Mount Olive’s second hall of fame class will be officially recognized Saturday during the 2007 Mount Olive College Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Hennessee Room in the Lois K. Murphy Regional Center on the campus of Mount Olive College. This year’s class includes former coaches/athletics directors Jimmy Adams and Larry Dean, baseball alum Charles Davis and women’s basketball alum Sarah Leonard Richardson. The ceremony takes place at 3 p.m., shortly after the conclusion of the Trojans’ women’s basketball game against Francis Marion and prior to the tip-off of day two of the 42nd Annual Men’s Basketball Pickle Classic.
Jimmy Adams served as athletics director, head men’s basketball coach and head men’s golf coach at Mount Olive during the 1970’s. Adams helped guide the Trojan golf team to regional and national prominence as Mount Olive finished 11th in the nation at the 1975 NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Adams coached Mount Olive’s first-ever All-American, golfer Andy Jackson. The Trojans also claimed a pair of Cavalier Tarheel Conference Men’s Golf Championships and a regional runner-up finish. During Adams’ tenure as athletics director, Mount Olive added women’s tennis as a varsity sport. Adams was also instrumental in the eventual addition of women’s basketball and softball.
Charles Davis ‘84
Charles Davis was a two-year baseball letterwinner at Mount Olive and a member of the 1983 Trojan team that reached the district finals and came within one game of advancing to the national tournament. He went on to earn his four-year degree at North Carolina Wesleyan. Davis is in his 18th year as head baseball coach at Charles B. Aycock High School, which posted a 31-4 record in 2007 and won the state 3-A championship, defeating Southeast Guilford 10-2 in the title game. Davis is a two-time Goldsboro News-Argus High School Baseball Coach of the Year winner. Davis coached a number of future Trojan baseball players, including All-American Steve Parrish and All-Conference players Phillip Pennington and Allen Thomas.
Larry Dean served as Director of Athletics in the mid-80’s during Mount Olive’s transition from a two-year to a four-year college. He became head baseball coach when the sport was reinstated at Mount Olive in 1980 and led the Trojans to two conference championships and a top 20 national ranking. Dean also served as head men’s tennis coach and was the Trojans’ first-ever head women’s basketball coach. Dean coached three members of the MOC Athletics Hall of Fame: this year’s inductees Charles Davis and Sarah Leonard Richardson, and last year’s inductee Kenney Moore. Dean also served as an instructor when Mount Olive College introduced its recreation curriculum.
Sarah Leonard Richardson ‘79
Sarah Leonard Richardson attended Mount Olive from 1977-79 and was a member of the Trojans’ first-ever women’s basketball team. She averaged 26.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game as a freshman and earned All-America honors. In her sophomore year, Richardson averaged 20.5 points and 13.7 rebounds per contest, earning All-State honors. Her 42 points against Chowan during her freshman year stood as a school record for nearly 20 years and is still the second-highest single-game performance in Trojan women’s basketball history. Richardson played for fellow Hall of Fame inductee Larry Dean.
This year’s Hall of Fame class brings the total number of inductees to nine. Kenney Moore (baseball), Larry Nance (coach/athletics director), Clarence Rose (men’s golf), Ray Scarborough (baseball/friend of the college) and Russell Stephens (men’s basketball) were honored in last year’s inaugural induction ceremony.
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is part of the Mount Olive College Alumni Weekend.