February 21, 2013

King Announces Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced the Class of 2013, which will be formally inducted into the King Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 20 at a banquet conducted as part of the Dogwood Weekend festivities. 

The 1984 Men’s Soccer team, Erin (Reed) Reaves (’04) (Women’s Volleyball) and Bobby James (’88) (Baseball) join the ranks of King’s all-time great student-athletes and coaches in recognition for their tremendous careers for the Tornado.

“This is a tremendous class of inductees, and we are very proud to have such outstanding people to induct,” said Director of Athletics David Hicks.  “Not only are these individuals and teams among the best to ever wear a Tornado uniform, but they have also went on to be successful beyond their years at King.”

The 1984 Men’s Soccer team finished with an 18-2 overall record, and became the first King team to qualify for the NAIA National Tournament.  Coached by Danny Farrar, the team won the Tennessee Virginia Athletic Conference Championship, the NAIA Area 7 Championship, and the NAIA District 24 Championship en route to its appearance in the NAIA National Tournament. 

The path to the national tournament did not prove easy for the Tornado, as they won three games in three days, with the final win a 2-0 win over the #1 team in the country, the University of Alabama-Huntsville.  The win over Alabama-Huntsville earned the team a trip to Fresno, Cal., for the NAIA National Championships.  After knocking off Concordia (N.Y.) in double overtime in the first round of the national tournament, the Tornado fell to eventual National Champion West Virginia Wesleyan in the second round. 

The team was led by NAIA All Americans Babourcarr Foon, and Lee Ramon, both of whom have already been inducted into the King Athletic Hall of Fame as individuals, and goal keeper Brett Teach, also a King Athletic Hall of Fame Member.  The team boasted the top scoring offense (4.18 goals per game) and defense (0.54 goals per game) in the nation, and hold the King records for wins in a season (18), and goals in a season (71). 

Teach, the current assistant Soccer coach at NCAA Division I Virginia Commonwealth, led the nation in goals against average (0.45), and coach Farrar was named NAIA Area 7 and District 24 Coach of the Year.   

Erin (Reed) Reaves played as a left-side hitter for Hall of Fame Coach Susie Toomey during the 1999-2002 seasons, leading the Tornado on one of the more impressive four-year runs of Coach Toomey’s career.  During her career, the Tornado posted a 136-37 overall record, including a 63-1 record in the Appalachian Athletic Conference and four consecutive regular season and tournament championships.  The run also included a pair of NAIA Region XII Championships in 1999 and 2001, appearances in the NAIA National Tournament both years and a 78-match home winning streak. 

Erin earned spots on multiple All-Tournament teams during her career, and was named the AAC Freshman of the year in 1999.  She earned spots on the AAC All-Conference and NAIA Region XII teams each year from 2000-2002, including being named the Region XII Player of the Year in 2002, a year which she was also named to the NAIA Honorable Mention All-American Team.

Erin grew up in Kingsport and graduated from Sullivan South High School.  Since graduating from King, she has earned master’s degrees in Collaborative Teaching (2010) and Educational Leadership (2013) from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and currently teaches special education at Irondale Middle School in Birmingham, Ala., where she has twice (2008-09 and 2012-13) been named Teacher of the Year.  She and her husband Clark Reaves reside in Moody, Ala. 

Bobby James will be making his second consecutive appearance at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, after being inducted last year as a member of the 1987 NCCAA National Championship Baseball team.  He’s no stranger to Hall of Fame inductions, as he is also a member of the Wythe County (Va.) Sports Hall of Fame.

In addition to posting a .374 batting average on the 1987 National Championship team, James hit .504 during his sophomore campaign in 1986, which was good for 4th in the NAIA, and notched a .350 average during his senior season of 1988.  Led by James’ offensive output, which included 13 home runs, the 1988 team repeated as NCCAA National Champions, and James earned NCCAA First Team All-American honors.

James married Teresa (Umberger), also a 1988 King graduate; the two have three children.  Bobby works as a claims representative for State Farm Insurance in Vinton, Va., and is a volunteer football coach at Fort Chiswell High School.  Teresa has taught middle school in Washington County and Roanoke County for 23 years, and is currently the head of the English department at William Byrd Middle School. 

The Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2013 will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 in the Student Center Complex as part of King’s annual Dogwood Weekend festivities.  Dinner will be served, and alumni who are interested in attending should contact either Director of Athletics David Hicks  at jdhicks@king.edu or Chief Development Officer John King at jwking@king.edu.  For additional information on Dogwood Weekend, visit http://dogwood.king.edu.