July 17, 2012
CONWAY -The Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics has announced that Mike Costanzo, Dustin Johnson, Meagen Johnson, Anne Marie Moutsinga, Maurice Simpkins and Quinton Teal were voted into its George F. "Buddy" Sasser Athletics Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will be Oct. 12 and the new inductees will also be recognized the following day when the Chanticleer football team hosts Stony Brook. However, due to prior commitments, Dustin Johnson will not be able to attend and will be honored at a future induction ceremony.
Mike Costanzo (Springfield, Pa.) was a member of the baseball team from 2003-05 and became the seventh Chanticleer to play Major League Baseball when he debuted for the Cincinnati Reds on May 13 this season. Costanzo is the first Coastal baseball player to be a consensus All-American, earning first team honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2005. He was also one of 16 finalists for the Dick Howser National Player of the Year Award. A three-time All-Big South selection, Costanzo was named Big South Player of the Year twice. First, in 2004 as a designated hitter, he batted .359 with 66 runs scored, 21 doubles, a league-best 21 home runs and 74 RBI. The following year, he earned the league's Player of the Year Award as a dual threat, playing first base and serving at the team's closer on the mound. In addition to leading the nation in base on balls (68 in 66 games), he batted a league-best .379 in '05 with 74 runs scored, 16 home runs and a league-best 14 saves. Costanzo was a central figure in leading Coastal Carolina to one Big South regular season championship, two Big South tournament titles and three straight NCAA berths. Also, in 2005 Coastal Carolina became the first Big South program to win 50 games in a season, while earning the program's first #1 seed at an NCAA Regional. Costanzo was the 65th overall pick in the 2005 Major League Baseball draft, taken in the second round by the Philadelphia Phillies. His 66 games played, 68 walks and 14 saves in the 2005 season still stand as CCU records; he also set CCU single-season marks for runs scored, RBI and on-base percentage. Despite playing just three seasons, Costanzo currently ranks in numerous career CCU lists including seventh in runs scored (171), 14th in hits (229), 10th in doubles (45), fourth in home runs (45), third in RBI (184), fourth in total bases (417), third in walks (133) and third in saves (15).
Dustin Johnson (Lexington, S.C.) has made an immediate impact on the PGA Tour since his departure from Coastal Carolina in 2007 as a member of the 2010 Ryder Cup team and being the first player since Tiger Woods to win PGA Tour events in each of their first five years after leaving college. His success is a carryover from his days as a Chanticleer (2004-07). He was a member of the 2007 Walker Cup and U.S. Palmer Cup teams and represented America in the 2006 USA vs. Japan Championship. Johnson is a three time All-American, earning first team honors in 2006 and 2007, while being a semifinalist for the 2007 Ben Hogan National Player of the Year Award and making the Hogan Award Watch List in '06. Johnson led Coastal to the NCAA Championships in 2005, '06 and '07, helping the team place fifth in 2007. Individually at the NCAA Championships, Johnson placed 68th in 2005, 27th in 2006 and ninth in 2007. He also helped Coastal to four straight Big South Championships - starting a run of a league-record seven straight conference titles - and four NCAA Regional berths. Johnson was medalist at the 2005 NCAA East Regional, shooting a school-record 198 over 54 holes, while placing second in 2006 and eighth in 2007. He was a three-time Big South Golfer of the Year (2005, '06 and '07) and one of two Chants to be a four-time All-Big South honoree. Johnson won the 2007 Big South individual title, added a runner-up finish in 2005 and placed third in 2006. The 11-time Big South Golfer of the Week still owns the league's 54-hole championship record (204) en route to winning 2007 conference medalist honors. He is the CCU career scoring leader (72.11) and the single-season scoring leader (70.40), owning three of the school's top four single-season scoring averages. Johnson won a total of seven events while at Coastal and closed his career posting 33 rounds of par or better out of 43 and averaging 69.6 strokes over his final 19 rounds, which equates to 35-under par for his final six events.
Meagen Johnson (Georgetown, S.C.) was a two-year member of the CCU softball team (2005-06), transferring to Coastal after two years at Furman. Despite her short time as a Chanticleer, Johnson's name dominates the CCU single-season and career top 10 lists both offensively and as a pitcher, and she excelled in the classroom as well. In leading Coastal to the 2006 Big South regular season and tournament championships, Johnson was tabbed both Big South Player of the Year and Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, adding first team Academic All-America honors. Coastal also reached the program's third NCAA Regional in 2006 as Johnson was tabbed All-American and first team NFCA All-Southeastern Region. She set and still holds a CCU record for home runs in a season (20), which ranked fourth in the NCAA in 2006, while she ranked second nationally in slugging percentage (.894), 11th in RBI (56) and 22nd in walks (35). Additionally, Johnson earned first team All-Big South honors. Her 1.94 ERA that season ranks 10th on the CCU single-season list. On the school's career lists, Johnson ranks eighth in batting average (.343), sixth in home runs (22), second in slugging percentage (.682), fifth in on-base percentage (.457) and fourth in ERA (1.66) - which is ninth in Big South history.
Anne Marie Moutsinga (Galati, Romania) ran cross country and was a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams from 2002-06. Over her career, she won a total of 13 Big South championships and 24 All-Big South honors. Moutsinga was the 2002, '03 and `05 Big South Cross Country Champion, earning the league's Runner of the Year Award each year, and was a four-time All-Big South cross country honoree. Moutsinga placed 10th at the 2003 NCAA Cross Country Southeast Regional earning All-Region honors as well as qualifying for the NCAA Championship, where she placed 48th. In 2004, she was selected the Big South Indoor Track and Field Most Outstanding Athlete, winning the 3,000 and 5,000 meters as well as being on the winning distance medley relay team. In all, Moutsinga was a three-time league champion for the indoor 3k and 5k (2003, '04 and '05). During the outdoor season, Moutsinga won the 1,500 meters in 2003 with a league-record time of 4:31.47, the 5,000 meters in 2003 and '04 and the 10,000 in 2005. She still owns the CCU 10,000 meters record (34:41.79). On other CCU career lists, Moutsinga ranks seventh in the mile (5:02.89), fifth in the indoor 5k (9:49.83), fourth in the indoor 5k (17:27.75), second in the cross country 5k (17:06), third in the cross country 6k (20:37), fourth in the outdoor 1,500 (4:31.47), eighth in the outdoor 3k (10:02.83) and second in the outdoor 5k (16:44.28).
Maurice Simpkins (Leesville, S.C.) has turned his drive and hard work into a string of success stories. Simpkins, who played his freshman season at Catawba and was a part of that team's South-Atlantic Conference Championship, was one of the first players to join the inaugural Coastal Carolina football team in 2002. He would eventually become a three-time (2003, '04 and '05) All-Big South selection at linebacker as well as being voted to the Big South Football All-Academic team in 2003. Simpkins helped Coastal to a 6-5 record in its first year and back-to-back Big South Championships in 2004 and '05. Simpkins went on to play professional football, first in the indoor leagues. In 2010 with the Green Bay Blizzard, he was named the league's Most Improved Player. Later that year, he signed with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent. First, he made the practice squad and later was put on the 53-man NFL active roster. Simpkins owns the CCU single-game record with three sacks versus Charleston Southern and has three of the program's top 10 tackles totals for single-season, ranking fourth with 103 in 2003, fifth with 91 in 2005 and 10th with 78 in 2004. For his career, Simpkins ranks second in CCU history with 272 total tackles, is tied for first with 34.0 tackles for loss and third with 14.0 sacks.
Quinton Teal (Bennettsville, S.C.) was also a key piece to Coastal Carolina's initial success in football, starting at safety in each of the program's first four years (2003-06). Teal is just one of three Chanticleers to be a three-time first team All-Big South selection, joining Simpkins and 2011 CCU All-American Josh Norman. In addition, Teal is Coastal's first player to earn All-American accolades in two seasons, accomplishing the feat in 2005 and '06. He will forever be remembered for picking off the first pass in CCU history, which came late in the first quarter in the program's inaugural game, a 21-14 win over Newberry. Teal would go on to led the Big South in interceptions three times and is both the league's and Coastal's all-time leader in the category with 17. He also set the Big South record with 31 pass breakups, which was broken in 2011 when Norman tallied 35. Teal and Norman are the Big South's all-time leaders in passes defended with 48, ranking sixth (tied) on the NCAA all-time list. Teal also owns the school record with a 74-yard interception return and ranks fourth on the school's career tackles list with 227. Teal signed as a free agent with Carolina Panthers in 2007 and stayed with the team for three years before playing one season with the San Diego Chargers.
Since 1991, 68 former student-athletes and administrators have been inducted into Coastal Carolina University's Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2003, the Hall of Fame was named in honor of George F. "Buddy" Sasser, who was Coastal's director of athletics from 1986 to 1989 and from 1996 and 1999.