Sports Samplings – 4/8
LeVelle Moton is looking for another assistant coach for about the gazillionth time in his 10 seasons at North Carolina Central. Luke D’Alessio, who joined the Eagles three seasons ago, has been hired as Fayetteville State’s new men’s head basketball coach. Of course, D’Alessio is quite familiar with the CIAA after leading the Bowie State men’s program for 10 seasons (2000-09) and finishing with a 199-96 record, including a CIAA championship.
“I am impressed with his recruiting ability and broad experience in gaining institutional support and community involvement,” FSU athletics director Anthony Bennett said. “Coach D’Alessio has played crucial roles in developing basketball programs on all levels and has led them to success on and off the court.”
One former NCCU assistant is on the staff of Texas Tech, which plays for the NCAA Tournament national championship tonight. Another ex-Eagle, John Moseley, is the head coach/athletics director at Lincoln (Mo.), and on it goes.
• Durham gets analytical: NCCU and the American Underground will host the fourth annual SPEIA Basketball Analytics Summit April 12-13 on NCCU’s campus. The conference is normally held on UNC’s campus. Topics for the two-day event include fan experience & engagement, individual performance, marketing & ticketing, sports science, entrepreneurship and women’s basketball.
Featured speakers are Kirk Goldsberry, director of analytics for USA Basketball; Ken Pomeroy, statistician for college basketball; Edniesha Curry, the only female coach of an NCAA Division I men’s basketball team, and more. To register or for more info, visit www.basketballanalyticssummit.com.
• Change date: NCCU’s football opener against Austin Peay State has been rescheduled to August 29, a Thursday night. The change was agreed upon by both parties. “We came up with the idea to move this game up with the thought that we could differentiate ourselves and get more eyeballs on Governors football,” AD Gerald Harrison said. “I strongly believe we have an opportunity to create a magical night at The Fort.” Better hope it doesn’t turn magical for the Eagles instead.