After graduating college, PLNU student-athletes continue to tackle amazing feats in their careers and lives. With Sea Lion pride, we bring you updates on five of our star alumni athletes to share some of the opportunities and record-breaking adventures they have continued to take on beyond their college careers.
Hayden Lescault (15) Men’s Basketball
Lescault has made the most of his time with the German basketball team BG Karlsruhe. In 21 games, he ranks second on the team in scoring (14.1 ppg, which puts him 22nd overall in the ProB South division, the third highest league in Germany) and assists (2.6 apg), while contributing 3.2 rebounds per game. Lescault played a major role in BG Karlsruhe’s first place finish in the ProB South standings and helped the team earn the No. 1 seed for the conference playoffs.
Crissa Jackson (12)Women’s Basketball
Jackson is in her first season with the Harlem Globetrotters. She recently completed an American tour with the team, and is currently back on the road for a European tour that includes 77 shows spanning 73 cities in 13 countries. Jackson signed with the Globetrotters in October 2015, becoming the 13th female member to join the iconic team, which is celebrating 90 years of delighting fans around the world. She and four other players joined the team, which has a roster that features Hi-Lite Bruton, Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Bull Bullard, Cheese Chisholm, and Thunder Law.
Sam Cyr (06) Men’s Golf
Since 2009, the 29-year-old has been on the Asian Tour, a professional men’s golf tour. Cyr recently closed out the 2015 season with a six-under-par 65 that tied him for sixth place at the Ho Tram Open. He fired seven birdies against one bogey to finish with an 11-under-par 273 at the event. After an injury to his ribs and intercostal muscle, and losing his card the previous season, Cyr was out of the game for almost five months. He has relied on limited playing opportunities on the Asian Tour, but took full advantage of his opportunity at the Ho Tram Open to claim his best finish of 2015.
Cheryl Schaefer (Bolding) (03) Softball
The two-time NAIA Player of the Year, and one of the most legendary softball players ever at PLNU, is passing on her skills to the next generation. Schaefer is in her first season as an assistant coach with the University of San Diego softball team. Previously, Schaefer was the first-ever head coach of the San Diego Christian softball program, which she ran for two seasons. She is a member of the PLNU and NAIA Halls of Fame.
Jay Johnson (01) Baseball
Johnson, in his first season as the head coach of the University of Arizona (UA) baseball team, has taken the Wildcats to a 12-5 record. Prior to taking the job at UA, he was head coach at the University of Nevada for two seasons, during which he compiled a 72-42 record. In 2015, Johnson led Nevada to a 41-15 record, and led the school to its first-ever Mountain West title. He also led the program to national rankings for the majority of the season, topping out at No. 19. He was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year for 2015.
By Danny Barnts
Senior Jordan Ligons Earns Arthur Ashe, Jr. Scholar Award
PLNU women’s basketball student-athlete Jordan Ligons (16) was selected for the prestigious Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Award. The shooting guard from West Sacramento, Calif., was named to the third team with a 3.44 grade point average as a journalism major.
The award seeks to honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom and the athletic field. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.’s commitment to education and love for the game, this annual awards program invites U.S. colleges and universities to participate by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. The honor is given to a nominee who has completed one full academic year at his or her nominating institution, is a student of color, is an active member of an intercollegiate athletic team during the applicable academic year, and has a demonstrated record of service to the campus or community.
Ligons spent four years as a member of the PLNU women’s basketball team. She is a three-time PacWest All-Academic selection and member of the PLNU student-athlete advisory committee. Ligons also served as a member of the Black Student Union on campus and has written and published numerous articles printed in the campus newspaper, The Point Weekly, as well as other regional publications.
By Danny Barnts