DeafDigest Sports – – August 20, 2020

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— Indiana football

— random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet soccer announcement

— two more deaf football teams

— Gallaudet men’s soccer

— Akron Goodyear Silents football heritage


Gallaudet men’s soccer

Gallaudet men’s soccer head coach Pedro Braz steps down

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University men’s soccer head coach Pedro Braz has
stepped down from his post as announced today by Athletic Director Victor
Mansure. Braz’s final day will be August 31. A national search will begin
immediately to fill the vacancy.

“On behalf of our Athletics Department, we are forever grateful for Coach
Braz and his outstanding leadership and service,” said Mansure. “Pedro was
instrumental in building a competitive men’s soccer program over the last
five years. He recruited over 70 student-athletes from various backgrounds
and different cultures. In addition, the men’s soccer team held a
cumulative grade point average of near 3.0 in the past two years, while
fundraising over $25,000 and participated in various community initiatives
with our student-athletes. We are very appreciative of how Coach Braz
established high standards for our men’s soccer program and we look to
continue to build on that moving forward.”

Coach Braz returned the Gallaudet men’s soccer program to the varsity
level in 2015 after a two-year hiatus. He was hired a year prior to the
fall 2015 season. In his second season, the Bison recorded the most wins
(five) since 2003. In 2017, GU went 5-12 overall and 4-6 in North Eastern
Athletic Conference (NEAC), which was the most NEAC wins in program
history. Braz and the Bison had its best season in 2018 when GU went 6-11
and 4-7 in conference play. This was the third straight five-win season
and second straight four-win conference season. Gallaudet finished last
season 2-14-1 and 2-9 in NEAC play.

Overall, Coach Braz posted a 20-63-2 overall record and went 14-42-1 in
NEAC play in five seasons. Gallaudet earned four All-NEAC honors during
Coach Braz’s tenure including three on the all-conference second team. In
five seasons, 23 men’s soccer student-athletes earned NEAC Scholar-Athlete

“First, I would like to thank Athletic Director Victor Mansure, for his
guidance and leadership for the past two years. I truly appreciate the
opportunity to work with Gallaudet University, the deaf and hard of
hearing community, alumni and supporters of the program. Many thanks to my
co-workers in the athletics department and the admissions office for their
constant support and high regard for me and the student-athletes that have
come through the men’s soccer program in the past five years,” said Braz.

full story at:

just a memory trip. Gallaudet defeated Georgetown University 4-3,
overcoming a 3-0 half time deficit in the 1961 season. It was
the first win in Gallaudet’s soccer history.

58 years later, Georgetown won the 2019 NCAA-I men’s soccer


Alabama football

Alabama School for the Deaf football team

Record: 4-6
Head Coach: Paul Kulick (14th year)
Assistant coaches: Cedric Tyson, Matt Kochie, and Marlon White

Offensive starters: 7
Defensive starters: 8
Key players loss: Cory McKinnie, Jaquan Rankins, and Tanner Wood

Sept 25th – at Gaylesville
Oct. 2nd – Jacksonville Christian Academy
Oct. 9th – Open
Oct. 15th – at Mississippi School for the Deaf
Oct. 23th – Open
Oct. 30th – at Shoals Christian

Our students will come back here on Tuesday, Sept 8th and we need to get
our boys practicing for 3 weeks before our first game on Sept. 25th.
Please let me know if you are interested in playing with us.  Our high
school football games in Alabama will start this Friday.


Indiana football

newspaper preview
Indiana Deaf (4-4): Coach Garrett Wooten had a team led last year by
junior quarterback Jerrell Edwards (637 passing yards, eight TDs; 603
rushing yards, 11 TDs), junior running back Maurice Mitchell (443 yards,
four TDs) and sophomore Sabu Middlebrook (373 rushing yards; 11 catches,
232 yards, three TDs). Middlebrook (53 tackles) and Mitchell (42 tackles)
were the team’s top tacklers last season.

from a tweet today
Indiana Deaf has decided not to play football this fall, citing COVID-19
concerns per coach Garrett Wooten.


has been that way for the past 2-3 weeks – yes football, no football,
yes football, no football and so on.

it is confusing.


Mississipi football

per Alabama football schedule above, Mississippi
is playing football this season.

not surprised. Mississippi has a very strong
football tradition. They play hard and play to


Akron Goodyear Silents football

from a tweet today
Did you know that the #Goodyear Silents, composed entirely of deaf
#Goodyear workers, were one of the greatest semi-pro football teams in
American history?

Greatest in history? Do not know, but the team played against
Akron Pros (a short-lived NFL future team) four times and
never defeated them. Three were shutout defeats. Not being
able to defeat them was a lifelong disappointment among
these players.


random deafsports thoughts

old time deaf football fans know about the Akron Goodyear
Silents football team (above story).

there is a link:

Was there a Gallaudet contribution to these Akron Silents

Yes – sort of a recruiting pipeline. Gallaudet graduates
were recruited to move to Akron, get jobs in the tire
factory and to play football. But when the war ended,
these players lost their factory jobs and moved on
to other jobs in different parts of USA.




Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

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