Norfolk State University Sports Roundup

Seal Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Joey Seal

Coach Joey Seal (center)

Norfolk State head baseball coach Claudell Clark announced recently that longtime assistant Joey Seal has been promoted to associate head coach. Seal, who just finished his seventh season on the NSU staff, will continue to serve as the team’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. In addition, he will also be responsible for all aspects of advanced scouting, assisting the coaching staff with game preparation, and handling day-to-day administrative tasks for the program. “Coach Seal has done an outstanding job of overseeing and enhancing our recruiting process. He has also been instrumental in the improvement of our pitching staff which has produced numerous all-conference performers in recent years,” Clark said. “We are very grateful to have a coach of Seal’s caliber as a member of the staff. We feel that his expertise and baseball-related connections will continue to be key factors in helping to take our program to the next level.”

NSU Alumna April Holmes ’96 Qualifies for 2016 Paralympics

April Holmes

April Homes

Norfolk State University alumna April Holmes recorded another chapter in her storied Paralympic track and field career, when she qualified for the 2016 Paralympics by virtue of her performance at the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials in Charlotte, N.C. Holmes won the 200-meter dash and placed second in the 100 meters in the T44 classification for below-the-knee amputees. Holmes clocked a time of 28.29 seconds in the 200 meters, and a 13.60 in the 100 meters. Final U.S. Paralympic Team race entries have not been set, but she is expected to compete in both events in this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from Sept. 7-18.

Reserve Your Tailgate Space Now

The Norfolk State athletics department is currently accepting tailgating reservations for the 2016 football season.  The cost of one tailgating space for season ticket holders only, measuring 22 feet by 22 feet, is $85 for a single game or $340 for a season pass for all five home games this year. The season pass equals a savings of $85 off the collective game-by-game cost. Both single-game and season passes include access for one vehicle parking space. Each season ticket holder is limited to one tailgating space. Cost of tailgating spaces for non-season ticket holders, which can be purchased beginning August 1, are $140 for a single game or $595 for a season pass. The season pass for non-season ticket holders equals a savings of $105 off the collective game-by-game cost. Included in either single-game or season passes are two game tickets and one vehicle parking space.

NSU Bowlers Make All-Academic Team

The Norfolk State bowling team was recognized by the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) when the organization announced its All-Scholar Teams. In addition, a pair of Spartan bowlers were honored for their academic prowess when they were named Academic All-NTCA. Senior Carrie Hickey and sophomore Meagan Marciano were each named to the all-academic team for having a GPA of 3.40 or better during the 2015-16 academic year. They were among a total of 163 student-athletes from 32 schools to earn the honor. It marked the second time each bowler was named Academic All-NTCA during their careers. NSU has now had bowlers recognized 19 times over a six-year period by the NTCA. In addition, the Spartan bowling program was named an NTCA All-Scholar Team for having a team GPA of 3.20 or better during the 2015-16 academic year. It marked the third time in four years the program was honored.

Former Spartan Baseball Player Signs with Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

Former Norfolk State University baseball player Ryan Kilmon has signed a professional contract with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, a well-known independent club based in Waldorf, Md., that plays in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Kilmon, who is listed as an outfielder by the Blue Crabs, made his professional debut in June. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in a win over the York Revolution in his pro debut. Kilmon played one season for NSU in 2015 as a graduate transfer from James Madison. Kilmon earned second-team All-MEAC honors as a first baseman that season, batting .325 with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs and 26 RBI. Following his collegiate career, Kilmon earned an invitation to play in the California Winter League this past winter, batting .333 for the Palm Desert Coyotes.

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