"Sunday february 28, 2021" Honoring Black History Month
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WVSU's 1948 basketball team was the only undefeated team in the nation going 30-0 and was named national champions among historically Black colleges. The team featured two future Hall of Famers – Earl Lloyd, who in 1950 became the first African American to play in an NBA game and was later named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and Bill Nunn Jr. who this year was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his work with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bob Wilson was another key component of the 1948 undefeated team and would go on to also play in the NBA as well as for the Harlem Globetrotters. The team was led by Yellow Jackets coaching legend Mark Cardwell, who during his time in Institute also coached football, baseball, track and boxing. Coach Cardwell’s legacy is honored at the university today through the Kelly Miller School/Coach Mark Cardwell Endowed Scholarship for student athletes, and through the naming of the Coach Mark Cardwell Court at the university’s Fleming Hall.
Instant BLACK HISTORY FACT!!! Renee Montgomery from St Albans WV. was a captain each year of her high school career. She averaged 22.5 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals while leading South Charleston High School to the West Virginia Class AAA Final as a senior. She led South Charleston High School to the West Virginia state Championships 3 times. She also played on the varsity soccer team. Montgomery becomes the first former player to become both an owner and executive of a WNBA team. She sat out the 2020 season to focus on social justice issues and recently announced her retirement from the league after 11 seasons.