Campbell University began recognizing former outstanding athletes and coaches in 1984. Hall of Fame members are listed below. Scroll down to read details about each Hall of Fame member within each HOF class.
(Inducted Apr. 26, 1984)
Gaylord Perry was inducted along with his brother Jim into the Hall of Fame on April 26, 1984. They were the first of Campbell's athletes to receive that honor.
Gaylord attended Campbell from 1958-60. He then moved on to play professional baseball in the major leagues for 22 years.
Gaylord won the Cy Young Award in the American League in 1972 with the Cleveland Indians, and then again in the National League in 1978 with the San Diego Padres to become the first pitcher to win the award in both leagues.
During his career, Gaylord won 314 games and lost 265. He struck out 3,534 batters in 5,351 innings and compiled a 3.10 earned run average.
Gaylord Perry was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York in 1991.
(Inducted Apr. 26, 1984)
Jim Perry was inducted along with his brother Gaylord into the Campbell Sports Hall of Fame on April 26, 1984. They were the first of Campbell's athletes to receive that honor.
Jim attended Campbell from 1956-59. He then went on to play professional ball for 17 years in the American League. During his career, he won 215 games and lost 174, while striking out 1,576 batters in 3,286 innings. He also hurled 32 shutouts and compiled a 3.45 ERA.
Jim won the Cy Young Award in 1970 while playing for the Minnesota Twins. He and Gaylord established a major league record for victories compiled by brothers (529) that was later broken by the sibling tandem of Phil and Joe Niekro.
Fred Emmerson was inducted into the Hall of Fame on April 25, 1985.
While at Campbell, he achieved tremendous success as the head coach of the Camel basketball team, while additionally aiding football head coach Gaffney Smith for two seasons.
Emmerson's first basketball squad reached the conference tournament championship game before losing, and his 1940 squad won the league tournament title.
Under his leadership, the Camels gained the North State Junior College regular season titles in 1940 and 1941.
Richard Murphy was inducted into the Hall of Fame on April 25, 1985. During his four seasons at Campbell, he helped lead the soccer team to a 40-12-4 record and was a member of the first Campbell squad that advanced to the NAIA national tournament.
Murphy earned all-District 29 honors as fullback all four years and gained All-South recognition in his final three years. He was selected All-American following his junior year, becoming Campbell's first senior college athlete to be so honored. Murphy was recognized as the team's best defensive performer in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
He was named MVP after leading Campbell to its first tournament victory in the 1969 Stetson Classic. Murphy was tabbed as Campbell's Outstanding Athlete in 1969.
Earl Smith was inducted into the Hall of Fame in April of 1986. While coaching at Campbell from 1946-53, he directed the Fighting Camel football, basketball, baseball, tennis and cross country teams.
Under Smith's guidance, Campbell won three straight North Carolina Junior College football championships (1946-48). He also led the 1948-49 and 1951-52 basketball teams to the junior college national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Smith graduated from East Carolina and in 1953, returned to coach there. After a successful tenure at ECU, he was inducted into the Pirate Hall of Fame in 1977.
Bob Vernon was inducted into the Hall of Fame in April of 1986. During his stay at Campbell, he led the Camels to two straight North Carolina Junior College basketball championships.
Vernon was selected most valuable player in the state junior college tourney in both 1955 and 1956 and capped his Camel career with a 33-point effort in the '56 junior college tournament title game against Chowan.
Campbell basketball had a record of 44-5 during Vernon's two years and he was named honorable mention junior college All-American in 1956.
Cal Koonce was inducted into the Hall of Fame in October 1987.
Koonce played both basketball and baseball for Campbell from 1959-61 and earned Junior College All-America honors as a pitcher in 1960.
Following the 1961 season, he signed a professional contract with the Chicago Cubs and pitched 10 years in the majors with the Cubs, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox. He was a member of the 1969 World Series Champion "Miracle Mets."
In addition to his professional endeavors, Koonce made Campbell history as the Camels' all-time winningest baseball coach by compiling a seven-year mark of 174-123-1, and a school record .568 winning percentage.
During his tenure at Campbell, beginning in 1980, 11 of his players went on to sign pro contracts.
Len Maness was inducted into the Hall of Fame in October of 1987. He played basketball and baseball for Campbell from 1952-54. He helped lead the Camels to the national junior college tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1954 and earned honorable mention All-America recognition that season.
Maness began a distinguished prep coaching career in 1957 and guided the Williamston baseball team that boasted future Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry to the state championship finals.
Maness' basketball squads won over 300 games during his tenure in the preps, while he guided five Fayetteville Terry Sanford High School teams to the Class 4-A state playoffs. During his brilliant coaching career, Maness had the unique distinction of leading teams to the state championship finals in baseball, basketball and football.
A 1988 inductee into the Hall of Fame, Jim Bromley graduated from Campbell in July 1977.
He was the NAIA national golf champion as a senior in 1977 and led the Camels to a third place finish in the national tournament. Bromley's individual title also led Campbell to a regional championship in '77.
The Pennsylvania native went on to play in the Florida Mini Tour and he also won a pair of professional tournaments in Bermuda.
Jay Overton was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 1, 1988. He was NAIA national golf champion in 1973 and helped the Camels to a second-place finish in the nationals while earning All-America recognition.
Overton led Campbell to the 1972 NAIA national tournament as well and was an honorable mention All-American that season.
Overton went on to compete in PGA events and has served in the capacity of assistant and head pro, as well as director and vice president of golf courses such as Pinehurst Country Club, Tamarron and Innisbrook.
Don Prince was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 1, 1988. He played both baseball and basketball for Campbell from 1956-58 and was named "Most Athletic" of the Class of '58.
In 1958, Prince signed contract with the Chicago Cubs and he played professionally for seven seasons. A right-handed pitcher, he rose through the ranks of the Cubs minor league system and pitched for the parent club in 1962.
He developed arm problems and was forced to quit baseball in 1965.
Mike Reidy was inducted into the Fall of Fame on October 1, 1988. He was a basketball standout for the Camels from 1960-64 and served as the team's captain his final three seasons.
Reidy scored 1,610 points during his career and was a key factor in Campbell's smooth transition from junior college play to senior college competition during the 1961-62 season.
Archie Brigman was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 7, 1989. He entered Campbell in 1946 following three years of duty in the United States Navy (1943-46).
While at Campbell, Brigman earned three letters in football and an additional two monograms in baseball. He served as co-captain of the 1948 football team and earned all-conference recognition that year. He went on to Elon College after receiving his associate degree, and was a starting halfback on the football team while twice earning all-conference recognition in baseball.
A resident of Falcon, Brigman coached on the prep level for 20 years and served as a principal in the Cumberland County Schools for 15 years before retiring. He is also a recipient of Campbell's Alumni Service Award.
Jim Gurkin was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 7, 1989.
An NAIA All-America golfer, he was a four-year letterwinner for the Camels. Gurkin helped lead the 1969 team to a fifth place finish in the national tournament and was twice named team MVP.
A member of the Professional Golfers Association and the United States Golf Association, Gurkin played tournament golf in the Carolinas since 1972. He won and placed in a number of Pro-Ams and qualified for the National Club Professionals Tournament.
Don Laird was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 7, 1989. Laird, who graduated in 1977, was a starting guard on the Fighting Camel club that advanced to the NAIA finals in Kansas City, Missouri.
Chosen the Best Defensive Player and a tri-captain as a senior, Laird was also the recipient of the Charles Stevenson Hustle Award at the national tournament where Campbell became the first unseeded team in the 40-year history of the event to reach the finals.
The New York State native went on to earn a Ph.D. from Wake Forest in 1983 in biochemistry.
Sam Brewer was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 6, 1990.
A 1971 graduate, he was a three-time NAIA golf All-American, finishing in the top 10 of the NAIA National Tournament three times as well.
In addition, the Raleigh native helped lead Campbell to the 1970 NAIA national championship when he finished seventh individually.
Since graduation, Brewer has played professionally on the Florida Mini Tour and the New Zealand Tour, and has served both as an assistant and head teaching professional.
A native of New York, Rob Cole was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 6, 1990. He graduated from Campbell in 1975 after lettering in three varsity sports.
A four-time qualifier for the NAIA National Wrestling Championships, Cole won four Region 4 titles, was a three-time NAIA District 8 champion, and posted a 108-8 won-lost record.
He was also a starting halfback on the men's soccer team that won the 1974 District 29 championship and lettered one season in cross country.
Cole went on to a high school coaching career in Maryland from 1981-85 where at least one of his wrestlers qualified for the state championships each season.
"Buck" Hardee was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 6, 1990.
He starred both in baseball and football while at Campbell from 1948-49, hitting .400 for the '48 baseball squad and receiving all-state recognition on the football field as the Camels' team captain in 1949.
After furthering his education at East Carolina, Hardee began one of the most storied and respected coaching careers in North Carolina Athletics.
From 1959-84, he served as head coach of Wilmington's American Legion Post 10 baseball team and led his clubs to a 524-267-3 record that included five state championships and two state runner-up finishes.
In 1971, Hardee was inducted into the American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame.
From 1964-88, he led the New Hanover High baseball team to a record of 396-133-1, 13 conference championships and two state runner-up showings.
Wilmington's municipal baseball facility was named in Hardee's honor in 1984.
Howard Auman was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 5, 1991. A native of West End, he attended Campbell from 1941-42, and again in 1946 after serving his country in World War II.
During his stay at Campbell, he lettered both in basketball and baseball, and went on to a professional baseball career. Auman was selected as an All-Star in the Tobacco State League, the South Atlantic League, and the Texas League, and also played for Los Angeles in the Pacific Coast League.
After retiring from the professional ranks in 1951, he coached on the semi-professional level.
Walter Deal was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 5, 1991.
He was a star on Campbell's football and basketball teams during his stint in Buies Creek, earning three letters in football and an additional two letters in basketball. Deal served as co-captain of the Camel football squad and received all-conference honors in 1947 and 1948.
In addition, he was a team captain and an all-state performer in both of his varsity basketball seasons (1946 and 1947). In 1947, he grabbed a North Carolina Junior College all-tournament selection as part of his many athletic honors.
George Graybill was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 3, 1992.
Attending Campbell from 1948-50, he was a three-sport standout, earning letters in football, basketball and baseball. He served as team captain for all three sports during the 1949-50 season.
Among the highlights of Graybill's career was leading the Fighting Camels to the 1949 National Junior College Basketball Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Following his playing career, Graybill went on to coach and teach in the Roanoke, Virginia area schools.
Charles Koonce was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 3, 1992.
He attended Campbell from 1961-64 and was a four-year starter on the baseball team. The three-year co-captain holds the distinction of being the only Camel player to bat over .400 on both the junior college and senior college levels. Koonce was never caught stealing and committed only two errors in his four-year career. He earned the Herbert Taylor Outstanding Player Award in 1963 and as a senior in '64, led the team in seven offensive categories.
Following graduation, he played semi-professional ball in the Border Belt League.
Since then, he became an educational leader in the Fayetteville area, establishing an award and scholarship that recognizes the academic excellence of local high school teams and players.
Bruce Shelley was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 3, 1992. He graduated from Campbell in 1957 and furthered his education at East Carolina, finishing there in 1958.
Shelley began his coaching career at Angier High School in 1959. He then went on to Methodist College where from 1969-77 he led the Monarchs to three Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference baseball championships and one co-championship.
While at Methodist, Shelley was honored four times as DIAC Coach of the Year and tabbed once as NAIA District Coach of the Year. He was also honored once as Coach of the Year by the American Association of College Baseball Coaches.
Don Whaley was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 3, 1992. Attending Campbell from 1973-77, he starred on the Fighting Camel basketball team that advanced to the championship game of the 1977 NAIA national tournament.
Whaley, who was named to the all-tournament team, helped Campbell become the first-ever unseeded team to reach the NAIA title game.
As a senior forward, Whaley scored 538 points, an average of 16.3 per game, as the Camels posted a 23-10 record. He scored 1,118 points during his career.
Following graduation, Whaley went on to play professionally in Canada. In addition, he was named to the Class A All-World Softball Team in 1980, '82, '83, '84, '86 and '88.
Billy Williams was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 3, 1992. He attended Campbell from 1978-82 and was the school's number one singles and doubles tennis player, earning a 100-75 combined record.
Williams was selected as team captain and Most Valuable Player in his senior season. Following his collegiate playing career, he coached the Camel men's tennis squad to a 65-37 record from 1983-85.
Now a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association, Williams has won numerous open tennis championships. He was selected by the UPSET Southern Division as the 1990 South Carolina Tennis Professional of the Year.
Ronda Langdon was inducted on October 2, 1993 as the first female member of Campbell's Sports Hall of Fame. Langdon graduated from Campbell in 1982 after a standout two-sport career.
She was selected all-state both in basketball and softball. In addition, she was voted Campbell's Outstanding Athlete for her final three years, an unprecedented feat.
During her career, Langdon scored 1,276 points, the second-highest total in Lady Camel history at the time, and grabbed 904 rebounds, which established a school record.
Following graduation, she served as an assistant women's basketball coach under Wanda Watkins and also was head coach of the softball team. She then went on to become head coach of South Johnston High School's basketball and track teams.
Billy Mason was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 2, 1993. He graduated from Campbell in 1949 after a standout two-sport career with the Fighting Camels.
Mason led the basketball team in scoring in both of his seasons at Campbell and helped the 1949 squad to the national junior college tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
He was twice selected all-state and all-state tournament and was an honorable mention Junior College All-America basketball player in 1949.
On the football field, Mason was a standout offensive end and defensive halfback.
Mason served in the public education field for 37 years as a coach, principal and associate superintendent of the New Hanover County School System before retiring in 1988.
James Sessoms was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 2, 1993. The native of Erwin graduated from Campbell in 1938.
He won 12 letters at Erwin High School before attending Campbell where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball.
Coached by Gaffney Smith and Clarence Stasavich, Sessoms was named captain of both the football and baseball teams during his sophomore year when he led the football squad to a state runner-up showing. That same year he also batted .445 on the baseball team, a mark that stands among the best in school history.
After serving his country in the United States Navy during World War II, Sessoms entered the business community in Mount Airy and Maryville, Tennessee.
Gary Woodward was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 2, 1993. A 1972 Campbell graduate, Woodward is the most prolific scorer in both school and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) men's soccer history.
He scored a national record 117 goals while playing for Coach Jim "Catfish" Cole's teams from 1968-71. Woodward also produced 78 assists in only 67 career games.
A three-time All-South performer, Woodward led the NAIA District 29 in scoring in each of his four varsity seasons. He led the Camels to their first-ever berths in the NAIA National Tournament in 1969 and 1970.
Woodward is still active in soccer both as a coach and organizer of the highly-regarded Richmond, Virginia Strikers youth teams.
A native of Garner, Wayne Dale was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 1, 1994.
He was one of the greatest catchers in Campbell baseball history. Dale's .374 career batting average still ranks second-highest in Fighting Camel history since the program joined the NCAA Division I ranks in 1978.
During his senior year (1982), Dale ranked 20th nationally in batting average (.423), was seventh in home runs (16) and sixth in runs batted in (61).
He was drafted in the 16th round by the Texas Rangers following his junior season, but returned to school to complete his trust management degree.
Dale played a year of pro ball in the Cleveland Indians organization after being selected in the 24th round of the 1982 draft.
Marion Hargrove was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 1, 1994.
A native of Virginia, Hargrove lettered in both baseball and basketball for the Fighting Camels from 1954-56. In 1955 and '56, he was an all-district performer and led the basketball team in rebounding.
On the diamond, he was an all-district catcher in 1956.
Following graduation, he went on to Elon College where he was an all-conference and all-district baseball choice.
After his playing days, Hargrove served 31 years as an educator in the Bedford, Virginia County Schools.
Hank Currin was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 7, 1995.
The Angier native attended Campbell from 1940-41 and was a standout on the baseball team. An outfielder, Currin led Coach Gaffney Smith's squad with a .413 batting average in 1941. He then served his country in World War II as an aerial photographer with the United States Air Corps in England and France.
Named for the University's founder, James Archibald Campbell, Currin moved to Dunn in 1948 and became a successful businessman and community leader.
Fred McCall was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 7, 1995. He joined the Campbell athletic staff in 1953 and over the next 16 years guided the men's basketball team to a 221-104 record. He directed the teams to five state junior college championships in eight years and also led the Camels through their first eight years of competition on the senior college level.
His legacy lives through the Campbell Basketball School and the McCall Rebounder, an instructional device used by coaches in all 50 states to teach proper rebounding technique.
After resigning his basketball and athletic director duties in 1969, McCall served as a vice president at Campbell until his retirement in 1986.
A native of Denver, N.C., Coach McCall was inducted to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in June 1994.
Fred Whitfield was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 7, 1995. A member of Campbell's first NCAA Division I men's basketball team, the Greensboro native still ranks among the all-time career scoring leaders for Fighting Camel basketball.
A three-year letterman, Whitfield established the school's NCAA Division I scoring record during his tenure.
Following graduation, he served as assistant basketball coach for two seasons while completing his M.B.A. Whitfield, who earned his J.D. from North Carolina Central University, presently is a sports attorney employed by one of the country's top management firms.
Whitfield also operates a summer basketball camp for needy youth in Greensboro that attracts over a dozen NBA players each year.
Inducted October 5, 1996, Sam Bishop was a two-sport standout for the Fighting Camels from 1961-64.
Coached by Fred McCall on Campbell's last junior college state championship basketball team in 1961, Bishop also starred for Coach Hargrove B. Davis' baseball squads. He holds the distinction of playing in Campbell's first ever senior college games in both baseball and basketball.
He was also the first Camel basketball player to dunk the ball during a regulation game.
The right-handed pitcher tossed a no-hitter against North Carolina Wesleyan and struck out 24 batters in the process. Bishop pitched for two seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals' minor league organization.
After retiring from professional baseball, Bishop has worked for the last three decades as a manager in the materials department for Hoeganaes Corporation.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 5, 1996, Antoinette Matthews Flowers was selected first-team NAIA All-American following both the 1985 and 1986 seasons in basketball and in doing so, became the school's first female All-American.
A four-year letter winner in basketball and softball, she was honored as Campbell's Outstanding Female Athlete and basketball team MVP three times. During her playing career, Flowers set school records for most points (1,597) and rebounds (1,028) in a career.
She still holds the school mark for most points in a game with 40 against Pembroke State during her junior year.
Following graduation, she served as an assistant coach in the Lady Camel program and has since served as an assistant at Elizabeth City State and Norfolk State.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 5, 1996, Horace A. (Bones) McKinney is one of the most recognized names in college basketball history. A standout player at North Carolina State, the University of North Carolina and with the Boston Celtics of the NBA, McKinney is best known as head basketball coach at Wake Forest from 1957-65.
While serving as an assistant coach at Wake Forest, McKinney joined with Campbell head coach Fred McCall in 1954 to found the Campbell Basketball School, which grew into the nation's oldest and largest summer basketball camp.
A 1970 inductee to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, McKinney guided the Demon Deacons to a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference Championships and five berths in the ACC Tournament finals in eight years. McKinney's 1962 Wake Forest team advanced to the NCAA Tournament Final Four.
An ordained Baptist minister, McKinney left Wake Forest following the 1965 season and entered the sports broadcasting profession, where he served as a color commentator on ACC basketball telecasts until 1986. In 1969, he returned to the bench as head coach of the newly-formed Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association and remained in the coaching ranks for two seasons.
James "Catfish" Cole was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 4, 1997. After starting the Campbell program in 1963, Cole led the Campbell Camels to three NAIA National Tournament appearances (1969, 1970, 1975) in his 13 years as head men's soccer coach and a 138-48-7 record.
He was the first-ever recipient of the NAIA Soccer Coach of the Year award in 1970, and was presented a Meritorious Achievement Award by the NAIA for his contributions to collegiate soccer in 1976. A native of Cullowhee, Cole (Class of '56) lettered in basketball and baseball at Campbell.
John T. Johnson ('43) was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 4, 1997. A star on the Harnett County American Legion baseball team that advanced to the state finals in 1939, Johnson played on Campbell's basketball and baseball teams from 1940-42 while he was still a high school student.
He played on the 1941 North State Junior College championship basketball team and was an outfielder on the baseball squad.
After serving in the Air Force, He returned to Harnett County, where he began a 30-year stint as a clerk in the Buies Creek post office while also maintaining the family dairy farm.
Ollie Harrell ('54) was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 3, 1998. A native of Colerain, N.C., was a standout forward on the Campbell basketball team.
He played in the dedication game for Carter Gymnasium on Feb. 20, 1953 against the Wake Forest freshman squad. In addition, Harrell and his teammates won the 1954 NCJCAA conference title and advanced to the National Tournament at Hutchinson, Kansas.
Harrell was presented the Scholarship-Athletic Trophy both in 1953 and 1954 for attaining the highest grade-point average among all athletes. He was also an Honor Society and Monogram Club member.
He went on to earn a B.S. in pharmacy from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1957 and worked as a pharmacist for three decades.
Frances Lloyd ('47) was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 3, 1998. A 35-year member of the physical education faculty at Campbell, she began the varsity women's tennis program in 1972.
During her 18 years as head coach, she guided her teams to 184 victories and successfully oversaw the program's transition from AIAW to NAIA to the NCAA Division I level. Her teams compiled winning records 14 times in her 18 years in charge of the squad.
She was presented a Certificate of Achievement from the North Carolina Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health during Campbell's 1995 National Girls and Women In Sports Day ceremonies.
The granddaughter of Campbell University founder, Dr. James A. Campbell, Lloyd played on the Campbell basketball teams during high school and junior college. She received her B.S. degree from UNC Greensboro ('49) and M.A.T. from UNC-Chapel Hill ('66).
A guard on some of Campbell's finest basketball teams in the late 1960s, Ken Faulkner went on to become one of the greatest coaches in New Jersey high school basketball history.
Faulkner was a four-year starter for Coach Fred McCall's and Coach Danny Roberts' Fighting Camels. During his junior and senior years, he helped the club to back-to-back 20-win seasons and NAIA District 29 championships.
In 1970, the Camels won 24 games and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament.
Following graduation in 1970, Faulkner returned to his native New Jersey and began a teaching and coaching career. He was named varsity boys basketball coach at Burlington Township High School and went on to build one of the premier programs in the state. In 24 seasons as a head coach, Faulkner's clubs won 522 games, 11 conference titles, seven South Jersey crowns and three state championships. His 1987 team posted a 31-0 record and is still considered one of the greatest teams in South Jersey basketball history.
Before retiring from coaching in 1995, Faulkner received numerous honors during his career. He has been inducted into the Riverside High School, South Jersey Coaches, New Jersey Coaches and Basketball Club of South Jersey Halls of Fame. He was also presented the New Jersey Interscholastic Coaches Association's Honor Award.
One of the greatest players in Lady Camel basketball history, Regina McKeithan Wadsworth ended her career in 1988 as the most prolific scorer in school history. She still ranks fourth all-time in scoring with 1591 points and third with 912 rebounds in Campbell women's basketball history.
In 98 career games, Wadsworth averaged 16.2 points and 9.3 rebounds. She still holds the school record for free throws attempted (570). In addition, her single game marks for field goals attempted (31) and free throws made (19) and attempted (20) still stand. Her career-high 38-point performance vs. Radford in 1987 remains the second-highest, single-game scoring mark in Lady Camel history.
As a senior, Wadsworth earned second-team Fast Break All-America honors and was voted the Big South Conference Tournament MVP. A two-time All-Big South Conference selection, Wadsworth played on teams that won 82 games in four seasons. She was selected as Big South Conference Player of the Year in 1987.
Wadsworth was chosen Campbell's Outstanding Female Athlete following both her junior and senior years. She ranked among the nation's top scorers (23.4) and rebounders (10.0) in 1988 and was selected team MVP for the second time that year.
Wadsworth went on to play professionally with Nissan Sporting in Luxembourg in January 1989. She averaged 21 points an outing with the team. She earned her B.B.A. from Campbell in 1988.
Not only is Dave Amsler one of the greatest soccer players in Campbell history, but he has continued to share his love of the game as one of the country's top youth soccer coaches. Selected Team Most Valuable Player in each of his four years at Campbell, Amsler was a three-time All-South Region choice while playing for Coach Jim "Catfish" Cole.
During his junior year in 1968, Amsler set a school record that still stands with four assists in one game. In his senior campaign, he served as a captain and led the Fighting Camels to a school record 16 victories, the program's first NAIA District and Area championships, and a fifth-place finish in the NAIA National Tournament. During his career, the Fighting Camels posted 40 wins and four ties, while losing only 13 times.
Involved as a youth soccer coach for the last 32 years, the West Chester, Pa., native was one of the first 50 coaches in the country to receive a United States Soccer Federation "A" license, when he completed the requirements in 1975.
In 1976, Amsler founded the Richmond Strikers soccer club and served as its director through 1985.
Currently, he serves as President of Total Soccer, Ltd., and as Director of Coaching for FC Richmond, a 1,500 member youth soccer club in Richmond, Va. For two decades, Amsler also served as an Olympic Development Region I staff boys coach and an ODP Virginia boys and girls staff coach.
In addition, eight of his former players have earned national team roster spots, 16 have gone on to play professionally and 250 have gone on to play on the collegiate level at 85 different colleges and universities. Three professional coaches have also passed through Amsler's programs.
Amsler earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1970 in health and physical education. He and his wife Joan are parents of seven children.
In 18 years as Director of Athletics at Campbell, Wendell Carr was instrumental in the Fighting Camel program's elevation from NAIA to NCAA Division I status, the rise of women's athletics at the school, and the formation of and alignment with a conference that held automatic berths in NCAA Championships.
From the time of his arrival in Buies Creek in the fall of 1974 through his retirement in the summer of 1992, Carr oversaw some of the school's most notable athletics achievements. After Campbell advanced to the 1977 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics men's basketball championship game, the school then moved to Division I competition the next fall. Carr also established the Fighting Camel Club, the University's athletic booster organization, and was one of the driving forces behind the formation of the Big South Conference.
His earnest efforts paid off with Campbell's charter membership in the Big South, a league of which he wrote the constitution and by-laws. In eight years, he served two terms as league vice-president and also sat as the conference's secretary.
His impact on women's varsity athletics at Campbell was profound. During Carr's tenure, the University added six women's sports – softball, cross country, volleyball, track and field, golf and soccer.
Carr also played a large role in the addition of new playing sites on campus, including the Marion and Mary Eakes Athletic Complex that includes the Campbell Soccer Stadium and Softball Field, plus the James R. Nisbet Tennis Center.
In his final year as A.D., the Camel programs won the 1991-92 Big South Commissioner's Cup for overall athletics excellence. CU teams won five conference titles that year and the men's basketball team earned its first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.
A native of Muncie, Ind., where he was a basketball standout at Muncie Central High School, Carr served four years in the U.S. Navy from 1950-54. He went on to Wake Forest where he earned his B.S. degree in 1958. A member of the Demon Deacons' varsity from 1955-58, Carr captained the basketball team his senior year.
Carr earned an M.A. degree from East Carolina where he also served as the school's basketball, golf and tennis coach. He later coached at Indiana University while pursuing doctoral studies. He also coached at Memphis State and the University of Wisconsin-Superior before accepting the athletics director position at Concord (W.Va.) College in 1972. During his tenure at Campbell, Carr also served as coach of both the tennis and golf teams. He guided the 1989 men's golf squad to the Big South title and was named league Coach of the Year.
Carr and his wife, the former Sue Pruitt, have a son, Chris, a daughter, Tricia, and one grandson.
Betty Jo Clary was a pioneer in women's intercollegiate athletics in the State of North Carolina and her coaching career spanned three decades. A native of High Point, Clary served as head women's basketball coach at Campbell from 1976-81 where she guided her teams to a 70-44 record and five-straight winning seasons. A graduate of Western Carolina University, Clary returned to her hometown where she guided the High Point College women's basketball team to a 112-52 record and led three of her teams to unbeaten records in the 1960s. She also coached field hockey, golf, softball, tennis and volleyball during her collegiate career. During her tenure at Campbell, Clary attended the AIAW national convention in which institutions made clear their intent to return home and align with men's conferences. That point began Campbell's movement to NAIA, then to NCAA Division I competition for women's sports. Clary also served as a physical education instructor at Campbell from 1976-88.
Hargrove Bellamy "Hoggie" Davis served as a coach and physical education instructor at Campbell from 1947-79. He was assistant baseball coach from 1947-53 then took over as head baseball coach from 1954-1969. Davis' teams never suffered a losing season on the junior college level before moving to senior college competition in 1963. He coached Gaylord and Jim Perry, Mark Prince and Cal Koonce -- all of whom went on to major league careers. The Wilmington native assumed duties as men's golf coach from 1969-77. During his tenure, Coach Davis led the team to six top-10 national finishes, including the school's only national championship, the 1970 NAIA crown. He was named NAIA District Golf Coach of the Year in 1971 and 1972. His golf teams finished second nationally in 1973, fourth in 1971 and 1975, fifth in 1972 and 10th in 1977. During his career at Campbell, Davis coached at least 12 members of the baseball and golf teams who were later enshrined in the Campbell Sports Hall of Fame. Davis played baseball and football for Campbell from 1938-40. He then went on to a minor league baseball career in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization at Troy, Ala., of the Alabama State League in 1941. He served three years (1943-45) in the U.S. Army Aviation Engineers, including 30 months in Europe. He also played baseball with Wilmington of the Tobacco State League from 1947-54. Coach Davis died Nov. 16, 1979.
Clarence Grier established himself as one of the greatest basketball players in Fighting Camel history during his career from 1983-87. The native of Greensboro finished his career with more than 30 school records, including most points scored in a season (739) during his senior campaign. As a senior in 1986-87, Grier led the Big South Conference and ranked 12th nationally in scoring with a 24.6 points per game average. He earned All-Big South Conference honors for the second-straight year and was chosen as the Big South Player of the Year. He set a school mark by scoring in double figures in 39-straight games over his final two seasons. Following his collegiate career, Grier was selected in the seventh round of the 1987 National Basketball Association draft by the Houston Rockets. He played with the Quad City Thunder of the Continental Basketball Association. Grier earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1987 and is now a certified public accountant. He serves as Accounting Manager for the City of High Point.
Congressman Etheridge ('65) was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 5,2002. He and his wife, Faye, have made their home in Harnett County for more than 38 years, where he has been a businessman, part-time farmer, and full-time public servant. Etheridge was a four-year member of Coach Fred McCall's basketball team. He averaged 11.8 points per game during his junior year, then contributed 12.8 points per outing in his senior season of 1964-65. He made 81 percent of his career free throws. He served as a Harnett County commissioner and later in North Carolina's General Assembly. He served eight years as North Carolina's elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Elected to Congress in 1996, Etheridge currently serves on the House Agriculture and Science Committees and is the Co-Chairman of the Democratic Caucus' Education Task Force. During the 106th Congress, the Speaker of the House appointed him to the Bipartisan Working Group on Youth Violence. He is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of moderate pro-business Democrats, and is the original Co-Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Caucus.
Hobgood ('87) was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 5, 2002. He was the 1987 Big South Conference individual golf champion. He was also named that year to the Wilson/Golf Coaches Association of America NCAA Division I Academic All-America Team. The native of Farmville, N.C., was a two-time all-conference performer for Coach Danny Roberts, and served as team captain in both his junior and senior seasons. He finished third in the 1986 Big South Championship before winning the 1987 title in a one-hole playoff. Now in his 15th year at Happy Valley Country Club in Wilson, N.C., where he serves as head professional and is part owner, Hobgood was recognized in 2001 by the Carolinas Professional Golf Association as the Merchandiser of the Year for public courses in both North and South Carolina.
Bill Holleman ('68) was inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 5, 2002. A native of Durham, Coach Holleman's high school soccer teams have won more than 400 games and seven state championships in North Carolina and Georgia. Coach Holleman guided Ravenscroft School in Raleigh to a pair of state championships. Holleman founded and served on the original board of the Raleigh Soccer League, which grew into the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) and now has nearly 15,000 players in its program. He moved to Atlanta in 1979 and led Lovett School to four state titles in a 14-year tenure, while his Shiloh High School team captured a state title in 2003. He was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America Regional High School Coach of the Year in 1978 and 1985. He earned regional and National Coach of the Year honors in 1989. From 1988 through 1990 Holleman served as President of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the largest coaches organization in the world. In 1993, he accepted a position with the World Cup '94 organizing committee, and served as Detroit Venue Executive Director. He was named President of the Birmingham, Ala., Olympic Soccer site for the 1996 Atlanta games. He has been inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame and in 2002 was presented the National Soccer Coaches Assocation of America Honor Award.
A four-time MVP of the cross country and track and field teams, Ivarsson ('82) was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 5, 2002. He was voted Campbell's Outstanding Male Athlete for the 1980-81 academic year. In 1982, Ivarsson was presented the Senior GPA Award as the graduating student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average. During his senior year, Ivarsson won the Southern Independent College Cross Country Championship and set a school record for a 10,000 meter cross country event. On the track, he won the prestigious Carolina Relays 1500-meter title with a time of three minutes, 45.7 seconds, a mark that ranked as the best in the state in 1982 and has stood as a school record for two decades. During his career, Ivarsson set school records in seven events, plus four relays. Ivarsson earned his J.D. from Campbell in 1985. He now works with Cook, Ivarsson and Shober, Attorneys at Law in Fayetteville. A member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Ivarsson is a board certified specialist in criminal law.
James Nisbet was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 5, 2002. The founder of Carolina Controls and the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Nisbet Business Center, he has organized more than 15 other outstanding businesses over the past four decades. Nisbet has played competitive tennis for 50 years, routinely ranking among the top five players in his classification. His efforts made it possible for the University to build the Nisbet Tennis Center. Mr. Nisbet was a charter member of the Presidential Board of Advisors and has the distinction of having been elected to serve as Chairman of the Board more than any other member. In addition, he has participated in all fund-raising campaigns for the past 35 years, serving as Chairman or Co-Chairman. He served as Co-Chairman of the University's "Our Heritage, Our Challenge in the New Millennium Campaign." In 1997, Mr. Nisbet received the Honorary Degree, Doctor of Law, from Campbell. In addition, he has received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in recognition of his exemplary character and outstanding leadership. In the year 2000, he received the Presidential Medallion. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society.
The school's all-time women's basketball scoring leader, with 1,893 points during a career spanning 1987-91, Tew ('91) was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 5, 2003. She was named the University's Outstanding Female Athlete following both her junior and senior years. Tew was selected as the Big South Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year both in 1990 and 1991. She was a two-time FASTBREAK All-America choice by the American Women's Sports Federation. Tew earned All-Big South Conference honors three times during her career. The native of Fayetteville was a key member of Coach Wanda Watkins' team that won the 1989 Big South Championship and, with Tew, advanced to the conference final three other times. She set the conference all-time scoring record during her senior year, and scored in double figures in the final 65 games of her career.
Barry Howard ('69) was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 4, 2003. He gained All-South and team Most Valuable Player honors in 1965 while earning four letters in soccer. He began his coaching career at Buies Creek School in the fall of 1969 and formed the first soccer team in Buies Creek School history in the fall of 1970. He was a founding member of the North Carolina Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association, of which he wrote the constitution. Coach Howard earned his master's in education from East Carolina in 1974, then returned to Buies Creek School in 1975. He then moved to Harnett Central High School following consolidation in 1978. In ten years of coaching soccer on the high school level, Coach Howard guided his teams to four regional titles. Howard left Buies Creek in 1981, but returned two years later to serve as President of the Howard Christian Education Fund, Inc., which has assisted more than 3700 students since 1926 through loans, gifts and scholarships. Howard returned to coaching as an assistant on Tim Morse's staff at Campbell in the early 1980s and helped lead a program that won the first two Big South Conference Championships. After spending seven years as an assistant, Howard was named head coach and served two years before resigning in 1991 to devote his efforts to the Howard Fund on a full-time basis.
Danny Roberts ('55), who played both basketball and baseball at Campbell, was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 4, 2003. After earning his Master's Degree at the University of North Carolina in 1959, Roberts began his coaching career on the junior high and high school levels. He returned to Campbell in 1963 as head golf coach and assistant to Coach Fred McCall on the basketball team. He was three times named NAIA District 29 Golf Coach of the Year. His teams won 12 tournaments and were ranked among the nation's top five on three occasions during an eight-year span. However, Roberts' greatest contribution came in his 15 years as head men's basketball coach. After taking over for Coach McCall midway through the 1968-69 season, Roberts guided the Fighting Camels to a school-record 233 victories. Three times selected as NAIA District 29 Coach of the Year and Area 5 Coach of the Year in 1970, Roberts guided his teams to a pair of NAIA National Tournament appearances. His 1970 squad advanced to the NAIA tourney in Kansas City. The 1977 team made an historic run through the event, becoming the first un-seeded team in NAIA history to reach the finals. From 1969-77 Coach Roberts served as NAIA District 29 basketball chairman and was Area 5 chairman from 1972-77. He was a member of the NAIA All-America basketball selection committee from 1975-77. He guided Campbell through its first six years of NCAA Division I basketball competition, before stepping down to serve once again as golf coach and physical education instructor. After leaving the University in 1987, he returned to his native Randolph County and guided Eastern Randolph High School's basketball team to 100 victories and two conference titles in five years.
Pete Wish ('67) was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 4, 2003. He ranks as one of the top scorers in Campbell basketball history. During his playing career, Wish established a school record for scoring by a guard with 1,188 points in 103 games – a record that stood for three decades before it was broken. In 1965, Wish scored 507 points, an average of 18.8 points per game, and set a personal career high with 36 points in one game vs. Belmont Abbey. He went on to North Carolina State University where he took his M.S. in Science Education in 1969 and later earned his Ph.D. in 1976. He was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society at North Carolina State in 1969. Dr. Wish began a distinguished teaching career at his alma mater in 1969 and was presented the Outstanding Teaching Award by Dr. Norman A. Wiggins. He then accepted a position at UNC Pembroke, where he continues to serve as Professor of Science Education. Dr. Wish received the UNCP Excellence in Teaching Award in 1985. In 1997, he was presented the North Carolina Science Teacher Association Distinguished Service Award. Two years later, Dr. Wish was the recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
A native of Warrenton, N.C., and resident of Martinsville, Va., Willard B. Harris is a longtime benefactor of Campbell University, who was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. After graduating from John Graham High School in Warrenton, Harris enrolled in college on a baseball scholarship, but a draft notice and subsequent arm injury ended his playing career. He enrolled at Campbell and was a quarterback on its 1948 conference champion football team. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a bachelor of science degree and a master's degree. Harris retired as Vice President/Finance of Tultex Corporation of Martinsville, Va., a sweatshirt manufacturer. He was honored by Campbell in 1987 with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Inspired by the Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training Camp in Vero Beach, Florida, Campbell University's Willard B. Harris Baseball Training Center provides space and equipment for supplemental pitching and hitting practice. The heated indoor facility offers a site for pre-season training during colder weather or for regular practice when inclement weather occurs.
was an NAIA Track & Field All-American in the heptathlon (1985) and a two-time All-American in the javelin ('85, '86). She finished second in the 1985 NAIA heptathlon championships and still holds school records in the heptathlon and javelin outdoors. She also ran cross country and played on the tennis team. She was inducted into the Campbell Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
Peterson was Campbell University's NCAA Division I All-American when he finished second in the decathlon at the 1983 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He participated in the 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials, but did not make the team after suffering an injury in competition. Peterson was a four-time NAIA track All-American and the 1983 NAIA indoor high jump national champion. He won the 1983 Penn Relays decathlon and set a new American record in the Pentathlon in 1984. Peterson also won the 1985 National Sports Festival decathlon. He was inducted into the Campbell Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
A native of Galax, Virginia, Bobby Bowie was an all-state guard on the 1948 football team that won the North Carolina Junior College Championship under the direction of Coach Earl Smith. Bowie's blocking helped clear openings for fellow Hall of Fame member Archie Brigman as the Fighting Camels advanced to the Eastern United States Junior College Championship game.
Following his days in Buies Creek, Bowie served his country for five years as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force.
A graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering, Bowie embarked on a distinguished career in the business world. Bowie retired from Federal Paper Board Company in 1991 as Senior Vice President and General Manger of Converting Operations.
He has served on the Board of Directors of Federal Paper Board of Montvale, N.J. Other business interests include Gravure Packaging of Richmond, Va., First Georgia Bank of Brunswick, Ga., and King and Prince Seafood of Brunswick, Ga.
In addition, Bowie serves on the Board of Directors of MAP International, a non-profit medical assistance program to aid those suffering throughout the world.
A member of the St. Simons, Ga., Community Church, he is involved with and supports many local causes. Now a resident of St. Simons, Ga., Bowie, and his wife, Elizabeth, are parents of five children.
A native of Morganton, Ga., Janet Wooten Collins led Campbell to consecutive Big South Conference women's golf championships in 1993 and 1994 during her three-year career. After transferring from Auburn University, she became the first-ever Campbell golfer to earn an individual berth in the NCAA Division I Regional Championships.
She led Campbell to 10 tournament wins in her three-year career. Individually, she won seven collegiate tournament championships and finished among the top 10 individuals 19 times in 26 outings. She was a three-time All-Big South Conference Team member and member of the Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll.
Collins joined the Campbell program in the fall of 1991 and won her first title as a Lady Camel at the Fighting Camel Classic. She then finished fourth in the Big South Championship.
During her junior year, Collins was named Big South Player of the Year after winning the league individual title and leading Campbell to its first-ever women's golf conference championship. She won four tournaments — the Samford Classic, UNC Greensboro Fall Invitational, Big South Championship and Hartford Invitational — during her junior season, which was capped with her participation in NCAA post-season play.
As a senior, Collins was honored as Campbell's Outstanding Female Athlete for the 1993-94 academic year. She won tournament titles at Nebraska and Georgia State and earned all-league honors for the third-consecutive year with a fourth-place showing at the Big South Championship. She led Campbell to its second-straight Big South team title and first-ever team invitation to the NCAA East Regional.
After graduating with honors in business administration, Collins has returned to her hometown of Morganton, Ga., where she works as an optometrist. She and her husband Donald are parents of two children.
Born in New Bern, N.C., and raised in Kinston, Red McDaniel arrived at Campbell in the fall of 1950 and became a standout in football, basketball and baseball. He helped lead the 1952 basketball team to a berth in the Junior College National Championship Tournament in Hutchison, Kansas.
After graduating from Campbell in 1952, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon in 1954. McDaniel then embarked on a distinguished career in the service of his country by enrolling in Naval Aviation Training in 1955. He received his Naval Aviator's Wings in 1956.
On May 19, 1967, while flying on his 81st combat mission over North Vietnam, A-6 Intruder pilot Red McDaniel was shot down near Hanoi. He was listed as "missing in action" until 1970, when the Hanoi government acknowledged that he was being held prisoner. A POW for more than six years, he was released on May 4, 1973 after the Vietnam cease-fire.
One of the most brutally tortured prisoners of the Vietnam War, McDaniel played an active role in camp communications during an organized escape attempt by fellow prisoners. He is the author of Scars and Stripes, a book telling of his six years in a communist prison. He also provided POW/MIA material for the best-selling book Kiss the Boys Goodbye.
For his service in Vietnam, Captain McDaniel was awarded the Navy's highest award for bravery, the Navy Cross. He is the recipient of the Freedom Foundation's American Patriot Award. He is the recipient of the Freedom Foundation's American Patriot Award. Among his other military decorations are two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit with Combat "V", the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars with Combat "V", and two Purple Hearts for wounds received at the hands of his North Vietnamese captors.
Captain McDaniel receives speaking invitations from business and civic organizations across the nation and requests for interviews on television and radio. His national TV appearances include The Today Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Phil Donahue, The McLaughlin Show, CNBC, Crossfire, Sonya Live, CNN and C-SPAN.
During his naval career, Captain McDaniel served as Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington and as Director of Navy/Marine Corps Liaison to the United States House of Representatives. In 1983, he founded the non-profit public policy group American Defense Institute to conduct research in national security issues and to increase public awareness of the need for a strong national defense.
He and his wife, the former Dorothy Howard, whom he met on his first day in Buies Creek on the steps of First Baptist Church, are parents of three children and now reside in Alexandria, Va.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, David Doyle arrived at Campbell in the fall of 1983 and by the time his four-year career ended, he ranked among the 25 most prolific goal scorers in NCAA Division I history. During his career, Doyle's goal-scoring helped propel the Fighting Camels to Big South Conference Championships in 1984 and 1985 and a league runner-up finish in 1986. He finished his career with 72 goals in 75 matches.
As a senior in 1986, Doyle set a school record for goals and points scored in the Division I era by leading the nation with 34 goals and 74 points. He scored at least three goals in a match five times during that year, including a pair of five-goal outings, which stand as the program's highest single-match output since the Camels moved to Division I in 1977.
Doyle was honored in 1986 with first-team All-South Region recognition. He also was named as Campbell's first NCAA Division I men's soccer All-American that year. He was twice named to the All-Big South Conference team and was recognized as Campbell's Outstanding Male Athlete for the 1986-87 academic year.
Following his graduation in 1987, Doyle was selected in the first round (and third overall) by the Kansas City Comets in the Major Indoor Soccer League draft. Upon his retirement in 2004 at the conclusion of a 19-season career, Doyle ranked among the top 10 scorers in professional indoor soccer history.
Doyle was named Rookie of the Year of the Major Indoor Soccer League in 1987 and was a 10-time All-Star and all-league selection. He was named MVP of the World Indoor Soccer League in 1999 and was MVP of the Continental Indoor Soccer League All-Star Game in 1996.
Doyle has remained involved in the sport since his playing days ended. He is now varsity boys soccer coach at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas and served as assistant coach for the Dallas Texans Under-17 and Under-19 club teams that won national championships in 2005. He and his wife, Jolyne, are parents of two sons.
After leading Osborne High School to the 5-A state championship, Marietta, Ga., native John Marshbanks arrived at Campbell in the fall of 1965. By the time the 6-foot-8 center's four-year career ended, he had scored more points in a career than any other Fighting Camel player. With 1,723 points in 105 games, Marshbanks still stands second on Campbell's all-time basketball scoring list.
A four-year starter for Coaches Fred McCall and Danny Roberts, Marshbanks scored more than 400 points in each of his final three varsity seasons as the Camels became a power in the NAIA ranks.
During his junior year, Marshbanks set a senior college-era school record by scoring 46 points on Dec. 1, 1967 at Mars Hill. That mark has not been equaled in nearly four decades. In that game, he canned 17 field goals and added 12 free throws in the Camels' 107-96 victory.
As a senior in 1968-69, Marshbanks led Campbell to its first 20-win season on the senior-college level. He graduated from Campbell with a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education, then earned his master's from East Carolina, and teacher's certification from North Carolina A&T.
While in graduate school at East Carolina, Marshbanks opened John's Bicycle Shops in Greenville, then expanded with stores in Raleigh and Wilson. In 1978, John and his wife Cheryl (also a 1969 Campbell graduate) started Marshbanks, Inc., a national and international gift and accessories manufacturer and distributing company. The Marshbanks added Liberty Light Company in 1984. Those products were sold to 25,000 stores and 40 mail-order catalogs throughout nine countries.
In 1990, the Marshbanks retired to their cabin in the woods of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone, N.C., and John returned to his love for teaching, first at South Caldwell High School, then at Granite Falls Middle School. In 2000, the nationally-recognized Caldwell Count High School Career Center opened on the campus of Caldwell Community College with John teaching in the Furniture/Cabinet Making Technology program. He recently joined the faculty at Hudson Middle School to teach health.
Marshbanks continues to serve the children and families in the Boone region through education and as a lay minister in the Methodist Church. He and Cheryl are parents of two daughters and have one grandson.
A native of Lebanon, Ohio, Denelle Hicks was the first two-time Academic All-American in Campbell history. She arrived at Campbell in the fall of 1992 and by the time her four-year career ended, she had become just the seventh fast-pitch softball player in NCAA history to reach the 300 career hits barrier. The outfielder and lead-off batter also excelled in the class room; where she attained a 3.42 grade-point average and graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in public administration. She then earned her J.D. from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in 1999. Over her four-year career, Hicks helped lead Campbell to a pair of conference titles in 1993 and 1995, a regular season championship in 1994, a league runner-up finish in 1996, and the school's first-ever berth in the NCAA softball national tournament. During her career, Campbell posted a 149-84-1 won-lost-tied record.
During her junior year, Hicks was named first-team All-Trans America Athletic Conference and ranked second nationally with a .502 batting average. As a senior, she again gained first-team all-conference in addition to second-team All-Southeast Region honors, while finishing 17th nationally in batting with a .437 average. She batted better than .400 in each of her four varsity seasons for a .446 career average, the seventh-highest total in NCAA history at the time of her graduation. Her 183 career runs scored also stood as the seventh-highest in NCAA records at the time.
A four-time conference all-academic team performer, Hicks was named to the Academic All-America Softball First-Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Hicks was a Presidential Scholar and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Gamma Mu and Epsilon Pi Eta honor societies. She earned Dean's List honors in each of her eight semesters and was named to "Who's Who Among College and University Students" across the nation. In addition, she played an active role in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
In 1996, Hicks was named Campbell University's Outstanding Female Athlete. She was presented the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award during 1996 graduation ceremonies. Hicks earned her J.D. from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in 1999.
A native of Cordoba, Argentina, Maria Maldonado was the first Campbell women's golfer to earn all-conference recognition four times. During her career, she helped Campbell win 13 intercollegiate tournament titles, including the Big South Conference championship in 1993 and 1994. Individually, she won three collegiate tournament championships and finished among the top 10 individuals 17 times in 31 outings. She was a member of the All-Big South Conference Team three times and earned All-Trans America Athletic Conference first-team recognition in 1995.
Maldonado joined the Campbell program in January of 1992 and won her first title as a Lady Camel at the Mercer Invitational to conclude her freshman season. She finished seventh in the 1992 Big South Championship, the first of four-straight, top-10 showings at league championship events.
During her sophomore year, Maldonado helped lead Campbell to its first-ever women's golf conference team crown at the 1993 Big South Championship. She won the Winthrop Invitational and placed fourth at the Big South event. As a junior, Maldonado helped lead the Camels to a second-consecutive Big South title and their first-ever team berth in the NCAA East Regional Championship.
As a senior, Maldonado capped her career by becoming CU's first female golfer to earn all-league honors four times when she was named first-team All-TAAC. That same year, she set a tournament record with the lowest 36-hole score at the Fighting Camel Spring Classic to capture her third collegiate individual title.
Maldonado then spent three years as an assistant coach for both the Camel men's and women's golf programs. During her three-year coaching stint from 1995-98, she helped guide head coach John Crooks' women's teams to 16 tournament wins, including three-straight conference titles. The Campbell men also won five tournament championships during the span.
Maldonado earned her BBA as an international business major in 1996 with minors in marketing, management and French. She earned her MBA in management from Campbell in 1998.
A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Ernie White was a two-time NAIA All-American in the decathlon, who also became the second Campbell male track and field athlete to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
As a sophomore in 1983, White gained NAIA All-America honors by finishing fifth in the national decathlon championships. He again claimed All-America status during his junior year of 1984 and was runner-up in the decathlon at the NAIA national meet.
As a senior, he qualified for the 1985 NCAA Division I Decathlon championships and placed 10th overall, seventh among American finishers. He won the pole vault during the 1985 decathlon championship with a school-record 16-feet, ¾-inches showing, which still stands as the school record in the event.
In addition to recording the second-highest decathlon scoring in Campbell history – 7711 points, the list of White's accomplishments continues. He finished second in the 1985 Penn Relays decathlon and also represented his country in the USA vs. Canada 1985 track meet. He finished ninth in the 1985 U.S. Track & Field Championships decathlon.
White graduated from Campbell with a degree in physical education in 1985 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Campbell University Army ROTC program. He continued his competitive career while serving as graduate assistant coach at his alma mater in 1986 and won the Florida Relays decathlon.
Following his competitive career, White moved into the coaching ranks at William Fleming High School in Roanoke, Virginia. During his tenure as track and field coach from 1986 through 2000, White coached the 1988 girls indoor state champion in the hurdles, and the 2000 boys state champ in the triple jump. He also coached a 2001 Nike indoor high school All-American in the triple jump and the 2002 Nike triple jump national champion.
Juha Miettinen ('91) was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. He graduated in 1991 after becoming Campbell's second NCAA Division I All-American in men's soccer. Miettinen ranks among the school's top 10 in career scoring with 156 points on 62 goals and 32 assists during his career, which spanned 1987-90. Named second-team All-American in 1988 when he also earned the school's Outstanding Male Athlete Award, Miettinen helped lead the soccer team to its first national rankings on the Division I level during '88 season and to wins over third-ranked North Carolina and 10th-ranked Duke. A three-time All-South Region selection ('88-90), three-time All-Big South Conference and all-Big South Tournament pick, he also spent two years as assistant coach while earning his MBA at Campbell, helping lead Campbell to the 1991 and 1992 Big South Conference titles. He and his wife Whitney, a '91 CU Pharmacy graduate, and their two children reside in Knoxville, Tenn.
(Inducted April 2010)
Toni Siikala ('96) was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. He finished third among the nation's men's soccer scoring leaders in 1993 with 23 goals and 14 assists en route to earning second-team NSCAA All-America honors. In addition, he was named 1st-team All-South region, first-team All-Big South Conference and to the Big South All-tournament team for the league regular season champions. In his senior year, he added 25 goals and 56 points in 18 matches to finish as the nation’s second-leading scorer. Siikala was a first-team All-America and All-South choice and was one of 12 finalists for the Hermann Trophy. Campbell’s first two-time soccer All-American was chosen to play in the Umbro Select College All-Star Classic after being named Trans America Athletic Conference Player of the Year, first-team All-TAAC and All-TAAC tournament. During his 60-game career, Siikala notched 68 goals and provided 27 assists for 163 points to tie for the school’s Division I era all-time scoring lead. He helped lead the Camels to one conference tournament title, a regular season championship and two league tournament runner-up finishes during his four-year tenure. The 10th player chosen in the 1996 American Professional Soccer League college draft by the Colorado Foxes, Siikala embarked on a seven-year pro career. He also served two seasons as assistant coach at Charleston Southern University (1998-99) while completing his Master’s in Business Administration. He joined Nokia, Inc., in 2000 and serves as a program manager for finance and control in Irving, Texas.
(Inducted April 2010)
Joe Spinks ('94) was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. During his career on the basketball court, Spinks led the Camels to their first-ever NCAA tournament berth as well as victories over Atlantic Coast (NC State) and Southeastern Conference (South Carolina) opponents. He earned Big South Rookie of the Year honors in 1991 and captured Big South Player of the Year recognition in 1994. In between, he became the school’s career scoring and rebounding leader at the Division I level and finished as the third-leading scorer in Big South history as well as the conference record holder for rebounds. During his sophomore season, he gained first-team all-league recognition and added 1992 Big South all-tournament team honors as the Camels captured their first league title on the Division I level. CU then faced top-ranked Duke at the Greensboro Coliseum in the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Spinks capped his Camel career by leading his team to a school Division I era record of 20 wins. He began a 12-year professional career in the fall of 1994 in Sweden. His pro travels also took him to one-year stints in Finland, Belgium and Portugal before he began an 8-season run in Holland where he became one of the top professionals in the Dutch League. Following his retirement in 2006, Spinks was named interim head coach of the My Guide Amsterdam club and led his team to the league semifinals. In two more seasons as head assistant coach, Spinks helped the club achieve a record of 61 wins, 11 losses, two league championships and a final four showing in Europe. He is now a sports performance coach with Parisi Speed School in Greensboro, N.C.
(Inducted January 2012)
Sam Staggers ('77) was a four-year starter at center for Coach Danny Roberts’ Fighting Camels from 1973-77. Staggers earned NAIA all-district honors each year from his sophomore through his senior campaign as the Camels won at least 23 games each season. During his senior year, Staggers led the Camels to the brink of a national title in their final campaign at the NAIA level. After scoring more than 600 points for an average of 18.2 per game and grabbing 10.5 rebounds per contest, Staggers was named first-team NAIA All-American, NAIA District 29 Player of the Year and District 29 Tournament MVP. He finished ninth in the country in field goal percentage (.607). The Camels won the 1977 District 29 tournament to earn one of 32 spots in the national tournament at Kansas City. Campbell became the first unseeded team in the 40-year history of the event to reach the finals and finish as national runner-up. He set the school record for career points scored with 1957 – a mark that stood for more than three decades. He pulled down 1148 rebounds in 119 games, an average of nearly 10 per outing, while making better than 56 percent of his field goal attempts. Following graduation in May 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education, Staggers embarked on a professional playing career that lasted nearly 20 years. Drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters, Staggers opted to play pro ball in Belgium, where from 1977-96, he starred in the Belgian pro league. During his playing career with Belgian clubs Andenne (1977-80), Standard Liege (1980-86), Mariandenne (1986-89), Mariemboug (1989-90), Spirou Monceau (1990-91) and Pepinster (1991-96), he was a Pro League all-star team member in 1986 and top-10 Sunair selection from 1982-92. After the conclusion of his playing career, Staggers moved to the coaching ranks in 1996-97 and guided Belflamme to the playoffs in his first year on the bench. He also led St. Louis (1997-98) and Colfontaine (1998-2000) to post-season berths. He retired from men’s pro division coaching in 2009; then guided the Quievrain women’s team to a runner-up finish in the Belgium Cup.