USA South Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Class

USA South Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Class

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) - The USA South Athletic Conference is pleased to announce its 2015 Hall of Fame Class.

The 2015 class includes four former student-athletes, one of which who will be inducted as an ambassador to the Conference. Greensboro College, Methodist University and N.C. 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 Methodist University on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

 



The 2015 USA South Hall of Fame Inductees:

STUDENT-ATHLETES 

Michael Brewington was a three-time All-American while starring on the Methodist University baseball team (1985-1989). He was named All-Conference in each of his four seasons on the diamond. Additionally, Brewington helped the Monarchs capture two Conference championships and earn two trips to the Division III World Series. In 1988, Brewington led the nation in RBIs with 71. He currently holds the Methodist career records for RBIs (231), doubles (54), home runs (33) and walks (160). His RBI total is also a Conference career record. Brewington was drafted and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1989 and was an All-Star at the Rookie, Class Single-A and high Single-A levels. In 2005, he was inducted into the Methodist University Athletics Hall of Fame. Finally, in 2013, Brewington was named to the USA South's 50th Anniversary Baseball Team.

   

Laura Lee Brown was a two-time All-American, a four-time All-Conference performer and the 1990 Conference Player of the Year while leading the Greensboro College volleyball squad to two Conference Regular Season and Tournament championships during her career (1987-1990). In 1991, Brown received several athletic and academic honors including the NCAA Woman of the Year from Hanes Her Way. She was also named the NCAA/Sara Lee Female Athlete of the Year. Brown currently holds school records for kills and service aces in a five-set match, blocks in a four-set match, seasonal and career kills per match average and is one of five players to have recorded a triple-double in program history. In 1991, Brown was inducted into the Greensboro College Athletics Hall of Fame. Finally, in 2005, she was named to the USA South's 25th Anniversary of Women's Athletics Team and in 2013 was a part of the USA South's 50th Anniversary Volleyball Team.

   
Julie Duerler was a three-time All-American, the first in program history, and a four-time All-Conference selection as she led the N.C. Wesleyan College women's soccer program to three NCAA Tournament appearances during her career (1990-1993). In 1992, Duerler was named the Conference Player of the Year as she helped the Bishops earn a share of the Conference title. She became the first Bishop women's soccer player to have her jersey retired. Off the field, Duerler was named N.C. Wesleyan’s Student-Athlete of the Year three times, while earning honors as a three-time Adidas Scholar-Athlete. She graduated in 1994 with a double-major in Biology and Chemistry and subsequently won a grant to study veterinary medicine at Ohio State University. In 2005, Duerler was named to the USA South's 25th Anniversary of Women's Athletics Team, in 2006 she was inducted into the N.C. Wesleyan College Athletics Hall of Fame and finally, in 2013, Duerler was a part of the USA South's 50th Anniversary Women's Soccer Team.
   
AMBASSADOR
Becky Burleigh was a three-time All-Conference honoree for the Methodist University women's soccer team (1985-1989). As a senior, she earned Team Most Valuable Player accolades and was named to the All-South Region Team. Burleigh assisted the Monarchs to four Conference championships, three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and a trip to the 1988 Final Four. After her playing days concluded, she embarked on what has become an extremely successful coaching career. At NAIA-member Berry College, she captured two National Championships and two NAIA National Coach of the Year awards. At NCAA Division I-member University of Florida, Burleigh's team won the 1998 National Championship as she earned National Coach of the Year honors. While at Florida, Burleigh has led her teams to 13 Southeastern Conference Regular Season titles and ten tournament championships while collecting five Conference Coach of the Year awards. Currently, Burleigh is the third-winningest NCAA Division I coach of all time with 410 victories. In 1999, she was inducted into the Methodist University Athletics Hall of Fame and in 2013, Burleigh was named to the USA South's 50th Anniversary Women's Soccer Team.
   

 

2015 USA South Hall of Fame Inductees
Michael Brewington, Methodist University - Student-Athlete
Laura Lee Brown, Greensboro College - Student-Athlete
Becky Burleigh, Methodist University - Ambassador
Julie Duerler, N.C. Wesleyan College - Student-Athlete
 
Current USA South Hall of Fame Members
Class of 2014
Patrick Daly, Ferrum College - Student-Athlete
Jansen Evans, Methodist University - Student-Athlete
Vesa Hiltunen, Averett University - Administrator
Joe Pereira, Methodist University - Coach
Rob Pilewski, Methodist University - Student-Athlete
Anne Thorpe, Methodist University - Student-Athlete
 
Class of 2013
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
 
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