Lexington, Ky. – Five inductees will headline the 2017 Transylvania Pioneer Hall-of-Fame class, the Transylvania Athletics Department announced Monday.
Joining the exclusive and prestigious group emblematic of Transylvania athletic excellence are Greg White (Class of 1985), Lee Morrison (Class of 1995), Ashley Sanders (Class of 1999), Brian Macy (Class of 2000), and Billy Bradford (Class of 2002).
The group of five will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, October 29 in a banquet and ceremony at 5:00 p.m. at the Clive M. Beck Center.
"Each of these five inductees has held an impactful relationship with Transylvania University since the first time they stepped onto our campus," remarked Vice President for Enrollment and Student Life, Dr. Holly Sheilley. "All five embody the spirit of what it means to be a Transylvania Pioneer Hall-of-Famer. They all had a tremendous impact upon their Transylvania community during their time as undergraduates and continue to represent Transylvania in their lives as stellar ambassadors."
Bradford competed as a diver for the Transylvania swimming and diving team for four seasons, going on to qualify for the 1999 NAIA National Championships where he finished as the national runner-up in the 1-meter diving event. Bradford appeared in two NAIA National Championships (1999, 2001) and was undefeated in conference championship meets. He proceeded to serve as the diving coach at Transylvania from 2003 until 2009.
Macy was a two-sport athlete who excelled in both during his time at Transylvania. Macy was a foundational member of the revived baseball program, playing for the Transylvania baseball team from 1997 through 2000. As a junior, Macy set the Transylvania single-season record for strikeouts in a season with 70. In his senior season, Macy commanded a 10-5 record and compiled a team-best 3.53 ERA. In four years at Transylvania, Macy collected 270 career strikeouts. Macy also competed for the Transylvania cross country team, helping the Pioneers finish fourth at the NAIA Mid-South regionals in 1998. He was named a NAIA Academic All-American for cross country by achieving a 3.58 GPA as a biology major.
Sanders enters the Pioneer Hall of Fame as one of the program's legendary women's basketball talents. The class of 1999 graduate ranks seventh all-time in scoring at 1,574 points, hitting 240 three-pointers over the course of her career. Sanders led the team in scoring as a freshman and sophomore, and guided the team to the NAIA regional tournament championship in her junior campaign. Sanders's career arc at Transylvania reflects an era of excellence; the Pioneers went 90-33 during her tenure.
Morrison was a sensational men's basketball player who became a NAIA All-American scholar-athlete. The multi-dimensional forward was known as an iron man of sorts, starting in 128 of 129 career games. Morrison led the nation in shooting in one season at 54.5 percent and completed his career with 1,461 points to become the 18th-highest all-time scorer in Transylvania men's basketball history. Morrison was on the renowned 1994-95 team which went 28-6 and attained a final national ranking of 13th that year.
White has been an indelible part of both the Transylvania and Lexington communities since arriving at Transy's campus in the early 1980's. Graduating from Transylvania in 1984, White went on to become a founding partner of White, Greer, and Maggard Orthodontics. White, Greer, and Maggard has been a model community partner in Lexington, collaborating with over 300 organizations, schools, and teams in Kentucky to offer support and strengthen community bonds. White has joined with Transylvania over the years to improve the quality of the athletics program in numerous ways.
Bradford, Macy, Sanders, Morrison, and White will join a fraternity of 122 inductees dating back to the creation of the Pioneer Hall of Fame in 1992.
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