Jordan Surenkamp ’13 was recently named the new Head Coach of the Greensboro Swarm NBA G League basketball team.
Surenkamp will be the third full-time head coach in Greensboro’s history, the first to be promoted internally from within the Hornets organization and at 30 years old, according to an NBA.com report.
“As soon as the opportunity was presented to me, I was excited to take it,” Surenkamp said. “It seemed like not only for myself, but also for the staff and organization, a really good situation. Something that we focus and really pride ourselves on is the developmental aspect of our players and organization as a whole. [This opportunity] is something I’m greatly appreciative of and certainty humbled by.”
Prior to accepting this job, Surenkamp served as the team’s Head Video Coordinator the past two seasons.
His regular season debut will take place on Friday, Nov. 5 when the Swarm host the visiting Birmingham Squadron for the first of two back-to-back home games.
“He’s a young energetic coach who has a great feel for what we’re doing here in Charlotte,” said Director of Player Personnel Larry Jordan. “He has a great mind as a young coach, so we’ll obviously rally behind him and give him all the resources he needs. He’s going to make those young guys down there better. I’m one hundred percent confident in that.”
While at Wabash, Surenkamp majored in rhetoric and minored in economics, and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and the basketball team. Surenkamp appeared in 25 games and average 3.5 points per game. He received the Freshman of the Year Award and Most Improved Award.
Luke Rowles ’19 recently joined the Community Foundation of Randolph County team as their full-time program officer, donor relations and communications specialist.
As program officer, Rowles is involved with the administration of grants and scholarships for the Foundation. He originally started as a part-time communications cpecialist through funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. GIFT VII Implementation Grant.
“I love working closely with the community and having a positive influence. I look forward to working with area schools and organizations,” Rowles said in a report by The Winchester News-Gazette. “I am impressed with the way this organization affects so many different groups and people in the community.”
Rowles grew up in nearby Portland, Indiana, and graduated from Jay County High School in 2015. Receiving Jay County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, he went to Wabash where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2019 with a liberal arts degree in social psychology and nonprofit business.
While at Wabash he was a member of Delta Tau Delta, Student Senate, Sons of Wabash, and the Wabash Acts Responsibly Council.
“Randolph County is a wonderful place,” Rowles said. “I look forward to serving and working with this community. There are lots of good people here.”
Sam Henthorn ’20 is set to head to Bulgaria to teach English under the Fulbright Teaching Assistantship this year.
He was recently profiled in a Student International report, which you can read here.
“Earning this award was an extremely validating moment for me,” Henthorn said in the report. “I’m hoping this experience will grant me more opportunities to spend more time abroad and connect with others who are passionate about teaching and global service.”
A Classics major with a religion minor, Henthorn was a varsity letterman for the Little Giant track and field and cross country teams.
He was named was an Academic All-District selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Additionally, he earned North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner-of-the-Year honors in 2019 and added the Indoor Track and Field Men’s Distance Runner-of-the-Year award at the conference championship meet in 2020. Henthorn won the men’s individual title at the 2019 NCAC Cross Country Championships.
He was also a member of the Sphinx Club, Cycling Club and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.