WCU Holds Fourth Annual Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
Hattiesburg, Miss., May 6, 2014 - William Carey University inducted nine former athletes into the Sports Hall of Fame during the Fourth Annual Sports Hall of Fame dinner at Southern Oaks House and Garden on April 26. The Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 athletes includes Jim Arnold (‘70), men’s baseball and basketball; Oleg Baleyev (‘99), men’s soccer; Eldredge Boyd (‘59), men’s basketball; Oleg Chichkanov (’97), men’s soccer; Bobby Eades (’69), men’s baseball and basketball; Janice Butler McCullum (‘83), women’s basketball; Billy Salter (’58), men’s baseball and basketball; Doyle Wheat (‘58), men’s baseball and basketball, and Dale Willis (’69), men’s baseball.
A tribute was given during the dinner to the late Dr. Milton Wheeler, who was inducted as an honorary Sports Hall of Fame member for his years of loyal dedication to Carey athletics. Dr. Wheeler, who served as a history professor at WCU for 55 years, was especially fond of baseball, and supported the university with generous gifts, one being for the baseball field. In 2006, the baseball field was dedicated to him, and named in his honor. Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU, presented Dr. Wheeler with a plaque for his induction just weeks before his death on March 24.
Coach Steve Knight, athletic director and head basketball coach, served as master of ceremonies for the induction banquet. He was recognized by WCU President Dr. Tommy King for being named the 2013-14 NAIA Coach of the Year and for WCU’s athletic program receiving the David M. Halbrook Award. The Halbrook Award is given annually by the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities for the highest student-athlete graduation rate among private colleges and universities in the state of Mississippi. WCU had a 96 percent rate.