Brooke Weisbrod Inducted into Big South Hall of Fame
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, - The Big South Conference inducted three former student-athletes and one former administrator into its Hall of Fame Thursday night, June 1, during a ceremony as part of the league’s annual Spring Meetings Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner at The Marriott Resort in Hilton Head, S.C. The inductions increase the Big South’s Hall of Fame membership to 65 former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors - 21 being Chanticleers.
The 14th Big South Hall of Fame class consists of Collin Drafts (Charleston Southern football), Anne Fontaine (Radford volleyball and women’s basketball), Tom Hickman (Winthrop Director of Athletics) and Brooke Weisbrod (Coastal Carolina women’s basketball, softball and tennis). The 2017 Hall of Fame class was first announced on April 11.
Collin Drafts, Charleston Southern Football Player, 2003-06
The first football player to be inducted into the Big South Hall of Fame, Drafts was a catalyst during the league’s early football years from 2003-06. A three-time All-Big South selection at quarterback, he was the 2005 Big South Offensive Player of the Year and earned Honorable Mention All-American honors that season from the Weekly Football Gazette. Drafts led Charleston Southern to its first-ever Big South football championship in 2005 with a 34-27 double-overtime comeback win over No. 8 Coastal Carolina in the season finale. The four-year starter helped turn the Bucs around from 1-11 as a freshman in 2003 to 5-5 as a sophomore, 7-4 as a junior and 9-2 as a senior, and the program achieved its first-ever national ranking during Drafts’ time at quarterback. Voted to the Big South Football 2002-09 All-Decade Team, Drafts was an eight-time Big South Player of the Week honoree (seven – offense, one – freshman), and earned two Weekly Football Gazette National Player of the Week and two College Sporting News National Weekly All-Star honors during his career.
Drafts graduated as the Big South’s all-time leader in 13 categories: passing yards (9,768), touchdowns responsible for (90), total offense yards (10,571) and total offense per game (240.3) -- conference records that stood for nine seasons -- in addition to setting records for passing efficiency (134.43), passing yards per game (222.00), 300-yard total offensive games (11) and completion percentage (62.0) -- all which have been surpassed in recent years. He remains the Big South’s career leader in pass completions (833), attempts (1,344), touchdown passes (73), 20-TD pass seasons (3), most 4-TD pass games (6), multi-TD pass games (21) and total offensive plays (1,848). He also rushed for 803 yards and 17 scores during this time at CSU. He remains the Bucs’ career leader in touchdowns, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, passing TDs, completion percentage, total offensive yards and total offensive touchdowns, and still holds numerous program single-game and season records. Drafts set a Big South single-game record with 453 yards of offense vs. Gardner-Webb in 2006 (now third-highest single-game total), and set the Big South single-game passing record with 419 yards in 2004 (now second-highest). He remains the only quarterback in Big South history with two 400-yard passing games and two 5-TD pass efforts. Drafts was inducted into Charleston Southern’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.
Anne Fontaine, Radford Volleyball & Women’s Basketball, 1990-95
Fontaine is one of Radford’s most-decorated volleyball performers ever, as she earned All-Conference honors three times in volleyball (1991, 1992 and 1993) and Big South All-Tournament Team plaudits in 1990, 1991 and 1993. She was a three-time team MVP in addition to a two-time VaSID All-State selection in 1992 and 1993. Fontaine appeared in 511 career sets -- fourth-most in Big South history, and posted 1,591 kills, 164 service aces, 1,437 digs and 153 total blocks during her career with the Highlanders. She led the conference in digs with 529 in 1993, and departed the Big South as the league’s all-time kill leader (now 15th), fourth in service aces (now 16th) and second in digs. Fontaine was the first player in league annals with 1,500 career kills and 1,000 career digs, and remains just one of six players with 1,500 kills/1,400 digs in the conference record book.
She was also a three-time letterwinner in women’s basketball and played on three conference title teams for the Highlanders. Fontaine owns the distinction of playing in two different NCAA Championship tournaments the same year in 1993-94 -- she led the Highlanders to the Big South’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament that fall and played a key role on Radford’s 1993-94 Women’s Basketball NCAA Tournament squad. Fontaine, who earned the prestigious Radford University Outstanding Student Award in 1995, remains Radford’s career leader in digs and service aces and is second in career kills. She was inducted into Radford’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.
Tom Hickman, Winthrop Director of Athletics, 1996-2016
Hickman was the longest-tenured Athletic Director in Big South history with his 20 years of service, and during his time, the Eagles captured 50 Big South Championships and made 50 NCAA team appearances while 15 student-athletes earned individual NCAA invitations. Winthrop also won the 2006-07 Big South Conference Men’s All-Sports Trophy -- just one of three member institutions to win the award since its inception in 2003-04. Winthrop had three student-athletes voted Big South Woman of the Year during his time, and had two state winners -- including a national Woman of the Year finalist in 2005. Under Hickman, Winthrop was awarded the Kallander Cup four times by the Big South Conference for the community service work of its student-athletes, and his student-athletes ranked at or near the top of the conference schools for academic achievement. Since 2000, Hickman spearheaded the completion of more than $20 million in new facility construction and improvements. This included new facilities for baseball, softball, track & field, soccer/lacrosse and tennis, enhanced renovation of the Winthrop Coliseum and academic support centers, and installation of lighting at all outdoor venues. In addition, Winthrop added women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse during Hickman’s tenure, and both programs won regular-season championships within four years of inception.
A longtime NACDA member, Hickman was heavily involved in the Big South’s governance structure. He served as Chair of the Council of Athletics Directors, and was an active participant on the conference’s Budget Committee, Audit Committee, Membership Committee, Basketball Tournament Committee, Baseball Committee (Chair), Compliance Committee, and Men’s Basketball Committee. Hickman was also active nationally, as his NCAA involvement included the Division I Men’s Soccer South Region Committee, including serving as the NCAA site representative for regional matches at Clemson and South Carolina; Division I Management Council; National Minority Opportunities & Interests Committee; Division I Legislative Review & Interpretations Committee, and the Division I Championships & Sport Management Cabinet, in which he served as the Cabinet liaison for the Men’s Soccer Committee as well. Hickman, who first served as Winthrop’s Associate Athletic Director for seven years from 1989-96, was inducted into Winthrop’s Athletics Hall of Fame this past January.
Brooke Weisbrod, Coastal Carolina Women’s Basketball, Softball, Tennis Player, 1997-01
Weisbrod led Coastal Carolina to two of its three all-time Big South Women’s Basketball Championship game appearances in 1999 and 2000, and capped her career as the 2000-01 Big South Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A two-time All-Conference selection (1999, 2001), Weisbrod was the 1997-98 Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year and earned Freshman of the Week honors four times that season. In 2000-01, she was the league’s leader in scoring (531 points), points per game (19.7), field goals (188), field goals per game (6.96), steals (95) and steals per game (3.52). She finished her career 14th on the Big South’s all-time scoring list with 1,401 points, fifth on the league’s all-time steals list with 281 and fifth on the conference’s all-time 3-point field goal chart with 151. Weisbrod is one of three players in Coastal Carolina basketball history with 1,000 points, 400 rebounds (432), 200 assists (286) and 200 steals, and remains the school’s all-time leader in steals while ranking sixth in field goals (512), seventh in points (1401) and eighth in assists (286).
Voted to the Big South Women’s Basketball 2000-09 All-Decade Team, Weisbrod was a three-time member of the Big South Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team during her four years. In addition, she played on Coastal’s 1998 Big South Softball Championship squad as a freshman, as she recorded a .256 batting average and four home runs in 40 games at DH/RF. Weisbrod also played on Coastal’s Women’s Tennis team during her junior year of 1999-00. Named the NCAA Woman of the Year for South Carolina in 2001, Weisbrod is currently a college basketball analyst for ESPN. She was inducted into the Coastal Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
Chanticleers in the Big South Hall of Fame
Tony Dunkin (2003) – Men’s Basketball
Michelle Hall (2003) – Softball
George F. “Buddy” Sasser (2003) – Big South Commissioner, CCU Athletics Director
Dr. Edward M. “Dick” Singleton (2003) – Big South Commissioner, CCU Chancellor
Holly Botar (2004) – Women’s Basketball
Luis Lopez (2004) – Baseball
John Vrooman (2004) –Baseball Head Coach
Sara Graziano (2005) – Softball
Michelle Minton (2005) - Softball
Sherry Johnson (2007) – Softball
Robert Dowdell (2007) – Men’s Basketball
Tomas Malik (2008) – Men’s Tennis
Catherine Conder (2010) – Women’s Track/Cross County
Guy Northcott (2010) – Men’s Soccer
Jessica Falca (2011) – Softball
Jolene Williams (2011) – Women’s Track/Cross Country
Emma Kidd (2014) – Women’s Tennis
Jess Dannelly (2015) – Softball Head Coach
Amber Campbell (2016) – Women’s Track & Field
Alan Connie (2016) – Track & Field/Cross Country Head Coach
Brooke Weisbrod (2017) – Women’s Basketball/Softball/Tennis