Eight former student-athletes and one coach have been selected for induction into the 2014 class of the Winthrop Athletics Hall of Fame. The induction dinner and ceremony are scheduled for Friday, February 7 in the Richardson Ballroom of the DiGiorgio Campus Center at 6:30 p.m.
Those to be inducted include Jim Casada (mens soccer coach), Scott Goins (baseball), Kelli (Johnson) de la Rionda (softball), Greg Lewis (basketball), Mary (Hock) Leventis (volleyball), Janice Roberts (golf), Larry Tavino (soccer), Stephanie (Vangsnes) Young (cross country and track), and Charlotta (Wennefors) Racz (basketball). With the class, a total of 57 former players, coaches and administrators are in the Winthrop Athletics Hall of Fame which was established in 2004.
Here is a brief bio on each of this years inductees:
• Jim Casada organized and developed the mens soccer program and served as the first coach for 12 years. He compiled a 133-110-10 record and was chosen NAIA District 6 Coach of the Year three times (1979, 1982, and 1984). In 1979, he was also selected the Southeastern Coach of the Year. In 1984, Casada led the Eagles to a school-record 18 victories. In addition to establishing the Winthrop mens soccer program, Casada played a key role in the introductions of youth soccer programs to York County.
• Scott Goins still holds the school and Big South single season batting average record at .505 which he set in 1987. He was voted the 1987 Big South player of the year and Big South all-conference second baseman and an all-tournament selection. His .505 batting average ranks second highest in the NCAA Division I record book.
• Mary (Hock) Leventis was voted the 2004 Big South volleyball player of the year and was selected as a 2004 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable Mention All-American. She also earned a spot on the 2004 NCAA East Region Team. She holds the Winthrop career record for kills (2,067), service aces (360), and games played (508), and in 2005 she led the NCAA in services aces with 123. She was a three time All-Big South First Team selection in 2003, 2004 and 2005 was a Big South All-Tournament Team pick in 2002, 2003 and 2005, and was the 2005 tournament MVP.
• Kelli (Johnson) de la Rionda was a four-time all-Big South selection as a pitcher from 2002-05 and was voted the 2002 Big South freshman of the year. In 2004, she tossed two perfect games within a six-day period. She finished her career with five no-hitters. Johnson ranks second on the Winthrop career list for pitching victories (86), strikeouts (805), shutouts (28), complete games (98), and starts (132).
• Greg Lewis led Winthrop to two Big South championships and NCAA appearances in 2000 and 2002. He was voted the 2002 Big South player of the year and was an All-Big South First Team selection in 2000 and 2002. Despite missing the 2001 season due to a foot injury, in just two seasons with the Eagles, he scored 947 points and his 15.7 scoring average ranks 15th all-time in school history.
• Janice Roberts was the first golfer in Big South history to be the player of the year and freshman of the year in the same year (1998). She ranks first in Winthrop career history with four tournament victories, including medalist of the 1998 Big South championship. Roberts was an all-Big South selection in 1998 and 1999.
• Larry Tavino made the most of his two years on the Winthrop soccer team as he was selected a 1984 NAIA All-American and NSCAA All-American. He now ranks second on the Winthrop all-time list for most goals scored in a game with four, and is eighth on the list for assists in a single season with 12 in 1983.
• Stephanie (Vangsnes) Young holds the Winthrop school record for the indoor mile, indoor 3,000 meter run, and the outdoor 1500 meter run. In 2002, she had the highest finish ever by a Winthrop woman with a second place time in the 2002 Big South cross country championship as well as the NCAA Southeast Region with a 21st place finish. In 2003, Vangsnes captured the Big South mile championship.
• Charlotta (Wennefors) Racz ranks in the Winthrop all-time top 10 career lists in seven categories, including first in career free-throw percentage (76), fourth in free throws made (354), and ninth for 3-point field goals made (90). She scored a career-high 34 points against College of Charleston on Dec. 16, 2001 which is tied for second most in school history.
Tickets for the event are priced at $25. For more information, contact Sharen DuBard at 803-323-2129, ext. 6218.