Black College Report
Grambling names new baseball coach
James Darrell Cooper has been tabbed as the new head baseball coach of Grambling State University as announced by GSU Athletics Director, Lin Dawson in a press conference in the student union atrium on the GSU campus.
Â Cooper, 27, has long been a staple of the Grambling community and has most recently served as an assistant coach on the Tigers baseball staff.
A graduate of Grambling State, Cooper received a bachelors of science in marketing (2004) as well as a Master’s in Sports Administrations (2008) while serving as a graduate assistant coach. During his playing days at GSU, Cooper was twice named second team all-conference and following his senior campaign received first-team All-SWAC honors.
Â A native of Cullen, LA, Cooper followed up his playing career at Grambling with a brief stint in the Houston Astros organization, before playing a year with the Sussex Skyhawks.
Â Cooper, only the fifth head baseball coach in school history, replaces former coach Barret Rey who resigned earlier this summer after leading the team to a 17-37 record and within one game of the SWAC Baseball tournament finals.
CHEYNEY Signs Men’s BBall Coach to 3-yr extension.
Cheyney University Men’s Basketball Coach Dominique Stephens has signed a three year contract extension to be permanent head coach. Last season, as interim head coach, Stephens guided the Wolves to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference post season tournament compiling an 18-9 mark along the way.
He also led the Wolves to a victory over Division I Delaware State. It was the first time in more than 20 years that Cheyney had knocked off a DI opponent.
On the signing of his contact Cheyney athletic director China Jude stated, “Coach Stephens has demonstrated his commitment not only to the athletic department’s success but to the University. He is a strong teacher, administrator and role model for our student athletes. We are very proud of his contribution and are happy that he has committed to remain at Cheyney.”
Prior to being named head coach, Stephens spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach under Cleo Hill Jr. The Philadelphia native is the younger brother of Cheyney University women’s head coach and former Temple All-American Marilyn Stephens and the father of Cheyney standout Dominique Curry.
As a player, Stephens was a part of championship teams from Philadelphia and Durham, NC. He was a member of the Dobbins High School Football team and 1984 basketball team that consisted of Doug Overton, Bo Kimble, and the late Hank Gathers. That famous hoop squad went onto win the Philadelphia Public League Championship.
After high school, Stephens enrolled at North Carolina Central University. As a sophomore, NCCU posted a 26-3 mark. The following year the Eagles won the NCAA Division II title with a 28-4 season. During his senior year, NCCU went 28-5.
Stephens was inducted into the North Carolina Central University Hall of Fame in 1995.
After college Stephens signed to play professionally in the Philippians Basketball League. He also played with the Lancaster Storm of the Eastern Basketball League.
Stephens earned his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from NCCU in 1992. He earned a Masters of Science in Human Services from Springfield College in 2002.