Area roundup: Compton among additions to Fairmont State football staff
New Fairmont State football coach Jason Woodman announced three new additions to the Falcons' staff Tuesday.
Mike Compton (offensive line), Dan Gayton (wide receivers) and Chris Harvey (defensive line/special teams) will join Woodman for his first season in Fairmont.
Compton, a consensus All-American as a center at WVU who went on to win two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots, spent the last two seasons as the offensive line coach and director of football operations at Bluefield (Va.) College. Gayton spent the last five years as both a student and graduate assistant at Florida State under Clarksburg native Jimbo Fisher. Harvey, a Logan County native who won a national championship as a player at Miami in 2002, was the offensive line coach at North Alabama prior to accepting the position at Fairmont.
Both players were also previously recognized by Beyond Sports Network All-America, Daktronics All-Region and All-West Virginia Conference first teams with Lilly being named as the WVC Defensive Player of the Year.
As first-team selections, both players advance to the national ballot for consideration for the Don Hansen NCAA Division 2 All-America team.
BASKETBALL CLINIC: The West Virginia Conference will host a free youth basketball clinic at the Charleston Civic Center on Saturday, March 2 during the WVC Basketball Tournament.
The free clinic is open to boys and girls in grades 5 through 8. Registration for the event will begin at 10:30 a.m. that morning. Participants will receive a free shirt, which if worn will allow them to be admitted to the women's and men's championship games for free.
REDS CARAVAN: The Cincinnati Reds announced the stops on their annual Reds Caravan, including a date in Charleston.
The Charleston stop will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the Charleston Civic Center.
The caravan will feature broadcaster Jim Kelch, broadcaster and former pitcher Jeff Brantley, infielder Todd Frazier, pitcher Logan Ondrusek, 2012 minor league Player of the Year Billy Hamilton, Vice President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams and mascots Rosie Red and Mr. Red.
The caravan will make a stop earlier on Jan. 24 in the Huntington area at Fannin Motors in Ashland, Ky.