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Western Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame

Western Carolina University Athletics Hall of Fame members are listed in alphabetical order, with the year of induction in italics at the end of each bio.

WCU Athletics Hall of Fame (1990 through 2012)



Sam Ardrey - Baseball, Men's Basketball and Football - (1937-40)
A three sport star in the pre-World War II years as he was a standout for the baseball, basketball and football teams in the 1938 and 1940 seasons. He was the baseball teams regular catcher for three seasons and hit a .360 pace as a senior when he captained the 1940 squad. He averaged 14 points a game for his three season basketball career and was a first team All North State conference selection in his senior season. He was a two way starter for the football team at offensive and defensive end. Retired from Charlotte-Mecklenburg School's system in 1970's. Inducted in 1997



Jayne Arledge - Women's Basketball - (1976-79)
Jayne Arledge was first female to receive athletic grant-in aid at Western Carolina University in 1976 and the first female to have her jersey retired in school history. She is the all-time leading scorer in WCU women's basketball history with 1,928 points in four seasons and averaged 21.7 points per game for her career. She scored 30 points five times and owns 11 WCU game, season and career WCU records. She led the Lady Catamounts to four consecutive winning seasons and was two time all-state selection. An honor student who has gone on to a successful collegiate coaching career. Inducted in 1992



Jason Beverlin - Baseball - (1992-94)
Beverlin is the most honored pitcher in Western Carolina baseball history. He was a consensus All-America selection, SoCon Pitcher and Male Athlete of the Year, a two-time All-Atlantic Region All-Star and helped lead WCU to three-consecutive NCAA Regional meets from 1992 through 1994. In addition, he was named to the SoCon's 75th Anniversary Baseball Team, meaning he was voted one of the six best pitchers in the conference, 1921 to 1996. Only pitching for the Catamounts for three seasons, Beverlin won 27 games and was the all-time, single-season leader in wins (12) and led the nation with a school and conference season strikeout record of 154. He also set league benchmark for consecutive wins in a season (11 in 1994) and most wins in a conference tournament in 1993. In addition, Beverlin was a two-time member of the SoCon All-Academic Team. Drafted in the fourth round of the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland Athletics, Beverlin pitched in Major Leagues for both the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. Inducted in 2008



Dean Biasucci - Football - (1980-83)
All-Star kicker shattered all WCU and most Southern Conference field goal records during his career from 1980-1983 and left as the league's all-time scorer. Kicked 57 field goals, including eight game winners and owns NCAA record for most field goals in a half (5). A leader in WCU's drive to NCAA I-AA championship game in 1983 when he booted 18 field goals and put 80% of kickoffs in the end zone. He spent 11 seasons in the NFL, 10 with the Indianapolis Colts where he became the leagues all-time scoring leader. Ended his career with St. Louis Rams in 1995 with nearly 200 field goals, All-Pro in 1987 and set NFL season record for most 50 yard field goals in a season and is number four all-time in 50 yard plus kicks. Inducted in 1997



Tom Bodine - Football - (1991-94)
One of three linebackers named to the Western Carolina All-20th Century team in 2000 and is the third to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame. Started all 44 career games and entered the Hall as the all-time leader in tackles in WCU football history, leading the team in tackles three of his four season. Finished with 453 total hits including 30 TFLs, seven sacks and three interceptions. Was a three-time, All-SoCon linebacker, garnering first team accolades in both 1993 and `94. In the latter, was selected both the preseason SoCon and NCAA I-AA National Defensive Player of the Year, earning honorable mention as a 1994 All-America selection by The Sports Network. Inducted in 2010




Regina Brown - Volleyball and Women's Basketball - (1987-92)
Volleyball all-star and basketball standout, a four year starter on the 1987-90 volleyball teams. Two time All-Southern Conference (first team 1989 and 1990), three time Southern Conference All-Tournament (1988 and 1990), and was the Southern Conference Player of the Year in 1990. She became WCU's and the Southern Conference's first ever South Region Selection in 1989. Set 17 WCU game, season and career volleyball records. Played basketball for one season after completing her volleyball career and started in all 28 games. She led the team in rebound with the sixth most rebounds in WCU history and averaged 9.8 points per game and was named to the 1992 All-Southern Conference Tournament Team. Inducted in 1998



Art Byrd - Football - (1946-49)
Art Byrd was Western Carolina's first football All American Selection in 1949 when he helped lead the Catamounts to the North State Conference championship, the school's first football title. He was a two way player as an offensive and defensive lineman who amazingly was in on every play of every game in the 1948 season. According to his head coach, Tom Young, Byrd "epitomized the spirit of those fine football teams that put us on the map." Byrd was a catalyst of three winning records in his four seasons (1946-49). His jersey and number - 54- was the first to be retired in Western Carolina's athletic history. Inducted in 1990



Willie Carpenter - Football and Baseball - (1976-80)
A rare two sport star of the 1970's that won all conference honors in baseball and football. He played every baseball game in the WCU outfield for four seasons, 1977-80, and broke 11 season career records. His .359 career batting average ranks among WCU's all-time top five. He was an All-Southern Conference baseball selection twice. On the football side, he started in the Catamount backfield for three seasons and was first team All-Southern Conference selection twice. He led the conference in interceptions in 1978 and was runner up for All Conference Athlete of the Year in 1980. Following graduation he signed a professional baseball contract and spent three seasons in the Texas Rangers organization. Inducted in 1994



Alonzo Carmichael - Football - (1983-86)
Carmichael is one of only five WCU football players to be named All-America in multiple seasons, and was selected as the tight end on Western's All-20th Century Football Team. A native of Lake View, S.C., he was a first team Associated Press (AP)) All-America selection in 1985 when he caught 55 passes for 587 yards, a school record for tights ends. During that '85 season, he caught 11 passes in the Furman game and had 130 yards in receptions at Georgia Tech. Carmichael followed up in 1986 with 31 receptions for nearly 400 yards and was named to the AP's second team All-America squad. He captained the 1985 and '86 Catamounts and was a two-time first team All-Southern Conference selection. Inducted in 2008



Ronnie Carr - Men's Basketball - (1980-83)
All Star basketball player in the early 1980's who had his career cut short by a tragic automobile accident prior to his senior season. He made the first three point field goal in college basketball history (November 29, 1980) and that feat is recognized in the National Basketball Hall of Fame. A spot on the current Ramsey Center floor was commemorated on Nov. 22, 2005. Two time All Southern Conference and All Freshman team selection who averaged 18 points per game as a three-year starter. Led the conference in scoring in 1982 and scored 20 or more points in almost half of his games. He was a key figure on three consecutive winning teams (1980-82) and was drafted by the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. He received the United States Basketball Writer's Association 1983 Most Courageous Athletic Award. Inducted in 1999



Patrick Cheung - Men's Soccer - (1970-73)
Patrick Cheung, a native of Hong Kong, helped make Western Carolina's soccer program a power in the southeast during the early 1970's. He was the catalyst in four consecutive winning seasons from 1970 thru 1973 when the program posted a 31-11-7 record. He finished his career with 63 goals, a school record and established a school season record of 23 goals in 1973. He was named to the prestigious All South soccer team twice and was honored on several district area and state All Star teams. Cheung graduated in 1975 and did graduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill before receiving his MBA from Harvard School of Business. Inducted in 1990



Tobe Childers - Football - (1957-60)
Completed 72-percent of his pass attempts with just four interceptions in a game where passing was the exception, not the norm. Tossed nine TD passes in 1959 and '60 with sportswriters dubbing him "the Bomb" due to his long TD passes. Led WCU to a 7-2-1 record in 1959. One of his most vocal and visible accomplishments was the founding of "the Herd" - an unofficial football support group comprised of football alum. Was the Catamount Club's first, two-term president. Received the 2007 SoCon Distinguished Service Award for Western Carolina. Inducted in 2010




Louis Cooper - Football - (1981-84)
A first team All-American selection in 1984 after setting a WCU record with 12 sacks in a season, Louis Cooper led the team with 89 tackles and registering 20 tackles for losses. Helped the Cats to an 8-3 record in 1984 and rank 14th in the final national poll. A two-time, first team All-SoCon pick (1982 and '84) and member of the WCU 20th Century Football Team. During his four years in Cullowhee, teamed with Bernard Jones and Clyde Simmons to give Western arguably the best defensive line in the nation. Was an integral part of Western's 1983 team which posted an 11-3-1 record and advanced to NCAA I-AA Championship. In particular, Cooper, Ricky Pate and Paul Abraham were part of a three linebacker rotation which confused and shutdown the potent Furman offense, holding three-time SoCon Player of the Year Stanford Jennings to just 25 rushing yards on 13 carries in a 14-7 semifinal win over the Paladins. For his part, had six stops versus the Paladins, including two tackles for losses. In 1982, ranked second on the team in tackles with 109. Ended his career with 30 sacks, which still stands as the school record, and 48 tackles for losses, which was a WCU record until 2003. Inducted in 2005



Don Dalton - Football - (1966-81)
All-America football payer, assistant football coach for 18 years and head golf coach for 14 years. He quarterbacked WCU to a 9-1 record and first ever top 10 national ranking in 1969 when he passed for a nation's leading 2,626 yards and was first team All-America selection. He still owns WCU records for total offense (433), passing yards (433) and touchdowns in a game (5). Joined WCU coaching staff in 1971 and coached WCU quarterbacks for 18 seasons and was offensive coordinator for seven seasons. Under his guidance, WCU led the Southern Conference five times in passing and 20 Catamount backs and receivers were named All-Conference. Two of his golf teams finished second in conference championships. He is a 1970 honor graduate. Inducted in 1995



Greg Dennis - Men's Basketball - (1979-82)
The only WCU player to date to be name All Southern Conference three times, 1980-82, while earning academic All-American honors twice and becoming the school's first NCAA post graduate scholar. He was also name to the conference All Tournament team three times, WCU's all-time free throw percentage leader and number four all time scorer and owns school and conference records for most free throws made in a game (19). As a starter he helped Western to four consecutive non-losing seasons. He became the school's first post graduate scholarship winner in 1992 after completing an undergraduate career with a 3.81 average as a pre-med/biology major. Inducted in 1997



Clinton F. Dodson - Administrator - (1934-69)
Clinton F. Dodson was a driving force in the evolution of Western Carolina University's athletic program from its humble beginning to NCAA Division I status. For four decades he provided support and leadership for athletics as chairman of the faculty athletics' committee. A champion of efforts to strengthen and expand the program. An unofficial fund raiser, generous benefactor and super fan, he came to Cullowhee in 1934 and served the university for 35 years as head of it's department of service and chairman of numerous committees that shaped the present university. He was the first president of the Catamount Club, the athletics fund raising organization and attended every home football game for 57 years. Inducted in 1991



Jean Dowell - Women's Basketball - (1963-66)
Jean Dowell was the first all-star basketball player in modern era of women's basketball at Western Carolina University. Most of her college career was completed before women's basketball team and players were ranked and honored on a national level. She averaged 30 points a game for the first nationally affiliated women's team at WCU in 1965-66, the best season scoring average in the program's history. After graduation she became an All-American softball player and has had a distinguished career as athletic director and head basketball coach at Mount St. Joseph's College of Ohio where she has won over 300 games in 22 seasons and took her team to the semifinal round of the NAIA National Championships in 1992. Inducted in 1992



Dr. Walter J. Durr - Athletics Physician - (1951-98)
Dr. Walter J. Durr began his involvement with Western Carolina University when he responded to public address pleas for a physician during a 1951 game. He went on the field that evening to assist and has been a fixture on the WCU sidelines as the football team official physician and sage, as well as unofficial advisor to the coaching staff. He has attended to the medical needs of thousands of WCU athletes and faithfully supported the teams through his attendance and financial assistance. He became a major benefactor to the football program in 1986 when he endowed the Dr. Walter J. Durr Football Scholarship Fund. Inducted in 1991



Clint Fairey - Baseball - (1986-89)
Completed his career as the most honored position player in WCU's baseball history. A key performer on WCU's four consecutive Southern Conference Championship teams and NCAA tournament teams, 1986-89. He was named Southern Conference Player of the Year in three of his four seasons, 1987-89, and is the only player in Southern Conference history to win the coveted award three times. All-America selection in 1987 when he batted .405, hit 19 home runs and batted in 68 runs. All-Atlantic Region All-Star in 1987 and 1989, three-time All-Southern Conference selection as designated hitter )1987) and as first baseman (1988 and 1989), and MVP of the 1987 Southern Conference Tournament. Finished his career with 61 home runs, 199 RBI and .387 average. Inducted in 1998



Mark Ferguson - Football - (1970-73)
In 1973, Ferguson was a first team All-American as selected by the American Football Coaches Association (sponsored by Kodak) and The Football News. He helped Western Carolina to a 6-3-1 record that season. The previous year, Ferguson was a key figure in Western posting a 7-2-1 record and a ranking of eighth in the final Associated Press small college poll. He was just the Cats' second offensive lineman to be named All-American, joining Frank Stankunas, who earned the honor in 1962, while he and teammate Steve Yates (a three-time All-American) became just the seventh and eighth players in WCU's history to be selected All-American. In 1973, Western rushed for 20 touchdowns, which was second-most in school history at the time, and averaged 352.2 yards of total offense per game. Upon earning All-American honors in 1973, former Catamount mentor and Hall of Fame coach Bob Waters said of Ferguson, "If you write out what you want in an offensive lineman, he is it. He was the main cog in our offensive line his junior year and again (in his senior) year. He was also a good leader. Mark was one of the hardest working, most dependable kids we had." Ferguson signed as a free agent with the Detroit Wheels of the World Football League after his time at Western and then continued his football career as a high school coach at his alma mater A.C. Reynolds. In 2000, he was named the center on the Western Carolina All-20th Century team (1931-99). Inducted in 2006



Nora Lynn Finch - Women's Basketball, Field Hockey, Tennis, and Volleyball - (1967-70)
Nora Lynn Finch, an honors graduate of Western Carolina University in 1970 has been a dynamic leader in the evolution of women's athletics as a coach, administrator and national governing body committee head. She lettered in four sports at WCU (basketball, field hockey, tennis and volleyball) from 1967 thru 1970 which opened the door for a successful career as a head coach at three schools - Wake Forest, Peace College, and North Carolina State University. She serves as associate athletics director at N.C. State, chaired the NCAA Division I Women's basketball committee for eight years and has been honored by the NCAA for her outstanding contributions to the development of it's women's basketball championship tournament. Inducted in 1991



Jerry Gaines - Football, Track & Field, and Baseball - (1970-75)
Jerry Gaines is the only three sport All-American in WCU athletic history. He was an NCAA Division II All America Selection in 1974 and helped the Catamounts to a 9-1 record and the national playoffs. He is one of two football players to have his jersey and number - 23 - retired and established over 40 football records as he caught 187 passes for 3,449 yards in four season. A track and field All-American in long jump and triple jump in 1971 and 1972. His records still stood after the 1990 season. He batted .404 in 1975 and was named NCAA Division II All America and North Carolina College Athlete of the Year. He signed with the Texas Rangers in 1975. Inducted in 1991



Susie Gardner-Mayhorn - Cross Country and Track & Field - (1989-93)
Is one of the most decorated student-athletes in Western Carolina history. A three-time Academic All-America, picking up first team honors in 1992 and `93, the Marietta, Ga., native was additionally tabbed North Carolina's 1993 NCAA Woman of the Year and won the Southern Conference's 1993 Dorothy Hix Postgraduate Scholarship. Also in 1993, she graduated summa cum laude (3.92 grade point average) with a degree in psychology to earn the WCU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and she received the fourth of her four SoCon All-Academic Team honors. In cross country, Gardner-Mayhorn earned All-SoCon honors in 1991, becoming the first Catamount female to earn the honor thanks to a fourth place finish in 1991. She was the cross country team MVP in 1990, `91 and `92, finished first eight times in her career and set WCU course records for all distances. She was an 18-time All-SoCon honoree in indoor track (four times each in 800 meters, 1,600 meters, 4x800 relay and high jump and twice in the 4x400 relay), earning indoor team MVP honors once. In outdoor track, Gardner-Mayhorn earned All-SoCon honors 12 times, including four times each in the 800 meters, high jump and 4x400 relay. She added SoCon individual championships in the high jump (1992) and 800 meters (1991 and `92) during the outdoor season. In addition to her numerous conference honors, she holds the distinction of being the first SoCon female athlete to break the five-minute mark in the mile and set 18 Western Carolina records over her career. Inducted in 2004



Scott Gay - Baseball - (1983-95)
A first-team All-SoCon selection in 1984 and 1985, Gay was additionally named Western's third Southern Conference Player of the Year after leading WCU to the first of five-straight, SoCon championships and the school's first ever NCAA Tournament berth in 1985. At the East Regional, Gay pitched a complete game in the first game, leading Western to an upset over top-seed Old Dominion to give the Cats their first NCAA victory. He led SoCon in strikeouts in 1984 (62) and 1985 (118). Not only was his 12 wins in 1985 a WCU single-season record (later tied by Jason Beverlin in 1993), but it was a SoCon record and currently ranks second in league history. Gay ranks first in all-time winning percentage at Western (.788), going 23-7 over his career. His career winning percentage was bolstered by a perfect 10-0 record in 1984 and a 12-4 mark in 1985. Gay and fellow Catamount pitchers Beverlin and Mark DiFelice (along with ETSU's Matt Barber) are the only pitchers in SoCon history to post two, 10-win seasons. Gay, who was 17-2 against SoCon opponents over his career, finished with 26 career wins in just three seasons, which was a school record in 1985 and now ranks fifth on the WCU all-time list, and 213 career strikeouts, which ranked second in 1985 and now ranks ninth. Also, Gay's 26 career wins ranked third on the SoCon all-time list upon his leaving WCU and still ranks 12th-tied. A 19th-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox out of high school, Gay left Western after his junior season as he was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fourth round (103rd pick overall) in 1985 amateur baseball draft. He played seven in years in the Yankees and San Francisco Giants organizations. Inducted in 2006



Mel Gibson - Men's Basketball - (1960-63)
Mel Gibson was an all-star on Western Carolina's most heralded basketball team as he was a first team Associated Press and NAIA All-American selection on the 1963 team that won its way to the NAIA National Championship Game. He ranks second on WCU's all-time scoring list and averaged over 20 points per game as a junior and senior leading the Catamounts to 49 wins. He was a key player on USA's gold medal team in the Pan American Games in Brazil in 1963 and was drafted in the second round by the Los Angles Lakers and played extensively as a rookie. He was a successful collegiate coach with 251 wins in 16 seasons at Baptist (SC) College and UNC Wilmington. Gibson had his #20 jersey retired at Western Carolina in the fall of 2005, with the ceremony to hang the jersey held on January 14, 2005.Inducted in 1992



Jeff Gilbert - Football - (1981-84)
Starting quarterback on WCU's 1983 national championship runner up team. He posted a career record of 19-6-1 as a starter in 1983 and 1984. He was named starter during the 3rd game of the 1983 season and led the cats to an 11-1-1 record the rest of the season and an appearance in the National Championship game. He was named 1984 Southern Conference Player of the Year becoming the first WCU quarterback to win the award, as he passed for 2,394 yards and 13 touchdowns. In 1984 he led the Cats to their 2nd consecutive second place finish in the league and a final national ranking of 14th. Inducted in 2000



Judy Green - Women's Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball - (1980-84)
Judy Green is perhaps the most versatile and talented athlete in WCU history as she earned a school's women's record of 12 varsity letters in three sports - basketball, softball, and volleyball - from 1980-1984. She started four seasons in basketball and scored 1,075 points - eighth best in school history - and set school records in assists and steals. She was a four year starter in softball at shortstop and was a two time All State selection. In volleyball she started four season at setter, was named to 12 All Tournament teams and was voted Outstanding Player in the Southern Conference in 1983 and let Western to its first conference volleyball title in 1983. Inducted in 1990



George "Tiger" Greene - Football - (1981-84)
A two time All-America selection (Associated Press), a two time first team All-Southern Conference player in 1984 and 1985 seasons and a key performer at defensive back on three consecutive winning teams (1982-84) that finished second in the Southern Conference and nationally ranked squads in 1983 and 1984. Set a WCU and Southern Conference record for blocked kicks in a season (4) in 1983 helping the Catamounts to advance to the NCAA I-AA championship game. Also owns WCU career record for blocked kicks (7) and season and career marks for pass breakups. Intercepted six passes in back-to-back season (1983 and 1984). Drafted by the USFL prior to 1984 season, but remained in school for his senior season and repeated as All-American. Played seven seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons (1985) and Green Bay Packers (1986-91). Inducted in 1998



Odell Griffin - Baseball - (1939-40)
Odell Griffin was Western Carolina's first nationally recognized baseball player. He threw a no hitter at Tennessee as a freshman and set standards that would stand for three decades. He posted a 21-2 record in only two seasons and averaged 16 strikeouts per game in his collegiate career. He signed with the Philadelphia Athletics after the 1940 seasons, but World War II cut his professional career short. He later distinguished himself as a coach and administrator at West Henderson High. An endowed scholarship bearing his name is awarded annually to the outstanding WCU pitcher. Inducted in 1992



Phillip Grundy - Baseball - (1991-93)
An All-American in 1993, batting .333 with 17 home runs and a SoCon-leading 66 RBI, while posting a 3.12 ERA on the mound. Led Western to the 1993 SoCon tournament championship, earning tournament MVP honors). Was a two-time, first team All-SoCon pick (1991 and `93), a second team All-SoCon pick as a pitcher and designated hitter in 1992, as well as a two-time American Baseball Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region selection (1991 and `93). Played a key role in the 1992 Catamounts winning both the SoCon regular season and tournament crowns and get two within two outs from advancing to the College World Series. As a freshman (1991), was used solely as a pitcher and went 11-4 with a 3.86 ERA, leading all NCAA freshmen in victories (ranking seventh overall) and earning Collegiate Baseball's Freshman All-America honors. In three seasons as a pitcher, posted a 24-16 record with a 3.09 ERA and struck out 263 batters in 294.1 innings. He ranks ninth on the WCU all-time ERA list, sixth in wins, fourth in strikeouts and third in innings pitched. At the plate had .335 career average with 27 home runs and 106 RBI in less than 100 games. Grundy left Western after his junior season after being a fourth-round pick of the Kansas City Royals (second overall pick by the organization). Inducted in 2005



Jim Gudger - Athlete and Coach - (1940-69)
Jim Gudger's athletic career at Western spanned 29 years (1940-69) as he played and coached three sports - basketball, football, and baseball. He played three sports before and after World War II and was an All-Conference selection in all three. He became head basketball and baseball coach in 1950 and was also assistant football coach. He led the basketball program for 19 seasons and his team won 311 games and three conference championships. His 1963 team advanced to the NAIA national championship game. He guided the baseball team to nine winning records in 11 seasons and three conference titles. He is also in the NAIA and Western North Carolina halls of fame. Inducted in 1990



Freddie Hailey - Baseball - (1984-87)
All-Star outfielder on WCU's 1984-87 baseball team that won four Southern Conference Championships and played in three NCAA tournaments. He is the ONLY baseball player in WCU and Southern Conference history to be named All-Conference for four seasons. He ranks in WCU's all time top 10 in base hits, RBI, triples, and stolen bases and batting average and owns three seasons and three game bests and made only three errors in four seasons. He led the Southern Conference in hitting as a freshman and was among the leagues top five hitters in each of his four seasons. He collected 10 hits in the 1987 NCAA Midwest regional when WCU defeated Big Ten and Southeastern Conference champions and finished 28th nationally. Inducted in 1999



Hugh Hamilton - Football - (1947-50)
Hugh "Pee Wee" Hamilton was the leading scorer and rusher on Western Carolina's outstanding teams in 1948 and 1949 that posted records of 7-3 and 8-2 respectively. He was All-North State conference selection in 1948 and was All-Conference and All-State in 1949 when he was a key performer on WCU's first conference championship team. He set scoring and return records that stood into the `60's. He went on to post 145 victories in 22 seasons as head football coach at three western North Carolina high schools - Andrews, Asheville, and East Henderson. Inducted in 1992


Todd Harkins - Football - (1989-92)
A three time All-Southern Conference selection at offensive lineman who started every game at guard and was the squad's top-rated blocker in both 1991 and '92. Garnered second team All-America honors from The Sports Network and third team plaudits from the Associated Press in 1992. In 2000, was named to the WCU All-20th Century team. Has remained a strong supporter of WCU through corporate sponsorships through the Catamount Golf Tour ... Inducted in 2011




Gerald Harp - Football - (1977-80)
Gerald Harp was a three time, first team All-Southern Conference wide receiver (1976-80) and was Southern Conference Player of the Year in 1978. His 197 pass receptions ranks eleventh on the NCAA Division I career list and is WCU's career leader in receptions with 26 and is second in pass receiving yards with 3,295. He broke 12 WCU scoring and receiving records and ranks second in the Southern Conference career receptions and receiving yards. He broke six Southern Conference game and career records. Also and outstanding sprinter on WCU's track and field teams and played one season of baseball. Inducted in 1992



Jim Hartbarger - Coach - (1969-75)
Served as WCU head basketball coach for five and a half seasons, capturing two NAIA District 6 regular season titles and one tournament championship. His team advanced to the 1972 NAIA Championship Tournament. His teams set school records for points scored in a game and most field goals in a game, longest winning streak, most points in a season, most 100 point games and best field goal percentage. The 1970-71 team compiled a record 25-5 and a winning percentage of .833. Inducted in 2000



Susan Bulloch Hartsell - Gymnastics - (1973-76)
Acclaimed as one of WCU's most honored athletes, she led WCU to four consecutive gymnastics championships, 1973-76, and was state the individual champion in three of those four seasons. She finished in the top five at the Southern Regional Championships and qualified for the National Championships meet in all four seasons. In the 1976 state intercollegiate championships she won four events and led WCU's comeback victory over UNC-Chapel Hill for the state championship with a pressure packed performance that earned her the best all around trophy. She was named Western Carolina's female Athlete of the Year in 1976. Inducted in 1994



Rebecca Twiner Hastings - Women's Golf - (2000-04)
First-ever former WCU women's golfer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Was instrumental in initiating the success of the women's golf program in the 2000s as one of the first golfers to break the 70-seasonal scoring average. Twice earned All-Southern Conference plaudits including 2003 on WCU's first-ever championship team and again in 2004. Enters the Hall ranked 11th on the school's career scoring average charts. Inducted in 2010




Kerry Hayes - Football - (1991-94)
Held career all-purpose yard record with 5,617 yards while also holding the markers for most yards per play in a game, season, and career. Is one of just six Catamounts all-time to garner first team All-Southern Conference accolades three-or-more times in their WCU career, doing so in 1992, `93 and `94. Was also a two-time, All-America recipient from the Associated Press, AFCA and The Sports Network, the first of only two WCU players to earn a consensus selection to the squad. Selected to WCU's All-20th Century team as a kick returner. Inducted in 2010




Bill Haywood - Coach(1969-81)
Head baseball coach for 13 seasons (1969-81) and his 1981 team owns distinction of winning WCU's first ever Southern Conference Championship. He led WCU's baseball teams to a 251-181 record that included NAIA District Six Championships in 1971 and 1972 and the 1981 Southern Conference's first division. 14 of his players signed professional contracts and two reached the major league level where each played several seasons. He was a baseball All-America selection at the University of North Carolina and went on to pitch for the Washington Senators in the American League. Also managed in he Texas Rangers organization and was player personnel director for the Seattle Mariners. Inducted in 1996


Terry Helms - Cross Country, Track & Field - (1968-72)
Amassed 15 individual event championships and guided WCU to three district championships as a distance runner putting Catamount Cross Country on the map. Finished sixth in the 1969 NAIA national championship meet to become WCU's first-ever All-American in cross country. Embarked on a 32-year teaching career, retiring from the classroom in 2007. Namesake of the Terry M. Helms Endowed Scholarship Fund that assists WCU cross country or track distance runner ... Inducted in 2011



Emily Holliday - Women's Basketball and Volleyball - (1982-86)
A two-sport star in early to mid 1980's as she was a four year letterwinner in volleyball and basketball. She was a key performer in WCU's volleyball program from 1982-85 and produced a 102-36 record and two Southern Conference regular season championships. She was a first team all conference selection for three seasons and MVP of the 1985 conference tournament. On the basketball team, she was an all conference pick in 1986 when she averaged 19 points and 11.1 rebounds and is the Lady Cats number two all time rebounder, number three all time in points and number four in steals. Also owns the Southern Conference record for most free throws made in a game (21). Inducted in 1996



Brad Hoover - Football - (1996-99)
Hoover arrived in Cullowhee in 1996 from Ledford High as an overlooked running back. He left four seasons later as one of the most heralded players in Catamount football history and parlayed that into a career with the NFL's Carolina Panthers, where he is a fan favorite. As a Catamount, Hoover rushed for 3,616 career yards - second-most in school history - which included a WCU single-season record 1,663 yards in 1998. His 251 rushing yards and then Southern Conference record-tying five touchdowns against VMI in '98 are also school records. That same season, the Thomasville, N.C., native keyed an upset of arch-rival Appalachian State with 195 rushing yards on a school-record 49 carries. "Hoov," as he was affectionately known, was a two-time All-SoCon selection, led his teams in rushing for three seasons and is listed in WCU's all-time top 10 in game, season and career rushing yards as well as game, season and career scoring. Inducted in 2008



Charles "Babe" Howell - Football and Baseball - (1950-53)
A WCU football and baseball standout in the early 1950's who went on to become the winningest high school football coach in North Carolina history. Graduated from WCU in 1954 after four seasons in both football in baseball. Named outstanding player as a tackle for the 1951 football team and starting pitcher for three baseball seasons. After nine seasons as head coach in Georgia, he returned to coach Sylva-Webster High (now Smoky Mountain) for the next 25 years to lead the school to five state football championships and two state baseball championship and completed his coaching career at Avery High. Finished football coaching career with state record 301 wins and also led baseball teams with 618 wins. Awarded numerous coaching honors and chosen to serve on several state and national boards in distinguished career that spanned five decades. Inducted in 1998



Anthony James - Football and Track & Field - (1979-83)
Anthony James overcame the effects of a career threatening injury to earn a place on the list of Western Carolina's greatest athletes. He was an All Conference selection in football, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field, became the first WCU athlete to qualify for an NCAA national championship and was honored as Southern Conference Athlete of the Year in 1983. He is listed numerous times in the football record book including most rushing yards in a game (243) and established Southern Conference and North Carolina Intercollegiate records in the long jump. He suffered a lower back injury that required surgery in 1982 but returned to the football field for an all conference season following five months of intensive rehabilitation. Inducted in 1991




Eric Johnson - Football and Baseball - (1995-99)
A two-sport standout playing both football and baseball, twice earning football All-America accolades in 1997 and consensus first team plaudits in 1998. Named to WCU's All-20th Century Team in 2000, was a two-time All-Southern Conference selection as a defensive back and one of just five student-athletes in SoCon history to earn first team all-conference honors in football and baseball in the same year (1998-99). Drafted in the third round by the Cleveland Indians in 1999, played both professional baseball and football, making the Chicago Bears practice squad in 2001. Inducted in 2012



Paul T. Jones - Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach - (1967-81)
Selected team captain of the Catamount's first Cross Country team in 1967 and as Western's first track team in 1968 Jones remained at WCU in graduate school and became the head coach of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams in 1969 and held this position until 1981. He compiled a career record of 187-79 during his tenure and was named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year in 1974. Jones led the Catamounts to numerous conference and district titles and to a top 20 ranking in 1974-75. He coached several all conference performers as well as All American Jerry Gaines, Ben Bailey, and Eugene Collins. Inducted in 2002



Tommy Lavelle - Men's Basketball - (1961-64)
Named NAIA All American in 1963, leading the Cats to the national championship game and overall record of 28-7. He finished the season ranked 4th nationally in rebounding, while leading the conference and district. He lead the Carolina's conference in rebounding three times. During his three seasons at WCU the Catamounts posted a combined record of 69-21 with three 20 win seasons, two conference titles and one district championship. He was also a member of the 1963 USA Summer All-Star team that toured South America. Inducted in 2000



Keith LeClair - Baseball(Player-1985-88 & Coach-1992-97)
Played on four consecutive Southern Conference Championship Baseball teams (1985-88) as a first baseman. At the time of his induction he ranked in the top 10 in six different WCU hitting categories while posting a career .375 batting average. He was named MVP of the 1988 Southern Conference Tournament (batted .600/12 RBI). In 1992 he became Western's head coach and led the Catamounts to the Southern Conference regular season and tournament championships as well as the championship of the NCAA south regional. Overall he lead WCU to three Southern Conference tournament titles and three Southern Conference regular season titles. LeClair was a three time Southern Conference Coach of the Year with a career record of 229-135. Inducted in 2002



Jack Leggett - Head Baseball Coach - (1983-91)
The winningest baseball coach in WCU history upon induction with 302 wins in nine seasons. He served as head baseball coach from 1983 through the 1991 seasons before leaving for Clemson University. He guided WCU to five consecutive Southern Conference tournament championships, followed by five trips to the NCAA tournament, 1985-89. Only one of his nine teams finished lower than second place in the Southern Conference standings with five regular season championships and seven of his teams played for the conference tournament championship. His team posted a 23-7 record in conference tournament play. Five of his teams were nationally ranked during regular season play and two finished in the top 30 nationally. He was named NCAA Division I Atlantic Region Baseball Coach of the Year in 1987 and was appointed to the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee in 1989. 35 of his players were named first team All Southern Conference, six where named conference player of the year, six where All American selections and 25 signed professional contracts. Inducted in 2001



Darrell Lipford - Football - (1974-77)
Started at tailback in every Catamount contest from 1974-77, was an All-America for the 1976 season and is Western Carolina's all-time leading rusher with 4,089 career yards and 952 attempts. The Lenior, N.C., native was the Southern Conference Football Player of the Year in 1977, rushing for 1,318 yards and scoring 18 touchdowns. He led the nation (divisions I-A and I-AA) in touchdowns scored in 1997 until the final game of the year when Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell overtook the title. A subject of a Sports Illustrated article in 1997, along with former Catamount great and 1977 NCAA leader for receptions Wayne Tolleson, Lipford ended the 1977 season 10th in the nation (divisions I-A and I-AA) in rushing (120.2 ypg) and second in scoring (9.8 ppg). In 1974, his freshman season, Lipford rushed for 983 yards as he played a key role in WCU finishing with a 9-1 record, ranking eighth in the Associated Press College Division poll and reaching the NCAA Division II playoffs. Lipford rushed for at least 100 yards a WCU-best 19 times in his career, setting school records on two occasions with 231 rushing yards versus Presbyterian (1975) and 243 rushing yards versus Marshall (1977). He additionally owns Western Carolina records for touchdowns scored in a season (18), points in a season (108) and touchdowns scored in a career (38). Lipford was denied many postseason honors as Western was in transition from NAIA, to NCAA II, to NCAA I-AA during his career and played only one season in the Southern Conference. Inducted in 2004



Robyn Keeler Livesay - Softball and Volleyball - (1980-84)
The only female student athlete in WCU history to be named first team All-America. She won 90 games as a pitcher and batted over .400 in four seasons (1981-89) in leading the Catamounts to a 111-55 record, two state championships and two fifth place finishes in the national championships. In 1982 she led WCU to a 25-8 record, a state title and a fifth place finish in the national tournament, as she pitched eight shut outs and batted .533 in gaining first team All-America honors. She was second team All-America in 1983 when she won 26 games and batted .435. She also started four seasons in volleyball and was part of 138 wins and the first Southern Conference championship team in 1983. Inducted in 1995



Henry Logan - Men's Basketball - (1965-68)
Henry Logan is the most heralded athlete in Western Carolina's history. He was four-time NAIA and Associated Press All-America Selection from 1965-1968. He owns virtually every school scoring record and assist record and ranks ninth on the all-time college basketball scoring list with 3,290 points. He averaged a phenomenal 30.7 points for every game played and scored 60 points in a 1967 game. He was the first black to play at a predominately white college in the southeast and opened the door for integration of athletic programs in the region. He is a native of Asheville, NC and also an inductee in the Western North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Inducted in 1990



Ralph Lundy - Men's Soccer - (1970-71)
Lundy, a legend in the soccer community, was a member of the Catamount soccer, baseball and wrestling teams during his time at Western. Lundy came two Western in 1970 after two seasons at Brevard College. He helped the 1970 Catamounts turn around a 1-6-1 record in its inaugural season to an 8-2 record and a berth in the NAIA District V playoffs. In 1971, as a co-captain, Western was 7-2-2. After receiving his undergraduate degree in physical education, Lundy joined the Marines before returning to Western as an assistant coach and receiving his Master's in Physical Education. Lundy left Western in 1976 to become head men's soccer coach at Erskine, a post he held until 1986. He was named South Carolina's Coach of the Year three times and had 10 winning seasons while with the Flying Fleet, winning seven district titles and making three NAIA National Tournament appearances. In 1987, Lundy moved on to become head men's coach at the College of Charleston. Over his 30 years as a head coach, Lundy has 24 winning seasons and a career record of 333-218-37. He has led the Cougars to four NCAA Tournament berths and five championships (four in the Trans America Athletic Conference and one in the SoCon). Lundy ranks among the nation's top 10 in career victories and among the top 15 in career winning percentage. Outside of the collegiate game, Lundy, a community leader, has served as an assistant on the USA 17 and under team on two occasions and played major role in development of youth soccer in South Carolina as proven by his induction into the South Carolina Youth Soccer Hall of Fame in 1991. Lundy was additionally inducted into the Erskine Hall of Fame in 1993 and, in 2003, was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, "proclaiming a career of exceptional service to the sport of soccer." Inducted in 2006



Lori Lyons-Wilson - Women's Basketball - (1990-93)
A standout performer on the Lady Catamount Basketball teams from 1990-93. At the time of her induction she held the Lady Cat single game scoring record with a 48 point performance vs. East Tennessee State University. She also ranked first in single season free throw percentage (89%) and career free throw percentage (79%). She ranks seventh on the Lady Cat's career scoring list an held four Southern Conference scoring records. The two time all Southern Conference selection graduated from Western with a 3.5 GPA and was an academic All American honoree. Inducted in 2002



Anquell McCollum - Men's Basketball - (1992-96)
Was a two-time, first-team All-Southern Conference selection. Named 1996 SoCon Player of the Year after leading the league - and ranking sixth nationally - in scoring and guiding WCU to its first SoCon title. Was selected to WCU's All-20th Century Team. Finished his career as WCU's all-time career 3-pointers made leader with 245, scoring 1,777 points and entered the Hall as the only three-time SoCon All-tournament team selection. Also served as an assistant men's basketball coach. Inducted in 2010




Otis McIntosh - Football - (1968-71)
The first WCU player to ever rush for 1,000 yards in a season (1970) and team's leading rusher for three consecutive seasons, 1969-71. Ranks number two in all-time career rushing yardage and touchdowns scored lists with 3,006 yards and 37 scores. Owns record for most rushing attempts in a game (45) and rushed for over 100 yards 11 times. All North Carolina Collegiate in 1970 when he rushed for over 100 yards six times. All NAIA District six twice and led the Catamounts to a combined 15-4 record in 1960 and 1970 seasons. Named to the Bob Waters era team (1969-88). A 1972 graduate who retired as a marine officer and returned to work in his hometown of Asheville. Inducted in 1997



Tony McKennie - Track & Field - (1986-90)
McKennie became the first WCU's track and field athlete to be named NCAA All-America when he finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdle event at the 1989 NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships in Provo, Utah. The Riverdale, Georgia product was named All-SoCon a combined 21 times during his collegiate career from 1986-89, and placed in four indoor events (55-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, 800-meter run and 4x100-meter relay) and four outdoor events (110-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay). McKennie was the SoCon champion for four-consecutive years in the outdoor 400-meter hurdles while also winning three other events. He was ranked 38th in the world in the 400-meter hurdles in 1989-90, and participated in two United States Olympic Festivals. Inducted in 2008



Bob McGinn - Men's Basketball - (1947-50)
Robert McGinn was a two-time All-North State basketball selection in the post World War II years and became the second Catamount to ever earn the coveted All-North Carolina honors in 1948 which included players from present ACC-members. He was a key performer for the 1947 Catamounts that advanced to the NAIA national tournament and never played on a team that posted a losing record. He later enjoyed a distinguished career as a corporate executive and public official. He served two terms on the WCU Board of Trustees, 1979-87, and was recognized for his outstanding leadership and service by two governors. Inducted in 1992



Brett D. Miller - Men's Golf - (1984-87)
WCU's first men's golfer to receive multiple All-Southern Conference accolades and the first Catamount to earn all-conference honors in three-consecutive seasons, 1984, 1985 and 1986. One of only seven Southern Conference golfers to gain all conference honors in three seasons in leagues 80-year history. Captain, MVP and team medallist for the '86 team that finished second in the Southern Conference tournament, in the schools best finish to date. He set a school record for the lowest 54 hole total in the conference tournament and top five finisher in two conference championship tournaments. He won a dozen amateur tournaments while a WCU undergraduate. He hold undergraduate and graduate degrees from WCU. He is widely known for restoration of Western North Carolina golf courses, active involvement and development of WNC junior golf, and unparalleled support of WCU golf program. Inducted in 2001


Chris Moore - Baseball - (1996-99)
A four-time All-SoCon selection, one of just three in school history at the time of his induction. Was a two-time All-America selection, garnering freshman All-America honors in 1996 and Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger All-America honors in 1999. Finished his WCU career with 311 career base hits and a school-record 254 RBI. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 1999 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies and spent four years in the farm system before embarking on his coaching career ... Inducted in 2011


Nardia Moore - Women's Soccer - (1999-2002)
Signed as the first-ever recruit for WCU women's soccer program, earning Soccer Buzz magazine's Freshman of the Year for first-year programs in 1999. Helped lead the Catamounts to their first-ever women's soccer championship in 2001 and WCU's first three-time All-SoCon selection, garnering second team accolades from 1999 through 2002 and twice earning all-tournament recognition. Entered the Hall ranked atop WCU's career charts with 38 goals and 96 career points and was selected to the WCU Women's Soccer 10th Anniversary Team in 2008 ... Inducted in 2011



Ken Morgan - Football and Baseball - (1960-63)
All-star performer in two sports - football and baseball- in early 1960's. Came to Western in 1959 after earning all-state honors at Marion (NC) High. Moved into starting quarterback sport during the 1960 season and led the team to 6-5 which included upsets of Tampa when he scored three touchdowns and Emory and Henry with a game winning 70 yard punt return. Second in conference in offense. All Carolina's Conference in 1961 when he played quarterback and halfback and started in the defensive backfield. Became full time running back in 1962 and led the team in receiving. Baseball all conference in 1961, and again in 1962 when he led WCU in batting average, RBI and home runs. His career home run record stood for 15 seasons after completion of his college career. Inducted in 1998



Darrell Murray - Men's Basketball - (1960-64)
Murray was a starting forward for Western on the 1962-63 team, which was elected into the WCU Hall of Fame in 2003. Individually, Murray becomes the fourth starter of that great team to be inducted in the WCU Hall of Fame, joining Danny Tharpe (Class of 1991), Mel Gibson (Class of 1992) and Tommy Lavelle (Class of 2000). (Head coach Jim Gudger (1990) is a member of the WCU Hall of Fame as is multi-sports star Bruce Peterson (2001), who was a member of the 1692-63 team as well.) An All-Carolinas Conference selection, Murray started more games (117) than any other player in WCU history and played a role in Western winning 45 consecutive home games from 1962-65. Murray ended his career fourth on Western's all-time scoring list with 1,471, a total which currently ranks 12th, and second behind teammate Lavelle on the school's all-time rebounding list with 1,208, a total which now ranks third. Murray, along with Lavelle and Greg Wittman, is just one of three Catamounts to accumulate 1,000 points and rebounds in a career. Murray is additionally one of just four Catamounts to average double figures in scoring (12.6 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 rpg) for a career. Also on the WCU career list, he currently ranks fourth on the field goal percentage list (.532). His 401 rebounds in 1962-63 currently ranks fourth on the WCU single-season list, while his 317 caroms in 1960-61 currently ranks 10th. As a senior, Murray led Western to a 20-6 record, was tabbed All-Carolinas Conference and a second-place finish in the league. As a junior, Murray averaged over 11 points and 11 rebounds on the 192-63 team which posted a 28-7 record and reach in the NAIA Championship game. In 1961-62, Murray helped the Catamounts to a 21-8 record and a Carolinas Conference Championship. As a freshman, Murray was named to the North State Conference All-Freshman team after setting a school season record of 155 offensive rebounds. Inducted in 2006



Betty Peele - Coach and Athletics Administrator - (1963-98)
Spent 33 years at WCU as coach and athletics administrator. Served as head coach of five sports over four decades before returning in 1966. She came to WCU in 1963 and organized a volleyball team which became the school's first intercollegiate team. She headed the volleyball team for 18 years and won three state titles. Also organized and coached WCU's first field hockey, tennis and softball teams. Two of the softball teams finished in the nation's top five and won 65% of their games. She coached the first women's golf team in 1994. She became WCU's first women's athletic administrator in 1984 and is recognized as a pioneer in North Carolina women's intercollegiate athletics. Inducted in 1997



Sue Persons - Gymnastics Coach - (1969-2005)
Has been associated with Catamount athletics since 1969, serving as a professor in the department of health and human performance, starting the women's gymnastics program in for the 1971-72 season and playing a key role in the molding of the athletics department -- specifically women's athletics. Persons' teams went undefeated for the 1972, `73, `74 and `75 seasons, winning four straight Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women state championships. Her 1972 team went on to place second in the AIWA Regionals, while leading the Catamounts to a third-place finish in `73. Western's gymnastics teams were tabbed Outstanding Athletic Team for Western North Carolina in 1973 and Outstanding Women's Collegiate Team by the Asheville Citizen in 1975. Was additionally the cheerleading team advisor where she was one of the first to incorporate men as well as tumbling routines. Outside of her coaching career, served as President of the North Carolina AIAW, was a North Carolina representative in Washington, D.C., that helped pass legislation that became known as Title IX and was chairperson of the Western Carolina Athletics Committee. Most recently, served on task force which reviewed the WCU Athletics program, resulting in over $13 million of improvements to existing Western athletics facilities and addition of a softball program and field over the past five years. Inducted in 2005



Bruce Peterson - Football, Men's Basketball, and Men's Tennis - (1960-64)
One of the most versatile athletes in WCU history as he lettered and started in three sports followed by a hall of fame high school coaching career. He started three positions - quarterback, half back and defensive back - for the 1954-61 football teams. He was a frequent starting guard on the 1960-63 basketball teams and helped the 1963 Catamounts to the NAIA National Championship Game. He was the number one singles player on the 1963 tennis team. In addition he was two-time football team captain, two time tennis captain, captain of the 1963 basketball team and was player-coach of the 1963 tennis team. As a high school coach, he won eight conference championships at Asheville High, was selected to coach the East-West All-Star and Shrine Bowl Games, was named North Carolina High School Coach of the Year twice and elected to the North Carolina high School Athletics Association Hall of Fame. He retired after 30 years as a coach, teach and public school administrator. Inducted in 2001



C.C. Poindexter - Athletic Director and Coach - (1930-35)
C.C. Poindexter was called "Father of Western Carolina Athletics" by school officials, community and media for his efforts in organizing the schools first athletic program in the early 1930's. He was the first person hired to work exclusively in athletics when he became the first combination athletic director and football coach in 1931. Within the year he also became head coach in basketball and baseball. He directed the building of the first football field, coached three teams with scholarships and assistants and developed the school's first schedule of strictly college competition. He was a 1925 graduate of UNC where he was a four-year letterman in three sports. Inducted in 1991



Harris Pryor - Men's Basketball and Baseball - (1956-59)
A two sport all-star in the late 1950's, he started for four seasons, 1956-1959, on the basketball and baseball teams and was All-Conference in both sports. As the starting point guard for four seasons he led WCU to four consecutive winning records and averaged scoring in double figures each of those seasons. He was an all-conference selection twice and was named to the conference all-tournament team three times. In 1959 he led Western to its first Norht State Conference championship and was conference tournament's MVP and was named All-NAIA District 26. In baseball he was a two time all conference selection and in his senior season posted an 11-4 record with 12 complete games while leading the team in hitting and home runs. He was voted 1959 Western North Carolina Athlete of the Year. Inducted in 1994



Matt Raleigh - Baseball - (1989-92)
played baseball at Western Carolina from 1989-92 and left as not only one of the school's top hitters but the Southern Conference's as well. A 1992 second team All-American, he was a three-time, first team All-SoCon pick, earning the league's Player of the Year honor in 1992. In 1992, Raleigh led the SoCon in home runs (25), runs scored (77), slugging percentage (.783) and RBI (73), while helping the Cats to a then school-record 44 wins and one game shy of the College World Series, falling twice to Florida State in the championship of the NCAA South Region II. Also in 1992, he became the first Catamount to hit at least 20 home runs and steal at least 20 bases, while his 25 home runs ranked second in the nation. He additionally paced the SoCon in home runs in 1991 (19). When he left Western, Raleigh had set both WCU and SoCon records for career hits (302), career games played (342), career at bats (837), career runs scored (251), career home runs (68), career total bases (580) and career runs batted in (239). He also set WCU and SoCon season records for runs scored (77 in 1992) and home runs (25 in 1992). Currently, he ranks ninth on the WCU career batting average list (.361), second on the WCU career hits list (302), fifth on the WCU career doubles list (56), eighth on the WCU career triples list (8), first on the WCU career home runs list (68), second on the WCU career RBI list (239), ninth on the WCU career stolen bases list (47), and first on the WCU career runs scored list (251). Inducted in 2004



Eric Rasheed - Football - (1981-84)
A first team All American selection in 1983 by the Associated Press, helping the Catamounts reach the I-AA National Championship game. During the '83 season he caught 89 passes for 1,142 yards and 12 touchdowns. For his career he caught 193 passes for 2,884 yards and 22 touchdowns. He was a three time All-Southern Conference choice earning 1st team honors in 1983 and 1984. An exceptional athlete he was also the Southern Conference indoor track champion in the 55 meters dash. Inducted in 2000



Carl Ratcliffe - Football - (1933-36)
Carl Ratcliffe was the most honored football player in the school's first decade of football. He started for four seasons (1933-36) at offensive and defensive end and played every minute of every game in the 1934, 1935, and 1936 seasons. He was an all North State Conference selection in 1935 and 1936. He also served as the school's student body president and was a three-year letterman in basketball. He went on to serve as a teacher, coach and administrator in Haywood Country schools for 40 years. Inducted in 1992



Dr. Bob Ray - Basketball, Coach & Administrator - (1951-92)
Men's basketball all-star during the 1950s, Western's first ever full-time assistant men's basketball coach, distinguished departmental head and educator, recognized environmental advocate, public servant and WCU benefactor. Played basketball for three seasons (1952-54) before serving in the military for two years and returned for senior season (1957). Averaged 13 points per game as a sophomore and 16 as a junior and was named All-North State Conference. Captain of the 1957 team. Served as assistant basketball coach for seven years (1962-69) and helped develop three WCU All-America players, six winning teams and recruited majority of players during that period. Served as head of WCU's Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department for 11 years from 1982 through 1992. Inducted in 2009




Jerry Reed - Baseball - (1974-77)
The first WCU pitcher to play Major League baseball and NCAA Division I all-star pitcher. The ace of the 1977 pitching staff that helped WCU to finish one win shy of the Southern Conference Championship as he posted a 10-0 record. He ranks in the top five on WCU's career wins and earned runs average list. First team all-state and all Atlantic Region teams in 1977. After graduation he spent four years in the minor leagues with Philadelphia before making in to the majors. He pitched all or part of eight seasons in Major League Baseball with Philadelphia (1981-82), Cleveland (1982-85), Seattle (1986-90) and Boston (1990). He was one of Seattle's top pitchers for three seasons. Inducted in 1994



Kirk Roach - Football - (1984-87)
The most honored player in WCU's football history and a member of the Southern Conference's 75th Anniversary Football Team. He is WCU's and the Southern Conference's only three time All American Selection (1984, 1986, 1987) and one of only three conference players to be named All Southern Conference four times (1984-87). At induction he owned 10 Southern Conference, 18 WCU and five NCAA I-AA kicking records and owned the distinction of being WCU's highest NFL draft choice - fifth by the Buffalo Bills in 1987. He kicked 71 field goals including 11 of 50 or more yards and accounted for 302 points. He missed only one extra point attempt in four seasons. Inducted in 1996



Dan Robinson - Athlete and Coach - (1946-68)
Dan Robinson played a significant role in the evolution of Western Carolina's football program as a player and coach. He came to Cullowhee following World War II and was a key performer in the football program's first successful winning seasons in four seasons. He was a two-way starter on the lines and captain of the 1949 team that won the North State Conference Championship, the school's first football team title. He was his alma mater's head football coach from 1956 through 1968 and guided the program to outstanding seasons in 1959, 1960, 1964, and 1965 while working with the Carolina's conferences' smallest budget. Inducted in 1990



Ronald Rogers - Men's Basketball - (1950-53)
Ronald Rogers was Western Carolina's first basketball All-America selection and was honored with that distinction three different seasons (1950-53). He was the first NAIA player to be named All-America for three consecutive seasons. He averaged better than 20 points per game for his career and held all of the school's scoring records for 20 years. His 44 points in a 1953 game was a record for 23 seasons. He also broke North State Conference scoring records for a game, season and career. He ranks third on Western's career scoring list. He was the first Western basketball player to have his jersey and number -- 15 -- retired. Inducted in 1990



Devondia Ross - Track & Field - (1991-94)
One of the most decorated athletes in Western Carolina history, earning a total of 16 All-SoCon honors and owns the distinction of being the Catamounts' first female Division I All-American. She earned her All-America honor finishing ninth in the long jump at the 1991 NCAA Championships with a leap of 20 feet 5.25 inches, which led to an invitation to the 1992 Olympic trials in New Orleans. Better known as "Von" by most, finished third among collegiate jumpers at the 1991 USA/Mobil National Championship and fourth at the 1991 Olympic Festival in Los Angeles. After a disappointing indoor season in 1991, exploded on the scene by being named 1991 SoCon's Outdoor Most Outstanding Performer, winning the long jump and 100 meters while placing third in the 200 meters and being on the second-place 4x100 meter relay team. In 1992, was the SoCon indoor champion in the long jump and 4x400 meter relay. In 1993, was champion at the SoCon Indoors for the long jump as she set, and still owns, the SoCon Indoor record with a leap of 20 feet 4.25 inches. During the 1993 outdoor season, was the first woman in WCU history to break the 12-second barrier in the 100 meters. Still owns WCU records in the indoor and outdoor long jump, as well as the indoor triple jump. Inducted in 2005



John Ruta - Football - (1962-65)
Ruta, a defensive back on Western's All-20th Century Football Team, began his playing career as a quarterback in 1962 and led the Catamounts to a stunning upset of East Carolina. He was also the starting signal caller in 1963, but moved to the defensive secondary in `64 despite passing for over 1,000 yards as a freshman and sophomore. The Plant City, Fla., product responded with a banner season as he led the '64 Catamounts in tackles and set single-season records for interceptions and pass breakups, returning two picks for touchdowns. His amazing transition season was noticed throughout the nation as he was named NAIA All-America, the first defensive back in WCU history to be so honored. As captain of the '65 team, Ruta started in both the defensive backfield and at defensive end. He led the team in three statistical categories. In addition to All-America honors, Ruta was a two-time All-Carolinas Conference selection and an NAIA District 26 All-Star. Inducted in 2008



Cindi Saltz Simmons - Women's Basketball - (1979-82)
Led the team in scoring three times during her four years and was the key player on three winning season teams. She scored nearly 500 points as a sophomore in 1980, averaging 17.7 points per game. Following her graduation she went on to become one of the most successful high school volleyball and basketball coaches in North Carolina. Her volleyball team won three consecutive state championships from 1991-93 and her 1993-94 basketball team advanced to the state championship game. In her career she has received a multitude of state and conference coaching honors. Inducted in 2000



Karen Sanders Peterson - Men's Tennis - (1962-64)
The only female to compete on men's varsity team and earn a varsity letter in history of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). She made the WCU men's varsity tennis team as a sophomore and played No. 6 singles. As a junior she moved up to No. 3 single competition and played No. 2 doubles team. She saw action as No. 1 singles player as a senior, while playing mainly No. 2 singles and a member of the No. 1 doubles team. To date the only female to be awarded varsity letter for participation of WCU men's team. Her unique accomplishments where recognized nationally by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED "Faces in the Crowd" section in a 1964 edition. This Native American finished second in North Carolina's first intercollegiate championship tournament in Chapel Hill in 1964. She is a retired Georgia public school teacher. Inducted in 2001



Dr. Charles Schrader - Coach - (1968-93)
Came to Cullowhee in 1968 after establishing soccer programs at Virginia Tech and South Florida and started WCU's first ever men's soccer team. He served as head coach for 10 seasons, 1969-78, and posted six winning seasons built WCU into a Southern Conference soccer name. After a humble beginning in 1969, his team put together four-straight winning seasons against schedules that included powers Clemson, South Carolina, Warren Wilson, Rollins, Erskine, and Campbell. His 1970 team was 8-3, and outscored opponents 48-12 and advanced to area playoffs. The 1972 team posted a WCU-best ever 9-2-1 record. He retired from coaching following the 1978 season after being named WCU's first ever Southern Conference Coach of the Year and retired from his WCU faculty position in 1993 but continued to support the growth of soccer on all levels in the region. Inducted in 1998



Gaston Seal - Men's Basketball - (1959-63)
Was a four-year starter on WCU's 1962 Carolina's Conference championship and 1963 NAIA National Runner-Up teams. Entered the Hall sixth on WCU's record books with 681 career rebounds. Was a member of the Catamount Club Board of Directors for over 12 years. Inducted in 2010




Tommy "Bromo" Selzer - Football and Baseball - (1948-52)
An outstanding two sport star in post World War II era who continued to give his best effort for the Catamounts four decades after graduation. All-North State conference selection as a defensive back in 1951 and teams defensive captain. Two time All-Conference selection in baseball as an outfielder, a twice named team captain. Rare four time letterman in both sports (1947-52). Named school's outstanding athlete in his senior year. Served as assistant football coach in 1953. Decorated for participation in five World War II Naval invasions. One of the first WCU alumni to fund an athletic scholarship, a key organizer in the Catamount Club's successful Charlotte auction and Charlotte's number one Western Carolina ambassador. Inducted in 1995



Bobby Setzer - Football, Coach, and Administrator - (1951-92)
Bobby Setzer was a part of Western Carolina's athletic program for 36 years as a student athlete, coach, and athletics administrator. He was a two time All North State Conference Lineman in the mid-1950's. He served as an assistant football coach for 28 years while teaching a full schedule of classes from 1957-1988 with the exception of 3 seasons and coached four Catamounts that went on to the professional rank and all six All American Selections. He also coached the WCU wrestling team for six seasons after a 20 year lapse and led the program to a 44-31-1 record from 1969 thru 1974. He served as athletics director for three and a half years (1989-92). Inducted in 1992



Clyde Simmons - Football - (1982-85)
A leader on the Catamount defensive line from 1982-85. Simmons ended his career a Catamount second in TFL's and 3rd in sacks. At the time of his induction he was 9th on the Catamounts all time list for total hits. Following a stellar '85 season. Simmons was named 1st team all Southern Conference and 1st team America by the Football Coaches Association. Simmons was drafted in 1986 by the Philadelphia Eagles and enjoyed a 15 year NFL career in which he was a numerous time Pro Bowl selection and was NFL leader in sacks in 1992. Simmons returned to WCU to complete his degree requirements and graduated in May 1996. Inducted in 2002



Steve Spradling - Football - (1967-70)
An all-star wide receiver on the 1969 team that finished 9-l and ranked 8th in the final national poll, both unparalleled in the first four decades of Western Carolina football history. All-NAIA District 6, leading receiver in district, the nation's fourth ranked receiver, NAIA All-America and Associated Press honorable mention All-America in 1969. North Carolina Collegiate All-State Team in 1969 and 1970. WCU posted 19-8 record with him as starting wide receiver, 1968-70. First WCU receiver to gain 1,000 yards in a season. Owns WCU record for most 100 receiving yards in a game and consecutive 100 yard games. Ranks in WCU's top 10 in nine career and season statistics. Inducted in 2009




Frank Stankunas - Football - (1960-63)
Frank Stankunas was a four-year starter as a lineman for the Catamounts from the 1960 thru 1963 seasons. He was an All American Selection in 1962, the first Catamount to gain designation in 15 seasons. In addition, he was second in the balloting for the Carolina's conference, lineman of the year, a unanimous pick for All-Carolina's conference and All-NAIA District 26 teams, and joined many of the ACC's best on the All North Carolina Collegiate team in 1962. He was also an all conference selection in 1963. He went on to play professionally in the Continental League and has had a distinguished career as a public school administrator in Florida. Inducted in 1992



Bill Stanley - Football - (1964-69)
A four-year letterwinner who was named All-Carolinas Conference on both the offensive and defensive line in 1967. That same year, also garnered NAIA District 26 and All-NAIA accolades on offense. Was a part of three-consecutive, non-losing teams from 1964-66. The last Catamount to earn the Kirkland Blocking Trophy awarded by the Carolinas Conference. Served on the Catamount Club Board of Directors. Inducted in 2012



Judy Stroud - Women's Basketball, Volleyball, and Coach - (1972-76; 1982-85)
An all star basketball and volleyball player in the mid 1970's who also served as head WCU women's basketball coach and had a distinguished career as NCAA and WNBA basketball official. She started in four seasons in basketball and was named All State twice, was a key performer on three teams that advanced to the state collegiate championship game and played AIAW regional tournaments. She was a three-year starter on WCU women's volleyball court and also received All State honors. Served as WCU's head women's basketball coach for four season 1982-85 and posted a 17-10 record in second NCAA Division I season. She officiated in the Southern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, NCAA tournaments and in the WNBA. Inducted in 1999



Laura Tieszen Kamarainen - Women's Track & Field - (2002-05)
Captured 13 All-Southern Conference accolades between the pole vault, javelin and multi-events. Was a six-time SoCon champion in the women's pole vault while also claiming individual championships in the outdoor heptathlon and indoor pentathlon in 2005. Was a three-time SoCon Most Valuable Field Performer at the conference championship, and was WCU's 2004 Female Athlete of the Year. At the time of induction, held the SoCon and WCU record in the pole vault at 4.0 meters (13'1.48"). Inducted in 2012



Betty Westmoreland Suhre - Coach - (1965-79)
Betty Westmoreland Suhre started Western Carolina's intercollegiate basketball program in 1965 and coached the Lady Cats for 14 years. Under her guidance the program evolved from independent status to NAIAW, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division I. Her team complied a brilliant 190-89 record and never suffered through a losing season in 14 years. The 1969 team finished second in the NIWIBT National Tournament and the 1970 team finished fourth. With her assistance and guidance Western Carolina University was awarded the 1971 NIWIBT National Tournament. She was president of the NCAIAW for five years and served on several national and international basketball sports committees. Inducted in 1990



Danny Tharpe - Men's Basketball, Baseball, Football, and Men's Tennis(1960-64)
Danny Tharpe is arguably the most versatile athlete in the history of WCU athletics as he started in four sports. He was a four year starter in basketball as point guard, and led the Catamounts to three 20 win seasons, a Carolina's conference championship, and the championship game in the NAIA National Tournament in 1963. He averaged in double figures in all four seasons. He was a regular on the tennis team for two seasons. He led the 1964 baseball team in hitting. He started at line backer for the 1964 football team before suffering a mid-season injury. He also excelled in the class room with 3.00 and he was a double major in biology and physical education. Inducted in 1991



Wayne Tolleson - Football and Baseball - (1974-78)
Wayne Tolleson became Western Carolina's first Southern Conference Athlete of the Year when he received that honor for 1977-78. He was a two sport star and All-Southern Conference selection in both. He was a starting wide receiver in football for three and a half season (1974-77) and led the nation in pass receptions in 1977 with 73 catches and was the team's place kicker. He started at short stop for four season (1975-78), named All Southern Conference twice and was conference Player of the Year in 1978. He spent the past 10 years playing Major League Baseball most recently with the New York Yankees. Inducted in 1990



Bob Waters - Football Coach and Athletic Director - (1969-88)
He served WCU for 20 years as its head coach and athletic director and led the athletic department through its greatest period of growth and success. His football teams from 1969 thru 1988 won 116 games and were top 20 ranked on 3 levels - NAIA, NCAA II, and NCAA I-AA - and his 1974 and 1983 teams advanced to the NCAA championship playoffs. As director of athletics from 1971-86 he led the program from NAIA to the NCAA and Southern Conference. During his tenure Whitmire Stadium, Childress Field and the Ramsey Center were planned and constructed. His athletic success as well as his courageous fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) were recognized throughout the nation as his story was told on miles of newsprint film and tape. Inducted in 1993



Laura Echols Wellmon - Women's Basketball - (1999-2002)
Finished career as the most honored player in WCU women's basketball history. WCU's only three-time All-Southern Conference selection in women's basketball (first team - 2000, 2001, 2002). No. 2 all-time scorer with 1,765 points. Also ranks in top 10 in 19 statistical categories including career rebounds, field goals, scoring average, field goal percentage and free throw percentage. WCU's all-time leader in combined points and rebounds. Three of her season scoring averages rank among WCU's top 10. Her 19.1 average in 2002 is second best in WCU history. Academic All-District 3 in 2001 and 2002. Graduated with honors, majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Psychology and also earned her Master's degree from WCU in Physical Therapy. Inducted in 2009




Johnny Wike - Football, Men's & Women's Golf Coach - (1964-2004)
Spent 31 years at WCU as an assistant football coach and men's head golf coach. Came to Western in 1964 for the first of 21 seasons as an assistant football coach. Served from 1964 through 1973 seasons before leaving to become head football coach at Carson Newman. Returned as assistant coach from 1984 to 1995. Recruited six of WCU's football All-Americans, 17 All-Southern Conference selections, six NFL players including three who played in Super Bowls. Served as men's head golf coach for 18 years (1971-74; 1991-2004) and head women's coach for four seasons (1995-98). Two of his men's teams finished second in the Southern Conference Championship Tournament and 12 of his players were named All-Southern Conference. Inducted in 2009




Denny Williams - Football - (1955-60)
Played both offensive and defensive line for the Catamounts for the 1955-56 seasons and the 1959-60 seasons. However, the Belmont, N.C., native made his mark as an offensive lineman for Western, earning honorable mention All-American honors during his four-year career. Williams additionally was a three-time All-North State Conference pick, an AllDistrict 26 selection and an All-State honoree. He also is the only offensive tackle on record in Western Carolina history to catch a touchdown pass. After his playing days at Western, Williams coached one year at Western, one year at East Tennessee State and one year at Carson-Newman under former WCU head men's golf coach Johnny Wike. Williams would get out of the collegiate ranks and spend 30 years as a high school coach and teacher at four different schools. Inducted in 2004



Jim Williams - Football - (1964-66)
Jim Williams rewrote the Western Carolina Football record book in the mid 1960's with his strong and accurate passing arm. He transferred from UGa. and let the Catamounts to three consecutive non-losing seasons (1964-1966). He broke 28 WCU passing and total offense records in three seasons as he totaled 4,208 passing yards and threw 20 touchdown passes. He was the first WCU quarterback to ever gain All American designation when he was honored by the NAIA in 1966. He led the Carolina's conference in passing and total offense in 1965 and 1966 and was an All Conference selection in both of those seasons. Inducted in 1992



Steve Williams - Football - (1968-71)
A prominent figure in the resurgence of WCU's football program in the late 1960's and early 1970's as a dominant defensive lineman. He started for four seasons (1968-1971) and was a key performer on the 1969 team that finished 9-1 and was WCU's first team to finish in the top 10. He was credited with nearly 300 tackles and was a two time All-NAIA District six selection. He was named Associated Press College Division All American Team in his senior season (1971). He was drafted by the San Fransisco 49er's, played one season in the Canadian Football League and made several starts in the NFL as a member of the Baltimore Colts in the 1973 and 1974 seasons. Inducted in 1996



Willie Williams - Football - (1990-92)
Western's first football player to reach the Super Bowl, was the first Catamount defensive back to be a three-time, All-SoCon pick, earning first team honors in 1992 and leading the league in pass breakups in 1992 and '91. He additionally is Western's all-time leader in pass breakups with 41, while ranking second on the team in tackles with 88 in 1991. He started in every game throughout his three-year career (33 games) as a defensive back and is one of Western's all-time leading tacklers among defensive backs with 218. Like fellow inductee Ferguson, Williams is a member of WCU's All-20th Century Football Team. He holds the distinction of being the first WCU player selected to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic, while also being selected to play in the All-America Football Classic for the NCAA I-AA All-Stars against the NCAA I-A All-Stars. Williams was drafted in the sixth round (162nd overall pick) by the Pittsburgh Steelers where he played there for four seasons, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXX in 1996. He followed his first stint in Pittsburgh with seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before returning to the Steelers for the last two seasons, helping his team to the NFC Championship game two seasons ago and the Super Bowl XL title this past season. Leading up to Super Bowl XXX in 1996, Williams led the American Football Conference (AFC) and ranked third in the NFL with seven interceptions. Also that season, he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month after recording 27 tackles and three interceptions. He finished that season by posting a career high 77 tackles. Williams started all three postseason games at left cornerback, including Super Bowl XXX. He led the secondary with 15 tackles in the postseason, including a touchdown-saving stop in the AFC Championship Game and five tackles versus Dallas in the Super Bowl. Inducted in 2006



Thomas "Bubba" Wilson - Men's Basketball - (1975-79)
This Catamount, was the anchor for the Men's Basketball team as they made transition from NAIA competition to NCAA and Southern Conference during mid 1970's, in 1978 Wilson became first All Southern Conference selection. During that season he was Southern Conference's second leading scorer with 23.5 ppg. He also finished the year in the top 10 in rebounding, steals, blocked shots, and field goal percentage. At the time of his induction he ranked 14th on the Catamounts all-time scoring list, while ranking second in steals and blocked shots. Wilson was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 1978 NBA draft. Inducted in 2002



Greg Wittman - Men's Basketball - (1966-69)
The leading rebounder in WCU basketball history and number seven on the Catamounts' all time scoring list. He started in over 100 games in the 1966 through 1969 season and is the programs all time combination leader in scoring and rebounding with 1,354 rebounds and 1,626 points and owns career averages of 15.1 points and 12.3 rebounds in each of his four seasons. His 15.4 rebounds per game in the 1967-68 season was the second best in the nation and a WCU season record. He was named All Carolina's Conference All Tournament twice and helped the Catamounts to three winning seasons. He played for three seasons in the American Basketball Association in Denver, Miami, and Dallas. Inducted in 1996




Steve White - Athletics Administrator - (1970-98)
He served WCU during four decades as sports information director, executive director of Big Cat club and Catamount Sports Network, and associate athletic director in 1998. He wrote millions of words publicizing WCU's student athletes and teams, helping 35 football, basketball and baseball players to attain All-American honors, hundreds to become All-Southern Conference and several football and baseball teams to achieve national rankings. He also served on USA Olympic Festival and NCAA championship media staffs and received numerous national and regional publication awards. Inducted in 1999



Steve Yates - Football - (1971-74)
First multi-year AP All-America in WCU football history (1972 & 1974). One of three linebackers named to WCU's All-20th Century Team. Ranked first or second in tackles in last three seasons. Career leader in fumbles caused in game, season and career. Also ranks in top 10 in career sacks, tackles for losses and total tackles. WCU posted 25-9-2 record when he started (1971-74). 110 tackles and nation leading 11 caused turnovers for 1972 team (7-2-1) that was ranked in top 10 in nation. 104 tackles for 1974 team that finished 9-2, 8th nationally in AP poll and advanced to NCAA Division II playoffs. Coach Bob Waters called him "most intense player I've had at Western Carolina." Inducted in 2009




Tom Young - Athletic Director and Coach - (1946-68)
Tom Young came to WCU in 1946 as head football coach and athletic director and in a matter of months put football on the map while saving the athletic program from abolishment. He led the football team to three winning seasons in his first four years including school's first North State Conference championships in 1949. He retired from football coach in 1956 but continued as athletic director and assistant football coach until retirement in 1968. He was one of the states best known sports figures as he excelled as a player at UNC, posted a phenomenal record at Lexington High and recruited and signed Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice while head coach at UNC. Inducted in 1990



The 1949 Football Team
The 1949 Football Catamounts won Western Carolina's first conference football championship and was the first team to receive a postseason bid. Head Coach Tom Young's team won the North State Conference championship by going unbeaten in league play, swept conference rivals Appalachian State, East Carolina and Lenoir-Rhyne by holding them to a combined 12 points, and finished with an 8-2 regular season record - the best record in the first 16 seasons history of the program. WCU was invited to play in the Smoky Mountain Bowl in Bristol, Virginia. Inducted in 2007



The 1963 Men's Basketball Team
On the 40th anniversary of the 1962-63 men's basketball season. That team, under leadership of Hall of Fame coach Jim Gudger, posted a 28-7 record, won the Carolinas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament and NAIA District title. Western then ran off wins on consecutive days versus Eastern Montana, Miles, Lewis & Clark and Fort Hayes State before falling in NAIA championship game to Texas Pan American. The '63 team featured All-Americans Mel Gibson and Tommy Lavelle, who rank second and 19th on the WCU all-time scoring list, as well as Danny Tharpe, who ranks ninth among the school's all-time scorers, and Charlie McConnell, who scored 1,018 career leaders for rebounds in Darrell Murray (third), Gaston Seal (sixth) and John Brittnall (ninth). Inducted in 2003



The 1969 Women's Basketball Team
The women of Western Carolina University's 1969 basketball team made history on March 22 four decades ago. They were the first team to compete in the CIAW Championship, facing West Chester State (Pa.) in the title game. Despite losing that historic game, 39-65, that '69 squad had much to be proud of in a time when the game they loved so much was not even recognized as a varsity sport. The team finished its fourth season with a 14-3 record, losing only to UNC-Greensboro (twice) and West Chester in that final game. That team was coached by Betty Westmoreland and consisted of 14 players, including Janet Cain, Marilyn Sheets, Jane McCleese, Nora Lynn Finch, Edna Jessup, Barbara Kaylor, Barbara Vaughn, Suzanne McGinnis, Karen Pike, Brenda Williams, Kathy Shannonhouse, Becky Griffen, Kris Kulp and Lynn Milner. Inducted in 2003



The 1983 Football Team
On 20th anniversary of the 1983 football team, which went 11-3-1 on the year and was led by legendary coach Bob Waters. The Cats started the season with loses to ACC teams Clemson and Wake Forest and looked to be headed to a 0-3 start. However, Western staged what has been described as possibly the most dramatic comeback ever by a WCU football team at the time. Trailing East Tennessee State 16-6 with 4:31 left to play. Western started a drive on its own nice yard line and drove 91 yards in eight plays. The drive was capped with the "Immaculate Reception II" when Eric Rasheed hauled in a 37-yard Willie Perkins pass, which had been tipped twice by ETSU defenders. Western then converted the two-point conversion to make the score 16-14 and recovered the on-side kick with 2:25 left. Six plays later Dean Biasucci kicked a 43-yard field goal with 32 seconds left to provide the final 17-16 margin. The Catamounts went on to win 11 of its next 12 games with its lone non-victory being a 17-17 tie versus Furman in Cullowhee. However, Western avenged that tie with a 14-7 win over the Paladins in Greenville in the national semifinals. The Cats would not have faced Furman had it not been for two other amazing comebacks. Although the ETSU comeback had been labeled the most dramatic comeback in WCU history, the Cats' first round win over Colgate at Whitmire Stadium in the 1983 NCAA I-AA playoffs was tabbed one, if not THE greatest comeback in Western's first 50 years of football. The Red Raiders led at half time 23-0 and amassed 281 yards of total offense. The second half was a dominating performance by WCU as it held Colgate to just 91 yards of total offense and four first downs en route to the 24-23 win. The following week, Western fought back from two deficits and broke up a pass in the waning moments to escape with a 28-21 win at Holy Cross. The Catamounts had their run come to an end as Southern Illinois won the NCAA I-AA championship with a 43-7 decision. The 1983 team featured 11 All-Southern Conference selections including Biasucci, Mark Buffamoyer, Melvin Dorsey, Tiger Green, Bernard Jones, Ricky Pate, Rasheed, Steve Taylor, Richard Dukes, Jeff Gilbert and Steve Marshall. Greene and Rasheed additionally earned All-America honors that season, while several member of the team would go on to earn All-America recognition before their career ended at WCU, including Buffamoyer, Alonzo Carmichael, Louis Cooper, Steve Kornegay and Clyde Simmons. Inducted in 2003



Patron Award Recipients
The WCU Athletics Hall of Fame Committee periodically awards its patron Award to an individual who has made a positive impact on the WCU Athletics program through his/her contributions of leadership and/or unique support off the playing field and courts. Following is a list of the award recipients:

1992 Ralph Sutton
1993 E.J. Whitmire and Dr. Wallace Hyde
1994 Dr. Quinn Constantz
1995 Alice Benton
1996 Dr. Jim Hamilton
1998 Gurney Chambers
1999 Jimmy Childress
2004 Larry Stanberry
2005 Nathan Arthur

Western Carolina Career Achievement Award Recipients:

Dave Bristol - Career Achievement Award
Began a 42-year career in professional baseball in 1951 when he signed with the Cincinnati Reds and played as an infielder with the Reds Minor League system for 11 seasons. Became a player/manager at age 22 and won five league championships in nine years as a minor league manager. Became Major League Baseball's youngest manager at 33 in 1966 when he was named the Reds manager. Also managed the Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants and coached for the Reds and Phillies. Previously inducted into four halls of fame, Bristol is a 1959 Western Carolina honor graduate. Inducted in 2007



Jim Garrison - Career Achievement Award - (1953-54)
Played two seasons (1953 & '54) at Western Carolina after transferring from Gardner-Webb An All-North State Conference selection as a halfback and captained '54 team. He was Western's Athlete of the Year and graduated in 1955. Became head coach at Chowan College in 1958 and built the junior college program into a national power. He produced 27 winning seasons and won 182 games-third most among national junior college coaches - in his 43 seasons as head coach. Garrison has been inducted into the North Carolina Sports, Gardner-Webb University and Chowan University halls of fame. Inducted in 2007

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