WCU Inducts Eight Into Sports Hall of Fame

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 18, 2013 - William Carey University inducted seven former athletes and one former coach into the Sports Hall of Fame during the third annual dinner in the Student Conference Center of Wilkes Dining Hall on Saturday, April 13.

The Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 includes women’s basketball All-American Tommiesene Beasley (’84), men’s basketball standout James McDade (‘79), baseball standout Ricky McMullen (’79), current Baylor Head Coach and former Carey Softball Coach Glenn Moore, NAIA All-American men’s soccer standout and current WCU women’s soccer coach Danny Owens (’99), baseball great Robbie Parker (‘79), women’s tennis standout Nancy Gartin Sterling (’79), and three time NAIA All-American men’s tennis player Marco Zannoni (’94).

“The 2013 Hall of Class is comprised of very deserving individuals,” said WCU Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Steve Knight. “These players and coaches are some of the best to have ever represented our institution. We were delighted to induct them into our Sports Hall of Fame.”

Tommiesene Beasley
Tommiesene Beasley (’84) is currently a licensed school social worker for Harrison County Schools, grades K-6. She served as assistant coach for Harrison Central High School Red Rebelettes from 1996-2001.

Beasley played basketball for Head Coach Bobby Halford. She ranks fourth on the All-Time scoring list with 1,654 points in three seasons, and is the only Carey women’s basketball player to have over 1,000 rebounds in a career. Her 12.55 rebounds per game is still a school record. She set the school scoring record with 43 points versus Louisiana College and broke her own record the very next game with a 48 point outburst against Dillard. Beasley was named NAIA National Player of the Week and NAIA First Team All-American in 1984. She was also a member of the WABA Dallas Diamonds World Champions from 1984-85.

James McDade
James McDade (‘79) currently teaches Business Management and Law classes for University of California, L.A.

He played basketball at WCU for Head Coach John Stephenson. McDade holds the single season school record for Field Goals Made (298) and Field Goals Attempted (571), and holds the career record for Field Goals Made (861) and Field Goals Attempted (1688). He is the school record holder for most points in a game with 54 versus Xavier during the 1976-77 season. McDade ranks fourth on the all-time scoring list with 1967 points.
After WCU, James returned home to California and has worked as a mortgage banker, real estate agent, and lawyer. He holds an MBA from UCLA and the University of Singapore. McDade is married to the former Remia Simpson and has four children: Chris, Jamie, Crystal, and Sean.

Ricky McMullen
Ricky McMullen (’79) is currently in the trucking business in New Orleans, La.

He played baseball at WCU for head coach John Stephenson from 1978-1979. He holds the NAIA record for most triples in a season, and helped WCU to the NAIA World Series and number 1 ranking in the NAIA Polls in 1978. He was also a 1978 NAIA All-American- Honorable Mention.  McMullen was drafted in the third round of the 1979 MLB June Amateur Draft  by the Oakland A’s, and drafted in the first round of the 1980 MLB January Draft- Secondary with the Padres organization before being traded to the New York Mets. He advanced to Triple AAA with the Mets Organization in the 1983. Some of Ricky’s teammates with the Mets include Daryl Strawberry, Kevin Mitchell, and his roommate and current Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane. His head coach with the Mets was current Washington Nationals Manager Davy Johnson.

Glenn Moore
Former Carey Softball Coach Glenn Moore is now the head coach for Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Prior to coming to WCU, Moore was a football and baseball player at Southwest Mississippi Community College and played tight end at Northwestern State University. After college, Moore served as an assistant softball coach at Northwestern State before returning to his hometown of Liberty to coach at Amite County School. Glenn served as head coach of the Lady Crusaders 1995 - 1996. In 1996, he guided WCU to a 22-17 record and runner-up finish in the GCAC Tournament.

Glenn spent four seasons, two as an assistant coach and two as head coach, at Louisiana State University  guiding the Lady Tigers to a 117-25 record and 2 SEC Titles. He became head coach for Baylor University in June 2000 guiding the Bears to 475-244 record. He has coached 13 Academic All-Americans, 49 All-Big 12 Selections and 34 NFCA All-Midwest Regions selections. Glenn is married to the former Jamie Miller, and has two children, Jacey Lynn and Ty Stewart.

Danny Owens
Danny Owens (’99) is currently the head women's soccer coach at WCU.

Owens played for Head Coach Doug Stovall from 1996-1999. He was named All-GCAC and All-Region XIII, as well as NAIA First Team All-American in 1999. Owens served as team captain during his senior season and helped WCU to three national tournament appearances and two final four appearances. He ranks third on the All-Time Scoring List, as well.

Owens guided the Our Lady Academy of Bay St. Louis’s soccer team to three consecutive Mississippi High School Championships. He took over as head coach of the Lady Crusaders in 2005 when he returned to get his Master’s and has guided WCU to three GCAC Championships and Four NAIA National Tournament Appearances.  Owens is married to the former Katie Langlois and they have two sons, Michael and Aiden.

Robbie Parker
Robbie Parker (‘79) has worked for Mississippi Power in Petal for 29 years.

Parker played for Head Coach John Stephenson from 1976-1978. He helped WCU to the NAIA World Series in 1978 and number 1 ranking in the NAIA Polls. He was NAIA Second Team All-American in 1978 hitting .363 with 20 home runs and 89 RBI’s. Parker hit a then school record of 41 home runs during his three year career and held the single season record of 20 home runs until 2004. He currently holds the school record for RBI’s in a single season with 89.

Parker was drafted to the Boston Red Sox in the 15th round of the 1978 MLB June Amateur Draft. During his second season in the minors, he helped the Winterhaven Red Sox to the Florida State League Championship. After baseball Parker returned to Petal and began working at Mississippi Power. Robbie and his wife Debbie have two children, Kelly and Crystal; five step-daughters, Sherry, Cindy, Teresa, Stephanie, and Tiffany, and one step-son, Chris.

Nancy Gartin Sterling
Nancy Gartin Sterling (’79) has been a physical education teacher at Lamar Elementary School in Meridian for the past 10 years.

Sterling played tennis under coaches Dr. Frank Pinkerton and Louis Miron. Prior to coming to WCU, she helped Meridian Community College to the 1975-76 state championship without losing a single set at #1 singles. Sterling posted a 34-9 regular season record at WCU in #1 singles and 23-9 record in #1 doubles. From 1976-1977, she helped WCU get to the Mississippi AIAW Small College Championship. She also helped WCU get to the AIAW Division II National Tournaments in 1976-77 and 1977-78. During her senior season, Sterling posted a 2-1 record for the men’s team at #3 singles.

Sterling graduated Magna Cum Laude in business with a minor in accounting, and worked in business and accounting for a number of years. She has also taught tennis lessons and played on the USTA Team. Sterling is married to Mike Sterling and has two children, Kelly and Michael.

Marco Zannoni
Marco Zannoni (’94) is currently sales director at Rapelli Corporation, located in Ticino, Switzerland.

Zannoni played tennis under Head Coach Jack Jones from 1991-1994. He was named NAIA First Team All-American in 1991 and 1993, named NAIA Second Team All-American in 1992, and named NAIA Scholar Athlete in 1992 and 1993. Zannoni competed in four national tournaments, advancing to round 16 in singles twice, to the quarterfinals once, and in doubles, advancing to the round of 16 once. He was also a recipient of the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award in 1993. After WCU, Zannoni earned a Master’s in International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina.

“The athletic tradition at Carey goes back to the earliest days of the institution, when Carey fielded winning football teams,” said WCU president Dr. Tommy King. “Recent history has not included football, but Carey has established a record of excellence in other sports and now competes in 14 sports in the Southern States Athletic Conference.  We are extremely proud of the former players and coaches who were honored Saturday night.”

Coach Steve Knight served as master of ceremonies for the induction banquet.

Seven former athletes and one former coach were inducted into the William Carey University 2013 Sports Hall of Fame on April 13. They are (front row, left to right) Brian Moore, representing his uncle Coach Glenn Moore, current softball coach of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and former Carey softball coach from 1995 - 1996; Marco Zannoni of Switzerland, tennis (’94); Danny Owens, current women’s soccer coach at WCU, soccer (’99); Nancy Gartin Sterling of Meridian, tennis (’79); (back row, left to right) Robbie Parker of Petal, baseball (’79); Tommiesene Beasley of Gulfport, basketball (’84); James McDade of Los Angeles, Cal., (‘79), and Ricky McMullen of New Orleans, baseball (’79).