Elon announced Tuesday that Duke assistant Josh Hexter will be the Phoenixs first head coach when the program begins competition in the spring of 2014.
Hexter will begin his time at Elon following the conclusion of his eighth season with the Duke womens lacrosse program. He joined the Blue Devil staff prior to the 2005 season and was promoted to associate head coach in 2010.
Duke has amassed a 119-42 record during Hexters tenure on the staff, winning three ACC regular season championships, as well as an ACC Tournament title, while also reaching five national semifinals.
Under Hexter, Dukes offense consistently ranked as one of the best in the country. Duke has averaged over 14 goals per contest, a jump of nearly four goals per game from the nine seasons prior to his arrival. In 2009, Duke set program single-season highs for goals (313), assists (150) and points (463).
N.C. State left-hander Carlos Rodon is only freshman in the country to be named to the midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list, USA Baseball announced Tuesday.
North Carolina left-hander Kent Emanuel and right-hander Michael Morin, and Duke right-hander Marcus Stroman were also named to the list of 60 players from around the country.
The Golden Spikes award is awarded annually to the nations top amateur baseball player. The list will be pared to 30 players on May 29.
Track and Field
Saint Augustines College dropped to No. 2 in the latest NCAA Division II mens rankings, following five straight weeks atop the poll.
The Falcons are 6.86 points second behind No. 1 Adams State in the latest computerized standings, which were released Tuesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
In the womens poll, Saint Augustines is 10th with 89.11 points. Grand Valley State replaces Adams State as the new leader with 235.13 points.
Individually, several Falcons are among the nations top 10 in their respective events.
Josh Edmonds is the top-ranked 200-meter sprinter and the second-ranked 400-meter sprinter. He is also part of the top-ranked mens 4x400-meter relay team which includes Kelly Fisher , Jason Boyd and James Quarles, who is ranked third in the 400.
Ronnie Griffith is third in the 110-meter hurdles. Gerkenz Senesca is sixth and Boyd is seventh.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Devon Burroughs ranks third and Karym Greaves is tied for 10th.
Christopher Copeland is tied for second and Eddie Shelton is tied for sixth in the high jump.
DeJon Wilkinson is tied for ninth in the long jump.
In the womens events, the Falcons have the top-ranked 4x400-meter relay team . The foursome consists of Jaiviaria Bacote, Nicketa Bernard, Cherrisse Lynch and Kelly Shaw, who is also the No. 2 ranked sprinter in the 400-meter dash.
Bernard, the NCAA indoor 400 national champion, is ranked fourth outdoors in the same event.
April London is ninth in the 400-meter hurdles, and Shaw is 10th in the 200-meter dash.
The 4x100-meter relay team featuring Bacote, Bernard, Shaw and Loraine Cruickshank is eighth.
N.C. Central coach Henry Frazier III will be the guest speaker at the the Durham Sports Club meeting Wednesday at noon at Croasdaile Country Club.