CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Earlier this week, Brian Anania was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America. It's quite an honor for the former Hurricane High and current Marshall athlete.
Anania has been a Dean's List student at Marshall in all five of his semesters and has a 3.92 grade-point average in business management. He finished sixth at the Davidson Invitational and helped Marshall to three top-three team finishes.
You may not remember, or know, that Anania's father Geno was also an outstanding all- around athlete at George Washington. Although he only stood around 5-foot-6 or 5-7, he cast a pretty big shadow on the Patriots program in the mid-1970s. He was fun to watch as he played football, basketball and baseball on The Hill.
As many local athletes did in those days, Anania went on to play baseball at the University of Charleston from 1978-81. He was a feisty leadoff hitter and center fielder and earned All-West Virginia Conference honors for the late Tom Nozica as a senior.
Head coach Ed DeChellis started his career as an assistant at Salem and later went on to be head coach at East Tennessee State and Penn State. One of his top assistants is Philippi native and former Alderson-Broaddus player Ernie Nestor, who is a former head coach at George Mason and Elon.
Recently, another state native joined the Navy staff. Former Cabell Midland point guard Jon Perry, who played in the 1996 state tournament with the Knights and then went on to play at East Tennessee State, is now an assistant in Annapolis. Don Perry, Jon's father, played on the Milton High team that played in the 1961 and 1962 Class AA state championship games