Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Women's hoops doings

Jacksonville State women’s basketball coach Becky Geyer has found her three assistants to replace the ones that left earlier this spring, but apparently it will be a while before the school makes a release on their identities.

They're not yet working, and still have some process to complete before becoming "official.".

Speaking of women’s basketball, did you see where former JSU assistant Marcus Reilly recently got the Rhode Island women’s head coaching job.

And also on the former Gamecocks front, ex-women’s coach Dave Dagostino (West Virginia assistant) will take a team that includes former players Ashley Boykin (UAH), Tonya McKinney (UAH) and Christina Gordon (Brown) on a goodwill tour of the Caribbean. Former JSU player Cobie Carlisle will serve as his assistant.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Closing in on history

Maybe she’s superstitious, or didn’t want to draw attention to it, but JSU softball coach Jana McGinnis a couple weeks ago really didn’t want to talk about the milestones she could achieve as early as next week.

Now, it’s too close to ignore.

McGinnis is within five victories of 500 for her coaching career and three games of coaching in the 1,000th game in the program’s history.

McGinnis can reach career No. 500 as early as the third game of next weekend’s series at Morehead State. Game No. 1,000 in JSU’s history would take place in the series opener.

The Gamecocks complete their series with Eastern Kentucky today, then play Samford in a single game before heading out to Morehead.

If it doesn’t happen this week, her next chance at history could be an April 15 home doubleheader against Middle Tennessee.

By the way, betcha didn’t know the Gamecocks are one of only three Division I programs in the country where the head coach and fulltime assistants – in this case McGinnis, Mark Wisener and Julie Boland -- are all alums of the school they’re coaching.

The other two are UCLA and South Florida.