Eight to Be Inducted to the M-Club Hall of Fame Friday
Sept. 12, 2005
Record-setting Tiger baseball player Mark Little, basketball star Joe Proctor and Lady Tiger tennis great Christina Ladyman are but three of the eight former University of Memphis athletes who will be inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame on Friday night, September 16 at the Holiday Inn - University of Memphis.
This year's group of honorees includes two football players, a basketball standout, a baseball great, a former tennis coach and track star and a Tiger golf legend. The annual Billy J. Murphy Award, The Ralph Hatley Silver M Award and the Dr. C.C. Humphreys Golden Tiger Award will also be presented.
Tommy Buford, a graduate of Rhodes College, was tapped as the men's tennis coach when the program was resurrected in 1966. Buford amassed 421 career NCAA victories and is the only Tiger coach in Memphis history to surpass the 400 career win mark. Buford-guided teams won five Metro Conference titles between 1976-1980 and in 1981, Buford received the Metro Conference Coach of the Year award. That same year, Buford teamed with his son, Tiger, to win the National Father/Son Claycourt Doubles championship. Buford was inducted into the Memphis Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 after assuming both coaching duties and tournament director duties with the ATP stop that makes an annual visit at The Racquet Club of Memphis. Under his guidance, the ATP stop was voted the ATP Tournament of the Year in 1991 and Buford was elected to the ATP Tournament Council in 1993. He was reelected to the Tournament Council in 1999 and 2001 before retiring from the tournament in 2004. Buford and his wife, Virginia, now reside in Boise, Idaho, where he coached the Boise High School team to a 2005 state championship. He also served as the coach of the USA Team Tennis 14-and-under finalists. He has two sons, two daughters and three grandchildren.
Currently second on the Lady Tigers' career singles chart, Christina Ladyman is still the only women's tennis player in Memphis history to earn four career all-conference honors, earning second team All-Conference USA honors in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001. Ladyman came to the Memphis tennis program following in the footsteps of her late father, Henry, also an M-Club Hall of Fame honoree. At Memphis, Christina played the No. 1 singles and doubles position in all four of her collegiate seasons. A recipient of the Elma Roane Award in 2001, Ladyman graduated with honors with a degree in Science. Back in her native Perth, Australia, she completed a Master's Degree in Physiotherapy from Curtin University. Christina and Henry are the first father-daughter duo to earn M-Club Hall of Fame honors in the 32 years of the ceremonies. Henry was inducted in 1992. Christina is considering staying in Memphis and working in Physiotherapy. She is just the third Lady Tiger tennis player to earn M-Club Hall of Fame honors, following Annika Ewaldson, who was inducted in 2000.
A native of Edwardsville, Illinois, Mark Little came to the Tiger baseball program and rewrote the career hitting record book in just two seasons. Little, who was drafted in the 8th round by the Texas Rangers in 1994, stills holds the Memphis baseball career record for batting average (.424) and single season records for hits (104), runs scored (93), RBI (86), home runs (21), slugging percentage (.816) and total bases (195). He is still tied for the single game record for home runs in a game, three, a feat he accomplished against Dayton in 1994. He also still holds the school record for longest hitting streak (24 games). Behind the power of Little, the 1994 Tigers advanced to the NCAA tournament, falling one game short of the College World Series. Little was named to the 1994 NCAA All-Region team and was named the Great Midwest Conference MVP. After being drafted in 1994, Little spent six seasons in minor league baseball, including one season in Memphis in the PCL, before being called up to St. Louis. Little then spent two more years with Memphis in the PCL before playing the next four years in MLB with three different teams (Colorado, Arizona and the New York Mets). Most recently, Little played 32 games for the Cleveland Indians in 2004 and has played in over 150 games in Major League Baseball. He is currently an outfielder for the Albuquerque Isotopes, a AAA affiliate of the Florida Marlins.
Regardless of what the Tiger football team needed from Jay McCoy, it got. In his three years as a member of the Tiger football program, McCoy played tailback and fullback and also threw passes and kicked field goals and extra points. As a sophomore, McCoy led the Tigers with 10 rushing touchdowns after transferring from Mississippi State University following his freshman season. During his sophomore year, McCoy was moved to fullback to fill in for the injured Ray Jamieson. There, McCoy did not miss a beat, serving as the team's second-leading rusher with 558 yards on 103 carries with eight touchdowns. Against Florida State, McCoy rushed for 121 yards and at the end of two varsity seasons, had 1,012 yards to rank as the program's third-leading rusher heading into his senior season. In his senior year, McCoy kicked the game winning extra point in a 21-20 win at Virginia Tech and scored 15 of Memphis' 21 points in that win. He led the team in scoring with 63 points in 1970 and received Honorable Mention All Missouri Valley Conference honors as a member of the offensive unit. For his career, McCoy still ranks third with 27 rushing touchdowns. His 10 rushing touchdowns from 1968 still ranks 10th in the Memphis record book and his 1,537 yards currently ranks him 11th. An All-American at Southwest Miami High School, McCoy still resides in Florida.
A product of Laurel, Miss., Danny Pierce came to then-Memphis State in 1968 after transferring from Pearl River Junior College. Pierce went to Pearl River after one season at Mississippi State. As a junior, Pierce led Memphis in passing with 56 completions on 137 attempts for 925 yards after starting five games. He equalled a school record with three touchdown passes against Southern Miss and rushed for 202 yards and seven touchdowns on the season. Following a senior season in which he completed 61 passes for 1,049 yards and nine touchdowns, Pierce was selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game. He was then drafted by the Washington Redskins by legendary coach Vince Lombardi in 1970. It was the second draft for Pierce as he had been drafted in baseball by the St. Louis Cardinals out of high school at Lumberton, before opting to play football. Married in January of 1970, Pierce retired from football in 1971 and raised two sons. He worked in the insurance business for 34 yards and had six grandchildren at the time of his passing in the spring of 2005.
A sweet rainbow jumper and strong defensive play guided Joe Proctor, a product of Knoxville, to Sophomore-of-the-Year honors in the Missouri Valley Conference in 1969. Proctor, a quick guard who led the fast break for the Tigers, scored 699 career points, scoring a season-high 16 points against Oklahoma State as a senior, a year that the Tigers finished 18-8 overall. After receiving his BS in Education, Proctor entered the coaching ranks, serving as the head basketball and assistant football and track coach at Catholic High School in Memphis for two seasons before serving as the Head Coach at Shelby State from 1972-1977. There, Proctor was named the District and Regional Coach of the Year in 1977, an honor that helped him springboard to an assistant coach job at Drake University. Proctor was an assistant at Drake (1977-81), Baylor (1981-85) and Mississippi (1985-86) before moving to UMKC in 1986. Proctor started at UMKC as an assistant coach, and took on the Interim Head Coach tag in 1992-93, where he helped the Kangaroos make the move to NCAA Division I. He led the Roos to a 13-8 record in 1993-94 and was hired in 1996 as the assistant coach at Alabama State University, where he helped the Hornets to SWAC Tournament Championships and NCAA berths in 2001 and 2004. Proctor joined the men's staff at Southern University in 2005, where is an assistant coach. He has also been inducted into the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame (1994) and the Southwest Community College Sports Hall of Fame (2003).
Tim Roop still holds the Memphis men's golf record for low 18 hole score (64), which he shot at the Glenn Red Jacoby Invitational. He also holds the course record at Cherokee Valley Golf Course, after firing a 62-70 to win the Clay Harrington Memorial. Roop came to Memphis as a junior college All-American at Shelby State. A two-year letterwinner and a 1990 All-Metro Conference honoree, Roop captained the Memphis State golf team to two tournament wins (Hillman Robbins Memorial, Southeastern Intercollegiate) and in another event, earned individual medalist honors (University of Wyoming). He was an Academic Top 30 his junior and senior seasons and was a Metro Conference Academic All-Conference honoree. Following his graduation, Roop opened up Camper City Truck Accessories in Southaven, and has subsequently opened numerous other locations throughout the South. His golf accomplishments list continued to grow after his Tiger career, as he won the 1993 and 1995 Pub Links Championship and was the runner-up at both the Mississippi and Tennessee State Amateurs. His 75.2 career scoring average still ranks 11th in the Memphis record books and his score of 206 through 54 at the Glenn Red Jacoby in 1990 is No. 2 in the record books.
David Waldschmidt is the holder of two University of Memphis track and field records that he can guarantee will never be broken. He holds the record in the 120-yard hurdles in outdoor track and in the 50-yard hurdles in indoor track. Waldschmidt came to Memphis after graduating from Stranahan High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. A three-sport prep athlete, he was all-county in hurdles and pole vault and finished second in the state in the Decathlon. After setting a pair of school records at Memphis, Waldschmidt graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth, in 1971. Following graduation, Waldschmidt started his career in the lumber industry. In 1989 he formed Dimensions Two Inc. and became self-employed as an independent sales representative. Living on the Isle of Palms, Treasure Island for the past 27 years, Waldschmidt and his wife are now active in training and showing Golden Retrievers in confirmation, agility, obedience and field hunting events.
Bill Koeneman, the founder of B& C Construction, is the 2005 recipient of the Dr. C.C. Humphreys Golden Tiger Award. Koeneman has been a fan of Tiger football since moving to Memphis in 1957 and a Tiger basketball fan since 1962, when he attended his first Tiger games at the Fieldhouse. He became a Super Tiger in 1980 and has been a fixture at Tiger events ever since. A graduate of Monette High School in Missouri, Koeneman came to Memphis in 1955. He began working in construction that same year and in 1980, formed his own construction company. Starting with just four employees and borrowed equipment, Koeneman built B & C Construction up to where today, it employs almost 70 individuals and owns a number of machines used in the clearing and prepping of land for building. In 1997, Koeneman opened Bill Koeneman Construction Company, LLC, a sister company of B&C Construction. Both companies are actively doing business in the Mid-South and have worked on various U of M projects. He is currently helping with the relocation of Tom II to his new home in Mississippi. He has one daughter, Connie, and one grandson, Brian, a 2001 University of Memphis graduate.
Peter Scatamacchia, a graduate of White Station High School in 1975, was a four-year letterman on the Tiger football team and was named the Highland Hundred Most Valuable Defensive Player in 1979. Scatamacchia still holds the school single game record for solo tackles in a game (19) and total tackles in a game (25), both accomplished against Louisville in 1979. After leading the team in tackles his senior season, Scatamacchia began working for Hardin's Sysco Food Service after receiving his degree in Business Administration in 1980. He married his high school sweetheart, Karen Nielsen, in 1981 and the couple had two daughters when Scatamacchia was promoted to District Sales Manager in 1986. Following the birth of son, Peter, the Scatamacchias moved to Atlanta in 1990 where he was promoted to General Sales Manager of Sysco Food Services of Atlanta. By 1996, he would be the Senior Vice President of Sales. He was named Executive Vice President in 1998 and moved to Sysco/Louisville Food Services as President/CEO in 2000. In May of 2005, Scatamacchia moved back to Memphis, where he was named the President/CEO of Hardin's Sysco Food Services.
Dr. Nick White, who served as the University of Memphis Athletic Department's Faculty Advisory Representative, is the 2005 recipient of the Silver M Award. White, who graduated with high honors Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio Wesleyan University, has taught for 35 years in the areas of real estate, environment, descendents' estates and trusts at the University of Indiana (1970-77) and at Memphis (1977-present). White also served one year as a Visiting Professor of Law at the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, Calif., from 1984-85. Published in numerous articles on probate law, real estate law and environmental law, White is a member of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association and the Memphis Bar Association. He is a Life Member of the United States Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference and has been Editor for Keeping Current (Property); Probate and Property Magazine; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the ABA from 1992-2001. He was also a Contributor to the ABA Real Estate Quarterly Report; the Decisions Committee; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the ABA from 1990-2000. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1956, White practiced law in Cincinnati for 14 years. White has been married to wife, Marjorie, for 58 years. They have four children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
For further information about the banquet, please call Al Brown at 678-4878.