Archive for May, 2015

Satterfield Hired as Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations

May 29, 2015
Derek Satterfield

Derek Satterfield

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel has hired Derek Satterfield as the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, the athletic department announced on Wednesday. Satterfield will serve as the primary contact for the Bulldog’s football and baseball programs alongside of leading and improving the vision of The Citadel’s communications department.

“We are pleased to add a person with the depth and breadth of experiences that Derek brings to The Citadel,” Director of Athletics Jim Senter said. “His working knowledge of media relations at the highest level will serve our department and college well. This position is very important and his professionalism, energy and passion for college athletics will help our athletic department rise to the next level.”

Satterfield joins the Bulldogs following a season as the Director of Football Communications for the University of Michigan Wolverines, in which he served as the primary contact and spokesperson for the Big 10 program. As the department’s primary football contact, Satterfield prepared student-athletes and the coaching staff for all interviews and press conferences on the local and national spectrum, as well as managing all football social media and content on the Wolverine’s website.

Prior to his time at Michigan, Satterfield spent four years as the Assistant Communications Director and primary football contact at the University of Arkansas. During his time with the Razorbacks, Satterfield developed long-term planning and PR initiatives alongside of coordinating media coverage for the coaching staff and student-athletes. He was a member of the group recognized by PR Daily’s 2013 non-profit PR Award for Best Crisis Management, and worked with Sports Illustrated, ESPN and CBS as part of the Razorback’s 2012 awards campaign.

A 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee and four-year student intern, Satterfield also made stops in the public and media relations departments of the Indianapolis Colts (2008) and Purdue University (2009-2010). He is a native of Maryville, Tenn., and is joined in Charleston by his wife, Ann-Marie.

Satterfield will start his new position on June 1.

Citadel Alum leads Armed Forces team to basketball gold

May 28, 2015
Micah Wessinger  '13 was a cross-country runner at The Citadel

Micah Wessinger ’13 was a cross-country runner at The Citadel

By Sam Copeland heraldonline.com (Rock Hill, SC)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Micah Wessinger is back at work in her military role as the 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron installation deployment officer at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter. She recently took time out to play on the U.S. Armed Forces Women’s Basketball Team in the Headquarters AirCom Inter-Nation Basketball Tournament at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.

Wessinger, a Chester native, played guard on the U.S. team and led the Americans to a gold medal with a 90-89 win over Germany. Wessinger picked up MVP honors for the tournament. The United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium and Poland also played in the event.

Wessinger finished the gold medal game with 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. More importantly, she made her final four free throws late in the game to help secure the victory. The 5-foot-6-inch shooting guard played all 40 minutes of the gold medal game, contributing at both ends of the floor. “I have been taught since high school about the importance of defense,” said Wessinger. “I have always liked playing defense. If you keep them from scoring, then you do not have to score as much.”

Bobby Seaberry served as coach of the U.S. women’s team and named Wessinger team captain at the start of the tournament because of her leadership. “She did a great job in the tournament,” said Seaberry. “She hit some big shots, knocked down some big free throws, and played hard defense to come away with a few steals and grab some big rebounds for the team.”

Wessinger grew up in Chester and loved sports at an early age. She played all sports growing up, and when she got to middle school she played volleyball and basketball. Once in high school she played basketball and ran track and cross country. “I really loved all sports,” added Wessinger. “I enjoyed playing all of them.” She was a starter in varsity basketball at Chester High School for four years. The first two were under head coach Ezekiel Washington, who is now the head boys’ basketball coach at Blythewood High School.“He was really strict, but he taught me a lot about hard work, sacrifice and teamwork,” Wessinger said. “I remember the workouts, and that work ethic has been helpful in other sports.”

Washington remembers Wessinger as a hard worker and a tremendous leader. “She wanted to be a good player from the beginning,” Washington said. “She really worked on being a good defensive player, and she was a good offensive player. She had a strong work ethic, she was a good leader, and she was very coachable.” Wessinger played her final two years at Chester High for coach Marilyn Milton. She enjoyed the up-tempo style of play that the Cyclones played, and she also liked the importance Milton placed on defense. “She was one of the hardest workers I have ever coached,” said Milton. “She never complained, and she did everything that we asked of her. She was a quiet leader on and off the floor. I am very proud of her recent accomplishments.”

Wessinger ran the 800 meters among other events in high school track. During her final three seasons, she won the state championship in the 800 meters. In addition she ran on several of the relay teams, which placed well in the state finals. “It would be hard for me say which is the most thrilling for me,” said Wessinger. “Winning state three times in track was awesome, but this basketball gold medal and MVP award is right up there.”

After high school Wessinger went to The Citadel on a track scholarship. She graduated in 2013 with a degree in accounting and earned an ROTC commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force. Wessinger adds that she has had a long list of role models as she grew up in Chester. “I would have to say my parents are at the top of the list,” said Wessinger. “They made me do things right. They made sure that I always did my school work first, and they instilled in me the value of hard work.”

The inter-nation basketball tournament will be played again in two years, and Wessinger is already looking forward to another opportunity to play in it. “I loved every minute of it this time around,” Wessinger said. She really enjoyed the travel and talked about the lasting friendships she made.“The travel was great. I enjoyed seeing those parts of the world,” she said. “The camaraderie among the team members was tremendous. We are already keeping up with each other on Facebook.”

Wessinger was selected for the team this time around because someone had seen her play in a previous tournament and sent her an email asking if she wanted to participate. After her performance in this year’s event, she will not be hard to find. She is nearing completion of her second year of a four-year military commitment, and she will still be in the Air Force when the next tournament is staged. “I have not ruled out making a career in the military,” Wessinger said. “Right now, I am not certain. Ask me in a year, and I will definitely know.”

Carolinas Conference will cut deficits at College of Charleston, Citadel, CSU

May 21, 2015

Column by Gene Sapakoff Postandcourier.com
May 16 2015

LSU is building an $84.75 million leisure project complete with a lazy river that spells out “LSU”and a 21,000-square-foot sun deck. Never mind Louisiana’s projected cut of $500 million in higher education funding that might mean layoffs for tenured LSU professors.

Meanwhile, CBSSports.com reports that 11 major NCAA conferences claimed in response to lawsuits filed by former football players Martin Jenkins (Clemson) and Shawne Alston (West Virginia) that “many, if not most” schools will cut athletic scholarships if student-athletes are allowed to be paid.

Red ink is flowing through smaller conferences, too, and it’s no leisurely ride through campus. It’s a flood of concern over the growing separation between “haves” and “have nots” as Power 5 schools add cost-of-attendance stipends to their scholarship offers.

More sensible mid-major conference alignments are as overdue as the “Full House” reunion.

Geography 101 is such an underrated class.

For instance, the College of Charleston baseball team played three games at Northeastern University in Brookline, Mass., this week. Attendance at Thursday’s game: 107. Which means that after the Cougars traveled 980 miles to Boston, there were more players and workers at Friedman Diamond than fans. And the College of Charleston recently cut its men’s and women’s swimming programs.

A Carolinas Conference makes too much sense to ignore, not just for the College of Charleston, The Citadel and Charleston Southern but for almost every mid-major athletic department in the Carolinas.

Charleston Southern shouldn’t have to play conference football games at Monmouth. The Southern Conference shouldn’t be scrambling for replacement schools. Proximity means never having to put your phone on airplane mode for road trips.

So many reasons

Proposed league: Carolinas Conference
Purpose: Shorter trips mean more time for academics, reduction of travel costs, real rivalries, more visiting fans at road games, better overall attendance numbers, less travel costs for family members of student-athletes, more fan interest.

South Carolina Division
(10):
The Citadel
Charleston Southern
College of Charleston
Coastal Carolina
Furman
Presbyterian
S.C. State
USC Upstate
Winthrop
Wofford

North Carolina Division (10):
Campbell
Davidson
Elon
Gardner-Webb
High Point
UNC Asheville
UNC Charlotte
UNC Greensboro
UNC Wilmington
Western Carolina

It’s not perfect.

UNC Charlotte wants to play big-time basketball, and football. The Davidson men’s basketball team wags its athletic department and just finished atop the Atlantic 10 in its first year in the conference. The Wildcats probably can’t be talked back down a level, even if it’s for their own good in the long run. S.C. State might want to remain in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with other historically black colleges and universities, though closer sports foes will help the school with its well-documented deficits.

The Carolinas Conference with a few subtractions or additions still works (and won’t be confused with a Division II Conference Carolinas that should be renamed for including non-Carolinas schools). There are enough football schools. Basketball intrigue abounds, Davidson and UNC Charlotte or not. It projects as a strong baseball league that would get two NCAA tournament bids more years than not.

The drawbacks drown in black ink and a positive vibe. Let LSU have its lazy river, and watch Alabama and Auburn and South Carolina and Clemson answer with better, longer, lazier lazy rivers. It’s time that Carolinas Conference schools set the tone for other mid-major realignment plans across the nation’s hard, dry college athletics landscape.

Citadel survives SoCon play-in game, now faces top seed Mercer

May 20, 2015
Citadel pitcher James Reeves (28) fires a pitch to ETSU's Jeremy Taylor (6) during the SoCon Baseball play-in game Tuesday. The Bulldogs won the game 8 to 2. (Brad Nettles/P&CStaff)

Citadel pitcher James Reeves (28) fires a pitch to ETSU’s Jeremy Taylor (6) during the SoCon Baseball play-in game Tuesday. The Bulldogs won the game 8 to 2. (Brad Nettles/P&CStaff)

Jeff Hartsell Postandcourier.com
May 19 2015 12:33 pm

A pitcher of the year award combined with a win-or-else start piled up postseason pressure on Citadel junior James Reeves on Tuesday morning in the Southern Conference baseball tournament. “I was not concerned, but just hoping James would have his ‘A’ game today,” said Bulldogs coach Fred Jordan. “You win that award and then get put in this pressure-packed situation, a lot of times you can have a tough outing.”

Reeves, an easy-going left-hander from Ashley Ridge High School, handled the situation with poise. The 6-3, 200-pounder worked seven innings in the Bulldogs’ 8-2 play-in game win over East Tennessee State before 748 fans at Riley Park, scattering seven hits while walking only one and striking out eight.

His relatively easy 93 pitches left open the possibility that Reeves (8-3), named the SoCon pitcher of the year this week, could pitch again Saturday or Sunday, depending on how far the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (26-28) can advance in the double-elimination portion of the tournament. Freshman J.P Sears will take the mound for The Citadel at 5 p.m. Wednesday against regular-season champion Mercer.

“It was a great outing for James,” Jordan said. “And who knows, maybe we’ll be able to use him again.” The Citadel staked Reeves to a 3-0 lead in the fourth, then broke open the game with five runs in the seventh. Reeves escaped trouble in the seventh, stranding runners at second and third, and closer Skylar Hunter pitched the final two innings to preserve the victory.

“It feels good,” said Reeves, whose 111 strikeouts this season is 10th in Citadel history. “Now, we’re dancing in the tournament, and we’ll see what happens. This was definitely a big win for us.”

Stephen Windham and Steven Hansen each drove in a pair of runs for the Bulldogs, who are now 8-3 in May. Windham also scored twice, as did Jacob Watcher and William Kinney as the Bulldogs piled up 11 hits. The offense came out hot late, and we played pretty good defense,” Reeves said.

Reeves pitched a no-hitter against No. 1 seed Mercer (31-21) on April 2, and Sears had a decent outing in the second game of that series, losing 4-3. The 5-11, 170-pound lefty from Sumter allowed 10 hits and four runs, but walked only one and struck out seven in that game. Mercer won the third game of that series, 17-0, a score Jordan would rather forget. “They are pretty good,” Reeves said. “But if J.P. brings his ‘A’ game, he’ll be all right. Any pitcher can beat anyone on any given day.”

No. 9 seed ETSU will head home as Bucs coach Tony Skole, a former Bulldogs player, ends his debut season in the SoCon with a 21-35 record. Starting pitcher Jimmy Nesselt kept ETSU in it, leaving the game trailing 3-2 with a runner on in the seventh. But reliever Lee Haeberle did not get an out in the inning, surrendering two singles to load the bases and a walk to force in the first of five runs. Johnathan Stokes and Windham followed with RBI singles against reliever Griffin Krieg. Windham’s hit brought in two runs, and Drew Ellis doubled home the fifth run for an 8-2 lead. Stokes’ single was his 200th career hit.

Citadel closer Hunter, who has 12 saves, began warming up when the score was 3-2 and pitched the final two innings, throwing 22 pitches. Jordan said he would be available against Mercer. “It was 3-2 when he started warming him up, and once we heated him up …” Jordan said. “But he threw minimal pitches, and really he’s better the second day he pitches, because sometimes he’s too alive that first day.”

First, Sears will have to get the Mercer game to Hunter, which won’t be easy against the Bears, who won the regular-season title after coming into the SoCon from the Atlantic Sun. Mercer is led by SoCon player of the year Kyle Lewis, a sophomore outfielder who hit a league-best .386 with 16 home runs and 50 RBIs. “J.P. will do what he does,” Jordan said. “If he throws strikes and moves the ball in and out, he’ll keep us in the game. We’ll try to shorten the game and get into the seventh inning.”

That’s the formula the Bulldogs will have to follow if they hope to become the third team seeded eighth or lower to win the SoCon Tournament in its 32-year history. No. 8 Furman went 4-0 to win the title in 2005, and No. 8 Wofford was 5-0 en route to the championship in 2007. “Hopefully,” Reeves said, “we’ll be playing on Sunday and I’ll be able to pitch again in that game.”

JAMES REEVES NAMED SOCON PITCHER OF THE YEAR

May 19, 2015

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Connor Walsh, Drew Ellis and JP Sears also honored

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Citadel redshirt junior James Reeves has been named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year by the head coaches and SoCon Sports Media Association, it was announced Monday morning by the league office. The left-hander was joined on the first team by senior right fielder Connor Walsh. First baseman/DH Drew Ellis and pitcher JP Sears were chosen to the all-freshman squad.

Reeves is the ninth Bulldog to win top pitcher accolades in 24 seasons under head coach Fred Jordan and fourth in the past seven years. Wes Wrenn and Asher Wojciechowski were back-to-back recipients in 2009-10, and Austin Pritcher was honored in 2013.

Reeves enters his start against East Tennessee State in Tuesday’s SoCon Tournament game with a record of 7-3 and ranks second in the conference (first among starters) with an ERA of 3.44. He is first in the league in opponent batting average (.222), tied for second in strikeouts (103) and seventh in innings pitched (83 2/3).

He has turned in 10 quality starts (six or more innings and three or fewer earned runs) in 13 outings, allowed zero or one run five times and struck out 10 or more on four occasions. His average of 11.08 strikeouts per nine innings places him 19th in the nation.

Reeves tossed the sixth no-hitter in school history in a 4-0 win over Mercer on March 21. He struck out 14 in that game and was a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week for the second time this season. He also earned the honor after the season opener against Air Force when he allowed two hits and one run with 14 strikeouts in six innings.

In addition to his performance against Mercer, Reeves was also the SoCon Pitcher of the Week after defeating ETSU on May 8 when he blanked the Buccaneers on five hits while striking out 12 in seven innings.

Walsh was rarely used as a position player prior to this season but exploded on the scene in 2015, leading the Bulldogs in just about every offensive category. He paces the team in batting average (.347), slugging (.569), on-base percentage (.421), hits (70), runs (45), RBI (57), doubles (15), triples (3) and total bases (115) while ranking second in home runs with eight.

Walsh is tied for second in the SoCon in RBI and ranks eighth in batting average and ninth in doubles. He had seven of his home runs in conference games, including three to go along with seven runs scored and nine RBI in a sweep of ETSU to garner him Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week recognition.

Ellis leads the Bulldogs and is tied for 10th in the SoCon with 11 home runs in his debut campaign and also ranks second on the team in RBI (37) and slugging (.488). He had eight home runs in conference play including five in the final seven games of the regular season.

He is the first Citadel freshman to reach double figures in home runs since Richard Jones had 15 in 2007. Ellis had three home runs in the series against ETSU and added two more against Furman last weekend.

Sears has a record of 5-4 with an ERA of 4.61 in 16 appearances this season including 12 starts. In 70 1/3 innings he has struck out 72, the eighth-highest total in the SoCon, while walking only 18.

Sears joined the rotation against Georgia Southern on Feb. 24 and worked five innings of three-hit shutout ball with five strikeouts. He picked up a victory in SoCon play at Samford on May 2, going 5 1/3 innings and giving up six hits and two runs while fanning five. He has struck out at least seven in five starts with a season-high eight against Lafayette and Wofford.

The Citadel extends prestigious AACSB International accreditation

May 19, 2015

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CHARLESTON, SC – The Citadel School of Business has maintained its business accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.

AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business schools. Today, there are more than 727 business schools in 49 countries and territories that have earned AACSB accreditation. Similarly, 182 institutions hold an additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.

“AACSB commends each institution for their exemplary work in holding the highest honor in business school accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “During this peer-review process, schools must show alignment with 15 global accreditation standards while demonstrating how they achieve success within each of the three pillars on which AACSB accreditation rests—engagement, innovation, and impact.”

Achieving accreditation is a process of rigorous internal review, engagement with an AACSB assigned mentor and peer review. During the multi-year process the school focuses on developing and implementing a plan to align with AACSB’s accreditation standards. These standards are divided into four areas: strategic management and innovation; participants (students, faculty and staff); learning and teaching; and academic and professional engagement.

Brigadier Foundation Names New Executive Director

May 18, 2015
Rob Hoak, '78 (Echo Company) is the new Executive Director of TCBF

Rob Hoak, ’78 (Echo Company) is the new Executive Director of TCBF

Rob Hoak, ’78 has been named Executive Director of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation (TCBF). Rob, former Captain of the Bulldog basketball team, comes to TCBF from TD Bank where he recently retired. Before retirement Rob was TD’s Regional President for North and South Carolina. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing commercial and retail banking as well as coordinating TD Bank’s related business lines, including mortgage lending, real estate finance, insurance, wealth management, private banking, brokerage and related business and consumer services.

In addition to his BS in Business Administration from The Citadel, Rob holds a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University. While living in Greenville SC, Rob served on the boards for the Governor’s School of the Arts, SC Arts Commission, The Peace Center and The United Way. Rob is married to Allyn Hoak, a former Citadel cheerleader(who’s twin sister also was a cheerleader). Rob and Allyn have two children.

We are truly fortunate to have such a fine business leader at the helm of TCBF! I know all you Romeo Bulldogs will give Rob and his staff your full support and re-up/join the Brigadier Foundation!

Winthrop’s Derrick Henry plans transfer to Citadel basketball

May 14, 2015
Former Winthrop guard Derrick Henry (center) plans to play his final college season at The Citadel. (AP Photo/The Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Former Winthrop guard Derrick Henry (center) plans to play his final college season at The Citadel. (AP Photo/The Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Jeff Hartsell postandcourier.com May 12 2015
New Citadel basketball coach Duggar Baucom apparently will get a veteran guard to help lead the Bulldogs during his first season, as Winthrop graduate Derrick Henry is planning to transfer to The Citadel.

Henry, a 6-3 guard from Covington, Ga., graduated last weekend with honors from Winthrop with a degree in finance, and will transfer to The Citadel to pursue his master’s degree and play his final season, according to his high school coach. Henry led Winthrop in scoring with 11.4 points per game in 2012-13 before tearing his ACL late in the season. After sitting out a year, he returned to play in 32 games last season, averaging 4.4 points and 16.1 minutes off the bench. Last season, he scored a season-high 15 points in a game against UNC Asheville, and had games of 13 points each against Charleston Southern and Longwood and 10 against Clemson.

He played for coach Rick Rasmussen at Newton High School along with Stephen Croone (Furman) and Shane Henry (Virginia Tech). “Derrick was looking for a fresh start, and wanted his last year of playing basketball to be productive,” Rasmussen said. “He’s a very focused, bright kid and is excited about getting his MBA at The Citadel.” Henry was recruited to Winthrop by former Eagles coach Randy Peele, who was replaced by Pat Kelsey during Henry’s sophomore year.

“He’s a lock-down defender, and in high school he was incredible scorer,” Rasmussen said. “He wants to go in to The Citadel and compete for a starting job right away, and he will bring an intensity that the coaches will appreciate. He will make practice a war, and he knows he’ll have to earn everything he gets. “But he’s absolutely no-nonsense, tough as nails and extremely competitive.”

In his first college start as a freshman, Henry scored 18 points at Georgia. In his sophomore year, he scored 23 points at VCU, 12 in a 10-point loss to Ohio State and 10 in a win over Auburn. Henry played at Winthrop with 6-8 forward James Bourne, who has transferred to College of Charleston.

The Citadel has had grad-student transfers in the past, including Joe Wolfinger (Washington) and Stephen Elmore in basketball and quarterbacks Willie Simmons (Clemson) and Jeff Klein (Auburn) in football.

Baucom has also signed 6-1 guard Quayson Williams and 6-7 forward Connor Schroeder since he was hired at The Citadel in March

Citadel baseball’s Connor Walsh, James Reeves earn awards

May 13, 2015
Reeves has been a highlight for the 2015 DiamondDogs (photo by Post&courier

Reeves has been a highlight for the 2015 DiamondDogs (photo by Post&courier)

Staff reports postandcourier.com
May 11 2015pm

Citadel baseball players Connor Walsh and James Reeves earned awards after the Bulldogs’ weekend sweep of East Tennessee State.

Walsh was named the Louisville Slugger national player of the week by Collegiate Baseball, and Reeves was named Southern Conference pitcher of the week.
Walsh, a senior right fielder, hit three home runs, scored seven times and drove in nine during a three-game sweep of East Tennessee State. He is the second Bulldog to earn Louisville Slugger honors this season, with Reeves gaining the award on two occasions.

Walsh, from Jupiter, Fla., leads the Bulldogs in batting average (.346), hits (64), doubles (14), triples (3), runs scored (42), RBIs (52), slugging percentage (.568) and on-base percentage (.423) while ranking second with seven home runs.

Reeves, a junior lefty from Summerville, was named SoCon pitcher of the week for the second time for his performance in The Citadel’s 9-1 win over East Tennessee State on Friday at Riley Park.

He pitched seven shutout innings, allowing five hits while striking out 12 to raise his record to 7-3. The quality start was the ninth in 12 starts for Reeves this season, including a no-hitter against Mercer on April 2 when he received the SoCon award for the first time.

Reeves ranks second in the conference in ERA (3.36) and strikeouts (99) and first in opponent batting average (.219). He is the active leader in wins among SoCon pitchers with 19 victories and also has career totals of 2212/3 innings pitched, 211 strikeouts and a 3.78 ERA.

Rock Hill native is fourth person in family with his name to graduate from The Citadel

May 12, 2015
Lt. Gen. Rosa, Hiram "Chip" Hutchison, III, Hiram "Bo" Hutchison, IV & Hiram "Hutch" Hutchison, Jr.

Lt. Gen. Rosa, Hiram “Chip” Hutchison, III, Hiram “Bo” Hutchison, IV & Hiram “Hutch” Hutchison, Jr.

by: Teddy Kulmala The Rock Hill Herald

When Rock Hill native Hiram Hutchison IV walks across the stage of McAlister Field House on Saturday to accept his diploma, he will be the fourth person named Hiram Hutchison to graduate from The Citadel – 100 years after his great-grandfather made the same walk.

Hutchison, who goes by “Bo,” graduates Saturday from the senior military college with a degree in criminal justice. The 22-year-old, who graduated from Rock Hill High School in 2011, is following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, Hiram Hutchison Sr., who graduated in 1915; his grandfather, Hiram Hutchison Jr., who graduated in 1957; and his father, Hiram “Chip” Hutchison, who graduated in 1986.

Per school tradition for legacy graduates, Hiram Jr. and Chip will be onstage to present Bo’s diploma to him. “It’s ironic that my father finished The Citadel in 1915, and now Bo is finishing in 2015. That makes it special,” Hiram Jr. said. “My father died when I was about 14 or so. I knew he always had that in mind for me to do that.” The Citadel was the only college he applied to, Bo said, and he “didn’t know anything else” growing up.“I didn’t see myself going anywhere else. It was just kind of expected,” he said. “I’m happy to have had the opportunity to keep that tradition going.”

Bo recalled the day he learned he had been accepted. Hiram Jr. had purchased a Citadel memento rifle, and engraved on it was the year 1915.“After that, there was a blank spot where 2015 could go if I went there,” Bo said. “When he pulled that out that night – it just kind of all fell into place.” Hiram Jr. recently got the rifle engraved with Bo’s 2015 date.

“This will be my dad’s third trip, including his own trip,” Chip said. “He crossed the stage by himself, he crossed it with me and now he’s doing it with his grandson.” Joining Bo today will be 33 other legacy cadets in the class of 2015, who will accept diplomas from their alumni parents and grandparents, all of whom were in the Corps of Cadets. The tradition dates back to 1962 and was later adapted by The Citadel Graduate College.

“If they graduate, they are entitled to make the presentation to their child when they graduate from the Corps of Cadets,” said Shamus Gillen, associate director of admissions for The Citadel. “There’s a wonderful opportunity to embody that transition in such a ceremony. The senior alumnus is present on that stage to make that presentation of the diploma to the soon-to-be young alumnus. Metaphorically, it connotes what the school is about – passing on these values to the next generation.”

When he left home four years ago to attend The Citadel, Bo said, his father and grandfather passed on their advice and the lessons they learned there. “I owe it to both of them,” he said. “My grandfather kept me encouraged and knowing what to expect. I am definitely a chip off the old block. My dad and I are a lot alike; he owes his college education to The Citadel too.”

Throughout the 1900s, according to the school, there was not a male Hutchison who did not attend The Citadel. Hiram Sr.’s older brother, Eugene Hutchison, graduated in 1905. Eugene’s two sons – Eugene Jr. and Theodore – graduated in 1927 and 1928. Chip said all of the Hutchisons who graduated from The Citadel also graduated from Rock Hill High School. But the Hutchisons’ century-plus at The Citadel might end with Bo, whose younger brother Teddy is graduating from Rock Hill High this year. “He said he’s not going to The Citadel,” Chip said with a laugh, “because it’s a Hiram thing.”