UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell to attend Saturday’s game

From News ReleasesDecember 20, 2013 

— North Carolina women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell plans on attending Saturday’s game when her Tar Heels host High Point at Carmichael Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

“I’m so excited to be able to come watch our team play tomorrow,” said Hatchell. “I’m feeling great right now with my numbers coming back really good,” referencing her white blood-cell count.

“Patience is one of the hardest things right now for me, because I want so badly to get back with the team. I know I have three more treatments to go through over the next few months. If all goes as planned you could see me back on the bench this season.”

All fans that have a ticket to the men’s game on Saturday against Davidson can gain free admission to the women’s game by showing the ticket at Carmichael Arena.

Hatchell stepped away from her on-the-court coaching responsibilities in October due to a diagnosis of leukemia. She has remained very involved with the team over the last three months, including reviewing practice and game video, speaking multiple times a day with the coaching staff and having face-to-face meetings with players.


Duke: Head coach David Cutcliffe was named the 2013 National Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club.

“Coach Cutcliffe has engineered a tremendous season for the Duke football program,” said Maxwell Football Club Executive Director Mark Wolpert. “The team’s 10-3 record is a great testament to the hard work of Coach and his staff, and also to the dedication shown by the student-athletes involved in the football program at Duke University.”

The national coach of the year honor is the third this season for Cutcliffe, who also received top accolades from the Walter Camp Foundation and Sporting News.

Men’s Soccer

North Carolina: Postseason awards continue to pile up for Tar Heels junior defender Boyd Okwuonu. The latest is an All-America selection from College Soccer News.

Okwuonu landed on the College Soccer News All-America second team for the second consecutive season. He started all 20 matches at center back for the Tar Heels in 2013.

Okwuonu was named ACC Defender of the Year last month.

He helped anchor a defense that allowed only 13 goals all season long. The 0.61 goals-against average for the year ranked sixth lowest in the nation.

Women’s soccer

Duke: Assistant women’s soccer coach Carla Overbeck was named to U.S. Soccer’s All-Time Women’s National Team Best XI, which was revealed this week as the Federation wraps up the celebration of its Centennial anniversary in 2013.

Overbeck, who recently completed her 21st season on the Blue Devil staff, was one of four defenders selected by U.S. Soccer. Along with Overbeck was Brandi Chastain, Joy Biefeld (Fawcett) and Christie Rampone (Pearce). Briana Scurry earned the goalkeeper nod, while Michelle Akers, Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly were the three midfielders selected. Rounding out the forwards were Mia Hamm, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach.

Overbeck’s illustrious career includes two FIFA World Championships, an Olympic Gold Medal, and four NCAA Division I Women’s National Championships.

Swimming & Diving

N.C. State: Sophomore Simonas Bilis set a new championship meet record in the 200 freestyle on Thursday at the Lithuania Short Course National Championships.

Bilis, a native of Panevezys, Lithuania, captured the 200 freestyle event with a time of 1:46.63, finishing first of 12 swimmers in the final.

This season, Bilis owns the second-fastest time on the squad in the 200 freestyle with a 1:39.40 clocking.

The Wolfpack will resume its season Jan. 4 at Georgia.

Track & Field

Saint Augustine’s: The Falcons captured seven awards for posting the nation’s fastest relay times in 2013 at the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention held in Orlando, Fla., this week.

St. Aug ran the top Division II times in seven of 16 men’s and women’s relays combined, including five men’s relays – the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, 4x800 and sprint medley relay. The Lady Falcons topped the women’s relay list in the 4x200 and 4x400. St. Aug had the most relay honors among Division II teams.


Duke: Former Blue Devil great and Oakland A’s first baseman Nate Freiman will serve as the keynote speaker at Duke baseball’s second annual First Pitch Banquet. The event is set for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2014 in Scharf Hall in the Coach K Center for Academic Excellence.

NC State: The Wolfpack landed at No. 10 in Collegiate Baseball’s preseason top 40.

“We’re excited about the attention and enthusiasm that beinga preseason top 10 team attracts,” said NC State head coach Elliott Avent. “But we’re focused on maintaining that ranking through the season, because the goal of this team is still returning to Omaha and contending for a national title.”

The ranking is State’s highest ever from the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, topping a preseason ranking of 11th last season. The Wolfpack’s highest preseason ranking in program history remains No. 8, from Baseball America in 2013.


N.C. State: softball coach Shawn Rychcik announced that Tyler Profitt has been promoted to volunteer assistant coach. Profitt served as a team manager during the 2013 season and will now remain with the team for the upcoming 2014 campaign as a member of the coaching staff.

“We’re excited to have Tyler stay around after graduating in December,” said Rychcik. “His work ethic and commitment to the team make him a valuable asset to our program.”

A native of Greensboro, N.C., Profitt graduated from NC State on Wednesday with a degree in sport management. In his role as volunteer assistant coach, he will be responsible for video analysis and film editing, helping with set-up and breakdown of practice and assisting in preparing scouting reports for game days.

The Wolfpack opens the 2014 season in Tempe, Ariz., at the Kajikawa Classic against Oregon State on Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. State’s schedule features 23 home games and 22 contests against teams that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

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