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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 07:09

Hickory Crawdads Roar Back to Win in Eleven Innings

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Tyreque Reed sent the Hickory Crawdads home with a 9-8 victory with a single in the eleventh inning. After completing a six-run comeback to send the game into extra innings tied at 7, the 'Dads rallied for another run in the tenth to tie things up once again before Reed's game winner in the next inning.

The 'Dads got on the board in the first inning with back-to-back doubles by Jax Biggers and Josh Jung.

The Fireflies took the lead with four runs in the fourth inning and added three more in the sixth to make the score 7-1.

In the bottom of the sixth inning the Crawdads scored three runs to make the deficit three. Jung led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on a double by Tyreque Reed. Both runners scored as Ryan Anderson reached second base on a throwing error by the third baseman. Miguel Aparicio drove in Anderson with a single to right field.

The 'Dads cut into the lead again with a run in the eighth inning. Melvin Novoa collected his twelfth double of the season and came home on a single by Pedro Gonzalez.

Jonathan Ornelas started the ninth inning off with a single and advanced to third on a single by Biggers. Biggers swiped second base for his tenth steal of the season. Tyreque Reed hit a sacrifice fly to score Ornelas. With two outs, Anderson reached on another throwing error by the third baseman, allowing Biggers to cross the plate and tie the game up at 7.

Columbia got a run across in the top of the tenth but the 'Dads brought their runner in from second to tie the game once again. Frainyer Chavez began the inning as the designated runner on second base, pinch-running for Melvin Novoa. Aparicio moved him up to third with a single and Matt Whatley's sacrifice fly brought Chavez in to score.

The Crawdads got the game-winning run in the eleventh inning. Biggers began the inning on second and advanced on Jung's single. Reed hit a walk-off single to give the 'Dads the 9-8 win.

The series continues Wednesday night with Kids Win Wednesday. All kids 12 and under can get a free ticket, meal voucher, and a voucher for the speed pitch, carousel and bounce house courtesy of NC Pediatric Dentistry. It is also Wine Wednesday and Catawba Farms and Carolina Vines will be at the stadium for a wine sampling. Local Heroes Week will continue through Friday and first responders can get up two free tickets to the games this week thanks to Hendrick Honda Hickory.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer team has been selected to finish first in the 2019 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, the league announced this morning. The Bears are coming off a 2018 SAC regular season championship, the first league championship in program history, and are looking to improve on last year's record of 11-6 (7-3 SAC).

LR is the preseason favorite after receiving six of the 11 first-place votes. Queens received two votes and Anderson, Wingate and Tusculum all received one first-place vote respectively.

Lenoir-Rhyne also placed three players on the 2019 All-SAC Preseason teams; junior midfielder Victor Cascon (Salamanca, Spain), senior forward Goncalo Garcia (Lisbon, Portugal), and sophomore midfielder Carles Montoliu Lobo (Valencia, Spain).

Cascon is the sole player on the 2019 SAC Preseason All-Conference First Team. Cascon was named to the D2CCA Southeast All-region First Team. Cascon led the 2018 Bears squad in goals (10) and points (23) which was good for third in the SAC conference.

Garcia and Montoliu Lobo were both selected as 2019 SAC Preseason All-Conference Second Team. Garcia was fourth on the team with 13 points, scoring five goals and dishing three assists last year. Montoliu Lobo started 17 games for the Bears in 2018 and was a part of an offense that finished with 42 goals on the season which was second most in the SAC.

The Bears open up the year against Limestone College on Thursday Sep. 5 at 7 p.m. at Moretz Sports Athletic Complex.

2019 SAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank   School (First Place Votes)     Points
1.         Lenoir-Rhyne (6)                   101
2.         Queens (2)                            100
3.         Anderson (1)                           83
T-4.      Wingate (1)                             81
T-4.      Tusculum (1)                           81
6.          Lincoln Memorial                    68
7.          Carson-Newman                    67
8.          Newberry                                40
9.          Mars Hill                                 38
10.         Coker                                     33
11.         Catawba                                 23

Men's Soccer 2019 Preseason All-Conference

First Team
F – Soren Nygaard, Wingate
F – Sebastian Bertilsson, Mars Hill
F – Ibrahim Nadir, Newberry
F – Tobias Solem Karlsen, Carson-Newman
MF – Fabian Proesch, Tusculum
MF – Greg Evans, Carson-Newman
MF – Victor Cascon, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Elliot Cutts, Wingate
D – Lucas Mostajo, Anderson
D – Georgios Charkoutsakis, Tusculum
D – Alan Brandao, Lincoln Memorial
D – Michael Hornsby, Queens
GK – Gal Elyashiv, Anderson

Second Team
F – Hunter Faust, Catawba
F – Goncalo Garcia, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Harry Ward, Anderson
MF – Henrique Devens, Tusculum
MF – Carles Montoliu Lobo, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Mattia Ditommaso, Wingate
MF – Edgar Cervantes, Tusculum
D – Jeppe Christensen, Mars Hill
D – Clément Dagorn, Tusculum
D – Julio Neto, Lincoln Memorial
D – Ryan Tyrer, Anderson
GK – Sebastian Kalk, Queens
GK - Alejandro Quiriti, Tusculum

With this week's start of the fall semester, Appalachian State wrestling coach JohnMark Bentley officially announced the Class of 2019 recruits who are joining the Mountaineers for the 2019-20 season.

App State bolsters the roster as it moves forward from winning a fourth straight Southern Conference regular season championship in 2018-19. The Mountaineers' 25-2 conference record in the last four seasons ranks fifth nationally.

The 12 wrestlers in the 2019 recruiting class combined for 12 individual state championships in their prep careers and arrive from six different states.

"Our incoming class has a lot of talent and promise as we try to continue the winning tradition for our program," said Bentley, who is 97-66-1 in 10 seasons as App State's head coach. "I'm excited to see these guys compete and battle for a spot to represent the Black and Gold."

Class of 2019 recruits
Blake Baker (141 pounds, Hickory, N.C./St. Stephens)
Isaac Byers (149 pounds, Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville)
Sean Carter (125 pounds, North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon)
Julian Gorring (184/197 pounds, Erie, Pa./Fort LeBoeuf)
Giuseppi Inserra (157 pounds, Stafford, Va./North Stafford)
Tyler Kellison (133 pounds, Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy)
Brett Mordecai (165 pounds, Kearney, Mo./Kearney)
Kameron Miller (157/165 pounds, Gastonia, N.C./Forestview)
Caleb Smith (125/133 pounds, High Point, N.C./SW Guilford)
Carson Smith (125 pounds, Greensboro, N.C./SE Guilford)
Joshua Spurlin (133/141 pounds, Galax, Va./Galax)
Garrett Starks (157 pounds, Greenville, S.C./Woodmont)

Blake Baker (141 pounds, Hickory, N.C./St. Stephens)
Completed a 56-5 senior year at St. Stephens with a fourth-place finish in the 138-pound division of the 3-A state championships … Helped St. Stephens go 43-0 and win its first dual-team state championship in 2019 … Posted a career record of 225-22 … Three-time regional champion and four-time conference champ … Most Outstanding Wrestler for the 3-A West Regional after winning the title with a 14-11 victory in which he overcame an 11-8 deficit in the final 20 seconds … Placed third at the state championships as a junior at 132 pounds to complete a 59-3 season … Finished third in the state at 126 pounds as a sophomore, when he posted a 54-4 record … Also played lacrosse and football … Baker's father wrestled at App State and is the head coach at St. Stephens. Baker's mother was a cheerleader for the Mountaineers.

Isaac Byers (149 pounds, Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville)
Won back-to-back 4-A state championships as a junior (138 pounds) and senior (152 pounds) … Won the title and went 40-3 as a senior thanks to a takedown in the final five seconds of the championship match … Claimed a 1-0 decision in the state final to complete a 50-4 season as a junior … Three-time regional champion went 59-10 as a sophomore, when he placed fourth in the state … Coached by Ben Watson … Also participated in track … Uncle played Division I football.

Sean Carter (125 pounds, North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon)
Two-time all-state wrestler in New York (junior and senior years) … Went 37-2 and finished second in the state at 120 pounds as a senior … Went 41-8 and placed fourth in the state as a junior at 113 pounds after pulling off several notable upsets to win the title at the Suffolk County Division I wrestling championships … Posted 150 career wins at North Babylon High School … All-county in cross country as a junior and senior … Wrestled for the club teams VHW (coached by Vougar Oroudjov), The Barn (coached by Mike Patrovich) and Spartan Wrestling (coached by Rich Lugo).

Julian Gorring (184/197 pounds, Erie, Pa./Fort LeBoeuf)
As the top-ranked Class 2-A wrestler at 182 pounds in Pennsylvania, went 29-1 as a senior … Posted a career record of 135-32 at Fort LeBoeuf … State runner-up at 182 pounds as a junior and fourth place as a sophomore, when he placed second in the region … State qualifier and fourth-place regional finisher as a freshman … Wrestled for coach Jason Beer at Fort LeBoeuf … Member of the Bad Karma club team coached by Mark Steen … In 2019, finished first in both the Freestyle and Greco Roman categories for Junior Men at the Central Regional … First in that Freestyle tournament and second in the Greco Roman category in 2018 … Uncle, Scott, played football at baseball at Mercyhurst College and is in Mercyhurst's Hall of Fame as a record-setting football player.

Giuseppi Inserra (157 pounds, Stafford, Va./North Stafford)
5-A state champion in Virginia at 152 pounds as a senior to finish with a 159-23 career record and 103 pins … Second place in the state at 152 pounds as a junior and third place as a sophomore … Capped a 41-2 senior season with a 6-2 decision in the state final … Three-time district and regional champion … Outstanding Wrestler at the Cavalier Classic in 2019 … Placed second at the Virginia Beach Nationals in November 2017 … VACW Freshman States champion in 2016 and Sophomore States champion in 2017 … Was a national judo champion earlier in his athletic career.

Tyler Kellison (133 pounds, Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy)
Second at the New York State Championships with a runner-up finish at 126 pounds … Went 36-5 as a senior at Christian Brothers Academy, 47-4 as a junior and 31-6 as a sophomore … Placed third at 126 pounds at the state championships during as a junior … Two-time Division I Section 3 champion (junior and season seasons) … Coached by Paul LeBlanc at Christian Brothers.

Brett Mordecai (165 pounds, Kearney, Mo./Kearney)
Known as "Chopper," was the 3-A state champion at 170 pounds as a senior thanks to a 5-4 decision against a previously unbeaten opponent … Went 35-5 as a senior … ­­Helped lead Kearney High School to a state championship during his junior season … Placed second in the state at 195 pounds during a 47-6 season as a junior … Earned four letters in wrestling and three in football while receiving all-conference recognition in both … Named one of the Kansas City Star's Boys Scholar-Athletes of the Year for 2019 with a GPA above 4.0 and a top-15 ranking in his class of 270 … Two-time academic all-state … Coached in high school by Jake Hill.

Kameron Miller (157/165 pounds, Gastonia, N.C./Forestview)
Placed second in the N.C. state 3-A championships at 160 pounds as a senior to complete a 49-2 season … Two-time placer at the state championships and three-time state qualifier … West Regional champion as a senior … Posted a 44-6 record and won twice at the state championships as a junior … First-place finishes in 2019 at the Powerade State Games and AAU State Championships … Father, Ronny, was a two-time state champion at Ashbrook High School.

Caleb Smith (125/133 pounds, High Point, N.C./SW Guilford)
3-A state champion at 126 pounds as a Southwest Guilford senior to finish his career with a 186-21 record and 73 pins … Went 48-2 as a senior, winning a 7-2 decision in the state final … Four-time state qualifier and three-time state placer … Third place at the Virginia Beach Nationals to earn All-America status … Named to the N.C. All-Star Team that wrestled against a team of South Carolina All-Stars in 2019 … Four-time all-conference selection … Three-time Most Outstanding Wrestler for SW Guilford and two-time Guilford County Wrestler of the Year … Wrestled for the School of Hardknocks club team coached by Bobby Lloyd and Mike Dalton.

Carson Smith (125 pounds, Greensboro, N.C./SE Guilford)
Three-time state champion in the 3-A classification with back-to-back titles at 120 pounds as a senior and junior … Won the state title at 113 pounds as a sophomore after reaching the state final at 113 as a freshman … Went 186-16 in his career with only five losses over his final three seasons … Capped a 50-1 season as a senior with a pin in the state final and went 40-0 as a sophomore … Won 24 tournament titles in his high school career and was named Outstanding Wrestler at the 2018 state championships … First wrestler in SE Guilford history to win three individual state titles … Helped the Falcons win team state titles as a freshman and sophomore … Four-time all-conference and four-time all-state … Three-time regional champion … Coached in high school by Jed Cox.

Joshua Spurlin (133/141 pounds, Galax, Va./Galax)
Four-time Virginia state champion at Galax … Won the Class 1 state title at 138 pounds as a senior after being a state champion at 132 pounds as a junior and sophomore … State champ at 126 pounds as a freshman … Posted a 34-1 record as a senior … Also won the Granite Bear championship and placed second in Agie Skeens as a senior … Younger brother of App State football player Caleb Spurlin, who won three state titles as a high school wrestler. Both wrestled for their father, Kevin, at Galax.

Garrett Starks (157 pounds, Greenville, S.C./Woodmont)
Went 54-8 with 33 pins as a senior and finished second in the 5-A classification of the South Carolina state championships at 152 pounds … Broke the old school record when he picked up his 160th career win early in his senior year at Woodmont … Placed fifth at the National High School Coaches Association national tournament in 2019 … Four-time state qualifier … Third in the state championships as a 145-pound junior and fourth at 138 pounds as a sophomore … Four-time county champion … A repeat winner of the Most Outstanding Wrestler (lower weights) at the Greenville County championships … Also had first-place finishes in 2018-19 at the Southern Throne Duals, the Dixie Nationals American Crown and the Holy Angels Invitational.


Crest: 3
St. Stephens: 1

East Burke: 3
West Lincoln: 0

Hickory: 2
Hibriten: 1

Alexander Central
North Iredell, ppd. rain

Fred T. Foard: 1
Ledford: 1

North Lincoln
East Burke, ppd. rain

Patton: 7
McDowell: 0

St. Stephens: 0
South Iredell: 0

West Caldwell: 9
Maiden: 0

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 08:07

CVCC Volleyball Ranked Fifth in Preseason Poll

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The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team has been ranked fifth among DII schools in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), which released its preseason poll on Monday.

The fifth-place ranking for the Red Hawks is their second-highest preseason ranking in program history — only bested by its fourth-place ranking entering the 2017-18 season.

“We are so honored for our team to be ranked in the top 5 preseason poll,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “It’s nice for our sophomores to receive the recognition and acknowledgment of their successes last year. We are excited for the season to begin and can’t wait to ‘Embrace the Challenge.’”

Catawba Valley is coming off one of its most successful seasons in program history last fall. The Red Hawks won 36 matches, including their eighth district championship and three wins at the NJCAA National Tournament in Charleston, W.Va. for the first time in program history.

The CVCC volleyball program also received numerous individual accolades, including three NJCAA National Players of the Week and the programs’ fifth All-American in freshman middle hitter Emma Clark, who was also named Region X Player of the Year.

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) also honored head coach Shannon Hudson with Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year award, and Red Hawks’ assistant coach Mark Wimberley was named the AVCA National Assistant Coach of the Year for Two-Year Colleges.

As a tune up for its regular season, the Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team hosts a quad preseason scrimmage on Saturday at the Tarlton Complex.

The Red Hawks compete against four schools during the scrimmage — Lenoir-Rhyne (8 a.m.), Catawba College (9:30 a.m.), Lees-McRae (1 p.m.) and Belmont Abbey (2:30 p.m.).

The CVCC volleyball team officially kicks off its 2019 regular season on Tuesday, Aug. 27 with a home match against Southwest Virginia Community College. Match time is set for 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 08:03

CVCC Volleyball Announces 2019 Captains

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Just a few weeks away from the start of its 2019 season, the Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program has announced its captains for the upcoming fall campaign.

Sophomores Macy Pope, Bre Myers and Meredith Patterson were voted captains by their teammates this week.

“I think they are going to do a great job of leading the team this year,” said Catawba Valley head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “I’m excited about all three captains that we have.”

Pope is the only returning captain after being chosen by her Red Hawk teammates last fall to serve alongside departed sophomores Emily Williams and Emilee Webber.

The 5-foot-7 setter from Statesville, N.C. played in 46 matches last season and 171 sets, tallying 397 digs, 633 assists and 42 service aces.

“Macy was one of our captains last year as a freshman,” Hudson said. “I think the girls really saw her last year, and she did a great job of keeping things organized. I think she was really a natural choice (for captain). She is in row one, two and three this year as a starting setter. She’s leading on the court as well. I’m really excited about her taking that role again this year.”

A fellow Statesville native, Patterson tallied 204 kills, including a .225 hitting percentage, 124 digs and 35 blocks last fall as a freshman.

“Meredith is one of our leading hitters from last year,” Hudson said. “She’s stepping up to lead this season. I think she’s going to do a great job.”

Myers played in 13 matches last fall, recording 54 digs, five service aces, seven assists and one block assist.

The 5-foot-2 sophomore shifts positions this season from defensive specialist to libero — both of which she has experience playing.

Hudson has really been impressed with the Weaverville, N.C. native.

“Bre really took a leadership role in the spring even though the title wasn’t official,” Hudson said. “She’s just been doing great things and leading during this spring and offseason even without the title of captain. I think the girls recognize that and appreciate that. It was another no-brainer for the group to give her that title.”

The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team hosts a quad preseason scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Tarlton Complex. Catawba Valley will compete against Lenoir-Rhyne (8 a.m.), Catawba College (9:30 a.m.), Lees-McRae (1 p.m.) and Belmont Abbey (2:30 p.m.).

The Red Hawks officially kick off their 2019 volleyball regular season on Tuesday, Aug. 27 with a home match against Southwest Virginia Community College.

Lenoir-Rhyne University will hold a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for its newly completed Neill McGeachy Sports Performance Center at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7. The public is invited to the event, which will follow with the historic 100th year of LR football season opener against St. Augustine's at 6 p.m. in Moretz Stadium.

The $3-million, 14,000 square-foot facility was named for McGeachy '65, former director of intercollegiate athletics and executive director of the Bears Club, who died in 2018. The sports performance center features a weight room, nutrition bar and indoor turf training area, dedicated team meeting rooms, additional coaches' offices, and an enclosed pavilion and outdoor courtyard for Bears Club hospitality and engagement space. The facility supports student-athletes in all 22 intercollegiate sports in both sports performance and personal development.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Kim Pate, director of athletics, will highlight the competitive advantages of the facility for student-athletes, as well as the recruiting benefits and community engagement spaces that serve the broader campus and community. Other key speakers will include University President Dr. Fred Whitt, Board of Trustees Chair Madeleine Dassow '75, and The Rev. Dr. Andrew Weisner.

"A heartfelt thank you to our donors who have provided one of the finest facilities for our student-athletes," Whitt said. "This facility will enable our student-athletes to perform at their best and to represent the Bears at the highest level of excellence. Paramount to the sustained success of Bears athletics are facilities consistent with a championship program. The new sports performance center will serve to highlight the success of LR athletics in an increasingly competitive environment."

McGeachy was an All-American three-sport standout student-athlete at LR in football, basketball, and track from 1961 to 1965. McGeachy served LR athletics for 14 years, and his transformational leadership elevated Bears sports to national prominence while spearheading unprecedented growth. Additionally, the Bears Walk brick paver campaign provided an opportunity for individual donors to honor teammates, distinguished teams from all sports, LR Sports Hall of Fame members, All-Americans, and former coaches. More than 250 brick pavers were installed.

"In addition to honoring Neill's legacy, the facility will enhance the student-athlete experience, improve recruiting, elevate performance, and position Lenoir-Rhyne as a leader in Division II athletics," Pate said. "Our coaches and staff are better positioned to develop our student-athletes for both sport and life."

Following the ceremony, the Bears will take the field at Moretz Stadium for their season opener, which also kicks off the Centennial Celebration Between the Bricks. The Bears, who completed one of the biggest turnarounds in the nation in 2018, were selected as the 2019 South Atlantic Conference preseason favorite. The football team won the league championship last year after finishing 12-2 with a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play under the leadership of Head Coach Drew Cronic, who was named NFCA National Coach of the Year. In the same preseason SAC announcement, a school-record 13 players were selected for First Team and Second Team All-Conference.

This project is the latest in a series of facility improvements at LR. In 2018, permanent grandstands were installed at the Moretz Sports Complex. In 2019, construction began on the Duane and Madeleine Dassow University Commons, where the original president's home is being renovated and a new structure is being built on the north side to enable University leaders to gather with student groups, meet with faculty, and partner with city leaders and distinguished guests for community building events. More recently, the Moretz Stadium, home to the football and men's and women's lacrosse teams, demolished the home side seating and temporary bleachers have been installed for the 2019 season, while plans are underway for additional stadium enhancements in 2020.

The ribbon cutting and dedication is free and open to the public and will take place in the new weight room. Guests attending are encouraged to access the facility through either the main stadium lot or the Bears Club tailgate area. Tickets for the football game are $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and younger.

Appalachian State women's basketball unveiled its 2019-20 non-conference schedule, featuring three home games and five contests against postseason opponents.

App State is coming off its best season in recent history, finishing 22-14 for its best record since the 2011-12 campaign while capturing a second Women's Basketball Invitational championship. The Mountaineers return 12 players from last season including four of five starters along with four newcomers.

Head coach Angel Elderkin and the staff put together a rigid non-conference slate that will prepare the Mountaineers for the always formidable Sun Belt schedule. Nine of the 12 contests are away from Boone, while the Apps' non-conference foes combined for a .611 winning percentage and four of the five postseason squads went to the NCAA Tournament.

App State will tipoff the campaign with three consecutive road games following its Oct. 30 exhibition against Lees-McRae inside the Holmes Center. Two of the three opening contests are against teams that earned a postseason trip.

The season opener pits two of the top five most improved teams against each other from '18-19 on Nov. 5, where App State will travel to Richmond, Va. to face VCU in the season opener. The Rams were tied for the highest win improvement going from seven to 24 wins, while App State increased its win total by 14 games (8 to 22). The two opponents were two of the six teams to go from single-digit to 20 wins in one season. VCU went to the Women's National Invitational Tournament as well.

After a Nov. 13 date against Elon on the road, the Mountaineers will take on perennial powerhouse, South Carolina, on Nov. 17 in Columbia. The Gamecocks advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 before falling to eventual national champion, Baylor.

Appalachian opens its home schedule on Nov. 22 against Gardner-Webb, which will begin a stretch of three straight games. The rivalry against ETSU is renewed three days later on Nov. 25 before the Mountaineers close out the homestand against the reigning SoCon champions and NCAA Tournament participant, Mercer.

App will close out non-conference action on the road in four different states. Wofford awaits the Mountaineers on Dec. 4 followed by a showdown against a Michigan squad that finished 22-12 last season en route to the NCAA Tournament. Stetson will host the three-day Mad Hatter Classic from Dec. 18-20. The Black and Gold will face MEAC Tournament champions Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 19 before taking on Canisius a day later to conclude the weekend.

UNCG in Greensboro on Dec. 29 rounds out the non-conference slate.

Appalachian State Athletics is excited to announce plans to honor Hall of Fame football coach Jerry Moore with a plaza and statue in his name outside the Kidd Brewer Stadium north end zone facility that is currently under construction.

The 2019 season marks the 30th anniversary of Moore’s arrival at App State. A 2014 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, he led the Mountaineers to a 215-87 record, 10 Southern Conference championships and three FCS national championships in his 24 seasons.

Moore will be recognized during football alumni reunion festivities on Aug. 31 before the Mountaineers’ season-opening game against East Tennessee State (3:30 p.m. kickoff). He will also be a featured guest at the 2019 App State Athletics Hall of Fame breakfast. He was inducted into the school’s athletics hall of fame in 2015.

“We are excited to recognize Coach Moore with a permanent structure that is a testament to his legacy with this great university, Mountaineer athletics, Mountaineer football, the High Country community and throughout college football,” said Director of Athletics Doug Gillin. “The impact he had on countless student-athletes, fans, alums and friends of Appalachian State University is immeasurable. Because of Coach Moore, those that took the field with him and many others who paved the way, the future of Appalachian State Athletics continues to be bright.”

Preliminary plans call for a brick-laid plaza and statue to be constructed in the north end zone area of The Rock that will serve as a front door to the Mark E. Ricks Athletics Complex.

For the latest information about facility construction and to purchase north end zone club seats and loge boxes, visit


About the North End Zone Facility

This $45 million project will transform the north end zone of Kidd Brewer Stadium into 80,000-100,000 square feet of space designed to accommodate various athletics and academic uses. The facility replaces the 45-year-old Owens Field House, which was approximately 34,500 square feet. It will include athletic training, hydrotherapy and locker rooms, and nutrition science research areas, as well as conference and continuing education training space, medical office space, dining facilities, a team store and ticketing office, approximately 1,000 premium seats and offices for coaches and athletics staff. Completion is scheduled for fall 2020. For more information, visit


About Jerry Moore

The winningest football coach in Appalachian State University and Southern Conference history, Moore compiled a 215-87 record in his 24 seasons at Appalachian State (1989-2012), including 10 SoCon championships, 18 postseason appearances and an unprecedented three straight NCAA Division I FCS/I-AA national titles (2005-07). In 31 years as a head coach, Moore was 242-135-2, which is good for top 15 all-time among NCAA Division I coaches. In 2012 alone, Moore passed coaching legends Bo Schembechler (234 victories) and Woody Hayes (238) on the all-time wins list.

Appalachian State became a household name when Moore led his troops to perhaps the biggest and most prominent upset in college football history, a 34-32 triumph over the University of Michigan in the 2007 season opener. The victory over Michigan, college football's all-time winningest program that came into the contest ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, marked the first time that an FCS team ever toppled a nationally ranked FBS opponent. The victory also compelled the AP to change its long-standing history of only accepting votes for FBS teams in its Top 25 poll, a move that allowed the Mountaineers to become the first FCS team to ever receive votes in the poll, which they did on three occasions in 2007.


- College Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2014

- North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2009

- Southern Conference Hall of Fame, Class of 2014

- Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2015

- The Order of the Long Leaf Pine (2018)

- Fellowship of Christian Athletes Lifetime Achievement Award (2007)

- Baylor University Wall of Honor (2013)

- Neyland Award presented by Knoxville Quarterback Club (2015)

- FCA Wall of Champions (2019)


- AFCA Division I-AA/FCS National Coach of the Year (2005, 2006, 2007)

- Eddie Robinson I-AA/FCS National Coach of the Year, The Sports Network (2006)

- Liberty Mutual FCS National Coach of the Year (2009)

- AFCA Regional Coach of the Year (1994, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)

- SoCon Coach of the Year (1991, 1994, 1995, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)

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