Quinn Hired At Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech head football coach Brent Pry has announced that former Savannah State head coach Shawn Quinn has joined his coaching staff.
Pry and Quinn previously collaborated at Georgia Southern in 2010 when Pry served as defensive coordinator and Quinn worked as the linebackers coach. They also worked together at Louisiana-Lafayette from 2002-06.
Quinn has spent the past three years as the head coach of Savannah State where he led the Tigers to a 16-6 record after transitioning from the FCS level to NCAA Division II. Quinn’s squad went 8-2 in 2021. Due to COVID-19, Savannah State did not play a fall season in 2020. The Tigers went 1-1 during a two-game 2021 spring schedule. In 2019, Quinn led the program to a 7-3 record, the team’s first winning record since 1998.
Before landing at SSU, Quinn had other coaching stops at The Citadel, Tennessee Tech, Western Carolina, Charleston Southern, Georgia Southern, Northwestern State, LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette and Tennessee.
After working on the high school level at Armuchee High and Maryville High, Quinn’s collegiate coaching career began in 1999 as a graduate assistant at Tennessee where he worked with the offensive line and special teams.
Lady Tigers Remain Unbeaten
The Savannah State women’s basketball team remained unbeaten with recent road wins over Lane and Kentucky State. SSU defeated Lane 66-58 on November 30 and topped Kentucky State 70-62 on December 11 for their first conference victory.
Against Lane, the Lady Tigers led 23-17 after the first quarter and held a 37-34 halftime edge. Both teams scored 14 points in the third quarter. SSU led 53-52 with 8:08 left in the game but then went on a 10-0 run to go ahead 63-52 with 4:19 left. Lane never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Azhana Maxwell had 17 points for Savannah State while Amari Heard had 14 and Le’Andrea Gillis has 12.
In the win over KSU, the game was knotted at 33 at intermission but Savannah State took a 53-48 advantage into the fourth quarter. SSU led 53-52 with 8:30 left but found some breathing room thanks to a 10-0 run that increased their lead to 63-52 with six and a half minutes left. Kentucky State got within six with 1:47 left but free throws by Nyla Allen and Ta’Quashia Lampkin sealed the win for SSU (6-0).
Bria Gibbs paved the way with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Gillis chipped in 12 points.
Tigers Lose SIAC Opener
Marcus Scott scored a game-high 22 points but it would not be enough as the Savannah State men’s basketball team lost their SIAC opener on the road to Kentucky State, 82-68 on December 11. SSU fell to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in the SIAC.
Scott shot 7 of 14 from the field and made five of his seven shots from 3-point range, before fouling out late in the contest.
The Tigers whittled a 14 point deficit down to five with 6:33 left but KSU answered with a 14-5 spurt to put Savannah State back in a double-digit hole of 77-63 with just over two minutes remaining.
Trey Deloach had 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals while Christian Blue contributed 11 points.
Sandgren Earns JUCO Honors
Former Islands High School football standout Shamar Sandgren has been named to the 2021 Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference all conference football team.
Sandgren, who made the first team, is a freshman wide receiver at Itawamba Community College.
During the season, he used his 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame to catch 57 passes for 720 yards and six touchdowns.
In his first game, Sandgren had 13 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown against Southwest Mississippi Community College. Other games where he stood out came against Copiah-Lincoln Community College where he caught 10 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, Jones College (seven catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns) and Coahoma Community College (four catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns). Sandgren also had six punt returns during the season.