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WCU Holds Fourth Annual Sports Hall of Fame Dinner

Hattiesburg, Miss., May 6, 2014 - William Carey University inducted nine former athletes into the Sports Hall of Fame during the Fourth Annual Sports Hall of Fame dinner at Southern Oaks House and Garden on April 26. The Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014 athletes includes Jim Arnold (‘70), men’s baseball and basketball; Oleg Baleyev (‘99), men’s soccer; Eldredge Boyd (‘59), men’s basketball; Oleg Chichkanov (’97), men’s soccer; Bobby Eades (’69), men’s baseball and basketball; Janice Butler McCullum (‘83), women’s basketball; Billy Salter (’58), men’s baseball and basketball; Doyle Wheat (‘58), men’s baseball and basketball, and Dale Willis (’69), men’s baseball.

A tribute was given during the dinner to the late Dr. Milton Wheeler, who was inducted as an honorary Sports Hall of Fame member for his years of loyal dedication to Carey athletics. Dr. Wheeler, who served as a history professor at WCU for 55 years, was especially fond of baseball, and supported the university with generous gifts, one being for the baseball field. In 2006, the baseball field was dedicated to him, and named in his honor. Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU, presented Dr. Wheeler with a plaque for his induction just weeks before his death on March 24.

Coach Steve Knight, athletic director and head basketball coach, served as master of ceremonies for the induction banquet. He was recognized by WCU President Dr. Tommy King for being named the 2013-14 NAIA Coach of the Year and for WCU’s athletic program receiving the David M. Halbrook Award. The Halbrook Award is given annually by the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities for the highest student-athlete graduation rate among private colleges and universities in the state of Mississippi. WCU had a 96 percent rate.

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Nine former athletes were inducted into the William Carey University 2014 Sports Hall of Fame at the Fourth Annual Sports Hall of Fame dinner at Southern Oaks House and Garden on April 26. They are (front row, left to right) Doyle Wheat (‘58), men’s baseball and basketball; Billy Salter (‘58), men’s baseball and basketball; Eldredge Boyd (‘59), men’s basketball; (back row, left to right) Oleg Chichkanov (’97), men’s soccer; Oleg Baleyev (‘99), men’s soccer; Janice Butler McCullum (‘83), women’s basketball; Jim Arnold (‘70), men’s baseball and basketball; Dale Willis (’69), men’s baseball, and Bobby Eades (’69), men’s baseball and basketball. The late Dr. Milton Wheeler, former professor of history at WCU, was also inducted as a Sports Hall of Fame honorary member for his years of loyal support to all Carey athletics, especially baseball.