Herring Comes To Fayetteville State From Winthrop University
Adrian Ferguson - a native of Danville, Virginia - graduated cum laude from Livingstone College in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Business Administration.
Prior to enrolling, Ferguson was a 1991 graduate of Dan River High School where he was a three-year letterman in football and track & field and a two-year letterman in basketball. The '91 senior class president was also the Wildcats' Athlete of the Year.
As a student-athlete at Livingstone, Ferguson was a four-year letterman on the Blue Bears' Cross Country and Track & Field teams. He was a four-time All-CIAA athlete and was honored with two Coaches Awards and four cross country MVP Awards. During his final year at Livingstone, Ferguson also served as the full-time Sports Information Director and assistant track coach. After receiving his degree, he continued to work for Livingstone for two years in the same capacities.
Ferguson joined the staff at Winston-Salem State University as Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Information and remained at WSSU for 3.5 years. He assisted in the transformation of the current athletic logo and other innovative ventures at WSSU. Ferguson covered the Rams through five CIAA championships -- two titles for football, two for men's basketball and one for women's softball. Ferguson also aided with the design of the basketball courts in CE Gaines Center and Whitaker Gymnasium.
In 2000, Ferguson returned to Dan River to give the commencement speech to the graduating class.
In 2001, he rejoined the staff at Livingstone College as the Sports Information Director and an assistant track and field coach. During his second stint at LC, Ferguson seamlessly integrated Blue Bears Athletics with modern technologies that proved to be cutting edge. Ferguson developed the department's website and enhanced it with live statistics and video. With his knowledge of graphic design, game-day programs and printed materials took on a new face. He also developed the current athletic logo and created numerous highlight and promotional videos for the department.
LC honored Ferguson with the 2003 Fletcher Jones Distinguish Athletic Service Award. The award acknowledges a recipient who has shown exemplary contribution and commitment to the continued development of the athletic program. He was also recognized by the Salisbury Post as one of Rowan County's successful 20-something men, whose jobs touched the lives of many in the community.
In 2004, Ferguson took over the track & field program which consists of cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field. The cross country team finished third at the 2004 and 2005 CIAA Championships. During his reign as coach, Ferguson produced a NCAA DII Cross Country All-American and two qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championships. In the CIAA, Livingstone had seven CIAA individual champions and 27 All-CIAA performers.
After seven straight years as the Sports Information Director at Livingstone College, Ferguson joined the Fayetteville State University staff in January 2008.
Ferguson added many new features to the department, including a quarterly athletic newsletter named Stampede. Ferguson also brought to FSU live online statistics for football, volleyball, basketball, and softball. The production of printed materials has increased and the department also streams video of various home and away games and interviews of head coaches online. Ferguson strives to stay ahead in the technology field.
He has served several stints as president of the CIAA Sports Information Directors Association and has been a member of CoSIDA, BCSIDA, the CIAA Management Council and Track & Field Coaches Association; along with serving NCAA Division II Men's Golf RAC.
Ferguson has received the John Holley CIAA Sports Information Director of the Year Award twice. He was inducted into the Livingstone College 2010 Hall of Fame as a student-athlete, coach and administrator. Fayetteville State University has recently honored him as the Second Runner-up Staff Member of the Year.
Adrian is married to the former Denice Brown - who is also a Livingstone Hall of Famer - and has two children, Taelor and Jordan.