SSC Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2011-12
Nine new members are set to be inducted into the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame. The Class of 2011-12 will be inducted on Friday, March 2, at The Terrace Hotel in Lakeland, Fla.
Members of the Class of 2011-12 are: Charlotte Campbell (Rollins women’s golf), Nick Diyorio (Florida Southern baseball), Pamela Feggans (Florida Southern women’s golf), Johanna Fischer (Barry women’s soccer), Thomas Hipp (Barry men’s tennis), Allison Macsas (Tampa women’s cross country), Ronnie Merrill, Jr. (Tampa baseball), Aimee Murch (Lynn softball), and Greta Trotman (Barry women’s tennis).
This year’s inductees represent the 20th class to be selected to the SSC Hall of Fame. A total of 170 student-athletes, coaches, and administrators have previously been inducted into the hall since the inaugural class of 1991-92.
The Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame was founded in 1991 to honor those persons who have made outstanding contributions to the conference. Its purpose is to perpetuate the memory of those who brought distinction, honor, and excellence to the SSC.
Charlotte Campbell – Rollins Women’s Golf (2003-06)
A four-time NGCA National Player of the Year, Campbell led Rollins to four consecutive NCAA Division II women’s golf titles. She was named Co-National Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006 and earned the award outright in 2003 and 2004 after claiming the individual national championship each of those years. Campbell was twice honored as the SSC Female Athlete of the Year (2002-03 and 2003-04). She was a four-time NGCA All-American and All-Sunshine State conference selection, earning SSC Golfer of the Year distinction in 2004 and 2006. She was tabbed conference Freshman of the Year in 2003. Campbell’s accomplishments in the classroom were as impressive as those on the links. She was named SSC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2003-04 and earned a spot on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of her four years. She was a two-time NGCA All-American Scholar and a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in 2006. Boasting a career stroke average of 75.73, Campbell won 10 tournaments in her career and posted 24 top-five finishes.
Nick Diyorio – Florida Southern Baseball (2003-06)
Diyorio was the SSC Male Athlete of the Year in 2005 after leading the Moccasins to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship. He was FSC’s top hitter that year, batting .403 en route to earning NCBWA honorable mention All-American honors. Diyorio was a three-time All-SSC honoree, garnering first-team recognition in 2005. He was a two-time All-South Region selection. He is the only player in the storied history of Southern baseball to post back-to-back 100-hit seasons. Diyorio notched 110 hits in 2005 and 102 hits in 2006. He is the school’s career leader with 309 hits, which also ranks 11th in NCAA DII history. He once held the Division II record for consecutive game hitting streak, collecting at least one hit in 49 straight games from 2005 to 2006.
Pamela Feggans – Florida Southern Women’s Golf (2003-05)
Feggans earned NGCA first-team All-American honors each of her three seasons at Florida Southern. In 2005, she was named Co-National Player of the Year. Feggans logged three top-three individual finishes at the NCAA Division II Championship. She placed second in 2003 and 2005 and finished third in 2004. She was a three-time All-Sunshine State Conference selection, earning Golfer of the Year honors in 2005. Feggans’ 76.28 career stroke average ranks third in FSC history. She still holds the program record for lowest four-round tournament score, firing a one-over-par 293 at the 2005 NCAA DII Championship.
Johanna Fischer – Barry Women’s Soccer (2000-04)
Fischer led the Buccaneers to four straight SSC titles, earning first-team All-SSC each of those years. She led the league in goals against average each of those seasons. Fischer ties for first in SSC history with 40 career shutouts and 14 shutouts in a single season. In 2002, she led NCAA Division II in shutout percentage, posting 14 in 19 matches. She was an NSCAA All-American in 2002 and earned All-South Region honors three times. Fischer led the Bucs to the NCAA tournament each of her four seasons, including a semifinal berth in 2000 and the Elite Eight in 2003. One of her finest outings came in the South Region final in 2003, where she stopped four of five penalty kick shootout attempts against No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Christian Brothers to send BU to the NCAA quarterfinals. Fischer concluded her career with a 0.70 goals against average, 58 wins, and a .815 winning percentage. She was also impressive in the classroom, earning a spot on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll each of her four years.
Thomas Hipp – Barry Men’s Tennis (2002-06)
Hipp was a three-time ITA All-American in both singles and doubles. He collected All-SSC first-team singles recognition four times and was a three-time first-team doubles honoree. In 2006, Hipp was named SSC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year, having won Freshman of the Year accolades in his debut season in 2003. He led Barry to the SSC title in 2003 and 2005. He still holds the Barry record for wins in both singles (67) and doubles (78). Hipp was named ITA Southeast Region Senior Player of the Year in 2006. He was an ITA National Doubles Champion in 2005 and won the ITA Regional Doubles Championship in both 2004 and 2005. Hipp’s academic performance was every bit as impressive as his work on the tennis court. He was a four-time member of the Commissioner’s Honor Roll and ITA Scholar All-American list. He was a CoSIDA Academic All-America selection in 2005 and 2006. Hipp was named SSC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2004-05 and SSC Male Athlete of the Year in 2005-06. He is the only male student-athlete in conference history to earn both awards.
Allison Macsas – Tampa Women’s Cross Country (2002-05)
Macsas was four-time All-Sunshine State Conference selection. She garnered SSC Runner of the Year honors three times, finishing first at the SSC Championship in 2003, 2004, and 2005. She was a two-time All-American and a three-time All-South Region honoree. Macsas still holds the Tampa 5K record, posting a time of 17:16 at the UF Gator Invitational in 2005. Also a standout in the classroom, she was named CoSIDA Academic All-America in 2004 and 2005.
Ronnie Merrill, Jr. – Tampa Baseball (1997-2000)
Merrill, Jr., led Tampa to the 1998 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship, earning Most Valuable Player honors at the tournament. Named SSC Player of the Year in 2000, he was a four-time All-SSC selection, garnering first-team accolades in 1998 and 2000. He was also tabbed Freshman of the Year in 1997. Merrill, Jr., was named first-team All-American and All-South Region in 2000. He earned second-team All-Region distinction in 1998. Merrill, Jr., played some of his best baseball when it counted most in the postseason, earning a spot on the All-Tournament team at the 1997, 1998, and 2000 regional tournaments. He still holds the UT career records for runs (262), hits (339), triples (24), RBI (228), and total bases (504).
Aimee Murch – Lynn Softball (2004-05)
In just two seasons, Murch etched her name all over the NCAA Division II record books. She ranks sixth in DII with 428 strikeouts in a single season. She is eighth among career leaders with a 10.14 strikeout ratio and 10th with a 0.55 ERA. Additionally, Murch’s name appears among the NCAA Division II single-season leaders in wins (T13th, 39), shutouts (T13th, 21) and winning percentage (T16th, .929). She places 21st nationally with a career win percentage of .838. A two-time All-SSC selection, Murch earned first-team all-conference honors in 2005 en route to also being tabbed SSC Pitcher and Female Athlete of the Year. She was selected as a member of the SSC Silver Anniversary Team. She was an NFCA first-team All-American in 2005 and a two-time All-South Region honoree. Twice named the Lynn Blue & White Athlete of the Year, Murch still holds 10 LU career pitching records. In 2005, she combined with Saint Leo’s Katie Heintz to set the NCAA Division II single game record with 45 strikeouts in a contest.
Greta Trotman – Barry Women’s Tennis (2002-06)
Trotman is one of the most decorated student-athletes in Barry athletics history. A four-time All-SSC first-team singles selection, she was named SSC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year in 2005. She also twice earned All-SSC doubles recognition, collecting first-team accolades in 2003. Trotman led the Buccaneers to four NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the national title match in 2003. Along the way, she was twice named ITA All-American in singles. She was tabbed ITA Southeast Region Senior Player of the Year in 2006. Trotman still holds the BU career record for singles wins (73) and ties for career doubles victories (76). Perhaps her most impressive accomplishments occurred away from the courts, where she excelled as a student. Trotman is one of only two female student-athletes to win back-to-back SSC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, claiming the award in 2004-05 and 2005-06. She was also a CoSIDA Academic All-America selection and the Conference Commissioners Association South Region Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year each of those seasons. She garnered ITA Scholar All-American and SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll distinction four straight years. In 2006, Trotman was a Top-Nine finalist for the NCAA’s prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award.