Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving holidays are upon us at Coker

On Monday I was talking with my Public Relations class about "Marketing YOU -Inc." As part of that discussion I did mention that teaching at Coker College is the best job I have had so far in my life. So -- obviously something for which to be thankful.

In an email message this morning, President Robert Wyatt, shared some of his Thanksgiving thoughts for the Coker College campus. It seems appropriate to share that message as part of the Coker College Experience:

From Dr. Wyatt
Good morning,
As we prepare to gather with friends and family over the holiday break, I am humbled by the blessings that we share as colleagues and by the commitment to excellence you bring to our community.
Indeed, we have much to appreciate. Working together, Coker’s trustees, faculty, staff, alumni and students have developed a strategic plan to guide us through the most ambitious period of growth in Coker’s history. And, owing to your good work, we have made long strides on the path toward becoming the institution of our shared vision. Consider that in the last six months, among other things, we have:
• Welcomed the largest influx of 14 new faculty members in college history, a new provost and numerous staff members;
• Opened Coker’s first downtown loft apartments;
• Established the Joseph L. and Betty C. Wiggins School of Education;
• Created Trans4mations, an innovative four-year academic program to ensure our students are well prepared for the futures they will lead.
• Found ways to expand co-curricular opportunities to challenge and engage students with new programs to begin in 2012 including a competitive debate team, glee club, gospel choir, wind ensemble, and a Coker-Hartsville chorale;
• Added men’s volleyball for 2012;
• Watched our men’s soccer team make history by winning both the regular season and conference tournament championship.
• Received national recognition for academic excellence from organizations including US News & World Report, Washington Monthly, Princeton Review, Colleges of Distinction and, most recently, the National Survey of Student Engagement.
Beyond these myriad accomplishments, I am personally thankful for the friendship and support you have given to Nancy, Lara and me and to each other. It is an exceptional privilege to count you as my family.
May the warmth of this holiday be a special blessing to you.
Thank you, always.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Coker hosts NCAA Regional Soccer Tourney

Cobra soccer players along with some supporters gathered to watch the NCAA Division II Tournament seeding announcements on Monday night. Coker was named the region's top seed and also will host the first round of the tourney beginning on Friday in Hartsville.

The following is a news release from Christian Stryker, Coker College Sports Information Director about the upcoming NCAA Division 2 soccer tournament:

November 7, 2011

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College has been selected as the top seed and host for this week's NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Men's Soccer Tournament. One of just 32 teams selected nationwide, the Cobras will host the first and second round of the tournament with matches being played on Friday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 13.

Coker, who is ranked No. 5 in the latest National Collegiate Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) national poll, will face the winner of the opening round match between the #4 seed Mars Hill College and the #5 seed the University of Montevallo on Friday at 7 p.m.

The other first round match will feature the #2 seed Flagler College against the winner of the #3 seed Anderson University versus the #6 seed Lees-McRae College on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

The winning teams from the first round will advance to play the second round game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. All first and second round games will be played at the Coker Soccer Field.

The regional winner advances to the quarterfinal round of the tournament to be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 at a to be determined site.

One of the toughest regions in the nation, the Southeast Regional features four teams ranked in Top 25: No. 5 Coker, No. 11 Anderson, No. 19 Flagler and No. 25 Mars Hill.

This is Coker's first trip to the NCAA Tournament and their first time hosting an NCAA Regional in any sport.

The Regular Season and Conference Carolinas Tournament Champions, the Cobras have only played one of the six teams in the regional during the regular season, Lees-McRae. Coker was 1-1 against Lees-McRae during the regular season, including a 1-0 win over the Bobcats on Sunday to capture the conference tournament championship.


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9- Games played at higher seed

#3 Anderson University vs. #6 Lees-McRae College

#4 Mars Hill College vs. #5 University of Montevallo


Game #1 4:30 p.m. #2 Flagler College vs. Winner of #3/#6

Game #2 7:00 p.m. #1 Coker College vs. Winner of #4/#5


Game #3 1:00 p.m. Winner of Game #1 vs. Winner of Game #2

For more information, scores and highlights from the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament visit the Coker Athletics website www.cokercobras.com.

Charlie Brown opens this weekend

The following notice was sent out this morning by the producer of YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, which will be on stage this weekend on the Coker College campus. Dr. Wood's cast has been working hard and this will be a fun show with talented performers. Here is the announcement:

This Friday at 7.30pm, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown will open on the Hartsville campus. Based on the Charles Schultz comic strip Peanuts, the musical presents a day in the life of hapless everyman Charlie Brown, his friends, and his faithful dog, Snoopy.

This production features Dustin Moree as Charlie Brown, Jon Moree as Linus, Ashley West as Lucy, Patrick Doughty as Schroeder, Jill Brantley as Sally, and Briana Lotan as Snoopy. Charlie Brown may be one of the few aspects of popular culture still enjoyed across several generations.

There are 3 public performances of the show in Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center:

Friday November 11th @ 7.30pm
Saturday November 12th @ 7.30pm
Sunday November 13th @ 2.30pm

Tickets are FREE with your Coker College ID, otherwise $15 for adults, $5 for non-Coker students.

Graham Wood
Associate Professor of Music
Coker College
Hartsville, SC

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Coker College Cobras are Soccer Champs

Conference Champions -- The Coker College Cobra Men's Soccer Team

Eric, keeping the ball away...

Noah (21) hit the game winning goal!

Dr. Cathy Cuppett sitting behind her roast of the Bobcats as the game began.

Coker was ranked Number One in the Southeast and fifth in the nation in Division 2 and it looks like they should move up to Number One as the NCAA Regionals take shape. Coker knocked off the only conference team to beat them this year with a 1-nil victory over Lees McRae on Sunday afternoon. Noah Lassell put in the game winner from about thirty yards out in an amazing play.

There is no question that an athletic Conference Championship electrifies the campus. Dr. Robert Wyatt, who is at as many games as he can make, was joined this afternoon by every stakeholder group in the Coker Community from Mayor Mel Pennington to alumni soccer players to Coker staff, Coker faculty, Coker retirees and most importantly STUDENTS and more STUDENTS.

Go Cobras -- Now let's win the NCAA Tournament!!

UK women face Coker on Sunday in only exhibition | University of Kentucky Sports News | Lexington Herald-Leader

UK women face Coker on Sunday in only exhibition | University of Kentucky Sports News | Lexington Herald-Leader

The Cobra women's basketball team is going against some of the best in the nation and as the article above notes, the Cobra coach, Jenny Pfeiffer Finora, was one of the best at the University of Kentucky.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Coker Soccer has Top Coach and Top Player

This is an announcement that came from the Coker College Sports Information Department. I did not include all the Conference team members.:

November 3, 2011
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Seven members of the nationally ranked No. 5 Coker College men's soccer team have been selected as All-Conference performers by the Conference Carolinas men's soccer coaches.
Leading the way are head coach Paul Leese and junior forward Carlos Recinos (Houston, Texas). Leese and Recinos earned two of the highest conference honors as Leese was named Conference Coach of the Year and Recinos was named Player of the Year.
In just his third year leading the Coker men, Head Coach Paul Leese has turned the Cobras into a national power. Ranked No. 5 nationally, Leese led the Cobras to their first ever Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championship this season.
Recinos has been one of the key components to Coker's successful season. The team leader in goals, assists and points, Recinos has scored 13 goals, including nine game-winners, with nine assists and 35 points this season.
In addition to the Player of the Year honors, Recinos was named First Team All-Conference along with four of his teammates. Junior midfielder Rommel Fondin (Palm Bay, Fla.), freshman defender Fernando Bedoya (Miami, Fla.), sophomore defender Atticus Lum (Advance, N.C.) and junior goalkeeper James Sweeney (Huntingtown, Md.) all received First Team honors.
Sophomore midfielder Stephen Scrivens (Tampa, Fla.) was named Second Team All-Conference as well.
Fondin and Scrivens were the leaders of the midfield for the Cobras. Fondin scored four goals and had five assists, while Scrivens has netted three goals and had two assists so far this season.
Bedoya and Lum anchored the Cobras backline, while providing offensive support along the way. Bedoya has had four assists and Lum has three goals.
Sweeney has been Coker's field general posting a 16-2 record in the net for the Cobras. Along with the help of his defense he has earned nine shutouts this season, while allowing just 10 goals and making 51 saves.
Conference Carolinas announces the All-Conference teams during this week's Conference Carolinas Men's & Women's Soccer Championship Tournament. Awards include All-Conference First, Second, & Third teams, Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Divisional Regular Season Champions. Head coaches from conference member institutions nominate and then vote on the award winners who represent the best of the best for the league. This year's award winners are as follows:
Men's Soccer Player of the Year
Carlos Recinos, Coker

Men's Soccer Freshman of the Year
Jorge Mackenna, Limestone
Men's Soccer Coach of the Year
Paul Leese, Coker