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TROY UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Governor of Alabama President, ex-officio

President pro tempore Area 5

Vice President pro tempore Area 2

John D. Harrison

Forrest Latta

Earl Johnson

Allen E. Owen III

Lamar P. Higgins

C. Gibson Vance

Karen Carter

Roy H. Drinkard

Edwards F. Crowell

C. Charles Nailen

Kay Ivey

Area 3

Area 4

Area 1

Area 4

Year in Review

Area 2

Gerald O. Dial

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Area 6

Area 7

At Large

At Large


DEAR TROJANS: Intercollegiate athletics have been vital to the American college experience for more than 100 years. At Troy University, we have cheered our teams since 1909, when Coach Virgil Parks McKinley led our first football squad into battle. It is my belief that “Great universities stir great emotions” -- and nowhere is this more evident than when our Trojans are competing! This report highlights another good year for Trojan athletics, but it also previews great days to come. Under the leadership of Brent Jones, our new director of athletics; Chip Lindsey, our new football coach, and Scott Cross, our new men’s basketball coach, our athletics program is poised to reach new heights. I hasten to add, however, that athletics success at TROY begins with the alumni, students, and friends who support our programs with their attendance, attention and finances. There is a direct correlation between off-field investment and on-field success. We appreciate our supporters and what they provide TROY University and Trojan athletics. I can promise you our staff—in all sports—is working hard every day to reward your investment and your involvement. Go Trojans! Sincerely,

Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D. Chancellor


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Year in Review


TROJAN NATION: It has been another incredible year for our Troy Trojans as we have excelled in the community, on the playing field, in the classroom and in the stands! Our outstanding coaches and student-athletes continue to make everyone associated with Troy Athletics proud to be a Trojan! This past athletic year saw many great accomplishments, including our football program winning 10 or more games for a third consecutive season and a road victory at Big 10 foe Nebraska. Additionally, Troy finished first in the Sun Belt in home attendance for the first time in program history due to our great fans and students. Our volleyball program had a top 100 recruiting class for the first time in program history, our women’s basketball team defeated a SEC team and hosted a postseason basketball game for the first time and our softball program defeated a Big 10 opponent. As we look to the future, I am honored and humbled to be the athletic director of Troy University. As everyone knows, in order to be successful you must have a great team and support staff, and I am privileged to work with the best coaches, staff, student-athletes and chancellor in the nation! None of our past or future success would be possible without the great support from our amazing fans. Our momentum is real and contagious, and it truly is a great time to be a Troy Trojan! Sincerely,

Brent Jones Director of Athletics


CONTENTS Board of Trustees

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Letter from the Chancellor

3

Letter from the Director of Athletics

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Head Coaches 8-9 Team Highlights Head Coach Announcements

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Soccer & Cross Country

14

Men’s Basketball & Volleyball

15

Men’s & Women’s Golf

16

Men’s & Women’s Tennis

17

Women’s Basketball

18-19

Baseball

20-21

Softball

22-23

Football

24-25

All-Conference Selections

26-27

Individual Accolades

28-31

Trojans Trending Upwards

32-33

Attendance Records

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Trojans Making a Difference

35

Miracle League Opening Night

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DeMarcus Ware 38-39 Trojan Tour 40-41 Hall of Fame

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TROY ATHLETICS HEAD COACHES

Bart Barnes

Year in Review

Men’s Golf

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Elliott Blount Cross Country

Men’s Basketball

Scott Cross

Marc Davis

Rawia Elsisi

Randy Keck

Nic Laracuente

Women’s Tennis

Women’s Golf

Track & Field

Cheer


TROY ATHLETICS HEAD COACHES

Josh Lauer

Chip Lindsey

Volleyball

Beth Mullins

Football

Chanda Rigby

Women’s Basketball

Ged O’Connor

Softball

Mark Smartt Baseball

Soccer

Rolando Vargas Men’s Tennis


SCOTT CROSS

HEAD MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH Named the seventh head coach in program history Guided UT Arlington to 225 wins over 12 season (19 wins per season), including winning 72 games his final three seasons with the Mavericks Came to Troy from TCU where the Horned Frogs advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship and earned a No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament

Year in Review

Presided over the most successful era of men’s basketball in UTA history with five postseason appearances and five 20-win seasons

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CHIP LINDSEY HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

The architect of some of the nation’s most electric offenses since moving to the collegiate ranks and comes to Troy with over two decades of coaching experience As Auburn’s offensive coordinator, the Tigers became just the eighth team in SEC history and the first in Auburn history to rush and pass for 3,000 yards in a season. Auburn won the SEC West Division after knocking off a pair of top-ranked teams in Georgia and Alabama over a three-week period During tenure as offensive coordinator at Southern Miss, the Golden Eagle offense ranked fifth in the nation in total touchdowns, seventh in total points, eighth in total passing yards and completions, and 12th in points per game and passing yards per game. Southern Miss was just the second school in FBS history with a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver and two 1,000-yard rushers


BRENT JONES D I R EC TO R O F AT H L E T I CS

Took over as Director of Athletics following two years as Troy’s Deputy AD for External Relations. In that role, Jones had oversight of marketing, communications, advertising, ticket sales, Troy Sports Properties, broadcasting, promotions, fan engagement, fan experience, branding, licensing and trademarks. He served as the sport administrator for the baseball program and was in charge of football scheduling Has secured home-and-home football games with Mississippi State, Memphis, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky while also scheduling guarantee games against Clemson, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas State

Year in Review

Troy has set numerous benchmarks during his tenure including record breaking attendance numbers for Troy football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, softball and baseball. During his tenure, Troy has seen an increase in the number of retailers carrying Troy merchandise while ticket sales and corporate dollars have also climbed

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TROY ATHLETICS

SOCCER/ CROSS COUNTRY/ TRACK

SOCCER Twelve student-athletes were named to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioners List with grade-point-averages of 3.5 or higher Natalie Melillo led the Trojans with four goals and 14 total points, including one game-winning goal Won final two games of the regular season, including a victory at South Alabama in the season finale Twelve different players scored a goal to pace a balanced offensive attack

CROSS COUNTRY / TRACK Women turned in highest-ever finish at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships by placing third A total of 19 athletes qualified for the NCAA Outdoor East Preliminaries Daniel Glick and Brennan Garriques named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team and Glick was named an Academic All-American Troy set four school records at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships and took home gold medals by Niata Alexander, Jared Hayes, Gemma Finch, the men’s 4x100 meter relay team and the women’s 4x400 meter relay team Matthew Likely finished 19th at the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 200 meter dash Men’s cross country set a program record at the NCAA South Regional with a team score of 45 Women’s cross country earned NCAA Public Recognition for academics


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MEN’S BASKETBALL/ VOLLEYBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL Scott Cross named new men’s basketball head coach after winning 72 games in his final three seasons at UT Arlington Jordon Varnado earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors after he averaged 32.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in a pair of games Defeated Georgia State, 77-75, to hand the Panthers their first Sun Belt loss of the season ... Georgia State went on to play in the NCAA Tournament Jordon Varnado named to the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Watch List by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Men’s basketball team went on a foreign tour to Costa Rica - featured 10 practice days, games and community service

VOLLEYBALL Qualified for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the second straight season after the Trojans missed out on the tournament in two of the prior three years Sophomore Cheyenne Hayes named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team after ranking among the nation’s leaders in kills, attacks and points Cheyenne Hayes finished the season with 497.5 points, which ranked as the seventh most in school history and third most in the rally scoring era Amara Anderson earned a pair of Sun Belt Conference Setter of the Week honors while Cheyenne Hayes was named the Player of the Week Amara Anderson broke the Troy freshman record with 1,217 assists on the season, 88 more than the previous record


TROY ATHLETICS GOLF

MEN’S GOLF Connor Futrell named to the All-Sun Belt Team after leading the team with six top-25 finishes Troy golfers shot under par 20 times over the course of the season, up from nine the previous year Jake Tiffin turned in a pair of top-10 finishes Connor Futrell led Troy in four of the Trojans’ nine events, including a 15th-place finish at the Sun Belt Championship

WOMEN’S GOLF Recorded a perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the academic year and received Public Recognition from the NCAA Nicole Lorup was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and to the All-Sun Belt First Team; she led Troy with a 74.17 stroke average over 29 rounds in her rookie campaign. Her average was the fifth best in the Sun Belt this season, fourth lowest in school history and the lowest by a freshman in school history. Senior Bianca Lohbauer named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team and finished her career with the second-best scoring average in school history Troy finished fourth or better in five of its 11 tournaments Trojan golfers fired 10 rounds under par led by five from Lorup and three from Lohbauer


TROY ATHLETICS TENNIS

MEN’S TENNIS Pelayo Antuna was tabbed to the All-Sun Belt First Team in singles, while Oskar Michalek earned All-Sun Belt Second Team honors - Antuna finished the year 20-4 in singles Rolando Vargas began his first season as the head coach of the Trojans Troy finished the season 17-8 and opened the spring with 10 straight victories Ended the regular season with a win over rival UAB Five different Trojans finished the season with individual winning records in singles, all posting 10 or more wins

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Two of Troy’s doubles teams earned All-Sun Belt honors -- Pei Ju Hsieh and Chunxi Guo were named to the first team, while Matea Mihaljevic and Tingting Pei took home second team honors Freshman Chunxi Guo earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors after clinching a pair of Troy wins over New Orleans and Nicholls State Celia Estevan led the Trojans with 17 victories while Maria Casas Blas finished the year with 15 wins Sanae Ohta was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award


TROY ATHLETICS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Sky’Lynn Holmes was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year after she finished the regular season second in the league averaging 9.4 rebounds per game, fifth with 1.0 blocks per game and seventh with 1.8 steals per game. Holmes finished her career ranked second in Troy’s DI history with 8.9 rebounds per game For the second time in three seasons, Troy knocked off a major conference foe as the Trojans dominated Ole Miss, 71-54, after defeating Villanova out of the Big East during the 2016-17 campaign The win over Ole Miss propelled Troy to an 8-2 start at the time, the best in school history; the Trojans would go on to win six more games to reach 14-2 Troy’s 22 regular season wins during the 2018-19 season were the most in program history and second-most overall behind only the 1996-97 team The Trojans led the Sun Belt in scoring for the seventh consecutive season Troy finished in the NCAA Top 10 in scoring for the fourth consecutive season The Trojans hosted a postseason game for the first time in Troy’s Division I history with a WNIT contest against UAB Troy led the Sun Belt Conference in scoring average (82.3) and rebounding average (50.5) The Trojans led the nation in offensive rebounds per game (22.0) and rebounds per game (50.48). Troy also ranked fifth nationally in scoring (82.3) and rebounding margin (10.3). The Trojans ranked 20th nationally averaging 20.52 turnovers forced per game The Trojans have now won 102 games over the last five seasons with four postseason appearances, including two NCAA Tournament berths

Year in Review

Head coach Chanda Rigby signed a pair of JUCO All-Americans for the upcoming signing class in addition to adding a transfer from Ole Miss

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Sky’Lynn Holmes finished the season 16th nationally averaging 4.0 offensive rebounds per game and 53rd with 9.4 rebounds per game


TROY ATHLETICS BASEBALL

Chase Smartt was named to the Collegiate Baseball All-America Third Team becoming the 55th All-American in school history Chase Smartt posted a .343/.406/.523 slash line with 21 doubles, six home runs and 41 RBIs during the 2019 season. His double total ranked as the ninth most in a season in school history Logan Cerney was named to the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America Team after batting .267 with 12 doubles, four triples, nine home runs and 42 RBIs - his home run total was the most by a Trojan freshman since 1997 Chase Smartt was named to the All-Sun Belt First Team, while Rigsby Mosley, Cory Gill, Sadler Goodwin and Rigsby Mosley were all named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team Rigsby Mosley finished the season batting .356 to earn the title of Sun Belt Conference Batting Champion ... he added 19 doubles, two triples and seven home runs Troy advanced to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament with victories over Louisiana and Little Rock The Trojans knocked off in-state foe Alabama in Tuscaloosa for the first time since 2007 with an 8-4 victory over the Crimson Tide The trio of Chase Smartt, Drew Frederic and Rigsby Mosley were named to the ABCA All-Region Team

Year in Review

Head coach Mark Smartt won his 300th career game as a head coach and participated in his 1,000th game as an assistant coach and head coach

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Chase Smartt, who finished as the toughest player in the Sun Belt to strikeout, was named the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week after batting .632 with six doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs in four games Drew Frederic and Lance Johnson were named to the Sun Belt All-Tournament Team; Johnson finished with 36 appearances on the season out of the bullpen, which ranked as the second most in school history


TROY ATHLETICS SOFTBALL

Leanna Johnson was named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year -- Troy’s second in a row -- and was named to the All-Sun Belt First Team and NFCA All-Region Second Team. She ended the season with 231 strikeouts, 25 victories and seven shutouts ranking her in Troy’s top ten single season records in all three categories Troy earned the No. 2 seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and earned a double-bye in the tournament The Trojans posted a 19-8 record in the Sun Belt Conference to set a program record for conference victories Troy won 37 games during the 2019 season; the most by a Trojan team since 2009 and a 17-win improvement from 2017 First baseman Katie Webb joined Leanna Johnson on the All-Sun Belt First Team, while Bailey Taylor was named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team Troy softball posted six walk-off victories of the year The Trojans secured the regular season finale over South Alabama with the season sweep over the Jaguar Signee Libby Baker was tabbed as Alabama’s Miss Softball

Year in Review

The Trojans also added JUCO National Player of the Year in Candela Figueroa

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Troy’s schedule featured games against Alabama, LSU, Florida State, Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Auburn


TROY ATHLETICS FOOTBALL

Troy finished the season 10-3 to record three consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time in school history; the Trojans’ 31 wins over the previous three seasons tied for the most in school history Troy finished 7-1 in Sun Belt Conference play to tie for first place in the Sun Belt East Division Third consecutive year of setting a single-season attendance record with an average of 24,527 fans per game Football attendance ranked first in the Sun Belt - First time in school history Home opener vs. Boise State established a Veterans Memorial Stadium record crowd of 29,612 - the second straight year the home opener set the single-game record. Five of the top-20 single-game crowds occurred during the 2018 season Tyler Sumpter set the Troy single-season punting average record with a 45.12 average ... the previous record was 44.54 by Will Scott in 2013 Troy ranked third nationally in turnovers forced (31), fourth in net punting (42.36), fifth in passes intercepted (18), fifth in fumbles recovered (13), ninth in kickoff returns (25.0), 10th in sacks per game (3.0), 12th in completion percentage (66.7) and 16th in tackles for loss per game (7.6) Chip Lindsey took over as head coach for the Trojans

Year in Review

Linebacker Carlton Martial was named to the USA Today, The Athletic and Football Writers Association Freshman All-America Teams after he led all freshmen in the league in tackles and tackles for loss and finished second in sacks

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Troy’s 42-32 victory over Buffalo in the Dollar General Bowl was the Trojans’ third bowl win in as many seasons and fourth straight overall The Trojans are 22-5 in their last 27 games Troy’s 31 wins over the past three seasons are the most among ALL Group of Five programs nationally Troy defeated Nebraska, 24-19, marking the second straight year that the Trojans have defeated a Power Five opponent (LSU, 2017)


TROY ATHLETICS ALL-CONFERENCE

Niata Alexander

Pelayo Antuna

Tiara Bailey

Antione Barker

Quintest Bishop

Blace Brown

Daquan Coleman

Tristan Crowder

Deontae Crumitie

Sidney Davis

Deondre Douglas

Terence Dunlap

Gemmma Finch

Tron Folsom

Connor Futrell

Alexis Garrett

Brennan Garriques

J.L. Gaston

Cory Gill

Sadler Goodwin

Tanner Guest

Chunxi Guo

Cheyenne Hayes

Jarvis Hayes

Track and Field

Football

Men’s Golf

Men’s Tennis

Football

Track and Field

Women’s Tennis

Track and Field

Football

Cross Country

Volleyball

Football

Football

Football

Football

Track and Field

Football

Baseball

Football

Track and Field

Baseball

Gabrielle Henderson Sky’Lynn Holmes Track and Field

Women’s Basketball

Track and Field

Football

Cross Country


Pei Ju Hsieh

Marcus Jones

Leanna Johnson

Kirk Kelley

Maya Kelly

Madison Kennedy

Matthew Likely

Bianca Lohbauer

Nicole Lorup

Kaleb Allen-McDuffie

Tyler Murray

Rigsby Mosley

Matea Mahaljevic

Oskar Michalek

Samara Nelson

Precious Ogba

Tingting Pei

Hunter Reese

Cedarius Rookard

Trevon Sanders

Titus Sizemore

Chase Smartt

B.J. Smith

Austin Snyder

Sawyer Sprung

Tyler Sumpter

Casimir Taswiah

Bailey Taylor

Melvin Tyus

Katie Webb

Marcus Webb

Damion Willis

Sydney Wright

Women’s Tennis

Women’s Golf

Track and Field

Baseball

Football

Women’s Golf

Track and Field

Football

Football

Softball

Track and Field

Women’s Tennis

Track and Field

Softball

Football

Football

Football

Cross Country

Football

Track and Field

Baseball

Football

Football

Football

Track and Field

Women’s Tennis

Football

Track and Field

Track and Field

Track and Field

Men’s Tennis

Track and Field

Softball


TROY ATHLETICS

Year in Review

INDIVIDUAL ACCOLADES

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Mark Smartt 300th career win as a head coach / 1,000th game as a coach (head or assistant) at Troy

Chanda Rigby 100th career win at Troy


Chase Smartt Collegiate Baseball All-American

Alexis Garrett NCAA SAAC Representative

Matthew Likely NCAA Track & Field Participant 19th place overall (200m)


Rigsby Mosley Sun Belt Conference Batting Champion

Year in Review

Logan Cerny Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American

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Leanna Johnson Sun Belt Conference Freshmen of the Year


Sky’Lynn Holmes Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year

Carlton Martial Freshman All-American (FWAA, The Athletic, USA Today)

Daniel Glick Academic All-American


TROY ATHLETICS TRENDING UPWARDS

153 Licensees

Since switching to Affinity Licensing in October 2018

8% Increase in football season tickets

1.79 Million viewers

watched the Dollar General Bowl. Second highest rated bowl between two Group of Five programs

95% Retention

Year in Review

For all existing sponsors with Troy Sports Properties

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37% Increase

Increase in stores selling Troy Merchandise

400% Increase Women’s basketball student attendance

25% Increase

Men’s Basketball student attendance

9% Increase In Twitter followers

31% Increase In Instagram followers

10% Increase Increase in followers on Facebook

34% Increase In licensing revenue in 2018


TROY ATHLETICS ATTENDANCE RECORDS

Football attendance ranked first in the Sun Belt - First time in school history Averaged 4,342 students per game for football in 2018 400% increase in women’s basketball student attendance as a direct result of the Greek Life Challenge Women’s basketball averaged 1,464 fans per game; first in the Sun Belt for the first time Baseball averaged 1,645 fans per game- 40th nationally Veterans Memorial Stadium had a 81.52% capacity in 2018; Top 60 nationally and top six in Group of 5 schools Set the all-time highest per game average in football: 24,527 Four of the Top 20 highest attend games in stadium history occurred in 2018: #1 - 29, 612 (vs. Boise State) #9 - 25,767 (vs. FAMU) #11 - 24,631 ( vs. Louisiana) #17 - 23,810 (vs. Coastal Carolina) Men’s basketball had a 25% increase in student attendance as a direct result of Greek Life Challenge

Year in Review

Men’s basketball averaged 2,368 fans per game; fourth in the Sun Belt, up from 2,087 last year

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TROY ATHLETICS

TROJANS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Giving back to the community that supports us is one of Troy’s fundamental values. Troy student-athletes make a point to donate their time and give back to the local community. Troy Athletics participates in various community service projects throughout the year including: Miracle League Habitat for Humanity Adopt A- Mile Troy Elementary SERVE Project Salvation Army Empty Bowls Extra Yard for Teachers Trunk or Treat Youth Camps


TROY ATHLETICS

MIRACLE LEAGUE OPENING NIGHT

For the second consecutive year, the Troy baseball team had the opportunity to host the Troy Miracle League for a night of baseball at Riddle-Pace Field. This year’s edition coincided with Opening Night for the Miracle League as the Angels, Cubs and Braves took the field for the first time in 2019. Members of the Troy baseball team served as “buddies” who helped their new friends bat and field throughout the game.

Year in Review

Several student-athletes from various Troy teams were in attendance to cheer on the members of the Miracle League as part of this game. There were smiles a plenty throughout the entire facility throughout the night as every player recorded a hit throughout the course of the game. In sports, you typically have a winner and a loser at the end of a game. For one night at least, everyone was a winner as part of Miracle League Opening Night at Riddle-Pace Field.

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Year Review Year inin Review


TROY ATHLETICS DEMARCUS WARE

DeMarcus Ware returned to Troy on the three-year anniversary of DeMarcus Ware Day to celebrate T-Day and give back to the local community. The Troy legend and NFL superstar spent his time back in Troy collecting supplies for tornado victims, interacting with children at the Future Trojans Kids Camp and serving as an honorary coach for T-Day.


Eleven-City Tour

Trojan Tour ‘19 visited nine stops over the state of Alabama and into the Panhandle of FloridaBirmingham, Montgomery, Phenix City, Troy, Pensacola, Ft. Walton, Mobile, Dothan, Enterprise, Greenville and Montgomery

1,200 Miles as part of the tour

Fan Support

Year in Review

More than 1,200 Trojan fans attended eleven stops and had the opportunity to purchase new Troy Merchandise at the stops from Barnes & Noble Bookstore

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Program

Fans who attended Trojan Tour ‘19 had the opportunity to hear from head football coach Chip Lindsey, head men’s basketball coach Scott Cross, head women’s basketball coach Chanda Rigby, head baseball coach Mark Smartt and head women’s golf coach Randy Keck


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Year in Review


Troy University inducted six former student-athletes, coaches, supporters and administrators into the 2019 Troy University Sports Hall of Fame. The induction class was the eighth all-time into the exclusive group of Trojan greats. John Faircloth - Football Tamra Howren - Softball Mitzi McLendon Hasty - Softball Brock Nutter - Football Garrick Pimienta - Football Darryl Thomas - Men’s Basketball


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