The Shore makes one monumental comeback, falls short in second
After weathering the first half, Hawks own second
Batchelor looking for 40 good minutes of basketball
Hawks face opponent for back-to-back games
Forward from Lexington is first Hawks winner since Casey Morton
Head Coach Fred Batchelor, Ciani Byrom, and Alexus Hicks meet the press after the Hawks' 77-60 first round win over Delaware State.
Senior guard Alexus Hicks began her basketball career fighting her older brother for time on the court. Now she's a linchpin in the Hawk lineup.
Bairesha Gill-Miles nets her second straight double-double and Jordyn Smith comes close to one of her own as the Hawks stifle the Bison 58-52.
After losing last season to a knee injury, Hawk guard Mariah McCoy has come back stronger and had her fair share of big moments.
Mariah McCoy's three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left propels the Hawks to a 59-56 road win over the Lady Wildcats.
Eastern Shore dropped a 66-63 decision to The Mount at home.
The Hawks dropped a 68-51 decision against the Bearcats after digging themselves a 22-7 hole after the first quarter.
The Hawks fell to the host Seawolves 69-59 in the final year of the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska.
The Hawks use a 62-8 second half swing to overwhelm Wesley College, 97-30, at the Hytche Center.
Women's Basketball vs. Morgan State inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center (Photos by Randy Stadler)
Fred Batchelor enters his fourteen season as women's basketball head coach at Maryland Eastern Shore.
Batchelor is the winningest coach in Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball history. Under his leadership, the Hawks have compiled 163 wins while posting .500 or better in the conference nine of the last 13 seasons. His ultimate goal is to lead Maryland Eastern Shore to the NCAA tournament by building a program that exemplifies high character, exceptional talent and a diligent work ethic.
Maryland Eastern Shore wrapped up its 2015-16 campaign with a 12-17 (10-6 MEAC) overall record and a sixth-place finish in the MEAC standings. The squad won double-digit victories in conference play for the first time in seven seasons. Furthermore, Coach Batchelor witnessed two student-athletes receive all-conference postseason honors. Moengaroa Subritzky earned All-MEAC First Team honors while freshman Ciani Byrom took a spot on the MEAC All-Rookie Team. Also, he coached the program's all-time shot block leader Alexis Udoji. The Massachusetts-native ended her career with 253 rejections.
With a team of primarily underclassmen, the Hawks finished 8-20 overall and 4-12 in conference play. Freshmen Ashleigh Claybrooks and Alexis Udoji earned a place on the All-MEAC Rookie Team, combining to earn four MEAC Rookie of the Week honors. The Lady Hawks proved themselves one of the best teams in the state of Maryland by defeating Towson, UMBC and, Morgan State at the Hytche Athletic Center.
The Hawks matched their win total and MEAC record from the previous year during the 2011-12 season by going 12-18 overall with an 8-8 conference standing, finishing in 6th place in the MEAC with one of the strongest defenses in the country. Led by Adobi Agbasi, who averaged 3.7 blocks a game to finish third in all of Division I women's basketball, Maryland Eastern Shore allowed just 53.9 points per game and allowed opponents to shoot just 33.7%, the latter being the sixth best in the NCAA. Maryland Eastern Shore defeated Savannah State 51-28 in the first round of the MEAC Tournament, earning the strongest defensive performance ever in the MEAC Tournament. The Hawks were just short of an upset of 3-seed Florida A&M in the second round.
In the 2010-11 season, the Hawks saw Casey Morton become the eighth player in Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball history to score 1,000 points, earning it on January 5th, 2011 against Savannah State. She finished her career with 1,230 points. The team went 12-19 and went 8-8 in MEAC, marking the fourth straight season the Hawks have gone .500 or better in conference play. Maryland Eastern Shore once again took the seventh seed in the MEAC Tournament, repeating last year's result with a victory over 10-seed Delaware State before a close loss to 2-seed Morgan State in the following round.
The 2009-10 season saw Maryland Eastern Shore finish with a 12-16 overall record (8-8 in conference). The Hawks earned the seventh seed in the MEAC Tournament, defeating No. 10 Delaware State in the opening round before falling to eventual tournament champion Hampton in the quarterfinal round.
In 2008-09, the Hawks posted their fourth winning conference record and advanced to the MEAC tournament semifinals. It was also the first time in over 18 years that Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball had back-to-back winning seasons. The 2008-09 season also saw April McBride receive First Team All-MEAC recognition for the second of three straight years. McBride exhausted her eligibility following 2009-10 as arguably one of the best players in Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball history. She scored 1,698 career points, second all-time at the school and was a three-time First Team All-MEAC selection.
Batchelor's staff has recruited and developed six student-athletes who finished their freshman season on the MEAC All-Rookie Team, including local standout Casey Morton, who was 2007-08 Rookie of the Year. He also coached Kristi Veltkamp, the MEAC's inaugural Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. In the 2005-06 season, Toni Kennedy led the nation in three-pointers made per game (3.4).
Batchelor has over 20 years of coaching experience at a variety of levels. Having coached men's basketball for half of his career, he has served as head coach of Villa Maria Junior College where he took that program from zero to double-digit wins in just one season.
He also served as a men's assistant at the University at Buffalo. He returned to his alma mater, Buffalo State College, to serve as the interim men's head coach. At the conclusion of that year, he was named the women's basketball head coach at Buffalo State, where he has experienced his most success as a collegiate head coach.
He led his team to a school-record 25 wins and was the first African-American coach in both men's and women's basketball to win the State University of New York Athletic Conference championship in its 60-plus-year existence. As a result, he was voted SUNYAC Coach of the Year. He also guided the Bengals to an NCAA Division III tournament appearance.
Before coming to Maryland Eastern Shore, he also served as women's head coach at Elizabeth City State where he lead the Vikings to a third-place finish along with a semifinal CIAA tournament appearance.
Batchelor received his Bachelor's degree from Valley Forge Christian College where he was a two-time National Christian College All-American point guard recording over 1,600 points and over 800 assists. He was recently inducted into VFCC's Athletic Hall of Fame.
He also earned his master's degree in Multi-disciplinary Studies (with a concentration in Educational Leadership) from Buffalo State.
Batchelor resides in Princess Anne, Maryland and has two children, Trey and Tiara.COLLEGIATE HEAD COACHING RECORD: FRED BATCHELOR
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