Mike Riffe's workload is heavier these days.
Not only does he coach the Andrew College women's basketball team, he became interim athletic director in November, replacing Gene Kirkpatrick who resigned to take an athletic trainer's job at Howard Payne (Texas) University.
"I stay a lot busier now," he laughed.
Meanwhile, Riffe's girls team remains on Christmas break with a 6-8 record. The Lady Tigers, who have won six of their past nine games, open the 2010 slate Wednesday at Brewton-Parker JV and then start their NJCAA Region XVII schedule at defending champion Middle Georgia.
Freshman guard Joy Hoskins leads Andrew, averaging 15 points, and fellow freshman Keela Griffin has established herself at small forward.
"We've got a lot of young talent," Riffe said. "They're playing together and have bought into what we are trying to teach them. It doesn't seem to bother them who is scoring."
As the interim AD, Riffe admits to doing more paperwork and helping prepare a schedule for next season when the school starts a volleyball team.
"We've got a great bunch of coaches here, we all pitch in and, basically, the head coaches run their sports. I'm just here for them to help if they need it," Riffe said.
HOMECOMING FOR ASU:
Albany State will host Fort Valley State at noon Saturday for the eighth annual Peach Ball Basketball Homecoming Game at the HPER Gymnasium. The Lady Rams, who play the noon game, will be televised by CBS College Sports Network (Mediacom channel 171, 613 Direct TV, 152 DISH Network). The men's game won't be televised, but the network will televise the two teams when they face each other live at Fort Valley State at 5 p.m. Feb. 13.
"We are excited to have our SIAC women's teams play in front of a national audience," ASU athletic director Joshua Murfree said. "This is an excellent opportunity for the nation to see the best of women's basketball action and expose our campuses."
Tickets on Saturday are $10 for adults and $5 for kindergarten through 12th grade.