Archive for June, 2011

Kincaid promoted to softball coach

Roger Kincaid, who led Georgia State’s softball team to the 2011 CAA title as the interim coach, has been named head coach.

Kincaid, a native of Decatur who played football at Georgia, took over the program on an interim basis on Feb. 21 after Bob Heck stepped down. He guided the Panthers to a 31-20 record, including a 15-5 mark in CAA play. The Panthers defeated Hofstra to win its first Colonial Athletic Association title. Kincaid has been on the staff since 2008.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

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Hunter enjoying time in Nigeria helping others

Georgia State men's basketball coach Ron Hunter poses with some children in Nigeria.

Georgia State men's basketball coach Ron Hunter poses with some children in Nigeria.

Halfway around the world, Ron Hunter was reminded of home on Monday.

In Nigeria to help Samaritan’s Feet, a charitable organization he works with, give away thousands of pairs of shoes to children, Hunter was approached by a man.

“What do you know about Georgia State?” the man asked, looking at the shirt Hunter was wearing.

After explaining that he coaches the basketball team, the man, an American and executive with an oil company who lives in the country, said, “When you get back to Atlanta, please tell my daughter I love her.”

His daughter, Apryl Goodwin, finished her last season on the university’s women’s soccer team in 2010.

“It was unbelievable to see the parent of a student-athlete all the way in

Hunter washes the feet of a child before giving him a free pair of shoes, courtesy of Samaritan's Feet.

Hunter washes the feet of a child before giving him a free pair of shoes, courtesy of Samaritan's Feet.

Nigeria,” he said.

Of course, that was just a bonus. Hunter is there to help the less …

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Moody enrolls at Georgia State

Former Georgia football signee Dexter Moody has enrolled at Georgia State.

Moody, a four-star linebacker from Emanuel County Institute, signed with Georgia in 2009. However, he never enrolled because Georgia revoked his letter of intent after he was suspended from high school.

He enrolled at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, where he played as a sophomore after redshirting as a freshman. He had 28 tackles and 2.5 sacks in seven games. He played linebacker and safety there. He has three years of eligibility remaining.

He received offers from Nebraska and Cincinnati, but never received a letter of intent. Colleague Chip Towers wrote this about Moody earlier this year.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

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Football schedule now set

The missing pieces in Georgia State’s football schedule are in place.

The Panthers will play Clark Atlanta on Friday, Sept. 2. The game was originally scheduled for Sept. 1, but the Falcons are also scheduled to play a preseason game on that date, assuming the NFL solves its work-stoppage and the season begins.

The Panthers will play St. Francis, an NAIA school from Joliet, Ill., in place of Lambuth, which closed. The game will be Nov. 5 at the Dome.

The Fighting Saints went 7-4 last season. They averaged 30.8 points per game and allowed 23.5.

Here is the schedule:

All Dates Subject to Change. Times TBA.

Sept. 17    at Jacksonville State (Jacksonville, Ala.)
Sept. 24    at Houston (Houston, Texas)
Oct. 15    at South Carolina State (Orangeburg, S.C.)

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Joe Hamilton promoted at Georgia State

Joe Hamilton has been promoted to running backs coach at Georgia State and he couldn’t be more happy with where he is because of where he was.

Hamilton made his name in college football as the 1999 Heisman Trophy runner-up and ACC player of the year at Georgia Tech.

After a career in the NFL and Arena Football, he was hired as a player personnel assistant at Tech in 2008. However, he resigned a few weeks later after being arrested for DUI, open container, marijuana possession and hit and run. His case closed with a negotiated guilty plea to DUI and open container. The hit-and-run charge was merged into the DUI conviction and the marijuana charge was dropped.

Hamilton, a former standout quarterback at Georgia Tech, had been on coach Bill Curry’s staff as an intern for the past year. His responsibilities included requesting academic transcripts, logging videos of prospects and other behind-the-scenes tasks.

“I made a mistake,” he said. “I …

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