Southwestern Athletic Conference Alumni Association

Southwestern Athletic Conference Alumni Association The purpose of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Alumni Association is to support Southwestern Athletic Conference events, promote the Conference's legacy of athletic excellence, and preserve its athletic heritage.
Former athletes, current and former head coaches, assistant coaches, athletic trainers and administrators, referees, employees of the conference office and all supporters of SWAC athletics are eligible for membership. More importantly, however, the SWAC Alumni Association is providing the opportunity for all of those who have participated to give back to the yhoung men and women now enrolled in SWAC universities. We do this by providing scholarships and making every effort to recognize achievements of past and present athletes, coaches and support personnel.

Arrangements for "The Godfather" -- Marino H. Casem:FUNERAL HOME:Hall Davis and Son Funeral HomeAddress:(225) 778-1612PR...
04/29/2020

Arrangements for "The Godfather" -- Marino H. Casem:

FUNERAL HOME:
Hall Davis and Son Funeral Home
Address:
(225) 778-1612

PRIVATE GRAVESIDE SERVICE:
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
Green Oaks Memorial Park Cemetery on Florida Boulevard

LIVE STREAMING OF THE SERVICE ON FACEBOOK:
@southernuniversitybatonrouge

DRIVE-THROUGH VIEWING OF THE BODY:
Immediately following the graveside service at approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Green Oaks Memorial Park Cemetery Gazebo.

NOTE:
A Memorial Service, open to the public, will be held after the coronavirus pandemic is over at a site to be determined.

02/27/2020
Arrangements for Lonnie Walker, Sr.Home-going Service: Sunday, March 8, 202012:00 noon Alcorn State UniversityDavey L Wh...
02/26/2020

Arrangements for Lonnie Walker, Sr.

Home-going Service:
Sunday, March 8, 2020
12:00 noon
Alcorn State University
Davey L Whitney Complex
1000 ASU Drive #510
Lorman, MS 39096

Family & Friends Viewing:
Waterloo M.B. Church
Highway 552
Lorman, MS. 39096
Saturday, March 7, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

'Gunslinger' to speak at LRMA Friday at 3
12/13/2019
'Gunslinger' to speak at LRMA Friday at 3

'Gunslinger' to speak at LRMA Friday at 3

Archie Cooley, a Laurel native and iconic football coach, is returning to his hometown to speak about his new biography on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Lauren Rogers Museum

Here is a link for Alcorn State and NC A&T fans who are still looking for rooms in Atlanta at a great rate for the Celeb...
12/11/2019
SWAC Alumni Legends Awards

Here is a link for Alcorn State and NC A&T fans who are still looking for rooms in Atlanta at a great rate for the Celebration Bowl December 19-21.

12/08/2019
JSU's Eddie Payton selected as Guest of Honor for SWAC Alumni Association Roast in December
10/31/2019
JSU's Eddie Payton selected as Guest of Honor for SWAC Alumni Association Roast in December

JSU's Eddie Payton selected as Guest of Honor for SWAC Alumni Association Roast in December

One of the names most synonymous with winning during the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s first 99 years of existence will be the headline honoree during the SWAC Alumni Association’s Annual Legends Awards and Roast here at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on December 20

Five SWAC Icons to Receive Legends Awards in December
10/09/2019
Five SWAC Icons to Receive Legends Awards in December

Five SWAC Icons to Receive Legends Awards in December

Five individuals who have left an indelible imprint on the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) will be honored when the SWAC Alumni Association holds its annual Legends Awards and Roast here on December 20

The funeral service for Alabama State football coaching legend Houston Markham was held Saturday July 27 at True Divine ...
07/28/2019

The funeral service for Alabama State football coaching legend Houston Markham was held Saturday July 27 at True Divine Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.,

Markham was the winningest football coach in Alabama State program history with a 68-47-4 record in 11 seasons. He guided the Hornets to their only Black College National Championship and the SWAC championship in 1991 with an 11-0-1 record. Alabama State clinched the national crown with a 36-13 victory against North Carolina A&T in the Alamo Heritage Bowl in Miami. No SWAC team has ended the season without a loss since.

The only blemish on the Hornets' record that season was a 14-14 tie with Texas Southern. Among their victories was a 92-0 win against Prairie View A&M in which they set an NCAA record by scoring 50 points in the second quarter.

Markham rose to prominence as offensive coordinator on Coach W. C. Gorden's staff at Jackson State in the mid-1970s and '80s. The Tigers' vaunted Wishbone Offense was among the most prolific in the country and annually led NCAA Division IAA in rushing.

Markham was best known for developing offensive linemen. He played on the offensive line at Alcorn State, where he was tutored by all-time great Braves running back Jack Spinks, who was the first black athlete from Mississippi drafted into the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers chose Spinks in the 1952 NFL Draft and converted him to pulling guard to take advantage of his speed and agility.

Despite his success at Alabama State, Markham was somewhat overshadowed by his larger than life coaching peers in the SWAC such as Eddie Robinson, the first coach to surpass the 400-win mark, Marino "The Godfather'' Casem, Archie "The Gunslinger'' Cooley and Gorden. However, Markham's peers held him in high regard. He was renowned for his hearty laugh, homespun and wry sense of humor. Robinson labeled Markham "The Quiet Storm'' because of his unassuming but highly competitive demeanor.

The funeral service for Alabama State football coaching legend Houston Markham was held Saturday July 27 at True Divine Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.,

Markham was the winningest football coach in Alabama State program history with a 68-47-4 record in 11 seasons. He guided the Hornets to their only Black College National Championship and the SWAC championship in 1991 with an 11-0-1 record. Alabama State clinched the national crown with a 36-13 victory against North Carolina A&T in the Alamo Heritage Bowl in Miami. No SWAC team has ended the season without a loss since.

The only blemish on the Hornets' record that season was a 14-14 tie with Texas Southern. Among their victories was a 92-0 win against Prairie View A&M in which they set an NCAA record by scoring 50 points in the second quarter.

Markham rose to prominence as offensive coordinator on Coach W. C. Gorden's staff at Jackson State in the mid-1970s and '80s. The Tigers' vaunted Wishbone Offense was among the most prolific in the country and annually led NCAA Division IAA in rushing.

Markham was best known for developing offensive linemen. He played on the offensive line at Alcorn State, where he was tutored by all-time great Braves running back Jack Spinks, who was the first black athlete from Mississippi drafted into the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers chose Spinks in the 1952 NFL Draft and converted him to pulling guard to take advantage of his speed and agility.

Despite his success at Alabama State, Markham was somewhat overshadowed by his larger than life coaching peers in the SWAC such as Eddie Robinson, the first coach to surpass the 400-win mark, Marino "The Godfather'' Casem, Archie "The Gunslinger'' Cooley and Gorden. However, Markham's peers held him in high regard. He was renowned for his hearty laugh, homespun and wry sense of humor. Robinson labeled Markham "The Quiet Storm'' because of his unassuming but highly competitive demeanor.

The funeral service for Alabama State football coaching legend Houston Markham Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at T...
07/25/2019

The funeral service for Alabama State football coaching legend Houston Markham Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at True Divine Baptist Church, 4601 Troy Highway, Montgomery, Ala. Coach Markham died last Wednesday. He was 75.
In lieu of flowers, the Markham family asks that donations be made to Alabama State University Foundation/For: Football Program. Donations should be mailed to 915 South Jackson Street, Montgomery, AL 36104

Remembering our friend and member, Houston Markham, Jr.
07/18/2019
Former Alabama State football coach Houston Markham passes away

Remembering our friend and member, Houston Markham, Jr.

Markham's 1991 team was 11-0-1, winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship and beat North Carolina A&T 36-13 to win the Alamo Heritage Bowl and the HBCU national championship.

City park could be renamed after Jackson State icon
03/26/2019
City park could be renamed after Jackson State icon

City park could be renamed after Jackson State icon

Jaycee Park has sat off Baily Ave. and Erie St. for many years. No one really knows where the name came from. But now Stokes and many others in the area want it to be renamed after Coach W.C Gorden.

01/27/2019
10/31/2018

The SWAC Alumni Association will honor two former Southwestern Athletic Conference star athletes, two long-time baseball coaches, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, and a former conference office employee during its annual Legends Roast and Awards Dinner Nov. 29 at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Birmingham, Ala. Birmingham Iron executive Jay Roberson, a former member of the Birmingham City Council and quarterback at Alabama A&M, is the guest of honor.
Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased by contacting Alvin Moore at 205-222-1044 or online at Pay Pal using SWAC Alumni Association. Proceeds go to the SWAC Alumni Degree Completion Scholarship Fund.
Former Jackson State running back and golf coach Eddie Payton, former Alabama State and NFL linebacker Eddie Robinson, former Alcorn State baseball coach Willie “Rat’’McGowan, and SWAC Public Relations Director and Compliance Officer Russell Stockard will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contributions to SWAC’s tradition of excellence. Former Alabama A&M and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver John Stallworth will received the Distinguished Service Award for his accomplishments as an athlete, businessman and philanthropist.
Larry Watkins, Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics who coached the Hornets’ baseball team for 30 seasons, will receive the Charles “Chuck’’ Prophet Memorial Award. The award honors the memory of Chuck Prophet, the iconic Sports Information Director and Director of Athletics at Mississippi Valley State University. The award goes to an employee of a SWAC member institution who best exemplifies Prophet’s spirit, dedication and loyalty to his school and the conference.
Hotel accommodations are available at the DoubleTree for $109 per night by calling 205-933-9000 or 800-222-TREE. Ask for the SWAC Alumni Association2018 rate. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 9.
Association members are asked to sell a minimum of two tickets and one full page ad. Ad rates aree full page, $150; half page, $100; quarter page, $75; inside front cover, $350; back cover, $400. Camera ready ads should be e-mailed to Alvin Moore at [email protected] or mailed to him at P. O. Box 5815, Birmingham, AL 35207. The deadline for ads is Nov. 23, no exceptions. Checks should be made, payable to SWAC Alumni Association and mailed to him also. You can also make payments for ads and tickets with Pay PAL at SWAC Alumni Association.


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Roscoe Nance
President, SWAC Alumni Association

Pictures from tonight’s SWAC Alumni Association’s Legends Banquet!  Everyone had a wonderful time!  Honored tonight were...
12/02/2017

Pictures from tonight’s SWAC Alumni Association’s Legends Banquet! Everyone had a wonderful time! Honored tonight were Emanuel Barnes and Mildrette Netter from Alcorn, Wilbert Ellis, Grambling State and posthumously Ben Jobe of Southern University.

Saluting conference legends, former Prairie View A&M University and U. S. Olympic Women's Track and Field Coach Barbara ...
12/08/2015

Saluting conference legends, former Prairie View A&M University and U. S. Olympic Women's Track and Field Coach Barbara Jacket; Lifetime Achievement Award recipients -- Dr. James Frank, Lawrence Collins and Tony Wyllie. And Mrs. Alyse Wells-Kilbert, recipient of the Charles "Chuck" Prophet Wagon Master Award, honored for a job well done as an unsung laborer!

Saluting conference legends, former Prairie View A&M University and U. S. Olympic Women's Track and Field Coach Barbara Jacket; Lifetime Achievement Award recipients -- Dr. James Frank, Lawrence Collins and Tony Wyllie. And Mrs. Alyse Wells-Kilbert, recipient of the Charles "Chuck" Prophet Wagon Master Award, honored for a job well done as an unsung laborer!

Death of Davey "The Whiz'' WhitneyJanuary 8, 1930 - May 10, 2015Biloxi, Mississippi | Age 85Former Alcorn coach dies at ...
05/13/2015

Death of Davey "The Whiz'' Whitney

January 8, 1930 - May 10, 2015
Biloxi, Mississippi | Age 85
Former Alcorn coach dies at 85

The Associated Press

LORMAN, Miss. (AP) — Former Alcorn State basketball coach Davey Whitney has died. He was 85.

The school and the Southwestern Athletic Conference confirmed Whitney's death Sunday. No cause of death was given.

Whitney spent nearly three decades at Alcorn State over two stints from 1969 to 1989 and again from 1996 to 2003.

Whitney won 12 SWAC championships and led the Braves to a win over South Alabama in the first round of the 1980 NCAA Tournament, which was the first tournament win for a historically black university. Alcorn State also beat Mississippi State in the 1979 National Invitation Tournament.

Whitney was induced into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. He was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. Memorial celebrations will be held Saturday, May 16 at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Gulfport, Miss., at 6 p.m. and at Alcorn State Saturday, June 6.

Whitney is survived by his wife, Bernice; five children, Gail, Libby, Lisa, Doreen and Davey Jr. and four grandchildren, Ashantee, Aubrei, Corey and Duonne.

Address

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Newport News, VA
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General information

The founding members of the Association are James Brooks, former assistant football coach at Alcorn State, Marino H. Casem, former football coach and athletics director, Alcorn State, Theo Danzy, former assistant football coach at Alcorn State; W. C. Gorden, former head football coach at Jackson State; Lonza Hardy Jr., former Sports Information Director at Alcorn State, Southern University and former athletics director at Miss. Valley State University and Hampton University, former associate commissioner of SWAC, present athletics director of University of Arkansas Pine Bluff; Roscoe Nance, former sportswriter for the Clarion Ledger and columnist with USA Today; Charles "Chuck" Prophet, former athletics director and sports information director at Mississippi Valley State; and Dr. Walter Reed, former athletics director at Jackson State and Florida A&M.

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