Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

(BLUEFIELD, Va.) – The Board of Directors of Princeton Community Hospital and the Board of Governors of Bluefield State College have agreed that Bluefield State will acquire ownership of the Bluefield Medical Center to expand its Health Science programs, while Princeton Community Hospital maintains its Emergency Division and related medical services at the facility.

“This is a new day for the people of Bluefield as well as the college,” said Rev. Garry Moore, Bluefield State College Board of Governors Chairman. “This underscores our commitment to the educational and economic well-being of Bluefield, Mercer County and the Two Virginians region.”

This agreement follows from a Memorandum of Understanding announced by the college and the hospital on September 1, 2020.

Princeton Community Hospital Board of Directors President James “Rusty” Sarver said, “The decision by both board represents a timely convergence of interests and needs. We are delighted that Bluefield State College appreciates the campus for the asset it is.”

Bluefield State President Robin Capehart said, “Acquiring this facility permits Bluefield State to expand its campus, course offerings and student housing.” The new campus is located just one mile from BCS’s main campus.

Capehart added that the college would begin its due diligence immediately with the intention of closing on the purchase as soon as possible.

PCH Interim CEO Frank Sinicrope said, “The national shortage of nurses is acutely felt locally. BSC’s acquisition of the former BRMC will enable them to train many more students to help fill the demand for highly skilled, well-paid health care professionals at Princeton Community Hospital. We are excited by the educational and economic benefits this partnership will bring to our area.”

The college intends to lease back portions of the building for Princeton Community Hospital to maintain its Emergency Department and related services.

The sale includes nearly 68 acres and all the existing buildings.

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About Bluefield State College
Bluefield State College mission is to provide students an affordable, accessible opportunity for public higher education. An historically black institution, Bluefield State College prepares students for diverse professions, graduate study, informed citizenship, community involvement, and public service in an ever-changing global society. The College demonstrates its commitment to the student’s intellectual, personal, ethical, and cultural development by providing a dedicated faculty and staff, quality educational programs, and strong student support services in a nurturing environment. For more information, visit www.bluefieldstate.edu.

(BLUEFIELD, WV) – On Sunday, August 16 Bluefield State College announced the addition of 12 new sports, in a matter of four months the Interim Director of Athletics, Derrick Price, and his administrative team have managed to hire five out of the seven new head coaches.

To achieve this task in a short period of time, the athletics department enlisted assistance from the campus community. Each hiring committee formulated its process to identify the unique characteristics of the coach that was needed for each individual sport.

To Kick off the new hires, Bluefield State was excited to announce Tony Coaxum as the Head Football Coach. Coaxum comes to BSC from the University of Northern Colorado where he was the special team’s coordinator and defense backs coach. Coaxum also coached for the Denver Broncos from 2015-2017 as an assistant special team’s coordinator, during which the Broncos won the 2016 Super Bowl.

Following Coaxum, Daulton Cooper was brought on as the Head Women’s Bowling Coach. Hailing from Dayton, Ohio where he studied education at Urbana University. During his time at Urbana, he finished in the top ten in the country every year including a runner-up finish in 2013-2014. He was also an Academic All-American 2013-2015.

Our next hire was the Head Wrestling Coach, Blaze Smith. Coming from the University of North Carolina Pembroke, Shade coached six Division II All-Americans, 1 Division II National Finalist, 18 Division 11 national qualifiers, 16 NWCA All-Americans, two Conference Championship Teams, and one Super Region II Championship team. Blaze’s wrestling career accomplishments consist of being a four-time Division II national qualifier, a three-time Division II All-American, and a two-time Division II National Finalist. He was also a two-time First Team All-Conference in the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) and the ECAC Wrestler of the Year in 2015-2016.

Tumbling in from King University is the Head Acrobatics and Tumbling Coach, Olivia Kincaid. She was awarded National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) All-Conference in the Conference Carolinas and nationally ranked All-Academic Team in 2020. Kincaid is excited to lead the only Historically Black College Acro and Tumbling team in the nation.

Wrapping up the first wave of new head coaches is the Head Women’s Soccer, Scott Forster. Coach Forster will be joining BSC from Montana State University Billings. During his time as the Assistant Coach at MSUB the program become an academic powerhouse ranking 6th in the NCAA Division II for academic success placing 15 players as Academic All-Conference. Prior to MSUB, Forster guided the San Jose State Men’s club soccer team to the most successful season in their history with the capture of the West Coast Soccer Associations Open Cup. Academically Forster has completed his Ph.D. and Honors degree in Biological Sciences form the University of Exeter, UK.

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About Bluefield State College
Bluefield State College is to provide students an affordable, accessible opportunity for public higher education. An historically black institution, Bluefield State College prepare students for diverse professions, graduate study, informed citizenship, community involvement, and public service in an ever-changing global society. The College demonstrates its commitment to the student’s intellectual, personal, ethical, and cultural development by providing a dedicated faculty and staff, quality educational programs, and strong student support services in a nurturing environment. For more information, visit www.bluefieldstate.edu.

BLUEFIELD, W.VA (August 16, 2020) – Bluefield State College announced the addition of 12 new sports to its athletics department for the 2021-2022 school year. These will join the ten existing sports to become a robust program for more than 400 student-athletes.

Leading the way is the return of Division II football, for the first time since 1980.

“Fielding a football team after such a long absence is a huge step forward. To do this now is our way of saying there is life after COVID for this College and our community,” said Robin Capehart, Bluefield State’s President. “Expanding our athletics program is integral to the goals we set shortly after coming to Bluefield State.”

Interim Director of Athletics Derrick Price added, “We’re hiring for these new sports now. I’m prioritizing coaches with proven abilities to recruit. We will target good student athletes with the goal of being competitive immediately.”

In addition to football, Bluefield State will compete in the following new sports:

  • Women’s soccer
  • Women’s golf
  • Women’s acrobatics and tumbling
  • Women’s swimming
  • Women’s bowling
  • Women’s indoor track and field
  • Women’s outdoor track and field
  • Men’s indoor track and field
  • Men’s outdoor track and field
  • Men’s swimming
  • Wrestling

Bluefield State currently competes in Men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and tennis. Also, Women’s softball, basketball, cross country, volleyball and tennis.

“Our first priority remains attracting more students. As an HBCU, we have an obligation to recruiting more African American students. We have done that. We changed the name of our Library to honor an African American alumnus who went on to a highly distinguished career in the State Department.”

“Adding these sports will increase opportunities for more students and add a vibrancy that we’ve lacked for too long. It also strengthens our relationships in the community as we partner on the use of various facilities.”

Interim Director Price added, “Making this commitment to these young people also means making a commitment to doing all the things that go with a full-bore athletics programs, new and improved facilities, upgraded training, residences and meals. It also means working with the Provost and Dean so that our athletes have a tremendous academic experiences as well.”

“Bluefield State has a proud sports tradition, including two national football championships. I fell blessed to be here now and help write a new chapter to our story.”

Full and partial scholarships will be offered to new athletes.

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About Bluefield State College
Bluefield State College provide students an affordable, accessible opportunity for public higher education. An historically black institution, Bluefield State College prepares students for diverse profession, graduate study, informed citizenship, community involvement, and public service in an ever-changing global society. The College demonstrates its commitment to the student’s intellectual, personal, ethical, and cultural development by providing a dedicated faculty and staff, quality educational programs, and strong student support services in a nurturing environment. For more information, visit www.bluefieldstate.edu.