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17 Chanticleers Named to Big South Cross Country All-Decade Teams

Coastal's 17 selections are the most by any Big South institution

       

Jolene Williams was a three-time conference champion and is a member of the Big South Hall of Fame.

Jolene Williams was a three-time conference champion and is a member of the Big South Hall of Fame.

Nov. 1, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sixteen former Coastal Carolina cross country standouts along with head women's coach Alan Connie have been named to the inaugural Big South All-Decade teams. Part of the Big South's 30th anniversary celebration, the all-decade teams were determined by conference administrators and fan voting.

Connie was named the co-coach of the decade for the 1990s as he led the Chanticleer women to four league titles and earned four Coach of the Year honors. Connie, who is in his 27th season as the Chants' head women's cross country coach, was also named the coach of the decade for the 2000s after leading the ladies of Conway to six conference championships and garnering six of his Big South record 12 Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year awards.

Shelley Tyler, Sonja Vertacnik and Kelly Webb earned women's all-decade honors for the 1980s as the trio combined for eight all-Big South awards. The Chants are represented on the 1990s team by five individuals highlighted by Big South Conference Hall of Fame members Catherine Conder and Jolene Williams. Angela Murphy, Lauri Occhipinti and Valentine Stumpf joined Conder and Williams on the 1990s team. Diana Jepchirchir, Anne Marie Moutsinga, Kim Nemergut, Julia Viellenhner were named to the 2000s all-decade team. Jepchirchir and Viellenher each earned All-American honors during their time in the Coastal teal and bronze.

On the men's side, Coastal was represented by the quartet of Bob Carr, John Decatur, Campbell Claridge and Terah Kipchiris. Carr represented the Chants on the 1980s decade team, while Decatur earned recoginition on the 1990s team. Claridge and Kipchiris were named to the 2000s all-decade squad.

1980s WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-DECADE TEAM
Runner Name, School                 	Notes
Susan Dixon, Charleston Southern	3-time All-Conference
Danielle Fondale, Charleston Southern	2-time All-Conference
Mitzi Hartwell, Radford         	Big South Champion
Denise Holliday, Winthrop       	2-time All-Conference
Darlene Johnson, Charleston Southern	2-time All-Conference
Diana Naylor, Radford                	Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference
Angie Ogden, Radford                 	Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference
Shelley Tyler, Coastal Carolina    	Big South Champion
Sonja Vertacnik, Coastal Carolina	4-time All-Conference
Kelly Webb, Coastal Carolina     	3-time All-Conference
Head Coach, School                	Notes
Mick Stewart, Radford                 	2 Championships (1986-87)

1990s WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-DECADE TEAM Runner Name, School Notes Kathy Beach, Davidson Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference Mandy Becker, UNC Asheville 3-time All-Conference Catherine Conder, Coastal Carolina 3-time Big South Champion, 4-time All-Conference, Big South Hall of Fame Urlene Dick, Liberty 3-time All-Conference Beth Greene, Winthrop 3-time All-Conference Angela Murphy, Coastal Carolina 3-time All-Conference Lauri Occhipinti, Coastal Carolina 4-time All-Conference Valentine Stumpf, Coastal Carolina Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference Becky Vonderhaar, UNC Asheville 4-time All-Conference Jolene Williams, Coastal Carolina 3-time Big South Champion, 4-time All-Conference, Big South Hall of Fame Head Coach, School Notes Stan Rosenthal, UNC Asheville 4 Championships (1994-95-98-99), 4-time Coach of the Year Alan Connie, Coastal Carolina 4 Championships (1993-95-96-97), 4-time Coach of the Year

2000s WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-DECADE TEAM Runner Name, School Notes Kali Burt, High Point 4-time All-Conference Dacia Bushman, Liberty 3-time All-Conference Hannah Granger, VMI Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference Diana Jepchirchir, Coastal Carolina All-American, Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference Zsanett Kis, High Point Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference Anne Marie Moutsinga, Coastal Carolina 3-time Big South Champion, 4-time All-Conference Kim Nemergut, Coastal Carolina 4-time All-Conference Rebekah Ricksecker, Liberty 3-time All-Conference Heather Sagan, Liberty 2-time Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference Julia Viellenhner, Coastal Carolina All-American, Big South Champion Head Coach, School Notes Alan Connie, Coastal Carolina 6 Championships (2001-02-03-04-05-08), 6-time Coach of the Year

1980s MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-DECADE TEAM Runner Name, School Notes Mike Abercrombie, Charleston Southern 2-time All-Conference Bob Carr, Coastal Carolina 2-time All-Conference Jay Curwen, UNC Asheville 2-time All-Conference Nathan Dowd, Charleston Southern 3-time All-Conference Al Dunn, Charleston Southern Inaugural Big South Champion Ken Frenette, Campbell 2-time Big South Champion, 4-time All-Conference Richard Golden, Winthrop 2-time All-Conference Dwayne Stover, Radford Big South Champion Stewart Uldrick, Charleston Southern Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference Keelyn Wu, Radford Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference Head Coach, School Notes Tyler Will, Radford 3 Championships (1985-86-87)

1990s MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-DECADE TEAM Runner Name, School Notes Josh Cox, Liberty 2-time Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference John Decatur, Coastal Carolina 4-time All-Conference Tim Gautreau, UNC Asheville 3-time All-Conference Stephen Githuka, Liberty 3-time Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference Jeff Greene, Winthrop Big South Champion, Big South Hall of Fame member Merrill Hausenfluck, Radford Big South Champion, 2-time All-Conference Bill Khan, Liberty 2-time Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference Bruce Kite, Liberty Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference David Pitaro, Campbell Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference Patrick Van Boden, Charleston Southern 4-time All-Conference Head Coach, School Notes Brant Tolsma, Liberty 6 Championships (1991-92-94-97-98-99), 4-time Coach of the Year

2000s MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ALL-DECADE TEAM Runner Name, School Notes Sam Chelanga, Liberty 2-time National Champion, 3-time All-American, 3-time Big South Champion Jesse Cherry, High Point 3-time All-Conference Campbell Claridge, Coastal Carolina 4-time All-Conference Josh Edmonds, Liberty 4-time All-Conference Adam Growley, Winthrop Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference Jarvis Jelen, Liberty 3-time All-Conference Terah Kipchiris, Coastal Carolina 2-time Big South Champion, 3-time All-Conference Tamas Kovacs, High Point 3-time All-Conference Dawitt Legesse, Radford 3-time All-Conference Josh McDougal, Liberty National Champion, 4-time All-American, 4-time Big South Champion Head Coach, School Notes Brant Tolsma, Liberty 5 Championships (2005-06-07-08-09), 5-time Coach of the Year