Big South Conference Inducts Five New Members Into Hall of Fame
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Big South Conference inducted four former student-athletes and one former head coach into its third Hall of Fame class Thursday night during a ceremony as part of the League’s annual Spring Meetings at The Westin Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. The induction increases the Big South’s Hall of Fame membership to 20 former student-athletes, coaches and administrators.
The Big South Hall of Fame was created as part of the League’s 20th anniversary celebration in 2003-04. The new class consists of Radford’s Doug Day (men’s basketball) and Shannan Wilkey (women’s basketball); Coastal Carolina’s Sara Graziano (softball) and Michelle Minton (softball); and Charleston Southern’s Jim Settle (cross country and track – head coach). The 2005 Hall of Fame class was first announced prior to the Men’s Basketball Championship game on Saturday, March 5.
The Big South Hall of Fame is housed at the Conference’s headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Criteria for enshrinement include any individual that participated as a Big South student-athlete that has been graduated ten years; coaches and administrators are immediately eligible following their association with a member institution; and significant contributors are eligible whether or not their association has ended.
2005 Big South Hall of Fame Inductees
Doug Day, 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.
Sara Graziano, 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).
Michelle Minton, 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 set an NCAA record for doubles in a season with 76, and finished her career ranked in the top 10 in NCAA history in three categories: batting (3rd - .458); hits (3rd – 308); runs (3rd – 194). She is Coastal’s career leader in hits, runs and stolen bases (77), 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.
Jim Settle, 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.
Shannan Wilkey, 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.