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NORFOLK, Va. – The 2016-17 All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) teams were announced today by the conference office and two Hampton University Lady Pirates were recognized by the league's sports information directors and head coaches.

Junior Kaylah Lupoe was named to the Second Team All-MEAC squad, while freshman Ashley Bates garnered All-Rookie team honors.

Lupoe earned second team honors after a junior season where she 7.9 points and 6.1 rebounds to go along with 2.2 blocks per game.  Her 63 blocks are the fourth most in a single season in school history.  A Phoenix, Az. native, Lupoe has had a season best 21 points and 12 rebounds in a home win over Temple.  She had 13 rebounds at Savannah State and recorded three double-doubles.  Lupoe made her presence known in the paint as she has had 11 games of at least three blocked shots including a career-high matching six against North Carolina Central.

Bates finished her freshman campaign averaging 5.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in a season that was cut short by injury.  The Hopkins, MN., native had her best run of the season in a mid-January stretch averaging 13 points and six rebounds per game over a five-game period.  She had her first collegiate double-double in a come-from-behind win at Norfolk State on January 21 with 16 points and 11 rebounds, which earned her MEAC Rookie of the Week honors.  Bates followed that with season-highs of 18 points and five steals in a Jan. 30 win over Coppin State.

The Lady Pirates are the third-seed in the upcoming MEAC Tournament at the Norfolk Scope starting on Monday.  Hampton (17-12) will play its first game on Thursday at noon against the winner of Monday's 3pm contest between the sixth-seed Coppin State and the 11th-seed Maryland Eastern Shore.

For more information on the MEAC Tournament visit www.meachoops.com.

For more information on Hampton University women's basketball, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5906 or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.

MARROW NAMED ALL-ROOKIE AND THIRD TEAM ALL-MEAC

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NORFOLK, Va. – Hampton University freshman guard Jermaine Marrow was named on Friday to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) All-Rookie team and also earned Third Team All-MEAC honors as the post-season conference awards were announced.  The awards were voted on by the league's sports information directors and head coaches.
 
Marrow, a Newport News, Va. native, averaged 15.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for Hampton (14-15, 11-5).  He had 10 games of 20+ points scored including a season-best 31 against Florida A&M.   Marrow's best run of the year came in late January to early February in a five-game stretch where he averaged 21.6 points per game.   He did record a double-double of 23 points and 10 assists in a home win over Howard.
 
For the year, Marrow was named MEAC Player of the Week once and Rookie of the Week five times.  He is ranked 12th in the conference in scoring, 11th in assists, 12th in assist/turnover ratio and 13th in free throw percentage (.758)
 
The Pirates are the fourth-seed in the upcoming MEAC Tournament that runs March 6-11 at the Norfolk Scope.  Hampton will open play on Thursday night at 8 pm against the winner Monday's 5pm matchup between fifth-seeded Maryland Eastern Shore and 12th-seeded North Carolina A&T State.
 
For more information on the MEAC Tournament visit www.meachoops.com.
 
For more information on Hampton University men's basketball, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
 
2016-17 Men's All-MEAC Teams
 


Women's Soccer

HAMPTON, Va. – Hampton University head women's soccer coach Dr. John McNabb has released the schedule for the program's inaugural season, a slate that includes two in-season tournaments and seven other matches.
 
All matches will be on the road.
 
The Lady Pirates will open the campaign on Aug. 23 at rival Howard, before heading to Lexington, Va. on Aug. 25 to take on VMI. The opening swing of the season will wrap up on Sept. 7, when Hampton heads to Jersey City, N.J. to take on Saint Peter's.
 
On Sept. 18-20, Hampton will return to Lexington, Va. for the VMI Tournament, competing in a field that will include the host Keydets, Presbyterian, and Francis Marion.
 
From there, the Lady Pirates will be in New Haven, Conn. on Oct. 5 to take on Yale, before heading to Hanover, N.H. on Oct. 6 to face Dartmouth. Hampton will then head to Dover, Del. On Oct. 11 to take on Delaware State.
 
On Oct. 27, the Lady Pirates will be in Annapolis, Md. to take on Navy.
 
Hampton will close out the season on Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in the Independents Tournament in Florence, S.C., competing in a field that includes Delaware State, South Carolina State, and tournament host Francis Marion.
 
For more information on Hampton University soccer, please call the Office of Sports Information at (757) 727-5811, or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.

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Pirates Football

HAMPTON, Va. – When Phil Lynott wrote the hit single "The Boys are Back in Town" for Thin Lizzy back in 1976, he almost certainly was not thinking about the Hampton University football program. Nevertheless, the boys are indeed back in town and they come in with a new attitude.
 
The Pirates returned to campus on Saturday, Aug. 8, and moved into their dorms. On Sunday, Aug. 9 they saw two of the most important people in the athletic department during this time of year, John Brown and Malcolm Bryant, to pick up their equipment as the Pirates set to start the season with a clean slate.
 
It has been 37 weeks, 261 days, since the Pirates walked off the field at Green Stadium in Washington, DC against Howard, and the players and coaches are ready to show everyone that they are a different team.
 
The 2014 season was unlike anything head coach Connell Maynor had experienced throughout his career, as the Pirates went 3-9 in his first year at the helm. For Maynor, who won 45 games and made three straight NCAA Div. II playoff appearances in four years at Winston-Salem State, this was a scenario he was not accustomed to.
 
Offensive inefficiency in the red zone, combined with a lack of execution and depth on the defensive side, plagued the Pirates in 2014.
 
Last season did see the Pirates defeat Delaware State 23-0 for their first shutout of an opponent since 2009, and Hampton's season highlight came in a 40-35 win over nationally-ranked Bethune-Cookman – a team that has won at least a share of each of the last three MEAC titles.
 
"Our focus offensively (in the offseason) has been consistency and red zone efficiency," Maynor said. "We moved the ball really well, with the best of them, but we'd get bogged down in the red zone and couldn't convert those yards into points.
 
"Defensively, we weren't very good at times. Depth was a big issue for us; we'd play well enough in stretches, but we'd get worn down in the second half, down the stretch, and we just couldn't execute."

But Hampton has re-tooled in the offseason, and Maynor will come into the 2015 campaign with his first full recruiting class. That, along with several changes and new hires on the coaching staff, points to the Pirates improving in 2015.
 
"We were very competitive last season," Maynor said. "We were in almost every game we played. We've gotta learn how to win, learn how to finish."
 
The Pirates will hold five two-a-days and two scrimmages during camp. Practices are closed to the public, but members of the media who want to attend any practices may contact that Office of Sports Information at (757) 727-5811 (24 hour notice is required
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Rick Mahorn will be inducted into Hall of Fame

NORFOLK, Va. – Hampton University basketball legend Rick Mahorn will be inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame in the coming fall as part of the 2015 class.
 
Mahorn is the Pirates' all-time leader in scoring and rebounding, having tallied 2,418 points and 1,465 rebounds from 1976-80. He averaged 20.3 points per game for his collegiate career, an all-time program best, and Mahorn's 12.3 rebounds per contest mark the second-best career average.
 
He holds three of the top four single-season point totals in Hampton history – including a program-best 855 points in the 1979-80 season, when Mahorn averaged 27.6 points per game. In his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons, Mahorn led the team in both scoring and rebounding.
 
Mahorn also averaged 15.8 rebounds that season, the third-best single-season average in school history.
 
He scored a school-record 48 points against St. Augustine's in 1980, and Mahorn's career .534 shooting percentage is ninth in program history.
 
He was the 1979 CIAA Player of the Year, and Mahorn was All-CIAA for three straight years. In 1980, Mahorn was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets. Mahorn played in the NBA from 1980-99, averaging 6.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
 
He was on the Detroit Pistons team that won the 1989 NBA championship.
 
Also among the 2015 class will be former Old Dominion basketball coach Sonny Allen, football standout D.J. Dozier, Granby High baseball star Hank Foiles, Norview High basketball standout Andrew Heidelberg, and former Norfolk Academy soccer standout Angela Hucles.
 
The induction banquet will be held on Oct. 26 at the Norfolk Scope. Admission is $60 per person and $400 for a table of eight. Call (757) 622-2222, ext. 101 to make reservations.
 

Women's Basketball  Schedule Announced

HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton University women's basketball program, heading into its seventh season under head coach David Six, has unveiled its 2015-16 schedule -- a slate that includes eight teams that saw postseason play in 2014-15.
 
"Another challenging schedule," Six said. "We had a challenging schedule last year, and this is more of the same. But I feel like we've shored up some things in the offseason and I think we'll be ready to go and do better. We're looking forward to the challenge."
 
Six of the teams on Hampton's schedule competed in the NCAA Tournament last season, with two others having competed in the Postseason WNIT.
 
The season will kick off with a five-game road trip, starting on Nov. 13 when the Lady Pirates (19-13, 14-2 MEAC in 2014-15) square off against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. From there, Hampton will head to Pullman, Wash. on Nov. 16 to take on Washington State and Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 19 to take on Oregon.
 
Iowa State was in the NCAA Tournament last season, while Washington State advanced to the WNIT.
 
A trip to El Paso, Texas to take on UTEP on Nov. 22 and Austin, Texas on Nov. 25 to take on Texas will round out the trip. Texas advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament last season.
 
Hampton will make its home debut on Nov. 29, welcoming James Madison to the Convocation Center; the Dukes made it to the NCAA Tournament last season. On Dec. 5, the Lady Pirates will play host to Drexel in a rematch of last season's WNIT first-round affair.
 
Hampton's first MEAC game will be on Dec. 7 at Morgan State.
 
The Lady Pirates will then head to Columbia, S.C. on Dec. 16 to take on nationally-ranked South Carolina – which was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament last season. South Carolina finished the 2014-15 season ranked No. 3 in both the AP and USA Today coaches polls.
 
A home game against Lehigh on Dec. 20 will close out the pre-holiday portion of the schedule.
 
Hampton will be in Miami, Fla. on Dec. 28-29, competing in the Florida International Tournament for the second straight season in a field that includes host FIU, Wake Forest, and Rhode Island. The Lady Pirates won the tournament last season, beating Bowling Green and Auburn in the process.
 
The Lady Pirates will then head to DeLand, Fla. to take on Stetson on New Year's Day, before heading to Princeton, N.J. on Jan. 3. Princeton went undefeated in the regular season last season before falling in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
 
Princeton finished last season ranked No. 13 in the AP poll and No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
 
Conference play will begin in earnest on Jan. 9, when the Lady Pirates play host to Bethune-Cookman, before Florida A&M comes to the Convocation Center on Jan. 11.
 
On Jan. 16, the Lady Pirates will head to Greensboro, N.C. to take on North Carolina A&T; it will be Hampton's first trip to Greensboro since the 2010-11 season. Hampton will follow that on Jan. 18 with a trip to Durham, N.C. to take on North Carolina Central.
 
Hampton will return to the Convocation Center on Jan. 23, taking on defending MEAC Tournament champion Savannah State to kick off a three-game homestand. South Carolina State will pay the Lady Pirates a visit on Jan. 25, with rival Norfolk State coming to Hampton on Jan. 30.
 
On Feb. 6, the Lady Pirates will be in Princess Anne, Md. to take on Maryland Eastern Shore, before heading to Washington, D.C. on Feb. 8 to face rival Howard.
 
After playing host to Morgan State on Feb. 15, the Lady Pirates will hit the road again on Feb. 20, heading to Dover, Del. to take on Delaware State – led by former Lady Pirates assistant coach Barbara Burgess – before going to Baltimore, Md. on Feb. 22 to square off against Coppin State.
 
Howard will come to the Convocation Center on Feb. 27, before the Lady Pirates hold their home finale on Feb. 29 against Delaware State.
 
The regular season wraps up on March 3, when Hampton hits the road to take on Norfolk State.
 
The 2016 MEAC Basketball Championships will be held March 7-12 at Norfolk Scope.
 
Dates and times are subject to change.
 
For more information on Hampton University basketball, please call the Office of Sports Information at (757) 727-5811, or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.

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The next Boosters Club Meeting is Tuesday September 8th at 7:00 pm.  at McGrew Towers.

McCORORY BRINGS HOME USA TITLE IN 400 METERS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former Hampton University standout and NCAA champion Francena McCorory added another notch to her resume this past weekend, winning the women's 400-meter dash at the USA Outdoor Championships.
 
McCorory, who set a new meet record, ran a personal-best 49.48 in the final on Saturday, besting U.S. record holder Sanya Richards-Ross by .18 seconds. McCorory led at the 300-meter mark, then held off Richards-Ross down the stretch.
 
The roles were reversed in the semifinals, with Richards-Ross posting a fast time of 50.03 and McCorory putting up a 50.05.
 
"I ran my lights out today," McCorory told USATF.tv. "It was also great running against a great field and you know the times will be good. It is more motivation. Starting out strong was my main focus today."
 
Television commentators called McCorory's time the fastest in the world this year, and USA Track & Field's website boasted that McCorory is now one of the five fastest Americans of all time.
 
McCorory was a three-time NCAA champion at Hampton, and in 2012, she won Olympic gold in London as part of Team USA's 4x400-meter relay team. Earlier this year, she won the USA indoor title in the 400-meter dash with an American-record 50.54.
 
She then won the world indoor title with a 51.12.



MARSHALL NAMED NEW DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS






HAMPTON, Va. – Eugene Marshall Jr. has been named the Director of Athletics at Hampton University, where he will take over for Novelle Dickenson. Marshall brings well over two decades of athletic administration experience to the Pirates.
 
Two years ago, after conducting a national search, Hampton University appointed Dickenson, who was a political science professor, to the position of Director of Athletics. At that time, there was a need for increased focus on the area of student-athlete academic performance.
 
Dickenson, who had also served as Faculty Athletics Representative for the previous 12 years, went to work immediately and within two years, accomplished a great deal, assuring that all athletic teams were recording favorable Academic Progress Reports (APR). 
 
Recently, Dickenson requested of the University's Administration that he be allowed to return to Academic Affairs, where he has spent 36 years of his life in academics. Prior to his departure, Dickenson assisted with the search for the University's next Director of Athletics.
 
Marshall will begin as the new Director of Athletics at Hampton University on July 1. 
 
Most recently, Marshall was the interim deputy athletic director at Queens College, where he reported to the Assistant Vice President of Athletics and worked in an athletic program that boasted 18 teams.
 
Prior to that, Marshall spent two years as the Director of Athletics at Iona College, overseeing some of the Gaels' most successful moments – including two NCAA Tournament appearances for men's basketball, including the program's first-ever at-large bid.
 
Men's cross country, softball, and women's water polo also earned NCAA berths during Marshall's tenure, in which Iona also saw substantial improvements in its athletic facilities.
 
Prior to his time at Iona, Marshall spent more than a decade at Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J., where he was Acting Director of Athletics in 2010-11. He was also the Director of Athletics at Ramapo from 1998-2005, and from 1998-04, he served as the school's head women's basketball coach.
 
Between stints at Ramapo, Marshall was the Deputy Director of Athletics at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. from 2005-10.  Marshall spent 19 years as Head Coach; 11 years as Men's coach at Pratt and 8 years as Women's coach at both College of Staten Island and Ramapo College.
 
As athletic director and head women's basketball coach at the College of Staten Island, N.Y., he oversaw 10 intercollegiate athletic programs and the school's intramural and recreation activities. He also managed the college's new outdoor athletic fields and courts, as well as its state-of-the-art indoor sports complex.
 
As head coach in 1996, Marshall led the women's basketball team to the school's third CUNY Tournament championship and first-ever appearance in the NCAA Women's Tournament, while leading the nation in Division III total defense (45.5 points per game) and field goal percentage defense (.300). 
 
Before his tenure at CSI, Marshall spent 11 years at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he filled a number of roles, including director of athletics; director of intramurals and recreation; coordinator of special events and conference services; interim director of student activities and orientation; Pratt Benjamin Banneker Academy coordinator; special advisor to the president for multi-cultural affairs; head women's volleyball coach; and head men's basketball coach. 
 
A 1981 graduate of Northeastern University, Marshall earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. He later completed his Master's degree in sports leadership.
 
While an undergraduate at Northeastern, Marshall was a member of the Huskies' men's basketball team under former UConn head coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater.


LADY PIRATES WIN MEAC OUTDOOR TITLE YET AGAIN




GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the third straight year, the Hampton University women's track & field team won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Championships, taking the crown this past weekend at North Carolina A&T's Irwin Belk Track.
 
The Lady Pirates have won the MEAC outdoor title in 11 of the last 13 years.
 
The Pirates, meanwhile, finished third in the men's standings with 89 points. Bethune-Cookman won the men's title with 132 points.
 
The Lady Pirates tallied 154.5 points.
 
"We started off slow and made some mistakes on Thursday and Friday," Director of Track & Field Maurice Pierce said. "I know the type of team we have and the talent level we have. We are a championship team and at the end of the day, we'll show up and represent as true champions and get it done. It was a total team effort."
 
Sophomore Ce'aira Brown (Philadelphia, Pa.) was named the meet's female Most Outstanding Runner after having a hand in winning three events. She took the 800-meter run with a time of 2:09.14, and she ran a 4:34.68 to win the 1,500-meter run.
 
Brown was also on the 4x400-meter relay team – along with senior Malekah Holland (Brooklyn, N.Y.), senior Emmy Fraenk (Hampton, Va.), and junior Le'Quisha Parker (Silver Spring, Md.) – that won gold with a 3:38.25.
 
Holland also won the MEAC title in the 400-meter dash with a season-best 53.23.
 
Parker also anchored the 4x100-meter relay team – along with senior Teiara Denmark (Virginia Beach, Va.), senior Breana Norman (Virginia Beach, Va.), and sophomore Tanisha Greene (Virginia Beach, Va.) – that won gold with a 45.26.
 
Norman ran a 13.60 in the 100-meter hurdles to take the MEAC title.
 
Denmark jumped a season-best 12.47 meters (40 feet, 11 inches) to finish second in the triple jump, and Parker was second in the 400-meter dash with a 54.12. Senior Cydney Robinson (Portsmouth, Va.) was second in both the 800-meter run (2:10.98) and 1,500-meter run (4:35.87).
 
On the men's side, junior Chidi Okezie (Philadelphia, Pa.) was named the Most Outstanding Runner, winning a pair of events. He won the 200-meter dash with a season-best 20.73, before running a 46.61 to take the 400-meter dash.
 
Junior Edose Ibadin (Glendale, Md.) won the 800-meter run with a 1:50.14.
 
Junior Sulaiman Fareed (Richmond, Va.) came in second in the shot put with a school-record mark of 16.60 meters (54 feet, 5.5 inches), and senior Stefano Nardini (Milan, Italy) threw the javelin 63.83 meters (209 feet, five inches) to finish second.
 
Senior Je'Von Hutchison (Boynton, Fla.) ran a 46.74 to finish second in the 400-meter dash.
 
Graduate student Paris Reddick-Simmons (Alexandria, Va.) ran a season-best 3:59.82 in the 1,500-meter run to finish second.
 
The top three finishers in each race earned All-MEAC honors.


Lady Pirates win 5th Straight MEAC Championship

Call it Destiny or a Dynasty, the Lady Pirates made history winning their fifth straight Basketball Tournament Championship. A record that may only be broken by Hampton as Coach Six goes after Six in a row.

The Lady Pirates delivered that historic milestone Saturday afternoon at Norfolk Scope with a hard-fought, gritty 50-47 win over Coppin State.
 
Senior forward Alyssa Bennett (Hampton, Va.) was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player after grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds for her third straight double-digit rebounding effort, and Six was named Most Outstanding Coach.
 
Senior guard Nicole Hamilton (Hampton, Va.) led Hampton with 20 points on an afternoon in which points were at a premium, while redshirt-sophomore forward Brielle Ward (Baltimore, Md.) added a season-high 10 points to go along with 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.
 
"I tell you what, we didn't have it today" Six said. "We just didn't have it. Tough, tough game. Coppin [State] came to play, and they always play us tough. As always, it's the defense that bails us out. We never did get going offensively."
 
A Hamilton jumper with 1:45 left gave the top-seeded Lady Pirates (28-4) a 50-47 lead – a lead that seemed huge given how much of an offensive struggle the game was. Coppin State turned the ball over on the next possession, then fouled, but Hampton couldn't convert at the free throw line.
 
That gave the fifth-seeded Lady Eagles (17-14) a chance with 23 seconds left, but Coppin State couldn't convert on its three attempts from behind the arc, and the ball sailed out of bounds as the final horn sounded.
 
"Because we went undefeated in the conference … we get everybody's best shot every game, and sometimes you're not on your best game," Six said. "So was there tension? Yes. But was this the first time we dealt with this? No. We knew this would be a close game because Coppin [State] always plays us this way."
 
Coppin State appeared to have control early on, leading 20-13 after Kyra Coleman, a First Team All-MEAC selection this season, hit a free throw with 9:25 left in the first half to cap a 10-2 run. Hampton answered by closing out the first half on a 16-3 run, taking a 29-23 lead after a free throw from sophomore guard Ryan Jordon (Manassas, Va.) with 1:01 left.
 
The Lady Pirates took that lead into the break, as Coppin State only made one field goal in the final 10:36 of the first half.
 
Coppin State opened the second half with an 11-5 run, tying the game at 34-34 after a Larrisa Carter jumper with 15:08 left in the contest. Bennett answered with a jumper with 12:34 remaining to give Hampton a 36-34 lead, but the Lady Eagles would not go away.
 
In fact, the score was tied five times in the second half, including a 39-39 score with 7:23 left after Ashle Craig hit a 3-pointer. Hampton scored the next five points – the closest the Lady Pirates came to a run in the second half – taking a 44-39 lead with 5:55 remaining.
 
During that run, Hamilton hit a 3-pointer with 6:31 left – Hampton's only trey of the contest.

The five straight MEAC titles aren't the only history the Lady Pirates made on Saturday.
 
In picking up their 18th straight win overall, and their 49th straight win over a MEAC team, the Lady Pirates tied their Div. I mark for most wins in a season with 28. Six is also tied for the program Div. I lead for most wins by a coach, joining Patricia Cage-Bibbs at 127.
 
Overall, Hampton has won eight MEAC Tournament titles (2000, 2003-04, 2010-14).

 

Lady Pirates Basketball  - Chasing History

If the Lady Pirates win the regular season championship they willbecome the first MEAC women’s team to win four consecutive regular season championships. If they win the MEAC Tournament they willbecome the first MEAC team to win five consecutive tournaments. As of Feb 8th the Lady Pirates have won 40 straight MEAC games and this season they are 19-4. 10-0 in the MEAC, ranked #13 in  the National Mid Major Poll, and have beat Southern Mississippi, Utah State, Santa Clara, Drexel, Kansas State and Virginia Tech. The team is led by seniors Alyssa    Bennett and Nichole Hamilton; junior Kenia Cole; sophomore Briell Ward; and the sensational freshman point guard Malia Tate-DeFreitas. Malia was a Parade Magazine All American having been selected a three-time Player of the Year in Pennsylvania. At Steel High School she had a career game   scoring 52 points and 3,366 for her career.

This year’s Lady Pirates team has more depth but still plays with the defensive intensity that is a Coach David Six trademark. Bennett and Hamilton are the only two seniors on the team. The team has ten freshmen and sophomores and is undefeated in the MEAC this year so the future of the program looks bright. Get you tickets now for the MEAC basketball Tournament in Norfolk March 10th-15th and cheer our Lady Pirates on to history.    

Lady Pirates Dominate MEAC

If championships are a barometer for excellence then Hampton has    succeeded. The year 2012/2013 will be judged as one the greatest years in Hampton’s sports history. They say winning breeds championships. Just ask head basketball coach David Six. In four years he has won all four MEAC championships and led his team to four straight NCAA Tournaments. This year’s team set a program Division I  single season record of 28-7, had a 19 game winning streak, and went unbeaten in the MEAC. He played highly favored Duke in the NCCA Tournament at  Cameron Stadium. They were only down by six late in the second half before succumbing at the end. Maurice Pierce, Director of Track and Field started the tradition of wining track meets many years ago. This past year his Lady Pirates won the indoor championship for the 2rd  straight year and 10 of the past 11 years. His Lady Pirates won the outdoor championship for the second straight year and 7 out of the past 8 years. The Lady Pirates softball team had not won a championship since 1996. Head Coach Trena Peel, in just her third year, won the MEAC Championship. The team played Florida (52-7) the number 2 team in the country in the NCAA tournament. The Lady Pirates were leading 1-0 after 2 innings and eventually lost 7-1. Coach Michael Williams guided his bowling team to second place in the MEAC Bowling Championship. The match was aired live on ESPN. Coach Maurice Pierce led his team to second place at the MEAC Cross Country Championship. Coach Reggie Mitchell guided his Lady Pirate golfers to 3rd place at the MEAC Golf Championship. The Volleyball team lost in the semi-finals of the MEAC Championship. They finished the season with a record of 19-14, matching the most wins in program Division I history in a single season.

 

Congratulations to Athletic Director Novelle Dickenson, coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, strength and conditioning, administrative staff,   Maurice Williams and Jeff Cunningham, and a special thank you to the hardest working facilities and equipment team in the MEAC, John “Buster” Jackson, John Brown and Malcolm Bryant for all you do to keep the athletic fields and facilities in perfect condition.     

 


The Boosters Club Congratulates our Hampton Olympians!!!!

Francena McCorory 


and Kellie Wells


LONDON – Former Hampton University track & field standout Francena McCorory helped Team USA’s women’s 4x400-meter relay team advance to the finals at Olympic Stadium on Friday evening. McCorory (class of 2011), a three-time NCAA champion in the 400-meter dash, ran the second leg of the race, as she helped Team USA record a preliminary-best 3:22.09 in winning the second heat. Keisha Baker, Diamond Dixon, and DeeDee Trotter (who won bronze in the women’s 400-meter dash) also made up the Team USA squad. Russia posted the second-fastest time, more than a second slower at 3:23.11. Great Britain, Jamaica, Ukraine, France, Czech Republic, and Nigeria also qualified for the final. The final of the women’s 4x400-meter relay will be held on Saturday at 8:25 p.m. local time. McCorory is expected to run in the final, but even if she doesn’t, she will be eligible for a medal if Team USA finishes in the top three, by virtue of her running in the preliminaries. McCorory ran the anchor leg in August of 2011, when Team USA won gold in the 4x400-meter relay at the World Championships in South Korea. If Team USA medals on Saturday, McCorory will be the second Hamptonian to medal in London; former Lady Pirate Kellie Wells (class of 2006) captured the bronze medal earlier this week in the women’s 100-meter hurdles.


LONDON – Hampton University alumna Kellie Wells won the bronze medal in the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.48. Wells, a Richmond, Va. native, graduated from Hampton in 2006. She becomes the first Hamptonian from the United States to win an Olympic medal. Australia's Sally Pearson set a new Olympic record as she won gold with a time of 12.35. Defending champion American Dawn Harper won silver with a time of 12.37.


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