USA South Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Class

USA South Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Class

The USA South Athletic Conference is pleased to announce its 2018 Hall of Fame Class. The 2018 class includes seven former student-athletes, one of which became a coach. Averett University, Christopher Newport University, Ferrum College and Greensboro 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 Wednesday, June 20, 2018. The 2018 Class will be the ninth group inducted into the League's Hall of Fame.

The members of the 2018 USA South Hall of Fame Class are former Greensboro golfer, Kevin Angle, current Christopher Newport volleyball head coach, Lindsay (Sheppard) Birch, former Christopher Newport volleyball player, Abby Hogge, former Averett men's soccer star, Pekka Kaartinen, former Ferrum baseball standout, Keith Mayhew, former Greensboro golfer, Kevin O'Connell and former Greensboro volleyball standout, Katie (Smith) Davis.

The 2018 USA South Hall of Fame Inductees:


Kevin Angle was a two-time First Team All-American as a member of the Greensboro College men's golf team (1996-1997, 2001-2002). He was the 1997 National Player of the Year and the 1996 National Freshman of the Year. Angle was a four-time All-Conference member, the 1997 League Tournament medalist and the 2002 Conference Player of the Year. In the 2001 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, Angle placed fourth individually. Additionally, he currently holds the Greensboro program record for a single-round lowest score (64). Finally, in 2011, he was inducted into the Greensboro College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Katie (Smith) Davis was a two-time All-American and two-time Conference Player of the Year on the volleyball court for Greensboro College (2002-2005). She was a four-time All-League First Team performer, the 2002 Conference Rookie of the Year and a two-time All-South Region honoree. Davis led the Pride to two Conference Regular Season crowns and made the League All-Tournament Team three times. She currently holds the Conference records for block assists in a match and single-season. In addition, she owns 15 Greensboro program marks in the statistical categories of attacks, kills and blocks. Off the court, Davis was a member of the Academic All-Conference Team and Greensboro AD Honor Roll as well as a two-time recipient of the College's Fred Joseph Award. Finally, in 2012, she was inducted into the Greensboro College Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2014 was selected to the USA South's 50th Anniversary Volleyball team.

Abby Hogge was a four-time All-American while starring on the Christopher Newport University volleyball team (2009-2012). She helped lead the Captains to four NCAA Division III Tournament appearances including the program's first-ever Championship match appearance in 2011. Hogge's teams won four consecutive USA South Regular Season and Tournament titles while amassing a 77-0 record versus League competition during that time. She was a three-time Conference Libero of the Year, a four-time First Team All-Regional performer, a four-time NCAA All-Regional Team member as well as a two-time NCAA National Championship All-Tournament Team selection. Hogge holds the USA South record for career digs (2,515) and compiled the most single-season and career digs in CNU history. Finally, she was a four-time Academic All-Conference member.


Pekka Kaartinen was the first student-athlete in school history to earn All-American honors while on Averett University men's soccer squad (1978-1981). He was a two-time All-American, three-time All-South Region First Team performer and a two-time Conference Player of the Year. Kaartinen helped the Cougars to two League championships as well as three appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Averett also won the 1979 and 1980 Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Association State Championships. He currently holds the Conference record for goals in a career (67) and is tied for the most single-season goals scored (26) in League history. In 1981, Kaartinen was selected to play in the Senior Bowl All-Star soccer match. He is a member of Averett University's 1998 Athletics Hall of Fame class and was selected to the USA South's 50th Anniversary Men's Soccer team in 2014.


Keith Mayhew is only three-time All-American in school history as he starred on the Ferrum College baseball team (1992-1995). As a pitcher, he finished his career with a 34-5 record with five saves and, at the time, set the NCAA Division III career strikeout record with 350 and the single-season mark with 149. He was a three-time First Team All-Region performer and a three-time First Team All-Conference honoree as well as the 1995 Virginia Player of the Year. Mayhew helped the Panthers reach the NCAA Division III Tournament three times. He still holds the program's records for season and career wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and starts. Mayhew concluded is career at Ferrum a season early as he was drafted in the 31st round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Atlanta Braves. He is a member of Ferrum College's 2008 Athletics Hall of Fame class and was selected to the USA South's 50th Anniversary Baseball team in 2014. Sadly, Mayhew passed away in 2015.

Kevin O'Connell was a two-time All-American while on the Greensboro College men's golf team (1998-2002). He was the 2000 NCAA Division III Individual National Champion as his team captured the program's first Division III National Championship. O'Connell remains as the only Pride golfer to win an individual national title. Additionally in 2000, he was named the Arnold Palmer National Division III Golfer of the Year. O'Connell was a three-time All-Conference member and a two-time Academic All-Conference honoree. He was named Mr. Ambassador of Team USA based on sportsmanship, leadership and diplomacy during the USA versus Japan Collegiate Golf Championship. O'Connell collected the 2001 Greensboro Fred Joseph Athletic Award, the 2002 USA South Male Don Scalf Award and was named a Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-American Scholar in 2002. Off the course, O'Connell was Vice-President of Greensboro's Student-Athlete Advisor Committee and an active member of College Golf Fellowship. Finally, in 2010, O'Connell was inducted into the Greensboro College Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2014 he was selected to the USA South's 50th Anniversary Men's Golf team.

Lindsay (Sheppard) Birch was a two-time First Team All-Conference member during her time as a student-athlete (1998-2001) at Christopher Newport University prior to leading the Captains as a coach (2002-2012 in USA South) to ten League Regular Season crowns and nine Conference Tournament championships. As a player, Birch was the 2001 Conference Player of the Year and the League Tournament's most valuable player while helping the Captains to a League tournament title and the program's first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. She is CNU's all-time leader for kills in a career (1,632), season (612) and single match (35). Her #11 jersey was the first to be retired by the Captain volleyball program. While Birch recently concluded her 16th year as CNU's head coach, her 11 seasons in the USA South produced an overall record of 353-83 and a 165-8 mark versus Conference competition. Additionally, Birch's teams won the final 109 matches they played against League opposition. She sent nine teams to the NCAA Division III Tournament, won four NCAA Regional Championships and reached the final four twice. In 2008, Birch became the youngest coach in NCAA History to reach 200 wins. Birch was a ten-time USA South Coach of the Year, an 11-time VaSID Coach of the Year and two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Regional Coach of the Year. Since departing the Conference in 2013, Birch has led her Captains to the NCAA Tournament each season, reaching the National Quarterfinals in 2014, and four Capital Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships. She has also grabbed another three Conference Coach of the Year awards. Finally, entering the 2017 season, Birch was ranked as the 24th winningest, by percentage, Division III head coach of all time.


2018 USA South Hall of Fame Inductees
Kevin Angle, Greensboro College - Student-Athlete
Lindsay (Sheppard) Birch, Christopher Newport University - Student-Athlete/Coach
Katie (Smith) Davis, Greensboro College - Student-Athlete
Abby Hogge, Christopher Newport University - Student-Athlete
Pekka Kaartinen, Averett University - Student-Athlete
Keith Mayhew, Ferrum College - Student-Athlete
Kevin O'Connell, Greensboro College - Student-Athlete


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