East Central University will conduct ‘Jerry Anderson Appreciation Night’ on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, when the Lady Tigers and Tigers host Cameron University in a basketball doubleheader on Wayne Cobb Court inside the Kerr Activities Center.
The night will be in honor of the late Jerry Anderson, who served as ECU men’s basketball coach from 1967-78 and then filled the role of athletic director from 1978-82.
During his coaching tenure, Anderson was named NAIA District 9 Coach of the Year for 1970-71 and guided the Tigers to three District 9 titles in 1970, 1971 and 1975. As a result of the district championships, ECU participated in three NAIA national tournaments under Anderson’s direction.
Anderson posted a career coaching record of 344-323 in 23 years as a coach, including stays as head coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State and Blackwell High School.
A reception for the Anderson family and invited guests will begin at 6 p.m. in the Kerr Center on Jan. 19th. A ceremony will be held at halftime of the men’s game. The women’s game will tip off at 6 p.m. with the men’s contest to follow.
ECU defensive end Bryant named Daktronics Second Team All-American
ADA — East Central University defensive end Armonty Bryant was named a Daktronics 2010 NCAA Division II Second Team All-American, it was announced Tuesday.
Bryant, a 6-foot, 6-inch sophomore out of Wichita Falls, Texas, was one of only two sophomores named to the Daktronics Second Team on defense as the remainder of the players were either seniors or juniors.
Bryant was third in the nation in total sacks with 13.5 for an average of 1.23 per game, which topped the Lone Star Conference. He was tied with two others in ninth place in Division II in tackles for loss with 19.
It was one of handful of awards for Bryant, who was selected as 2010 LSC North Defensive Lineman of the Year and was named to the Daktronics All-Super Region 4 First Team just a few weeks ago.
During the 2010 season, Bryant captured three LSC North Player of the Week awards, two on defense and one on special teams in helping lead the Tigers to a share of the LSC North Division championship.
Two other ECU players garnered Daktronis all-region awards as junior cornerback Dontae Smith was a first team selection while offensive lineman Carlos Savala was a second team honoree.
The Daktronics All-American Teams are sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems. The teams are voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
ECU soccer squad captures
seventh straight academic award
ADA — For the seventh straight year, the East Central University women’s soccer team has captured a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award, it was announced Wednesday.
The Lady Tigers posted a team cumulative grade point average of 3.31 which enabled them to obtain the award from the NSCAA for the seventh straight time.
To be eligible for the award teams must maintain a 3.00 GPA or better.
“I’m proud of them. It shows the girls are definitely doing their work in the classroom,” said ECU head coach Riley Bailey. “I appreciate their efforts on and off the field.”