NORFOLK, Virginia (USCAA/YSCC) – Three members of the YSCC family were inducted into the USCAA Hall of Fame this week.
Gary Zane (Legacy Class), Katherine Stockton (2017 HOF Inductee), and Dave Gonyea (2017 HOF Inductee) were all introduced at the national USCAA conference as inaugural members of ther USCAA Hall of Fame.
Matt Richards, President of the YSCC said, "The YSCC truly plays a large part in the history of the USCAA and to have three members of the inaugural USCAA Hall of Fame shows that. I can speak for all of the members in our conference in saying that Gary, Dave, and Katherine embody so many of the qualities that have made our conference and the USCAA successful."
The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) will open its Hall of Fame at its national headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia on June 11th and has released its inaugural Legacy and USCAA Hall of Fame inductees for the 2017-2018 year. The Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony will be held at The Main in Downtown Norfolk June 11, 2017 at 6PM. Local sports legend, Jack Ankerson, will lead the evening's festivities, which includes an opening reception, followed by dinner and inductions of fourteen members, ten legacy members and four USCAA Hall of Fame inductees. Each inductee's recognition will be commemorated with a hall of fame ring and plaque.
The Legacy Class, which consists of individuals dating back to the National Little College Athletic Association (NLCAA) and National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA) from 1966-2000 and were the predecessors to the USCAA, formed in 2001. The Legacy Class includes former athletic directors, administrators, and other distinguished members who made contributions to the NLCAA and NSCAA. The USCAA Hall of Fame, which ranges from 2001 to present, is comprised of former coaches, student-athletes and meritorious contributors. The inductees were reviewed and selected in coordination with the National Office and a selection committee of current and former USCAA Board of Directors.
The USCAA Hall of Fame will be located at the USCAA National Office Headquarters in Downtown Norfolk. The digital Hall of Fame will be the centerpiece to a brand-new wall mural that will depict the history of the association. It will be open to the public and available from 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Donations to the hall of fame may be made payable to the USCAA and are tax-deductible.
For inquiries, contact Phillip Hines at 757-897-3538 or Phillip.Hines@theuscaa.com.
2017 Legacy Hall of Fame Inductees
Credited for founding the organization in 1966, Noble served as the first commissioner for the National Little College Athletic Association. Noble also accumulated nearly 500 wins as a men's college basketball coach, spending time at the Midland College of Commerce and Ohio State at Marion.
Gary Zane | Bio
Jerry Jones | Bio
Of the multiple honors he earned in his 42 years as an educator and coach, Jones' national championship in 2000 at Kansas Wesleyan was the pinnacle of his career. As an athletic director at Kansas Wesleyan, Jones also experienced success, overseeing national championships in women's volleyball, women's basketball, women's cross-country, soccer, baseball, and basketball.
A long-standing contributor and supporter to the USCAA, Pleasant has accumulated numerous accolades in his time at Rochester College in Michigan. He collected 720 wins as a men's basketball coach and has been named to the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame, North Oakland Baseball Federation Hall of Fame, and been a recipient of four National Coach of the year awards (NSCAA, USCAA). Pleasant has also served on the Board of Directors for 10 years and spent 4 years as president.
Conrad left his mark in a small town in northwest Colorado. He was the athletic director, men's basketball, and baseball coach at Colorado Northwestern Community College. He holds the most wins of any coach in the history of the school, and was inducted into the Colorado Dugout Club in 2013.
Kenny Moorer spent 32 years at Florida College from 1981 to 2013 with most of that time being involved in every area of athletics. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the National Small College Athletic Association and USCAA, Moorer coached men's basketball for eight years and started the women's basketball program in 2010. He was awarded the USCAA Commissioner's Award for his service in 2007.
Hughes spent several years as a coach and athletic director in the NSCAA and USCAA. He led Kansas Wesleyan to back-to-back NSCAA National Championships in 1996 and 1997 and was named the NSCAA Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1997. Hughes went on to lead the advancement of Wentworth Military College, another USCAA member.
Known for his 5 men's basketball national championships and 13 national championship appearances, Coach Lipp is NCU's all-time wins leader with 438 victories, holding a .639 career winning percentage. Lipp coached for 23 seasons, and has spent more than 40 years being affiliated with NCU, both as a player and coach.
During his time as Commissioner of the NLCAA from 1985-1995, Dallmann oversaw the organization's branding change from NLCAA to NSCAA. His duties included the writing of the new organization's constitution, overseeing national championship events, keeping the record books, and adding new members. Dallmann was also the Athletic Director from 1972-1995 at Dr. Martin Luther College's athletic programs, who won three national championships as a member of the NLCAA and NSCAA. He also coached men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, baseball, soccer and golf at the school.
2017 USCAA Hall of Fame Inductees (2001-Present)
Gonyea has been involved and contributed in numerous ways to the USCAA since the beginning. As tournament director for baseball and basketball national championships, service on the Board of Directors – all while serving as Athletic Director and head men's basketball coach at Central Maine Community College – Gonyea's commitment to student-athletes without question earns the him the distinction to being a first ballot USCAA Hall of Famer. Gonyea served as President of the USCAA Board of Directors from 2001-2011, as the association grew from 42 members to over 80.
While serving as athletic director at The Apprentice School, Casto spearheaded efforts to advance the USCAA as we know it today. He served as Executive Director from 2005 to 2015 and enhanced the national championships, integrity to the organization, and grew the USCAA to nearly 90 members across the country.
Mitchell played volleyball for Florida College from 2009-2012, attending the USCAA National Tournament all four years. She was a 4-time All-American and a 3-time National Tournament Most Valuable Player. Mitchell won back to back national titles in 2009 and 2010.
Stockton thrived as a soccer player for New Hampshire Technical Institute. She was named a USCAA All-American in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Stockton led the nation in goals and assists from 2003-2005 and led her team to 3 conference championships from 2003 to 2005.