Former Covenant soccer coach Brian Crossman set for NAIA Hall of Fame

Former Covenant soccer coach Brian Crossman set for NAIA Hall of Fame

September 20th, 2011 by Staff Reports in Sportlocal

Former Covenant College men's soccer coach Brian Crossman will be among the inductees in the 2011-12 NAIA Hall of Fame class. Crossman, who coached the Chattanooga Football Club the last three seasons, will be inducted at the men's soccer national tournament in November at Orange Beach, Ala., for meritorious service to the NAIA. He was the president of the NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches Association from 1995 to '98 and currently chairs the ethics committee for the National Soccer Coaches Association. Crossman, 55, is in his 27th year on the Covenant faculty and coached the Scots for 21 years beginning in 1986, after two years at Berea. "I'm very honored. The NAIA has a remarkable soccer history and a ton of people who have made their mark there," Crossman said. "Some of the NAIA programs have had better resources than a lot of NCAA programs, and a lot of the movers and shakers in the sport have come from the NAIA ranks."

  • Lee University sophomore Danielle Ciabattone was named Southern States Athletic Conference women's soccer defensive player of the week, primarily for her all-around play in the Lady Flames' 3-0 win over nationally 10th-ranked Embry-Riddle. The Ringgold resident and former Notre Dame High School star had a goal and an assist in addition to outstanding defense in that game.


  • The funeral service for longtime TSSAA football and basketball official Jerry Green will be held today at 1 p.m. at the Legacy Funeral Home Chapel in Soddy-Daisy. The family will receive friends starting at 11 a.m. Green, 66, died Saturday in an area hospital after being suffering a brain aneurysm during halftime of the Friday night football game he was working at Signal Mountain. He played on some of the top local slowpitch softball teams in Chattanooga and also loved to golf. The family asked that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the charity of one's choice. Memories and photos may be shared at

Auto Racing

  • Todd Morrow of East Ridge pulled off the $1,000-to-win Triple Crown in the JImmy Mowery Memorial event for Super Late Model cars Saturday night at Cleveland Speedway, which is operated by his father, Monty Morrow. And Eric Jacobsen of California won the 2011 STARS Volunteer Racing Series title by virtue of his win Friday night at Boyd's Speedway (with Riley Hickman second) and three second-place finishes to Morrow in the series finale Saturday. That tied Jacobsen with Ross White of Knoxville, who wrecked in Saturday's first race, for the season points lead; the tiebreaker is most wins, and Friday's victory gave that to the Californian. After finishing second Friday at Boyd's to Jeff Smith, Jason Welshan of Maryville won the Crate Late Model race at Cleveland with Andy Pickelsimer second. Other Boyd's winners Friday were Blake Armitage and Jimmy Smith in A- and B-Hobby and Thomas Gilbert in Front Runner.

  • Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip Hall of Famer L.C. Bigham has more than 400 wins in 35 years of racing at the facility, and he won there again Saturday night in the Foot Brake class. The 60-year-old retired carpet executive from Tunnel Hill won with a 7.04-second dash on a 7.03 dial in his 1976 Dodge Dart Swinger and got $400. Gary Hanshue of Calhoun, Ga., was second in a 1969 Camaro, and Mike Griep and Chris Smith were third and fourth. Travis Clark of Rocky Mount, Ga., won the 6:00 Heads Up class with Dewayne Teague second, and Ricky Millard Jr. won the 7:00 class with Johnny Lewis the runner-up.


  • WOLCOTT, Colo. -- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore Marion Duvernay tied for the sixth-best round of the day with her even-par 72 in the opening day of the Golfweek Conference Challenge, and UTC is tied for 13th in the 18-team field at 305, six shots out of fourth place. UC Davis leads with a 294. The Mocs' Maria Juliana Loza and Jordan Britt are tied for 39th at 77.


  • After a weekend in Florida when they beat Baptist College of Florida and showed "decent battling" in three losses, according to coach Amy Bordean, the Tennessee Temple volleyball Lady Crusaders swept Oakwood University 25-22, 28-26, 25-12 on Monday. LaQuinta Gallishaw and Kaye Johnson made nine and eight kills, Natasha Ferreti had 22 assists and four aces, Rachel Binkley also served four aces and Amy London had 22 digs for Temple (5-10). P.J. Sexton was the team's weekend standout.