Former Clemson running back Terry Allen and University of South Carolina pitcher Kip Bouknight headline a class of seven sports figures who will be inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
Joining Allen and Bouknight will be former New England Patriots tight end and Greenwood native Ben Coates; former Furman football coach Jimmy Satterfield; former Clemson soccer star Bruce Murray; former Lander tennis coach Joe Cabri; and the late Les Timms, the longtime sports editor of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
The induction ceremony will take place May 11 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Tickets ($500 for a table of eight) can be purchased by calling the S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame office at (803) 779-0905.
The Bobby Richardson Sportsmanship Award also will be presented at the ceremony, and former South Carolina State football coach Willie Jeffries will serve as master of ceremonies.
Allen led Clemson in rushing in 1987 and 1988 and over three seasons carried for 2,778 yards and 28 touchdowns. He turned professional after his junior season and was drafted in the 10th round by the Minnesota Vikings. Over a 10-year NFL career that included stints at Minnesota, Washington, New England, New Orleans and Baltimore, Allen had five 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1996.
Bouknight, a native of Columbia, was a four-year starting pitcher for the Gamecocks and set records in innings pitched (482), strikeouts (457), games won (45) and games started (57). He finished with a 45-12 career record and his 45 wins ties Jeff Brantley of Mississippi State for the all-time Southeastern Conference record for career wins. In 2000 he earned the most wins of any collegiate pitcher with 17 and won the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur player. He made it to AAA ball as a professional.
Coates, who played at Livingstone (N.C.) College, was a fifth-round pick by the Patriots. He made the Pro Bowl five times and was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2008.
Cabri coached Lander for 31 years and led the school to 12 national championships and 23 consecutive league titles.
Murray, who was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2011, helped lead Clemson to NCAA Championships in 1984 and 1987. He played for the U.S. National Team and was the team’s all-time scoring leader when he retired.
Satterfield spent 21 seasons at Furman as an assistant coach, offensive coordinator and head coach. He had a 66-29-3 record and led the Paladins to three Southern Conference titles from 1986-93 as head coach.
Timms, a graduate of Furman, was co-founder of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame along with former Columbia State sports editor Herman Helms. He died in 2001.