The 10th Derby City Classic will take place at Louisville, Kentucky.
Five schools join host Bellarmine to compete for the Black Diamond Trophy. It features a horseshoe carved from genuine Kentucky coal by Kentucky coal crafter Alvin Powell. Presenting the trophy to the winning team will be descendents of Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, a leader in the American Suffrage Movement. She said, “Kentucky women are not idiots—even though they are closely related to Kentucky men.”
Her great-grandfather was legendary Kentucky stateman Henry Clay. Her brother, Thomas, was a horse breeder/trainer who won the 1902 Kentucky Derby.
The host Knights are led by veteran coach greenhawks. His Iba record is 1357-444, mostly at the Louisville, KY school. He previously coached at Wilmington, OH. Included in his record are eight Final Fours, one of which led to a national title and two others as RU.
The Knights return 7 players from last year’s 27-5 squad, which lost in the Elite Eight
Eddie Weber, tennis coach at Bellarmine, is the only coach who’s been a head coach at both Bellarmine and U. of Louisville.
Coach boclaird has been at Concord College in Athens, WV for 51 years! Prior to that, he spent 4 years at Albertus Mangus. His Iba record is 1272-412 and they return 8 players from last season’s 20-9 team. They were national champions in season #41.
Founded by veterans of both the Union and the Confederacy, Concord is named for the idea of “harmony and sweet fellowship.”
Getbedarded leads the Bearcats from Greenwood, SC. He’s 575-203 in Iba with 2 seasons at UMass Boston prior to coming to South Carolina. Lander won the first Derby City Classic in season ’59. They lost 1 player to graduation from last year’s 21-9 team which fell to Valdosta in the 1st round.
Among the club teams at Lander are Bass Fishing and Ultimate Frisbee
The Ravens are based in Concord, NH and are coached by tomcecil who is in his 21th season there. His Iba record in 633-219 and includes jobs at Calvin, Seattle and Yeshiva. They have 8 players returning from last seasons’ 24-6 team, which lost in the 2nd round. They are the defending Derby City champion.
The campus is home to the Franklin Pierce Fire Company, one of the only fully student-run fire companies in the world. It operates as an engine company under the town of Rindge Fire Department and responds to all fire related emergencies on campus. The company is headed by six student fire officers, as well as a varying number of student members serving as firefighters.
The Bobcats hail from Banner Elk, NC and are coached by dennyj. He is in his 11th season at Lees-McRae and has twice taken them to the PIT championship game. His Iba record is 409-404 and includes stops at Bluffton and Piedmont. They return 7 players from last year’s 26-4 team which lost to Oklahoma Panhandle in the 2nd round.
It is one of the few colleges to be named after two women, Suzanna Lees and Elizabeth McRae. In 2005, Lees-McRae became the first expansion site for New Opportunity School for Women, a program that helps educate and employ women in Appalachia
Coach hughes jr. leads the West Georgia Wolves from Carrollton, GA. He’s 203-41, which includes one season at Richard Stockton. They return 7 players from last season’s 24-6 team which lost in the 2nd round. In season #64, they were undefeated in the regular season but lost in the Sweet 16.
UWG's marching band is known as "The Sound that Lights the South" and consists of over 140 members. It is known for its high energy and athleticism. Each performance finishes with the band dancing to the final number