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Athletic Notes Spring 2014

April 24, 2014
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Baseball

Goff picks up 200th win as Camel coach

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Campbell baseball coach Greg Goff picked up his 200th career win for Campbell in the Camels’ 7-3 win over Big South Conference rival Longwood in March.

Goff became only the second Campbell skipper to reach 200 wins. Chip Smith posted 267 career victories for the orange and black in 11 seasons from 1996 to 2006. Goff is currently in his seventh season with Campbell. He won 153 games in four seasons at NCAA Div. II Montavello. Under Goff, Campbell won a school-record 41 games in 2012 and topped that mark with 49 wins in 2013.

Men's Sports

Courtesy of Campbell Athletics

Soccer

Former Camel drafted by D.C. United in MLS

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Campbell University standout Travis Golden was selected by DC United in the Major League Soccer supplemental draft this spring.

A native of Austin, Texas, where he played at James Bowie High School and for the Lonestar Aztex USSF Academy team, Golden was the 12th pick in the fourth round of the supplemental draft, the 69th selection overall.

“We are proud of Travis and thrilled for his opportunity to pursue a professional career in Major League Soccer,” said Campbell head coach Steve Armas. “He was a tremendous asset to our program for the past four years and we are confident he will make Campbell University, his teammates, and his family very proud at DC United.”

As a senior in 2013, Golden gained all-conference recognition for the third-straight year. The center back returned to the lineup in September after missing the pre-season while recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last spring. He played the full 90 minutes 11 times in 15 games (12 starts) during the year, including overtime matches against North Carolina and UNC Wilmington. Golden played every minute in the final eight matches of the season and was chosen to the Big South all-conference second team.

Golden is the fourth Campbell product chosen in the MLS draft in the last eight years.

Facilities

Website lists Barker-Lane as a top football destination

Photo by Bennett Scarborough

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Stadium Journey rated Campbell's Barker-Lane Stadium at No. 13 among 107 Football Championship Subdivision facilities nationwide in an online ranking this spring.

Writers from the site visited and reviewed 107 of the country's 126 FCS venues. The article noted that the stadium’s recent improvements — new seating, a two-story press box with luxury suites and more — bumped it up in the rankings, but pointed to the fans as a big reason for Campbell’s overall score.

“No matter your opinion about these fans, you cannot deny that they are all very loyal and very loud,” the author wrote. “While I'm not suggesting that Camel fans are of SEC caliber, they share some of the same qualities.”

Barker-Lane has been home to the Camels' football program since its relaunch in 2008. Campbell welcomed four of its top-10 home crowds in modern history in 2013, including a record 6,044 against Charleston Southern on Sept. 14.

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Photo by Bennett Scarborough

Wrestling

Senior competes in NCAA Championship

Eloheim Palma represented Campbell at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in the heavyweight division in Oklahoma City this spring after taking second place in the Southern Conference Championships.

Palma, a redshirt senior from Cary, fell in his first two rounds in the championship tournament, finishing his season with a 24-14 overall record. He led the Camels with seven pins on the season and finished with a 5-1 individual record in Southern Conference matches.

Palma joined Campbell’s wrestling program this year after a two-year absence from the mat due to injuries. He wrestled for North Carolina State before coming to Campbell as a graduate student with a year of eligibility remaining.

“It’s been a really good experience. It’s been better than that; it’s been an amazing experience,” Palma told gocamels.com before his trip to Oklahoma. “There was a point in my life where I thought I would never wrestle again. But I took things one step at a time … had a few injuries here and there, but was able to overcome that.”

Football

Recruiting class touches nearly every state in Southeast

Campbell head coach Mike Minter announced the Camels 19-man 2014 football recruiting class in early Feburary heading into his second season with the program.

“Our coaches did another great job of recruiting with this class,” said Minter. “We touched nearly every state in the Southeast with this group to find the best group possible. Our coaches did a great job filling the needs of this football team with dynamic offensive playmakers, as well as good defensive linemen.”

The list includes 11 from North Carolina, three from South Carolina, two from Tennessee, and one each from Alabama, Georgia and Virginia.

Aaron Blockmon, WR, Sanford; Mitchell Brown, K, Mount Airy; Jerry Cooper, OL, Morehead City; Derek Delaney, DB, Maryville, Tenn.; Andy Eddins, TE, Knoxville, Tenn.; Thomas Ferguson, DE, Sanford; Triston Frye, OL, Charlotte; Pressley Hales, DB, Sanford; Thomas Hartshorn, LB, Apex; Montez Haynes, Alabaster, Ala.; Dalton Helms, QB, Fort Mill, S.C.; Shulter Littleton, OL, York, S.C.; Brandon Long, DT, Matthews; Greg Milhouse, DT, Garner; Christian Pleasant, FB, Greenville; Trey Sanders, Riverdale, Ga.; Jay Schuller, WR, Apex; Tyler Smith, DT, Hopewell, Va.; Eric Westbrook, DB, Rock Hill, S.C.

Football Schedule

  • Aug. 28 UNC Charlotte 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 6 Appalachian St. TBA
  • Sept. 13 @ Charleston Southern 6 p.m.
  • Sept. 27 Vaparaiso* (FW) TBA
  • Oct. 4 @ Morehead State* TBA
  • Oct. 11 Butler* TBA
  • Oct. 18 Davidson* (HC) TBA
  • Oct. 25 @ Marist* TBA
  • Nov. 1 Stetson* (Mil. App.) 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 8 Missouri Baptist 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 15 @ Jacksonville* TBA
  • Nov. 22 @ Dayton* TBA

Baseball Schedule

May schedule

  • May 2 Gardner-Webb* 6 p.m.
  • May 3 Gardner-Webb* 6 p.m.
  • May 4 Gardner-Webb* 1 p.m.
  • May 6 @ UNC-Chapel Hill 6 p.m.
  • May 9 @ VMI* 7 p.m.
  • May 10 @ VMI* 7 p.m.
  • May 11 @ VMI* 2 p.m.
  • May 13 UNC Wilmington 6 p.m.
  • May 15 @ Coastal Carolina* Noon
  • May 16 @ Coastal Carolina* Noon
  • May 17 @ Coastal Carolina* Noon
  • May 21-25 Big South Championship TBA Rock Hill, S.C. (Winthrop)

Track and Field Schedule

May, June schedule

  • May 2 @ Seminole Invite (Fla.) 8 a.m.
  • May 10 @ UVA Invitational (Va.) 3 p.m.
  • May 11 @ Aggie Last Chance TBD (Greensboro)
  • May 16 @ GTech Invite (Atlanta) TBD
  • May 17 @ Wolfpack Last Chance TBD (Raleigh, N.C. State)
  • May 17 @ GTech Invite (Atlanta) TBD
  • May 29-31 NCAA East Regional TBD (Jacksonville, Fla.)
  • June 11-14 NCAA Outdoor Championship (Eugene, Ore.) TBD

Women’s Sports

Courtesy of Campbell Athletics

Soccer

Elon assistant named program’s sixth head coach

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Stuart Horne will be the new head women's soccer coach at Campbell after serving as the associate head coach at Elon. Horne will be the sixth coach at the helm of the CU women's soccer program since it began in 1992.

“Stuart emerged from a large list of candidates as someone who is ready to take over a Division I program,” Roller said. “He has head coaching experience in his background and has been a major part of building a strong program at Elon.”

Horne, a Fayetteville, N.C., native, has been a part of the Elon staff for the past nine years. He was promoted to associate head coach before the 2011 season after serving as the assistant coach since 2005. Prior to his time at Elon, Horne was the head coach at Chowan College for five years, where he was named NCCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 2004.

“He is known as a great teacher and communicator and fits what we were looking for to lead our soccer team,” Roller continued. “Stuart understands the need for Campbell to be highly visible in this strong soccer region.”

This past season, Horne helped Elon to its best record in Division I competition at 13-3-6, the runner-up in the Southern Conference regular season and tournament.


Basketball

Lady Camels earn most conference wins since 2001

Campbell’s season may have ended with a loss to top-seeded High Point in the semifinals of the Big South Tournament, but that doesn’t mean the season wasn’t a success.

The Lady Camels finished with a 19-12 overall mark and a 13-7 mark in Big South play, the most conference wins in a season in 13 years.

Campbell was 11-5 in its last 16 games, winning two in overtime over Winthrop and Liberty. The win over Liberty was Campbell’s first since 1999. The team led the Big South in assists per game (16.2) and was second in 3-point percentage and assist/turnover ratio.

Kiera Gaines was the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the College Sports Madness All-Conference Second Team. Roslyn Presley, Campbell’s leading scorer, was also a Second Team choice.


Golf

Yost named Big South’ Golfer of the Year; 5 earn recognition

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Five Campbell women golfers earned post-season recognition from the Big South Conference this spring, with senior Kaylin Yost being named Big South women's golfer of the year.

Yost was joined on the all-conference team by Lisbeth Brooks, Tahnia Ravnjak and Ali Prazak. Louise Latorre was named to the all-freshman team, while Brooks earned all-academic team honors.

“I'm proud of all of our ladies,” said head coach John Crooks, who has guided his team to either a first- or second-place finish 20 times in his 22 years in charge of the program. “This team was special from the first day. They all work hard and have a teachable attitude.”

Ranked No.-53 in the nation, Campbell was the top seed in the Big South Championship in April.

“I'm proud of Kaylin being named player of the year for the second time, to have four on the all-conference team and Louise being recognized on the all-freshman team,” said Coach Crooks. “We've done a lot of really good things this year, but we have to start all over and do it again.”


Swimming

Team caps off historic season with 7 school records

Campbell’s swim team broke 18 of the 23 possible school records in 2014, with seven records in the season’s final event — the the CSCAA Collegiate Classic National Invitational held in March in Rockwall, Texas.

Seniors Cheriesse Campbell and Kylie Warne both set three individual school records in the meet, and combined on a new relay mark.

In her 400 freestyle relay leadoff split, Cheriesse Campbell set a 400 free record with a time of 52.42. The senior then broke the 200 free record when she led off the 800 free relay with a 1:51.87. The Sunrise, Fla. native tallied another school mark with a time of 1:51.87 in the 200 free split leading off the 800 free relay.

Warne also broke two records on splits, posting a 50 fly Campbell-best 26.31 during her 400 IM swim. She also set the 100 butterfly record with a 56.34. Finally, in the 100 IM, Warne posted another record time with a 58.28.

The two then paired up with Meredith Cooper and Sarah Jabusch to set another Campbell record in the 800 free relay, posting a time of 7:32.22.

The Camels finished with an 11-3 record in dual competitions in 2014. The team also achieved Scholar All-American status from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America during the season.

Sixteen Camels recorded an individual GPA of 3.0 or better for the fall 2013 semester, with senior Maggie Pogue leading the way with a perfect 4.0. Nine registered a 3.5 or better GPA.

Sixteen Camels recorded an individual GPA of 3.0 or better for the fall 2013 semester, with senior Maggie Pogue leading the way with a perfect 4.0. Nine registered a 3.5 or better GPA.


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