garvin
Murray Garvin

On March 31, The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) announced on that the organization had approved Paine College for membership in the organization, along with Baptist Bible College, Sterling College, and University of Fort Lauderdale.

Formed in 1968, the NCCAA is an association of Christ-centered collegiate institutions whose mission is to use athletic competition as an integral component of education, evangelism and encouragement. The national headquarters is located in Greenville, South Carolina.

“We are indeed excited to join the National Christian College Athletic Association,” said Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones, President of Paine College. “Consistent with the mission of the NCCAA, we will be able to use athletics and athletic competitions to further develop spiritually-centered student-athletes to assume positions of leadership and service.”

NCCAA Executive

Director Dan Wood stated, “We are excited to welcome, or welcome back, new members who find a mission-fit partnership with our association. These institutions are diverse in their focus but unified in the Kingdom targeted mission. The NCCAA looks forward to serving them in their efforts!”

Dr. Cheryl Evans
Dr. Cheryl Evans

The Lions will compete as an NCCAA DI South Region member beginning July 1, 2021. Paine will sponsor men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and volleyball while also adding men’s and women’s golf in the fall of 2022.

“On behalf of our student-athletes, and the entire Paine College community we are very excited to be joining the National Christian College Athletic Association,” said Director of Athletics Selina Kohn. “Joining the NCCAA will allow Paine to continue to emphasize our spiritual values, ethical and social responsibility, and academic excellence while accomplishing athletic endeavors.”

According to the SIAC website, Paine has been a member of the conference since 1985. During their time in the SIAC, the Lions have won championships in four different sports.

Dwayne Franklin
Dwayne Franklin

The men’s basketball team won the conference tournament during the 1993- 94 season and were regular season champs during the 2014-15 campaign. The women’s basketball team won the conference tournament championship in 2004-05 and 2005-06 while the baseball team won the SIAC tournament during the 1989=90 and 2004-05 seasons. The men’s golf team claimed the conference title during the 2011-12 season.

SSU Spring Sports Round-Up

The Savannah State men’s golf team participated in the Black College Golf Coaches

Association HBCU Invitational on March 29-30 at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Raleigh, Florida. The Tigers tied for third with North Carolina Central in the four-team event with a two-day score of 611. SSU’s Trey Odom finished tied for eighth with a score of 147.

The SSU baseball team swept a three-game weekend series with Clark Atlanta in games played at Tiger Field. The Tigers won 26-0 on April 2 and completed the sweep with a double header win on April 3 by scores of 10-5 and 24-4. The 26 runs scored on April 2 were the most by a Savannah State team since a 28-2 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore in 2003. In the first game, Dwayne Franklin had two doubles and drove in four runs. In the second game, Andrew Mann pitched 6.2 innings and struck out six batters while in the third game, Champion Robbins went 3 for 3 at the plate with four RBI while scoring five runs.

Trey Odom
Trey Odom

The Savannah State softball team traveled to nearby Brunswick on March 31 to play College of Coastal Georgia and came home with a double-header loss by scores of 7-3 and 10- 1. Casey Sims had a two-run double for SSU in the first game and Morgan Green had a RBI triple in the second contest.

The Lady Tiger volleyball team capped their pandemic-shortened season with a road win over Benedict on March 31 by a score of 3-2. Benedict won the first two sets by scores of 25-23, 25-23 but SSU bounced back to win three in a row (25-22, 25-14 and 17- 14) to earn the win. Sydney Harvile had 55 assists for SSU while Jeilynn Brown had 15 kills and Liz Ortiz had 22 digs.

On April 1, the SSU tennis team closed out their regular season with a 7-0 home loss to Benedict. Beverly Matsiwe of Benedict defeated SSU’s Venus Ubiebi 6-3, 6-0.

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