Albany Tech honors Titans at athletic banquet

Albany Technical College held its annual Athletics Banquet for the Titans basketball players and cheerleaders from season 2011-2012 on May 4th.Several players on the men and women TMs teams for the Titans received awards and be recognized for their athletic achievements throughout the season. The presented courtesy of Albany Tech:For the men TMs team, the following awards were presented: - Robert Ellis and Patrick Lewis (defensive players of the year); - Terrance Noel (offensive player of the year); - Jamorris Gaines (most valuable player); - Tony Fear (most improved); - Patrick Lewis (President Scholar Award); - Anthony Mackey (Winta Majors Community Service Award);- Triquenski Hicks (B.J. Brown Coach TMs Award).

Lady Titans receiving awards included: - Shatera Fortner and Bianca Fennessee (defensive players of the year);- Shakima Wiggins (offensive player of the year); - Bianca Fennessee (most valuable player); - Gabrielle Christopher (most improved); - Shakima Wiggins (President Scholar Award); - Lashay Lettingham (B.J. Brown Coach TMs Award); - Quineka Moffett (Winta Majors Community Service Award).

Several cheerleaders were recognized for their contributions during the season, including Michel TMle Majors, who was presented with a President TMs Scholar Award. In addition, a Friend of the Titans Award was presented to the City of Albany Parks & Recreation Department for their outstanding service and assistance. Speaker for the evening event was Clint Bryant, Director of Athletics at August State University. Now in his 23 rd year as Director of Athletics at August State, Bryant was named the Division II Athletics Director of the Year for the Southwest Region in the summer of 2007 by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). He is also in his 13th year as administrative associate to the president. He oversees an 11-sport athletics program that has consistently battled for conference and regional honors Under his leadership, the Jaguar and Lady Jaguar programs have enjoyed prosperity on and off the playing fields and courts.

Highly visible and respected on the local, regional and national levels, Bryant brings an infectious enthusiasm to the university. His work with the NCAA and USA Basketball has brought national attention to the August State athletic program. Over the past four seasons, Augusta State has enjoyed unprecedented success. The Jaguars undoubtedly produced four of the best seasons in school history in 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 and 2009-10, when 23 teams qualified for NCAA Regional competition, with 19 earning national rankings in their respective sports.

A member of various committees at the NCAA legislative level, Bryant was recently appointed (for the second time) to the NCAA TMs Division II Management Council, a four-year post he assumed at the conclusion of the 2010 NCAA Convention in January. Bryant earned his bachelor TMs degree in business administration from Belmont Abbey College and his master TMs in personnel services from Clemson University. At Belmont, he received the Marty Thomas Scholar-Athlete Award, given annually to a student-athlete who demonstrated both academic and athletic excellence.