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SWAMP SIGHTINGS (Vol.2 for 2005)

Interesting Notes about Patriot Athletics

  • Francis Marion University graduate and former Patriot volleyball player Crystal Poskey (Clarkston, WA) recently completed her second year as an assistant volleyball coach at Appalachian State University.  She serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator and works primarily with ASU’s setters.  During the past two years, ASU has compiled a 42-25 record and won a pair of Southern Conference North Division titles.  At FMU, Poskey was a three-time All-Peach Belt Conference performer, and became the first PBC athlete in any sport to earn “Player of the Year” honors (1998) after being named the “Freshman of the Year” (1996).  She ended her career with nearly 5,000 assists and more than 1,000 digs in 128 matches.  She helped lead FMU to a four-year mark of 111-23, two PBC regular-season titles, two PBC Tournament championships, and the program’s first invitation to the NCAA Division II national tournament.  Poskey served as the volleyball coach at South Florence High School for two years prior to accepting the ASU position.
  • FMU graduate and former Patriot tennis player and head coach Eric Shore (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) recently became the all-time winningest coach in the history of the Auburn University men’s tennis program.  He concluded his 15th season at the helm of the Auburn program this past spring and his career record of 205-161 surpasses the old mark of 192 victories set by Hugh Thomson between 1982 and 1990.  Shore’s 2005 Tiger squad posted a 13-10 mark, was ranked 29th, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  Shore spent two years (1981-1983) at Francis Marion, playing both No. 1 singles and doubles, and earned team most valuable player honors both years.  He served as head coach of both the Patriot men’s and women’s teams during the 1985 campaign, with the men posting an 18-10 record and the women a 12-13 mark.  He then left FMU to take a graduate assistant position with the University of South Carolina men’s program.  He took over the Auburn program in the fall of 1990.  He has guided the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the past 12 seasons, including three Sweet 16 appearances.
  • FMU graduate and former women’s basketball player Megan Duran is preparing to enter her second year as assistant women’s basketball coach at Hartwick College, an NCAA Division III school in Oneonta, N.Y.  Last season, the Hawks were 12-15.  Duran was a two-year starter for the Patriots and appeared in 123 career games between 1996 and 2000.  She is tied for eighth on the FMU career assists list with 333.  She helped lead FMU to a four-year record of 103-22 and four trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament, including three Sweet Sixteen appearances.  She returned to her hometown and coached at Stafford (Va.) High School for one year before taking the Hartwick job.
  • Two former Patriot baseball players are currently active in the minor leagues.  Center fielder Quentin Davis is hitting .278 with five runs scored, one home run, and three runs batted in with the Class A Danville (Va.) Braves.  The Darlington native recently completed his FMU career this past spring.  Former right-handed pitcher Sam Greco is 0-1 with a 3.20 earned run average in 19 appearances with the San Angelo (Texas) Colts of the Central Baseball League.  The Greenbush, N.Y., native played two seasons (2000, 2001) at FMU. Greco previously played in the Class A New York-Penn League, the Northern League, and the independent Northeast League.
Last Published: August 1, 2005 9:00 AM
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