XU Adds 2 Coaches For Track/Cross Country, 1 Signee

NEW ORLEANS—Joseph Moses, coach of men's and women's cross country and track and field at Xavier University of Louisiana, announced two additions to his staff and one signee.

Joining the staff in 2014-15 are assistant coach Quinton Harley and student assistant Donyé Coleman. The signee is sprinter Destini Thomas of Houston.

Harley will coach XU sprinters, hurdlers and relay teams. He comes to Xavier from NCAA Division I's East Carolina University, where he was a volunteer assistant in 2013-14 and a sprinter and hurdler for two seasons. He was part of a staff that coached East Carolina's women to Conference USA indoor and outdoor team championships in 2014.

Harley earned All-America recognition at Edison Tech High School in Rochester, N.Y., and at NCAA Division II's Lake Erie College.

Coleman competed at Xavier and was All-Gulf Coast Conference four times in women's cross country and twice in outdoor track. As a senior in 2013, Coleman posted her best collegiate time for 5,000 meters—19 minutes, 42.65 seconds—in a second-place finish at the GCAC Cross Country Championships. She competed at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships each of her final three seasons.

Coleman—a resident of Snellville, Ga., and a graduate of Shiloh High School—was a member of GCAC championship teams four times in cross country and three times in outdoor track.

Harley is enrolled in XU's graduate school. Coleman is completing requirements for her XU bachelor's degree.

"Quinton Harley is a very knowledgeable young coach with a promising future in track and field," Moses said. "Donyé Coleman had a good career at Xavier and will do a good job for us as a student assistant."

Thomas was a member of Summer Creek High School's district-champion 400 relay team this year, and she helped the Lady Bulldogs win the team championship. Individually in the 100, Thomas placed second in the district and area meets and was a regional finalist. Her best time this year at that distance was 12.00 seconds. She is a three-time qualifier for the AAU Junior Olympics in the 100.

Thomas moved to Houston in 2013 from Maryland, where she was a standout in track and basketball, a class officer and an honor-roll student at St. Mary's Ryken High School.

"Destini could be the next great sprinter in Xavier's women's program," Moses said.

Xavier won GCAC team championships in men's and women's cross country and women's outdoor track in 2013-14. The cross country teams will begin their season Friday in the Xavier Big Easy Opener at City Park. The women's race will start at 5:30 p.m., and the men's race will follow at 6.

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Top Collegiate Sand Volleyball Players To Competes

ATLANTA, GA—LakePoint Sporting Community, the world’s largest sporting destination just north of metro Atlanta, is set to welcome some of the top women sand volleyball players in the country for its inaugural Collegiate Sand Clash & Bash on November 15, 2014 starting at 9 a.m. In support of the world’s fastest growing sport in NCAA history, the one-day, collegiate volleyball exhibition will feature players from two of the Top 10 U.S. sandprograms, Georgia State University and Florida State University, along withLouisiana State University, University of South Carolina, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. More participating schools to be announced shortly.

Admission is free to those who wish to attend the fun-filled Bash while cheering for their favorite team. The Bash will include viewing of college football games and Tailgate Olympics. Pairs must register ahead of time in order to compete for fun prizes in a round robin of corn-hole, ring-toss and caps. For more information and toregister, visit www.RallyVB.com.

In addition to the Sand Clash & Bash event, junior players who aspire to receive sand volleyball scholarships are invited to attend a juniors players’ clinic that will be run by Olympian and world champion Sinjin Smith. Players can register for the Juniors Clinic clinic at www.RallyVB.com.

“We are dedicated to supporting the efforts of organizations like USA Volleyball, Southern Region Volleyball Association and Amateur Athletic Union to grow the sport of sandvolleyball, and volleyball as a whole,” says Earl Ehrhart, CEO of LakePoint Sports. “We aim to make Rally Volleyball at LakePoint the East Coast hub for sand volleyball, and look forward to the possibility of hosting the soon-to-be championship sport at our complex.”

The Rally Volleyball Complex at LakePoint Sports includes 10 sand courts with state-of-the-art LED lighting and a two-story, open-air pavilion. In 2013, Rally Volleyball (RallyVB) formed a joint venture with LakePoint Sporting Community and has been working with national, regional and local organizations including USA Volleyball, to increase volleyball participation, viewership and sponsorship. In its inaugural year, Rally Volleyball and LakePoint have hosted televised pro-tour volleyball events, and numerous adult and junior series tournaments and clinics. 2015 is already looking to be much larger.

Bartow County and the City of Emerson will become the unparalleled sports destination in the world with the development of LakePoint Sporting Community. The development will include 1,400+-acres, which will feature state-of-the-art venues for over 40 of America’s favorite youth sports and 5 million square feet of mixed-use development. Along withsports, LakePoint will include approximately 29 on-site hotels, restaurants, retail shops, office space and several other entertainment venues. To learnmore about LakePoint Sporting Community, please visit www.lakepointsports.com. Find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/lakepointcommunity.

Rally Volleyball is dedicated to advancing Volleyball into one of the top media and entertainment sports in the US. Led by Olympian and world champion Sinjin Smith and CEO Colleen Craig, RallyVB will meet the growing demand of the sport through creative programming, development and marketing opportunities. They will incorporate best practices utilized by other leading sports organizations and operate through a lens on excellence, customer service and innovation. Click on www.rallyvb.com/ to learn more.

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January Champions Breast Health Awareness, Child Literacy

NEW YORK—WNBA All-Star Briann January of the Indiana Fever was awarded the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by State Farm for her remarkable generosity and charitable efforts throughout August. This marks the first time that January has received the honor.

January dedicates her time off the court to causes closest to her heart, in particular breast health awareness and education and literacy initiatives. Last month, January spoke about breast health at the “Fever Bright Pink Plaza Party,” and signed autographs for patients and survivors. During the Fever’s Breast Health Awareness live auction, January donated her autographed game jersey, helping to raise almost $20,000 for the Community Health Network Foundation’s Breast Health Fund.

As the spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Education’s Hoosier Family of Readers, January donates her time to hands-on literacy programs. During the “Fever Read Like a Pro” event at the Central Library, she read books to third-grade students from IPS #2. January also recorded a book reading for the “Call-The-Indiana Fever” program, where kids dialed in throughout August to have their favorite Fever player read them a book.

“My aunt recently passed away due to breast cancer, and two of my aunts are survivors. As an education major, I am passionate about education and helping young kids become successful in life,” said January. “So it means a lot to me to take part in community outreach programs related to children and breast health awareness because those are issues that I feel personally connected to.”

The WNBA Community Assist Award presented by State Farm is awarded monthly during the season to the player that best reflects the WNBA’s passion to make a difference in the community. In recognition of January’s efforts, the WNBA and State Farm will donate $7,500 to Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Intervention Services (DASI). Please visit wnba.com/statefarmcommunityassist for more information on the award and its recipients.

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