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Cone Selected to Join Men’s Basketball Committee

Janet ConeThe NCAA announced last spring that UNC Asheville Director of Athletics and Senior Administrator for University Enterprises Janet R. Cone has been selected to serve on the Men’s Basketball Committee. Her term began on Sept. 1. She is the fourth woman to serve on this prestigious committee.

Cone has a long history of service to the NCAA, having been appointed to the Women’s Basketball Issues Committee as well as the Division I Leadership Council. A native of Summerville, S.C., she is a graduate of Furman University and holds a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina.

Prior to arriving in Asheville as director of athletics, Cone was the associate director of athletics at Samford University. In June of 2013, she was one of only 28 Directors of Athletics to be named as Under Armour AD of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.In October 2007, Cone was named the Division I-AAA Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators.

“Having been a former student-athlete, basketball coach, and now director of athletics, I am honored to represent UNC Asheville and the Big South Conference, and thankful to be chosen to serve on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee,” said Cone. “I look forward to working with (NCAA vice president for men’s basketball) Dan Gavitt and the distinguished group of committee members. I am committed to being a team player with a focus on keeping basketball a great sport for our student-athletes, coaches and fans. I am anxious to play my role and ready to begin this unbelievable journey.”

Friedholm Named Baseball Head Coach

Bulldog baseball has a new head coach, with Boston College assistant Scott Friedholm named to the position in June. 

“I am very excited to be the next head baseball coach at UNC Asheville,” said Friedholm. ”This is an outstanding academic institution with a baseball program that has a great deal of potential.”

Friedholm is the program’s ninth head coach, succeeding Tom Smith, who retired following the 2014 season.

Golf ClasSIC Raises $100,000 for Scholarsh

The 2014 Bulldog Athletic Association Scholarship Golf Classic was held in September and raised a record $100,000 for the UNC Asheville Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund.

This year’s tournament was presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, with sponsorships by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Belk’s.  

Eleven of UNC Asheville’s 13 sports maintained an average 3.0 GPA or above this past year (both indoor and outdoor track and field were combined). Topping the list was women’s track and field. The men’s sport with the highest average GPA was tennis.