MOC Athletics Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony Saturday
Two All-Americans, an all-conference selection in two different sports, and the inaugural team from the school's longest-running sports program will be this year's inductees into the Mount Olive College Athletics Hall of Fame. Three-sport student-athlete Tangela Grant Faulkner, along with baseball student-athletes Scott McKee and Mike Neill will be inducted into the MOC Athletics Hall of Fame as part of Pickle Classic and Homecoming festivities. In addition, the 1965-66 Trojan Men's Basketball Team will be the first-ever recipient of the Hall of Fame Pioneer Award.
The Mount Olive College Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Lois K. Murphy Regional Center on the MOC campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
"We are very excited about this year's class of inductees," said Jeff Eisen, director of athletics and chair of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. "They represent the excellence of Trojan athletics. We are also pleased to present the first Pioneer Award to the 1965-66 men's basketball team, recognizing their important role in the history of our athletics program."
A three-sport student-athlete, Tangela Grant (Faulkner) earned All- CVAC (Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference, now Conference Carolinas) honors in basketball in each of her two years at Mount Olive after transferring to MOC. As a junior, she ranked fifth in the nation with a school record 22.7 points per game scoring average during the 1996-97 season. Her 600 points that year remain the second highest single-season total and her 35-point performance against Belmont Abbey is still the third highest single-game scoring total in school history. She added 452 points in her senior year to put become the only player in Trojan women's basketball history (since becoming a four-year college in 1985) to surpass the 1,000-point mark in just two seasons.
Grant led the Trojan volleyball team in kills and blocks in her junior year, and was an all-conference selection as a senior. She had the second highest hitting percentage in the conference and ranked fifth in kills. Mount Olive won the 1997 CVAC Women's Volleyball Championship for the Trojans' lone conference tournament title. In addition to basketball and volleyball, Grant also competed in cross country. She is married to Trojan baseball alum Jeremy Faulkner.
Scott McKee was a three-year starting catcher for the Trojans, earning All-America and Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Player of the Year honors in 1997. He batted .409 that year for what was the second highest single-season batting average in Trojan history at that time. McKee was also an All-CVAC first team selection in 1999.
McKee was part of the 1999 team that posted a 48-9 record, which was the highest single-season win total until the Trojans' 49-win season in 2007. Mount Olive compiled a 120-42 record with three NCAA Tournament appearances, three conference tournament championships and three regular season titles during McKee's three years.
Mike Neill was at Mount Olive for two years and was a teammate of McKee in 1997 and 1998. Neill's .402 career batting average was the best in Trojan baseball history until 2012 and is just one point behind the all-time record. In 1998, Neill batted a then-school record .419, now the sixth highest single-season batting average in Trojan history.
Neill was an All-CVAC first team selection in each of his two years at Mount Olive. He also earned All-America honors in 1998.
While men's basketball was not the first sport Mount Olive College sponsored, it is the longest-running Trojan sport. (Mount Olive added baseball the previous year, but the sport was discontinued before being reinstated in 1980.)
The inaugural Mount Olive College Pickle Classic (originally called the Holiday Classic) took place during the 1965-66 season. The first tournament was won by Southwood College and the Most Valuable Player was eventual college and pro basketball Hall of Famer "Pistol" Pete Maravich.
Bobby Frank was the Trojans' first-ever head men's basketball coach. The 1965-66 roster included Tim Daniels, Duane Gwyn, Willie Houston, Tyrone Lucas, Dickie Reaves, Doug Simmons, Gary Steppler, George Thigpen, Jackie Turlington, Gerald Waddell and Johnnie Wadsworth.
This year's class is the eighth Hall of Fame Class and brings the total number of individual inductees up to 28. The 1965-66 men's basketball team joins the 1992 baseball team as the only teams to be inducted.
To RSVP, contact Tina Parks at 919-658-7759 or email@example.com.