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03-01-2014


UC Hosts Luncheon to Honor Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees for 2014

 


Williamsburg, Ky. – Five excelling alumni athletes of the University of the Cumberlands (UC) were honored at a luncheon and inducted into UC’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 22, 2014.

The 2014 inductees include:

Mike Cooper, 1975-78, NAIA Track & Field National Outdoor High Jump Champion in 1977 with a jump of 7' 0";

Rodney Dunham, 1964-68, Baseball pitcher amassed a four year career record of 22-4 under Coach Walt Mathes. Dunham had a perfect season in 1967 going 6-0 on the way to a team District 32 finals appearance of which he was unable to take the mound;

Lip Hin Loo, 1992-96, an Academic All-American, won four Tennis KIAC & District 32 Player of the Year honors, three KIAC & District 32 team titles, while leading his team to the first NAIA Nationals, a first since tennis was reinstated in 1985;

Dan Ratliff, 1978-82, was a standout baseball pitcher currently standing atop the season wins list with 12 (1982) and 5th in career wins with 24, 3rd in season ERA at 1.53 (1982) and a career ERA of 1.94, 2nd in strikeouts per season with 81 (1981), and 3rd career strikeouts with 196. Ratliff pitched from 1982-86 for the Expos and the Brewers Class A minor league programs;

Whitney Qualls, 1999-2003, this women's swim team captain (2001-02) was a ten–time NAIA All-American. Qualls earned two top three individual finishes at the NAIA Championships in 2001, one top three individual finish in 2003 and upon graduating; she held team records in two individual events and four team relays.

The Alumni Board of Directors established the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. They recognize athletes, coaches, or others who have had a significant influence on UC’s Athletic Program. Alumni or family can nominate an outstanding athlete or coach online and the Athletic Hall of Fame committee meets once a year to decide on the inductees for next year.

The luncheon is hosted to give the alumni and inductees a chance to visit with each other and come back to UC’s campus.

“It’s an honor for these guys that have put blood, sweat, and tears during their time here to recognized for that,” said Jimmy Huddleston, president of the Alumni Board and class of 1987. “The ceremony gives them an opportunity to see the change on campus. It’s great for the older classes to keep in touch with younger classes.”

Former coaches or teammates of the inductees introduced the inductees with speeches of their achievements and impact on others and their own lives. The inductees then gave their own speeches of appreciation and thanks for UC. After the luncheon, the official induction ceremony took place during the half time of the men’s basketball game.

“I’m extremely honored to the alumni committee for recognizing me at such a young age,” said Qualls. “I’m thankful to my coaches and the academic support I received here at Cumberlands from the instrumental professors as well, which were supportive both in water and out.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit www.ucumberlands.edu.

Article Provided by Lydia Huggins, Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant