CU sets HOF weekend
DINNER TONIGHT HONORS SIX
Cumberland University will hold the 23rd annual Athletic Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, Sept. 25, inducting six former CU athletes and coaches. The six-member class will be also recognized at halftime of Saturday's football game vs. No.6-ranked University of the Cumberlands.
The six-member class includes former coach and administrator Mickey Englett; baseball players Steve Green, Kevin Hite and Scott Corman; the late basketball player Rosa Stokes; and three-sport athlete Lacritia Sanson Wilson.
Green is perhaps the most decorated athlete in school history and is the only three-time All-American in baseball history. The Danville, Ky., native earned First Team All-America honors as a senior in 1997 and garnered Second Team accolades after his sophomore and junior seasons.
Green batted .451 with 22 home runs and 89 RBIs as a senior, ranking second on the single-season charts for batting average and runs batted in. He was a member of three NAIA World Series teams that placed second in 1995, third in 1996 and fifth in 1997, and the Bulldogs compiled a three-year record of 143-53 during his tenure.
He batted .388 with 16 home runs and 66 RBIs as a junior and posted a .373 batting average as a sophomore. Green ranks first in school history in RBIs (205) and doubles (51) and second in hits (228) and home runs (51). He also ranks in the Top 10 in six other single-season and career categories.
Hite is the most decorated pitcher in Cumberland history, earning First Team All-America honors as a senior in 1996. Hite still holds two NAIA World Series records – most shutouts in a series (2 in 1995) and fewest earned runs allowed (0 in 21.1 innings in 1995).
His 13 victories in 1996 is tied for the most in single-season history and his 30 victories is tied for the most in a career at Cumberland. He also ranks in the Top 10 in 10 other single-season or career pitching records at CU.
The Hermitage native was a member of two NAIA World Series teams, squads which placed second in 1995 and third in 1996, and the Bulldogs compiled a three-year mark of 140-56 during his three seasons.
Hite signed with the San Diego Padres and played five years in their organization, the last two in Double-A Mobile (AL). He then began a coaching career that has included the last five seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, where he graduated with a bachelor’s in Business Administration and a minor in Computer Information Systems in 1996.
Corman was an Honorable Mention All-American and a member of the NAIA World Series All-Tournament Team as a senior in 1993 and is regarded as one of the finest catchers to ever come through the Cumberland program. He was a member of the 1993 NAIA World Series team that finished third and was also an assistant coach on the 1995 squad that placed second, which included Hite and Green.
Corman has gone onto even greater heights as a professional scout for the Colorado Rockies, where he was named the 2008 Organization Scout of the Year. Four times in the last five seasons the Rockies have selected a player in the first round from within Corman’s scouting area, which includes Tennessee, Kentucky and southern Illinois.
Stokes was an all-time great women’s basketball player for the Bulldogs in the late 1980’s, scoring more than 1,000 points and grabbing more than 1,000 rebounds during her career. The Alexandria native played for coaches Benny Jennings and Rick Reeves and graduated in May 1988 with a bachelor’s in Education.
Stokes went into the coaching profession, serving stints as a graduate assistant at the Univ. of Louisville and Murray State before becoming an assistant at Tennessee Tech in 1991. The Golden Eagles won a pair of OVC championships and she also earned a master’s in Educational Psychology and Counseling in 1993 at TTU.
She moved from there to Chattanooga and then to Long Beach State, where she was the associate head coach. Stokes then became the head coach at Georgia Southwestern State in Americus, Ga., in the summer of 2001, compiling a 26-35 record, before passing away on Aug. 7, 2003.
Cumberland plays an annual women’s basketball tournament in December in her honor, and this season will be the sixth annual event Dec. 11-12 at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
Englett served as the athletic director, men’s basketball coach and baseball coach for seven years. His men’s basketball team won the TJCCAA state championship in his first season and Englett started the pipeline from Cincinnati into the Bulldog baseball program, eventually earning the program’s first-ever No. 1 national ranking.
As an administrator Englett revived the women’s basketball program at CU as well, and he has continued in his administrative work since 1990 at Northwest Florida State College, formerly Okaloosa-Walton Community College.
Sanson was a two-time all-conference performer in volleyball, basketball and softball and is widely considered as one of the greatest female athletes in Cumberland history. The Nashville native and Overton High School product was named the Mid-State Female Athlete of the Year by the Tennessean in 1985 before spending one year at both Austin Peay and Volunteer State Community College.
She settled in at Cumberland and excelled immediately, garnering All-TCAC accolades in both volleyball and softball in her first year. She earned All-Conference honors in basketball and softball the next year and then was an All-Conference performer in volleyball and basketball during her senior season.
The group will join 86 other individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame since the first class in 1977, which included Lindsey Donnell, Michael F. Gialanella, Allison B. Humphreys, Sr., William Wallace Suddarth and Curry Ned Vaughn.
Tickets for the dinner are available for $25 per person and can be reserved by calling CU Sports Information Director JoJo Freeman at 615-547-1350.