May 10, 2003
Clemson, SC – Six former Clemson athletes representing six different sports will be inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. The group of six new inductees was announced Saturday by Charlie Bussey, executive director of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame. The formal induction ceremonies will be held September 5-6, 2003, the weekend Clemson will play host to Furman in football at Death Valley. The list includes three former Clemson athletes who were named to ACC 50-Year Anniversary teams this past year.
The list of inductees includes former men’s soccer All-American Eric Eichmann, former track All-American Jim Haughey, Jane Forman, an All-American and member of the ACC’s 50-Year Anniversary women’s tennis team, former All-ACC basketball player Vincent Hamilton, and former All-ACC baseball player and football standout Smiley Sanders. Whitey Jordan, who played football and baseball at Clemson in the 1950s, and went on to coach football and golf in the 1960s and 1990s at Clemson, also will be inducted.
Eichmann, a forward for the Tigers from 1983-86, was an All-American in 1985 and 1986. Clemson’s career leader in assists with 47, Eichmann played 88 career games and scored 111 career points. He led the ACC in assists with a Clemson record 19. A starter on Clemson’s 1984 National Championship team, Eichmann was named to the ACC’s 50-Year Anniversary men’s soccer team last fall. He went on to become a starter on the United States National team in 1989.
Haughey competed for the Clemson track team from 1979-83. He was a two-time All-American in cross country and helped the Tigers to three ACC team titles (1980-81-82). Clemson finished in the top 10 in the nation in cross country all three of those seasons. He was also named to the NCAA All-District team in 1980 and 1981 and was named to the ACC’s 50-Year Anniversary cross country team this past fall. He was also a two-time All-American in outdoor track in the 5000 meters (1982 and 1983)
Forman is a third member of the Hall of Fame induction class of 2003 that was named to the ACC’s 50-Year Anniversary team. She was named the ACC Player of the Year in 1981 and 1984 and was a singles All-American in 1982 and 1983. As a sophomore, junior and senior she was the ACC Flight One singles champion and ranked in the top 25 in the nation in each final individual poll. She holds the Clemson record for most singles victories with 137 and is the school’s all-time leader in sets won with 288.
Hamilton was one of the finest all-around men’s basketball players in Clemson history. As a sophomore in 1981-82, Hamilton led the ACC in field goal percentage with a .586 mark. That remains a record for a Clemson guard and no ACC backcourt player has led the ACC in field goal percentage since. An All-ACC player in 1981-82, Hamilton was a fourth-round draft choice of the Indiana Pacers in 1985. He went on to play nine years in the Continental Basketball Association and was that league’s all-time leader in field goal percentage.
Sanders starred for Clemson in baseball and football in the early 1970s. On the gridiron he led the Tigers in rushing in 1973 with 627 yards off a 5.5 per carry figure. He led the 1973 team in touchdowns with 10 in just 10 games. On the diamond, Sanders was an All-ACC outfielder in 1973 and 1974. He was a second-team NCAA All-District choice in 1974 when he led the ACC in home runs and RBIs.
Jordan also played football and baseball for the Tigers in the 1950s. He was a three-year letter winner in football for Clemson from 1955-57. He led the 1957 Orange Bowl team with 12 receptions for 369 yards. His yards per reception average of 30.7 stood as a Clemson record for over 30 years. He was also a member of the Clemson baseball team in 1957.
He went into coaching at Clemson after graduation in 1959 and served as Clemson’s offensive coordinator from 1968-69 and 1993. He served under Frank Howard, Ken Hatfield and Tommy West in various capacities. He also coached the Clemson golf team in the 1960s. He served as an assistant coach at Southern Mississippi, SMU, Wake Forest, Florida and North Carolina. He is still active serving as a coach in NFL Europe.
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