The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference will enshrine its 2020 Hall of Fame class next Thursday in Norfolk, Va.
Former Bethune-Cookman University football coach Alvin Wyatt is among the inductees.
The MEAC Hall of Fame highlights former student-athletes, coaches, university and conference administrators, as well as special contributors, who have enriched the legacy of the conference since its inception in 1970, according to a news release from the conference.
Wyatt took over as football coach at his alma mater in 1997, leading the Wildcats to their first Division I bowl game in 1998, when Bethune-Cookman appeared in the Heritage Bowl.
Known for his colorful personality and equally vibrant wardrobe, Wyatt led B-CU to a conference title in 2002, the Wildcats’ first outright MEAC crown since 1984, and back-to-back NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances in 2002 and 2003.
Among those Wyatt coached during his tenure were future NFL players Rashean Mathis (2017 MEAC Hall of Fame inductee), Nick Collins (2018 MEAC Hall of Fame inductee) and Eric Weems.
Wyatt is the all-time winningest coach in Bethune-Cookman football history at 90-54.
He also found success as head coach of the women’s basketball program. He led the Lady Wildcats to the 1984 MEAC tournament championship with a 62-61 overtime win over South Carolina State, and he was named the tournament’s Outstanding Coach.
Wyatt served as head coach of the women’s basketball program from 1978-96, going 260-200 to rank as the all-time winningest coach for that program as well.
The other inductees are: Quinn Gray, Florida A&M, football; Connell Maynor, North Carolina A&T State, football; Christopher McNeil, North Carolina A&T State, football; and Jana Milin, Maryland Eastern Shore, volleyball.
ERAU wins big in baseball
Behind a solid night on the mound from J.C. Carrell and a big offensive output, the Embry-Riddle baseball team beat West Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday night, 14-2, in Auburndale.
The Eagles (13-5) registered 13 hits, with the middle of the lineup doing the bulk of the damage en route to the 12-run, mercy-rule shortened win over the Bobcats (0-12).
Embry-Riddle jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first, the bulk of which came on Josh Reynolds' first career home run, a three-run shot down the left field line.
Carrell (W, 1-0) worked around a leadoff single in the bottom of the first and never really faced trouble, allowing just two unearned runs in the fifth.
Reynolds and Luis Olivier each had three RBI, Andrew Martinez was 3-for-5 with two RBI, and Mike Lawson tied an ERAU record by getting hit by three pitches, and scored three times.
ERAU men’s tennis rolls to 7-0 win
The 24th-ranked Embry-Riddle men’s tennis team notched its fourth shutout of the season Thursday, blanking visiting Wayne State, 7-0.
The Eagles are 6-1. Wayne state is 8-2.
Doubles winners for ERAU were: Alexis Guedy-Lucas Bos, Juan Ortiz Couder-Andres Donayre and Andrej Omeragic-Fernando Alonso.
Singles winners were: Bos, Donayre, Tim Loerwink, Ortiz Couder, Alonso and Guedy.
Stetson’s women tennis team falls in Hawaii
Stetson women's tennis closed out their brief Hawaiian stay with a 6-1 loss to Hawai'i on Wednesday.
Vicky Geurinckx was the only winner for the Hatters. Stetson fell to 7-5.