• 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…



  • Drinkwitz Completes Appalachian State Staff With Hire of Pat Washington as Wide Receivers Coach


    January 29, 2019 Appalachian State head coach Eliah Drinkwitz has shown a knack for luring assistants with tenures at big-name football powerhouses to his initial Mountaineer staff. That trend continued Monday when Pat Washington, a championship-winning coach with more than three decades of collegiate experience, was named as wide receivers coach. With the addition of Washington, Drinkwitz has finalized all 10 on-field assistant coaching positions. Appalachian State’s coaching staff appeared to be completed when Drinkwitz announced the hire of Charlie Harbison as a defensive assistant on January 12. He was the tenth hire following the retention of Shawn Clark, D.J. Smith, Justin Watts and Greg Gasparato, as well as the hiring of new assistants Ken Dorsey, Erik Link, Ted Roof, Junior Adams and Buddy Wyatt. But 11 days later, Adams took a job with the University of Washington as wide receivers coach. He was born and raised on the West Coast and spent parts of his career at Montana State, Eastern Washington and Boise State. Drinkwitz and Adams were both assistants at Boise State during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Gabriel Named to N.C. Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class for 2019

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    January 22, 2019. The late Steve Gabriel, who coached Appalachian State’s wrestling program to a 90-24-2 record from 1965-74 after competing in both football and wrestling as an App State student from 1948-52, has been announced as a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame’s 2019 induction class. Gabriel, Ernie Barnes, Willie Bradshaw, Eddie Bridges, Rod Broadway, Gene Corrigan, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dee Kantner, Davis Love III, Paul Miller, Neill McGeachy and Thell Overman will be enshrined during the 56th annual induction banquet on May 3 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Ticket information for the banquet is available at ncsportshalloffame.org or 919-845-3455. “The achievements of this year’s class of inductees enrich North Carolina’s remarkable sports heritage, and the individuals have certainly earned the honor of joining the 351 men and women who have been previously enshrined,” said Nora Lynn Finch, president of the Hall. “This is our 56th class, and we look forward to celebrating this special time in our state’s sports history.” The N.C. Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1963. A permanent exhibit is located on the third floor of the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh and features significant objects and memorabilia donated by inductees. / Read more…



  • Recently Hired App State Football Assistant Takes Job at University of Washington

    January 17, 2019 Junior Adams, who was hired by Appalachian State University as an offensive assistant on January 6, has resigned his position with the Mountaineers to become the new wide receivers coach at the University of Washington. Adams has long-standing ties with the state of Washington. He coached wide receivers at Boise State University from 2014-2016 under head coach Bryan Harsin after Chris Petersen left Boise State as its head coach to take Washington’s head post. Adams had become an assistant at Appalachian State to new Mountaineer head coach Eliah Drinkwitz, who also was an assistant coach under Harsin at Boise State in 2014 and 2015.  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Former App State Director of Athletics Chosen to Lead Boone Area Sports Commission

    January 15, 2019 Roachel Laney, who served as Director of Athletics at Appalachian State for 14 years, will be the first director of the Boone Area Sports Commission. Laney was a member of the athletics staff at Appalachian for 29 years and has experience serving on organizing committees for both the Southern Conference and the NCAA. Outside of his time with the Mountaineers, Laney also worked with the Carolina Panthers as the Director of Gameday Quality Control for the last nine seasons. In addition to this, Laney is an avid volunteer and coach with the Watauga County Special Olympics and has been a referee and umpire for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. “I am excited to get started and look forward to working with the Boone Area Sports Commission board and other community partners as we work to put our best foot forward in the sports tourism arena,” Laney said. “Boone and the High Country have so many built-in advantages that make our area an attractive destination for participants of all ages. As we get this operation moving, it’s important to involve as many stakeholders as possible so we can work with strong local support behind us as we reach out to potential participants and organizers. I look forward to facilitating these conversations and working to establish a brand that can help bring more visitors to our community.” By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • App State Completes 2019 Football Coaching Staff with Hire of Charlie Harbison


    January 13, 2019. Appalachian State head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz has announced the last hire of his inaugural 2019 coaching staff. Drinkwitz tweeted on Saturday that Charlie Harbison would join the Mountaineers as a defensive assistant.  Harbison is the tenth and final hire for this season. Harbison played college football at Gardner–Webb (University) for four seasons. In 1982, he signed as a free agent with the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills. He later played two seasons with the Boston/New Orleans Breakers of the United States Football League (USFL). Harbison began a long coaching career in 1984 that has included tenures as an assistant at one small-level university, seven major universities, two high schools, one minor league system team, one arena league team and most recently with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Drinkwitz Adds Buddy Wyatt as Defensive Assistant for Mountaineer Football Staff


    January 11, 2019. Appalachian State head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz announced a second addition to his first staff Friday with the addition of long-time major college assistant coach Buddy Wyatt. Earlier Friday, Drinkwitz announced he had hired Andy Lutz as Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations. During a career that has spanned more than a quarter century, Wyatt has worked in the Southeastern, Big 12, Big Ten and American Athletic conferences as a defensive line coach. He will serve in the same capacity for the Appalachian State Mountaineers. “Buddy Wyatt is a man of character and a football coach with a history of player development,” Drinkwitz said. “He will work to enhance our defensive line play. I’m excited to welcome Buddy and his wife to the Appalachian Family.”  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Lutz Named App State’s Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations


    January 11, 2019. Appalachian State head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz made another hire to his first Mountaineer staff Friday with the addition of administrator Andy Lutz. A veteran working in various college sports facets, Lutz will serve as Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations at Appalachian State. “Andy is detailed and organized and has great experience running all the organizational aspects of a football program,” Drinkwitz said. “We’re excited to welcome Andy and his wife and daughter to Boone.” A college football athletics administrator since 1991, Lutz spent the past six seasons (2013-2018) as a member of Georgia Tech’s football staff, including the last four as director of player personnel. The 2014 Yellow Jackets were Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) runners-up and won the Orange Bowl over Mississippi State while Lutz was on their staff. During Lutz’s tenure at Georgia Tech, he worked for head coach Paul Johnson, a native of the North Carolina High Country town of Newland.  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State Men’s Basketball Loses Despite Four Players Reaching Double Figures


    January 11, 2019. Four players reached double figures, but Appalachian State men’s basketball came up on the short end of a 82-72 home contest against UT Arlington on Thursday evening. Isaac Johnson finished with 16 points, including a 9-of-11 (81.8 percent) mark from the free throw line, to go along with seven rebounds. Johnson’s nine made free throws ties his career-high, which was set last season against UT Arlington. Ronshad Shabazz also had 16 points for the Mountaineers (5-11, 0-3 SBC), while adding three rebounds and two steals. He also moved into second place on the all-time scoring list, passing Don King (1,794) with a jumper at the 5:19 mark of the second half. Off the bench, O’Showen Williams tallied 13 a season-high points on 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) shooting, to go along with a team-high tying three assists and a game-high tying two steals. Tyrell Johnson added 12 points, a season-high eight rebounds and a season-high three blocks. / Read more…



  • Men’s Basketball Puts Perfect Home Record On the Line Thursday Evening


    January 10, 2019. Appalachian State men’s basketball will look to keep its perfect home record intact on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. against UT Arlington in a Sun Belt contest. This will be the 11th all-time meeting between the two schools, with the Mavericks leading 8-2. The game can be seen on AppVision. These two teams met three times last season, with each team winning on its home court. The Mavericks also posted an 84-68 victory over the Mountaineers in the Sun Belt Tournament Quarterfinals. Thursday’s game is also Healthcare Appreciation Night. If you are a member of a healthcare organization in the High Country, call Trevor Taylor at 828-262-6574 for a special $10 ticket offer.  / Read more…



  • App State Tops Among Others Receiving Votes In Final AP Poll


    January 8, 2019. Appalachian State was first in the others receiving votes category, totaling the 26th-most voting points in the nation, in the final AP Top 25 of the 2018 college football season. The final media poll was released early Tuesday morning, following Clemson’s win against Alabama in the national championship game. App State posted the highest AP poll finish in school and Sun Belt Conference history. The Mountaineers, who went 11-2 with victories in the Sun Belt Championship Game and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, had 96 voting points in the final poll. Iowa rounded out the Top 25 with 120 voting points, and App State had the most remaining voting points among a group that also included Stanford (52), Mississippi State (45), Utah (43), UAB (32), Iowa State (26), Auburn (15), Oregon (11), Missouri (10), Troy (6), Georgia Southern (6), Oklahoma State (3), Wisconsin (2) and NC State (2).   / Read more…



  • Three Generations Highlight 2018 Point Titles at Mountain View Speedway


    January 7, 2019. Three generations of drivers highlighted the annual point titles banquet from the 1/4 mile track at the High Country Fairgrounds off Roby Greene Rd. In the Outlaw 4 division, Danny Lewis,Sr. edged out Johnny Oakes of Boone by a mere eight points overall for the title. In the Stock 4 division, Michael Eller of Creston was crowned the point champion for the second year in a row. Eller’s son Logan won the points title in the Young Gun division at the track. The division is for youths ages 11-18. Logan not only became the youngest point champion in the track’s history, but he also won every race (16) he entered at the track in 2018. Danny Lewis Sr. is Logan’s grandfather and Michael’s father-in-law.  / Read more…



  • Junior Adams Named to App State Football Staff

    January 7, 2019 Appalachian State University head coach Eliah Drinkwitz is putting together what many of his peers and college football analysts are calling an all-star staff. It includes his hiring several newcomers who have no previous ties to the Mountaineers as well as the retention of a few assistants from former coach Scott Satterfield’s staff. And each staff member has had consistent success in their previous assignments as assistant coaches. The latest assistant hired by Drinkwitz is Alton Adams, Jr. (Junior Adams), who spent the last two seasons as offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Western Kentucky. Adams’ appointment was announced by Appalachian State on Sunday. “Junior is a great developer of wide receivers with championship experience,” said Drinkwitz, who worked alongside Adams when they were assistants at Boise State University in 2014 and 2015. “He is a tremendous recruiter who can identify talent and develop that talent at the highest level. We are excited to welcome Junior to the App Family.” By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Roof Named App State Defensive Coordinator


    January 5, 2019. Appalachian State head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz announced Saturday the hiring of championship-winning defensive coordinator Ted Roof, a former Power Five conference head coach who spent last season with Drinkwitz as NC State’s associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator. A college football veteran, Roof has been part of 13 bowl appearances throughout his career, including a 3-0 bowl record as Auburn’s defensive coordinator from 2009-11 that was highlighted by the Tigers’ BCS National Championship following the 2010 campaign. His experience also includes stints as the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech, Penn State, Minnesota, UCF and Duke, where he received a promotion to head coach based on his defensive success. “I’m very excited to welcome Ted Roof and his family to Appalachian State,” Drinkwitz said. “Ted is a tremendous leader of men who has championship experience. He understands how to develop a championship defense and has a track record of developing young men into NFL players. He will be a huge asset to this Mountaineer program.”   / Read more…



  • App State Football Assistant Nic Cardwell Leaves Staff


    January 4, 2019. Via Twitter, Appalachian State tight ends coach Nic Cardwell announced he will not be on new head coach Eliah Drinkwitz’s staff. It is not clear if Drinkwitz did not retain Cardwell for his staff or if Cardwell chose not to remain on it. Cardwell commented:  “As life transitions happen so often in college football, we (I) too will be transitioning,” Cardwell wrote. “I would like to thank AppNation for their constant support while I was a player (here) and most recently as a coach.  “Appalachian State is an incredible place with incredible people. This community and these players have become an extension of my family.”  By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Mountaineer Defensive Standout Clifton Duck Declares for National Football League Draft


    January 4, 2019. Appalachian State University cornerback Clifton Duck announced on Twitter that he will forgo his senior season with the Mountaineers and make himself available for the 2019 National Football League (NFL) Draft. Duck tweeted the following remarks:  “I would like to formally declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. I would like to wish Coach (Eliah) Drinkwitz and the team good luck in 2019. The program is in great hands.  (I’m) Always A Mountaineer.” A Matthews, NC native, Duck helped lead the Mountaineers to a sterling 30-9 record during the stretch, a Sun Belt Conference Championship in 2018, a share of the league title in both 2016 and 2017 and three consecutive bowl victories. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • U.S. Snowboard Team Member Luke Winkelmann to Host Special Snowboard Session on Saturday at App Ski Mountain


    January 4, 2019. Blowing Rock native and U.S. Snowboard Team member Luke Winkelmann will be making an appearance at Appalachian Ski Mountain on Saturday, January 5. Winkelmann will be there from 3-5 p.m. and will be on the slopes from 3-4:30 p.m. before a special poster signing event inside the Alpine Ski Shop from 4:30-5 p.m. The event is free to participate in and those in attendance will also be able to have their photos taken with Winkelmann during the snowboard session. The teenager started snowboarding at the age of six at Appalachian Ski Mountain and has been an active competitor in snowboarding events since the age of nine. Winkelmann had a big year in 2018, bringing home the silver medal in the big air event at the 2018 FIS Junior Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships at Cardrona Alpine Resorts in New Zealand on August 26.  By Nathan Ham / Read more…



  • App State Coach Drinkwitz Retains Greg Gasparato on Staff


    January 2, 2019. New Appalachian State University head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz has named another member of his coaching staff. Drinkwitz announced December 31 that he is retaining Greg Gasparato as a defensive assistant. Gasparato was hired as safeties coach for the 2018 season by former Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield, who took the head coaching post at the University of Louisville in December. Gasparato is the fourth assistant coach retained from the Satterfield staff by Drinkwitz. He named Shawn Clark his assistant head coach and offensive line coach on December 19. Drinkwitz followed that by announcing D.J. Smith (defensive assistant) and Justin Watts (offensive assistant) also would remain on the staff. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Veteran Coach Ted Roof Expected to Be Named App State’s Defensive Coordinator


    December 28, 2018. According to multiple media reports, Appalachian State University’s next defensive coordinator will have more than 30 years experience on his football coaching resume. Ted Roof is expected to become the Mountaineers new defensive coordinator. The appointment could be announced by Appalachian State as early as today and maybe no later than the start of next week. Roof will join new Appalachian State head coach Eliah Drinkwitz’ staff after they worked together on football staffs at N.C. State and Auburn. Roof spent this past season at N.C. State as associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach. Drinkwitz was the offensive coordinator at N.C. State the last three seasons. Roof will replace Bryan Brown at Appalachian State. Brown is the new defensive coordinator at Louisville, for former Mountaineers head coach Scott Satterfield, who took the Louisville head job earlier this month. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Jeff Jones Named Appalachian State’s Football Performance Director

    December 28, 2018 Appalachian State University head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz has hired Jeff Jones as Director of Athletic Performance for the Mountaineers. Drinkwitz announced Jones’ appointment on Thursday. Jones’ career has included being part of championship football teams at Auburn (2013 Southeastern Champion and national runner-up), Arkansas State (2012 Sun Belt Champion) and Boise State (2006, 2008 and 2009 Western Athletic Conference Champion; 2007 and 2010 Fiesta Bowl Champion). Jones joins the Appalachian State program after serving as the director of athletic performance at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, since 2016. While at Luther, he was responsible for the design and implementation of athletic performance programs for all of its 19 varsity sports. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Link Added to Appalachian Staff Football Staff

    December 27, 2018 Appalachian State University has added a new special teams coordinator to its football coaching staff. New Mountaineers head coach Eliah Drinkwitz announced the hiring of Erik Link to the post on Wednesday. Link is the fifth hire made by Drinkwitz. Link and Drinkwitz were both quality control assistants as members of an Auburn University staff that helped the Tigers win a national title, compiling a 14-0 record in 2010. Link contributed to another BCS championship game appearance as a special teams/offensive analyst with Auburn in 2013. In those two Southeastern Conference title seasons, plus a stint as Montana State’s special teams coordinator and tight ends coach from 2011-12, Link was part of four consecutive conference championships. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Behind the Mic at Lees-McRae With the Bobcat Sports Network


    December 27, 2018. There are plenty of aspiring sports broadcasters out there in the world. How many of those people actually get the opportunity to pursue their passion? Thanks to a partnership between Lees-McRae College’s athletic department and the campus’s sport management program, a group of dedicated students gets to showcase their passion on the Bobcat Sports Network. Introducing the Lees-McRae College athletics broadcast team – led by Dr. Lonni Wilson, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Sport Management academic program and also the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR). Wilson is in his second year at Lees-McRae, and has since taken the reigns of the Bobcat Sports Network.  Wilson holds a Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Miami, a Master’s in sport management from the University of San Francisco and a PhD in sport management from Ohio State. Wilson has had the opportunity on numerous occasions at different institutions to start a broadcasting unit in order to expand the capability of the athletic department and the sport management program. At Lees-McRae, all home contests for men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s lacrosse and softball are streamed on the Bobcat Sports Network. / Read more…



  • App State Head Coach Eliah Drinkwitz Adds Dorsey and Retains Watts as Coaching Staff Members

    December 26, 2018 New Appalachian State head football coach Eliah Drinkwitz has added Ken Dorsey, a national championship-winning and former Carolina Panthers quarterbacks coach, to his first Mountaineers coaching staff and is retaining offensive coach Justin Watts, who served on former coach Scott Satterfield’s staff. Drinkwitz announced both Dorsey’s hire and Watts’ retention last week. Dorsey has joined the Appalachian State staff after helping coach Florida International to a Bahamas Bowl berth this season. He will serve as an offensive assistant on Drinkwitz’s staff. Championships have followed Dorsey from his days as a title-winning quarterback for the University of Miami Hurricanes through his career as an assistant coach in the National Football League (NFL). By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • App State’s Eliah Drinkwitz Retains Two Mountaineer Assistants For His Coaching Staff

    December 26, 2018 Eliah Drinkwitz has announced that he is retaining two members of former coach Scott Satterfield’s staff. Drinkwitz said that Shawn Clark and D.J. Smith would serve as assistants to him. Clark will be assistant head coach and offensive line coach, while D.J. Smith will be a defensive assistant with the Mountaineers. Clark has been at Appalachian State since 2016, serving as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach. In that time, he helped continue the development of players Parker Collins, Colby Gossett and Beau Nunn. He also helped Victor Johnson become a two-time first-team all-Sun Belt Conference left tackle. By Tim Gardner / Read more…



  • Appalachian State Announces 2019 Football Tickets Are Now on Sale


    December 20, 2018. The Appalachian State Mountaineers have wrapped up yet another championship campaign with an 11-2 record, a victory in the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game (30-19 over Louisiana) and a fourth straight bowl win (45-13 over Middle Tennessee in the New Orleans Bowl). New head coach Eliah Drinkwitz will lead the Mountaineers into the 2019 season starting Aug. 31 vs. East Tennessee State, and fans can renew their season tickets starting today to not miss a moment of the action at Kidd Brewer Stadium. To renew your season tickets and Yosef Club membership or purchase new seats for the 2019 season, click here. Customized renewal packets, as well as club and suite payment forms, will be mailed in January. The deadline to renew season tickets for the coming season is April 30, 2019. / Read more…



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