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Jaguar Athletics to compete as Augusta University immediately

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Jaguar Athletics and all 13 NCAA championship teams will compete as Augusta University for the 2015-16 seasons, Director of Athletics Clint Bryant announced on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

 The University System of Georgia Board of Regents changed the name Georgia Regents University to Augusta University on Tuesday, Sept. 15. See the press release here.

 Jaguar Nation and its fan base are excited about the name,” Director of Athletics Clint Bryant said. “This is an opportunity to bring us back together as a united front and provide our teams, student-athletes, and coaches the kind of support that is in the best interest of Augusta University. We are overjoyed with excitement to be able to compete as Augusta University this season.”

 After more research through the NCAA, a name change can be done immediately. In the 2012-13 academic year when the university consolidated from Augusta State University to Georgia Regents University in January 2013, the Jaguars competed as Augusta State for the entire 2012-13 seasons. Since this change is solely a name change and not a consolidation of two universities, the Jags will be able to compete as the Augusta University Jaguars.

 The Jaguars will continue to use the jaguar-head logo as the primary athletics logo.

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Meet the 2015 Jaguar Volleyball Team

The Jaguars host their Peach Belt Conference opener against Columbus State this Friday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Christenberry Fieldhouse.

While you wait for the game to start, take a minute to click the video above and meet our 2015 Jags!

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2015-16 GRU Basketball season tickets now on sale!

Georgia Regents University Athletics has released the season ticket plans for the 2015-16 Jaguar Basketball season! Fans can now purchase them by contacting the main athletics office off of Wrightsboro Rd.

Current GRU students and current or retired GRU faculty and staff are admitted free of charge with a valid university ID.

[FOR TICKETS & RESERVED SEATS]

Contact the GRU Athletics Office (706) 737-1626 or email karlong@gru.edu.

For the eighth straight season, Jaguar Basketball fans can purchase their season tickets and select reserved seats in Christenberry Fieldhouse prior to the tip-off of the season.

Season ticket booklets are available for $100 to non-Jag Club members and are offered for $75$50 and $25 to Jaguar Club members – depending on the buyer’s specific membership level. The season ticket booklets will include 21 tickets.

A new addition this year is that each ticket within the booklet will be designated to a specific game. There will be a designated ticket for all 17 home games inside the booklet, as well as an additional four miscellaneous tickets to be used at any home game.

All current GRU faculty and staff, as well as retired GRU, ASU, GHSU and MCG faculty and staff can purchase season ticket booklets (maximum of two) for $25. All retirees must get a valid JagCard from the Jag Card Office on the Summerville Campus.

Note that all current and retired GRU faculty and staff and all GRU students are admitted to home games for free with a valid university ID.

Jaguar Basketball fans also have the opportunity to designate a reserved seat of their choice for $25. Those fans who are interested in maintaining their current reserved seat or purchasing one for the first time should contact the GRU Athletics ticket office at 706-737-1626 or email Karen Long (karlong@gru.edu) by Friday, Oct. 9.

All general-admission seating during the 2015-16 season at the box office is $8 for a single game and $10 for a doubleheader (women’s and men’s game). Senior citizens, along with non-GRU students, will be admitted for $7. All GRU students will continue to be admitted free with a valid student ID as well as faculty and staff.

 

[JAGUAR BASKETBALL SEASON TICKETS] 

  • $100 for non-Jaguar Club members (21 tickets in season ticket booklet)
  • $75, $50, & $25 season ticket booklets will be offered to Jaguar Club members depending on the membership level
  • $25 for current GRU faculty and staff (maximum of 2 ticket booklets)
  • $25 for retired GRU, ASU, GHSU and MCG faculty and staff (maximum of two ticket booklets)
  • $25 for a reserved seat (reserved seat holders must notify Athletics to retain their current reserved seat by Oct. 17)

[JAGUAR BASKETBALL GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS]

  • $10 per doubleheader (two games)
  • $8 per single game
  • $7 for senior citizens, non-GRU students, and current and retired military personnel
  • Free for current GRU faculty and staff and for retired GRU faculty and staff with a valid ID

*Attending a single game on a scheduled doubleheader is still $10 for admission

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GRU Athletics Set To Embark On New Seasons

Georgia Regents University Athletics is gearing up for the 2015-16 seasons, and the Jaguars are set for another year packed with 13 NCAA sports.

The Jaguars compete at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels. Both men’s and women’s golf teams compete at the Division I level. Women’s golf competes as an independent with no division, while the men’s squad is an associate member of the Mid-Eastern athletic Conference (MEAC). The Jags compete in Division II in women’s volleyball, baseball, softball, and women’s and men’s cross country, basketball, tennis, and track and field.

The 11 DII sports compete as proud members of the Peach Belt Conference, one of the premier Division II athletic conferences in the country. The PBC will celebrate its 25th Anniversary during the 2015-16 season with a year-long campaign that will highlight the many accomplishments of what has become one of the elite Division II conferences in the nation. Since its inception in 1990-91, the Peach Belt has developed a consistent history of excellence which continues to this day with 35 national championships and 28 national finalists.

The Jags are coming off the 2014-15 athletic year which saw 11 of the 13 sports reach the postseason at the NCAA Regionals. GRU named two All-Americans in sophomores Clint Hardy (baseball) and Keshun Sherrill (men’s basketball), while the teams produced 20 student-athletes in 10 different sports who earned All-Region accolades and 16 were named All-Conference in the Peach Belt. The Jags also had 27 named to the PBC’s All-Academic list.

Jaguar volleyball and cross country begin their new seasons in early September, while golf and tennis commence their fall schedules in late September. Basketball season kicks off in November and golf, baseball, softball, track and field, and tennis open their full seasons in February 2016.

Check out the team pages for all 13 sports by visiting the official GRU Athletics website at JaguarsRoar.com

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GRU Athletics set to embark on new seasons

Georgia Regents University Athletics is gearing up for the 2015-16 seasons and the Jaguars are set for another year packed with 13 NCAA sports.

The Jaguars compete at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels. Both men’s and women’s golf teams compete at the Division I level. The Jags compete in Division II in women’s volleyball, baseball, softball, and women’s and men’s cross country, basketball, tennis, and track and field.

The 11 DII sports compete as proud members of the Peach Belt Conference, one of the premier Division II athletic conferences in the country. The PBC will celebrate its 25th Anniversary during the 2015-16 season with a year-long campaign that will highlight the many accomplishments of what has become one of the elite Division II conferences in the nation. Since its inception in 1990-91, the Peach Belt has developed a consistent history of excellence which continues to this day with 35 national championships and 28 national finalists.

The Jags are coming off the 2014-15 athletic year which saw 11 of the 13 sports reach the postseason at the NCAA Regionals. GRU named two All-Americans in sophomores Clint Hardy (baseball) and Keshun Sherrill (men’s basketball). The teams produced 20 student-athletes in 10 different sports who earned All-Region accolades and 16 were named All-Conference in the Peach Belt. The Jags also had 27 named to the PBC’s All-Academic list.

Jaguar volleyball and cross country begin their new seasons in early September, while golf and tennis commence their fall schedules in late September. Basketball season kicks off in November, while golf, baseball, softball, track and field, and tennis open their full seasons in February 2016.

Check out the team pages for all 13 sports by visiting the official GRU Athletics website at JaguarsRoar.com

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Purdue University assistant coach to take first head coaching job with the Jaguars

Caroline Hegg was named head women’s golf coach at Georgia Regents University on Tuesday, Aug. 4 during an 11:00 a.m. press conference at the J. Fleming Norvell Golf House.

Hegg starts her first year as head coach of the GRU Augusta women’s golf team after serving as the assistant coach at Purdue University for the past five years.

“I’m honored and excited to lead the GRU women’s golf program,” Hegg said. “Between the facilities in the area and the incredible support in this community, there is no better place to play college golf than Augusta, Georgia. I look forward to meeting with the team very soon so that we can set our goals for the year and get to work.”

GRU Augusta Director of Athletics Clint Bryant introduced Hegg to a crowd of media and campus and community supporters at the Jaguar Golf facility. With her selection, Hegg became the sixth full-time head coach in the program’s history and replaced former coach Kory Henkes.

“Caroline brings a wealth of experience and an infectious enthusiasm from one of the most successful Division I women’s golf programs in the country,” Bryant said. “Her ability to lead, teach and relate, are attributes that should serve her well in her new role as head coach at GRU. We welcome her to Jaguar Nation and look forward to the continuing development and success of our women’s program both athletically and academically under her leadership.”

Hegg spent five seasons with the Boilermakers and helped coach the team to three top-10 showings at the NCAA Championships including a runner-up finish in 2011 and third place in 2013. Under Hegg and the Boilers staff, there individuals earned Big Ten Championships, while the team garnered the 2013 Big Ten Team Championship.

During her time in West Lafayette, Hegg coached five All-American selections, three Big Ten Players of the Year, and nine Academic All-American Scholar team recipients.

Prior to coaching, she played four seasons for Purdue from 2003 to 2007. The Culver, Ind., native graduated in May 2007, with a classical studies degree and a minor in philosophy. Hegg was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, an NGCA All-Scholar Team recipient and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society.

Before Purdue, Hegg served as a staff professional at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill in Prattville, Ala. Her career began in June of 2008 at the Randall Oaks Golf Course in Dundee, Ill., where she served as the golf professional.

Hegg won the Indiana State Open the summer of her sophomore year at Purdue. She was the Indiana state high school golf champion in 2001, runner up in 2000 and earned all-state honors all four years at the Culver Academy. Hegg spent the first year after graduation from Purdue as a faculty intern at her high school alma mater.

Formerly Caroline Haase, she married Stefan Hegg in the summer of 2013.

Peach Belt Conference to celebrate 25th Anniversary in 2015-16

The Peach Belt Conference announced that the league will celebrate its 25th Anniversary season in 2015-16. The year-long celebration began on July 1, 2016, with the unveiling of the 25th Anniversary logo which will be the league’s official logo for the next year.

 “This is going to be a year of both remembrance and celebration,” said PBC commissioner David Brunk. “The Peach Belt would not be where it is today if not for the dedication of those athletes and administrators who founded the conference and elevated it to national prominence.  We will spend this upcoming year honoring their accomplishments and celebrating where we are as a league now while keeping our eyes firmly fixed on the next 25 years.”

 Although the league began playing men’s and women’s basketball in the 1990-91 year, it was not until the 1991-92 season that the conference held its first basketball championship tournament and began nine other championship sports.

 The conference traces its roots back to November of 1988 when 11 schools first met in Greenville, S.C. to form a Division II conference. Following a second meeting on Dec. 3, 1989, five of those 11 schools, plus two others, formed the Peach Belt and begin play in fall 1990.

 The seven charter members of the conference were Armstrong State University, Columbus State University, Francis Marion University, Georgia College, Lander University, USC Aiken and USC Upstate. The name Peach Belt Athletic Conference was adopted in January of 1990 and modified to Peach Belt Conference in May of 2000.

 Georgia Regents University joined the conference in 1991 and UNC Pembroke became the ninth member on July 1, 1992. They were followed by Kennesaw State University on July 1, 1994, Clayton State University on July 1, 1995 and the University of North Florida on July 1, 1997. Kennesaw State and North Florida departed for the Division I ranks in 2005, USC Upstate did the same in 2007, and the conference welcomed in the University of North Georgia in 2005 and Georgia Southwestern State University in 2006.  In 2009-10, the Peach Belt added Montevallo and Flagler.  Young Harris became the league’s 14th member in 2012-13 and in 2014 completed the transition to full NCAA Division II status.

 To date, the Peach Belt Conference is home to 35 national championships including the 2015 Armstrong women’s tennis team and the 2015 North Georgia softball team.

 The PBC’s 25th Anniversary celebration will encompass a variety of activities and special projects.  An anniversary committee has been established to oversee the celebration which will include special video projects, social media posts, contests, historical facts and trivia and the top 25 moments in PBC history.

Jaguar Men’s Basketball signs seven for 2015-2016 season

GRU Augusta head men’s basketball coach Dip Metress signed seven student-athletes for the upcoming 2015-16 season and gained six true freshman and one senior to compete for the Jaguars in the upcoming slate.

The Jaguars added freshmen Jashawn Brooks, Aaron Byrd, Trey Maloney, Tyvez Monroe, Ben Ursich, Deane Williams, and senior Tommy Williams.

We have an eclectic group of seven newcomers that have joined a seasoned group of veterans that will hopefully help lead us to our third straight NCAA tournament,” Head Coach Dip Metress said. “This is probably one of our larger classes in recent memory, but it is a talented group with a lot of upside. Hopefully these guys can help us add another banner to the rafters in Christenberry.”

Profiles of the seven student-athletes can be found below:

Jashawn Brooks is a local standout from Laney High School in Augusta, Ga., where he helped lead the Wildcats to a 29-2 campaign that included a region title and a third consecutive state semifinal appearance. As a senior in 2014-15, Brooks sunk 52 3-pointers in 31 games, including 11 in four state playoff contests.

Aaron Byrd averaged 22.1 points as a starting point guard at Landon High School in Bethseda, Md., in the 2014-15 season. Byrd was named an All-Met honorable mention by DC Basketball in Washington, D.C. for his senior-season efforts. He joins 15 of his fellow Landon HS seniors to sign and commit to playing college athletics in 2015-16.

Trey Maloney is a 6-6 left-handed forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who aided his Dillard High School team to a 23-8 record while averaging 8.2 points per game as a senior in 2014-15. Maloney carried the Panthers to the FHSAA 5A Tournament playoffs last season and reached the Sweet 16.

Tyvez Monroe is a 6-3 wing who posted 16.5 points per game for his Edison High School team in Alexandria, Va. Monroe brought the Eagles to a 19-6 overall record and a 7-4 mark in the region in his senior season. Monroe was named first-team All-Virginia Conference 13 in 2015.

Ben Ursich is a versatile player who played for The Kilsyth and Mountain District Basketball Association Inc. (K&MDBA) in Victoria, Australia, the largest basketball association in Victoria with over 1,050 teams. Ursich brought down 15.7 points per game in 2014-15 and shot 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point land.

Deane Williams will also travel overseas to play for the Jaguars in 2015-16. Williams played for the Bristol Academy Flyers Basketball Club in Bristol, England. The 6-7 forward averaged 12.3 rebounds per game last season and is currently playing for the English U20 National Team in the Euro World Championships.

Tommy Williams graduated from Richmond Academy in Augusta, Ga., where he made a state semifinal appearance in 2011. After starting his college career at East Georgia State College and most recently at East Tennessee State University, Williams will return home and conclude his career in Augusta for his senior year. Williams will look to make an early impact in the front court.

Chris Howell named Assistant Baseball Coach

HowellJoinsJagsThe GRU Augusta baseball team gained a new assistant coach in Chris Howell for the 2016 season, Head Coach Jason Eller announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Howell comes to Augusta and the CSRA after spending last season in the Peach Belt Conference as a top assistant at Young Harris College. In the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Howell enjoyed a stint at Middle Georgia State College as an assistant coach. Howell was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Knights during those two seasons and coached current GRU players Matthew Kuhlenberg, Cole Thompson, and Drew Taylor while with the MGA Knights.

“Coach Howell brings a pitching plan that is one of the best in the state of Georgia,” Head Coach Jason Eller said. “(Chris) is the ideal addition to the GRU baseball program as we continue to work our way onto the map”.

Howell began his coaching career at his alma mater Tiftarea Academy – a private school in Chula, Ga. During his four-year stint with the Panthers baseball program, Tiftarea won the 2009 GISA Class AA State Championship and was runner-up the following year. Howell garnered state coach of the year accolades in 2009 and Region 3-AA Coach of the Year honors in 2009 and 2010 while at Tiftarea.

“I’m excited to be a part of GRU Augusta and the direction of Coach Eller’s baseball program,” Howell said. “The unlimited resources and facilities brings passion to Augusta and that excites me.”

A native of Fitzgerald, Ga., Howell was a three-time, all-state and four-time, all-region player at Tiftarea before starting his college career at Pensacola Junior College. He pitched two years in the Panhandle Conference and furthered his career to the University of Tennessee where he pitched two years for the Vols. His career with the Vols ended strong by helping his team advance to the 2005 College World Series in Omaha, Neb., as a senior.

After college, Howell pitched two years professionally for the Los Angels of Anaheim organization. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Tennessee and an associate degree from Pensacola.

Henkes hired as head coach of Ole Miss women’s golf

GRU Augusta women’s golf head coach Kory Henkes has accepted the head coaching job at the University of Mississippi and will begin her coaching duties at Ole Miss for the 2015-16 season.

“I am so thankful for my time at Georgia Regents University,” Kory Henkes said. “The Augusta golf community is a top-notch group of people and I will cherish the relationships that I have built here. I wish the golf program all the best and I am extremely grateful for this wonderful time in my life.”

In four seasons as head coach of the Jaguars, Henkes made a NCAA postseason appearance every time. She guided her first squad in Augusta to the 2012 NCAA East Regional at Penn State’s Blue Course in State College, Pa. In 2013, Natalie Wille and Casey Kennedy competed as individuals at the NCAA East Regional at Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala., under Henkes’ guidance.

The Jags found themselves back in the postseason in Henkes’ last two seasons, bringing a full team to the NCAA West Regional at the Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash., in 2014 and most recently to the NCAA East Raleigh Regional at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, N.C.

“We would like to extend our well wishes to Kory as she embarks on a new challenge in becoming the next head women’s golf coach at the University of Mississippi,” Director of Athletics Clint Bryant said. “She has proven her ability to succeed at the highest level by what she has accomplished with our program at GRU. Ole Miss has gained a quality coach, but more importantly an outstanding individual. We wish her nothing but the best.”

After breaking into the NCAA Division I top-25 rankings for the first time ever on Oct. 22, 2014, Henkes’ team earned a 21st national ranking – the highest standing in the history of the program.

Henkes replaces previous Rebels head coach Michele Drinkard, who led Ole Miss to five NCAA appearances in eight seasons.

GRU Athletics will begin a national search immediately to fill the vacant position.