By Rosaland Tyler
New Journal and Guide
When Norfolk State University’s football team races onto the field to play Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J., on Sept. 5, the recent golf tournament may be only a faint memory for some.
But the golf tournament raised funds that will allow the football team to travel to at least six games that will be held in other cities during the 2015 season. After the kickoff game at Rutgers, Norfolk State will play Old Dominion University on Sept. 12. NSU will play Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. on Sept. 19. “We were pleased with the turnout at the golf tournament,” said Latrell Scott, who has been NSU’s head football coach since January.
“It was a collaborative effort led by a lot of dedicated and enthusiastic people.” “We raised a substantial amount and it will help to supplement auxiliary costs for our football team,” Scott said. “These funds will help our student athletes to travel and to accomplish their educational goals.” Scott was recently named CIAA Coach of the Year and was the former head coach at the University of Richmond, according to news reports. Before he replaced longtime NSU coach Pete Adrian who stepped down after 10 years, Scott spent the last two seasons at Virginia State University, where his team won the CIAA Championship. Before that, he spent a season as head coach at the University of Richmond, and also made coaching stops at the University of Virginia and the University of Tennessee.
Scott was a tight end for his alma mater; Hampton University. Of the golf tournament that at least 140 attended on July 13 at Greenbrier Golf Course in Chesapeake, Ashley Avery Sr. said, “It was wonderful. It will help many student athletes achieve their goals.” For about a decade Avery has been a member of the foundation that supports athletic programs at NSU for several reasons. First, his siblings went to Norfolk State. Second his late father, Malcom Avery Sr. was an avid sports fan. His father played at Booker T. Washington High. Third, his brother Malcom Avery Jr. coached at Hampton University. Oh yes, NSU’s stadium is named after his cousin Dick Price. “But I help with golf tournaments to help the program and the students,” Avery said.