Area Sports Notes: Sewanee volleyball coach leaves for Division II

Area Sports Notes: Sewanee volleyball coach leaves for Division II

January 12th, 2018 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

Sewanee has lost its volleyball coach and senior woman adminstrator, Shawna Laurendine, to Mississippi College in NCAA Division II. Laurendine, the Southern Athletic Association volleyball coach of the year in 2012, her first season with the Tigers, is returning to the Gulf South Conference, where she spent nine years as a head coach with West Alabama and former league member Southern Arkansas. She was an All-America player at Montevallo and the 1994 honoree as the top female amateur athlete in Alabama. "She brings a wealth of head coaching experience to our program," Mississippi College coach Mike Jones said in his school's release Thursday. "She is very knowledgeable about the Gulf South Conference and knows what it takes to win in this conference." At Division III Sewanee, Laurendine oversaw 14 victories in her debut season, after the Tigers totaled 18 the previous five years, and went 68-89 with 27 all-conference selections. In 2014 she coached the SAA defensive player of the year, and Destiny Stewart was the league newcomer of the year and South Region freshman of the year in 2017, when Sewanee finished in the top four of the SAA standings. "Coach Laurendine has been a truly outstanding volleyball coach for the University of the South," athletic director Mark Webb said in a Sewanee release. "During her tenure she has built a competitive culture within our volleyball program and has distinguished herself by her many contributions to Sewanee athletics."


» The Dalton State men's basketball team improved to 13-4 overall and 6-1 in the Southern States Athletic Conference with an 83-73 home win Thursday night against William Carey. Carnilious Simmons had 21 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Roadrunners, who got 19 points and seven rebounds from Aaron Burress, 16 points with four 3-point baskets from Reed Dungan and 10 points from Benat Hevia. Troy Salvant scored 20 points and Jaylen Moore had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Crusaders (11-4, 5-2).

» E.J. Bush and Brice Cusick scored 28 and 23 points with seven and eight rebounds in Bryan College's 108-75 nonconference men's win Wednesday over Johnson University in Knoxville. Oteriah Lee added 18 points and five assists for the Lions (10-8), who outscored the Royals 61-29 in the second half, and Luke Janney and Isaiah McClain scored 10 points each.

» Lee University is holding a "White Out" night for its GSC basketball games Saturday against Shorter. The doubleheader begins with the women's game at 5 p.m., and anyone wearing a white shirt will be admitted for the discounted price of $5 for adults, $2 for ages 18-under. The Air Elite Dunkers, billed as the world's top provider of acrobatic slam-dunk entertainment, will perform at halftime of each game.


» Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield has joined the staff of new East Tennessee State football coach Randy Sanders as OC and quarterbacks coach. Satterfield, an ETSU receiver (1995-98) who worked as a graduate assistant at Tennessee under offensive coordinator Sanders in 2002 and 2003, was Tennessee Tech's head coach the past two years. He was on the UTC staff twice (1999-2001 and 2009-2011), the latter stint as coordinator, and then was the Temple Owls' OC for three seasons. "Coach Sanders has been a close friend and mentor to me for many years," Satterfield said in ETSU's release Thursday. "I consider it a great honor and privilege to be able to return to my alma mater and help build ETSU into a championship-level football program."