Legends to visit FVSU for fund-raiser
Years ago, the likes of Rayfield Wright and Greg Lloyd left opponents black and blue when they played at Fort Valley State.
The two legends will now be part of a black-tie (optional) affair when they're joined by other former FVSU standouts for the school's "FVSU NFL Legends of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" gala on Aug. 18 at the Health and Physical Education Complex.
FVSU will honor Wright and Lloyd and 10 other former Wildcats who played in the NFL, including Nick Harper and Tyrone Poole.
The event will also include tributes to FVSU football coaching legends Stan Lomax and Douglas Porter as well as recognition for FVSU alum and former athletics director Wilson Gosier.
The night is a major fund-raiser for the FVSU football program, which opens the season two weeks later at perennial Division II power Delta State, and the athletics department.
The event is open to the public, and tickets are $100 per person, and available at the FVSU Foundation Office and athletics department.
For more information, call 825-6888.
Wesleyan tabs Mercer alum for cross country
Wesleyan didn't have to go far late in the summer to find a new cross country coach to replace a new mother.
Former Mercer runner Krista Wieters will become the program's third head coach, taking over for Melissa Bush, who recently gave birth to a daughter and resigned after three seasons as head coach.
Wieters was head coach of Mercer's running club from 2006-10, and serves as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at the Wellness Center and at Mercer.
She was a three-year captain at Mercer and four-year scholar-athlete with at least a 3.3 GPA. Wieters graduated in 2000 with a B.S. in biology and Alabama-Birmingham with a Masters in public health two years later.
Wieters has worked as grant writer and as a consultant for Community Health Works.
The A-Sun will be soon have women's lacrosse as a full scholarship sport, and a few new names will join conference member's fielding a team.
Elon and Furman are starting programs and will be affiliate members of the A-Sun within the next few years.
Jacksonville has a team, and will be joined in 2013 by Kennesaw State and Stetson as well as affiliate members Detroit Mercy and Howard in the A-Sun.
Mercer originally announced in 2009 that it would begin women's lacrosse in 2010-11 as a club sport and then as an NCAA program a year later, but that was pushed back and the program will start in 2012-13. A head coach has yet to be hired.
The A-Sun will join the ACC and Big South as conference in the Southeast offering the sport.
Mercer is one of six A-Sun members named by Forbes as among "America’s Best Colleges” in its 2012.
Stetson is ranked in the 15-23 percentile to lead the conference. Also making the grade: North Florida, new member Northern Kentucky, East Tennessee State and Kennesaw State.
Around the state
Speculation is rampant in South Georgia that former Florida State cornerback Greg Reid will return home and play at Valdosta State.
The Blazers held their first practice on Monday with Reid nowhere in sight. The Lowndes County grad has contacted Valdosta State, head coach David Dean told the Valdosta Daily Times, but that communication has not yet been reciprocated.
But Dean said the Blazers were open to talk with Reid once he has gotten his release from Florida State, which let him go. That, according to reports in Florida, happened Tuesday, but only for Reid to consider Division II schools, like Valdosta State.
Georgia Southern has added Cliff Reed to the men's basketball staff as an assistant.
Reed spent 10 years as head coach at Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach, Fla., going 125-166. The 21-13 mark in 2010-11 led to the program's first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season championship.
He graduated from Bethune-Cookman, where he held the school mark for 3-pointers in a game for a while, and scored more than 1,200 points in two seasons.