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Wright State 2019 Hall of Fame Class includes long-time public address announcer Gordie Wise

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WRIGHT STATE ATHLETICS

 

The Wright State Department of Athletics has announced its 2019 Mary and Al Schwarz Hall of Fame Class that includes a wide-range inductees that have represented the University and the Raiders on many different stages with skill and dedication.

Director of Athletics Bob Grant is thrilled to welcome track athlete Cassandra Lloyd, men’s basketball player Vaughn Duggins, long-time diving coach Harold Miller and retired WSU professor and veteran supporter Gordie Wise.

“This Hall of Fame class truly exemplifies the best of Wright State Athletics,” Grant said.  “Gordie was our “Thomas Jefferson” in that he wrote the original athletic constitution and supported the department in so many ways through the years.  Harold was a pioneer in our swimming & diving program and impacted countless student-athletes in a wonderful way.  Vaughn helped change and elevate our men’s basketball program from the minute he showed up on our campus.  And Cassandra may have been the most dominant student-athlete in a particular sport in our history.”

The induction ceremony and banquet will be Friday, February 22 at the Nutter Center’s Berry Room with a reception, dinner and induction ceremony starting at 4:30 PM.  The class of 2019 will also be introduced during the men’s basketball game on February 23.  A small amount of tickets for the induction can be purchased by the general public by clicking here.

Cassandra Lloyd, Track (2008-12)
28094Cassandra Lloyd finished her career at Wright State as perhaps the most accomplished student-athlete in school history.  She was named the Wright State Female Athlete of the Year as well as the Horizon League Track Athlete of the Year each of her four years.  The Springfield native became the first WSU student-athlete in any sport to advance to the semifinals of an NCAA event when she did so at the Track and Field Championships in 2011 and 2012 in the 100 meter hurdles. Cassandra was the Horizon League Champion in the 60 meter hurdles and 100 meter hurdles each year. She also holds the school indoor record for the 55 and 60 meter dash and was part of the 4X200 meter relay team and is the outdoor record holder for the 100 meter dash, 100 meter hurdles, 4X100 and 4X200 meter relay teams. She holds the Horizon League Championships indoor record for the 60 meter hurdles, and outdoor for the 100 meter hurdles. Lloyd was also the League Newcomer of the Year in 2009.  In 2012 she was the Horizon League’s NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. She currently resides in Springfield, OH.

Vaughn Duggins, Basketball (2007-11)
28093Vaughn Duggins played for the Raider basketball team from 2007-11.  A freshman on the 2007 Horizon League team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, he was a three-time most valuable player, twice League first-team and once second team as well as a member of the Newcomer Team in 2007 and All-Defensive Team in 2010.   Duggins is currently the third all-time leading scorer with 1777 points, 8th field goals made (611), fourth in threes made (187), fourth in free throws made (368), seventh assists (330), first in minutes played (4428).  Following his WSU career, he played 7 years professionally in both Germany and France. He currently lives with his wife, Maria, who is also former WSU Raider/ Northern Kentucky women’s basketball player, and two children, Gianni (3) and Penelope (1), in Indianapolis.

Harold Miller, Diving Coach (1973-2018)
28092Harold Miller was diving coach for the successful swimming and diving team, instrumental in its early development in 1973, until his recent passing.  He acted as head coach or assistant coach of the diving program at various times through the years, making himself available to help any way that was needed.  Miller also worked with young divers in the area, starting the Dayton Raiders diving club in 1973 that created a pipeline for WSU’s program.  He coached 11 All-Americans, two YMCA National Champions and one National Junior Olympic Champion.  In 2003, Miller was the recipient of the athletic department’s Angelo “Tony” Tononi Award, which is presented to someone who has contributed above and beyond through the years.  His son, Rick, was a standout diver for the Raiders and is a current member of the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Gordie Wise, Supporter (1967-2018)
28096Gordie Wise played an integral role in the creation of Wright State Athletics as early as 1967 and continued to have a major presences over the course of the school’s first half-century.  He was a member of the original committee which studied the feasibility of starting an athletic program at WSU.  He wrote the original constitution for the Athletic Council created to ensure faculty control of athletics.  He was the first Chair of the Athletic Council and served on that Council for 21 years. As WSU became a member of the NCAA, he was appointed Faculty Athletics Representative, a post he held for 19 years.  When men’s basketball began, he was the original public address announcer, a position he held for 49 years until his retirement this season.  He is best known for coining the phrase, “Welcome to the campus of Wright State University, and another exciting night of ‘Raider Roundball’.  He lives in Piqua, Ohio, with his wife, Susie.

This class of four now brings the total in the Hall of Fame to 70.