Coastal Alabama Community College's Sun Chief Athletic Program based in Bay Minette is set for a full fall season of competition, and Sun Chief's Athletic Director Wayne Larker and the Sun Chief's other head coaches expressed hope for the upcoming year. At the College's recent Media Day event held at Bay Minette's Holly Hill's Municipal Golf Course, Larker —who also coaches baseball — expressed gratitude for all the athletes and those who support the Coastal Alabama Sun Chief Athletic Program.
"I think it's very important in this day and age to know we have people at our College that really back our sports at all levels," he said. "They see the value in it, and they see our young people gaining from it by getting scholarships and life skills.
Larker was joined by Head Tennis and Volleyball Coach Ritchie Dulaney, Women's Basketball Coach Linda Pitts, Head Softball Coach Mallory Radwitch, Head Golf Coach Mikki Bjuro, Head Cheerleading Coach Celeste Robertson and Men's Basketball Coach Robby Robertson.
The coaches were joined by several senior players from each team, and took the opportunity to introduce them and give some background to who makes the teams so competitive. There were also many of the boosters and school supporters recognized, as well as announcer Randy Burgan, the "voice of the Sun Chiefs" men's basketball program who announces the games.
Several of the teams' seasons start with home games in the first week of November, and by January, all of the teams will begin in earnest, according to Larker. He also spoke about Coastal Alabama's dedication to the health and sustainability of its athletics as the new seasons begin.
"We have nine sports at our Bay Minette campus and the campuses in Monroeville and Brewton each have their own set of athletic teams," Larker said. "That just shows you the commitment of our College to athletics.
"Our athletes are clean-cut, they act well and they not only grow up, they represent our College in the best way. And I think as long as we're having athletics at our College, we're going to continue to have Media Days like this."
The traditional Media Day golf tournament immediately followed the press event, with several teams hitting the links including students, coaches and boosters. It was kicked off by a rousing performance by the Sun Chief Cheerleaders.
Larker also said that while the Media Day program will likely continue for years to come, the College was looking at a possible format change to hold a tournament in the spring, to help raise money for booster clubs and to promote programs for the athletic program and the student athletes themselves.