Another North Carolina Central assistant coach has left the nest.
Assistant women’s basketball head coach L’Tona Lamonte is leaving to take the head-coaching job at her alma mater, Winston-Salem State University.
Lamonte spent one season at NCCU, where the Eagles finished 5-23. She also coached at Belmont University and North Carolina State as director of basketball operations.
Lamonte’s move to Winston-Salem marks the second time in barely more than 60 days that a N.C. Central assistant has become a head coach at another HBCU school. In March, running backs coach Adrian Jones departed NCCU to become the football head coach at Shaw.
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N.C. Central earned five bronze medals at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which concluded Saturday on the campus of N.C. A&T State.
The five medals – all bronze – were captured by freshman Bethany White (11.74 seconds in the 100 meters), Kevin Vincent (52.53 in the 400), Zoe Ellis (12.28 meters in the triple jump), the women’s 4x100-meter relay (Markiara Staten, White, Santese Pryor, Christa Landy) with a time of 45.88, and the men’s 4x100m relay (Joshua McClam, Deontae Williams, Jonathan Williams, Isaac Roberts) with a time of 40.42.
The NCCU men’s ninth place was their best finish at the conference outdoor championship since rejoining the MEAC in the 2011-12 season. The NCCU women tied for 10th place with 22 points.
N.C. Central’s baseball team exploded for five runs in the first inning and Andrew Vernon collected his record-breaking 15th career save as the Eagles won 9-6 Saturday against Florida A&M University.
In the day’s second game at the Durham Athletic Park, the Eagles lost a pitching dual with FAMU and fell 4-0, but NCCU (24-26, 11-12 MEAC) already had enough wins to guarantee itself a spot in the upcoming MEAC championship tournament.
NCCU went 10 innings Sunday before yielding a single, game-winning run in the top of the 10th as FAMU won 1-0.
Earlier last week, senior James Dey was named to Co-SIDA’s academic first team. Dey has a 3.84 GPA in history and a membership in the University Honors Program. He also earned The Chancellor’s Award as N.C. Central’s male student-athlete of the year.
On the field, he’s batting .336, the highest of his four-year career, with seven doubles and five home runs.
“This is a well-deserved honor for Jamie,” baseball coach Jim Koerner said. “He has worked very hard in the classroom and on the field. This achievement is a culmination of four years of hard work.”
NCCU ends its regular season today back at the DAP at 6 p.m. against Charleston Southern.
Archrival N.C. A&T knocked the Eagles out of contention for the MEAC softball tournament with a three-game sweep in the last conference games of the regular season. The Eagles (8-42) bounced back to end end their season Saturday with a two-game sweep of Appalachian State, 9-7 and 8-5. All five NCCU seniors had at least one hit and one RBI on the day.
Earlier, senior second baseman Jenny Tracy was named to the 2016 Academic All-District Softball Team by Co-SIDA. Tracy has a 4.0 GPA in business and was recently honored with The Chancellor’s Award as the NCCU female student-athlete of the year.
She started 126 career games despite suffering season-ending injuries in her freshman and junior years.
“She has been a blessing to have on our program. She has mentored and tutored our team and, athletically, she is one of the toughest players I have ever coached,” coach Theresa Stephens said.