DR. B’S BUZZ
Welcome back to another great year of North Greenville Crusader athletics.
We’re off to a great start with the football, volleyball and soccer teams breaking records in attendance, and a wellspring of support is pouring in from the NGU community. Hey … ‘THAT’S GREAT … KEEP IT UP!
FOOTBALL BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORD AT FIRST GAME
New football coach Jamey Chadwell looked up in the stands before the Crusader’s first game on August 29, and there were no empty seats … anywhere. NGU set an all-time attendance record for its opener against Mars Hill with 5,500 people watching an exciting game. The new look Crusaders were “Back in Black” at the first game, displaying their all-black uni’s and the new Crusader athletic logo on the black helmets. From my vantage point, I thought I was watching Texas Tech, but hey, they did o.k last season … so will NGU!
Then on top of that success, over 3,500 showed up for the Wesley game Sept. 12. That makes NGU’s two-game average close to 4,100, which by Dr. B’s convoluted guess system, would put us in the tops in the nation in NCAA II in fans in the seats!
BERNARDI PRE-SEASON POTY
Andre Bernardi, NGU’s three-time All-American on the defensive line, earned a massive kudo from d2football.com. He was selected as the NCAA II Independent College’s pre-season Player of the Year. Among all D II players, he was as pre-season Second Team All-American. Bernardi, out of Marietta, GA, is currently tied for third nationally in sacks (1.67/game), and 5th in tackles for loss (2.67/game). Keep an eye out for #93 during games because it almost seems he’s lined up in the other team’s backfield.
LET THERE BE ‘LIGHTS’
Genesis 3-4 states, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God was creating the world, but the NGU soccer programs will light up their own piece of the Dark Corner of South Carolina with the addition of new stadium lighting at the Pepsi Soccer Stadium.
The official lighting ceremony will be Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Pepsi Stadium when NGU soccer program will honor two major supporters of NGU, Jim Cox and Don Snyder. Jim Cox, President of Walker and Whiteside, and Don Snyder of the Snyder Construction Corporation, are both avid supporters of NGU who were instrumental in bringing the lights to the stadium.
The lights were on for the first time Wednesday, Sept. 2 when the NGU men took on Coker College at 6:00 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL, SOCCER TEAMS DRAWING SIZEABLE CROWDS
Maybe Dr. B needs to get off the computer and get out to Hayes Gym and Pepsi Soccer Stadium. Apparently, word has gotten around the NGU community that those are cool places to hang during athletic contests. If you haven’t been out there yet, check the schedules at www.ngcrusaders.com, grab a thousand of your closest friends and scream out your support.
SENIOR GOLFER CALDWELL WINS ANDERSON INVITE
Senior sport management major Brad Caldwell (Waynesville, NC) got the NGU men’s golf team off to a fabulous start to the 2009-2010 season as he took medalist honors at the Anderson Invitational on Tuesday. Caldwell shot a 144 for the two-day event and had a tourney low score of 70 to tie for the lead. Caldwell won the tournament in a three-hole playoff. The Crusaders tied for 3rd place shooting a team total 306, eight strokes behind tournament champion Lincoln Memorial. Individually for the Crusaders, Brandon Coggins shot a tournament total 154, Danny Dippel shot a 153, Richard Smith shot a 157, and Andrew Beck shot a 156.
HEY EASY RIDER!
The smartest man on the NGU campus (academes not withstanding) has to be Coach Jamey Chadwell. Rather than walking up and down Crusader hill to the main campus, or driving all the way around, Chadwell purchased a small silver scooter during the summer to zip up and down. Time saving, green techno, and just plain smart. Sign me up!
IMAGE IS EVERYTHING
My favorite part of arriving at NGU football games is seeing official uniform Micah Sepko’s sports information staff will be wearing. For ‘Back in Black,’ it was all black with black ties; for the second home game, it was white shirts and red ties. What’s next … pink polka dots? Sepko’s graduate assistant is Robbie Gawrys, and his interns are Kaleb Smith, Tomas Kurhajec and Kyle Walden.
DR. B NEEDS FEEDBACK
Being a sport marketing professor, I’m taking an informal survey on the PA announcer at Younts Stadium for football. The guy doing the games is a rookie who’s only done two games in his life. Feedback would be greatly appreciated and passed along to the individual.
THE LEAH SHOW BACK ON THE AIR
Bloopers and all, the Leah Ward Crusader Sports Weekly show is back on the air. Shown on YouTube and Facebook, sophomore sport management major Ward hosts the athletics weekly wrap up show. The ‘Leah’ Show as it’s known, gives a great rundown of the week’s past games and highlights upcoming big games. Check it out on the NGU athletics website.
CHADWELL SHOWS AIRS ON YOUTUBE
Want to learn more about new football coach Jamey Chadwell? Check out the Jamey Chadwell Show on YouTube and Facebook off the link on the athletics website. Chadwell discusses all the progress of his young football team as the Crusaders keep “Striking the Stone” each week.
STRIKING THE STONE THEME FOR FOOTBALL
The Jamey Chadwell era began Saturday, August 29, and the first year coach mentor laid out the vision for his new team …. ‘Strike the Stone.’ “What that means is when you are hammering a rock, and you hit it 100 times, it is eventually going to break,” Chadwell said. “It doesn’t break because of the 100th blow, but from the constant pressure you’ve put on it. Our program will be built on the belief that we will maintain pressure on our opponents and they will ultimately break and fall.”
NEW ATHLETICS LOGO UNVEILED
The new athletics logo was unveiled on the helmets of the NGU football team Aug. 29 and it will appear on all NGU athletic apparel in the near future. To get your NGU football t-shirt, contact Sue Good in NGU Athletics at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRUSADER COFFEE ON SALE
Hey, I never said I wouldn’t sell something?! One of the best new ways to help out NGU student-athletes is to purchase 1 pound bags of the new Crusader Coffee blend created by the Leopard Forest Coffee Company in Traveler’s Rest. Three blends of the Crusader Coffee, Queen’s Coffee, Columbia DeCaf and French Blend, are now on sale.
Follow me here … most people drink coffee … a lot of Crusader fans have businesses … businesses serve coffee … businesses buy Crusader coffees … coffee profits begat more scholarships … NGU wins championships …
Originally started as a project of the Student Marketing Association, the project has become a method of raising scholarships funds for NGU students. Contact David Jones (email@example.com) to order a year’s supply!
GEORGIA COACH MARK RICHT IN THE STANDS AT NGU
Even a big timer like University of Georgia football coach Mark Richt heard about all the great things going on at North Greenville and showed up on campus Aug. 29 to have a look … sort of. Richt’s son Jon plays quarterback for Mars Hill, NGU’s first opponent, and for the only time all season, Richt did not have a conflict with his Bulldogs’ schedule. So, Richt sat in the stands on the Mars Hill side and rooted for his son. He did come up to the press box and met Dr. Epting and his guests prior to the game, and he was seen slapping high fives and enjoying himself. Come back anytime Coach.