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Tuskegee Baseball 1917
Tuskegee baseball -1917

Tuskegee 1928-1929

Tuskegee Institute 1915

Tuskegee Football 1921

In 1926 a 9-hole golf course was developed on Franklin Road 

Tuskegee Football Team 1928

Tuskegee Women Basketball 1928

Cleve Abbott

Cleve Abbott was born on December 9, 1894, in Yankton, South Dakota.

He graduated in 1916 from South Dakota State University after winning 14 varsity awards at the university.

In 1915, he was hired by Booker T. Washington as a coach and agricultural chemist. In his entire football coaching career, his record was 203-96. He won 6 national titles, and at one stage, his team went 46 games without losing.

He also coached women’s track and field team from 1936 to 1955. His teams won 14 national championships, including 8 in a row, and his athletes represented the United States at Olympic Games, winning 2 gold medals.

Abbott was still coaching at Tuskegee when he died on April 16, 1955. Inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1966, the South Dakota State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1968 as well as the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Tuskegee Football Team 1941

Estelle Pearson Tuskegee Olymplic Games 1932
Tuskegee Relays and Tuskegee Golf Course
Tuskegee Golf 1932


The first Tuskegee Relays and Meet was held on May 7, 1927 at Tuskegee University, it was the oldest African American relays.

Dr. Frederick Patterson
Dr. Frederick Patterson, Tuskegee’s 3rd president, was only 33 years old when he was hired in that position. His tenure lasted from 1935–1953. Dr. Patterson use to attend Tuskegee sporting events and this is where he actually started dating Catherine Moton, the daughter of Tuskegee’s 2nd president Robert R. Moton, who would later become his wife.  The passage below is in Dr. Patterson’s own words.
Frederick D Patterson -Basketball

Margaret and Matilda Roumania Peters
Margaret and Matilda Roumania Peters
Roumania and Margaret, who, from the late 1930s to early 1950s, dominated the doubles events held by the American Tennis Association, the nation’s oldest black sports organization to include women. They were recruited by Tuskegee. From 1937-41 and for a decade after, Margaret and Roumania would dominate the women’s game at the end of the Jim Crow era.

Roumania won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tennis championship during her time at Tuskegee. But their fame on the tennis court largely derived from the 14 doubles titles they won between 1938 and 1941 and between 1944 and 1953. Roumania also won ATA national singles titles in 1944 and 1946. In winning her second title, she defeated the up-and-coming Althea Gibson, who later won 10 ATA national singles titles. Gibson would go on to win singles titles at the 1956 French Open (the first grand-slam event won by a person of color), Wimbledon in 1957, and the U.S. title in 1957 and 1958.
After graduating from Tuskegee in 1941 with degrees in physical education, the Peters sisters continued to play amateur tennis in segregated regional and national ATA tournaments.

Both Peters sisters earned master’s degrees in physical education from New York University and returned to Washington to work. Margaret became a special education teacher, and Roumania taught at Howard University in the 1950s and in the D.C. public school system from 1964 until 1981. Roumania also taught tennis to underprivileged children through the D.C. Department of Recreation.

In 1977 the sisters were inducted into the Tuskegee Hall of Fame. Roumania died in 2003 from pneumonia, the year the United States Tennis Association presented the sisters with an “achievement award” prior to a Federation Cup match. The USTA inducted both sisters into the Mid-Atlantic Section Hall of Fame the same year. Margaret died the following year. (Source: Steven J. Niven from The Root)
Golf 1930
Tuskegee Men’s Track One-Mile Relay Team participated in Penn Relays, Philadelphia for the first time in 1935.

Golf 1936
In 1938 the first Black college intercollegiate golf tournament was held in Tuskegee on the Franklin Road Course.


Mozell Ellerbe

Mozell Ellerbe won the 100-Yard Dash at the Penn Relays on April 27, 1940.  He was the first African American male athlete to come from a black college to win the 100-Yard Dash in a National Track and Field Meet.

Tuskegee University Golf History
Golf 1939

Golf 1940


Tuskegee Golf 1942
Tuskegee University Golf Course

Theresa Manuel
January 7, 1926 – November 21, 2016
theresa-manuel 2016

Theresa Manuel played basketball at Middleton High School, in Tampa, and then led Tuskegee Institute to 4 straight conference track championships. She was the AAU indoor champion in the 50 metre hurdles in 1948.

She traveled with her teammates from Tuskegee Institute on a cruise ship to London en route to the Olympics. Theresa Manuel was the first female African American Floridian to compete in the Olympics. The Tuskegee women’s track team had been unbeatable in the United States. In the 1948 London Games, Manuel ran the 80-meter hurdles, was the third leg in the 440-yard team relay, and threw a javelin. Her teammate Alice Coachman won the high jump, becoming the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. The Tuskegee Olympic women and teammates met President Harry Truman.

After college graduation, in 1949 from Tuskegee, she coached at Middleton and then Hillsborough High School, and in 1976 was voted Florida Basketball Coach of the Year. The largest Tampa area track meet was named for her, the Manuel-Griffin Relays. In March 1994, Manuel became the first African American woman inducted into the Tampa Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2004, the track at her old high school was named in her honor, the Theresa A. Manuel Track and Field.


Theresa Manuel “A Winner’s Story”


Alice Coachman
November 9, 1923 – July 14, 2014
Alice Coachman

Alice Coachman
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Alice Coachman


Alice Coachman growing up

Alice Coachman at Tuskegee

More from Alice Coachman on being a student at Tuskegee

Alice Coachman – Gold Medal Moments



Alice Coachman was the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal and this was in London 1948

Alice Coachman became the first African American woman athletic champion (1952) to sign a product endorsement for a multinational corporation, Coca-Cola.

In 1975 Alice Coachman (Davis) was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Tuskegee Women Basketball 1943

Tuskegee Women Basketball 1944

Tuskegee Basketball 1944

Tuskegee Football Team 1945

Tuskegee Mens Basketball 1947

Tuskegee Women Basketball Team 1947

Tuskegee Womens Team 1947

Mabel Walker Thornton

Thornton caught the eye of Tuskegee’s coach, and she eventually joined the Tuskegee team.

She would later earn a spot on the 1948 U.S. Olympic team that competed in London for the 100-yard dash and the first leg of the 440-yard relay team.

Mabel Walker Thornton was enshrined in the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame in May 2010.

Evelyn Lawler (Lewis)

In 1950 Tuskegee student Evelyn Lawler (Lewis), mother of Olympic multi-time gold medal winner Carl Lewis, set a new meet record at Freeport, Texas in the 80-meter hurdles.  The time of 11.7 seconds tied the American record, which was set in the 1932 Olympic games.

Tuskegee Basketball 1949

Tuskegee Women Basketball 1949

Tuskegee Baseball 1949

Dr. Frederick Patterson
Dr. Frederick Patterson,Tuskegee’s 3rd president, competed in a tennis tournament held at Tuskegee. Dr. Patterson when he was selected to be president was only age 33.
Frederick D Patterson Tennis

Mildred McDaniel


Olympic gold medalist Mildred McDaniel Singleton, one of the world’s top female athletes of the 1950s, has died of cancer in 2004 while living in California. She was 70.

Singleton won a gold medal in the high jump at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.

She ran track and played basketball at the Tuskegee Institute (University). Teammates called her “Tex,” because she dribbled like a Texan, according to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, where she was enshrined in 1983.

She was also inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Helms Hall of Fame in Los Angeles.

In the Olympics, Singleton jumped 5 feet, 9 inches to win the gold and establish a world record.

Singleton was the U.S. women’s high jump champion in 1953, 1955 and 1956, and the indoor champion in 1955 and 1956. At the 1955 Pan American Games, she won the high jump with a meet record.

She was a Atlanta native, retired from competition after the Olympics and moved to California. She taught physical education for 32 years and retired in 1993.

Tuskegee Baseball 1954

Tuskegee Baseball 1954

Tuskegee Basketball 1954

Leon Wagner

Leon Lamar Wagner, passed in 2004, was a left fielder in the MLB for the San Francisco Giants (1958–59, 1969), St. Louis Cardinals (1960), Los Angeles Angels (1961–63), Cleveland Indians (1964–68) and Chicago White Sox (1968). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed.  He was affectionately known as “Daddy Wags” during his playing days. This was due to his very distinctive style of left handed batsmanship and his notable and unique body gesticulations, primarily below the waist, prior to unleashing his devastating stroke.

Tuskegee Golf Team 1963

1966 SIAC Championship Swimming Team

Tuskegee Golf Team 1966

Dr. Nell Jackson


A pioneer in women’s track & field, Dr. Nell Jackson served the sport as both a coach and an administrator. In 1956, she became the first African American female to coach an Olympic Team, and she later served as vice president and as secretary of The Athletics Congress (forerunner to USATF).

As a student at Tuskegee University (Tuskegee Institute) from 1947-1951, Jackson was a member of the 1948 Olympic Team and also competed in the first Pan-American Games in 1951, taking second in the 200m and running on the winning sprint relay. She also set an American record of 24.2 seconds in the 200m in 1949 and won two national titles in 1950: in the 200m (over Stella Walsh), and as the anchor on Tuskegee’s winning 4x100m relay.

After graduating in 1951 from Tuskegee, Jackson pursued a master’s degree at Springfield College, graduating in 1953. She later earned a PhD from the University of Iowa in 1962.

Jackson returned to her alma mater, Tuskegee, in 1953 as women’s track & field coach. Her coaching talents were not limited to track & field – she also was the first men’s swimming coach at Tuskegee, starting the program in 1958. She later coached at Iowa, Illinois State, Illinois, and Michigan State. At Illinois, she coached the Illini to a national team championship in the 1970 outdoor season. Jackson coached fellow USTFCCCA Hall of Famer Barbara Jacket at Tuskegee University, and one of her pupils at Michigan State was Karen Dennis, current women’s coach at The Ohio State University.

Jackson also served as an assistant athletic director at Michigan State University, and when she retired from full-time coaching in 1981, she accepted a position as director of physical education and intercollegiate athletics and professor in the department of physical education at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

In 1956 and 1972, Jackson served as the U.S. Olympic Team’s women’s head coach; she was the first African American to be named head coach of a U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team, men’s or women’s. Her ties to track & field administration went even further than these coaching assignments. From 1979-88, she served as an officer of TAC; she also worked with both the U.S. Olympic Committee and the IAAF.

Jackson is honored in several Halls of Fame, among them the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, the USATF Hall of Fame, and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame. Several awards are also given each year in her honor, including awards given by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, by Michigan State’s Varsity Alumni `S’ Club, and by Binghamton University.

She is a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Special Inductee Hall of Fame
Source: U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association
Michigan State University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010: Dr. Nell Jackson

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Barbara J. Jacket

Barbara Jacket



Barbara J. Jacket [During Homecoming 2010 Ms. Jacket signed the TUD1Explore petition to move Tuskegee University to Division I (FCS) at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. She is an American heroine.]

After graduating from Tuskegee in 1958, Jacket’s achievements were almost too numerous to mention.

Her 1965 to 1991 teams claimed 8 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) outdoor titles and 2 indoor titles; won national titles in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women and the U.S. Track and Field Federation; won 8 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) cross country titles, 9 indoor titles and five outdoor SWAC titles in track and field.

Jacket was named SWAC Coach of the Year on 23 occasions and NAIA Coach of the Year 5 times. Her teams won 23 SWAC championships, and Jacket tutored 57 All-Americans.

In 1990, she became the only women athletic director in the SWAC when she was named to the position at Prairie View A&M University.

Jacket retired as head coach of women’s track and field at Prairie View A&M University in 1991 to devote more time to the Olympics. As coach of the 1992 U.S. Women’s Olympic Track Team during the Olympics which ran from July 25-August 9 in Barcelona, Spain, Ms. Jacket had the enviable task of coaching such greats as long jumper Jackie Joyner-Kersee and sprinters Gwen Torrance, Gail Devers, and Evelyn Ashford.

The Women’s team won overall 4 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals, and 3 Bronze Medals more than any team since 1956.

She was the 2nd African American woman to coach an Olympic team; the first was her track coach at Tuskegee, Dr. Nell Jackson, who coached the Olympic games in 1956.

1965 Swimming

Tuskegee Institute -1965 Swimming

Tuskegee Soccer Team 1965

1969 NFL Draft

Tuskegee 1969 NFL Draft Class

Tuskegee Swim Team 1969

Tuskegee Soccer Team 1969

Tuskegee Swim Team 1971

Tuskegee Tennis Team 1974Tuskegee Cross Country 1975


Ken Howell

Kenneth Howell, Jr. is a former MLB player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies
Howell was born in Detroit, Michigan, and pitched in the Major Leagues from 1984-90. He is currently the bullpen coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kenneth Howell Jr. is a graduate of Tuskegee University. Howell was a 3rd-round pick by the L.A. Dodgers in the June 1982 draft. He pitched in seven Major League seasons, including five with Los Angeles (1984-88) and 2 with Philadelphia. Howell appeared in 235 games as a big leaguer, going 38-48 with a 3.95 ERA and registered 31 saves and 549 strikeouts. Howell is one of the hardest throwers in baseball, once struck out 14 consecutive batters in the Dominican Winter League while pitching for Licey.Howell was sent from the L.A. Dodgers to the Baltimore Orioles in the deal in which the L.A. Dodgers acquired Eddie Murray on Dec. 4, 1988. Howell was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies four days later.
Ken Howell is his 11th season as a coach and 18th overall in the Los Angeles Dodger organization. He is former Dodger pitcher begins his 5th season as Major League bullpen coach. Howell oversaw a promising bullpen in 2011 that had 6 rookies pitch in relief, including Javy Guerra, who led the team with 21 saves, and Kenley Jansen, who established a new Major League record with a 16.10 strikeouts per nine innings mark. Howell guided a bullpen in 2010 that boasted two All-Stars, (Jonathan Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo); the Dodgers were the only big league team with two All-Star relievers, it was also the first time in franchise history that the Dodgers had 2 All-Star relievers in the same season. Howell oversaw a bullpen in 2009 that led the Majors with a 3.12 ERA, finishing well ahead of the second-ranked Oakland A’s (3.46). Howell spent 2006 and 2007 as the pitching coach for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s and was a coach for the PCL All-Star Team in 2007 and prior to his stint in Las Vegas, spent one season (2005) as the pitching coach for the Double-A Jacksonville Suns, who won the Southern League championship and featured current Dodgers Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Broxton. Howell spent the previous three seasons in the same post for the Single-A Vero Beach Dodgers and has international coaching experience and was part of a delegation of Dodger coaches who traveled to Osaka, Japan in 2003, working with the Kinetsu Buffaloes of Japan’s Pacific League. Howell took part in two fall training camps (2002-03) when the Buffaloes trained in Vero Beach, FL and was asked to help select pitchers for Taiwan’s 2004 Olympic baseball team and worked with the Dodgers’ sister team in Taiwan, the Sinon Bulls.
Carl Bailey
Carl Bailey, a Tuskegee alumnus, was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 3rd round of the 1980 NBA Draft.

Kenneth Woodard

In 1982 the Denver Broncos, in the 10th round of the NFL draft, selected linebacker Kenneth Woodard.

He would play eight seasons in the NFL, 5 with the Denver Broncos, 1 with the Pittsburgh Seelers and 2 with the San Diego Chargers.

Tuskegee alumnus Denver Bronco’s Ken Woodard vs Buffalo Bills 1984

1982 Discussion regarding NCAA Division I

Iram D. Lewis

Iram D. Lewis is a graduate of architecture and today is a licensed architect in Nassau, Bahamas where he is also the Project Manager for the new National Stadium in Nassau. [Mr. Lewis supports the effort to move Tuskegee University to Division I (FCS)]

Lewis competed on the 4×100-meter relay team at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships in 1993, World Championships in 1995. Lewis also competed in the Games of the XXVI Olympiad of Atlanta in 1996 for the Bahamas in the Men’s 4 × 100 meters relay.

He also competed in the Games of the XXVII Olympiad of Sydney in 2000 for the Bahamas in the Men’s 4 × 100 meters relay all representing his country.
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Iram Lewis was sworn in by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House, May 25, 2017.

Chris Holder

Chris Holders

Tuskegee alumnus Chris Holder was drafted by the Green Bay Packers, as a wide receiver, in 1992.
Kelvin Powell

Kelvin Powell is in his 8th season as linebacker coach at Clark Atlanta University where he serves his sixth year as Defensive Coordinator.

His talents carried him into a three-year professional football career in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Edmonton Eskimos from 2002-2005. In the first year of his professional campaign, Powell earned team Rookie of the Year honors and helped the team to a second place finish in the CFL championship. However, the next year Powell was instrumental in the Eskimos winning the covenant Grey Cup Championship.

Powell received his Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina Central University after attending Tuskegee University where he was a three-time first team All-SIAC and All-American linebacker. He was also a two-time SIAC Defensive Player of the Year who is recognized as Tuskegee’s all-time leader in tackles. To add to his accolades as a collegiate player, he was named the Black College Linebacker of the Year in 2000 and the team’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) for three consecutive years. Powell played in four Pioneer Bowls and in 1999 was named the bowl’s defensive MVP. He also led the Golden Tigers to three conference championships during his illustrious career at Tuskegee.

He began his coaching career as a linebacker coach at Clark Atlanta University in 2005. He quickly moved up the coaching ranks and was named defensive coordinator after one season. 

To his credit, Powell has coached several National Football League (NFL) players including Curtis Johnson, Jonathan Hamm and Samuel McNaulty, and a host of other All-Conference and Defensive Players of the Year. During his tenure at CAU, he also served as head baseball coach for three years.

Anthony M. Mitchell

Anthony M. Mitchell, who attended Tuskegee as an architecture and and later a construction science student, was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 1999.
Mitchell also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals.

Anthony Mitchell, risking all in the fourth quarter of a division championship game, fielded the ball, darted up the right sideline, picked up two key blocks and raced 90 yards for the winning touchdown in a 24-10 playoff victory over the Tennessee Titans in 2000. Two games later, the Ravens won the Super Bowl (XXXV in 2001). That he starred in the championship drive still tickles Mitchell, 36, now a Georgia high school coach.

Frank B. Walker

Frank B. Walker, who played for Tuskegee, is a cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the 6th round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Walker has also been a member of the Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, and Tennessee Titans.

New York Giants (2003–2006)
Green Bay Packers (2007)
Baltimore Ravens (2008–2009)
Minnesota Vikings (2010)
Tennessee Titans (2011)*
Dallas Cowboys (2011)
Offseason and/or practice squad member only

Dimitri Patterson

Dimitri Patterson’s makes an interception against the Washington Redskins

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Dimitri Patterson

Dimitri Patterson

Dimitri Patterson

Dimitri J. Patterson, attended Tuskegee, was, in 2014, a cornerback for the the New York Jets. He played for the Miami Dolphins in 2012-2013. He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2005. Patterson has also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns.

Harry Williams, Jr.

Harry Williams, Jr., while at Tuskegee University, finished his career with 83 receptions for 1,584 yards (19.1 avg.) and eight touchdowns. He averaged 23.8 yards per kick return on 19 returns for a total of 453 yards. During his senior season Williams, Jr. played in 12 games and produced a career single-season high with 43 receptions for 678 yards and three touchdowns. He also added seven kickoff returns for 134 yards (19.1 avg.).

Williams, Jr. was twice named Tuskegee’s track team’s MVP (2002-03) while competing in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. He also won the SIAC 100-meter title and finished second in the 200 meters. The New York Jets signed him in the 2005 draft selection.

Roosevelt “Roe” Williams, Jr.

Roosevelt “Roe” Williams, Jr. was a cornerback in the NFL.  He played at Savannah State University from 1998-99 and at Tuskegee University from 2000-01. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He was considered one the top five cornerbacks entering in the draft. He was also argurably considered the best collegiate defender in the state of Alabama in 2002.

Williams made All-American and first team SIAC all of his four years at a historical black university.Williams made his first NFL start his rookie season against the Jets and was the player of the game that stop the Jets from progressing to the 2002 playoffs. Williams was also a member of the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, New York Jets.  Roosevelt Williams is coach of the Defensive Backs for Southwest Baptist University in Missouri after coaching the two previous seasons with Widener. Williams was the defensive backs and speed coach at Clark Atlanta University from 2008-09.

Drayton Florence, Jr.

Drayton Floence

October 3, 2011 Sports Illustrated Cover:
Football: Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills CB Drayton Florence (29) victorious, scoring touchdown after returning interception vs New England Patriots during 4th quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Orchard Park, NY October 25, 2011

CREDIT: Damian Strohmeyer (Photo by Damian Strohmeyer /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

Drayton Florence

Drayton Florence

Drayton Florence 2013 Carolina Panthers

Drayton Florence, Jr., a native of Waycross, GA, registered school-record three returns for touchdowns on interceptions at Tuskegee University. As a senior, he was named first-team Division II All-America by the Associated Press and American Coaches Association. He majored in social work.

Drayton Florence was, in 2014, a NFL cornerback for the Detroit Lions. He played for the Carolina Panthers from 2013-2014. He was drafted…by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He was a member of San Diego from 2003-2007.  Florence has also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2008 season, Buffalo from 2009 to 2011 and Detroit in the 2012 season.


Terrance Stringer

Terrance Stringer

Terrance Stringer, is a native of Phenix City, AL. The New York Giants announced May 12, 2008 that the team signed free-agent T. Stringer.


In 1997 Tuskegee University became the first HBCU to win 500 football games, defeating Alabama State University 21-16 on Nov. 27 in the 74th. Annual Turkey Day Football Classic, continuing its dominancy as America’s “winningest” HBCU football team.

Jacary Atkinson

Jacary Atkinson finished the 2008 season as the SIAC Player of the Year/Offensive Player of the Year and led the Golden Tigers to a 10-1 season and the 2008 SIAC Championship. He led the conference in passing average per game (242.0), passing yards (2,662) passing touchdowns (24), and total offense average (307.8). Atkinson was named Offensive Player of the Week 6 times during the 2008 season. He completed 160-of-282 passes for 2,662 yards and 24 touchdowns. He rushed 125 times for 724 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Darian Barnes
Darian Barnes AFL New Orleans VooDoo
Darian Barnes played for Tuskegee (2008-2012), earning All-Conference honors finished third all-time in sacks in school history. In 2012 played for the Georgia Force. In 2013-2014 he played for the PIFL’s Alabama Hammers, earning All-PIFL status, tied for 3rd in the league in sacks (9) and finished 5th in the league in TLF (10). In he earned All-PIFL Status, finished 6th in the league in sacks (8.5), and 5th in TFL (11.5).
Anthony Rodney
Anthony Rodney

Anthony Rodney

Anthony Rodney

Anthony Rodney became a defensive back for the Bemidji Axemen (Bemidji, Minnesota) in 2015, of the IFL. The IFL is a developmental league designed to get players to the National Football League or Canadian Football League. He also played for the San Angelo Bandits of the Lone Star Football League; led the team in tackles with 24 while adding 4 forced fumbles, played both defensive back and linebacker. Rodney helped the Golden Tigers to 2 conference championships. As a junior, he was named Defensive MVP of the 2009 Gateway Classic following Tuskegee’s victory over Kentucky State. He changed positions from cornerback to linebacker as a senior. Transferred from Southern Arkansas where he earned second-team All-Gulf South Conference honors as a freshman in 2007.
Lucas Adam
Lucas Adam

In 2014 Lucas Adam became a defensive back for the Bemidji Axemen (Bemidji, Minnesota), of the IFL. In 2012, Lucas recorded 7 interceptions with 2 returned for touchdowns for Tuskegee. He also recorded 40 tackles, one forced fumble, and one blocked kick. In 2011, he recorded three INTs with 2 returned for touchdowns. He also added 31 tackles and one fumble recovery.
Philander Browder II
Philander Browder

Philander Browder II is a wide receiver for the Iowa Barnstormers, of Indoor Football League (IFL). Browder completed his rookie season in the Indoor Football League with the Bemidji Axemen. Browder finished his career with the Golden Tigers with 75 catches for 860 yards and four touchdowns. On special teams, he tallied 20 tackles and ran a 4.3 40-yard dash at his pro day for NFL scouts and had a workout with the Houston Texans.

DeMario Pippen
DeMario Pippen

DeMario Pippen


DeMario Pippen spent the first three years of his college career at Jackson State University before transferring to Tuskegee University to play his senior year. In 2011, he started nine of 10 games for the Golden Tigers, recording 125 carries and 584 yards and 5 touchdowns as well as 15 passes for 126 yards. He finished the season second on the team in receptions and in individual scoring (30 points). After Tuskegee, Pippen signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Denver Broncos.
William Hollis
Will Hollis

The ASI Panthers signed William Hollis for the 2015 Season as a defensive lineman. The AllStarInc Panthers (Reading, Pennsylvania) are a members of the American Conference of American Indoor Football (AIF). After a season with the Columbus Lions of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL), he became a defensive lineman for the Trenton Freedom. Hollis recorded 7 sacks for the Trenton Freedom. Hollis’ football journey included stops at Western Lake Community College (CA), El Camino Community College (CA), Central Missouri, Clark-Atlanta, North Alabama, and finally Tuskegee. Hollis was named All-Conference, during his college career, and was nominated for a number of NCAA Division II Awards.
Terry Bradden


Tuskegee University 2012 SIAC Champions 




89th Turkey Day Classic 2012
TU 27  ASU 25 Final

The first game held in Alabama State University’s new on campus stadium

4th Louis Crews Classic 2013
TU 23 Alabama A&M 7 Final

Tuskegee at Alabama A&M Tuskegee at Alabama A&M

Tuskegee’s victory on September 7, 2013 was Alabama A&M’s first loss to an NCAA Division II program since a loss to Tuskegee on October 4, 2008, in Indianapolis.
Tuskegee began playing AAMU in 1932 and TU has a record of 21-25-3. AAMU stopped playing Tuskegee after the 1999 season and did not compete against one another again until 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and this year.

William Clarence Matthews has been inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, the organization announced Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuskegee alumnus in National Baseball Hall of Fame

2014 NCAA Div II Sweet 16

Elite Eight

2014 Tuskegee NCAA Div II Elite Eight

Tuskegee 2014 NCAA Elight Eight -South Region Champions Ring

Tuskegee wins the 2014 SIAC Championship to advance into the
NCAA Division II Playoffs hosting the University of West Georgia

2014 SIAC Champions

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2014 SIAC Champions

The Golden Tigers defeated Albany State University, 11-7, to claim the 2014 SIAC Softball Championship at Gerald Matthews Complex in Hampton, Georgia.
Tuskegee 2014 SIAC Softball Champions

Tuskegee 2014 SIAC Champions

The No. 7-seeded Tuskegee Golden Tigers upset the No. 2 Newberry Wolves with a 35-33 victory in the NCAA Division II playoffs. Tuskegee went up 14-10 with 1:18 left with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Lacey to Javarrius Cheatham to finish off a five-play, 76-yard scoring drive.
TUSKEGEE (9-2) 35
NEWBERRY (10-2) 33

The Golden Tigers would later fall to North Greenville in 2nd round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.
TUSKEGEE (9-3) 26

Tuskegee Baseball