WCU Sports Hall
of Fame Induction
W
illiam Carey University inducted
seven former athletes and one
former coach into the Sports
Hall of Fame during Homecoming 2013.
Inductees include 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 standout
Robbie Parker (‘79), women’s tennis
standout Nancy Gartin Sterling (’79), and
three-time NAIA All-American men’s tennis
player Marco Zannoni (’94).
Tommiesene Beasley (’84) is a licensed
school social worker for Harrison County
Schools and served as assistant coach
for Harrison Central High School Red
Rebelettes from 1996-2001. Ranked fourth
on the all-time scoring list with 1,654
points in three seasons, she is the only
Carey women’s basketball player to have
over 1,000 rebounds in a career, and her
12.55 rebounds per game is aWCU record.
Tommie was named NAIA National Player
of theWeek and NAIA First TeamAll-
American in 1984. She was also a member
of theWABA Dallas Diamonds World
Champions from 1984-85.
James McDade (‘79) teaches business
management and law classes for University
of California, L.A. James holds the single
season school record for field goals made
(298) and field goals attempted (571) and
holds theWCU career record for field
goals made (861) and field goals attempted
(1,688). He is the school record holder
for most points in a game (54) and ranks
fourth on the all-time scoring list with 1,967
points. After WCU, James returned home
to California and has worked as a mortgage
banker, real estate agent, and lawyer. He
holds the M.B.A. from UCLA and the
University of Singapore.
Ricky McMullen (’79) works in trucking
in New Orleans, La. He holds the NAIA
record for most triples in a season and
helped get WCU to the NAIAWorld 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 NewYork Mets. He advanced to Triple
A with the Mets organization in 1983.
Former Carey Softball Coach Glenn
Moore is now the head coach for Baylor
University inWaco, Texas. Prior to coming
toWCU, 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 for the Lady Crusaders 1995-1996
and in 1996, guidedWCU to a 22-17
record and runner-up finish in the GCAC
Tournament.
Danny Owens (’99) is the head
women’s soccer coach at WCU. As aWCU
soccer player, he was named All-GCAC
and All-Region XIII, as well as NAIA First
TeamAll-American in 1999. Owens served
as team captain during his senior season
and helped get WCU to three national
tournament appearances and two final four
appearances. He ranks third on the all-time
scoring list. 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.
Robbie Parker (‘79) works for Mississippi
Power. He helped get WCU to the NAIA
World Series in 1978 and number 1
ranking in the NAIA polls. He was NAIA
Second TeamAll-American in 1978 hitting
.363 with 20 home runs and 89 RBI’s, a
WCU record. Parker set a school record of
41 home runs during his three year career
and held the single season record of 20
home runs until 2004. 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
theWinterhaven Red Sox get to the Florida
State League Championship.
Nancy Gartin Sterling (’79) is a physical
education teacher at Lamar Elementary
School in Meridian. Prior to coming to
WCU, she helped Meridian Community
College make the 1975-76 state tennis
championship without losing a single set at
#1 singles. She posted a 34-9 regular tennis
season record at WCU in #1 singles and
23-9 record in #1 doubles. From 1976-1977,
she helpedWCU get to the Mississippi
AIAW Small College Championship. She
also helpedWCU get to the AIAWDivision
II National Tournaments in 1976-77 and
1977-78. During her senior season, Nancy
posted a 2-1 record for the women’s team at
#3 singles.
Marco Zannoni (’94) is sales director
for Rapelli Corporation, located in
Ticino, Switzerland. He was named
NAIA First TeamAll-American tennis
player in 1991 and 1993, NAIA Second
TeamAll-American in 1992, and NAIA
Scholar Athlete in 1992 and 1993. Marco
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. He also
earned the Master of International Business
from the University of South Carolina.
Pictured are (front row, left to right) Brian Moore,
representing his uncle Coach Glenn Moore,
Marco Zannoni (’94); Danny Owens (’99); Nancy
Gartin Sterling (’79); (back row, left to right)
Robbie Parker (’79);Tommiesene Beasley (’84);
James McDade (‘79), and Ricky McMullen (’79).
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