Division III notes: Mississippi College honors former coach
Mississippi College will commemorate Mike Jones’ successful stint as head men’s basketball coach by naming its new playing surface in his honor.
Jones, who stepped down from coaching this year with a 331-108 record at the school but continues to serve as athletics director, led the team to six straight appearances in the Division III Men’s Basketball Championship as well as four American Southwest Conference titles during his last seven seasons.
The new surface, as well as improved seating, is part of a renovation of A.E. Wood Coliseum.
“I was one of the people who recruited him to Mississippi College, and I have to say that was one of my best days of service to MC,” said Doc Quick said, the school’s alumni director and a member of the search committee who brought Jones to the institution. “He’s done so well, and naming this court after him is an honor deserved, let me tell you that much. Nothing has been given to Mike. He’s earned every bit of it and I’m so proud of him.”
The court will be dedicated January 10.
Lehman raises hopes for soccer sponsorship
The formation of a men’s soccer club program at Lehman might lead to resurrection of a varsity program at the school.
The college, which last fielded a varsity team in the 1990s, is supporting the club program as it embarks this fall on a schedule of at least seven contests, including opening matches last week against Medgar Evers and John Jay.
“Students from the soccer club approached and consulted with me about playing some exhibition games for 2008, and after evaluating the situation, I think it’s a tremendous idea,” said Martin L. Zwiren, Lehman director of athletics.
The club was organized by former Lehman varsity player Joe Andre, who is coaching the team.
“This kids that I have spoken with seem very motivated and are very hungry to get out on the field and show what they can do,” Andre said. “If I can get consistency from these players, and if they show dedication and dependability, I believe there is a good chance that we will eventually reach varsity status. It is a great goal, but there is work to do.”
NATA honors Lora Stelzer
Lora Stelzer of Westminster (Missouri) is this year’s assistant athletic trainer of the year in Division III, as named by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Stelzer, who also serves as the school’s senior woman administrator, is part of a staff that serves more than 250 student-athletes on 16 teams. She joined that staff in 2004.
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