Barton announces six Athletic Hall of Fame inductees for 2015

Barton announces six Athletic Hall of Fame inductees for 2015

by Gary W. Hall

WILSON, N.C. – Barton College has announced six additions to its Athletic Hall of Fame for 2015. Those to be inducted are Tim Black, Dr. James B. Hemby, Jr., Kelly Lamotta Holland, David McDonald, Elizabeth Spencer McKenzie, and Russell Rawlings.

The Bulldog Club and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held on Friday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Intramural and Recreation Center (KRIC) on campus as part of Homecoming Weekend.

Black, class of 2003, was an NCAA Division II All-American in men’s basketball for Coach Ron Lievense prior to enjoying a successful professional career of over a decade in Europe.

Hemby, who graduated in 1955, served the college for 40 years before retiring in 2003. He served on the faculty of the Department of English and Modern Languages for 20 years (in later years as chair), and he also served as provost of the college before accepting the role of president in 1983. He served as president of the college for 20 years. He is a past president of the Carolinas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAC) and was a member of the Council of Presidents of the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Hemby, who now resides in Raleigh, N.C., was president at Barton when the college changed its national affiliation to NCAA Division II.

Holland, a native of Rolesville, N.C., was a basketball and volleyball standout on winning teams under Coach Wendee Saintsing.

McDonald, a native of Havelock, N.C., and a 1992 graduate, was the Carolinas Conference Player of the Year in leading Coach Todd Wilkinson’s team to the league championship in that same year.

McKenzie, a native of Elm City, N.C., and a 2003 graduate, starred in soccer at Fike High School before coming to play at Barton for coaches Scott Ginn and Todd Bailess. She led the 2001 team to the program’s best season ever at 16-2-1 and the championship game of the NCAA Division II South Regional Tournament.

Rawlings is a native of Wilson, N.C., and currently resides in Holly Springs, N.C. He is a 1978 graduate and has served the college in a variety of roles over the years, including as men’s tennis coach and as the emcee for the Hall of Fame Banquet almost since its inception in 1984. Currently, Rawlings serves as communications director for the N.C. Bar Association, but earlier in his professional career, he served in a variety of departments at the college including sports information, alumni affairs and advancement. He is a past member of the Barton College Board of Trustees. Rawlings also covered the Bulldogs as a sports reporter (dating back to his enrollment at the college), and later as an assistant sports editor, and managing editor, all appointments at The Wilson Times (then The Wilson Daily Times).