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Hampton AD Interviews at UAPB
Hampton University athletic director Lonza Hardy Jr. is interviewing for the same post at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, a Southwestern Athletic Conference school.
An email from UAPB Chancellor Lawrence A. Davis Jr., obtained Tuesday night by The Daily Press, invited university administrators, faculty and staff to a reception to meet Hardy on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
“Over the past couple of days, I have visited with officials at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff for discussions on their athletics program and their vacancy for an athletics director,” Hardy said in an email Tuesday night.
“Where those discussions may lead has not been decided, neither on the part of the university nor on my part. Consequently, my focus is on continuing to prepare Hampton University’s athletics program for the start of a new school year and to continue getting our staff, coaches and student-athletes ready to fulfill the lofty goals that we have for all of our athletic teams.”
Hardy left Pine Bluff on Wednesday morning after a three-day visit.
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“I think it would be very significant if (we) are able to recruit such a person,” Davis told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. ” … If I said I wanted him, he may not want me. He’s at Hampton. Hampton is a more headline university than we are, as far as some people are concerned. So you question: Do they really want to leave there to come to Pine Bluff? Pine Bluff is kind of struggling.”
Hardy was athletic director at SWAC school Mississippi Valley State for six years until taking the AD job at Hampton, a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, in June of 2007.
UAPB head men’s basketball coach George Ivory, a graduate of Mississippi Valley State, was an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2007-08.
Hardy, a 1978 graduate of North Carolina, was also associate commissioner of the SWAC from 1989 to 2001 and sports information director at two SWAC schools, Southern and Alcorn State.
During Hardy’s tenure at Hampton, the Lady Pirates women’s basketball team won back-to-back MEAC tournament titles in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, and the men’s basketball team won the league tournament title this past year. HU’s football team has gone a combined 23-11.
UAPB’s football team went 5-6 in 2010. Its men’s basketball team went 7-24 in 2010-11 and its women’s basketball team went 1-28.
The Golden Lions joined the SWAC in 1997 and made their first league football championship game appearance in 2006. The women’s basketball team earned its first SWAC title and accompanying NCAA tournament bid in 2009-10.
Former athletic director Skip Perkins left for Howard University in December. Interim AD Willie Fulton has applied for the position. Other candidates include former football coach and current university director of recruitment Lee Hardeman, former football coach Mo Forte and sports information director Andrew Roberts.
By Melinda Waldrop, Daily Press