May 20, 2008
The CIAA recognized coaches and administrators of the year at an awards luncheon following its Spring General Assembly in Durham, today.
Coaches of the Year for fall, winter and spring were honored along with top conference administrators.
Virginia State University won the C.H. Williams Trophy for excellence in men's sports programs while Bowie State University picked up the Loretta Taylor Trophy as the top women's program.
Two VSU administrators were also honored. Peggy Davis was named Athletic Director of the Year and Tomorrow Lofton was selected as Senior Woman Administrator of the Year.
This is the second consecutive year that Davis has won the award. During this past season, Davis has been at the helm of a VSU sports program which won four CIAA championships (men's cross-country, golf, women's tennis and baseball).
Lofton, in her second year of being VSU's SWA, assists in gender equity/Title IX issues, oversees the VSU Student-Athlete Activity Committee and is the coordinator of the VSU CHAMPS Life-Skills Program as well as provided a female's perspective to the approach of intercollegiate athletics at VSU.
St. Augustine's Anthony Jeffries was named Sports Information
Director of the Year. Jeffries is the 15th recipient of the
John Holley Award, which is given yearly to honor the conference's
best sports information director.
"I was shocked to win this award," Jeffries said. "The other SIDs in our conference are just as deserving. I want to thank the SIDs in the CIAA for all of their support, direction and guidance."
Jeffries has been sports information director at Saint Augustine's College for three years. He previously worked in print journalism for 17 years. This is his first time winning the John Holley Award.
"I've been blessed to work with a great group of coaches and athletic staff members led by Athletic Director George Williams," Jeffries said. "The development department deserves credit as well. We're quite a team."
Johnson C. Smith University Director of Athletics, Steve Joyner, Sr. was recognized as the CIAA's top athletic administrator when he was presented with the 2008 Jeanette A. Lee Athletic Administration Award. Joyner provided extraordinary leadership for the Golden Bulls' Athletic Department during the 2007-08 athletic season.
Finishing up his fourth year as the leader of the Athletics Department at his alma mater, Joyner guided the program to a successful season both on and off the court. JCSU had one conference title, two divisional titles, two individual national champions, three individual conference champions, and a host of all-conference, all-region and all-american performers.
In addition, 44 student-athletes (20% of the entire 2008 graduating class) received their undergraduate degrees, 20 of whom graduated with honors. In fact, both the valedictorian and salutatorian were athletes.
Coaches of the Year
Men's and Women's Cross Country - Leslie Young - Virginia State
Volleyball - Elorine Hill - Fayetteville State
Football - Arrington Jones - Virginia Union
Bowling - Bobby Henderson - Fayetteville State
Men's and Womens Indoor and Outdoor Track - George Williams - St. Augustine's
Men's Tennis - Sunday Enitan - Shaw University
Women's Tennis - Dr. Linda Person - Virginia State University
Men's Basketball - Shawn Walker - Elizabeth City State
Women's Basketball - Doug Robertson - Bowie State
Golf - Jeff Hamilton - Virginia State
Softball - Torrie Lashley - Virginia State
Baseball - Merrill Morgan - Virginia State
VSU AD Peggy Davis
|BSU SWA Arleen Creek|
accepts Loretta Taylor
Award from Al Carter
Elizabeth City State
|Dr. Linda Person|