CIAA Wraps Up 2017-18 with Year-End Awards Reception
Bri Funte

Charlotte, NC (May 15, 2018) - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) held its annual Spring General Assembly Meeting and End-of-Year Awards Reception in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference office announced its highest administrative and team awards at the reception on Tuesday afternoon.

In his 3rd year at Virginia Union University, Coach Joe Taylor, earns CIAA Director of Athletics of the Year. Under Coach Taylor's guidance, the Panthers swept the CIAA Basketball Tournament, claiming both the men's and women's conference titles. The Panthers also claimed third place conference trophies in men's cross country, men's indoor track & field, and men's outdoor track & field. For the second time in his tenure, the Panthers hosted the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Women's Basketball Tournament at Barco Stevens Hall on campus. In the 2017-18 season, the Panthers earned a Coach of the Year honors with AnnMarie Gilbert (Women's Basketball) and four Highest Team GPA Awards with its women's outdoor track and field, women's cross country, bowling, and women's basketball programs. Coach Taylor is the Chair of the Men's Golf Championship Committee and played a role in securing partnerships with the Richmond area to host the annual event.

K.C. Culler of Johnson C. Smith University has been named CIAA John Holley Sports Information Director of the Year. Culler, in his third year at JCSU, has been appointed CIAA Sports Information Directors Association Vice President after previously serving as the association's secretary. In addition to his association leadership, the veteran SID is regarded for his consistent coverage of athletics programs through previews, recaps, game notes, and media guides. In addition to his coverage of the Golden Bulls, Culler is always willing to lend a hand to SID colleagues in addition to providing outstanding hospitality at contests hosted at JCSU. He is known for providing timely information to colleagues and the conference office. Culler serves on the CIAA Softball Committee and is currently assisting his department in preparing for the hosting of NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Nationals.


Dr. LaWanda Miller of Fayetteville State University accepts the 2018 CIAA senior Woman Administrator of the Year award, as selected by her association peers. Dr. Miller holds several roles at FSU including Assistant Athletics Director/Business Affairs, Senior Woman Administrator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Advisor, and Head Cheerleading Coach. This year, she led a number of initiatives on FSU's campus including a celebration of Title IX , a No Bullying initiative, and programming for National Student-Athlete Day. Dr. Miller also assists with themed athletic events and played a part in producing FSU's LGBTQ SportSafe video, which garnered national recognition.

Dr. Miller fully supports all efforts of the CIAA including submitting athletes for the Black History Month and Mental Health Awareness Month campaign as well as serving as a writing tutor for FSU students which eventually led to the Grand Prize and 1st place winners for the Coca Cola/Food Lion Essay Contest. She is active in the CIAA on multiple sub-committees and is always looking for ways to improve her skills through attending workshops and conferences.

Virginia State University earns two of the CIAA's highest accolades with the Loretta Taylor and C.H. Williams All-Sports Awards. Both recognitions are awarded to the CIAA institution with this year's top women's and men's athletic programs, respectively. The women earned 102 points, leading with a runner-up finish in Outdoor Track & Field and third place team finishes in Indoor Track & Field and Cross Country. The men capture their award with 104 points, due in part to championship titles in Football, Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field, and a runner-up finish in Outdoor Track & Field.

Saint Augustine's University volleyball, indoor, and outdoor track and field student-athlete Shakera Hall has been named CIAA Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. Hall is a senior business administration major from Bridgetown, Barbados who posted a 3.939 grade point average this year. The CIAA Volleyball Offensive Player of the Year ranked first in the CIAA and fourth in Division II in kills per set, first in the CIAA and seventh nationally in points per game, and third in the conference in total kills. Hall was also voted HERO Sports Division II Volleyball Fan Choice National Offensive Player of the Year. The dual sport athlete ranks No. 4 in the Atlantic Region and 26th in Division II in the 100m hurdles after winning the conference's 100m hurdles in the outdoor season and the 60m hurdle event at the indoor championship. This year, Hall participated in the CIAA's community service initiative with Samaritan's Feet International during the annual basketball tournament.

Senior Philip Harrison of Livingstone College earns Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for his performance on the Blue Bears' men's golf team. The business administration major from Richmond, Virginia earned a 4.0 cumulative grade point average all while helping his team to win this year's Northern, Southern, and CIAA Golf Championship Tournament titles. Harrison was named to the CIAA All-Conference Golf Team as well as the CIAA Golf Tournament Team. Outside of his time on the course, the 2018 Class Valedictorian volunteers his time to feed the less fortunate, mentor young athletes of the junior golf camp, and also spends time with the Special Olympics. This is Harrison's second Scholar Athlete recognition after earning 2016 CIAA Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.

The Bowie State University Athletics Department is recognized with the award of Most Positive Game Environment. Selected by members of the CIAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, BSU home contests provide a hospitable atmosphere for visiting teams. Bowie State also includes coaching staffs that serve as positive role models and are respectful to officials and opposing coaches and athletes and holds their teams accountable to promote a welcoming atmosphere while treating teammates, opponents, coaches, officials, and spectators respectfully.
 

 
2017-18 CIAA Highest GPA Awards
Bri Funte
Charlotte, NC - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) awards 14 Highest Team GPA Awards each year to the programs garnering the highest collective academic achievement per sport. Six institutions display their commitment to success in the classroom with these men's and women's team recognitions.
Sport Team GPA
Women's Cross Country Virginia Union 3.44
Men's Cross Country Lincoln (PA) 3.358
Football Livingstone 2.823
Volleyball Chowan 3.586
Women's Indoor T&F Lincoln (PA) 3.279
Men's Indoor T&F Lincoln (PA) 3.163
Women's Basketball Virginia Union 3.25
Men's Basketball Chowan 3.367
Women's Bowling Virginia Union 3.5
Men's Golf Livingstone 3.386
Women's Tennis Shaw 3.488
Softball Virginia State 3.495
Women's Outdoor T&F Virginia Union 3.15
Men's Outdoor T&F Livingstone 3.101
 
20 CIAA Athletes Qualify for NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Johnson C. Smith University
Indianapolis, IN – The NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee has announced the participants for the 2018 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships, including 20 CIAA student-athletes from four conference teams. Student-athletes qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event. The complete list of qualifiers is available at https://results.leonetiming.com/?mid=1409.

CHAMPIONSHIP: MEN'S QUALIFIERS | WOMEN'S QUALIFIERS

The championships will be held May 24-26 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Irwin Belk Complex. Johnson C. Smith University will serve as the host of the championships. The championships will be streamed live on www.NCAA.com each day
Athlete Year Team Rank/Event(s)
Allen Blair FR Virginia State Men's 200m
Timor Barrett FR Johnson C. Smith Men's 400m Hurdles
Shaquille Dill JR St. Augustine's Men's 800m

Men's 4x400m Relay

Dontarian Evans JR St. Augustine's Men's 4x100m Relay

Men's 4x400m Relay

Damere Gilbert SO St. Augustine's Men's 4x100m Relay
Dakarai Hightower SR St. Augustine's Men's High Jump
Najair Jackson FR St. Augustine's Men's Javelin Throw
Adrian Kimmons SR St. Augustine's Men's 4x100m Relay

Men's 4x400m Relay

Brandon Valentine-Parris JR St. Augustine's Men's 200m

Men's 400m

Men's 4x100m Relay

Men's 4x400m Relay

Justin Williams JR St. Augustine's Men's Triple Jump
 
CIAA Women's National Qualifiers
Athlete Year Team Rank/Event(s)
Leah Barker SR St. Augustine's 8 4x100m Relay

1 4x400m Relay

Amanda Crawford SO St. Augustine's 17 Women's 200m

8 Women's 400m

8 Women's 4x100m Relay

1 Women's 4x400m Relay

Tiarra Derosa SO Shaw 15 Women's Discus Throw
Laquel Harris SO Shaw 19 Women's Discus Throw
Ade Hunter SR St. Augustine's 9 Women's 400m

8 Women's 4x100m Relay

1 Women's 4x400m Relay

 

Jade Jordan FR Virginia State 7 Women's High Jump
Shannon Kalawan SO St. Augustine's 1 Women's 400m

1 Women's 400m Hurdles

8 Women's 4x100m Relay

1 Women's 4x400m Relay

Kianje Pollard SR Johnson C. Smith 6 Women's 400m Hurdles
Sah-Jay Stevens FR Johnson C. Smith 17 Women's Javelin Throw
Magaly Tshipopo JR St. Augustine's 6 Women's High Jump

21 Women's Long Jump

8 Women's Triple Jump

 
Cleo Hill Jr. Named Winston-Salem State University Men's Basketball Head Coach
by Rams' Sports Information Department
Winston-Salem, NC (May 21, 2018) – The Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) men's basketball program will look to its past to forge its future with the announcement of Cleo Hill Jr. as the head coach of the Rams men's basketball program.
PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

"There were 104 applicants for the position, which speaks to the excitement around Winston-Salem State University basketball," said WSSU Director of Athletics Tonia Walker. "After a thorough search process, there was no doubt that we have found the best candidate to usher in a new era for men's basketball. Cleo Hill Jr. has been successful at nearly all levels of college basketball—as a player, assistant coach, and head coach."

Hill was introduced as WSSU's ninth coach during an introductory press conference on Monday, May 21.

"We are thrilled to have Cleo Hill Jr. on board," said WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson. "He is uniquely qualified to lead our men's basketball program. He understands WSSU's legacy as a basketball powerhouse, and possesses the leadership, skill, and experience to take our men's basketball program to the next level."

Hill had a successful run as the head coach at Shaw University from 2008-15, where he led the Bears to a 116-67 record in seven seasons. In 2011, he guided the Bears to their first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament.

Prior to leading the Shaw, Hill spent five years as the head coach at Cheyney University where he led the Wolves to a 55-67 record, including a 23-8 record in the 2003-04 season. The Wolves also saw a pair of appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

In addition to his experience as a head coach, Hill spent time as assistant coach at the University of Nebraska.

As a player at North Carolina Central University, Hill was selected to the South Atlantic Region All-Tournament team as a senior and is still among the school's all-time leading scorers.

A native of Orange, New Jersey, Hill is the son of Rams basketball legend, the late Cleo Hill Sr., a 2017 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Hill Sr., a 6-1 guard, scored 2,488 points in his career at WSSU, second only to Earl "The Pearl" Monroe. He was drafted eighth in the 1961 NBA draft by the St. Louis Hawk, the first player from an HBCU drafted in the NBA first round. Hill's jersey was officially retired in 2017 and is in a place of honor at WSSU's C.E. Gaines Center.

Cleo Hill Jr. will take over one of the most storied basketball programs in NCAA basketball. In its 70-year history, WSSU has won 11 CIAA titles and became the first historically Black college to win an NCAA basketball championship in 1967.
 
Cleo Hill, Jr. – Coaching Highlights
•CIAA Coach of the Year, 2012
•BOXTOROW Coach of the Year, 2011 and 2012
•National Sportscasters and Sports Writers Association (NSSA) NCAA Division II Clarence "Big House" Gaines Coach of the Year, 2011
•Pennsylvania Sports Athletic Conference (PSAC) Coach of the Year, 2008
•Four NCAA Division II playoff berths (Cheyney, Shaw)
•CIAA championship (Shaw), 2011
 
Tickets are on sale now for WSSU Athletics' All-Access Card, which includes admission to all home 2018-19 basketball, baseball and football games for as low as $100. For more information, visit www.wssu.edu.tickets.
 
Joe Taylor Named CIAA Athletic Director of the Year

Jim Juno 5/15/2018 | General

Virginia Union University Athletic Director Joe Taylor has been named the CIAA Athletic Director of the Year, the CIAA announced at the conference's annual spring meeting on Tuesday, May 15, in Charlotte, N.C.

Under Coach Taylor's guidance, the Panthers swept the CIAA Basketball Tournament, claiming both the men's and women's conference titles.

The Panthers also claimed third place conference trophies in men's cross country, men's indoor track & field, and men's outdoor track & field.

For the second time in his tenure, the Panthers hosted the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Women's Basketball Tournament at Barco-Stevens Hall on campus.

In the 2017-18 season, the Panthers earned a Coach of the Year honors with AnnMarie Gilbert (Women's Basketball) and four Highest Team GPA Awards with its women's outdoor track and field, women's cross country, bowling, and women's basketball programs.

Coach Taylor is the Chair of the Men's Golf Championship Committee and played a role in securing partnerships with the Richmond area to host the annual event.

"This is a very humbling experience," Taylor said. "It's more of a testament of the people you're surrounded by, because you do nothing by yourself."

Coach Taylor is in his third year as Athletic Director at Virginia Union.
 
Golf Places 3rd at PGA

Jim Juno 5/13/2018 | Men's Golf

The 32nd PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship was contested at the PGA Golf Club in Port Saint Lucie, Fla., on Friday through Sunday, May 11-13, 2018. The tournament field consisted of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and other Minority Servicing Institutions.

The team championship was contested on the Wanamaker Course a 7,079-yard Par 72 course with slick green and plenty of bunker and water. The individual competition was contested on the Ryder Course a 6,857-yard Par 72 with a similar layout as the Wanamaker Course.

VUU finished 3rd in the DII Division and 9th overall among all team including 9 DI, 7 DII and 2 NAIA Teams. Team scoring was led by Sergio Escalante with a 54-hole total 220 (76/73/71). Sergio was also the Division II Medalist. Sergio was followed by Allan Day 228 (79/75/74), Robel Woldagabriel 228 (77/76/75), Paul Meints 257 (89/87/81).

"This was a great finish considering this tournament represented the 108th holes of competitive golf over the last eight days, including the NCAA D2 Regional Championship," said VUU Head Golf Coach E. Lee Coble. "The team was definitely playing on tired legs and as they have demonstrated all season, they never give up. While this is not a part of our CIAA Championship segment it is a very special championship event that the team looks forward to playing. It is considered a signature event by all player and coaches. VUU finished atop of the CIAA teams that participated in this year's tournament. The PGA Minority Collegiate Championship continues to be a wonderful experience and a great ending to our Spring Golf Season"

Division ll Team Results
Finish Teams Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Totals
1st Place California State Univ.D.H. 309 301 304 914
2nd Place Lincoln (Mo.) University 305 302 322 929
3rd Place Virginia Union University 321 311 301 933
4th Place Livingstone College 312 320 306 938
5th Place Miles College 331 326 321 978
6th Place Benedict College 326 348 333 1007
 
Golf Places 16th at NCAA Regional

Jim Juno 5/14/2018 | Men's Golf

The championship was played at the Resort at Glades Springs in Daniels West Virginia Monday through Wednesday, May 7th through May 9th, 2018. The Regional Championship was contested over 54 holes at the Cobb Course. The Cobb Course is a Par 72, 7, 151 yards with tree lined fairway and large greens complexes.

The Championship consisted of 20 teams and 8 Individuals. 10 teams were from the Atlantic Region and 4 Individuals and 10 teams were from the East Region and 4 Individuals. This is a first in the history of VUU Golf to receive an at-large bid to play in the NCAA D2 Regional Golf Championship.

VUU team scoring was led by Allan Day with a score of 224 (74/76/74) and tied for 24th, Sergio Escalante 226 (74/79/73) and tied for 37th, Robel Woldagabriel (78/78/76) and tied for 58th and Paul Meints 235 (75/82/78) tied for 77th.

"Receiving an at-large bid for the Regional Championships was one of the goals we set at the beginning of the season," said VUU Head Football Coach E. Lee Coble. "I remain very proud of this golf team and looking forward to our continued post season play."

2018 NCAA D2 Regional Golf Championship Results (54 Holes)
Team Finishes R1 R2 R3 Team Total
1st Place - Robert Wesleyan Coll 293 307 289 889
2nd Place - Franklin Pierce Univ. 291 300 299 890
3rd Place - Charleston 294 301 297 892
T4th Place - Concordia Coll.-NY 297 295 301 893
T4th Place - Indiana Univ. of PA 291 302 300 893
T4th Place - Mercyhurst Univ. 296 305 292 893
7th Place - Southern New Hampshire 301 304 290 895
8th Place - St Thomas Aquinas 290 310 297 897
9th Place - West Liberty 291 312 296 899
10th Place - Bentley 304 299 297 900
11th Place - Wilmington (DE) 301 311 296 908
T12th Place - LeMoyne Coll. 292 302 315 909
T12th Place - Millersville Univ. 300 307 302 909
14th Place - Dominican Coll. - NY 304 306 301 911
15th Place - Post 308 303 302 913
16th Place - Virginia Union Univ. 306 311 302 917
17th Place - California - PA 302 320 300 922
19th Place - Livingstone Coll. 320 311 314 945
20th Place - West Chester 315 327 306 948