PEMBROKE — At the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, O.C. is the new D.C.
O.C. Williams, who has served the last seven seasons as the defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator for the Braves, has been promoted to the defensive coordinator position that opened when Shane Richardson accepted the school’s head coach position last month.
“O.C. has been very loyal to this staff and has put in a great amount of work over the last seven years at UNCP,” Richardson said. “He brings a great defensive knowledge to the table, and also has a great feel for what we stand for as a program and fits very well into our model of success. He continues to learn and grow as a valuable member of this staff, and now has a great opportunity to step into the role of defensive coordinator. I’m really looking forward to having him as a part of our staff as we take this program to the next level.”
While in Pembroke, Williams has been integral in developing one of the nation’s most elite total defenses and helped UNCP bring in some of the nation’s best recruiting classes as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
Under Williams’ watch. the Braves ranked 26th nationally in pass efficiency defense en route to its first playoff appearance in 2009 and stopped the pass last season to key a run to the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Weather alters sports schedules
PEMBROKE — Due to inclement weather that has continued to plague the region, the UNCP baseball and tennis teams altered their schedule this week.
Today’s baseball game between the Braves and St. Augustine’s has been moved up two hours and will start at 4 p.m. at Sammy Cox Field. Today’s tennis match at Mount Olive has been postponed until April 3.
UNCP golf sits in 6th place
EATONTON, Ga. — Michael Mullmann carded a first-round 75 to climb into a six-way tie for eighth place and lead the UNCP mens golf team into sixth place after the rain-shortened opening day of the Georgia College-hosted Bobcat Intercollegiate on Monday.
J.C. McFadyen scored a 77 on Monday and sits in a tie for 22nd heading into Tuesday’s final round, while Pembroke native Ian Locklear, scored a 78 and is in a tie for 35th. Trent Cloninger, 9-over, and Riley Davis, 11-over, are in ties for 42nd and 62nd place.
Clayton State finished at 19-over and has a four-stroke lead over seventh-ranked Armstrong Atlantic and 12th-ranked Nova Southeastern after day one of the tournament. Eighth-ranked USC Aiken and sixth-ranked Lynn round out the top 5 on the team leaderboard. The Braves, at 29-over, are doing better than seven nationally ranked teams.