Three North Carolina soccer players earned an invite to the upcoming U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Training Camp set for next week (Jan. 14-20) in Puebla, Mexico. Mikey Lopez, Boyd Okwuonu and Danny Garcia are all set to attend the week-long training camp.
U.S. U-20 Men’s coach Tab Ramos has called 20 players for a week-long training camp from Jan. 14-22 in Puebla, Mexico.
During the camp, the U.S. will face Panama twice in closed-door matches on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m. CT. at the Estadio Olímpico, and on Monday, Jan. 21, at 3 p.m. CT at La Noria FC.
Puebla is the site of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, in which the team will be competing Feb. 18-March 3. The event serves as the qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF region and will determine the four regional berths to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
• Junior midfielder Crystal Dunn and junior forward Patrick Mullins from the University of Maryland are the winners of the 2012 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, presented to the best female and male players in NCAA Division I soccer. The winners were decided by a vote of NCAA Division I soccer coaches whose programs are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), along with a fan vote that cumulatively counted as the equivalent of one coach’s vote.
N.C. Central: Men’s basketball coach LeVelle Moton will be a featured guest on “From the Press Box to Press Row” hosted by Donal Ware on Saturday from 1-2 p.m. on stations around the nation and on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Longtime Associate Commissioner Jeffrey W. McLeod has departed the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference office following a tenure of key accomplishments that helped usher the conference through a period of unprecedented growth. In 2000, McLeod was hired as assistant to the commissioner and eventually was promoted to assistant commissioner and then associate commissioner.
McLeod, an attorney, provided leadership in a number of areas of the nation’s oldest African-American athletic conference. He was instrumental in developing corporate sponsor relationships, which resulted in millions of scholarship funds for CIAA Member Institutions.
Shortly after joining the conference, McLeod was named CIAA Football Championship Game Director, in which role he led the successful effort to resurrect the CIAA Football Championship after a 10-year hiatus. McLeod marketed, promoted and developed the game into one of the most successful postseason games in black college football. Also, in serving as a member of the NCAA Division II Football Committee from 2002 to 2008, he raised the profile of CIAA Football on both the regional and national level. While serving on the NCAA Football Committee, Mr. McLeod recommended that CIAA Football Officials officiate the 2004 NCAA Division II National Championship Game.
In 2003, McLeod obtained the first NCAA Strategic Alliance Matching Grant for the conference, which continues today. He also created the first All-CIAA Cheerleading Team in 2001. Mr. McLeod also served as CIAA Basketball Tournament Director throughout his tenure.