by Falcons Sports Information Department
RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 9) – The National Alumni Association of Saint Augustine's University honored two popular and well-respected coaches at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Building recently.
Dot Neal and Sandy Chapman were highlighted during The All White Affair ceremony for their tremendous contributions to the University in late July. National President Charlotte Clark Turpin presented both coaches with awards for outstanding alumni service which were well deserved.
Both SAU graduates, Neal and Chapman have faithfully served the University for over 25 years. In addition to coaching their respective teams, they perform extra duties when called upon and stay late hours to assure the jobs get done for the sake of SAU.
Among her many tasks, Neal takes headshots for photo IDs during registration. She also oversees parking and game-day program sales at home football games. Chapman helps keep the facilities clean and monitors the students in the cafeteria and dorms among other duties.
"It is no secret that Dot and Sandy are passionate about Saint Augustine's University," said Sheryl Harris-Ximines, SAU Director of Alumni Affairs. "Even though both spend countless hours coaching, they somehow find time to help others on campus, no matter how long it takes. They epitomize true Falcon Pride, all day, every day!"
Neal has been employed at the University for 32 years. She currently holds three positions – softball coach, women's bowling coach and Senior Woman Administrator. This past season, the softball team won the CIAA highest team grade point average award in the sport and claimed the NCAA Division II national triples title. In addition to team honors, Neal was named CIAA Softball Coach of the Week three times. In women's bowling, the Lady Falcons qualified for the CIAA Tournament and finished tied for fifth.
A former basketball student-athlete and 1985 graduate, Neal was an assistant coach on some of the best women's basketball and softball teams in University history. The Lady Falcons advanced to the CIAA basketball finals three times and captured the CIAA softball championship in 1989 and 1991.
Chapman has worked at the University following his graduation in 1990 when he was a student-athlete in the ultra-successful track and field program.
Mentored by legendary Head Coach George Williams, Chapman has emerged as one of the top assistant track and field coaches in the nation. In 18 seasons as an assistant, Chapman has helped the Falcons and Lady Falcons win 21 NCAA Division II national championships and 61 CIAA titles.
Currently the SAU men's and women's cross country head coach, Chapman was named NCAA Division II National Assistant Men's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after he helped guide the Falcons to their fifth straight Division II national championship in May 2017. Chapman has won the prestigious award twice in five seasons.