Bulldog Monthly

Message from the Executive Director:

Georgia Bulldog Club members,

January and February were memorable months for the Bulldogs! Our Winter sports teams experienced tremendous victories and are preparing to finish strong while excelling in their SEC Championship meets & tournaments. We are especially proud of the 2014 NFL Man of the Year, Thomas Davis! Thomas exemplifies everything that is right about what a Student-Athlete, a Bulldog, a son, a husband, a father, and a community person should be and Bulldog Nation is very proud of his accomplishments. Opening Day ceremonies at Foley Field were ones to remember for a lifetime. The stadium’s namesake, Judge Frank Foley, would have been delighted to see his great grandson and great-great grandson throw out the first pitches to celebrate the revival of Foley Field. Judge Foley’s dream and vision since his playing days in 1908 were to provide our baseball players with a first class facility. Please take the time this Spring to come watch our baseball team and experience the finest collegiate neighborhood baseball stadium in the nation.

I speak for the Athletic Administration, the coaches and our beloved student-athletes in thanking each of you for your support! Your membership in The Georgia Bulldog Club provides the financial support for us to achieve greatness in the classroom and on the playing fields/courts/pools! We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our competitions as we cheer on our teams. Go Dawgs!

TOGETHER We Make Georgia GREAT!

Mark Slonaker
Executive Director
The Georgia Bulldog Club


Student Athlete of the Month

Morgan Justiss, Equestrian

Morgan Justiss is a senior captain on the equestrian team from Alpharetta, GA. She is a Marketing major and is interested in attending graduate school. She was inducted into the UGA Athletic Association Leadership Academy in the fall of 2014. She is a Zell Miller Scholarship recipient and has been a Presidential Scholar at UGA all three years. Her community service activities have included Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, and preparing meals for the Athens Area Homeless Shelter.


Kisean Smith, Track and Field

Kisean Smith is a junior member of the men’s track and field team from Snellville, GA. He is majoring in business and plans on attending graduate school to get his MBA in Finance. He has been a Presidential Scholar and a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and SEC Academic Honor Roll. He was inducted into the Leadership Academy last fall and also serves as his team’s representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has volunteered with Special Olympics in the Homeruns for Hometown Rivals baseball game, with feeding the homeless, and with the Athens Council for Aging.


Staff Feature – Jay Lowe


Athletic News:

Carla Williams Listed Among Top Women In NCAA

Feb. 12, 2015 ATHENS, Ga. --- Dr. Carla Williams, Executive Associate Athletic Director for the UGA Athletic Association, was named one of the top-10 Senior Woman Administrators in the NCAA by the website CollegeAD.org this week.

The web site stated: "Williams has risen from a former Lady Bulldog basketball player to the top female administrator in the department. She oversees a total of four sports and five internal departments. Many colleagues believed her restless attitude toward success is the reason for her accomplishment. All of this is why she was included in our top 10."

Williams serves as administrator for UGA's women's basketball, gymnastics and men's & women's swimming and diving programs. She also has supervisory responsibility for academic support services, compliance, sports medicine, human resources and student services.

"Carla is so deserving of this national recognition," said Greg McGarity, UGA's J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics. "She is someone who has devoted a tremendous amount of time and effort and passion towards our program. It's no surprise to us because we know what Carla is all about and what she stands for. It's refreshing to see national recognition come her way. She does such an exceptional job with our student-athletes and staff and everyone associated with UGA."

Nationally, Williams has served on the executive committee of both the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), as well the NCAA's Woman of the Year Selection and Women's Basketball Issues Committees. Within the SEC, Williams has been a member of the SEC Executive Committee and the Women's Basketball Scheduling Committee. At Georgia, she was a team member for UGA's reaccreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and has been on search committees for numerous campus leadership positions.

Williams provides the unique perspective of being a player, coach and administrator at the highest levels of intercollegiate athletics.

A native of LaGrange, Ga., the former Carla Green was a three-year starter for the Lady Bulldogs from 1987-89 and she finished her career with 1,115 points, 425 assists and 285 steals. Those tallies ranked No. 10, No. 2 and No. 3 among Georgia's career leaders at the completion of her career. She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology in 1989.

After receiving her master's in public administration from UGA in 1991, Williams was an assistant coach for the Lady Bulldogs from 1991-96, including teams which won the 1991 and 1996 SEC Championships, reached the 1995 and 1996 Final Fours and and finished as NCAA runner-up in 1996.

Williams then moved into administration and served as UGA's Assistant Director of Compliance from 1996-97. She was a graduate assistant for athletic academic support and coordinator for student-athlete development and life skills at Florida State from 1997-2000 while completing her Ph.D. in Sport Administration in 2000. Williams was an Assistant AD (2000-03) and Associate AD (2003-04) at Vanderbilt, where she oversaw 11 sports as well as the CHAMPS/Life Skills program.

Williams returned to her alma mater in July 2004 as Associate AD for Student Services and Senior Woman Administrator and has steadily risen to her current position as the second-highest member of the Athletic Association's senior staff.


Georgia, Along With 65 Universities, To Begin Era of Autonomy

Jan. 15, 2015
Goal is to Protect and Improve College Experience for Student-Athletes

A group of 80 voting members from the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC will meet formally in two meetings on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the NCAA Convention to begin a new era of autonomy aimed at protecting and improving the college experience for student-athletes.

This is the first autonomy meeting and it follows a decision by the NCAA Division I Board of Directors to grant self-governing prerogatives to the member institutions of these five conferences.

The sessions include representatives from each of the 65 member institutions of the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC conferences and 15 student-athlete representatives discussing and voting on a series of proposals designed to improve the student-athlete experience on campus.

The autonomy session agenda features eight proposals and one resolution aimed at creating the optimal student-athlete experience in a fully integrated collegiate model in which athletics and academics are appropriately balanced. The proposals focus on the issues of cost of attendance, loss-of-value insurance, scholarship renewal, and concussion safety.

The commissioners of the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC commented on the significance of the sessions: "This week represents a new chapter in our focus to help student-athletes learn, grow, and succeed. College sports are an American tradition, and we intend to provide these student-athletes with an enhanced level of support."

About the Autonomy Session

The chair of the group will be President Nathan Hatch of Wake Forest University.

Proposals can be approved by one of the following methods:

  • 60 percent of all votes (48 votes) and a simple majority support from schools in three of the five conferences, or;
  • A majority of all votes (at least 41) and simple majority support from the schools in four of the five conferences.

In addition to representatives from the 65 universities, 15 student-athletes will give a voice for the tens of thousands of current student-athletes in the five conferences. The inaugural class of student-athletes in the new autonomy process includes:

Name, Institution, Sport:
Patrick Andrews, Clemson, Baseball
Kaila Barber, Notre Dame, Track and Field
Ty Darlington, Oklahoma, Football
Diamond DeShields, Tennessee, Women's Basketball
Ben-Marvin Egel, Purdue, Men's Golf
McKenzie Fechter, Washington, Women's Gymnastics
Chris Hawthorne, Minnesota, Football
Jay Hughes, Mississippi State, Football
Taylor James, California, Women's Rowing
Anthony Lyons, Jr., Texas Tech, Baseball
Nandi Mehta, Northwestern Women's Soccer
Kene Orjioke, UCLA, Football
Artie Rowell, Pittsburgh, Football
Maddie Stein, Kansas, Softball
Josh Tobias, Florida, Baseball


Bobby Towns - Successful Athlete, Citizen, Teammate

Feb. 16, 2015

By Loran Smith

There are many telling images of Bobby Towns, who died last week, but the one I remember best was when he made an interception that contributed profoundly to Georgia's 14-7 victory over Kentucky in 1959, one of those hard fought games which could easily have wound up in the loss column. Had that happened, the Bulldogs would not have won the Southeastern Conference championship.

While there were critical games remaining and a plethora of big plays still needed for Georgia to win Coach Wallace Butts' fourth conference championship, it was critical for the `Dogs to eek out victory in Lexington on a bitterly, cold Saturday night to remain in the hunt for the title. Bobby and Larry Lancaster (making a blocked punt) provided the margin of victory.

With a heritage and a pedigree that signaled athletic competition was inevitable in his genes, Bobby, not as gifted as his famous dad, overachieved and paid rapt attention to his advisors, teachers and coaches to get the most out of his ability. Spec Towns, the Olympic gold medal winner, played football and was a football assistant and head coach in track. Spec never told Bobby what to do with regard to participation, but a funny thing happened one day at old Athens High when the coach, Weyman Sellers, who had played for Butts, decided to field a track team, made up primarily of football players.

The halfbacks with speed were told they were sprinters. Sellers asked for volunteers for various events and then said to Bobby, "You will run the hurdles," noting that "your father ran hurdles, so you ought to be able to run them too." Bobby did, but interestingly, heritage or not, he won the first hurdles race he ever ran. Talking about winning ugly, that was Bobby's introduction to hurdles competition. Expecting a pat on the back for winning, he got, instead, his dad's wrath. "I never told you, you had to run the hurdles," the gruff Georgia track coach told his son. "But if you are going to run the hurdles, learn how to run `em right and don't embarrass me." That began the process of taking the right steps between the hurdles, no more jumping over hurdles from the wrong foot which resulted in Bobby winning the state championship in the 120 yard high hurdles. Spec was as pleased as when he broke the Olympic tape in Berlin in 1936.

There has always been suspicion that had Spec not been on the staff, a scholarship offer in football might not have been there for Bobby....but Spec's oldest won received multiple offers to play in the SEC. He became a starter on an SEC championship team, led the SEC in receiving and played two years in the NFL with the old St. Louis Cardinals. Bobby could play because he underscored discipline, due-diligence and hard work. Like his father, he had a competitor's heart.

There was more to Bobby Towns than athletic accomplishment. He expected to serve his country in the military and became an officer like his father who served in World War II, going back to fight the Germans who had cheered for him in Berlin when he won the Olympic gold. Spec was definitively patriotic. His brother, Preston, was killed at the Battle of the Bulge, something he never forgot.

Bobby was about as well rounded as you could find on a college campus. After graduating from Athens High with valedictorian honors, he earned his BBA and MBA degrees at Georgia. He was a member of Gridiron and Scabbard and Blade. You never found Bobby drinking beer at the hangouts around town when he should have been at the library. In fact, Bobby preferred the library over any of the popular watering holes.

Following pro football and military duty, retiring with the rank of Colonel, he enjoyed a successful business career with AFLAC, based in Columbus. He officiated SEC football for 30 years and found time to sign up for membership in the National Society Sons of the American Revolution, Colonial Wars and War of 1812, Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge, Magna Charta Barons, Order of Founders of North America and Military Order of Stars and Bars. He could have taught history.

I was always fascinated by Spec Towns' legend in the Olympics and revered my old coach, Bobby's dad. The Towns family was good to me, like they were good to their boys, Bobby and Preston. They enjoyed vegetables from the garden and they loved living out their lives in a laid back college town. Bobby enjoyed following in their footsteps. He was a model citizen, quiet and contributing behind the scenes. Losing a friend is hard on the emotions. It's even harder when you lose a teammate.


What's New At Foley Field In 2015

Feb. 9, 2015


The Foley family paved the way for the project to be put in place and the entire scope of the project to be realized. Bulldog supporters, including former Georgia lettermen, helped make the following enhancements to Foley Field:

The John and Alice Sands Plaza: The updates include a plaza entrance to Foley Field with a new ticket booth and expanded concourse with the Carl and Barbara Parks/Doug and Diane Magnus Concessions Stands centrally located. There are new, additional restrooms too.

Press Box: The press area has been renovated and expanded to include separate booths for television, home radio, visiting radio, working press and operations. Two of the booths have been named in honor of Frank Lumpkin along with Frank and Carol Beltran.

J.C. Faulkner Gallery Locker Room Lobby/Gallery: A new, lobby area to store equipment including gloves, bats and shoes outside the locker room has been added courtesy of the Faulkner family.

Hall Family Coaches Locker Room: The coaches have a new, expanded locker room courtesy of the Hall Family.

Vernon Brinson Team Meeting Room: For the first time in the history of the facility, a meeting room has been added adjacent to the locker room for instruction and scouting review courtesy of the Brinson family.

Addison Family Training Room: The training room has been renovated to help better serve the needs of the student-athletes courtesy of the Addison Family.

Stephanie and Chris Webb Bullpens: Improvements have been made to the bullpens courtesy of the Webb Family.

J.D. DeVore and George Fead Batting Cages: The batting cage areas have improved heating and air conditioning and lighting courtesy of the DeVore and Fead families.

Garden Club Terrace: The right field terrace where fans can watch the action has been improved and named the "Garden Club Terrace" in honor of the late J. Reid Parker, by the Parker Family.

Home and Visiting Dugouts: An anonymous donor provided renovations to the home dugout while the visiting dugout updates were completed courtesy of Libby and Kevin Jackson.

Foley Field has served as home of the Bulldogs since 1966. Baseball is the oldest varsity sport on the UGA campus and dates back to 1886. Georgia baseball owns an all-time record of 2,143-1,648-24. The baseball team will begin its 128th season Friday. Scott Stricklin begins his second year at the helm.

For full details on the Foley Field Revival updates, follow this link.


Rider Report: Two Surgeries-One Amazing Athlete

By Erin Lea Barrett


ATHENS, Ga. - Behind every athlete is a story. Some have stories of talent and triumph and others have stories of heartbreak and hope. And then there are some who have stories so remarkable that they can transform an athlete from icon to inspiration. Freshman Georgia equestrian Kaitlyn Timblin has one of those stories.

It all started with a fall in her 7th grade year, Kaitlyn was a flyer for her school’s cheerleading team. During a routine stunt, Kaitlyn was dropped and her head came smashing down onto the ground. After being taken to the hospital, Kaitlyn’s CAT scan revealed not only a serious concussion but something even more troubling: an abnormality in her brain. She was then transported to another hospital for an MRI. When the results came back, Kaitlyn learned that she had a tectal glioma: a distinct form of pediatric brainstem tumor. The tumor was blocking the third ventricle in Kaitlyn’s brain causing a condition known as obstructing hydrocephalus. Obstructing hydrocephalus occurs when the flow of cerebrospinal fluid is blocked along one or more of the narrow passages connecting the ventricles, putting harmful pressure on the brain. Kaitlyn and her family were in a complete state of shock. The doctors had determined that Kaitlyn’s fall had not caused the tumor; it had been there all long. But because Kaitlyn had not exhibited any symptoms common to Obstructing hydrocephalus, her diagnosis was completely unexpected. Kaitlyn calls her cheerleading accident a “blessing in disguise” because without it, she and her family may have never discovered her condition.

For more on this story, check out this link.


Georgia Gymdogs - Power & Grace Episode 1

http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/w-gym/spec-rel/011415aab.html


Georgia Puts Three on Preseason All-SEC Team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.Alex Hugo, Chelsea Wilkinson and Paige Wilson were each selected to the Preseason All-Southeastern Conference softball team it was announced today by the league office. It is the third preseason award for the trio, who were each named to the Top 50 Watch List and the College Sports Madness Preseason All-SEC Team.

Wilkinson, a Second Team All-American, two-time NFCA National Player of the Week, First Team All-SEC selection, SEC Tournament Team member and the SEC Tournament MVP, earned the honor after posting a 33-10 record last season. She led the team and the SEC with 299 strikeouts, the second most strikeouts in a season in Georgia history. She was also just the fourth player to amass 200 strikeouts in a season and just the second to do so as a sophomore. Her 2.10 ERA ranks first on the team and ninth in the SEC. She ranks near the top of the SEC in nearly every pitching category. Wilkinson's two NFCA National Player of the Week honors marked the first time that a Bulldog has ever earned the accolades twice in a season. It is the just the second time in program history that a Bulldog pitcher her been named a national player of the week twice in a career.

Last season Hugo, a First Team All-American, First Team All-Southeastern Conference and SEC All-Tournament selection was the Georgia's offensive leader in nearly every category. She led the team, SEC and nation in home runs with 25, which set Georgia's single-season program record and tied the SEC single-season record. She finished the season with a .341 batting average that included 57 hits. She finished with nine doubles and a triple, along with her 25 home runs. The Olathe, Kan., native finished second on the team with 47 walks and led the team with an .856 slugging percentage, the highest of any Bulldog since 2009. Hugo carried an on-base percentage of .486, which was the second best on the team. She was named the SEC Player of the Week once this season and was named the USA Softball National Player of the Week once as well. Hugo also hit two grand slams this season, both against SEC teams.

Wilson was named to the Preseason All-SEC team after earning a spot on the NFCA All-Region Third Team as a shortstop, earning First Team All-SEC honors and SEC All-Tournament honors last season. The Chicago, Ill., native started every game for the Bulldogs last season and owned a .387 batting average. She led the team with 84 hits, including a team-best 18 doubles and five triples. She was also one of three Georgia players with double-digit home runs last season with 11. Her 50 RBI ranked second on the team. Wilson ranked near the top of the SEC in several categories including batting average, slugging percentage, hits, RBI, doubles, triples and total bases. In SEC play, she hit .383 with five home runs, two doubles, a triple, 21 runs scored and 14 RBI.


"Dawg Details" With Lady Bulldog Shelby Ashe

Feb. 10, 2015

Here is the fifth installment of "Dawg Details." These hope to offer fans and track and field followers a glimpse at some of our most outstanding Bulldogs in the field, on the track and off.

This Q&A features Shelby Ashe, who is a junior from Stone Mountain, Ga. She graduated from St. Pius X High School before attending Cal-Berkeley from 2012-14. Ashe transferred to Georgia after her sophomore season. The runner-up in the hammer throw during the 2014 Pac-12 Outdoor Championships, Ashe opened her Lady Bulldog career at the McCravy Memorial on January 23-24. She launched the school's fourth-longest effort in history (66 feet, 1 ½ inches) for fifth place honors and currently stands 20th nationally (fifth in the SEC).

What is your favorite scent?

SA: If it's a food scent, then my mom's chicken soup is a clear winner. In terms of products, Dior J'adore by Christian Dior. Heavily scented products tend to make my stomach turn, so I keep it pretty boring, but something about that perfume does it for me.

Do you prefer to write in pen or pencil? Why?

SA: Pencil! More specifically, a mechanical pencil with .5mm lead is what I like to write with. I can be a little bit of a perfectionist, and scribbling out mistakes and revisions drives me up a wall. I love the colors that come in ink, but that's a sacrifice I am willing to make.

For more insight on Shelby Ashe, check out the full story.

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