LaGrange College Sports Hall of Fame
CLASS OF 2012
J.P. Johnston, Baseball,
Johnston was a four-year letterman in baseball for the Panthers from 1998-2001. He was a second-team All-American and South All-Region selection as a senior. In addition, J.P was the Great South Athletic Conference Player of the Year and team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior.
Lee Richter, Golf Coach
Richter resurrected the LaGrange College golf program in 1993, and has made his mark on Panther Athletics as the head coach. Richter has guided his team to six NCAA Division III Championship Tournament appearances in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. In addition, he led the Panthers to the 2003 USCAA national championship, winning by 63 shots. Richter earned USCAA Coach of the Year honors in 2003 and was the NAIA Region Coach of the Year in 1999. Richter also led the Panthers to two NAIA national appearances, finishing 11th and 16th. He led the Panthers to the Great South Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and was named the conference’s Coach of the Year in 2012.
Larry Thompson, Softball/Volleyball Coach
Thompson graduated from LaGrange College in 1985. He coached the Panther softball and volleyball teams, while also serving as the school’s Sports Information Director. Thompson coached the softball team for eight years, leading the Panthers to the National Women’s Slow Pitch Softball Championship in 1994. As a volleyball coach, Thompson won 127 matches in nine seasons, the second most by a Panther coach. The 1996 team went 27-14, the second most wins in the program’s history. The 1993 team went 23-8, the fewest losses in a full season for the program.
Craig Chatman, Baseball, 1995-98
Chatman was a four-year letterman as in infielder. He earned All-GSAC honors in 1998 as a senior at second base. Chatman led the team in hitting as a junior, batting .348 with 32 RBIs. Chatman finished his career with 209 hits. He also served as a student -assistant coach.
Rusty Evans, Baseball, 1993-96
Evans was four-year letterman in baseball. He earned All-District honors as a designated hitter in 1995. In 1994, Evans was selected to the All-GIAC team as a catcher. He had a career-high 50 RBIs in 1994. It was the sixth highest RBI season total by a Panther. Evans is sixth on the Panthers' career list with 15 home runs.
Denton Guy-Williams, Soccer, 1995-97
Guy-Williams was a three-year letterman for the Panthers. He earned GAAC all-conference honors in 1995. Guy-Williams tied for team honors in goals scored as a senior in 1997.
Tammy Hall, Volleyball, 1995-98
Hall was four-year letterman in volleyball. She was a GACC all-conference selection as a senior. Hall is second on the Panthers' career lists with 1,509 digs. She is also seventh in games played (472), seventh in kills (732), fourth in digs per game (3.2) and sixth in service aces (193). Hall also is listed four times in the season records: kills (9th, 337), kills per game (9th, 2.75), digs (6th, 449) and digs per game (9th, 3.7).
CLASS OF 2009
Ken Boatwright, Basketball,
Boatwright was a two-year letterman in basketball for the Panthers from 1976 to 1978. He was a two-time All-GIAC selection. Boatwright was the team's Most Valuable Player for the 1976-77 season, averaging 13.1 points per game. He also led the team in rebounding for two straight seasons, finishing his LaGrange career with 519 rebounds.
Cheri Blasingame Garing, Softball, 1995-97
Blasingame Garing was the NAIA Freshman of the Year for softball and LaGrange College's Outstanding Freshman in 1995. She was also selected to the All-GIAC team in 1996. Blasingame Garing served as a team captain in 1996 and as a student coach in 1997. She received the GPA Student-Athlete Award in 1996 for having the highest GPA in her class.
Craig Garner, Baseball, 1991-94
Garner was a four-year letterman in baseball for the Panthers as an infielder from 1991-94. He was a GIAC All-Conference selection as a senior. On the Panthers' career lists, Garner is ninth with 571 at-bats, seventh 133 runs scored, eighth with 35 doubles, third with 74 stolen bases, second with 98 walks and third with 28 hit by a pitch.
Daphne Mobley Johnston, Volleyball, 1995-98
Mobley Johnston was a four-year letterman in volleyball from 1995-98. She was named to the NAIA All-Southeast Sectional team twice, the NAIA All-Region team four times and was a two-time GACC all-conference selection. Mobley Johnston was the NAIA Southeast Region Setter of the Year three times and the GACC Player of the Year as a senior. She is the Panthers' career assists leader with 5,012 and set the single-season record of 1,362 assists.
Terry Wadsworth, Soccer, 1985-88
Wadsworth was a four-year letterman in soccer for the Panthers from 1985-88. He is the Panthers' career points leader with 90. Wadsworth is also first in career assists with 30 and tied for first in goals with another 30. He also holds the single game records of five goals and 10 points set in 1985.
CLASS OF 2008
Leek-Bagwell was a three-year starter for the Panthers’ women’s soccer team. She was a two-time NAIA Academic All-American. Leek-Bagwell was third in career goals with 30, career points with 79 and fourth in career assists with 19 when she finished her playing career at LaGrange. She had a career-high 16 goals as a junior.
Federspiel was a four-year letterman in baseball as an outfielder. Federspiel had a career-high 52 RBIs as a senior in 1988. He hit a career-high 10 home runs in 1986 and is one of only six Panthers to have a double-digit total in home runs in a season. Federspiel is second in career home runs with 28 and finished his career second on the RBI list with 128.
Xavier Mann, Basketball, 1983-86
Mann was a four-year letterman in basketball as a guard. He is sixth on the Panthers’ career-scoring list with 1,732 points. Mann earned both All-NAIA District 25 and All-GIAC honors three times in his career. He was a two-time Delma Fowler Alumni Award winner as the team’s most valuable player. Mann led the Panthers in scoring three straight seasons. He had career-highs of 582 points and 20.8 points per game as a junior. Mann is fourth on the career-list with 751 field goals made, fifth in field goals attempted with 1,450 and eighth in field goal percentage at 51.7.
Gary Patterson, Basketball, 1975-78
Patterson played in 122 games during his career. He finished with 1,095 career points, which was seventh on the all-time list when he graduated. Patterson was 12th nationally in free throw shooting his senior year, hitting 85 percent from the line. He led the team in scoring as a senior, averaging 12.9 points per game and was named to both the GIAC all-conference and to the NAIA all-District 25 teams. Patterson received the Delma Fowler Alumni Award as the team’s most valuable player.
Kristy Van Dyke, Volleyball, 1994-97
Van Dyke was a two-time NAIA Honorable Mention All-American and three-time NAIA All-Region selection. She was twice named the NAIA Southeast Region Player of the Year. Van Dyke was the GACC Player of the Year as a senior. She is the school’s all-time career leader with 1,750 kills and 3.93 kills per game. Van Dyke is third on the school career lists in digs with 1,419 and in hitting percentage at .299. She set a single-season record with 538 kills as a senior.
Hardy has supported LaGrange College athletics for many years. He founded and has participated in each of the Tom Duckett Golf Tournaments played during Homecoming weekend. Hardy was presented the Distinguished Service Alumni Award by the LaGrange College Alumni Association. Hardy helped organize and plan the college’s 175th Anniversary Celebration and Defining Moment campaigns in Tampa, Fla., where he resides.
CLASS OF 2007
Leroy Carnley, Basketball, 1988-90
Carnley was two-year basketball letterman for the Panthers. He was a two-time NAIA Distict 25 and All-GIAC selection. Carnley was the team's Most Vaulable Player of the 1890-90 season. He scored 1,361 career points and was the Panthers' all-time leading scorer when he graduated. Carnley set a school single-season record with 851 points for the 1989-90 season. He had a school-record 53 points versus Mercer in 1990. Carnley scored over 40 points three times, over 30 points 21 times and over 20 points 32 times in his career. Carnley set an NAIA national record in 1990 with 142 three-pointers made during the season. During his career at LaGrange,Carnley broke or set 14 school records. After leaving LaGrange, he played professional basketball for three seasons.
Stuart Clay, Tennis, 1967-70
Clay was a four-year letteman on the panther tennis team from 1967-70. He is the only LaGrange tennis player to win a conference singles championship. Clay wa a two-time gIAC singles champion and was the theam,s #1 player for four straight years.
Bill Garrett, Baseball, 1984-87
Garrett was a four-year letterman from 1984-87. He was the first batter in the Panthers' first game during their inaugural season in 1984. Garrett was a GIAC all-conference and NAIA All-District 25 pick in 1986. He finished his career with 199 hits, 86 RBIs and a .310 batting average. He is also a member of the Central Carrollton High School Hall of Fame.
Lauren Hutcheson Smith, Soccer, Cheerleading,
Smith was a four-year letterman in soccer and a member of the cheerleadng squad for four years from 1990-94. She also earned two letters in softball. Smith was twice an NAIA Academic All-American. She wa co-captain and captain in cheerleading and named LaGrange's Female Ouststanding Overall Athlete as a senior.
Garland Gudger, Basketball, 1967-69
Gudger played on the Panther basketball team as a guard after transferring from South Georgia College. He averaged 12.5 points per game his senior year and scored 593 points in his career. Gudger won the Glenn Simpson Defensive Player Award and served as SGA president. Gudger has served as a member of the LaGrange College Leadership Council. He was named into Lagrange College's Wall of Outstanding Alumni in 1998.
Rodney Robinson, Basketball, 1969-73
Robinson is the fifth member of the Panthers' 1973 GIAC championship basketball team to be inducted nto the LaGrange College Sports Hall of Fame. He joins Bob Eble, Luke "Bubba" Hill, Floyd Mack and Calvin Williams along with coach Al Mariotti. He averaged 14.2 points per game his senior year. Robinson was named to GIAC all-conference team as a senior. He finished with 714 career points in two seasons.
Edward "Skipper" Starr, Basketball, 1977-80
Starr was a two-time All-Giac conference team selection and two-time NAIA District 25 All-Stars selection. Starr was the team's Most Valuable Player and top rebounder his junior and senior seasons. He led the team in rebounding for three years. Starr was named team captain as a senior. He led the team in scoring and rebounding as a senior, averaging 18.4 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. Starr finished his career with 1,410 points and 907 rebounds.
Tracy Schuster Wommack, Volleyball, 1992-93
Wommack was named the NAIA District 25 Player-of-the-Year as a senior. She was named to the District 25 All-District and the All-South Region teams also. She led the team with 382 kills and her .358 career hitting percentage is the best in school history. She is second on the kills per game and fourth in total blocks career lists.
CLASS OF 2005
Jeff Anderson, Basketball, 1974-78
Anderson was the Panthers’ “Iron Man” in basketball. He started all 125 of the games during his career from 1974-78. In his career, Anderson scored 1,306 points and pulled down 902 rebounds. Both totals put Anderson in the top 10 career lists for these categories at the time of his graduation.
Mary Wright Horton, Tennis, 1957-59
Horton was the school’s tennis singles and doubles champion in the Women’s Athletic Association for three years from 1957-59. She was also a cheerleader for three years and Miss LaGrange College her senior year.
Luke “Bubba” Hill, Basketball,
Hill was four-year letterman in basketball from 1970-74. He was named to the GIAC all-conference second team his junior year. Hill was member of the Panthers’ GIAC championship team in 1973. He finished his career with 1,044 points.
Scotty Quinn, Baseball, 1985-88
Quinn is the school’s leader in home runs (41) and RBIs (188) set during his career from 1985-88. He hit a school-record 17 home runs as a junior in 1987. Quinn’s total of 58 RBIs in 1985 is tied for the second highest in school history. He was a GIAC all-conference and NAIA all-district selection in 1987. Quinn finished his career with 237 hits, 188 RBIs and a .321 batting average.
Deante Traylor, Basketball, 1991-94
Traylor set numerous records during his career from 1991-94. He earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors as a junior for the 1992-93 season. He ended his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,410 points. Traylor holds other school records, including highest scoring average per game in a season (27.9, 1992-93) and a career (25.3, 1991-94). He is the career leader with 286 3-pt. field goals.
CLASS OF 2004
Austin Cook, Jr.
Cook was the business manager/controller for LaGrange College for 32 years. He was instrumental in the providing of funds for the school's first basketball teams. Mr. Cook has served the LaGrange area in numerous community and volunteer works. Among those he has helped are the Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum, American Cancer Society and First Methodist Church of LaGrange.
Tom Darden, Baseball, 1984-87
Darden was a four-year letterman in baseball from 1984-87. He played on LaGrange College's first baseball team in 1984. Darden was a two-time NAIA All-District selection and a GIAC All-Conference selection. He had a career batting average of .332 with 204 career hits. Darden had a career-high 11 home runs and 44 RBIs in 1986.
Thomas Duckett, Basketball, 1964-68
Major Thomas Duckett was a four-year letterman for the Panthers from 1964-68. He averaged 10 points per game and a team-leading nine rebounds per game his senior year. After graduating, Duckett served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot in Vietnam. He is listed as a P.O.W./M.I.A. The Tom Duckett Golf Tournament held annually at Homecoming is named in his honor.
Bob Eble, Basketball, 1969-73
Eble finished his four-year career as one of LaGrange College's all-time scoring and rebounding leaders. He was the leading scorer on the record-setting 1972-73 team. The team set a school record with 23 wins, won the GIAC championship and was the NAIA District 25 runner-up. Eble finished his career with 1,817 points and 1,021 rebounds.
Danny Little, Baseball, 1985-89
Little was the GIAC and NAIA District 25 Player of the Year in 1989. He batted .454 with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs, all career highs. Little earned NAIA All-American Honorable Mention honors in 1989. He finished his career with a .418 batting average and 190 hits. Little had a school-record 86 hits in 1988.
CLASS OF 2003
Joe Copeland, Basketball, 1955-59
Copeland came to LaGrange College after transferring from Young Harris Junior College. Copeland served as student coach for a season and then became the school’s first full-time basketball coach from 1959 to 1962. He had a record of 31-39, which included the season he served as student-coach.
Dr. Cecil Major, Supporter and Contributor
Dr. Major, a longtime local physician, served as LaGrange College’s unofficial athletics team doctor for almost 30 years. He was a major contributor and supporter of the athletic programs at LaGrange College. Beginning with the 2002-2003 season, the award for the men’s basketball defensive player of the year was named in Dr. Major’s honor.
Hiram Reeves, Basketball Coach
Reeves was LaGrange College’s first basketball coach from 1956 to 1959. He had a three-year record of 38-21, including a 16-5 mark during the 1958-59 season. The Hiram Reeves Dedication Award is given annually to a men’s basketball player. Before coaching at LaGrange College, Reeves was the head coach at Rosemont High School. He won a state championship there in 1954.
Karen Goodman, Soccer, 1991-94
Goodman, a four-year starter, led the nation in scoring for the 1992 season. She scored a school-record 30 goals that season, finishing the year with 71 points, also a school record. Goodman finished her career holding LC women’s career and season records for most goals, assists, and points scored. She earned all-conference honors and was voted the team’s most valuable player for three straight years.
Dr. Todd Whitsitt, Basketball, 1975-80
Dr. Whitsitt was a four-year letterman in basketball. He played in 95 games, averaging 8.0 points per game and finishing with 173 career assists. Dr. Whitsitt led the team in assists for two years. He was the NAIA National Scholar/Athlete in 1979, also receiving the Glen Simpson Leadership Award and the President’s Award. He is now a cardiologist residing in Colorado. Dr. Whitsitt was named to the school’s Wall of Outstanding Alumni in 1996.
CLASS OF 2002
Judy Greer, Women's Sports, 1955-57
Greer played on the school's first women's teams from 1955-57. She also played A.A.W. basketball and in a national A.A.U. tournamen for two years. After graduation, Greer coached volleyball at Winthrop College and coached tennis at Emory at Oxford. She has been at Emory at Ocford fofr over 30 yers, serving in various capacities.
Ralph Johson, Basketball, 1956-57
Johnson played for the Panthers after transferring from Young Harris College. He scored 50 points in one game, a record that stood for over 30 years. johnson went on to a long career in education, coaching basketball locally at Troup county High School an then becoming principal until his retirement.
Floyd Mack, Basketball, 1973-75
Mack was a three-time All-GIAC and All-NAIA District 25. He ws the GIAC Tournament MVP in 1975. He holds most of the school's rebounding records, including; most in a game (31), season (432) and career (1,584). He also holds the school record for field goals in a season (309).
Al Mariotti, Basketball Coach
Mariotti was the school's basketball coach from 1962 to 1974. During this 12-year span, Mariotti posted a 186-141 record. he retired as the school's all-time career leader in wins. Mariotti's 1972-73 team set a school record for wins with 23, including a record 17-game winning streak while winning the GIAC championship and finishing as runner-up in NAIA District 25. During his last three years as coach, The Panthers posted three straight 20-win seasons and lost only four conference game during that time. The Al Mariotti Gymnasium is named in his honor.
Mavis Sprayberry Trice, Basketball, 1956-60
Trice played for the Women's Athletic Association for four years. She was active in many school organizations.
Calvin Williams, Basketball, 1970-74
Williams was the school's first basketball All-American, earning the NAIA Honorable Mention honors for the 1971-72 season. He was a four-time All-GIAC and All-NAIA All-District 25 selection from 1970-74. Williams was the NAIA District 25 Most Valuable Player during the 1971-72 season. When he graduated, Williams held most of the school's all-time scoring records. He finished with 2,348 points, averaging 21.9 points per game.
Phil Williamson, Coach, Athletic Director
Williamson was a coach and athletic director at LaGrange College for a total of 42 years. He was been the head coach of three different sports: basketball, baseball and tennis. He was head basketball coach from 1974-81; winning a conference title and being named the GIAC Coach of the Year. He began the baseball program in 1983, and was the head coach until 1996. Under his leadership as athletic director, the number of teams has grown from three to 17 playing in 11 different intercollegiate sports.