Anderson Plays Role of Villain in First Collegiate Golf Victory

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By Jon Cole

There have been a number of defining moments in the history of Ohio sports. There was “The Drive,” that John Elway orchestrated against the Cleveland Browns in the 1987 NFL Playoffs, there was “The Fumble” by the Browns Ernest Byner one year later that cost the Browns a chance to exact their revenge on the Broncos and there was that night in early July 2010 that LeBron James made “The Decision” to leave Cleveland and take his talents to South Beach.

Sunday afternoon, Citadel golfer and Dayton, Ohio, product Kellie Anderson, made a preverbal swing against her home state when she placed herself in a three-way tie for first in a dual with the Dayton Flyers. On the strength of the lowest score through nine holes (38), due in large part to an eagle on the ninth hole, Anderson was able to place herself alongside the Flyers’ Mika Suntay and Maggie Prokop atop the leaderboard.

While Elway, Byner and James are certain targets for diehard Ohio sports fans, Anderson saved any potential damage that might be suffered to her 2004 Saturn Ion as the Flyers also got a share of the individual victories at the dual.

Anderson became just the second Bulldog golfer in program history and first since teammate Erica Pellegrini on March 4, 2012, to earn top billing in a tournament. Pellegrini also accomplished the feat in a dual against the Flyers, when she fired a 76 in Hilton Head.

While Anderson’s name will not be as vilified as Elway, Byner and James in Ohio sports lore, it is certainly a moment that she will not forget.

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“The coach at Dayton doesn’t typically bring in players that hit short, so it was a way for me to prove myself and say ‘hey, look at what you missed out on,’ said Anderson. It was also nice because one of the other players on the Dayton team and I used to battle it out in high school a lot.

“It was very nice to shake her hand and say ‘have a nice trip home,’ added Anderson. The funniest part is that her parents were also there and I told them to have a nice trip home, because it is snowing, and they said not to rub it in. I said ‘I did my time and I got out’ so that was very nice.”

The first place finish on Sunday marks the fourth top-20 showing of her three-year Citadel career. Her first came when she tied for seventh place at the Hilton Head Invitational in 2012.

“Having been here for the last three years I have always had personal goals that I wanted to fulfill, but it has never resulted in a win,” said Anderson. “So, I really needed this one and it came at the perfect time for me. I really saw that my work is paying off.”

At the South Carolina State Bulldog Invitational on Oct. 2, 2012, Anderson carded rounds of 80, 76 and 81 to place 20th with a three-day total of 237.

Prior to Sunday, her most recent top-20 performance came during the fall slate when she finished 18th at the Savannah College of Art & Design Invitational. Anderson capped off the two-day tournament with a 158 (82-76).

She will certainly look to carry over the momentum into the remaining matches this season. “I am taking 25 credit hours so I was feeling like all of my efforts were coming just short of everything that I was doing, before I got the win, so it was nice to get something to pull through,” said Anderson.

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A Future Career in Sport Management

baseballBy: Madison Port

Having learned from highly trained professionals at Coastal Carolina in the field of sport management, I have gained necessary skills to advance my career in athletics.

The classes that I have taken to complete my bachelor’s degree have helped prepare me for what is ahead. Just about every class I took in sport management required out-of-class experience, which I believe is helpful for a student to have success making connections, and attaining new skills.

The most influential class that I have taken at CCU was Sports Marketing and Promotion. In this class, I helped out with the athletic department in promoting a lacrosse game. During the game, we passed out posters with schedules on them to inform fans about future dates and the opponents we will face. This hands-on experience gave me an insight in what a career in sports marketing would be like, if I choose to go down that path.

All of the required classes within sport management have given me the opportunity to gain much needed skills to succeed in this highly-competitive field. Volunteering was a big component within my major as well. Being able to make connections within the community, as well as gaining experience, was a valuable asset for me to learn from others who have been working in this field.

The skills I’ve attained while getting my education, such as event planning, marketing and promotions and ticket sales, has given me a solid foundation to help advance my career upon graduation.

One of the biggest differences in sport management, compared to other majors at Coastal Carolina, is being able to apply classroom concepts into real-world experiences.

These skills that were gained can be contributed to my professors at CCU. The knowledge and concepts that I have attained has prepared me for my internship at The Citadel.

I am currently doing a promotion for a Citadel baseball game which involves Boy and Girl Scouts in the Charleston area. I am excited to see my hard work come to life with a promotion that I have created and see where I will end up upon my graduation this spring.

Our Website Is Pretty Darn Good

By Andy Solomon

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As many Citadel followers are aware, I went part-time in the Department of Athletics several years ago to pursue my teaching career in our HESS (Health, Exercise and Sport Science) Department in Deas Hall. I call myself a “visiting professor” since I visit daily from across the street.

It took me nearly 30 years to realize that road games could be played without me, and I’m learning that home games can go on without me.

Truth is, I love teaching and simply adore my students. I’ve found teaching to be a most rewarding profession and wish I had started it earlier. I have joined the many educators who have stated that they’d teach for free but get paid to grade papers.

I admit to bringing a unique style to the classroom as we have loads of fun, yet they learn – and retain – more than they ever anticipated.

Despite my continuous 39 years in intercollegiate athletics, I am quick to admit that I don’t know it all. Therefore, I rely on a textbook in one class but not in the other.

For that course that no textbook are used, I teach from personal experiences yet am smart enough to exploit the skills of my colleagues and friends and invite them to visit my class. These gues speakers complement what I throw at the sponges we call “students.”

On Wednesday, March 12, I invited Associate Athletics Media Relations Director Jon Cole to visit my class in which the topic for the day was “Athletics Websites.”

Jon, who has been here for five years and covers basketball, volleyball and golf, is a young veteran who blends old school sports information with the new-school social media.

The question that I posed to the class was this – What does one want from an athletics website?

Of course, there are the basics that everyone wants – an easy-to-navigate site that is truly informative and attractive, updated, colorful, accessible, interactive and did I mention easy-to-navigate?

Before Jon began, I implored how important “e-commerce” is to a site, meaning the ability to purchase game and event tickets along with merchandise and even donate. We all agreed that it was indeed fair to judge a college or even an athletics department by its website.

With Jon pointing out things left and right, I switched from CitadelSports.com to ClemsonTigers.com and even to GamecocksOnline.com for comparison sake. I asked the class what those two sites had that ours didn’t.

Before I would acknowledge a student answering, I said “hold up for a moment” and switched to the Dallas Cowboys’ site and later the Washington Redskins’. I posed the question once again –   What do those sites have that ours didn’t?

“The bigger (teams’) sites had about the same as ours did,” one student observed.

That’s when it hit me. Our site is pretty darn good.

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Led by Athletics Media Relations Director Mike Hoffman and his able staff that includes Cole, Brian Gargone and Cathryn Hardy, the responsibility of our website is in their hands. There is also critical input from our marketing and ticket offices, among others. The operation of our website is a team effort.

But the bottom line is that our website is pretty darn good. It is updated constantly and our interactive aspect is very good. The “e-commerce” portion is

Is it perfect? No, but very few are. But clearly it is pretty darn good and here’s an “atta-boy” for our media relations staff that controls it.

LEGACY: Athletes Carry on family tradition at the citadel

By Mike Hoffman
**Originally published in Nov. 2 football game program against Samford**

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Of all the traditions that make a Citadel education unique, one of the most enduring is that of legacies. The history of the college is rich with shared experiences among family members, sometimes across several generations.

Cadet-student-athletes are a big part of that legacy, and the history and record books are full of family members who have succeeded in competition, in the classroom and in their lives following their four years at The Citadel.

There are way too many to name here, but a few immediately come to mind. Lee Glaze was a football and baseball star and the 1986 Southern Conference Athlete of the year while brother Gettys starred on the 1990 College World Series team and was the 1992 conference pitcher of the year.

Cousins Pat and Ed Conroy were among the best basketball players of their respective eras, with Pat going on to become a world-renowned author and Ed a college coach, including a 20-win season with the Bulldogs in 2008-09.

Fred Jordan is the winningest baseball coach in SoCon history with 746 and son Kyle was a four-year starting shortstop from 2007-10. With the arrival of women’s sports, brother-sister combos became the newest legacy, particularly in cross country and track and field, with Carol and Rich Hamlin and Katheryn and John Gatewood being prime examples.

Here are three stories of current cadet-student-athletes who are continuing The Citadel legacy in their own families.

Following Big Brother

thorntonsKevin Thornton, a junior from Fayetteville, N.C., is a member of the football team. He originally enrolled at Lenoir-Rhyne before older brother Tyler, an offensive lineman for the Bulldogs from 2007-11, convinced him that The Citadel would be a fitter fit for him. Tyler is now serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

“Tyler was absolutely a big influence on me. He is not only a big brother but also a role model. He told me this was a hard lifestyle, but it’s what he wanted. It teaches you how to grow up and be a man. We have the same core values and like what this place does.

“We learned about discipline from our dad and his experience in the Army. Because we lived in it for so long, the idea of the military didn’t shock us so much. Tyler was on an ROTC scholarship, and I’m pursuing an Army contract now. Growing up in a military family has shaped us in what we wanted in our lives and led us to where we are now.

“Tyler is following our season very closely, but when we talk he just wants to hear about me, about things back home and how the dogs are doing. He’s always been a big supporter of mine.”

Family That Goes Way Back

Bret Hines, a sophomore third baseball on the baseball team from Hanahan, S.C., is the latest in a long line of Citadel men. His grandfather, Tom Etheridge, graduated in 1961 while father Lee was a pitcher before graduating in 1985. More recently, brothers Bryce and Ryan (Class of 2013) were also pitchers for the Bulldogs.

“As soon as Bryce and Ryan committed to come to The Citadel, it was an obvious decision to follow not only their footsteps but also my dad and granddad. It seemed like the right thing to do. We all wanted to come here and play.

“Our dad and granddad never really pushed it on us. Ryan went to Newberry but decided that the better move for him would be to come to The Citadel. (Associate head coach David Beckley) then offered Bryce, and he knew that’s what he wanted to do. I wanted to be like them.

“Honestly, I didn’t like (The Citadel) while growing up. I didn’t want to be in the military, and I didn’t want to follow my dad; I wanted to do my own thing. But as I got older and saw what they do here and I heard some of Ryan’s funny stories, it kinda grew on me. It also helped having my brothers here to help show me the way.”

Blue Thru and Thru

Elliott Sperr-TennisElliott Sperr is in his fourth season as a member of the tennis team and is expected to play high up in the Bulldog lineup this spring. A native of Charleston and graduate of Porter Gaud, Sperr had a strong Citadel influence growing up. Although his father, Pete (Class of 1981) was not an athlete, his pride in his alma mater runs deep.

“The Citadel was an everyday thing in our house. We have a room where the only pictures are Citadel pictures. We have portraits of a football helmet and Spike. Dad is always wearing Citadel stuff. I grew up going to football, basketball and baseball games. I have always had The Citadel as part of my life.

“It was a foregone conclusion that I was going to school here. My dad said you can go wherever you want, but the check is going to The Citadel. So you make your decision. It was a smooth transition for me because I didn’t have to go to another town. I was able to stay here and be close to my family.

“Playing tennis here has been an awesome experience. My father comes to all our matches. The happiest I ever saw him was at my first home match. He thought it was the coolest thing that I was playing and representing the school he went to.”