Budke to be Inducted Into Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

TVCC file photo of Kurt Budke.

TVCC file photo of Kurt Budke.

By Jayson Larson/TVCC Public Information

Former Trinity Valley Community College head women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015.

The announcement was made Saturday on ESPN during the WNBA All-Star Game at US Airways Center in Phoenix. Budke is one of six inductees, joining Janeth Arcain (player), Gail Goestenkors (coach), Janet Harris (player), Lisa Leslie (player) and Brad Smith (coach). The Class of 2015 will be formally inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on June 13, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Budke was the head coach of the TVCC Lady Cardinals from 1993 to 2000. During those seven years, the team appeared in the national tournament six times, winning four national championship titles. In Budke’s career at TVCC, the Lady Cardinals lost at home only two times. He led the team to some of their best season records ever, including an undefeated 36-0 season in 1999. Continue reading

Ewing Introduced As Next Coach of Lady Cardinals

Gerald Ewing

Gerald Ewing

By Jayson Larson/TVCC Sports Information

The torch of the most successful NJCAA women’s basketball program has been passed to Gerald Ewing.

Ewing was today introduced as head coach at Trinity Valley Community College, which has claimed the last three national titles and has eight overall.

The 19-year coaching veteran replaces Elena Lovato, who resigned in June to become an assistant coach at Mississippi State University after leading the Lady Cardinals to back-to-back national crowns. Ewing was on Lovato’s coaching staff both seasons.

As her position coach, Ewing was instrumental in the development of 2014 NJCAA and WBCA Player of the Year Adut Bulgak, who has moved on to Florida State University. Bulgak was a two-time All-American. Continue reading

Three Sessions Set for Cardinal Pride Freshman Orientation at TVCC

Brochure coverBy Jayson Larson/TVCC Public Information

Starting college can be stressful – so let Trinity Valley Community College give you a head start on the road to success.

Registration is open now for Cardinal Pride Freshman Orientation, which will be offered on three dates: Saturday, July 12 (must be registered by July 9); Saturday, July 26 (register by July 23); and Saturday, August 9 (register by August 6).

Freshman orientation offers information to make the transition from high school to college a little easier. Students will be able to register for fall semester classes and learn important facts about the college, as well as the many activities and services TVCC offers. If participants have pre-registered for fall classes, they will have the opportunity to meet with a college success coach as well as with other incoming freshman.

Families are encouraged to attend orientation. Sessions will focus on money management, Cardinal Connection, campus security and tips for helping students be successful. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet with local dignitaries from Athens, ask questions, learn more about the local area and take a tour of the campus. Continue reading

Sad to See Coach Lovato Leaving

Coach Elena Lovato

Coach Elena Lovato

OK, we’ve taken care of the news thing and announced that Coach Elena Lovato is leaving TVCC. If you are looking for details about that, read this.

Now for the sad part.

I am going to be so sorry to see Coach Lovato leave. I know it was inevitable … she is an amazingly talented coach who deserves to move up and who I know we will one day see as a head coach on ESPN.

But I am going to miss her for more than wins … can’t say losses, because there were hardly any of those. I am going to miss her because she is class and dignity personified. She cares about her players and always does things the right way. She is a role model for the team, the school and the community.

Yes, she is all of that and even more. I really can’t find the words to say how much we are going to miss Coach Lovato or how impressed I’ve been while watching her the last two years.

Good luck, Coach … We love you and always will.

Elena Lovato Leaving TVCC

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((Updated with official release from TVCC))

By Jayson Larson/TVCC Public Information

Trinity Valley Community College head women’s basketball coach Elena Lovato has announced her resignation to join the staff of Mississippi State University.

Lovato has accepted a position to serve as an assistant women’s basketball coach under Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer. Her resignation is effective June 30, and TVCC President Dr. Glendon Forgey said with the recruiting season in full swing, the search for her replacement is already underway.

“I have truly been blessed the two years I have been here, and I feel like it’s God’s plan for me to move on,” Lovato said. “I can’t tell the community and all our fans how grateful and appreciative I am for their support and everything they did for us.

“I still expect nothing less than (championship) No. 9,” she added, referring to the program’s best-in-the-nation eight JUCO national titles. “I’m leaving, but I’m going to be a Lady Cardinal for life.” Continue reading

Lovato Featured in Weekend Story

Lovato 2Elena Lovato says it is all about recruiting.

The two-time national champion head coach of the Trinity Valley Community College women’s basketball team was featured in a story this past weekend in the Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal. Lovato hails from New Mexico.

Lovato said:

“I think recruiting is huge; getting really good kids that you can relate to and take care of and they come in and take care of you. My success, I believe, is because I really, truly and genuinely care about my kids. And they see that and play really hard for me. When you can get 12 kids to buy into something and buy into you and they run through a wall for you, it’s fun to watch. I’ve got girls playing like boys, running through walls, diving on the floor, and they’re very passionate about what they’re doing. It’s been fun to see these kids grow.”

Read the story about Coach Lovato here. 

27th Annual Coaches Playday Champions

golf 1Winning on a scorecard playoff, Harold Jones (TVCC), Ty Morris (Guest), Jim Owens (Guest) and Jean McSpadden (TVCC) teamed up to shoot a 63 Friday afternoon to take first place in the 27th Annual Coaches Playday at Kings Creek Golf Club in Kemp. The event, sponsored by Trinity Valley Community College and the Athens Daily Review, drew 41 participants.

 

2014 C.O. Phillips Memorial Award

golf 2Former Athens High School head football coach John Hacker was presented the 2014 C.O. Phillips Memorial Award Friday afternoon at the 27th Annual Coaches Playday at Kings Creek Golf Club in Kemp.  The award is presented each year in memory of C.O. Phillips, a former coach at Malakoff who was an avid golfer and participant in the event prior to his death in 2000. Making the presentation is Benny Rogers, sports information officer at Trinity Valley Community College. The event was sponsored by TVCC and the Athens Daily Review.