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Virginia coaches take top honor
Published Thursday, August 8, 2019
by Bonitta Best

Virginia Union women’s basketball coach AnnMarie Gilbert and Virginia State men’s coach Lonnie Blow Jr. were name HBCU coaches of the year by HBCU Digest.

The Lady Panthers finished 28-3 last season, won their second straight CIAA Tournament championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Gilbert has guided VUU to four straight tourney appearances in her first four seasons.

Blow led the Trojans to their best season (28-5) in program history, plus a tourney title and a regional semifinal appearance for the third time in four years.

Blow is the only CIAA men’s coach to win a championship with two different teams (St. Augustine’s and VSU). He now has three total.

Coppin’s Fields signs contract

Coppin State alumna Brooke Fields has signed a pro contract with Baerum Basket Bekkestua in Baerum, Norway.

Fields played one season at CSU, earning first team all-conference for producing 17 points per game and 119 total assists. She is the second Eagle to sign a professional contact in the past two seasons.

Benedict women No. 1

Benedict women’s basketball team ended last season as the Division II champion in rebound margin.

The Tigers averaged a 12.6 rebound margin per game. They were second in the division with a total of 48 rebounds per game and third in defensive rebounds.

Ay’Anna Bey led the team with 12.5 rebounds per contest – fifth nationally.

MSU’s Carr headed overseas

Morgan State alumnus Phillip Carr has signed with BK Iskra Svit in the Slovak Basketball League.

Carr played a season in the NBA G-League, and signed a two-way contract with the New York Knicks and their G-League affiliate before being traded.

“We believe Phil Carr will fulfill our expectations and become one of the leaders of our team,” BK coach Jan Drobn said.


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