Athletics

Hall Of Fame

The goal of the UNC Asheville Athletics Hall of Fame is to continue to develop traditions, celebrate contributors of those who came earlier in our history and encourage pride in our student-athletes, the campus community and our alumni and supporters.

UNC Asheville inducted its inaugural class on Sept. 19, 2003. The first class consisted of...Herb Coman, Bob Hartman, Jim McElhaney, Shelia Ford Duncan, and Ilona Fekete Thimmer 

Herb Coman served as the school's baseball, basketball, football coach and athletic director when the school was Asheville-Biltmore College. He worked at the school from 1947-52 and reinstated athletics at the school after World War II. His football teams went 35-12-1 and were ranked in the top 10 during his tenure. He helped 27 different players receive scholarships to four-year institutions. Coman, who lives in Asheville, is a member of the Western North Carolina Hall of Fame and was a long-time football official.

 

Bob Hartman was the school's head basketball coach from 1962-79. He also served as the school's athletic director during that time. His overall record was 223-209, and he led the Bulldogs to two district championships (1969 and 1971) and two trips to the NAIA national tournament in Kansas City. Hartman, who lives in Asheville, is the school's all-time winningest coach in all sports

 

Jim McElhaney is the school's second leading scorer with 1,904 points and was the Bulldogs starting point guard from 1967-71. The South Bend, Indiana native helped lead the school to two district championships in 1969 and 1971. His 17.3 scoring average is the highest career average for any four-year player during their time at UNCA. He was a successful high school basketball coach at North Buncombe, West Henderson and in Florida after graduating from UNCA. McElhaney was inducted posthumously after passing away in Florida, November 2002. 

 

Sheila Ford Duncan enjoyed a tremendous career at UNC Asheville. She played from 1980-84 and led UNCA to the NAIA national championship in 1984, earning MVP honors along the way. She is the school's all-time leader in scoring (2,443) and rebounds (2,200). The Clarkton native holds 18 individual records at UNCA and earned first team All-America honors as a senior. She was the first player in women's collegiate basketball history to collect more than 2,000 points and 2,000 rebounds. She and her family currently live in Bowling Green, Ky.

 

Ilona Fekete Thimmer established a tradition of great volleyball at UNCA from 1990-92. She led the Bulldogs to three straight Big South Conference regular-season titles and two straight tournament crowns. She also led the nation in blocks as a sophomore in 1990 and was among the nation's leaders in that category the next two seasons. The Pembroke Pines, Fla. native was the Big South Player of the Year in 1990 and was an all-conference and all-tournament selection for three seasons. She is the school's all-time leaders in total blocks, block solos and block assists. Thimmer was inducted into the inaugural Big South Conference Hall of Fame. Her and her family resides in Vero Beach, Fla.

The second class was inducted on Oct. 1, 2004 and included...
Ed Harris, Jerry Green, Kim Duncan, and Brian Shehan

 

Ed Harris did an outstanding job as UNC Asheville's Athletic Director. He helped guide the athletic program from NAIA to Division I status. During his tenure, the athletic teams at UNC Asheville had a great deal of success. The women's basketball program won the 1984 NAIA national championship. The men's basketball program reached two District 26 championship games and enjoyed a school-record 22 victories in the 1982-83 season. The men's soccer team reached the District 26 championship game in 1984. From 1982 through 1984, Bulldog teams compiled a 209-111 overall record in all sports for a .653 winning percentage.

 

Jerry Green led the UNC Asheville men's basketball program from a struggling NAIA team to a Division I winner during his nine-year career. He led the Bulldogs to seven consecutive winning seasons and an overall record of 150-108. His 58 percent winning percentage is the highest of any UNC Asheville basketball coach. During his tenure, Coach Green guided UNC Asheville to the District 26 championship game for two consecutive years. He led the program to its best three seasons in school history with a 22-9 record in 1982-83, 21-10 in 1983-84 and 20-9 in 1985-86. Coach Green coached Asheville to some of the biggest wins in school history, including victories at UNC Charlotte, Western Carolina and California.

 

Kim Duncan enjoyed a fabulous career at UNC Asheville. She finished her career as the school's second all-time leading scorer with 1,975 points and third leading rebounder with 888 rebounds. Kim helped lead the Bulldogs to three straight winning seasons and the NAIA national championship in 1984. She scored the second highest amount of points in school history with 659 in the 1983-84 season. Kim was UNC Asheville's leading scorer in the 1984-85 season with a 17.8 average. She was named as a first team NAIA All- Tournament performer in 1984. Kim was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs and is the school's all-time leader in games played with 129.

 

Brian Shehan produced one of the greatest baseball careers ever at UNC Asheville. He was an all-conference player at first base in the 1988 and 1989 seasons. In 1989, Brian set a single-season record for home runs (19), RBI (59), slugging percentage (.786), doubles (14) and total bases (140). He was ranked nationally in 1989 for home runs, RBI, slugging percentage and total bases. Brian finished his career as the school's all-time leader in home runs (42), RBI (163), doubles (52) total bases (391) and batting average (.352). He currently holds seven different UNC Asheville hitting records. Brian was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs and was the second player in school history to be drafted by a major league team when the Montreal Expos drafted him in 1990.

The third class was inducted on Sept. 29, 2005 and included...
Tom Hunnicutt, Jenee Cross Daniely, and Ulrich Dietrich
 

Tom Hunnicutt served as Athletics Director from 1993-2000 and did an outstanding job building the athletic department into the success it is today. Highlights of his tenure included the men's basketball program winning two consecutive Big South Conference regular-season titles (1997 & 1998), the women's cross country team winning four Big South Conference championships (1994, 1995, 1998, 1999), and the women's soccer team winning the 1995 Big South Conference title. Under his leadership, Hunnicutt increased fundraising by more than 100 percent. He strengthened the department by creating more coaching and administrative positions.

 

Jenee Cross Daniely enjoyed a fabulous tennis career at UNC Asheville. She helped lead the Bulldog program to Big South Conference championships in 1988 and 1989. Daniely was undefeated in Big South Conference singles play in 1988, 1989 and 1990 and won three straight singles championship. She was the Big South Player of the Year in 1988, 1989 and 1990.

 

Ulrich Dietrich was a four-year letterman on the men's soccer team from 1981-84. He was a starter in the midfield his entire career and helped lead the Bulldogs to three straight winning seasons. Dietrich was an All-South and All-District performer for three years and was a NAIA All-American nominee. He finished his career second all-time in assists with 37 and ninth in points with 51.

The fourth class was inducted on Feb. 15, 2007 and included...
Mickey Gibson, Mike Grace, Patrick Britz, Danielle Meyer
Harrison, and Jill Young Booth

 

Mickey Gibson enjoyed an outstanding two-year college career for the Bulldogs. He was an All-District selection twice and was an Honorable Mention All-American as a senior. Mickey is 17th on the career scoring list at UNC Asheville with 1,179 points despite only playing two years. He holds the single-season record for highest scoring average with a 23.3 mark set in the 1969-70 season. Gibson helped lead the school to its first ever District championship in 1969 and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament. He holds the school record for most points in a game with 44 and field goals in a game with 20.

 

Mike Grace was a three-year starter for the UNC Asheville men's basketball team and helped lead the Bulldogs to the 1971 District 6 Title and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament. He holds the single-season record for assists in a season with 205 set in the 1973-74 season. Grace is currently the 20th all-time scorer at UNC Asheville with 1,136 points.

 

Patrick Britz was a four-year letterman for the men's soccer team and is UNC Asheville's Division I leader in goals with 37 and points with 102. He was nationally ranked in goals scored (16) and points (39) in 1988. Britz was an all-conference selection as a sophomore and was a Big South All-Academic selection for four consecutive years. He was an Academic All-American nominee for three years.

 

Danielle Meyer Harrison was the Bulldogs starting setter for four years and is third all-time on the career assist list with 5,187. She helped lead UNC Asheville to three straight Big South Conference regular-season championships and two tournament titles. She was the Co-MVP of the 1992 Big South Conference Tournament. The Bulldogs were 35-6 against Big South opponents during her career. She was an all-conference selection twice and was part of the 1991 UNC Asheville team that was selected to the National Invitational Volleyball Tournament in Dayton, Ohio.

 

Jill Young Booth was a three-time first team all-conference goalkeeper for the Bulldog women's soccer program. She was the Co-MVP of the 1995 Big South Conference Tournament and is the holder of most career shutouts at UNC Asheville with 25.

The fifth class was inducted on Feb. 21, 2008 and included...
Paul Allen, Dave Hart Sr., Elissa Mount, and Rebecca Gallaher

 

Paul Allen enjoyed an outstanding career for the Bulldogs. He finished his career as UNC Asheville’s third all-time leading scorer with 1,693 points. Paul was an All-District 26 selection twice and led the Bulldogs in scoring for four straight years. He is the only player to ever accomplish that in school history. Paul helped lead UNC Asheville to three straight winning seasons and two berths in the District 26 title game. He was a member of the winningest Bulldog team in school history when the 1982-83 team finished 22-9. Paul still holds the school record for best free throw accuracy in a game when he went 13-of-13 during the 1982-83 season.

 

 

Dave Hart has been an invaluable contributor to the UNC Asheville Athletics Department since 1993. He has been a consultant for the Athletics Department during that time and advised three different Athletic Directors. The Dave Hart Golf Tournament has been held since 1996 under his leadership and raised more than $300,000 for student-athlete scholarships. Dave has been a part of numerous search committees that have helped hire coaches and administrators. His contributions to UNC Asheville Athletics will be felt for generations.

 

 

Elissa Mount enjoyed a sensational career for the Bulldogs. She is UNC Asheville’s all-time career leader in three different categories. Elissa is the all-time leader in kills (1,775), digs (2,179) and attempts (4,993). She was an all-conference performer as a junior and senior and was a part of two Big South Conference championship teams as a freshman and sophomore. Elissa helped lead UNC Asheville to its first ever post-season tournament as a Division I school when the Bulldogs were selected to participate in the 1991 National Invitational Volleyball Championship.

 

 

Rebecca Gallaher was an all-conference performer in Cross Country for all four years she competed and is just one of seven student-athletes to do that in league history. She helped lead UNC Asheville to two Big South Conference titles and two runner-up finishes. In track and field, she won seven different individual titles during her career. Becky was named Big South Scholar Athlete of the Year for Outdoor Track in 1997. She was named Academic All-Region in 1997 and 1998. 

 

The sixth class was inducted on Feb. 19, 2009 and included...
Aytekin Yildiz, Trish Wyatt, and Bamford Jones

 

Aytekin Yildiz is UNC Asheville’s all-time offensive leader for men’s soccer with 53 goals and 126 points. He holds the single-season record for goals with 20 and points with 46. He was an NAIA All-District selection in 1982 and 1983 and helped lead the Bulldogs to the District 26 title game in 1984. Yildiz is a Hotelier and Hospitality Specialist in the Charlotte area.

 

 

Trish Wyatt was a member of the 1984 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship team. She was a four-year starter and finished her career as the program’s fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,606 points. The Asheville native is the school’s all-time leader in assists with 424. She hit the winning basket in the national championship game against Portland.  Wyatt works as a Behavioral Specialist with the Swannanoa. Training Center

 

 

Bamford Jones is the school’s all-time scoring leader for men’s basketball with 1,919 points. He was the Bulldogs’ leading scorer in three different seasons. Jones was an NAIA All-District selection and Honorable Mention All-American in 1977 and 1978. He holds the single-season record for field goals with 270 and the career record with 835.  Jones once scored 42 points in a game, the third highest scoring game in UNC Asheville history. He and his wife live in Northern Virginia where he is a program manager.

 

 

 

The UNC Asheville Athletics Department inducted three former student-athletes and a renowned coach into its Hall of Fame as part of its 2010 Class...
Josh Pittman, Helen Carroll, Lorelee Smith and Marc Rosenbalm

 

 

 

 

Men's basketball player Josh Pittman, women's basketball coach Helen Carroll, volleyball player Lorelee Smith and baseball player Marc Rosenbalm were enshrined by the school.

 

Pittman was named 1997 and 1998 Big South Conference Player of the Year, one of only three athletes to be so honored. He led the Bulldogs to two conference regular-season championships and finished as the school's fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,547 points, the most in the program's Division I history. He was selected first-team All-Conference twice and All-Tournament once.

 

Carroll guided UNC Asheville to the 1984 NAIA women's national basketball championship in her third and final season as head coach. The 1983-84 team finished with a 32-5 record, the best in the school's athletic history. She compiled a career record of 64-32 for a winning percentage of .667 that is still unmatched by any UNC Asheville coach.

 

Smith concluded her career with 5,904 assists, the most in the history of UNC Asheville and the Big South Conference. She also set the school and conference record for most assists in a season with 1,852 in 1996. Smith was chosen the 1997 Big South Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year following her senior season and twice earned All-Region All-Academic honors.

 

Rosenbalm has remained UNC Asheville's all-time leader in complete games (13), shutouts (4) and earned run average (3.21) for nearly two decades. He set the school's season records for wins (11), shutouts (3), innings pitched (117.2) and complete games (11) as a senior in 1991 while being named first-team All-Big South and All-Tournament. He also led the Big South with a 1.50 ERA in 1990.

 

 

The UNC Asheville Athletics Department inducted three former student-athletes Hall of Fame as part of its 2011 Class...
George Gilbert, Mackenzie McCoy and Ty Wiggington

 

 

 

The Class of 2011 included former basketball player George Gilbert, former women's soccer player Mackenzie McCoy and current major league baseball player Ty Wigginton.



George Gilbert played for UNC Asheville from 1976 through 1980 and was a four-year starter.  He is the school's fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,523 points. George averaged double figures each season he played for the Bulldogs. He is second all-time in career assists with 460. George was the career leader in that category until three years ago. George is fifth all-time in career free throw percentage at 81.8 percent.



Mackenzie McCoy played for UNC Asheville from 1995 through 1998. She is the second leading goal scorer in school history with 39 and second in career points with 86. Mackenzie led the Bulldogs in goals and scoring in three of her four seasons. She helped lead UNC Asheville to the Big South Conference championship game three times in her career. In 1995, Mackenzie led the Bulldogs to the Big South Conference championship with a 1-0 upset victory over nationally-ranked UNC Greensboro. She was a first team all-conference performer three different times in her career. In 1998, Mackenzie was named Big South Scholar Athlete of the Year and was nominated as an Academic All-American three times.

 

Ty Wigginton played for UNC Asheville from 1996-98 and was the Bulldogs starting shortstop.  In 1998, he enjoyed one of the best seasons in the history of our program. Ty was named National Player of the Week. In six games, he hit six home runs, drove in 20 runs and hit .680 for the week. Ty set a single-season and Big South record for doubles with 26, total bases with 149 and runs scored with 59. He was named as a first all-conference performer and led the Bulldogs to the semifinals of the Big South Tournament. Ty tied a school record for most home runs in a game with three and total bases with 15. He was drafted by the New York Mets in June of 1998 and four years later he became the first UNC Asheville player to ever make it to the major leagues when he played for the Mets in San Diego. Ty is still in the big leagues today and last year was selected to the Major League All-Star Game while playing for the Baltimore Orioles.

 

 

The UNC Asheville Athletics Department inducted one coach and one former basketball player as part of its 2012 Hall of Fame Class...
Lisa Rhodes and Tony Bumphus
 2011 HOF Class

 

Lisa Rhodescoached the Bulldog volleyball program from 1989-1993 and led the Asheville program to three Big South Conference regular-season championships, two tournament titles and the school's first ever post-season trip in the Division I era. The Bulldogs won the 1990, 1991 and 1992 regular-season titles and compiled a 22-1 Big South regular-season record during those years. Counting Big South Tournament play, Rhodes teams were 29-2. In 1991, Asheville was awarded a berth to the National Invitational Volleyball Tournament in Dayton, Ohio. The Bulldogs were the first volleyball program in Big South history to go to a post-season tournament. In 1992, Asheville finished with a 32-6 record and became the first team in league history to go unbeaten in the regular season and in the league tournament.


Tony Bumphus played for the Bulldogs from 1974 until 1978. He was a three-year starter at Asheville.  He is 10th all-time in career points with 1,429 and is the program's second all-time leading rebounder with 968. His 8.0 career rebounding average is the second highest in school history. Bumphus produced 606 field goals, the fourth most in school history. He also played in a school-record 121 games for the Bulldogs.

 

 

 

 

The UNC Asheville Athletics Department inducted two former student-athletes Hall of Fame as part of its 2013 Class...
Vicki Giffin and Mike Roach
 2013 HOF Class

 

Vicki Giffin was a four-year starter for the women's basketball program from 1993-97. She was the Big South Rookie of the Year in 1994. As a senior, Vicki was named Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Big South Player of the Year. She completed her career as the program's third all-time leading scorer with 1,701 career points. Giffin currently holds the single-season record for field goal accuracy, career record for free throws made and single-game record for steals. She was twice named UNC Asheville Female Athlete of the Year and was an Academic All-District selection for two years. Giffin was an All-Conference performer for three straight years.


Mike Roach 
was a two-year starter for the UNC Asheville men's soccer team. He was a key player for the Bulldogs at the midfield position when Asheville won the 2001 Big South Conference regular-season title. He was the 2001 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's soccer. Roach then became in 2001 the first Bulldog student-athlete in the Division I era to be named to the Academic All-America first team.  In addition, he was the 2002 Big South Scholar Athlete of the Year along with being the 2001 and 2002 UNC Asheville Scholar Athlete of the Year.

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