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2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Note: The following appears in the Boston College gameday football program. To purchase a copy of the program while supplies last, send a check for $7 to Clemson Athletic Communications; P.O. Box 31; Clemson, SC 29633 with your return address.


SOCCER • 1998-01

• A four-year starter in goal, the first in Clemson history.• Only Tiger in history to be in goal for an NCAA Tournament victory four consecutive years.• The Tigers finished in the top 11 of the national rankings all four years of her career, including No. 6 in 1999 and No. 5 in 2000.• Clemson was ranked in the top 25 of all 48 polls during her career.• Holds the Clemson career record for solo shutouts (34), and is second in career saves (306) and career goals against average (0.86).• Led the team from a defensive standpoint to the NCAA quarterfinals in 1999 and 2000 and the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1998 and 2001.• Had 109 saves as a sophomore in 1999.• Holds the Clemson single-game saves record with 16, which she recorded twice, both times against North Carolina.• All-ACC Tourney selection in 1999.• Led Clemson to its first ACC regular-season title in 2000. Clemson finished 19-3-1 that year with a No. 5 ranking.• First-Team All-ACC selection in 2000.• Helped Clemson to the Elite Eight of the 2000 NCAA Tournament by allowing just one combined goal in wins over Duke and Florida State.• Third-team NSCAA All-American in 2001.• NSCAA Scholar All-America Team selection in 2001.




• Led Clemson to football victories over South Carolina four straight years, the only Tiger football coach with a perfect record against South Carolina.• Had an overall record of 29-11-1, and his 72.0 overall winning percentage is fifth best in school history.• Had a 13-0-1 record in home games, the best winning percentage by a Clemson coach at home.• After a 5-3-1 start in 1927, he guided Clemson to three consecutive eight-win seasons, a first in school history.• Coached Clemson’s first football All-American, O.K. Pressley, in the 1928 season.• In his final season, the Tigers finished with an 8-2 record.• During the 1929-30 academic year, he coached the football team to an 8-3 record in the fall and the basketball team to a 16-9 mark in the winter.• Coached men’s basketball at Clemson for five years.• He later coached at Vanderbilt and Temple. He coached the Temple men’s basketball team to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 1944. Overall, he coached 545 basketball games in his career.• Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a player at Vanderbilt in 1970.• He retired to a farm in New Jersey. He died of a heart attack on June 19, 1961 in Mount Laurel, N.J., at the age of 69.


GOLF • 1993-97

• One of the most consistent players in Tiger history, as a school-record 135 of his 144 career rounds were counting scores towards the team score.• Only player in Clemson history to play at least 30 rounds and have all of his rounds count in two different seasons.• Three-time, First-Team All-ACC pick.• Had three consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA regional from 1994-96, as he was fourth in 1994, second in 1995 and eighth in 1996. Clemson won the regional in 1994 and 1995.• Finished second at the 1995 ACC Tournament and third in 1996. He was a starter on the 1997 ACC championship team.• Finished sixth in the nation at the NCAA Tournament in Chicago and finished 16th in the nation as a junior in 1996.• No. 9 in the nation in the final NCAA individual rankings in 1997 and was No. 27 as a junior in 1996.• First-team All-American in 1997 who had the lowest stroke average on a team that finished third in the nation.• ACC Co-Player-of-the-Year in 1997.• Played in the Walker Cup and Palmer Cup for Great Britain and Ireland.• In the 1998 season, he qualified to play on the PGA Tour and European Tour, the first golfer in history to qualify to play on both.• Played on the PGA Tour in 1998 and 2001.• Named to the ACC 50-Year Anniversary Team in 2003.


TRACK & FIELD • 1989-92

• One of the greatest cross country runners in Clemson history who set multiple school records and earned a multitude of all-conference honors from 1989-92.• Seventh women’s track & field athlete inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame.• Two-time team captain and two-time team MVP.• 1989 All-American in cross country who finished 19th.• 1989 all-district and region performer who finished seventh.• 1990 All-American in cross country who finished seventh.• 1990 individual ACC champion in cross country.• Won the 1990 indoor ACC championship in the 3000m with a time of 9:48.54.• 1990 First-Team All-ACC selection in 3000m outdoors.• All-district and region performer who finished second in the ACC in the 1990 season.• 1991 First-Team All-ACC performer in 3000m indoors.• 1991 indoor NCAA participant in 3000m.• Helped Clemson to two top-20 finishes outdoors in the 1991 and 1992 seasons.• Won the 1992 outdoor ACC championship in the 5000m with a time of 16:54.17.• Named to the ACC 50-Year Anniversary Team for cross country.


SOCCER • 1993-95

• Clemson’s career leader in goals (76), as he was second in league history when his career ended. He had 76 goals in 61 matches, one of just four players in school history to average at least one goal per match.• Second in Clemson history in career points (170).• Tied the school record for “hat tricks” in a career (8).• Second player in ACC history (Clemson’s Nnamdi Nwokocha is the other) to have three seasons of 20+ goals.• Second in the nation in goals (29) in 1993.• Had a positive effect on the program, as the Tigers finished No. 5 in the final polls of 1993 and 1995. Clemson won the ACC regular-season championship in 1993.• Led the nation in goals (26) in 1994.• Finalist for the Hermann Award in 1994 and 1995.• All-American in 1994 and 1995, as he was a First-Team All-ACC selection in 1995.• Fifth in the nation in goals (21) in 1995. He is the only Tiger to finish in the top five in the nation in goals three consecutive years.• On Nov. 1, 1995, he scored his 76th career goal to become Clemson’s career leader.• Named to the ACC 50-Year Anniversary Team.• Went on to a long professional career, as he played from 1996-09 in the United States and overseas.


FOOTBALL • 2002-05

TRACK & FIELD • 2002-05

• First-team All-ACC selection in football and track & field.• Played 49 career games, as he never missed a game. He made 34 career starts.• Eighth in Clemson history in career passes defended (40).• Played running back in 2002 and had a 100-yard rushing game at North Carolina.• Helped Clemson to a top-25 team finish in 2003 and 2005.• Had 35 career pass breakups, tied for third in Tiger history. That total includes a school-record 21 pass breakups in 2004.• One of three finalists for the Thorpe Award in 2005.• First-team All-American in 2005.• One of just seven players to be a first-round draft pick, first-team All-American and earn a degree in the 2005-06 academic year.• Graduated from Clemson in December 2005.• Ran a 4.30 in the 40 at the NFL Combine, the best that year and still third best by a cornerback at the combine.• First-round draft pick (No. 15 overall) in the 2006 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams.• Played five years in the NFL and was named to the NFL All-Rookie team in 2006.• Three-time ACC champion in track & field, as he won the 2004 ACC indoor title in the 60m (6.71).


TRACK & FIELD • 2002-05

• Six-time All-American in her career, the second-most certificates in Clemson history.• An 11-time All-ACC performer, tied for fourth most in program history.• Seven-time ACC champion in her career, fourth most in school history.• Won one All-America honor indoors and five outdoors.• Two-time first-team Academic All-American.• Became the 15th Tiger athlete to be an All-American on the field and in the classroom, and just third to do it twice (Jonathan Byrd, Kyle Young).• Helped Clemson to two top-25 seasons in indoor track.• Only Tiger in program history to qualify for the triple jump four straight years at the NCAA meet.• All-American outdoors in two events in the 2003 season, the triple jump and long jump.• Won the ACC outdoor triple jump championship three consecutive years (2003-05). She also won the long jump in 2005.• Won the triple jump and long jump at the 2004 ACC indoor meet.• First Clemson women’s track athlete to be a regional champion, as she won the triple jump in 2004 and 2005.• Won the national championship in the indoor triple jump in 2005.• Won an ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan scholarship in 2005.• Competed for Brazil in the 2008 Olympics.


FENCING • 1977-80

• Four-time All-American, the only four-time All-American in program history and one of just a few in Clemson athletic history.• During his career, Clemson finished in the top 15 in the nation three times at the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers were No. 13 in 1977, No. 9 in 1979 and tied for No. 5 in 1980, when the team finished 14-1 overall and 6-0 in the ACC.• Clemson had a 45-10 overall record and 14-3 ACC mark in his career.• He was 71-16 overall and 28-5 against the ACC during his last two years in the sabre weapon.• Finished fifth at the NCAA meet in the sabre weapon in 1977.• Finished third at the NCAA meet in the sabre weapon in 1978.• Member of the ACC championship team in 1979.• Finished fourth at the NCAA meet in the sabre weapon in 1979 to complete the season with a 39-8 overall record, including a 14-2 mark against ACC opponents.• Clemson won the ACC regular-season championship in 1980 and tournament title in 1979. The 1979 team defeated South Carolina 26-1 for the largest victory margin in school history.• Finished seventh at the NCAA meet in the sabre weapon in 1980 to complete a 32-8 overall record, including a 14-3 mark against ACC opponents.• ACC champion in the sabre weapon in 1980.


TRACK & FIELD • 1994-97

• One of the fastest runners in Clemson track & field history.• Six-time individual All-American and two-time All-American on a relay at Clemson.• Third in Clemson history in All-America certificates.• Three-time ACC champion in the 200m.• 1994 World Junior champion in the 200m.• Finished third at the NCAA outdoor championships in 1994 in the 200m with a time of 20.30, then finished sixth in 1995 with a time of 20.64. He finished third again in 1996 with a time of 20.60.• Helped the 400m relay team finish second at the NCAA championships with a time of 38.92.• Finished third in the ACC in the 200m indoors in the 1995 season with a time of 20.90.• Won the 400m in the ACC outdoor meet in 1996.• Competed under the direction of the late Clemson head coach, Bob Pollock, who Wheeler credits for much of his success.• He earned his undergraduate degree from Clemson in 1997, then earned a master’s degree from Clemson in 2003.• Named to the ACC 50-Year Anniversary Team.• After graduation, he worked in Vickery Hall with an assistantship.• Has worked as a disc jockey.