Southwestern Athletic Conference Alumni Association

The purpose of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Alumni Association is to support Southwestern Athletic Conference events, promote the Conference's legacy of athletic excellence, and preserve its athletic heritage.

Former athletes, current and former head coaches, assistant coaches, athletic trainers and administrators, referees, employees of the conference office and all supporters of SWAC athletics are eligible for membership. More importantly, however, the SWAC Alumni Association is providing the opportunity for all of those who have participated to give back to the yhoung men and women now enrolled in SWAC universities. We do this by providing scholarships and making every effort to recognize achievements of past and present athletes, coaches and support personnel.

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'Gunslinger' to speak at LRMA Friday at 3

leader-call.com Archie Cooley, a Laurel native and iconic football coach, is returning to his hometown to speak about his new biography on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Lauren Rogers Museum

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Updated Information Regarding Celebration Bowl Ticket Purchasing - Alcorn State University Athletics

Please purchase your tickets from Alcorn.

alcornsports.com Due to challenges with system compatibility at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Alcorn is not able to utilize its online ticketing system. Alcorn created an order form to help expedite and simplify the ticket purchasing process.

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Alcorn basketball legend Larry Smith to receive 2019 SWAC Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award
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SWAC Alumni Legends Awards

Here is a link for Alcorn State and NC A&T fans who are still looking for rooms in Atlanta at a great rate for the Celebration Bowl December 19-21.

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SWAC Alumni Legends Awards

If you’re attending the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta and in need of a room, the alumni association has a room block at the Marriott Marquis, listed as “SWAC ALUMNI LEGENDS". The rate is $107, available for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The number to call is (404) 521-0000. You can also reserve through the following link: https://book.passkey.com/event/49991244/owner/321/home?mobile=true&dw=414

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Alcorn Captures 2019 Cricket Wireless SWAC Championship - Alcorn State University Athletics

alcornsports.com For the second consecutive year, Alcorn used a big fourth quarter to defeat Southern, as it pulled away late for a 39-24 final Saturday at Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium.

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Thomas to Receive Distinguished Service Award - Alcorn State University Athletics

alcornsports.com Thomas is the commissioner of the MEAC. He was a four-year letterwinner at Alcorn and was named SWAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1973 as an offensive lineman.

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JSU's Eddie Payton selected as Guest of Honor for SWAC Alumni Association Roast in December

swac.org One of the names most synonymous with winning during the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s first 99 years of existence will be the headline honoree during the SWAC Alumni Association’s Annual Legends Awards and Roast here at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on December 20

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Five SWAC Icons to Receive Legends Awards in December

swac.org Five individuals who have left an indelible imprint on the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) will be honored when the SWAC Alumni Association holds its annual Legends Awards and Roast here on December 20

HOUSTON MARKHAM (DEC. 20, 1942-JULY 17, 2019

The funeral service for Alabama State football coaching legend Houston Markham was held Saturday July 27 at True Divine Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.,

Markham was the winningest football coach in Alabama State program history with a 68-47-4 record in 11 seasons. He guided the Hornets to their only Black College National Championship and the SWAC championship in 1991 with an 11-0-1 record. Alabama State clinched the national crown with a 36-13 victory against North Carolina A&T in the Alamo Heritage Bowl in Miami. No SWAC team has ended the season without a loss since.

The only blemish on the Hornets' record that season was a 14-14 tie with Texas Southern. Among their victories was a 92-0 win against Prairie View A&M in which they set an NCAA record by scoring 50 points in the second quarter.

Markham rose to prominence as offensive coordinator on Coach W. C. Gorden's staff at Jackson State in the mid-1970s and '80s. The Tigers' vaunted Wishbone Offense was among the most prolific in the country and annually led NCAA Division IAA in rushing.

Markham was best known for developing offensive linemen. He played on the offensive line at Alcorn State, where he was tutored by all-time great Braves running back Jack Spinks, who was the first black athlete from Mississippi drafted into the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers chose Spinks in the 1952 NFL Draft and converted him to pulling guard to take advantage of his speed and agility.

Despite his success at Alabama State, Markham was somewhat overshadowed by his larger than life coaching peers in the SWAC such as Eddie Robinson, the first coach to surpass the 400-win mark, Marino "The Godfather'' Casem, Archie "The Gunslinger'' Cooley and Gorden. However, Markham's peers held him in high regard. He was renowned for his hearty laugh, homespun and wry sense of humor. Robinson labeled Markham "The Quiet Storm'' because of his unassuming but highly competitive demeanor.

The funeral service for Alabama State football coaching legend Houston Markham was held Saturday July 27 at True Divine Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.,

Markham was the winningest football coach in Alabama State program history with a 68-47-4 record in 11 seasons. He guided the Hornets to their only Black College National Championship and the SWAC championship in 1991 with an 11-0-1 record. Alabama State clinched the national crown with a 36-13 victory against North Carolina A&T in the Alamo Heritage Bowl in Miami. No SWAC team has ended the season without a loss since.

The only blemish on the Hornets' record that season was a 14-14 tie with Texas Southern. Among their victories was a 92-0 win against Prairie View A&M in which they set an NCAA record by scoring 50 points in the second quarter.

Markham rose to prominence as offensive coordinator on Coach W. C. Gorden's staff at Jackson State in the mid-1970s and '80s. The Tigers' vaunted Wishbone Offense was among the most prolific in the country and annually led NCAA Division IAA in rushing.

Markham was best known for developing offensive linemen. He played on the offensive line at Alcorn State, where he was tutored by all-time great Braves running back Jack Spinks, who was the first black athlete from Mississippi drafted into the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers chose Spinks in the 1952 NFL Draft and converted him to pulling guard to take advantage of his speed and agility.

Despite his success at Alabama State, Markham was somewhat overshadowed by his larger than life coaching peers in the SWAC such as Eddie Robinson, the first coach to surpass the 400-win mark, Marino "The Godfather'' Casem, Archie "The Gunslinger'' Cooley and Gorden. However, Markham's peers held him in high regard. He was renowned for his hearty laugh, homespun and wry sense of humor. Robinson labeled Markham "The Quiet Storm'' because of his unassuming but highly competitive demeanor.

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The funeral service for Alabama State football coaching legend Houston Markham Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at True Divine Baptist Church, 4601 Troy Highway, Montgomery, Ala. Coach Markham died last Wednesday. He was 75.
In lieu of flowers, the Markham family asks that donations be made to Alabama State University Foundation/For: Football Program. Donations should be mailed to 915 South Jackson Street, Montgomery, AL 36104

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Former Alabama State football coach Houston Markham passes away

Remembering our friend and member, Houston Markham, Jr.

montgomeryadvertiser.com Markham's 1991 team was 11-0-1, winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship and beat North Carolina A&T 36-13 to win the Alamo Heritage Bowl and the HBCU national championship.

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Alabama, basketball coach Avery Johnson mutually part ways after buyout agreement

usatoday.com Avery Johnson exits Alabama after going 75-62 overall and 34-38 in the SEC during his four-year tenure as Crimson Tide basketball coach.

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City park could be renamed after Jackson State icon

wjtv.com Jaycee Park has sat off Baily Ave. and Erie St. for many years. No one really knows where the name came from. But now Stokes and many others in the area want it to be renamed after Coach W.C Gorden.

[10/31/18]   The SWAC Alumni Association will honor two former Southwestern Athletic Conference star athletes, two long-time baseball coaches, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, and a former conference office employee during its annual Legends Roast and Awards Dinner Nov. 29 at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Birmingham, Ala. Birmingham Iron executive Jay Roberson, a former member of the Birmingham City Council and quarterback at Alabama A&M, is the guest of honor.
Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased by contacting Alvin Moore at 205-222-1044 or online at Pay Pal using SWAC Alumni Association. Proceeds go to the SWAC Alumni Degree Completion Scholarship Fund.
Former Jackson State running back and golf coach Eddie Payton, former Alabama State and NFL linebacker Eddie Robinson, former Alcorn State baseball coach Willie “Rat’’McGowan, and SWAC Public Relations Director and Compliance Officer Russell Stockard will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contributions to SWAC’s tradition of excellence. Former Alabama A&M and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver John Stallworth will received the Distinguished Service Award for his accomplishments as an athlete, businessman and philanthropist.
Larry Watkins, Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics who coached the Hornets’ baseball team for 30 seasons, will receive the Charles “Chuck’’ Prophet Memorial Award. The award honors the memory of Chuck Prophet, the iconic Sports Information Director and Director of Athletics at Mississippi Valley State University. The award goes to an employee of a SWAC member institution who best exemplifies Prophet’s spirit, dedication and loyalty to his school and the conference.
Hotel accommodations are available at the DoubleTree for $109 per night by calling 205-933-9000 or 800-222-TREE. Ask for the SWAC Alumni Association2018 rate. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 9.
Association members are asked to sell a minimum of two tickets and one full page ad. Ad rates aree full page, $150; half page, $100; quarter page, $75; inside front cover, $350; back cover, $400. Camera ready ads should be e-mailed to Alvin Moore at [email protected] or mailed to him at P. O. Box 5815, Birmingham, AL 35207. The deadline for ads is Nov. 23, no exceptions. Checks should be made, payable to SWAC Alumni Association and mailed to him also. You can also make payments for ads and tickets with Pay PAL at SWAC Alumni Association.


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Roscoe Nance
President, SWAC Alumni Association

Pictures from tonight’s SWAC Alumni Association’s Legends Banquet! Everyone had a wonderful time! Honored tonight were Emanuel Barnes and Mildrette Netter from Alcorn, Wilbert Ellis, Grambling State and posthumously Ben Jobe of Southern University.

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Alcorn Mourns Passing of Football Legend Thierry

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alcornsports.com A first round pick in the 1994 NFL Draft, Alcorn State University football legend John Thierry passed away from a heart attack over the weekend.

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GSU’s Ellis to be honored by SWAC Alumni Association

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gsutigers.com BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | Former Grambling State University baseball coach Wilbert Ellis is among four who will be honored during its annual Legends Reception on Dec. 1 by the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Alumni Association at the Power Center in Houston, Texas.

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SWAC Championship Tickets on Sale

http://alcornsports.com/news/2017/11/16/football-swac-championship-tickets-on-sale.aspx

alcornsports.com Tickets are on sale for the 2017 SWAC Championship football game as Alcorn State University will represent the SWAC East Division for the fourth consecutive year.

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SWAC basketball tournaments will begin at campus sites, finish in Houston, next season

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/sports/southern/article_da45648f-c124-5381-927c-318865bd3f36.html

www.theadvocate.com The Southwestern Athletic Conference basketball tournaments will return to Houston in 2017.

2015 SWAC Alumni Association Legends Awards Roast & Toast

Saluting conference legends, former Prairie View A&M University and U. S. Olympic Women's Track and Field Coach Barbara Jacket; Lifetime Achievement Award recipients -- Dr. James Frank, Lawrence Collins and Tony Wyllie. And Mrs. Alyse Wells-Kilbert, recipient of the Charles "Chuck" Prophet Wagon Master Award, honored for a job well done as an unsung laborer!

Saluting conference legends, former Prairie View A&M University and U. S. Olympic Women's Track and Field Coach Barbara Jacket; Lifetime Achievement Award recipients -- Dr. James Frank, Lawrence Collins and Tony Wyllie. And Mrs. Alyse Wells-Kilbert, recipient of the Charles "Chuck" Prophet Wagon Master Award, honored for a job well done as an unsung laborer!

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SWAC announces 2015 Hall of Fame Class

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www.swac.org SWAC announces 2015 Hall of Fame Class

Death of Davey "The Whiz'' Whitney

January 8, 1930 - May 10, 2015
Biloxi, Mississippi | Age 85
Former Alcorn coach dies at 85

The Associated Press

LORMAN, Miss. (AP) — Former Alcorn State basketball coach Davey Whitney has died. He was 85.

The school and the Southwestern Athletic Conference confirmed Whitney's death Sunday. No cause of death was given.

Whitney spent nearly three decades at Alcorn State over two stints from 1969 to 1989 and again from 1996 to 2003.

Whitney won 12 SWAC championships and led the Braves to a win over South Alabama in the first round of the 1980 NCAA Tournament, which was the first tournament win for a historically black university. Alcorn State also beat Mississippi State in the 1979 National Invitation Tournament.

Whitney was induced into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. He was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. Memorial celebrations will be held Saturday, May 16 at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Gulfport, Miss., at 6 p.m. and at Alcorn State Saturday, June 6.

Whitney is survived by his wife, Bernice; five children, Gail, Libby, Lisa, Doreen and Davey Jr. and four grandchildren, Ashantee, Aubrei, Corey and Duonne.

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Roscoe Nance to be inducted in SWAC Hall of Fame

unionspringsherald.com By Robert Robinson

[11/01/14]   Founded Dec. 10, 1999


The 2014 SWAC Alumni Association Legends Reception is Dec. 5 in the Tiger Room of the Sterling Student Center on the Texas Southern campus from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Honorees are retired Alcorn State women’s basketball coach Shirley Walker, former Jackson State and NFL receiver Willie Richardson and late Prairie View A&M track and field and football coach Hoover Wright (posthumous), who will receiver the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Texas Southern University Head Athletic Trainer John “Doc’’ Harvey, who will receive the Charles “Chuck’’ Prophet Memorial Wagon Master Award.

There is no charge for the reception. We are not having a roast this year. But there will be souvenir program for the reception. Each member is asked to sell $600 in ads (the equivalent of four full page ads). Proceeds from ad sales will go to the Degree Completion Scholarship. The 2014-15 recepients are Jackson State baseball player Josue De Leon and Alabama State women’s track and field athlete Latrice Lee. Ad rates are full page, $125; half page, $75; quarter page, $50; inside front cover, $300; back cover, $300.

Camera ready ads should be e-mailed to Alvin Moore at [email protected] or mailed to Mr. Moore at 734 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Birmingham, AL 35214 no later than Nov. 22. Checks should be made, payable to SWAC Alumni Association and mailed to Alvin as well. .

Hotel accommodations are available at the Sheraton near the Galleria, 2400 West Loop South Houston, TX 7027-4204, for $139 a night. For reservations call 713-586-2444 or 800-325-3535 and ask for the SWAC Alumni Association rate. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 30. You should make your reservations ASAP because Alcorn alums are booking room rapidly in anticipation of the Braves being in the championship game and the hotel expects to be sold out.

I trust that we can depend on your full participation. We need everyone’s support to make this a successful event. Contact Roscoe Nance at 703-786-7190 or by e-mail at [email protected] if you have questions.

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2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame: Aeneas Williams' ascension to greatness began at early age in...

nola.com The 2014 Hall of Fame inductee had an inquisitive mind from the time he was a kid at Harrell Park until he turned into a star walk-on at Southern.

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Bell Biv Devoe & SWV Post Game Old School Concert Friday March 15th!! Get your tickets today at www.swachoops.org.
2014 Toyota SWAC Basketball Tournament March 11th-15th in Houston Texas at the Toyota Center!! Tickets as low $15!!

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The founding members of the Association are James Brooks, former assistant football coach at Alcorn State, Marino H. Casem, former football coach and athletics director, Alcorn State, Theo Danzy, former assistant football coach at Alcorn State; W. C. Gorden, former head football coach at Jackson State; Lonza Hardy Jr., former Sports Information Director at Alcorn State, Southern University and former athletics director at Miss. Valley State University and Hampton University, former associate commissioner of SWAC, present athletics director of University of Arkansas Pine Bluff; Roscoe Nance, former sportswriter for the Clarion Ledger and columnist with USA Today; Charles "Chuck" Prophet, former athletics director and sports information director at Mississippi Valley State; and Dr. Walter Reed, former athletics director at Jackson State and Florida A&M.
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