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The CI: Joyner Jr. earns coach of the week
JCSU women won first pair of games
Published Thursday, December 6, 2012 9:08 am
by Herbert L. White

Johnson C. Smith women’s basketball coach Steve Joyner Jr. has earned his first CIAA coach of the week honor with the Golden Bulls.

Joyner led JCSU to a 2-0 record last week after a 0-4 start. Joyner earned his first coaching victory with the Golden Bulls at Chowan followed with a 65-60 win against Claflin in their Brayboy Gym opener.  

“I’m truly surprised to receive this honor from the conference, but I definitely appreciate it,” Joyner said in a statement. “I share this honor with my coaching staff and our student-athletes for all their hard work and dedication to the program. We’ll continue to press forward for more success.”

The Golden Bulls play Benedict on Dec. 8 at Brayboy at 5:30 p.m. JCSU lost to the Tigers 57-38 in the season-opener.

• Johnson C. Smith linebacker Darryl Rankin earned a College Student-Athlete Scholarship Award from the Charlotte Touchdown Club. 

J.C. Smith linebacker Darryl Rankin

Recipients are selected by the college’s head football coach as the student-athlete who best exemplifies the mission of the Charlotte Touchdown Club in the community, in the classroom and on the field. Other recipients were Nate Charest (Catawba);  Lanny Funsten (Davidson); Austin Sargent (Gardner-Webb) and Timmy Rogers (Wingate).

• Winston-Salem State head football coach Connell Maynor, along with Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and first-time winner Dino Babers of Eastern Illinois were named American Football Coaches Association regional coach of the year.

AFCA recognizes five regional winners in the Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA. The winners were selected by active members of the association who vote for coaches in their respective regions and divisions.

The 2012 regional winners will be recognized at the AFCA coach of the year dinner at the 2013 AFCA Convention in Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 8.

Maynor is 34-3 in three seasons at Winston-Salem State, and has led the Rams to back to back CIAA Championships, and back to back Super Region One titles.

• St. Augustine’s football standouts Tyron Laughinghouse and Derrick Manning will play their final collegiate game on Dec. 9 at the National Bowl Game in Allentown, Pa. The all-star game features players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA. Scouts from the NFL, Canadian Football League, Arena Football League and Indoor Football League are expected to attend. Video will also be sent to every NFL team.

Laughinghouse and Manning will play on the Red Nation team.

Laughinghouse is Division’s II leader in kick returns (40.1 yard average per return) and kick return touchdowns (three). Laughinghouse is a first-team all-Super Region 1 return specialist and second-team wide receiver and was the only player named all-region at two positions.

The CIAA’s special teams player of the year, Laughinghouse is a first-team All-CIAA kick returner and wide receiver and second-team punt returner. He holds every school receiving record including career catches (139), receiving yards (2,286) and touchdown receptions (32).

Manning, a key member in the secondary at safety the past two seasons, tied for eighth in the CIAA in interceptions with three in 2012. His 36 total tackles this season were second on the team among defensive backs despite missing a game.


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