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SoCon Announces 2010 Hall of Fame Class
The Southern Conference announced its Hall of Fame class for 2010 which includes two number one overall NBA draft picks, a 23-time Southern Conference Champion and the league’s first full-time commissioner.
The 2010 class features six of the greatest student-athletes and coaches to ever compete in the Southern Conference. Inductees include Everett Case (NC State), Mary Jayne Harrelson (Appalachian State), Fred Hetzel (Davidson), “Hot Rod Hundley (West Virginia), Banks McFadden (Clemson) and Wallace Wade (Alabama, Duke, Southern Conference). In addition, J. Dallas Shirley, the league’s longtime men’s basketball supervisor of officials has also been selected for induction as the league’s Special Contributor for 2010.
“This year’s class certainly offers a diverse range of athletic talent,” noted Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino. “You have a pair of No. 1 overall picks in the NBA draft, a couple of legendary coaches, great multi-sport athletes and one of the pioneers of modern basketball officiating. It is an outstanding group of honorees.”
The inductees will be honored at a ceremony on June 1 at the Crowne Plaza in Hilton Head, S.C as part of the league’s annual Honors Dinner.
Student-athletes who competed for a minimum of two seasons in the Southern Conference were eligible for consideration, along with coaches and administrators who spent at least five years in the league. A pool of over 250 candidates from the conference’s current and former member institutions were nominated for consideration. The pool of former student-athletes, coaches and administrators was cut down to 45 individuals who comprised the final ballot. A voting panel of 20 media members and league administrators made the selection of the inaugural class.
ABOUT THE INDUCTEES
Banks McFadden, Football and Men’s Basketball (Clemson, 1937-40) - One of only eight athletes in NCAA history to be named a first team All-American in both basketball and football, McFadden led Clemson to the 1939 Southern Conference basketball tournament title and conference championship in football. A two-time All-American in basketball, McFadden was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959. His basketball No. 23 and football No. 66 are both retired at Clemson.
Wallace Wade, Football and Administrator (Alabama, 1923-30; Duke 1931-41; Southern Conference 1950-60) - The first league commissioner in the Southern Conference from 1950-60, Wallace Wade compiled 171 wins as a SoCon head coach, a mark that stood for more than 50 years. Won three national championships at Alabama (1925, 1926, 1930). Wade guided Duke to six SoCon Championships and posted a record of 110-36-7 in 16 seasons with the Blue Devils. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955
Everett Case, Men’s Basketball (NC State, 1946-64) - Case compiled a 377-134 career record, including a mark of 187-45 in the Southern Conference. The three-time SoCon Coach of the Year led the Wolfpack to six regular season and six tournament titles in a seven-year span. He led NC State to the 1950 Final Four. He averaged 26.7 wins per season in the SoCon, a mark that still stands today.
Mary Jayne Harrelson, Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country (Appalachian State, 1996-2001) - Appalachian State’s first individual NCAA Champion, Harrelson won titles in the 1500m run in 1999 and 2001. She won 23 Southern Conference Championships in both track & field and cross country and was named the league’s Female Athlete of the Year in both 1999 and 2001. A silver medalist in the 1500m run at the 2003 Pan American Games, Harrelson was named the 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of North Carolina.
Fred Hetzel, Men’s Basketball (Davidson, 1962-65) - A three-time All-American from 1963-65, Hetzel earned consensus first-team honors in 1965. He finished his career as Davidson’s leader and fifth all-time in the Southern Conference with a 25.7 career scoring average and helped the Wildcats post a 66-13 mark, including a 29-5 SoCon record during his three seasons. Hetzel was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1965 NBA draft by the San Francisco Warriors and played seven seasons in the NBA.
“Hot” Rod Hundley, Men’s Basketball (West Virginia, 1954-57) - Hundley was a consensus All-American for WVU in 1956 and 57. He helped the Mountaineers win three Southern Conference Tournament titles and was twice named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. The league’s Player of the Year in 1957, Hundley totaled 2,180 career points and was the first overall pick of the 1957 NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals. He recently retired as the voice of the Utah Jazz.
J. Dallas Shirley, Men’s Basketball (Southern Conference) - A highly-respected official who worked more than 2,000 games in his career, Shirley spent 21 seasons as the assistant to the commissioner and supervisor of officials in the Southern Conference. A member of the Naismith memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Shirley was the only American chosen to officiate at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rime.
2009 Induction Class
Megan Dunigan, Women’s Tennis
Dick Groat, Men’s Basketball & Baseball
Sam Huff, Football
Charlie Justice, Football
Melissa Morrison Howard, Track & Field
Arnold Palmer, Golf
Adrian Peterson, Football
Frank Selvy, Men’s Basketball
Jerry West, Men’s Basketball
Valorie Whiteside, Women’s Basketball
By Southern Conference Sports Information