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Harold Deane, Sr. to be honored at 2016 VSU Winter Alumni Festival

Published date: January 28, 2016

The Varsity Club Chapter of the Virginia State University Alumni Association, in conjunction with the VSU Men’s Basketball program is set to honor Harold Deane, Sr. at the 2016 VSU Winter Alumni Festival, hosted by the VSU National Alumni Association.  This event is scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Deane will be presented with the VSUAA-Varsity Club’s Humanitarian Award, in recognition of his service and commitment to the VSU community.
“Coach Deane has been one of VSU’s greatest ambassadors and has been an integral part in contributing to the betterment of the University.  His lasting impact has been an inspiration to us all.  We are honored to celebrate Coach Deane,” said Tiffani Sykes, president of the VSUAA-Varsity Club.
Deane was a two-sport student-athlete at Virginia State College (now University), competing in track and field and basketball.  He was a three year starter on the men’s basketball team and selected to the CIAA All-Tournament team.  Deane received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia State College in 1961 and went on to earn a master’s degree from Howard University in 1968.  
Deane returned to his alma mater in 1969 as a professor in the Health and Physical Education Department, where he taught until his retirement in 2015.  Additionally, he was the Head Men’s Basketball Coach from 1969-1979 and again from 1987-1994. He led the Trojans to a CIAA Championship in 1988 and was named the CIAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Coach.  He was selected as the CIAA’s Coach of the Year in 1972, 1974, and 1976.
Deane’s leadership extended beyond the athletics arena.  While attending VSC, he was the President of the Big Brothers Organization, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and a member of the Army ROTC.  He served in the US Army from 1961-1963, where he was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant and earned a Letter of Commendation for outstanding leadership displayed during Exercise Swift Strike 111.
“It’s great to see Coach Deane be recognized for all that he has done for Virginia State University, the men’s basketball program and all of the lives that he has touched,” said Lonnie Blow, Jr., VSU Head Men’s Basketball Coach.
The VSU Winter Alumni Festival will be highlighted by two basketball contests.  The women’s basketball team will host conference-rival, Virginia Union University at 2:00 p.m.  The men’s basketball team will face non-conference opponent, The Newport News Apprentice School at 4:00 p.m.  Both games will take place in Daniel Gymnasium, with Coach Deane being honored between games.
For more information on the VSUAA-Varsity Club, contact Tiffani Sykes at (757) 434-3108.
The VSUAA-Varsity Club Humanitarian Award will be presented annually to a leader in the VSU community, who embodies the principles of the VSUAA and has shown a commitment to the advancement of the Virginia State University athletics program.
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