NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State athletics has four finalists for this year’s HBCU Digest Awards. Winners will be announced at the Sixth Annual HBCU Awards Ceremony on July 15 at the University of District of Columbia.
TSU men’s basketball Head Coach Dana Ford is a finalist for Male Coach of the Year, and his team is in the running for Men’s Team of the Year. On the women’s side, Director of Track and Field Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice is up for Female Coach of the year, while Tigerbelle and Olympic Trials qualifier Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) is a finalist for Female Athlete of the Year.
Finalists were selected from more than 600 submissions from colleges and individuals around the country, based upon media exposure and impact on institutional progress made during the 2015-16 academic year.
Winners will be selected by a panel of previous HBCU Award winners, presidents and chancellors, media members which cover HBCUs, alumni, and students. Winners will be announced on the evening of the awards ceremony.
MALE COACH OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Dana Ford, Tennessee State University
Rod Broadway, North Carolina A&T State University
Loritz ‘Scooter’ Clark, Bethune-Cookman University
Mervyl Melendez, Alabama State University
Willie Slater, Tuskegee University
Mike Newell, Dillard University
MEN’S TEAM OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Tennessee State University Men’s Basketball
Alcorn State University Football
North Carolina A&T State University Football
Dillard University Men’s Basketball
Xavier University Men’s Tennis
FEMALE COACH OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice, Tennessee State University
AnneMarie Gilbert, Virginia Union University
Hannah Lawing, Xavier University of Louisiana
Nadine Domond, Grambling State University
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Amber Hughes, Tennessee State University
Kiana Johnson, Virginia Union University
Victoria Elizalde, Huston-Tillotson University
Norianna Haynes, Alcorn State University