Archive for August, 2011

Coach Higgins on…..

August 30, 2011
Coach Higgins on 2011 Captains…  “The captains this year are Tolu Akindele, Rickey Anderson, Ben Dupree and Derek Douglas. Ben Dupree; our true sophomore quarterback was selected by his teammates and Derek Douglas, a red shift sophomore, defensive lineman was also selected. It was interesting to see how the team voted. Both of those guys, of course, I feel are outstanding leaders and will do a good job for us. I’m happy to have all four of those guys at the helm.”

Coach Higgins on camp…“One good thing is that we are as healthy as we are, going into camp. We had a couple of bumps and bruises, but our guys came out of it healthy. I thought camp went extremely well. We got a lot of work in from a physical standpoint. Our defense is going against the spread this week, so we had our number ones and twos run a lot of spread, which will hopefully benefit them. We also were able to go live quite a bit against our defense, running the triple options, even though we are not playing against the option for a several weeks.”   “I’ve had numerous people say to me we look a lot bigger than in the past. I would say that is true. Donnell Boucher, head Strength and Conditioning Coach, has done a great job with our players in the offseason.”

Coach Higgins on the depth chart… “We have more depth than usual in positions, such as, running backs. We will have six running backs that will be playing for us Saturday against Jacksonville. All six of those guys are capable of handling the football and making plays. From a linebacker standpoint, we have five senior linebackers that have been in our program. That obviously gives us a lot of experience as well.”

Coach Higgins on offensive depth… “I think our offensive line has improved by being more physical and understanding their assignments. Keith Carter has made a difference on defense. Neal Strange has gotten better at left tackle.  The right guards Jimmy Knowles and Robert Finke are both capable and have made strides throughout camp. Our center, Mike Sellers, has a chance to be special. He still has a long way to go in terms of maturation and understanding the position, but he is a talented guy.”

Coach Higgins on quarterbacks…“Ben continues to grow. He has made progress this camp. Matt Thompson has had progress as well and Aaron Miller, our freshman quarterback, has really done some nice things during camp. We planned he would redshirt, however he stepped up and I am not sure you can get by with just having two quarterbacks during the season. So that is the challenge as a coach.”

Coach Higgins on Aaron Miller as quarterback…“Hopefully we don’t have to play Aaron, but if we needed to, I think he is going to be ready. We would scale down the package, but he is still a work in progress. You
have to keep in mind for any freshman that they have to go through this knob year and we have to evaluate and see how guys are going handle that part of it, but Aaron Miller is going to be a good player.”

Coach Higgins on the wide receivers…Luke Caldwell and Kevin Hardy are two guys that are talented. You hope every game when you run the triple option that you are going to have two or three opportunities for big plays. Dominic Jones is a back up wide receiver and is going to be a great player. Greg Adams is also a guy with the ball in his hands and he can be effective as well. Douglas German has stepped up at this position, including Preston Bailey. We will probably see all six of those guys in the line up.”

Coach Higgins on tight ends…Cullen Brown has grown into an outstanding tight end. The one freshman that would get out in the field probably quicker than anyone else would be Alex Glover from Wando High School. It will depend on how much tight end package we use. That will determine how much he will be in the game.”

Coach Higgins on defense…“Derek Douglas has been playing extremely well, as well as, Chris Billingslea. Those two guys have made tremendous strides. Jeremy Buncum is going to be starting in the defensive end position. We are going with Buncum, Douglas, Demarrio Sims, and Chris Billingslea for the game this Saturday. Those are our four down guys. Our linebackers, of course will be Tolu and DeAandre Smith. Rob Harland will be playing outside linebacker.”

Coach Higgins on the secondary…“Corner, McCladdie, has earned the starting corner back position, as well as Keith Gamble. At the safeties it’s Boateng and both Boyles. On the outside, Sadath Jean-Pierre and Jamal Allen are both capable corners”

Coach Higgins on the kickers…Ryan Sellers really performed well the last week and a half. He is been kicking extremely well which we need for him to be able to do. Cass Couey has been a consistent punter especially the last three weeks of camp… Thomas Oswald has stepped up as our long snapper. He has been consistent. He gets the ball back very accurately and we anticipate he will do a nice job for us on Saturday night.”

Coach Higgins on Jacksonville…“Jacksonville has a very prolific offense. They were ranked number one in the country last year. Quarterback Josh McGregor is a special one. He can throw the ball very well. They also have several very good receivers. They remind me of us during our first couple of years here. They do a great job at spreading the ball around and create space.”

Tolu Akindele on opening the season against Jacksonville…“Yesterday, Coach mentioned being able to start the season off against a great opponent is what we need, so we can get off to a good start. It is definitely a different feeling going against a team that is capable of beating you.”

Tolu Akindele on the adjustments of the defensive…“We haven’t made many adjustments, as far as the schemes. It’s pretty much the same. We have a couple of different players here and there. This season we are working on being faster, being more physical and causing more turnovers. We strive to make tackles and have been working on improving on missed assignments.”

Coach Higgins in this response to Ben being the quarterback..“Ben is fully set as our quarterback. He has separated him self from Matt in several ways. He has the ability to make things happen with the ball in his hands and understands the package.”

Coach Higgins comment on Jacksonville’s offense…“They are very good at understanding the passing game. They spread the field and try to create space. They try to get match ups with their wide receivers on your linebackers. They have a very solid passing game and they have been executing now with the same quarterback for 3 years.”

Tolu Akindele’s response on the team’s motto…“Act as if… If you want to become a champion, you have to do necessary things to become one. You have to act like one before you become a champion. You have to think as a champion. You have to think as a leader. We always believe if you act like you’re a champion and work towards this goals you become one.”

Rickey Anderson’s response on the team’s motto…“Hustle hard.. It is a general statement. In everything you do you must hustle hard. We went through the grime and we went through turmoil. If we continue to work hard, good things will come to us. “


New Dean for School of Engineering

August 29, 2011

Retired Army Col. Ronald W. Welch began work July 1 as the new dean of The Citadel School of Engineering.



Col. Ron Welch


Welch comes to The Citadel from the University of Texas at Tyler where he was a professor and chairman of the newly founded Department of Civil Engineering within the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Before that he was a professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

“Ron Welch brings to The Citadel not only an outstanding academic resume but two decades of military leadership and service that combined will enable our School of Engineering to continue to grow and to provide principled leaders for all walks of life. I am happy to welcome him to The Citadel family,” said Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college. 

Welch is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he earned a bachelor of science in engineering mechanics. He received his masters and doctor of philosophy in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.

In addition to teaching, Welch’s research focus has been on behavior of structural systems, Homeland Security initiatives, teaching pedagogy and educational activities surrounding faculty development, curriculum redesign associated with the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge, and teaching pedagogy. Since 1999, he has served as a mentor, program developer and coordinator of the nationally renowned Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Workshop sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

During two tours at West Point, Welch served in leadership positions as group director of the Mechanics Group and then the Civil Engineering Design Group, director of the Civil Engineering Division, and deputy head of the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department. After nearly 25 years on active duty he retired in 2007. While in the Army he served in numerous leadership positions, including as an operations officer responsible for the construction of schools, dispensaries and wells in El Salvador and Ecuador and various platoon, company and battalion command positions where he was responsible for training and welfare of soldiers and supported combat engineering operations and construction projects.

Welch succeeds Dennis Fallon, who stepped down in June after 23 years teaching and leading the engineering program. Fallon was the founding dean of the School of Engineering. He will remain on the faculty as distinguished professor of engineering and will teach undergraduate and graduate classes this fall.

Football team Names Captains & Soccer team wins

August 26, 2011

 Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel Football team announced their team captains for the 2011 season on Thursday.
Senior linebacker Tolu Akindele, fifth-year senior slot back Rickey Anderson, redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Derek Douglas and sophomore quarterback Ben Dupree have been named the captains for the 2011 squad.

Akindele returns as captain for a second consecutive season as the second team All-SoCon preseason selection racked up a team-high 80 tackles last year along with an interception at No. 23 Arizona, 4.0 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, three quarterback hits, two pass deflections and a pass break-up.

Anderson comes back for his fifth year after fighting off injury in his three previous seasons. He rushed for 108 yards on 18 attempts in limited action last season. In the season finale at Samford, Anderson rushed for 37 yards on four carries and caught a critical 55-yard pass on a double reverse to set up the game-winning touchdown.

Douglas competed in all 11 contests a year ago and slotted as the starting right tackle on the defensive line on the preseason depth chart. He picked up 41 tackles, 3.5 sacks and forced a fumble in 2010 while recording a pair of sacks against Chowan in the season-opener.

Dupree split time between quarterback and slot back in 2011 as a freshman. He rushed for 187 yards on 67 carries and a touchdown on the season. He scored the game-winning touchdown on an eight-yard run at Samford to end the 2010 season while earning SoCon Freshman of the Week honors in the process.

The Bulldogs’ season-opener will take place at home on Saturday, Sept. 3 against Jacksonville at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Tickets are available in The Citadel ticket office for the 6 p.m. matchup against the Dolphins.

Soccer team scores 1st victory

Charleston, S.C. – The Bulldogs staved off the Eagles for the final ten minutes of the game to record their first victory of the season as sophomore Mariana Garcia‘s goal in the 81st minute was the decider as the Bulldogs took down the Eagles, 2-1, in the home-opener on Thursday afternoon at WLI Field. The win evens The Citadel’s record at 1-1 on the season.

The soccer team will continue action next weekend during The Citadel Nike Invitational where they will take on USC Upstate (Sept. 2 at 5 p.m.) and Navy (Sept. 4 at noon) on WLI Field.


A hodgepodge of valuable information on a slow day……

August 25, 2011

As of last Friday which was the first week of Cadre, 47 knobs had  “out-processed”, i.e. quit.   Last year at the same point 24 knobs had left.  Almost 750 matriculated on August 13 which puts attrition at 6.3%.  That’s not too bad if everyone returns from Thanksgiving and Christmas break but we all know that’s not going to happen.  I am talking off the top of my head but bet that college administration would be happy to see a 10% year end rate from the freshman class.   If we are at 6.3 now 10% is probably not realistic.  On the athletic side of things I have heard that one baseball player, a very promising right handed pitcher, has left but no basketball or football knobs have exited El Cid as of today.

The Citadel women’s soccer team opened their season at Clemson in the first ladies soccer match between the two schools.  The Citadel lost 1-0 but senior goalkeeper Laura Serafino had a great game with 24 saves.  Even with a great goalie you must score to win!  The Cadets hope to rebound when they play Winthrop today at 1600 on WLI. 

Want to see our football team in action but don’t want to buy season tickets?   Call the ticket office at (843) 953-DOGS (3647).

An Appalachian State study committee recently voted to recommend to ASU Chancellor Ken Peacock to pursue a move from the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision [1-AA] to the Football Bowl Subdivision [Division 1].  It will be up to Chancellor Peacock whether to support and forward the recommendation to ASU’s board of trustees for final approval.  No time has been announced for that next possible step.  That being said, no one has invited App State to join their party.  According to sources, App State feels they will fit with Conference USA but there is not a slot in C-USA and they are not looking to expand.   So, App State wants out of the SoCon and the Football Championship Subdivision a’la East Carolina and Marshall but they have no home.  As a friend of mine so aptly put it, “Ðon’t let the door hit you in the ass Appy”.  Amen to that and take Georgia Southern with you.

The University of Richmond Spiders have been extremely successful in football but they are looking for a new head coach.  Head football Coach Latrell Scott resigned Tuesday after he was arrested for DWI.  It was his second offense in an almost ten year time frame but some schools won’t tolerate such things.  We have been there, done that and know what it is like to lose a great coach in this manner.

Finally, if you are a social media type and want to keep up with Citadel athletics there are a couple of different ways.  Just visit the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of The Citadel Athletics at and at  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at and

Wells & Nelson Sign Pro Contracts in Europe

August 24, 2011

CHARLESTON, S.C. –The Citadel’s Demetrius Nelson and Cameron Wells, who have collectively led the team in scoring in five of the last six seasons, will continue their careers professionally in the 2011-12 season. Nelson recently signed a contract with Kapfenberg of the Austria 1 League, while Wells agreed to terms with Dutch League’s Landstede Basketbal team.

 Nelson enters his third season in the professional ranks, and second with Kapfenberg, where he averaged 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 2010-11. He joined the Bulls after stints with Upstairs/Weert and Stalowa Wola, both during the 2009-10 season. Nelson, who currently ranks seventh among The Citadel’s all-time field goal percentage leaders (53.0%), has carried over his effective shooting to his professional career by converting 48.4% of his field goals with Kapfenberg last season.

Wells closed his Citadel career by ranking in the top five of nine distinct career categories including points (1st; 2,049), assists (1st; 485), field goals made (1st; 753), free throws made (2nd; 454), steals (2nd; 188), minutes played (2nd; 4,463), rebounds (4th; 657), career point per game average (4th; 16.1) and career free throw percentage (5th; 80.4%). 

Over the course of his four-year career, Wells earned the starting nod in 126-of-127 contests. Along the way he eclipsed the 20-point plateau on 40 different occasions in his career, including 114 double figure contests. In the process, he became the first Bulldog, and 20th player among current Southern Conference institutions, to score 2,000 points in a career.

Bulldogs recall ‘master motivator’ Chal Port

August 23, 2011

It’s a slow news day on campus as Coach Port’s passing take center stage, as it should.   Jeff Hartsell is one of, if not the best, sportswriter in the state of South Carolina wrote this for the Post-Courier.  Classes start tomorrow so perhaps the news will pick up. 

By Jeff Hartsell

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The bus had just arrived on The Citadel campus from Miami, where the Bulldogs had shocked the college baseball world by advancing to the 1990 College World Series. As Citadel players staggered into the locker room after spending all night on the bus, they were greeted by the words coach Chal Port scrawled on the blackboard:  “Don’t take the World Serious.”

It was typical of the crusty Port, a pithy reminder to keep things in perspective and to enjoy the ride.  Gettys Glaze, a pitcher on that team and now a successful Charleston businessman, remembers those words when times get tough. “That was his attitude,” Glaze said. “He was saying to us, ‘Enjoy the time you are here. If you take the world serious, it will probably get to you.” Port, who won 641 games during 27 seasons as The Citadel’s baseball coach, died early Saturday morning at the age of 80 after an extended illness.

He led Citadel teams to five NCAA tournament appearances and seven Southern Conference championships, and capped his career with a stunning run to the College World Series in 1990. But as word of his passing spread Saturday, the men who played for him and worked with him talked not about games won, but lives impacted. “The number of lives that coach Port influenced can’t be measured,” said Citadel coach Fred Jordan, who played for Port from 1976-79, then succeeded him as the Bulldogs’ coach in 1992. “He was my mentor and a master motivator. I drew from what he taught us on a daily basis, and I still do. He was just a tremendous teacher. And he was so smart, he would teach you something without you realizing he was teaching you.”

Born in 1931 in Mifflintown, Pa., Port played baseball and football at the University of North Carolina, spent time in the Milwaukee Braves’ minor league system and served in the Air Force in the Korean War, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He came to The Citadel as a football and baseball coach, and for a brief time, former Citadel basketball player Pat Conroy played baseball for Port.

“Chal Port was the best coach I ever had,” the famed novelist wrote in his memoir, “My Losing Season.” “And his love of his boys poured out of him the way it always does with the best of the breed.” Paul Plunkett, who played catcher for Port from 1970-73, said that love continued even after players graduated — and all but three of his players did graduate over 27 years. “He was a mentor in my life, a guy who I looked to for ideas throughout my whole career,” said Plunkett, a senior associate athletic director at The Citadel. “For all Citadel baseball players, we never left his mentorship. We always brought things to him, talked to him and appreciated his advice.”

Port was 58 years old and near the end of his career when his 1990 team knocked off mighty Miami in the NCAA Atlantic Regional to make the College World Series. There, the Bulldogs became a version of “America’s Team,” upsetting Cal State-Fullerton, 8-7, in a thrilling 12-inning game keyed by Anthony Jenkins’ dramatic slide into home plate.  LSU eliminated the Bulldogs, 6-1, and Tigers coach Skip Bertman paid stirring tribute to the Bulldogs. “They’re America’s team, touched by Abner Doubleday himself,” Bertman said. “A real field of dreams.”

Tom Hatley, who played for Port and was his assistant for six years, said the CWS season “meant the world” to the old coach. “When all your hard work comes together like that, it was fulfilling for him,” said Hatley, baseball coach and athletic director at James Island Charter High School. “He told many coaches after that season, if you are having a rough time, believe in yourself and do what you know is right.”

Richard Wieters, a Citadel All-American in the 1970s and father of Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, said Port’s influence lives on today in the players coached by Jordan. “A Citadel player from back then is like one from now,” Wieters said. “They’ve all been taught the same way, the same things right from coach Port to Fred.”

Port was as good at telling stories as he was at winning games and influencing young men. “Probably the wittiest, funniest man I’ve heard talk,” Jordan said. “He could make a joke, but if you listened closely, he was teaching you something, too.” Port retired after leading the Bulldogs to one last SoCon title in 1991 with a record of 641-386-2. He’s a member of halls of fame at The Citadel, the state of South Carolina, Charleston and the American Baseball Coaches Association. In 2005, a skybox at Riley Park was named “Chal’s Porch” in his honor.  Walt Nadzak, who was The Citadel’s athletic director during the College World Series season, called Port “the Casey Stengel” of college baseball, recalling the famed Yankees and Mets manager.  “His mannerisms, his relationships with the players, it’s the spitting image of what Casey Stengel did,” Nadzak said. “There was a bravado there, but behind the bravado, a heart of gold.”

Coach Port Services

August 22, 2011

The funeral for legendary basebll coach CHAL PORT, who was also a retired USAF LT. Colonel, will be held Tuesday, August 23RD @ 11:00 a.m.  at John Wesley United Methodist Church on HWY 17  West of the Ashley.  Burial will follow the funeral service at Live Oak Memorial Gardens on HWY 61.   The viewing will be tonight (Monday, August 22ND ) from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Stuhr’s Funeral Home,  3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway which is West of the Ashley.   

In lieu of flowers,the family has requested donations to the Chal Port Baseball Scholarship Fund,  C/O The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston SC 29409 or the John Wesley UMC.   

Here is a link to a very nice video about Coach Port.  It is 9.5 minutes if you have the time and it is worth the time.  Simply click on the link then go to and click on the picture of Coach Port that says  “Chal Port 1931-2011”

Legendary Baseball Coach Chal Port Passes

August 21, 2011

CHARLESTON, S.C.  Former Head Baseball Coach and Citadel Hall of Fame Honorary Inductee Chal Port passed away early Saturday morning after a prolonged illness.

Port compiled an overall record of 641-386-2 (.624) in 27 seasons (1965-91) and remains the winningest coach in the school’s history in any sport. An honorary inductee in The Citadel Hall of Fame in 1996, Port led The Citadel to five postseason NCAA Regional Tournaments while posting a winning record in 24 of his 27 seasons. His 1990 team advanced to the College World Series in Omaha with a school-record 46 victories. That squad was the first and still only military school ever to reach the College World Series.

“Obviously it’s a shock to The Citadel Baseball program and to the school in general,” said head coach Fred Jordan, who played for Port. “He touched so many lives within our institution and it’s a sad day for the Bulldog Family as a whole. He suffered a great deal as of late and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.” Port and Jordan have combined to coach the last 47 seasons of the program.

The Bulldog legend racked up seven Southern Conference championships and was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year five times and Atlantic Region Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1990. He was voted state of South Carolina Coach of the Year three times and honored by The Sporting News as the National Coach of the Year in 1990. In 1995, Port was voted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame.

Port graduated all but three of his players in 27 years and coached 12 future professional players. He passed away at a local rehab facility early Saturday morning at the age of 80.


Meet the Bulldogs + free lunch!

August 19, 2011

Charleston, S.C. –Fans of The Citadel Football team are invited to come out to the annual Coke Zero “Meet the Bulldogs” on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Maybank Triplets Practice Facility at Willson Field. The event will kickoff at 1 p.m. and is free to the public.  During Saturday’s event, Bulldog fans will have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary lunch, provided by Costco Wholesale, while watching an intra-squad scrimmage of the 2011 football team, scheduled for 1:15 p.m. at the practice field. The scrimmage will be followed by a meet-and-greet autograph session at 3:15 p.m. in the McAlister Field House lobby. Posters, schedule cards and other football giveaways will also be available, while Coca Cola will be introducing their new relaxation drink “Simmer” with a relaxation station set up in the lobby.
The Bulldogs’ season-opener will take place at home on Saturday, Sept. 3 against Jacksonville at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Tickets are available in The Citadel ticket office for the 6 p.m. matchup.

Citadel’s Academic Support Center Gets Top Honor

August 18, 2011

National accolades are coming to The Citadel Academic Support Center.

The National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) Board of Directors named the Academic Support Center a 2011 recipient of the Frank L. Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award for a four-year college or university. The award will be presented on Sept. 29, at the association’s national conference in Indianapolis, Ind.

Named for the founder of the Winter Institutes for Learning Assistance Professionals, the Frank L. Christ award recognizes outstanding work done by college learning centers to foster student growth and development. Each year, the association may recognize a single two-year college and one four-year college or university. 

The Citadel Academic Center offers eight programs to support undergraduate and graduate students develop successful learning strategies, improved math and reading skills, and to enhance academic performance in all subject areas. The center also offers programs to assist to students with disabilities and cadet athletes.

The center prides itself on its commitment to students and to faculty. All tutors and leaders go through extensive training that meets the requirements/recommendations of the College Reading and Learning Association as well as the International Center for Supplemental Instruction.

“The Academic Support Center’s programs not only teach students how to succeed in specific courses but teach academic skills across the curriculum,” said Director Jane Warner. “Our staff of four full-time and 45 part-time employees is the primary reason for the success of the Academic Support Center. We are fortunate to have a group of individuals that work together to provide quality academic support to students.”

Source: The Citadel Office for External Affairs