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Major Athletics Continue to Excel

June 27, 2014


Josh Brooks

Josh Brooks

On July 7, Josh Brooks will begin work as the new director of athletics at Millsaps. Brooks is joining the Majors from his position as associate athletic director at the University of Georgia, where he has worked since 2008. Tim Wise, who has held joint duties as head coach for men’s basketball and athletic director, will return his focus solely to basketball.

“This is an exciting hire for Millsaps, and we look forward to working with Josh in the years to come,” said Dr. Robert W. Pearigen, president of Millsaps. “He brings tremendous energy to this position, in addition to a wealth of experience and an exciting vision for Millsaps athletics.”

Brooks begins his tenure during a time in which Millsaps’ scholar-athletes and their coaches are accomplishing great things. More than 90 Millsaps student-athletes earned recognition for their academic achievement this past spring, a tennis player made it to the national championships and a Top 20 ranking in a pre-season football poll are among recent athletic accomplishments at Millsaps College.

Ninety-two student-athletes at Millsaps were named to the Southern Athletic Association‘s 2014 Spring Honor Roll. The honor roll includes both winter and spring student-athletes who achieved at least a 3.25 grade point average last semester and were full-time varsity student-athletes. The Honor Roll includes Millsaps student-athletes who played men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, baseball, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s golf and women’s golf.

Millsaps Majors women’s tennis player Deena Li Kam Wa made history this year: She became the first woman to make the national championships since Paige Carpenter Pratt, B.B.A. 1990 and 1991 M.B.A., did in 1989.

Deena Li Kam Wa

Li Kam Wa was among 32 players selected to compete in the 2014 NCAA D-III Championships hosted by the Claremont-Mudd Scripps Colleges. The selection of teams and individuals for the championships was based on win-loss record, strength of schedule and eligible and availability of student athletes.

Li Kam Wa was named to the 2014 All-American Team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, joining 10 other women who earned the honor. In winning her opening round match in the NCAA championships, Li Kam Wa met one of the five difficult criteria to be named an ITA All-American. Only 11 different women were named to the All-American team between singles and doubles.

Li Kam Wa was also named to the Southern Athletic Association's first-team All-Conference and the season ranked 31st overall in the nation by the ITA.

Fresh off a 9-1 season and their second straight SAA Championship, the Millsaps Majors football team is ranked No. 20 by Lindy Sports and No. 25 by the Sporting News in both publications’ pre-season top-25.

The Millsaps Majors football team

Additionally, senior running back Mike Barthelemy was named to Lindy Sports’ pre-season All-American second team. Barthelemy is coming off a season where he rushed for 1400 yards and a school-record 21 touchdowns. He was named the SAA offensive player of the year in 2013.

Both publications highlight the return of Barthelemy and defensive linemen Zach Bell and Jeff Milner as players to watch in their senior seasons. Bell and Milner combined for over 20 sacks last season and Bell is the two-time SAA Defensive Player of the Year.

For more information about Millsaps athletics, visit www.gomajors.com.