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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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Fans of Jaguar Athletics can subscribe to the email listserve by clicking here. Fans can follow GRU Athletics at www.jaguarsroar.com and receive short updates on Facebook at GRU_Jaguars and on Twitter at @GRU_Jaguars.

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.

 

READ: Drew Belt’s 3 fundamentals of golf

Drew Belt, part-time golf coach at Georgia Regents University, was recently featured in the Columbia County News Times to talk about his ideas on the three fundamentals of golf.

Belt, who has taught at the Nick Faldo Golf Institute, Jones Creek, and Sage Valley, has been teaching golf for 14 years. He is currently the West Lake Country Club golf pro.

 

Read the full Columbia County News Times story here.

Jags post 102 student-athletes to 2015 Spring AD Honor Roll

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Georgia Regents University had 102 student-athletes earn a spot on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for their excellence in academics during the Spring 2015 semester.

“Our student-athletes continue to excel at a high level academically, and we continue to strive for academic excellence,” Director of Athletics Clint Bryant said. “The challenge academically remains a top priority, and we push our students to remain on the road of growth in this area.”

To be eligible for the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, a student-athlete must register a term GPA of 3.0 or better.

The students, listed by athletic activity, are:

Baseball (17): Edwin Arias, David Bermudez, Matthew Buckalew, Fureous Caldwell, Nate Crown, Bradley Dennis, Connor Gilbert, David Hagelston, Eddie Kongquee, Matthew Kuhlenberg, Chase Loyd, Trey McAvoy, Gage Patton, CJ Reed, David Rivera, Jamie Suggs, Frank Warren

Softball (13): Ashley Benton, Haley Birkle, Kendyl Conner, Paige Deschaine, Brianna Dickens, Alannah Long, Kristen Mills, Erin Rozier, Casey Rowland, Lindsey Stokes, Brigette Taylor, Hannah Vaughn, Molly Walton

Men’s Basketball (3): D’Angelo Boyce, Vlad Cobzaru, TJ Custer

Women’s Basketball (7): Samantha Carlson, Marianne Davignon, Camille Gee, Sabrina Montgomery, Whitney Rohrbach, Lonna Turner, Erika Waters

Men’s Cross Country (4): Boyd Guttery, Preston Jones, Josh Thompson Caleb Watson

Women’s Cross Country (5): Jordan Humphrey, Diana Petrmichlova, Tia Ponsell, Olivia Rodriguez, Morgan Ryffe

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field (6): Albert Acheampong, Taylor Coxwell, Shane Huckeba, Mathew Johnson, Payton Newman, Dustin Ross

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field (5): Angelica Clayton, Heather Hammett, Ashley Johnson, Dejah Johnson, Aaliyah Pettway

Men’s Golf (8): Viktor Edin, Broc Everett, Jack Heasman, Jake Marriott, Meechai Padung, Robin Petersson, Cody Shafer, John Yi,

Women’s Golf (7): Maggie Ashmore, Lexi Bollant, Jessica Haigwood, Sonya Knebel, Josefine Nyqvist, Shannon Pak, Eunice Yi

Men’s Tennis (11): Arthur Andrade, Gustav Anderson, Romain Brunie, Caio Camara, Jose Cobo, Gabriel Dos Santos, Romain Ferriera, Joao Gabriel Frietas da Silva, Moritz Gehlhaus, Thomas Sevel, Nameer Shamsi,

Women’s Tennis (7): Aida Castany, Gisela Font, Monica Gonzalez, Maria Nadal, Maria Cecilia Pimentel, Amelia Pinoargote, Marie Vin,

Volleyball (9): Kailla Baptiste, Katie Beresford, Kali Boatwright,  Maggie Darling, Cat Desilvester, Paige Elliot, McKenna Heath, Kristen Koch, Sadie Thurston