The Arkansas-Pine Bluff women's head basketball coaching job is not officially listed as open yet, but that has not stopped applicants from applying.
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff women’s head basketball coaching job is not officially listed as open yet, but that has not stopped applicants from applying.
As of Tuesday afternoon, UAPB Athletic Director Lonza Hardy said he has already received about 10 resumes for the job.
“I’ve seen applications come through and haven’t really gone through the credentials yet,” he said. “We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries and resumes.”
On March 21, Cary Shelton resigned as the women’s basketball coach at UAPB after three seasons. He was 10-79 overall, but suffered two straight one-win seasons the last two years. The Lady Lions went 1-29 this past season.
Since then, word of mouth of the opening has apparently spread.
“I think the women’s basketball coaches’ association put it online,” Hardy said. “Once the position is up and online, we will get more resumes.”
Hardy would not say who the early applicants are since he was unsure if UAPB’s human resource department had received the resumes yet.
But he would confirm the types of applicants so far, and he is going to take his time with the coaching search.
“It’s a combination of assistant and former head coaches,” he said. “Not going to rush it so we make sure we bring in the right person.”
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff softball team may have lost three games at the SWAC Round-up on Saturday and Sunday in Hattiesburg, Miss., but the Lady Lions were able to make some strides.
On Saturday, UAPB fell to Mississippi Valley State 8-1 and then lost to Alcorn State 8-2. The Lady Lions lost to Jackson State 5-4 on Sunday before picking up their first SWAC win with a 5-2 victory over Alabama A&M.
“It felt great winning and we knew we could do it,” UAPB interim softball coach Chrystal Bowers said. “We just played to the best of our ability and gave it all we had to get that win.”
Besides getting its first win, UAPB (3-23, 1-3 SWAC) saw its biggest turnaround at the plate as the Lady Lions batted .380 (46 of 121). Coming into the SWAC Round-up, UAPB had a .189 average (90 of 474) as a team. The round-up raised the team’s average up to .229.
The uptick in batting average could be contributed to a new hitting coach, Terry Washington, who was hired as an assistant coach recently. Washington, a Pine Bluff native, was a co-hitting coach for the UAPB softball team in 2006 and also with the UAPB baseball team in 2003.
“He is a great asset for the team,” Bowers said. “They have become stronger and more confident and that shows.”
Washington said he joined the team as an assistant coach as a favor for a friend and wanted to help UAPB out.
Even though the team has seen a recent turnaround at the plate, Washington did not take credit for it.
“The girls work hard, and they had the talent,” he said. “Just had little things to tweak and hard work pays off.
“I really see a big improvement and think we will make a big improvement in the SWAC. If the pitching holds up, we will be right there.”
TRACK AND FIELD
The UAPB track and field team competed in its first outdoor meet of the season on Friday and Saturday at the Bobby Lane Invitational in Arlington, Texas.
The team had six athletes place in the top eight at the meet, which went about how UAPB track and field coach Christopher McCoy said.
“Had to get the first-meet jitters out of the way and it went well,” he said. “We had some good results, and I am expecting better this week.”
Terron Armstead was UAPB’s top performer with a fourth place finish in the shot put with a throw of 58 feet, 3 inches.
“We were shooting for over 60 feet, but that’s good for the first meet,” McCoy said.
Erick Thomas competed in the javelin for the first time and finished in eighth place with a throw of 172.145 feet.
While McCoy was pleased with Thomas’ throw, he thinks Thomas can get to the 180 to 190 feet range by the end of the year.
For the women, Jelicia Liddell claimed sixth place in the triple jump at 37.92 feet. Brianna Hill tied for seventh in the high jump at 5-3.
“Brianna performed well and she was sick al l week with a little stomach virus,” McCoy said. “She has been having a good week of practice and expect her to jump well.”
Ninfa Barnard and Stephanie Jerson each ran personal bests as well. Barnard was eighth in the 1,500-meter run at 4 minutes, 39.92 seconds. Jerson ran the 400-meter dash in 56.62 seconds to claim eighth place.
The UAPB men’s golf team finished in third place at the Alabama A&M Golf Classic. The two-day event took place on Monday and Tuesday in Scottsboro, Ala.
The Lions finished with a score of 604 and Savannah State won the event with a 580. UAPB finished one shot off second place.
UAPB’s Caleb Ray shot a 145 to tie for third place and was three shots back of first place. His teammate, Nqobano Noabambi finished in seventh place with a 147. Ray and Noabambi each made the All-Tournament team.
SEARCY — The Harding University men’s tennis team swept UAPB on Wednesday 9-0. The UAPB women’s team did come away with a couple of match victories, but Harding went on to win 7-2.
Monica Arcos, UAPB’s No. 1 singles player, picked up a 6-3, 6-3 win. UAPB’s No. 3, Fabiola Cardoso, won her match 6-2, 3-6, 10-8.