ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville Athletics Department inducted three former standout student-athletes to its Hall of Fame Friday night at the Reuter Center.
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.