Archive for April, 2013

Austin Pritcher, Johnathan Stokes Sweep SoCon Weekly Baseball Awards

April 30, 2013


Charleston, S.C. – The performance of Austin Pritcher and Johnathan Stokes last week has earned the Bulldog duo recognition as the Southern Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively.

This is the first time a Citadel pitcher has received the weekly SoCon award although Pritcher was the pitcher of the month for February. Stokes is the third Bulldog to win player of the week honors, joining Drew DeKerlegand (March 4) and Bo Thompson (March 18).

Pritcher turned in the top outing for a Citadel pitcher this season, tossing a complete game five-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over Furman in the series opener on Friday. The senior right hander did not issue a walk and struck out six in the first complete game by a Bulldog in 2013. His previous career shutout came in a 3-0 victory over UNC Greensboro last year.

Pritcher, a graduate of James Island High School, retired the first 11 Furman batters, set down the side in order five times and allowed multiple base runners in only two innings to earn his fifth win of the season against two defeats. He lowered his ERA to 2.40 and opponent batting average to .227 and leads the SoCon in both categories.

The outing continued a run of outstanding work on the mound for Pritcher. Over his last four starts he has allowed only 20 hits and four runs covering 29 2/3 innings, and he has quality starts (at least six innings and three or fewer runs) in eight of his 11 appearances on the year. The victory over the Paladins was the 19th of his career, the most by any active SoCon pitcher.

Stokes went 9-for-15 with two doubles, a home run, four runs scored and nine RBI during a 3-1 week for The Citadel. He had a pair of three-hit games in a series win over Furman and had two games with three RBI during the week.

The sophomore shortstop from Cheraw, S.C., opened the week with two hits and a pair of sacrifice flies and drove in three runs in an 8-5 win over Charleston Southern last Wednesday. In the opening game of the series against the Paladins, Stokes had three hits and knocked in three more runs including a two-run homer in the seventh that extended The Citadel’s lead to 4-0.

He followed that up with three hits in the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader and had a two-run double as part of a four-run seventh inning that turned a 5-4 lead into a five-run cushion in an eventual 13-7 victory. Stokes had an RBI double in a six-run first inning in the nightcap before Furman rallied for a 14-10 win that snapped The Citadel’s 10-game winning streak.

Over the four-game stretch last week, Stokes raised his batting average from .273 to .301. He has driven in runs in five straight games and 13 of the past 16 with a total of 23 over that span and has 40 RBI on the year while starting all 45 games.

The Bulldogs are 27-18 on the season and second in the SoCon with a 14-7 league record. They head to Chapel Hill, N.C., on Wednesday for a game against the top-ranked Tar Heels and return home for a SoCon series against Davidson at Riley Park beginning Friday at 6 p.m.


Cass Couey a Giant?

April 30, 2013
Cass Couey could play in the Big Apple

Cass Couey could play in the Big Apple

Citadel punter Cass Couey has been invited to the New York Football Giants camp.  He will have a tryout May 11 & 12 and if all goes well Cass will be offered a free agent contract with one of the NFL’s fabled franchises.


Arizona Cardinals hire Stump Mitchell as running backs coach

April 29, 2013
Citadel legend Stump Mitchell

Citadel legend Stump Mitchell

By The Associated Press

Tempe, Ariz. — New Arizona Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians has completed his staff with the announcement of the hiring of 13 assistants.

The group includes former Cardinal Stump Mitchell as running backs coach and Amos Jones as special teams coordinator. Mitchell was head coach at Southern University the past three seasons. Jones has spent the last six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was special teams coach there last year.

Others and their responsibilities are: outside linebackers James Bettcher, defensive line Brentson Buckner, linebackers Mike Caldwell, tight ends Rick Christophel, wide receivers Darryl Drake, offensive assistant Kevin Garver, assistant special teams-assistant tight ends Steve Heiden, pass rush specialist Tom Pratt, defensive backs Nick Rapone, cornerbacks Kevin Ross and assistant offensive line Larry Zierlein.

Freddie Kitchens and Ryan Slowik were retained from Ken Whisenhunt’s staff. Kitchens will switch from tight ends to quarterbacks coach. Slowik will switch from outside linebackers to assistant defensive backs coach. Arians earlier announced the hiring of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and assistant head coach-offense Tom Moore.

Gen. Robert Cone to deliver cadet commencement address

April 29, 2013

Gen. Robert Cone, commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Va., will deliver the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement address on May 4, 2013.

The cadet Class of 2013 will graduate at 9 a.m. on May 4 in McAlister Field House. The Citadel Graduate College will hold its commencement at 4 p.m. with guest speaker Mick Zais, state superintendent of education.

gen cone asus 210 x 263 4Cone, originally from Manchester N.H., was commissioned as an armor officer from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1979. A highly decorated officer, Cone is a senior Army leader with substantial combat command and training experience. He has held numerous Joint and multinational positions throughout his career. He has deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn. In Afghanistan he was commander of the Combined Security Transition Command. In Iraq, he most recently served as commander, III Corps and as deputy commanding general for U.S. Forces – Iraq after a brief stint as special assistant to the commanding general of the Training and Doctrine Command.

As the commanding general of the Army Training and Doctrine Command, Cone is responsible for training and educating Army soldiers, leaders and civilians; developing and implementing concepts and doctrine; and designing and integrating capabilities development for a campaign-capable, expeditionary Army at war.

In addition, General Cone has earned two master’s degrees. He earned one in Sociology from the University of Texas, Austin and the other in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.

Visit the Commencement 2013 web site

Updates on Bulldogs in the minors (& alum’s son in MLB)

April 29, 2013



Former Citadel baseball standout Chris McGuiness had a big weekend, delivering a game-winning single on Sunday and a home run on Saturday for Class AAA Round Rock.  McGuiness (James Island) was 2 for 4 with a walk-off RBI single in Round Rock’s 4-3 win over Albuquerque on Sunday, pushing his batting average up to .219.  On Saturday, McGuiness was 1 for 2 and hit his fourth home run of the season.

Pitcher Asher Wojciechowski (Beaufort, The Citadel) had a rough outing Sunday, giving up four hits and four earned runs with a walk, two strikeouts and a home run in three innings of a 4-3 loss to Frisco. Still, he’s 2-1 with a 2.08 earned-run average for Class AA Corpus Christi.

Catcher Matt Wieters (son of former Citadel star Richard Wieter ’77) was 1 for 4 with an RBI in the Baltimore Orioles’ 9-8 loss to Oakland. He’s batting .210.

Chris Billingslea Signs Free Agent Deal with Seattle Seahawks

April 28, 2013



Charleston, S.C. – Just hours after the 2013 NFL Draft concluded, The Citadel’s defensive end Chris Billingslea became one of the 10 free agents picked up by the Seattle Seahawks.

Billingslea played in all 44 games at The Citadel and started the final 39. In 2012 he led the Bulldogs with 9.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks and was named second team All-Southern Conference for the second straight year.

He was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week after a season opening win over Charleston Southern and most recently was tabbed as the team’s MVP for his performance during the 2012 campaign.

The defensive end from Fort Mill, S.C., finished his career tied for sixth in school history with 13 sacks and also ranks 17th with 29.5 tackles for loss.

Billingslea joins former teammates Andre Roberts (Arizona Cardinals) and Cortez Allen (Pittsburgh Steelers) as The Citadel’s three active players in the National Football League.

Former Citadel punter Cass Couey, who drew the attention of NFL scouts during his senior year, is waiting to hear where he will end up heading into the 2013 season.


The Boo’s Personal Sidearm to Be Auctioned

April 26, 2013


The Boo

The Boo






East Coast Guns is auctioning a Colt 1911 (M19911A1) Series 80 that was presented to the legendary Lt. Col. T.N. Courvoisie (“The Boo”) by some of his “Lambs” in 1999.  All proceeds from this auction will benefit The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s on-going effort to fund athletic scholarships.

The auction will be in writing either via email (, mailed or dropped off at East Coast Guns (1725 North Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483).  Bids must contain the bidder’s name, email address, mailing address and a telephone number.

Bidding concludes at 4 pm on Friday, May 17, 2013.  The current high bid will be posted on East Coast Gun Shop’s Facebook page each Friday at noon.  The minimum starting bid is $1,500.

The Citadel and adidas Announce Partnership

April 26, 2013

Charleston, SC. – The Citadel and adidas today announce a five-year partnership in which adidas will be the official athletic footwear, apparel and accessory brand of the Bulldogs through the 2018 season.

“The Citadel is excited to partner with adidas.  We were seeking to coordinate our team apparel and look, and adidas is precisely what we needed and wanted,” said Larry Leckonby, Citadel Athletic Director. “We know that our cadet-student-athletes will be proud to join the list of outstanding college and professional programs that wear the adidas brand.”

Through the partnership, adidas will supply the Bulldogs with all apparel, footwear and accessories for competition, practices, training, coaching, travel, recruiting and media engagements starting July, 1 2013 for all 16 intercollegiate athletic teams.

“Our goal at adidas is to help athletes perform better and we look forward to introduce the best in performance footwear, apparel and accessories to The Citadel and their fans,” said Mark Daniels, Director of Team Sports for adidas America. “We’re excited to begin our partnership and help The Citadel student-athletes become stronger, lighter and faster.” 

The Citadel fans will be able to purchase adidas’ wide range of products, including sideline gear, coaches’ polo shirts, hats, jackets and outerwear at The Citadel bookstore both in stores and online.

Class of ’14 Rank Holders we care about…..

April 26, 2013

The rank list is out and here are those  that you might actually care about:

Regimental Commander Collin Hicks of Palmetto Battalion from Winder, Georgia

4th Battalion Commander Ashten Byrne of 4th Battalion Staff from Port Royal, SC

R Company Commander Garrett Cole of 4th Battalion Staff from Culpepper VA

R Company First Sergeant Grace Raines of Romeo Company from Snellville, Georgia

5th Battalion SGM Carson Smith of Papa Company from Simpsonville, SC ( Bulldog starting linebacker)

Summerall Guard Commander: Khalil Paul Khoury, Spartanburg, S.C.

There are NO Summerall Guards from Romeo Company.  What is up with that? Did they get cut or not go out?

If you are so inclined the entire  rank list list is here:

2014 Summerall Guard members:

Summer Camps!

April 25, 2013

I`m back in the saddle again
Out where a friend is a friend
Where the longhorn cattle feed
On the lowly gypsum weed
Back in the saddle again

I’m not a cowboy, or a Cowboy fan, but the song seems apropos with the two month self-imposed exile from Romeo due mainly to work/travel issues.

If you are in the Charleston area or simply want to take a week’s vacation in the Holy City while your kid goes to camp I have just the think.  Here’s the camp schedule from the athletic department…call them for details.


Are you looking for something for your children/grandchildren to do this summer?  Consider attending a sports camp that is offered by our coaches:


Baseball:   June 24-27          Day Camp                   

                  June 28-June 30  Father/Son Camp

Basketball: June 17-21          Day Camp

                      June 21-23         Team Camp                   

Wrestling      July 5-12             Multiple                       

Soccer          June 10-13         Day Camp 1                

                      June 17-20          Day Camp 2           

                       June 24-27         Day Camp 3    

Football        June 10-14          Youth Camp

                      June 14-15          Skill/Lineman Camp

                       June 19-21         Team option Camp

For more information, please call the Department of Athletics at 843/953-5070.