Conroy, Riley to enter Citadel Hall of Fame

Famed novelist, and former Citadel basketball player, Pat Conroy will be inducted into the Bulldogs' Athletic Hall of Fame. (File photo)

Famed author Pat Conroy and longtime Charleston Mayor Joe Riley will lead The Citadel's Athletic Hall of Fame class in 2014.

The class of six, including baseball pitchers Rodney Hancock and Hank Kraft, will be inducted on Nov. 14. Conroy and Riley will be inducted as honorary members.

Conroy (class of 1967) was a Citadel basketball player who wrote the best-selling novels "The Great Santini" and "The Lords of Discipline," the latter based on his experiences at The Citadel. "My Losing Season" was a memoir of his senior basketball season at The Citadel.

Riley (1964) is the longest-serving mayor in Charleston history (10 four-year terms) and was the driving force behind the construction of Riley Park, home of the Charleston RiverDogs and The Citadel's baseball team.

Hancock (2000) was an All-America pitcher, helping the Bulldogs to two NCAA regional appearances. He was the 1999 Southern Conference Tournament MVP and in 1999 pitched a no-hitter against Furman on May 14, then struck out 20 Furman hitters during the SoCon Tournament.

Kraft (1992) was the closer for the Bulldogs' 1990 College World Series team and holds the school record for career saves with 29.

Make Davitt (1971) played guard, tackle, center and end for football coach Red Parker and was all-Southern Conference and second-team All-American. Showing his versatility, Davitt caught 12 passes in a game against VMI in 1969 and then started on the offensive line for the 1971 team that went 8-3.

Dan "Buddy" Thompson (2006) was the Bulldogs' first wrestling All-American, placing seventh in the nation at 165 pounds in 2006. He was a two-time SoCon champ.

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