UNCG Hall Of Fame Ceremony Set For January 26
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG athletics department will induct four individuals and one team into the Athletics Hall of Fame as the 2012 class. Former women’s soccer coach Jack Poland (1988-2000), former baseball standouts Jason Parsons (1995-98) and Dominic Pattie (1995-98) and former men’s basketball star David Whiteside (1978-81) will be part of the 13th class in program history along with the 1995-96 men’s basketball team that will become the seventh team honored in the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame is open to the public and tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling Mike Roach, Director of the Spartan Club at 336-334-3576. Additionally, tickets can be reserved by usiing the RSVP invite form above and returning via mail or fax. Tickets must be reserved by January 14.
Poland spent 13 seasons at the helm of the Spartans, guiding UNCG from its inaugural season in 1988 through the transition to NCAA Division I. He led his teams to a 163-92-8 record (.620) during his career and seven regular season titles in the Big South and Southern Conferences (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 & 2000). During the stretch from 1993-99, he saw the Spartans win 41-straight conference games, posting undefeated league records for six consecutive seasons.
Poland led UNCG to three conference tournament championships, including the first two seasons in the SoCon. The Spartans made four NCAA Division I Tournament appearances during his tenure in 1996, 1997, 1998 and his final season of 2000. His 1997 team became the first UNCG program to advance to the round of 16 of the NCAA Division I Tournament as the Spartans defeated Duke. His 2000 team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 3-2 overtime victory against William & Mary.
Under his tutelage, Poland coached 48 All-Conference performers, including four conference players of the year and three league freshmen of the year. He was named the Big South Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1996 while picking up SoCon accolades in 1997.
Parsons led UNCG to the Big South regular season and tournament championships in 1997 along with an appearance in the NCAA Regionals in Baton Rouge, La. He earned Third Team All-America honors as well as First Team All-Region and All-Conference accolades after posting a 15-1 record in 105.1 innings of work. His 15 victories are still a UNCG single-season record, while his 105.1 innings currently rank third all-time in season history.
Parsons, who was named the 1997 Big South Tournament MVP, ranks fourth all-time in UNCG history with 265 strikeouts, which was the career record upon the completion of his four years.
Pattie was also a four-year letterwinner for the Spartans, playing second base and helping UNCG post a 148-78 record. He finished his career as one of the top hitters in program history, holding the career records for hits (299), runs (218), at-bats (867), total bases (400) and stolen bases (115). He was a Third Team All-America honoree and a First Team All-Region selection in 1997 when he helped the Spartans post a program-record 45 victories.
Pattie led UNCG to the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge, La., in 1997 as the Spartans posted a 45-17 overall record, while winning the Big South regular season with an 18-3 mark. During the 1997 season, he turned in one of the top offensive seasons in the UNCG record book. He set the single-season marks for hits (100), runs (72) and at-bats (260) while placing second in stolen bases (41), second in batting average (.385) and third in total bases (136).
Pattie followed that up by helping the Spartans finish 40-18 in 1998 while claiming their second league title with a 22-5 SoCon mark in their first year in the league. He was one of the first three All-SoCon performers in school history on the diamond in 1998 - scoring 61 runs while stealing 35 bases.
Whiteside was a two-year letterwinner for the Spartans as a post player, helping UNCG to a 33-20 overall record and a 22-6 mark in the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He averaged 16.4 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per contest in 51 outings while connecting on 64.0 percent (319-of-560) from the field and 86.2 percent (200-of-232) from the free throw line in his career.
Whiteside, a two-time All-Dixie Conference honoree, guided the Spartans to the DIAC Tournament championship in 1979-80 and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. He led the Spartans in scoring at 17.8 points per game as he scored 498 points. His 498 points scored are the ninth most all-time in a single season in UNCG history and are the third-most points scored by a junior in program history. He connected on 90.9 percent (120-of-132) from the free throw line his junior year which led all NCAA Division III.
Whiteside followed that performance up in 1980-81, leading the Spartans to the DIAC regular season championship with a 17-8 overall record and an 11-3 league mark. He averaged 14.8 points per game while placing second on the team with 5.4 rebounds per game.
The 1995-96 men’s basketball team becomes the seventh team inducted in the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame. The squad was the first men’s basketball team to reach the NCAA Division I Tournament after posting a 20-10 overall record and an 11-3 mark in Big South Conference play.
The Spartans, under the direction of head coach Randy Peele, won the Big South Tournament title in just their second appearance all-time, posting victories over Coastal Carolina (78-67), Charleston Southern (69-60) and Liberty (69-53). UNCG advanced to the NCAA Tournament at the Southeast Region in Orlando, Fla., falling to No. 7 Cincinnati, 66-61.
The Spartans won the Big South regular season championship while also posting an eight-game winning streak, which at the time was their longest in NCAA Division I history. Eric Cuthrell picked up First Team All-Big South honors after leading the team on the glass at 9.2 rebounds per game while placing third in scoring at 10.8 points per contest. Brian Brunson picked up Second Team All-Conference honors after leading the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game while shooting 51.0 percent from the field.
Scott Hartzell was also Second Team All-Big South after leading the team with 149 assists while chipping in 12.1 points per game. Hartzell was named the Big South Tournament Most Valuable Player for his efforts in leading the Spartans to the championship.
Members of the 1995-96 team included head coach Randy Peele, assistant coach Jeff Reynolds, assistant coach John Corry, assistant coach Keith Adkins, student assistant coach Darryl Kosciak, manager Chris Allen, manager Ashley Wooten and athletic trainer Jaime Perez as well as student-athletes Scott Hartzell, Eric Cuthrell, Brian Brunson, Jonathan Clifton, Gary Mearite, Skeet Woolard, Tony Daughtry, Jeremy Davis, Larry Gilbert, Derrick Nix, Ivan Jaklenec, Demetrius Cherry, Justin Stewart and Dennis McCurdy.
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