Big South Conference Hall of Fame
The Big South Hall of Fame was formed in 2003-04 as part of the League's 20th Anniversary celebration. Each year the Conference will induct up to eight individuals into the Hall of Fame. The 2013 Hall of Fame Class increases the Big South's Hall of Fame membership to 52 former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors.
Nominations for the Hall of Fame will be made by current member institutions and the League Commissioner. The Hall of Fame committee, made up of a representative from each member institution, will then select the class from the submitted nominations. Student-athletes who have graduated from a Big South institution and are 10 years removed from that institution are eligible for induction. Administrators, coaches and other non-student-athletes who have ended their association with the Conference are also eligible. Significant contributors to the Conference are eligible whether or not their association with the League has ended.
2003 BIG SOUTH HALL OF FAME CLASS - INAUGURAL CLASS (11)
Charleston Southern Director of Athletics (1965-2000)
Bagwell served as a track coach, a men’s basketball coach and the Director of Athletics at CSU. He led then Baptist College from an NAIA school to Division I status, increasing the school’s sports sponsorship from 5 to 18. Bagwell compiled a 263-47 record as a track coach and a 27-16 record as men’s basketball coach. Bagwell was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. He also served 14 years on Dorchester County School Board. Bagwell was a co-founder of the Big South Conference, and the Big South Player of the Year Award was created and named for Bagwell.
Campbell Director of Athletics (1974-1992)
Carr oversaw CU’s move from NAIA to NCAA Division I athletics competition in 1977-78. He was one of the leaders in the formation of the Big South Conference in 1983, of which Campbell became a charter member. Carr wrote constitution and by-laws for the Big South Conference. He helped the Big South gain automatic berths in NCAA Championships in baseball and men’s basketball. Carr also oversaw the rise of women’s athletics at Campbell, adding six new women’s varsity sports during his tenure. Carr led Campbell to the 1991-92 Big South Commissioner’s Cup when CU won five League championships (men’s soccer, men’s basketball, men’s golf, men’s tennis and women’s tennis) and three runner-up trophies (men’s cross country, women’s basketball, women’s golf). Under his guidance, Campbell won 14 Big South championships. He was also named Big South Men’s Golf Coach of the Year in 1989 when he led the team to the Conference title.
DR. GEORGE A. CHRISTENBERRY
Big South Conference President (1983-1986)
Augusta State College President (1970-1986)
The Big South Conference’s first president, Christenberry was a co-founder of the Conference. Along with Howard Bagwell, Christenberry recruited members to form the fledgling League. As Conference President from 1983 to 1986 he helped guide the League from its initial stages to its move towards Division I status and he oversaw the addition of UNC Asheville to the League. In response to his service to the Big South, the Conference created the George A. Christenberry Academic Award, given to the male and female student-athletes each year who graduated with the highest GPA.
Coastal Carolina Men’s Basketball Player (1989-1993)
Dunkin remains the only player in NCAA Division I history to be named a Conference’s Player of the Year four consecutive years, as he was the Big South Player of the Year from 1990-1993. CCU and the Big South’s all-time leading scorer with 2,151 points. He led the Chanticleers to the 1991 and 1993 NCAA Tournaments. He was a four-time Big South All-Conference honoree and three-time All-Tournament selection. He was named the 1990 Big South Rookie of the Year. Dunkin averaged 20.7 points per game during his career. He ranks third all-time at Coastal Carolina with 725 rebounds. Coastal Carolina had an 81-43 record during Dunkin’s career. He played professionally in Europe for five years.
UNC Asheville Volleyball Player (1990-1992)
Fekete led UNC Asheville to three straight Big South Conference regular-season titles (1990, 1991 and 1992) and two tournament championships (1991 and 1992). The 1991 team advanced to the NIVC tournament in Dayton, Ohio, making UNCA the first Big South team to compete in post-season play. The 1992 team went 32-6 and unbeaten in Big South play and in the tournament, making them the last team to not lose to a Big South opponent during the course of a season. She was the 1990 Big South MVP and led the nation in blocks that year. Fekete was an All-Conference performer in 1991 and 1992. She led the Big South in blocks in 1990, 1991 and 1992. UNCA was 22-1 in League play during her three-year career and 29-2 counting tournament play. Upon graduation, Fekete played professionally in Sweden for one season.
Coastal Carolina Softball Player (1990-1993)
Hall had 104 wins as a pitcher for the Lady Chanticleers, one of just eight players in the NCAA Division I history to win more than 100 games. She was a four-time Big South All-Conference team member and a three-time member of the Big South All-Tournament team. She was named to the NCAA All-Southeast Region team three times and was the first Big South player ever to be named to that team. She ranks fifth in NCAA history with 172 games pitched and 140 complete games. She also ranks seventh in NCAA history with 140 games started, and she ranks eighth in NCAA history with 11 career saves.
Radford, Women’s Basketball Player (1986-1989)
Howard had scored more points than any other RU basketball player when she finished her career in 1989. The first RU athlete to have his or her number retired, the Harrisonburg, Va., native owned 27 records when she ended her Highlander career and moved on to play professionally in Switzerland. Her records included career points (2,146), assists (661) and steals (377). She set single game records for points (42), assists (17) and steals (9) and set a single season scoring mark in 1987-88, averaging 22.7 points. Howard, who was named an AWSF All-American four times, finished her career with averages of 19.2 points and 5.9 assists per game. She is a member of the Radford University Sports Hall of Fame.
Winthrop, Softball Player (1988-1991)
Kemme was a standout pitcher for the Eagles from 1988-1991 who earned the Big South Tournament MVP three times, in 1989, 1990 and 1991 and was the Big South Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991. She holds several Winthrop career and single-season records, as well as the NCAA single season records for most strikeouts (282 in 1990 (1st) and 264 in 1989(2nd)) and most victories (34 in 1991 (1st) and 32 in 1989 (3rd)), and she is ranked in the top 15 of other NCAA single-season records. Kemme owns “The Pitchers Mound,” an instructional softball pitching school which has produced 60 collegiate players, 30 of which are Division I. A former member of the ASA Summer Team Redan Bandits, she was named the Regional/State MVP six times and was the National Championship MVP in 1994. Kemme also pitched against the 1996 Olympic Team, throwing 5 innings, taking a 1-0 loss after a two-year layoff from pitching .
GEORGE F. "BUDDY" SASSER
Big South Conference Commissioner (1989-1996)
Coastal Carolina Director of Athletics (1986-1989 and 1996-1999)
Sasser served as the Big South Commissioner from 1989-1996 and had two stints as Coastal Director of Athletics (1986-1989 and 1996-1999). While Big South Commissioner, Sasser was responsible for increasing membership, gaining automatic bids to the NCAA Basketball Tournament and adding basketball television exposure for the League. The Commissioner’s Cup award, which goes to the institution with the best overall athletic performance for that year, was renamed Sasser Cup in his honor. Sasser served as head football coach at ETSU (1982-86) and Wofford (1977-82). He also served as Director of Athletics at ETSU (1982-1986).
DR. EDWARD M. "DICK" SINGLETON
Big South Conference Commissioner (1983-1989)
Coastal Carolina Chancellor (1963-1983)
Singleton served as the Big South’s first Commissioner, holding the post from 1983 through 1988. He was also Coastal Carolina’s Chancellor from 1963-1983. One of the founding fathers of the League, he currently serves as a senior advisor to CCU President Dr. Ronald Ingle. He is a member of the Coastal Education Foundation and the CINO (Coastal Is Number One) Board. Singleton will also serve as the chair for Coastal Carolina’s 50th anniversary in 2004.
Radford Men’s Soccer Player (1988-1992)
Washington led the nation in scoring in collegiate soccer in 1988 and 1990, and finished his career at RU in 1992 as the second leading scorer in NCAA history. He tallied 82 goals and an NCAA record 66 assists. He had RU record totals of 27 goals and 22 assists in 1988, leading RU to its first Big South soccer title. A two-time All-American, he earned Academic All-America honors in 1992. Washington would go on to compete on the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team, and for the U.S. National squad. He now stars with the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer. A Columbia, Md., native, Washington earned a double major in history and political science and is a member of the Radford University Sports Hall of Fame.
2004 BIG SOUTH HALL OF FAME CLASS (4)
Coastal Carolina Women’s Basketball Player (1988-1991)
Four-time Big South Conference first team...1989 Big South Conference All-Tournament Team...Second in CCU history in scoring with 1,545 points...First in CCU history with 500 career assists...First in CCU history with 246 career steals...Seventh in CCU history with 640 career rebounds
Coastal Carolina Baseball Player (1991-1994)
Set seven school career records: Games played (230), Hits (264), At Bats (789), Walks (128), Total Bases (390), RBI (167), and Games started (228)...Led Coastal Carolina to 67 Big South wins from '91-'94, three Big South regular season titles, and two Big South Tourney titles...Played in 1991 NCAA Regionals...Selected to 1992 All-Big South Conference team...Led Big South in RBI (60) in 1992...Owns Big South Conference Record for games played (230)...Graduated from Coastal Carolina with B.A., Business Admin., 1994...Made Major League Baseball debut on April 29, 2001 with the Toronto Blue Jays becoming one of only 14 Big South alumni to reach the major leagues (among current conference membership)...Also earned major league service with the Oakland Athletics...Named South Atlantic League Player of the Year during minor league career...Still active through the 2003 season, Lopez has amassed a 9-year professional baseball career
Campbell Men’s Basketball Player (1990-1994)
Set school (Division I era) records for career scoring (1,711) and rebounding (954)...Finished third on Big South career scoring list after graduating in 1994...Was the third player in Big South history to earn four All-Conference awards (three first-team) in men's basketball...Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 1994 and Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year in 1991 (Big South)...Led team to 1992 Big South Tournament Championship and the school's first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament (played No. 1 Duke)...Led team to 1994 Big South Final...Led Campbell to program's first-ever wins over an Atlantic Coast Conference (NC State) and Southeastern Conference (South Carolina) member during '93-94)...Recorded 33 double-doubles (points-rebounds in a game) during his career...Set Big South rebounding record (954 from 1990-94)...Led Conference in rebounding as a freshman, sophomore and senior...Named Campbell University's Outstanding Male Athlete for 1993-94...Has played professional basketball in Europe since graduation
Coastal Carolina Baseball Coach (1975-77, 1987-95)
Winningest baseball coach in Big South league history with 124 regular season conference wins...2-time Big South Conference coach of the year...Led Chanticleers to two Big South Tournament championships...Coached 37 All-Big South Conference selections, 2 tourney MVPs, and 1 Player of the Year...Winningest coach in Coastal Carolina history with 325 wins (as of 2004 season)...Led Coastal Carolina to first NCAA Regional appearance in 1991, just the second all-time Big South NCAA baseball appearance...His teams led the Big South in batting four times; HRs four times; Runs scored four times; Stolen Bases four times; ERA twice; Complete Games five times; and fielding six times...After and during coaching, Vrooman served the Coastal Carolina academic community in various significant roles including Dean of the History department and instructor...In March of 2004, the playing field at Coastal Carolina's Watson Stadium will be named for Coach Vrooman.
2005 BIG SOUTH HALL OF FAME CLASS (5)
Radford, Men’s Basketball (1989-93)
Day completed his Radford career as the NCAA Division I career leader in three-point field goals made with 401 during his career from 1989-93. He departed as Radford’s all-time leading scorer with 2,027 points – 2nd most in the Big South. He is one of only two Big South players to score 2,000 career points. Day led the nation in three-point baskets per game with 4.03 per contest in 1991-92, and earned All-Big South honors during each of his four seasons at RU. He averaged 17.3 points per game for his career, and his offensive prowess helped Radford to back-to-back 20-win seasons in 1990-91 and 1991-92. Day led the Highlanders to their first regular-season Conference title in 1991-92.
Coastal Carolina Softball (1993-94)
Graziano was a three-sport student-athlete during her collegiate career at Coastal Carolina in softball (1993-94), women’s basketball (1994-95) and volleyball (1993-94). She set a NCAA Division I record with a .598 batting average in 1994, while slugging 1.006 to lead the nation. Graziano earned All-South Region softball honors that season as well as earning Big South Player of the Year and GTE Academic All-American of the Year. Graziano played professionally in the Women’s Professional Softball League (WPSL).
Coastal Carolina, Softball (1990-94)
Minton was a two-sport student-athlete for Coastal as a member of the softball (1991-94) and women’s basketball squad (1990-94) during her four years. She finished her career ranked in the top 10 in Coastal Carolina history in several categories, including hits (2nd - 308), at-bats (4th - 672), batting (2nd - .458), stolen bases (2nd - 77), triples (5th - 11), runs scored (1st - 194) and on-base percentage (2nd - .503). She played 199 career games and was a three-time NCAA All-South Region selection (1992, 1993, 1994). She was a four-time All-Conference selection in softball, as well as a three-time All-Tournament selection.
Charleston Southern, Head Cross Country and Track Coach (1965-92)
Settle came to Baptist College as assistant cross country and assistant track coach in 1965, quickly developing the program into one of the finest in the Southeast. He worked hand-in-hand with Coach Howard Bagwell as an assistant and then later as the head coach, coaching several All-Americans, including 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist Charlie Simpkins. After four years out of coaching, Settle returned as head coach in 1985 and promptly led the men’s track team to an outstanding 29-0 record. The 1986 team followed up with a 31-4 record. All total, the Baptist College/Charleston Southern men’s track program posted 313 victories against only 62 defeats from 1966-92. This included five undefeated seasons. Settle is a member of the Charleston Southern Athletic Hall of Fame.
Radford, Women’s Basketball (1990-94)
Wilkey Bergen’s competitive drive fueled four consecutive Big South basketball championship teams from 1990-94. She was twice the Tournament MVP (1993, 1994) and finished her career with 1,714 points (third all-time at RU and eighth in Big South history). She also ranks among the career leaders in steals (244) and games played (117). Wilkey Bergen led the Lady Highs in scoring twice, including a 21.3 scoring average as a senior, the second-highest in school history. She was Big South Rookie of the Year in 1990-91, and became one of the first three-sport stars at RU, lettering in cross country and softball after her basketball career. She was the first two-sport All-Conference performer in the Big South, earning League honors in basketball twice (1992-94) and in cross country in 1994, finishing as RU’s leader in five of six meets. Wilkey Bergen also was an assistant coach at member institution UNC Asheville before taking a job at West Florida, where she is now in her sixth season as head women’s basketball coach. During her tenure at UWF, the Argonauts have won two Gulf South Conference (GSC) Eastern Division titles.
2006 BIG SOUTH HALL OF FAME CLASS (5)
Radford Director of Athletics (1974-96)
Taylor was Radford’s first Athletic Director and men’s basketball coach. He served as athletic director from 1974-96, and led Radford on a remarkable journey from a six-sport unaffiliated small-college program to Division I athletics. He led RU’s move to Division I status in 1984, and helped establish the Big South Conference, ensuring Radford’s entrance as a founding member. Seven different athletic teams achieved national rankings during his tenure. Taylor also chaired several key committees in the League, including budgets and awards. The former men’s basketball coach helped shape the fledgling Conference’s basketball programs, including ensuring Radford’s teams were successful, with women’s basketball winning nine of the first 10 Big South titles and RU men’s basketball posting 20 winning seasons in his 22 years.
Radford Women’s Basketball Coach (1984-90)
Curtis was one of the most successful coaches in the country while leading her alma mater. Her teams were 121-53 in six seasons as RU’s coach from 1984-90, winning two Conference titles and earning a bid to the 1989 NWIT, the first appearance in ANY Division I postseason tournament by any Big South basketball program (men’s or women’s). She was named Big South Coach of the Year twice (1987-88 and 1989-90) and still ranks second all-time in women’s basketball winning percentage (.700) among Big South coaches. Curtis posted an impressive 46-2 won-loss record in regular-season Conference play and led the Highlanders to three of the first four Big South titles. In addition, the Roanoke native scored 1,043 points as a player at RU to become the university’s first 1,000-point scorer. Curtis later became head coach at Temple and Wake Forest, was an assistant coach with the WNBA Charlotte Sting, a television analyst and is currently the director clinician motivational speaker for Curtis Camps & Clinics.
Winthrop Baseball Player (1992-95)
Link totaled 65 appearances, 46 of which were starts, as well as 22 complete games, 27 wins, 315 strikeouts, a 3.00 earned run average and 326.1 innings pitched in his career for Winthrop. In his senior season of 1995, he was a First-team All-America selection, was voted to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America First-team and was voted the Big South Conference Baseball Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Link led the 1995 Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament appearance, and posted League records that season for innings pitched (134.1), shutouts (4) and consecutive scoreless innings (32). He held six Winthrop career pitching records when he graduated (including starts, complete games, wins, strikeouts and innings pitched) and was the Big South’s all-time strikeout leader at the time as well. Link, who graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1995 with a degree in chemistry, drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 12th round of the 1995 MLB Draft and played professionally in the Rangers’ system before deciding to enter graduate school. In 2005, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Winthrop University Athletics Hall of Fame and is currently a Director of Medical Liaisons in the pharmaceutical industry in Atlanta.
Charleston Southern Men’s Tennis Player & Coach (player 1989-92; coach 1997-01)
A four-year performer on the CSU men’s tennis team, Olsen was a two-time Big South All-Conference selection and was twice named the CSU men’s tennis MVP as the No. 1 singles player. After graduating in 1992, Olsen returned as head men’s and women’s tennis coach in 1997. Olsen guided the men’s teams to four consecutive Big South Conference Championships, earning Big South Coach of the Year four times. He posted a men’s coaching record of 89-31 overall. Combined with his women’s record, Olsen totaled a 133-92 overall record at CSU. He is currently the women’s tennis coach at North Carolina State and was inducted into the Charleston Southern Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2004.
Campbell Women’s Basketball Player (1987-91)
Brown was a two-time Big South Player of the Year (1989-90, 1990-91) and was a three-time First-team All-Conference selection. She ended her career as the League’s all-time leading scorer (1,893 points), which is now fourth all-time. Brown set the Big South’s single-season scoring record in 1990-91 with 693 points for a 23.9 per game average and was twice named Campbell University Outstanding Female Athlete (1990, 1991). She set school records for scoring, field goals and field goal percentage. Brown was named a FastBreak All-America by the American Women’s Sports Federation in 1990 and 1991. She led her team to four consecutive Big South Championship game appearances and one title in 1989. Brown later served as an assistant coach at Campbell (1991-92) and has worked as a coach and teacher for the last 10 years. She was inducted into the Campbell University Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
2007 BIG SOUTH HALL OF FAME CLASS (5)
Liberty Track & Field Athlete (1992-96)
Liberty’s first Big South Hall of Fame inductee, Werner was Liberty’s first three-time NCAA Division I All-American (1994-95-96). He placed ninth in the decathlon at the 1994 NCAA National Championships, fourth in the event at the 1995 NCAA National Championships and eighth in the decathlon in the 1996 NCAA National Championships. Werner also was the first Liberty athlete to win an IC4A title, winning the 1992 decathlon as a freshman. He won the IC4A decathlon title four times (1992, 1994, 1995, 1996), won the IC4A pole vault as a senior and also won the Penn Relays decathlon in 1995. Werner was honored with the Liberty University Rock Royer Award as a senior, given annually to Liberty’s top student-athlete. He still holds the Liberty school decathlon record and the Big South Conference season record with 7,662 points in 1995 (the Big South did not offer the decathlon as a Conference championship event until the 2001 season). Werner was named to the United States Track Coaches Association All-Academic Team in 1994 and 1996. Werner helped Liberty to its first three Conference championships in outdoor track & field. In Big South competition, he was second in the 110-meter hurdles, third in 200 meters and fourth in 100 meters in 1993. He also was second in javelin, third in pole vault, fifth in 400 meters, fifth in hammer, seventh in 110-meters and seventh in the discus in 1994. Werner was Conference champion in the javelin and pole vault in 1995, as well as the Big South Track Champion high scorer with 41 points in 1996. In addition, he was Conference champion in the javelin, second in pole vault, third in discus, third in shot put, third in 400-meter, fifth in hammer, eighth in long jump in 1996. Werner has worked as an assistant track & field coach at Coastal Carolina and is currently a fireman and EMT in the Myrtle Beach area.
Coastal Carolina Softball Player (1992-95)
Johnson ended her career as the NCAA career leader with 76 doubles (currently fourth in history) and finished her career ranked in the top 10 in NCAA history in runs batted in (third – 194), home runs (sixth – 31) and slugging percentage (fifth - .667). She set Coastal Carolina school records for career games played (230), at-bats (697), doubles (76), triples (19), home runs (31), runs batted in (194) and putouts (1,567). She was named NCAA All-South Region in 1994 and 1995 as well as Big South All-Conference those seasons as well. Johnson is currently General Manager of Burroughs and Chapin’s Entertainment Golf Division in South Carolina.
Coastal Carolina Men’s Basketball Player (1987-91)
Dowdell was Coastal’s point guard from 1987-91 and finished his career as CCU’s all-time assist leader with 561, which is second all-time in Big South history. He helped the Chanticleers to their best four-year record ever with 78 wins during that period (78-39, =.667 winning percentage). Dowdell was a member of two Big South Tournament team championships and three regular-season crowns, as the Chants posted a 42-8 Big South record during his four years (.840 winning percentage). In 1990-91, he led the Chants to a school-record 24 wins and first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Dowdell earned First-team All-Conference honors in 1990 and 1991, as well as All-Tournament honors both years. He ranks 46th all-time in Big South history in scoring with 1,202 points, as well as sixth all-time in free throws made (404), 11th in free throw attempts (523), ninth in free throw percentage (.772), third in career assists per game (4.88), second all-time in steals (239) and second in steals per game (2.08).
Winthrop Baseball Coach (1978-91)
Turbeville was Winthrop’s first baseball coach from 1978-91, posting a career record of 373-157-1 (.703 winning percentage) at the helm of the Eagles. He guided the team to the NAIA College World Series, finishing national runner-up, as well as capturing the Big South’s first-ever baseball Conference Tournament championship in 1985. Turbeville was the 1991 Big South Coach of the Year and posted a 152-101 ( =.601) record in seven seasons when baseball began as a sponsored Big South sport in 1985. He was 571-285-1 (.667) during his 32-year baseball coaching career, and was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2000. He was also inducted into the York County (S.C.) Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, as well as the Newberry College Hall of Fame in 1995. Turbeville was named the South Carolina College Baseball Coach of the Year in 1972 and was a finalist for the 1980 NAIA National Baseball Coach of the Year. In addition, he was inducted into the Winthrop Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. Turbeville passed away this past January.
DR. DONALD NEWTON DEDMON
Big South Conference President (1986-92)
Radford President (1972-94)
One of the Big South Conference's founding fathers and past presidents, Dr. Donald N. Dedmon took office on March 20, 1972, as Radford's fourth president. During Dr. Dedmon's administration, Radford College grew in stature and size to a comprehensive, coeducational institution. The fall 1972 semester academic year marked the first time that men were admitted for the full academic year rather than just for summer school as had been the practice in the school's first years in operation. In 1979, Radford was granted university status by the Virginia General Assembly, resulting in the school's fifth name change to Radford University. In celebration of the Scotch-Irish heritage of Southwest Virginia, the "Highlander" was also adopted in the 1970s as the nickname for the athletic teams. In keeping with the Scotch-Irish theme, the school colors were changed from the original purple and gray to the tartan plaid colors of red, white, blue and green. The school newspaper was renamed The Tartan and the literary magazine adopted the name Gaelic. The annual remained The Beehive. Growth continued at a rapid pace through the 1980s with over 9,000 students attending RU per year by the end of the decade. The look and size of the campus also continued to evolve with the construction of a state-of-the-art sports complex named for Dr. Dedmon. The Dedmon Center was one of the first buildings designed with an inflated, air-supported roof, similar to that of the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. The location of the Dedmon Center was also a change for the campus, as new properties adjacent to the New River were acquired from the railroad. Dr. Dedmon served as Big South President from May 1986-92, and his tenure included the Big South becoming a full-fledged member of NCAA Division I in September 1986, as well as the Big South having its first participants in NCAA postseason in men’s and women’s basketball. Dr. Dedmon received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Iowa. Prior to coming to Radford, Dr. Dedmon served as a professor at Colorado State University and executive vice president and acting president of Marshall University. Dr. Dedmon passed away in 1998.
2008 BIG SOUTH HALL OF FAME CLASS (5)
Liberty Men’s Basketball Player (1994-97)
Liberty’s second Big South Hall of Fame inductee, Aluma ranked as the Big South’s all-time leading shot blocker (366), was third in games played (119), second in free throws (451) and third in scoring (1,715 points) at the conclusion of his career, and helped the Flames capture their first-ever Big South championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 1994. He currently ranks 24th all-time in NCAA history in blocked shots. Aluma was a First-Team All-Conference selection in 1996 and 1997, earned Second-Team honors in 1995 and was named to the League’s All-Rookie Team in 1994. He was named the Big South Tournament MVP twice in his career (1994 and 1997) and was a three-time All-Tournament selection. Aluma, who was a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Region selection in 1997, led the Big South in scoring in 1995-96 and was the League’s top shot blocker in 1996 (3.9) and 1997 (3.0). He also was the 21st player in Big South history with 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds, and is one of just five players in League annals with 1,700 points and 600 rebounds. During his career, Aluma was also honored as an All-State Team selection by both the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) in 1996 and 1997. He still holds the Liberty Division I record for free throws in a season (159) and career, as well as the school’s blocked shot records for a game (eight), season (113) and career. Aluma is still the Big South’s career shot block leader and ranks among the League’s top 10 in scoring, field goals, field goal percentage, free throws, free throw attempts and blocked shots per game. He played professionally with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings (1999) and Phoenix Suns (2000), as well as for the Harlem Globetrotters (2001), and overseas for Argentina’s Toros De Aragua (1998) and Belarus' Gomel (1999) programs.
Winthrop Cross Country/Track & Field Athlete (1993-95)
Greene was the first Winthrop student-athlete to earn NCAA Division I All-American honors in 1994 for his performance in the indoor 5,000-meter run at the NCAA National Indoor Championship. He also qualified for the 1994 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 10,000-meter run during his career. Greene captured the 1994 Big South Conference individual men’s cross country championship - Winthrop’s first individual Conference champion - and won the 1994 Big South Conference Outdoor Championship in the 5,000-meter run. The 1994 Big South Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Year, Greene holds the Winthrop University record for the indoor 5,000-meter run with a time of 13:55 as well as the outdoor 10,000-meter run with a time of 29:04. He was named Winthrop’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1994, and was inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame in January 2005.
Coastal Carolina Men’s Tennis Player (1994-97)
Malik, who completed his stellar career in 1997, holds Coastal Carolina career records for singles victories (90) and doubles victories (79). He earned three Big South Conference Player of the Year honors (1995, 1996, 1997) and was named the Conference’s Rookie of the Year in 1994. Malik was a four-time All-Conference selection at both singles and doubles during his career, helped Coastal Carolina capture the 1994 Big South Conference championship, as well as two regular-season titles (1994, 1996) and a runner-up championship finish in 1996. He also excelled in the classroom, as he garnered Big South Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in 1995, 1996 and 1997, and was a CoSIDA Academic All-American First-Team honoree in 1996 and 1997. Malik also received ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition in 1996 and 1997, was voted the Big South Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1996 and 1997, and received the Big South’s Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence in 1997. Following his Coastal career, Malik served as the hitting partner for Jana Novatna when she ranked among the world’s best and has also coached the Slovakian Women’s National Team to the Federation Cup Championship. He is one of eight men's tennis players to earn All-Conference all four years, and is just one of two men's tennis players in Big South history to be named a four-time All-Conference performer in both singles and doubles.
Campbell Women’s Golfer (1991-94)
Wooten led Campbell to consecutive Big South Conference women’s golf championships in 1993 and 1994 during her three-year career. She and UNC Greensboro’s Kareen Qually were the first Big South women’s golfers to receive an at-large NCAA berth in the 1993 NCAA East Regional (both tied for 56th in the event). Wooten, who was Campbell’s first-ever NCAA individual qualifier, led Campbell to 10 tournament wins in her three-year career while winning seven collegiate tournament championships and finishing among the top 10 individuals 19 times in 26 outings. She was a three-time All-Big South Conference Team member and a member of the Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll. During her junior year, she was named Big South Golfer of the Year after winning the League individual title and leading Campbell to its first-ever women’s golf Conference Championship. She won four tournaments - the Samford Classic, UNC Greensboro Fall Invitational, Big South Championship and Hartford Invitational - during her junior season, which was capped with her participation in NCAA postseason play. As a senior, Wooten was honored as Campbell’s Outstanding Female Athlete for the 1993-94 academic year. She won tournament titles at Nebraska and Georgia State and earned All-Big South honors for the third consecutive year with a fourth-place showing at the Big South Championship. Wooten also led Campbell to its second-straight Big South team title and the school’s and Big South’s first-ever team invitation to the NCAA East Eegional (Wooten tied for 38th in the event). She was inducted into the Campbell Athletics Hall of Fame in October 2005. She is just one of 17 women's golfers in Big South history to earn All-Conference honors three times.
UNC Asheville Women’s Soccer Player (1993-96)
Young was UNC Asheville’s starting goalkeeper for four years and helped lead the Bulldogs to the 1995 Big South Conference championship - the school’s first women’s soccer title, as well as the program’s first-ever regional ranking. She was a First-Team All-Conference performer for three-straight years (1994, 1995, 1996) and was the Co-MVP of the 1995 Big South Tournament. Young is the school’s all-time leader in shutouts (25) and saves (297), and she holds the single-season school record for shutouts (12) and goals against average (0.75). Her 12 shutouts are a single-season Big South record, and her 25 career shutouts still rank first in League history. In 1995, Young was ranked nationally in shutouts, goals against average and saves, and she led the Big South Conference in goals against average in both 1995 and 1996. In 2007, she was inducted into the UNC Asheville Athletics Hall of Fame, becoming the first women’s soccer player to be enshrined. She was the first goalkeeper in League history to earn All-Conference honors three times.
2010 BIG SOUTH HALL OF FAME CLASS (6)
DR. RON BRADLEY
Radford Men's Basketball Coach (1991-02)
During his 11-year tenure as Radford's head coach, Bradley compiled a 109-47 regular-season Big South record ( =.699 winning percentage) and was 193-124 overall ( =.609) -- becoming the Conference's all-time leader in both categories upon his departure in 2002. He held the overall win record until 2007 and the Big South victory standard until January 2010. Bradley led Radford to a 20-9 record and the school's first Big South regular-season championship in his first season of 1991-92, earning Big South Coach of the Year honors. He also led the Highlanders to the 1998 Big South Tournament Championship and the school's first-ever NCAA berth. In all, Bradley had four 20-win seasons at Radford -- second-most by a coach in Big South history, and directed the Highlanders to the Big South Semifinals in 10 of his 11 seasons. In addition, Bradley's squads won three regular-season Big South titles and reached the Big South Championship game in 1998, 1999 and 2001. During his time at Radford, Bradley coached the Highlanders to a memorable 73-72 win at LSU on Dec. 30, 1993, as well as notable wins over George Mason and Virginia Tech during his tenure. He also coached Doug Day, who became the NCAA's all-time leader in three-point field goals in 1993, and Corey Reed, a two-time Academic All-American. Bradley's Radford teams led the Big South in scoring offense a League-record seven times, including four-straight seasons from 1995-99, and were tops in field goal percentage four times, free throw percentage three times and three-point percentage four times. Bradley spent 16 years as a head coach, including five at Eastern Nazarene from 1976-81, and posted a winning record 15 times and won at least 18 games 10 times, including six 20-win seasons. Bradley was selected by the New York Nets in the 1972 ABA Draft as a junior eligible player and played semiprofessional basketball for three seasons before beginning his coaching career at Eastern Nazarene in 1976-77. After earning his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1974, Bradley completed his master's degree in Physical Education from Bridgewater (Mass.) State in 1980, and earned his doctorate in sports psychology from the University of Maryland in 1993. He was recently the Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach at Clemson University before taking the same position at DePaul University on April 21.
Coastal Carolina Women's Cross Country Runner (1994-97)
The Big South's first three-time Women's Cross Country Champion and Runner of the Year (1994, 1995, 1996), Conder is one of eight four-time Big South Women's Cross Country All-Conference performers in League history. She was the third individual to accomplish this feat at the time in 1997 when she finished as the individual Runner-Up that year. She also was first to be named Runner of the Year and Freshman of the Year in the same year in 1994. Conder won the 1996 Women's Cross Country Championship in a record time of 17:21, a record that stood until 2002 and is still the third-fastest time in Big South Championship history. She helped Coastal Carolina to two League championships (1995, 1996) and earned All-Region accolades in 1994, 1995 and 1996. Conder also participated in outdoor track and was the Big South's individual champion in the 1,500-meter run in 1995 and the 3,000-meter run in 1997 with a record time of 10:07.53. She was the Big South's best performer for the entire outdoor track season in the 10,000-meters in 1994, the 1,500-meter run in 1995, the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 1997 and the 5,000-meter run three consecutive years (1994, 1995, 1996). Conder finished 13th in the 5,000 meters at the 1997, NCAA Outdoor Track Championship after finishing 17th in the event at the 1996 national meet. Her 14th-place standing in the 5,000 meters in the 1995 NCAA Outdoor Track Championship was the highest finish by a freshman. Conder also was a Silver Medalist in the 1996 Penn Relays in the 5,000-meter run with a Big South record time of 16:26.
Charleston Southern Men's Golfer (1996-99)
Gardas led Charleston Southern to back-to-back Runner-Up finishes in the 1998 and 1999 Big South Conference Championship, the school's highest finish in the Conference Championship at that time. He finished third in the 1999 event with an even-par 216 to earn his second career All-Conference honor, as his first came in 1997. It also was his career-best finish in the Conference Championship. His collegiate highlights included a 68 in the first round of the 1999 CSU Spring Kickoff, the lowest round of the tournament, en route to a fifth-place overall finish in that event. Gardas also was exceptional in the classroom, as he was voted the Big South Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1997, 1998 and 1999, becoming the first three-time winner in League history. In addition, Gardas was voted a Second-Team Academic All-American in 1999 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), becoming the Big South's first men's golf Academic All-American. He graduated from Charleston Southern with a 3.94 grade-point average in mathematics and was the recipient of the Big South's prestigious Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence in 1999 for having the highest cumulative GPA of a graduating Big South student-athlete that year. Following his collegiate career, Gardas played in the 2003 U.S. Amateur Open and was the 2006 Anthracite Golf Amateur of the Year. He also won the 2006 John Moore Memorial Championship. Gardas, who also played professionally, was inducted into Charleston Southern's Hall of Fame in 2008.
Coastal Carolina Men's Soccer Player (1989-92)
Norcott was part of the Big South's early success in men's soccer, as he helped the Chanticleers to the 28-team NCAA Tournament in 1992 and a 2-0 first round victory over South Carolina -- the Big South's first victory in a postseason tournament in League history. A three-year captain who started 75 career games, Norcott scored 27 career points from his defender position and led Coastal Carolina to 57 victories from 1989-92, including Big South Conference Championships in 1989 and 1990 and the 1989 regular-season title. Norcott was a three-time First-Team All-Conference selection (1989, 1990, 1992) and was selected to two All-Tournament teams (1989, 1990) during his collegiate career. The 1990 Big South Player of the Year, Norcott also earned All-South Region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) that same year. He capped his career with Third-Team All-America honors from the NSCAA in 1992. Following his time at Coastal Carolina, Norcott played professional soccer for the Charleston Battery of the USISL from 1993-98, and was named to the USISL All-Atlantic Division Team in 1994 and 1996. Voted the 1996 USISL Defender of the Year, Norcott led the Battery to the 1996 USISL Championship and was named to the All-Tournament Team. He is currently Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Cuddoozle by Naturally Norcott in Atlanta, Ga.
Winthrop Men's Golfer (1995-98)
Pendley was the Big South's first two-time Men's Golfer of the Year and individual medalist in 1997 and 1998. He also was the Conference's third-ever four-time All-Conference performer (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998), and is now just one of six men's golfers in League history with this distinction. The Big South Rookie of the Year in 1995, Pendley carded a 6-under 210 (69-69-72) in his 1998 Conference victory, which was the fifth-lowest at the time and remains tied for the ninth-lowest individual score in Conference Championship history. He helped Winthrop to a Runner-Up finish in the 1997 Big South Championship, which is tied for the squad's best finish in the Conference tournament. Pendley was a member of the 1996 Winthrop team that set a school record for lowest 36-hole score of 571, a record that stood for seven years. He later played professionally for seven years, including the NGA Hooters Tour in 1998, 1999 and 2002, and the Buy.com Tour in 2000 and 2001. He ranked third on the NGA Hooters Tour money list in 2002. Pendley later played on the Nationwide Tour in 2003 and 2004 and concluded his professional career with five career Top 10 finishes. Currently in his fourth season as the head men's golf coach at his alma mater, Pendley was inducted into the Winthrop Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
UNC Asheville Men's Basketball Player (1994-98)
Named Big South Player of the Year in 1997 and 1998 -- just the second player at the time to be named Men's Basketball Player of the Year twice, Pittman helped lead the Bulldogs to two consecutive Big South regular-season titles in 1997 and 1998 -- the school's first such championships. He led the Big South in scoring with an 18.4 per game average in 1997-98, becoming the first UNC Asheville player to lead the Conference in scoring while posting the sixth-highest scoring average in school history. He also tied for the League-lead in field goal percentage that season. Pittman was a two-time First-Team All-Big South honoree and earned All-Tournament Team honors in 1998. He finished his career as UNC Asheville's fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,547 points -- the most in the program's Division I history, as well as the Bulldogs' all-time steals leader with 175, which now ranks second in school history. Pittman, who graduated as the Big South's 11th leading scorer, now ranks among the top 20 in Conference history in scoring, steals and field goals made (588). Upon graduation, Pittman has enjoyed a long and productive professional career internationally, and is currently playing for the Halcones UV Cordoba in Mexico. Pittman was inducted into the UNC Asheville Hall of Fame in February 2010.
2011 BIG SOUTH HALL OF FAME CLASS (3)
Coastal Carolina Softball Player (1996-99)
Falca finished her career in 1999 as the NCAA's career leader with 196 stolen bases, a mark that stood for five years and is now fourth all-time in Division I history. She also ended her career ranked nationally in hits (7th - 341), runs scored (12th - 193) and batting average (15th - .431). Falca is still the Big South's all-time record-holder in stolen bases and hits, and among the top five in batting. In fact, her 196 career steals are 98 more than the second-leading base stealer in Conference annals. The 1996 Big South Freshman of the Year, Falca earned First-Team All-Big South honors three times in her career - with all three awards at different positions (outfield in 1996, second base in 1998 and shortstop in 1999). She was a Second-Team All-Conference honoree in 1997 (second base) and was a two-time Big South All-Tournament Team member (1998 and 1999). An All-Region selection during her career at Coastal, Falca's .497 batting average in 1999 is still the second-highest single-season hitting mark in the Big South, as is her 99 hits that season. She appears on the single-season hits list a second time with 88 in 1998 (eighth). Falca owns three of the top four Big South single-season totals for stolen bases, including a Conference-record 56 in 1996 and 1999, as well as 51 in 1998. Those 56 steals currently rank 21st on the NCAA Division I single-season list. Falca, a 2004 inductee into Coastal Carolina's Athletics Hall of Fame, led Coastal Carolina to the 1998 Big South Tournament title and the school's second berth in the NCAA Tournament that season.
Liberty Women's Basketball Player (1996-00)
Kisseleva is the Big South's all-time leading scorer in women's basketball history with 2,154 career points. She was one of three key players to help turn Liberty's women's basketball program into one of the Big South's most dominant dynasties. The Lady Flames were 5-22 the year prior to her arrival in Lynchburg in 1996-97, and Kisseleva led Liberty to four Big South Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances in her four years, as well as a 94-25 overall record ( =.790 percent) and 42-8 mark in Big South games ( =.840 percent). Kisseleva was named First-Team All-Conference and All-Tournament all four years at Liberty, in addition to being voted Big South Player of the Year twice (1998, 1999) and Tournament MVP three times (1997, 1999, 2000). The 1996-97 Big South Rookie of the Year, Kisseleva was a three-time Big South All-Academic Team honoree and was the Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1998. She ended her career in 1999-00 as the Conference's all-time leader in scoring and free throws made (605), and still ranks among the League's career top 10 in field goal attempts (2nd - 1,842), free throw attempts (2nd - 799), field goals (4th - 723), minutes played (4th - 3,860), points per game (5th - 18.1) and rebounds (8th - 876). Kisseleva led the Big South in scoring three-straight seasons from 1996-99 - the only player in League history to accomplish this feat, and her 544 field goal attempts in 1996-97 remains the Big South single-season record. A member of Liberty Athletics' inaugural Hall of Fame Class in 2009, Kisseleva led the women's basketball program to the first of 10-straight Big South championships. The 1997-98 squad was 28-1, including 28-straight victories, an undefeated regular season and the only matchup in NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament history of undefeated programs when Liberty faced eventual national champion and national No. 1 seed Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She averaged 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in her four career NCAA Tournament appearances.
UNC Asheville Baseball Player (1996-98)
Wigginton was a First-Team All-Conference selection in 1998, a season in which he tied the Big South single-season record at the time with 26 doubles. He also set single-season school records for total bases (149) and runs scored (67) that year. Wigginton became the second player in UNC Asheville history to hit three home runs in a game with three against East Tennessee State and set a school-record with 14 total bases in that contest. The only player in Conference history to lead the League in doubles (20) and triples (5) in the same season in 1997, Wigginton also led the Big South in doubles and runs scored in 1998 - becoming just the second player at the time to achieve this feat. A national Player of the Week honoree during the 1998 campaign, Wigginton is the last Big South player to lead the League in doubles in back-to-back seasons (1997 and 1998). He ended his career in 1998 as one of 12 players in League history with 50 career doubles, in addition to 25 home runs, 102 RBI, a .310 batting average, and .564 slugging percentage in 153 career games with the Bulldogs. He was drafted in the 17th round and signed by the New York Mets following his junior season of 1998, and made his Major League Debut May 16, 2002 as a pinch-hitter for the Mets against his hometown San Diego Padres. Now in his 10th Major League season, Wigginton is currently a member of the Colorado Rockies and has played for the Mets (2002-04), Pittsburgh Pirates (2004-05), Tampa Bay Rays (2006-07), Houston Astros (2007-08) and Baltimore Orioles (2009-10) during his career. He finished eighth in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2003, was named National League Player of the Month in August 2008 when he led all of baseball with 12 home runs, and was selected to the American League All-Star Team in 2010 and played third base in the Midsummer Classic. This season with the Rockies, Wigginton is batting .263 with five home runs and 31 hits in 37 games played, through June 1. He recorded his 1,000th career hit in the Major Leagues earlier this year and has totaled 1,097 career games, 219 doubles, 148 home runs, 517 RBI and a .267 career batting average.
2012 BIG SOUTH HALL OF FAME CLASS (5)
Winthrop Baseball Player (1998-01)
Colson finished his career in 2001 as the Big South's and Winthrop's all-time leader in career games played (247), home runs (53), RBI (216) and total bases (517). He remains the Conference's home run king and is the only player in League history with 50 career home runs and 50 career doubles, as well as the lone player in the record books to hit 10+ home runs in all four seasons. Colson also graduated as the Big South's all-time record holder in at-bats (now 5th with 914), hits (now 7th with 292), as well as third in runs scored (now 9th with 196) and fourth in doubles (now tied for 9th with 58). The first player in Big South history to lead the League in home runs in back-to-back seasons, Colson finished his career with a .319 batting average, .566 slugging percentage and .413 on-base average. He also pitched and posted an 11-8 career mark and a 3.82 ERA. Colson helped Winthrop win the 1999 Big South Tournament Championship and 2001 regular-season title, leading the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament both seasons. He helped Winthrop to a then-Big South record 48 overall wins in 2001, while its 18 Big South victories that season tied the League mark. Colson was a three-time All-Conference honoree (1999, 2000, 2001), was the 2001 Big South Baseball Player of the Year, and the Big South's Male Athlete of the Year for the 2000-01 campaign. He also earned All-Tournament Team honors in 1999 and was named Honorable Mention Freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball in 1998. Colson was drafted in the seventh round (366 overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2001 MLB Draft and played professionally until 2009.
Liberty Radio Broadcaster (1981-10)
Elected as a significant contributor, Edwards served as the radio "Voice of the Flames" for 29 years and was behind the microphone when Liberty joined the Big South in 1991-92, witnessing several key moments in Conference history. He broadcast football, men's basketball and baseball, and called more than 300 football games and 800 men's basketball contests, having traveled as far as Alaska, Hawai'i and Puerto Rico to cover Liberty's athletic programs. Edwards was on the call for some of the most memorable athletics events in program history, including football's first win over an FBS program when the Flames defeated Eastern Michigan, 25-24, in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Oct. 14, 1989, and Liberty's two men's basketball NCAA Tournament appearances in 1994 (vs. No. 1 seed North Carolina) and 2004 (vs. No. 1 seed St. Joseph's). His first game in the radio booth on the Flames Sports Network was in Salisbury, N.C., for Liberty's football game against Catawba on Sept. 12, 1981, and he missed only one football game and just a handful of men's basketball games during the next three decades of broadcasting. Edwards began his broadcasting career in 1968 at WNYN Radio and WJAN-TV in Canton, Ohio, broadcasting high school and college football, basketball and baseball. In 1979, he moved to Lynchburg, Va., to attend the Liberty Bible Institute and was hired to broadcast his first Flames football game just after the opening of the 1981 season. Inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 17, 2011, Edwards still serves as the station manager for WRVL and the host of "The Morning Full of Music," which runs from 6:00-8:15 Monday-Friday. The radio broadcasting booth in the Williams Stadium Tower is named in Edwards' honor.
Winthrop Men's Basketball Coach (1998-07)
In nine seasons as Winthrop's head men's basketball coach, Marshall won seven Big South Tournament crowns (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007); six Regular-Season championships (1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007) and finished 194-83 overall ( =70.0 percent) -- becoming the League's all-time record-holder at the time for overall victories. He remains the record holder for highest winning percentage in Conference history. Marshall was 104-24 ( =81.3 percent) in Big South games, the highest Conference games winning percentage in League history and the second-most League wins at the time, and he went 19-2 ( =90.5 percent) in the Big South Tournament with an all-time record seven championships. Marshall took over the Winthrop men's basketball program in April 1998 after the squad finished 7-20 the previous season. In his first season at the helm, he led the Eagles to a 21-8 overall record and the Big South regular-season championship -- culminating with the Big South Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth. He directed Winthrop to four-straight Big South Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in his first four seasons (1999-02), the first coach and men's basketball program in League history to accomplish the achievement. Marshall won an additional three-straight Conference titles from 2005-07. A four-time Big South Coach of the Year honoree, Marshall led Winthrop to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 2007 First Round win over Notre Dame -- the Big South's first-ever First Round victory. He posted five 20-win seasons at Winthrop (1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007), guided Winthrop to a Big South single-season record 29 wins in 2006-07 and 14-0 Big South record -- the first team to go undefeated in Conference play, and defeated high profile programs Missouri, Clemson, Georgia, Providence, Marquette, Mississippi State, Missouri State and Notre Dame during his time in Rock Hill. Marshall directed Winthrop to a Top 25 ranking in 2007, becoming the first and only Big South men's basketball team to be nationally-ranked, and the Eagles reached as high as No. 21 and finished the season at No. 22 in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls. In addition, he was voted the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year in 2007 and Winthrop's No. 11 seed in the 2007 NCAA Tournament remains the best in Big South history. Marshall has been head coach at Wichita State since 2007-08 and has led the Shockers to the 2011 NIT Championship and 2012 Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship.
UNC Greensboro Women's Golfer (1994-97)
Morgan was a four-time All-Big South honoree (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997), the third Big South women's golfer at the time to earn All-Conference honors all four seasons, and won the Big South Championship three-straight years from 1995, 1996 and 1997 - still the only three-time individual champion in Conference history. The Big South Player of the Year in 1995, 1996 and 1997, Morgan was named a Second-Team All-American each of those seasons as well, becoming the first Big South women's golfer to earn All-America distinction. Morgan was the first golfer in Big South history to qualify for the NCAA Championship in 1995, and she qualified for the NCAA Championship three times (1995, 1996, 1997) and the NCAA Regionals all four years (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997). She finished 14th in the NCAAs in 1995, 18th in 1996 and 10th in 1997, and helped lead UNC Greensboro to a 12th-place team finish at the 1996 NCAA East Regional. Morgan finished her collegiate career with 10 individual victories, including five medalist honors during the 1996-97 season. The Abergavenny, Wales native was also the runner-up at the 1996 British Amateur Championship. The school record-holder when she graduated for lowest scores in 18, 36 and 54 holes, Morgan was voted Big South Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year three times (1995, 1996, 1997) and was a CoSIDA Academic All-America Third-Team selection in her senior season. Following her time at UNC Greensboro, Morgan was a member of the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup teams in 1998 and 2000 and has been a member of the LPGA Tour since 2001. She has competed in more than 230 career Tour events with career earnings of more than $2.1 million, and owns 18 top 10 finishes, including two runner-up placings.
Coastal Carolina Women's Cross Country/Track Athlete (1996-00)
Williams compiled one of Coastal Carolina's most decorated athletic careers that included All-American status and numerous Big South Conference honors. She was an 11-time Big South individual champion while competing in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. Williams was a three-time Big South women's cross country champion (1997, 1998, 1999); was a six-time Big South women's indoor track champion (Mile: 1998-99; 3,000 meters: 1998-00; 5,000 meters: 2000); and a two-time Big South women's outdoor track champion (1,500 meters: 1998-99). Williams earned All-Conference honors a total of 15 times (Cross Country: 4; Indoor Track: 8, Outdoor Track: 3) and was voted the Big South's Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 1998 and 1999. She led Coastal Carolina to the 1997 Big South Women's Cross Country title and qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championship in 1997 and 1998, becoming the Conference's first two-time NCAA qualifier. She was also named USTFCCCA All-Region in cross country three times (1997, 1998, 1999). Williams earned All-America honors in 1998 in both indoor track (3,000 meters) and outdoor track (5,000 meters). She was the national runner-up in the 3,000 meter run at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Track National Championships and finished seventh in the 3,000 meter run at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Track National Championships. Williams still holds the Big South record for fastest indoor track 3,000 meter run (9:25.29), and also holds the Conference Championship record in that event as well. She ranks among the Big South's all-time Top 10 performers in three events in indoor and outdoor track (ITF: 3,000 meter run - 1st; 5,000 meter run - 5th; Mile Run - 8th), (OTF: 3,000 meter run - 2nd; 1,500 meter run - 5th; 5,000 meter run - 6th). In addition, Williams was the silver medalist in the 3,000-meter run at the 1998 Penn Relays. In the classroom, Williams was a seven-time Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year in Cross Country (1998-99), Indoor Track (1998-00) and Outdoor Track (1998-99) and was voted the Big South's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year three times (1998, 1999, 2000) -- the only three-time winner in Conference history. She earned CoSIDA Academic All-America Third-Team accolades in 1999 and USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors in 1997.
2013 BIG SOUTH HALL OF FAME CLASS (3)
Liberty, Volleyball Player, 1996-99
Akpama was a four-time First-Team All-Big South honoree during her Liberty career, the second player in League history to receive First-Team honors all four years. A three-time Big South All-Tournament Team selection (1996, 1998, 1999), Akpama was the Big South Rookie of the Year in 1996 and Big South Player of the Year and Tournament MVP as a senior in 1999. Voted the inaugural winner of the Big South’s Female Athlete of the Year award (1999-00), Akpama was the first player in Big South volleyball and program history with 2,000 career kills, as she set the school and League record with 2,024. She remains the Liberty record holder and is currently second all-time in Big South history after holding the Conference record until 2005. Her 452 career total blocks ranked fifth in League history when she concluded her career (currently tied for eighth), and she was just the second player in Big South volleyball history to win Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Tournament MVP honors during a four-year career in 1999. Akpama helped Liberty to a 93-43 overall record ( =68.4 winning percentage) during her four seasons, as the Lady Flames posted 20-or-more wins each year. She also led Liberty to a 39-11 ( =78.0 winning percentage) record in Big South matches with two regular-season championships (1997, 1998) and the program’s first two Conference Tournament titles (1997, 1999). Akpama’s 671 kills in her senior season were the second-most in League history at the time and she was second in the nation with a Big South-record 5.78 kills per game. An AVCA All-District selection in 1999, Akpama was the fourth player in Liberty history to join the 1,000-kill, 1,000-dig club as she also amassed 1,312 digs in her career. She led the Big South in blocks per game as a freshman (1.21) in 1996 and appeared in the NCAA Volleyball Championships her sophomore and senior seasons. She had her No. 3 jersey retired by Liberty on Nov. 10, 2000.
DR. ANTHONY J. DiGIORGIO
Winthrop University President, 1989-2013; Big South President, 1992-98, 2006-09
Dr. DiGiorgio concludes his 24 years as Winthrop’s President upon his retirement next month, and is the longest-serving President of any public university in the state of South Carolina. Appointed Winthrop’s ninth President in January 1989, Dr. DiGiorgio led the institution’s conversion from Winthrop College to Winthrop University, a comprehensive teaching institution now offering 89 undergraduate and 41 graduate degree programs and options. During his 24 years in office, Winthrop has grown from a regional college to a national-caliber comprehensive university that is regularly rated among the top public institutions of its kind in the South by U.S. News & World Report. Dr. DiGiorgio initiated Winthrop’s first capital campaign, which raised $31.2 million for scholarships, academic program enhancements and more faculty development and research opportunities. He also initiated the University’s successful drive to achieve 100 percent accreditation in all Winthrop programs for which national accreditation is offered. Dr. DiGiorgio’s service to the Big South Conference is just as impressive, as he is the only individual to be elected Big South President two separate terms, and served a total of nine years from 1992-98 and 2006-09 -- the most in League history. He was selected to serve on the prestigious President’s Commission of the NCAA in July 1992 and has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the NCAA and its Executive Committee. During his first term as Big South President, the Conference membership reached 10 institutions for the first time in July 1992. The Big South also received automatic bids in women’s basketball, men’s soccer and volleyball beginning in 1993-94. In addition, the Conference added five sports during his first team as League President -- women’s soccer in 1993, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field in 1993-94 and men’s and women’s indoor track & field in 1997-98. In his second stint as Big South President, Dr. DiGiorgio oversaw the additions of Gardner-Webb University and Presbyterian College as well as the return of charter member Campbell University. He currently chairs the Big South Conference’s Membership Committee, one of several League committees he has served during his time as Winthrop’s President. During his time in office, the Eagles have won 53 Big South championships and have made 44 NCAA Tournament appearances during this period -- including three individual at-large selections in men’s golf. Winthrop softball player Janiva Willis was a finalist for the 2005 NCAA Woman of the Year award -- the Big South Conference’s first-ever finalist for the prestigious honor. In addition, Winthrop has received five NCAA Public Recognition Awards for APR Achievement since 2006, the fourth-most of any Big South member. Other notable achievements include the Eagles’ historic NCAA Tournament win over Notre Dame in 2007, Winthrop winning the Big South’s Men’s All-Sports Award trophy for the 2006-07 campaign, and Winthrop’s SAAC winning the Big South Conference’s Kallander Cup Community Service award four consecutive years since 2009.
Radford, Men’s Soccer Player, 1991-95
Spooner was the first two-time Big South Men’s Soccer Player of the Year honoree when he was selected in 1994 and 1995. A First-Team All-Conference honoree both seasons, Spooner remains ranked among the Big South’s Top 5 all-time leaders in goals scored (58 – 4th) and points (140 – 5th) in the 17 seasons since his final game. Spooner led the Big South with 20 goals and 49 points in 1995, and as a freshman in 1991, he helped lead the Highlanders to the Big South regular-season title before earning All-Tournament Team honors. He tied for the team lead with 16 goals and finished 17th in the nation with 38 points his first year at Radford. He was a member of the 1991 club that set the school record for consecutive shutouts with 10 as well as a school-record tying 15 overall wins. A four-time All-Conference selection, Spooner ranks second in every major offensive statistical category in Radford history behind Big South Hall of Famer and former teammate Dante Washington for career points (140), points per game (1.89), goals (58), shot attempts (286) and shots per game (3.86), while sitting third in assists with 24. A three-time Big South Player of the Week honoree during his career, Spooner helped Radford post three 10-win seasons during his career and a 45-27-6 overall record -- including a 20-7-1 Big South mark. Following his time at Radford, Spooner enjoyed a six-year professional career in the United Soccer League (USL). In 1999, he was instrumental in starting Bridgewater College’s women’s soccer program when he was named the Eagles’ first-ever head coach. Following two seasons at Bridgewater, Spooner returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach of the Highlanders’ women’s soccer team, which won the Big South Championship in 2002. Currently the head women’s soccer coach at Greensboro College with a 48-38-6 record in five seasons, Spooner was inducted into the Radford Athletics Hall of Fame in September 2012.
Note - There was no Hall of Fame class in 2009 due to the Conference's year-long 25th Anniversary celebration.