MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Two former coaches and two former student-athletes will be this year’s inductees into the Mount Olive College Athletics Hall of Fame this fall, it was announced by Trojan Director of Athletics Jeff Eisen. Jimmy Adams, Charles Davis, Larry Dean and Sarah Leonard (Richardson) will be inducted November 17 during Alumni Weekend.
Adams served as 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 won the 1974 Cavalier Tarheel Conference Men’s Golf Championship. He also coached an individual to the NJCAA National Tournament and laid the foundation for Trojan teams that advanced to the national finals in the late 70’s.
Davis was a two-year baseball letterwinner at Mount Olive and a member of 1983 Trojan team that reached the district finals and came within one game of advancing to the national tournament. He has spent the last 17 years as head baseball coach at Charles B. Aycock High School, which won the 2007 state championship. Davis is a two-time Goldsboro News-Argus Coach of the Year winner.
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 both Davis and Leonard.
Leonard, 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, Leonard 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.
“Each member of this year’s class has made very significant contributions to the tradition of Trojan athletics,” said Eisen. “We are pleased to honor them as inductees into the Mount Olive College Athletics Hall of Fame.”
This year’s Hall of Fame class will bring 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.