A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
A distinguished group
The honorees will officially be enshrined on Friday, February 26, 2010 at the Charlotte Convention Center at 11 a.m. ET as part of the CIAA Tournament’s week of events.
This year’s class features both student-athletes and administrators who have distinguished themselves on the collegiate, conference and national levels.
1987 Hampton Institute 4x100m Relay Team
On April 24, 1987, the Hampton Institute 4x100m relay team won the 1987 Penn Relays College Championship of America. They were the only team in this event to represent a Division II institution. The relay team consisted of (in running order): Eldece Clarke, Maureen Wiltshire, Vivienne Spence and Trina Creekmore. These women recorded a time of 44.18, which at the time was the second-fastest time ever recorded at the Penn Relays. Later, Spence and Creekmore along with two other teammates went on to set a record at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships in the 4x400m relay, with a time of 3:34.00. In 2000, Clark won a gold medal in the Summer Olympics as she competed in the 400m relay as a member of the Bahamian Olympic Team.
William “Bill” Buford
Bill Buford attended Morgan State University, where he was a four-year letterman on the football team. In 1953, he was co-captain of the team and earned All-CIAA honors. In 1954 he garnered All-American status, as selected by the Pittsburgh Courier and also Our Sports Magazine. At the conclusion of his collegiate career, Buford went on to be drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1954 as an offensive tackle. In addition, Buford is a member of the Morgan State University Hall of Fame.
Harvey Heartley, Sr.
Harvey Heartley, a native of Clayton, NC, played four years of varsity basketball at North Carolina Central University (1951-55). During his tenure at NCCU, he was co-captain of the team in 1953 and 1954. In addition, he earned All-CIAA honors in 1955 and Third Team All-American honors for the 1954-55 season. After his impressive athletic career with the Eagles, he was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1955.
Harvey began his career as a college athletic administrator at Saint Augustine’s College in 1971. During his tenure as the Athletic Director at SAC, he grew the athletic department from three sports to thirteen sports. In his early years, he not only served as the athletic director, but he also coached several sports in addition to teaching classes. As the head men’s basketball coach, he racked up 371 wins, including a second place finish in the NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament in 1984. He is a member of the Saint Augustine’s College and North Carolina Central University Halls of Fame.
Walter Hunter (Posthumous)
Walter Hunter was a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, where he was a four year football letterwinner. He started each year, playing both offensive and defensive tackle. He earned All-CIAA honors in 1950, 1951, and 1952. In 1950, he led his team to a CIAA Football Championship. The following season (1951), he led the Aggies to a No. 1 ranking in the nation in Black College Football and earned All-American status by the Pittsburgh Courier. He repeated as an All-American in 1952. In 1953, he received a letter of interest from the Los Angeles Rams, but was eventually drafted by New York Giants.
“Jumpin’” Jackie Jackson
“Jumpin’” Jackie Jackson is one of the most recognizable names to come out of the storied basketball program at Virginia Union University. While at VUU, Jackson was named the CIAA’s Freshman of the Year. Upon graduation, he was the 41st pick of the 1962 NBA draft by the Philadelphia Warriors.
Instead of pursuing a career in the NBA, Jackson chose to play for the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. He spent one season with the Globetrotters (1963) before being drafted into the Army. After his stint with the Army, he returned to action with the Harlem Globetrotters in 1966 where he went on to spend 15 seasons with the organization. Jackie Jackson is a member of the Virginia Union University and Rucker Tournament Halls of Fame.
Richard “Pop” Pitts
Pitts was a star basketball player at the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College, now known as Norfolk State University. In his junior season (1964-65), Pitts averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds per game. These numbers landed him spots on the CIAA All-Conference Team, the CIAA All-Tournament Team, and Honorable Mention honors on the All-NCAA team.
He went on to improve those numbers in his senior season, averaging 25.8 points and 12 rebounds per contest. He was named to the CIAA All-Conference Team, the CIAA All-Tournament Team, and was second team All-NAIA. Pitts is a member of both the Newport News Track & Field and the Norfolk State University Halls of Fame, respectively.
Dr. Reginald Sherard
Sherard is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he lettered in both football and wrestling. In 1978, he led his team to CIAA Championships in both sports. As a wrestler, he posted a career-long undefeated record within the CIAA during both the regular seasons and tournaments. His outstanding performances earned him All-NAIA honors in 1975, 1976, 1977, and 1978. He received the CIAA Scholar Athlete of the Year award in 1976, 1977, and 1978. In addition, he was awarded the CIAA Chase Postgraduate scholarship in 1978. Sherard is a member of the Winston-Salem State University Hall of Fame.