NEWBERRY IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE HALL OF FAME
Inaugural Class of 2000
Fred Herren - Athletic Director and Football Coach
Fred Herren was born in Atlanta in 1936 and graduated from Campbell HS in the suburb of Smyrna in 1954 as an all-star athlete. He went on to star in football and track at the University of Chattanooga, graduating in 1958 and earning his master’s there in 1964. Herren got into coaching as an assistant coach at Jefferson HS in Georgia from 1958-61 and moved on to the head football coach and athletic director job at Gordon Lee HS in Chickamauga, Ga., from 1961-65.
After serving as an assistant football coach at Furman University from 1965-68, Herren came to Newberry College as the head football coach and athletic director in 1968, positions he would hold for nine years. At Newberry, Herren compiled a 46-54-4 record. In 1971, he led the Indians to a record of 8-2-1, which was the most wins for a Newberry team since the state champion team of 1924. He was named the South Carolina state coach of the year and the NAIA District Six Coach of the Year that season.
In 1975, he was named the SAC-8 Coach of the Year in the league’s inaugural season. He was later named to the inaugural class of the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame in 1999. After retiring from coaching, Herren served Newberry in multiple capacities, including director of alumni affairs from 1977-80, a second stint as athletic director from 1981-83 and vice president of development from 1983-87. He was responsible for remodeling of the stadium and press box at Setzler Field, the design and construction of the physical education complex and Eleazer Arena and the Cannon Tennis Courts.
He integrated Title IX into Newberry’s athletics programs and helped start the Lettermen’s Club. From 1987-2001, he was the Dean of Continuing Education at Spartanburg Technical College and was named the South Carolina Continuing Educator of the Year in 1994. Fred has been married over 50 years to his wife, Lucy. They have two children, Elizabeth and Greg, and four grandchildren. He is an active member at Spartanburg’s Central United Methodist Church and is a Rotary Club past president with 23 years of perfect attendance. He also participates on the boards of non-profit organizations.
Class of 2002
Charlie Coles - Football
Charles came to Newberry College in 1975 and was a defensive tackle.
His junior year he was SAC 8 Player of the Week, Second Team All, Second Team All SAC 8, and All District. In his senior year he was First Team All SAC 8, SAC 8 Player of the Week Twice, SAC 8 Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All District, District Player of the Year, South Carolina Sports Player of the Week twice, South Carolina Sports Writers All State, and American Football Coaches All American team. He was Newberry College’s renegade chief for Best Defensive Player, Best Defensive Lineman award, and participated in the Blue Gray game.
He was member of the preseason roster for 1979 Seattle Seahawks and the 1980 Detroit Lions. He later coached at Mississippi College where his team won 5 straight playoff births (1988-1992) and a National Championship in 1989. He was inducted into the 2002 SAC Hall of Fame and as a tribute to Charlie coach Callie of PC called him one of the best defensive linemen to ever play in the SAC 8.
Class of 2003
Clyde Miller - Baseball Coach
Miller spent 22 years coaching baseball at Newberry and Gardner-Webb, compiling a 835-699 career coaching record. During his time at Newberry, Miller also served as athletic director and was actively involved in the transformation of the conference from football only to a comprehensive sports conference. He was named baseball coach and assistant athletic director at Gardner-Webb in 1989. In 2000, Gardner-Webb’s last year in the conference, Miller guided his team to a runner-up finish in the tournament and received a bid to the NCAA South Region. The Bulldogs went undefeated in the region tournament and advanced to the Division II World Series. Miller retired as baseball coach at Gardner-Webb in 2002, and passed away in 2005.
Jimmy Skipper - Football
Skipper entered Newberry in 1982 and quickly established himself as the starting quarterback. During the ensuing four years, he rewrote the Newberry record book. He graduated as Newberry’s career leader in total offense, passing yards, passing attempts, completions, touchdowns, single game passing yards and single game total offense. His career passing yards ranked him 11th in SAC history at the time of his induction. He was All-Conference for three years and selected District Six Offensive Player of the Year in 1984 and 1985. He guided the Indians to a 7-3-1 record in 1984, including an upset win over Furman and a number two national ranking. Skipper is now a business recruiter for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, where he has helped bring in more than 4,000 jobs and an estimated $1.5 billion worth of capital investment. He remains active in many civic and church activities, including the YMCA and coaching youth sports.
Class of 2007
Rev. Eddie Taylor - Football
The Rev. Eddie Taylor, was the kicker for the Newberry College football squad from 1982-85, a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference place-kicker and holds the conference record for longest field goal, a 57-yarder against Furman in 1985. He holds nearly every kicking record, including most successful PATs in a game, season and career; most field goals in a season and career; and most career points by a kicker.
After trying out for the National Football League with the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys, Taylor gave up a pro career to pursue coaching. He has coached basketball, baseball, football, tennis, golf and track at high schools, as well as coaching youth baseball. He also served as counselor and chaplain at Boys' Home of the South. Taylor went on to serve as the senior pastor at Wightman Methodist Church in Prosperity, S.C. He was also vice president of the Mid-Carolina Ministerial Association and head of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Mid-Carolina Middle School. He also was an assistant football coach and team chaplain at his alma mater.
Rev. Taylor passed away on June 18, 2010, after a battle with cancer.
Class of 2008
Brandon Hughes - Basketball
Brandon Hughes was a three-time First Team All-SAC basketball player for the Newberry Indians. During his senior season, he led the SAC in scoring, steals and assists, while also ranking sixth in the conference in rebounds and 10th in field goal percentage. His 3.32 steals per game ranked fifth in the nation that year, while his 23 point per game scoring average and 7.0 assists per game ranked seventh in Division II. Hughes was named the 2000 SAC men’s basketball Player of the Year, a second team All-American and the Lutheran Player of the Year by the Lutheran Brotherhood.
He finished with 1,420 career points, which ranks 11th in school history. He scored in double digits in every game his senior year and in 79 out of his career 88 games. He led the SAC in steals for three years.
Hughes was inducted into the Newberry College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007 and is still widely regarded as the best point guard in Newberry history. After graduation, he played professional basketball in Ireland and currently owns two personal training facilities in Mt. Pleasant and Greenville, S.C.
Class of 2011
William "D.D." Boyd - Football
D.D. Boyd was the South Atlantic Conference's first defensive player to earn first-team All-Conference honors three times. Boyd was one of the league's top defensive backs during its formative years. After his first game as a freshman, Boyd was named the South Atlantic Conference's first-ever Defensive Player of the Week.
Boyd came to Newberry on a baseball scholarship, but decided to join the football team. He recorded 10 interceptions during his freshman season, which still stands as the Newberry record. He was named the team's most valuable back and received Newberry's Billy Douglass Award for most outstanding freshman. He was named first-team All-Conference in 1975, 1976 and 1977, as well as NAIA All-District 6 each of those years. He missed the 1978 season due to injury, but played his final season in 1979, and graduated in 1980 with a degree in mathematics. He finished his career with more than 200 tackles, 20 interceptions and 400 interception return yards.
Boyd currently works for Michelin Tire as a team development specialist. He also has been active in civic endeavors, including serving on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Cleveland County, on the board for Head Start of Cherokee, Union and Spartanburg counties, and three terms on the board of directors for the Newberry College Indian Club. He was inducted into the Newberry College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Boyd is the sixth Newberry College representative in the SAC Hall of Fame, and the fifth person to represent the football program in the prestigious group.
Class of 2015
Eric Wells - Football (Distinguished Alumnus Category)
Wells is the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Distinguished Alumnus. He played football at Newberry College from 1983-87. Wells is currently a member of the Newberry College Board of Trustees and is a past president of the Newberry College Athletic Club Board of Directors. He is the co-owner of and co-founder of Southeastern Insurance Consultants and is a board member of the Columbia Area Health Underwriters (CAHU). He is also a board member of the South Carolina Association of Health Underwriters (SCAHU) and a regular Capitol Conference Attendee.
At Southeastern Insurance Consultants, his organization specializes in benefits consulting, employee benefits and individual insurance as well as home, life, auto and business insurance. He has twice served as the president of CAHU, while serving on the SCAHU board for 14 years. At his Capitol Conference meetings, Wells discusses health insurance and employee benefits with elected officials in Washington, D.C.
Wells has also recently been asked to serve a second term as president of the South Carolina Association of Health Underwriters for the coming year.
Wells is also active in his community as he has been active with Camp Kemo, a place that gives kids with cancer an opportunity to enjoy the summer, since its inception in various roles. He has been a board member since 2006 and has previously served Camp Kemo as a camp counselor, fundraiser and supporter. Wells has also been a board member of Pawmetto Lifeline, a rescue organization for homeless pets in the Midlands, for two years.
"I am humbled to be included with the other seven truly distinguished Newberry College SAC Hall of Fame members - Coach Herren, Coach Miller, Charlie Coles, Brandon Hughes, D.D. Boyd, and my former teammates, Jimmy Skipper and Eddie Taylor," Wells said. "Although, unlike these great athletes, I know I will be inducted for reasons other than my athletic accomplishments, I am greatly honored."