Winthrop University

Five more inducted into Winthrop Hall

Four former student-athletes and the school's first sports information director have been selected for induction into the 2009 class of the Winthrop Athletics Hall of Fame.

The induction dinner and ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27, at the West Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This class brings the number of members to 30 for the Hall of Fame, which was established in 2004.

Here is a brief bio on this year's inductees:

Joao Leite, class of 2000 and 2002, graduated with a degree in business administration. The Brazil native was the 1997 Big South freshman of the year as he led Coach Cid Carvalho's Eagles to the conference championship. Leite was the Big South player of the year in 1998 and 2001.

Angela Lanier, class of 2000, graduated with a degree in physical education. Lanier was Big South Conference most valuable indoor track performer in 1997, indoor 60 meter champion in 1997 and 1999 and indoor long jump champion and outdoor 100 meter champion in 1998. She also ran on the 1998 and 1999 Big South 4 x 100 meter relay champion team. Lanier holds the Winthrop record for the indoor and outdoor long jump.

Steve Kirby, class of 1983, graduated with a degree in business administration. He was a member of Winthrop's first baseball team and helped lead the Eagles to a record of 140-36 and a trip to the 1980 NAIA World Series.

Cristi Curtis, class of 2000, graduated with a degree in special education. Curtis was a four-year starter on the volleyball team at the setter position. Curtis also excelled in the classroom and was a three-time selection on the Big South Conference All-Academic team (1997-99) and was scholar athlete of the year in 1999. She ranks second on the career assist list, sixth on the career digs list, and fourth on the career service aces list. She was selected to the all-conference second team in 1999 and all-tournament team in 1999. She went on to become a high school volleyball coach in Michigan before her death in 2007.

Andy Solomon, class of 1983, graduated with a master of arts degree in history. He was sports information director from 1978-1984. Solomon was named the 1983 NAIA National SID of the Year. He also coordinated the media relations efforts for the 16 NAIA member colleges in South Carolina and served as the state liaison to the national NAIA office. In 2004, Solomon was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame for meritorious service. In 1979, he received the first Winthrop Presidential Citation ever awarded to a student. His first Winthrop men's basketball game program was recognized as the second-best in the NAIA. Solomon is the associate athletic director for communications at The Citadel.

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