Clinton is a city in Hinds County, United States. Situated in the Jackson metropolitan area, it is the tenth largest city in Mississippi; the population was 25,216 at the 2010 United States Census. Founded in 1823, Clinton was known as Mount Salus, which means "Mountain of health", it was named for the plantation home of Walter Leake, third governor of Mississippi, located in Clinton and built in 1812. In 1828, the city changed its name to Clinton in honor of DeWitt Clinton, the former governor of New York who led completion of the Erie Canal; the first road through Mount Salus/Clinton was the Natchez Trace, improved from a centuries-old Native American path. Clinton has three major highways that pass through the city: the Natchez Trace Parkway, U. S. Route 80, Interstate 20. Mississippi College, a Christian university located in Clinton, is the oldest college in the state of Mississippi, it was founded January 24, 1826 as Hampstead Academy, the second male college in the state after Jefferson College.
Mississippi College is the second oldest Baptist university in the world, was the first coeducational college in the United States to grant a degree to a woman. Clinton is home to sports teams known as the "Clinton Arrows" and "Mississippi College Choctaws". Hillman College for women, was founded in 1853 as Central Female Institute, supported by the Central Baptist Association, it changed its name in 1891. Mount Hermon Female Seminary, a black college, was established in 1875 by Sarah Ann Dickey, it closed in 1924. The Clinton-Vicksburg Railroad was the second oldest in the state, incorporated in 1831, it contributed to the export of 20,000 bales of cotton annually from this city, the most of any city between Vicksburg and Meridian. Cotton from three surrounding counties was shipped through Clinton and by rail to Grand Gulf on the Mississippi. During the Civil War, Confederate forces, as well as Union troops— the latter commanded by generals Ulysses S. Grant and Sherman—briefly occupied Clinton on their way to the Battle of Vicksburg in May 1863.
Grant had mistakenly believed that John C. Pemberton, a Confederate general, would attack him at Clinton. Grant took Vicksburg in this campaign. In September 1875 during the election campaign, a Republican political rally was held in downtown Clinton, where 3000 people were gathered and expecting Governor Adelbert Ames and other prominent speakers. White insurgents disrupted the rally, attacking blacks in what was called the "Clinton Riot." It resulted in the deaths of several white men and an estimated 50 blacks that night and over the next few days. More armed whites arrived by train and attacked blacks. Among the black victims were schoolteachers, church leaders, local Republican organizers. Whites had been attacking black and white Republicans in every election cycle, that year the paramilitary Red Shirts arose in the state as a force to intimidate blacks and suppress black voting; the governor appealed to the federal government for protection and the U. S. government sent more troops. But election-related violence continued through the fall and, together with fraud at the polls, resulted in white Democrats regaining control of the state legislature and, in 1876, the governor's seat.
This political shift signaled the end of the Reconstruction era, confirmed when the federal government withdrew remaining troops in 1877. During World War II, Camp Clinton was established as a German POW camp south of town. Most of the prisoners were from the Afrika Korps. Of the 40 German generals captured in the war, Camp Clinton housed 35 of them; the German soldiers provided the labor to build a replica model of the Mississippi River Basin for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, used for designing flood prevention. Clinton, the smallest city to host a Fortune 500 company, was the headquarters for WorldCom from the mid-1990s until 2002, it went bankrupt due to what was at the time the largest accounting scandal in U. S. history. The financial dealings resulted in fraud-related convictions of Bernard Ebbers, CEO, Scott Sullivan, CFO; the company changed its name to MCI and moved its corporate headquarters location to Ashburn, Virginia. Verizon, MCI's successor, owns SkyTel, it still occupies the massive former WorldCom compound in Clinton.
On April 15, 2011, an EF3 tornado struck the city at about 11:00 a.m. CDT, it produced damage near Interstate 20. Malaco Records was destroyed as well. Ten people were injured by the tornado. According to the 2010 United States Census, the city has a total area of 42.147 square miles, of which 41.822 square miles is land and 0.325 square miles is water. As of the census of 2010, there were 25,216 people and 9,328 households in the city; the population density was 598.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 59.4% White, 33.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 4.1% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population. The average household size was 2.54. The median income for a household was $56,539, the per capita income was $26,398. About 9.1% of the population was below the poverty line. As of the census of 2000, there were 23,347 people, 8,328 households, 6,079 families residing in the city.
The population density was 979.2 people per square mile. There were 8,899 housing units at an average density of 373.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 74.92% White, 22.53% Black, 0.10% Native American, 1.54% Asian, 0.0
A single-elimination, knockout, or sudden death tournament is a type of elimination tournament where the loser of each match-up is eliminated from the tournament. Each winner will play another in the next round, until the final match-up, whose winner becomes the tournament champion; each match-up may be a single match or several, for example two-legged ties in European football or best-of series in American pro sports. Defeated competitors may play no further part after losing, or may participate in "consolation" or "classification" matches against other losers to determine the lower final rankings. In a shootout poker tournament, there are more than two players competing at each table, sometimes more than one progressing to the next round; some competitions are held with a pure single-elimination tournament system. Others have many phases, with the last being a single-elimination final stage called playoffs. In English, the round in which only eight competitors remain is called the quarter-final round.
The round before the quarterfinals has multiple designations. It's called the round of sixteen, last sixteen, or pre quarter-finals. In many other languages the term used to describe these eight matches translates to eighth-final, though this term is rare in English itself. Earlier rounds are numbered counting forwards from the first round, or by the number of remaining competitors. If some competitors get a bye, the round at which they enter may be named the first round, with the earlier matches called a preliminary round, qualifying round, or the play-in games". Examples of the diverse names given to concurrent rounds in various select disciplines: Notes: The final three rounds of the 2014 Australian Open – Women's Singles knock-out tournament: When matches are held to determine places or prizes lower than first and second, these include a match between the losers of the semifinal matches called third place playoffs, the winner therein placing third and the loser fourth. Many Olympic single-elimination tournaments feature the bronze medal match if they do not award bronze medals to both losing semifinalists.
The FIFA World Cup has long featured the third place match, though the UEFA Euro has not held one since the 1980 edition. Sometimes, contests are held among the losers of the quarterfinal matches to determine fifth to eighth places – this is most encountered in the Olympic Games, with the exception of boxing, where both fighters are deemed to be third place. In one scenario, two "consolation semifinal" matches may be conducted, with the winners of these facing off to determine fifth and sixth places and the losers playing for seventh and eighth; the number of distinct ways of arranging a single-elimination tournament is given by the Wedderburn–Etherington numbers. Thus, for instance, there are three different arrangements for five players: The players may be divided into brackets of two and three players, the winners of which meet in the final game The bottom four players may play a two-round tournament, the winner of which plays the top player The bottom two players may meet, after which each subsequent game pairs the winner of the previous game with the next playerHowever, the number of arrangements grows for larger numbers of players and not all of them are used.
Opponents may be allocated randomly. Brackets are set up so that the top two seeds could not meet until the final round, none of the top four can meet prior to the semifinals, so on. If no seeding is used, the tournament is called a random knockout tournament. One version of seeding is where brackets are set up so that the quarterfinal pairings would be the 1 seed vs. the 8 seed, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5. This may result in some brackets consisting of stronger players than other brackets, since only the top 32 players are seeded at all in Tennis Grand Slam tournaments, it is conceivable that the 33rd-best player in a 128-player field could end up playing the top seed in the first round. A good example of this occurring was when World No. 33 Florian Mayer was drawn against then-World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the first round of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, in what was a rematch of a quarterfinal from the previous year. While this may seem unfair to a casual observer, it should be pointed out that rankings of tennis players are generated by computers, players tend to change ranking positions gradually, so that a more equitable method of determining the pairings might result in many of the same head-to-head matchups
Cleveland is a city in Bolivar County, United States. The population was 12,334 as of the 2010 United States Census. Cleveland has a large commercial economy, with numerous restaurants and services along U. S. 61. Cleveland is one of the two county seats of Bolivar County. Named after President Grover Cleveland, the town began formation in 1869 as people moved inland from the Mississippi River; the Louisville, New Orleans & Texas Railroad ran through the town and a portion of the railroad remains there today. Early records show the community was called Fontaine at some point Coleman's Station. Moses W. Coleman built the first home on the bayou in the area. In 1885, it was named Sims after Rueben T. Sims, who owned part of the land on which the town stood; the village of Cleveland was chartered on March 25, 1886, the United States Post Office recognized the town as such on August 5, 1887. It was Sims's son, B. C. Sims, responsible for the name change to Cleveland. In 1967, Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Joseph S. Clark, Jr. began Senate hearings to assess the effectiveness of the War on Poverty programs.
The first field hearings were held in Jackson and the following day Kennedy and Clark set out to visit "pockets of poverty" in the Mississippi Delta. They arrived in Cleveland, along with Marian Wright and Peter Edelman, for a tour conducted by Amzie Moore. There they observed barefoot, underfed African-American children in tattered clothing, with vacant expressions and distended bellies. Kennedy told Edelman that he thought he had seen the worst poverty in the nation in West Virginia, but it paled in comparison to the poverty he observed in Cleveland. Cleveland is located 19 mi southeast of Rosedale and the Mississippi River along Mississippi Highway 8. I-61 and route 8 are the main highways serving Cleveland. Jones Bayou and the old Illinois Central Railroad pass through the city from south to north. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.3 square miles, all land. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 12,334 people residing in the city. 49.9% were African American, 46.8% White, 0.0% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from some other race and 0.6% from two or more races.
1.5% were Hispanic or Latino of any race. As of the census of 2000, there were 13,841 people, 4,718 households, 3,132 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,892.2 people per square mile. There were 4,988 housing units at an average density of 681.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 49.90% White, 48.26% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population. There were 4,718 households out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 21.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.6% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.21. In the city, the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 20.2% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.3 males. The median income for a household in the city was $29,466, the median income for a family was $40,242. Males had a median income of $32,979 versus $23,643 for females; the per capita income for the city was $14,585. About 18.1% of families and 25.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.4% of those under age 18 and 28.8% of those age 65 or over. Two Mississippi Blues Trail markers are located in Cleveland; the first marker recognizes Chrisman Street, which once served as the center of African-American business and social life in Cleveland. The second marker celebrates blues musician W. C. Handy; the Grammy Museum Mississippi opened in 2016. Delta State UniversityBolivar County has two community colleges: Coahoma Community College and Mississippi Delta Community College, their main campuses are in unincorporated Coahoma County and Moorhead in Sunflower County.
The City of Cleveland is served by the Cleveland School District. Schools within the Cleveland city limits include: High school: Cleveland Central High SchoolMiddle schools: Cleveland Central Middle SchoolSchools will conjoin starting fall of 2017 due to federal court orders. Elementary schools: Nailor Elementary School Cypress Parks Elementary School Pearman Elementary School Parks Elementary School D. M Smith ElementaryOther: Alternative School Cleveland Voc Tech Complex K-12: Bayou AcademyElementary-middle school: Presbyterian Day School The Bolivar Commercial The Cleveland News Leader Defunct The Cleveland Current Channel 6, WABG-TV: ABC & Fox Channel 9, WHCQ-LD Channel 17, WXVT-LD: CBS Channel 23, WMAO-TV: PBS/Mississippi Public Broadcasting Channel 42, W41BV The city of Cleveland is served and protected by the Cleveland Police Department and is located on South Sharpe Avenue. 45 people are employed by the department. Of the 45, 39 are sworn six civilians serve in a support role. Sworn officers average out to one officer per 357 citizens.
The Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department is rated Class 4 by the State Rating Bureau and has three paid employees and 37 volunteer fire fighters. The paid employees include Maintenance Engineer and Maintenance Assistant. All other positions are volunteer
Southaven is a city in DeSoto County, United States. It is a principal city in Greater Memphis; the 2010 census reported a population of 48,982, making Southaven the third-largest city in Mississippi and the second most populous suburb of Memphis. Southaven is traversed from north to south by the I-55/I-69 freeway; the city's name derives from the fact that Southaven is located south of Whitehaven, a neighborhood in Memphis. Southaven began as a village when Memphis homebuilder Kemmons Wilson wished to develop a few residential subdivisions featuring small starter homes just across the Mississippi border from Whitehaven, Tennessee, an unincorporated suburb of Memphis. Whitehaven was annexed by Memphis. Incorporated in 1980, Southaven is one of the fastest-growing cities in the southeastern United States. In just 20 years, Southaven doubled its land area; the construction of Interstate 55 through Southaven in the 1970s helped to promote growth and make for easier access to the city from Memphis, Jackson, St. Louis, Chicago.
Interstate 69, which will run from Canada to Mexico, was cosigned with I-55 in Southaven in 2007. In 1988, Baptist Hospital-DeSoto opened in Southaven as a two-story hospital. In 2001, Baptist DeSoto started an expansion project. In 2002, Baptist Hospital-DeSoto added a Women's Center. In November 2006, Baptist DeSoto opened an eleven-story hospital tower that added 140 beds to the facility, allowing it to offer all private rooms. In addition, the new hospital tower added a new and expanded Emergency Department, more operating suites and space for future additions, it is the first high-rise building constructed in DeSoto County. The exponential growth of Memphis International Airport in the 1980s led to increased air traffic over Southaven; the city continues to see large amounts of air traffic from Memphis International Airport, as flight paths to both north/south runways lead directly over the city. October 2005 saw the opening of Southaven's first large-scale shopping mall, Southaven Towne Center, located just south of Goodman Road between I-55/I-69 and Airways Boulevard.
The mall is open-air with various stores and restaurants, including J. C. Penney, Dillard's, Sportsman's Warehouse, Bed and Beyond. Numerous buildings in Southaven were damaged on February 5, 2008, when an EF-2 tornado touched down during the so-called Super Tuesday tornado outbreak. Memphis television station WREG broadcast live images of the tornado as it moved through the city and into Memphis. No fatalities were reported in Southaven. By February 2011, Southaven had become the third-largest city in Mississippi. In the late 2000s, an outlet mall was proposed for Southaven. Tanger Outlets Southaven began construction in January 2015 and opened in November 2015; the mall, located near I-55/I-69 and Church Road, includes 70 outlet stores and outparcels of restaurants. Southaven was the boyhood home of noted novelist John Grisham, who practiced law there for a decade, of singer and songwriter Cory Branan; the center of the city is 14 miles south of downtown Memphis and 6 miles southwest of Memphis International Airport.
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, Southaven has a total area of 41.5 square miles, of which 41.2 square miles is land and 0.3 square miles, or 0.68%, is water. Southaven experiences a humid subtropical climate, with average annual precipitation of nearly 55 inches, well distributed throughout the year. April is the wettest month of the year, August the driest; the average high temperature is 92 °F in July. As of the census of 2010, there were 13,125 families residing in the city; the population density was 1499.9 people per square mile. There were 19,101 housing units at an average density of 339.3 per square mile. There were 19,904 households out of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.0% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.16.
The racial makeup of the city was 71.0% White, 22.2% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.0% from other races, 1.7% from two or more races, Hispanic or Latino, 5.0% of the population. In the city, the population was spread out with 30.8% under the age of 20, 13.5% from 20 to 30, 15.8 from 30 to 40, 13.8% from 40 to 50, 11.1% from 50 to 60, 14.9% who were 60 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years; the median income for a household in the city was $46,691, the median income for a family was $52,333. Males had a median income of $36,671 versus $26,557 for females; the per capita income for the city was $20,759. About 5.3% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over. Landers Center Southaven Towne Center Tanger Outlets Southaven Snowden Grove Park BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove Southaven Arena Southaven's Snowden Grove Baseball Park hosts the annual Dizzy Dean Baseball World Series, where 5- to 19-year-old divisions are represented by teams from across the country.
The Memphis Grizzlies operate their NBA G League affiliate, the Memphis Hustle, at the Landers Center in Southaven. From 2000 to 2018, Southaven hosted the Mississippi RiverKings at the Landers Center while they were members
Florence is a city in Lauderdale County, United States, in the state's northwest corner. According to the 2010 census, the city's population was 39,319. Florence is the largest and principal city of the Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Statistical Area. Florence is considered northwestern Alabama's primary economic hub. Annual tourism events include the W. C. Handy Music Festival in the summer and the Renaissance Faire in the fall. Landmarks in Florence include the Rosenbaum House, the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home located in Alabama. Florence and Lauderdale County had Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital. ECM was a 358-bed facility owned by RCCH HealthCare Partners in Tennessee. In 2010 RCCH HealthCare Partners announced; the hospital was completed in December 2018. The type of municipal government is mayor-council. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, Florence has a total area of 25.0 square miles, of which 24.9 square miles is land, 0.1 square miles is water. Florence is located on Wilson Lake and Pickwick Lake, bodies of water on the Tennessee River dammed by Pickwick Dam and Wilson Dams.
Pickwick Lake was created by the Tennessee Valley Authority, one of several alphabet agencies of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. Wilson Dam was authorized by President Woodrow Wilson in 1918 and was the first dam constructed on the Tennessee River. Florence was surveyed for the Cypress Land Company in 1818 by Italian surveyor Ferdinand Sannoner, who named it after Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region of Italy. Florence, Alabama was incorporated in 1826. Florence Female Academy was established in Florence in 1847. By the 1850s it became Florence Synodical Female College, it closed in 1893. A historical marker commemorates the site. According to the 2010 census: 75.0% White 19.4% Black 0.4% Native American 1.4% Asian 0.1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1.9% Two or more races 3.6% Hispanic or Latino As of the census of 2000, there were 36,264 people, 15,820 households, 9,555 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,454.6 people per square mile. There were 17,707 housing units at an average density of 710.2 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the city was 78.39% White, 19.20% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, 0.97% from two or more races. 1.34% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 15,820 households, out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them: 43.6% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.6% were non-families. Nearly 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals, 13.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20, the average family size was 2.82. In the city, the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 13.7% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.7 males. The city is strictly zoned, therefore seems to be much larger than the population of 40,000.
Communities within Florence that aren't counted towards the population include St. Florian, Happy Hollow, Petersville, Zip City, etc; this explains the metropolitan area being close to 150,000 but the "city" only being home to 40,000. The median income for a household in the city was $28,330, the median income for a family was $40,577. Males had a median income of $34,398 versus $21,385 for females; the per capita income for the city was $19,464. About 14.4% of families and 20.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.9% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over. Situated in Florence, founded in 1830 as LaGrange College, the University of North Alabama, a public, co-educational, higher education institution, is Alabama's oldest state-certified university; the University is the largest in north Alabama, with an enrollment topping 7,000 for the first time in 2007. International students now compose 10% of the student population; the university is surrounded by historic neighborhoods.
It is located just north of the downtown business district. Kilby Laboratory School, grades K - 6, is affiliated with the university and is the only laboratory school in the state. Florence City Schools is the organization of the K–12 public school system. Florence High School is the main high school, with an enrollment of 1,000 students, it was created by a merger between the previous two city high schools, Bradshaw High School and Coffee High School. Florence High is located at the former Bradshaw site in the eastern part of the city; the merger led to the creation of Florence Middle School and the Florence Freshman Center. The middle school is located at the former Coffee High campus, east of downtown, the Florence Freshman Center is located at the Florence High School campus. There are four private schools in Florence: St. Joseph Regional Catholic School for grades K–8, Mars Hill Bible School, Shoals Christian School, Florence Christian Academy, which are multi-denominational, K–12 schools.
The city has a mayor-council form of government. Council members are elected from six single-member districts, the mayor is elected separately. Mayor Steve HoltSteve Holt was elected
Valdosta State Blazers
The Valdosta State Blazers are the athletic programs of Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. Valdosta State is a NCAA Division II member institution and has been a member of the Gulf South Conference since 1981. Bazemore–Hyder Stadium The stadium is the home field of the VSU football program; the stadium is shared with Valdosta High School and has a capacity of 11,249. The playing field is a Sprinturf synthetic grass surface; the PE Complex A 5,355-seat, 105,600 square feet, multi-purpose arena known as "The Complex" is the home of the Valdosta State University Blazers basketball and volleyball teams. The Complex contains a four-lane jogging track and offices for the athletic department and physical education departments. Billy Grant Baseball Field The Blazer baseball team plays at Billy Grant Field located on the Valdosta State North Campus. Blazer Field, the field was renamed to honor late VSC baseball coach and athletic director Bill Grant before the 1989 season; the complex includes the baseball field house, which opened in the spring of 1997.
The field house includes offices, training room, locker rooms, an indoor batting and pitching building for baseball and softball. Stadium seating and a new press box were constructed in 2005. Softball Complex The Softball field is located on the North Campus adjacent to Billy Grant Field and opened in the fall of 1999. A new $400,000 state-of-the-art Softball Field house was opened in 2007 and houses locker rooms; the fenceline sits at 200 feet throughout the outfield, the stands seat 500. The infield is made of Alabama crimson stone, there is a functional press box. Tennis Complex The VSU men's and women's tennis team utilizes a large twelve court complex adjacent to the PE Complex; the courts were renovated during the 2000–01 season and again in 2008. In 2011, following the men's team winning their second national championship, an additional 4 courts were added to the south end of the complex. Kinderlou Forest The home of Valdosta State golf and the Southeastern Collegiate, Kinderlou Forest is located just minutes away from the VSU campus.
The golf course plays 7,781 yards long from the championship tees and features five sets of tees for professionals, men and juniors. Designed by professional golfer Davis Love III. Travel Leisure Golf Magazine as one of the 30 best new courses of 2004. Kinderlou Forest is the home to a Nationwide PGA Tour event each spring. Athletic Fieldhouse The 41,000-square-foot fieldhouse opened in January 2009 at a cost of $5.8 million. Features of the new facility include the 7,690-square-foot Jessie Tuggle Weight Room, which encases nearly 10 times the space of its predecessor; the fieldhouse contains a 2,437-square-foot training room. The area includes offices for the Valdosta State Athletic Training staff and a private physician exam room as well as a hydrotherapy room for rehabilitation work; the remainder of the Valdosta State Athletic Fieldhouse includes 6,258 square feet of office space as well as 2,200 square feet of meeting rooms, each equipped with state-of-the-art video equipment, a 1,500-square-foot computer lab.
Outside of the facility are a soccer stadium. Since 1979 Valdosta State University teams have won 8 NCAA national championships and appeared in 14 title matches across 4 sports; the Valdosta state football program has been led by eight head coaches. The Blazers won the 2018 NCAA Division II National Football Championship beating the Ferris State Bulldogs 49-47; the Blazers won the 2012 NCAA Division II National Football Championship beating Winston-Salem State University 35-7. VSU won the 2007 national championship by defeating Northwest Missouri State University 25-20; the Blazers won the 2004 national championship with a 36–31 win over Pittsburg State University. The Blazers lost to Grand Valley State University 31-24 in the 2002 NCAA Division II national championship; the Blazers have won 7 Gulf South Conference football championships. Two notable alumni are Jessie Tuggle, National Football League linebacker from 1987–2000 playing his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons, Chris Hatcher was quarterback in the programs first national football tournament in 1994 and was that year's Harlon Hill Trophy winner.
Hatcher was Valdosta State's head football coach from 2000–2006 and amassed a 68–10 record with one national championship and four conference crowns during his six-year tenure at Valdosta State. David Dean, former VSU offensive coordinator, is the current football head coach at Valdosta State University and is only the second head coach to lead his team to a national championship in his first season. Earle Solomonson accomplished this at North Dakota State University in 1985. Valdosta State University's men's tennis team won the 2011 NCAA Division II national championship with a 5–2 win over Barry University in Altamonte Springs, Florida; the Blazers won the 2006 national title after defeating Lynn University 5-2 and finishing the season undefeated. The Blazers played for the national championship in 2004, 2007, 2010; the blazers finished as one of the top two teams in the Gulf South Conference every year from 1994–2012. The men's team has nine conference championships, tied with the University of West Florida women's team for the most conference championships in the GSC.
In 2011 the men's team became the first to win five consecutive GSC Championships in tennis. Valdosta State University's Women's Tennis Team were the Gulf South Conference champions in 2005, 2008, 2010; the Lady Blazers appear
Troy Trojans men's basketball
The Troy Trojans men's basketball program is the intercollegiate men's basketball of Troy University. The program is classified in NCAA Division I and the team competes in the Sun Belt Conference; the team plays their home games in Trojan Arena, built in 2012 and replaced the old arena known as Sartain Hall. Troy's first season was in 1950 under head coach Buddy Brooks; as of the end of the 2012–2013 season, the Troy Trojans program holds a 989–784 overall record since the team was first formed in 1950. The Trojans appeared in the 2003 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as a 14-seed after winning the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament and faced 3-seeded Xavier in the first round, losing 71–59; the Trojans were the champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2003 and defeated Central Florida for the conference tournament championship in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2004, the Trojans were the Atlantic Sun Conference Regular Season Champions; that year, the Trojans made it all the way to the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship game, only to lose a heart-breaker on the last minute to UCF by a score of 55-60.
As regular season champions, Troy was given an automatic bid to the NIT Tournament where they would face Niagara in Buffalo, New York. Troy would lose to Niagara in the First Round, 83-87, they finished with a 24-7 overall record. Following the season, Troy made the move to the Sun Belt Conference for all sports. From 2005-2008, Troy struggled to find the success that they enjoyed during their time in the Atlantic Sun Conference, their new home in the Sun Belt Conference proved to be a challenge, with Troy going 51-69 over a stretch of four seasons. In 2009, after finishing in 3rd place in the Sun Belt Conference, the Trojans would make their first post-season appearance since 2004 in the first annual CBI Tournament, where they would host the College of Charleston, only to lose in a thriller, 91–93, they would finish the season with a 19–13 record. In 2010, Troy won their first Sun Belt Regular Season Title and made it to the Finals of Sun Belt Conference Tournament before losing in the last 30 seconds to North Texas, 63–66.
The Trojans received an invite to the NIT Tournament where they would fall to Ole Miss in the first round, 65–84. The Trojans finished the 2010 season with a 20–13 record, with big wins over in-state rival Auburn and Valparaiso. In the inaugural opening game of the newly-built Trojan Arena during the 2012 season, Troy had a record-crowd of 5,120 as they hosted Mississippi State, coming off of a 20-win season and an NIT appearance. Troy would upset the Bulldogs to open Trojan Arena, defeating them by a score of 56-53. In 2017, under head coach Phil Cunningham, Troy made their way back to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, defeating Texas State 59-53; the team would be given a 15-seed, playing #2 seed Duke in the First Round. Duke defeated Troy in that game by score of 87-65. Troy finished the season with a 22-15 record; the Trojan basketball team is recognized in recent Division I Basketball history for leading the nation in 3-pointers for seven different seasons, making 1068 3-pointers over the course of 89 games during those three seasons.
Before Troy's accession to Division I, Troy was one of the most successful basketball teams in Division II before they transitioned to Division I. In 1988, the team made it to the Elite 8 of the Division II Tournament before falling to Alaska-Anchorage, 72–77. Five years the team advanced all the way to the NCAA Division II national championship game against Cal-State Bakersfield, only to finish as runner-up by falling to the Roadrunners, 72–85. One of Troy's most famous claim to fame, however, is their game against DeVry on January 12, 1992 when the Trojans came out victorious by the NCAA-record score of 253–141; this game is the current highest scoring game in NCAA basketball history. Under head coach Don Maestri, Troy State led the nation in three-point shots attempted and three-point shots made for many years during the program's time in the NCAA's Division II. Maestri's run-and-gun style of play was effective after Troy State transitioned to the NCAA's Division I; because of this style of play, Troy State amassed 141 games where they scored 100 or more points, with a record of 122–19 when scoring more than 100 points during Maestri's tenure as head coach from 1982–2013.
When Troy State began their first season in Division I in 1994, the program came in with a bang, ranking #2 in the nation in 3-pointers attempted and #5 in the nation in three-pointers made. Maestri and his Trojan teams never looked back from there. From 1994–2006, the Trojans finished #1 in the nation four times in 3-pointers attempted and 3-pointers made. Troy State placed in the top five nationally of those same statistical categories eight times from 1994 to 2008; this led some newspaper and media outlets to give the basketball program the moniker "Trey State." Troy holds the all-time NCAA record across all divisions for three-pointers attempted in a season, shooting 1,303 three-pointers during the 1991–1992 season. On January 12, 1992, Troy State shattered a plethora of records during a match-up against the DeVry University Hoyas of the NAIA; the Trojans sported a 12 -- 3 record. After tip-off, Troy State scored their first basket after 54 seconds; the Trojans only had 15 points after the first three minutes.
As the game settled into its soon-to-be record breaking groove, points came steadily. Within the first three minutes of the second half, the Trojans scored 26 points and had accumulated 149 overall with 17 m