George Kiefer named N.C. State men’s soccer head coach
George Kiefer has been named the new head coach of the Wolfpack men’s soccer program, N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow announced Tuesday.
Kiefer’s background includes serving as an assistant on two national championship squads, while also winning two national titles as a player.
He just completed his 15th season as men’s coach at the University of South Florida, earning his 10th NCAA tournament berth, while leading the Bulls to the American Athletic Conference league title. USF qualified for the postseason in nine of his past 10 seasons.
Helping USF become one of the top programs in the nation, Kiefer led his teams to a pair of Big East division titles in 2005 and 2011, a Big East tournament title in 2008, and an American Athletic Conference tournament championship in 2013.
Prior to his time in Tampa, Kiefer was an assistant coach at Connecticut (1997-2002) and Southern Connecticut State University (1995-96). During his time at UConn, the Huskies qualified for four NCAA Tournaments, two College Cups, and were national champions during the 2000 season.
Kiefer played professionally for the Connecticut Wolves (USISL) from 1994-95 and played collegiate soccer for SCSU from 1990-93, helping lead the Owls to two NCAA national championships and four straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) championships.
Kiefer replace Kelly Findley, who was dismissed from N.C. State on Nov. 3.
UNC: Junior David October and sophomores Nils Bruening and Alex Comsia have earned 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, which recognizes achievement in the classroom and on the field. October was named to the first team, and Bruening and Comsia were named to the third team, CoSIDA announced on Tuesday.
NC State: The coaching staff has been recognized by the NSCAA as the Southeast Staff of the Year. Head coach Tim Santoro, associate head coach Mike Barroqueiro and assistant coach Tom Anagnost have produced one of the best turnarounds in the country by leading the Wolfpack to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA College Cup. The staff led the team to its most wins in a single season in 21 years, ended a 20-year NCAA appearance drought and set the second-best ACC season in school history.
Duke: Imani Dorsey and Christina Gibbons have been selected as Academic All-Americas following a vote by CoSIDA. Gibbons received second team honors, while Dorsey was selected third team.
College Cup: No. 2 seed North Carolina will play at No. 1 seed South Carolina on Friday and No. 3 seed Duke will play at No. 1 seed West Virginia on Saturday. The Tar Heels are looking to advance to their 27th College Cup in program history and first since 2012, while the Blue Devils look to return to the College Cup for the second straight year and fourth time overall.
UNC: Behind an ACC women’s basketball record 10 made three-pointers, Stephanie Watts scored a career-high 39 points to lead the Tar Heels to a 93-77 victory over Charleston Southern on Tuesday. The Tar Heels head to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam, where They will face USF on Thursday at 5:15 p.m.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons will close their three-game homestand on Wednesday with a 4 p.m. matchup against Furman at Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Wednesday’s game marks the 10th all-time matchup between the teams and the first since 2010. Last time the two met, Wake Forest won 84-35 at home.
Shaw: Coming off a hard fought battle with Paine last Tuesday at home, Shaw will return to C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium to host USC Aiken for a non-conference game on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Stephanie Custodio was also named the CIAA Rookie of the Week, the league announced Monday following the opening weekend of the season.
ECU: Redshirt senior guard Antoniette Bannister knocked down three free throws with 10 seconds left in the game to lift the Pirates to a 70-68 non-conference win over Metro Atlantic Conference powerhouse Marist in the opening game of the Savannah Invitational at MLK Arena.
Campbell: The Camels outscored North Carolina Central 22-7 and shot 64 percent from the field in the third period en route to a 61-30 victory over the Eagles on Tuesday night. Summer Price and Bria Emanuel led the team (2-2) with a game-high 13 points apiece.
Saint Aug’s: On Tuesday, Kaaliya Williams poured in 34 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Lady Falcons past Newport News Apprentice School 74-69 in a women's basketball contest at The Apprentice School Athletic Facility in Newport News, Va. Williams connected on 9 of 15 field goal attempts and made all 14 free throw attempts for the Lady Falcons (2-3 overall). She was 2-for-2 behind the three-point arc.
Shaw: Head coach Joel Hopkins was named the CIAA Coach of the Week, while senior Larry Richardson, II received Player of the Week and junior Russell Robinson, Jr. earned Newcomer of the Week.
Mount Olive: Former forward Dominique Reed will play professionally in Canada after being drafted by the Moncton Miracles of the National Basketball League of Canada on Sunday. Reed was selected as the 11th overall pick, the first pick in the second round.
St. Augustine’s: On Monday night, St. Augustine’s Anthony Gaskins scored 24 points in an 85-78 road loss to Claflin at the Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center in Orangeburg, S.C.
Duke: Duke (21-7, 15-3 ACC) travels to North Carolina and N.C. State for its final two regular-season matches of the season ... The Blue Devils take on the Tar Heels at 2 p.m., Wednesdaybefore facing the Wolfpack at 2 p.m., Saturday. ... After starting the season 4-4, the Blue Devils are 17-3 in their past 20 matches and are tied for second in the ACC ... Both matches this week will be shown online on ACC Network Extra.
NC State/Wake Forest: A pair of first-year head coaches will meet Wednesday when the Demon Deacons head to Raleigh to take on the Wolfpack. First serve is set for 6 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum.
Wake Forest/UNC: The Demon Deacons will also play the No. 6 Tar Heels on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill. The Heels hold a 46-14 series advantage over the Deacons, including a 10-match streak. Wake Forest has not won a match against the Tar Heels since Nov. 20, 2009.
Shaw: After winning the 2016 CIAA championship, the Lady Bears received the No. 8 seed in the tournament and will face top-seeded and nationally ranked Wheeling Jesuit University (38-2) on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Shaw (22-7) will make its first appearance in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional since 1995. The Lady Bears will also have the opportunity to outfit the Sir Walter Statue located in front of the Raleigh Convention Center downtown in commemoration of their champioship victory. The statue will be decorated Tuesday through to Sunday.
Swimming and Diving
Duke: Sophomore Evan Moretti was named the ACC Male Diver of the Week for the first time Tuesday after winning the 1-meter springboard diving event at the N.C. State GAC Invite in Greensboro.
NC State: After earning six first-place finishes out of the eight events she competed in at the GAC Invitational last weekend, Alexia Zevnik was named ACC Female Swimmer of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.
ECU: Erle Craven was named the AAC Male Swimmer of the Week by the conference office on Tuesday. The senior earned the award for the first time after posting a pair of NCAA B cuts at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack enters the season at the top of the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) preseason poll, the ACC announced Tuesday. Based on a poll by the league’s six head coaches, the N.C. State received 31 points and three first-place votes. The team will host a Red & White intrasquad meet Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. inside Reynolds Coliseum before opening its season Jan. 8 when it hosts Florida at 2 p.m.
Elon: In balloting of the league’s coaches, a pair of players have earned All-CAA Football honors as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Senior linebacker John Silas and senior kicker John Gallagher were both named as second-team honorees.
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