Jonesboro (ASU) - Wednesday was a busy signing day for ASU. Three athletes in three different sports have signed with the Red Wolves.
Sean Brock (Men's Golf)
Arkansas State head men's golf coach Steve Johnson has announced that East London, South Africa, native Sean Brock has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Red Wolves next season.
Over the last four years, Brock has piled up 15 tournament championships while competing for Hudson Park High School and a variety of provincial teams. As a senior at Hudson Park, Brock was Hudson Park's team captain and improved his stroke average to 72.0. He earned his school's Honors Award for golf, the highest recognition possible at Hudson Park.
Brock played in numerous provincial senior tournaments in 2009, winning one and finishing sixth in the senior men's provincial order of merit. He was selected to represent the provincial Under 18 (senior boys) golf team at both the hexangular and national boys interprovincial tournaments. He also competed on the Border and Eastern Province combined Under 23 golf team and the Border Presidents Team and the Border men's A and B team's. He was the provincial junior champion and received awards for the best stroke average of the year as well as the Border Junior Golfer of the Year.
During his 2009 campaign, Brock claimed medalist honors at the East London Junior Championships, Fish River Sun Junior Championships, Stutterheim Junior Championships and Gonubie Men's Open Championships. He posted a low round of 69 and completed five tournaments with a combined score that came in under par.
Brock played in numerous national junior tournaments and also won several junior open tournaments in 2008. He was selected to represent the provincial Under 18 (senior boys) golf team at both the hexangular and national interprovincial tournaments. He was awarded his team's full colours award for golf. He claimed tournament titles at the Gonubie Junior Championships, East London Junior Championships, Alexander Junior Championships and Nomads Junior Championships.
In 2007, Brock was selected to represent the provincial Under 16 (junior boys) golf team in a hexangular interprovincial tournament held in East London. By the end of the year, he was chosen to be a part of the provincial Under 18 (senior boys) golf team for the national boys interprovincial tournament. Throughout the year, he won the Stutterheim Junior Championships, the East London Junior Championships and the Mitchum Scott Memorial Tournament.
Brandon Farley (Baseball)
Arkansas State head coach Tommy Raffo announced Wednesday that Brandon Farley (Cookeville, Tenn.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at ASU.
The 6-1, 205-pound right-handed pitcher finished his sophomore season at Northeast Mississippi Community College with an ERA of 2.79. In 67.2 innings of work, Farley struck out 67 batters, while giving up just 32 runs (25 earned). He held opposing batters to a .234 average, allowing just 55 hits and 21 walks. He finished the 2010 season with a record of 4-6 with one save. Additionally, Farley hit .345 with two home runs, six doubles and a pair of triples. He was selected to the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges All-State first team.
In his final two years at Cookeville High School, Farley posted a record of 7-0. He posted an ERA of 3.10 in his junior year, then lowered the average to 2.70 in his senior season when he led Cookeville to the District 7AAA championship. In addition to earning All-District honors, he was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.
"We look forward to having Brandon join the Red Wolves baseball program," said Raffo. "We think that he can be an immediate impact player for us on the mound and in the Sun Belt Conference."
A physical education major, Farley is the son of Doug and Brenda Farley. He was coached at Northeast Mississippi by head coach Kent Farris and pitching coach Clint McAuley.
Janie Nowland (Women's Tennis)
Arkansas State head women's tennis coach Marcia Williams has announced that Janie Nowland out of Jack C. Hays High School in Buda, Texas, signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Red Wolves' 2010-11 roster.
Nowland was a regional qualifier in both singles and doubles at Hays, and has received several state rankings by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). She has earned a top-10 USTA Texas-section ranking in the girl's 14 and under and the 16 and under divisions in both singles and doubles. Nowland also received a top-30 ranking by the USTA in singles and doubles in the girl's 18 and under division. Additionally, Nowland was among the top 12 percent of her graduating class.
"We are excited to have Janie join our program," said Williams. "She is a good athlete that will help us right away in doubles, and, in singles, she is an aggressive baseliner with a powerful forehand. She should give us some good depth in our singles lineup."