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New head women’s basketball coach named

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College announced Friday a new addition to the Blue Bear athletics family. Athletic Director Lamonte Massie-Sampson announced that Chiante Wester was the new head women’s basketball coach during a press conference on the Salisbury campus. Wester comes to Blue Bear country after serving as assistant women’s basketball coach for the Virginia State University Trojans since August 2006. She joined Virginia State University after reuniting with former Shaw University Assistant Coach James Hill, Jr. During her tenure at Virginia State, Wester participated in five regular-season division championships in the CIAA Conference, four NCAA appearances and a CIAA Championship as VSU captured more than 200-plus wins. Wester has mentored several all-conference players, league players of the year, first-ever VSU HBCU/CIAA players of the year and academic All-Americans. She worked primarily with the guards in her role at Virginia State and assisted Hill in all facets of player development, on the court coaching and individual skill instruction as well as recruitment. Her administrative responsibilities consisted of coordinating and directing community relations, outreach projects, and managing and organizing team managers.  She also oversaw the academic study hall and academic progress of the student-athletes within women’s basketball. In 2013, Wester was selected to attend the NCAA Black Coaches and Administrators Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE) Program. In 2008, she attended the NCAA Women’s Coaches Academy. “We strongly believe this is not only a next-level move for Coach Wester, but for our women’s basketball team,” said Massie-Sampson. “She is ready and eager to excel …

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Sport Mgt. students attend Super Bowl

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SALISBURY – There was a den of Blue Bears among the Chiefs and 49ers at Super Bowl 2020. Eleven Livingstone College sport management students served as hosts at Super Bowl LIV held Sunday in Miami, Fla. Livingstone was only one of two historically black colleges and universities selected to participate in the Super Bowl Experience. Deonna Young, Semaj Williams, Cory Jones, Antwann Abernathy, Damoni Johnson, Breanah Brown, Alfred Patrick Jr, Marcus Thompson, Precious Wood, Tianna Deberry and Daruis Gwynn were selected to attend based on academics and engagement. The students left for Miami on Jan. 29 and returned Tuesday from an unforgettable experience. Livingstone was selected for the program through an extensive application process, said Dr. Charles Crowley, department chair of sport management, hospitality management and culinary arts, who also accompanied the group. But it’s also about connections, and this wasn’t Crowley’s first rodeo of super bowls. Only in his second semester at Livingstone, Crowley worked the Super Bowl in 2000 and 2004 while working for other entities. The purpose of the program is to teach the business side of sports and to offer insight on what it’s like to run a major sporting event. Students worked the NFL Experience that featured the football players, NFL Live and served as way finders inside the stadium on game day. “They got to meet so many people, celebrities and stars,” Crowley said. “Every day, they saw someone famous.” Students had to complete application packets and background checks, and undergo online customer service …

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Livingstone athletics surprises admin assistant with Hall of Fame induction

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College announced that it was inducting five into its Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming Week, but there were actually six recipients. The sixth inductee remained a secret until the day of the dinner program. Blanche Ford, administrative assistant for Livingstone’s athletic department, was surprised when she learned at the Hall of Fame dinner that she was being inducted for meritorious service. Ford started her career at Livingstone in 1970 in the physical plant department as administrative assistant and eventually transitioned to athletics. She was also cheerleading coach from 1993 to 1998. She ventured out from Livingstone in 1998, but returned in 2006 to the athletic department to reprise her role. “She has impacted the lives of many students, taking them under her wings and treating them as her own,” her bio reads in the program. “With that being said, Ms. Ford has a lot of Blue Bear children.” One of those children is Troy Veale, a 2006 inductee into the Livingstone College Athletic Hall of Fame, who introduced Ford at the dinner, held at the Livingstone College School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. “She is number one for several reasons,” Veale said. When he was dropped off at Livingstone as a timid freshman, the first place he went was the athletic department and there was Ford, offering him maternal nurturing. “She told me it’s going to be OK,” he recalled. “Until this day, when I see her, she says, ‘It’s going to be OK.’” Ford …