- Category: Athletics
- Published on Thursday, 08 July 2010 17:56
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Georgia Southern had 25 student-athletes named to the 2010 Southern Conference Spring Academic All-Conference Team, conference officials announced Wednesday (July 7).
The Eagle Softball team led the way, earning seven selections, more than any other softball team in the conference. The Baseball team was second at Georgia Southern with six selections. Men's Golf and Women's Tennis each had four honorees, while Men's Tennis and Women's Outdoor Track and Field added two honorees each.
In all, the conference honored 318 student-athletes from baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track and field teams from the 12 member institutions. The students combined for a 3.54 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
Junior tennis player Melanie Rolle had the highest GPA among the Georgia Southern honorees. The Gainesville, Fla., native posted a 3.87 in multimedia communication. She was joined by teammates Kristi Kegerreis (Fairfax, Va.), who earned a 3.80 as a senior exercise science major, Ali Beavers (Kingsport, Tenn.), a junior marketing major who earned a 3.75, and Christine Caforio (Acworth, Ga.), who posted a 3.52 as a senior in sports management. For Caforio and Kegerreis, this is their third selection, while Beavers and Rolle earned their second honor in as many years.
Senior pitcher Charles Matthews led the baseball team, and was the top male student-athlete from Georgia Southern. The history major from Athens, Ga., achieved a 3.70. He was joined by seniors Kevin Bowles, 3.39 in management, Dexter Bobo, 3.37 in general studies, Randy J. Williams, 3.35 in management and entrepreneurship-small business, and sophomores Eric Phillips, 3.26 in middle grades education, and Colin Snow, 3.22 in pre-sport management. Bowles was also a 2009 honoree.
Senior outfielder Kelly Burnett (Boynton Beach, Fla.) was the top performer in the classroom among the softball honorees, recording a 3.67 as an early childhood education major. She was followed by ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team selection Nina Iduate (Norcross, Ga.). The senior boasted a 3.64 in mathematics. The 2010 conference honor is the third for Iduate. Juniors Bethany Crenshaw (Warner Robins, Ga.) and Stephanie Peet (Lawrenceville, Ga.) each earned their second seletion to the team. Crenshaw scored a 3.60 in nursing, while Peet earned a 3.57 in mathematics. Senior Sam Russo (Snellville, Ga.) with a 3.28 in early childhood education, and sophomores Mackenzie Williams (Baxley, Ga., 3.36 in modern languages) and Hanna Ennis (Snellville, Ga., 3.22 in pre-sport management) round out the softball team's selections.
Senior Spence Fulford (Rocky Mount, N.C.) earned his third Academic All-Conference selection, leading the golf team with a 3.69 in management. He was joined by two-time honoree, junior Logan Blondell (Lakeland, Fla., 3.56 in finance and financial service) senior Matt Deal (Statesboro, Ga., 3.37 in finance) and redshirt-freshman Florian Sander (Bregenz, Austria, 3.23 in management).
Sophomore Alain Garrido (Vigo, Spain) led the men's tennis team with a 3.68 in management and entrepreneurship-small business, while three-time selection, senior Gregory Bekkers (Antwerp, Belgium) posted a 3.65 in philosophy.
Two-time selection, junior Kassi Lee (Elberton, Ga.) scored a 3.48 in management, while sophomore Brittani Martin (Alpharetta, Ga.) led the women's outdoor track and field team with a 3.64 in psychology.
In order to be eligible for the Academic All-Conference team, student-athletes must possess at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average entering the spring season and had to compete in at least one-half of their team's competitions during the recently-concluded spring campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters. First-year student-athletes are not eligible.Follow the Eagles at www.georgiasoutherneagles.com and on twitter at www.twitter.com/GSAthletics.
- Category: Athletics
- Published on Wednesday, 02 March 2011 17:19
FAR HILLS, N.J. - The United States Golf Association (USGA) has named Mike Davis as the organization's new executive director. Davis becomes the seventh executive director in the 116-year history of the Association, after serving as senior director of Rules and Competitions since 2005. Davis holds a business degree (BBA) from Georgia Southern University (1987).
Davis succeeds David Fay, who retired on Dec. 31, 2010, after holding the position for 21 years, concluding a 32-year tenure with the USGA.
"I am humbled and extremely grateful to the United States Golf Association for the trust and confidence it has placed in me as the executive director," said Davis, who assumes his new responsibilities effective immediately. "I am passionate about the USGA and its mission. The work of the Association is done by thousands of volunteers and hundreds of staff, whose collective efforts truly help better the game that so many of us love."
The USGA annually conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Senior Open and 10 national amateur championships. It also conducts two state team championships and helps conduct the Walker Cup Match, Curtis Cup Match and World Amateur Team Championships. Each year, more than 35,000 players representing more than 80 countries submit entries to play in USGA championships.
Davis, 46, joined the USGA in April 1990 as assistant manager of Championship Relations. He was promoted to manager of Championship Relations in December 1990 and served in that capacity until his promotion to director of Championship Relations in October 1995. In 1997, he was promoted to U.S. Open Championship Director, responsible for managing the day-to-day organizational activities for the U.S. Open. He assumed responsibilities as senior director of Rules and Competitions in 2005.
As senior director of Rules and Competitions, Davis was charged with conducting the 13 individual national championships and four team championships conducted by the USGA, as well as overseeing the Rules of Golf Department. He was also the staff member responsible for the golf course setup and Rules conduct of the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open, and U.S. Amateur Championships. During that time, Davis also supervised the Walker Cup Match when it was contested in the United States. In addition to his championship duties, he has taught Rules of Golf workshops and has officiated annually at non-USGA tournaments, including the Masters, the British Open, The Players Championship and the Presidents Cup.
"Mike Davis is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced administrators in the golf industry today and will be an ideal steward of the game as the USGA's new executive director," said USGA President Jim Hyler. "In two decades of organizing and managing all our national championships, Mike has demonstrated creativity and impartiality that will serve him and the organization well in his new position. This was a comprehensive and thoughtful search process and Mike's candidacy stood out. He has long been a respected member of the USGA staff and our Executive Committee stands united in its support of Mike as our executive director."
The Executive Director is the senior staff member of the USGA, responsible for managing all aspects of the Association's day-to-day operations. In this role, the Executive Director oversees the core functions, essential programs, and human and financial resources of the Association to further its stated mission. The Executive Director reports to the President/CEO of the USGA.
Working together with the President and Executive Committee, the Executive Director provides overall strategic guidance for the Association. With the President, the Executive Director is the lead spokesperson for the Association with internal stakeholders and external constituencies. The Executive Director represents the Association's interests within the golf community, with courses and clubs, state and regional golf associations, the media and with national and international golf organizations.
Introduced to golf at age 8 by his father, Davis played competitively as a junior and in college. He was the 1982 Pennsylvania State Junior champion and competed on the Georgia Southern University golf team. He has also played in several prominent national amateur tournaments.
A native of Chambersburg, Pa., Davis is married to Cece and they have one son named Grant. They reside in Pittstown, N.J.
- Category: Athletics
- Published on Monday, 15 March 2010 22:07
Georgia Southern Athletics National Letter of Intent Signees
BASEBALL (regular period April 14-May 19, 2010)
Baseball Signs Nine for 2011
MEN'S BASKETBALL (regular period April 14-May 19, 2010)
November Signing Class Press Release
ESPN Selects Men's Basketball Signing Class as Best in the SoCon
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (regular period April 14-May 19, 2010)
FOOTBALL (regular period Feb. 3-April 1, 2010)
Eagles Receive 23 Commitments for Fall 2010
MEN'S SOCCER (regular period Feb. 3-Aug. 1, 2010)
WOMEN'S SOCCER (regular period Feb. 3-Aug. 1, 2010)
SOFTBALL (regular period April 14-May 19, 2010)
Seven Commit to Eagle Softball for 2011 Season
VOLLEYBALL (regular period April 14-May 19, 2010)