Clemson Announces Eight New Additions to Athletic Hall of Fame


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Clemson, SC-Two national player of the year athletes and two athletes
who ranked among the top 50 female athletes for the first 50 years of
the ACC highlight the 2005 Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame class. The
class will be inducted at halftime of the Clemson vs. Miami football
game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2005.

The class includes Charles Warren, the only Tiger golfer in
history to win the NCAA Championship and the 1998 National Player of
the Year, baseball pitcher Kris Benson, the 1996 Unanimous Player of
the Year in college baseball, and two-time All-America defensive
back Donnell Woolford.


Greg Buckner, who led Clemson to a record three consecutive
NCAA Tournament appearances between 1996-98 and currently a starter
with the Denver Nuggets, Cindy Stern-DeMartino, the first
All-American in ACC volleyball history, and Gigi Fernandez, Clemson's
first NCAA finalist in women's tennis, are also former star athletes
in the class. Dr. Byron Harder, Clemson team physician for 33 years
who will retire this summer, and former NCAA Faculty Representative
Ken Vickery, are two administrators named to the noteworthy
eight-person class.

Benson was named the National Player of the Year in College
Baseball in 1996. He was a Unanimous first-team All-American that
year when he posted a 14-2 record and a record 204/27 strikeout/walk
ratio. He was not only named the ACC Player of the Year, he was
named the ACC Athlete of the Year for all sports for the 1995-96
academic year. He is still the only Clemson athlete in any sport to
win that award.

After his junior year at Clemson, Benson was the number-one
selection of the Major League Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, the
only Clemson athlete in any sport to be chosen number-one in any
draft. He was also a pitcher on the United States Olympic team that
year. In 2003 he was named to the ACC's 50-Year Anniversary baseball
team. He is currently a starting pitcher with the New York Mets.

Woolford was a first-team All-America cornerback in 1987 and
1988, and joins Terry Kinard as the only two-time All-America
defensive backs in Clemson history. Woolford is still Clemson's
career leader in pass deflections with 44. The native of
Fayetteville, NC was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award in 1988 and
was a first-round pick (11th overall selection) of the Chicago Bears
in 1988. He was named to Clemson's Centennial Team in 1996.
Woolford played in the NFL between 1989 and 1998 and was a Pro Bowl
starter in 1993 when he played for the Chicago Bears.

Buckner became the first Tiger men's basketball player in
history to start for three NCAA Tournament teams and four
postseason tournament teams. He was Clemson's leading scorer for
four straight years, just the fifth player in ACC history to
accomplish this feat. He concluded his Clemson career ranked fourth
in scoring with 1754 points. Buckner was an All-ACC player in
1996-97 when he led the Tigers to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament
and a number-eight final ranking by USA Today. He was also an
All-ACC player as a senior in 1997-98, the last year Clemson advanced
to the NCAA Tournament.

A starter in a Clemson record 122 consecutive games, Buckner
was named ACC Rookie of the Year in 1994-95, the only Clemson
basketball player to win that award. A second-round draft choice in
the NBA after his senior year, he was a starter for the Denver
Nuggets this past year, his sixth season in the NBA.

Warren won the 1997 NCAA Championship in men's golf, the only
Clemson golfer in history to win that tournament. He also finished
second in 1998, his senior year, when he won the Dave Williams Award
as the outstanding senior golfer in the nation. The native of
Columbia, who is the son of a former University of South Carolina
cheerleader, won the ACC Championship in 1997 and 1998, the only
Clemson golfer to win that tournament twice. He is the only ACC
golfer in history to win the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Championship
in the same year.

A three-time All-ACC player and three-time All-American,
Warren was named the IPTAY Athlete of the Year for the 1996-97
academic year and was named to the ACC's 50-year Anniversary men's
golf team in 2003. Warren won two Nationwide Tour events in 2004
and is currently playing on the PGA Tour.

Fernandez played just one season of women's tennis for the
Lady Tigers, but what a season it was. As a freshman she compiled a
40-7 record in singles play and a 30-9 ledger in doubles play.
The 40 singles victories still rank third best in Clemson history,
while the doubles victory total is the second most for a season in
school history. She was the number-two singles champion in 1983 and
advanced to the NCAA Finals, the only Clemson women's tennis player
in history to reach the national finals.

A medallist at the Pan American Games in singles and doubles
in 1983, Fernandez went on to win Olympic Gold Medals for the United
States in 1992 and 1996 as a doubles player. She was also a member
of the 1990, 1991 and 1992 United States Federation Cup Team. Also a
three-time doubles champion at Wimbledon, she was named to the ACC
50-Year Anniversary women's tennis team in 2003. She is currently
the head women's tennis coach at the University of South Florida.

Stern-DeMartino is the most decorated women's volleyball
athlete in Clemson history. She led Clemson to the ACC regular
season championship in 1999 when the Tigers posted a 31-3 record.
She was named the ACC Player of the Year and was named an
All-American, the first volleyball All-American in ACC history. She
was named to the USA National team in 1997. In 2003,
Stern-DeMartino was named to the ACC's 50-Year Anniversary
volleyball team and was named one of the top 50 Women' Athletes in
ACC history.

Harder has been Clemson's team physician since 1972, the
longest tenure for any Clemson team physician in school history.
He provided the medical needs for all four of Clemson's National
Championship teams and supervised medical needs of over 10,000
Clemson student-athletes in his career. The 1964 Clemson graduate,
served the United States in Viet Nam in 1971.

Vickery served as Clemson's Registrar from 1955-70 and was
the Dean of Admissions and the University's Registrar between
1970-82. Vickery served the University from an athletics
standpoint from 1971-82 when he was the NCAA Faculty Representative.
During his final academic year at Clemson the school won the National
Championship in football. He was also the President of the
Atlantic Coast Conference during the 1976-77 academic year.

Vickery was the recipient of Clemson Alumni Association's
Distinguished Service Award, in 1977. Clemson's Academic Learning
Center for Athletes, Vickery Hall, was dedicated in his honor in 1991.

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