Maupin lands Tyler Smith for men's golf
Lee University coach John Maupin has gone fishing in a big pond and has apparently landed a prize golfer. Tyler Smith has agreed to enter Lee and become a member of the men’s golf team in August.
“I have been in constant contact with Tyler since this past summer,” said Maupin. “He has been one of our top targets since I took over as head coach. It goes without saying that I am very happy to have him on board.”
Smith is from Peachtree City, Ga., and attended Starrs Mill during his freshman and sophomore years of high school. He has been homeschooled for the past two years. “I decided on Lee because of the way I felt stepping onto the school campus,” he noted. “I could feel that it was the right fit with the guys on the team and a very good coach stepping in to lead the team.” Smith was asked to play at Georgia State and University of Southern Mississippi before accepting Maupin’s offer.
“I feel that coming to a program that will be relying on me as one of the leaders will be great,” he admitted. “It is the kind of pressure that makes great players. I think that it will push me to play great golf and learn to know my game better than I have before. I think that it will just be overall a great experience.”
“As a player Tyler’s tournament scores speak for themself,” pointed out Maupin. “This past summer he won the SJGT Tour Championship, which is a very big tournament. The SJGT is one of the most competitive junior tours in the country. Tyler is also rated as one of the top junior golfers in the state of Georgia. I have been very impressed with his work ethic and his focus on the game. He understands what we are trying to accomplish here at Lee and I have no doubt that he can help the team accomplish its goals.”
Maupin is also getting an outstanding student. Smith had a 3.5 GPA at Starrs Mill and now has pushed that mark to a 4.0.
Of course Maupin understands he has to replace quality players. “We lose four valuable seniors off this year’s team,” the coach stressed. “I was looking to bring in players that could come in and make an impact right away. I believe that Tyler will be able to do that. We were looking to bring in two very good players in the 2009 recruiting class. I believe we have done that with the additions of Tyler Hollister and Tyler Smith.”
"I have been playing golf since I was six years old and I really knew when I was 12 that this was what I wanted to do with my life,” Smith said. He lettered for two years in high school golf and had a 37-stroke average during his sophomore year.
Smith gives two people (his father Tim Smith and instructor Charles McLendon) credit for having the biggest impact on his career. “My dad has been amazing supporting me and teaching me how to be disciplined and practice hard. Mr. McLendon has got my golf swing to where it is now and opened many doors for me in golf. He really has made me into the player I am,” said the proud golfer.
The new Lee signee feels the strongest part of his game is his solid iron play. “I have always hit a lot of greens in regulation and I think that that will help me at Lee,” he confessed. “The part of my game that I am working on the most is the short and mental aspects. Those two are really the key to playing great golf.”
Moyo signs two midfielders for men's soccer
Lee men’s soccer coach Henry Moyo recently announced the addition of graduate assistant coach Thuba Nkomazana and also the signing of a pair of midfielders, Kwame Adu Boamah and Earl Curtis Alcide.
Nkomazana just completed his studies from Coastal Carolina University where he received a degree in Sports Management. The latest addition was an honor student at Coastal Carolina. He was on the Dean’s List and a member of the All-Big South Academic team for two years.
The new Lee assistant began his college soccer career at Lindsey Wilson (2004-05) He was named All-Region and All-American and helped the NAIA soccer power win a national championship. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nkomazana transferred to Coastal Carolina and help the South Carolina team reach the semifinal round of the NCAA tournament before falling to Auburn University.
Moyo noted that Nkomazana is not only familiar with NAIA competition, but he also played at very competitive levels and is bringing that experience to Lee. At Coastal, Nkomazana played just one season and suffered a career-ending injury. “He has already worked a couple of our summer camps the last two years,” said Moyo.
“Thuba is a hard worker, dedicated to excellence. He is a proven winner.” Nkomazana will be responsible for everyday program management, management of the academic aspect of the players, office work, recruiting, some scheduling and equipment management as well as helping with training, according to Moyo.
“I am very excited to have him work for me,” said Moyo, who is replacing former graduate assistant Nick Odeny. “He has his coaching license and has proven that he is a successful coach by taking his girls youth team to the state finals in one year.”
Kwame Adu Boamah comes to Lee from American Academy in Tampa, Fla. He came to the United States after playing youth soccer in Ghana. “He is a very solid and experienced defender and midfielder,” said Moyo. “Adu has very good passing skills and likes to play simple, but effective soccer.”
Said Moyo, “Boamah was offered several scholarships in the Florida area, but chose to come to Lee and we are very pleased. Following his visit to Lee last fall he started working on beginning his studies in January so that he can get used to academic life in college.”
Earl Curtis Alcide is a junior college All-America from St. Lucia by way of Bryant and Stratton College in Syracuse, N.Y. The midfielder comes with very high recommendations from all his coaches both in college and club, stressed Moyo. “Curtis was also fortunate to play for St. Lucia national team in last year’s World Cup qualifiers,” added the Lee skipper.
Moyo pointed out that the St. Lucia team may not have reached far in the World Cup, but said Curtis will bring that experience to our Lee program. “We look forward to his contributions. He is another player who has great vision and sees the play two steps ahead and makes simple plays. He is a midfield/forward and will replace veteran Ivan Heredia.”
Sunday, February 8, 2009