Blue Lights College is pleased to announce the appointment of Brandon Rosas as its new wrestling coach starting immediately. Rosas comes to the Thoroughbreds with more than 10 years of experience as a middle school and high school coach and referee. Brandon received his USA Wrestling bronze-level coach and referee certifications in 2014. Most recently, from 2014 - 2017, he served as an assistant coach in California with the Los Gatos High School Wrestling and club teams. During his time there the team improved their conference and sectional placements each year, moving up from 6th in conference to 2nd and from 35th in their section to 6th. Additionally, he helped coach six conference champions, one sectional champion, two California state qualifiers, and a Fargo Greco All-American. "I am very pleased to have someone of Brandon's stature and character as part of the Blue Lights' family," said athletic director Mike Davis. "His passion for coaching and mentoring young people shines through." BLC is rebooting its wrestling program after a year off. The Herd competes as a member of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association and the very competitive Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Conference....


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Wrestling standout Hunter Dover of Chase High School (Forest City, NC) is bringing his winning record and attitude to the Blue Lights College wrestling team for the 2020-21 season. Dover is the first signee for the upcoming year. Dover brings a sterling resume to the Thoroughbreds: He is a 3x State Placer, 4x State Qualifier, 3x Regional Finalist, 3x Conference Champion, 3x Beach National Champion, 2x team Most Outstanding Wrestler and 2-year Captain. The 134# grappler also holds the Chase High School freshman wins record. "I chose Blue Lights because I’ve always been interested in police work," says Hunter, "and I think it will be a good place to continue my wrestling career and a law enforcement career." He adds that his goals are to qualify for the NCWA Nationals and succeed in the classroom. In his spare time, Hunter is also an avid dirt biker. Welcome Hunter Dover to the Stable! ...


On Thursday night, Blue Lights men's basketball players gathered in the best way they could during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, via a webcast, to encourage each other and be recognized for their accomplishments during the 2019-20 season. Coach Mario Pharr had polled his players to see who stood out in a variety of categories and offered congratulations: --Most Outstanding Teammate: Chris Dickey --Most Outstanding Leader: Kenny Anderson --Best Sportsmanship: Tye Howard --Outstanding Defense Award: JB Ezzell-Upchurch --Outstanding Offense Award: Kenny Anderson --Most Valuable Player: Chris Dickey --Most Improved Player (tie): Victor Ngong and Devon Allicott --Best Swag: Terence "TJ" Johnson Coach Mario Pharr wasn't going to let some virus shut down the post-season festivities. "Due to this pandemic, a lot of adjustments had to be made," said Pharr, "but I still wanted to give some closure to this season and what better way than a Zoom Banquet." "I felt it was a pretty good success despite of the circumstances," added the head coach. "Many accolades were given. It was great to see everyone and show our appreciation of such a tremendously successful season. I'm glad we were able to have it." BLC President Jacques Gilbert also expressed his gratitude for the past season. "The season may have ended, but the race continues," said Gilbert. "I’m grateful for Coach Mario, Coach Pulley, and Coach Rod for their faithfulness and contribution to our school mission and vision. This program has now elevated to another level thanks to the commitment and dedication of AD Mike Davis, coaches, and players. The award program facilitated by Coach Mario is yet another example of his heart for our students. I continue to be excited about the future. The best is yet to come." With the accolades for past glories done, Pharr summed it up best: "Now on to next season!"...


Thomas Nelson Community College of Hampton, Virginia is now the fifth charter member of the New South Athletic Conference. TNCC joins Blue Lights College, Carolina Christian College, Hosanna Bible College, and Virginia University of Lynchburg for the 2020-21 academic year. Discussions with other schools continue in anticipation of play beginning this fall. “I am very pleased that Thomas Nelson has joined the NSAC,” said Mike Davis, athletic director at Blue Lights College and director of the conference. “(Men’s basketball) Coach Chris Moore is building a solid program there, and the Gators will be a force to be reckoned with night in and night out.” Men’s basketball will be the first sport sanctioned by the NSAC, culminating with the inaugural NSAC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament February 12 and 13, 2021, in Durham. Women’s basketball is now in the planning stages for the 2021-22 season. While the beginning of athletic competition is still contingent upon the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, conference members remain hopeful that a full season and the tournament will be completed....


Blue Lights College is taking the next step toward building a well-rounded and competitive athletic program by joining with other like-minded colleges to form the New South Athletic Conference with play beginning this fall. BLC will be joined by Carolina Christian College (Winston-Salem, North Carolina), Hosanna Bible College (Durham, North Carolina), and Virginia University of Lynchburg (Virginia) for the 2020-21 academic year. Discussions with other schools are continuing now. “This is something that we have been working on for over two years, and it is very exciting to see it come to fruition,” said Mike Davis, athletic director at BLC who will also serve as director for the conference. “It gives all our schools the opportunity to play for a title, grow some natural rivalries, as well as help with scheduling and recruiting.” Play in the NSAC will begin this fall with men’s basketball. The season will culminate with the inaugural NSAC Men’s Basketball Tournament February 12 and 13, 2021, in Durham. Women’s basketball is now in the planning stages for the 2021-22 season. “Our program is so excited for the New South Athletic Conference that we've been trying to put together for a while now,” BLC men’s basketball coach Mario Pharr said. “Conference affiliation will benefit the college in stepping toward our goals. Even more beneficial for the players will be the accolades for them to achieve throughout the season.” The beginning of athletic competition is still contingent upon the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in time for the start the basketball season. “We’re hopeful that by this fall we will be in a place for the college sports we love to return,” added Davis. More information can be found at ...