Showing posts with label athletics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label athletics. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

ESPNU to broadcast Jake Gaither Classic at Bragg Stadium

ESPNU will broadcast the inaugural Jake Gaither Classic at Bragg Memorial Stadium on Aug. 26. Last week, the FAMU Department of Athletics announced that the game had been moved to a 12 noon kickoff time in order to permit ESPNU to televise it.

“The exposure on the premier college football network is part of our strategic recruitment and branding effort,” said FAMU Director of Athletics Milton Overton. “Millions of college football fans will have the opportunity to watch the debut of this year’s Rattler football team and witness the launch of the Jake Gaither Classic. Placing the Jake Gaither Classic on national television is an outstanding way to share the greatness of FAMU and honor Coach Gaither’s legacy.”

Friday, July 28, 2017

FAMU athletics administrator named president of Florida Sports Foundation

The Florida Sports Foundation will welcome Angela Adams Suggs as its new President and Senior Vice President of Sports Development for Enterprise Florida beginning August 7. She brings a wealth of experience and an excitement to lead the Tallahassee-based Florida Sports Foundation as it continues working to support Florida’s $57 billion sports industry.

Suggs comes to the Foundation from Florida A&M University where she has held various roles since 2009. Her most recent role has been the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA).

Suggs served as the lead role in FAMU’s Athletics Marketing and Promotions, Development, Athletics Communications, Licensing and Branding. She was the athletics department’s primary liaison with campus direct support organizations (DSO), neutral site games such as the Florida Blue Florida Classic, affinity/support groups, and community relations. She oversaw administration for the Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country teams along with the Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams, and Spirit Groups.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Overton leads FAMU athletic department to first surplus since Ken Riley years

FAMU Athletic Director Milton Overton Jr. has led the department to its first surplus since the years of former AD Ken Riley.

Overton recently informed the FAMU Board of Trustees that the department finished the 2016-2017 fiscal year with a $9,500 surplus.

“We implemented several initiatives to reduce spending and increase revenues,” Overton said.  “Not the least of which was re-commissioning the department-owned bus which had gone unused for several years.  The instituting of this singular initiative realized a savings of over $100,000 in itself.  In addition, we increased revenues.  The department successfully raised over $1 million this fiscal year, contributing to the balancing of the budget.”

If the athletics department continues in its current direction, it could repeat the financial success FAMU experienced under Riley.

Riley, who started serving as FAMU’s athletic director in 1994, left the department with an estimated surplus of more than $3 million when he stepped down in 2002.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

FAMU wins MEAC’s Mary McLeod Bethune Women's All-Sports Award

FAMU celebrating Head Softball Coach Veronica Wiggins’s 700th win
The Florida A&M University Women's Athletic program has returned to the top of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in 2016-2017, as it captured the Mary McLeod Bethune Women's All-Sports Award, the conference recently announced.

The All-Sports Award is an indicator of the overall strengths and women's athletic program. FAMU received a $20,000 check during a reception in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“I would like extend congratulations to Florida A&M University and Interim President Dr. Larry Robinson, Director of Athletics Milton Overton and all of the outstanding individuals including staff, coaches and student-athletes who were involved in winning the Mary McLeod Bethune Award,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

McCullum tapped as new FAMU head men's basketball coach

Florida A&M University (FAMU) announced today that former University of Oregon men's basketball assistant Robert McCullum will be the school's next head men's basketball coach.

With a career spanning more than 30 years, McCullum comes to FAMU after spending the last three seasons at Oregon, which made its first trip to the Final Four in 78 years this past April.

McCullum formerly held the head coach position for the Western Michigan and the University of South Florida men’s basketball programs.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Legacy Banquet raises $225,000 for FAMU athletics

It was a star-studded affair, representing the best of FAMU.  The Legacy Committee and the FAMU Foundation, Inc., presented one of the most effective and lucrative fundraisers in the history of the university.

The brainchild of the Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes, pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and a former FAMU trustee, the banquet was a fundraising initiative to assist FAMU Athletics.  He defined the event in his opening statement, saying “Thank you for your love and thank you for your support of our great institution.”

When all the fanfare subsided, the net result was $225,000 for the department.  Clearly it was one of the most successful campaigns in the history of the university.  The banquet honored 15 special Rattlers and was financially supported by several dedicated  businesses and individuals.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

FAMU to conduct national search for new men’s basketball coach

Florida A&M University will launch a national search for a new men’s basketball coach following its decision to not renew Head Coach Byron Samuels’ contract.

Athletic Director Milton Overton, Jr. released a statement about change on Friday.

“After review and evaluation of the Florida A&M University men’s basketball program, FAMU Athletics has decided to take its program in a different direction,” Overton said.
Restructuring our program with a continued emphasis on academic achievement and competitive success will be key components in moving FAMU basketball forward.”

Overton added that: “We would like to thank Coach Byron Samuels for his contributions to our men's basketball program and student-athletes over the past three seasons. Assistant Coach Lamont Franklin will lead our program as the interim head coach while a national search is conducted for a replacement. Our focus continues to center around ‘Building Champions in the classroom, on the field and in life - with academic honesty and integrity.’”

Samuels headed the men’s basketball program for three years. His FAMU teams had a 17-71 record.   

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

FAMU football legend Bob Hayes honored at Super Bowl LI

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson and Bob Hayes' sisters Lucille Hester and Georgette Sanders
Just minutes before Super Bowl LI kicked off in Houston, Texas, fans cheered during an emotional pregame, on-field tribute to 29 NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame players, including Florida A&M University (FAMU) legend Robert “Bullet Bob” Hayes. The late two-sport Rattler is the only athlete to win a Super Bowl ring and Olympic gold medals.

At the invitation of the NFL, FAMU’s Interim President Larry Robinson and Hayes’ family members attended the game and a weekend of special events dedicated to trailblazers who attended historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Hayes died in 2002 at the age of 59. He was enshrined posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in July 2009.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

FAMU legend Bob Hayes to be honored by NFL at Super Bowl LI

Robert “Bullet Bob” Hayes, undoubtedly the greatest male student-athlete produced by the legendary athletic program at Florida A&M University (FAMU), will be among the 29 historically Black college and university (HBCU) gridiron greats honored in February by the National Football League (NFL) during the Super Bowl LI festivities in Houston, Texas.

In December 2016, the NFL joined the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) at the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia to kick off an enhanced partnership initiative titled, “Strength of HBCUs: Impacting Pro Football Since 1948.”  The goal of the partnership is to honor the history and impact of HBCUs and their players and increase career opportunities for students and athletic administrators at these institutions.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Overton says $622K price tag for repairs won’t jeopardize 2017 home games in Bragg

Back in December, Florida A&M University announced that it needs hundreds of thousands of dollars for critical repairs to Bragg Memorial Stadium.

According to Tallahassee Democrat reporter Jordan Culver, FAMU Chief Financial Officer Angela Poole explained that if FAMU doesn’t obtain the full $622,000 required for the mandatory repairs, then some sections of the football stadium will have to be closed.

Last week, Athletic Director Milton Overton sent a statement to WTXL reassuring the public that Bragg will be open for the 2017.

Monday, January 09, 2017

FAMU needs $5.4M for critical Bragg Stadium repairs over next 5 years

Bragg Memorial Stadium, home of Rattler football, needs $5,459,500 over the next five years for critical repairs.

On Friday, Interim Chief Financial Officer Wanda Ford and Athletic Director Milton Overton will present an “Athletics Budget Discussion” to the FAMU Board of Trustees Budget, Finance, and Facilities Committee.

The report lists five “phases” that need to be completed over the next five years. They are: (1) $622,000 for “structural repairs & internal stair replacement,” (2) $1,937,500 to “sand blast & repainting of steel frame, (3) $500,000 to “sand blast and repaint steel pans & seat and handrail repairs (to prevent deterioration due to corrosion)”, (4) $1,300,000 for “restroom renovation or replacement (8 areas) (Code/ADA compliance),” and (5) $1,100,000 for “press box replacement (for ADA compliance).” 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

19 FAMU student-athletes cross stage at Fall 2016 commencement

It’s the biggest event of the year.  Yes, even bigger than homecoming.  Commencement ceremonies bring out the best in FAMU Athletics and the Fall 2016 ceremony was no different.  Over 700 students had their degrees conferred upon them tonight, with 19 of those being FAMU student-athletes.

The graduates ranged from Jaymee Smith, who completed her degree in four years to Maverick McKinney; a football player from the mid-1980s who joined the workforce and returned to complete his degree, culminating in tonight’s commencement.   

No matter the time table, the pride remained the same.  The culmination of baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees are celebrated in grand fashion at Florida A&M University.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Athletic fee losses from enrollment decline reduced funds for critical Bragg repairs

Yesterday, many so-called Rattlers who didn’t care about the multi-million dollar enrollment decline under former President Elmira Mangum threw fits on Facebook over news about a financial problem that was made worse by those student loses. 

Tallahassee Democrat reporter Jordan Culver discussed the details that Athletic Director Milton Overton Jr. and Chief Financial Officer Angela Poole shared during a Board of Trustees workshop.

“FAMU must spend $622,000 for structural repairs and internal stair replacement or [Bragg Memorial Stadium] will not be cleared for fall competition,” Culver tweeted yesterday.

Monday, October 24, 2016

New voice of Bragg hopes to keep fans engaged


An energized crowd on game day motivates the new Voice of Bragg Stadium, Kofi Hemmingway.

A FAMU alumnus, Hemmingway was selected among a group of nearly 30 contestants after participating in a selection process which included interviews, reading and voice over sessions that aired nationally on the Fox Sports Network this past summer. Since then the former student president of the Marching “100” and student athlete on the FAMU tennis team has announced three home games, including Saturday's Homecoming matchup.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

FAMU enshrines 2016 Sports Hall of Famers

The latest members of the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame were formally announced during the 40th Anniversary Enshrinement Ceremony on Sept. 23 at the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. Below is a quick glance at the Class of 2016 and their accomplishments:

Mary Jones Wellens, Vogel Newsome, Pamela Oliver and Pamela Porter – 1984 Women’s 4×400 Relay Team

The quartet distinguished themselves as student athletes on the track by winning the 1984 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles in the 800 and 1600 meters. The track stars also qualified for the finals in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Outdoor Nationals in the 1600 meter relay, earning All-America honors.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Fan Day kicks off Fall Sports Season

Florida A&M University Football Fans got to meet the 2016 Rattler football and Volleyball team at FAMU Fan Day Saturday, August 13, held at the Al Lawson Center.

Players, and coaches, were on hand for photos and autographs, and the athletics box office was open for fans to purchase football season tickets. Volleyball games are free.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

FAMU’s MEAC champion sports teams honored at President’s House

Florida A&M University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum hosted the school’s 2015-16 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champion coaches at a special reception held in the FAMU President’s Home Tuesday evening.

“We’re extremely proud of what you have been able to accomplish this year in the classroom.  We are especially proud of the teams who were able to win championships in the MEAC and this is my way of showing my appreciation,” Mangum said.

Honored during the festive occasion were Darlene Moore, head women’s cross country and track and field coach, Veronica Wiggins, head women’s softball coach and Brandi Tatum, head coach of the FAMU cheerleading squad.  All of their assistant coaches were recognized as well.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

FAMU Athletics interns go behind-the-scenes during PGA Tour

(L-R) Jeff Weddington, Morgan Culler, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, and Amber Jones
Just a few weeks ago, three FAMU students were afforded the unique opportunity of a lifetime. They were special invitees to cover one of the media days and practice rounds at The Tournament Players Club (TPC) at Sawgrass. Widely regarded as the "fifth major" on the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour, The Players annually has one of the best fields in golf. This year was no different as top golfers Rory McIllroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Ricky Fowler were in the field.

The FAMU students were rewarded with the opportunity by PGA Tour Media Relations on a special invite afforded to FAMU Athletics. All three students were interns in FAMU Athletics for the 2015-16 school year and were rewarded for their professionalism and drive during the year.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

220 Quarterback Club shows support for new Piggly Wiggly

By Dominique Mack
Florida A&M University

Cash registers were ringing and store aisles were filled, as members of the 220 Quarterback Club took over the new neighborhood Piggy Wiggly for a shopping event March 29.

The Piggly Wiggly store, which is located next to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), replaced the old Harvey’s Supermarket on South Monroe Street in Tallahassee’s South Side community, bringing with it 125 new jobs and an assortment of new food options.

Established seven years ago, The 220 Quarterback Club was created to provide small donations to help diminish a financial deficit in the FAMU Athletics Department. The group began by making donations to the football program and grew into providing assistance to the other athletic teams within the department.  Since then the group has made donations outside sports, including a major contribution to the Marching “100.”

Friday, April 01, 2016

FAMU Sports Hall of Fame to honor 11 in 2016

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Sports Hall of Fame officially announced the members of 2016 class to be inducted during ceremonies on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. the Alfred Lawson Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium.