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Three former student-athletes inducted into the Sasser Hall of Fame

October 14, 2005

Coastal Carolina University has inducted three new members into the George F. Buddy Sasser Hall of Fame. The 2005 honorees include former CCU baseball star and current assistant coach Kevin Schnall, golf standout Brad Hastings, and former mens soccer star Neal Robinson.

Schnall becomes the 10th former Chanticleer baseball player to earn Hall of Fame status and first since Luis Lopez in 2002. A native of Mercerville, N.J., Schnall was the Big South Conference Player of the Year in 1999 after batting .405 and setting the CCU single-season on-base percentage record (.515). He finished his career with the school record for catcher assists (58) and posted a .360 career batting average, and led Coastal to a 43-15 record in 1999, the most wins in over a decade at the time. After college, Schnall was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 25th Round of the 1999 MLB Draft. In 2001, he began his Chanticleer assistant coaching career and has contributed to the greatest success in Chanticleer baseball history, featuring 221 wins from 2001-2005.

A native of Easton, Md., Hastings led Coastal Carolina to four consecutive Big South Titles from 1997 to 2000 and Chanticleers first-ever N.C.A.A. Regional Appearance during the 2000 season. He won the 1999 Big South Conference Tournament Championship and was selected All Big South four times. He finished his career ranked first in school history in career scoring average and twice received the General Hackler Trophy presented to Coastals top intercollegiate golfer. Hastings is the third mens golfer to achieve Hall of Fame membership and first since 1996 when Donald Clement was inducted. Ironically, Clement was Hastings coach during his four seasons at Coastal.

Robinson set Chanticleer goalkeeping records for matches played (69), matches started (69), minutes (6,190), shutouts (16), and saves (282) and helped Coastal win 40 games from 1993 to 1996. He led the Chanticleers to 1995 NCAA Tournament and earned All Big South Conference and All Big South Tournament honors that season. The Nantwich, England native led the Big South Conference in Goals Against Average (0.97) in 1995 and becomes the fifth mens soccer player to enter the Hall of Fame. Its the second consecutive year that a mens soccer student-athlete has entered the Hall of Fame. Guy Norcott was inducted in 2004.

The Sasser Hall of Fame has grown to 45 members since the first class was inducted in 1991. To earn Hall of Fame election, prospective candidates are nominated, reviewed, and voted upon by an 11-member committee. Committee members are appointed by Coastal Carolina Universitys Department of Athletics.