Huntingdon Hall of Fame inducts new members
MONTGOMERY, ALA.—The Huntingdon College Athletic Hall of Fame inducted eight new members during a special ceremony held Saturday, September 28, during Homecoming 2013. Honorees were Larry Hinds, Class of 1963, baseball and basketball; Tyler Jones, Class of 2008, baseball; Jim Meeks, Class of 1987, golf; Brandy Milstead, Class of 2008, women's tennis; Bob Owen, Class of 1966, men's basketball; Chris Saba, Class of 2008, men's soccer; Anthony C. "Tony" Stallworth, Class of 1978, men's basketball; and Lorraine "Les" Stuedeman, Class of 1993, softball.
Larry Hinds, a native of Carbon Hill, Alabama, and resident of Acworth, Georgia, transferred to Huntingdon from Birmingham-Southern College in order to play baseball and basketball. The president of his Huntingdon senior class, he graduated in 1963 prepared to teach at the secondary level, then earned a master's degree from the University of Alabama. He began his teaching and coaching career in Alabama and Georgia, joining the Cobb County School System in Marietta, Georgia, in 1969 as a high school assistant principal. Hinds progressed in administration to principal and then served as assistant superintendent for seven years. In 1980 he left the field of education and began a career in finance and retirement planning, from which he retired in 1997. Always loyal to his alma mater, Hinds said. " ... The
most important part of my [Huntingdon] experience was the people I came to know, love, and
respect. The faculty and staff were
caring and wanted us to experience success. ... The
induction into the Huntingdon College Athletic Hall of Fame makes me very proud
and ties me even closer to my alma mater.” Hinds' award was presented by Huntingdon President J. Cameron West, right.
Tyler Jones, of Decatur, Alabama, was an NCAA
First-Team All-American third baseman for the Huntingdon Hawks baseball team
during his senior season. During that season, Jones finished ranked at number 26 in the nation in runs batted in (1.32 per game); 27 in the toughest to strike out (27.3 at bats per strike out); and 46 nationally with a .427 batting average. He was named an NCAA
South Region First-Team All-American his junior season. During the course of Jones' Huntingdon baseball career, he was a 13-time Great South Athletic Conference Player of the Week, three-time GSAC First-Team All-Conference selection, three-time GSAC Player
of the Year Runner-Up, First-Team GSAC All-Freshman Team, and GSAC Freshman
Player of the Year runner-up. In 472 at-bats, Jones finished his Huntingdon career with 196 hits, a .415 career batting
average, 151 RBIs, 13 homeruns, 112 runs scored, and a .640 slugging percentage. He also accumulated 39 career stolen
bases. Jones resides in Decatur and works with his father, Mike Jones, at Jones Financial. A talented musician, Jones plays with
The Wheelers Band and with Landers and Friends. “Huntingdon has
always meant a lot to me, as well as to my family," said Jones. "Coming to Huntingdon
was the beginning of a lifelong bond between myself and the many people I grew
to love once I attended." Jones' award was presented by Huntingdon head baseball coach and associate athletic director D.J. Conville, left, and West.
Jim Meeks, a native of Florence and resident of Huntsville, Alabama, was a member of Huntingdon's 1986 and 1987 NAIA national championship golf teams. Individually, he was a First-Team All-American during his senior year and missed All-American honors by one shot as a junior. Meeks is remembered by his teammates as the spiritual leader of the team. After graduating with a major in marketing, he spent most of his career in the medical field before a brief stint as a banker. In 1999 he answered the call into full-time ministry, beginning a Master of Divinity degree at Southern Seminary before being hired as the minister of education and leadership at a Baptist church in Kentucky. He finished his M.Div. in 2007. He serves as associate pastor for Capshaw Baptist Church in Huntsville. Meeks said,“This is a very
humbling honor for me as I was never the ‘star golfer’ on the teams by any
means, but the guy on the team who was the primary leader or ‘glue’ who helped
get us all focused and united on the one objective—playing as a team to win
golf tournaments! Huntingdon College offered me a wonderful
college experience in every conceivable way." Meeks' award was presented by his Huntingdon golf teammate and current director of Huntingdon golf Dave Shreyer, left, and West, right.
A native of Ozark, Alabama, and resident of Roanoke, Virginia, Brandy Milstead came to Huntingdon to prepare for medical school and to play for the women's tennis team. Named to the All-Freshman Team in 2005, she was a member of Huntingdon's Great South Athletic Conference championship teams in 2007 and 2008. In 2007 Milstead was named GSAC Women's Tennis Player of the Year and tournament MVP, as well as to the All-Academic Team in both 2007 and 2008. She was named Singles and Doubles Player of the Week (with her doubles partner, Amanda Thomley, Class of 2008) multiple times during her playing career, and was also named an ITA Scholar-Athlete from 2006 to 2008. The Huntingdon Department of Athletics recognized her as the College's Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2007. An
injury forced her to miss most of her senior season, but she accumulated 73 career wins (35 in singles play and 38 in doubles). Milstead served as a Huntingdon Ambassador, a Huntingdon Host, and as a member of the Student Government Association, Chi Omega women's fraternity, the Concert Choir, and numerous honor societies. She was a member of the Huntingdon Homecoming court and was named Miss Huntingdon 2006. In
June 2013 Milstead graduated from the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine. While at UAB she was part of medical mission teams to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. She has been involved in Equal Access Birmingham and the Summit Scholars Program of Birmingham. Now a resident of Roanoke, Virginia, she began her first year of residency in emergency medicine
at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine during the summer of 2013. "Playing a college sport is something many students can
only dream of, and I was a similar student until Coach Ximena Moore came into my life," said Milstead. "Had she not recruited me at a high school tennis tournament ... my dream of playing NCAA tennis would have never been realized. My four years playing for the Lady Hawks brought me so much joy and taught me how to truly push my limits and achieve
things that I never thought possible." Milstead, center, and West were joined onstage by Huntingdon head women's tennis coach Ximena Moore.
Bob Owen came to Huntingdon from Pompano Beach High School in Florida on a basketball scholarship. While a student, Owen was active in the Business Club and the H-Club and was a member of the only Hawks basketball team to qualify for and travel to the NAIA national tournament in Kansas City. Following graduation from Huntingdon with a degree in business administration, Owen worked for Sears in their management training program in Montgomery. After five years he started a successful Allstate Insurance agency in the Atlanta area, where he remained for 31 years. When he sold his agency, it was one of the largest in the State of Georgia. Owen has been active in the Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International, serving as director for several years and later as vice president and
president. He is a member of the Scottish Rite, the Yaarab Shrine, the Snellville Lodge #99 F&AM, the Big
Canoe Chapel, and a former member of the board of Prevent Child Abuse of Pickens County. He has served Huntingdon as a loyal supporter and member of the Alumni Board. “Huntingdon College had a tremendous influence on me," said Owen. "The school was a great builder of character and integrity. My years at Huntingdon College were special and that is the reason why I return regularly for a reunion with the school and the wonderful friends I met there.” Owen's award was presented by West, right, and former Huntingdon teammate John Bricken, left.
A native of Pensacola, Florida, Chris Saba was the valedictorian of Woodham High School in 2004, as well as a letterman in five sports. A four-year letterman for the Huntingdon soccer team, Saba started 74 out of 76 games played and totaled more than 6,800 minutes on the field. He finished his career with 32 goals and 25 assists and served as the team captain his junior and senior seasons. Saba was a four-year selection to the All-Conference Team and All-Academic Team for the Great South Athletic Conference. He was also a member of the GSAC All-Freshman Team and received the NSCAA College Men's Team Academic Award. He graduated magna cum laude and was also awarded the Irene Brinson Munro Award for the highest grade point average among graduating history majors. Saba earned his juris doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was involved in various student organizations, including the Student Bar Association and Honor Court, and served as a teaching assistant and research assistant. Saba served on the executive council for the nationally ranked Moot Court Honor Board. He was awarded Best Advocate and Best Brief awards at the 2011 National Appellate Advocacy Competition, a Best Advocate award at the 2010 National Appellate Advocacy Competition, and a Best Brief award at the 2010 Zehmer Workers’ Compensation Competition. He interned as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Thomas E. Morris of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida before graduating cum laude in 2011. He was hired as a law clerk with Vernis & Bowling of North Florida shortly after taking the Florida Bar Exam. Upon passing the Florida Bar Exam, Saba became an associate attorney with the firm. He practices in the areas of civil rights litigation, employment litigation, real estate litigation, automobile liability, and premises liability. "It is difficult for me to put into a few short words what an honor this induction is to me," said Saba. "During my four years here, I gave everything I had to Huntingdon, both on the field and in the classroom. In return, and while I didn't know it at the time, the Huntingdon family was shaping me into the adult I have become. It is an honor to be ... forever etched into Huntingdon history alongside so many others.” Saba, center, was joined onstage by his long-time best friend, current Huntingdon head men's soccer coach Matt Williams, left.
Anthony C. “Tony” Stallworth is a Monroe County, Alabama, native and graduated from J.F. Shields High School in Beatrice, where he played on the 1972 J.F. Shields state basketball championship team. He attended Lomax-Hannon Junior College in Greenville for two years on a basketball scholarship before completing his undergraduate degree at Huntingdon in 1978. He was a member of the Huntingdon basketball teams in 1976–77 and 1977–78. As a junior, Stallworth averaged 13 points per game and 4 assists. While he had many memorable moments in key Conference games, he was best known for his leadership and his ability to adapt. After an injury prevented him from playing his senior year, he remained a team leader from the bench and was praised by Coach Neal Posey and his teammates for his attitude and spirit. He earned his master’s degree in physical education at Alabama State University, a Certificate of Administration from Auburn University-Montgomery, and his Class AA degree in educational administration from Alabama State. Stallworth began his coaching career as an assistant basketball coach at Lomax-Hannon from 1978 to 83 while working as supervisor of parks and recreation for the Dunbar Center in Greenville. He moved to Monroe Senior High School in 1983, where he served as assistant basketball and head track coach for five years. In 1988, Stallworth began his career at Brantley High School, where he compiled a 48-0 record as head junior high coach and assistant boys’ varsity basketball coach for two years. He served as Brantley’s head boys’ basketball coach from 1990 to 2005, compiling a 298-47 record with three state championships, the Class 1A crown in 1993 and 1994, and the 2A state title in 1995. He was named Class 1A Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994 and Class 2A Coach of the Year in 1995. Stallworth also served as assistant principal from 1997 to 2005, as principal from 2006 to 2008, and moved to the Crenshaw County Board of Education in 2008. He serves as the associate executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. “Since graduating, the notoriety from Huntingdon has allowed me to enhance my career to the highest level," said Stallworth. "To be recognized along with a list of well-deserving candidates is truly special. ... As always, I will continue to be a model of encouragement for those who are interested in being part of such a great educational family.”
Lorraine “Les” Stuedeman lettered for three seasons as a catcher for the Huntingdon softball team. She earned All-American and All-District honors in 1992 and All-District in 1990 and 1991. After graduating, she earned a master’s degree in education from the University of West Alabama while serving as an assistant softball coach. In 1995, following a successful one-year stint as the head coach at Hewitt-Trussville High School, Stuedeman became the first softball coach at the University of Alabama-Huntsville (UAH). Surpassing 1,000 games coached during the 2012 campaign, she has guided the Chargers to an impressive 803-249-1 (.763) record. The Chargers have averaged more than 47 wins per season under Stuedeman, and her teams have never had a losing season. Stuedeman is the second winningest active coach in Division II and became just the nineteenth coach in Division II history to win 800 games. She ranks fourteenth all-time across all divisions in winning percentage—a number that ranks second among active Division II coaches and fifth all-time in Division II. Her teams have earned a berth to the NCAA tournament 16 times—including a stretch of 11 in a row with the team’s 2013 berth—and the Chargers have captured four South Region titles. In 2009 and 2011 Stuedeman guided the Chargers to the brink of a national championship, finishing as the Division II Softball World Series runner-up both seasons. Les and her staff have been named South Region Coaching Staff of the Year six times (1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009 and 2011). During her extraordinarily successful collegiate coaching career, Stuedeman has earned seven Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year titles. The program’s success in the Conference was highlighted in 2010 when she was named GSC East Division Coach of the Decade and the Chargers were picked as the decade’s top softball program.
In addition to her responsibilities at the helm of the softball program, Stuedeman was named the senior women’s administrator for the UAH Department of Athletics in 2010. Along with coaching on the college and high school levels, she has been instrumental in the growth of fast pitch softball in North Alabama—coaching and assisting with the organization of the first 12-and-under softball travel team in Huntsville. Stuedeman (center) joins her sister, Vann Stuedeman (left), Class of 1994, who was present to co-present her sister's award, in the Huntingdon College Athletic Hall of Fame.
“It is a huge honor to be a part of the Huntingdon Athletic Hall of Fame," said Stuedeman. "I am a very proud member of the Huntingdon Softball alumni. Coach Tina Kyler Deese was a huge and lasting influence on me as a coach and a teacher. She built the program around discipline, fundamentals, and hard work. I carry all of those lessons with me still today."
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was preceded by a reception honoring members of the Hall of Fame beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby of Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater.