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Jacksonville, Florida-The winds of change officially swept through the Edward Waters College Athletic Department on Tuesday morning as Paul Bryant was introduced as the ninth Director of Intercollegiate Athletics in program history.

Bryant comes to EWC with over a decade of experience as an Athletic Director, with five of those years serving as AD at NCAA Division I institutions. Bryant has also served as Athletic Director at one Division II institutions, one NAIA institution, and has a wealth of experience as an Athletics Administrator as well.

"When we started this journey, we made a concerted effort to find a leader, a leader of young people, a leader of staff that can take Edward Waters College to heretofore unprecedented heights." stated EWC President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr. "Today is a great day of excitement as we look forward to the future of athletics here at Edward Waters College", Dr. Faison further added.

Most recently, Bryant served as the Director of Athletics at Grambling State University from 2017-2018. Under his purview at GSU, the Tigers won Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Championships in football, women's basketball, and men's basketball. In addition, four Grambling State programs made it to the SWAC Championship of their respective sports. Bryant engineered facilities upgrades at venerable Eddie G. Robinson Stadium in Grambling, which included installation of Field Turf and new digital scoreboards in just eight months.

Prior to his time at GSU, Bryant spent three years as the Director of Athletics at South Carolina State University.  While at SCSU during the 2014-15 year, the SC State football team claimed a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship and the men's tennis program won and represented the MEAC in the first round of the NCAA Division I Tennis Championship. Bryant also created the "Kennel Booster Club" and oversaw the renovations of the Hardeep Judge Tennis Center.

Bryant also served as the Director of Athletics at Stillman College from 2013-2014, where he oversaw three athletic programs that won Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) division and tournament championships in men's & women's tennis and baseball.

He also has served as Director of Athletics at Eureka College, Associate Director and Interim Director of Athletics at Urbana University. Bryant also has coaching experience, serving as the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Urbana as well as Sinclair Community College

Bryant holds a bachelor's degree from Alaska Pacific University as well as a master's degree in Education from Urbana University. Bryant will also receive his doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership/Athletics from Northcentral University in July.

"I am excited and I am enthused to be here as the ninth Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Edward Waters College." remarked Bryant. He also said, "Our athletic department will be disciplined in everything that we do, in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community." "In everything that we do, we will walk and talk like champions."

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Sports Forum / Re: Edward Waters Releases 2018 Football Schedule
« on: April 16, 2018, 04:15:47 PM »
Hmmm....surprised to not see Allen University on EWC's schedule. They are both NAIA teams.  NCCU is the only hbcu on their schedule. Also surprised not to see Da'House on the schedule either....NOT that I am disappointed, IJS. 11 games, thats a plus too. Good luck this season, Tigers  ;)

I believe that Allen is doing a "Club Schedule" this year. Plus, the Mid-South Conference has already scheduled eight of the games in advance and only allows for two open dates. The NCCU game was  too good not to pass up, gotta get that money. I'm sure in the future that the two old AME rivals will meet on the gridiron.

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Sports Forum / Edward Waters Releases 2018 Football Schedule
« on: April 15, 2018, 02:16:23 PM »
Jacksonville, Florida-Since the hiring of new head football coach Greg Ruffin in December, the excitement and anticipation of the new direction of Edward Waters football has been palpable. That excitement was taken up another notch as following a successful spring football game on Saturday afternoon,  the Edward Waters College Department of Athletics released its 2018 football schedule. The 2018 11-game schedule features five home games and six contests on the road. In addition, it also features 10 games against NAIA schools, six against Mid-South Conference Sun Division opponents, and one contest against an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) foe.

The Ruffin Era will begin at home on Saturday, August 25th as Edward Waters will host the Knights of St. Andrews University for the first ever meeting between the two schools on the gridiron. The following weekend features another first time opponent for the Purple & Orange on September 1st as the Tigers welcome the Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson.

The Tigers will then take their show on the road for the next four straight contests beginning on September 8th as EWC faces former conference rival Point in Valley, Alabama. Following a bye week on September 15, EWC heads to Lebanon, Tennessee for date with the Phoenix of Cumberland University on September 22nd. The Tigers wrap up the month of September and will open up MSC Sun Division play on the 29th in West Palm Beach against the Seahawks of Keiser University for their first ever meeting on the field.

October begins with a trip to Polk County on the 6th as the Tigers face Warner at Legion Field in Lake Wales. Edward Waters finally returns home on October 13th for another division matchup against Faulkner. The Tigers will welcome another division foe Ave Maria in to town on October 20th when EWC hosts its annual Homecoming game. October closes out on the 27th in Lakeland as the Tigers face the defending MSC Sun Division champions, Southeastern.

The month of November opens on the 3rd where Edward Waters will travel to O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium in Durham, North Carolina for a gridiron battle against North Carolina Central. The 2018 regular season concludes on November 10th at home as the Tigers host long time rival Webber International for Senior Day.

2018 Edward Waters Football Schedule

Date   Opponent   Location
Aug. 25   St. Andrews   Jacksonville, Florida
Sept. 1   Lindsey Wilson   Jacksonville, Florida
Sept. 8   @ Point   Valley, Alabama
Sept. 15   BYE WEEK   
Sept. 22   @ Cumberland   Lebanon, Tennessee
Sept. 29   *@ Keiser   West Palm Beach, Florida
Oct. 6   *@ Warner   Lake Wales, Florida
Oct. 13   *Faulkner   Jacksonville, Florida
Oct. 20   *^Ave Maria   Jacksonville, Florida
Oct. 27   *@ Southeastern   Lakeland, Florida
Nov. 3   @ North Carolina Central   Durham, North Carolina
Nov. 10   *%Webber International   Jacksonville, Florida
*Mid-South Conference Sun Division Contest

^ Homecoming 2018

% Senior Day

Kickoff times and home venue information will be released at a later date.

Follow the Tigers
For complete coverage of Edward Waters College Athletics, follow the Tigers on social media @EWCAthletics (Twitter), /EWCSports (Facebook) and @EWCAthletics (Instagram) or visit the official home of Edward Waters athletics at EWCTigerPride.com.

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Sports Forum / Re: RUFFIN OFFICIALLY INTRODUCED AS NEW HEAD TIGER
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:27:06 PM »
The Athletic Department at EWC has received a bad rep over the past few years. Things are absolutely turning around for the better in Jacksonville under the direction of AD Stanley Cromartie. EWC has a lot of good things to offer and with the $4 Million dollar football stadium that will be built on campus and ready for play next season, EWC Football will be moving in the right direction. Coach Ruffin has built programs to success in his time as a head coach and I expect that to continue during his time at Edward Waters. #TigerPride!

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