Brian Shoop ’80, head baseball coach at the University of Alabama (UAB), earned his 1,000th win on April 21 when UAB’s posted a 14-9 victory over Louisiana Tech. Shoop became just the 80th coach in Division I history to attain this mark. In his years as UAB, the baseball program has become one of the most successful on both the regional and national level. Shoop was the 2016 national recipient of the Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching Award, presented annually by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “Simply put, as great as Shoop is as a baseball coach,” said Auburn head coach Butch Thompson, he’s a better man.” Thompson pitched and coached for Shoop at Birmingham-Southern College. Shoop and his wife, Brenda (Yoh) ’80, reside in Birmingham and have five children: Scott, Emily, Hannah, and twins Sarah and Jesse. Read more.
Andy Naudasher ’01 is the Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at NetJets, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. Naudasher joined NetJets in 2013 as the Director, Global Category – Operations and Indirect Procurement. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration from Malone and earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Dayton in 2006.
Judy (Chapin) Devol ’66 was part of the winning team at the 2016 USTA 65 and Over Tennis Championship in Surprise, Arizona, in May 2017. The Indian Wells Tennis Club (BNP tournament) Team represented Southern California for the fourth consecutive year. Devol and her partner were undefeated in five matches. She is married to Joe Devol ’66 and they live in Palm Desert, California.
Jennifer Noonan ’97, Ph.D. received the Online Graduate Faculty of the Year Award from Liberty University’s School of Divinity. She joined Liberty in 2008 and teaches a variety of classes such as Hebrew, Women in Ministry, Genesis, and introductory courses. Dr. Noonan also serves as a mentor for female students and is listed by many students as the best professor they had at Liberty, She has 23 publications including three in 2016-2017. Dr. Noonan and her husband, Ben, live in Columbia, South Carolina.
Dr. Abby Farmer ’04 is the Distance Education Instructional Designer for Wycliff Bible Translators’ Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL). Abby writes, “Teaching has always been my passion and calling. Teaching at GIAL has long reaching impact because the individuals who receive training will serve language communities all over the world.” Dr. Farmer earned her Ed.D. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS. Learn more.
Blaine Griffin ’93 is the new Cleveland City Council representative for Ward 6. Griffin moves to the job after 11 years in the Cleveland City administration. His most recent post was in Mayor Frank Jackson’s cabinet as the director of the Community Relations Board as a key player in the city’s efforts to quell violence in neighborhoods. Griffin led a staff and board of trustees in efforts to improve cross-culture relations, police/community relations and youth initiatives, and had recently expanded its youth programs.