DURHAM — Duke associate head basketball coach Chris Collins will remain on the Blue Devils’ staff after having initial discussions with Illinois State Director of Athletics Gary Friedman regarding the school’s head coaching vacancy.
“With my family legacy at Illinois State, I have a great love and strong emotional ties to the university,” Collins said in a statement on Monday, alluding to his father’s collegiate playing career. “I have a strong desire to be a head coach but after conversations with Mr. Friedman I came to the determination that it was not the right fit for me and the university at this time. It is an honor to be in consideration for the opening at my parents’ alma mater.”
Collins is in his 12th season as a member of the Duke men’s basketball staff having spent the last four years as an associate head coach.
ECU addresses charges against player: East Carolina guard Shamarr Bowden was suspended following his arrest on a felony gun charge.
Duke: Junior Lindy Duncan is ACC Player of the Year, and coach Dan Brooks is ACC Coach of the Year for the 12th time.
Sophomore Laetitia Beck was also selected to the 12-member All-ACC team.
UNC: Senior Catherine O’Donnell and sophomores Casey Grice and Katherine Perry were selected to the All-ACC women’s golf team.
NC State: Augusta James became the first ACC Freshman of the Year in program history, and joined Brittany Marchand on the All-ACC women’s golf team.
ECU: Amy Otteson (first-team), Fanny Wolte (second-team) and Katie Kirk (third-team) were named to the Conference USA All-Conference teams.
NC State: Anthony Tzamtzis earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors for his performance in the Wolfpack’s Friday night 4-0 win over Duke.
Elon: Following a week in which he pitched into the tenth inning, junior lefty Spencer Medick is the Southern Conference pitcher of the week for games from April 23-29.
Campbell: Senior Taylor McGee (Charlotte) is the Big South Conference Softball Player of the Week.
Shaw: Host Shaw came back from a 3-0 deficit to down Bloomsburg 5-4 and claim a spot in the Division II NCAA National Tournament.
Campbell: Football coach Dale Steele has announced the Camels’ 2012 recruiting class. The group features 32 newcomers from five different states, including 25 from North Carolina.
Swimming & Diving
Duke: Former Blue Devil Ashley Twichell captured her second Open Water National Championship of the weekend Sunday in the women’s 5K race, becoming the first person to win both Open Water national titles since Chloe Sutton did so in 2007.
With her top-two finish in Friday’s 10K, Twichell earned a trip to the Olympic qualifier event in Setubal, Portugal on June 9.
Duke: Duke fencer Becca Ward earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship.
Durham Sports Club
The Durham Sports Club will meet Wednesday at noon at Croasdaile Country Club. The guest speaker will be Henry Frazier, III, football coach at N.C. Central.