Best of 2012 Web Stories: Athletics
December 20, 2012 By Elizabeth Trollinger and Cindy Long
As 2012 comes to an end, we’re looking back on the most popular web stories from the Centre homepage, based on Google analytics. (To view the entire 2012 web archive, click here.) Here are the top five most popular stories about athletics at Centre—more of which can be found on the athletics webpage:
1. Softball field and multipurpose athletic field to be built at Centre
Thanks to a gift from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust, the College was able to purchase land and develop Centre’s South Campus to build a softball field and multipurpose athletic field. The softball field will allow the Centre softball team to play home games on campus for the first time in its history.
2. USA Olympic track & field athletes to share expertise at summer camp
This popular article was actually written in 2011 about a campus event that brought such notable Olympic athletes as Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Sharrieffa Barksdale to Centre.
3. Brian Chafin, Centre’s athletics director, announces retirement
Brian Chafin announced his retirement as Centre’s athletics director after nearly 25 years of service to the College. Chafin began coaching at Centre in 1989 and served as director of athletics and recreation from 2002 to this year. He had an impressive record, including trips to NCAA championships in five different sports as both player and coach.
4. Centre Women’s Basketball team advances to NCAA Sweet Sixteen
After hosting and winning first and second round NCAA Tournament games in truly exciting fashion, the Centre women’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2001. At that point in the postseason, the women’s basketball team had a record of 26-3.
5. Willie Polio ’12 awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
On top of being named Centre’s male valedictorian and male athlete of the year, Willie Polio ’12 received one of the top honors in college athletics when he was selected as an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner.
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