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CIAA Announces John B. McLendon, Jr. Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018


Charlotte, NC  – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) will induct five honorees, including one team, into the 2018 John B. McLendon, Jr. Hall of Fame. A formal induction ceremony will be held at the Hall of Fame Breakfast on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Charlotte Convention Center.

The CIAA will induct Kermit Blount, former head football coach of the Winston-Salem State University Rams; Ben Coates, former football standout at Livingstone College; Raymond McDougal, former head golf coach at Fayetteville State University; Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy, former President of Shaw University and Johnson C. Smith University; and the 1967 Men’s Basketball Team of Winston-Salem State University.

The CIAA recognizes inductees for their excellence in the CIAA, significant contributions in the community, leadership in CIAA sports, and commitment to the conference mission. Each honoree is recommended by the CIAA Hall of Fame Committee, endorsed by the Management Council, and approved by the Board of Directors.

Friday morning’s induction ceremony is one of many ancillary events surrounding the 2018 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament that will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina from February 27 – March 3, 2018. Individual seats and tables of ten for the induction ceremony and celebration breakfast are now on sale and can be purchased using the online registration HERE or by mail via downloadable payment form. Breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. with the program to follow at 9:00 a.m.

Kermit Blount | Winston-Salem State University | Football Coach

Kermit Blount

After serving as a standout quarterback at Winston-Salem State University, Kermit Blount returned to his alma mater as the head football coach in 1993. During his tenure, Blount led his Rams to two CIAA Championship titles (1999, 2000) in three post-season appearances. Under his leadership, the Rams went on to compete in the Pioneer Bowl both seasons, winning in 1999. Blount was honored as CIAA Coach of the Year, Washington D.C. Pigskin Coach of the Year, and 100% Wrong Club Coach of the Year in both 1999 and 2000.

In 12 years, Blount marked a 76-53-3 CIAA career record before the University’s transition to NCAA Division I – AA (now FCS). He continued as head coach throughout the 3-year transition, earning a 91-87-3 coaching record which earns him the winningest coach in WSSU history. Blount assisted several former Rams football players such as Richard Huntley, Oronde Gadsden, Tory Woodbury, and William Hayes reach the National Football League (NFL) as either late round draft picks or free agents. In 2011, he took control of the Delaware State University Hornets football program where he spent four seasons. Most recently, Blount was named head football coach at Johnson C. Smith University where he marked his third season in 2017.

Blount earned his Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education from Winston-Salem State University in 1980. While at WSSU, he earned four letters and guided WSSU to the 1977 and 1978 CIAA championship. In 1978, he was named a Black College All-American.

Ben Coates | Livingstone College | Football Student-Athlete

Ben Coates

Ben Coates was a three-year football letterman at Livingstone College where he amassed 103 receptions for 1,268 receiving yards and 18 receiving touchdowns. The South Carolina native earned Livingstone College MVP in each of his three seasons with the team (1987-90) and First-Team All-CIAA and Black College Sports All-American honors his senior season. In 1991, Coates was drafted in the fifth round by the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) where he spent nine seasons (1991-1999) before finishing his last professional football season with the Baltimore Ravens (2000-01). In total, he played 158 NFL games, recording 499 receptions, 5,555 receiving yards, and 50 touchdowns. Coates’ performances ranks him second on the Patriots’ all-time career touchdowns list, third in franchise history with 490 receptions, and fourth in receiving yards (5,471). In 2008, the standout t

ight end was inducted in to the Patriots’ Hall of Fame.

Coates is a 5x NFL Pro Bowl Selection (1994-1998) and was a key contributor in the Ravens Super Bowl XXXV Championship victory (2001). After playing professionally, Coates entered his coaching career with his first stop being to his alma mater. Other positions held include coaching for the World Bowl XII, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Central State University, and Saint Augustine’s University.


Raymond McDougal | Fayetteville State University | Golf Coach

Raymond McDougal

Raymond McDougal joined the Fayetteville State University Broncos in 1970 as the head football coach and head coach of the newly formed men’s golf program. After his first year with the University, he turned the golf program over to Dr. Moses Walker and focused on 11 seasons with the football team and one season at the helm of the men’s basketball program as interim head coach. Upon returning to lead the men’s golf team in 1993, McDougal began making his mark as a CIAA legend. Within two decades at FSU, McDougal led his Broncos to 16 CIAA golf titles and 6 PGA National Miniority Division II golf titles in 15 appearances. McDougal and the Broncos participated in seven NCAA Division II Super Regionals, finishing as high as third (2007) and second (2009). FSU’s second place finish at the 2009 regional tournament earned the team its first NCAA Tournament berth, becoming the first HBCU to make the championship in 35 years.

McDougal has coached 5 CIAA MVPs and All-Americans, 8 CIAA Tournament Medalists, and 44 All-CIAA student-athletes. He has also earned 12 CIAA Coach of the Year awards. McDougal retired from Fayetteville State in June of 2014.

McDougal is a 1958 graduate of Johnson C. Smith University where he was a four-year scholarship athlete in both football and golf. As a student-athlete, he earned individual winner in four golf tournaments and played halfback and quarterback for the Golden Bulls football team. Prior to his career at Fayetteville State, he was the head basketball coach and backfield assistant football coach at Bethune-Cookman University.

Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy | Johnson C. Smith & Shaw University | Administrator

Dorothy Cower Yancy

Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy served as the 12th President of Johnson C. Smith University (1994-2008) and the 14th and 16th President of Shaw University (2009-2010; 2011-2013). The first female President in the CIAA, she holds the title of President Emerita at both institutions and is known for her institutional management and fundraising efforts for academic and athletic deliverance. Dr. Yancy marked her 14.5-year tenure at JCSU raising over $145 million through two significant capital campaigns and increased the University’s endowment by nearly $50 million.  Under her leadership, JCSU was the first Historically Black College or University to receive the Genius Grant (1996) and become an IBM “Thinkpad” University. Additionally, a new technology center, library, and track/stadium/academic complex was constructed under her watch.

In one year at Shaw, Dr. Yancy stabilized the financial state of the University with the securement of a $31 million federal loan, headed the restructure and refinance of debt, achieved a balanced budget, raised Shaw’s Composite Financial Index (CFI) score to a positive number, and recruited one of the largest freshmen classes in the history of the school. She retired in September in 2010, but returned in 2011 after the campus had been dismantled by a tornado earlier that year. Within 12 months, Dr. Yancy returned campus back to functionality with all buildings back in use. In her final tenure, she also led the University through five (5) program accreditation reviews.

Dr. Yancy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Social Science from Johnson C. Smith University, a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Atlanta University. Dr. Yancy’s legacy is marked at both JCSU and Shaw with buildings named in her honor.

1967 Men’s Basketball Team | Winston-Salem State University

WSSU 1976 Men’s Basketball Team

On March 17, 1967 the Winston-Salem State University men’s basketball team won the NCAA Division II Championship as the first black college team to ever win a NCAA national title. Under the leadership of legendary Head Coach Clarence “Big House” Gaines, members of the 1967 WSSU men’s basketball team include:  Earnest Browne, William English, David Green, Frank Hadley, Jr., Vaughn Kimbrough, John Lathan, Allen McManus, Earl Monroe, James Reid, Eugene Smiliey, Steve Smith, Johnny Watkins, and Donald Williams.

Winston-Salem State finished the regular season with an impressive 30-1 mark, but ended up third in the CIAA Tournament behind North Carolina A&T and Howard University. After being invited to the NCAA Tournament, the team breezed past Baldwin-Wallace University (91-76), Long Island University (62-54), and Kentucky Wesleyan University (85-73) to advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship Game where they defeated Southwestern Missouri State University, 77-74. All-CIAA, All-American, and future NBA legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe averaged 41.5 points per game and was named NCAA Division II Player of the Year.



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Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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