The SPCS Alumni Association Golf Tournament will be held Monday, April 17, at Brandermill Country Club in Midlothian. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit School of Professional and Continuing Studies degree program scholarship funds.

This year’s SPCS Golf Tournament has an earlier start time, at 9 a.m., and concludes earlier with a cocktail reception awards ceremony at 4 p.m. In additional to lowest team scores, contests include a putting contest before tee-off along with longest drive and closest-to-pin contests on par three and par five holes.

Teams are now forming. Individual golfers may register for $85, and foursomes may register for $340. Registrations include greens fees for 18 holes of golf, mulligans, boxed lunch, awards reception, and participation in contests for awards and prizes.

Sponsorships are also being solicited for a variety of supporting opportunities, from smaller hole and contest sponsorships to comprehensive Silver, Gold and Platinum level sponsorships.

Registration is open for golfers, and sponsorships are also available, at

New for this year is the Dean’s Dream Team, sponsored by SPCS Dean Jamelle Wilson. Members of the Dean’s Dream Team have been invited by Dean Wilson as a showcase team that crosses institutional and regional lines.

2017 Dean’s Dream Team

Billy J. Cannaday, Jr.

Cannaday head shotAs a career educator for more than 41 years, Cannaday has worked in elementary, middle and high schools and was superintendent in two of the Commonwealth's largest school divisions. After serving as Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2006-2008, he served as Dean of the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) and as Vice Provost for Academic Outreach, retiring in 2015. He currently serves as president of the Virginia State Board of Education. Cannaday received his doctorate in educational administration and bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Virginia Tech. He earned his master’s in educational administration from Hampton University.

Sara Diaz, GC’16

Diaz head shotAs a member of the Richmond Women’s Golf Team, Diaz earned a Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) through SPCS. Prior to coming to Richmond, she learned golf through The First Tee of Greater San Antonio and was recruited to play at Texas A&M–Commerce. She played three years and graduated, saving a year of eligibility by leaving the team after her third year in order to play on the same team as her younger sister Elsa. Both were recruited to Richmond, where they played together during the 2014-2015 season. After graduating from Richmond, Diaz was hired by a Richmond classmate to work at Independent Container Line (ICL), where she remains employed.

Russ Huesman

Hussman head shotAs a football coach for more than 30 years, Huesman has three times been named Southern Conference Coach of the Year and finalist for National Coach of the Year Award. He’s coached 39 All-Americans and 21 NFL draft picks and has been part of nine conference championships. He’s coached at William & Mary and served as defensive coordinator for Richmond, including the 2008 national championship team. He’s returned to Richmond after being named head football coach following eight successful seasons at his alma mater, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (UTC). Huesman played football at Moeller High School in Cincinnati prior to joining UTC, where he earned his degree in business education in 1983.

LaRee Sugg

Sugg head shotSugg boasts a successful career in golf, spanning from her play on UCLA’s PAC-10 and NCAA championship teams to her distinction as only the third African American to play the LPGA in the Tour’s 60-year history. She’s a four-time Golf Magazine Junior All-American and was named to the 1991 PAC-10 All Conference Team and 1991 Coaching Association All-American Team. She’s played on the LPGA Tour along with several other professional and mini tours, and she’s qualified for six U.S. Women’s Opens and four Women’s British Open Championships. Sugg serves as the Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator at Richmond. She came to Richmond in 2001 when she was named Richmond’s first head women's golf coach.