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BRCC maintains stride in Athletics Department with new additions

BRCC maintains stride in Athletics Department with new additions

Athletic Director, Men’s Basketball Head Coach named


BRCC is continuing the rapid pace of achievements and development set for its athletics program with the selection of Neil Hayhurst as Athletics Director and Ricky Wilson as Men’s Basketball Head Coach.


“Excellence has always been a standard at BRCC, and that includes athletics as well as academics,” said Steven Mitchell, BRCC Director of Public Relations and Performing Arts.  “We feel that these individuals bring a unique set of talents and abilities to our institution that will enable us to expand on the foundation we have established for our sports programs.”


BRCC’s student athletes have already begun to earn distinctions for their achievements.  The Lady Bears basketball team is a perennial participant in the Region 23 tournament, and was the regional champion runner-up in its very first year of operation.  The men’s baseball team boasts a Golden Glove recipient in Blaine Posey (2011, Division I), and one of the program’s alumni, Cody Hall, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2010.


A native of Nebraska City, Nebraska, Neil Hayhurst comes to BRCC from Marshalltown Community College, where he initially served as Assistant Basketball Coach from 2005 to 2008.  During his past three years as Marshalltown’s Dean of Students/Athletic Director, he oversaw all aspects of the college’s nine NJCAA Division I and II varsity sports programs, and fostered the addition of a women’s soccer team with a two-year plan of development towards NJCAA competition. 


Originally from Orange, New Jersey, Ricky Wilson joins BRCC after eight years as Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he handled player development and worked as a guards coach.  He has extensive experience in recruiting and opponent-scouting, in addition to game planning and preparation.  As a former basketball player himself, Wilson was the recipient of Idaho’s Oz Thompson award in both 1992 and 1993, presented to the squad member who exemplifies sportsmanship, scholarship, and leadership.

Published :Thursday, Nov 03 2011