KWC Inducts Its Second Athletic Hall of Fame Class

OWENSBORO, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2013)Kentucky Wesleyan College will induct two Players of the Year, five All-Americans, two coaches, an athletic director and two support personnel into their second Athletic Hall of Fame Class during the weekend of Dec. 6 and 7, as announced by new KWC Director of Athletic Jim Askins.

                The 12-member class includes Gary Auten (basketball), Stacy Calhoun (women’s basketball), Diana Chalfant (softball), Corey Crowder (basketball), Dwight Higgs (basketball), Randy Weber (football), Fairce Woods (basketball); coaches Wayne Chapman and Guy Strong; athletic director/coach Mike Pollio, team physician Dr. William McManus; plus longtime mentor Terry Woodward.

                “This second class of inductees continues our celebration of honoring the successes and accolades of student-athletes, coaches, staff and contributors from our Winchester and Owensboro campuses heritage,” said Askins.

                “With such a storied athletic history, the time is right to permanently honor the successes and accolades of these past student-athletes, coaches and staff from competition, the classroom, their professional lives and society with this new Athletics Hall of Fame,” Dr. Turner stated.

The inductee’s profiles:

Gary Auten (1958-62) – Two-time basketball All-American…sixth in career points with 1,774…chosen to 1960 All-NCAA Championship Team…named to 1961 All-NCAA South Region Tournament Team…1960 U.S. Olympic Trials participant… voted to KWC All-Century team by fans…four-year starter.

Stacy Calhoun (1986-90) – First woman All-American in any sport…1989 first-team basketball All-American…second in career scoring with 1,672 points…second in career assists with 465…two-time All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honoree…fifth in career three-pointers with 99…four-year starter.

Diana Chalfant (1983-86) - 1986 Great Lakes Valley Conference Softball Player of the Year…three-time All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honoree…holds the career record for wins with 72 and winning percentage at 67.9…holds the career records for starts with 106 and innings pitched with 837.1…second in career ERA with 1.41 and strikeouts with 328…four-year starter.

Corey Crowder (1987-91) – First National Player of the Year in any sport 1991…three-time basketball All-American… holds career scoring record with 2,282 points…won 1990 NCAA Championship… two-time Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year…jersey number 23 retired…voted to KWC All-Century team by fans…first to play in the modern era of the NBA with the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs.

Dwight Higgs (1981-84) – Three-time basketball All-American…second in career scoring with 2,228 points…started on three Final Four teams… four-time All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection…jersey number 24 retired…voted to KWC All-Century team by fans…four-year starter.

Randy Weber (1987-91) - First football All-American 1989 (Third team)…two-time All-Mid-South Conference selection…sixth in career total tackles with 224…fifth in career assisted tackles with 135…played In 39 games…three-year starter.

Fairce Woods (1945-49) – First All-American in any sport…two-time basketball All-American…ninth in career scoring with 1,424 points…three-time All-Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection… jersey number 23 retired…voted to KWC All-Century team by fans.

Wayne Chapman (1985-90) – Won two NCAA Championships in 1987 and 1990…two-time National Coach of the Year…two-time Great Lakes Valley Conference and Great Lake Region Coach of the Year…won four consecutive GLVC Championships…produced a 128-29 record for an 81.5 winning percentage.

Guy Strong (1963-67) – Won KWC’s first NCAA Championship in 1966 with a 24-6 record…named National Coach of the Year…finished third in 1967 NCAA Championship…coached Panther’s to first-ever No. 1 ranking in 1967…compiled a 73-30 record for a 70.9 winning percentage.

Mike Pollio (1980-85) – Director of Athletics for five seasons…expanded the athletic program to 12 sports including football…increased athletic revenues by nearly 500 percent over a five-year period…guided the Panther’s from last to second place for the Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy… restored the Championship Basketball Tradition in 1981…coached three Final Four teams 1982, 1984 and 1985…won three GLVC Championships…three-time GLVC Coach of the Year…compiled an 117-35 record for a 77.0 winning percentage.

Dr. William McManus (1965-94) – Team physician for all sports for 29 years…first non-student-athlete to have a jersey number (29) retired in his honor…member of six NCAA Basketball Championship teams.

Terry Woodward – Long-time mentor and booster club member…created the KWC Athletic Endowment Fund…the Health and Recreation Center named in honor for his generosity to the College.

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