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Basketball Program Success

March 6, 2024

Beacon Blazers Basketball builds on a foundation of success and looks forward to growth in the USCAA.


College’s First Class of Athletic Recruits Gives School Hoop Dreams

October 6, 2023

Wade joins the stellar athletes of Beacon’s first-ever recruiting class for its growing intercollegiate sports program.


College Gallops onto the Sports Scene with New Blazers Logo

September 5, 2023

When Kylee Davis arrived at Beacon College in the fall of 2020, she didn’t immediately connect with the school’s nickname and mascot.


For Raines, Winning Basketball Means Taking it to the Hol(istic)

August 3, 2023

By Richard Burnett Brandon Raines has worn many hats in his career in sports and education — from teacher, tutor, mentor, and recruiter to athletic director and coach.


Georgia B-ball Star Signs as Beacon College’s First Basketball Recruit

April 27, 2023

Ahead of its entrance into the United States Collegiate Athletic Association this fall, the Beacon College basketball program is soaring to new "heights" with the recent signing of a Georgia high school star, the college’s first-ever sports recruit.


Beacon College Sports Tips Off New Era with Membership in National Athletics League

April 3, 2023

Beacon College has taken a significant step forward in the evolution of the school’s athletics program — and its desire to attract student-athletes with learning and attention issues to campus — with its recent admission into a national small-college intercollegiate athletic league.


Former NBA Star Sam Vincent Hopes to Bring ‘Magic’ To Beacon Hoops

September 6, 2022

From the peaks of South Africa, to the beaches of Bahrain, Sam Vincent has seen the world since his playing days with the Orlando Magic and other NBA teams.


Beacon Navigators Take Field to Try to Capture the Flag (Football)

April 30, 2019

The Beacon College Flag Football Club stormed into Stetson University with high hopes of elevating the team's fortune.


Beacon Powerlifting Club Show Heavyweight Talent at Competition

February 28, 2019

Nick Montgomery and Cortavis Watts pose with their medals from the USA Powerlifting Jacksonville Open Championships.


Beacon Tennis Club Serves up Historic Victory in Delray Beach Tournament

February 28, 2019

Beacon Tennis Club pictured left to right: Kyle Close, Inna Noll, Brendan Rowe, Anita Rollins, Lily Bohn, Mandy Katz The Beacon College Tennis Club notched the school’s first intercollegiate win in any sport earlier this month during its first appearance in the Delray Beach Open ‘Tennis on Campus’ Challenge — serving up notice that Navigator


Charity Riders Represent Beacon College in Annual Hospital Fundraiser

November 29, 2018

They might not give the Hell’s Angels a scare still a gang of Beacon College bikers (OK, bicycles) delivered a scary good performance for charity earlier this month in The Villages Regional Hospital Auxiliary Foundation’s 4th annual Hearts for Our Hospital Big Bike Challenge.


Flag Football Navigators Chomp on Pigskin in Visit to ‘The Swamp’

October 31, 2018

A congregation of Navigators hungry for pigskin glory invaded Gainesville, Fla.

Basketball Programs Building Foundations for League Success

by Marco Santana

Sam Vincent rattles off an impressive list of his basketball experiences. Coaching in the Olympics. Winning an NBA championship with the Celtics in 1986. Passing NBA Hall of Famer and legend Magic Johnson’s scoring total at Michigan State University.

Now, however, he has a role that he says surpasses all of those milestones: men’s basketball coach at Beacon College.

“There’s been a lot of amazing basketball opportunities during my career,” he said. “And I rank this right at the top because we are growing this population of kids through basketball in a way that will impact them for the rest of their lives and that, to me, is very important.”

This was the second season for Vincent, but the school’s first as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. The national organization includes more than 70 mostly small colleges, including community and junior colleges.

The season results, Vincent said, provide a strong foundation to grow and build a program on.

“This was a successful overall first year of competitive basketball,” said Vincent, whose squad ended the season winning eight of its last nine games after a 3-3 start to finish 11-4. “We are going to make Beacon College a very successful competitive sports program and we feel that it will have a wide benefit to not only the players but to the student population and, ultimately, the school.”

The in-season growth came after the Blazers traveled to Michigan — familiar territory for the former Spartan point guard and first-round NBA pick. The players spent time together there, taking part in workshops and learning experiences while bonding as a team. When they returned to the court, they were a different team, rattling off that season-ending streak.

Vincent said the team’s momentum would have sustained had the season not ended. That sets Beacon College up for higher expectations next year, he said.

“It took us sometime early in the year to really figure out the system but after we did that, we were strong,” he said. “If we had played another 10 games, we probably would have gone 8-2 over those 10. But we had an exciting year and the guys played really well.”

Room for Growth on the Women’s Side

While the men’s team chalked up a string of wins to close out the season, the Lady Blazers’ team went through what interim coach Gabe Watson called a foundational season.
While the team finished its inaugural USCAA season winless, just the fact that the team endured and persevered will be important for the program’s future.

“We had senior girls establish a foundation for the future of women’s basketball here at the school,” said Watson, who also serves as the school’s athletic director. “They never gave up, always fought to the end and gave max effort all the time.”

In the wake of the departure of the former women’s basketball coach in midseason, Watson said the school will likely seek a new coach before next season.

“If we would have canceled games, that would have hurt us for the next year,” he said. “Just showing up and competing makes it possible for this to continue.” That will help Beacon College President George Hagerty achieve his vision of a thriving sports program that offers as many intercollegiate options as other schools, Watson said.

“We want to match those same experiences that other schools have and support a wide range of sports here at Beacon,” he said. “This is where you get school pride.”

In particular, Watson praised the efforts of senior Kylee Davis, one of the leaders who kept the team hustling and moving forward despite the results.

“What she did for women’s basketball was enormous,” he said. “She did so much behind the scenes to keep the team going and went to incredible lengths to help the college.” Watson said Davis’ determination to help the team and working behind the scenes to try to bring in recruits was unwavering. “She was always looking to make things better,” he said.


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