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Friday, August 19, 2011
Nicola Lawler
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THE BALL’S IN OUR CORNER

Talladega College Welcomes Two New Coaches

Talladega, Alabama—Volleyball and golf balls will be flying high at the ‘Alpha Lyrae Vega of them All’ this year. Talladega College is welcoming new and returning students and additionally two new coaches to its sports program.

The volleyball season will open with Coach Ronald Burt at the helm from Pensacola, Florida. For 3˝ years, Mr. Burt was coaching volleyball at the West Florida High School of Advanced Technology. He’s also previously been an assistant volleyball coach at the University of West Florida.

“I spoke with Coach Ramos (TC Athletic Director) a number of times. I like the history of the College. It’s good for recruiting.” All of the volleyball players are returning players and Coach Burt will be looking for 2-3 more players. Coach Burt is looking forward to working with the College team. “College athletes have the commitment. I’m happy to be here; ever since I got here, I’ve hit the ground running.”

Wilberto Ramos, TC AD, says of Coach Burt, “He’s got passion for the game. He’s very compassionate with the girls as he’s also the father of two girls and a son. I think it’s a great fit for the team and for him. He has a wealth of knowledge to teach the girls. He’s a great match for the school and for the program. I’ve seen the excitement with the team. They’re very happy he’s here. He’s a hard worker. Ever since he came, he’s been working. He’s a take charge kind of guy. I think he’s great to continue to move our volleyball team forward. We’ll continue to win.” Coach Burt has already been recruiting for the college from schools in Pensacola since his arrival.

Coach Jennings grew up watching the greats: Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson and playing at one of North America’s best facilities, Point O’Woods Country Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan which has a Robert Trent Jones course design. Jennings has competed in the Western Amateur tournament at Point O’Woods, which is the 3rd largest and prestigious Amateur Tournaments in the world. Past winners include: Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods. Jennings is the first African-American to graduate from the Golf Academy of America, San Diego campus with playing and teaching credentials.

Prior to coming to TC, Coach Jennings had a clientele at Quail Ridge Golf Course where he was a private instructor and coach. In the past, Jennings has also been an assistant coach at Mississippi Valley State. “I decided to come here because I want to work with youth. I want to utilize my knowledge of golf to develop today’s youth so they can become productive members of society. The skills and experiences of golf will assist the players for a lifetime and will be an asset for the program, the College, and the community as a whole.”

Coach Ramos says of Jennings, “He’s an accomplished and motivated individual. Golf is a very important program at any college campus because alumni can play with students and you can have charity events and fundraisers for the school. Coach Jennings has been in the business. He’s used it, he’s worked it and he still plays professionally. The golf players are very excited. It’s another good match for both. He came in and he and the players knew some mutual contacts. I feel that we’re headed in the right direction.”

President Dr. Billy C. Hawkins, the faculty, and staff of Talladega College welcomes Coaches Burt and Jennings. The Lady Tornadoes volleyball team will have their first match on August 27 at Southeastern University at the University of Mobile at 3 p.m. The golf team will debut in September. For more information and sports schedules go to: www.talladegatornadoes.com.


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The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama.

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