Charlotte, NC - From Big South Sports
CHARLOTTE, NC – Former Radford men's basketball coach Ron Bradley, former Coastal Carolina cross country standout Catherine Conder, former Charleston Southern men's golfer Jim Gardas, former Coastal Carolina men's soccer player Guy Norcott, former Winthrop men's golfer Kevin Pendley and former UNC Asheville men's basketball player Josh Pittman have been elected for enshrinement in the Big South Conference Hall of Fame, it was announced today by the League. The six individuals will be officially inducted on Thursday evening, June 3, 2010, during a special ceremony as part of the Conference's annual spring meetings in High Point, N.C. The Hall of Fame was created in 2003 as part of the League's 20th Anniversary celebration, and now totals 41 former Big South Conference student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors. Below is a look at the 2010 class:
Dr. Ron Bradley, Radford, Men's Basketball Coach, 1991-02
During his 11-year tenure as Radford's head coach, Bradley compiled a 109-47 regular-season Big South record ( =.699 winning percentage) and was 193-124 overall ( =.609) -- becoming the Conference's all-time leader in both categories upon his departure in 2002. He held the overall win record until 2007 and the Big South victory standard until January 2010. Bradley led Radford to a 20-9 record and the school's first Big South regular-season championship in his first season of 1991-92, earning Big South Coach of the Year honors. He also led the Highlanders to the 1998 Big South Tournament Championship and the school's first-ever NCAA berth. In all, Bradley had four 20-win seasons at Radford -- second-most by a coach in Big South history, and directed the Highlanders to the Big South Semifinals in 10 of his 11 seasons. In addition, Bradley's squads won three regular-season Big South titles and reached the Big South Championship game in 1998, 1999 and 2001. During his time at Radford, Bradley coached the Highlanders to a memorable 73-72 win at LSU on Dec. 30, 1993, as well as notable wins over George Mason and Virginia Tech during his tenure. He also coached Doug Day, who became the NCAA's all-time leader in three-point field goals in 1993, and Corey Reed, a two-time Academic All-American. Bradley's Radford teams led the Big South in scoring offense a League-record seven times, including four-straight seasons from 1995-99, and were tops in field goal percentage four times, free throw percentage three times and three-point percentage four times. Bradley spent 16 years as a head coach, including five at Eastern Nazarene from 1976-81, and posted a winning record 15 times and won at least 18 games 10 times, including six 20-win seasons. Bradley was selected by the New York Nets in the 1972 ABA Draft as a junior eligible player and played semiprofessional basketball for three seasons before beginning his coaching career at Eastern Nazarene in 1976-77. After earning his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1974, Bradley completed his master's degree in Physical Education from Bridgewater (Mass.) State in 1980, and earned his doctorate in sports psychology from the University of Maryland in 1993. He was recently the Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach at Clemson University before taking the same position at DePaul University on April 21.
Catherine Conder, Coastal Carolina, Women's Cross Country, 1994-97
The Big South's first three-time Women's Cross Country Champion and Runner of the Year (1994, 1995, 1996), Conder is one of eight four-time Big South Women's Cross Country All-Conference performers in League history. She was the third individual to accomplish this feat at the time in 1997 when she finished as the individual Runner-Up that year. She also was first to be named Runner of the Year and Freshman of the Year in the same year in 1994. Conder won the 1996 Women's Cross Country Championship in a record time of 17:21, a record that stood until 2002 and is still the third-fastest time in Big South Championship history. She helped Coastal Carolina to two League championships (1995, 1996) and earned All-Region accolades in 1994, 1995 and 1996. Conder also participated in outdoor track and was the Big South's individual champion in the 1,500-meter run in 1995 and the 3,000-meter run in 1997 with a record time of 10:07.53. She was the Big South's best performer for the entire outdoor track season in the 10,000-meters in 1994, the 1,500-meter run in 1995, the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 1997 and the 5,000-meter run three consecutive years (1994, 1995, 1996). Conder finished 13th in the 5,000 meters at the 1997, NCAA Outdoor Track Championship after finishing 17th in the event at the 1996 national meet. Her 14th-place standing in the 5,000 meters in the 1995 NCAA Outdoor Track Championship was the highest finish by a freshman. Conder also was a Silver Medalist in the 1996 Penn Relays in the 5,000-meter run with a Big South record time of 16:26.
Jim Gardas, Charleston Southern, Men's Golfer, 1996-99
Gardas led Charleston Southern to back-to-back Runner-Up finishes in the 1998 and 1999 Big South Conference Championship, the school's highest finish in the Conference Championship at that time. He finished third in the 1999 event with an even-par 216 to earn his second career All-Conference honor, as his first came in 1997. It also was his career-best finish in the Conference Championship. His collegiate highlights included a 68 in the first round of the 1999 CSU Spring Kickoff, the lowest round of the tournament, en route to a fifth-place overall finish in that event. Gardas also was exceptional in the classroom, as he was voted the Big South Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1997, 1998 and 1999, becoming the first three-time winner in League history. In addition, Gardas was voted a Second-Team Academic All-American in 1999 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), becoming the Big South's first men's golf Academic All-American. He graduated from Charleston Southern with a 3.94 grade-point average in mathematics and was the recipient of the Big South's prestigious Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence in 1999 for having the highest cumulative GPA of a graduating Big South student-athlete that year. Following his collegiate career, Gardas played in the 2003 U.S. Amateur Open and was the 2006 Anthracite Golf Amateur of the Year. He also won the 2006 John Moore Memorial Championship. Gardas, who also played professionally, was inducted into Charleston Southern's Hall of Fame in 2008.
Guy Norcott, Coastal Carolina, Men's Soccer Player, 1989-92
Norcott was part of the Big South's early success in men's soccer, as he helped the Chanticleers to the 28-team NCAA Tournament in 1992 and a 2-0 first round victory over South Carolina -- the Big South's first victory in a postseason tournament in League history. A three-year captain who started 75 career games, Norcott scored 27 career points from his defender position and led Coastal Carolina to 57 victories from 1989-92, including Big South Conference Championships in 1989 and 1990 and the 1989 regular-season title. Norcott was a three-time First-Team All-Conference selection (1989, 1990, 1992) and was selected to two All-Tournament teams (1989, 1990) during his collegiate career. The 1990 Big South Player of the Year, Norcott also earned All-South Region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) that same year. He capped his career with Third-Team All-America honors from the NSCAA in 1992. Following his time at Coastal Carolina, Norcott played professional soccer for the Charleston Battery of the USISL from 1993-98, and was named to the USISL All-Atlantic Division Team in 1994 and 1996. Voted the 1996 USISL Defender of the Year, Norcott led the Battery to the 1996 USISL Championship and was named to the All-Tournament Team. He is currently Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Cuddoozle by Naturally Norcott in Atlanta, Ga.
Kevin Pendley, Winthrop, Men's Golfer, 1995-98
Pendley was the Big South's first two-time Men's Golfer of the Year and individual medalist in 1997 and 1998. He also was the Conference's third-ever four-time All-Conference performer (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998), and is now just one of six men's golfers in League history with this distinction. The Big South Rookie of the Year in 1995, Pendley carded a 6-under 210 (69-69-72) in his 1998 Conference victory, which was the fifth-lowest at the time and remains tied for the ninth-lowest individual score in Conference Championship history. He helped Winthrop to a Runner-Up finish in the 1997 Big South Championship, which is tied for the squad's best finish in the Conference tournament. Pendley was a member of the 1996 Winthrop team that set a school record for lowest 36-hole score of 571, a record that stood for seven years. He later played professionally for seven years, including the NGA Hooters Tour in 1998, 1999 and 2002, and the Buy.com Tour in 2000 and 2001. He ranked third on the NGA Hooters Tour money list in 2002. Pendley later played on the Nationwide Tour in 2003 and 2004 and concluded his professional career with five career Top 10 finishes. Currently in his fourth season as the head men's golf coach at his alma mater, Pendley was inducted into the Winthrop Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
Josh Pittman, UNC Asheville, Men's Basketball Player, 1994-98