Brittany Christian 5-Time All-Academic
Khadijah Conda (200m ‘00)
Britney Whittaker 5-Time All-Conference
Tiffany Evans (Weight Throw ‘06)
Shemelia Brandon 9-Time Big South Champion
5-Time Big South Champion
1 Introduction Table of Contents
Meet the Team 2011 Roster
Director of Track and Field, Brent Chumbley
Head Cross Country/Asst. Track Coach, Sean Bossman
Assistant Coach, Mark White
Assistant Coach, Ernest Moss
Volunteer Assistants, Olajuwon Jones and Raschad Kelso
Returning Athlete Profiles
Men’s School Records
This is RU The Big South Conference
Radford University President Penelope Kyle
Athletics Director Robert Lineburg
This is Radford University
The New River Valley
Campus Life Student-Athlete Support Services
Strength and Conditioning
Cupp Stadium Facilities
Credits The 2011 Radford University Women’s Track and Field Guide was written and edited by Justin Thompson and designed by the Radford University Office of Athletic Communications. The Publication was designed using InDesign and Photoshop CS4. Additional editing and historical research provided by The Big South Conference and Gene Hyde, archivist at Radford University’s McConnell Library. Photography: Justin Thompson, Lora Gordon, Russell Molka, Brett Whitesell and Athletic Communications.
2011-12 TRACK & FIELD Table of Contents
Location Radford, Va. Founded 1910 Enrollment 9,230 Nickname Highlanders Colors Red and White Affiliation NCAA Division I Conference Big South President Penelope W. Kyle (Guilford College) Director of Athletics Robert Lineburg (Roanoke, 1991) Website www.RadfordAthletics.com
2011-12 TRACK & FIELD Quick Facts
Women’s TRACK & FIELD History
First Year 1997-98 All-Americans 2 (Khadijah Conda, Tiffany Evans) NCAA Participants 3 Regional Qualifiers 26 All-Conference Performers 65 Conference Champions 56 Athlete of the Year 6 Freshman of the Year 2 Most Outstanding Field Performer 3 Scholar-Athlete of the Year 1 All-Academic 16 Facility/Capacity Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium/5,000
WOMen’s CROSS COUNTRY HISTORY First Year Team Championships NCAA Championship Participants Runner of the Year (Individual Champions) All-Conference Performers All-Academic
1986 3 1 4 22 8
Head Track and Field Coach (Throws) Brent Chumbley, 5th Year Alma Mater, Year Kentucky ‘98 Highest Indoor Finish 2nd Highest Outdoor Finish 3rd Head Cross Country Coach/Asst. Track Sean Bossman, 2nd/4th Year Alma Mater, Year Radford ‘08 Asst. Track Coach (Hurdles, Sprints, Relays) Mark White Alma Mater, Year Ferrum ‘96 Asst. Track Coach (Jumps, Multi’s) Ernest Moss Alma Mater, Year Western Carolina ‘00 Track Office Phone (540) 831-7823
2011-12 Team Facts Athletes Returning/Lost Newcomers
The mission of the Radford University Intercollegiate Athletic Program is to provide an environment in which student-athletes may build character and strive for the highest ideals in life through education and participation in intercollegiate athletics. Central to this mission are the following core principles: Intercollegiate athletic participation is an integral part of the educational mission of the University and athletic competition is offered to enhance the total development of the student. Through the Intercollegiate Athletic Program, the University endeavors to provide student-athletes with proper direction and motivation to help them grow academically, athletically, morally and socially. Radford University’s Intercollegiate Athletic Program supports equitable opportunities for all student-athletes and staff, including women and minorities, and is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that values cultural diversity. The University strives for excellence in all athletic programs within the boundaries of integrity and honesty, and adheres to the principles of fair play and amateur athletic competition as defined by the NCAA. The Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Radford University endeavors to maintain a strong and competitive NCAA Division I Program in all sponsored sports. Intercollegiate athletic competition aims not only to enhance the total development of the student-athlete, but also to benefit and enhance spirit and school pride among the entire student body, the University, the surrounding community, and the Commonwealth. Radford University’s Intercollegiate Athletic Program embraces the NCAA’s principle of sportsmanship and ethical conduct through promoting the characteristics of courtesy, fairness, and respect.
2011-12 TRACK & FIELD Schedule
1DATE DAY(S) MEET Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Mar. Apr. May June
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2011 CROSS COUNTRY SCHEDULE
VMI XC Relays Lou Onesty Invitational Big South Preview Greater Louisville XC Classic Blue Ridge Open Big South Championship
Hosted by Radford University All Times Listed Eastern Standard
Liberty Kickoff Lynchburg, Va. Liberty Hokie Invitational Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech Liberty Open Lynchburg, Va. Liberty Akron Invitational Akron, Ohio Akron Virginia Tech Challenge Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech Big South Indoor Championships Blacksburg, Va. Big South Virginia Tech Final Qualifier Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech NCAA Indoor Championships Nampa, Idaho NCAA Coastal Carolina Invitational Conway, S.C. Coastal Carolina Wake Forest Open Winston-Salem, N.C. Wake Forest Weems Baskin Invitational Columbia, S.C. South Carolina Winthrop Invitational Rock Hill, S.C. Winthrop Liberty Collegiate Invitational Lynchburg, Va. Liberty Pepsi Relays Gainesville, Fla. Florida Carolinaâ€™s Cup Rock Hill, S.C. Winthrop Big South Outdoor Championships Conway, S.C. Coastal Carolina HIGHLANDER INVITATIONAL1 RADFORD Radford Winthrop Last Chance Rock Hill, S.C. Winthrop Georgia Tech Invitational Atlanta, Ga. Georgia Tech NCAA East Region Jacksonville, Fla. NCAA NCAA Division I Championship Des Moines, Iowa NCAA USATF Junior Nationals Bloomington, Ind. Indiana
Lexington, Va. Charlottesville, Va. Conway, S.C. Louisville, Ky. Boone, N.C. Conway, S.C.
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Name Yr. Ht. Event Hometown Diamond Anderson Jamiecka Baker Jazmine Banks Jessica Barron Alyssa Barrow Rebecca Broderick Kayla Burd Kayla Christian Amber Church Lakei Crews Sharee Fitgerald Kaleice Green Emmalene Hale Katie Hickey Alyssa Isham Ashley Lounsbury Emily Marshall Shalonda Mitchell Lindsey Noe Courtni Pannell Caroline Ratterree Samantha Reddington Caitlin Rodriguez Nikki Roseberry Hannah Scheren Desi Simmons Stephanie Smith Michelle Speede Cori Tedesco Madeline Thomas Aimee Veatch Diane Wesh Teresa Williamson Jordan Wilson Maggie Wissler
Jr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Sr. Fr. Fr. Jr. So. So. Sr. So. Fr. So. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Sr. So. Sr. So. Fr. Gr. Jr. Fr. Jr. So. Sr. Fr. Sr. So. Fr. Fr. Jr.
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Jumps Jumps Throws High Jump Hurdles Distance Pole Vault Sprints Hurdles Sprints Throws Multi’s Throws Distance Throws Distance Distance Sprints Pole Vault Hurdles Distance Hurdles Distance High Jump Distance Throws Sprints Sprints Distance Distance Throws Sprints Distance Throws Middle Distance
Fairfax, Va. Lynchburg, Va. Gloucester, Va. Prince George, Va. Millville, N.J. Binghamton, N.Y. Ocean View, Del. New Kent County, Va. Dublin, Va. Altavista, Va. Chatham, Va. Mechanicsville, Va. Floyd, Va. Centreville, Va. Prince George, Va. Crozet, Va. Prince George, Va. Richmond, Va. Goldvein, Va. Newport News, Va. Falcon, Colo. Rehoboth, Mass. Houston, Texas Dublin, Va. Lovettsville, Va. Radford, Va. Salem, Va. Ansbach, Germany Chester, N.J. Springfield, Va. Roanoke, Va. Virginia Beach, Va. Chesapeake, Va. Richmond, Va. Pittsburgh, Pa.
Director of Track and Field: Brent Chumbley (Kentucky ‘98) Assistant Coaches: Mark White (Ferrum ‘96), Sean Bossman (Radford ‘08), Ernest Moss (Western Carolina ‘00) Volunteer Assistants: Olajuwon Jones, Raschad Kelso
Eastlake (Southwestern CC) Rustburg Gloucester Prince George Seton Hall Chenango Forks Delmorva Christian New Kent Pulaski Altavista Combined Chatham Atlee Floyd Centreville Prince George Western Albemarle Prince George Varina Liberty-Bealeton Bethel Northeastern Junior College Dighton-Rehoboth Regional Newcaney Pulaski Loudon Valley Radford Salem (Virginia Union) Grafton West Morris Central Bishop Ireton Cave Spring Landstown Hickory Varina Brentwood
Brent CHUMBLEY Director of Track and Field
Carrying a resume that includes extensive experience across all levels of soccer, Chris Barrett is in his second season as the assistant women’s soccer coach for Radford. In his first stint with the women’s soccer program, Barrett inherited the 2010 Big South Defensive Player of the Year in Lisa Lubke. After a preseason foot injury sidelined Lubke, Barrett molded freshman goalkeeper Che’ Brown. Under Barrett’s instruction, Brown became one of the most recognized goalkeepers in program history. Youth was the headline at the start, as the keeper and three of four backline defenders were all freshmen. Barrett quickly shaped an uncertain defense to the League’s most feared unit. Not only did the defense direct Radford to its second Big South Regular Season Championship in history, but were also ranked among the nation’s elite – eighth nationally in save percentage (.876), 16th in goals-against average (0.63) and was Top-25 in shutout percentage (.500). Two Highlanders on three separate occasions were named Big South Defensive Player of the Week - Brown (2) and Tyler Drake. Due in large part to the coaching of Barrett, Brown wrapped up the season with the second lowest GAA in team history (0.67) and was named Big South Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, only the second player in League history to garner both awards in the same season. Barrett’s defense also garnered two VaSID All-State Second Team, two First Team All-Big South and two Big South All-Freshman team honorees. Barrett, who spent the previous five seasons as an assistant on the men’s side, has roots with Radford that run deep: not only was he a four-year standout with the Highlanders, his development as a coach began and continues at his alma mater. The 1996 Radford graduate made his return to campus in 2006 and began molding the Highlander defense into one of the Big South’s best. He was promoted to a full-time top assistant in 2007, with an emphasis on coaching goalkeepers, recruiting, scheduling, scouting, and practice and game preparation. Under Barrett’s guidance in 2008, Zach Roszel posted the league’s top save percentage (.821) and fought through an injury-plagued season to post the Big South’s second-best goals against average (0.92). As a team, Radford allowed the league’s fewest goals (20 in 19 games) in 2008. Before making his return to the New River Valley, Barrett’s coaching career has included stops at the college, professional, club and high school levels in locations from Christiansburg to Georgia. His impact has been felt throughout southeastern soccer, most notably during his four years in Greenville, S.C. Barrett was co-director of Greenville FC, as well as the program’s director of player development. Barrett’s experience in the Palmetto State also included time at the professional and high school levels. He was an assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer for three seasons with the Greenville Lions, a former United Soccer League D3 Pro club. With help from Barrett, the Lions advanced to the 2001 league title game. Barrett was also a head varsity coach at Greenville High School. From Greenville, Barrett moved on to Conyers, Ga., where he worked as the youth academy director for the Rockdale Youth Soccer Association for two years. In his final stop prior to Radford, Barrett’s career in the youth ranks continued in Wilmington N.C. as the director of coaching and soccer operations for the Port City Soccer Club while working as a staff coach for the Cape Fear Soccer Association. Barrett also logged experience at the Division I collegiate level, working as an assistant coach at UNC Wilmington where Barrett helped the Seahawks to a Colonial Athletic Association semifinal trip in 2005 under current head coach Aidan Heaney. His sideline experience also includes time as an assistant coach at West Virginia, and as the head coach at nearby Christiansburg High School. Barrett has also worked with Olympic Development Programs in Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. On the field, Barrett was a team captain in 1993 and 1994 with the Highlanders, and a Second Team All-Big South selection in 1994. Barrett was a freshman when Radford posted its best-ever regular season record (15-4-2) in 1991. Barrett is fifth on Radford’s all-time saves list with 207. Right after his playing days concluded, Barrett’s coaching career began as an assistant to Spencer Smith. Under Smith and Barrett’s guidance from 1995-98, the Highlanders won 43 games and claimed their first Big South regular season title. Barrett also volunteered his time as a goalkeeper’s coach for the Radford women’s team. Barrett earned his bachelor’s from Radford in leisure services. He is currently working towards a teaching certificate in physical and health education.
Sean BOSSMAN COACHING profiles
Head Cross Country Coach/Assistant Track
Sean Bossman returns to his alma mater for his fourth season as an assistant with the Radford University track and field program, overseeing all aspects of distance. Alongside his assistant responsibilities, Bossman was promoted to head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country programs in January 2010. In his first head coaching stint, the men’s cross country squad was picked ninth in the preseason and surprised everyone at the Big South Championship, finishing fifth - the highest showing since 2007. Bossman’s coaching experience molded freshman Brian Gorwitz into the Highlanders’ best distance runner in 2010-11. He finished 23rd out of 81 competitors at the Championship, paced Radford runners in every meet and collected the Big South Men’s Runner of the Week honor for his 19th-place performance at the James Madison Invitational. Four runners also competed in the NCAA Division I Cross Country Southeast Regional, with solid showings by Gorwitz, Thomas Keefe, Sam Keltner and Nathan Turner in their first-ever 10K event. On the track side, Bossman helped Gorwitz reach a U.S. Junior National qualifying time and two consecutive victories in the 5000m and also his first-ever 1500m title. He also had a hand in Keltner’s five new PR’s this year in six events. Each season while Bossman has been coaching, the Highlanders have placed a men and women’s cross country athlete on the Conference’s All-Academic Team (Brittany Christian – 2008, 2009; Joel Hanlon - 2008; Nathan Turner - 2009). 2010 was no different as Sam Keltner and Hannah Scheren earned a spot on the team. In his two years voluntarily assisting the distance program, Bossman helped guide one men’s all-conference performer, Dawit Legesse, and a two-time women’s all-conference athlete, Lori Crotts, in cross country. In the course of his Radford career, Bossman was an outstanding distance performer for the Highlanders. He twice earned all-conference distinctions as a part of the distance medley relay team in 2006 and the 800m in 2008. Among his accomplishments on the track, Bossman also excelled in the classroom, garnering all-academic honors during the outdoor season in 2008. Bossman clocked Radford’s 2008 season-best times in the indoor 800m (1:55.80) and mile (4:23.56). He also held Radford’s best times in the 800 (1:52.48) and 1,500m (3:56.50) during the outdoor season. Bossman earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise, sport and health education in May of 2008 and currently resides in Radford.
Assistant Track Coach (Sprints, Relays, Hurdles)
400-meter hurdle school standard. The 2009 indoor season saw new school records being shattered by sprinters in every meet. There were new school records set in the 60 meters, 60-meter hurdles, 200m, and 400m. The outdoor season was no different as school records were eclipsed in the 400m and the 4x400-meter relay record was tied. Under White’s watch, four of his sprinters advanced to the NCAA Regional and two qualified for Nationals; Raschad Kelso in the 200 and Olajuwon Jones in the 400m. Jones and Kelso were also members of the 4x400-meter relay team that also advanced to Regional competition. Freshman Brett Olinger qualified for the USTAF Junior Nationals in the 400-meter hurdles. On the women’s side, White helped with the emergence of Britney Whittaker, who captured the 800m Big South Championship Outdoor crown and advanced to the Regional. The 2008 season under White immediate produced results as two relay records fell and the men’s 4x400 team claimed a Big South Title and a NCAA Regional berth. The men’s team of Wayne Gore, Jones, Gaylon Johnson and Kelso posted a time of 3:14.40 at the Big South Championship and a mark of 3:12.41 at the East Regional. White came to Radford after spending the past 11 years teaching and coaching at Middlesex County, Virginia. During that time he filled a variety of athletic capacities, including six years as the school’s athletic director. He also served as the head varsity football coach and track & field coach. Under his guidance, the Middlessex boys track and field program won three consecutive Tidewater District Championships, Region A Championship in 2006 and a state runner-up placing in 2006. White was tabbed the Tidewater District Coach of the Year for three consecutive years (2000-07) and was awarded Region A Coach of the Year in 2006. White received his bachelors degree in history from nearby Ferrum College in 1996. He played baseball for the Panthers for four years (1991-95), where he was a teammate of perennial National League All-Star relief pitcher Billy Wagner. White also served as an assistant coach under Ferrum legend Abe Naff. During his high school teaching/coaching career, white earned his Master Degree from Ohio University in 2006 in sports science/athletic administration. White resides in Pembroke with his wife Susan, and daughters Abigail and Annabelle.
Mark White is in his fifth season at Radford University where he oversees sprints, relays, and hurdles and is the recruiting coordinator. He is USA Track & Field Level Two certified in combined events. Since White’s arrival at Radford, every men’s school record in sprints, hurdles and relays with the exception of three, have been eclipsed - both indoor and outdoor. Radford no longer competes in two of those three events, 55m and 55m hurdles. 2010-11 saw many school standards shattered and numerous top finishes tallied. White’s athletes surpassed or tied a school record on 10 separate occasions and had a total of 96 Top 5 showings. Hurdles were the strong event for Radford in both indoor and outdoor seasons. White guided two freshmen, Amber Church and Chris Dobbins, to stellar first years of collegiate competition. Church won the 60m hurdles Big South title and Dobbins finished runner-up, while both garnered Big South Conference Indoor Freshman of the Year distinctions. The duo would go on to record a combined three victories and 16 Top 5 showings. A total of 39 (26 men, 13 women) outdoor and 19 indoor times (9 men, 10 women) entered the alltime Top 10 rankings at Radford under White’s watch during the 2010-11 campaign. Two of White’s athletes, Raschad Kelso and Brett Olinger qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary. Their top time ranked 48th and 38th in the East Region, respectively. During 2009-10, White guided senior Olajuwon Jones to qualify for the first round of the Outdoor National Championships in the 400m. White also mentored the 4x400-meter relay team, which claimed its third consecutive conference championship. In the sprints, White directed Raschad Kelso to new indoor school records in the 200 and 400m and added another during outdoor in the 200m. Under White’s guidance, Bryan Wallace set new school marks in the 110-meter hurdles (outdoor) and 60-meter hurdles (indoor) and Brett Olinger collected the
Ernest MOSS COACHING profiles
Assistant Track Coach (Jumps, Multi’s)
Ernest Moss is in his second year as an assistant coach of the Radford Track and Field program, where he oversees jumps and multi-events. The events in which Moss instructed during the 2010-11 season quickly brought accomplishments and lifetime PR’s for numerous athletes. Under the direction of Moss, Nikki Roseberry broke both indoor and outdoor school records, her personal-best spiked to 1.75m - accomplished twice - and she competed in the NCAA East Preliminary with her 28th-ranked jump. Moss coached Antonio Miller to the best year of his career thus far, earning indoor all-conference honors in the triple jump with a school-record bound of 14.64m. In the long jump, Bryan Wallace, Phillip Hovatter and Chris Dobbins shattered their PR’s during outdoor, inches away from the school record and all spanned 7.21-plus meters. The school record in the decathlon and heptathlon were each eclipsed this year thanks in large part to the technical teaching of Moss. First-year multi athlete Phillip Hovatter came out with the heptathlon and decathlon records, both set at the Big South Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Before coming to Radford, Moss made coaching stops at Lehigh, Lafayette, Davidson and Virginia State. He is USATF Level I and Level II (Jumps) certified and a member of the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Moss spent two years as the head coach of the Virginia State University Trojans track and field/ cross country program, giving the school its first NCAA Champion since 1983 in the high jump. He also produced four NCAA Division II All-Americas and a 2010 Collegiate Division high jump champion at the Penn Relays. In addition to training 11 NCAA Division II automatic and provisional qualifiers, Moss guided his men’s team to a 14th-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships. Both a male and female jumper held the number one ranking in the women’s triple jump (Aishah Mujahid) and men’s long jump (Leon Hunt) simultaneously. Moss wasted little time in establishing himself and his team as a force in the CIAA and Division II. In 2008, he guided the Trojan women’s cross country team to their first CIAA Championship in school history and for his men’s squad, the first-ever back-to-back championships. It was also the first time that both men and women’s team captured the cross country titles in the same year. For his efforts during that 2008 season, Moss was named the CIAA Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. Prior to Virginia State, Moss coached at Davidson College from 2004-2008. While at Davidson, the Wildcats were named to the Academic All-American team all four years. He also coached three Southern Conference Champions and NCAA Regional Qualifiers. During his stay, 17 school records were broken and Davidson had the highest finish of any team at the Southern Conference Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Moss became the assistant track and field coach at Lafayette College in 2003-04. While on the Lafayette staff, Moss had seven NCAA Regional Qualifiers and his student-athletes broke seven school records. Lafayette also had the IC4A Outdoor Champion in the 100. 42 performers were named All-Patriot League under the direction of Moss. Prior to Lafayette, Moss was an assistant at nearby Lehigh University from 2002-03. During his stay, he mentored an NCAA Regional Qualifier in the men’s triple jump and 24 All-Patriot League performers. Maryline Roux, under the direction of Moss, finished seventh in the 400 and eighth in the 200m at the 2008 World Masters Indoor Championships. Roux was also a member of the women’s 40-45 world record 4x400-meter relay team. He also coached Justin Song to the semifinals of 400m in the Korean Nationals in 2006 and 2007. Moss graduated from Western Carolina University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications/Public Relations with a minor in Marketing/Sales and received his Master’s Degree of Art and Teaching from Sacred Heart University in 2002. Moss currently resides in Radford, Va.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Raschad Kelso is in his first season as a volunteer track and field coach. Kelso, a 2011 graduate of Radford University, was a record-breaking athlete during his collegiate competition. He currently holds school records in the indoor 60m (6.91), 200m (21.60) and 400m (48.05), as well as the outdoor 200m (21.26). In addition to his sprinting accolades, Kelso was a member of the record-breaking 4x400m indoor team (3:16.27) and both 4x100m (40.89) and 4x400m (3:12.06) relay squads. A 13-time all-conference honoree and three-time regional qualifier, Kelso capped his Highlander career by qualifying for the NCAA Preliminaries last year.
TRACK & FIELD
Olajuwon Jones is in his first season as a volunteer assistant track and field coach. Jones was a standout sprinter and integral relay member while at Radford during 2006-10. A four-time regional qualifier, Jones became a three time 4x400m Big South Champion following a first-place showing at the 2010 event. Jones was a ten-time all-conference runner. In addition to sharing the school record in the 4x100 and 4x400 with fellow volunteer assistant coach Raschad Kelso and other relay members, Jones currently holds the school standard in the 400m (46.51).
Nikki ROSEBERRY Graduate Student • High Jump
2011 NCAA First Round Qualifier
BIG SOUTH HONORS
2011 All-Conference (high jump) 1.75m mark was tops in the conference during 2010-11 Big South Field Athlete of the Week (March 18, 2011)
High Jump Indoor School-Record Holder (1.70m) High Jump Outdoor School-Record Holder (1.75m)
Indoor PR’s High Jump
OUTDOOR PR’S High Jump
HEIGHT 5-4 HOMETOWN Dublin, Va. PREVIOUS SCHOOL Pulaski MAJOR --
Broke or tied the school record three times ... Won four high jump events and had eight Top-5 performances during 2010-11.
Born on June 27, 1989 … Daughter of Becky and Allen Roseberry and has an older brother Nathan and younger sister Becky.
Alyssa BARROW Senior • Sprints
BIG SOUTH HONORS 2011 Indoor All-Academic
400m Hurdles 1:05.44 4x400m 3:56.21
Transferred to Radford from Seton Hall at beginning of 2010-11.
Born on July 21, 1990 … Daughter of Robin and Thomas Barrow and has an older sister, Amanda.
HEIGHT 5-7 HOMETOWN Millville, N.J. PREVIOUS SCHOOLS Millville Senior (Seton Hall) MAJOR Mathematics
TRACK & FIELD
200m 28.11 400m 1:00.09 4x400m 3:53.32
Lindsey NOE Senior • Pole Vault
Pole Vault Indoor School Record Holder (3.20m) Pole Vault Outdoor School Record Holder (3.25m)
800m 2:39.51 60m Hurdles 9.42 High Jump 1.37m Long Jump 4.61m Pole Vault 3.20m Shot Put 8.02m Pentathlon 2,708 points
OUTDOOR PR’S 100m Hurdles 400m Hurdles Pole Vault
RADFORD NOTABLES HEIGHT 5-7 HOMETOWN Goldvein, Va. HIGH SCHOOL Liberty-Bealeton MAJOR Exercise and Sport Science
15.91 1:05.96 3.25m
Has broken or tied the school record on three separate occasions in the pole vault ... Tied for eighth at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational.
Born On November 15, 1988 … Daughter of Kelly and Kevin Noe.
Caroline RATTERREE Senior • Distance/XC
CROSS COUNTRY PR’S 5K
Joined track team in spring 2010 after playing for the Radford volleyball team.
Born on Sept. 14, 1988... Daughter of Lisa and Greg Ratterree... Has a brother, Bobby.
HEIGHT 6-0 HOMETOWN Falcon, Colo. PREVIOUS SCHOOL Northeastern JUCO MAJOR Art History & Museum Studies
TRACK & FIELD
800m 2:32.12 1500m 5:20.83 3000m 11:30.33 Javelin 29.23m/95’11”
Cori TEDESCO Senior • Distance/XC
CROSS COUNTRY PR’S
5K 23:17.00 5.2K 24:42.90 6K 28:05.00
400m 1:03.96 800m 2:27.60 Mile 6:03.42 Distance Medley Relay 13:23.53
200m 27.93 400m 1:02.63 800m 2:29.53 4x400m 4:01.45 4x800m 9:29.52
RADFORD NOTABLES HEIGHT 5-7 HOMETOWN Chester, N.J. HIGH SCHOOL West Morris Central MAJOR Sport and Wellness Leadership
Born on August 18, 1990 … Daughter of Leonard and Peggy Tedesco ... Has one sister, Cara.
Aimee VEATCH Senior • Throws
EAST REGION HONORS
2010 - Finished 19th with 181’1” mark at East Regional (Hammer Throw) 2009 - Finished sixth with 181’6” mark at East Regional (Hammer Throw)
2011 Indoor All-Academic Team 2011 Hammer Throw Champion 2011 All-Conference (Weight Throw) 2010 Hammer Throw Champion 2010 Indoor All-Conference (Weight Throw) 2009 Hammer Throw Champion 2009 Indoor All-Conference (Weight Throw) 2009 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year
Hammer Throw School-Record Holder (58.07m)
Indoor PR’s Shot Put Weight Throw
Shot Put 12.42m Discus 38.40m Hammer Throw 58.07m
Won three hammer throw events during 2010-11 and finished fourth or better in six meets ... Has won three consecutive Big South hammer throw titles.
HEIGHT 5-9 HOMETOWN Roanoke, Va. HIGH SCHOOL Cave Spring MAJOR Health and Physical Education
TRACK & FIELD Born on November 19, 1989 … Daughter of Dawn and Brad Veatch and has three siblings.
BIG SOUTH HONORS 6x All-Conference
Jessica BARRON Junior • High Jump
Indoor PR’s High Jump Pole Vault
High Jump 1.60m Javelin 20.74m
Tied for third at the Carolina’s Cup with personal-best 1.60m leap ... Placed fourth at the Radford Invitational.
Born on October 23, 1990 … Daughter of Vicki and James Barron and has an older sister, Ashley.
HEIGHT 5-8 HOMETOWN Prince George, Va. HIGH SCHOOL Prince George MAJOR Health and Human Services
Kayla CHRISTIAN Junior • Sprints
60m 7.96 200m 26.65 Long Jump 4.95m Triple Jump 10.56m
100m 12.40 200m 25.28 Long Jump 5.24m
Runner-up in the long jump at the Radford Invitational ... Posted Radford’s top season marks in the indoor 60 and 200m during 2009-10 and held outdoor season-best times in the 100 and 200m.
Born on July 1, 1991 … Daughter of Yolanda and Michael Christian … Has an older brother, Michael.
HEIGHT 5-6 HOMETOWN New Kent County, Va. HIGH SCHOOL New Kent MAJOR Psychology
TRACK & FIELD
Hannah SCHEREN Junior • Distance/XC
BIG SOUTH HONORS
2010 All-Academic (Cross Country)
CROSS COUNTRY PR’S
800m 2:27.29 Distance Medley Relay 13:23.53
800m 2:29.80 1500m 5:20.90 3000m Steeplechase 12:36.77
Ran the sixth fastest 3000m steelechase time in program history with a time of 12:36.77.
HEIGHT 5-4 HOMETOWN Lovettsville, Va. HIGH SCHOOL Loudon Valley MAJOR Business
Born on October 6, 1990 … Daughter of Raymond and Barbara Scheren and has four siblings.
Junior • Sprints
Entered the program during outdoor 2011 season.
Born on Dec. 24, 1989 ... Daughter of Jewell Corey and Randolph Smith ... Has two older siblings Linda and Jernelle.
HEIGHT 5-5 HOMETOWN Salem, Va. PREVIOUS SCHOOLS Salem (Virginia Union) MAJOR Middle Education
TRACK & FIELD
Maggie WISSLER Junior • Middle Distance
800m 2:19.71 4x400m 4:04.92
800m 2:18.73 1500m 5:08.22 4x400m 4:01.45 4x800m 9:29.52
Sat out 2010-11 season due to injury... Had three Top-10 finishes in the 800m during freshman year.
Born on May 27, 1991 … Daughter of David and Tammy Wissler and has an older brother, Drew.
HEIGHT 5-6 HOMETOWN Pittsburgh, Pa. HIGH SCHOOL Brentwood MAJOR Fashion Design
Amber CHURCH Sophomore • Hurdles
2011 U.S. Junior Nationals Participant
BIG SOUTH HONORS
60m Hurdles School Record Holder (8.66)
800m 2:49.05 60m Hurdles 8.66 High Jump 1.54m Long Jump 5.36m Triple Jump 11.13m Shot Put 8.11m Pentathlon 3,104 points
100m Hurdles 14.04 Long Jump 5.36m Triple Jump 11.29m 4x100m 48.24
Four times entered the all-time Top-10 in the 60m hurdles, with all four surpassing the school record entering the year ... Collected nine Top-5 showings and two event titles.
HEIGHT 5-7 HOMETOWN Dublin, Va. HIGH SCHOOL Pulaski MAJOR Criminal Justice
TRACK & FIELD Born on July 10, 1992 … Daughter of Donna and Dean Church and has two younger brothers, Bradley and Sean.
2011 Indoor Big South Freshman of the Year 2011 Indoor Big South Champion (60m Hurdles) 2011 Indoor All-Conference (60m Hurdles)
Lakei CREWS Sophomore • Sprints
60m 7.92 200m 27.70 Long Jump 5.17m
100m 12.30 Long Jump 4.92m 4x100m 48.24
Posted Radford’s second-best mark in the long jump at the VT Challenge ... Won the 100m at the Carolina’s Cup and Radford Invitational ... Lead leg of the fourth fastest 4x100m relay team in school history.
Born on August 30, 1991 ... Daughter of Stephanie Thompson and has one younger brother, Rashad.
HEIGHT 5-6 HOMETOWN Altavista, Va. HIGH SCHOOL Altavista Combined MAJOR Exercise and Sport Science
Kaleice GREEN Sophomore • Multi’s
60m 8.29 200m 27.81 Shot Put 9.75m
100m 12.89 200m 26.76 4x100m 48.24 Shot Put 11.01m
Finished eighth in the 200m at the Winthrop Invitational and took home third in the shot put at the Joe Hilton-Kent Taylor Carolina Invitational.
Born on August 16, 1992 … Daughter of Cynthia and Keith Green ... Has two younger siblings, Chelsea and Keith.
HEIGHT 5-5 HOMETOWN Mechanicsville, Va. HIGH SCHOOL Atlee MAJOR Criminal Justice
TRACK & FIELD
Katie HICKEY Sophomore • Distance/XC
CROSS COUNTRY PR’s 5K
500m 1:32.66 600m 1:58.78 Distance Medley Relay 13:23.53
200m 28.82 400m 1:06.85 800m 2:43.83
Finished fourth at the Radford Invitational in the 400m.
Born on July 5, 1992 … Daughter of Gabriele and Joseph Hickey and has two younger sisters, Kelly and Colleen.
HEIGHT 5-5 HOMETOWN Centreville, Va. HIGH SCHOOL Centreville MAJOR -
Ashley LOUNSBURY Sophomore • Distance/XC
CROSS COUNTRY PR’s 5K
1500m 5:21.21 3000m 11:21.01
Runner-up in the mile at the Liberty Kick Off.
Born on March 31, 1992 … Daughter of Ann and Kevin Lounsbury and has a younger brother, Andrew.
HEIGHT 5-2 HOMETOWN Crozet, Va. HIGH SCHOOL Western Albemarle MAJOR Production Technology
TRACK & FIELD
Mile 5:37.87 3000m 11:18.00 5000m 19:39.58 Distance Medley Relay 13:23.53
Courtni PANNELL Sophomore • Hurdles
BIG SOUTH HONORS
2011 Outdoor All-Conference (100m Hurdles)
60m 7.95 800m 3:18.14 60m Hurdles 8.71 High Jump 1.48m Long Jump 4.67m Shot Put 7.77m Pentathlon 2,485 points
100m Hurdles 14.31 4x100m 48.24
HEIGHT 5-7 HOMETOWN Newport News, Va. HIGH SCHOOL Bethel MAJOR Physical & Health Education
Surpassed Latisa Bailey’s 2003 school record with a time of 8.79 at the VT Challenge ... Finished fourth or higher in every outdoor meet in the 100m hurdles ... Won the Coastal Carolina Invitational 100m hurdles title.
Born on July 8, 1992 … Daughter of Sonya Thomas and has an older sibling.
Samantha REDDINGTON Sophomore • Hurdles
400m 1:04.06 500m 1:26.33 Distance Medley Relay 13:23.53
Runner-up in the 400m hurdles at the Carolina’s Cup and placed third at the Joe Hilton-Kent Taylor Carolina Invitational.
Born on April 6, 1992 … Daughter of Rosanne and Joseph Reddington and has two younger siblings.
HEIGHT 5-8 HOMETOWN Rehoboth, Mass. HIGH SCHOOL Dighton-Rehoboth Regional MAJOR Pre-Nursing
TRACK & FIELD
Michelle SPEEDE Sophomore • Sprints
200m 26.09 400m 59.18 4x400m 3:53.32
400m 58.45 4x100m 48.88 4x400m 3:56.21
Member of the 4x400m relay team that was just 0.09 second off the school record pace ... Ran Radford’s second fastest 200m time.
Born on September 5, 1991 … Daughter of Jason and Bianka Speede and has three siblings.
HEIGHT 5-7 HOMETOWN Ansbach, Germany HIGH SCHOOL Grafton (Va.) MAJOR German
Sophomore • Sprints
BIG SOUTH HONORS
2011 All-Conference (400m)
200m 25.18 400m 56.94 4x100m 48.62 4x400m 3:56.21
Member of the 4x400m relay team that was just 0.09 seconds off the schoolrecord pace ... Held Radford’s fastest 200 and 400m outdoor times ... Won the 400m at the Radford Invitational.
Born on January 21, 1992 … Daughter of Margareth and Hernould Wesh and has four siblings … Twin brother Darrell is a track and field athlete at Virginia Tech and sister Marlena runs track at Clemson.
HEIGHT 5-8 HOMETOWN Virginia Beach, Va. HIGH SCHOOL Landstown MAJOR Criminal Justice
TRACK & FIELD
200m 25.82 400m 58.12 4x400m 3:53.32
RADFORD Sharee FITZGERALD Senior • 6-1 • Throws Chatham, Va./Chatham HIGH SCHOOL
Member of all-district and all-region team for track .. Three-sport athlete in track, volleyball and basketball while at Chatham ... Two-time all-district basketball selection ... First team all-district in volleyball and named Best Defensive Player.
Born on June 8, 1990 to Sheila and Allen Fitzgerald ... Has two siblings, Chancelor and Mkeba ... Majoring in business management.
Junior • 5-5• Jumps Fairfax, Va./Eastlake (Southwestern CC) HIGH SCHOOL
Given the Iron Man Award and Most Inspirational Athlete Award during senior season... Two-time long jump and triple jump Mega League Champion... Named Most Improved during sophomore cross country campaign.
Born on Mar. 14, 1991 to Dawn and Dion Anderson... Has two siblings Dionna and Destiny... Majoring in sports medicine.
Jamiecka BAKER Freshman • 5-8 • Jumps Lynchburg, Va./Rustberg HIGH SCHOOL
12-time all-state in the long jump, triple jump, high jump, 4x400, 300m hurdles and 12time all-region long jumper, triple jumper, high jumper, 4x400, 100 and 300m hurdler ... Named Most Athletic Female of the Year.
Born on Jan. 13, 1993 ... Daughter of Monica Robinson and Ronald Baker ... One of three children with younger sister Shakirya and older brother T.J. ... Majoring in criminal justice.
Freshman • 6-0 • Throws Gloucester, Va./Gloucester HIGH SCHOOL
Three-time all-district, all-region and all-state indoor and outdoor ... National Honor Society member.
Born on Apr. 20, 1993 ... Daughter of Shelia and Charles Banks along with sister Latorya Grimes and Charles Pennington ... Declared a music business major.
Freshman • 5-8 • Distance/XC Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks HIGH SCHOOL
Three-time recipient of the NYS Scholar-Athlete Award ... Two-time indoor track secon team all-star in the 4x400 and 4x800m ... Holds indoor school records in the 4x400, 4x800, SMR, DMR and 600m ... Member of the cross country division champions in 2009 ... Member of the outdoor track division champions in 2008 and 4x800 outdoor track division champions in 2011 ... Placed in the top 300 of 1,000 runners in a half marathon ... Four-sport athlete in cross country, track, soccer and skiing.
Born on May 4, 1993 to Debra and John Broderick ... Has a younger brother Matthew ... Majoring in pre-nursing.
Freshman • 5-0 • Pole Vault Ocean View, Del./Delmorva Christian
TRACK & FIELD HIGH SCHOOL
Two-time outdoor MVP and indoor MVP for the Royals … Placed second in the pole vault at the Meet of Champs … State Champion Level 8 for gymnastics.
Born on June 9, 1993 … Daughter of Nancy and Scott Burd and has an older sibling Drake … Majoring in pre-business.
RADFORD Emmalene HALE Freshman • 5-9 • Throws Floyd, Va./Floyd HIGH SCHOOL
Three-time first team all-state thrower … First place in the district and region in the discus and shot put her junior year … Two-time regional champion in the discus and won region in the shot put once … Two-time district discus and shot put champion … Named Top Female Event Thrower of Buffalo Invitational in 2011 … Two-sport athlete in track and basketball while at Floyd.
Born on Jan. 22, 1993 to Tamora and James Hale … Has three older siblings Michael, James and Chelsea … Majoring in sport and wellness leadership.
Freshman • 5-11 • Throws Prince George, Va./Prince George HIGH SCHOOL
Regional champion in the discus and fourth overall at state during senior campaign … Won state in indoor and outdoor season … State finalist during first season of competition her sophomore year.
Born on Apr. 23, 1993 to Louise and William Isham and has a younger sister Amber … Majoring in physical therapy.
Freshman • 5-10 • Distance/XC Prince George, Va./Prince George HIGH SCHOOL
Team captain during senior campaign ... Three-time academic all-district honoree ... Honored at the regional level academically.
Born on Dec. 30, 1992 ... Daughter of Pegi and Jesse Marshall and has an older brother Jesse ... Majoring in health education and health promotion.
Shalonda MITCHELL Freshman • 5-9 • Sprints Richmond, Va./Varina
State qualifier, MVP, Athlete of the Year and regional runner-up during senior campaign … Also qualified for region as a sophomore and junior … Indoor eastern region runner-up and district runner-up in the 500m … Three-time all-academic … Holds school record in the 500, 800 and 1000m … MVP of Varina High her junior year … District runner-up as a freshman.
Born on Apr. 2, 1994 … Daughter of Beatrice and Noah Mitchell and has a younger brother Joseph … Majoring in pre-business.
Freshman • 5-4 • Distance/XC Houston, Texas/Newcaney
Cross country regional qualifier and named Newcomer of the Year her freshman year ... Two-time Junior Olympic Qualifier in the steeplechase ... Broke the school record in the 3200m her sophomore season ... Two-time academic all-district ... Named most improved in swimming her sophomore year and earned academic all-district honors during senior campaign.
TRACK & FIELD Born on Dec. 16, 1992 ... Daughter of Vicki and Scot Doyen and has four siblings ... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.
RADFORD Desi SIMMONS
Freshman • 5-4 • Throws Radford, Va./Radford HIGH SCHOOL
Three-time indoor state shot put champion ... Holds the Radford High shot put record at 39’10.5” .. Three-time outdoor district champion, two-time regional champion and 2008 state champion in the shot put ... Two-sport athlete in track and soccer .... Member of the 2007 state championship soccer team and was 2008 district, region and state player of the year.
Born on Dec. 6, 1989 ... Daughter of Felecia Simmons and Derrick Turner ... Has an older brother Rashad and younger sister Maya ... Majoring in pre-business.
Freshman • 5-6 • Distance/XC Springfield, Va./Bishop Ireton HIGH SCHOOL
Named Alexandria City Female Track Athlete of the Year ... Earned the Cross Country Cardinal Award and was MVP of track squad.
Born on Nov. 20, 1992 ... Daughter of Christine and Andrew Thomas and has a younger sister Hannah ... Majoring in public relations.
Teresa WILLIAMSON Freshman • 5-8 • Distance/XC Chesapeake, Va./Hickory
Two-time team MVP ... Southeastern District Cross Country Champion and district’s top 1600m indoor performer ... Two-time cross country and indoor track state qualifier and grabbed third place in the Eastern Region during senior year ... Took second place in the Eastern Region in the 3200m her junior year.
Born on July 21, 1993 to Donna and Marty Williamson ... Has an older brother, Martin ... Majoring in pre-nursing.
Freshman • 5-7• Throws Richmond, Va./Varina
All-academic ... Three-sport athlete at Varina in track, basketball and volleyball.
Born on June 22, 1993 to Karen and Michael Wilson … Has two siblings Kristopher and Mikey … Majoring in computer science.
TRACK & FIELD
RADFORD SCHOOL RECORDS WOMEN’s Indoor School Records Event
55m 7.24 60m 7.65 200m 21.14 400m 56.34 800m 2:15.29 Mile 5:01.48 3000m 9:58.62 5000m 17:40.07 55m Hurdles 8.42 60m Hurdles 8.66 4x400m 3:53.23 DMR 12:26.32 High Jump 1.70m/5’7” Long Jump 5.97m/19’7” Triple Jump 12.44m/40’9.75” Pole Vault 3.20m/10’6” Shot Put 15.66m/51’4.5” Weight 20.35m/66’9.25” Pentathlon 3,462 points
Shanna Harris Khadijah Conda Khadijah Conda Natasha Tyler Amy Gediman Kara Price Lori Crotts Lori Crotts Natasha Tyler Amber Church Keener, Brandon, Cruz, Caple A. Sinclair, Whittaker, H. Sinclair, Connor Angie Jordan Nikki Roseberry Shemelia Brandon Shemelia Brandon Lindsey Noe Tiffany Evans Tiffany Evans Elaine Derricott
Women’s Outdoor School Records Event
100m 11.91 200m 23.93 400m 52.46 800m 2:12.89 1500m 4:39.29 Mile 5:07.05 3000m 10:14.76 5000m 17:25.32 10,000m 36:48.84 3000 Steeple 11:03.33 100 Hurdles 13.95 400 Hurdles 58.62 4x100m 47.01 4x400m 3:49.33 High Jump 1.75m/5’8.75” Long Jump 5.98m/19’7.5” Triple Jump 12.83m/42’1.75” Pole Vault 3.25m/10’8” Shot Put 15.56m/51’0.75” Discus 45.21m/148’4” Hammer 58.07m/190’6” Javelin 45.08m/147’11” Heptathlon 4,160 points
Khadijah Conda Tanique Carter Khadijah Conda Khadijah Conda Amy Gediman Kara Price Kara Price Lori Crotts Lori Crotts Meghan McLaughlin Brittany Christian Latisa Bailey Maurika Quarles Carter, Brandon, Caple, Keener Quarles, Digs, Caple, Cruz Nikki Roseberry Shemelia Brandon Shemelia Brandon Lindsey Noe Tiffany Evans Tiffany Evans Aimee Veatch Amy Marshall Tricia Coughlin
12/01/07 2/20/00 2/20/00 2/22/03 2/22/03 2001 2/05/10 2/12/10 1/07/02 2/18/11 2/25/06 2/29/08 12/10/05 12/04/10 2/26/09 2/25/06 2/29/08 2/17/07 3/03/07 2/12/10
2000 4/04/06 4/01/00 2000 4/26/03 2001 2001 3/12/10 3/26/10 2002 4/15/10 2/18/01 4/21/05 4/24/06 5/28/05 3/12/11 4/23/06 4/19/08 4/19/09 4/20/07 3/30/07 4/15/10 4/14/07 4/16/04
Appalachian Invite Big South Championships Big South Championships Big South Championships Big South Championships Big South Championships New Balance Invite Akron Invitational VMI VT Challenge Big South Championships Big South Championships Liberty Invitational Liberty Kickoff Big South Championships Big South Championships Akron Invitational Big South Championships VT Challenge Akron Invitational
CHURCH (60m Hurdles)
N/A Radford 5-Way Johnny Mathis Open N/A CNU Invite N/A N/A Coastal Carolina Invitational Raleigh Relays Big South Championships Big South Championships Big South Championships Penn Relays Big South Championships NCAA Regionals Coastal Carolina Invitational Big South Championships Big South Championships Big South Championships Big South Championships Big South Championships Big South Championships Radford Invite Big South Championships
ROSEBERRY (High Jump)
VEATCH (Hammer Throw)
The Big South Conference
Since its founding in 1983, the Big South Conference has matured into a competitive leader in college athletics, actively pursuing excellence on the field of play and in the classroom. The League’s growing presence as an NCAA Division I athletic conference is evident by athletic accomplishments on the national stage, innovative marketing and media partnerships, increased television packages, and quality athletic competition while intentionally fostering the academic, personal, social, athletic and leadership development of each student-athlete. This has evolved into the Conference’s mission of “Developing Leaders Through Athletics.” The Big South Conference was formed on August 21, 1983, when Charleston Southern (then Baptist College) Athletic Director Howard Bagwell and Augusta President George Christenberry began recruiting members into the Big South, receiving initial commitments from Augusta, Charleston Southern, Campbell, Coastal Carolina and Winthrop. One month later, Dr. Edward M. Singleton was selected as the League’s first Commissioner and continued to solicit new members. His efforts led to the additions of Armstrong State, Radford and UNC Asheville, giving the Big South more than the required six members to constitute an official conference. The Big South’s first year of competition was in the Fall of 1984, and in September 1986, the Big South Conference was granted full-fledged NCAA Division I status. During its infancy and prior to securing automatic bids to NCAA Championships, the Big South made early strides in earning at-large berths in several national postseason events, including volleyball, women’s basketball and women’s golf. In 1989, George F. “Buddy” Sasser replaced the retiring Dr. Singleton as Commissioner, and in 1990, the League received its first automatic bid – receiving an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Baseball Championship. Under Sasser’s seven years of leadership, the Conference implemented its public relations and compliance programs, and introduced its first-ever men’s basketball television package, featuring the Big South competing among some of the finest teams in the nation. In August 1996, Kyle B. Kallander replaced Sasser as the third Commissioner, and in his 14 years at the helm of the Big South, Kallander has been instrumental in aggressively promoting the Conference to new levels. The Conference has enjoyed record levels in marketing revenue during the past several years, he has brought television coverage to Big South women’s basketball, baseball and softball for the first time in Conference history, as well as increased national television exposure to the League as a whole through aggressive and unique television packages. Under Kallander’s leadership, the Big South developed and initiated its first longrange strategic plan, re-affirming the League’s vision as a distinctive athletic Conference committed to the quality of institutional life through athletic competition. He also spearheaded the efforts to add football as a championship sport, which came to fruition in 2002, and has solidified Conference membership with the additions of High Point, Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian, and in 2011-12, the return of charter member Campbell University. Kallander’s long range vision has also included technological advancements, as the Conference introduced its first live event video streaming in 2005 and has since expanded its video offerings to more than 600 events annually through a partnership with the member institutions, as well as the creation of several online and social media platforms. In the last 16 years, the Big South has experienced monumental growth and suc-
cess in nearly every sport. During this time, the Conference has had three individual National Champions, more than 200 All-Americans, has reached the “Sweet 16” in men’s soccer, women’s basketball and baseball, has received national Top 25 rankings in men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, men’s outdoor track & field, and men’s golf, had an individual selected to play in the NCAA Singles Championship four times in addition to the first men’s tennis doubles at-large selection, had the No. 1 ranked men’s golfer in the country, has had the nation’s top scoring men’s basketball team three consecutive years as well as the national men’s basketball scoring leader twice, received an at-large playoff berth in the Football Championship Subdivision in 2006, and had an institution finish fifth in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships – the highest-ever team finish in an NCAA event. The Conference’s tagline, “Developing Leaders Through Athletics” was unveiled in 2008-09 in conjunction with the Conference’s 25th Anniversary. The League also honored its heritage with the Top 25 “Best of the Best” moments in League history from 1983-2008, with Liberty University’s 10-year women’s basketball championship run from 1996-2007 being crowned the No. 1 moment in the Big South’s first 25 years. The Conference’s on-field accomplishments have been duplicated in the classroom. Annually, more than 40 percent of Conference student-athletes are named to the Big South’s Presidential Honor Roll for maintaining a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average, and the League has had more than 95 Academic All-Americans in its quarter-century of existence.
RADFORD Radford University President Penelope Kyle
Penelope Ward Kyle became Radford University’s sixth, and first female, president when she took office on June 1, 2005. She came to RU with more than 30 years of experience in state government, the corporate and legal worlds, and higher education. Upon assuming the presidency, President Kyle immediately focused on leading the university’s initiative to become one of the top 50 masters universities in the nation. The Radford University strategic plan “7-17”, completed in 2007 at her direction, identifies four strategic directives -- the investment in people, programs, global and local society and the future of Radford University. Under President Kyle’s leadership, the university also added its first doctoral program with an emphasis in rural mental health and launched an initiative to grow graduate college student enrollment by offering additional doctoral and masters level programs. She hired the university’s first provost and created two new vice presidential areas of responsibility, Information Technology and University Relations. The Radford University Board of Visitors, at President Kyle’s request, has increased its membership by four positions to provide an opportunity for more diversity and leadership innovation within the governing body. A native of southwest Virginia, President Kyle is a product of the Galax public schools system. She graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina and did her postgraduate studies in English at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University
of Virginia School of Law and later earned her MBA from the College of William and Mary. President Kyle served as Executive Director of the Virginia Lottery for 11 years, under three successive governors. First appointed by Governor George Allen in 1994, she was reappointed by Governor James Gilmore, and then reappointed once again by Governor Mark Warner. Previously, Ms. Kyle was employed by CSX Corporation, an international transportation company, where she became the company’s first female officer. Before joining CSX Corporation, she was an attorney with McGuire, Woods, LLP in Richmond. She also taught English for six years at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia. President Kyle serves in leadership positions on numerous educational, civic, cultural, professional, financial and volunteer organizations. She served on the Board of Visitors at James Madison University from 1984 until 1992 and on the JMU Foundation Board 1992 until 1994. She also served on the Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation Board from 1994 until 2000 and on the Board of Governors of Saint Christopher’s School from 1999 until 2005. President Kyle is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Board of Directors of PRA, Inc., a publicly traded company. Ms. Kyle is married to Charles L. Menges, an attorney and partner with McGuire, Woods, LLC. They are the parents of three children, son, Kyle Ward Menges, and two daughters, Penelope Whitley Menges, and Patricia Lee Menges.
RADFORD Director of Athletics Robert Lineburg
Since being introduced as Radford University’s Director of Athletics in the fall of 2007, Radford native Robert Lineburg has helped usher in a new era of Highlander athletics, marked by unprecedented on-and off-field improvements and successes. In his short time with the department, Lineburg has been the catalyst for a number of changes, particularly in areas such as facilities, personnel and strategic planning. His most visible influences to date have been on the Dedmon Center and Radford University’s new 700-seat baseball stadium. Beginning in the spring of 2008, the Dedmon Center, the centerpiece of Highlander athletics, underwent transformations to the arena, including a new steel-supported roof, a new basketball floor, renovated athletic offices, a newlook natatorium, and improved athletic locker, training, and medical facilities. Along with the initial upgrades to the Dedmon Center, an improved state-of-the-art strength and conditioning room, new ticket office and Learning Enhancement Center (LEC), which houses student-athlete academic support, were completed/added in 2009. In 2010, facility upgrades included a new high-tech videoboard / sound system to the Dedmon Center as well as a new playing surface / irrigation system and dugouts to the Radford University Baseball Field. This past spring, Radford transformed its baseball program in April of 2011 by opening a brand-new stadium and making the first significant adjustment to its home park since opening in 1986. For the first time ever, the Highlanders have the capability to host night games. The stadium features lighting standards that meet the requirements of NCAA Regional Tournament host sites. In June, Robert Lineburg introduced Mike Jones as Radford University’s 7th head men’s basketball coach. Lineburg has also overseen the hires of six new head coaches as well as seven new athletic administrators. His hires include men’s basketball head coach Mike Jones, women’s basketball head coach Taj Njongba, head volleyball coach Marci Jenkins, women’s head golf coach Jeff Beeler, head men’s soccer coach Marc Reeves and the promotion of track and field interim director Brent Chumbley to head coaches’ status. Among the administrators added in Lineburg’s tenure are executive associate A.D. Randy Butt, head athletic trainer Chad Hyatt, assistant A.D. for communications Joey Beeler, director of student-athlete support services/senior women’s administrator Stephanie Ballein and Director of Facilities Brad Epperley. As a result of the changes, Radford achieved a banner year in 2008-09: women’s soccer, men’s basketball, men’s tennis and softball claimed Big South conference crowns and advanced to NCAA Tournament play. Women’s soccer advanced to its fourth tournament, men’s basketball won the Big South regular-season and tournament title to advance to the NCAAs for the first time since 1998, men’s tennis made its thirdstraight appearance, and softball appeared for the first time and won Radford’s firstever NCAA tournament game in any sport. Lineburg and the Highlanders backed their success in 2008-09 with a men’s tennis and softball Big South regular season title in 2009-10. Mickey Dean’s softball team went on to win their second straight conference tournament crown before advancing to the Athens, Georgia Regional final with two more NCAA Tournament victories. The successes on the field continued in 2010-11 as Radford captured three more Big South titles. Women’s soccer and softball claimed regular season crowns, while men’s tennis advanced to the NCAA Tournament with their fourth league tournament championship in five years.
Along with their competitive success, the Highlanders have defined the true meaning of “student-athlete” during Lineburg’s tenure. For the second consecutive year, Radford led all Big South institutions by placing 58.3 percent of its student-athletes on the conference’s Presidential Honor Roll. In 2008-09, the Highlanders had 57.9 percent of their students on the list. He and his staff have also been responsible for creating a five-year strategic plan for the Radford athletic department and building an athletics facilities master plan. Additional achievements include ushering in a new athletics Internet site (RadfordAthletics. com), and helping implement a new ticket system (Ticket Return). Lineburg and his staff have also hosted top-level competition, with five Big South championships taking place on the Radford campus from 2008-11 (men’s basketball, track & field, softball, men’s tennis and volleyball). In addition to making an impact on Radford athletics, Lineburg is also involved in a number of different organizations and committees. He is the chairman of the Big South Conference Subcommittee on Basketball Improvement, a member of the Big South ad-hoc Committee on Basketball Issues, a member of the selection committee to select Radford University’s Vice President for Advancement, and most recently, was selected to serve on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Issues Committee Prior to becoming Radford’s third Director of Athletics, Lineburg’s corporate knowledge was groomed as a marketing associate with Peloton Real Estate Partners in Dallas, Texas. Along with his business experience, Lineburg spent 15 seasons as a college basketball coach, including time as Southern Methodist’s (Dallas, Texas) interim head coach. Prior to serving as the Mustangs interim head coach, Lineburg spent eight years as an assistant coach at SMU. Following his interim tenure, he served two more seasons as an assistant coach at Southern Methodist. Lineburg’s coaching resume also includes assistant coaching positions with the men’s basketball programs at James Madison University and Emory & Henry College, as well as with the Dallas Mavericks summer league team. His coaching experience also took him through the Big South, as he spent time on the sideline at UNC Greensboro. A 1991 graduate of Roanoke College, Lineburg started his collegiate basketball career as a Radford Highlander, where he was a two-year letterman before transferring to nearby Roanoke College to play his final two years. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in political science with a minor in history. In 1995, he received a Master’s Degree in education from Virginia Tech, where he was also a graduate assistant on the men’s basketball staff. “In addition to being a good candidate, Robert is a Radford native, something that will serve him well in his new role,” Kyle said at the time of his hire. “He has great family ties in the area and we’re excited he’s decided to come home to work with us.” Lineburg is the son of retired Radford High School football coach and athletic director Norman Lineburg and the brother of Dr. Mark Lineburg, the Superintendent of Bristol City Schools, Paul Lineburg, the Assistant Principal at William Byrd H.S. and Wayne Lineburg, who is in interim head football coach at the University of Richmond. He is married to the former Mary Parish, also a native of Radford.
RADFORD This is Radford University
Radford University blends the rich, diverse curriculum of a major university with a small-town atmosphere conducive to learning and personal enrichment. By emphasizing student learning as the core of its mission, Radford challenges students and helps them develop academically, socially, physically, culturally and morally. The university recognizes that in our rapidly changing global society todayâ€™s technology is tomorrowâ€™s history and what endures is the ability to learn, think logically and communicate clearly. Radford is a successful, popular university that has quickly grown in stature as an innovator in higher education. Its growth in reputation has been paralleled by a growth in numbers and diversity. The school enrolls some 9,230 students from throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, from 45 other states and from 47 foreign countries. A state-supported institution founded in 1910, Radford offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in seven colleges. The institution offers Bachelor of Arts, Science, Fine Arts, Business Administration, Music Therapy, Master of Science, Arts and Educational Specialists degrees. Army ROTC is available. Radford is, and will continue to be, a community in which all members participate actively and communicate openly. It is a community that values diversity and is responsive to change and new ideas. Most importantly, it is a community that is committed to the teaching and learning process and maintains service to students as its highest priority and most enduring value.
- Located in the in the New River Valley of Southwest Virginia - 177-acre main campus; 78-acre RU West campus - 9,230 Students (60% female, 40% male) - Students originate from 45 states and Washington D.C.; 47 countries - Student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1 - 83% of faculty hold doctorate or terminal degrees in their fields - 93% of RU students obtain employment or continue education within 3-8 months of graduation
The NRV is home to one of the oldest rivers in the world the New River. Itâ€™s also one of the few rivers in the world that flows south to north. The NRV hosts the largest research park in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The NRV is comprised of the following counties- Montgomery, Pulaski, Floyd, Giles and the Independent City of Radford. The NRV is home to approximately 165,145 residents. The NRV hosts Radford University, Virginia Tech, and New River Community College.
CAMPUS LIFE Want to get involved? You can start with more than 200 clubs and organizations, including academic clubs, outdoor clubs, national honor fraternities and Greek associations. Join a team -- RU has club and intramural sports and NCAA Division I athletics, which includes eight men’s and 11 women’s sports. If that’s not enough, there’s campus lectures, movies, performances, festivals (pictured below) and concerts from big names like Third Eye Blind (pictured below) Outkast, Matchbox 20 and Fuel.
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Student-Athlete Support Services The mission of the Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS) office for Radford University Athletics is to promote, assist, and provide counsel to all student-athletes. Its primary, constant goal is to develop graduates and outstanding citizens who have contributed in the areas of athletic competition during their tenures of education. Located in the Dedmon Athletic Center, the newly established Learning Enhancement Center is equipped with computers, tutorial rooms, and a study lounge. The Learning Enhancement Center provides direction for student-athletes via academic counseling in conjunction with advisors from the respective colleges at Radford University. Academic support services such as tutoring and supervised study hall are provided, as well as career planning, monitoring of eligibility status, and a host of other guidance and advisory services.
2010-11 Athletic Academic Accomplishments 1 Scholar-Athletes of the Year 4 Most Outstanding Students 43 All-Academic Selections 6 All-State Academic Selections 1 Big South Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
ATHLETICS 122 Presidential Honor Roll Selections 1 Academic All-District Selections
STRENGTH Strength & Conditioning A component that is vital to the Radford athletic program is the strength and conditioning program directed by Strength and Conditioning Coach Michael Shumaker. Highlander Athletics have long been recognized as one of the leaders among Mid- Atlantic schools in its conditioning and strength training. It has been an instrumental part in the success of Radford University sports through the years. Under the direction of Shumaker and assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Brigid Hamill, the program is designed to help each student-athlete reach his or her full potential in their respective sport. Each Radford University student-athlete has strength and conditioning programs unique to their goals as a player. This program, developed by Shumaker, helps prepare RADFORD student-athletes for the long and rigorous in-season schedule. The Strength and Conditioning staff at Radford University is committed to excellence in competition and in life.
Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium
Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium was completed in 2003 and quickly became one of the premier soccer and track and field stadiums in the Southeast. The largest soccer/track facility in the Big South Conference, Cupp Stadium has seating for 5,000 spectators. Four large locker rooms, an on-site athletic training room, and a dedicated laundry room highlight the amenities for student-athletes and teams. The facility also includes a large, fully functional press box with dedicated storage and restrooms. Standard phone lines wireless and hard-wired internet connections were installed to serve all possible media needs. In addition the press box houses the stadiums leading edge scoreboard controls and sound system. In addition to the game-day amenities, Cupp Stadium serves the day-to-day needs of the soccer and track and field programs, all of which have offices inside the complex. The stadium also incorporates offices for RUâ€™s field hockey, menâ€™s and womenâ€™s tennis and golf programs. The soccer surface is a Bermuda blend natural grass field. A state-of-the-art drainage system was recently added to assist in keeping the field in top shape year-round. The track is a synthetic surface divided into eight lanes. The stadium also includes jumping and vaulting pits.