Notes and notables from the 49ers:
- Former Charlotte men's soccer star Jon Busch was recently named the top candidate for Major League Soccer's "goalkeeper of the year" award by the Web site MLSnet.com. In picking Busch No. 1, the site said, "Jon Busch has been the backbone of the league's best defense, posting a sub-1.00 goals-against average and 10 shutouts in 25 matches for a top-flight Chicago Fire side." Busch played three seasons for the 49ers (1994-96), leading them to the 1996 NCAA Men's College Cup, where they lost in the national semifinals. He was named a first-team all-America selection in 1996.
- Charlotte senior Alan Parks and junior Rob Lyerly were both named top prospects following the conclusion of their respective summer baseball league action this season. Both were named top prospects by Perfect Game Crosschecker's Web site, pgcrosschecker.com, and Lyerly was also named a top prospect by baseballamerica.com. Lyerly wont the Northwoods League batting title, with a .342 average and was listed as the No. 5 prospect in the league by Baseball America and the 15th-best prospect on the Perfect Game Crosschecker list. Parks, an outfielder, was listed the No. 16 prospect from the Atlantic Collegiate League by Perfect Game Crosschecker. He batted .275 and started 34 games for the Hampton Whalers.
- Charlotte will host the Nike Championship Basketball Clinic Friday-Sunday. The clinic, geared toward basketball coaches at every level, features some of the nation's top men's and women's basketball coaches. Among coaches expected to participate are 49ers coach Bobby Lutz, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Bob Huggins of West Virginia, Dino Gaudio of Wake Forest, five-time NCAA women's champion coach Geno Auriemma of Connecticut. Sessions will cover instruction in a variety of areas, including "Plays for your Players," "Trapping Defenses," "Player Development," and "One-on-one Competition to Enhance Practice."