Krzyzewski honored by USA Basketball
Duke University and former United States National Team head coach Mike Krzyzewski was named a co-recipient of the 2016 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year Award on Thursday in recognition of USA Basketball’s third consecutive Olympic gold medal.
Krzyzewski shared the honor with Geno Auriemma, who led the U.S. Women’s National Team to Olympic gold in Rio.
This honor marks the record seventh time Coach K has earned at least a share of the USA Basketball National Coach of the Year Award. He was similarly honored in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Coach K, who produced an 88-1 record as head coach of the USA Men’s National Team, is the first head basketball coach to win three Olympic gold medals, and he and Henry Iba (1964, 1968 and 1972) are the only coaches to lead three straight U.S. Olympic teams.
Krzyzewski is also the first coach in the history of international basketball to win back-to-back Olympic and FIBA World Cup titles.
Elon:Senior Luke Eddy has been nominated for the 2017 Allstate Good Works Team, as announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Wednesday.
Eddy, a senior captain and a two-time CAA Academic All-Team honoree, has been involved in numerous community service activities throughout his entire career as a Phoenix.
If selected as a member of the Good Works Team, Eddy will be invited by Allstate, to the 2017 NABC Convention and 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Phoenix, where he will participate in a community service project benefitting the city.
The game will take place during the Holy City Hoops Classic, on the campus of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
The Camels (3-3) enter the three-day event on a two-game win streak following Saturday’s 67-53 victory at VMI and Monday’s 92-60 triumph over Allen.
St. Augustine’s: Anthony Gaskins scored a game-high 24 points on Thursday, including the clinching layup as the Falcons held off Alderson Broaddus University 71-66 for its second straight victory at Rex Pyles Arena in Philippi, W.Va.
After the Battlers whittled an 11-point deficit to two on a 3-pointer, Gaskins scored on a driving layup with 13 seconds left to push the Falcons’ lead to 70-66. He added a free throw with one second left after a steal by Quincy January sealed the contest.
Elon: For the first time as head coach, Charlotte Smith makes her return to Carmichael Arena.
Smith will face her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on the 22-year anniversary of her historic dunk.
The game will be at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
ECU: The Pirates fell to Charlotte 79-64 in its first road game of the season Thursday night inside Halton Arena.
Gabrielle Holston paced the Pirates with 12 points, while Thais Oliveira who grabbed a team-best nine rebounds (six offensive). Bre McDonald and Kristen Gaffney pulled down eight rebounds apiece while McDonald added 10 points to the team score.
UNC: Stephanie Watts scored 23 points to lead the Tar Heels to a 72-59 victory over Wisconsin in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Thursday evening from Kohl Center.
Watts, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, registered her fourth double-double of the season by grabbing 10 rebounds to go with her game-high 23 points. Destinee Walker added 17 points, while Paris Kea chipped in with 14 and six steals.
Duke: The Blue Devils powered past Rutgers, 68-32, Thursday evening in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. With the victory, the team improved to 8-1 on the season and 8-2 in the yearly event.
Redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell headlined a balanced scoring effort with 11 points and five assists, while junior guard Lexie Brown, senior forward Oderah Chidom and sophomore guard Kyra Lambert turned in nine points each. Chidom and senior Kendall Cooper paced Duke on the boards with seven rebounds apiece.
ECU: Senior wide-receiver Zay Jones has been named to the College of Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America Second-Team.
Jones is the second player in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors following two-time selection Matt Milner (2011-12).
Wake Forest: Senior safety Ryan Janvion has been named the recipient of the 2016 Jim Tatum Award, as announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford Thursday.
The Tatum Award is given annually in memory of the late Jim Tatum to the top senior student-athlete (in athletic eligibility) among the league’s football players. Janvion will be recognized as the 2016 Jim Tatum Award recipient during this Saturday’s ACC Football Championship Game at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium.
Duke: Redshirt senior defensive tackle A.J. Wolf has repeated his title of First-Team Academic All-America, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Wolf is just the second Blue Devil to receive multiple CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America accolades, joining three-time selection Mike Diminick (1986-88).
UNC: The Tar Heels face Providence on Friday with the winner advancing to the 2016 College Cup in Houston.
The game will kick off from the Fetzer Field at 7 p.m.
Duke: The team awarded its team honors at its annual end-of-the-season banquet Tuesday night. Headlining the list was graduate student goalkeeper Robert Moewes as the team’s Most Valuable Player in a vote of all the Blue Devils. Moewes,the team’s defensive anchor in goal, played all but 28 minutes in goal and posted a 1.36 goals against average and a .736 save percentage.
Moewes also ranked third in the ACC in saves with 3.94 and 67 overall.
N.C. State: Tziarra King and Kristina Schuster have been selected to the NSCAA Southeast All-Region Third Team, as announced by the organization Wednesday night.
Both freshmen started all 22 matches during the Pack’s breakout season that concluded with a run to the Sweet 16. The two are the first NSCAA All-Region selections since 2006, while marking the first time in program history that two Wolfpack players have made the All-Region team in a single season.
Elon: Junior Kendall Ballotti earned her second straight, first-team all-state honor as announced by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association for the 2016 University Division All-State Women’s Soccer.
This is the ninth time that a Pheonix player has been selected to the NCCSIA All-State team. Ballotti is the fourth player to earn first-team accolades.
Duke: Three Blue Devils standouts: Christina Gibbons, Toni Payne and Ella Stevens, have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association All-Southeast Region team, which was announced this week.
Gibbons was selected to the first team, while both Payne and Stevens earned third team accolades.
Mt. Olive: During the Pickle Classic weekend, members of past teams will be recognized and also see one of its own inducted into the UMO Athletics Hall of Fame
The 2004 and 2005 teams had a combined 52-21 record and earned a conference regular-season championship and a pair of berths in the NCAA tournament. These two teams remain the only two in Trojans volleyball history to make a trip to the NCAA tournament.
Elon: Head coach Mary Tendler announced on Thursday the signing of three future student-athletes to the program. The Phoenix welcomes the additions of Courtney Carpenter, Julia Crabtree and Natalie Cummins to the team after signing their national letters of intent. The trio is set to join the maroon and gold for the 2017 season.
Track & Field
St. Augustine’s: On Saturday, the Falcons open the indoor track and field season in the JDL College Kick-Off Classic. The meets will be held at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.
Field events begin at 9:30 a.m., while the running events start at 10 a.m.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack is set to begin its 2016-17 indoor track and field season at the BU Season Opener Friday, and again all day at the Holiday Open Saturday.
Indoor heptathlon school record-holder Grant Rivers will begin his redshirt junior season and redshirt freshman Hannah Stokes will make her debut. Both will compete in a variety of events to open the season.
Duke: Head coach Dan Brooks has announced the additions of Jaravee Boonchant and Miranda Wang to the Blue Devils program.
Boonchant will join as a freshman next fall, while Wang is graduating high school in December and will enroll in the spring of 2017.
Swimming & Diving
ECU: The Pirates swimming and diving program received commitments from a trio of international swimmers and two American-born athletes during the 2016 early signing period as announced by head coach Rick Kobe announced Thursday.
Gustavo Santos a freestyle and butterfly swimmer, will join the men’s team mid-season in January, while Gavin Erdman, a freestyle swimmer, will enroll next fall.
The women’s team will welcome three new faces: Hannah Nissen , Jenni Giacalone and Paulina Majszutowicz for the 2017-18 campaign.
N.C. State: Four members of the team will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend to compete in the 2016 Winter Airgun Championship. The event begins Friday and concludes Sunday.
Olympian Lucas Kozeniesky will take part in the event, along with teammates Lauren Phillips, Derya Pekari and Zach Eisenberg. The Wolfpack quartet will be joined by more than 375 competitors at the USA Shooting Range.
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