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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: Great universities stir great emotions! Our emotions are stirred when we hear “Pomp and Circumstance” at graduation. Our emotions are stirred when we see the new freshmen arrive on campus. And, our emotions are stirred when we watch our Trojan athletic teams perform. This annual report details a watershed year for Trojan athletics, including our best finish ever in the competition for the Bubas Cup—the all-sports trophy for the Sun Belt Conference. You will be impressed by the story of growth and progress found throughout this publication. It’s important to remember, however, that you play an important role in this story of excellence. You are vital to our success through your attendance and your financial support. Thank you for your investment in Troy University and Trojan athletics. With your help, even brighter days lie ahead for this great University!

Sincerely,

Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D. Chancellor


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Year in Review


DEAR TROJAN FAITHFUL: As we wrap up the 2017-2018 academic year, I feel so blessed to be a Trojan! It has been another remarkable year, highlighted by many individual and team records and the outstanding support offered our student-athletes by the Troy University community. We created this Athletics Year in Review to help document the successes of our student-athletes, coaches and staff. I hope you enjoy reading about and reliving many great moments and memories that will last a lifetime. However, none of this would be possible without the support we receive from Trojans around the country. At a time when we have been laser-focused on growing into a premier FBS athletic department, this support has allowed us to reach many of our goals. While there is plenty of road left to travel, the future is very bright for Troy Athletics. Together we can succeed as‌One TROY! Sincerely,

Jeremy McClain Director of Athletics


CONTENTS Board of Trustees

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Letter from the Chancellor

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Letter from The Director of Athletics

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Head Coaches 7-8 Team Highlights Soccer & Volleyball

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Men’s & Women’s Basketball

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Men’s & Women’s Golf

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Men’s & Women’s Tennis

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Cross Country &Track & Field

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Baseball

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Softball

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Football

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Freshmen Takeover 21-22 All-Conference Selections

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Individual Accolades

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Trojans Trending Upwards

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Attendance Records

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Trojans Making a Difference

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Special Olympics Night

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NOLA Graduation 35-36 Bowl Socials 37-38 Trojan Tour 39-40 Hall of Fame

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TROY ATHLETICS HEAD COACHES

NEW COACHES Randy Keck (Women’s Golf)

12-year collegiate coaching veteran who was named the 2012 Conference USA Coach of the Year as he served as head coach at the University of Tulsa. While with Tulsa, Keck guided the Golden Hurricane to a pair of Conference USA titles and eight overall tournament victories. His teams advanced to the NCAA Regionals in four of seven seasons including a berth in the 2008 NCAA Championship.

Rolando Vargas (Men’s Tennis)

Year in Review

Former Troy student-athlete who played No. 1 singles and doubles during his playing career. Guided the AuburnMontgomery women’s team to four NAIA National Championships (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015) and the men to a runner-up finish in 2013.

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Bart Barnes

Neal Brown

Elliott Blount

Phil Cunningham

Marc Davis

Rawia Elsisi

Josh Lauer

Beth Mullins

Men’s Golf

Cross Country

Football

Track & Field

Volleyball

Women’s Tennis

Ged O’Connor Men’s Tennis

Men’s Basketball

Chanda Rigby

Women’s Basketball

Softball

Mark Smartt Baseball


TROY ATHLETICS

SOCCER/ VOLLEYBALL

SOCCER Mikki Lewis – CoSIDA Academic All-District Mikki Lewis finished her career as the school’s all-time leader in wins, shutouts and goals against average Haley Roberson and Julia Winter named Second Team All-Sun Belt Haley Roberson became the first three-time all-conference selection in program history Trojans earned the 3-seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament 35 goals scored on the season by 14 different players – number of players to score a goal is tied for the most in program history 5-0 victory over Georgia Southern marked the largest margin of victory over a conference opponent in program history

VOLLEYBALL One of just three Sun Belt schools to receive “Highest Honorable Mention” honors for this year’s recruiting class by PrepVolleyball.com Advanced to quarterfinals of Sun Belt Conference Tournament as the 8-seed after upsetting 5-seed South Alabama Win over South Alabama in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament was the program’s first Sun Belt Tournament victory since 2013 Advanced to the Sun Belt Tournament for the first time in two seasons


TROY ATHLETICS BASKETBALL

MEN’S BASKETBALL Jordon Varnado (2nd Team) and Wesley Person (3rd Team) named to All-Sun Belt Teams Wesley Person became the fifth player ever to be named All-Sun Belt Conference four times in a career Wesley Person broke the Sun Belt record for most made 3-pointers in a career, set Troy’s all-time scoring record and became the first Trojan to ever score 2,000 points Alex Hicks finished 29th nationally with 14 double-doubles The Trojans defeated South Alabama three times during the season, including knocking the Jaguars out of the Sun Belt Tournament

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Kayla Robinson made Sun Belt Conference History by being named Sun Belt Player of the Week for three consecutive weeks Troy set an NCAA Record with 81 points in the first half against Montevallo on its way to a 130-50 victory. The Trojans also established a program record with an 80-point margin of victory and posted the seventh-most rebounds in NCAA single-game history with 83 Kayla Robinson and Amber Rivers named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team while Sky’Lynn Holmes was named Newcomer of the Year The Trojans led Sun Belt in scoring for the sixth consecutive season Troy finished in the NCAA Top 10 in scoring for the third consecutive season Led the nation in rebounding with 49.52 per game and in offensive rebounds with 21 Only Sun Belt Conference team to defeat league champion Little Rock


TROY ATHLETICS GOLF

MEN’S GOLF Recorded a perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the academic year Bart Barnes named head coach after serving as the head coach for the women’s team since 2013 and serving as an assistant coach for both programs for four seasons prior to that Finished sixth at the Sun Belt Men’s Golf Championship Calum Masters had three top-25 finishes Freshman Connor Futrell tied for 14th at the Sun Belt Championship and led the Trojans with five rounds under par on the season

WOMEN’S GOLF Recorded a perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the academic year Finished in second place at the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Golf Championship Claimed team title at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate in Morganton, N.C. Beat LSU by 19 shots at the Brickyard Collegiate Classic Bianca Lohbauer had three top-10 finishes and five top-25 finishes Sarah Harrison had four top-25 finishes


TROY ATHLETICS TENNIS

MEN’S TENNIS Pelayo Antuña named Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Earned 4-seed at the Sun Belt Men’s Tennis Championship Won Sun Belt Tournament opener to advance to the quarterfinals Eight student-athletes earned their Troy University degree during the 2017-18 academic year

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Rawia Elsisi named Sun Belt Coach of the Year Troy earned the No. 1 seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the first time in school history The Trojans advanced to semifinals of Sun Belt Tournament Nancy Karaky selected to represent her home country of Lebanon in the Fed Cup Two student-athletes earned their Troy University degree during the 201718 academic year


TROY ATHLETICS CROSS COUNTRY

Men’s team placed sixth at Sun Belt Conference Championship highlighted by four top-25 finishes Men’s team placed second at the JSU Foothills Invitational Daniel Glick became first athlete in program history to be named a Google Cloud Academic AllAmerican after posting a perfect 4.0 GPA Freshmen Christie Caruana, Kara Coulter and Mackenzie Walsh all recorded top-10 finishes at various meets throughout the season on the women’s side Women’s team earned a perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate (APR) score for the second year in a row

Year in Review

Glick, Brennan Garriques and Erika Kulp were named CoSIDA Academic All-District

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TROY ATHLETICS TRACK &FIELD

Highest finish in program history at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships (5th) Jared Hayes was named Sun Belt Male Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Precious Ogba was named Sun Belt Female Freshman of the Year Hayes and Ogba both competed at the USA Junior National Championships – Hayes advanced to the World U20 Championships in the 200-meter Outdoor squad boasted three Sun Belt individual champions – Amir Harris in the 400m, Precious Ogba in the 400m and the men’s 4x100m relay Indiya Summerville claimed the gold in the women’s indoor shot put at the SBC Indoor Championships Sent 12 athletes to the NCAA East Preliminaries in Tampa, Fla. The team set 22 new school records in the indoor and outdoor seasons combined – 12 and 10 respectively Freshman Amir Harris won the 400-meter dash at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships. He was followed by fellow freshman Jared Hayes as the Trojans claimed the top two spots. Freshman Precious Ogba won gold in the women’s 400-meter dash at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships The 4x100 men’s relay team captured gold at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships with a 39.85-second time Additional individual medalists at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships include: Women – Riley Schwietz (2nd in Javelin and Heptathlon), Tiarra Bailey (2nd in 800-meter dash), Jaevyn Wortham (3rd in Discus), Alexis Garrett (3rd in 100-meter hurdles), Madison Kennedy (3rd in 400-meter dash), 3rd in 4x100 relay and 2nd in 4x400 relay Men – Jared Hayes (2nd in 200-meter dash), Daniel Glick (3rd in Steeplechase) and 3rd in 4x400 relay


TROY ATHLETICS BASEBALL

First Troy team since 2013 to advance to the NCAA Regionals after receiving an at-large bid to the Athens Regional Troy won 42 games on the season, the sixth-most in school history, and finished the year with a 41 RPI. Included in the 42 wins were victories over Auburn, Duke, Coastal Carolin and South Alabama (2) Outfielder Joey Denison was named the Sun Belt Player of the Year and an All-American after leading the league and setting a new school record with 81 RBI Matt Sanders scored 90 runs to become Troy’s first NCAA Statistical Champion since the program’s impressive streak of six consecutive years with a stat leader ended in 2009 – he was drafted in the 10th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Seattle Mariners Brandon Lockridge became just the fifth player in school history to be drafted in the top five rounds of the MLB Draft as the New York Yankees selected him in the fifth round at pick 157. Lockridge also won Rawlings Gold Glove Award – just the second player in program history to do so – and set both the single-season and career triples records Rigsby Mosley was named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American – he batted .322 and drove home 51 runs in his first season of collegiate baseball The squad set three different school records with 30 triples, 478 strikeouts and 63 games played. Troy led the nation in triples, ranked sixth in stolen bases (117) and 12th in doubles (131)

Andrew Crane, Matt Sanders and Rigsby Mosley named All-Sun Belt Second Team

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Three Trojans were taken in the MLB Draft – Lockridge (5th), Sanders (10th) and CJ Carter (29th) – tying for the most by any Troy team since four were selected in the 1999 draft

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Sophomore Drew Frederic was chosen to the All-Sun Belt First Team at third base. He led the conference and ranked 20th nationally with 28 stolen bases

Troy propelled itself into the NCAA Regional conversation with an impressive run in the Sun Belt Tournament, advancing all the way to the championship game for the first time in eight years


TROY ATHLETICS SOFTBALL

Troy won 34 games during the 2018 season; the most by a Trojan team since 2009 and a 14-win improvement from 2017 Pitcher Annie Willis named Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year in addition to being named to the All-Sun Belt First Team Sophomore infielders Katie Webb and Logan Calhoun named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team The Trojans improved their win total by 14 games from 2017 to 2018 and won four games in the conference tournament – more than the previous seven years combined The Trojans played with a youthful roster as Beth Mullins’ squad featured just three seniors Troy advanced to Sun Belt Tournament semifinals The Trojans won series against regular season Sun Belt Conference champion No. 21 Texas State The Trojans defeated No. 21 Louisiana during the regular season at the Troy Softball Complex Junior Peyton Glover ranked 13th nationally and second in Sun Belt Conference in saves Troy finished the season ranked 16th nationally in fielding percentage

Year in Review

For the second straight season, Troy signed the best high school arm in the state by recruiting back-toback Miss Softball Recipients (Annie Willis – 2017 / Leanna Johnson – 2018)

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TROY ATHLETICS FOOTBALL

Finished the season with 11 wins; its most as an FBS Program Finished 7-1 in the Sun Belt for its league record sixth conference title Defeated North Texas, 50-30, to win the R&L Carries New Orleans Bowl Finished the season on a seven-game winning streak, the fourth-longest active streak in the country

Neal Brown named Sun Belt Coach of the Year

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Three All-Sun Belt First Team selections (Steven Rowzee, Hunter Reese and Blace Brown) and 18 total selections

2017-2018

Year in Review

Marcus Jones named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year; ESPN and FWAA Freshman All-American; Phil Steele Third Team All-American

Second consecutive year of setting a single-season attendance record with an average of 24,456 fans per game


Home opener vs. Alabama State established a Veterans Memorial Stadium record crowd of 29,278. Two weeks later 27,324 fans packed The Vet to see Troy defeat Akron in thrilling fashion as part of the third-largest crowd in school history Quarterback Brandon Silvers set the Troy touchdowns responsible for record with 87 in his career Running back Jordan Chunn became Troy’s all-time leader in career touchdowns scored with 47 Marcus Jones tied an NCAA record with two kickoff returns for touchdowns at Coastal Carolina Defeated #22 LSU in Death Valley – Troy’s second win over a ranked opponent and snapped LSU’s 49game home non-conference winning streak Became just the sixth team in the past eighth seasons to not allow a play from scrimmage of 50 yards or more in a season; the Trojans also led the country in red zone defense Damion Willis set a Troy bowl record with 11 catches, while his 135 receiving yards were the second most in a bowl game in school history


TROY ATHLETICS FRESHMEN TAKEOVER

Year in Review

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Marcus Jones Football

Sun Belt Conference Freshmen of the Year

Pelayo Antuña Men’s Tennis


Annie Willis

Jared Hayes

Softball

Men’s Track & Field

Precious Ogba

Rigsby Mosley

Women’s Track & Field

Baseball


TROY ATHLETICS ALL-CONFERENCE

Niata Alexander

Tiara Bailey

Antione Barker

Blace Brown

Logan Calhoun

Jordan Chunn Football

Track and Field

Andrew Crane

Tristan Crowder

Deontae Crumitie

Kewin Delis

Joey Denison

Deondre Douglas

Tron Folsom

Drew Frederic

Alexis Garrett

Daniel Glick

Amir Harris

Jared Hayes

Gabrielle Henderson Sky’Lynn Holmes

Track and Field

Baseball

Baseball

Track and Field

Football

Track and Field

Football

Football

Track and Field

Football

Track and Field

Track and Field

Softball

Baseball

Track and Field

Football

Track and Field

Mark Cook

Football

Women’s Basketball


Marcus Jones

Kirk Kelley

Madison Kennedy

Alexandria Rankin

Hunter Reese

Cameron Rice Track and Field

Women’s Basketball

Steven Rowzee

Matt Sanders

Jordon Varnado

Katie Webb

Football

Track and Field

Football

Men’s Basketball

Football

Football

Baseball

Softball

Jordan McClesky

Rigsby Mosley

Precious Ogba

Wesley Person

Amber Rivers

Haley Roberson

Kayla Robinson

Cedarius Rookard

Trevon Sanders

Riley Schwietz

Brandon Silvers

Jamal Stadom

Indiya Summerville

Marcus Webb

Annie Willis

Damion Willis

Julia Winter

Jaevyn Wortham

Track and Field

Football

Football

Track and Field

Track and Field

Softball

Baseball

Soccer

Football

Football

Track and Field

Women’s Basketball

Football

Soccer

Men’s Basketball

Football

Track and Field

Track and Field


TROY ATHLETICS ACCOLADES

Mark Smartt 100th Career Victory at Troy as Head Coach

Rawia Elsisi Sun Belt Conference Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year

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Neal Brown Sun Belt Conference Football Coach of the Year

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Beth Mullins 100th Career Victory at Troy as Head Coach


Rigsby Mosley Freshman All-American

Marcus Jones All-American / Freshman All-American

Sky’Lynn Holmes Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year

Joey Denison Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year | All-American

Daniel Glick Google Cloud Academic All-American

Brandon Lockridge, Matt Sanders, and CJ Carter MLB Draft Picks Lockridge – 5th Round – New York Yankees Sanders – 10th Round – Seattle Mariners Carter – 29th Round – Miami Marlins


TROY ATHLETICS TRENDING UPWARDS

Recorded Highest APR

Baseball, Men’s Golf, Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Golf for their sports in the Sun Belt

Bubas Cup Standings

Troy placed third overall; awarded annually for the top overall sports program performance in the Sun Belt Conference. This represented Troy’s highest all-time finish in the standings

4,600 Individual Gifts Made by 1,500 donors

12% Increase

In football season tickets sold increase in 2017

81.52%

Year in Review

Capacity during the 2017 football season which ranked top 60 nationally and top six in Group of 5 schools

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11% Increase

In sponsorship revenue in 2018 ; eclipsed the $1 million mark for first time in school history

42% Increase

In baseball attendance in 2018, total attendance ranked 40th in Division I

39% Increase

In Trojan Warrior Fund donations the last two years; up 21% from last year

100.4% Increase

Combined impressions on @TroyAthletics and @TroyTrojansFB on Twitter

111% Increase In stores selling Troy merchandise

12% Increase

In basketball season tickets sold in 2017

25% Increase

In women’s basketball attendance in 2018

6% Increase In softball attendance in 2018

34% Increase In licensing revenue in 2018

37% Increase

In men’s basketball attendance in 2018


TROY ATHLETICS ATTENDANCE RECORDS

Set the all-time highest attended football season which represented a nine percent increase from the 2017 season Football’s nine percent attendance increase from 2016 to 2017 ranked 21st in the nation Per-game football attendance average of 24,456 fans was the highest in Troy football history Set the first, third and eighth highest attended football games in school history Set the second highest attended soccer game in school history as 1,114 fans were on hand for the first home game of the 2017 season Established the highest attended men’s and women’s basketball seasons in Trojan Arena history Crowd of 3,266 for men’s basketball vs. South Alabama on Feb. 3, which was the third-most in Trojan Arena history and the most for a Sun Belt Conference game Established the highest attended baseball season in program history School-record 50,331 fans attended Troy’s 31 home baseball games for an average of 1,623 fans per game - the season attendance numbers ranked third in the league and 40th nationally Two of the three highest-attended baseball games in school history occurred during the final fourgame home stretch against Auburn and South Alabama. 3,189 fans witnessed the Trojans defeated No. 22 Auburn and, just two games later, a record 3,649 fans packed the stands for Senior Day against South Alabama Troy played host to more than 250,000 fans during the 2017-18 athletic year


Trojans

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Year in Review

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:

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Community Clean Up Football Extra Yard for Teachers at Troy Elementary School Donation to Jacksonville State Miracle League

Football Community Service in NOLA SAAC Food Drive Trojan Takeover New Orleans Football Youth Camp


TROY ATHLETICS

SPECIAL OLYMPICS NIGHT

As part of the closing ceremony for the Alabama Special Olympic State Games, nearly 2,000 Olympians and coaches attended Troy baseball’s final home game of the season against South Alabama The national anthem was performed by DeKendrick Graves of York, Ala., while the first pitch was thrown out by Athlete of the Year Dakota Lindsey from Chatum, Ala. Throughout the game, members of the Special Olympics took part in all in-game promotions and were recognized for their accomplishments throughout the State Games

Year in Review

Overall, a Riddle-Pace Field record of 3,649 fans were on hand to watch the Trojans take on the Jaguars

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TROY ATHLETICS NOLA GRADUATION

Year in Review

Seven football student-athletes and four members of the Sound of the South had their Troy University degrees conferred by Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., and the Troy University Board of Trustees the night before the 2017 R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The unique ceremony took place on the balcony overlooking the patio of Manning’s in New Orleans as an overflow crowd of Troy fans watched during the official New Orleans Bowl Pep Rally. The event was covered by national, regional and local media and highlighted by ESPN during the broadcast of the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

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TROY ATHLETICS BOWL SOCIALS

Socials held in Troy, Montgomery and Dothan to celebrate Troy football’s sixth conference championship and provide fans with the opportunity to purchase their New Orleans Bowl Tickets. Fans also helped to purchase Community Hero Bowl Tickets at these socials, which were donated by Troy Athletics to local schools, military bases, fire and police departments throughout greater New Orleans.

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The football coaching staff attended each of the socials to speak with the fans about preparations for the game against North Texas .

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Nine-City Tour

Trojan Tour ‘18 visited nine stops over the state of Alabama and into the Panhandle of Florida (location attendance) Troy (200), Birmingham (150), Dothan (150), Greenville (75), Mobile (50), Enterprise (100), Montgomery (150), Pensacola (75) and Fort Walton (150)

1,200 Miles as part of the tour

Fan Support

Year in Review

More than 1,200 Trojan fans attended nine 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 ‘18 had the opportunity to hear from Director of Athletics Jeremy McClain, head football coach Neal Brown, head men’s basketball coach Phil Cunningham, head women’s basketball coach Chanda Rigby, head baseball coach Mark Smartt, head softball coach Josh Lauer and softball head coach Beth Mullins. T-Roy and members of the Troy Cheer squad were also on hand at all nine stops along with the Sun Belt Conference football championship trophy and the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl trophy.


Troy University inducted eight former student-athletes, coaches, supporters and administrators into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame. The induction class was the sixth all-time into the exclusive group of Trojan greats.

Year in Review

Chuck Ash Mandee Armstrong Ben Bates Bob Lambert Leodis McKelvin Bobby Pierce Wendell Stephens Steve Venable

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ONE TROY TROY ATHLETICS

Year in Review

5000 VETERANS STADIUM DRIVE TROY, AL 36082

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