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GRU Augusta's Bryant To Be Honored By Alma Mater

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- GRU Augusta Director of Athletics Clint Bryant will be honored by his alma mater in early October.

Belmont Abbey (N.C.) College recently announced the Dr. Michael P. Reidy/Belmont Abbey Athletics Hall of Fame will induct two new members during Homecoming weekend October 4-5. Enshrined in this year's class will be Hank Steincke ('63) and Clint Bryant ('77). The Hall of Fame inductions will take place Saturday, October 5 in the Student Commons beginning with a 6:30 p.m., reception, and dinner and inductions starting at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $50 and reservations are required.

Bryant came to Belmont Abbey from suburban Washington, D.C. in 1973 and played basketball for four years. He was among the Crusaders' leaders in rebounds all four seasons and distinguished himself as one of the team's top scholars. In his senior year, he was the recipient of the Marty Thomas Award as the most outstanding student-athlete. Bryant graduated with a degree in Business Management and later obtained a master's degree from Clemson University.

Now in his 26th year at the helm of the Jaguars' Athletics department, Bryant earned Division II Athletic Director of the Year honors for the Southeast Region by NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) in the summer of 2007. He was recently selected to the NCAA's Division II 40th Anniversary Team for his collegiate efforts with the Crusaders.

As Director of Athletics, he oversees a 13-sport department that has consistently battled for conference and regional honors. Under Bryant's leadership, Jaguar programs have enjoyed unprecedented success over the last seven seasons, with 43 Jaguar teams qualifying for NCAA Regional competitions -- including seven in 2011-12 -- while 28 of the teams earned national rankings in their respective sports. In May, 2012, GRU Augusta was named the recipient of the Peach Belt Conference Presidents' Academic Award, a first for the University.

Highly visible and respected on the local, regional and national levels, Bryant's work with the NCAA and USA Basketball has brought national attention to the GRU Augusta Athletics programs. In July, 2012, Bryant was honored by the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given by the association.

A member of various committees at the NCAA legislative level, Bryant was recently appointed -- for the second time -- to the NCAA's Division II Management Council, a four-year post he assumed at the conclusion of the 2010 NCAA Convention in January.

Most recently, he served on the Diversity Leadership Strategic Planning Committee. Most notable in his long-time record of service was his appointment as chair of the NCAA Division II Management Council and his four-year term on the NCAA Legislation Committee, which concluded in Sept., 2005. He also has previously served as a member of the Division II Budget and Finance Committee, chairman of the Championships Committee and the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee.

Locally, he sits on the Board of Directors of both the Forest Hills Golf Club Management Committee as well as the Shiloh Community Center. He is a member of the Voices for Georgia's Children Board and serves on the GRU Augusta University's Committee on Quality. One of the co-founders of the NIKE Peach Jam, Bryant also is a board member for the City Classic college football game. In 2010, he was named chairman of the press, marketing, promotions and advertising committee of the prestigious Electrolux Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club.

Heavily involved in the community, Bryant is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Augusta. He is a past member of the United Way of the CSRA Board of Directors, a past president of the 100 Black Men of Augusta, Inc., and a past honorary chairman of the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia (1992).

In 2012, the Augusta Kiwanis Club honored Bryant with the George B. Barrett Award, which is presented annually to the member who best embodies leadership qualities and civic contributions. Bryant also received the Paul Harris Fellow Award in August, 2011 from the Augusta Rotary Club. The award is the highest honor the club can bestow on a member.

Bryant's tenure at GRU Augusta also includes nine seasons as the Jaguars' men's basketball head coach from 1988-1997. During his stint, the Jags posted 106 victories and enjoyed three straight 17-win seasons from 1991-94. He was named the Big South Conference's Coach-of-the-Year following the 1990-91 campaign. Prior to his arrival in Augusta in 1988, Bryant served as an assistant coach under Bill Foster at Clemson from 1977-84 and as an assistant coach and associate head coach under Foster at the University of Miami (Fla.) from 1984-1988.

Steincke, a native of New York, was a member of the basketball, baseball and soccer teams during his undergraduate career. Steincke was a four-year member of the basketball team, spent two years on the diamond and played one year of soccer. He led the baseball team in home runs in 1962 and was the starting goalkeeper on the inaugural soccer team. He was the recipient of the Marty Thomas Award as the most outstanding athlete as a senior.

The 1999 Belmont Abbey Alumnus of the Year, Steincke has sponsored Belmont Abbey's involvement in New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade for the past 30 years. He was instrumental in bringing the production of "Coach" to Belmont in 2010, the one man play about his former coach Al McGuire that was written by legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg.

To purchase tickets for the Hall of Fame ceremony, please visit https://alumni.belmontabbeycollege.edu/homecoming.

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