Athletics Hall of Fame
Reception and Banquet
Saturday, April 8, 2017
5:30 PM (Reception) ▪ 7:00 PM (Banquet)
Spartanburg Marriott ▪ 299 North Church Street
$25 per Person
The Limestone College Athletics Department has announced its 21st Hall of Fame Class, a group that features former athletes Dominic Casciato ’09 (Soccer), Jack Perry ’90 (Baseball), Shawn Poppie ’07 (Basketball), and Jonathan Richard ’05 (Wrestling), along with special inductees David Riggins ’73 and John "Barry" Self, Jr. ’73.
The Limestone Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 8, at the Spartanburg Marriott in downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Hall of Fame reception is scheduled to start at 5:30 PM, followed by the induction ceremony at 7:00 PM. Reservations are required. For more information, please contact Paula Richards at 800.795.7151, extension 4602 or via email.
The Hall of Fame was initiated in 1996 to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to Limestone’s athletics heritage. Selection for the Hall of Fame is the highest honor the College can bestow upon one of its former student-athletes or coaches. Upon induction, each honoree will have a permanent plaque added to the Dave and Nancy Rilling Hall of Fame Room in the Bob Campbell Field House.
2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
A 2008 NSCAA Second-Team All-American, Dominic Casciato helped usher in a new era for the Limestone men’s soccer team as he helped lay the foundation for a program that has since become a perennial power at the conference, regional, and national levels since his arrival in 2006.
Casciato joined a Limestone program that had just two winning seasons over its first 23 years and promptly guided the Blue and Gold to a 13-3-6 record during his freshman year. He anchored a defensive unit that allowed just 18 goals over 22 games, leading the Saints to their first conference tournament championship and their first NCAA tournament appearance during his rookie season.
During his four years in the Blue and Gold, the team compiled a 52-17-9 overall record with a total of 34 shutouts. Casciato was twice named All-Conference and was an All-Region selection after leading the Saints back to the NCAA tournament in 2008. Additionally, he was the first player in team history to earn Academic All-American honors.
Casciato, who is the first English-born player to be inducted into the Limestone College Athletics Hall of Fame, resides in Brooklyn, New York and coaches club soccer.
One of only two players in team history to have his number retired, Gaylord Jackson Perry, Jr., or “Jack,” pitched three seasons at Limestone and was a member of the inaugural baseball team that his father, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, Sr., started in 1988.
Despite Limestone being a new program, Perry helped lead the Saints to a pair of winning seasons during his tenure with the Blue and Gold. The Saints compiled a 23-10 overall record during his senior year in 1990, and that team still holds the record for the highest winning percentage (.697) in program history.
Perry is the only player in team history to throw a no-hitter, accomplishing that feat twice within a two-week span during the 1990 campaign. He ranks 10th all-time with 12 career wins while his 10-strikeout performance against Allen on April 17, 1988, has yet to be surpassed at the time of induction.
Jack Perry died on June 18, 2005, following a courageous four-year battle with leukemia.
One of the best pure talents to come through the Limestone men’s basketball program, Shawn Poppie played all four years with the Saints and graduated as the program’s all-time leader in assists (602) and steals (168). He currently ranks 10th on the team’s all-time scoring list with 1,225 career points.
A two-time All-Conference selection during his time with the Blue and Gold, Poppie helped guide the Saints to a 20-9 record during his senior season by averaging 13.8 points per game and 6.8 assists per game – a mark that ranked fifth in the nation that season. His 176 assists during the 2006-07 campaign is the second highest single season mark in team history.
He has since made a name for himself as one of the nation’s top up-and-coming coaches in the women’s basketball ranks. Poppie spent four seasons as an assistant on the women’s basketball staff at Limestone, helping to turn the Saints into a national powerhouse, and has served on the coaching staffs at USC Upstate and Furman University in subsequent years.
Poppie, a 2007 graduate of Limestone, currently resides in Blacksburg, Virginia and is an assistant women’s basketball coach at Virginia Tech.
Following a three-year career at Gardner-Webb University, Jonathan Richard transferred his senior season to compete for Limestone’s new wrestling program in 2004-05. He made an immediate impact with the Saints, becoming the first national qualifier and All-American in program history that first year.
The first wrestler to be inducted into the Limestone College Athletics Hall of Fame, Richard went 32-9 as a heavyweight (285 lbs.) with a pair of falls and four major decisions during the regular season and would then become the team’s first national qualifier with a solid showing at the NCAA Northeast Regional.
Richard rebounded from a day two loss at the 2005 NCAA Championships to defeat Derek Thompson from Colorado School of Mines by a 13-9 decision to finish seventh overall and claim All-American honors.
Richard enjoyed a brief professional fighting career with Strikeforce after graduating from Limestone, posting an 8-7-1 career record, before moving into the coaching ranks at Camden Military Academy and Terry Sanford High School. He currently resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina and works as a contractor.
Without the creative and forward thinking of David Riggins and John Barrett Self, Jr., Limestone Athletics might have had a very different history – if any history at all. The classmates were the driving force behind the creation of intramural and club sports at Limestone, and that idea would evolve into men’s basketball and men’s golf becoming varsity-sponsored sports for the 1973-74 seasons.
The two also played an important role in adopting the school’s official nickname as they worked with their fraternity, Lambda Mu Sigma, and other organizations on campus to adopt the term “Saints.”
Limestone Athletics has since grown to 25 sponsored sports, and has given thousands of student-athletes over the years the opportunity to continue their education while playing an intercollegiate sport. The Saints have grown into one of the top athletics programs in the country with a combined 10 national championships, 74 conference regular season titles, and 43 conference tournament crowns to their credit.
The two have stayed active with the College since graduating in 1973. Riggins, who continues to lend his time and business expertise to Limestone, is a long-time member of the Saints Club and is a current Board of Trustee member, while Self is also a Saints Club member.
Riggins resides in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the President/Owner of D.P. Riggins & Associates, Inc. Self currently lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon and has worked for CSL Behring, a global biopharmaceutical company, for the past 20 years.
Limestone College Hall of Fame Members
|Name||Year Inducted||Year Graduated||Sport|
|John Oliver Childers||1996||Special Inductee|
|Milan Gettys||1996||1984||Men's Golf|
|Dr. Ron Killion||1996||Tennis|
|Sudie Love||1996||1950||Special Inductee|
|Dr. Barbara Smith||1996||1955||Women's Golf|
|Jeff Ward||1996||1987||Men's Basketball|
|Les Gregory||1997||1982||Special Inductee|
|Jennifer James||1997||1987||Softball and Volleyball|
|Chip Johnson||1997||1985||Men's Golf|
|Angie W. Dewart||1998||1985||Women's Basketball and Volleyball|
|David Lamb||1998||1985||Men's Golf|
|Emmie Evans Rector||1998||Tennis|
|Jay E. Dewart||1999||1982||Men's Basketball|
|Cathy Ivester||1999||1984||Softball and Volleyball|
|Jay Rhodes||1999||Men's Basketball and Athletics Director|
|Craig Drennon||2000||Men's Basketball and Athletics Director|
|Kim Felkel-Noe||2000||1993||Softball and Volleyball|
|Grant Hoffman||2000||1985||Men's Golf|
|Jan Martin Stoudenmire||2000||1984||Women's Basketball and Softball|
|Andy Parks||2000||1985||Men's Golf|
|Randy Max Hines||2001||1979||Men's Golf|
|Patrena Wilson Mims||2001||1993||Women's Basketball|
|Tom Pettit||2001||Special Inductee|
|Carol Caggiano||2002||Special Inductee|
|M. B. "Bobby" Morrow, III||2002||1977||Tennis|
|Ken Thornby||2002||1994||Men's Lacrosse|
|Kristi Kerns Parris||2002||1986||Women's Basketball and Softball|
|Tom Cerino||2003||1993||Men's Lacrosse|
|Shayna Ferguson||2003||1990||Softball and Volleyball|
|Mike Cerino||2004||Men's Lacrosse|
|Mike Sessa||2004||1993||Men's Lacrosse|
|Andrea Hatcher Johnson||2005||1999||Softball|
|Nick Carlson||2006||2002||Men's Lacrosse|
|Rebekah Kirkman Goehler||2006||2002||Softball|
|Dawn Smith Ranns||2006||2001||Women’s Lacrosse|
|Joe Monmonier||2007||1994||Men's Lacrosse|
|Dr. Ralph Pim||2007||Special Inductee|
|Kris Ruckelshaus||2007||1992||Men's Soccer|
|Michael Scerbo||2007||Women’s Lacrosse|
|Chris Campbell||2008||2003||Men's Lacrosse|
|Harmony Noda Keith||2008||2002||Softball|
|Michael Purdy||2008||1991||Men's Soccer|
|Cheri "C. T." Anthony||2009||1983||Softball and Volleyball|
|Mike Pavlick||2009||1987||Men's Soccer|
|1981-82 Men's Basketball Team||2009|
|Colleen Travers Ferebee||2010||1981||Softball|
|1989 Softball Team||2010|
|Michael K. Coles||2011||1976||Men's Basketball|
|Tricia Davidson Jordan||2011||1999||Women’s Lacrosse|
|2000 Men's Lacrosse Team||2011|
|Kristin Briggs Rorie||2012||2000||Women's Soccer|
|Megan Crouse||2012||2001||Women’s Lacrosse|
|Rob Jenkins||2012||1993||Men’s Soccer|
|Brad McLean||2012||1995||Men’s Lacrosse|
|Tim Olinick||2012||1996||Men’s Lacrosse|
|James "Chuckie" Scotland||2012||1991||Men’s Basketball|
|Pam Wade Williams||2012||1990||Women's Basketball|
|2005 Baseball Team||2012|
|Meghan Dennehy||2013||2004||Women’s Lacrosse|
|Felicia Hallums||2013||2002||Women’s Basketball|
|Margaret Loflin Carpenter||2013||1986||Women’s Volleyball|
|Nikhil Loganadan||2013||1983||Men’s Tennis|
|Jesse Myers||2013||1988||Men’s Soccer|
|Frank Purdy||2013||1991||Men’s Basketball|
|Devan Spilker||2013||2003||Men’s Lacrosse|
|Dr. Walt Griffin||2013||Special Inductee|
|Maria Garcia||2014||2003||Women's Soccer|
|Jody Kennedy||2014||2001||Women's Lacrosse|
|Keith Nyberg||2014||1997||Men's Lacrosse|
|Rick Patterson||2014||Special Inductee|
|Bobby Sheffield||2014||1978||Men's Basketball|
|Billy Singfield||2014||1986||Men's Soccer|
|1984 Men's Golf Team||2014|
|Anissa Hill-Rhyne||2016||1993||Women's Basketball|
|Dave and Nancy Rilling||2016||Special Inductees|
|2002 Men's Lacrosse Team||2016|