Allen, Bouknight Highlight 2015 Hall of Fame Class

COLUMBIA, SC – Clemson‘s resilient running back Terry Allen and USC pitcher Kip Bouknight, who captured the Golden Spikes Award as the nation‘s top amateur player, highlight the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame‘s Class of 2015. The Class of 2015 also consists of Lander tennis coach Joe Cabri, New England Patriots tight end and Greenwood native Ben Coates, Clemson soccer star Bruce Murray, Furman football coach Jimmy Satterfield and former Spartanburg Herald-Journal sports editor Les Timms. Timms will be enshrined posthumously. The seven individuals will be enshrined with the state‘s highest athletic honor on May 11 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Tickets (table of eight for $500) and program sponsorships may be purchased by calling the SCAHOF office at 803/779-0905. The affair, which includes a reception and dinner, begins at 5:30 p.m. In addition to the inductees donning of the symbolic blue jackets, the Bobby Richardson Sportsmanship Award recipient will also be recognized. The event, which includes a host of returning past inductees, is the largest annual celebration of Palmetto State sports stars under one roof. Legendary South Carolina State coach and 2008 SCAHOF President Willie Jeffries, known for his witticism, will again preside over the banquet as master of ceremonies along with Executive Director Ephraim Ulmer and this year‘s president, Xavier Starkes of Columbia. TERRY ALLEN: Terry Allen was noted for his toughness, perhaps the most resilient runner in Clemson history. He was Clemson’s top rusher in 1987 and 1988, and only a knee injury prohibited him from leading the team in 1989. Allen rushed for 2,778 yards and 28 TDs across three seasons and was a member of two ACC championship squads (1987 and 1988). After redshirting the 1986 season, Allen burst on the scene in 1987, leading the ACC in rushing and setting a Clemson freshman record (973 yards). A key victory for the Tigers that year took place against Georgia, a 21-20 verdict. Allen‘s straight-ahead run was pivotal on Clemson’s winning field goal drive. In 1988 as a sophomore, he again led the team in rushing (1,192), and the year was climaxed with his selection as the offensive MVP of the Citrus Bowl victory over Oklahoma. Allen’s junior year was a constant battle against injury. He geared up for one last stand against South Carolina, and he responded with 89 yards in the first half, leading Clemson to a convincing lead. After that season, Allen decided to turn pro. Drafted in the 10th round by the Minnesota Vikings. He was injured during 1990, but the Vikings stayed with him. In his 10 year NFL career, he has had five 1000-yard seasons while averaging 4.0 yards per carry and recording 79 touchdowns. He played with Minnesota, Washington, New England, New Orleans and Baltimore Ravens, and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1996. He is the only running back in NFL history to come back from torn ACL injuries on both knees. KIP BOUKNIGHT: Kip Bouknight, a native of Columbia and a graduate of Brookland-Cayce High, was a four-year starting pitcher at the University of South Carolina and set records in innings pitched (482), strikeouts (457), games won (45) and games started (57). He finished with a 45-12 career record, and his 45 wins ties Jeff Brantley of Mississippi State for the all-time Southeastern Conference record for career wins. In 1998 he finished with a 6-1 record and a 2.21 ERA, which earned him the honors of being named first team All-SEC, SEC All-Freshman team and Freshman All-America. In 2000, he earned the most wins of any collegiate pitcher with 17 and was a consensus All-American, SEC Pitcher of the Year and SEC Male Athlete of the Year. He also won the Golden Spikes Award as the nation‘s top amateur player. Bouknight was a member of the 2000 SEC Championship team that went 56-10, including 25-5 in the conference and played on three NCAA Regional teams including two squads that advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals. Bouknight earned NCAA Regional MVP accolades his senior season as well. one space A two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Bouknightone space was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.one space He was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 13th round of the amateur draft. JOE CABRI: During his 31 years as Lander University‘s tennis coach, Joe Cabri guided his teams to 12 national championships and 23 consecutive league championships, was named a National Coach of the Year 10 times. He is a member of three halls of fame (Lander [1991], NAIA [1993] and SC Tennis [1995]) and coached 56 All-Americans. Cabri, who is the longest serving coach in Lander athletics history, won his first four national titles in the NAIA and eight more in NCAA Division II.one space  His greatest run was from 1991-2000 when Lander captured 10 consecutive national championships, establishing the record for consecutive championships in the NCAA. He also guided the Senators/Bearcats to two national runner-up finishes in the NAIA and four fourth-place finishes. Cabri admits that he was no tennis expert when he began coaching. The Long Island, NY native began learning the art of coaching by reading books and attending Van Der Meer clinics. But the professor-coach says he learned the most from NCAA Division I coaches Chuck Kriese of Clemson (now The Citadel), Kent DeMars of USC and Dan Magill of Georgia, as those coaches gave Lander an opportunity to play against the some of the best teams ever fielded by Clemson, Carolina and Georgia, and in the process, Cabri‘s players improved their caliber of play. Cabri, in 12 years in the NCAA, coached a national doubles champion, a Dan Magill Award winner, 28 All-Americans, 24 academic All-Americans, three national Arthur Ashe Award winners, two Tennis Magazine All-Star Team members, and 60 All-Peach Belt Conference players, all while winning 11 straight PBC championships. A mathematics professor since 1972 and the tennis coach since 1974, Cabri retired in April 2006 and is now “Coach Emeritus.” BEN COATES: Greenwood native Ben Coates starred at Livingstone (NC) College and was a fifth-round NFL draft pick by New England in 1991. His first two years with the Patriots were fairly uneventful; however, his career changed with the 1993 arrival of quarterback Drew Bledsoe and legendary head coach Bill Parcells to the Patriots franchise. Parcells, known for his reliance on tight ends, frequently used then-rookie quarterback Bledsoe on passes to Coates, and the tight end led the Patriots in receptions in 1993 with 53 catches for 629 yards and eight scores, two of them in New England’s season-ending overtime win over Miami. Coates became a five-time Pro Bowler (1994-98), two-time first-team All-Pro (1994-95), and one-time second-team All-Pro (1998). Selected to the 1990s NFL All-Decade Team, the Patriots inducted the 6-5, 245-pound tight end into the team‘s Hall of Fame in 2008. He played his final year (2000) with Baltimore and won a Super Bowl ring with Ravens (Super Bowl XXXV). He retired as the No. 4 all-time tight end in catches (499 for 5,555 yards and 50 TDs). After retiring, Coates returned to Livingstone where he was head coach, and also coached in NFL Europe. In 2004 he served an internship with the Dallas Cowboys as an assistant for the tight ends under head coach Bill Parcells. In March 2005, Coates was named the tight ends coach for the Cleveland Browns under Romeo Crennel, who was the former defensive coordinator of Coates’ former team, the New England Patriots. BRUCE MURRAY: A 2011 inductee of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, Murray played for the U.S. National Team and when he retired, he was the United States‘ all-time leading scorer. A member of the 1988 U.S Olympic team, he won the Hermann Trophy as the top men‘s soccer player in the country in 1987. Murray led Clemson to two NCAA Championships (‘84 & ‘87) and was a key member of both teams. A two-time All-American, he recorded the winning goal in three NCAA Tournament games (in ‘87 on the way to the National Championship). He was named first team All-ACC in ‘85 and ‘87, and was the first Clemson player in history in the 40-40 club (40+ goals and 40+ assists in a career). Murray ranks sixth in school history in total points (142), seventh in total goals (48), and is second in school history with 46 career assists. In his 84 career games, Murray had either a goal or an assist in 56 games. He is also a member of the ACC 50 Year Anniversary Team and was named one of the top 50 male athletes in ACC history in 2003, the 50th year of the ACC. He is a member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame. JIMMY SATTERFIELD: One of the original “Baker Boys” who came to Furman in 1973 with head coach Art Baker, Jimmy Satterfield, a native of Lancaster and 1962 graduate of the University of South Carolina, spent 21 seasons at Furman in the role of assistant coach, offensive coordinator and head coach.one space  As head coach (1986-93) he posted an outstanding 66-29-3 record (.689/2nd in FU history) and directed Furman to three Southern Conference championships (1988, ‘89, ‘90), as well as the 1988 NCAA I-AA (FCS) national championship (the first by a SoCon school and first by a private school), for which he was named Kodak and Chevrolet National Coach of the Year.one space  The former Paladin mentor returned to the coaching ranks in 1996 when he accepted the athletic director and head coaching positions at Lexington High School 1996-03).one space  It was in Columbia in 1962 that Satterfield got his start in coaching as an assistant at Eau Claire High, where he worked alongside Baker and Dick Sheridan.one space  After spending nine seasons at Eau Claire High (1962-70), including the last three as head coach where he went 30-4-1, he moved to nearby Irmo where he served as head coach for two seasons and posted a 19-4 record before coming to Furman.one space  During his 21-year tenure with the Paladins, Furman claimed nine of its now 13 SoCon championships and produced 18 winning seasons. LES TIMMS: Born in Greenville and a graduate of Furman University, Les Timms is a co-founder of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. Born in Columbia, he began his career at The Greenville News where he held various positions including sports writer and assistant sports editor from 1958-64. He was named sports editor of The Spartanburg Herald-Journal in 1966, a position he held until 1980. He became managing editor in 1981, holding that title until 1986. He left his newspaper career and founded Timms Communication, a full service public relations firm which he operated until his death. A true leader, Timms served as President of the ACC Sportswriters Association, the SC Sportswriters Association and the Southeast Regional of Associated Press Sports Editors. He was named the South Carolina Sportswriter of the Year by the National Association of Sportswriters and Sportscasters seven times. He also served as the South Carolina writer for Sports Illustrated from 1970-90 and covered major stories in the Palmetto State for the magazine, including the firing of Woody Hayes at the Gator Bowl. After the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame had temporary collapsed, Timms, along with The State sports editor Herman Helms, revived the organization that continues today. Timms was responsible for the direction of the board, the nominating committees and liaison with athletes and sponsors to make each year‘s event possible. Long before Title IX helped make women’s sports possible, Timms was among the first sports editors in the state to devote significant coverage to women and girls sports. He passed away on November 13, 2001.

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