Tiger football honors and appreciates outstanding facultyBy HILLARY THORNTON
Georgetown College has many ways of recognizing faculty members at different events around campus. An example of this is the Honorary Football Coaches program which is in its ninth year at Georgetown College. Before each season, the Tiger Football program chooses a faculty member to serve as the honorary coach for each home game.
For the home opener against Webber International, which the Tigers won, on Sept. 19 Dr. Virginie Cassidy was the honorary coach. She has been an Assistant Professor of French at Georgetown College since 2007. She recently won the college’s Rollie Graves Award for Teaching Technology. She and her husband and twin sons Sean and Thomas love football and attend every home game and interact with the players after each game.
At this week’s game on Thursday, Sept. 24 vs. Union College, Dr. David DeSario will be the honorary coach. Dr. Desario has been Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Georgetown College since 2007. Dr. DeSario said, “College football is my favorite sport, and I have enjoyed watching Tiger football the past two seasons, so I wanted to be an Honorary Coach someday. I love to sit in the stands and cheer on the Tigers with my one-year-old son, Alex, who has never missed a home game. I have had many football players in my math classes, and I enjoy supporting them in the classroom and on the field.”
Dr. Christopher Nix will be the honorary coach for the Homecoming game against University of the Cumberlands on Oct. 17. Dr. Nix has been at Georgetown College since 2001. He is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Communications and Media Studies Department. Dr. Nix knows lots of our football alums, including those from championship years, and he relates well to student-athletes. “I wanted to serve as Honorary Coach because I’ve advised and taught numerous football players over the years. I’ve always been impressed by the dedication and hard work the players display on the field and in the classroom,” said Nix.
For the game on Oct. 29 against Pikeville College, Dr. David Durban will take the field as the honorary coach for the game against the school where he formerly was a professor. Dr. Durban is a new professor in the Kinesiology and Health Department at Georgetown College this year and looks forward to this opportunity.
Dr. Patrick Sheridan will be the honorary coach for the final home game of the season. Dr. Sheridan has been an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Georgetown College since 2008. Dr. Sheridan said, “I really wanted to be an Honorary Football Coach because I have several football players in my chemistry classes, and I also have freshman players as advisees. They work hard in class while being dedicated athletes. I am extremely proud of them, and I am happy to be out there cheering them on to victory each game.”
The Honorary Football Coaches Program is a way for the football program to express their appreciation for and gratitude to the outstanding faculty here at Georgetown College.
The Tigers are off and running for the 2009 season with a current record of 2-1. Come out tonight, wearing black for ‘blackout’ night, to support your Tigers as they take on Union College. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. GO TIGERS!
Volleyball No. 6 in NAIA
At 18-0, the GC volleyball team looks to continue its storied successBy CIERA LOWERY
When most teams gain a new coach and start a new season with bigger, tougher opponents, the majority of the time that team will go through a rough time. It’s not easy to adjust to a new coach, different strategies and new players, but the volleyball team has had a perfect season so far.
When I say perfect, I mean it; they have an unblemished schedule right now at 18-0 about halfway through the season and are still going strong. Their most recent wins came at the Holiday Inn Express Tournament in Bourbonnaise, Ill., against some strong teams. They played, in order of national rankings, No. 22 Lindenwood, No. 16 Dordt and No. 5 Northwestern. This is one of the biggest national tournaments and GC was able to really play some great games to pull out the win. This was the third tournament GC won this season.
They also won the SCAD Invitational in Savannah, Ga., at the start of the season and won the Tiger Invitational here at home just a week ago. Along with a tougher schedule, they have a brand new coach this year, and he seems to be working great. Nick Griffin was announced as the Tigers’ new volleyball coach on July 7 and immediately embraced the job. Although he is young, he is well-prepared from the job since he came here from Olivet-Nazarene University, another powerhouse in the NAIA. He came into an ideal situation, inheriting a team that finished No. 5 in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll and had seven returning seniors.
One of those seniors, Erica Janszen, is an All-American outside hitter and a team leader. Griffin took over for Jeff Hulsmeyer who took a position at Kansas State. Although the coach changed, the players stayed the same. Amy Barmore, Alexandra Bertke, Cathy Frank, Kristy Hock, Erica Janszen, Kristen Meister and Cassie Moore are all seniors this year and are looking to make it to the National Championship. Last year the team made a run at the NAIA Elite Eight and this year they want to go further. The Tigers have reached No. 6 in the current NAIA polls and will move up very soon.
They are first in the conference with an undefeated record at 6-0 and have games remaining against conference foes Pikeville College, Cumberland University, Union College and others. If you get a chance this season, get out and support Tiger volleyball. They will be on the road for awhile but return home on October 15. You can find the full volleyball schedule online at georgetowncollege.edu/athletics. I’m sure the team and the coaches would love to see every fan there.
College football pick ‘emBy ANDY RUSSELL
Well, UK was able to pull out a lack-luster win this past weekend against a struggling Louisville team to keep my record at 5-1 overall. This week will hold a new surprise as the Gators come to town in one of the key SEC matchups of the week and Miami visits Virginia Tech in a colossal ACC game. Here are my predictions:
Tonight’s game is by far the SEC game of the week; South Carolina welcomes No. 4 Mississippi to their home turf for an SEC East battle. South Carolina is nursing multiple injuries and many players are gametime decisions. Ole Miss has Jevan Snead calling the shots and a speedy defense. I’m taking Ole Miss in a close one.
Although UK was able to pull out the win this past week, they are not going to get it this week. Florida has key speed on the defensive side of the ball that will overmatch UK’s offense. One more thing: Tim Tebow. Enough said.
Is Miami for real? How good is Tyrod Taylor? Hopefully those questions will be answered this week when the ‘Canes roll into Blacksburg on Saturday. Jacory Harris is putting up Heisman-like numbers. I’m taking the ‘Canes on the road in a very close game.