Retiring president Anthony DiGiorgio and former men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall headlined the Winthrop Athletics 2013 Hall of Fame Class which was inducted Saturday night with more than 250 people in attendance in the Richardson Ballroom of the DiGiorgio Campus Center.
DiGiorgio, the longest serving president in the state of South Carolina, will retire on June 30 after 24 years. During his tenure at Winthrop, the intercollegiate athletics program has grown from 12 to 18 teams, and new facilities have been constructed for baseball, softball, track and field, tennis and soccer. The Winthrop Coliseum has also undergone extensive renovation. DiGiorgio has been a strong supporter for intercollegiate athletics and has served two terms on the NCAA board of directors as well as two terms as president of the Big South Conference.
Marshall served as the men’s basketball coach for nine years and directed the program to seven Big South Conference tournament championships and seven trips to the NCAA tournament. His last Winthrop team achieved the first NCAA first-round NCAA tournament victory for the school and Big South Conference when the Eagles defeated Notre Dame. He was voted Big South Coach of the Year four times and was inducted into the Big South Hall of Fame in 2012. When he left Winthrop following the 2006-07 season, he was the winningest coach in Big South history with 194 victories. For the past six years he has served as head coach at Wichita State. His Shocker teams captured the 2011 NIT Championship in Madison Square Garden and this past season he coached his team to the NCAA Final Four as champions of the West Regional.
In addition to DiGiorgio and Marshall, the 2013 Hall of Fame Class includes former softball pitcher Darrlyn Alexander, men’s soccer standout Vali Arnason. baseball slugger Jason Colson, women’s basketball record holder Stephanie Morris, and volleyball player Lisa Mullins Wilkins.
Alexander (Class of 1984) wasa 1984 NAIA All-American softball selection and compiled a 61-17 career pitching record.
Arnason (Class of 2004) was a three-time All-Big South Conference First Team selection and the 2001 Player of the Year.
Colson (Class of 2001) was a two-time All-Big South Conference First Team selection and the 2001 Player of the Year. He holds the Big South career home run record and was inducted into the Big South Hall of Fame in 2012.
Morris (Class of 1986) is the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer and a member of the NAIA District 6 All-Time Second Team. She holds the single game Winthrop women’s scoring record with 37 points.
Wilkins (Class of 1991) was a three-time All-Big South Conference First Team selection and the 1987 Player of the Year. She still holds the school record for highest single season hitting percentage and career blocks.