Newly elected members include the starting quarterback of the New York Jets, Chad Pennington, elected in his first year of eligibility; two-way Arena Football League star, B.J. Cohen; West Virginia's finest amateur golfer, Pat Carter; a MU record seven-time all-conference selection in the discus and shot, Shaun McWhorter; and a softball player who led Marshall to its only conference crown in that sport, Christy Waring-Hayes. Elected by the committee in the "Pre-1950s Category" is one of the best athletes to ever wear the Green and White, Harold McCloud. McCloud was part of the Cam Henderson basketball teams of the late 1930s and early 1940s, averaging just a point less for his career than fellow HOF member Jule Rivlin, then going on to star for U.S. Army teams, fly combat missions in World War II and play professional baseball after the war at age 28.
The induction dinner is held in conjunction with Homecoming/Letter Winners Weekend, which honors all former Marshall letter winners and members of the MU Athletic Hall of Fame. Tickets are $20 and will be available through the Marshall Athletic Ticket Office in the Cam Henderson Center (304-696-4373/1-800-843-4373). Saturday, October 15, there will be an official unveiling of tiles in the "Walk of Fame" (which are the following information on them: the Hall of Fame member's name, sport, induction year and last year lettered) at the Marshall Hall of Fame Café, Third Avenue and Ninth Street in downtown Huntington. The new members of the Hall are then guests of the Marshall M-Club, an organization of former Thundering Herd athletic participants, at the pre-game tailgate at the M-Club Plaza (Northwest corner of Joan C. Edwards Stadium). The new members of the Hall are then introduced to the crowd just before the 5:00 p.m. kickoff of the Homecoming football game between Marshall and new Conference USA opponent, UAB.
The members of the Hall of Fame committee are: Dr. Sam Clagg; Joe Feaganes; Linda Holmes; Dr. Dorothy Hicks; Willard Hunter; Greg Rowsey; Keith Morehouse; Mickey Jackson; Ralph May and Woody Woodrum. Any former MU athletic participant, who lettered twice in one sports or once each in two sports is eligible to be nominated for the Hall, once they are out of school at least five years. The Hall of Fame committee will consider outstanding accomplishments in athletics at Marshall, as well as other accomplishments in sports or life since the nominee left school. Send nominations to Woody Woodrum at: email@example.com or P.O. Box 1150, Huntington, WV, 25713, for consideration in 2006.
Here is this year's elected class, in alphabetical order:
Pat Carter, Golf (1987-90). Carter was a 1990 First Team All-Southern Conference performer who led Marshall in scoring average in both 1989 and 1990 as the team captain. Since leaving MU, however, Carter may have become the preeminent golfer to have ever worn the green and white. He has won the West Virginia Amateur, held yearly at The Greenbrier, an amazing 10 times including the last nine years in a row. He is second only to Bill Campbell (15) for number of WV Amateur championships won. He has qualified for the U.S. Amateur 10 times and, in 2003, was a quarterfinalist in both the U.S. Amateur and the US MID-AM. Carter was named 2001 West Virginia Amateur Athlete of the Year and has been named WV Golf Association Player of the Year nine times in his career. He just recently won the 2005 West Virginia Mid-Amateur and, although West Virginia lost to Virginia in recent match play, Carter teamed with Hop White to record a victory for the Mountain State team back in April. In 2004, Carter played in the British Amateur. Carter has assisted Coach Joe Feaganes with the Marshall men's golf team for the past five seasons as a volunteer coach and is an insurance salesman who lives with his family in Lesage, WV, just outside of Huntington.
B.J. Cohen, Football (1994-1997). Only the second Marshall football player in the entire history of the program to be first team all-conference for four consecutive seasons, Cohen won those awards in 1994-95-96 in the Southern Conference and in 1997 in the Mid-American Conference. (John Zontini was the other player: First team All-WV Athletic Conference in 1931 and 1932; First team All-Buckeye Conference in 1933 and 1934). In 1997, he was a team captain, was the defensive MVP in the Motor City Bowl and rated the 11th best defensive end in the nation by Street and Smith magazine. He was a Walter Camp and Sports Network first team All-American in 1996, while being second team on the Associated Press list and third team on the Football Gazette listing. As a sophomore, he was second-team Sports Network and Football Gazette All-American. He is seventh all-time at MU with 369 tackles in his career, recording 113 in 1996 and 91 in 1997, both third best for those seasons. He is the all-time sack leader at MU with 51 in his career, having 16 in 1995 and 14 in 1997, and leading the team in sacks every season 1994-95-96-97. Cohen played for Montreal in the CFL in 1998 and has played in Orlando in the Arena League since 1999 and his team won the championship in 2000. Playing for Tampa Bay Storm in Arena League in 2003, where he won a second championship and was again All-AFL second team. He is playing for the AFL's New Orleans VooDoo in 2004. Cohen was named to the Arena Football League 2005 All-Arena Team it was announced by the league the last week of May. Cohen, (6-2, 280) enjoyed the finest season of his seven-year AFL career in his second season in New Orleans by starting all 16 games, recording 33 tackles (29 solo), 9.5 sacks (for -46 yards), 4.5 tackles-for-loss, one interception and six passes defended, while adding seven receptions for 53 yards with one touchdown on offense. Cohen set career-highs in total tackles, solo tackles, sacks, tackles for a loss and passes defended. He finished the season ranked second in the league in sacks and first in combined tackles for a loss (-14). He was named to the AFL U.S. Army All-Ironman Team, based on an outstanding performance on offense and defense in 2005. This marks the third time in Cohen's career that he has received this honor. He was previously selected to the "Ironman" team in 2000 and 2003. Cohen is also the all-time AFL reception leader at tight end.
Harold McCloud, Basketball (1938-41). Elected in the "Pre-1950s Category" by Hall of Fame committee. McCloud averaged 11.3 points per game in career at Marshall, playing as left wing in Cam Henderson's fast break. He was a Honorable Mention All-West Virginia pick at Logan High School, where he started for four years after three years as starter at Holden Junior High. Team captain for Wildcats in 1934-35 and helped team to three consecutive sectional championships, including high game of 27 versus Chapmanville in 1934 sectional. McCloud was All-Tournament as junior and senior in Sectional and Regional Tournaments. He also played halfback and pitched on baseball team for Logan. He worked in the coal mines for one year before Henderson brought him to Marshall (although McCloud was also recruited by Adolph Rupp at the University of Kentucky). McCloud was inducted into the Logan High School Hall of Fame just two years ago. As a freshman at Marshall, ineligible to play varsity, led "Jean's Sweet Shop" team to the title in The Huntington Advertiser Basketball Tournament, scoring 19 in final game and 20 in semi-finals. Also helped his team to win Marshall intramural football championship (24-0) and played freshman football at Marshall in 1937 (varsity won the Buckeye Conference with 9-0-1 mark). Starter at forward for three seasons for Herd: 1938-39 Buckeye Conference Champions (22-5), averaged 11.1 points per game (Marshall averaged 47.3 ppg). In 1939-40, McCloud averaged 11.9 points per game for 25-4 Herd, which averaged 51.4 points per game, on team led by MU HOF member and 1940 All-American Jule Rivlin (career scoring average of 12.4 per game), as well as HOF members Jack Morlock and Yost Cunningham. In 1940-41, Herd had only two seniors, team captains McCloud and guard Roger Tricot, and fell to 14-9, the first time in five years the Herd did not win 20-plus. McCloud still averaged 11.0 for team. In final game versus West Virginia Wesleyan, McCloud scored career-best 25 points in 87-44 win at Vanity Fair and topped 20 points six times in career. After graduation with degree in Physical Education in 1941, played some American Legion/AAU basketball with Logan Legionnaires, again averaging double figures, and became salesman for New York Life in Holden.
Joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in late 1941and was shipped to Camp Wallace in Galveston, Texas (helped Camp Wallace to win the Texas City Oil League as shortstop in baseball), then was commissioned after 12 weeks at Officer Candidate School in Miami, Florida. Shipped to Fresno, California, to join 4th Army Air Corps Replacement Depot for 17 months, and was standout for "Hammer Field" air base basketball and baseball teams. Shipped to England for 1944-46 and rose to rank of Captain with 8th AAF Fighter Station, 479th Fighter Group. Set to return to Logan to work selling automobiles when call came from Louisville Colonels, an AAA team of the Boston Red Sox, to report to Florida for Spring Training. Despite being 28-years old, he spent 1946 with the West Palm Beach Indians of the Florida-International League, hitting as high as .483 at mid-season before finishing at .429 with 18 hits, 3 doubles, 2 triples and 11 RBI and pitching to a 5-4 record with one save. Made the F-I All-Star Team, pitching against the league-leading Cubans in Havana, Cuba, in the All-Star Game. Returned to Logan area to live in Holden the rest of his life with wife Juanita (married in Galveston in June of 1942) and four children. He worked as an executive with coal company and even ran for State Senate before settling in as President of Matt, Inc, a coal mining company, McCloud was a lifelong booster of Marshall University. He died at age 65 in 1981. McCloud was nominated and will be represented at Hall of Fame activities by his son, John T. McCloud, of Lexington, Kentucky.
Shaun McWhorter, Track and Field (1980-84). A native of Chesapeake, Ohio, and an All-Southern Conference pick a MU record seven times in his career. McWhorter won the SC Indoor shot in 1982 (52-feet, six inches), 1983 (53-feet, one inch) and in 1984 (52-feet, 11 inches). He also won the SC outdoor shot put in 1981 (53-feet, seven and one-half inches), 1983 (54-feet, eight inches) and in 1984 (55-feet, eight and one-half inches). His 1984 mark is the second best put in the history of the SC, going back to 1953, and is just two and one-half inches off the all-time MU mark. He had an all-SC finish (top six) in the discus as well. McWhorter was an honor student who graduated with a degree in criminal justice. McWhorter is living in South Point, Ohio, married MU grad Sarah Hood and has two children, Erik (who plays football and throws shot and discus for Chesapeake High School) and Beth. He is a senior officer in the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Chad Pennington, Football (1995-99). Pennington is a first-year eligible and elected member, having been out of school the minimum of five years. He was a three-year captain of the football team and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1999, Marshall's second player to the Heisman Award ceremony in three years. Also in 1999, he won the Anson Mount Nation Scholar-Athlete Award, as well as the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame's Vincent dePaul Draddy Award as the National Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Pennington won the Mid-American Conference's Vern Smith Award as Player of the Year in 1999, won the Sammy Baugh Award as the nation's top passer in 1999 and was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He won the Cam Henderson Award on the MU campus for academics in 1998 and 1999. He was All-MAC in 1997-98-99, as well as on the All-MAC Academic team all three years. He was the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in 1995, just one year after playing for his dad, Ellwood, at the academically prestigious Webb School in Knoxville, Tennessee. He lettered four times in football, three times in baseball in high school and was named all-district and all-region football. The skinny freshman, starting the year as the number three quarterback for the Herd, won his first start at Tennessee-Chattanooga, despite six interceptions, and ended up taking MU to the I-AA Championship game, a 22-20 loss to Montana. He took a red-shirt season in 1996 for team that won the Southern Conference and I-AA National Championship 15-0 season behind Florida transfer Erik Kresser, then helped the Herd to go 10-3 and won the Mid-American Conference in the team's first year at the Division I-A level, including reaching MU's first bowl in 50 years in a 34-31 loss to Mississippi of the SEC in the first Motor City Bowl; won MAC again, went 12-1 and won MU's first bowl game with 48-29 win over Louisville of Conference USA. Finished 25th in the nation; posted a second perfect season at 13-0 and finished tenth in the nation, Marshall's highest ranking ever. Pennington was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship in 1999, but passed on the opportunity to study in Great Britain to join the Jets and the NFL.
Pennington is the MU leader in passes attempted, passes completed, yards gained passing, touchdown passes, and total offense. He is fourth in passing completion percentage and third in interceptions, as well as 17 300-or-more yards passing in games. Pennington owns the MU record with six touchdown passes in a game. He is first and third for touchdown passes in a season. He was Motor City Bowl MVP in 1998, throwing for over 400 yards and four touchdowns and played in the Senior Bowl in 2000. Starting quarterback for New York Jets last three seasons and drafted the highest ever at the time, and still second highest ever, of any MU player, being taken with the 12th pick in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Now sponsors the Chad Pennington First and 10 Charity, which recently raised $150,000 in Huntington with a bowling party to fight Cystic Fibrosis, which claimed Pennington's father-in-law last year. Chad is married to Robin, who also graduated from Marshall, and the couple just recently welcomed a son, Cole, to the world.
Christy Waring-Hayes), Softball (1995-1998). Waring was nominated for induction by her husband, J.R. Hayes, and is one of the top pitchers in the early years of the restart of softball as a Marshall varsity sport, beginning in 1994. She was the Most Valuable Player of the 1995 Southern Conference Tournament as she pitched Marshall to its only SC title in softball with a three-game sweep. Waring won games one and three, shutting out UT-Chattanooga 4-0 and winning the title with a 7-1 effort verses Furman. She would be All-SC in both 1996 and 1997, before MU moved to the MAC for her senior season. Marshall was 28-29, 4-9 in the SC, in 1995 behind Waring's 247.1 innings pitched (3rd all-time for a season), 160 strikeouts (6th most for a season), and 17 wins for the year (5th best season) of the 28 wins. In 1996, Waring won 22 games for the 39-23 (7-5 in the SC) Herd team (most wins by the team for a season, just broken by the 2003 team with a final 41-17 mark), setting a wins mark also broken in 2003 (by Randi Nielson, at 23-6). She would pitch 269 2/3 innings (2nd most ever in a single season), strikeout 197 (setting the record and still third best in a single season) and had her lowest earned run average of her career, 1.43 (3rd best in a single season). In 1997, Waring continued to dominate SC teams as Marshall went 35-25, with a team best 9-6 verses the SC (broken in 2003 in MAC play with 15-4 mark verses league). Waring again won 22 games and again would strikeout 197, tying her marks of 1996, and pitched 291 1/3 innings, most ever by any pitcher at MU. Her 1.59 era is fifth best for a single season.
Far from one-dimensional, Waring would have 11 doubles as a hitter (2nd on team and still 6th best in a single season) and led the team with four triples, setting the modern softball high for a season. Marshall jumped up to the Mid-American Conference in 1998 and fell to 16-39, 3-15 verses the MAC. Waring would only pitch 93 2/3 innings in 1998, but still won one-quarter of the Herd games with four wins before arm trouble sidelined her. She stayed hot with the bat, however, leading the team with 60 hits on the season, still seventh best for a player in a single season. Waring is among the career leaders in both hitting and pitching. Hitting: she finished with 183 hits, fourth most in a career; 224 total bases, third most in a career; 56 runs batted in, fifth most career; 20 doubles, still fifth best in a career; and six triples, third all-time. Her career pitching stats are even better: 900.0 innings pitched, most in a career at Marshall by over 200 innings; 65 wins, 17 ahead of the player in second for a career; 554 strikeouts, second all-time; and a four-year earned run average of 1.84, third best ever at Marshall. She won 55% of the 118 games won by Marshall over her four seasons playing for the Herd. After graduation, she married and is now living in Arizona.