Big South Inducts 2008 Hall of Fame Class

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The Big South Conference inducted five former student-athletes into its Hall of Fame Thursday night, May 29, during a ceremony as part of the League’s annual Spring Meetings and Hall of Fame & Awards Dinner at The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C.  The induction increases the Big South’s Hall of Fame membership to 35 former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors.

The sixth Big South Hall of Fame class consists of Liberty’s Peter Aluma (men’s basketball), Winthrop’s Jeff Greene (men’s cross country/track), Coastal Carolina’s Tomas Malik (men’s tennis), Campbell’s Janet Wooten Collins (women’s golf) and UNC Asheville’s Jill Young Booth (women’s soccer).  The 2008 Hall of Fame class was first announced on April 3.

Peter Aluma, Liberty, Men’s Basketball (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.
 
Jeff Greene, Winthrop, Cross Country/Track & Field (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. 

Tomas Malik, Coastal Carolina, Men’s Tennis (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.

Janet Wooten Collins, Campbell, Women’s Golf (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.

Jill Young Booth, UNC Asheville, Women’s Soccer (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.