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Inside Athletics

Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

Khalid Abdullah - Inducted 2011
Linebacker 1999-2002 ... Four-time, first team All-SAC selection ... 1999 SAC Freshman of the Year and the 2002 SAC Defensive Player of the Year ... In 2002, Abdullah was named All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, Daktronics, D2football.com, Hansen Football Gazette and the Associated Press Little All-American Team ... Drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round after his senior campaign ... In 2002, Abdullah recorded 98 tackles; 73 solos; 17.0 tackles-for-loss (-71 yards); five sacks (-33 yards); one interception (30 yards); eight pass breakups; three hurries; three recovered fumbles; and three forced fumbles ... Abdullah holds Mars Hill school records for most sacks in a single game (5), single season sacks (15), and longest interception return of 100 yards (twice) ... He was a Team Captain and Harlon Hill finalist his final season at MHC.

 

John Arkansas - Inducted 1991
Tackle on Lion's 1958-59 football team ... Junior College All American 1959 ... Active in Youth League coaching ... Deceased in 1985.

 

Mack Arnette - Inducted 1995
Inducted into Mars Hill Hall of Fame in 1995 at the age of 93. Mars Hill's Mr. Baseball excelled at shortstop for the Lions in 1921. After leaving Mars Hill, Mack spent twenty years in professional baseball both as a player and manager. Spent thirty-seven years as a commissioned baseball scout for the Baltimore Orioles.

 

Brock Bailey - Inducted 2007
Bailey was the SAC Freshman of the Year in 1995, a three time All-SAC First Team selection (1995, 1997 & 1998), and was named the SAC Runner of the Year in 1998 ... Member of two SAC Cross Country Team Championships in 1997 and 1998 ... Bailey was as much of a standout in the classroom as he was on the cross country course ... SAC Scholar Athlete on two occasions (1996 & 1998), selected as an Academic All-American in 1998 and selected to the school's Dean's List every semester he was eligible – seven times total ... Active member of the campus community, Bailey was a member of the Alpha Chi Fraternity, Christian Student Movement and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

 

Majid Bakhtiari – Inducted 2002
Four-year letter winner in men's soccer. Still holds many of the school's current records. At induction Bakhtiari was the Mars Hill leader for goals in a single game (4), points scored in a single game (10), career points scored (170), best goal per match average in a single season (19), career goals scored (65), single season points scored (48) and career assists (40). Garnered NAIA All-District honors, led NAIA District in scoring in 1986. Also played tennis and football and was a member of the International Club. Was named Mars Hill College's Intramural Athlete of the Year.

 

James Barber- Inducted 2006
Men's Basketball - Guard (1994-97) ... Sixth all-time scorer in Mars Hill history with 1,831 points ... Second all-time scorer in SAC history ... Three-time All-SAC selection (1995, 1996 & 1997) ... Named to SAC All-Tournament team in 1996 ... Named to All-Tournament team at Southern Indiana Invitational (1995), Virginia Union Invitational (1994) and Marriott Classic 1995 ... At induction all-time leading scorer in SAC Tournament history (174) and in a single SAC Tournament (79) ... All-time leader in 3-point field goals made for a SAC Tournament career (23) and a single SAC Tournament (14) ... All-time leader in SAC history in field goals made (662) ... Sixth all-time in MHC history in points scored in a season (609) ... Sixth all-time in MHC career scoring average (17.1) ... Third all-time in MHC history in free throws made (437) and second all-time in free throws made in a single season (159).

 

Kevin Barnette - Inducted 1998
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. At the time of his induction, Barnette is the senior member of the MHC football coaching staff with 10 years service and is a member of the physical education department faculty. A four-year letter winner for the Lions, Barnette was twice named to the All-South Atlantic Conference team and was selected as a second team All-American by the NAIA in 1984. A two-time All-District 26 selection, Barnette holds the school record for most interceptions in a season (8) and most in a game (3). He also received All-Conference academic honors in 1984.

 

Carl Befield - Inducted 1988
Served 10 years as President of the Golden "M" Club at Mars Hill College. Directed the Boosters club to its highest membership and largest fundraising efforts. Successful fundraiser and successful businessman.

 

Dr. Fred B. Bentley - Inducted 2001
President of Mars Hill College 1966- 1996. In 1966, at age 30, he was the youngest college president in America. Instrumental in the foundation South Atlantic Conference. As college president oversaw expansion of athletic program from five sports to thirteen sports which included the addition of six female intercollegiate teams. In 1991 spearheaded Mars Hill's move from NAIA to NACAA membership. Recipient of many prestigious accolades including Who's Who in the South, Outstanding Young Men of America and the National Register of Prominent Americans. Involved in church and community. Since retirement has served as general contractor for Habitat for Humanity.

 

Susan Blakely - Inducted 1989
Three-sport performer in volleyball, basketball, and tennis 1972-76. Team captain and assist leader in volleyball and basketball. Successful teacher, published author, and coach for 11 years. Active in several professional church and community organizations.

 

Maurice Blankenbeckler - Inducted 1991
Loyal supporter of Mars Hill College athletics ... Tireless worker as fundraiser for Golden "M" Club ... Active volunteer for all areas of athletics and campus life ... Active member of the Board of Advisors ... Successful businessman and church leader.

 

Todd Blondin - Inducted 2002
Four-year letter winner in men's basketball 1983-86. Upon graduation became the second player in the history of the men's basketball program to have his jersey retired. He is the second all-time leading scorer with 2,130 points. He established school records for most free throws in a single season (179), best single season scoring average (24.7), and best scoring average for a career (18.8). He le.638 d district 26 in scoring his junior year (24.7) and ranked 15th in the nation in scoring that season. He was All-District 1985 and 1986 and honorable mention All-American those same sessions. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

 

Joe Bridges - Inducted 2001
After transferring to Mars Hill College in 1972, established scoring records that are unparalleled in the school's basketball history. In only two seasons of play, Bridges scored 1,417 points, which at the time put him in second place on career scoring at Mars Hill College. His 20.2 average still stands as a school record, as does his 379 field goals in one season. Selected as All-Conference and NAIA All District. Upon graduation from Mars Hill College, signed a professional contract with the Belgian National Team. Serves as a teacher in the New York City school system.

 

Steve Campbell - Inducted 1992
Inducted into the Mars Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame 1992. Outstanding four-year letterman in football as a defensive back. Holds career interception record at Mars Hill. Selected to the All-South Atlantic Conference team three straight years. NAIA All American second team selection in 1979. Successful high school football coach in South Carolina.

 

David L. Cappiello, M.D. – Inducted 2004
A Harvard University graduate, where he competed in football and lacrosse...Received his medical degree from Cornell University in New York...Served as team physician for Mars Hill College's athletic teams for 25 years (1973 – 1998)...He has provided orthopedic services to the residents of Western North Carolina since 1971...Dr. Cappiello was inducted into the Western North Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.

 

Ronnie Capps - Inducted 1990
Three-time all-conference selection at split-end. Team MVP in 1975 and a NAIA all star. Holds virtually all Mars Hill receiving records including passes caught, yards receiving, and touchdown receptions. Named to Best Athletes in America as a senior.

Dr. W. L. "Ikey" Carr - Inducted 1988
Four-sport letterman at Mars Hill College. Successful college teacher for 33 years. Professional leader in Physical Education and President of SDAHPERD. Had a positive influence on lives of students, colleagues, church and community members.

 

Terry Casey – Inducted 2013
Casey was the anchor of one of Mars Hill’s most successful offensive lines … He is the only Mars Hill offensive lineman that was selected to the All-South Atlantic Conference first team three times (1985, 1986 & 1987) … He was a member of the 1985 SAC championship team … Since graduating with a degree in Business Administration, Casey has served as a South Carolina Highway Patrolman and most recently with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

 

David Cassell - Inducted 2010
David Cassell was a tight end on the Lions' football team from 1998-2001 ... Team Captain in 2001 ... He was a second team All-SAC selection in 1998 and was a first team All-SAC pick in 1999, 2000 and 2001 .... Named SAC Freshman of the Year in 1998 ... He was the winner of the Jacob's Blocking Trophy in 2001 that distinguishes the best offensive lineman in the league ... David was named to several All American teams during his career (Daktronics All-American in 1999, 2000 & 2001; D2football.com All-American in 2000 & 2001; Street & Smith All-American in 2000; American Football Coaches Association All-American in 2001; Dan Hansen Football Gazette All-American in 2001) ... Started in 42 games and recorded 143 catches for 1,929 yards and 20 touchdowns ... Averaged 45.9 yards receiving per game and 13.3 yards per catch ... Selected to the D-II Senior Cactus Bowl in 2001.

 

Scott Conner - Inducted 1992
Inducted into Mars Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. Outstanding two sport athlete who excelled in both football and basketball at Mars Hill. Selected as team captain in both sports in his junior and senior years. Named outstanding defensive back in football two seasons and most valuable player his senior year in basketball. Outstanding two sport high school coach in NC, SC, and GA since his graduation in 1964. Second highest winning percentage in football among coaches in Western North Carolina. In 1991, A.C. Reynolds High School honored Scott by naming their football field "Scott Conner Field" in recognition of his positive influence on the young people of their community.

 

James M. Cowan - Inducted 1994
Standout performer in football, basketball, and tennis from 1935-37. Coach at Mars Hill in football, basketball and track1941-43 and 1946. After graduation from Mars Hill was All State football and All Southern Conference basketball player at Davidson College. Basketball and track coach at Mercer University from 1946-57 where he led his team to the NAIA National Tournament twice. Named to Mercer Athletic Hall of Fame in 1971. Retired from coaching in 1957 and enjoyed a successful career in the insurance business until 1989.

 

James R. Cox - Inducted 1999
Served Mars Hill College for over 30 years as Director of Alumni/Development. Played football and basketball '41-'43. Has been a key figure in the development of Mars Hill College Athletics. His fund raising efforts were instrumental in the development of Meares' Stadium, the refurbishing of the Hart Tennis Center, the restoration of Stanford Arena. He founded the Golden "M" Club, which for years served as the athletics department fundraising vehicle and secured the donation of Ponder Field for athletics use. He was also responsible for the first endowed scholarships for athletics. He initiated the Grayson Scholarship Fund which was the largest gift in Mars Hill College history.

 

Chris Crist - Inducted 2007
Crist was a four-year Captain and four-year starter for the Lions' men's soccer team from 1985-88 ... Member of the inaugural men's soccer team at MHC ... Competed on the Lions' tennis team for two seasons (1986 & 1987) ... In 1989, Crist became a graduate assistant coach for the men's soccer squad and was elevated as the team's head coach in 1990 ... Remained in that position for the next nine years ... Named the SAC Coach of the Year in 1998, led his team's to back-to-back SAC Tournament titles in 1997 and 1998 and led the Lions to their first ever SAC regular season title in 1998 ... As a student, Crist was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, founding father of Zeta Chi Omega and served as the Fraternity's President in 1987 and 1988 ... He was also a Big Brother to the Delta Phi Zeta Sorority and was very involved in the college's intramural programs.

 

Jeff Davis - Inducted 1988
1973 NFL Draft choice of the Washington Redskins. Played in the World League for two years, Two-time MVP, Two-time All-Carolina Conference, and Honorable Mention All-American. Holds the MHC Track records in 100 yard dash, 120 yard hurdles, and in football for the longest punt. MHC Athlete of the Year in 1973 and Who's Who selection in 1972.

 

Doug Echols - Inducted 2006
Football - Offensive Line (1964-67) ... 1967 graduate ... Also holds degrees from Western Carolina University and Winthrop University ... Member of Lion football squad 1963-67... served as team co-captain 1967... selected to Knoxville News Sentinel All-Area Team 1967... after graduation, coached football at Western Carolina University ... Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach at Northwestern High School , Rock Hill, SC (1971-76) ... Associate Director of Athletics Winthrop University (1982-89) ... since 1989, Doug has served as Commissioner of the South Atlantic Conference ... active in NCAA national structure, serving as chair of the Commissioners Association, member of Management Council, Nominations Committee and Honors Committee ... Served two terms on Rock Hill City Council ... Elected mayor of Rock Hill, SC in 1998 and at induction is serving his third term in that position.

Craig Eckstein – Inducted 2015
Craig Eckstein was a member of the men’s cross country and track and field teams from 2001-04 … He was the Southeast Region Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2003 … the South Atlantic Conference Runner of the Year in 2003 and 2004 … He was a four-time first team All-SAC cross country runner and the individual champion in 2003 and 2004 … He earned All-Region honors in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 … He was a NCAA championship meet qualifier in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 … He was the school record holder at the 8 kilometer distance ... Eckstein was the Conference outdoor track and field champion in the 5,000 meter run in 2003 and 2004 and was the champion in the 10,000 meter run in 2003 and 2004 … After graduating from Mars Hill, Eckstein became a cross country coach and track coach in Ohio where he was named the Southwest Ohio Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2010 and Track Coach of the Year in 2012 … His accomplishments at Mount Healthy Jr./Sr. High School earned him Cincinnati Coach of the Year honors in 2012.

 

Bob Edwards - Inducted 1991
Three sport letterman during junior college career 1940-41 ... Assistant football coach 12 years ... Head basketball and track coach ... Former president of the North Carolina Athletic Association ... Recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

 

Ed Hoffmeyer – Inducted 2008
Hoffmeyer was the Athletic Director at Mars Hill from 1990-98 ... He directed MHC through the final stages of transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II ... He increased sports sponsorship at MHC from eight to 13 ... Hoffmeyer worked on major facility improvements including Stanford Arena, Hart Tennis Center and the acquisition of Ponder Fields ... He coached the MHC golf team for three years leading the Lions to a No. 10 Regional ranking in 1998 ... Named SAC Golf Coach of the Year in 1998 ... Served as Athletic Director at Tusculum College for 10 years (1998-2007) ... Directed Tusculum's transition from NAA to NCAA Division II ... Oversaw the most successful period in Tusculum athletic history ... Recognized along with his wife Linda as Sports Benefactor of the Year in 2007 ... Inducted in SAC Hall of Fame in 2008 as an Administrator at both Mars Hill and Tusculum Colleges ... Three-year letter winner in track and field at MHC where he participated in five events per meet ... Held school records in four events upon graduation ... Participated in basketball one year.

 

Lee Ann Enix Gatton - Inducted 2000
Four year letter winner (1983-1987). Upon graduation held school record for career assists (442) and was fifth all-time leading scorer (1,124 points). Team captain, selected all-district (1986-87) and AWSF All-American (1986-87). Selected to Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities.

 

Andrea German - Inducted 2011
Member of the Lions' women's basketball and softball team from 1984-88 ... NAIA All-American in 1987 and a AWSF second team All-American in basketball in the same year ... Finished her career with 1,296 points that placed her 13th in all-time scoring for the Lions at the time of induction ... Upon graduation, she was the second basketball player in Mars Hill history to have over 1,000 points and over 1,000 rebounds ... She was a finalist in the Western North Carolina Collegiate Athlete of the Year in 1988 ... German made the All-District 26 team in 1987 and 1988 and led the district in rebounds both those years ... Served the Lions as team captain during the 1987 and 1988 seasons ... On the softball field she was voted her team's most valuable player in 1987 and 1988 and was an honorable mention All-District pick in 1988 ... German graduated Summa Cum Laude, was a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and was a Grayson Scholar.


James W. "Jimmy" Graves - Inducted 1987
Inducted into Mars Hill College Hall of Fame 1987, charter member. Mars Hill College's all-time leading scorer in basketball. Three-time All-District selection, Honorable Mention All-American in 1977, Mars Hill Athlete of the Year in 1976. His #22 jersey was retired in 1977, the first jersey to be retired in basketball at Mars Hill. Started all 133 games in his career at Mars Hill.

 

John Gulledge - Inducted 1992
Inducted into the Mars Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. Four year letterman in football from 1977 to 1980. Outstanding linebacker who was selected All-District 26, All South Atlantic Conference and Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1980. NAIA first team All-American selection. Scholar athlete who maintained a 4.0 GPA during his senior year. Successful high school football coach and athletic director in the state of Georgia.

 

Virginia Hart - Inducted 1987
Inducted into Mars Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame 1987, charter member. Successful coach in basketball, volleyball, men's and women's tennis. 40 years of dedicated service to Mars Hill College. Founder of most women's sports at Mars Hill College. Winner of first Mars Hill Excellence in Teaching Award.

 

Norma Cowan Hawes - Inducted 2001
Played softball 1981-84. Career batting average of .502 including a .635 mark in 1983. Combined offensive firepower and superb defensive skills as indicated by her .907 career fielding percentage. Member of the Golden Pride and Black Students in Action. Served as a class officer. Active in church and community. Elementary school teacher.

 

Jerry Hayes - Inducted 1999
Participated in Men's Basketball from 1970-74. As a four-year starter at Mars Hill College, Jerry was a highly decorated athlete which included being named to the NAIA District All-Star Team. At the time of his graduation, he was the school's all time leading scorer (1,845 points) and rebounds (954 rebounds).

 

Don Henderson - Inducted 1987
Inducted into Mars Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame 1987, charter member. 35 years faithful and dedicated service to Mars Hill College. Successful coach, teacher, and administrator at Mars Hill College. Head football coach, head basketball coach, chairman of PE Department, athletic director.

 

Barbara Hollingsworth - Inducted 1993
Head coach of first women's basketball team at Florida State Univ. Successful women's basketball coach at Mars Hill from 1972 to 1980. Led Lady Lions to six winning seasons in eight years. Career record at Mars Hill 85 wins and 72 losses. Has highest wining percentage among Mars Hill basketball coaches. Served as Mars Hill's first women's Athletic Director.


Larry Honeycutt - Inducted 1991
Four-year starter in football 1960-64 ... All-Conference performer in football 1962 ... Most Valuable Player 1962 ... Junior College All-American 1962 ... Successful high school coach in North Carolina.

 

Thomas Hornick - Inducted 2009
Hornick was a three-time member of the All-SAC football team, team captain and was named the SAC Scholar Athlete twice. The SAC Scholar Athlete is a very prestigious award that recognizes one individual in their selected sport that excels in the classroom, in their community and on the playing field. The award is based on 33-percent academic prowess, 33-percent community service and leadership and 33-percent athletic excellence. He was named a GTE Academic All-American in 1997 and in 1998. Hornick ended his career with 442 total tackles (214 solo), five recovered fumbles, 13.5 tackles-for-loss, 8.5 sacks and three interceptions. In his four-year career, Hornick played in 40 games and started in 35 contests. After graduation Hornick played Arena Football with the Carolina Rhinos, Tampa Bay Storm and the Detroit Fury. He was a All-Arena League fullback/linbacker in 2000.

 

Holly Hough - Inducted 1994
Versatile basketball and softball standout for the Lady Lions from 1980-84. Ended basketball career as third on the All-time scoring list with 1,244 points and second in career rebounds with 680. Played in 101 games during her collegiate career. Three-time team captain. Selected Honorable Mention All American in 1984. Finished softball career with .325 career batting average in 95 games. Named Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities in 1984.

 

Dr. John Hough - Inducted 2000
Played basketball 1953-54. Successful high school coach. Served as faculty representative for Mars Hill College and for the South Atlantic Conference. Statistician for Mars Hill basketball (1962-1984). Lifelong supporter of Golden M and The Pride. Along with wife Beverly established a Golden M scholarship for athletics.

 

Mickey Hoyle - Inducted 2010
Member of the men's basketball team from 1957-59 ... One of Mars Hill's most celebrated athletes from the junior college era ... Two-time All-Conference selection including being a unanimous choice in 1959 ... Averaged 17 points as a freshman and 21 points as a sophomore ... Career high 41 points versus Gardner-Webb ... Team Captain in 1959 ... Member of the golf team ... Upon completion of service in the U.S. Army, returned to Mars Hill and obtained his senior college degree (1965) ... Active leader in community, church and business in the Asheville area.

 

D.J. Hughes - Inducted 2003
Four year starter in basketball. Started every game throughout his career. Leading scorer in 1964 with 19+ ppg. Member of the 1,000 point club. Captain of the basketball team for two years. President of first four year class in MHC history – 1964. Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. M-Club member for four years. Member of student government. Student National Education Association member. Dean's list '63 & '64.

 

Angela Johnson - Inducted 1991
Four-year letterman in women's basketball ... 1,200 Career Points ... Holds school record for highest single season scoring average- 21.3 ... Hold season and single game assist points.

 

Rodney Johnson - Inducted 1989
One of the top basketball players at Mars Hill, 1968-72. 1000-point career scorer and one of the top scorers in school history. Successful high school and college basketball coach. Highly respected assistant college basketball coach and recruiter.

 

Jeremy Jordan - Inducted 2011
Member of the men's soccer team from 1996-99 ... Four-time All-SAC selection ... Holds school record for assists in a season, 20 (1996) ... Second in SAC history in single season and career assists (51) ... At the time of induction he was 11th in SAC history in career points scored (105) and holds school record for career assists ... Played in 84 matches and recorded 27 career goals and 105 career points ... Member of the 1997 SAC Tournament Championship Team, 1998 SAC Regular Season Championship Team and the 1998 SAC Tournament Championship Team ... Three-time SAC All-Tournament selection (1996, 1997 & 1998) ... Team Captain in 1999.

 

Paula Corbin Kahn - Inducted 1990
First freshman female to receive an athletic scholarship at Mars Hill. One of the school's all-time leading scorers with 1,466 points and a three-time All-State pick. Shares two school records for points scored . Successful high school coach, assistant principal, and administrator.

 

Lamont Jones – Inducted 2004
Men's Basketball (1992 – 95)...All-SAC for four seasons...Named SAC Freshmen of the Year (1992)...Upon completion of his career he was SAC career scoring leader (1,835 points) and was third in career rebounds (694)...At induction was SAC career leader in 3-point field goal percentage (.485)...Led the Lions to a SAC Championship and NCAA berth (1994)...Named CAA All-District (1994, 1995) and All-Region (1995)...Inducted into the SAC Hall of Fame (2001).

 

Gary Lawing - Inducted 1989
Two-sport performer, football and track at Mars Hill. Most Valuable track award for four years. Holds several school track records. Successful school counselor, active in community affairs, and a 1982 World Triathlon participant.

 

Bill Loven - Inducted 1988
Four-year starter on Mars Hill College basketball team. Two-time Most Valuable Player om outstanding Mars Hill College teams. Holds three school records including 50 points in one game. Successful Bussinessman.

 

Jack Lytton - Inducted 2003
Lytton was the head Men's Basketball coach at Mars Hill for 11 years spanning from 1970- 81. He left Mars Hill as the winningest men's basketball coach in school history. His 1973-74 squad also held the school record for the most wins in a single season with 21. Prior to induction, three of his former players had already been inducted in the MHC Athletic Hall of Fame. Lytton coached ten players that are members of the 1,000 point club, three All-District 6 players, three All-Carolina Conference players, and one All-American. Lytton was named the NAIA District 6 Coach of the Year in 1974.

 

Cedric Mansell - Inducted 2003
Mansell is one of the most decorated athletes in Mars Hill College history. As a captain of the 1994 SAC championship basketball team, he led the Lions to a national ranking and a NCAA Tournament Bid. He ranks first in SAC record book in career total blocks (153) and career field-goal percentage (58%). He is also fourth in the SAC record book in career offensive rebounds (205). He is a member of the MHC 1,000 point club, two-time ALL-SAC selection (1993 &1994), selected to the NCAA ALL-South Region Team (1994), named the SAC Men's Basketball Player of theYear(1994) and SAC Male Athlete of theYear (1994). Upon graduation was offered a contract to play professionally in Europe.

 

Lee Marchman - Inducted 2000
Four year letter winner. All-District (1985,1986, 1987) All-SAC ({1986, 1987). SAC defensive player of the year in 1986. All-American (1986, 1987). In 1987 he was selected 1st team All-American by AP, Kodak, Football News and NAIA. Selected to Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities in 1988.

 

Stacy Mark - Inducted 2010
Member of the Cross Country and Track & Field Team from 1999-2002 ... Four-time First Team All-SAC (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002) ... SAC Runner of the Year in 2001 & 2002 ... SAC Freshman of the Year in 1999 ... Led Team to Conference Titles in 1999, 2000 & 2001 ... Southeast Region Selection in 2000, 2001 & 2002 ... Southeast Region Runner of the Year in 2002 ... Led Team to Southeast Region Championship ... National Meet Participant in 2000 & 2002 ... USTFCCCA All-Academic Selection in 2002 ... At induction held school record in 5000 meter cross country race ... National Qualifier in 3000 meter Steeplechase ... At induction held school records in 1500 meter, 3000 meter and 5000 meter ... Holds school records in 2000 meter and 3000 meter Steeplechase ... All-Conference in Track & Field in 2002 & 2003 ... Track & Field Conference Runner of the Year in 2003.

 

Travis McFadden – Inducted 2014

Member of the football team from 1999-03 … All-South Atlantic Conference in 2001 … At the time of induction ranked second in school history in all-time rushing yards per game (136.5) and all-purpose yards per game (145.9); fourth all-time in rushing touchdowns (17) and in career rushing attempts (363); fifth in all-time rushing yards (1,774) and total touchdowns scored (18); sixth in career total points (108); ninth in average yards per rush (5.41) and career touchdowns responsible for (18) … Recognized as one of the program’s most unselfish players having manned the blocking back position in 1999 and 2000.

 

Michael Miller - Inducted 1999
Starred in three sports during the junior college era of Mars Hill. In football, Michael was a 1,000-yard rusher en route to being named all-conference. He also played basketball and ran track. He was named as the top track performer in Western North Carolina in 1955. He was equally active in other areas of campus life, serving as president of the senior class, the M club and the Science club.

 

Sarah Nash – Inducted 2014

Member of the volleyball team from 2001-04 … South Atlantic Freshman of the Year in 2001 … All-SAC in 2001, 2003 and 2004 ... At the time of induction ranked second in school history in career kills 1,505; third in school history in digs per game (4.53); fourth in single season kills (430); and fifth in career digs (2196).

 

John Patterson - Inducted 1995
Inducted into the Mars Hill Hall of Fame in 1995. Outstanding four-year starter for the Lions in basketball. Upon graduation was second leading scorer in Mars Hill history with 2,038 career points. Holds Lion rebounding record with 1,199 career rebounds. Also holds the single season rebounding record with 359. Finished career with school records in field goal percentage both for a single season and a career. Selected team MVP in 1979 and 1980.

 

Kenny Phillips - Inducted 1993
Four year letterman in football 1977-80, three year baseball letterman 1978-80. All South Atlantic Conference running back in 1979 and 1980. Led Lions in rushing in 1978, 79, 80. At the time of graduation held career and single season rushing records. Still holds record for most rushes in a game –33 and most yards gained in a game – 220. Rushed for 2014 career yards. Member of the 1980 national play-off team.

 

Pat Piscitelli - Inducted 2009
Piscitelli was a member of the 1997 SAC Tournament team and the 1998 SAC regular season and SAC Tournament Championship squad. He was a first team All-SAC selection in 1998, a 1998 All-South Region selection and team captain of the 1997 and 1998 All-SAC Tournament team. During the 1998 championship campaign, Piscitelli led the SAC in wins, shutouts, lowest goal allowed average and minutes played. At the time of graduation Piscitelli held school records for most shutouts in a season (7), fewest goals allowed in a season (29) best goals allowed average in a season (1.04) and in a career (1.83). After graduation, Piscitelli played one professional season with the South Carolina Shamrocks.

 

Otis Pitts - Inducted 1988
Two-time football All-Conference selection at Mars Hill College. Co-Captain and Junior College All-American in 1957. Played a major role in the success of coach Don Henderson's 1957 team which was considered for Junior College Rose Bowl.

 
 

Joe Pizzo - Inducted 2007
Pizzo played quarterback for the Lions' football team from 1985-87 ... Earned SAC Offensive Player of the Year and All-America honors in 1985 ... He led the Lions to the 1985 SAC Championship and graduated from the school in 1987 with school records for passing attempts in a single game (49), touchdown passes in a single season (16) and most total offense in a single season (2,080 yards) ... Upon graduation, Pizzo signed a free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers and joined the Cleveland Browns in 1987 ... He signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts in 1991 and also spent time with the Detroit Lions ... That same season, Pizzo started for the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks of the World League of American Football.

 

Walter Rabb - Inducted 1987
Inducted into Mars Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame 1987, charter member. Played football, basketball, baseball, and tennis at Mars Hill College. Signed professional baseball contract with the New York Yankees organization. 31 years of successful coaching at University of North Carolina in baseball. Compiled 528 wins, four ACC championships, 3 NCAA District championships. Elected President of the American Association of College Baseball Coaches in 1961. Inducted in AACBE Hall of Fame in 1978.

 

Gene Radford - Inducted 1994
Outstanding defensive player for the Lions from 1969-72. Started every game during his four-year career. Named MVP and All District Performer at defensive end in his freshmen year. Named teams Most Valuable Defensive Player in his junior year. Holds National Collegiate Record for longest fumble recovery for a TD with a 96 yard run against Catawba in his sophomore year. Listed in outstanding College Athletes of America 1971. Served as graduate assistant coach in 1973.

 

Alan Rice - Inducted 1989
Kodak football All-American, 1978 Two-time All-Conference and All-District and an All-State performer Hilltop Athlete of the Year, 1978-79 and team captain Successful manager and businessman.

 

John Riddle – Inducted 1988
Two-time baseball All-American at Mars Hill College … Signed a professional contact with Baltimore Orioles … Named to the Appalachian, California and Eastern League All-Star teams … Successful businessman in Management field.

 

David Riggins - Inducted 2007
Riggins was the Head Men's Basketball coach for 13 years (1986-1999) ... Served as Assistant Athletic Director from 1993 until 1999 ... At the time of induction, Riggins was the winningest head men's basketball coach in school history ... He ended his collegiate career with 184 wins (fifth in SAC history with 69 wins) and guided MHC to three post-season appearances including the 1994 SAC Championship title ... Coached 16 All-Conference players, one All-American, two-All-Region players, two SAC Freshman of the Year, one SAC Player of the Year and 11 of his players entered the school's 1,000-point club ... Involved in NCAA committee work serving as a member of the NCAA Championships Committee, the Legislative Committee and the NCAA Playing Rules Committee, member of the NCAA Division II Management Council where he held the Vice Chair position, Chair of the Division II Championships Committee and served on the Budget and Finance Committee and Chaired an NCAA task force studying game environments ... Under his supervision as Athletic Director, MHC saw many facility improvements in a totally renovated Meares Stadium to the Ammons Family Athletic Center that boasts artificial turf as well as the building of W. Scott Merrill Press Box ... The outdoor practice facilities were upgraded and the Hart Tennis Complex was completely refurbished ... During his stint as the Assistant Athletic Director, Riggins helped coordinate the renovation of Burt Stanford Arena that saw the improvement of new bleachers and lighting system.

 

Oren Roberts - Inducted 1987
Inducted into Mars Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame 1987, charter member. Compiled over 800 career wins in football, basketball, and baseball. Served as coach and athletic director for over 20 years at Mars Hill College. Played professional baseball with the Cincinnati Reds.

 

Danny Robinson - Inducted 1990
All-Conference football player who led Mars Hill to first winning seasons as a four-year college. Holds seven school records including career passing totals, career touchdown passes, career total offense, and single game completions. Four-year starter and co-captain as a junior and senior. Successful businessman as a C.P.A.

 

Robert J. (Bobby) Robinson - Inducted 2001
Graduated from Mars Hill College in 1956. Three sport athlete, having participated in football, basketball, and baseball. All-Conference performer in football. Averaged 18 points per game n basketball, captain of both football and basketball squads. Starting pitcher for baseball team. Married student whose wife Anne was both Homecoming and May Queen. Active in church and community. Has served on Board of Trustees of Mars Hill College. Attorney and avid tennis player.

 

Emmett S. Sams - 2000
Mathematics professor at Mars Hill College from 1947 – 1992. Honored for his excellence in teaching by Mars Hill College, state and regional organizations throughout his career. Tennis coach 1950 – 51. Score keeper for basketball 1947 – 1950. Basketball clock keeper from 1950 – 1986. Kept football stats from 1947 – 1952. Served as football and basketball sports information liaison with local newspapers from 1947 – 1970. Served as driver for basketball teams from 1947 – 1970. Has instructed and tutored hundreds of athletes throughout his academic career. He has shown exemplary service to the Department of Athletics and to the student athletes of Mars Hill College for over 50 years.

 

Alison Shannonhouse - Inducted 2011
Member of the volleyball and basketball teams from 1994-97 ... In volleyball was a two-time All-SAC selection ... Named the SAC Scholar Athlete in 1997 ... GTE Academic All-District second team in 1997 ... Led the nation (in all divisions) in digs in 1996 (740) ... Ended her career with 1,205 career kills, 1,959 career digs, 121 career service aces. 172 career blocks and 145 career assists ... Upon graduation was 10th in NCAA DII in single season digs (740) ... A four-year letterman on both the volleyball and basketball teams ... Named Captain of the volleyball squad her senior year ... Member of the 1996 SAC Women's Basketball regular season champions.

 

Derrick J. Sharpe – Inducted 2004
Football – Wide Receiver (1990 – 93)...Named SAC Freshman of the Year (1990)...All-SAC four straight seasons...Upon completion of career, Derrick's 3,094 career-receiving yards placed him fourth in the SAC... He also held MHC receiving records for most receptions in a season (64), and most receptions in a career (229)...During his career he caught 16 TD passes.

 

Denise Shelton - Inducted 2010
Denise was a guard for the women's basketball team from 1998-2002 ... SAC Female Athlete of the Year in 2002 ... Kodak All-American in 2002 ... Daktronics All-American in 2002 ... Kodak Honorable Mention All-American in 2000 ... SAC Player of the Year twice (2000 & 2002) ... All South Atlantic Region in 2001 & 2002 ... All-SAC four years (1999, 2000, 2001 & 2002) ... SAC Freshmen of the Year in 1999 ... SAC Tournament MVP in 2002 ... NCAA South Atlantic Region Tournament MVP in 2002 ... At the time of induction, held school records for most career points (2,162), most points in a single season (695), scoring average in a single season (22.4) and career scoring average (19.7) ... Team Co-Captain ... Helped lead team to SAC Tournament title, Southeast Region title and Elite 8 appearance in 2002 ... Member of the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll four years.

 

Susie Hopson Shelton – Inducted 2004
Women's Basketball (1993 – 96)...SAC Freshmen of the Year (1993)...All-SAC four years...Named SAC Player of the Year in 1996 after leading the league in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage that season...Led the Lions to SAC Championship and a NCAA Playoff berth (1996)...At the time of her graduation her 19.1 career scoring average was the best in SAC history...Her 1,984 points placed her third in SAC career totals and was a MHC record...She held MHC records for highest field goal percentage in a season and a career (.613 & .564)...As well as records for highest scoring average in a single season (21.6)...Following her senior season, she was named a first team Kodak All-American...Upon graduation she played for the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA...Inducted into the SAC Hall of Fame in 2002.

 

Keitha Tinsley Sherrill - Inducted 2002
Four-year letter winner in women's basketball 1989-1992. Posted 1,686 career points (15.3) that placed her second on the all-time leading scoring list in 1992. She currently ranks fourth in all-time scoring at Mars Hill College. Sherrill is still listed in the Lion's record book for the most free throw attempted in a single season (237) and in a career (706) as well as being the program's career block leader (146). At one time Sherrill held the school record for the most career free throws made (407). Sherrill was named to the All-SAC team in 1990 and 1992. She was a member of the Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society.

Kristen Shipley – Inducted 2016
Kristen Shipley was a member of the Mars Hill volleyball, track and field and cross country teams from 1999-2003 … She was named the SAC Volleyball Freshman of the Year in 1999 and earned first team All-SAC honors in 2002 … Shipley earned a spot on the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Spring Hill Suites Invitational All-Tournament Team in 2002 and is the current single match school-record holder with 31 kills and 12 service aces … Upon graduation, Shipley was the Conference champion in the high jump (2000, 2002), javelin (2001, 2002, 2003), long jump (2002) and pole vault (2002) … She earned track and field All-Conference honors from 2001-2003 and was named the Field Events MVP in 2002 and 2003 … Upon induction, Shipley is still the school record holder in the indoor long jump, distance medley relay, javelin and heptathlon … In her lone cross country season in 2003, Shipley was a NCAA championship meet qualifier and earned All-Southeast Region as well as All-SAC accolades … After graduating from Mars Hill, Shipley earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2007 from East Tennessee State University.

 

Nicole Silver - Inducted 2009
Silver was the 1998 SAC Player of the Year, a first team All-SAC selection in 1999 and in 1998 and a second team All-SAC selection in 1997. She led her squad to a 32-6 overall record in 1998 perfect 14-0 mark in the league in 1998. That year Mars Hill won the SAC regular season and tournament titles without losing a single match to a conference opponent. Silver still holds school records in career kills (1,655) and single season kills (535). Silver is third on the school's all-time block list (250), second in career total digs (2,216) and single season digs (708) and third all-time in digs per game (4.48). Silver led the SAC in kills per game (4.53) in 1998.

Dale Similton – Inducted 2016
Dale Similton was a member of the Lions football team from 1982-85 … He earned All-SAC honors in 1984 and in 1985 as a wide receiver ... Similton was an honorable mention NAIA All-American in 1985 … At the time of graduation, Similton was the school record-holder for receiving yards in a season with 940 yards, receiving touchdowns in a game, touchdowns in a season (12) and points scored in a season (72) … Similton was a four-year member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) while attending Mars Hill from 1982-85 … Upon induction, Similton was the athletic director and head varsity boys basketball coach at Central Academy at Lake Park in Indian Trail, N.C.

 

James Smith – Inducted 2012

Smith was a two-sport athlete at Mars Hill from 1972-75 ... A two-year letterman on the football team as a nose guard and a three-year letter winner in the baseball program as a center fielder … Member of SKL Social Club, Block M Club and the Physical Education Club at MHC ... Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education in 1975 and later earned a Master’s Degree in Education from South Carolina State University in 1982 … Since leaving Mars Hill, Smith has been a teacher and high school basketball coach for 36 years … He has won five state championships at three different high schools and owns a career record of 425-160 … Coached current NBA star Ray Allen … Named Coach of the Year eight times … Inducted into the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame in 2011.

Burt Stanford - Inducted 1989
Strong supporter of Mars Hill College athletics for 20 years ... Past Vice-President of Golden "M" Club and a four-term member of the Board of Trustees ... Chairman of Trustee Athletic Committee for 10 years ... Successful businessman, church, civic and community leader for over 35 years.

 

Derek Thomas – Inducted 2008
Thomas a four-year letterman and three-year starter in men's basketball ... Two-time All-District 6 Team ... Two-time All-Carolina Conference Selection ... 1976 MHC Team MVP ... 1976 MHC Outstanding Male Athlete ... Upon graduation held the school record for steals and assists ... 1976-76 Team Captain ... Played in the NAIA vs. NCAA All-Star Game ... While at MHC Thomas also was a three-year letter winner in track & field ... Selected to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities ... Graduated with a degree in History in 1976 ... Completed Master's Degree in Social Studies From Nova University in 1987 ... After graduating from MHC Thomas was a coach and a teacher for 29 years where he accumulated 415 wins, won 30 different championships ... Four-time coach of the year.

 

Marilyn Que Tucker - Inducted 1987
Inducted into the Mars Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987, charter member. Led the Mars Hill women's basketball team in scoring for two straight seasons. Outstanding College Athlete in America Award in 1972. Two consecutive selections to Who's Who. Successful high school coach for over 13 years providing outstanding service to education and athletics.

 

Lavonda Wagner - Inducted 1998
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. A 1986 graduate of Mars Hill College. Lavonda was a four-year letterman in both basketball and volleyball. She holds career records for basketball in scoring (2,036pts), field goals made and rebounding and still holds season records for points scored, field goals made and rebounds. She also holds school record for most rebounds in a game. Mars Hill retired her #32 jersey following her career. During her tenure at Mars Hill, Lavonda was All-Region in basketball and volleyball, Player of the Year in both sports and was named NAIA All-American in both sports.

 

Dr. William Walker - Inducted 1998
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. Dr. Walker served as chairman of the Department of Physical Education from 1966-1991 and as Athletic Director from 1982-1991. He assisted in the development of the South Atlantic Conference and in the realignment of the conference from NAIA to NCAA Division II. He received the first SAC Athletic Director's Service Award in 1994. Dr. Walker has a long record of contributions to his profession and Mars Hill College and has received numerous honors and awards for contributions to education and the community, He developed the Sports Medicine Program which in one of the best in the SAC. His leadership and direction during a transitional period has brought Mars Hill College Athletics to its present high standard.

 

Sonia Gahagan Wallace - Inducted 2002
Four-year letter winner in women's basketball 1989-92. At the end of her career, she was the third all-time leading scorer in the history of the women's basketball program. Currently she is the fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,672 career points (16.1). Wallace still holds school records for most points in a single game (42), most field goals in a single contest (18) and best field goal percentage in a single game (91%). At one point she held the best mark for the single season free throw percentage (85%). Wallace was a two-time All SAC member (1991-1992).

 

Randy Whitson – Inducted 2008
Whitson was a four-time, first team All-SAC selection (1986, 1987, 1988, & 1989) in football ... All-District 26 second team pick in 1986 ... Second team All-American in 1988 and in 1989 ... Currently holds the school record for the best career punting average (41.4) and longest scoring pass (99 yards vs. Wingate in 1987) ... Upon graduation held the best single game punting average of 51.5 yards per punt ... Upon graduation began a career in law enforcement with the Buncombe County Sherriff's Office ... At induction Whitson was a Patrol Lieutenant for David Squad and Team Leader for the Sheriff's Squat Team ... Whitson was selected as the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2004.

 

Kevin Whitt – Inducted 2014

Member of the men’s basketball team from 1995-99 … South Atlantic Conference Freshman of the Year in 1995 … All-SAC in 1997 and 1998 … At the time of graduation was seventh on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,489 points … Played in 108 games, started in 106 … For his career averaged 13.8 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game … Career field goal percentage of 53.6% … Career free throw percentage of 68.6% … Totaled 641 career rebounds, 76 career blocks and 97 career steals … Played an average of 28.2 minutes per contest.

 

Jennifer Wiggins – Inducted 2008
Wiggins was a member and captain of the cross country and track & field teams from 1995-99 ... 1999 NCAA Woman of the Year for North Carolina ... Awarded the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 1999 ... SAC President's Award in 1999 ... Member of SAC Cross Country Championship Team (1997 & 1998) ... Four-time, first team All-SAC (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998) ... First Team All-Region in 1996 ... Three-time Academic All-American ... SAC Scholar Athlete for Cross Country in 1998 ... Four-time member of the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998) ... Chair of the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) in 1998 & 1999 ... NCAA Division II National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (1998 & 1999) ... President of SGA ... Vice President of Delta Zeta National Sorority ... FCA Officer ... Member, National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) ... 2006 SAC Hall of Fame Inductee ... Sports Management Graduate Student of the Year (2001) ... Alpha Chi Honor Society ... Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Sorority Scholarship ... Received Grayson Scholarship at MHC.

 

Buddy Windle - Inducted 2003
Four year starter in football '59-'63. Captain in '60, '62, & '63. Led Mars Hill College to a conference championship in 1959. All-Conference in '59 & '60. Most valuable back '59-'60-'62-'63. MVP in '60, '62, & '63. Member of the M-Club for four years. Outstanding PE major in 1963. Member of the track team in 1962.

 

Art Wood - Inducted 1993
Outstanding all-around athlete during junior college career. Lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and tennis for the Lions in 1942 –43 and 1946 – 47. Defensive back on the 1946 football team that posted 4-3-1 record. Helped lead the basketball team to a 17-7 record in 1946-47. Loyal supporter of Mars Hill Athletics. Member of the Mars Hill College Faculty from 1949- 91.

 

Carroll Wright - Inducted 1987
Inducted into the Mars Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987, charter member. Junior College All-American quarterback at Mars Hill College in 1956. All-Conference baseball at Mars Hill 1957. Over 25 years of successful high school coaching. Led his teams to numerous conference championships and state playoffs.