2008-2009 Pioneers Athletics
A look at the rosters and schedules for the SMC Pioneer athletic program for the year 2008-2009.
Pionee 8-2 009 ics 2 00 Athlet r www.gosmcpioneers.com FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESK Dear friends, It is a trite expression, but nevertheless true: Spartanburg Methodist College is a caring community that is united in our common mission to educate and prepare students for lifelong learning in an attitude of service to others. Everything we do centers on our commitment to enhance student learning. Just as it takes a community to raise a child, it takes an academic community to develop a student during their enrollment at SMC. The theme for SMC athletics in 2008-2009 is simple and supports the notion that we are a diverse community united with a common purpose: "Pioneers United!" We offer intercollegiate athletics in nine different sports, seven teams for women and seven for men. We offer Women's teams in Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Softball. We offer Men's teams in Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Cross Country, Wrestling, and Baseball. Our student-athletes on each team are united toward the common goal of winning contests against our opponents. They are also united in their efforts to win Regional, Divisional, and National Championships. Our 14 intercollegiate athletic teams are unique and distinct, yet they are united in representing the best of the College in the classroom, on campus, in their respective games/matches, and in the community. I am truly proud of the commitment of our outstanding coaches and staff to winning. I am even more proud of their commitment to develop a solid character in their students. Although we do not claim to be a "university," the meaning of that word applies to Spartanburg Methodist College: "University" means achieving unity (uni...) in diversity (...versity). We are a very diverse academic community in that we serve students who come from differing backgrounds in their religious commitments, racial composition, world view, national origin, and socio-economic status. We celebrate our unique differences just as we celebrate our commonality, for we are all children of God. Perhaps the most important factor that unites us is our devotion to our Creator who gave us the gift of life with diverse talents and abilities. Please join our faculty and staff, our coaches and assistant coaches, and our administrative staff as we gather to cheer for our teams as they compete against colleges in Region X of the NJCAA. I am convinced that you will enjoy the events, celebrate with us our victories, and grow from lessons learned when we lose. Regardless of our wins and losses, however, we are "Pioneers United" as we support the development of our student-athletes at Spartanburg Methodist College. Go Pioneers! Charles Teague President of the College SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE TABLE OF CONTENTS Athletic Department Contacts .......................... 6 Baseball .............................................. 8 Men's Basketball ......................................... 11 Women's Basketball ...................................... 13 Men's Cross Country ...................................... 15 Women's Cross Country ................................. 16 Men's Golf .................................................... 17 Women's Golf ................................................. 19 Men's Soccer ................................................ 22 Women's Soccer ........................................... 23 Softball ..................................................... 25 Men's Tennis ................................................. 28 Women's Tennis ............................................. 29 Volleyball ................................................. 30 Wrestling ............................................ 32 Chuck the Pioneer ............................................ 34 Cheer Squad ............................................... 35 Dance Team ................................................. 36 Athletic Training ............................................ 37 SMC QUICK FACTS Location: Spartanburg, S.C. Founded: 1911 Athletic Affiliation: Member of the National Junior College Athletic Association Enrollment: 750 students Nickname: Pioneers Colors: Royal Blue and White Address: 1000 Powell Mill Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29301 Phone: (864) 587-4000 Connecting you with your future Making a Difference in Just Two Years The first two years after high school graduation are times of self-exploration and exciting discovery. For most of us, the decisions during those two years are crucial ones guiding the rest of our lives. Who am I? What do I want to do with my life? What do I want to study? SMC provides a great place to make those two years count. For nearly a century, we've helped thousands answer those crucial questions and make life-changing discoveries. Tools to Discover SMC offers a full liberal arts academic curriculum. Instead of huge lecture halls where classes are taught by graduate assistants, SMC offers a student-faculty ratio of about 21-1. Our students and faculty get to know one another. Discover the Leader in Yourself You don't have to wait until your junior or senior year to become a team captain, editor of the school newspaper, or leader of a student organization. Your two-year experience puts you on the fast track, allowing you to become leaders without competition from juniors and seniors. Dicover the joy of service There's a lot to discover about yourself and your world. SMC gives you the place and the time to do so. Our students reach out to others in the community through a variety of service learning opportunities. Others benefit, and so do you. More to discover Fourteen nationally-recognized intercollegiate sports teams � A diverse student population from many states, countries and religious backgrounds � Focused tutoring programs and facilities provide help where needed most � Ninety-Five percent of our students receive some form of financial aid More than 90 percent of our graduates transfer to other institutions of higher learning. Hopefully they are better-prepared because they took time to make some important discoveries in their freshman and sophomore years at Spartanburg Methodist College. � Why Spartanburg Methodist College? Because the first two years of college are the most important years in college. Schedules are subject to change PIONEER ATHLETICS 2008-2009 Getting to SMC Welcome to Spartanburg SMC is located in South Carolina's dynamic Upstate region, making it convenient to a variety of attractions just a short drive away. Our campus is just minutes from downtown Spartanburg, a beautiful city with a population of 40,000. Whether you have a taste for Chinese food or a serious craving for pepperoni pizza, you'll have plenty of restaurants to satisfy your appetite. In addition to fine dining options, you have plenty of options to catch the latest movie or get together at a local coffee house. If shopping is your bag, you'll find everything you need at Westgate Mall, just minutes away from campus. Westgate is just one of a variety of shopping destinations found nearby. For concerts and musical entertainment, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium hosts big name acts and Broadway shows and the new Barnett Park Amphitheater is a great place to sit under the stars and listen to all forms of music. The recently opened Chapman Cultural Center also boasts several outlets to satiate your cultural appetite. Numerous festivals are held throughout the year in downtown Spartanburg so you'll never be at a loss for entertainment. Home to six colleges, Spartanburg is literally a college town and your presence in our city is not only accepted, its expected! Whatever you choose to see and do, we guarantee you'll have the time of your life at SMC. Approximate drive times: From Charlotte, NC - 1 hr 15 minutes From Atlanta, GA - 2 hr 45 minutes From Asheville, NC - 1 hr 15 minutes From Columbia, SC - 1 hr 30 minutes For updates, scores, and more visit www.gosmcpioneers.com FROM THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE elcome to Spartanburg Methodist College, "Home of the Pioneers"! Spartanburg Methodist College has a strong history of excellence in athletics. SMC has over 250 Student Athletes that compete on 14 Athletic Teams as well as Cheer and Dance Squads. The SMC coaching staff is experienced and dedicated to their students and their sport, leading our teams to excellence in all areas. Our mission is to enhance Academics, Values, Athletics, Commitment, and Citizenship for all student athletes. SMC competes at the Division 1 level of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). As a two-year institution, SMC athletes have the opportunity to be leaders as soon as they arrive on campus both in the playing arena, around campus and in our community. Last year the SMC Volleyball, Women's Basketball, Softball, Wrestling and Cross Country represented SMC at the NJCAA National and District tournaments. SMC hosted the 2007 NJCAA Half Marathon Classic and our own Rebecca Prichard won the event and became SMC's first ever individual National Champion. Many of SMC's student athletes have continued their athletic participation and education at four-year colleges and universities such as Francis Marion, Southern Wesleyan, Auburn University, USC Columbia and USC Upstate. SMC athletes are also committed to the Spartanburg community, which is demonstrated in the thousands of service and volunteer hours they log each year with area schools and organizations. As the only two-year, private residential college in South Carolina, SMC offers a unique opportunity for students to excel in academics and athletics. SMC's focus is excellence in both areas: athletics and academics, to prepare our student athletes to move on to their junior and senior years at four-year institutions. Our motto for 2008-09 is "Pioneers United". Our focus scripture is I Corinthians 12:12 which teaches us that the whole body works together to be successful. Coaches, Athletes, Administrators and Faculty make up the team at SMC and being united will help all of us be successful. SMC strives for excellence for its student athletes and it is our goal this year for the Pioneers to be united on academics, athletics, and life. On the playing field or in preparation for a career, SMC is dedicated to the success of it students! "Pioneers United!" Mark Perdue Athletic Director W ATHLETIC STAFF DIRECTORY NAME TITLE Mark Perdue . . . . . . . Athletic Director & Men's Golf Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sherry Collins. . . . . . . Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Abbey Bedenbaugh . . Cheer Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelly Bilbrey . . . . . . . . Assistant Athletic Trainer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rob Burke . . . . . . . . . Men's Basketball Coach/Professor of Physical Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Foley . . . . . . . . . Cross Country Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brittany Harry . . . . . . . Volleyball Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robbie Higdon . . . . . . Wrestling Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denise Madonna . . . . Dance Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rodney McAlister. . . . Tennis Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Kenneally . . . . . . Men's Soccer Coach, Women's Soccer Coach & Professor of Physical Education. . . . . . . . . Kyle Owings . . . . . . . . Women's Golf Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralph Patin . . . . . . . . Women's Basketball Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rick Pauly . . . . . . . . . Softball Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cory Peters . . . . . . . . Athletic Trainer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tim Wallace . . . . . . . . Head Baseball Coach, Director of Baseball Camps & Professor of Physical Education.. . . . . . . . . . . . E-MAIL PHONE PerdueM@smcsc.edu. . . . . . . . . . . . 864-587-4237 CollinsS@smcsc.edu . . . . . . . . . . . . 864-587-4244 BedenbaughA@smcsc.edu . . . . . . . 864-587-4240 BilbreyK@smcsc.edu . . . . . . . . . . . . 864-587-4376 BurkeR@smcsc.edu . . . . . . . . . . . . . 864-587-4005 FoleyM@smcsc.edu . . . . . . . . . . . . . 864-587-4244 HarryB@smcsc.edu . . . . . . . . . . . . . 864-587-4008 HigdonR@smcsc.edu . . . . . . . . . . . . 864-587-4244 WillardD@smcsc.edu . . . . . . . . . . . . 864-587-4244 McalisterR@smcsc.edu . . . . . . . . . . 864-587-4353 KenneaD@smcsc.edu . . . . . . . . . . . 864-587-4270 OwingsK@smcsc.edu. . . . . . . . . . . . 864-587-4244 PatinR@smcsc.edu . . . . . . . . . . . . . 864-587-4345 PaulyR@smcsc.edu . . . . . . . . . . . . . 864-587-4244 PetersC@smcsc.edu . . . . . . . . . . . . 864-587-4376 WallacT@smcsc.edu . . . . . . . . . . . . 864-587-4267 SHERRY COLLINS Schedules are subject to change in affiliation with Orthopaedic Associates Baseball SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE Coach No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 41 Name Travis Witherspoon Keith Snethen Jake Koenig To'Nel Leggette Taylor Black Jeremy Smith Sloan Gilliam Jarred Phillips Arturo Mogrezutt Jimmy Revan Jeffrey Campbell Patrick Mincey O'Brian Johnson Robert Pritcher Ethan Williams Marty Gantt Kaden Watson Nick Ferguson Josh Salay Zach Singleton Rob Harding Carey Rowland Chris Wallace Marc Rape Barrett Phillips Justin Johnson Jeff Rau Tyler Vick Seth Hunter Christian Dickson Heath Hembree Kevin Lanning Tyler Martin Kyle Owings Justin Huseby Josh Adams Will Newsome Ross Hanna Class SO FR FR FR SO SO FR FR SO FR FR SO FR SO FR FR FR FR SO FR FR FR FR SO FR FR FR SO FR FR SO FR FR FR FR FR FR SO ROSTER Pos. 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His previous teams have produced a 752-238 record with NJCAA Region X Championships in 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2007. His .760 winning percentage ranks him among the leaders of those actively coaching at the NJCAA level. He has garnered many awards, included being named Region X Coach of the Year (1992, 1998, 2000, 2007), Carolina's Junior College Conference Coach of the Year (1992) ,Louisville Slugger Coaches Award (1993, 1996, 1997, 2001) and Diamond ABCA Regional Coach of the Year (2001, 2003, 2006, 2007) . In 2001, Wallace earned his first Eastern District Coach of the Year award as his 49-12 club sported the best record in Grand Junction, Colorado at the NJCAA World Series. He earned his second Eastern District Coach of the Year award in 2003, when his club posted a 50-16 record. His 2007 squad earned him his third by posting a school record 54 wins while finishing third at the Junior College World Series. In addition to having successful teams, Wallace has helped individuals realize their potential. Three Pioneers have participated on the NJCAA All-Stars, a group put together to face international competition. Thirteen players have been named NJCAA All-Americans during his tenure, while 55 have signed professional contracts. Of these 55, 17 are actively playing and pursuing a shot at the Major Leagues. In 2002 Coach 2007-2008 Accomplishments All-Region 1st Team: Jacob Wallace Allen Caldwell All-Region 2nd Team: Logan Bland, Josh Salay Region X Player of the Year: Allen Caldwell Region X Coach of the Year: Tim Wallace 2008 All District: Allen Caldwell 2008 All-American (2nd team): Allen Caldwell 2007-2008 Graduates Where Are They Now? Justin Brewer - College of Charleston Kedric Wadsworth - Newberry College Jon Lewis Floyd - Francis Marion Univ. Jacob Wallace - Francis Marion Univ. Logan Bland - Western Carolina Univ. Jeff Dulaney - College of Charleston Brock Dorsett - Western Carolina Univ. Charles Matthews - Georgia Southern Univ. Phillip Brannon - USC Upstate Will Fulmer - USC Aiken Carlton Watts - Erskine College Wallace had his first player reach the majors when 1998 graduate Orlando Hudson signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. Hudson currently plays with the Arizona Diamondbacks. A second Pioneer under Wallace, Lee Gronkiewicz, made an appearance at the big league level in 2007 Also during the Wallace era, players have signed letters of intent with or gone to play at major NCAA Division I institutions such as South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina State, College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina, ( continued on p. 10) 8 Schedules are subject to change Baseball PIONEER ATHLETICS 2008-2009 JoshAdams TaylorBlack JeffreyCampbell Christian Dickinson NickFerguson MartyGantt SloanGilliam RossHanna RobHarding HeathHembree SethHunter JustinHuseby JustinJohnson O'BrianJohnson JakeKoenig KevinLanning To'NelLeggette TylerMartin PatrickMincey ArturoMogrezutt WillNewsome KyleOwings BarrettPhillips JarredPhillips RobertPritcher MarcRape JeffRau JimmyRevan CareyRowland JoshSalay ZachSingleton JeremySmith KeithSnethen TylerVick ChrisWallace KadenWatson EthanWilliams Travis Witherspoon For updates, scores, and more visit www.gosmcpioneers.com 9 Baseball SCHEDULE Date February 9 12 14 15 21 22 24 28 March 1 7 8 14 15 18 21 22 25 28 29 April 4 5 10 11 18 19 25 26 May 10-May 15-17 Tues. - Sun. Region X Tournament Fri.- Sun. TBD TBD TBD NJCAA Eastern Districts TBD Saturday Sunday Friday Saturday Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday USC-Salkehatchie USC-Salkehatchie Florence-Darlington Florence-Darlington Pitt CC Pitt CC Guilford Tech CC Guilford Tech CC Allendale, SC Allendale, SC SMC SMC Greenville, NC Greenville, NC SMC SMC 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm Sunday Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday USC - Lancaster Louisburg Louisburg USC-Sumter USC-Sumter Surry CC Surry CC Blue Ridge CC Blue Ridge CC Lancaster, SC SMC SMC Sumter, SC Sumter, SC Albemarle, NC Dobson, NC Dobson, NC SMC SMC SMC 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm Monday Thursday Saturday Sunday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Saturday Limestone (JV) Limestone (JV) Truett-McConnell Truett-McConnell Lenoir CC Lenoir CC Walters State USC-Lancaster SMC Gaffney, SC SMC Cleveland, GA Kinston, NC Kinston, NC SMC Lancaster, SC 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm 1 pm Day Team Location # Games Time SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE Assistant Coach Post 28, as well as having coached the team one year. Williams has also assisted in youth baseball camps at SMC during the summer and has been giving private pitching lessons. As a Pioneer, Williams threw a no-hitter in the 2003 Region X Tournament game six against the Knights of Surry Community College. That year, the Pioneers played in the National tournament at Grand Junction, Colorado. Before coming to SMC, Williams played four years for the Lancaster High School Baseball Team. Williams is the son of Steve Williams, Baseball Coach at Lancaster High School, and Jan Williams. Williams hopes to one day become a college head baseball coach. MATT WILLIAMS Matt Williams, a former Pioneer left hand pitcher, returns for his fourth year as Assistant Coach. Williams also pitched for the Mid Missouri Mavericks. Since then, he has been Pitching Coach under Wallace for the American Legion Wednesday Stanley County CC Wednesday Stanley County CC Assistant Coach clude a batting average of .368, 14 homeruns and 84 rbi's. He is noted also for hitting one of the longest homeruns ever at Sam Suplizio Field, home of the NJCAA World Series. Kemp went on to play at the University of Tennessee where he graduated in 2006 with a degree in Psychology. Kemp led the 2004 Volunteers' team in RBIs. In 2006, he hit .314 with 11 homeruns. Following college, he signed with the Texas Rangers in a predraft contract. He is a graduate of South Forsyth High School in Georgia and played with the East Cobb Astros. Kemp has also played in the California League for the Bakersfield Blaze, in the Midwest League for the Clinton Lumberkings, in the Northwest League for the Spokane Indians, and in the Florida Collegiate League in 2005 where he led the league in hitting with a .310 average. TIM WALLACE (continued) East Carolina and Tennessee (just to name a few). Numerous others continued their careers at the NCAA Division II level. Prior to his coaching career, Wallace was a standout player himself. A former second round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals, he played professionally for seven years. This included a two-year stint in Italy, where he led the league in hitting and homeruns. While playing in the States, Wallace was named an AllStar for both the Appalachian and Florida State leagues and also was team MVP for the 1983 St. Petersburg Cardinals. This continued a streak of team MVP awards that included two Lancaster High School, one Post 31 American Legion, one Baptist College and two Wofford College seasons. It was at Wofford where Wallace attracted professional scouts. During his two seasons there he posted records for career batting average (.456) and longest consecutive game hitting streak (37). He also led NAIA District 6 and the state of South Carolina in hitting as a sophomore. For his efforts, Wallace was inducted into Wofford's Hall of Fame in 2000. Wallace returned to Wofford after his playing career and completed his B.A. in Sociology. He then earned an M.A. in Physical Education from Gardner-Webb University. He and his wife of twenty-five years, Beth, have three children- Jacob,21 (member of Francis Marion squad); Amy Kate,19; and Mary Grace 17. CHRIS KEMP Chris Kemp, a former player under Coach Wallace, is in his second season as a Pioneer Assistant Coach in the 2008-2009 season. Kemp serves as hitting coach, while also assisting with recruiting. He is a 2003 graduate of SMC and was an integral part of the first class to post back to back seasons with at least 50 wins. The 2002 class finished 51-10 while the 2003 World Series club finshed at 50-16. His career totals at SMC in- Support Pioneer Baseball 10 Schedules are subject to change Men's Basketball PIONEER ATHLETICS 2008-2009 Coach ROB BURKE Rob Burke enters his fifth season as head coach of the SMC Men's basketball team in the 2008-2009 season. During his career at SMC, Burke has established the Pioneers as a Region X contender, posting a 7946 overall record. In the 2005-2006 season his team posted 22 wins; and in 2007-2008 posted 24. In just his second season at SMC, Burke's Pioneers played for the Region X title. Burke has a very diversified background. He had an outstanding career as a point guard playing for his father Bob Burke at Chowan College. His father has coached at every college level as well as having coached three years in the NBA with the Portland Trailblzaers. Coach Rob Burke previously coached as an assistant at Division II Limestone College and Division I Campbell University. Before both of those stops, Burke played and coached in Ireland for the County Clar Jets, who competed at the super-league level. Burke, whose teams at SMC have averaged 20 wins a season, has developed an outstanding reputation as a teacher of the game and as a recruiter throughout the state of South Carolina, recently signing five South Carolina All-Stars. Burke received his Bachelors in Sports Management from Chowan College and is pursuing a Master of Education degree from Campbell University. He and wife Neilly live in Spartanburg and have two daughters, Mina and Marissa. (front row, l-r) Rodney McCormick, Kimric Dixon, Austin Edens, Dominique Copeland, Zycorrian Robinson, Andrew Crawford; (back, l-r) Vernon Taylor, Darion Canty, Rashawn Brailsford, Omar Sanders, Rashad Stuckey, Darrion Booker, Anton Greer KEY FACTS Coach's Record at SMC: 79-46 Coach Burke's teams have averaged 20 wins per season 2007-2008 Team Record: 24-8 Key Recruits: Zycorrian Robinson - Spartanburg, SC Darrion Booker - Whitmire, SC Omar Sanders - Spartanburg, SC Key Returners: Vernon Taylor - Cross, SC Austin Edens - Lexington, SC Rodney McCormick - Cullowhee, NC Dominique Copeland - Clinton, SC Anton Greer - Irmo, SC 2007-2008 Accomplishments Region X Tournament: Entered at No. 2 seed, eliminated 2nd round All-Region Players: Brendon Knox - 2nd Team Kendrick Robinson - 3rd Team 2007 - 2008 Graduates Where Are They Now? Harry Austin - Francis Marion Brendon Knox - Auburn University Anthony Middleton - Limestone College Kendrick Robinson - Franis Marion Ricardo Smith - Coker College # 2 5 10 11 12 15 22 23 24 30 31 33 34 Name Vernon Taylor Zycorrian Robinson Austin Edens Rodney McCormick Darion Canty Kimric Dixon Andrew Crawford Rashawn Brailsford Dominique Copeland Darrion Booker Anton Greer Rashad Stuckey Omar Sanders Year Sophomore Freshman Sophomore Sophomore Freshman Freshman Freshman Sophomore Sophomore Freshman Sophomore Freshman Freshman ROSTER High School Cross HS Spartanburg HS Lexington HS Smoky Mountain HS Scott's Branch South Florence HS Mullins HS Lower Richland HS Thornwell HS Union HS Irmo HS Crestwood HS Spartanburg HS Hometown Cross, SC Spartanburg, SC Lexington, SC Cullowhee, NC Santee, SC Florence, SC Mullins, SC Hopkins, SC Clinton, SC Whitemire, SC Irmo, SC Rembert, SC Spartanburg, SC HT 6'4 5'9 6'0 6'0 6'4 6'2 6'3 6'2 5'8 6'7 6'3 6'9 6'7 WT 193.6 166.4 190.6 173.2 151.6 172.8 191 167 163.6 222.4 178 257.2 202 For updates, scores, and more visit www.gosmcpioneers.com 11 Men's Basketball SCHEDULE DATE Oct. 18 Oct. 23 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 5 Nov. 7-9 Nov. 7 Nov. 9 Nov. 11 Nov. 13-15 Nov. 13 Nov. 14 Nov. 15 Nov. 22 Dec. 5 Dec. 11 Dec. 16 Jan. 8 Jan. 12 Jan. 18 Jan. 21 Jan. 25 Jan. 29 Jan. 31 Feb. 2 Feb. 5 Feb. 7 Feb. 8 Feb. 11 Feb. 18 Feb. 21 Feb. 22 Feb. 26 Feb. 28 TBD March 4-8 GAME Ken Littlefield JUCO Jamboree Southern Wesleyan (scrimmage) Truett McConnell (scrimmage) Newberry (scrimmage) Limestone JV Swanny's Pioneer Classic Massanutten Military Academy Stevens Prep Georgia Perimeter Roger Taylor Classic Louisburg Hargrave Future Academy Caldwell CC CVCC Georgia Perimeter Caldwell CC CVCC Denmark Tech Brunswick CC Aiken Tech Roanoke Chowan CC Clinton Junior College Cape Fear CC Aiken Tech USC-Salkehatchie Clinton Junior College Brunswick CC Guilford Tech CC Limestone JV Cape Fear CC Guilford Tech CC USC-Salkehatchie Roanoke Chowan CC Denmark Tech Region X Tournament LOCATION Macon, GA Central, SC Cleveland, GA Newberry, SC SMC SMC SMC SMC Louisburg, NC Louisburg, NC Louisburg, NC Lenoir, NC SMC Decatur, GA SMC Hickory, NC SMC SMC Aiken, SC Ahoskie, NC SMC SMC SMC SMC Rock Hill, SC Shallotte, NC SMC Gaffney, SC Wilmington, NC Jamestown, NC Walterboro, SC SMC Denmark, SC Shallotte, NC TIME All day 5:30 pm All day TBD 7 pm 7 pm 2 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 5:30 pm 5 pm 7 pm 7 pm 7 pm 7 pm 7 pm 7 pm 3 pm 7 pm 3 pm 7 pm 3 pm 7 pm 7 pm 3 pm 7 pm 7 pm 7 pm 3 pm 3 pm 7 pm 3 pm TBD TBD SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS ketball Operations for Spartanburg Methodist College. Rademacher came to SMC last year from Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, SC where he was responsible for several managerial duties such as taking stats and videotaping during his four years there. JUSTIN RADEMACHER Justin Rademacher enters into his second season as Director of BasLast year Coach Burke presented him with challenges such as preparing equipment for practices, running the clock during practice, running a couple of team lifts, game day preparation, laundry for the team, packing for tournaments and away games, taking stats during the game, scouting potential players in his home town, delivering stats to the Region Director Dean Myrick, and distributing game day packets. This year, Rademacher will be presented with the same challenges as well new challenges such as breaking down film, inventory responsibility and helping with practice. Rademacher hopes to be a big help in the Pioneers success this season. Rademacher has a huge heart for basketball and is really passionate about his work. He has the support of his family all the way. Rademacher will receive his Associates in Arts degree in the spring of 2009. He plans to transfer on to a four year institution of higher learning to complete his bachelor degree in Education, and then pursue a Masters in Special Education. 12 Schedules are subject to change Women's Basketball PIONEER ATHLETICS 2008-2009 Coach RALPH PATIN Ralph Patin III enters his third year as head coach of the SMC Women's Basketball team in the 2008/2009 season. In his first two seasons, Patin compiled an overall record of 33-27 and 26-8 in region play. His teams competed in the Region X Championship both years and won the 2008 Region title. He has produced three 1st Team All-Region players, an NJCAA All-American, and the 2008 Region X Player of the Year. All of his upperclassmen have moved on to other schools as either athletes or students. For Patin, whose father coached basketball and football in his native Louisiana, coaching is a natural progression. Patin's father was also his high school coach at Lutcher High School in Lutcher, LA. Prior to being named head coach at SMC, Patin coached the varsity women's basketball team at Ridge View High School in Columbia. Before that, he coached at C.A. Johnson Preparatory Academy and coached and played while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He also worked with several AAU organizations, both male and female. Patin credits his father (Ralph Jr.) as being influential in his decision to become a coach, and his mother (Doris) for his unwavering faith in God and family. After high school, Patin attended college at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. He earned an associate's degree from Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC), a bachelor's degree from Excelsior (continued on p. 13) (front row, l-r) Director of Basketball Operations Trina Gilliam, Brittany Carson, Kendra Brown, Amanda Harshaw, Stephanie Rogers, Latrell Nickens, Coach Ralph Patin; (second row, l-r) April Jackson, Keianna Barnes, Chaecie Bullock, Ashley Barnes, Santera Grooms; (third row, l-r) Kristin Burton, Ronisha Tucker, Nicole Anderson, Tia Singletary; Alicia Green KEY FACTS Coach's Record at SMC: 33-27 2007-2008 Team Record: 21-11 Key Recruits: Kristin Burton - St. Louis, MO Brittany Carson - Spartanburg, SC Santera Grooms - Columbia, SC Tia Singletary - Johnsonville, SC Key Returners: Keianna Barnes - Duncan, SC Chaecie Bullock - Greensboro, NC Alicia Green - Columbia, SC Latrell Nickens - Sumter, SC 2007-2008 Accomplishments Region X Tournament: Entered at 2nd Seed; Region X champions District J Tournament: Eliminated by Georgia Perimeter Region X Player of the Year: Erica Caldwell All-Region Players: Erica Caldwell - 1st Team Markesha Smith - 1st Team All-American: Erica Caldwell 2007-2008 Graduates Where Are They Now? Erica Caldwell - Florida Atlantic University Neshonda McLaurin - College of Charleston Markesha Smith - Southern Wesleyan # 42 24 25 11 32 50 14 33 20 5 21 10 15 23 4 ROSTER Name Posn Height Nicole Anderson PF/C 6'2" Ashley Barnes G/SF 5'9" Keianna Barnes G/SF 5'9" Kendra Brown G 5'4" Chaecie Bullock G 5'6" Kristin Burton PF/C 6'0" Brittany Carson G 5'6" Alicia Green PF/C 6'4" Santera Grooms G 5'9' Amanda Harshaw G 5'6" April Jackson G 5'7" Latrell Nickens G 5'4" Stephanie Rogers G 5'6" Tia Singletary F 6'1" Rhonisha Tucker F/C 6'1" Class Freshman Freshman Sophomore Freshman Sophomore Freshman Freshman Sophomore Freshman Freshman Freshman Sophomore Freshman Freshman Freshman High School York Comprehensive Hanahan HS James F. Byrnes HS Swansea HS Ben L.Smith School Jennings HS Spartanburg HS Ridge View HS W. J. Keenan HS Chamblee Charter Dreher HS Crestwood HS Jacksonville HS Johnsonville HS Union HS Hometown York, SC Hanahan, SC Duncan, SC Swansea, SC Greensboro, NC St. Louis, MO Spartanburg, SC Columbia, SC Columbia, SC Atlanta, GA Columbia, SC Sumter, SC Westbranch, MI Johnsonville, SC Union, SC For updates, scores, and more visit www.gosmcpioneers.com 13 Women's Basketball SCHEDULE Date Nov. 1 Nov. 3 Nov. 5 Nov. 8 Nov. 10 Nov. 17 Nov. 19 Nov. 22 Nov. 24 Nov. 28-29 Dec. 1 Dec. 3 Dec. 4 Dec. 13 Jan. 10 Jan. 12 Jan. 14 Jan. 17 Jan. 18 Jan. 21 Jan .25 Jan. 29 Jan. 31 Feb. 7 Feb. 10 Feb. 14 Feb. 17 Feb. 19 Feb. 21 Feb. 25 - Mar 1 Day Sat Mon Wed Sat Mon Mon Wed Sat Mon Fri/Sat Mon Wed Thur Sat Sat Mon Wed Sat Sun Wed Sun Thur Sat Sat Tue Sat Tue Thur Sat Opponent Roane St Montreat JV Walters State Converse College GA Perimeter Roane St Wilkes CC Lenior CC Truett-Mcconell College GA Perimeter Classic Truett-Mcconell College Walters State Georgia Perimeter (DH) New South Wales (Australia) Brunswick CC Denmark Tech College(DH)* Gilford Tech(DH)* Louisburg Brunswick CC(DH) Wilkes CC Guilford Tech(DH) * Clinton(DH)* Denmark Tech College* Clinton(DH)* Denmark Tech College* Louisburg Clinton Guilford Tech * Lenior CC Region X Tournament Location Away Home Home Away Away Home Away Away Home Away Away Away Home Home Away Home Home Away Home Home Away Home Away Away Home Home Home Home Home Brunswick CC Time 2 pm 6 pm 6 pm 2 pm 6 pm 5:30 pm 6 pm 1:00pm 6 pm TBD 6 pm 5:30 pm 5:30 pm 2 pm 1 pm 5:30 pm 1 pm 2 pm 1 pm 6 pm 1 pm 5:30 pm 1 pm 1 pm 6 pm 2 pm 5:30 pm 6 pm 1 pm TBD SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE RALPH PATIN (continued) College (Albany, NY), and a master's degree from Cambridge College (Boston, MA). He is married to Nalinee Patin, and they have two children: a son, Jamal, 15, and a daughter, Jasmine, 10. "Discipline, Respect, and Loyalty are the cornerstones of this program" says Patin, who wants to lead the Lady Pioneers to a winning season every year, but also wants his players to be just as successful academically. "A consistent graduation rate is our aim," he adds. Patin's life motto is, "I don't want my last day to be a bad day, so I make everyday a good day". DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS budget, fundraising, supervising the team's student managers, and monitors the players' academic progress. Gilliam will assist with transportation and other administrative duties required of the program. Gilliam earned her degree in business management from Southern Wesleyan University in 2000. She comes to the program with three years of management experience and six years supervising students. She also served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves. In her spare time, Gilliam enjoys riding her motorcycle and spending time with family and friends. "I am very happy to have Trina assisting me with the administrative responsibilities of the program," Patin said. "Her experience and knowledge of the college will allow me to focus more on the responsibilities on the court. She is very committed to Spartanburg Methodist College and its mission, and I know that she will bring that same commitment to the women's basketball program." TRINA GILLIAM Trina Gilliam has recently joined the Lady Pioneers program as Director of Women's Basketball Operations, but the Spartanburg native is not new to Spartanburg Methodist College. Gilliam has been employed at the college for seven years and is currently the Assistant Director of Residence Life. She is also a Resident Hall Director and the Yearbook Advisor. Gilliam is responsible for the administrative aspect of the program. Her list of responsibilities includes assisting with the team's 1 Schedules are subject to change Men's Cross Country PIONEER ATHLETICS 2008-2009 Coach MIKE FOLEY The 2008-2009 season will be Mike Foley's third as coach of the Men's and Women's Cross Country teams at SMC. In recent years Foley has coached cross country throughout the Upstate, most recently as Head Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach at the South Carolina Governor's School for Arts & Humanities in Greenville. He was also a head coach at Blue Ridge High School in Greer, where his Boy's Cross Country Team won the Class AAA State Title in 2003 and 2004, and his Girl's Cross Country Team was a Class AA State Title Runner-Up. Foley was also an assistant track coach at Eastside High School in Greenville and was also Head Coach at various Greenville Track Club and cross country youth teams (AAU & USATF). He was also coach of the Asics/Players Choice Racing Team at Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was Assistant Women's Track and Cross Country Coach at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, and was Assistant Boys and Girls Track and Cross Country Coach at Okemos High School in Okemos, Mich. In 2004 Foley was named Cross Country Coach of the Year, for S.C. High School League Class AAA and in 2003 was named Cross Country Coach of the Year for S.C. High School League Class AA. Other awards include Peach Blossom Region Cross Country Coach of the Year and Appalachian Region Cross Country Coach of the Year. Foley earned a Bachelor's degreee (continued on p. 16) (l-r, front) Chance Reynolds, Stephen Burgess, Wesley Scott, Ryan Woloszyn, Corey Reardon, Shane Kyzer; (l-r, back) Coach Mike Foley, Tavus Thompson, Brandon James, Josh Brooks, Robbie Lejeune, Michael Rounds, Jeff Wilson, DJ Mattison KEY FACTS Key Recruits: Josh Brooks - Greer, SC Shane Kyzer - Leesville, SC Robbie Lejeune - Lyman, SC Wesley Scott - Lancaster, SC Tavus Thompson - Spartanburg, SC Ryan Woloszyn - Taylors, SC Key Returners: DJ Mattison - Anderson, SC Chris Riggins - Easley, SC Michael Rounds - Bradley, SC Jeff Wilson - Greer, SC Name Josh Brooks Stephen Burgess Brandon James Shane Kyzer Robbie Lejeune D.J. Mattison Tyler Orr Corey Rearden Chance Reynolds Chris Riggins Michael Rounds Wesley Scott Tavus Thompson Jeff Wilson Ryan Woloszyn Year Sophomore Freshman Freshman Freshman Freshman Sophomore Freshman Sophomore Freshman Sophomore Sophomore Freshman Freshman Sophomore Freshman ROSTER High School Greer High School Broome High School Loris High School Pelion High School Byrnes High School T.L. Hanna High School Walhalla High School Emerald High School Clinton High School Easley High School Ninety Six High School Indian Land High School Spartanburg High School Blue Ridge High School Eastside High School Hometown Greer, S.C. Cowpens, S.C. Loris, S.C. Leesville, S.C. Lyman, S.C. Anderson, S.C. Walhalla, S.C. Greenwood, S.C. Clinton, S.C. Easley, S.C. Bradley, S.C. Lancaster, S.C. Spartanburg, S.C. Greer, S.C. Taylors, S.C. 2007-2008 Accomplishments Finished in Top 3 in four meets; finished 1st in three meets Finished in the Top 20 in the nation for the 6th year in a row Placed 8th in the 2007 NJCAA Half-Marathon Placed 20th in the 2007 NJCAA Cross Country Division I National Championships Won sixth consecutive title in the NJCAA Region X meet Academic All-American: Jeremy Vangsnes 2007-2008 graduates Where are they now? Travis Eiler - Southern Wesleyan Wells Johnson - The Citadel Jeremy Vangsnes - Coastal Carolina Date Aug. 29 Sept. 6 Day Friday Saturday Meet SCHEDULE Location Appalachian State University Boone, NC Milliken Corporate Campus Spartanburg, SC Greenwood, SC Macon, GA Time 6 pm TBD TBD 9:35 am 9:30 am TBD TBD 11 am Covered Bridge Open Eye Opener Invitational Lander College Invitational Mercer Invitational at Georgia Children's Home Sept. 13 Saturday Sept. 27 Saturday Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 25 Nov. 8 Nov. 15 Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Hagan Stone Cross Country Classic Hagan Stone Park Greensboro, NC Furman Invitational Southeast Cross Country Classic NJCAA Cross Country National Championship NJCAA Half Marathon National Championship Furman University Greenville, SC Berry College Mount Berry, GA Milliken Corporate Campus Spartanburg, SC Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS SMC XC - 2007 Region X Champions 1 For updates, scores, and more visit www.gosmcpioneers.com Women's Cross Country SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE MIKE FOLEY (continued) in Journalism at Michigan State University and is currently working on his Masters degree (thesis pending) in Mass Communications from the University of West Florida. He is married to Robin Tarpinian, a high school English teacher at Blue Ridge High School and a former track and cross country coach at Blue Ridge and Greer high schools, as well as a former cross country coach at Converse College. He is also a writer for the Greenville News. Top 20 Men 26:26 26:29 26:54 27:00 27:04 27:31 27:35 27:45 27:49 27:54 27:56 28:00 28:06 28:06 28:13 28:22 28:23 28:53 28:55 Jeremy Vangsnes Richard Munson Griffin Cole Wells Johnson DJ Mattison Tommy Hunt Ross Kaiser Jonathan McAlister Eric Weathersbee Stephen Odom Brent Durden Michael Rounds David Vass Josh Brooks Steven Flores Eric Duncan Dale McVicker Shane Simmons Taylor Padgett Top 20 Women Time 6 pm TBD TBD 9:35 am 9:30 am TBD TBD 11 am (front row, l-r) Jessica Foley, Alina Merwin, Kathy Spearman, Rebecca Looper, Sarah Arms; (back row, l-r) Tori Richards, Melissa Dobbins, Rosa Young, Lori Bowers, Coach Mike Foley KEY FACTS Key Recruits: Sarah Arms - Travlers Rest, SC Melissa Dobbins - Townville, SC Tori Richards - Troy, SC Rosa Young - Spartanburg, SC Key Returners: Jessica Foley - Little Mountain, SC 2007-2008 Accomplishments All-American Honors: Becca Prichard - Clemson, SC All American Cross Country 2nd Team & All American Half-Marathon Academic All-American Honors: Kara Harper - Duncan, SC Finished in 1st place at the Maryville College Homecoming Invitational Finished in the Top 5 in four regular season events Placed 18th in the 2007 NJCAA Cross Country Division I National Championships; Place 4th in the 2008 Half-Marathon Won conescutive title in the NJCAA Region X meet Academic All-American: Kara Harper 2007-2008 graduates Where are they now? Kara Harper - Clemson University Date Aug. 29 Sept. 6 Day Friday Saturday Meet Name Sarah Arms Lori Bowers Melissa Dobbins Jessica Foley Rebecca Looper Alina Merwin Tori Richards Kathy Spearman Rosa Young Year Freshman Freshman Freshman Sophomore Freshman Freshman Freshman Freshman Freshman ROSTER High School Blue Ridge High School Clover High School Pendleton High School Mid-Carolina High School Pickens High School Lexington High School Ninety Six High School Byrnes High School Dorman High School Hometown Travelers Rest, S.C. York, S.C. Townville, S.C. Little Mountain, S.C. Easley, S.C. Lexington, S.C. Troy, S.C. Lyman, S.C. Spartanburg, S.C. 2006 2003 2006 2007 2007 2004 2006 2003 2003 2007 2006 2007 2003 2007 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 SCHEDULE Location Appalachian State University Boone, NC Milliken Corporate Campus Spartanburg, SC Greenwood, SC Macon, GA Covered Bridge Open Eye Opener Invitational Lander College Invitational Mercer Invitational at Georgia Children's Home Sept. 13 Saturday Sept. 27 Saturday Oct. 4 Oct. 11 Oct. 25 Nov. 8 Nov. 15 Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Hagan Stone Cross Country Classic Hagan Stone Park Greensboro, NC Furman Invitational Southeast Cross Country Classic NJCAA Cross Country National Championship NJCAA Half Marathon National Championship Furman University Greenville, SC Berry College Mount Berry, GA Milliken Corporate Campus Spartanburg, SC Johnson County Community College Overland Park, KS 17:18 19:17 19:40 19:41 19:46 21:01 21:02 21:15 21:18 21:27 21:35 21:38 21:58 22:10 22:15 22:21 22:26 22:29 22:37 22:38 Becca Prichard Jocelyn Veit Cassie Rowland Kara Harper Jessica Foley Maria Ruvalcaba Kelly Futch Kara Harper Hilary Richards Jessica Hudson Alexis Nichols Sarah Lohmann Charley Montgomery Brittnie Simmons Bree Benson Whitney Tilley Valerie Hammond Mandy Yeomans Jamie Turner Teri Montgomery 2007 2005 2004 2007 2007 2006 2004 2006 2005 2005 2003 2002 2005 2007 2002 2003 2005 2003 2003 2004 Keep up with Pioneer athletics throughout the year at www.gosmcpioneers.com Schedules are subject to change 1 Men's Golf PIONEER ATHLETICS 2008-2009 Coach MARK PERDUE Mark Perdue came to SMC in 2004 from the University of South Carolina Upstate, where he was Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine and a Physical Education instructor. Before coming to the Spartanburg area, Perdue was the coordinator of Athletic Training Services at the University of Charleston in Charleston, W. Va. Perdue received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Athletic Training and a Master of Science degree in Physical Education from Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va. In addition to coaching the Golf Team, Perdue also serves as the College's Athletic Director. Perdue resides in Boiling Springs with his wife, Paula, and children: Sam and Tess. (l-r) Struthers McBride, Tyler Forbes, Assistant Coach Kurt Owings, Chancen Blackwood, Daniel Hardy, Jamie Mabe, Ben Gossett, Greg Jaeggi, Shawn Cordle, Ian Long, Gray McGinn, Hunter Allison, Sam Mervosh, Joe McManus, Michael Bachman, Jeff Moats, Ryan Drakeford, Cally Bell, Head Coach Mark Perdue KEY FACTS Key Recruits: Cally Bell - Inman, SC Tyler Forbes - Spartanburg, SC Sam Mervosh - Spartanburg, SC Key Returners: Chancen Blackwood - Spartanburg, SC Shawn Cordle - Spartanburg, SC Daniel Hardy - Lexington, SC Greg Jaeggi - Simpsonville, SC Jamie Mabe - Lexington, SC Jeff Moats - Abbeville, SC Name Hunter Allison Matthew Bachman Cally Bell Chancen Blackwood Shawn Cordle Tyler Forbes Ben Gossett Daniel Hardy Greg Jaeggi Ian Long Jamie Mabe Struthers McBride Gray McGinn Joe McManus Sam Mervosh Jeff Moats Class Freshman Freshman Freshman Sophomore Sophomore Freshman Freshman Sophomore Sophomore Freshman Sophomore Freshman Freshman Freshman Freshman Sophomore ROSTER Hometown Union, SC North Charleston, SC Inman, SC Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg, SC Fort Mill, SC Spartanburg,SC Lexington, SC Simpsonville, SC Duncan, SC Lexington, SC Conway, SC Fort Mill, SC Fort Mill, SC Spartanburg, SC Abbeville, SC High School Union High School Fort Dorchester High School Chapman High School Broome High School Dorman High School Fort Mill High School Broome High School Lexington High School Mauldin High School Byrnes High School Lexington High School Conway High School Fort Mill High School Fort Mill High School Dorman High School Abbeville High School 2007-2008 Accomplishments Tournaments won: South Carolina JUCO Cup Finished 2nd place in the SMC Invitational and the UVA Wise Invitational Region X Tournament: 2nd Place All Region X Player: Jamie Mabe 2007-2008 graduates Where are they now? Matt Jackson - Francis Marion University Craig Hudson - Erskine College Assistant Coach Kurt Owings is in his first season as assistant coach of the SMC men's golf team. He is a Spartanburg native and a Dorman High School graduate. Owings is a graduate of Anderson University, where he was a 4-year starter for the university's men's golf team. KURT OWINGS For updates, scores, and more visit www.gosmcpioneers.com 17 Men's Golf SCHEDULE Date 5-Sep 13-Sep 15-Sep 23-Sep October 6-7 October 13-14 March 7-8 March 16-17 March 30-31 April 6-7 April 20-21 Event Fall Challenge Cub Honda of Columbia Fall Classic Fall Invitational Fall Invitational Fall Invitational Fall Invitational Tusculum Spring Invitational Montreat Invitational BMW Collegiate NJCAA Region X NJCAA Region X / District V Division I Championship Sponsor USC Lancaster Newberry College Brevard College Montreat College Tusculum College Spartanburg Methodist College Coker College Tusculum College Montreat College North Greenville University Spartanburg Methodist College Wallace State University Location Lancaster Golf Club Lancaster, SC Mid-Carolina Golf Club Prosperity, SC Glen Cannon CC Brevard, NC Link Hills CC Greeneville, TN Links o' Tryon Campobello, SC Hartsville GC Hartsville, SC Link Hills Country Club Greeneville, TN Crooked Creek GC Hendersonville, NC Cherokee Valley GC Tigerville, NC Links o' Tryon GC Campobello, SC SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE Links o' Tryon A superior country club experience A Tom Jackson created 18-hole masterful layout 7,150 yard, par 72 championship course featuring four sets of tees for every level of play Complemented with a Pro Shop, restaurant/bar, swimming complex and other extras 11250 New Cut Road - Campobello, SC Phone: (864) 468-4995 Fax: (555) 555-5555 Terri Pines Country Club Cullman, AL 18 Schedules are subject to change Women's Golf PIONEER ATHLETICS 2008-2009 Coach KYLE OWINGS Kyle Owings enters his second year as head coach of the Lady Pioneers golf team at Spartanburg Methodist College in the 2008-2009 season. Owings, 25, is a Spartanburg County native who graduated from Dorman High School in 2000 and Anderson University in 2004, with a degree in Business Management. He recently earned a Master's in Education at Converse College. Owings currently works full-time as a career counselor at Dorman High School. He also assists the Dorman High School golf teams as a swing instructor. Golf is something that Owings fell in love with at an early age. At age eight, he began playing golf with his younger brother. While a member of the Anderson University golf team, he was named four-time MVP, fourtime All Conference, and a 2003 Ping All-American. He has also played 1 � years of professional golf on the Southeastern Tour. In his spare time, Owings is a part-time golf instructor and has a diverse group of students. He also enjoys fishing and is the music minister at Cedar Shoals Baptist Church. (front row, l-r) Jessica Gibson, Lauran Hubbert, Amanda Geddings; (back row, l-r) Karen Eite, Assistant Coach Brad Kelly, Head Coach Kyle Owings, Corrinne Skelley KEY FACTS Key Recruits: Lauran Hubbert - Fayetteville, GA Corrinne Skelly - Pendleton, SC Key Returners: Karen Eite - York, SC Jessica Gibson - Edgefield, SC 2007-2008 Accomplishments Tournaments won: SMC Fall Invitational Montreat Fall Invitational Montreat Spring Invitational Finished regular season 1st in Region X Recent players Where are they now? Summer Wall - USC Upstate Name Karen Eite Amanda Geddings Jessica Gibson Lauran Hubbert Corrine Skelly Class Sophomore Sophomore Sophomore Freshman Freshman ROSTER Hometown York, SC Bishopville, SC Edgefield, SC Fayetteville, GA Pendleton, SC High School York Comphrensive High School Lee Academy Strom Thurmond High School Starr's Mill High School Pendleton High School For updates, scores, and more visit www.gosmcpioneers.com 19 Women's Golf SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE a piece of wood furniture (whether antique or more recent vintage) should look. Her other interests include music and piano. Stephanie grew up in Needham, MA, has her High School Diploma and a BA Degree in Economics from Windham College. During those days, she became very active in the women's gymnastics programs and softball. Although golf did not enter Stephanie's life until she was 42 years old, her athletic ability, her competitive spirit, her desire to learn all aspects of the game, 6 summers of lessons and a strict regimen of practice have developed her game to a competitive level. In Connecticut, Stephanie was a member of Greenwoods Country Club, a private course in Winchester, CT from 2003 through 2007, where she was the Women's Club Champion all 5 years. She was also President of the Women's Club at Canton Golf Club and Women's Club Champion there from 1999 to 2003. Stephanie is very interested in promoting women's golf and began helping other women with instruction 3 years ago. She is currently giving private golf lessons to women who want to either learn as a beginner or to improve their game. ASSISTANT COACH SCHEDULE Date Sept. 7-9 Sept. 15 Sept. 28-30 October 6-7 November 7-9 March 8 - 10 Event Fall Invitational Orchard Fall Invitational Fall Invitational Aramark Collegiate Invitational Fall Invitational Spring Invitational Sponsor Anderson University Location Brookstone Meadows CC Anderson, SC Piedmont College The Orchard Golf & Country Club Clarksville, GA Tusculum College Brevard College USC-Beaufort Piedmont College The Creek @ Hard Labor State Park Rutledge, GA Glen Cannon CC Pisgah Forest, NC Link Hills CC The Orchard Golf & Country Club Clarksville, GA LPGA International Golf Club Daytona Beach, FL Link Hills CC Greeneville, TN Etowah Valley CC Etowah, SC STEPHANIE VanINWAGEN Stephanie Van Inwagen is in her first season as assistant coach of the Lady Pioneers golf team. She recently relocated to Woodruff, SC from Torrington, CT at the end of June 2008 so that she would be able to enjoy the warmer weather and most importantly, enable her to pursue her passion, the game of golf. For 15 years, Stephanie owned and operated StephCo Furniture R&R, an antique restoration and furniture repair business. She has always had a talent and vision of how March 15 - 17 April 5 -7 April 21 May 18 - 21 Monreat Invitational Agnes McAmis Memorial Golf Tournament Montreat College Tusculum College 6th Annual The Orchard Spring Invitational NJCAA National Tournament 20 Schedules are subject to change Men's Soccer SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE Coach DAN KENEALLY Coach Dan Kenneally joined SMC in 1995 as the men's soccer coach after coaching at Greensboro College in Greensboro, N.C., where he was assistant coach in men's and women's soccer teams from 19901994. Kenneally began coaching the women's team in 1997. During his career at SMC, Kenneally (continued on p. 23) (front row, l-r) Garrett Keough, Josh Trejo, Yee Lor, Justin Kollath, Alejandro Guarin, Andy Castano, David Slaughter James Restrepo, Nick Wilbanks; (2nd row, l-r) Jacob Durham, Michael Guerrero, Sergio Flores, Tony Higgins, Tyler Williams, Greg DeMare, Elio Coffey, David Stone, Ruyter Rodrigues, Vincent Del LaCueva; (3rd row) Eric Lee, Justin Barlotta, Sean Flynn, Phillip Patrick, John Prochak, Tyler Gibson, Shaun Richards, Chris Harris, Donald Stewart, Lee Jackson, Coach Dan Keneally SCHEDULE Day Saturday Monday Saturday Saturday Wednesday Saturday Date Aug. 23 Aug. 25 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sept. 10 Sept. 13 Opponent USC Upstate St. Andrews Wake Tech CC USC Salkehatchie Tri-County Technical College Cape Fear Community College Location Spartanburg, SC Laurinburg, NC Raleigh, NC Allendale, SC SMC SMC Time 7 pm 2 pm 1 pm 1 pm 5 pm 5 pm ROSTER No. 22 0 0 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 Name Greg De Mare John Prochack Tyler Gibson Phillip Patrick David Stone Garret Keough Vincent Del La Cueva Tony Higgins Sergio Flores Ikempe Ikenna Donald Stewart Ruyter Rodrigues David Slaughter Justin Barlotta Sean Flynn Chris Harris Nathan Gray Tyler Williams Andy Castano Tyler Page Josh Trejo James Restrepo Justin Kollath Elio Coffey Eric Lee Yee Lor Lee Jackson Mike Guerrero Travis Jackson Shaun Richards Nick Wilbanks Jacob Durham Alejandro Guarin Class Position Hometown Fr GK Chapin, SC Fr GK Spartanburg, SC Fr GK Gastonia, NC Fr GK Greenville, SC Fr Mid Chapin, SC Fr Mid Rock Hill, SC Fr Fwd Charlotte, NC Fr Mid Moore, SC So Mid Morganton, NC Fr Def Lagos, Nigeria So Def Warner Robbins, GA So Mid Marietta, GA Fr Mid Chapin, SC Fr Mid Summerville, SC Fr Mid Columbia, SC Fr Def Whiteville, NC Fr Def Greer, SC Fr Def Chapin, SC So Mid Orlando, FL So Mid Union, SC Fr Fwd Polk, NC Fr Mid Travelers Rest, SC Fr Fwd Columbia, SC Fr Def Moore, SC Fr Mid Spartanburg, SC Fr Fwd Morganton, SC Fr Mid Yorktown, VA So Def Spartanburg, SC So Def Conway, SC So Def Ninety Six, SC Fr Mid Spartanburg, SC Fr Mid Spartanburg, SC Fr Fwd Anderson, SC High School Chapin High School Spartanburg High School Hunter Huss High School Eastside High School Chapin High School South Pointe High School Independence High School Oak Brook Prep Freedom High School Dublin High School Wheeler High School Chapin High School Summerville High School Spring Valley High School Whiteville High School Greer High School Chapin High School Freedom High School Union High School Polk High School Travelers Rest High School Airport High School John F. Byrnes High School Dorman High School East Burke High School Tab High School Boiling Springs High School Conway High School Ninety Six High School Broome High School Broome High School TL Hanna High School SMC Invitational Friday Sunday Thursday Saturday Sunday Wedneday Sept.19 Sept. 21 Sept. 25 Sept. 27 Sept. 28 Oct. 1 SMC vs. Truett McConnell Georgia Perimeter vs. Louisburg Louisburg College USC Salkehatchie USC Sumter Tri-County Technical College Middle Georgia College of Southern Maryland Louisburg SMC vs. Andrews Andrews vs. Cape Fear Cape Fear Wake Tech USC Sumter Region X Tournament SMC SMC Louisburg, NC SMC SMC Pendleton, SC Louisburg, NC Louisburg, NC SMC SMC SMC Wilmington, NC SMC Sumter, SC SMC 4 pm 1 pm 2 pm 1 pm 1 pm 6 pm TBD 11 am 2 pm 11:30 am 3 pm 2 pm 4 pm 1 pm TBD Louisburg Invitational Saturday Oct. 4 Sunday Oct. 5 Wednesday SMC Tournament Saturday Sunday Saturday Thursday Saturday Saturday-Sunday Oct. 8 Oct. 11 Oct. 12 Oct. 18 Oct. 23 Oct. 25 Nov. 1-2 READ MORE ABOUT MEN'S SOCCER ON P. 24 22 Schedules are subject to change Women's Soccer PIONEER ATHLETICS 2008-2009 DAN KENNEALLY (continued) has coached the men's team to a 112-86-18 record, and the women's team to a 91-76-14 record. Kenneally was named Region X Men's Coach of the Year in 1995 and 2000 and Women's Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2004. His other coaching experience includes ODP Western New York, Eastern New York, Greensboro Soccer Club, Spartanburg Soccer Club, Camp UNC Chapel Hill, SUNY Farmingdale, and Alfred University. Kenneally played soccer for ODP Eastern New York and North Carolina State. Kenneally received an Associate of Science degree in Business Management from State University of New York at Farmingdale, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Alfred University. He resides in Spartanburg with his wife, Marissa, and two children, Thomas, 11, and Ashley, 9. (front row, l-r) Alice Luna, Jordan Hart, Mary Kindschuh; (2nd row, l-r) Alexandria Newman, Justine Wilson, Deidra Carter, Erin Raffaldt, Alejandra Echavarria, Kelsey Otero, Julia Harris, Maria Vaughn; (3rd row, l-r) Coach Dan Keanneally, Jennifer Coffey, Vanessa Hooker, Jayme Sky, Mary Grace Morrison, Danielle Poynter, Abbey Weick, Karissa Whitcomb, Anna Arredando ROSTER No. 0 7 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 23 Name Jordan Hart Karissa Whitcomb Kelsey Otero Alejandra Echavarria Erin Raffaldt Alice Luna Julia Harris Vanessa Hooker Maria Vaughn Mary Kindschuh Mary Grace Morrison Anna Arredando Jennifer Coffey Justine Wilson Danielle Poynter Evan Smith Jayme Sky Abbey Weick Alexandria Newman Diedra Carter Class Fr So So So Fr So Fr Fr So So So Fr So So So So So Fr Fr So Pos GK GK Mid Mid Mid Def Fwd Mid Mid Fwd Def Fwd Def Mid Fwd Fwd Def Def Mid Fwd Hometown North Augusta, SC Spartanburg, SC Duncan, SC Greer, SC Greer, SC Walhalla, SC Spartanburg, SC Greer, SC Piedmont, SC Whitesville, SC Spartanburg, SC Anderson, SC Moore, SC Gilbert, SC Greer, SC Oshweken, Ontario, Canada Duncan, SC Spartanburg, SC Greenwood, SC High School North Augusta High School James F. Byrnes High School Greer High School Blue Ridge High School Walhalla High School Spartanburg High School Blue Ridge High School Wren High School Whitesville High School James F. Byrnes High School Pendleton High School James F.Byrnes High School Gibert High School Eastside High School BCI James F. Byrnes High School Dorman High School Emerald High School SCHEDULE Day Date Opponent Converse USC Salkehatchie USC Lancaster Cape Fear Community College Cape Fear Community College USC Lancaster SMC vs. Truett McConnell Louisburg vs. Truett McConnell SMC vs. Oxford Oxford vs. Louisburg Louisburg College USC Salkehatchie USC Sumter Middle Georgia Howard Louisburg SMC vs. Shelton State SMC vs. Andrews Cape Fear vs. Shelton State Andrews vs. Cape Fear Cape Fear USC Sumter Region X Tournament Location Spartanburg, SC Allendale, SC SMC SMC SMC Lancaster, SC SMC SMC SMC SMC Louisburg, NC SMC SMC Louisburg, NC Louisburg, NC SMC SMC SMC SMC SMC Wilmington, NC Sumter, SC SMC Time 5 pm 3 pm 4 pm 3 pm 1 pm 4 pm 2 pm 10 am 2 pm 3 pm 4 pm 3 pm 3 pm TBD TBD 4 pm 2 pm 9:30 am 1:30 pm 1 pm 4 pm 3 pm TBD Saturday Aug. 30 Saturday Sept. 6 Sunday Sept. 7 Saturday Sept. 13 Sunday Sept. 14 Wednesday Sept. 17 SMC Invitational Friday Sept.19 Saturday Sept. 20 Saturday Sept. 20 Sunday Sept. 21 Thursday Sept. 25 Saturday Sept. 27 Sunday Sept. 28 Louisburg Invitational Saturday Oct. 4 Sunday Oct. 5 Wednesday Oct. 8 SMC Tournament Friday Oct. 10 Saturday Oct. 11 Saturday Oct. 11 Sunday Oct. 12 Saturday Oct. 18 Saturday Oct. 25 Saturday-Sunday Nov. 1-2 READ MORE ABOUT WOMEN'S SOCCER ON P. 24 For updates, scores, and more visit www.gosmcpioneers.com 23 Men's and Women's Soccer MEN'S SOCCER - KEY FACTS Coach's Record at SMC: 112-86-18 Coach's Year at SMC: Since 1995 2007-2008 Team Record: 6-11-12 Key 2008 Recruits Greg DeMare Sean Flynn David Slaughter Tyler Williams Vincent Del La Cueva Joshua Trejo Justin Barlotta Key 2008 Returners Andy Castano Ruyter Rodrigues Donald Stewart Sergio Flores 2007-2008 Accomplishments Region X Tournament: 3rd Place Finish Academic All-American James Canizzaro All-Region 1st Team: Nathan Arroyo Ben Brannan Mitch Gullick All-Region 2nd Team: Lee Smith Sergio Flores All-Region Honorable Mention: Harper Kemp 2007-2008 Graduates Where Are They Now? Ben Brannan - USC Upstate Harper Kemp - USC Upstate Nathan Arroyo - Newberry College Ryan Leonard - Erskine College WOMEN'S SOCCER - KEY FACTS Coach's Record at SMC: 91-76-14 Coach's Year at SMC: Since 1999 2007-2008 Team Record: 11-6-1 Key 2008 Recruits Jordan Hart Erin Raffaldt Julia Harris Abbey Weick Anna Arredando Vanessa Hooker Key 2008 Returners Jennifer Coffey Mary Grace Morrison Deidra Carter Maria Vaughn Alice Luna Kelsey Otero 2007-2008 Accomplishments Region X Tournament: 3rd Place Finish All-Region 1st Team: Samantha Watts Katelyn Gristick All-Region 2nd Team: Kristi Allen Smantha Decker Deidra Carter 2 Softball PIONEER ATHLETICS 2008-2009 Coach RICK PAULY Rick Pauly enters his fourth year as head coach of the SMC Softball team in the 2008-2009 season. Pauly's coaching career covers 18 years at all ages and skill levels. He has coached in Arizona, Wisconsin, and South Carolina. On a personal level he was an ASA Softball All-American and competed in 12 National and International Championship tournaments. For several years he has specialized in instructing young lades in the art of pitching. Many of his students have gained softball scholarships at the Division 1 level with three of those students also being drafted in to the National Pro Fastpitch league. Pauly views the SMC Softball program as a great opportunity to continue helping student athletes continue the pursuit of both their academic and athletic dreams. He is a native of Wisconsin and has a B.S. degree in Industrial Technology from UW-Stout. He and his wife, Joan, recently relocated to South Carolina from Phoenix, Az. They have two children, a son Jesse still residing in Phoenix and a daughter Sarah who is an assistant softball coach at the College of Charleston. (front row, l-r) Sharandah Smith, Kendra Reeder, Jennifer Lamonica, Haley Sheehan, Laura Trout; (2nd row, l-r) Brittany Gregory, Bailey Edwards, Jayme Sky, Rachel Bradley, Kimberly Braxton, Nikki Young, Brittany Scoggins, Dena Messer; (3rd row, l-r) Assistant Coach Tiffany Hensley, Rebecca Harris, Alex Windham, Dana Smith, Jackie Slawson, Lacey Dinney, Emily Elgin, Sierra Wilkinson, Crystal Smith, Assistant Coach Austin Murray; (4th row, l-r) Head Coach Rick Pauly, Assistant Coach Randy Piazza ROSTER Name Kimberly Braxton Lacey Dinney Bailey Edwards Emily Elgin Brittany Gregory Rebecca Harris Jennifer Lamonica Dena Messer Kendra Reeder Brittany Scoggins Haley Sheehan Jayme Sky Jackie Slawson Crystal Smith Dana Smith Alyssa Starkey Laura Trout Sierra Wilkinson Alex Windham Nikki Young Year Freshman Freshman Freshman Freshman Freshman Freshman Sophomore Freshman Freshman Sophomore Freshman Sophomore Freshman Freshman Freshman Sophomore Sophomore Freshman Sophomore Freshman High School Brookland-Cayce High School Saltfleet High School Boiling Springs High School East Henderson High School Union High School Berkely High School Loretto Abbey High School Woodruff High School Byrnes High School Boiling Springs High School Midland Valley High School Bantford Collegiate High School Stratford High School Berkely High School Boiling Springs High School Chapman High School Stratford High School Chesnee High School Fort Mill High School Union High School Hometown Columbia, SC Toronto, Canada Boiling Springs, SC Hendersonville, NC Union, SC Moncks Corner, SC Toronto, Canada Woodruff, SC Duncan, SC Boiling Springs, SC Midland Valley, SC Ohsweken, Canada Ladsen, SC Moncks Corner, SC Boiling Springs, SC Inman, SC Summerville, SC Chesnee, SC Fort Mill, SC Union, SC Posn IF P/IF OF P/IF IF OF P/IF If C/IF P/IF SS IF OF IF P/IF Of IF C/IF IF OF KEY FACTS Coach's Record at SMC: 64-47-1 2007-2008 Team Record: 36-13 Key Recruits Kimberly Braxton - Columbia, SC Emily Elgin - Hendersonville, NC Dena Messer- Woodruff, SC Kendra Reeder - Duncan, SC Haley Sheehan - Midland Valley, SC Jackie Slawon - Ladsden, SC Sierra Wilkinson - Chesnee, SC Nikki Young - Union, SC Key Returners Jennifer Lamonica - Toronto Brittany Scoggins - Boiling Springs, SC Jayme Sky - Toronto Alyssa Starkey - Inman, SC Laura Trout - Summerville, SC Alex Windham - Fort MIll, SC 2007-2008 Accomplishments Region X Champions NJCAA Fastpitch Division I Nationals: 5th Place Six pre-season scrimmage wins against NCAA Division II teams Academic All-American Team Region X Coach of the Year: Rick Pauly All Americans: Laura Trout Academic All-American: Whitney Wiles Chelsi Edwards 1st Team All-Region: Chelsi Edwards Laura Trout Anna Oswald Brittany Scoggins Alyssa Starkey 2nd Team All-Region: Amber Hartley 2007-2008 Graduates Where are they Now? Amber Harley - Erskine College Anna Oswald - Coker College Bree Shirley - Lander University Whitney WIles - Newberry College For updates, scores, and more visit www.gosmcpioneers.com 2 Softball SCHEDULE Date Opponent Location Sept. 12-13 Furman Tourney Simpsonville, SC 12-Sep North Greenville University (scrimmage) 12-Sep Erskine College (scrimmage) 13-Sep Brenau University (scrimmage) 13-Sep Furman University (scrimmage) 13-Sep Lander University (scrimmage) Sept. 20-21 ThunderCat Tourney (scrimmages) 19-Sep SMC - Blue vs North Greenville 19-Sep SMC - White vs. Erskine 19-Sep SMC - Blue vs. Erskine 19-Sep SMC - White vs. North Greenville 20-Sep SMC - Blue vs. SC Xtreme Lightning 20-Sep SMC - White vs. Knockouts 20-Sep SMC - Blue vs. Newberry - Red 20-Sep SMC - White vs. Newberry - Black 20-Sep SMC vs.VA Rowdies 21-Sep SMC vs. Thundercats 21-Sep SMC vs. Knockouts Sept. 27-28 USC-Upstate Tourney (scrimmages) 27-Sep USC Upstate 27-Sep Georgia Perimeter College 27-Sep Francis Marion University 28-Sep USC Upstate Oct. 4-6 Oct. 5 Oct. 5 Oct. 5 Oct. 6 Oct. 6 Oct. 18 Oct. 18 Oct. 18 Jan. 31 Feb. 6 Feb. 7 Feb. 11 Feb. 20-22 Feb. 28 Mar. 3 Mar. 20 Mar. 21 Mar. 26 Mar. 28 Mar. 29 4-Apr 5-Apr 10-Apr 11-Apr 18-Apr 19-Apr 22-Apr April 30 May 12 - 17 Winthrop Tourney (scrimmages) SMC vs. Erskine College SMC vs. FCCJ SMC vs. FDT SMC vs. Ching 1 SMC. vs Lenoir Rhyne Presbyterian College (scrimmages) SMC vs. Southern Wesleyan SMC vs. Presbyterian College Scrimmage Southern Wesleyan University Scrimmage Scrimmage Ringor Tourney Georgia Perimeter Walters State Aiken Tech USC Sumter North Greenville University Stanly CC Southeastern CC USC Salkehatchie Louisburg Florence Darlington Pitt CC Patrick Henry CC Surry CC North Greenville University Region X Tourney JUCO National Tourney Byrnes HS - Duncan, SC Time 6 pm 8 pm 2 pm 6 pm 8 pm 7 pm 7 pm 8:30 pm 8:30 pm 2:30 pm 2:30 pm 4 pm 4 pm 7 pm 10 am 1:30 pm 9 am 1 pm 7 pm 1 pm 10 am 2 pm 4 pm 11 am 3 pm 1 pm 3 pm 1/3 pm 3/5 pm 1/3 pm TBD TBD TBD 2/4 pm 5/7 pm 2/4 pm 3/5 pm 2/4 pm 12/2 pm 1/3 pm 1/3 pm 2/4 pm 12/2 pm 3/5 pm 12/2 pm 3/5 pm TBD TBD SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE ASSISTANT COACH of teams ranging from 8u through 18u. Additionally, he has been an active volunteer and board member of Boiling Springs Youth Athletic Association for over 20 years. Within this organization Piazza has coached softball, baseball, and football. Piazza graduated from Boiling Springs High School where he was an All Conference and All State player in baseball and football. After high school he received a scholarship to play football at Taft College in California and completed his football career at Western Carolina. Piazza lives in Boiling Springs and is supported by his wife Valarie and their three children; Rakel, Janney, and Zane. RANDY PIAZZA Boiling Springs area native Randy Piazza has joined the SMC coaching staff this season. Randy comes to the Pioneer program with an extensive background in ASA softball. He organized the Boiling Springs based Palmetto Gators which consists USC-Upstate - Spartanburg, SC Winthrop College - Rock Hill, SC Presbyterian College - Clinton, SC SMC Central, SC Boiling Springs, NC SMC Aiken, SC Atlanta, Ga. SMC Aiken, SC SMC SMC Albamarle, NC Whiteville, NC SMC SMC SMC SMC PHCC Dobson, NC Tigerville, SC Hartsville, SC St. George, Utah SMC SOFTBALL 2008 REGION X CHAMPIONS 2 Schedules are subject to change Softball PIONEER ATHLETICS 2008-2009 ASSISTANT COACH was a team captain, three year starter at shortstop, and a Pre-Season All Conference performer. Prior to her collegiate career Hensley was a two time All State selection from Coach Jeff Wilson's Polk County High School softball team in North Carolina. In addition to being a four year starting shortstop and pitcher at Polk County, she was a three time Team MVP and three time Team Captain. Hensley's travel ball experience includes two years with Ray Chandlers nationally ranked 18U Carolina Cardinals. In 2004, Hensley was selected to play on an All-Star Team that played the USA Olympic Team on its "Tour to Athens" schedule. TIFFANY HENSLEY After completing a stellar career at Appalachian State University, Tiffany Hensley has started her coaching career at SMC this season. At Appalachian State Hensley Men's Tennis SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE Coach RODNEY McALISTER Rodney McAlister enters his first season as head coach of the SMC's men's and women's tennis teams in 2008-2009. McAlister himself was a college tennis standout, having played in the No. 2 position for Anderson (continued on p. 29) (front row, l-r) Jacob Stafford Matthew Gault, Christian Adamo; (middle row, l-r) Christian Ranguelov, Andrew Jackson, James Nicholson, Phillip Hocker; (back row, l-r) Coach Rodney McAlister, Taylor Sprouse, Marshall Dudley, Wes Flowers, Mark Boswell, Trent Jackson, Matthew Kennamer ROSTER Name Christian Adamo Marshall Dudley Wes Flowers Matthew Gault Phillip Hocker Andrew Jackson Trent Jackson James Nicholson Matthew Kennamer Christian Ranguelov Taylor Sprouse Jacob Stafford Class Freshman Sophomore Freshman Freshman Freshman Sophomore Freshman Sophomore Freshman Sophomore Freshman Freshman High School Union High School Mayo High School Lexington High School Union High School Spartanburg High School Airport High School East Paulding High School Battery Creek High School North Augusta High School --Wade Hampton High School Mid-Carolina High School Hometown Union, SC Darlington, SC Lexington, SC Union, SC Spartanburg, SC Columbia, SC Dallas, GA Beaufort, SC North Augusta, SC Sofia, Bulgaria Greenville, SC Prosperity, SC Date Sept. 18 SCHEDULE Opponent North Greenville University (scrimmage) Sept. 20 USC Lancaster (scrimmage) Sept. 26-28 ITA Fall Regional Championships Oct. 11 Erskine College (scrimmage) Oct. 18 Emmanuel College (scrimmage) Nov. 2 Benedict College (scrimmage) Nov. 6 USC Lancaster Feb. 13 North Greenville University Feb. 27 Benedict College Feb. 28 Grand Rapids March 1 Oxford of Emory Emmanuel College March 7 March 22 Georgia Perimeter College March 28 USC Lancaster March 31 Newberry College April 4 Lenoir Rhyne College April 5 Oglethorpe University TBD Benedict College Erskine College TBD Location Greer City Recreation Courts, Greer, SC Lancaster, SC Alexander City, AL Due West, SC Franklin Springs, GA SMC SMC SMC SMC Conyers, GA Conyers, GA SMC Clarkston, GA SMC Newberry, SC SMC Atlanta, GA TBD SMC Time 3:45 pm 1:30 pm TBD TBD 3:30 pm 2 pm 2:30 pm 2 pm 3 pm TBD TBD 2:30 pm 10 am 2 pm 2 pm 2 pm 3 pm TBD TBD KEY FACTS 2007-2008 Team Record: 6-5 Key Recruits Christian Adamo - Union, SC Wes Flowers - Lexington, SC Phillip Hocker - Spartanburg, SC Matthew Kennamer - North Augusta, SC Taylor Sprouse - Greenville, SC Jacob Stafford - Prosperity, SC Key Returners Marshall Dudley - Darlington, SC Andrew Jackson - Columbia, SC James Nicholson - Beaufort, SC Christian Ranguelov - Sofia, Bulgaria 2007-2008 Accomplishments Team recorded its first shutout ever Went 3-0 in pre-season scrimmages NJCAA Division I National Tournament: 22nd place team finish with four members competing; Christian Ranguelov - 13th place individual 28 Schedules are subject to change Women's Tennis PIONEER ATHLETICS 2008-2009 RODNEY McALISTER (continued) University and then as the No. 1 for Lander University. He is a 1978 graduate of Lander University with a Bachelor's in Business Administration. McAlister has received numerous accolades as a tennis professional, having been ranked as high as No. 6 in the south. In 2004 he received a No. 1 southern ranking in 4.5 men's doubles. In 2007, McAlister was named the John Newcombe South Carolina Tennis Pro of the Year. He has a professional rating from Van Der Meer Tennis University, as well as USTA referee and ITA referee certifications. McAlister has also participated on teams that have won eight state championships and two southern championships. Teams he has coached have gone on to earn numerous honors. He is the 2004 South Carolina Junior Davis Cup coach; the 2005 and 2006 head coach for the SC Junior Davis Cup; the 2004 and 2005 Southern 14's Coach; and the 2006 Southern 18-s Coach. McAlister served as the Director of Tennis at Hunter's Creek Racquet Club from 1994 until 2008, where he developed and managed all aspects of the tennis program. McAlister is the Teaching Pro for the club. That club was the SC Pro Association Club of the Year in 1996. He is also a partner at Rawls Creek Racquet and Swim Club in Irmo, SC, which was the recipient of the 2001 SCTA Member Club of the Year. McAlister and his wife Ann have been married for 26 years and live in Greenwood. They have a son attending Clemson University and one who is a senior at Greenwood High School and plans to attend SMC in the fall. (front row, l-r) Amanda Simmons, Shericka Wilson, Kristen Swain; (back row, l-r) Coach Rodney McAlister, Margaret Daugherty, Anastasia Laing, Courtney Nutt, and Megan Peeples ROSTER Name Margaret Daugherty Anastasia Laing Courtney Nutt Megan Peeples Amanda Simmons Yasmie Smith Kristen Swain Year Sophmore Sophmore Freshman Freshman Freshman Sophomore Sophomore High School Lexington High School Bluffton High School Byrnes High School Wade Hampton High School Saluda High School Lake City High School Woodruff High School Hometown Lexington, SC Bluffton, SC Moore, SC Estill, SC Saluda, SC Lake City, SC Woodruff, SC KEY FACTS 2007-2008 Team Record: 0-11 Key Recruits Courtney Nutt - Moore, SC Megan Peeples - Estill, SC Amanda Simmons - Saluda, SC Key Returners Margaret Daugherty - Lexington, SC Anastasia Laing - Bluffton, SC Yasmie Smith - Lake City, SC Kristen Swain - Woodruf, SC 2007 - 2008 Accomplishments Academic All-American Kara Harper 2007 - 2008 graduates Where are they now? Kara Harper - Clemson University SCHEDULE Opponent North Greenville University (scrimmage) Sept. 20 USC Lancaster (scrimmage) Sept. 26-28 ITA Fall Regional Championships Oct. 18 Emmanuel College (scrimmage) Nov. 2 Benedict College (scrimmage) Nov. 6 USC Lancaster (scrimmage) Feb. 13 North Greenville University Feb. 27 Benedict College Feb. 28 Florida Community College Feb. 1 Oxford of Emory March 7 Emmanuel College March 21 Young Harris College March 22 Georgia Perimeter March 28 USC Lancaster March 31 Newberry College Lenoir Rhyne College April 4 April 5 Oglethorpe University April 11 Young Harris College TBD Benedict College Date Sept. 18 Location Greer City Recreation Courts, Greer, SC Lancaster, SC Alexander City, AL Franklin Springs, GA SMC SMC SMC SMC Conyers, GA Conyers, GA SMC Young Harris, GA Clarkston, GA SMC Newberry, SC SMC Atlanta, GA SMC TBD Time 3:45 pm 1:30 pm TBD 3:30 pm 2 pm 2:30 pm 2 pm 3 pm TBD TBD 2:30 pm 2 pm 10 am 2 pm 2 pm 2 pm 3 pm 3 pm TBD SMC Pioneer Tennis Serve it up! For updates, scores, and more visit www.gosmcpioneers.com 29 Volleyball SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE Coach BRITTANY HARRY Brittany Harry enters her second year as coach of the SMC Lady Pioneers Volleyball team in the 2008/2009 season. She also serves as the Sports Information Director (continued on p. 31) (front row) Haley Cannon, Brittany Hagler, Tiffany Dean, Sam Johnson; (back row) Taryn Blackwell, Ashley Trunk, Head Coach Brittany Harry, Blaise Ramsbotham, Kayla Potter SCHEDULE Date Opponent Scrimmages 15-Aug North Greenville 19-Aug Brevard College 26-Aug St. Andrews College Regular Season 22-Aug Pioneer Classic vs. Hiwassee vs. Louisburg 23-Aug Pioneer Classic vs. Snead vs. Laredo vs. TBD vs. TBD Catawba Valley CC 30-Aug 7-Sep Pitt CC 7-Sep Lenoir CC* 10-Sep Blue Ridge* 12-Sep Wake Tech* 13-Sep Guilford Tech* 16-Sep Toccoa Falls 19-Sep Southern Union Tournament vs. Southern Union 20-Sep Southern Union Tournament vs. Bevill State CC vs. Southern Union vs. Faulkner State vs. NW Shoals CC 26-Sep Spartanburg Showdown -- Family Weekend vs. Cape Fear* vs. Schoolcraft 27-Sep Spartanburg Showdown -- Family Weekend vs. Schoolcraft 30-Sep Toccoa Falls 4-Oct Dig for the Cure/Sophomore Day Tri-Match vs. Pitt CC* 8-Oct Blue Ridge* 10-Oct Wake Tech* 11-Oct Tri-Match vs. Guilford Tech vs. Davidson County 25-Oct Tri-Match vs. Cape Fear* vs. Brunswick Oct 31 - Nov 1 Region X Tournament Nov 20-22 NJCAA Div. I Volleyball Tournament Location Tigerville, SC Brevard, NC Laurinburg, NC Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg, SC Hickory, NC Greenville, NC Greenville, NC Flat Rock, NC Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg, SC Wadley, AL Wadley, AL Wadley, AL Wadley, AL Wadley, AL Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg, SC Toccoa Falls, GA Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg, SC Raleigh, NC Jamestown, NC Jamestown, NC Time 12:30pm 10am 7pm 4pm 7pm 10am 1pm 2:30 or 4pm 5:30 or 7pm 2:00 PM 4:00 PM 7pm 7pm 2pm 7pm 2pm TBD TBD TBD TBD 4:00 PM 8:00 PM 5:00 PM 7pm 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 2:00 PM 4:00 PM # 1 5 7 8 10 12 14 16 Name Year Brittany Hagler Fr. Taryn Blackwell Fr. Blaise Ramsbotham Fr. Ashley Trunk Fr. Kayla Potter So. Sam Johnson So. Haley Cannon Fr. Tiffany Dean So. ROSTER High School TC Roberson HS Chapman HS Greenbrier HS Ben Lippen HS Union Grove HS Summerville HS Hickory HS West Oak HS Hometown Fletcher, NC Inman, SC Evans, GA Columbia, SC McDonough, GA Summerville, SC Hickory, NC Westminster, SC Position Height OPP 5'10 OH 5'8 S 5'8 OPP/DS 5'7 OH/DS 5'7 MB 6' OH 5'11 OH 5'10 Wilmington, NC 1:00 PM Wilmington, NC 3:00 PM Pitt CC - Greenville, NC TBD Council Bluffs, IA TBD 30 Schedules are subject to change Volleyball BRITTANY HARRY (continued) for SMC's athletics programs. In 2007, Harry led the Pioneers to a 25-4 overall record and their first trip to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament since 1984. Harry is a 2007 graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate and holds a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism. She played on the USC Upstate women's volleyball team from 20022005 and served as its team captain in the 2005 season. Despite being plagued with knee injuries throughout her career at USC, she is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year for women's volleyball at the college. Harry holds the third spot on the all-time digs list with 1433 from 0205. She is the all-time leader in digs/ game with 5.38 in 2004 as well as holding the fourth spot with 4.51/ game in 2003. She is fourth all-time with digs/season with 528 in 2003. During her senior year, she was named to the All-Peach Belt Conference second team and was also a member of the Peach Belt Presidential Honor Roll her freshman and junior seasons. While at USC Upstate Harry served as a four-year member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC); she served as the Student Government Representative for SAAC during her membership. She also held a sports information internship with the USC Upstate Athletic Department and was the Internet broadcaster for all home volleyball matches in 2006 while also serving as the student assistant for the volleyball team. She also spent two months attending the University of Cadiz in Cadiz, Spain during the summer of 2005. PIONEER ATHLETICS 2008-2009 Her coaching experience includes coaching camps during the summer at Wofford College, Clemson University and in Illinois. She also serves as a coach during the spring at Club South in Spartanburg. Club South is one of the largest clubs in the southeast for juniors aged 7-18. This year she will coach the top 14's team for Club South. In 2007, she coached the 16 National team to a runner-up finish in the USAV Palmetto Region in Charlotte, NC, with two players being named All-region. KEY FACTS Coach's Record at SMC: 25-4 2007-2008 Team Record: 25-4 All-time SMC single season record Key Recruits: Brittany Hagler - Fletcher, NC Taryn Blackwell - Inman, SC Blaise Ramsbotham - Evans, GA Ashley Trunk - Columbia, SC Haley Cannon - Hickory, NC Key Returners: Kayla Potter - McDonough, GA Sam Johnson - Summerville, SC Tiffany Dean - Westminster, SC 2007-2008 Accomplishments Region X Tournament Entered at 1st seed, finished with tournament title All Region X Team Tiffany Dean Tori Criminger Region X All-Tournament Team Tiffany Dean Tori Criminger Jen Kelly NJCAA Division I National Tournament Entered as 15th seed First SMC appearance since 1984 ASSISTANT COACH 2006, and held the individual match highs for attack percentage, kills, total attacks, and points per match in 2007. Despite Upstate's semifinals loss to USC Aiken, Ambrisco was named to the Peach Belt All-Tournament Team in 2006. In Upstate's first year in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference Ambrisco fifth in the A-Sun for overall kills in 2007 and was the first player to achieve 20 kills in a single match and 200 kills overall in Upstate's Division 1 debut. She also was a member of the All-Academic team two years running. Ambrisco is a current member of the University Singers at USC Upstate, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and the academic society Phi Kappa Phi. She is also involved in intramural sports and tutors weekly through the Center for Student Success. Her coaching experience includes coaching camps during the summer and working with younger players at her high school. She will enter her third season giving private lessons and coaching a team with Club South. Ambrisco is a native of Iowa City, Iowa and resides in Spartanburg. In her free time, she enjoys playing a variety of sports, watching movies and spending time with her family and friends. Upon graduation in spring 2009, she plans to return to Iowa to pursue her career and enter a graduate level program in the field of education. JESSICAH AMBRISCO Jesicah Ambrisco is currently in her senior year at the University of South Carolina Upstate majoring in elementary education. She was an outside hitter for the USC Upstate women's volleyball team from 2006-2008. She was named Freshman of the Year for all female sports in SMC Volleyball 2007 Region X Champions For updates, scores, and more visit www.gosmcpioneers.com 31 Wrestling SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE Coach ROBBIE HIGDON Coach Robbie Higdon is entering his third year of coaching the SMC Wrestling team in the 2008-2009 season. Higdon brings several years of coaching and wrestling experience into the SMC team as an assistant coach at Carson-Newman College for three years and more recently at Darlington High School where he was wrestling coach for two years. He was also on the Wrestling Team at UNC-Pembroke, where he was a two-time qualifier and All-American. He was also on the Wrestling Team at Southeast High School at Bradenton, Fla., where he grew up. Higdon has a Masters Degree in Teaching from Carson-Newman and a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education from UNCPembroke. He currently teaches physical education at Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary School and resides in Spartanburg with his wife Carmen and their five-year-old son Robert Paul "Bo" and 1-year old daughter Lily. (1st row, l-r) Head Coach Robbie Higdon, Anthony Fournier, Tyler McElhene, Michael Mew, DJ Wooten, Colton Gustines, Carlos Morales, Michael Slaughter, Ricky Moore, Justin Blue, Cederick Johnson, Assistant Coach Adam Haymond; (2nd row, l-r) Assistant Coach Marty Fajerman, Stephen Walkie, Lukeus Wingo, Rashad Harmon, Ryan Kelly, Drew McElrath, Kyle Burke, Kyle Paladini, Ian Manley, Assistant Coach Tony Caterisano; (3rd row, l-r) Parker Anderson, Dondricus Anderson, Kyle Long, Jeff Slaven, Fred Tucker, Jeremiah Swafford-, Sutherland Buford KEY FACTS 2007-2008 Team Record: 2-7 Key Recruits: Parker Anderson - Chesterfield, SC Sutherland Buford - Huntsville, AL Colton Gustines - Charles Town, WV Kyle Paladini - Brandon, FL Stephen Walkie - Dalton, GA Key Returners: Dondricus Anderson - Montrose, GA Carlos Morales - Orlando, FL Michael Slaughter - Dublin, GA 2007-2008 Highlights Dstrict X Tournament: 2nd place, with seven wrestlers qualifying for nationals NJCAA Nationals: Finished 22nd overall, 18th in Division I All-American: Jeremiah Webb Recent Graduates Where Are They Now? Tim Burdine - Gardner Webb University John Murray - Lindenwood University Jeremiah Webb - Lindenwood University Date 1-Nov 4-Nov 9-Nov 12-Nov 16-Nov 18-Nov 22-Nov 24-Nov 2-Dec 4-Dec 13-Jan 15-Jan 17-Jan 21-Jan 29-Jan 10-Feb 15-Feb 27-Feb Opponent Patriot Open Belmont Abby Tornado Open Darton College Name Dondricus Anderson Parker Anderson Sutherland Buford Kyle Burke Colton Gustines Rashad Harmon Cederick Johnson Kyle Long Ian Manley Tyler McElhene Drew McElrath Michael Mew Ricky Moore Carlos Morales Kyle Paladini Michael Slaughter Jeff Slaven Fred Tucker Stephen Walkie Year Sophmore Freshman Freshman Freshman Freshman Freshman Sophmore Sophmore Freshman Freshman Sophmore Freshman Freshman Sophmore Freshman Sophmore Sophmore Sophmore Freshman ROSTER High School West Laurens High School Chesterfield High School Grissom High School Northern High School Jefferson High School Fairfield Central High School Phillip O Berry High School Orange High School Mayo High School Clover High School Blue Ridge High School JL Mann High School Northeast High School Dr. Phillips High School Bloomingdale High School West Laurens High School Lexington High School Southside Christian School North West High School Hometown Montrose, GA Chesterfield, SC Huntsville, AL Durham, NC Charles Town, WV Winnsboro, SC Charlotte, NC Hillsborough, NC Darlington, SC Clover, SC Greer, SC Greenville, SC ST. Petersburg, FL Orlando, FL Brandon, FL Dublin, GA Lexington, SC Greenville, SC Dalton, GA Weight 285 149,157 285 197 125 165,174 174,184 125,133 184,197 141 165 141 125 141 157 133 149 141 174 SCHEDULE Location University of Cumberlands Williamsburg, KY Home King College Bristol, TN North Cobb High School Kennesaw, GA Boone, NC Home Pembroke, NC Gaffney, SC Home Boiling Springs, NC Home Anderson, SC Home Home Newberry, SC Home Glouchester Community College Sewell, NJ Rochester MN Time All Day 7 pm All Day 7 pm 1:00 PM 7 pm All Day 7 pm 7 pm 6 pm 7 pm 7 pm All day 7 pm 6 pm 7 pm All Day All Day Appalachan State University Newberry College UNC-Pembroke Open Limestone Carson Newman Gardner Webb UNC Pembroke Anderson University SMC Open St. Andrews Newberry College King College District 10 Tournament NJCAA National Tournament 32 Schedules are subject to change PIONEER ATHLETICS 2008-2009 Division I Furman University from 1984-1991, producing Furman's first Southern Conference Champion. He also was the Head Wrestling Coach at Christ Church Episcopal School from 1991-1995, leading that program to 4 straight top ten finishes in South Carolina A/AA high school division. This included 4 individual state champions and 3 National Prep All-Americans during his tenure. Caterisano spent the period between 1995 and 2003 as a South Carolina High School Wrestling Official. As a wrestler, he was a National Qualifier at the collegiate level at NCAA Division III powerhouse Brockport State University in New York. He also served as an Assistant Coach at Division I programs at The University of Connecticut and UNCChapel Hill from 1977-1980. He currently works full time as a Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Furman University teaching Exercise Physiology. Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Fajerman has served as an assistant coach since 2003, the first year of the wrestling program at SMC. Fajerman was a prep national champ with over 100 wins in high school. He wrestled at Furman University and had 114 college wins. While at Furman, he was the Sothern Conference Champion and a Division 1 National Qualifier. He previously served as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for four years and assistant coach for Davidson College for three years. TONY CATERISANO Caterisano is entering his third year as an Assistant Wrestling Coach at SMC, after having served as the College's first Head Wresting Coach over the initial three years of the program. Prior to coaching at SMC, he was the Head Wrestling Coach at MARTY FAJERMAN SMC WRESTLING TAKING IT TO THE MAT SINCE 2003 Aspecialthanksto Atchison Charter Service fromtheSMC Pioneers For getting us there safely and in style... For updates, scores, and more visit www.gosmcpioneers.com 33 Chuck the Pioneer SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE Chuck the Pioneer was named SMC"s athletic mascaot in the 2007 / 2008 basketball season. He makes appearances at each of the college's home basketball games and other college functions to help generate school spirit and get the Pioneer athletics' fans fired up about their teams.. 3 Schedules are subject to change Cheerleading PIONEER ATHLETICS 2008-2009 Coach ABBEY BEDENBAUGH Abbey Bedenbaugh is entering her second year with SMC as head coach for the Cheerleading Team in the 2008-2009 season. In addition to her role as Cheer Coach, Abbey is also a financial aid counselor at SMC. Abbey, 24, graduated from Wofford College in 2006 with a BA in Sociology. She is a 2002 Boiling Springs High School graduate, as well as a 2004 alumnus of SMC, where she was recipient of a cheerleading and softball scholarship. She and her husband Jamey reside in Chesnee, SC. Abbey's love for cheerleading began as early as kindergarten. She cheered for Chesnee Community Center and Boiling Springs Little League until 7th grade. She cheered basketball for Boiling Springs Jr. High for one year. In her freshman year of high school she was chosen as a member of the Varsity Football/Competition Cheerleading Team where her squad raked 8th in the state. She worked passionately with her team for four years to keep their squad top ranked. Abbey started cheering at Spartanburg Methodist College in the fall of 2002. She has continued to enjoy her passion for cheerleading through coaching, judging tryouts and competitions, and private lessons. (Top left, l-r) Coach Abbey Bedenbaugh, Christen Carter, Laura Tillotson, Lydia Burgess; (Top right, l-r) Brigette Rushton, Lindsey Allen,Tiffany Anderson, La'Patsy Evans; (Bottom row) Shannon Robison, Ashley Davis, Chasidy Madison, McEachern Hendricks, La'Paige Evans ROSTER Name Lindsey Allen Tiffany Anderson Lydia Burgess Christen Carter Ashley Davis La'Paige Evans La'Patsy Evans McEachern Hendricks Chasidy Madison Shannon Robinson Brigette Rushton Laura Tillotson Class Freshman Freshman Sophomore Sophomore Freshman Freshman Freshman Freshman Freshman Sophomore Freshman Freshman Hometown Clover, SC Fort Mill, SC Jonesville, SC Rock Hill, SC Fort Mill, SC Winnsboro, SC Winnsboro, SC Charleston, SC Greenville, SC Greenville, SC Troy, SC Boiling Springs, SC High School Clover High School Fort Mill High School Lockhart High School Rock Hill High School Fort Mill High School Fairfield Central High School Fairfield Central High School First Baptist Church School Berea High School Greenville High School Ninety Six High School Boiling Springs High School Go ers! Pione For updates, scores, and more visit www.gosmcpioneers.com 3 Dance SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE Coach DENISE MADONNA Denise Madonna is entering her second year as coach of the Pioneers Dance Team in the 2008-2009 season. Madonna, 25, is a 2005 Wofford College graduate with a B.A. in English and also has teaching certification. She is an English teacher at Dorman High School in Spartanburg and also coaches the school's Blue Bells dance squad. She is also coach of the Wofford College Dance Team. She and her husband John were married in August 2008 and reside in Simpsonville, SC. She is a 2001 Jonesville High School graduate, where she previously taught English, along with Yearbook and Drama. She also served as the school's varsity cheerleading coach. Her goals for the SMC Dance Squad are for the squad to be more active at the basketball games and within the community, along with more intertwining of dance and cheer. (l-r) Coach Denise Madonna, Amber Coker, Diana Lowry, Leticia Milan, Alicia Fowler, and Holly Atwood ROSTER Name Holly Atwood Amber Coker Zeneeka Crosby Samantha Dardar Alisha Fowler Johnea Littlejohn Diana Lowry Leticia Milan Cierra Mills Kiondra Smith Ashley Wood Class Freshman Sophomore Freshman Freshman Sophomore Freshman Freshman Sophomore Freshman Sophomore Freshman Hometown Goose Creek, SC Powdersville, SC Blair, SC Woodruff, SC Spartanburg, SC Gaffney, SC Mayo, SC Greenville, SC Greenville, SC Spartanburg, SC Columbia, SC High School Stratford High School Wren High School Fairfield Central High School Woodruff High School Dorman High School Gaffney High School Chesnee High School Berea High School Eastside High School Spartanburg High School Spring Valley High School 3 Schedules are subject to change Athletic Training PIONEER ATHLETICS 2008-2009 Athletic Trainer CORY PETERS Cory Peters is in his first year as an athletic trainer at Spartanburg Methodist College. Peters, 31, received his undergraduate degree Athletic Training and Sports Medicine from Mercyhurst College and has a Master's in Exercise and Sports Science from Ithaca College. He worked with the football and lacrosse programs at Cornell University for two years while attending Ithaca College. Peters worked for seven years with Clemson Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation � with four years spent at D.W. Daniel High School and other surrounding schools as an outreach athletic trainer and three years as a clinical athletic trainer. He holds national and state licensure in Athletic Training. Peters is an avid athlete and enjoys golf, wakeboarding, and snowboarding. He attributes his interest in sports medicine to his love of sports as a youth. "When I saw people running out onto the fields to help the athletes, I decided that's what I want to do. It's a hybrid of both sports and medicine � and I knew I would enjoy it," says Peters. Peters, an Upstate New York native, currently lives in Spartanburg. A key component of athletic performance is sports medicine. The training staff and facilities at SMC offer student athletes a variety of resources for keeping fit and maximizing their performance. The athletic training office at Spartanburg Methodist College is staffed by two certified athletic trainers whose services are provided to the college through Spartanburg Regional Sports Medicine. Athletic Trainer Kelly Bilbrey is in her first year as an athletic trainer at Spartanburg Methodist College. Bilbrey, 22, is a 2008 graduate of Georgia Southern University with a degree in Sports Medicine. She spent three years working in athletic training at Georgia Southern � including working with the soccer and softball teams for one year, another year with the basketball teams, and one year working with local high schools. She holds national and state licensure in Athletic Training. "I played a lot of sports when I was little. I was always interested in medicine also," says Bilbrey. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing on the lake, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her dog Baila. KELLY BILBREY For updates, scores, and more visit www.gosmcpioneers.com 37 SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE Don'tacceptimitations. 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