GREENVILLE, N.C. --- One legendary coach and four outstanding former student-athletes representing four sports have been elected for induction into the East Carolina University Athletics Hall Of Fame. The Class of 2012 includes Amanda Duffy (soccer), David Garrard (football), Steve Logan (football), Michelle Ward (softball) and John Williamson (baseball).
Duffy, Ward and Williamson will be inducted at a banquet on Friday, Nov. 2 and then introduced to the public during halftime of the ECU-Houston football game on Saturday, Nov. 3. Due to the National Football League (NFL) game between the Miami Dolphins, quarterbacked by Garrard, and Indianapolis Colt that same weekend, Garrard will be unable to attend the ceremonies. Logan will also be unable to attend due to contractual obligations with Capitol Broadcasting Company. Garrard and Logan will be enshrined at a later date.
A four-year letterman and former assistant coach, Duffy is the first women's soccer player to be elected to the ECU Athletics Hall of Fame. She etched her name all over the record books, graduating as the school's all-time leader in points (83) and goals scored (33) and finished second in assists (17). She was a two-time first-team All-Conference USA selection, leading the league in goals (14), points (32) and shots (63) in 2001. The following season she was ranked among the league leaders in nine different categories, including fourth in goals (11) and shots (67) as well as fifth in points (28). She was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCA) All-South Region second-team in 2001 and '02 as well as the Soccer Buzz Southeast Region third-team.
A three-time All-Conference USA selection, Garrard led ECU to 29 victories and three bowl game appearances from 1998 to 2001, and in the process, established 28 school passing and total offense records. A four-year letterman, Garrard holds the school records for passing yards (9,029) and total offense (10,238). Upon graduation, Garrard held four of the top-10 passing performance seasons in Pirate lore, along with the career record for completions (666). As a sophomore he led the Pirates to a 9-3 record in 2001, which included a come-from-behind victory over No. 13 Miami (Fla.) at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. The following season he directed the Pirates to an 8-4 record highlighted by a galleryfurniture.com Bowl win over Texas Tech.
Logan roamed the ECU sidelines as its head football coach for 11 years (1992-2002) and won more games (65) than any of his predecessors or successors. He guided the Pirates to five bowl games and six winning seasons, including four seasons with at least eight wins. His 1995 team posted a 9-3 record and finished the year ranked No. 23, the last time the Pirates were in a final top-25 poll, capped by a win over Stanford in the Liberty Bowl. Logan is widely recognized as the architect of the potent Pirate offensive attack of the 1990s that resulted in seven of the top-10 passing and total offensive teams in school history. Six of those teams also rank among the highest scoring teams as well. Prior to being named head coach, Logan spent two years as offensive coordinator, which included the 1991 Peach Bowl Championship campaign, and one season as running backs coach.
Ward was the first woman in NCAA history to steal over 190 bases and ended her career as the NCAA's all-time lead in with 193, which still ranks among the all-time top-10 in NCAA history. After setting the NCAA record with 73 stolen bases in 1993, Ward swiped 80 bags in 1994 to establish a new record that still stands nearly 20 years later. The only player in NCAA history to steal five bases in a game twice, Ward was named the 1994 East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player-of-the-Year after garnering first-team all-league honors the year before. She batted .450 as junior in 1993 to post the ninth-highest average in the country that season and followed up with a .417 clip the next season. She is one of only two players in school history to hit over .400 twice.
A two-time first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) player, Williamson is the only player in the storied history of Pirate baseball with 40 home runs, 50 doubles, 100 walks, 200 runs and 200 RBI. He is ECU's all-time leader in at-bats (901), doubles (72), games started (236) and total bases (509) while ranking second in games played (238), hits (294) and runs (213). During his rookie season of 1998, he became the first Pirate to receive Freshman All-America honors by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. He helped the Pirates earn three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths from 1999-2001 and led them to their first Super Regional appearance in 2001. Williamson was a member of a pair of CAA regular season and tournament championship teams.
Since it was established in 1974, 139 former student-athletes, coaches and administrators have been elected to the ECU Athletics Hall of Fame. Ten members were selected for the initial year and each since, with the exception of a five-year span in the mid-80s, at least one new inductee has been added.