Saturday, October 08, 2016

FAMU enshrines 2016 Sports Hall of Famers

The latest members of the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame were formally announced during the 40th Anniversary Enshrinement Ceremony on Sept. 23 at the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. Below is a quick glance at the Class of 2016 and their accomplishments:

Mary Jones Wellens, Vogel Newsome, Pamela Oliver and Pamela Porter – 1984 Women’s 4×400 Relay Team

The quartet distinguished themselves as student athletes on the track by winning the 1984 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles in the 800 and 1600 meters. The track stars also qualified for the finals in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Outdoor Nationals in the 1600 meter relay, earning All-America honors.

William C. Carroll – Football, 1988-1991

Carroll is a two-time All-America defensive back and key defender on two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship teams at FAMU in 1988 and 1990. He finished his career with 23 pass interceptions, and All MEAC, Black College and FCS All-America honors in 1990 and 1991.

Marvin Green – Coach, 2001-Present

Green has received several accolades thus far in his tenure as FAMU’s golf coach.  He annually has one of the top 5 ranked golf teams among historically black colleges and universities, was selected to the African American Golfers Hall of Fame and as “College Golf Coach of the Year.” Additionally, he has served as President of the National Black College Golf Coaches Association and has graduated more than 95 percent of his student athletes.

Kevin Hicks – Track, 2004-2005

As a sophomore at FAMU Hicks became the first University track star to qualify for the World Championships since 1990 after placing third in the Hershey’s 800 Meter Final at the 2005 USA Outdoor Championships. On Feb. 27, 2005, Hicks captured the first indoor title for a FAMU runner since Bob Hayes (60 meters) in 1964 with a victory in the 800 meter final. Hicks also received numerous accolades as Outstanding Male Performer at the MEAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

Irene Nelson Holden – Supporter

Holden served FAMU for more than 40 years in the accounting department and remains extremely active in several athletic support organizations. Among the organizations are the National Alumni Association and the FAMU Booster Club. Over the years she has worked tirelessly with University Athletics during home events and closely with the business managers in athletics. In addition, she was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Athletics Award by the National “F” Club.

Thomas Lomack – Baseball, 1966-1969

Lomack was a four-year letter winner for the FAMU Baseball team, as a catcher and outfielder. Drafted out of high school by the Cleveland Indians in 1965, Lomack elected to attend FAMU where he served as team captain of the nationally-ranked 1969 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Championship team. He was also a two-time All-SIAC Tournament selectee.

Jimmy Vertuno – Football, 1987-1990

Vertuno was a three-time All MEAC selection and a 1988 Sheridan Network All-America placekicker.  A clutch performer on special teams, Vertuno led the Rattlers in scoring in three of his four seasons, scoring a career best 71 points in the Rattlers MEAC Championship season of 1990. During his career he connected on 113 of 123 point after attempts and made 39 of 56 field goal tries.

Robert Wilson –Football, 1993- 1997

Wilson finished his career as number two of all-time in FAMU history in career pass receptions at 218, and career receiving yards with 3,027.  A three-time All-MEAC selection, Wilson captured All-America honors in 1996 when he had single season highs in receptions (78) and receiving yards (1,161).

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