Boggan, Coleman picked for CIAA Hall of Fame; Soccer news from Duke, UNC

From News ReleasesJanuary 17, 2014 

Saint Augustine’s University legends Anthony Boggan and Lawrence “Peaches” Coleman will be inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame at the 2014 Hall of Fame Breakfast on Feb. 28 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The list of inductees was released by the CIAA on Friday.

Both Boggan and Coleman made names for themselves when Saint Augustine’s University was then Saint Augustine’s College. A Brooklyn, N.Y., native, Boggan was a 6-foot-3 guard who could play on the perimeter and battle inside against taller players in addition to being a tenacious defender. He led St. Aug’s to the 1980 NAIA District 26 Championship and to the 1980 NAIA National Tournament, where the Falcons advanced to the second round.

A two-time All-CIAA selection, Boggan was named the 1979-1980 NAIA District 26 Tournament MVP and 1980-1981 Co-CIAA Player of the Year. He was selected to the 1980-81 NABC All-South Atlantic District Team and was an Honorable Mention selection on the 1980 NAIA All-America team. Boggan scored 43 points against Hampton Institute, with most coming against future NBA standout Rick Mahorn in the 1980 CIAA Tournament semifinals. The Falcons won 106-103 to advance to CIAA finals. After an incredible college career in which he scored 1,785 points, Boggan signed as a free agent with the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics in 1981. Boggan graduated at St. Aug in 1982 with a B.S. degree in health and education.

Coleman, a Fort Valley, Ga., native, spent the majority of his illustrious 37-year working career at then Saint Augustine’s College as a highly successful men’s golf head coach. He achieved many notable accomplishments during his tenure at St. Aug. His biggest highlight was being inducted into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.

Coleman’s teams also won six Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference titles overall. His individual accolades include CIAA coach of the year honors. Coleman was a 1971 St. Aug’s graduate who played on the Falcons’ golf team. He retired as St. Aug’s golf coach in 2009.

St. Augustine football

The Saint Augustine’s athletic department mourned the loss of volunteer assistant football coach Vernice Edwards, who passed away late Thursday night. Edwards was a member of the coaching staff since the university re-instituted the football program in 2002.

Edwards was the “Get Back” coach, whose main assignment was to control the players on the sideline on game day.

Edwards is survived by his son Jaylan, who attends North Carolina A&T University. Funeral arrangements will be announced.

UNC tennis

The North Carolina Tar Heels opened the 2014 men’s tennis dual match season by beating East Carolina 7-0 at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

The Tar Heels will complete their doubleheader when they play Wofford at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Women’s soccer

Fourteen ACC student-athletes were among the 36 chosen in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft held Friday in Philadelphia.

The ACC saw three players selected in the first round, including North Carolina midfielder Crystal Dunn and forward Kealia Ohai, who went 1-2.

Dunn was selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Washington Spirit, while Ohai went second overall to the Houston Dash.

Duke soccer

Duke senior Chelsea Gray underwent successful right knee surgery on Friday. The surgery addressed her fractured kneecap injury that occurred on Jan. 12, 2014 versus Boston College.

It marked the second straight year the two-time All-America has seen her season come to an end much earlier than expected.

So far in 2013-14, Gray was averaging 10.8 points, 7.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 steals through 17 games. Her 7.2 assists ranked sixth nationally and she needed only 35 more dishes to become Duke’s all-time assist leader. Gray was considered to be one of the top point guards in the nation.

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