Football

Football Coaching Staff

Curtis Walker

Head Coach
Alma Mater: Catawba '92
E-mail: cjwalker@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 637-4724

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Curtis Walker became the Head Football Coach at Catawba in December of 2012.  He returned to his alma mater after spending one season as the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach at Western Carolina University.  Prior to his year in Cullowhee, Walker spent 10 years as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Coastal Carolina University.

In 2015, Walker was named the South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year after guiding Catawba to its first SAC Championship since 2007 and a spot in the NCAA II Playoffs.  The Indians went 9-3 and claimed the outright SAC title with a 6-1 mark, finishing the regular season with seven straight wins.

During Walker's 10 seasons in Conway, the Chanticleers had four players on the defensive side garner All-America accolades, while players within his defense earned a combined 44 All-Big South accolades as the Chanticleers captured three straight Big South Conference titles (2004-06).  Coastal also won the league championship in 2010.

Under Walker, Coastal led the league in pass defense in 2006, '07 and `08.  On the strength of 18 interceptions in `07, the Chanticleers ranked sixth nationally in turnover margin (1.36).  In 2006, Coastal's defense tied for the national lead with 19 interceptions. Walker's defense led the nation in pass efficiency defense and contributed to the top turnover margin in the country, setting a Big South record at plus 22. Coastal twice led the nation in interceptions, getting 19 in 2006 and 27 in 2004.

Walker was a four-year starter and three-time All-American linebacker for Catawba in 1989-92, graduating in 1992 with a degree in sociology.  He was inducted into the Catawba Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame in 2008.  Walker was Catawba’s team most valuable player in 1991 and served as team captain in 1992.

Walker still holds the Catawba single game record for tackles with 25 stops against Wofford in 1991.  He also still owns the all-time single season record for fumble recoveries with six, also set in 1991.  Walker earned All-America honors his final three seasons, including first team accolades as a senior in 1992. 

Following graduation from Catawba and a two-year coaching period at Salisbury High School, Walker joined the staff at Catawba in 1995.  He coached the linebackers and began coordinating all recruiting in 1997.  Walker was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2001 and the Indians were ranked first in Division II in scoring defense and 15th in total defense.

At Catawba, Walker was a part of three South Atlantic Conference championships (1996, 2000 and 2001) and three NCAA playoff appearances (1999, 2000 and 2001).  The Indians were a combined 22-3 in 2000-01, a lot of the success due to a suffocating defense. Catawba allowed just 13.5 points per game during those 25 games.

A native of Burlington, NC, Walker was a two-time football all-conference performer at Graham High School, prior to graduating in 1988.  He was the Mid-State Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1987.

Walker and his wife, Sheka, have two sons; Jalon (11) and Curtis II (9).


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Kevin Brown

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Alma Mater: Catawba '98
E-mail: kjbrown@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 645-4503

Kevin Brown began his second stint as an assistant coach with the Catawba football program in 2012.  He previously served on the staff of his alma mater from 1997-2001.  Prior to his return he was an assistant coach for 10 years at Coastal Carolina University.  Brown serves as offensive coordinator and coach the quarterbacks.

Offensively in 2013, Catawba led the conference in red-zone efficiency, scoring on 89% of its possessions inside the opponent 20-yard-line.  Under Brown, Danny O'Brien set school records for completions and completions percentage.  O'Brien went on to sign professionally with the Ottawa REDBLACKS of the Canadian Football League.

At Coastal, Brown served his first seven years as the passing game coordinator and worked with the quarterback.  In 2009, he took over as the offensive coordinator while continuing to coach quarterbacks.  In 2010, Coastal ranked 29th nationally in passing and 21st in scoring offense.

From 2003-06, Brown worked with Tyler Thigpen, who made history for the program becoming the school’s first-ever NFL draft choice.  Under Brown’s tutelage, Thigpen ranked second in the nation in total offense and fourth in passing yards in 2006, while also setting a Big South record for rushing yards by a quarterback.  Thigpen went on to start 11 of 14 games he played for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008, throwing for more than 2,600 yards and 18 touchdowns while also leading the NFL quarterbacks in rushing.

In his first tenure as a coach at Catawba, Brown helped lead the program to three NCAA Division II Playoff appearances, including a 12-2 record in 2001 and a berth in the NCAA semifinals.  Brown served as the quarterbacks coach.  In his final season, he groomed then freshman Luke Samples to become Catawba’s all-time leading passer.

As a player for the Indians, Brown was the 1996 South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year after leading Catawba to a 9-2 record and the No. 4 ranking in NCAA Division II.  A four-year starter at quarterback, Brown graduated as the #2 passer in school history with a career high of 53 touchdown passes.  He earned a  bachelor’s in physical education in 1998.

A three-sport letterwinner at Berkeley High School, Brown was named All-Conference and the team’s Most Valuable Player in football.  He also earned All-Conference honors in baseball and lettered in basketball.  Brown is a native of Moncks Corner, SC.


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Keith Henry

Assistant Head Coach/Def. Coordinator/Def. Backs
Alma Mater: Catawba '89
E-mail: kdhenry@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 645-4507

Keith Henry returned to his alma mater to join the Catawba College football staff in 2013 and is the Assistant Head Coach.  He previously spent 11 years as an assistant at Wake Forest.  Henry also serves as the Indians’ defensive coordinator and coaches the defensive backs.

Under Henry in 2015, Catawba produced six defensive all-conference performers.  He also had the conference and region Defensive Player of the Year in linebacker Kyle Kitchens, who was also named an All-American.

Catawba claimed the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Championship with the defense forcing 28 takeaways, leading the league with 11 interceptions.  The Indians surrendered 184 points on the season and just 74 points in conference games.  Catawba’s 15.8 points allowed per game was second best in NCAA II.

During his tenure with the Demon Deacons, Henry coached outside linebackers, defense ends and the defense backs.  He was also the special teams coordinator in 2011.  Henry was an assistant coach at Ohio University for six seasons before moving to Wake Forest.  He also coached at North Carolina A & T, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb and Bandys High School, where he started his career after graduating from Catawba.  Henry also served as baseball coach while he was at N.C. A&T, garnering MEAC Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Aggies to the tournament title in 1994.

During his playing career, Henry was a three-time All-America safety for Catawba and a four-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection.  He set a then school-record with 398 career tackles and still shares the school mark with 20 interceptions. 

Henry, a prep standout at Maiden High School, etched his name in Catawba’s football lore with one of the school’s most memorable moments.  Against Carson-Newman in 1987, he blocked a first-quarter punt for a safety that stood up as the only points in a 2-0 win.

Henry graduated from Catawba in 1989 with a degree in physical education.  He earned a master’s degree in athletic administration from North Carolina A & T in 1995.
After graduating from Catawba, Henry played two years professionally in the Arena Football League.  He spent one season with the Albany Firebirds and a year with the Charlotte Rage.

In April of 2000, Henry was inducted in the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame.  The next year was elected to the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame. 

Henry, who was born in Newton, NC, is a native of Maiden, NC.  He and his wife, Nicole, have four children – Kristie (28), K.J.(17), Maya Ordee (14) and Isaiah (10).  They also have two grandsons, Makhi and Malik.


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Brian Hinson

Academic Coordinator/Offensive Line
Alma Mater: Catawba '00
E-mail: ebhinson@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 637-4722

Brian Hinson returned to his alma mater to join the coaching staff in 2010.  He returned after a three-year stint as the head coach for East Rowan High School.  He coaches the offensive line.

Hinson was a four-year starter for Catawba and in 1999 earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the top lineman in the South Atlantic Conference.  He started four years at left tackle for the Indians and was twice named an AFCA All-American.  Before coming to Catawba, Hinson was an all-conference performer at East Montgomery High School.

A 2000 Catawba graduate with a degree in physical education, Hinson began his coaching career at North Rowan High School.  In two seasons, he coached one Shrine Bowl performer and helped the Cavaliers to a state playoff berth.  He moved to Coastal Carolina in 2002, where he served as a graduate assistant and was on the staff of the 2004 Big South Champions.  He earned a masters degree in elementary education in 2005.

Hinson returned to Salisbury in 2005 to become the offensive line coach at East Rowan High School.  He became the head coach in 2007 and helped the Mustangs to a pair of state playoff appearances.  In 2009, he was named the Rowan County Co-Coach of the Year.

Hinson resides in Salisbury with his wife, Shanna.  They have two daughters, Elinor (9) and Elsie (5).


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Radell Lockhart

Def. Line/Equipment Coordinator/Pro Liason
Alma Mater: Catawba '01
E-mail: rlockhar@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 637-4479

Radell Lockhart became an assistant coach at his alma mater in 2006. A 2001 Catawba graduate, Lockhart earned a degree in recreation. His duties are to coach the defense line and serve as equipment coordinator and pro liason. 

At Catawba, Lockhart earned South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2000. He was also named to three All-America teams as he recorded 10 sacks and 31 stops for losses. Lockhart holds the school record with 103 tackles for loss and had 27
sacks.

Lockhart played professionally over five years, including stints with the New York Giants,New York Jets and San Diego Chargers. He played three seasons in NFL Europe, two with the Scottish Claymores and one with the Frankfurt Galaxy. He helped the Galaxy to an appearance in the 2004 World Bowl.

Lockhart, a native of Charlotte, N.C., resides in Salisbury with Leslie Dent.  They have a daughter, Penelope.


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Jordan Smith

Wide Receivers/Academic & Video Coord.
Alma Mater: Appalachian State '11
E-mail: jtsmith@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 637-4733

Jordan Smith joined the coaching staff at Catawba College after the 2012 season.  He came to Catawba after a year as an offensive assistant at Western Carolina University.  He  coaches the inside wide receivers and serves as the academic and video coordinator. 

Prior to his stint at WCU, Smith spent three years as an undergraduate assistant coach at Appalachian State.  Among his job duties at ASU, Smith worked with offensive game film breakdown and analysis, as well as signaling in plays on game days.

A native of Lumberton, NC, Smith played four years of high school football at Lumberton High before attending Appalachian State.  He graduated from ASU in 2011 with a bachelor’s of science degree in physical education with a concentration in psychology.


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Corey Ready

Outside Wide Receivers
Alma Mater: Catawba '06
E-mail: ccready@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 645-4511

Corey Ready started as an assistant coach with the Catawba football program in 2009.   He is a 2006 Catawba graduate with a degree in sports management.  Ready coaches the outside wide receivers.

At Catawba, Ready was a three-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection at wide receiver.  He set school marks for receptions and receiving yards in a career, finishing with 190 catches for 2,976 yards.  In 2003, he established school marks with 70 receptions for 1,043 yards, earning all-region honors.

Ready, a native of Aiken, SC, resides in Concord with Patrice Brown.  They have a daughter, Meliyah (6).


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Mark Weycker

Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends
Alma Mater: Wisconsin-LaCrosse
E-mail: mweycker14@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 637-4492

Mark Weycker joined the Catawba Football Staff in 2013.  He previously served as the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at West Iredell High School, serving the community for twenty six years.  He is the recruiting coordinator and coaches the tight ends.

Weycker’s career at West Iredell was highlighted by ten consecutive playoff appearances, five Shrine Bowl selections, seven East/West All-Star selections, and thirteen county or conference players of the year.

An East/West All-Star coach in 1996, Weycker was named Coach of the Week by the NFL Carolina Panthers in 2010.  Weycker also had assistant coaching stops at Forest Hills High School, playing for the 3A State Championship in 1985, and at Sun Valley High School.  He started his coaching career with the Douglas School System serving Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota.

Weycker was recognized by the NCHSAA twice receiving the Homer Thompson Memorial “8 Who Make A Difference” Award in 2011 and in 2007 with a Region 7 Coaching Award.  He also served a four-year term on the North Carolina Coaches Association Board of Directors.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Weycker earned a degree in physical education.  His family includes his fiancé, Dale, a daughter, Lindsey, and grandson, Davis.


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Ahmaad Smith

Defensive Backs
Alma Mater: Tennessee St. '06
E-mail: asmith15@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 645-4558

Ahmaad Smith enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Catawba College football program.  He will coach the defensive backs.  Smith came to Catawba from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia where he spent three years as a defensive back coach.

While at Hampden-Sydney, a NCAA Division III member, Smith coached seven All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference defensive backs and one All-American.  His secondary helped the Tigers rank 11th nationally in pass defense efficiency in 2013 and lead the ODAC in that category in 2013 and 2014.  

Smith helped coach a Catawba defense in 2015 that ranked 11th nationally in pass defense and 23rd in pass defense efficiency.  He also coached a pair of All-SAC defensive backs.  In 2016, he served an internship with the Calgrary Stampederes of the CFL.  In 2013, Smith was a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association Division III Assistant Coach of the Year Award, finishing as the runner-up.  In 2015, Coach Smith was awarded The Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Internship (Tennessee Titans) working with the defensive backs. 

Prior to coaching at Hampden-Sydney, Smith’s coaching career came on the heels of a seven-year professional career that included a stop on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad in 2006, four years in the Canadian Football League (British Colombia, Toronto, Winnipeg) and a two-year stint in the Arena Football League (Iowa, Pittsburgh).  Smith’s article, “Coaching Football: Beyond the Xs and Os,” was published in the Nov./Dec. 2014 issue of This is the AFCA.  Smith played defensive back at Tennessee State, where he earned his B.B.A in business information systems in 2006.


Football Coaching Staff

Michael Bonuccelli

Outside Linebackers
Alma Mater: Maryland '14
E-mail: mbonucce15@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 637-4492

Michael Bonuccelli joined the Catawba Football staff at the start of the 2015 season.  Prior to Catawba, Bonucelli served as an assistant at Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. 

In 2015, Bonucelli mentored a unit that produced 16.5 sacks, 35.5 tackles for loss, four fourced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and an interception that was returned for a touchdown.  Both outside linebackers, Kyle Kitchens and Jamal Lackey, received all-conference honors, while Kitchens went on to garner All-America accolades.

At Gonzaga, Bonuccelli helped the Eagles to the DCIAA City Championship in 2014 and a USA Today national ranking of fifth in the country.  Over five years, two as an offensive line coach and three as defensive line coach, he mentored four All-Americans, 23 NCAA I BCS/FCS players and numerous college players.  In 2013, four of his defensive linemen earned All-WCAC honors while playing a 3-4 scheme.

Bonuccelli attended West Virginia Wesleyan out of Gonzaga High School.  He played offensive and defensive line for the Bobcats, who claimed WVIAC Championships in 2002 and 2003.  He earned an Associate’s Degree in in criminal justice from Anne Arundel Community College then earned a BS in criminal justice and a minor in political science from Maryland in 2014.

While earning his associate’s degree, Bonuccelli helped coach at DeMatha Catholic High School. During his time there, DeMatha ranked 14th in the nation and won a WCAC Championship.  Bonuccelli returned to playing in 2006 at Frostburg State.  He played two seasons on the defensive line.

In high school, at Gonzaga, Bonuccelli earned first team All-WCAC honors and was the recipient of the Joe Kozik Award for being the most impactful leader both on and off the field in 2001.

Bonuccelli, wife Shaina, and son, Luca, reside in Denver, N.C.  Bonuccelli is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Marks Catholic Church in Huntersville, N.C.


Football Coaching Staff

Bob Lancaster

Special Teams Coordinator
Alma Mater: Alberta '94
E-mail: rllancas@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 637-4492

Bob Lancaster returns to Catawba after previously serving as an assistant with the program from 1998 to 2012.  He will coordinate the specials teams which he also did from 2001 to 2007, while also coaching running backs and tight ends.

From 2013 to 2015, Lancaster served as the defensive coordinator at Jay M. Robinson High School.  He began coaching at North Mecklenburg High School in 1996 and served as offensive coordinator.   In 2015, Lancaster also interned as linebacker coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Lancaster previously spent nearly two decades from 1991 to 2005 helping coach in the CFL preseason for both the Edmonton Eskimos and Hamilton TigerCats.  He also spent one season in NFL Europe as an assistant with the Rhein Fire in 2008.

Lancaster served two seasons as Catawba's defensive coordinator before his departure after the 2012 campaign.  In 2011, the defensive unit led the SAC in scoring defense, sacks and tackles for loss.

A 1994 graduate of the University of Alberta, Lancaster earned a degree in business education.  While at Alberta, he quarterbacked the squad and helped Alberta to the Canada West Championship Game.

Lancaster is a native of Regina, Saskatchewan.  He has a daughter, Alexis.


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Richard Shuping

Running Backs
Alma Mater: Catawba '15
Office Phone: (704) 637-4492

Richard Shuping is in his second season as an assistant coach at Catawba.  This season he will assume the duties of coaching the running backs.  In 2015, Shuping assisted Kevin Brown with the quarterbacks.

Shuping also served the staff last season administratively with the offensive staff in operations, recruiting and video input.  He is a 2015 Catawba graduate with a degree in physical education.

Shuping played four seasons as a quarterback for Catawba before joining the staff.  He is a native of Greensboro, N.C., graduating from Providence Grove High School in 2010.


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Tim Pangburn

Offensive Line Asst.
Alma Mater: Catawba '15
Office Phone: (704) 637-4492

Tim Pangburn is entering his first full season as an assistant coach with the Catawba Football Program.  He will assistant Brian Hinson in coaching the offensive line, focusing on the interior linemen.

Pangburn has served the offensive staff in operations, recruiting, video input and as social media coordinator.  A 2015 graduate of Catawba, Pangburn earned a degree in physical education.

At Catawba, Pangburn was a three-year starter for the Indians, helping the squad to a conference championship in his senior season.  He is a native of Salisbury and graduated from West Rowan High School in 2010.

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1
March 1

Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 15-11

Basketball (W) @ Anderson (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 70-64

Basketball (M) @ Wingate (SAC Tournament - 1st Round) 85-91

2
March 2

Lacrosse (W) @ Queens 4-16

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March 4

Baseball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 2-6

Softball vs. Auburn Montgomery 3-11

Lacrosse (M) @ Queens 6-13

Basketball (W) vs. Wingate (SAC Tournament - Semifinals) 54-57

Softball @ Columbus State 1-9

Baseball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 13-7

Tennis (W) vs. Northwood 2-6

Tennis (M) vs. Northwood 3-6

5
March 5

Tennis (W) vs. Michigan Tech 2-7

Tennis (M) vs. Palm Beach Atlantic 2-7

Softball vs. Barry 1-6

Baseball @ Lenoir-Rhyne 1-0

Lacrosse (W) vs. UVA WISE 12-9

Softball @ Columbus State 0-2

6
March 6

Golf (W) @ Pfeiffer Inv. (Hilton Head Lakes GC) 7th of 17

Tennis (W) Ashland DNF

Tennis (M) vs. Salem International 6-0

Lacrosse (W) vs. CHARLESTON,WV 16-13

7
March 7

Golf (W) @ Pfeiffer Inv. (Hilton Head Lakes GC) 7th of 17

Tennis (M) vs Michigan Tech 9-0

Tennis (W) vs. Davis & Elkins 5-4

Baseball @ Florida Tech 6-10

8
March 8

Swimming @ NCAA II Championships( Day One) 

Softball @ Georgia College 1-3

Lacrosse (M) vs. BENTLEY 5-11

Softball @ Georgia College 8-9

Baseball @ Saint Leo 0-11

9
March 9

Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day Two) 

10
March 10

Baseball vs. COKER 12-1

11
March 11

Lacrosse (W) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 17-16

Softball vs. SOUTHERN WESLEYAN 7-15

Baseball vs. COKER 1-10

Softball vs. SOUTHERN WESLEYAN 8-1

Lacrosse (M) vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 13-12

Baseball vs. COKER 13-2

12
March 12

Golf (M) @ Hargett Inv. (Monroe CC), ccd. 

Baseball vs. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 8-4

13
March 13

Golf (M) @ Hargett Inv. (Monroe CC), ccd. 

14
March 14

Lacrosse (W) vs. PFEIFFER 12-11

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY, ppd.  5 p.m.

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March 17

Tennis (W) vs. TUSCULUM 2-7

Tennis (M) vs. TUSCULUM 3-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. EDINBORO 10-8

18
March 18

Softball @ Brevard 10-1

Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 14-5

Baseball vs. WINGATE 6-0

Softball @ Brevard 14-2

Baseball vs. WINGATE 5-2

19
March 19

Tennis (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 4-5

Tennis (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 1-8

Baseball vs. WINGATE 12-6

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March 21

Baseball @ Barton 7-3

22
March 22

Softball vs. NEWBERRY 0-6

Tennis (W) vs. LEES-McRAE 8-1

Tennis (M) vs. LEES-MCRAE 9-0

Softball vs. NEWBERRY 4-11

23
March 23

Tennis (M) vs. COKER 6-3

Tennis (W) vs. COKER 4-5

24
March 24

Baseball @ Lincoln Memorial 9-11

25
March 25

Golf (M) @ Tusculum Men's Invitational (Link Hills CC) 6th of 18

Lacrosse (W) @ Tusculum 14-12

Baseball @ Lincoln Memorial 10-7

Softball @ Carson-Newman 0-8

Tennis (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 2-7

Tennis (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 2-7

Softball @ Carson-Newman 1-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Tusculum 8-14

Baseball @ Lincoln Memorial 3-9

26
March 26

Golf (M) @ Tusculum Men's Invitational (Link Hills CC) 6th of 18

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March 28

Baseball @ Winston-Salem St. 6 p.m.

29
March 29

Softball vs. COKER 1:30 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Queens 2 p.m.

Tennis (W) @ Queens 2 p.m.

Softball vs. COKER 3:30 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. COKER 4 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. COKER 7 p.m.

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March 31

Tennis (W) @ Winston Salem State 2 p.m.

Baseball AUGUSTA 6 p.m.

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