State College Round-up


Harding hires new assistant

SEARCY — Robert Fear, the husband of Harding head volleyball coach Meredith Fear, has been hired as Harding’s assistant volleyball coach.

"I’m very excited to officially have Robert on as our assistant coach," Meredith Fear said. "We treat our team like family so it only seems appropriate to have a husband/wife combo at the helm. Robert is the head of our strength and conditioning in the off-season, and that work is invaluable to our program."

Robert Fear worked as the assistant and head junior varsity volleyball coach at York College in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. After taking over a team who won six matches in 2009, Fear led York to 14 victories in 2010 and to 22 victories and a National Christian College Athletic Association Regional Tournament appearance in 2011. He also served as the assistant women’s basketball coach during that time.

Fear, a native of Burleson, Texas, graduated from Harding in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in general studies with an emphasis in graphic design. Fear transferred to Harding from Oklahoma Christian where he played one season of collegiate basketball.

Golden Suns report to campus

RUSSELLVILLE — With just three weeks before their first match of the season, the 2013 Golden Suns volleyball team reported to campus on Sunday to begin pre-season training.

The Golden Suns boast an incredibly deep and talented roster that is led by returning seniors Amber Cerrillos and Sara Motsinger. Fellow senior Stephanie Channell will be called upon for numerous situations throughout the season, while junior Sierra Nighswonger will also be asked to shoulder the load for Arkansas Tech in 2013.

While the team is fortunate enough to bring back its finest players from the 2012 season, the coaching staff will also benefit from the seven newcomers that have joined the team for the upcoming season.

The Golden Suns had their first day of practice on Monday.

The Golden Suns are having a Green and Gold Scrimmage on Saturday, August 31 at 10 a.m. Arkansas Tech will kick- off the 2013 season at the La Quinta Kickoff Classic in Springfield, Mo. on Sept. 6.


Coaches pick Tech to finish 8th

RUSSELLVILLE — League head coaches have picked Arkansas Tech University to finish eighth among the eleven teams that will compete for the 2013 Great American Conference football championship, announced by the league office Monday.

The Wonder Boys are under the direction of head coach Raymond Monica, who is beginning his first season as Arkansas Tech head football coach.

The Wonder Boys Green and Gold scrimmage will be August 27 at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field. There will be a 6 p.m. kick off.


League picks Harding to finish 4th

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Harding, an associate member of the MIAA, comes in as the fourth place pick by the coaches.

Lindenwood got four first place votes after winning the first MIAA title in men’s soccer since 1998 last season. The Lions went 8-0-2 and to capture the regular season title and defeated Northeastern State 1-0 to win the conference tournament in Olathe, Kan.

Northeastern State, who finished second to Lindenwood in both the regular season and conference tournament, earned two first places votes and came in just three points behind LWU in the poll. Fort Hays State grabbed the other first place vote and come in third just three points behind the RiverHawks.

Southern Nazarene, entering their second season of men’s soccer in the MIAA has been picked fifth. The Crimson Storm come in just three points ahead of the Peacocks of Upper Iowa who are picked to finish sixth. Southwest Baptist is just two points behind UIU and are picked to finish seventh by the coaches this season.

The 2013 season gets underway on September 5, 2013 and will culminate with the MIAA men’s soccer tournament to be held at the College Boulevard Activities Center on Nov. 7 & 9.


Jones becomes interim Harding AD

Henderson State University President Glen Jones has appointed Bobby Jones to serve as interim director of athletics following the departure of Kale Gober, who accepted a job this month with the University of Arkansas.

Jones will continue to serve as Henderson’s vice president for finance and administration.

"I am excited and look forward to having a great year in athletics at Henderson State," Jones said. "With the great coaches and staff in our athletic department, that will not be hard to accomplish. I am honored to be able to work in this capacity until such time as a new director of athletics is selected."

Jones, a native of Malvern, has also served as interim president at Henderson from April 22, 2011, to June 30, 2012.

After returning from Vietnam in 1973, Jones located in Arkadelphia and worked for a local CPA firm and two local financial institutions.

He became controller for Henderson in 1989 and was appointed vice president for finance and administration in 1999. He holds a B.S.B.A degree in accounting and an M.B.A. both from Henderson.

Red Wolves Foundation add two, promote another

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Thursday the addition of two new Red Wolves Foundation employees, Murray Watts and Claire Drerup, and the promotion of Justin Morrison.

Watts has been named the Red Wolves Foundation Development Coordinator, while Drerup was appointed to the position of Donor Experience Coordinator. Following his promotion, Morrison is now the Assistant Director of the Red Wolves Foundation.

Watts is a former A-State baseball player and 2010 ASU graduate with a degree in marketing. After graduating from Jonesboro High School in 2006, he went to the University of Arkansas to play baseball and transferred to A-State after redshirting one season there. While at Arkansas State, he earned two Second-Team All-Sun Belt Conference selections in 2009 and 2010. He finished his career at Arkansas State with 25 home runs and 133 runs batted in.

Drerup, a native of Van Buren, Mo., is a 2011 graduate of Arkansas State with a degree in marketing management. Prior to her new position, she had previously worked in the Arkansas State Office of Recruitment as a recruitment advisor.

While working as a recruitment advisor, Drerup’s main territories included northwest Arkansas and central Arkansas. Her main job responsibilities included recruiting high school seniors to attend Arkansas State, presenting large amounts of information to groups and individuals on a daily basis, providing university information to prospective students and their families during visits to the A-State campus, and developing and implementing comprehensive communication and marketing plans.

Morrison’s primary responsibilities will be overseeing the annual fund and premium seating. He spent the previous year as the Development Coordinator for the Red Wolves Foundation. His responsibilities included being the account manager for 500 donor accounts, overseeing donor football and basketball parking and ticket assignments, managing the day-to-day operations of the Wheel Club, paying all the Red Wolves Foundation invoices, assisting with securing auction items and planning of the annual A-State Golf Classic, developing collateral to use for the new Liberty Bank Stadium north end zone facility capital campaign project, and handling questions from visitors to the Red Wolves Foundation office.