COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
Sally A. Seebeck, Class of ’60 (Basketball)
As part of the College of Charleston co-ed basketball team, Sally Seebeck would become a transcendent figure in college athletic annals. She was named the outstanding high school athlete in South Carolina, helping her brother, Kim Seebeck, win 26-of-30 games in two seasons. Seebeck averaged 35 points per game as a freshman, and 29 as a sophomore, with 43 in a single game. As a senior, Seebeck was recognized by CofC as the greatest woman athlete in the history of The College. She paced the Maroons to a 12-1 record.
Charlotte B. Dickson, Class of ’37 (Basketball & Swimming)
Charlotte Dickson was a star on both the women’s basketball and swimming teams all four years and captained the basketball team her junior year. The basketball team went undefeated her senior season. Dickson was named Best Female Athlete in her senior class. The Robert and Charlotte Dickson Endowed Tennis Scholarship Fund is presented annually to men’s or women’s tennis players based on athletic achievement as well as the Charlotte Dickson Endowed Women’s Basketball Scholarship Fund.
Marion E. Gayer, Class of ’24 (Basketball)
Marion Gayer was the top player on the women’s basketball team and a captain her senior year. She was part of the 1923-24 squad that won four-of-eight games to tie for second in the City League, the program’s best finish in some time. Gayer would later capture several South Carolina golf championships.
Henrietta B. Gibson, Class of ’34 (Basketball)
Henrietta ”Henry” Gibson captained the Co-Ed Basketball Team as the program reached a pinnacle of success registering six-straight winning seasons including a 9-4 mark (with four wins by at least 30 points) in 1933-34 and a 10-6 mark in 1934-35.
Milward D. Pinckney, Class of ’51 (Athletics Administrator)
Milward D. Pinckney served as the College of Charleston Alumni Association President from 1977-78. She graduated from CofC in 1951 and was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She made her debut in the 1949 season and was a provisional member of the Charleston Junior League. Pinckney served as director of women’s athletics.
Gail T. Bailey, Class of ’67 (Basketball & Tennis)
Born and raised in Charleston, Gail Bailey was a four-year letterwinner on the CofC women’s basketball team and two-year letterwinner on the varsity tennis team. She entered the College of Charleston in 1963 and was the first female member of the men’s intercollegiate track team (there was no team for women at the time). In addition, Bailey received numerous intramural awards participating in every sport offered. She was extremely active in campus life as a member of the Athletic Association, Student Government, the College Singers and president of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Her daughter, Elizabeth, played volleyball for CofC from 1996-2000.
Connie J. Tucker, Class of ’57 (Basketball)
Connie Tucker was a four-year letterwinner and a prolific scorer leading the Co-Ed Basketball Team in scoring for three of her four years at the College. The Co-Eds compiled a 36-14 record during her tenure. She served as co-captain for two years and captain for two years. Tucker retired after 31 years as a teacher administrator and coach in Charleston and Berkeley counties.
Joan Cronan, Honorary (Athletics Administrator and Coach)
Joan Cronan served as College of Charleston Women’s Tennis Coach, Women’s Volleyball Coach, Women’s Basketball Coach and Women’s Athletics Director from 1974-1983. During her tenure, the CofC Athletics program was struggling to reestablish itself in a new and competitive field of competition as well as increasing the variety of its sports programs. It was also during this time period in which the CofC women’s sports programs began to flourish and receive national attention. Under Cronan, the College of Charleston was selected as the No. 1 women’s athletics program in the country in 1980 by the American Women’s Sports Foundation. She has been women’s athletic director at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, since 1983 and was named 2005 Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators.
Nancy Wilson, Honorary (Basketball)
In 1976, Nancy Wilson, who was already head volleyball coach, went from assistant basketball coach to head coach at the age of 24, and would oversee an eight-year run unparalleled in women’s sports at the College with an overall record of 193-64. Wilson was selected to coach the Athletes in Action Asian Tour Team in 1982. She was named the Kellogg’s Small College Coach of the Year in 1977-78. The winningest women’s basketball coach in school history, Wilson rejoined the program in 2003 having previously coached the Cougars from 1976-1984 leading the team to national prominence with seven 20-win seasons and three AIAW Division II National Championship appearances from 1980-82. She was named South Carolina Coach of the Year on three occasions, while sharing National Coach of the Year honors in 1982. Wilson claimed her 300th career coaching victory at CofC in a 56-50 home win over Furman on Jan. 24, 2011. She is one of only 31 active Division I coaches to surpass the 500 career win milestone.
Marie D. Barnette, Class of ’78 (Basketball)
Marie “Scooter” Barnette excelled in both basketball and volleyball from 1975-78. In the 1977-78 season, Barnette helped her team advance to Nationals – a first for the College. She received All-State recognition in 1976-78, scored 37 points against Clemson, earned membership into the 1,000 Point Club, and by the end of her time at CofC, her No. 13 jersey was honored in both basketball and volleyball. From 1978-81, Barnette played in the Women’s Basketball League where she was a true pioneer for the WBL. After receiving her master’s degree in education at The Citadel, Barnette returned to CofC as an assistant coach in both basketball and volleyball. As women’s basketball head coach, she compiled a 184-104 record over 10 years with the Lady Cougars.
Diane G. Fishburne, Class of ’80 (Tennis)
As a freshman phenom on the CofC women’s tennis team, Diane Gilruth went 25-1 during the regular season. She placed second in the state championships and sixth in regionals. Gilruth and teammate Lori Wilkerson won the state doubles title and qualified for AIAW Nationals. Gilruth won the renowned Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans in the fall of 1978, and then led the Cougars to a 13-1 record that spring. She went on to capture the AIAW small college national championship during her junior campaign and was twice named an AIAW All-American.
Lillian (Nessie) V. Harris, Class of ’81 (Basketball)
Nessie Harris was named State Player of the Year and an All-American in 1978-79 and became one of the nation’s top front court players. Behind Harris, the CofC women’s basketball team began an amazing run of three-straight AIAW national title-game appearances and a 32-8 campaign. In that same 1979-80 season, Harris was again honored as state MVP. She graduated as a two-time All-American and four-time all-state performer. Her 1,796 career points rank among the top 5 in the CofC annals and her honored jersey hangs from the rafters at TD Arena. After playing at the college level, Harris would continue her career in the professional ranks playing for the Minnesota Fillies of the Women’s Professional Basketball League.
Carmen (Mercadal) Foster, Class of ’82 (Volleyball & Basketball)
A two-sport standout and three-year starter in volleyball and basketball at CofC from 1977-81, Carmen (Mercadal) Foster led the Cougars to a record of 180-49 over four seasons, earning all-state and all-region honors her final two seasons and receiving National All-Tournament honors during her senior campaign on the basketball team. CofC reached the NCAA Division II nationals in volleyball all four years and was ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation during her career. In her final two seasons with the women’s basketball team, the Lady Cougars finished runner-up at nationals. Foster played on several USA National Teams and briefly played professional beach volleyball. She was inducted into the Greater Knoxville (Tenn.) Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
Holly (Stilley) Fesler, Class of ’82 (Women’s Basketball)
Holly (Stilley) Fesler competed for the CofC women’s basketball team from 1978-81 under head coach Nancy Wilson. She was named to the 1982 All-Tournament Team and helped lead the Lady Cougars to the AIAW Final Four in 1980.
Mary S. Gastley, Class of ’83 (Tennis)
Mary Gastley was a four-year team captain and 1981 NAIA All-American. As a senior, Gastley was part of the 1983 College of Charleston women’s tennis team that won the NAIA National Championship. She competed in the national tournament every year that she was at CofC. Tennis remains a large part of Gastley’s life as she continues to coach tennis and teach physical education at Ashley Hall in Charleston.
Regina B. Hall, Class of ’83 (Basketball)
Regina Brown Hall was a standout for both the CofC women’s basketball and volleyball teams from 1979-83. She still ranks second on the school’s all-time career scoring list with 1,814 points. Brown is a two-time All-American and a three-time all-state selection. She also holds school records in steals and assists. Her honored jersey hangs in the rafters at TD Arena.
Lisa S. Peeples, Class of ’86 (Volleyball & Basketball)
Lisa Schweers Peeples was a four-year star on the CofC women’s basketball and volleyball teams from 1980-83. She ranks among the top 20 all-time leading scorers in program history with 1,171 career points and is the College’s career assists leader (499). Peeples also ranks second all-time in career steals in the CofC record books. She was honored on the AIAW/NAIA All-District Team and tabbed as an NAIA All-Star in 1983-84.
Karen Hatchell Carlin, Class of ’85 (Basketball)
Karen Carlin is one of the only two players to ever record over 1,000 career points (1,508) and 1,000 career rebounds (1,104) in CofC women’s basketball history. She was a member of the American Women’s Sports Federation All-American Second Team in 1984 and a fourth team honoree in 1985. Carlin still ranks eighth all-time in career scoring and averaged 12.8 points per game during her four-year career for the Lady Cougars from 1982-85.
Temple D. Elmore, Class of ’85 (Basketball)
Temple Elmore averaged 13.4 points per game during her four years on the CofC women’s basketball team. A 1985 NAIA First Team All-American and Kodak All-American, she still ranks sixth all-time on the career scoring list with 1,599 points. She is also a member of the 35-Point Club having scored 35 against Claflin in 1983. During her junior campaign, she led the Lady Cougars in scoring, rebounding, assists and field-goal and free-throw percentage. Elmore was an AWSF All-American first team selection in 1984 and a second team selection in 1985. She graduated from the College of Charleston in 1985 and went on to play internationally in 12 countries prior to returning to her alma mater as an assistant coach and later promoted to associate head coach under Nancy Wilson.
Debra Bouknight, Class of ’78 (Volleyball & Basketball)
Debra Bouknight was a two-time AIAW/NAIA All-State athlete for the CofC women’s basketball team from 1975-78. She still holds the College’s single-game free-throw record (16) and ranks fourth all-time on the all-time scoring list with 1,648 career points. Bouknight scored a career-high 37 points versus South Carolina State in 1977-78 which is tied for the ninth-most points scored in a single game in program history. She was also an outstanding player on the volleyball team.
Jaima Oxley Kennedy, Class of ’81 (Basketball)
Jaima Oxley Kennedy helped the CofC women’s basketball team reach two AIAW Division II Championship finals averaging 15 points per game during her senior season with the Lady Cougars. She was named an All-American by the American Women’s Sports Foundation in 1980-81 as well as an AIAW/NAIA All-State and All-Region selection.
Sally Schwacke Goins, Class of ’84 (Swimming)
Sally Schwacke Goins was a three-time NAIA All-American and team record holder on the CofC women’s swimming team. She competed in the NAIA Nationals all four years and was the College’s first J. Stewart Walker Cup award winner given to an outstanding student-athlete with regard to performance, leadership and inspiration. Schwacke Goins earned All-American honors in the 50-yard breaststroke in 1982 and was a member of two All-American relay teams in the 200-and 400-yard medley in 1983. She capped an exceptional 1983-84 season by becoming an individual All-American in four events: the 50-yard freestyle and the 50-, 100-and 200-yard breaststroke events. Schwacke Goins was the first swimmer (from the modern varsity era) inducted into the CofC Athletics Hall of Fame.
Amelia Dawley, Honorary (Volleyball)
Amelia Martin Dawley coached four NAIA All-Americans during her tenure as CofC volleyball coach from 1984-88 compiling a 171-72 career record with the Lady Cougars. As head coach, Dawley enjoyed numerous successes including three trips to nationals and top 20 appearances in national rankings. She graduated from the College of Charleston in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in physical education. Dawley played basketball and volleyball while balancing work and classes full-time. Her daughter, Cole, played for the CofC volleyball team from 2007-11.
Christopher Larson, a native of Annapolis, Maryland, was honored as the 1988 College Sailor of the Year earning the prestigious Everett B. Morris Trophy. A singlehanded specialist, he skippered the Cougars to their first Leonard B. Fowle Trophy in 1986, given to the nation’s top intercollegiate sailing team as well as to their second in 1988. Larson was a three-time All-American in 1986, 1987 and 1988. He was also the J-22 and J-24 Class World Champion and a gold medalist at the Pan American Games.
Lisa Washington, Class of ’89 (Basketball)
Lisa Washington played for the CofC women’s basketball team from 1984-86 and scored 1,286 career points in two seasons with the Cougars. She averaged a team-leading 22.9 points per game during the 1985-86 season which is a school single-season record. Washington’s career average of 21.1 points per game is also a program record. She was a two-time AWSF All-American was named to the prestigious Kodak and NAIA All-American Teams in 1985-86. Washington graduated from CofC in 1989.
Kelli Garrett, Class of ’89 (Basketball)
Kelli Garrett played for the CofC women’s basketball team from 1985-89 and is the all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,886 career points. Her No. 14 jersey was honored after the 1989 season and is one of only five women’s basketball numbers to hang from the rafters of TD Arena. A four-time All-American honoree, Garrett was named to the ASWF Freshman All-American Team in 1985-86. She also earned honorable mention ASWF All-American honors in 1986-87, third-team ASWF accolades in 1987-88 and second-team ASWF honors in 1988-89. Garrett was named a third team NAIA All-American in 1988-89.
Suzanne Lowry, Class of ’92 (Volleyball)
Suzanne Lowry played volleyball for the Cougars from 1989-92 and ranks first all-time in career kills per game, attack percentage and points per game. She also ranks among the school’s top 5 in career solo blocks, total blocks and total kills. Lowry was twice named as an All-Trans America Athletic Conference First Team selection in 1991 and 1992. She was also selected as TAAC Player of the Year in 1992.
Claudia Fann, Class of ’97 (Volleyball)
An outside hitter for the Cougars from 1991-94, Claudia Fann represented the great tradition of the College of Charleston volleyball program as well as anyone. A member of the CofC Wall of Fame, Fann earned Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) Player of the Year honors in 1994. She was also selected to the All-TAAC First Team in 1994 and All-TAAC Second Team and TAAC All-Tournament Team in 1993. Fann left her mark in the CofC record books as she currently owns nine career top 10 and nine single season top 10 records. Among her career accolades are school records in career attack attempts (4,905), points (2238.5) and games played (553). Fann also ranks No. 2 all-time in career service aces (209) and No. 3 in career digs (1,590). She enjoyed some of the most memorable seasons in the history of the program. In 1993, she set the school record for most service aces in a single season with 81 and is tied for first in service aces per game (0.60) and fourth in single-season kills with 546.
Natalie Seel, Class of ’95 (Basketball)
Natalie Seel played for the College of Charleston women’s basketball team from 1990-94 and was part of a Cougar team that made the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division I. The former guard was a Trans America Athletic Conference First-Team All-Conference selection in 1993 and her 1,449 career points ranks 11th all-time and second in the CofC Division I record books. The Charleston native ranks second in several CofC NCAA Division I records including three-point field goals made (191), scoring average (13.6), field goals made (496) and average minutes per game (32.7). Seel also ranks third in career rebounding (680), eighth in career assists (254) and tied for seventh in career steals (157). She started in 100-of-107 games for the Cougars and her 63 three-pointers during the 1993-94 season are still tops in a single season at CofC.
Eve Lux VanderWeele, Class of ’97 (Golf)
A four-time All-Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) performer from 1994-97, Eve Lux VanderWeele was the most decorated women’s golfer during the early-mid 90s and is one of only 17 players in the history of the conference to record such an honor. She still owns four of the top 15 season rankings of all-time for the Cougars, being ranked as high as No. 37 in the nation, the third-highest ranking in program history. Lux VanderWeele claimed three individual medalist honors during her career which is tied for the second-most tournament victories all-time in the CofC record books. She participated in 44 career tournaments and placed among the top 10 all four years at the conference tournament. Lux VanderWeele holds a career scoring average of 78.82 which ranks No. 15 all-time and 99 of her 102 rounds played were counted towards the CofC team score – a 97.1 percent contribution which is the highest percentage by any Cougar. In 1998, Lux VanderWeele was selected as an alternate for the Curtis Cup, the women’s amateur version of the Ryder Cup. A four-time U.S. Women’s Amateur participant, she played professionally on the Futures Tour from 1998-2004 and currently serves as an assistant women’s golf coach at her alma mater.
Kara Shadwick-Museler, Class of ’95 (Sailing)
One of only two women in the storied tradition of the College of Charleston sailing program to be named an All-American all four years, Shadwick-Museler and three-time All-American Tyler Moore helped the Cougars place second in the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy competition for three-straight years from 1993-95, which is awarded annually to the best overall collegiate team in the nation. Sailing A-Division, she also led CofC to a second-place finish at the Women’s Dinghy National Championship as a freshman and sophomore as well as Top 5 finishes at nationals during her junior and senior years. The 1995 CofC graduate in business administration was honored twice as an Inter-Collegiate Yacht Racing Association (ICYRA) Outstanding Woman Sailor. Prior to entering the College, Shadwick-Museler already held impressive credentials in the sport as one of the top high school and junior sailors in the country. She was a member of the St. Petersburg High School sailing team which won the Interscholastic Yacht Racing Association (ISYRA) Mallory Trophy Finals four years in row from 1988-91.
Siri Mittet, Class of ’97 (Tennis)
Originally from Aalesund, Norway, Mittet (pronounced MITT-tett) became the first College of Charleston tennis player to be selected All-Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) all four years. She was one of only two players in the TAAC era to be named all-conference four times and one of eight players all-time in league history to do so (now Atlantic Sun Conference). Mittet played at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles all four years for the Cougars and led College of Charleston to its first-ever conference title in any women’s sport in its NCAA Division I history as the squad won the TAAC championship title in 1996. During her four-year career, the Cougars compiled a 74-28 overall record (.725). She and doubles partner, Mary Avent, were also ranked as high as No. 19 in the nation in doubles. Mittet graduated in 1997 with bachelor’s degrees in German and sociology. She is a former Norwegian women’s singles champion and represented Norway in Federation Cup play. Mittet was ranked as high as No. 704 in the world in singles in 1991 and No. 767 in doubles in 1992 in the WTA rankings. She is only the fourth women’s tennis player in school history to be inducted into the CofC Athletics Hall of Fame.
Anita Condon van de Erve, Class of ’70, Honorary (Athletics Administrator)
A former College of Charleston women’s basketball player from 1966-70, Anita Condon van de Erve made a lasting impact on her alma mater through her tireless work as Executive Director of The Cougar Club from 1987-2007. Her love of sports, her passion for student-athletes and their dreams, and her desire for crowds to attend games and share in the excitement of Cougar Athletics still continue today. During her time with The Cougar Club, the fundraising-arm of the athletics department raised more than $8,000 in 1986 and assets later grew to over $1 million a year. Pre-game chalk talks, bus trips, team travel with basketball, baseball and soccer, and tailgate parties prior to NCAA Tournament and NCAA Regional games were staples of The Cougar Club under the leadership of van de Erve. She created a family atmosphere around the program and reached out to native Charlestonians to adopt CofC as their own school. Legendary head coach John Kresse and his teams’ success on the basketball court brought both attendance and enthusiasm to an all-time high at CofC. But, it was van de Erve’s behind-the-scenes work which brought the home-court experience to a different level as she welcomed fans with her Charleston grace and charm. She made everyone feel welcomed at games and knew fans and supporters by name. Coming to home basketball games was a Charleston event. Games were sold out and the game-day atmosphere led to the F. Mitchell Johnson Center being listed as one of the Top 10 toughest home courts in the country. While the on-court product was a success, people could not get enough of the in-game Cougar ambience van de Erve helped create, adding that special touch. Memorable trips to Alaska, Hawai’i and Puerto Rico were also well-attended by Cougar Club supporters. Great programs have had many people who helped lay a strong foundation for future success, and van de Erve devoted countless hours to help make CofC Athletics successful.
Sherry Dunbar-Kruzan, Honorary (Volleyball)
Sherry Dunbar-Kruzan was the head coach of the College of Charleston volleyball program from 2003-06 and amassed an overall record of 113-22 (.837) including a 67-3 SoCon record (.957). Her teams captured four Southern Conference regular-season titles, three SoCon Tournament titles and made three NCAA Tournament appearances in 2004, 2005 and 2006. CofC beat North Carolina, 3-1, in the 2005 NCAA Tournament First Round, which marked the program’s first of two all-time wins in postseason play. It also marked the first time a SoCon volleyball team won a NCAA Tournament match in league history. A two-time SoCon Coach of the Year honoree in 2003 and 2005, her squad also set single-season program records for overall wins (32), conference victories (18) and overall winning percentage (.941). Dunbar-Kruzan earned honorable mention recognition for the Collegiate Volleyball Update Coach of the Year Award in 2005. While her teams were dominant on the volleyball court, they were equally impressive in the classroom, as the Cougars earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award three-straight seasons from 2003-05 and former Cougar standout Rebecca Wieters was named a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team selection. After her time at The College, she served as head volleyball coach at Indiana University from 2007-17, where she led the Hoosiers to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010.
Mary Sabatino, Class of ’03 (Volleyball)
Setter Mary Sabatino was team captain and an outstanding leader of the College of Charleston volleyball team from 1999-2003 playing in 465 sets for the Cougars. She is the program’s all-time leader in career assists (5,637) and assists per set (12.12). Her career assists total still remains a Southern Conference record. Sabatino also currently ranks fifth in both digs (1,523) and service aces (143) in the CofC record books. A three-time all-conference First Team selection and two-time Southern Conference champion, Sabatino was also honored on the AVCA All-South Region First Team and as SoCon Tournament MVP in 2002. During her career, she led the Cougars’ nationally-ranked offense and helped the team compile a 93-39 overall record (.705) and a 56-24 mark (.700) in conference play. During her senior year, volleyball became the first women’s team in any sport at The College to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Off the court, she served as Student-Athlete Advisory Board President, was an Honor Roll student and earned Verizon Academic All-District Second Team honors in 2001. Sabatino graduated cum laude from the College of Charleston in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in English.