Today's Blue & White June 28, 2012

Today’s Blue & White

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Official Electronic Newsletter

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Opening Kickoff!

After several days of rain, the heat and humidity have returned in full force as the temperatures in the Lowcountry could reach 100 this weekend.

We continue to pass along the good news from the classroom as 29 cadet-student-athletes earned a spot on the Southern Conference Spring Academic All-Conference team.

As summer camps continue in and around McAlister Field House, veteran cross country coach Jody Huddleston announced this week the runners’ fall schedule.  Punter Cass Couey became the fourth Bulldog selected to CFPA’s Preseason Watch List and joins Darien Robinson, Chris Billingslea and Derek Douglas, who were recognized earlier this summer.

While it is late June, we’re slowly transitioning into the football season.  We’ve got one Johnson Hagood Stadium luxury suite available and a limited number of single-game club seats are available.  Have you ordered your tickets yet?

Speaking of the upcoming football season, it isn’t too early to commit to the 14th Annual Bulldog Kickoff Classic Presented by Wells Fargo on Aug. 23 at Wild Dunes Resort.  The event sells out annually and it will again this year.  You don’t want to be left out.

As you’ve come to expect, we have another solid issue of news and notes, so enjoy and Go Bulldogs!!!


The Citadel Places 29 Cadet-Student-Athletes on SoCon Spring Academic All-Conference Team

The Citadel placed 29 cadet-student-athletes on the Southern Conference's Spring Academic All-Conference Team.  The Bulldogs finished just shy of Furman and Samford, who paced all league institutions with 39 and 36 student-athletes, respectively.

Men's outdoor track and field represented the most cadet-student-athletes with 11 as Jordan Ashley, Clay Allen, Brandon Fetrow, Parker Gaston, John Gatewood, Raeven Lantz, Keith Lemay, Austin Waldrop, Paul Wasilchak, Blane Woodfin and Cory Yslas were honored.

Meanwhile, women's outdoor track & field garnered five academic all-conference selections that included Savannah Emmrich, Emily Fields, Whitney Nave, Nicole Ogilbee and Micah Wessinger.

The league's women's outdoor track and field programs supplied the greatest number of honorees with 77, followed by men's outdoor track and field with 53 and baseball with 50.

Among the 311 student-athletes were at least 15 representatives from each of the 12 SoCon institutions, participating in baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's outdoor track and field, and men's and women's tennis. The group recorded a combined 3.60 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

To be eligible, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average entering the spring season and were required to compete in at least one-half of their team's competitions during the recently-concluded spring campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters.


Daniel Armstrong
Drew DeKerlegand
Hayden Hendry
Justin Mackert
Nick Orvin
Grant Richards


Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Jordan Ashley
Clay Allen
Brandon Fetrow
Parker Gaston
John Gatewood
Raeven Lantz
Keith Lemay
Austin Waldrop
Paul Wasilchak
Blane Woodfin
Cory Yslas


Women's Indoor Track & Field
Savannah Emmrich
Emily Fields
Whitney Nave
Nicole Ogilbee
Micah Wessinger


James Atkinson
Josh Cook
Julian Howle
David Orces


Kellie Anderson
Bree Baumgartner
Alanna-Jean Keith 


Cass Couey Becomes Fourth Bulldog Chosen to CFPA Preseason Watch List

Senior punter Cass Couey has been selected to the College Football Performance Awards preseason watch list for the 2012 season.  Couey joins teammates Darien Robinson, Chris Billingslea and Derek Douglas, who were recognized by the CFPA earlier this summer.

Couey is coming off a junior season in which he led the Southern Conference and ranked fifth in the nation with an average of 43.0 yards per punt.  He placed 14 of his 40 attempts inside the 20 and had 10 kicks of 50 or more yards.

His average was the highest by a Citadel punter in 25 years and second in school history behind only the 44.6 average posted by Hall of Famer Greg Davis in 1986.  For his performance, Couey was named to the All-SoCon first team by both the coaches and media.

In his career, Couey has attempted 128 punts for 5,184 yards and his average of 40.5 per kick ranks third in school history, trailing only Davis (42.1) and Kenny Caldwell (40.7).


Bulldogs Slated to Host Three Meets During 2012 Cross Country Season

Veteran cross country coach Jody Huddleston's 26th season at The Citadel will feature three home meets including the 2012 Southern Conference Championship.  The Bulldogs’ home course for the season will be moved from James Island County Park to Laurel Hill Plantation in Mt. Pleasant.

After calling James Island County Park home for the past 11 seasons, the Bulldogs move to Charleston County Parks and Recreation's newest park, the 781-acre Laurel Hill Plantation.

The team will host the Bulldog Invitational on Sept. 29, the Will Wilson Citadel Invitational on Oct. 13 and will close out the season playing host to the 2012 Southern Conference Championship race on Oct. 27.

The Bulldogs open the season on Aug. 31 at the Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, before competing in the College of Charleston Invitational at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island.

On Oct. 6, the team will travel to Orlando, Fla., for the second consecutive season to compete in the Disney Classic held at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex.

To view the entire slate, please refer to


Sweet Johnson Hagood Stadium Suite Is Available 

An environmentally-controlled luxury suite at Johnson Hagood Stadium is available in time for the season.  If you have an interest, please contact Senior Associate Athletics Director John McAleer ’72 at 843/953-1354 or email him at


Attention Suite & Club Seat Patrons

A limited number of single-game club seats are now available for purchase.  Only current suite and club seat holders are eligible to secure them.  Please contact Bryson Young in the Athletics Development Office at 843/953-6710 ( for additional information and to request additional seats.


Women’s Football 101 Returns for Third Year

The Citadel Football Association will present the Third Annual Women’s Football Clinic on Friday, July 27 at Seignious Hall on campus.   

The experience is open to ladies and teenage girls only.  Registration is 5-6 pm and the event runs from 6-9 pm.  Advance cost is $50 per person or two for $85, and $75 for on-site registration.

Attendees to Football 101 will spend time going behind-the-scenes with tours of the team’s meeting room, weight room, and training and equipment rooms.  Citadel coaches will provide instruction on the basics of the game as well as the option offense that is currently being utilized by the Bulldogs.  Participants will also get in-depth instruction in player positions, walking through plays in addition to offensive and defensive strategies.

A catered dinner for all attendees will be held at the Pearson Lounge at Johnson Hagood Stadium.  A special program will follow with Kay Higgins, wife of head coach Kevin Higgins, and other of the coaches’ wives, in addition to a tour of the press box area. 

Prior to the dinner, the group will “hit” the stadium field for a “practice” that includes running plays, passing and receiving, tackling dummies and the all-important “fun run to the end zone,” where one can perform individual touchdown dances.

Goody bags for all attendees contain a T-shirt, a complete football information notebook, a 2012 souvenir schedule poster and wallet schedule, and two reserved-seat tickets ($50 value) to a Citadel home football game. 

Last year, more than 50 women enjoyed a memorable time and learned enough about football to impress even their husbands and/or male friends. 

A portion of the clinic is tax deductible as proceeds benefit The Citadel Football Association’s Scholarship through The Citadel Brigadier Foundation.

To register, please refer to  or call 843/953-5123.

14th Annual Bulldog Kickoff Classic Information

The 14th Annual Bulldog Kickoff Classic Presented by Wells Fargo sells out every year and it will again this year.

Set for Aug. 23 at Wild Dunes Resort’s Links and Harbor courses, the event serves as the unofficial start of the football season.  And following the golf, participants are able to take part in The Citadel Club of Charleston’s annual Shrimp and Beer Night that takes place at the Beach House and begins at 6 pm.

Several hundred fans, friends and alums will be at the Beach House to hear Coach Kevin Higgins preview the season.  Also, other coaches will be there to meet and mingle. 

All proceeds from this event benefit athletic scholarships.

For more information – including sponsorship opportunities – please contact Rod Moseley ’74 at 843/708-1053 or Jimmy Bagwell ’74 at 843/270-0591.  For a registration flyer, please contact The Citadel Brigadier Foundation at 843/953-5277 or email  Don’t be left out; sign up today!

Summer Sports Camps at The Citadel

Are you looking for something for your children/grandchildren to do this summer?  Consider attending a sports camp that is offered by our coaches:


Baseball                       June 29-July 1             Father/Son Camp


Basketball                   August 3-5                  Shooting Clinic


Wrestling                     July 5-13                     Multiple                      


Soccer                         July 9-13                     Day Camp      


For more information, please call the Department of Athletics at 843/953-5070.


Keep Up With Citadel Athletics

For the latest on all athletic events and giveaways, visit the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of The Citadel Athletics at and at  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at and  Follow them today!


Upcoming Birthdays

June 28            Jamie Stewart                          Soccer

July 8               Rob Acunto                            Administration

July 8               John McAleer                          Administration

July 11             Russ Pace                                Photographer


Upcoming Events

July 27             CFA’s Football 101 @Seignious Hall/Johnson Hagood Stadium

Aug. 23           14th Annual Bulldog Kickoff Classic @Wild Dunes Resort

Sept. 28           6th Annual Kevin Higgins Golf Outing @Miler Country Club

Sept. 28           35th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


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