USA South Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Class

USA South Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Class

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) - The USA South Athletic Conference is pleased to announce its 2016 Hall of Fame Class.

The 2016 class includes four former student-athletes, one former coach and one administrator. Christopher Newport University, Greensboro College, Methodist University, N.C. Wesleyan College and the USA South Athletic Conference Office 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 1, 2016.


The 2016 USA South Hall of Fame Inductees:

  Steve Artis was a two-time All-American while starring on the Christopher Newport University men's basketball team (1989-1993). He also was named All-District three times and the 1992-93 All-State Player of the Year. Artis was a two-time Conference Player of the Year, a four-time All-Conference selection and a three-time All-Tournament Team honoree. He helped the Captains capture two Regular Season and Tournament Conference championships and earn three trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Artis finished his career as Division III's all-time leader in assists and assist average. Currently, he holds USA South records for free throw attempts and steals in a game, steals in a single-season as well as steals and assists in a career. Artis sits second on CNU's all-time scoring list behind current USA South Hall of Fame inductee Lamont Strothers. Once his collegiate career had concluded he spent time playing professionally in Australia. Finally, in 1999, Artis was inducted into the Christopher Newport University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Mike Grimsley was a two-time All-American, a two-time All-Conference performer and Conference Player of the Year twice while leading the Greensboro College men's soccer squad to the 1989 Conference Regular Season and Tournament championships during his career (1989-1991). Grimsley finished his time on the collegiate pitch as the Conference leader in single-season and career points and assists. In 1989, Grimsley helped his team reach the NCAA Division III National Championship game. In 1990, he was the recipient of the Fred Joseph Award which recognizes the top Male Student-Athlete at Greensboro College. Additionally, Grimsley was named to the Who's Who Among Students in America College and Universities list. Finally, in 1991, he was inducted into the Greensboro College Athletics Hall of Fame and in 2013 was a part of the USA South's 50th Anniversary Men's Soccer Team.
Ryan Jenkins captured three NCAA Division III National Championships as a member and team captain of the Methodist University men's golf team (1991-1995). He was a two-time Individual NCAA Division III National Champion, earning the title in both 1993 and 1995. Jenkins was a three-time First Team All-American, two-time All-Conference performer, the 1993 Conference Player of the Year and the 1995 Conference Tournament Medalist. In 1993, he represented the United States as a Division III Delegate in matches versus Japan. Additionally during that season, Jenkins was named the NCAA Division III National Player of the Year. Finally, in 2011, Jenkins was inducted into the Methodist University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Trish Parker was a two-time All-American during her time with the N.C. Wesleyan College women's soccer program (1991-1994). She was a four-time All-Conference performer, a four-time member of the All-South Region Team and the 1994 NCAA Division III National Player of the Year. Parker helped the Bishops to two Conference championships and three berths into the NCAA Division III Tournament. In 1995, she was named N.C. Wesleyan's Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year. Parker currently is just one of two Bishop women's soccer players to have their jersey number retired joining current USA South Hall of Fame member Julie Duerler. Finally, in 2007, she was inducted into the N.C. Wesleyan College Athletics Hall of Fame and in 2013 was a part of the USA South's 50th Anniversary Women's Soccer Team.

Jean Lojko served Greensboro College as a head coach of three different sports for a total of 31 years (1982-2013). She was the head women's basketball coach for six seasons, the head women's tennis coach for nine seasons and the head volleyball coach for 31 seasons. Lojko earned Conference Head Coach of the Year six times in the sport of volleyball and once in women's basketball. Nationally, she was the 1985 American Women's Sports Foundation Middle South Basketball Coach of the Year and the 1990 American Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Lojko guided her volleyball squads to seven Conference regular season championships and four tournament crowns. She is the two-time recipient of the Robert L. Lindsey Meritorious Service Award from the Carolina Region of USA Volleyball. Currently, Lojko is ranked 15th in the NCAA Division III Volleyball record book with 649 career victories. In addition to her duties on the court, she served Greensboro as athletic director, senior woman administrator and as an associate professor of physical education. In 2007, Lojko was inducted into the Greensboro College Athletics Hall of Fame while in 2014 she was inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame. Finally, Lojko will join one of her former student-athletes, Laura Lee Brown, in the USA South Hall of Fame as Brown was inducted as a part of the 2015 class.

Rita Wiggs is currently concluding her 16th and final year serving as Commissioner of the USA South Athletic Conference (2000-2016). She was the Conference's first full-time Commissioner in the League's 53-year history. Wiggs led the Conference through a re-branding effort in 2003 which included a logo and name change (Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). At the time of her arrival, the League included eight members in two states but Wiggs has spearheaded the growth of the USA South's footprint to include 13 members in five states. She is responsible for several Conference initiatives which include but are not limited to the 2005 recognition of 25-years of Women's Athletics in the League, the establishment of the USA South Hall of Fame in 2010, the Conference's 50th Anniversary in 2013 and the concept of "sports festivals" which include the conduction of seasonal Conference tournaments in one city. The USA South Presidents and Athletic Director councils recently announced that the current USA South Woman of the Year honor shall be now known as the Rita Wiggs Woman of the Year Award. Prior to her position in the Conference Office, Wiggs served as Head Women's Basketball Coach at Methodist University for 13 years. She then held the position of Athletic Director at Methodist for seven years. In 2014, in recognition of her talents as a stand-out high school and collegiate basketball player in North Carolina, the N.C. High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) celebrated its centennial year by naming Wiggs to the NCHSAA's "100 Female Athletes to Remember” list. Finally, with this USA South induction, Wiggs will enter her fourth Hall of Fame as she is a member of the UNC-Greensboro Athletics Hall of Fame, the Methodist University Athletics Hall of Fame and the Fayetteville, North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.


2016 USA South Hall of Fame Inductees
Steve Artis, Christopher Newport University - Student-Athlete
Mike Grimsley, Greensboro College - Student-Athlete
Ryan Jenkins, Methodist University - Student-Athlete
Jean Lojko, Greensboro College - Coach
Trish Parker, N.C. Wesleyan College - Student-Athlete
Rita Wiggs, USA South Athletic Conference - Administrator
Current USA South Hall of Fame Members
Class of 2015
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
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