- Category: Athletics
- Published on Monday, 15 April 2013 09:42
STATESBORO, Ga. – Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein announced today that the school will add women's rifle as its 16th intercollegiate program beginning in the 2013-14 season.
A total of 34 NCAA schools sponsor rifle, including a combination of coed, men's and women's teams; and 22 compete at the Division I level. Eight schools compete in Division I women's rifle, and 13 compete in mixed rifle. The NCAA scholarship limit for Division I is 3.6.
Kleinlein also announced that MSG Tim Parks will serve as the program's first coach. The Eagles will use the shooting range behind the Recreation Activity Center on Register Road as their home facility until the Georgia Southern Shooting Sports Education Center, slated to open in the fall of 2014, is completed.
"The strength of the Georgia Southern ROTC program and its relationship with Eagle athletics coupled with the plans for an on-campus, state-of-the-art shooting facility makes women's rifle a perfect addition to our lineup of intercollegiate sports," said Kleinlein. "As with all of our athletics programs, we expect to be competitive on a yearly basis."
The Shooting Sports Education Center will be 20,000-25,000 square feet, designed for future expansion and will include both indoor archery and firing ranges and outdoor archery ranges. The proposed site is adjacent to the Recreation Activity Center and M.C. Anderson Recreation Park on Georgia Southern's main campus.
"The addition of a women's rifle program and added athletic scholarship opportunities for female student-athletes is a positive effect of our decision to move up to FBS," said Kleinlein. "Starting a women's rifle program fulfills an NCAA requirement of sponsoring 16 varsity programs in order to compete at the FBS level."
Georgia Southern will compete in the Air Rifle discipline to start. Air Rifle uses a 0.177 caliber pellet, and shooters are 10 meters from the target. For women, the shooter gets 40 targets and one shot per target. Each shot scores from 1-10, and a perfect score is 600. The total time limit to complete the targets is 1-hour, 15 minutes. Each team declares five shooters before the match, and four scores count towards the overall team score.
Other Division I women's rifle programs in the Southeast include The Citadel, UAB and Ole Miss. Mixed rifle programs in the region include Wofford, NC State and Kentucky. West Virginia won the National Championship in 2013, its 15th title.
Georgia Southern Athletics provides up-to-date information on all its sports through its official website, GSEagles.com, through social media channels facebook.com/GSAthletics and twitter.com/GSAthletics, and its new "Eagles GATA" mobile app for Android and iOS.
- Category: Athletics
- Published on Friday, 15 August 2008 00:06
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- Category: Athletics
- Published on Friday, 31 July 2009 10:13
STATESBORO, Ga. – The Georgia Southern Athletics Department announced John Erwin as Assistant Athletic Trainer. He will specifically handle responsibilities with the Eagles men’s basketball team.
Erwin will also oversee the day-to-day activities of the men’s soccer, men’s tennis and softball athletic training programs. Raised in Houston, Texas, Erwin is a certified and licensed athletic trainer and is a certified performance enhancement specialist.
Erwin earned his Master’s of Science degree in Athletic Training from Arkansas State University in 2009. While in graduate school, Erwin assisted with the athletic training duties for the Red Wolves football team and their 12 other sports programs. In addition to his experience with collegiate athletics, Erwin served as the first athletic trainer for Arkansas State’s ROTC program, primarily responsible for the program’s physical training coverage. Erwin obtained physician coverage for ROTC cadets while handling assessments, rehabilitation and reports to commanding officers.
As an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Arlington and prior to entering graduate school, Erwin served as an intern athletic trainer for the Dallas Desperados Arena Football League (AFL) team. With the Desperados, Erwin assisted the head trainer and helped prepare daily injury reports for coaches and the league office as well as handling all training travel supplies and inventory.
A four-year student athletic trainer at UTA, Erwin’s experience includes assisting with the Mavericks athletics teams and programs at three Arlington-area high schools. He also served as head athletic trainer for UCA Cheerleading Camps during the summer of 2007 after receiving his bachelor of science in athletic training from UTA in May 2007.
Erwin is a member of and participates in several local, state and national professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), National Athletic Trainer’s Association and Southwest Athletic Trainers Association. He holds certifications from the Texas Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers State Licensure, the Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training Licensure and NASM.
- Category: Athletics
- Published on Friday, 21 August 2009 11:11
STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern student-athletes who participate in fall sports have been in preseason camp for around two weeks, but Thursday night (August 20) at the Nessmith-Lane Building, they received their charge for the upcoming year. President Bruce Grube welcomed every team, coach and support staff member, reminding the Eagles of their impact on Statesboro-Bulloch County community and responsibilities as University students and ambassadors for athletics.
Over the past 10 seasons during Grube's presidency, Georgia Southern Athletics enjoyed successes on the fields and courts and in the classroom. Since 1999, the Eagles won two national titles in football, made appearances in NCAA championships or national tournaments in baseball, men's basketball, golf, softball, track and field, and volleyball. Athletics facilities constructed or renovated during his tenure include the Bennett-Ramsey Golf Center, Gene Bishop Field House, J.I. Clements Stadium, Cowart Building, Eagle Softball Field, Iron Works, Dan J. Parrish, Sr. Football Center, Soccer/ Track Stadium, and the concourses, fan amenities and brick façade at Paulson Stadium. In addition, the recently expanded on-campus Recreation Activities Center serves as the home facility for the Eagle swimming and diving team.
Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Chris Geyerman presented trophies to the top men's and women's team based on academic performance during the 2008-09 year. The GSU women's tennis team earned the award for the sixth straight year with a 3.58 overall team grade point average. Posting an overall team grade point average of 3.31, the Eagle men's tennis team retained the title for the fourth consecutive year. Senior Woman administrator Cathy Beene introduced the officers and members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a liaison group that seeks to improve Georgia Southern Athletics and serve in the community. Assistant Dean of Students Patrice Buckner spoke to the Eagle student-athletes on the "VALUES" initiative for the campus, highlighting six themes including: Voices, Accountability, Lasting Impressions, Unity, Ethical Behavior and Scholarship.
With more than 350 student-athletes and newcomers to the department, Director of Athletics Sam Baker introduced the support staff, teams and coaches. He congratulated several individuals on their recognition as Southern Conference Player of the Year last season. Emphasizing the goals of academic and athletics achievements as well as personal responsibility, Baker ended his remarks with a highlight video of an Eagle success story on and off the field -- former All-American and current Chicago Bears running back Adrian Peterson.
Friday morning, the Athletics Department and representatives of groups that interact closely with athletics convened for an annual sportsmanship meeting in the Parrish Football Center. President Grube addressed the group followed with a presentation of "VALUES" initiative posters and comments from Buckner.
Competing during the 2009-2010 year under the theme "Ready to Soar", Georgia Southern teams begin play this weekend as the women's soccer team schedule gets underway with a trip to Charleston Southern on Saturday, August 22, for a 4 p.m. match. The men's soccer team plays an exhibition match at Georgia State this Saturday.
Events on campus this weekend include:
Little Eagles Football Camp
9 a.m. , Paulson Stadium
Children ages 4-12
Meet the Eagles
11 a.m., Gene Bishop Field House
All Eagle fans
1 -3 p.m., Hanner Fieldhouse
All individuals interested in learning more about the sport
Meet the Volleyball Eagles
Approximately 3-4 p.m., Hanner Fieldhouse
Volleyball Blue/White scrimmage
3:30 p.m., Hanner Fieldhouse
Season tickets and ticket plans for football and season tickets for volleyball will be available for purchase at Saturday's events. For more information on tickets, promotions and updates on all Eagle teams, visit www.GeorgiaSouthernEagles.com. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 1-800-GSU-WINS or (912) GSU-WINS (478-9467).
- Category: Athletics
- Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2011 09:54
STATESBORO, Ga. - Director of Athletics Sam Baker announced two promotions of staff members.
Jeff Blythe has been promoted to Associate Athletics Director/Business Operations. Mr. Blythe joined the Athletic Department staff in 2007 as the chief financial officer of the Eagles' 15 sports teams following a three year stint at Elon.
Matt Taylor has been promoted to the Director of Athletic Marketing. Mr. Taylor had been an assistant in the marketing office for the past four years. His responbilities will be to continue to increase the department's revenues through ticket sales, sponsorships and television advertising.
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