Coastal Carolina University inducted four new members into the George F. Buddy Sasser Hall of Fame.
The 2004 honorees were Jessica Falca, one of the most outstanding softball student-athletes in Coastals history; Angela Murphy, who dominated the Big South Conference Womens Cross Country and Track during her career; Guy Norcott, a three-time All Big South soccer player, and Edgar Dyer, (honorary), vice president for university relations and the Chanticleers first womens golf coach.
Falca, who played softball at Coastal from 1996 to 1999, left her mark on the NCAA Division 1 record book. She finished her career with the all-time national stolen base record (196 steals) and career national rankings of 7th in hits, 15th in batting average, and 12th in runs scored. A three-time All Big South Conference honoree, the outfielder/shortstop earned the 1996 Big South Rookie of the Year award and led the Chanticleers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1998.
Murphy, of Cork, Ireland, who participated in track and cross country from 1994 to 1998, won five league championships and earned All Big South records five times. She also represented Coastal on the national level with a silver medal in the 3000M at the 1996 PENN Relays and earned NCAA Championship appearances in track and cross country. Murphy anchored Coastals nationally ranked crosscountry team and led the Chanticleers to three Big South Championships. She has several school and Big South records.
Norcott, a native of Liverpool, England, played soccer at CCU from 1989 to 1992. The three-year captain started 75 games for the Chanticleers and helped win 57 victories during that time. He was named the 1990 Big South Conference Player of the Year and led the Chants to the NCAA Tournaments Sweet Sixteen in 1992. Norcott earned All South Region honors in 1990 and was a three-time All Big South selection.
A professor of politics, Dyer has been a member of the Coastal faculty since 1976. He oversees six departments in his vice presidential job, he serves as the universitys liaison with the S.C. General Assembly and the Horry County Higher Education Commission, and he is the universitys counsel. Dyer was also the public address announcer for womens basketball games and has actively supported many athletic projects including the establishment of intercollegiate football.
The Athletic Hall of Fame will be a significant feature of a future Athletic Field House to be constructed near the north end zone of Brooks Stadium. Until that structure is built, the Hall of Fame is temporarily located in Brooks Stadium.