4 Cougars to be inducted into CofC Athletics Hall of Fame
CHARLESTON, S.C. (COFC) - Three former student-athletes and one former administrator have been selected for membership into the CofC Athletics Hall of Fame.
The 2013 Induction Class includes former men's basketball star and NBA veteran Anthony Johnson (1994-97), former Director of Athletics Jerry Baker (1991-07), former sailing All-American Kara Shadwick-Museler (1992-95) and former men's soccer All-American defender Luiz Vieira (1987-90).
The four will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a special reception and brunch held on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 9:30 a.m. (ET) in the McAlister Hospitality Suite located on the third floor of TD Arena. Tickets for the brunch are priced at $20. Only 150 seats are available. For more information or to make your reservation, please call Patricia Clark at (843) 953-5556 or ClarkP@cofc.edu.
JERRY BAKER (1991-07)
(Class of '74)
During his tenure as an Assistant Athletics Director from 1984-89, and later as Director of Athletics from 1991-2007, the athletics programs at the College of Charleston experienced unparalleled success. In the mid-1980s, the College was a national powerhouse in many sports at the NAIA level. Still, few programs were able to make the monumental leap to NCAA Division I with any success. Baker, as Associate Athletics Director (1989-92) along with Andy Abrams and President Harry Lightsey and other key administrators, spearheaded the highly-successful transition to NCAA status. Almost immediately, CofC became a strong athletic program, first in the TAAC, and later in the Southern Conference. Baker also moved the athletics budget from $1 million annually to over $8 million. Baseball, women's soccer, softball and women's track and field were sports added under his direction and facilities grew tremendously including the Patriots Point Complex and the start of the TD Arena project, up until his retirement in 2007. Many of the College's varsity programs, such as men's basketball, baseball, women's tennis and volleyball, won conference titles en route to NCAA Tournament appearances and produced scholar-athletes and academic success under his watch. Equestrian and sailing were also nationally prominent. CofC also won the SoCon Germann Cup awarded to the top women's program in the league in 2004-05 and 2008-09. Baker would attribute this success to his coaches, but a significant job of an athletics director is to supervise the hiring of coaches and CofC consistently fielded one of the best coaching staffs in the country. A 1974 CofC graduate, Baker's service to his alma mater spanned three decades. He was always a constant fixture at thousands of home and away games, in support of his student-athletes and coaches which truly made him special in the eyes of those he hired and supported throughout his administrative career.
ANTHONY JOHNSON (1994-97)
(Class of '97)
Johnson was the College's first NBA Draft Pick selected 40th overall by the Sacramento Kings in 1997. His No. 24 jersey is honored in the rafters of TD Arena and he still remains the school's all-time career assists leader with 520. During Johnson's four-year career, the Cougars compiled an impressive 101-17 overall record including four TAAC championships, two NIT and two NCAA Tournament appearances including the program's first-round victory over Maryland in the NCAA Southeast Regional. As a senior in 1996-97, he garnered Honorable Mention All-American honors by The Associated Press, earned a spot on the All-TAAC First Team and was named TAAC Player of the Year averaging 13.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game which ranked No. 6 nationally. As a team, the Cougars would go on to finish the 29-3 season ranked No. 16 in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 21 in the USA TODAY/Coaches Top 25 Poll. The former floor general also ranked No. 16 nationally in assists per game (6.7 avg.) as a junior. Johnson, a 1997 CofC graduate in business administration, was a local football and basketball product out of R.B. Stall High School and he spent 13 years in the NBA with the Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers and New Jersey Nets. He played in three NBA Finals as a member of the Nets in 2002 and 2003 and the Magic in 2009. In all, the NBA journeyman played in 100 career playoff games scoring a career-high 40 points with the Pacers against the New Jersey Nets in Game 6 of the series in the 2006 NBA Playoffs.
KARA SHADWICK-MUSELER (1992-95)
(Class of '95)
One of only two women in the storied tradition of the College of Charleston sailing program to be named an All-American all four years, Shadwick-Museler and three-time All-American Tyler Moore helped the Cougars place second in the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy competition for three-straight years from 1993-95, which is awarded annually to the best overall collegiate team in the nation. Sailing A-Division, she also led CofC to a second-place finish at the Women's Dinghy National Championship as a freshman and sophomore as well as Top 5 finishes at nationals during her junior and senior years. The 1995 CofC graduate in business administration was honored twice as an Inter-Collegiate Yacht Racing Association (ICYRA) Outstanding Woman Sailor. Prior to entering the College, Shadwick-Museler already held impressive credentials in the sport as one of the top high school and junior sailors in the country. She was a member of the St. Petersburg High School sailing team which won the Interscholastic Yacht Racing Association (ISYRA) Mallory Trophy Finals four years in row from 1988-91.
LUIZ VIEIRA (1987-90)
(Class of '91)
A sweeper on the CofC men's soccer team from 1987-90, Vieira became the first men's soccer player to be selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas NAIA Division I All-America First Team in 1988 as a sophomore. Additionally, in that particular season, he was named an NAIA Third Team All-American and to the All-South Team. Originally from Brasilia, Brazil, Vieira was CofC Head Coach Ralph Lundy's first recruit at the College and gave him the confidence to schedule incredibly difficult teams for the then-NAIA program. Injured much of his freshman year, he came back as a sophomore to lead the Cougars to a 17-5-2 season including notable wins over Notre Dame and Wake Forest as well as a tie versus defending national champion Clemson in the program's final NAIA year. Vieira was a member of CofC squads that went 10-3-2 against Division I opponents as an NAIA program. A two-time team co-captain as a junior and senior, the 1989 season was interrupted by Hurricane Hugo, but nonetheless the Cougars marched on to a 9-9-1 mark with wins at Ohio State and against the U.S. Naval Academy. During his senior campaign, Vieira led the team with 12 goals and six assists as CofC played 16 of its 22 games on the road finishing the year with an 11-8-3 record. A 1991 CofC graduate in business administration and economics, he was the 1991 recipient of the prestigious J. Stewart Walker Cup, which is the highest award given by the athletics department to a deserving student-athlete each school year.
2013 COFC ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CLASS
Jerry Baker (honorary)
Anthony Johnson (men's basketball)
Kara Shadwick-Museler (sailing)
Luiz Vieira (men's soccer)