Bruce Williams graduated from Washington, DC's Cardozo High School and accepted a full four-year football scholarship to Howard University. During his four years at defensive back, he intercepted the ball 28 times, a university record that remains unbroken. He was a starter all four years and was named to All-CIAA and All-MEAC teams numerous times. His record season-high eight interceptions his freshman year still stands as a Howard milestone. Williams was voted team captain twice and upon graduation, was signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos. Undeterred by not making the team, he returned to Howard, earned a master's degree, and enjoyed a thirty plus year career as an IBM executive.
In 1996, Ted White was named the MEAC Player of the Year and the Black College Player of the Year. By the end of his career at Howard, this Baton Rouge, Louisiana native had garnered 1,169 passing attempts and 9, 845 offensive yards. These numbers rank him as the Howard and MEAC all-time leader in offense. After graduating, White played professionally in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He participated in the NFL’s Internship Program, which prepares young minority assistants for head coaching positions. White was inducted into the MEAC Hall of Fame in 2010. Currently, Ted serves a Howard’s associate head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterback’s coach.
Anton Skerritt was recruited in 1982 by Howard's head soccer coach, and he did play soccer very well for four years until graduation. But it was another coach on the campus, William Moultrie who watched him, saw his talent, and encouraged him to engage in another sport - track. The rest is history. He achieved All-American status in 1985 by finishing 4th in the 500 meters at the NCCA National Indoor Championships in Syracuse, NY. He went on to represent Trinidad and Tobago in the 1 984 Olympics in Los Angeles where he was a quarterfinalist in the 400 meter and a semi-finalist in the 4X400 meter relays. He was an Olympian again in Seoul running for Canada with similar results. As the number one ranked Canadian 400m sprinter, Anton represented Canada in numerous international competitions from 1986 through 1991. Soon after his retirement from int national track competition, he signed up for semi-pro soccer. He's been named an All-Star a played for St. Catherine's when the team won the CPSL Cup. Today, he is a NCCP certified coach, Ontario Soccer Association certified soccer referee as well as Head of Business Studies for the York Region District School Board
David Oliver is an Olympic medalist, having won the bronze in the 1 10-meter hurdles at the 2008 Beijing summer games. He won gold medal at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and another bronze medal at the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar. He remains the American record holder. Before all that occurred, he was recruited from Denver's East High by the late Coach Mike Merritt to compete for Howard University. From 2001 to 2004, he won four consecutive MEAC outdoor titles, was the 2003 indoor champion in the 55-meter hurdles and was named All-American in 2003 and 2004. At Howard, he also played football and was invited for try-outs with two NFL teams. He said "no" to football after graduation in 2004. He moved to Florida to train with legendary track coach, Brooks Johnson and begin his quest for international recognition
The beginning of sports awareness began in Eddie Richardson's neighborhood playing "sandlot" baseball with family and friends. He got his first taste of true competition playing Little League Baseball in the Connie Mack League in Oakland, California. In high school, he continued playing baseball, but he found a new sport he loved — football. By the time he entered Merritt Junior College, football ranked number one. As a wide receiver, tight end, and defensive end, he earned the Freshman of the Year Award in 1970. The next year at outside linebacker (and some tight end), he received an All-American Honorable Mention. Then he came east to Howard where he excelled as a wide receiver. In his second year as a Bison, he garnered Offensive Player of the Year award, earned a 1st team All-MEAC slot and 1st Team All-American honors.
After leaving Howard, Eddie enjoyed a pro career with the World Football and Canadian Football leagues.
James Ratiff started playing basketball in the 9th grade at Evans Jr. High in Washington, DC. In high school, he was a McDonald's All-American and was one of the most highly recruited players in 1977. He decided to accept a scholarship from the University of Tennessee, but Knoxville did not suit him. He returned to Washington, DC, and Howard University to play for his high school coach, A. B. Williamson who by then was head coach of the Bison. After sitting out a season to satisfy eligibility rules, he took to the court. He made the All-MEAC first team and the All-MEAC Tournament for three straight years. Twice, he was MEAC Player of the Year. With 1 ,588 points, he ranks 4th on Howard's list of high of scorers and 5th on the HIJ's most rebounds list with 722. During his three years at Howard, Ratiff set two records that remain unbroken — career average points per game of 19.5 and season average of 20.5 points per game during the 1 979-80 seasons. He played professionally in Spain, Argentina, and Venezuela.
Volleyball, Basketball and Coach
Linda Spencer has been a ground breaker for women's sports since her days at McKinley Tech High School in Washington, DC. There, she played basketball and was named to the first ever Washington Post All-Met Team. She enrolled at Howard and played on the school's first women's basketball team. She and her teammates played for the love of the game and meal tickets because there were no scholarships for women. Their uniforms consisted of tee shirts provided by the director of intramurals. Then, she became Coach Spencer. With her as assistant coach, the women's basketball team won ten MEAC Championships and in 1982 earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. As head coach of the volleyball team, she was named MEAC Volleyball Coach of the Year for 5 years because her teams won the championship those years.
A native Nigerian, Ngozi Monu began competing for her country at the tender age of ten traveling to Germany winning gold, silver, and bronze medals Just four years later, she participated in the All-African Games in Morocco. Then, she came to Howard on a scholarship where she consistently won medals and earned positions on all-conference teams for the 50-meter freestyle, 200-meter medley relay, 200 meter and the 400-meter freestyle relay. Monu consistently received MEAC honors for her academic achievements. She represented Nigeria in 2000 and 2008 Olympics, FINA World Games and the 7th, 8th, and 9th All African Games. Monu moved to New York City to pursue a Ph.D. in the biomedical science program at New York University. While participating in a post-doctoral fellowship, Ngozi founded and swam for the New York Hydras, a masters swim team. Currently, a first-year student at Weill Cornell Medical School, she decided to step down as the team's head coach.
While playing basketball at Washington, DC’s Eastern High School, Rodney Wright was named to the 1977 All-Metropolitan team as well as the 1977 McDonald’s All America Team. His on-court excellence at point guard continued at Howard University where he remains the all-time assist leader. Twice he was named to All-MEAC First Team and to the All-MEAC Tournament Team. He played on two MEAC Championship teams. The 1980-81 team was chosen to participate in the NCAA Tournament. While coaching at his high school alma mater, he garnered Coach-of-the-Year awards in 2009 and 2011.
John Spencer learned scrappiness right at home in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He was the youngest of ten children and had six older brothers who taught him the art of competition from day one. All the Spencer boys were outstanding athletes at Goldsboro High School. With John on its basketball squad, the school reached number 11 in the USA Today high school rankings. John was listed among the top 100 players in the c country Many a university wanted him, but Coach A.B. Williamson convinced him that Howard was the place for him.
In four years at Howard, John was a two-time All-MEAC First Team selection a Black College All-American and a National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District player. In 1987 and 1988 he ranked number 10 in NCAA in rebounding as well as making the top 20 list in field goal percentage. He was then selected as an alternate in the 1987 Pan — Am Games. After graduation John played with NBA Charlotte Hornets and for professional teams in Europe and Asia. He has scouted for the New York Knicks, been a sportscaster for ESPN and now owns a sports representation firm.