Success brings holiday cheer for Rams Athletics
A small break for two teams at BC is given with recent success
Sports Information Department BC
December 21, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, Virginia- Ask anyone a year ago about how successful the Bluefield Athletic teams would fair in 2011-2012, and they would have a hard time coming up with a solified answer.
Fast forward 365 days, and Bluefield College sits in an exciting position geared for unfathomable rewards not only for this season but also looking forward.
Bluefield Athletics Director Peter Dryer and college administration members have spent tireless hours building for the future and knew it wouldn't happen overnight. The Athletics Department has been quite busy nonetheless. In the past twelve months, Bluefield has brought in ten new coaches for eight Varsity sports including Football, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Volleyball, Women's Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Golf and Tennis. Just 24 months ago, the department also saw three new head coaches brought in including Football, Men's Soccer and Women's Soccer.
As coaches, student-athletes, fans, and families depart for their respective states and countries, it is not a stretch for Bluefield 'fans' to be excited about what has transpired in the Fall, and currently this Winter season.
In the Fall, Volleyball's first-year head coach, Brian Votaw, brought an entirely new prospective to the Dome. With reaching the same win total from a year ago, Votaw didn't have a chance to bring in any additional players- but used the girls he had to play an attractive-style of volleyball. To date, Votaw has already signed three big-time recruits for 2012; and rest assure- the Lady Rams will turn some heads next season with a boost in overall team height.
Women's Soccer and Coach Snow's side put together an incredible run late in the 2011 fall season. While her frustration was shown early on in the season, she was able to rally her girls into becoming a 'true contender' in the conference by getting some great results towards the tournament. Snow is committed to excellence, and has signed more recruits for 2012 than any other coach at Bluefield to date. What is Coach Snow up to lately? Her staff has hit the recruiting trail with many miles. From some of the most premier club tournaments in the nation to getting commitments from youth national team members, the Lady Rams will re-stock for 2012 with high expectations.
Men's Soccer made history in 2011 in Coach Dryer's second full season, and Coach Neidig's first. The duo are committed to building a 'national championship-caliber' squad, and are well on its way to doing so. The Rams collected the most wins in school history, gave up the least amount of goals in school history, posted the most shutouts in the program's history--all of which with 15 new players to the roster, nine of which were consistent starters. With only one player graduating, the Rams are ready for the 'big switch' to the Mid-South Conference in 2012. Furthermore, the Rams have boosted their commitment to bringing in the nation's top talent by making recruiting trips to the famous CASL Showcase, Disney Showcase, Dallas Cup and Surf Cup this year. With a huge core of returnees, the program will add several key contributors to work alongside the guys including Senegalese winger, Mohammed Dieye who arrives for the Spring season in 2012.
Not to be overdone, the winter sports' teams have brought a fresh and exciting look to the campus of Bluefield College. With the addition of Coach MJ Baker to the women's program- the Lady Rams are playing a defensive, high-octane pace in their contests and have reaped the benefits of a hard-working preseason training regime set by the coaching staff. With a great core of Seniors to go along with several transfers, the Lady Rams have doubled their wins at this point this year than they were a year ago (3-9 in 2010; 6-5 in 2011).
Did you know Coach Morgan's men's basketball team ranks Top 15 nationally in the NAIA in more than ten categories? Those include #5 in offensive scoring, #1 in total points, #12 in scoring margin and many more. Take some time out of your 'busy' schedule to check out one of the Rams home basketball games this season once 2012 strikes; you won't be disappointed. The Rams come at their opponents with no strings attached, and are fun to watch on any given night. Morgan & company have their boys playing their best at the right time. Some people questioned his early strength of schedule, but have a chat with him- he'll tell you otherwise. With the dominating post-play of Byron Carpenter, the sharp-shooting of Borgia M'bala, the pesky and annyoying yet highly-effective defense from Ty Johnson...the Rams stilll have more.
The coaching expertise of Assistant coach Keith Jennings has brought a new style of basketball this season with the implementation of a two-point guard system- and there's no turning back. Wilson and Marion will break ankles not just once, but probably twice. They have defenses looking ridiculous and the lightning-fast guards will kill you with a two-edged dagger by draining a long-range three or dishing off a "CP3" pass to one of the big men. The Rams have also more than doubled their win total to date from last season (4-9 in 2010, 9-8 in 2011) going into the holiday break. With the way the Rams have "toyed" their two conference opponents already, Bluefield should spread some holiday cheer on what the future holds for men's basketball in 2012.
Four more teams have still yet to play a competitive contest in the 2011-2012 season including Softball and Baseball. But be certain- the big fat man with a long white beard, Santa Claus, will bring several big presents for these two programs this coming season. Coach White and Coach Walker are both ecstatic of what this season could be- and the Sports Information Department will be bringing you close coverage of their spring-break trips which kickoff the Spring season.
Interestingly enough, two more sports will start in the Spring with two brand new first-year head coaches in Brian Hall (Golf) and Mark Sarver (Men's and Women's Tennis). Hall will be in charge of returning golf to their 'glory' days at Bluefield where they won several conference tournaments and regional berths in the early 2000's. Hall has not only solified some great golfers for 2012 and beyond, but himself and the Athletics department has secured the local Fincastle Country Club-as its new home course for future competitions.
Sarver is no stranger to the game of tennis. A tennis 'legend' in the the two-Virginia's, Sarver has served on several national boards and instructed some of the state's most talented youth players on their way to prestigious univerisities on tennis scholarships. A local to the Bluefield area, Sarver will bring an automatic boost to Bluefield tennis not only to its 'brand', but also the level of coaching and professionalism at the collegiate level. It'll start right away- Sarver has already set a 19-match season for the program in the Spring of 2012.
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