Dec. 24, 2012
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University recently held its annual December graduation ceremony which included 20 Chanticleer student-athletes and two athletics staff support student workers.
Headlining this class was a group of 11 football student-athletes, including Marcus Whitener graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. Joining Whitener was Chris Floyd, Chris Presley, Jamel Davis, All-Big South selection Quinton Davis, former Big South Defensive Player of the Year and two-time All-Big South pick Andrae Jacobs, Dominique Whiteside, Akeem Wesley, All-Big South honoree Johnny Hartsfield, All-Big South pick Dontavais Johnson and All-Big South selection Chris Thomas.
The volleyball, women's golf and women's track and field programs each had two student-athletes graduate. Erika Lightsey, who led the 2011 Chanticleers in kills, and Kelsie Mauck represented the volleyball program, while the women's golf programs featured Eugenia Guerra, who earned Big South Presidential Honor Roll twice, and two-time All-Big South selection Kaitlin Higginbotham. Darriale Henley, who is still competing for women's track and field program, was a member of the CCU record-setting 4x100 relay team and was the 2010 Big South Indoor long jump champion. Middle distance runner and All-Big South selection Christian Johnson was one of nine Chanticleers to graduate from Coastal's College of Science.
Daniel Bowman, the 2012 Big South Player of the Year, represented the baseball program, decathlete Darren Tymczak represented the men's track and field program and Dean's List honoree Ty Wengel represented the men's golf program.
Also graduating were support student workers Dylan Richardson (football), who graduated cum laude, and Jatavia Clay (men's basketball).
2012 December Coastal Carolina Student-Athlete Graduates
Daniel Bowman (Baseball) Recreation and Sport Management
Jamel Davis (Football) Communication
Quinton Davis (Football) Communication
Chris Floyd (Football) Recreation and Sport Management
Eugenia Guerra (Women's Golf) Marketing
Johnny Hartsfield (Football) Political Science
Darriale Henley (Women's Track) Exercise and Sport Science
Kaitlin Higginbotham (Women's Golf) Management
Andrae Jacobs (Football) Communication
Christian Johnson (Women's Track) Health Promotion
Dontavais Johnson (Football) Communication
Erika Lightsey (Volleyball) Biology
Kelsie Mauck (Volleyball) Management
Chris Presley (Football) Management
Chris Thomas (Football) Communication
Darren Tymczak (Men's Track) Recreation and Sport Management
Ty Wengel (Men's Golf) Management
Akeem Wesley (Football) Communication
Marcus Whitener (Football) Accounting (cum laude)
Dominique Whiteside (Football) Recreation and Sport Management