Alumnus weekend draws support for athletics

by | Jul 22, 2022 | Alumni

Pictured Above: Athletic Department employees helped with the Athletic Alumni weekend on April 8-9. They include, front from left, Andrew Gunn, John Plummer, Lydia Sutcliffe, Steve Otto; second row, Kathy Farris, Kasey Britt, Robert Gardner, Dan Rives; third row, Kelly Murphy, Jonathan Nevol; back row, Mike Grzanich, Matt Lott, Larry Williams, John Hendrick, Nathan Werremeyer and Nick Beasley.

Hinds Athletics hosted its first Alumni Weekend and Golf Outing, which drew 12 teams to play at Eagle Ridge Golf Course on April 8. More than $7,500 was raised to go toward projects to update athletic facilities. As part of the weekend event, retired men’s soccer coach Doug Williams was recognized on Saturday morning. A Hinds alumnus, Williams coached the team for 24 years and continues to teach in the Health, Physical Education & Recreation department.

Director of Athletics Nathan Werremeyer used the opportunity to talk to alumni and attendees about his vision for the future of Hinds Athletics. “This was an outstanding event and a great start to a tradition that I hope continues long into the future. We have plans to make it bigger and better next year. I want to thank all the people who helped organize and run the event, especially those that took time out of their day to play” Werremeyer said.

Shown with Hinds Athletic Director Nathan Werremeyer, left, is Hinds alumnus James Knight, who owns Southern Equipment Company, one of the two title sponsors of the golf tournament. Knight played football under Coach Durwood Graham.

Doug Williams, a 1995 Hinds alumnus, was honored at the April 8-9 Athletics Alumni Weekend for his role in coaching men’s soccer for 24 years. Williams retired from coaching in December but continues to teach.

Golfers included, from left, Andrew Gunn, his dad Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, who is a member of the Hinds Community College Foundation board, and his brother Hinds baseball player John David Gunn along with Morrison Heights Baptist Church Pastor Dr. Greg Belser and Hinds Foundation ex officio board member Percy Thornton.