NewsTSU Hires First Head Coach for Men's Hockey Program

TSU Hires First Head Coach for Men’s Hockey Program

As BLACK ENTERPRISE previously reported, Tennessee State University signed its first hockey player in January, and now it has hired a coach to lead its men’s hockey program.

In a press release, TSU President Glenda Glover and Director of Athletics Dr. Mikki Allen welcomed Abercrombie’s addition to the university. Abercrombie noted his excitement about building the program at TSU into something transformative. 

“I am incredibly excited to embark on building this program, supported by God, my family, TSU students, alumni, and all those eagerly awaiting this moment,” Abercrombie said. “I firmly believe that one day, TSU will be recognized not only as a powerhouse on the ice but also as a program whose student-athletes leave a profound legacy on the world, enriched by the lessons learned at TSU.”

Glover praised Abercrombie’s hiring as another instance of the university’s commitment to breaking barriers in her statement.

“Duanté Abercrombie’s appointment as TSU’s head coach of hockey is a testament to our dedication to breaking barriers,” Glover said. “We recognize the profound significance of bringing hockey to an HBCU and providing our students with unparalleled opportunities that will enrich their college experience. This bold move builds upon the TSU legacy that we had envisioned for the institution as a comprehensive university offering a wide range of academic and extracurricular programs, with a continued commitment to excellence.”

Townshend believes that Abercrombie will be an asset to the hockey program and the entire TSU community.

“Duante will prove to be one of the best hires in College Hockey,” Townshend said in the press release. “He brings a wealth of experience that is rooted in a high degree of character, compassion, and integrity. He will prove to be an incredible role model for ALL members of the Tennessee State University community.”

“Today is a historic moment for Tennessee State University Athletics, as we welcome our first-ever hockey head coach,” Allen said in the press release. “With Duanté’s extensive experience in player development and coaching, I’m confident in his ability to build a reputable program, along inspire our student-athletes to excel both on-and-off the ice. We’re excited to embark on this groundbreaking journey together!”

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Source: Black Enterprise


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