Former St. Augustine's basketball coach, AD Heartley dies at 79

From News ReleasesJune 24, 2014 

Members of the Class 2-A state championship basketball team at Cooper High School who were honored recently with commemorative jackets included (from left, front row) Harvey Barbour, Milton Bridges, coach Harvey Heartley, Odell Williamson and Tim Pharr (standing in for Carlton Lassiter); (second row) Moses Barbour, Jimmy Lee Hinton, Joe Sinclair, Billy Wall and Cooper Alumni Association president John W. Smith.

PHOTO COURTESY OF FRANCES MERCER

Harvey Heartley Sr., a former Saint Augustine’s athletics director and men’s basketball coach, died Monday, after a career that saw growth and advancement in both the school and CIAA sports.

Heartley, 79, played a pivotal role in changing the bylaw to allow every team to qualify for the CIAA basketball tournament instead of eight teams. Under his leadership, the Saint Augustine’s athletics department grew from three to 13 sports

“My deepest sympathies go out to the Heartley family,” said Saint Augustine’s AD George Williams. “We lost a great Falcon today. … He will be remembered as one of the greatest Falcons’ coaches who ever lived.”

Heartley is St. Aug’s all-time winningest men’s basketball coach with 371 victories spanning 23 years. Under his guidance, the Falcons reached the 1984 NCAA Division II final, making them one of three current CIAA schools to advance to the men’s national championship game. He led the Falcons to the CIAA tournament championship game four times.

The funeral will be held at noon Friday at First Baptist Church on 101 South Wilmington St. in Raleigh. The viewing will be at 11 a.m.

Women’s lacrosse

Duke: Senior defender Taylor Virden earned her fourth All-ACC Academic honor to headline Duke’s five selections to the 2014 squad announced Monday.

The Blue Devils have placed 75 student-athletes on the All-ACC Academic team since the award’s inception in 2006, the highest total in the conference.

Virden was a first-team All-America selection by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. Senior midfielder Maddy Morrissey and junior midfielder Taylor Trimble were recognized for the third time. Senior attacker Sydney Peterson and junior attacker Kerrin Maurer completed the Duke contingent with their first appearances.

All eight of the league’s women’s lacrosse programs were represented on the team, led by Syracuse’s seven selections, which included scholar-athlete of the year Alyssa Murray.

Softball

N.C. State: Coach Shawn Rychcik announced the addition of Maggie Hawkins, a transfer from Hofstra. She will have two years of eligibility remaining and will be eligible to compete immediately.

Hawkins was a two-year starter at first base for the Pride and also made a few appearances as pitcher, catcher and designated player. She has started 106 games, every game as a sophomore.

This season, she earned first-team All-Northeast Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and was first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association. Hawkins compiled the second-best batting average on the squad at .348 and second-most hits with 56. She led the team in home runs (nine), RBIs (48), total bases (92) and slugging percentage (.571).

Men’s basketball

Wake Forest: The Deacons officially added fifth-year forward Darius Leonard, a transfer from Campbell.

Leonard, who graduated this spring, will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate student.

Leonard, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward, averaged 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds last season. He played in 32 games with 30 starts for the Camels and shot 50.4 percent (127-for-252) from the field and 38 percent (35-for-92) from 3-point range.

Women’s Soccer

N.C. State: Alexa Allen, a sophomore striker, represented the Jamaican women’s national team in a qualification tournament for the 2014 Women’s Caribbean Cup in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. She scored three goals en route to helping the Reggae Girlz move a step closer to qualifying for the 2015 FIFA World Cup in Canada.

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By earning the top spot in Group 5, Jamaica has advanced to the Women’s Caribbean Cup. Eight nations will vie for three spots in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which is the final round of qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

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