ROCK HILL, S.C. - Four of the South Atlantic Conference's most decorated student-athletes have been elected to The South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame, Commissioner Patrick Britz announced today.
The Class of 2010-11 includes former former Newberry College football player William "D.D." Boyd, Mars Hill College men's basketball player James Barber, former Catawba College baseball player Heath Bost and former Wingate University men's soccer and tennis player Ron Ladimir.
They will be inducted into the SAC Hall of Fame as part of the South Atlantic Conference Annual Meeting in Asheville, N.C., on Thursday, June 2. The banquet will be at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park Hotel starting with a reception at 6:15 p.m. followed by dinner and inductions at 7 p.m.
William "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.
James Barber was one of the SAC's most dominating men's basketball players in conference history. He ranks fifth all-time in career points scored, and is second all-time in field goals made and attempted. His name is scattered throughout the conference record book, ranking among the historical leaders in other categories such as points in a season (609, 8th); career scoring average (18.5, 9th); career free throws made (437, 4th); career free throws attempted (583, 5th); career 3-point attempts (583, 3rd); as well as holding many conference tournament records. At the time of his graduation in 1997, he was four points shy of being the conference's all-time career scoring leader.
Barber, a three-time All-Conference selection, is the third member of the 1993-94 Mars Hill men's basketball team to be inducted into the SAC Hall of Fame. He joins Lamont Jones (Class of 2000-01) and Cedric Mansell (Class of 2002-03) from that conference championship team that went 12-2 in league play and 23-6 overall. Barber was inducted into the Mars Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.
Following his graduation from Mars Hill, Barber has been a successful businessman in the banking industry. He currently works with Wells Fargo.
Heath Bost was a three-time first-team All-Conference baseball pitcher, including 1993, when he was named the SAC's Freshman of the Year. As a freshman in 1993, he went 6-2 with a 2.36 ERA with 56 strikeouts and allowed only eight walks. His sophomore year, Bost went 7-4 and led all of Division II with a 1.58 ERA. He struck out 101 that season, and walked only 15. Bost was named All-Region in 1994 and 1995, and won the SAC Baseball Scholar-Athlete Award in 1995. During his career at Catawba, Bost went 21-8 with 20 complete games. His 1.84 career ERA is second-best in school history, and he ranks fifth with 258 career strikeouts.
He was drafted in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft after his junior season in 1995 by the Colorado Rockies. He spent 10 years playing in the minor leagues with three different organizations, rising to the AAA level. Bost returned to Catawba during the offseason in 1996 and 1997 to complete his requirements for a bachelor's degree in chemistry, with a minor in business administration. After retiring from professional baseball in 2005, Bost has served as a sales representative for Biomet Orthopaedics.
Ron Ladimir was a two-sport standout at Wingate University, where he set soccer scoring records and was a conference flight champion in tennis. The year prior to Ladimir's arrival at Wingate, the Bulldogs won one men's soccer match. Wingate went 15-6-1 and finished second in the conference during his freshman season. Wingate won the conference title in 1994, going undefeated in league play and 18-2-1 overall. Ladimir finished his career with 164 points (55 goals, 54 assists), which ranks fourth in conference history and the most in Wingate history. He was named All-Conference all four years, including three first-team selections, and earned two All-America team honors. Ladimir was also a four-year letterwinner on the men's tennis team, and was the conference flight champion at No. 6 singles in 1993.
Following his graduation from Wingate, Ladimir obtained his teaching credentials from the University of South Florida. He taught math and coached soccer and tennis for seven years at Hudson High School in Hudson, Florida, guiding the men's soccer team to a 120-46-6 record.
In 2005, Ladimir returned to the Wingate area to accept a teaching and coaching position at Porter Ridge High Schoool. In the school's first-ever men's soccer season, Ladimir led the Pirates to a 13-8 record and was named Union County men's soccer Coach of the Year. During his six seasons at Porter Ridge, Ladimir has compiled an 87-38-12 overall record with the men's team, winning conference championships in 2006 and 2007. He earned two conference Coach of the Year honors, and was named region Coach of the Year in 2006. He also has been successful coaching the women's team, going 85-28-9 during that time. His 2007 team won the conference title and advanced to the state semifinals. Ladimir has also been recognized as conference and regional coach of the year for women's soccer.
The class of 2010-11 joins the 72 current members in the SAC Hall of Fame:
Class of 1999-2000: Dr. Fred Bentley, Mars Hill (President); Dr. Ronald Christopher, Wingate (Baseball Coach); W.C. Clary, supervisor of football officials; Cally Gault, Presbyterian (Football Coach/AD); Fred Herren, Newberry (Football Coach/AD); Dr. Paul Jolly, Gardner-Webb (Faculty Athletic Representative); Dr. Robert Knott, Catawba (President); Dr. Cordell Maddox, Carson-Newman (President); Sam Moir, Catawba (Men's Basketball Coach); Dr. Keith Ochs, Lenoir-Rhyne (Athletic Director); Dr. Kenneth Orr, Presbyterian (President); Albert Sloan, Carson-Newman (President); Harvey Stratton, Catawba (Football Coach); Dr. Bill Walker, Mars Hill (Athletic Director); Dr. Alan White, Elon (Athletic Director).
Class of 2000-01: Lamont Jones, Mars Hill (Men's Basketball); Keith Henry, Catawba (Football); Terence Steward, Lenoir-Rhyne (Football/Baseball); Direne Thomas, Wingate (Women's Basketball); Dick Williams, Catawba (Baseball Coach).
Class of 2001-02: Charlie Coles, Newberry (Football); Ann Hancock, Wingate (Women's Basketball); Bill Morningstar, Elon (Golf, Cross Country Coach); Allen Morris, Presbyterian (Athletic Director); Tom Parham, Elon (Tennis Coach); Susie Hopson Shelton, Mars Hill (Women's Basketball).
Class of 2002-03: Allison Ankerson Makovec, Catawba (Women's Soccer); Vernon Buck, Wingate (Football); Darren Hayes, Wingate (Baseball); Todd Collins, Carson-Newman (Football); Cedric Mansell, Mars Hill (Men's Basketball); Clyde Miller, Newberry and Gardner-Webb (Baseball Coach); Jimmy Skipper, Newberry (Football).
Class of 2003-04: Steve Campbell, Mars Hill (Football); Leonard Davis, Lenoir-Rhyne (Football); Kimberly Hampton, Presbyterian (Women's Tennis); Bret Jones, Presbyterian (Men's Basketball); Marvin Moore, Catawba (Men's Basketball); Shannon Myers, Lenoir-Rhyne (Football/Baseball); and Heather Randolph, Carson-Newman (Softball).
Class of 2004-05: Daniel Colangelo, Elon (Men's Tennis); Natalie Daniel, Lenoir-Rhyne (Women's Soccer); Elizabeth Roe Decker, Presbyterian (Women's Soccer); Pam Deanhardt Niles, Presbyterian (Basketball/Volleyball); Selena Wilkes, Catawba (Volleyball).
Class of 2005-06: Traci Hyman Davis, Lenoir-Rhyne (Softball/Basketball); Boyce Green, Carson-Newman (Football); Angela Harbour Mayfield, Catawba (Women's Basketball); Dr. Jerry McGee, Wingate (President); Jennifer Wiggins, Mars Hill (Women's Cross Country).
Class of 2006-07: Rachel Sloan Bullard, Presbyterian (Women's Basketball); Todd Cunningham, Presbyterian (Football); Johnny Jacumin, Wingate (Women's Basketball Coach); Thomas O. Laurendine, Lenoir-Rhyne (Football); Carol Zachary Mitchell, Carson Newman (Softball); Ken Sparks, Carson Newman (Football Coach); Rev. Edward N. Taylor, Newberry (Football).
Class of 2007-08: Ed Hoffmeyer, Mars Hill and Tusculum (Athletic Director); Brandon Hughes, Newberry (Men's Basketball); Alvin Morman, Wingate (Baseball); Don Safrit, Coordinator of Football Officials; Danny Sanders, Carson-Newman (Football); Curtis Walker, Catawba (Football).
Class of 2008-09: Michelle Baity Bryant, Lenoir-Rhyne (Volleyball); Doug Echols, SAC (Commissioner); Lesley Murray, Tusculum (Women's Basketball, Women's Tennis); Leah Jackson Smith, Carson-Newman (Women's Basketball); Andy Thompson, Mars Hill (Men's Soccer).
Class of 2009-10: Ricardo Colclough, Tusculum (Football); Lorinza Harrington Jr., Wingate (Men's Basketball); Jerry Tolley, Elon (Football Coach); Daniel Willis, Lenoir-Rhyne (Men's Basketball).