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Chowan football coach Tim Place takes break from program; Mark Hall takes reins of program indefinitely

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From Chowan, staff reports

Thursday, October 17, 2019

MURFREESBORO — Twelfth year head coach, Tim Place, is on indefinite administrative leave from leading the Chowan University football program. Associate Head Coach, Mark Hall, who has worked with Place for the last 12 seasons at Chowan and two seasons at Urbana University, will step in to lead the team in his absence.

“What’s important to everyone is that Coach Place finds the time and space to evaluate the circumstances in which he is currently faced and come away with the best possible scenario for himself and his family,” said Patrick Mashuda, Vice President for Athletics.

“I will iterate that this decision was voluntary and not forced. Any statement contrary to that is speculation and holds no truth. We support Coach Place as an administration and as a University community and will continue to do so.”

“In the interim, Coach Hall has the experience and the trust of the current staff to lead the program in Place’s absence,” continued Mashuda.

The Hawks currently sit at 1-5 on the year and 0-3 in CIAA play. Chowan will travel to Virginia Union University on Saturday, October 19th for a CIAA Northern Division game.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

GREENVILLE, S.C. — In their first season in the Conference Carolinas, the Chowan Women's Basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the 2019-20 Conference Carolinas Women's Basketball Preseason Poll.

The conference office officially unveiled the preseason poll that was chosen by the league's head coaches on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.

Chowan's Mariah Coker and Olivia Gaither were picked as preseason players to watch within the Conference Carolinas this season.

Belmont Abbey received the most first-place votes in the preseason tally with six to accumulate a total of 122 points. Barton tied with the 122 points with three first-place votes, but also six second-place votes and two third-place votes. Belmont Abbey received one fourth-place vote and one fifth-place vote.

Defending Conference Carolinas Women's Basketball Tournament champion Emmanuel was picked third in the poll with a total of 105 points. Emmanuel received two first-place votes. Limestone and King both tied for fourth in the preseason poll with a total of 99. Limestone garnered one first-place vote.

Mount Olive finished sixth in the preseason poll with a total of 87 followed by Chowan (69) and North Greenville (60). Lees-McRae (52) was tabbed ninth, while Southern Wesleyan (47), Erskine (39) and Converse (23) closed out the voting.

The 2020 Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships will officially start on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 with higher seeded institutions hosting quarterfinal matchups for the right to advance to the semifinals at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The championship games of the 2020 Conference Carolinas Basketball Championships will be held in Spartanburg on Sunday, March 8, 2020.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

GREENVILLE, S.C. — The Chowan Men's Basketball team was picked to finish ninth in the Conference Carolinas in their first season in the league. The Hawks started off the season strong with a 10-1 record before settling with a 12-15 record.

The conference office officially unveiled the preseason poll that was chosen by the league's head coaches on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.

Ja'Darien Wade and Timothy Bing were picked as preseason players to watch in the league this season.

Belmont Abbey captured three first-place votes in securing the top spot with a total of 98 points. Barton also received three first-first place votes, but a sixth-place vote and two fourth-place votes was the difference in them sitting just behind Belmont Abbey in second with 95 points.

Mount Olive was the only one in the preseason poll in the top six to not receive a first-place vote, but the Trojans with 86 total points finished just one spot ahead of King (85) in third place despite the Tornado receiving two first-place votes. Defending regular season and tournament champion Emmanuel was tabbed fifth in the preseason poll with one first-place vote and a total of 83 points. Lees-McRae, the 2018 Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Tournament champion, received two first-place votes to sit in sixth with a total of 72 points.

Limestone was tabbed seventh with 50 points followed by Erskine (47), Chowan (42), Southern Wesleyan (32) and North Greenville (25).

The 2020 Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships will officially start on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 with higher seeded institutions hosting quarterfinal matchups for the right to advance to the semifinals at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The championship games of the 2020 Conference Carolinas Basketball Championships will be held in Spartanburg on Sunday, March 8, 2020.

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