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TAMPA – The University of South Florida Athletics Department inducted its inaugural Hall of Fame class at the Pepin Center on Sept. 17.
The inaugural inductees are former men’s basketball player Charlie Bradley, former women’s basketball player Wanda Guyton, former Director of Athletics Dick Bowers, former All-American in rifle Michelle Scarborough and the members of the 1984-85 National Champion USF Swimming Team.
“This group represented the University of South Florida with class in all endeavors, while bringing prestige and pride to the USF Athletics department through their success in the athletic realm,” said Lee Roy Selmon, who chairs the Hall of Fame Executive Committee. “Their accomplishments while competing for the Green and Gold were nothing short of remarkable.”
“There were many exceptional nominees in this year’s pool of candidates, and narrowing the group to five selections was a difficult task. There are many people who hold important places in Bulls History, and we look forward to continuing to recognize and honor those accomplishments in the coming years. They have all contributed to the success of USF Athletics and we hope that the entire Bulls family will join us in celebrating this class today and during the induction ceremonies on September 17.”
Bradley is generally considered the greatest men’s basketball player to ever play at USF. He was the first player in program history to have his jersey number retired (was retired Feb. 14, 1987). Bradley is USF’s career scoring leader with 2,319 points. He scored in double figures in an astonishing 84 consecutive games and also scored 30-or-more points 24 times. Bradley led USF to its first 20-win season in 1982-83 as the program posted a 22-10 record and earned its second post-season bid to the NIT. USF played in two NITs in the Bradley era, also earning an invitation in 1985.
Guyton was a torchbearer for the University of South Florida women's basketball program. She put the program on the map and made a name for herself on a national level as a two-time WNBA champion and standout in the Italian and German leagues. Guyton was a member of the women’s basketball team during the 1984-85, 1986-87 and 1988-89 seasons and played primarily as post player who saw time as a forward and center. Her dominance of the USF record books is unparalleled. Guyton still owns 10 career records today, almost 20 seasons after completing her college eligibility.
There is no doubt that Bowers had a lasting impact on the University of South Florida, and in particular, its Athletics Department. Bowers was the leader that made the push for intercollegiate athletics, serving as Golf Coach and Athletic Director. His work in establishing the Sun Belt Conference and several of our current athletic facilities created the foundation on which we exist today, that of a vibrant and growing member of the BIG EAST Conference, positioned for national prominence and success. He served as Athletic Director of USF from 1966 to 1982 and was a member of the Physical Education Department prior to becoming AD and serving from 1963 to 1966.
Scarborough was a four-time All American, Academic All American, two-time National Champion, and National Record Holder, which was a USF sponsored sport in the 1980s and 1990s. While on the Tampa campus her academic achievement in a double-major (math-education) earned her one of the most prestigious scholarships offered at USF. Scarborough was a champion in competition and in the classroom. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from USF in 1990 with a B.S. in Education (Joint Program) and a B.A. in Natural Sciences (major: math). She was selected as a “Kosove Scholar,” the university’s most distinctive scholarship program that provides a full-ride scholarship to students who demonstrate the highest academic standards and a demonstrated commitment to community.
The 1984-85 national champion women’s swimming team of Nancy Bercaw, Suzanne Crenshaw, Susan Duncan, Merit Greaves, Tracey Hayes, Dawn Hewitt, Alicia McHugh, Margaret Mortell, Julie Muller, Joni Troupe, assistant coach Lou Manganiello and head coach Bill Mann hold the honor of winning the first ever team national championship for USF. The team brought honor and prestige to the school. The amount of individual national championships, All-America honors and school records accumulated by the 1984-85 team is simply daunting. The Bulls won five individual national titles, two relay national titles and racked up 35 All-America honors in 1985 alone, and well over 100 during the careers of the 10 NCAA competitors.
USF received over 40 nominations for the Athletics Hall of Fame and all nominees will remain under consideration for the next five years.
The selections were made by the Hall of Fame Executive Committee, which consisted of Selmon and included Baldwin Connelly, founding partner, and former USF varsity athlete John Connelly, USF softball head coach Ken Eriksen, USF men’s golf head coach Jim Fee, Columbia Restaurants president Richard Gonzmart, USF instructor and former coach Roni Laughlin, USF assistant athletic director Jim Louk, R.R. Simmons Construction president and CEO Linda Simmons, and former senior associate athletic director Barbara Sparks-McGlinchy.