LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Albany Shockwave announce schedule; GSW names new men’s golf coach

ALBANY — Just a few months removed from returning pro basketball to the Good Life City with the announcement that the American Basketball Association’s expansion Albany Shockwave would put down its roots in Southwest Georgia, the team has locked up its 2012-13 schedule.

The Shockwave, who will play all their regular-season games at the Albany Civic Center, will kick off their season at home against in-state rival, the Savannah Grizzlies, on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m., then the team will travel to Birmingham, Ala., on Nov. 17 to take on the Birmingham Blitz.

The Shockwave competes in the ABA’s Atlantic South Conference. The conference is comprised of 14 teams from four states, including Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.

Tickets can be purchased at the Civic Center and Ticketmaster.


AMERICUS — Georgia Southwestern announced the hiring of Darcy Donaldson as the GSW head men's golf coach this week. Donaldson replaces Andrew Donna who left GSW for the head coaching position at Lynn University.

Donaldson comes to Americus from West Virginia, where he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Concord University's men's and women's golf teams for the past four seasons.

While at Concord he was instrumental in building the men's golf program into a regional power as both a player and a coach.

During his four-year assistant coaching stint with the Mountain Lions, he helped lead the program to appearances in four straight NCAA Division II national championship tournaments.

"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to be the head men's golf coach at Georgia Southwestern," Donaldson said. "I'm looking forward to maintaining and building on the strong tradition of Hurricane men's golf."

GSW, under Danna, reached nationals for the first time ever a season ago and spent much of the year ranked No. 1.

Originally from Marathon, Ontario, Donaldson was one of the most decorated players in Concord history. During his playing career with the Mountain Lions, Donaldson helped Concord to back-to-back WVIAC championships in 2004 and 2005 and was named an All-American in 2006.

Individually, Donaldson was named the WVIAC Freshmen of the Year in 2004, the Player of the Year in 2006 and was a three-time first team All-WVIAC selection.