USA South Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class

USA South Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) - The USA South Athletic Conference is pleased to announce its 2013 Hall of Fame Class.

The 2013 class includes two former student-athletes, one coach and two administrators. Christopher Newport University, Greensboro College, Methodist University and North Carolina Wesleyan College are each represented in this year's class.

The inductees will be officially honored and recognized during a ceremony on the campus of Greensboro College on Sunday, May 5, 2013.

The 2013 USA South Hall of Fame Inductees:

STUDENT-ATHLETES

Greg Clark was the North Carolina Wesleyan College baseball program's first-ever All-American during his time on the diamond (1979-1982). He was a four-time All-Conference performer, a two-time N.C. Wesleyan Male Athlete of the Year and the 1981 NCAA Regional Tournament Most Valuable Player. Clark then garnered NCAA Regional and World Series All-Tournament team honors in 1982, in addition to being named the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Clark still holds the NCAA Division III record for career stolen bases with 202. He went on to play in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization before returning to the Rocky Mount, North Carolina area to begin a 30-year career as a teacher/coach with the Nash/Rocky Mount school system. Clark currently is the Head Junior Varsity Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach of the N.C. Wesleyan baseball program. In 1999, he was inducted into the N.C. Wesleyan College Athletics Hall of Fame.

Rebecca Morton, a star on the Methodist University women’s soccer team (1991-1994), is a two-time NCAA Division III All-American. Morton was a four-year starter who helped lead the Monarchs to three Conference Championships and two NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. She was a four-time All-Conference honoree and two-time (1993, 1994) Conference Player of the Year. Morton is currently ranked second in the Methodist women's soccer career record book with 30 goals and 68 points. In 2007, she was inducted into the Methodist University Athletics Hall of Fame.

   

COACH

 

Robert Linville served as head coach of the Greensboro College (1995-2006) men's golf program for 12 seasons. He was named Conference Coach of the Year four times and NCAA Division III Coach of the Year twice. In 2000, Linville led The Pride to the program's first NCAA Division III National Championship. Additionally in 2000, he was chosen to coach the United States College All Star team in its annual competition against Japan, an honor that would be repeated in 2006. In 2002, Linville's squad captured the Conference Championship. During his coaching career, Linville coached 12 All-Americans, 19 All-South Region honorees, two National Players of the Year, one National Freshman of the Year and one National Champion. A standout golfer himself, Linville was an All-American at Guilford College and played professionally for seven years before devoting himself to teaching full-time. In 2008, Linville was inducted into the Greensboro College Athletics Hall of Fame.

   

ADMINISTRATORS

 

William Ariail served Greensboro College as Director of Physical Education and Athletics for 18 years (1959-1977). He also served as Physical Education Department Chair, Athletic Director and Coach at Louisburg Junior College prior to joining the Greensboro faculty. Ariail served as Greensboro's first Director of Athletics and Head Men's Basketball Coach. He was instrumental in Greensboro's arrival into the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as the institution began play in the league in 1966 as the Conference's seventh member. In 1968, Ariail was named Conference Coach of the Year as he led Greensboro to the program's first-ever League men's basketball title. In 2000, Ariail was inducted into the Greensboro College Athletics Hall of Fame. Ariail passed away in 2007, leaving an enduring memory of service to The Pride athletic program.

Bev Vaughan served Christopher Newport University as Director of Athletics and Head Men's Basketball Coach for 20 years (1967-1987). As athletic director, he founded the athletic program and built it into a solid and respected Division III institution. Vaughan also led the Captains into the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as the institution began play in the league in 1972. As CNU's first men's basketball coach in 1967, he led the program for 14 seasons. During the 1979-80 season, Vaughan guided the Captains to the program's first-ever Conference Regular Season championship and earned League Coach of the Year honors. In 1981, he was named Peninsula Sports Club (Va.) Man of the Year. In 1989, Vaughan was a member of the Charter Class of the Christopher Newport University Athletics Hall of Fame.

 

2013 USA South Hall of Fame Inductees
William Ariail, Greensboro College - Administrator
Greg Clark, N.C. Wesleyan College - Student-Athlete
Robert Linville, Greensboro College - Coach
Rebecca Morton, Methodist University - Student-Athlete
Bev Vaughan, Christopher Newport University - Administrator
 
Current USA South Hall of Fame Members
Class of 2012
Raymond (Moe) Bauer, N.C. Wesleyan College - Administrator
David Holmes, Methodist University - Student-Athlete
Abe Naff, Ferrum College - Coach
Brenda LaFlamme West, Averett University - Student-Athlete
C.J. Woollum, Christopher Newport University - Coach
 
Class of 2011
Wayne Block, Christopher Newport University - Administrator
Clarence Caldwell, Greensboro College - Student-Athlete
James Locke, Greensboro College - Coach
Andrew McMurray, Greensboro College - Student-Athlete
Roger Taylor, N.C. Wesleyan College - Student-Athlete
 
Class of 2010
Tom Austin, Methodist University - Coach
Karen Barefoot, Christopher Newport University - Student-Athlete
Elena Blanina, Methodist University - Student-Athlete
Chad Collins, Methodist University - Student-Athlete
Steve Conley, Methodist University - Coach
Mike Fox, N.C. Wesleyan College - Coach
Eric Owens, Ferrum College - Student-Athlete
Don Scalf, N.C. Wesleyan College - Administrator
Lamont Strothers, Christopher Newport University - Student-Athlete
Billy Wagner, Ferrum College - Student-Athlete