Two years after serving as an assistant for a season to longtime womens basketball head coach Lonnie Bartley, Erica Henry is back at Fort Valley State, this time to succeed her former boss on an interim basis.
Henry spent last season as an assistant at Grambling State, which finished 9-23.
She was a basketball and volleyball assistant at FVSU in 2011-12, after two seasons as a basketball assistant at Darton.
The Wildcats went 22-7 and won the SIAC regular-season title with Henry by Bartleys side, taking the conference tournament championship and reaching the NCAA Division II tournament.
Bartley announced publicly in February his plans to retire after the season, his 29th, a few months after informing school officials. The Wildcats finished 15-13 overall and 11-7 in conference play in Bartleys final season.
Henry played at Fresno State, helping the Bulldogs to one NCAA tournament and two Womens NITs.
FVSU is still in search of a softball head coach.
Mercer soccer faces challenge
Its tough enough to play an ACC team, but the Mercer mens soccer team will have to battle through a little bit more when the Bears visit Clemson on Friday.
The match is part of Clemsons annual First Friday event, which includes a pre-match parade.
Clemson is hoping for a record crowd of 7,500 at Riggs Field. Nearly 6,200 watched Clemson and No. 14 Wake Forest battle to a 1-1 double-overtime tie in the game a year ago.
The largest announced crowd to see Mercer in 2012 was 1,150 at N.C. State. Total attendance on the road was 4,959, so Fridays crowd will top most season road attendance figures for the Bears.
Clemson finished 6-9-5 overall last season and 3-2-4 in the ACC. Mercer went 11-7-2 overall and 6-2 in the A-Sun.
The Bears have two matches next weekend at UNC-Wilmington and then host Winthrop on Sept. 13 on the first day of Mercers tournament. The Bears face Georgia Southern two days later.
Around Georgia College/Peach Belt
John Milledge Academy product Brantley Attaway isnt going far to play college basketball.
The three-time all-region and all-state pick has joined the Georgia College squad and head coach Terry Sellers.
Attaway, a 6-foot guard, averaged 19.6 points as a senior and 17.8 points in his high school career. He was a starter in the Georgia-South Carolina private-school all- star game.
Georgia Colleges athletics department earned its second straight Make-A-Wish most improved award in the Peach Belt Conference.
Two years ago, the department raised only $500 for the Make-A-Wish foundation, but that figure jumped to $2,434 for 2011-12 and $4,237 for 2012-13.
Georgia College has added former Sandy Creek standout LaRice Walker to the womens basketball roster for 2013-14.
Walker was a second-team GHSA Class AAAA All-State pick as a junior and senior and helped Sandy Creek to a 25-7 record and a state runner-up finish.
The first Bobby Lamb Coaches Show will take place on Thursday at Wild Wing Cafe and on Fox Sports 1670.
The Mercer football head coachs show runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Thursday with guests.
Former Shorter and Florida State assistant Joanna Reitz has joined the Mercer womens basketball staff.
Reitz joined the team at the start of the month, just in time for the teams basketball and mission trip to Ghana, and her hiring was announced Monday.
Reitz is a 2006 graduate of Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, on the Tennessee border near Chattanooga where she was a three-time captain and regular Appalachian Athletic Conference all-academic selection.
She then went to Florida State and served as a student manager and then graduate assistant and director of recruiting while earning two Masters degrees.
Reitz was an assistant at Shorter in Rome the past two seasons, serving also as recruiting coordinator. The Hawks went 46-20 in those years, winning a National Christian College Athletic Association region tournament championship.
Reitz replaces Rhet Wierzba, a member of head coach Susie Gardners original staff before leaving earlier this summer for a job at Indiana State.