ECU's Thompson lauded by writers

From News ServicesOctober 2, 2012 

East Carolina junior safety Chip Thompson has been named the Football Writers Association of America/Bronco Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week for games of the weekend on Sept. 29.

Thompson recorded a pair of fourth quarter interceptions that he returned for 24 yards and tallied eight tackles in East Carolina’s 28-18 win over conference rival UTEP last weekend.


William Peace University: Chris Duty has been named the university’s first head baseball coach. In his position, Duty will be responsible for recruiting high school students and junior college baseball players to build the first baseball team, which will compete in the NCAA Division III USA South Athletic Conference.

He has coached baseball for more than four years and worked as an associate scout with the Baltimore Orioles.



Duke University head coach Joanne P. McCallie announced on Tuesday that Hernando Planells will join to the Blue Devil women’s basketball staff effective immediately.

Planells will serve as the director of relations. His duties include assisting with on-campus recruiting, recruiting correspondence and team travel.


UNC: Chelsea Pemberton has joined the North Carolina rowing staff and will serve as the head coach of the novice program. A former rower at the University of Tennessee, she has served as novice coach and recruiting coordinator at Bucknell and Alabama since graduating from UT in 2005.


ECU: Following its second-best start in Conference USA history the East Carolina soccer team is ranked No. 10 in the Central Region, according to a release Monday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NCSAA). The Pirates are one of five teams from C-USA to be ranked in the Central Regional.


Duke: The men’s golf team posted an 11-over 291 for the third straight day to finish tied for fourth at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational with a 33-over 873. Seniors Brinson Paolini and Julian Suri anchored the Blue Devils throughout the event finishing tied for second and seventh, respectively.

No. 20 ECU (296-293-292 – 881) was third in the UNCG Starmount Fall Classic Tuesday.

F. Gustafsson Spang of East Carolina (66-70-70 – 206) claimed top individual honors at 7-under-par, 6 strokes ahead of Sian Evans from ETSU (70-71-71 – 212).

Campbell: Led by three among the top 20 individuals, Campbell finished fourth.

Ranked 17th in the latest NCAA head-to-head ratings, Campbell produced its third-straight top-five team finish.

ECU: The East Carolina men’s golf team fired a 5-over-par 293 in the final round of the 2012 Rees Jones Invitational to capture second-place. The Pirates began the day in fourth-place before carding the lowest round of the day and finished the tournament at 30-over-par 894 (298-303-293) to surpass South Carolina and Winthrop.

ECU was one of three teams to place four players in the top-20 of the final individual standings. Senior Zach Edmondson and freshman Stephen Lavenets tied for seventh at 7-over 223 with junior Ryan Eibner earring a 13th-place finish at 10-over 226 (77-73-76). Junior Eric Brady tied for 18th at 12-over 228 (78-76-74).

Elon: The Elon Phoenix women’s golf team shot a final round 304 on its way to finishing in ninth place at the 16-team UNCG Starmount Forest Tournament on Tuesday.

The Phoenix was lead by freshman Sunna Vidisdottir’s 223 (73-73-77) as the freshman placed in a tie for 17th out of the 88 individuals in the field.

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