Archive for June, 2012

Peter McCoy elected, Allison Love re-elected to BOV by General Assembly,

June 28, 2012

Charleston native and 1974 Citadel graduate Peter McCoy is the newest member of The Citadel Board of Visitors.


Peter McCoy and Allison Dean Love begin six-year terms on the Board of Visitors effective July 1.


McCoy begins his six-year term on July 1. Elected by the S.C. General Assembly this past spring, he replaces Tommy McQueeney, ’74. Also elected is Allison Dean Love, a 1993 graduate of The Citadel Graduate College and an incumbent board member.

The Citadel Board of Visitors is composed of 11 graduates of the college: seven elected by joint vote of the South Carolina General Assembly, three elected by members of The Citadel Alumni Association and one appointed by the governor.

McCoy is a graduate of St. Andrews High School where he lettered in both wrestling and football. He enrolled at The Citadel in 1970 where he was a four-year starter and letterman on the wrestling team, a member of the National Education Association and a member of the athletic training cadre his sophomore and junior years. A member of Delta Company, he graduated with a degree in education.

A father of two and resident of Hartsville, S.C., McCoy has worked for Sonoco Products Co. for 28 years in both manufacturing and sales. He is a member of The Brigadier Foundation and a Life Member of The Citadel Alumni Association.

Love has been elected by the General Assembly three times and is the only woman to serve on the college governing board. A resident of Columbia, S.C., she is the president and CEO of Allison Dean Love Consulting, a PR and communication firm with local, state and national clients that include the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. She is the former executive director of the South Carolina Insurance News Service, a non-profit organization which provides insurance information to the media and consumers.

In addition to an MBA from The Citadel, she has a degree in Management from Middle Tennessee State University and has completed a year toward a Ph.D. in Communications/Public Relations at the University of South Carolina. She is a lifetime member of The Citadel Alumni Association and member of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation.


An Update From Gen. Rosa

June 27, 2012
Report to Alumni

During its June meeting, the Board of Visitors addressed several important matters I would like to share with you.

Thanks to strong fiscal discipline and the guidance provided by the college’s strategic planning, The Citadel is emerging from the Great Recession stronger than many other colleges. We secured the integrity of our education and retained academic programs other colleges were forced to cut. At the same time, with direction from the Krause Center, we expanded our leadership development programming.

And our collective achievements were recognized by U.S. News & World Report, which designated The Citadel the top public college in the South in its category.

How do we build on these accomplishments? We are answering that question with the next phase of the Strategic Plan, which the BOV approved at the June meeting. The first phase of the Strategic Plan, the BluePrint, has been successful both for what the college has achieved during the past three years, and for laying a foundation for further progress. The next phase of the Strategic Plan is keenly focused on an end state for the college: “Strengthen The Citadel into a nationally recognized college for the education and development of principled leaders.”

Under the leadership of our provost, Sam Hines, the next phase of the Strategic Plan will be further refined during the summer with our efforts beginning in earnest this fall.

Institutional Program Assessment Committee (IPAC)

Earlier this year, I directed the creation of the Institutional Program Assessment Committee (IPAC) to review our compliance efforts and to identify any aspects of the college that may pose an impediment to achieving our vision: excellence in the education and development of principled leaders.

The IPAC is chaired by John Palms, Class of ‘58 and Distinguished President Emeritus of the University of South Carolina. We were very fortunate that he is willing to share with us his leadership and experience.

The IPAC was divided into six working groups:

  • Sexual harassment, assault, gender and racial bias
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Hazing and training abuse
  • Honor system
  • Discipline system
  • Faculty and staff welfare (including disaster/emergency preparedness for our campus community)
I thank all the members of the campus community who participated in the working groups; we cannot succeed in this endeavor without the candid participation of faculty and staff from across the campus. The IPAC will continue its work to catalog findings and offer a set of recommendations for the administration’s review later this summer.

Tuition and Fees

We need sufficient resources to take the college to the next level of excellence. To that end the BOV approved tuition and fee increases at this meeting. Mandatory tuition and fees for in-state cadets will increase 3 percent. Out-of-state cadets will see a 6.4 percent increase. The same increases will apply to those enrolled in the Evening Undergraduate Studies Program. Finally, the board voted for an increase of 2 percent for both in-state and out-of-state students enrolled in The Citadel Graduate College. Raising tuition is not an easy choice or one taken lightly, but it is necessary if we are to ensure the high quality academic and learning experience that our students and families expect at The Citadel.

War Memorial

The Board of Visitors voted to pursue a multi-year plan to raise funds for a centralized campus war memorial that will be located between Summerall Chapel and Mark Clark Hall. The plans are elegant and clearly depict how all conflicts will be represented by the well-designed memorial plaza.

I am very proud that so many families trust us to educate their young men and women. The Corps of Cadets is as large as it’s ever been. In fact, we have for the first time activated Victor Company – the Corps is now 21 companies strong. And on 11 August we will matriculate the Class of 2016 which we project, for a sixth year in a row, will include more than 700 students. These young people have accepted the challenge of attending The Citadel. They will be tested mentally and physically, and will have the chance to develop into young leaders. I hope you have the opportunity to congratulate them for taking the road less travelled, and urge them to stick with it and join you on the Long Gray Line.

Thank you for your support of our alma mater, and I hope you enjoy a safe and restful summer.

Four Citadel Class of 2004 have died at a time of ‘asserting themselves’

June 26, 2012
Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Almar LaRon Fitzgerald (from left), Marine Capt. Warren A. Frank, Air Force Capt. Ryan Hall and S.C. Army National Guard 1st Lt. Ryan Rawl were members of The Citadel’s Class of 2004.
Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Almar LaRon Fitzgerald (from left), Marine Capt. Warren A. Frank, Air Force Capt. Ryan Hall and S.C. Army National Guard 1st Lt. Ryan Rawl were members of The Citadel’s Class of 2004.
  • From the Charleston Post/Courier
  • By Schuyler Kropf
  • Saturday, June 23, 2012 12:09 a.m.

When a fourth member of The Citadel’s Class of 2004 was killed Wednesday in the war on terror, it got former school President Bud Watts thinking: “What was the common link?” 

 Then he remembered back to several of the officers he knew of who had been killed in action in Vietnam.

Just like The Citadel men, the Vietnam officers were in their mid-20s to 30 — ages where former greenhorns are expected to emerge as fully trained leaders. That was the story of the Class of ’04.

At this point in their military careers, they would “be in places that would expose them to hazardous duty,” said Watts, Citadel president from 1989-1996 and a retired Air Force lieutenant general.

Wherever they were sent, Watts said, it would be their time and place for “asserting themselves.”

Of the 17 Citadel men killed since the events of 9/11, four have come from the 435-member Class of ’04. They were students who started their educations before the attacks but saw their life plans altered as a result. Two made it to captain; two were lieutenants.

Their manner of death also correlates with the hazards that have been so prevalent in the last decade in Iraq and Afghanistan — roadside bombs, hostile action and accidents.

The losses:
February 2006: Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Almar LaRon Fitzgerald, 23, of Lexington. “Fitz,” to his friends, died at a hospital in Germany days after being subjected to a roadside blast in Iraq. He had been “in-country” for about six months before he was wounded in Al Anbar Province.

November 2008: Marine Capt. Warren A. Frank, 26, of the Cincinnati area. He was killed while distributing humanitarian aid in a province north of Baghdad. His team was in Ninewa Province when it came under small-arms fire from an attacker dressed in an Iraqi soldier’s uniform.

February 2012: Air Force Capt. Ryan Hall, 30, was one of four people killed in a plane crash in the Horn of Africa, falling some 6 miles short of Djibouti International Airport. He was on a highly secretive intelligence-gathering mission.

Wednesday: S.C. Army National Guard 1st Lt. Ryan Rawl, 30, of Lexington, died in Khost, Afghanistan, when a bomb exploded on a busy street. He was one of three S.C. Army Guard military police killed as a suicide bomber attacked a convoy. At least five other soldiers with the 133rd Military Police Company were wounded.

Jared Kohl, a member of the Class of ’04, said the deaths of the four classmates has been a sobering experience, especially in the age of Facebook and other media that spread the report of Rawl’s death so quickly.

“It’s a horrible loss and another blow to our class and the Citadel community,” Kohl said Friday.

The weight of the four didn’t start to mount so heavily until Rawl’s fatality was reported, Kohl said, making it the second 2004 death in five months. “We went a couple years there with no casualties in our class,” he said.

After graduation, Kohl wanted to join the Air Force but his slot was taken. He opted for the business world but remembers being close to three of the four Class of ’04 men.

Watts said Friday he hoped the lessons taught at The Citadel are being properly absorbed by the Corps of Cadets as the world changes.

“I’m sorry that we’re having the casualties, but that’s what we’re trying to instill in our cadets,” he said, and that “all of us pay a price.”

Andre Roberts could start over Floyd for Cardinals

June 25, 2012



By Marc Sessler

Published: June 20, 2012 at 11:04 a.m.  Updated: June 20, 2012 at 11:16 a.m.    

When the Arizona Cardinals drafted receiver Michael Floyd in the first round of the draft, he was labeled by many as a plug-and-play starter opposite Larry Fitzgerald.

 Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official website sees things in a different light. In cooking up his early-look depth chart this week, Urban listed third-year wideout Andre Roberts ahead of Floyd.

“I think Michael Floyd will play an important role for this team, and Early Doucet will play,” Urban said. “But if you don’t know by now the level of confidence the coaching staff has in Roberts with his play after last season, you haven’t been paying attention.”

It’s a mistake to discount how Arizona coveted Roberts’ quickness coming out of The Citadel. He was productive, too, with 51 catches last season. There was chatter that Kolb and Roberts didn’t click, but that should improve after a full offseason together.

Back to Floyd. Our in-house draft guru Chad Reuter walked in the door a few minutes ago, and we had a conversation about the challenges faced by rookie receivers.

“It’s no surprise Roberts would be given the nod over a rookie — even a talented first round pick like Floyd — at this point of the offseason,” Reuter said. “Rookie receivers face a big learning curve because of the complexity of NFL offenses and more physical and savvy play of veteran cornerbacks. Floyd does have superior size and physicality to Roberts, so if he shows enough playmaking ability in training camp and the preseason, he’ll win the starting job.”

Depth charts don’t tell the entire story. Arizona finally has a dangerous trio of wideouts they’re excited about. Ken Whisenhunt and his staff will scheme to use all three in order to free up Fitzgerald. His play remains the key to this team’s success.

Class of ’04 grad killed serving in the line of duty

June 22, 2012


First Lieutenant Ryan Davis Rawl, Class of 2004, was one of three coalition members killed when a suicide bomber slammed into an Afghan-U.S. military convoy Wednesday in Afghanistan.  A military police platoon leader, Rawl was assigned to the 133rd Military Police Company.

A member of F-Troop, Rawl, 30, served on the Honor Committee and was presented with the Mark Clark Honor Committee Award for Exemplary Service for making the greatest contribution to the Honor System throughout the school year.

After graduation, Rawl began working at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in Columbia, S.C.  In 2006, he joined theArmy National Guard.  Rawl continued with the sheriff’s department where he was on patrol duty through January 2011.  He was later assigned as a school resource officer through the spring of 2011.  That summer, he was called on to active duty.  His coworkers were expecting Rawl to return this September.

“He was an absolute leader, always leading from the front.  He motivated his platoon to do everything they could to the best of their ability. Ryan was the most genuine person I have ever known and absolutely loved leading soldiers. His magnetic personality inspired all around him to be the best that they could be,” said Chad Bryant, ’05, who served as Rawl’s company commander in the 133rd Military Police Company.

Rawl is the 17th alumnus and the fourth member of the Class of 2004 to die in action associated with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He is survived by his wife and two children.

Family, classmates and friends who would like to share their memories are encouraged to visitThe Citadel’s Facebook page.

Citadel Recruit Van Scyoc Finishes Solid Career in 2012 WBCA All-Star Game

June 21, 2012

Charleston, S.C. – Citadel incoming freshman Matt Van Scyoc, a native of Green Lake, Wisc., recently competed in the 2012 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) D5 All-Star Game.

Van Scyoc, who finished with 12 points and was one of three players in double figures, hit 4-of-12 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line in his team’s 89-68 victory.

The 6-foot-6 forward leaves as all-time leading scorer (1,764 points) and rebounder (828) for both Green Lake High School and the Trailway Conference. 
Among his standout senior performances included a pair of 40-point outings Van Scyoc finished with 42 points against Rio on Nov. 29, four days after a 41-point showing against Wautoma.

Knocking down 55-of-110 of his attempts from beyond the arc in 2012, Van Scyoc had the best 3-point field goal percentage (50%) of any player in the state of Wisconsin.

Over the course of his career Van Scyoc established a Trailway Conference single-season record in points (561) and rebounds (306) and earned a pair of conference Most Valuable Player awards. He was also a unanimous first team WBCA All-State selection in consecutive seasons.

Van Scyoc also enjoyed success in the classroom, recognized as one of 32 athletes by the Wisconsin Athletic Association as an exemplary scholar-athlete.

The Citadel Baseball Team Adds 14 Newcomers for 2013 Season

June 15, 2012
Head coach Fred Jordan
Head coach Fred Jordan

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel head coach Fred Jordan has announced the addition of 14 newcomers who will join the Bulldog baseball program this fall.

The group includes players from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida and features several all-state performers and two named the best in their state for the recently concluded 2012 season.

“This is an exciting recruiting class we have coming in,” said Jordan. “We feel like we’ve addressed some pitching needs for the future and added some very versatile players who can help us across the field. Coach (David) Beckley and Coach (Britt) Reames should be commended on an excellent job hitting the recruiting trail.”

Following is a look at the newest members of The Citadel baseball team.

Nate Brecklin, LHP, 6-3, 195, Orlando, Fla. (Eustis HS)

Brecklin is a four-year letterman in baseball who earned a spot in the starting rotation as a freshman and also lettered twice in football. His senior season culminated in his selection as the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Class 5A District 8 player of the year and participation in the Florida All-Star Game. Brecklin was an all-county, All-Central Florida and all-state choice and Eustis High School’s athlete of the year. He played for FTB Mizuno and helped his squad win the USSSA National Wood Bat championship and second-place finish in the Perfect Game WWBA world championships, earning a nod as one of 32 pitchers on the all-tournament team.

Jordan on Brecklin: “Nate is a very polished left hander. He had three to four different pitches and throws a ton of strikes with all of them. We really like his deceptiveness and pitchability. He seems very advanced in his plan of attacking hitters. He will add much-needed depth from the left side of the mound.”

Steven Hansen, OF, 6-0, 160, Summerville, S.C. (Pinewood Prep)

Hansen was a member of the SCISA Class 3A state championship team coached by former Citadel player Phil Tobin while also earning all-region and all-state accolades. He was named the Class 3A co-player of the year and played in the SCISA North/South All-Star Game.

Jordan on Hansen: “Steven is an athletic outfielder who will be a nice addition to our program. He moved to South Carolina from Virginia this year, and we are fortunate to have gotten someone with his skills this late in the year.”

Matthew Hill, RHP, 6-3, 215, Toccoa, Ga. (Stephens County HS/Truett-McConnell College)

Hill was a four-year letterman and was named to the all-region team. He was also an outstanding student, having been named a scholar-athlete award winner all four years.

Jordan on Hill: “Matthew will join our team next year as a graduate student after graduating from Truett-McConnell in the spring and will have two years of eligibility remaining. He is another big, physical pitcher who has been at the top of his rotation at Truett-McConnell. He could be utilized in a starting role or out of the bullpen.”

Bret Hines, IF, 5-10, 175, Hanahan, S.C. (Hanahan HS)

Hines is a five-year letterman who joins brothers Ryan and Bryce on The Citadel roster. He was twice named to the all-region and All-Lowcountry teams, chosen the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association Class 2A player of the year as a junior and was tabbed to the all-state team as a senior. Hines was rated the No. 2 second baseman in the state by The Diamond Prospects, and was also a member of the Diamond Devils eight-time national championship program.

Jordan on Hines: “Bret is a very good hitter and a versatile infielder who will be able to play any position.”

Tim Holmes, RHP, 6-2, 200, Jacksonville, Fla. (Arlington Country Day HS)

Holmes lettered three times in baseball and also competed in basketball and swimming. He also played for FTB Mizuno which won the USSSA National Wood Bat championship.  Holmes was rated the 375th best prospect in the country by Perfect Game and No. 68 in the state of Florida. He likely missed out on several postseason accolades following his senior year as a result of a late season injury.

Jordan on Holmes: “We are extremely excited about Tim joining our program. He is a fierce competitor who learned how to pitch even before his gained his velocity. He has turned into a power pitcher, and we expect him to step in right away and compete at a high level.”

Skylar Hunter, C/RHP, 6-2, 180, Hanahan, S.C. (Hanahan HS)

Hunter was named to the all-region team for the second straight year and added All-Lowcountry and all-state honors as a catcher his senior season while being selected to play in the North Carolina/South Carolina Select Game. He was rated as one of the top 500 prospects in the country by Perfect Game and the No. 10 right-handed pitcher in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects.

Jordan on Hunter: “Skylar is a very talented two-way player who we expect to contribute right away behind the play and on the mound. He could be utilized like former Bulldog greats Gettys Glaze, Britt Reames and Jay Morgan.”

Drew Joiner, OF, 5-10, 175, Greer, S.C. (Riverside HS)

Joiner was a three-year letterman in baseball and also lettered in football. He was rated the No. 19 outfielder in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects.

Jordan on Joiner: “Drew is another kid who benefited from coming to our camp. We like his athleticism in the outfield along with his strong arm. He has good speed and seems to be an advanced base runner.”

Zach Lavery, RHP/OF, 6-1, 165, Goose Creek, S.C. (Goose Creek HS)

Lavery lettered four times each in baseball and football and has twice been named to the all-state team for his play on the diamond. He earned the No. 17 spot in South Carolina in The Diamond Prospects rating of right-handed pitchers in the state. Lavery also played for the Goose Creek Diamondbacks AAU team.

Jordan on Lavery: “Zach is a local talent who grew up in our camp. We feel like he will really blossom into a solid college pitcher, especially now that he will get to focus on just baseball. He was a starting receiver on the state championship football team last year. We are excited about his future.

Austin Livingston, RHP/3B, 6-1, 215, Summerville, S.C. (Ashley Ridge HS)

Livingston was a four-year letterman in baseball and enjoyed an outstanding senior season which saw him named all-region and all-state, the Lowcountry player of the year and co-Mr. Baseball in South Carolina by the High School Sports Report. Livingston was the winning pitcher in the Class 4A state championship game. He was a member of the Diamond Devils eight-time national championship program and rated the No. 9 right hander in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects.

Jordan on Livingston: “Austin is a proven winner on the mound and throws a lot of strikes. We feel like he will step in right away and has the versatility and attitude to start or come out of the bullpen.”

Austin Mason, RHP, 6-2, 210, Greer, S.C. (Eastside HS)

Mason earned four letters in baseball and was a three-time all-region selection. He was rated the No. 6 right-handed pitcher and No. 13 overall prospect in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects and played in the North/South All-Star Game. Mason was a member of the Diamond Devils eight-time national championship program.

Jordan on Mason: “Austin is another big, physical pitcher who will expect big things from. He has had a very good high school career. He is a power pitcher who will be expected to step in right away and contribute.”

Layton Meacham

RHP, 6-1, 190, Greenville, S.C. (Mauldin HS)

Meacham was a four-year letterman in baseball and also played one season of football. He was rated the No. 14 right hander in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects and played on the Diamond Devils U-18 CABA World Series national championship team.

Jordan on Meacham: “We feel very fortunate to have added Layton to our class as late as we did. He has very good stuff and velocity, and we feel confident he will only get better.”

Jason Smith, OF, 6-1, 170, Gilbert, S.C. (Gilbert HS)

Smith played on the Class 2A state championship team this spring while earning all-region and all-state honors. He was the No. 4 rated outfielder in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects and was a member of the Diamond Devils eight-time national championship program.

Jordan on Smith: “Jason is a very athletic player who will help patrol our outfield. We are very excited about his speed, and his bat has gotten a lot better in the last year. “We feel like he will only continue to improve throughout his career.”

Zach Wimmer, RHP, 6-3, 215, Ladson, S.C. (Cane Bay HS)

Wimmer lettered four times in baseball and was named all-region and a member of the High School Sports Report all-state team each of his final three seasons. He also earned a pair of nods to the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association all-state squad. Wimmer was chosen for the North/South All-Star Game, was rated the No. 9 right-handed pitcher in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects and was a member of the Goose Creek Diamondbacks AAU team.

Jordan on Wimmer: “Zach is a big, physical kid who we expect to really mature into a power pitcher. “He also possesses potential at the plate. “He could be used as a catcher, first baseman or designated hitter.”

Stephen Windham, C, 6-1, 185, Summerville, S.C. (Summerville HS)

Windham was named all-region, All-Lowcountry and all-state following his senior season and played in the North/South All-Star Game. He was rated the No. 6 catcher in South Carolina by The Diamond Prospects and was a member of the Diamond Devils eight-time national championship program.

Jordan on Windham: “Stephen is a good catcher with a very accurate arm. He possesses all the leadership skills behind the plate you look for in a catcher.”



June 13, 2012

Yes, I know we have to play the 2012 schedule first but 2013 is not that far away and with August 31 falling on Saturday it is a year where the NCAA allows a 12 game schedule.  In 2013 the Bulldog’s play two “money” games.  The first in Greenville NC against East Carolina and the season finale up in the hill country overlooking Lake Hartwell against Clemson .  The ‘Dogs have not played ECU since they were a member of the Southern Conference back in the ‘70’s.  We will also have six home games during the 2013 season.  Here’s the schedule, with my comments in parenthesis.

AUG. 31 … Charleston Southern (H) @ 6:00PM (we need to score early-n-often)

SEPT. 7 … Samford (H) … 6:00PM

SEPT. 14 …@ Western Carolina (a great roadtrip!!)

SEPT. 21 … @ East Carolina  ( ECU knows how to party but can we pull an upset & spoil the party?)

SEPT. 28 … Furman (H) … 6:00PM (back to mid-season)

OCT. 5 … App State (H) … 2:00PM, Parents Day (unless APPY moves up to the BCS)

OCT. 12 … @ Georgia Southern  (If  they don’t join APPY in the BCS)

OCT. 19 … Open Date

OCT 26 … @ Chattanooga

NOV. 2 …  Wofford(H) … 2:00PM, Homecoming (we must win this one!)

NOV. 9 … @ Elon

NOV. 16 …  VMI (H) … 2:00PM (May be a conference game if the non-football members bolt the SoCon)

NOV. 23 … @CLEMSON ( a tough road to hoe on this one)


Looking forward to 2014 we are scheduled to play FLORIDA STATE AND UNC CHARLOTTE but all that is subject to change, as is the 2013 schedule if the BCS schools undergo an earthshaking Conference switcheroo….

Citadel football puts sweat equity into Habitat for Humanity

June 12, 2012


Monday, June 11th, 2012

Early on a Saturday morning, Citadel football player Derek Douglas climbs to the top of a pile of 16 cubic yards of dirt. The all-Southern Conference defensive tackle betrays no sign of a limp in his surgically repaired knee.  “It feels great,” said Douglas, sweat streaming down his face. “No problems.” 

But this is not a rehab exercise, or another cutting-edge drill devised by The Citadel’s strength and conditioning staff. Instead, Douglas and some 15 of his teammates — and head coach Kevin Higgins, as well — are shoveling dirt and moving pine straw, part of a landscaping project for Sea Islands Habitat for Humanity on Johns Island.   Under the direction of assistant coach Gerald Dixon, the Bulldogs have sort of adopted Habitat for Humanity as its go-to non-profit for summer projects such as this one.

Last year, the football team helped build a Habitat house on Johns Island, and put a roof on a building at Johns Island Presbyterian Church. Last Saturday, Habitat needed the Bulldogs’ help in landscaping the grounds around the group’s Johns Island headquarters.  “It’s phenomenal having these guys out here,” said Greg Thomas, executive director of Sea Islands Habitat for Humanity. “They are always willing to do whatever we need. Today, we had 16 cubic yards of dirt and pine straw that needed moving, and they are making short work of it.”

Believe it or not, spending three hours moving dirt on a humid Johns Island morning is a respite from the team’s usual summer routine.  “It’s fun for us to do,” said quarterback Aaron Miller. “It’s not hard to get up at 9 a.m. on a Saturday to do this when you get up at 5:30 for workouts. It’s all just about helping people.”

And Habitat for Humanity needs the help. Thomas said demand for Habitat’s housing has ticked up in recent months. And while finding volunteers is no problem, corporate support has dropped off as the economy struggles to recover. “Our donor database is very strong, but we are not doing as well in the corporate world as we’d like,” Thomas said. “We have a couple of corporations that support us very well, but it seems with the economy a lot of business have really pulled back their non-profit giving.  “Folks like to come out and get sweaty and dirty and feel good about what they do. Getting volunteers is not an issue, but getting money to build houses is.”Citadel football players are not in a position to help in that regard. But they may be some day, and coach Higgins hopes these experiences open their eyes to the world around them.  “It’s a great way for them to understand that life is not about them,” he said. “It’s about others, and the more they give back to the community and society, the better off they will be.”At the same time, working together away from the football field fosters a team unity that’s hard to build otherwise, Higgins said. When a running back hammers nails in the wrong way, the good-natured ribbing that ensues is important.

“Last year, when we put a roof on a building, everyone was tired and sunburned when we got done,” Douglas said. “But it was a great experience. Working hard on a project like that that you can all take pride in, you can’t fake that.”

Yielding Returns to El Cid as Assistant Football Coach

June 7, 2012


Scott Yielding, a member of the Class of 1993, is returning to The Citadel as a member of the football coaching staff and will work with the Bulldog tight ends.

Yielding spent the past four years at Oklahoma State as assistant director of football operations and assistant director of recruiting. Included in his responsibilities were film breakdown, quality control and situational tendencies of opponents. He also recruited, coordinated and selected walk-on players for the Cowboy roster. In his position as assistant director of recruiting, Yielding coordinated prospect communication and official and unofficial visits, served as the liaison between the Oklahoma State football program and high school coaches and acquired, maintained and evaluated prospect film. With Yielding on the staff, the Cowboys were recognized as producing some of the nation’s finest recruiting classes.

“We are very excited to welcome Scott Yielding and his wife, Valerie, to The Citadel football staff,” said Bulldog head coach Kevin Higgins. “Scott comes highly recommended from Bill Young, the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State whom I worked with in Detroit. As a Citadel alumnus, Scott will be a valuable asset to our players and staff. His experience and knowledge will prove to be invaluable to our organization.”

During his stay in Stillwater, Oklahoma State posted a record of 41-11, including a 23-3 slate the past two years. In 2011 the Cowboys finished 12-1, won the Big XII title and defeated Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl to earn the No. 3 spot in the final national polls. The previous season Oklahoma State finished No. 10 in the country, shared the Big XII South championship and was victorious over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl.

“Returning to my alma mater to coach football is a dream come true,” said Yielding. “I believe in the mission of The Citadel, and I look forward to making a positive contribution to the efforts of our coaching staff and cadet-student-athletes.”  Prior to his stint at Oklahoma State, Yielding spent 10 years coaching on the high school level, beginning his career at North Charleston High School (1998-00) and then coaching at four different schools in Georgia.

Yielding earned his bachelor’s degree in history from The Citadel in 1993 and received a master’s degree in secondary education from The Military College of South Carolina in 1998. While a graduate student he worked in the office of admissions and served as NCAA and academic liaison to the football program.  His father, Jack, is a member of The Citadel Class of 1958 and was a fullback on the Bulldog football team.