• App State Announces Football Home Game Times, Troy Date Change


    May 1, 2019 Appalachian State has set game times for its 2019 home football schedule at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Also of note, the road game at Troy has been moved from its originally scheduled date of Nov. 30 to Friday, Nov. 29 (6 p.m. ET/5 CT). After winning three straight Sun Belt Championships and four consecutive bowl games, the Mountaineers will get the 2019 season started at home against East Tennessee State at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 31. Each of the team’s first four home games will kick off at 3:30 p.m., while the Georgia Southern game on Halloween will be a nationally televised (ESPNU) Thursday game with a kickoff time that will be announced at a later date, and the Texas State game on Nov. 23 will kick off at 2:30 p.m. Scheduled game times can be subject to change. Broadcast outlets for the first two home games will be determined shortly before the season. The others will be determined, as is the standard, 12 days in advance. / Read more…



  • Five Mountaineers Sign NFL Free Agent Deals


    April 29, 2019 Five recent alums of the Appalachian State football team took the next step in their football journeys by signing free agent deals with NFL teams upon the conclusion of the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday. Clifton Duck signed with the Chicago Bears, Austin Exford with the Houston Texans, Tae Hayes with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalin Moore with the New York Jets and MyQuon Stout with the Jets. The Mountaineers already led Sun Belt Conference programs with nine alums currently on NFL rosters, and this quintet will look to add to that total. Duck, a Matthews, N.C., native, completed his 2018 junior season by being named a first-team All-Sun Belt cornerback for the third time. The 2016 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year who helped App State rank among the nation’s most turnover-happy defenses, he intercepted 12 passes, made 158 tackles and totaled 324 punt return yards over his three seasons as a starter. / Read more…



  • Bobby Cremins Announced As Keynote Speaker for 2019 Legends Gala


    April 24, 2019 Hall of Fame coach Bobby Cremins will serve as the keynote speaker this summer when Appalachian State Athletics hosts the Legends Gala at Camp Yonahnoka for the third straight year. Scheduled for Friday, June 21, at the breathtaking mountain resort located at The Eseeola Lodge at Linville Golf Club in Linville, N.C., the event will feature many legends with connections to Appalachian and the High Country.A table of six sponsorship is $4,000, while individual seats for the event are $500. A table sponsorship includes six seats and a “legend” to host your table. Register online by visiting the Legends Gala page at alumni.appstate.edu. You can complete the online registration form or contact Virginia Falck in the Yosef Club office to register by phone at 828-262-3109 or by email at [email protected] RSVPs are due June 1. / Read more…



  • App State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Angel Elderkin Signs Four-Year Extension


    April 9, 2019 Appalachian State University women’s basketball head coach Angel Elderkin has agreed to a four-year contract extension that runs through 2023, director of athletics Doug Gillin announced Monday. The extension was recently approved by Chancellor Sheri Everts and the Appalachian State Board of Trustees. “I want to thank the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Everts and Doug Gillin for their confidence in me and our program,” Elderkin said. “It’s truly an honor to be the head women’s basketball coach at Appalachian State. I’m excited about the future of this University and the team. This is a reflection of the commitment and hard work from an incredible group of student-athletes as well as the most dedicated coaching staff a head coach could ever hope for.” Elderkin, who just finished her fifth season in the High Country, led the Mountaineers to their most successful season in recent history with a 22-win season. / Read more…



  • Avery, Watauga Sheriff’s Departments to Play Basketball Fundraiser Game on Friday in Newland

    April 4, 2019   The Avery County and Watauga County Sheriff’s Departments will face off in a basketball game to raise money for Avery High School’s Sheriff Explorer program. The game will be played on Tommy Burleson Court at Avery County High School in Newland on Friday, April 5th. It will tip-off at 6:00 p.m. The Explorer program gives students in grades 6 through high school exposure to law enforcement practices to spark possible career interests in the profession. The program is part of the Learning for Life Corporation, an affiliate of Boys Scouts of America.. / Read more…



  • 76-59 Victory! WBI Title Caps Emotional Ride for App State Women’s Basketball Players & Coaches


    April 4, 2019 The tears and other emotional byproducts briefly concealed the fulfilled smile on Angel Elderkin’s face. Repeating what her players had done earlier — not only moments earlier, but as far back as 13 months earlier — Elderkin climbed the steps of a Holmes Center ladder, cut the last hanging strands of net and extended it toward an approving audience gathered on the confetti-covered floor. App State’s 76-59 victory against North Texas in front of a record-breaking home crowd capped a WBI Championship run that was meaningful for the Mountaineers’ head coach, team and program. “You don’t cry because it’s over,” Elderkin said. “You cry because it happened, and it was the most amazing feeling and experience that I was able to have. I love this team and I love this staff so much.”  By Bret Strelow / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Women’s Basketball Sets its Sights on WBI Title Wednesday at Holmes Center


    April 3, 2019 Appalachian State University women’s basketball (21-14) is set for its WBI championship matchup against North Texas (18-15) on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. inside the Holmes Center. App State earned a second trip to the WBI championship following a 70-57 win over Campbell on Saturday. The Mountaineers held the Camels to just 33.8 percent shooting from the field, while scoring 44 of their points inside the paint and shot 52.9 percent from inside the arc. Madi Story led four players in double figures with a game-high 19 points (13 in the second half) on 7-for-12 shooting from the field. Pre Stanley scored 15 points on an efficient night from the field going 6-of-9 from the floor. Bayley Plummer recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 20 rebounds. In the process, Plummer set the single-season rebounding record with 441 boards. The junior surpassed Valorie Whiteside’s mark of 435 set in 1984-85. / Read more…



  • App State Offense Stars in Final Spring Scrimmage on Saturday in Front of Family and Fans


    April 1, 2019 Eliah Drinkwitz’s offense roared to life Saturday in App State’s third and final spring scrimmage on a beautiful morning at Kidd Brewer Stadium. In an open scrimmage in front of fans, family and former players, the offense set the tone after a dominant defensive performance this past Saturday. Zac Thomas opened the scoring on the first play with a 25-yard TD pass to Malik Williams against the Mountaineers’ first-team defense.  / Read more…



  • App State Women’s Basketball Wins 70-57; Plays For WBI Championship on Wednesday in Boone


    April 1, 2019 Appalachian State University women’s basketball (21-14) earned a trip to its second WBI Final with a 70-57 victory over Campbell on Saturday evening inside the Holmes Center. With the win, the Mountaineers will face the Mean Green of North Texas at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday for the championship in the Holmes Center.  App State attacked the paint scoring 44 of its 70 points inside while shooting 52.9 percent from inside the arc. The defense forced Campbell into 33.8 percent shooting from the floor and 3-for-14 from outside the arc against the Big South’s leading 3-point shooting team. App State is 19-0 when allowing under 70 points this season. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Names Dustin Kerns as its New Head Basketball Coach


    March 28, 2019 March 28, 2019 Appalachian State University has hired Dustin Kerns as its next men’s basketball coach. The school announced the decision Thursday afternoon pending approvals by the University Board of Trustees and the North Carolina Board of Governors. Both are considered only formalities. The school’s Board of Trustees met in Boone today (Thursday) and will be doing so again on Friday (tomorrow). Kerns will have an introductory press conference at 1:00 p.m. Friday on the fifth floor of the Ricks Athletics Complex on campus. The event is open to the public and will be streamed live on Facebook (AppStateSports). Kerns replaces Jim Fox, who was fired March 15 after five seasons. Kerns is the 22nd head coach in Appalachian State Men’s Basketball history.. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Football Moves Closer to ‘Mountaineer Day’ on Saturday March 30


    March 28, 2019 With remnants of the recently demolished Owens Field House in the background, Appalachian State Football continues its building project under the direction of first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz. Three days before Saturday’s “Mountaineer Day” football scrimmage, App State conducted another practice in sunny Kidd Brewer Stadium. The Mountaineers are moving toward the end of their spring practice schedule, with returners and newcomers among both the players and coaching staff working together in preparation for the 2019 season. “The chemistry and the camaraderie of the staff has been really good,” Drinkwitz said. “You have new ideas, and we talk all the time about preference versus performance. Everybody’s got preferences, but what’s the best performance for our players and for our coaches and what’s going to give us our edge.” / Read more…



  • App State Women’s Basketball Fends Off Marshall Rally, Advances to WBI Final Four This Saturday


    March 26, 2019 The long arm of the paw is better prepared for duty now, thanks in part to local Realtors in the High Country area. The High Country Association of Realtors (HCAR) recently worked with members of the 2017 Watauga County Leadership Academy class to buy new uniforms for the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office K9 units. The K9 officers now head to work in armored vests similar to the protective gear of their fellow deputies. “What many citizens don’t know is that law enforcement K9s play a major role in protecting the lives of their handlers and other officers responding to most calls,” said Skip Wood, 2017 president of the HCAR, who helped in the fundraising effort. “Some of those calls could pose a threat to officer safety including building searches, large demonstrations, and drug and explosives detection, to name a few.” / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Athletics to Celebrate Mountaineer Day on March 30


    March 25, 2019 Appalachian State is excited to welcome fans, friends and alums to Boone for Mountaineer Day on Saturday, March 30. The day will get started early with a 10 a.m. football scrimmage at Kidd Brewer Stadium, open to the public. With heavy construction in and around the stadium, fans are encouraged to park at the Rivers Street Parking Deck or Peacock Lot. The Shelco East Gate will open at 9:15 a.m. West gates, clubs and suites will not be available for the scrimmage. Limited concessions will be available on the east side of the stadium, as well as restrooms. Fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet with the football team – winners of three straight Sun Belt Conference Championships and four straight bowl games – at the conclusion of the approximately two-hour-long scrimmage. / Read more…



  • Mountaineers to Host Marshall in WBI Second Round on Monday, March 25


    March 22, 2019 The Mountaineers are back to #DefendHolmes! Appalachian State University women’s basketball will host Marshall in the second round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational on Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Holmes Center. Tickets are general admission seating and are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-12) for Apps’ first home postseason tournament game since the 2010 WBI championship. Tickets are free for App State students, and there will also be free food available on site for App State students in attendance. / Read more…



  • App State Announces Men’s Basketball Leadership Change as Coach is Released from Contract


    March 15, 2019 Appalachian State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Friday that head men’s basketball coach Jim Fox has been released from his contract following his fifth season at the helm of the Mountaineers’ program. “I want to thank Jim and his staff for all they have done for our basketball program,” Gillin said. “Jim inherited a challenging situation, worked hard and has brought in high-character student-athletes. Our vision for basketball is to annually compete for a conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. We will conduct a national search to find the best leader to accomplish that vision. There is significant opportunity to achieve basketball success here at Appalachian.” / Read more…



  • App State’s Men’s Basketball Falls to ULM in First Round of Sun Belt Tournament 89-80

    March 13, 2019 Justin Forrest tied his season-high with 32 points, but Appalachian State men’s basketball fell to ULM by an 89-80 score in the First Round of the Sun Belt Tournament on Tuesday evening. The tenth seeded Mountaineers see their season come to a close with a 11-21 record, while the seventh seeded Warhawks (17-14) advance to take on No. 6 seed Coastal Carolina on Thursday. ULM came out of the gate strong and opened a 17-4 edge eight minutes into the game. Trailing 22-8, the Mountaineers got back-to-back three-pointers from Forrest and Delph to trim their deficit to 22-14. The Warhawks held the lead for remainder of the half and a late tip in from Delph in the final minute of the half cut the ULM lead to 42-36 at the break. In the second half, ULM pushed its lead to 10 points, but App State stormed back and cut the deficit to a point at 57-56 on an old-fashioned three-point play from Forrest with 14:38 left to play. The Black and Gold took its first lead of the night a few possessions later at 58-57 on a layup from Seacat.   / Read more…



  • Rob Sanders to Step Down as WHS Basketball Head Coach

    March 12, 2019 Watauga High School Principal Dr. Chris Blanton announced March 12 that Rob Sanders is stepping down from his position as head coach of the men’s basketball team at the school. Sanders has coached basketball at Watauga High School since 2004. He took over as head coach after serving as an assistant to former head coach Bobby Jones. Before coming to WHS, he taught and coached at Parkway School. Sanders ends his head coaching career at Watauga with a career record of 200-181. The Pioneers ended the 2018-19 season with an overall record of 13-13. Recently, Sanders became Watauga Basketball’s winningest coach, surpassing the long-held career wins record of former WHS basketball coach Carter Lentz who held the previous record with 199 wins.  / Read more…



  • Appalachian Mountain Brewery Spring Adult Premier Soccer League Begins March 17


    March 12, 2019 High Country Soccer Adult League, in partnership with Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB), is excited to offer the AMB Spring Adult Premier Soccer League.  The AMB Premier League offers is a fun way to stay active and kick the ball around a little while offering three levels of league play; Bronze, Silver and Gold.  The skill levels of the players in the AMB Premier League range from recreational players (Bronze) to highly competitive and former collegiate players (Gold Division). HCSA currently serves more than 300 adult soccer players (in addition to offering youth training) in the NC High Country. The Boone-based soccer club is always searching for new ways to continue building the local soccer community to include all players and skill levels. The AMB Premier League is a 7v7 league played on half of a regulation soccer field going across the field. Each team is comprised of 7-12 players. If you don’t have a team, visit the HCSA website at www.hcsoccer.com and sign up as a free agent to be placed on an existing team at your requested level of play. / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Basketball Teams Gear Up For 2019 Sun Belt Tournament


    March 11, 2019 The men’s and women’s basketball teams at Appalachian State are hoping to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament by winning the 2019 Sun Belt Tournament held in New Orleans this week. In the men’s tournament, App State got the 10th and final seed for the tournament, hoping to be the ultimate Cinderella story by winning the championship. The final spot in the tournament came down to the last week of the regular season. Thanks to App State’s win over Troy and the sixth loss in a row by Little Rock, the Mountaineers, who finished the regular season at 11-20 and 5-13 in the Sun Belt, got the last tournament spot. The first round of conference tournament action will be two games played at host team sites. #7 Louisiana-Monroe will host #10 Appalachian state on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The game will be on ESPN+ for those that would like to watch and the radio broadcast will be available on each affiliate of the Appalachian Sports Network. The other first round game is #9 Arkansas State at #8 South Alabama. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Lees-McRae Volleyball Releases Information on Summer Camps


    March 8, 2019 The Lees-McRae College women’s volleyball team released information on its summer camps on Thursday. Over the course of the summer months, the Bobcats will host three different camps: Elite ID Clinic, Youth Skills Camp, Bobcat Skills Camp. For more information on each, see below. The first camp will be the Elite ID Clinic. This clinic will take place on May 27 from 8 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. It is geared towards girls in grades 9-12 that are looking to continue their playing careers after high school. The clinic will be operated like a normal volleyball practice and attendees will learn all of the skills involved in becoming a better volleyball player. Cost is $130 per camper, which includes meals and a Lees-McRae volleyball t-shirt. The second camp will be the Youth Skills Camp on June 20-21. The session will be 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. This camp is open to all girls and boys in grades 4-8. During this camp these ‘Little Bobcats’ will learn news skills in a fun-filled environment that translates into beginning to play volleyball. Cost is $85 per camper ($100 walk up day of). Meals will not be provided but will offer a concession stand and pizza for purchase. Each camper will receive a Lees-McRae volleyball t-shirt. / Read more…



  • App State Hosts SoCon Wrestling Championship Sunday


    March 8, 2019 Three teams shared the Southern Conference regular season title. One team will secure possession of the tournament trophy when the 2019 SoCon Wrestling Championship is held Sunday in Boone at the Holmes Convocation Center. Tickets to the all-day event cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth (ages 6-12) and $8 apiece for members of a group with 10 or more people. Children ages 5 and under — as well as students with a valid ID from Appalachian State, Campbell, The Citadel, Davidson, Gardner-Webb, Chattanooga and VMI — can attend for free. The Holmes Convocation Center doors will open at 9 a.m. on March 10, with competition scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Semifinals are scheduled for noon, with consolation quarterfinals set for 2 p.m., followed by consolation semifinals. Consolation finals are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., and the championship finals for the 10 weight classes (as well as any true place matches, if needed) will start at 7 p.m. / Read more…



  • Local Prep Coaching Legend Mike Lunsford Steps Down


    March 4, 2019 Avery County native Mike Lunsford is hanging up the whistle after a nearly four-decade coaching career marked by consistent success. Lunsford announced his intention to retire as Cloudland, Tennessee High School’s head football and also as its girls’ head basketball coach. He informed both teams of his decision this week. Lunsford, who lives in Elk Park, is best known for coaching football. He was the longest tenured high school head football coach in the Elizabethton and Johnson City regions of Tennessee at the time of his resignation. He was a head football coach for 25 years, including two tenures for a total of eighteen years at Cloudland High in Roan Mountain, and seven years at Hampton By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • 2019 App State Football Schedule Revealed


    March 1, 2019 Two matchups against Power Five Conference foes from the Carolinas and a nationally televised Thursday home game against Georgia Southern on Halloween night are among the highlights in a 2019 schedule that includes two home games apiece in September and October for Appalachian State’s football team. With Eliah Drinkwitz entering his first season as the head coach of a program that is moving forward from a third consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship and fourth straight bowl win, the Mountaineers have home games against East Tennessee State (Aug. 31 opener for Hall of Fame and Jerry Moore’s 30th anniversary celebration), Charlotte (Sept. 7), Coastal Carolina (Sept. 28 for Family Weekend), ULM (Oct. 19 for Homecoming), Georgia Southern (Oct. 31 on ESPNU) and Texas State (Nov. 23 for Senior Day). There is one other non-Saturday game on the 2019 schedule, as Appalachian’s road games are at North Carolina (Sept. 21 following an off date the weekend before), reigning Sun Belt West Division champion Louisiana (Oct. 9 for a Wednesday night game on ESPN2), South Alabama (Oct. 26), South Carolina (Nov. 9 following the Georgia Southern game nine days earlier), Georgia State (Nov. 16) and Troy (Nov. 30 in the regular season finale). / Read more…



  • LMC Skiing and Snowboarding Team Posts Several Individual Conference Champions this Season

    March 1, 2019 The Lees-McRae College skiing and snowboarding club has wrapped up competition in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association’s (USCSA) Southeast Conference. Lees-McRae competed in five events this season, beginning with giant slalom and slopestyle competition at Appalachian Ski Resort back on Jan. 12-13. Sophomore Avery Lineberger finished in the top 10 for the ski giant slalom event, while Tommy MacLeod also finished 12th. MacLeod also posted an 11th-place finish in the men’s slopestyle event. Lili Bauer made her debut with a win in the women’s snowboard giant slalom event, while Christine Turk also finished 10th. Nicholas Sdrenka notched a second-place finish in the men’s snowboard giant slalom, while Chandler Houck also finished 14th in the event.  / Read more…



  • App State Reserve Quarterback Peyton Derrick to Transfer


    February 27, 2019 Peyton Derrick, a backup quarterback for Appalachian State, has announced via Twitter that he is transferring. “I would like to thank everyone who has supported me along the way,” Derrick said in his post. “The memories and the relationships I have made (at Appalachian State) will last forever. I would like to open my recruitment to all programs for the 3 (three) remaining years of my availability.” With Derrick gone, Appalachian State will have five quarterbacks in 2019: Zac Thomas, Jacob Huesman, Jackson Gibbs, Tanner Wilson, who helped call in signals for the offense last year, and new recruit David Baldwin-Griffin. Starter Thomas and backup Jacob Huesman have received notable playing time for the Mountaineers. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • High Country Grizzlies Shut Down for 2019 Season; Team May Return in 2020


    February 26, 2019 Indoor football fans in the High Country that had been counting down to the Grizzlies’ season opener in March got some bad news on Tuesday afternoon. The High Country Grizzlies announced that they will not field a team for the 2019 season, but may consider a return to the field in 2020. In a statement sent out on the team’s Facebook Page around noon on Tuesday, majority owners Paul and Christina Potter have “decided to cease operations of the team for the 2019 season to reorganize and assess the organization.” The statement continues saying “we are sorry for an inconvenience this causes our fans, sponsors and the High Country. The Grizzlies hope to be back for the 2020 season.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • Spring Ball Begins for Drinkwitz-Led Mountaineers


    February 26, 2019 More than two months after Eliah Drinkwitz walked through the doors of the Mark E. Ricks Athletics Complex to start his new job as Appalachian State’s head football coach, the Mountaineers took the field in Kidd Brewer Stadium for a sun-splashed first practice. App State’s spring practice schedule began Monday with an outdoor workout at The Rock. After going 11-2, winning a third straight Sun Belt Conference Championship and improving the program’s FBS bowl record to 4-0 with the nation’s third-youngest roster, Appalachian’s new-look coaching staff will work with a talented group of returners and newcomers. Drinkwitz said the beginning of the spring schedule will focus on laying a foundation for how they’ll practice moving forward. “It was great energy on the first day,” Drinkwitz said. “Obviously, it’s not anywhere near where we need to be or want to be. There were things we’ve got to be better at in coaching, organization, player technique and fundamentals, but that’s why they call us coaches. That’s why our goal is to always compete to be better tomorrow than we were today.” / Read more…



  • Watauga Cheerleader Bethany Bryan Signs with Brevard College


    February 18, 2019 Watauga High School senior cheerleader Bethany Bryan will get to keep sharing her school spirit as a freshman at Brevard College this fall. Bryan signed with Brevard at a special ceremony that took place last Monday at the high school. While Brevard cannot use athletic department money for scholarships since they are a Division III program, Bryan’s academic success will allow for the college to provide her with financial support. The senior has been cheering at Watauga since her freshman year and has been doing it almost all of her life. Bryan and the rest of the cheerleading squad cheer during football and basketball games and with basketball season winding down, so too will her high school cheering career. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • App State Adds Decorated Prep Coach and Alumnus Lance Ware to Football Staff


    February 18, 2019 Appalachian State head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz added another member to inaugural staff Saturday with the hire of highly-successful North Carolina high school coach and Appalachian State alumus Lance Ware as senior assistant to the head coach. “We’re excited to welcome Lance back to Appalachian State,” Drinkwitz said. “As a former player, he’ll be a huge asset in continuing our great tradition of championship football. I’m excited to give him an opportunity to join the college football ranks after his success as a high school football coach.” As head coach of Shelby High School, Ware compiled a 99-25 overall record in eight seasons and won five state championships in the last six years. Ware led the Golden Lions to 2A state championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and 2AA state titles in 2016 and 2018. During his tenure as head coach, Shelby compiled a sterling 33-3 record in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Garrett Riley Named App State Football Assistant


    February 15, 2019 Garrett Riley has been hired as an assistant football coach at Appalachian State University, head coach Eliah Drinkwitz announced Friday. Riley will coach the Mountaineers’ running backs. “We’re excited to welcome Garrett and his family to the App State family,” Drinkwitz said. “We’re looking to be cutting edge on offense, and we expect him to continue to push that. His experience coaching in North Carolina will also benefit our program.” Drinkwitz, who became Appalachian State’s head coach on December 13, 2018, has completed all his assistant coach hires for his first Mountaineer staff. He also hired Anwar Stewart to coach the defensive line on Friday. Three assistants Drinkwitz previously hired resigned after joining the staff—all in a span of only twenty days. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Anwar Stewart Named Assistant Coach on Appalachian State Football Staff


    February 15, 2019 On Friday, Appalachian State University head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz announced the hiring of former Canadian Football League player and coach Anwar Stewart as an assistant coach in charge of the Mountaineers’ defensive linemen. Stewart replaces Buddy Wyatt who resigned after spending only 26 days on the Appalachian State staff to become an assistant at Kansas State University. “Anwar brings great energy, passion, enthusiasm and a standard of championship football from his experience of winning four Grey Cups in the CFL,” Drinkwitz said. “He was a captain of his pro team and at Kentucky. He showed the true spirit of a Mountaineer by recently completing his college degree. Championships are won in the trenches, and I can’t wait to see him lead our defensive line. We’re excited to welcome Anwar, his wife and daughter to our family in Boone.” By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Buddy Wyatt Resigns Assistant Football Coaching Post at App State

    February 7, 2019 Appalachian State University has had yet another assistant football coach resign shortly after being hired. New head coach Eliah Drinkwitz announced on Wednesday that Buddy Wyatt, a defensive assistant who was hired January 11th to coach the Mountaineers’ defensive line, has left to pursue another job opportunity. Drinkwitz did not elaborate on where Wyatt’s new job would be. According to online reports, Wyatt has taken a job as an assistant at Kansas State, where he will coach defensive ends. He is the third assistant to leave Appalachian State after joining Drinkwitz’s staff—all in a span of only twenty days. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Finds Ideal ‘FIT’ with 2019 Signing Class

    February 7, 2019 With record-breaking rankings, the addition of nine more student-athletes on February’s National Signing Day gave Appalachian State Football a total of 18 signees from the Class of 2019. On Wednesday, head coach Eliah Drinkwitz announced the signing of, in alphabetical order, wide receiver Raykwon Anderson, quarterback David Baldwin-Griffin, outside linebacker KeSean Brown, offensive lineman Larry Dowdy, defensive back Emmanuel Jenkins, long snapper Christian Johnstone, offensive lineman Craig McFarland, defensive back Milan Tucker and running back Ben Williams. In December, App State signed defensive back Tre Caldwell, wide receiver Dashaun Davis, outside linebacker Brendan Harrington, linebacker Jourdan Heilig, offensive lineman Lyle Hiers, tight end Ricky Kofoed, defensive back Nicholas Ross, defensive lineman Luke Smith and wide receiver Christian Wells. Caldwell, Davis, Harrington, Heilig, Ross and Smith already have joined the Mountaineers as early enrollees. / Read more…



  • App State Loses Another Recently-Hired Football Assistant

    February 4, 2019 For the second time in sixteen days, Appalachian State has lost a newly hired assistant football coach to another job. Ken Dorsey, who was the first outside assistant hire made by new Mountaineers head coach Eliah Drinkwitz, has left Appalachian State to become quarterbacks coach with the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills. The announcement was made Saturday by Appalachian State. “I’m thankful for Ken’s hard work in his brief time at Appalachian State,” Drinkwitz said. “Like with our players, anytime you have the opportunity to further your career at the highest level of football, we always encourage that. We are dedicated the hiring the best and brightest coaches to mentor our young men. We wish Ken and his family the best in their future endeavors.” By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Lots of New Faces Will Lead the High Country Grizzlies Into the 2019 Season


    January 31, 2019 For the third time in three seasons, the High Country Grizzlies will have a new head coach on the sidelines for their season opener. Jeff Hunt will take over for last year’s head coach Scott Meserve who decided to resign from the position in the offseason. The Grizzlies finished 2-6 in Meserve’s lone season as head coach. In the first year of the team’s existence in 2017, Josh Resignalo was the head coach and saw the Grizzlies finish the year with a 3-7 record. Hunt comes to Boone after serving as an assistant coach previously with the San Antonio Talons in the Arena Football League (AFL) and as an assistant with the River City Raiders and the St. Louis Bulldogs. The Grizzlies have provided updates throughout January on some of the new faces that fans will see on this year’s team in the American Arena League. By Nathan Ham / Read more…



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