College Notebook

Wake Forest buys Joel Coliseum from city for $8M

News ServicesAugust 1, 2013 

Wake Forest University says it has completed its purchase of Joel Coliseum from the city of Winston-Salem.

The school announced its purchase Thursday. City Manager Lee Garrity told The Associated Press that the price was $8 million and that the school has committed to spend $10 million in capital improvements.

City Council approved the sale in May.

Wake Forest owns the 15,000-seat arena and the 33 surrounding acres.

Athletic director Ron Wellman says the school plans improvements to the venue’s infrastructure and says “we are determined to make it an even greater asset for our community.”

Women’s soccer

Duke: Duke incoming freshman Toni Payne will be in Carson, Calif., from Aug. 4 to Aug. 12 to train with the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.

During the training session, the USA will face Japan on Aug. 8 and Aug. 11.

Payne, the 2013 Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year, had 47 goals and 35 assists this past season, leading Oak Mountain High (22-4-2) to the Class 6A state championship game.

Football

St. Augustine’s : The Falcons will hold their first practice of the 2013 season Aug. 7 at SAU Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

“It’s another year and another opportunity to work on what we strive to do each year, which is to play for the CIAA Championship,” said coach Michael Costa, who has guided the Falcons to two winning records the past three seasons.

The Falcons return 58 players, including 14 offensive and defensive starters. The returnees and a 36-player recruiting class will report to campus on Monday.

The Falcons are picked to finish second in the CIAA’s Southern Division and were picked third overall.

Women’s Tennis

Meredith College: Meredith Vincent was named tennis coach, athletics director Jackie Myers announced Wednesday.

Vincent joins the team after serving seven seasons on staff as an assistant coach for Emory’s women’s tennis team.

“I would like to thank Jackie Myers for giving me this opportunity to serve as head women’s tennis coach at Meredith College,” said Vincent.

Vincent was named associate coach of the Emory women’s program in 2011. A year removed from her senior season playing with Ohio State, Vincent joined the Emory staff in 2006.

During her seven seasons with the Eagles, Vincent helped the team go to five conference championships and six trips to the NCAA Division III tournament, including second-place finishes in 2010 and 2013, third-place finishes in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and a quarterfinal finish in 2008.

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