Springs to speak at Shuford Reunion

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 3, 2015

Andre Springs, athletic director at Livingstone College, will be the guest speaker at the 15th Granite Quarry Colored/Shuford Memorial School Reunion, Pink & Gray Banquet for Scholarship to be held Saturday at the Salisbury Civic Center.

Springs served as the men’s golf coach at Livingstone from 1979‐1988 when his teams won six CIAA Golf Championships and one national championship. He was named Coach of the Year for the CIAA in 1986 and 1987.

He also served as assistant athletic director for fundraising. In 2010, he was named Coach of the Year by Livingstone College, and he and the golf team were inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

He was appointed as athletic director in July 2012.

Springs earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Fayetteville State University (FSU) in 1979. He received a golf scholarship from FSU and played on four CIAA Championship Teams from 1975‐1979. He was inducted into the FSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.

For 19 years he was a golf pro at Birkdale Golf Club and gave private golf lessons to business leaders in the surrounding areas. He was the director of the First Tee program for the Lake Norman Region. Coach Springs was also the first black manager at the Highland Park Golf Club in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1989‐1994.

Coach Springs is a Charlotte native and a graduate of West Mecklenburg High School, class of 1975. His professional affiliations include the United States Teaching Golf Federation and the National Negro Golf Association. He is a member of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity. His community involvement includes membership in the Par Buster Golf Group and conducting golf clinics for the youth mentees of the 100 Black Men of Charlotte.

Andre Springs has three sons and two grandsons. He is married to Joy Paige Springs, and they live in Charlotte.