immortalized in new Athletics Hall of Fame
Three former student-athletes, two
coaches, and one athletic administrator were inducted Aug. 13 into the
inaugural class of the Winthrop Athletics Hall of Fame.
The six honorees recognized at a banquet in McBryde Hall were: the
late Lucile Ellerbe Godbold ’22, a track and field gold medalist in
the 1922 Olympics; Harriet “Boots” Bandy ’58, a former high school
girls’ basketball coach and South Carolina Hall of Fame member; Mary
Roland Griffin ’50, Winthrop’s first athletics director; Horace Turbeville,
the school’s first baseball coach; Lisa Kemme Raio ’91,
an NCAA record-setting softball pitcher; and Bryan Link ’95, an NCAA
Division I All-American pitcher.
Winthrop Athletics Director Tom Hickman said Winthrop established its
Hall of Fame to honor former student-athletes and past and present
athletics and university administrators, coaches, and supporters of
the Eagle’s athletics program who have made a lasting impact on the
school’s sports programs.
“We believe this is the right time in the history of Winthrop to honor
the outstanding individuals who have left their mark on the Winthrop
athletics program and to also recognize the pioneers and leaders who
have helped direct the successful evolution of
Winthrop athletics from
its years as an all-female school, to a quality NCAA Division I
coeducational program,” said Hickman.
Participants joked that the ceremony seemed to attract extreme weather
conditions. The first scheduled banquet was cancelled due to an
18-inch snowfall. The event was then set for Friday the 13th and was
held despite threatening storms due to Hurricane Charley.
Ann Ellerbe Copeland ’68, niece of Lucile Godbold, came to the
inauguration on behalf of her aunt who passed away in 1981 after a
long teaching career at Columbia College. The recipients said they
were honored by the induction in the first class.
“This has to be my greatest achievement,” said Bandy, who was an
outstanding high school girls’ basketball coach for 39 years.
A permanent exhibit space for the Athletics Hall of Fame is being
created on the upper concourse level of the Winthrop Coliseum and is
expected to be completed in October.
The inaugural class for Winthrop’s
Athletics Hall of Fame was recognized on Aug. 13, in McBryde Hall.
(sitting from left) Mary Roland Griffin, Harriet "Boots" Bandy, Lisa
Kemme Raio; standing, Athletics Director Tom Hickman, Horace
Turbeville, Ann Ellerbe Copeland (niece of Lucile Godbold), Bryan
Link, Winthrop President Anthony J. DiGiorgio.
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