Brevard, N.C. - With less than two weeks remaining before the Brevard College Athletic Department opens the 2009-2010 season, the Tornados hosted their annual fall sports kickoff, the Pigskin Pig-out.
Festivities at the Pig-out this year included live music by local band, He Said, She Said, and the food received great reviews as Aramark catered the event, providing barbeque, black bean burgers, baked beans, coleslaw and a number of assorted desserts.
Four of the Tornados fall sports coaches were special guest speakers at the event as they spoke about their teams and their upcoming seasons.
Coach Brenda Skeffington, head coach of the Tornados volleyball team, mentioned the theme for her team this season, ICE, which stands for Intensity, Concentration and Enthusiasm. She also spoke about the desire of the team to out-hustle their opponents’ everyday as the Tornados look to return to the 2009 Food Lion SAC Volleyball tournament, having made it in 2008 in their first season as full members of the South Atlantic Conference.
Following Coach Skeffington to the microphone was Coach Juan Mascaro, head coach of the Tornados men’s soccer team. Coach Mascaro opened by thanking the entire athletic department staff for their work, praising them and saying, "College athletics are important, but so are the people behind them."
He also went on to thank Dr. Drew Van Horn, President of Brevard College, Athletic Director Kim Pate and Assistant Athletic Director Ginny Alexander for their hard work in helping to develop the BC Athletic program into what it is today. Before finishing, Coach Mascaro finished by commenting on his team, saying the team this season is one of the best he has had since becoming head coach at Brevard.
Coach Shigeyoshi Shinohara, head coach of the women’s soccer team stepped up to the podium next, complimenting the South Atlantic Conference as a whole, saying it is one of the top conference’s in the nation and week in and week out, the teams play against tough opponents.
He also expressed excitement in this upcoming season with the group of returners and incoming freshman, stating, "I am fully confident in our team to have a great season."
Lastly to the stage, Coach Paul Hamilton, fresh from Saturday afternoon’s scrimmage at Rosman High School, opened up with nothing but praise for the other fall sports programs.
"We are pulling for our other teams. We are proud of them and are working hard to keep up and wishing them nothing but the best," Hamilton had to say about the other athletic programs at BC.
Coach Hamilton also had the following to say to all of the parents who were in attendance at the Pigskin Pig-out, "We (the coaching staff) are the ones who are blessed to coach these athletes. You should be proud of these athletes and what they are doing in coming to college to play at Brevard."
In regards to the upcoming season, Coach Hamilton unveiled the 2009 BC football team’s theme, WIN, which stands for What’s Important Now, and he spoke on how the team is not here looking for only moral victories now, but to truly make an adjustment in working hard to get better, and in so doing, they will become victorious.
The Brevard College Fall Sports begin with the women’s soccer home opener on Thursday, August 27, against Montreat at 6 p.m. The men’s soccer team also opens their season the same night on the road against Southern Wesleyan at 7 p.m. Volleyball opens their season on Saturday, August 29, on the road at Montreat with games against Montreat and Mountain State. Football also opens their 2009 season on the road on the 29th down in Jacksonville, Fla. against Edward Waters College.