App. St. AD resigns
Charlie Cobb, who had served as Appalachian State’s director of athletics since 2005, resigned on Thursday to accept the same position at Georgia State.
“It is with mixed emotions that I accept the resignation of athletic director Charlie Cobb who has accepted the position of director of athletics for Georgia State University beginning this fall,” ASU Chancellor Dr. Sheri N. Everts said. “While I wish Charlie the best in his new endeavor, his leadership and collegiality will be missed at Appalachian.”
A national search for a new director of athletics will begin immediately. An interim AD has not been appointed at this time.
Cobb, 46, took the reins at Appalachian State on July 1, 2005. Of the many achievements in his nine years at Appalachian State, the most notable came in March 2013, when Appalachian accepted an invitation to join the NCAA Division I FBS Sun Belt Conference. For many of the University’s most ardent supporters, when Appalachian State officially joined the Sun Belt on July 1, 2014, it capped a years- and even decades-long quest for all 450-plus Mountaineer student-athletes to compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics.
However, the Sun Belt invitation is just the tip of the iceberg with regards to Cobb’s many accomplishments at Appalachian State. The achievements enjoyed by Appalachian athletics during Cobb’s tenure also included:
• three NCAA Division I football national championships — marking the first time that any program has ever won three-consecutive NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision titles and the first NCAA football championships ever won by a team from the state of North Carolina at any level.
• shattering football attendance records at Kidd Brewer Stadium with crowds surpassing “The Rock’s” permanent seating capacity for 51-of-52 regular-season home games.
• a 298-percent increase in football season-ticket sales.
• nine-consecutive Commissioner’s Cup championships — recognizing the top overall men’s sports program in the Southern Conference.
• four Germann Cup championships — recognizing the top overall women’s sports program in the SoCon.
There are a number of scrimmages scheduled tonight.
The Cabarrus Jamboree at A.L. Brown includes the Wonders vs. East Rowan at 8 p.m. Butler plays Concord at 7 p.m. East Meck plays Robinson at 6 p.m.
The cost is $5.
Except for the kicking game, these scrimmages will be very close to a half of live football.
• North Rowan is involved in the NCPreps Jamboree at Rocky River. North takes on the host team at 7 p.m.
• Carson, South Rowan and Davie all are involved in a jamboree at Mooresville.
Carson scrimmages St. Stephens at 6, South Rowan scrimmages West Iredell at 7, Davie takes on Mooresville at 8, and North Meck battles Hickory Ridge at 9.
Thomas Walsh won the AJGA Championship at The Club at Irish Creek.
Davis Richards tied for 38th at 71-76-73 — 220, while Walker Cress shot 75-70-70 — 215 to tie for 21st.
• Frank Adams III finished 1-over for two rounds and didn’t make the cut at the eGolf Tour’s Lexington Classic at Sapona Ridge.
The Greensboro Grasshoppers used homers in the sixth and seventh innings to beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 4-3 on Thursday.
Ryan Leonards had a two-run double for Kannapolis.
• Corey Seager (NW Cabarrus) continues to hit for Chattanooga.
He has 19 homers, 24 doubles, four triples and 82 RBIs in 100 minor league games this season. He’s batting .351.
East Rowan Diamond Sports will be holding fall baseball and softball registration at the Rockwell concession stand on Aug. 23, from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 27, from 6-8 p.m, and Aug. 28, from 6-8 p.m.
You can also register online at www.eastrowandiamondsports.com until Aug. 29. Fall registration will be for T-ball, coach pitch, minors and majors baseball and 8U, 10U, and 12U softball.