Charlotte, N.C. (December 21, 2015) - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) will induct ten honorees into the 2015-16 John B. McLendon, Jr., Hall of Fame. A formal induction ceremony will be held at the 2016 Hall of Fame Breakfast on Friday, February 26 at 9 a.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center.
The CIAA will induct Ronald “Flip” Murray, a former basketball standout at Shaw University, Tory Woodbury, a former football student-athlete at Winston-Salem State University, Earl “Air” Harvey, a former football standout at North Carolina Central University, Mark Sherrill, a former basketball student-athlete and current assistant coach at Johnson C. Smith University, Arthur “Boo Boo” Gaskins, a former basketball standout at Elizabeth City State University, Ingrid Wicker-McCree, a former volleyball coach and now director of athletics at North Carolina Central University, Andre Springs, a former golf student-athlete from Fayetteville State University and now director of athletics at Livingstone College, Dianthia Ford-Kee, a former administrator at Shaw University, Dr. Edward McLean, a former director of athletics at Fayetteville State University, and “Mr. CIAA” Abraham Mitchell.
“The impact that this group of honorees has had on the community, their respective institutions and alma maters, and the CIAA as a whole is immeasurable,” said Jacqie McWilliams, CIAA Commissioner.
The CIAA recognizes inductees for their excellence in the CIAA, significant contributions in the community, leadership in CIAA sports and commitment to the CIAA mission. The induction ceremony is a part of the ancillary events surrounding 2016 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament that will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina from February 22 - February 27, 2016.
Brief Bio of Honorees:
Ronald “Flip” Murray (Student-Athlete) – Ronald “Flip” Murray joined the Shaw University men’s basketball team in 2000 and quickly became the single-season record holder in points, steals, assists, points per game, and free throws made. As a member of the Bears’ basketball program, Murray finished his senior year averaging 23.5 points a game and 6.2 assists a contest; ranking him fourth in the nation in scoring and ninth for assists. As the 2002 CIAA Player of the Year and Tournament MVP, Murray led the Bears to a NCAA Division II Final Four appearance on his way to being named the Division II Player of the Year. He was drafted in the second round of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft as the No. 42 overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks. “Flip” Murray’s NBA career included stints with the Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats, and Chicago Bulls. Internationally, Murray played for the Turkish team Efes Pilsen S.K., the Ukrainian team Azovmash Mariupol, and for Al Mouttahed Trpoli of the Lebanese Basketball League.
Tory Woodbury (Student-Athlete) – Tory Woodbury was a Winston-Salem State walk-on and earned his spot as a four-year starter (1997-2000). The three-time captain finished his collegiate career as the Rams’ all-time leading passer, completing 287-of-648 attempts for 4,493 yards and 38 touchdowns. Woodbury collected 1,035 career rushing yards, second highest recorded by a WSSU quarterback, and accounted for 20 rushing touchdowns. In 1999, he assisted his team in winning the CIAA Championship and advanced as the first CIAA team to win the Pioneer Bowl. As a senior, Woodbury was named All-CIAA Second Team after another championship title and earned his second consecutive Pioneer Bowl MVP award. The quarterback/wide receiver signed on to play in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Jets (2001-2003) and later with the Buffalo Bills (2005-2007). Woodbury also spent tenures with the New Orleans Saints and the Denver Broncos in addition to playing in NFL Europe, the Canadian Football League (CFL), and the Arena Football League (AFL). He continues to give back to his hometown of Winston-Salem through the Tory Woodbury Foundation which provides school supplies, clothing, and meals for community members in need. Woodbury recently completed his first season as Offensive Coordinator at Johnson C. Smith University.
Earl “Air” Harvey (Student-Athlete) – Earl “Air” Harvey played his collegiate football career at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) where he was a four-time First-Team All-CIAA Selection (1985-88) at quarterback. In 1985, Harvey became the first-ever rookie in NCAA history to throw for more than 3,000 yards. That year he was also selected to the Black College Sports All-American Second Team and was recognized as the Black College Sports Freshman of the Year after completing 188-of-392 passing attempts for 22 touchdown passes and 7 rushing touchdowns. During his career, Harvey set NCCU, CIAA, and NCAA Division II records in career pass completions (690), passing yards (10,621), career total offense (10,667), and career touchdown passes (86). The standout senior quarterback was honored as a 1988 American Football Coaches Association All-American and guided the Eagles to the second-round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.
Mark Sherrill ( Student-Athlete) – Mark Sherrill played his collegiate basketball career at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) and continues in his passion with his 21st season as the top assistant coach for his alma mater. Sherrill was a four-year letterman (1988-1992) and is JCSU’s second all-time leading scorer with 2,552 points. During the 1990-91 season, Sherrill averaged 25.8 points per game and earned several accolades for his outstanding performance including CIAA Rookie of the Year, first team All-Rookie selection, and All-CIAA honors. He is currently ranked sixth in all-time CIAA scoring. In 1994, Sherrill became the JCSU men’s basketball assistant coach, alongside his former head coach Stephen Joyner, Sr. Sherrill assisted the Golden Bulls to their first-ever CIAA Tournament Championship and NCAA South Atlantic Regional Championship and their first appearance at the NCAA Elite Eight National Tournament in 2001. With his contributions, the team has gone on to win two additional CIAA Tournament Championships (2008, 2009).
Arthur “Boo Boo” Gaskins (Student-Athlete) – Arthur “Boo Boo” Gaskins joined the Elizabeth City State University men’s basketball team in 1977 and was a standout student-athlete throughout his collegiate career. After his freshman season performance, he earned CIAA Rookie of the Year. In 1978, Gaskins averaged 26.1 points per game, ranking him the leading scorer in the CIAA and among the top five in NCAA Division II. That season he headed the Vikings team in several single-game categories including points (46), field goals (23), and free throws (12). During the 1979-80 season, the 6-foot-four-inch guard once again tallied team single-game highs including points (40) and free throws (9). Gaskins earned consecutive honors as CIAA Player of the Year in 1980 and in 1981, when the Vikings marked a 13-6 conference record.
Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree (Coach) – Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree has achieved numerous accolades at the administrative level and as a two-sport coach at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Wicker-McCree began her career in the CIAA as NCCU’s head volleyball and softball coach in 1994. She became NCCU’s first coach to win conference championships in multiple sports, capturing the school’s first-ever CIAA titles in softball (1998) and volleyball (1999, 2004, and 2005). In a twelve-year reign, Wicker-McCree was a three-time CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year (1999, 2002, and 2005) and earned a total of 239 match victories. In 2004, she was inducted into the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame as head coach of the 1998 championship softball team. Wicker-McCree served as a member of the NCAA’s Division II Legislation Committee (2003-2007) and was only the second woman to be named President of the CIAA Executive Board (2004-2006). In recognition of her strides at Executive Board President, she earned the CIAA Leadership Award for Service and was also named the CIAA Senior Woman Administration of the Year in 2006. Wicker-McCree is credited with great success, overseeing compliance and eligibility programs at NCCU prior to being named Director of Athletics (2008-present).
Andre Springs (Student-Athlete) – Andre Springs entered Fayetteville State University in 1976 and became the first-ever freshman to win the CIAA Golf Championship in addition to being named FSU’s Most Outstanding Freshman. He was also honored as a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic (NAIA) All-American and All-CIAA Tournament team member. As the most valuable player for three consecutive years, Springs assisted his team to four CIAA team championships. Post-graduation, the FSU alum entered a mini-tour for several years before becoming head coach of Livingstone College’s golf program. He was named CIAA Golf Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1987. In 1987, he launched a minority golf clinic to help youth players develop golf skills in preparation for local and national golf competitions. Springs departed Livingstone to become the General Manager of the Cleveland Golf Courses in Cleveland, Ohio, but later returned to revamp the college’s golf program as the head men’s golf coach and also the assistant athletic director of fundraising. After his first year back, Springs was recognized as Livingstone’s Coach of the Year. In 2012, he was appointed Director of Athletics and in 2015, he coached his first CIAA Golf Championship.
Dianthia Ford-Kee (Administrator) – Dianthia Ford-Kee received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Fayetteville State University in 1982. After earning her Master of Arts degree in Public Affairs from Northern Illinois University, Ford-Kee joined Shaw University as the Lady Bears’ head volleyball and softball coach and assumed the role of senior woman administrator (SWA). She guided her volleyball program to a Tournament Championship in 1995 while earning four CIAA Softball Championships (1993, 1994, 1996, and 2003). Among several other accolades, Ford-Kee was a two-time Volleyball Coach of the Year (1995 and 2001) and four-time Softball Coach of the Year (1993, 1994, 1996, and 2003). In 2004, Ford-Kee became Shaw University’s Associate Athletics Director. During that time, she was named the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) – 2006 NCAA Division II Female Athletic Administration of the Year. Ford-Kee served five impactful years (2008-13) as the Director of Athletics at Lincoln University (Pa.) where she was credited with the improvement of retention and graduation rates of student-athletes. She successfully headed the transition from NCAA Division III to Division II and the return of Lincoln University to the CIAA. Ford-Kee currently serves as the Director of Athletics at Mississippi Valley State University.
Dr. Edward McLean (Administrator) – Dr. Edward McLean, upon his retirement, was the CIAA’s longest tenured Athletics Director with over twenty years of contributing leadership. In 1993, McLean joined the CIAA as the Athletics Director of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU); a position which he is recognized for strengthening athletics programs and positioning ECSU’s athletics teams competitively within the CIAA and NCAA Division II. After thirteen years with the Vikings, McLean became the Athletics Director at Fayetteville State University (FSU). In each of his seven years, the Broncos won at least one conference championship with a total of 13 CIAA championship trophies. McLean recognized academic success of his student-athletes as a high priority and proved successful averaging a 60% graduation rate at Fayetteville State. In addition to his work at the institutional level, he has held positions within the NCAA Division II and CIAA Conference, including CIAA Conference President, CIAA Athletics Director Association President and Secretary, and CIAA Vice President at conference and division levels. Prior to his retirement in 2015, McLean was recognized for his outstanding service with the CIAA Jeanette E. Lee Award (2014). McLean has also been honored twice as the CIAA Athletic Director of the Year (1996-1997 and 2004-2005).
Abraham “Mr. CIAA” Mitchell (Supporter) - Abraham Mitchell, a native of Suffolk, Virginia, has been a fan favorite at the CIAA Basketball Tournament for over three decades. His pageantry of self-made ensembles in the likeness of CIAA member institutions has garnered him the title “Mr. CIAA”. Mitchell, who works at a funeral home in Suffolk, was recognized in 2012 by the conference for 33 continuous years of modeling his fashionable threads to the approval of countless fans during the tournament. Abraham “Ham” Mitchell began his infamous strut while his nephew attended his favorite Norfolk State University, a former CIAA member institution. During the Spartan’s games, he dressed up for the games he attended. Through the course of the tournament’s week-long schedule of games, Mr. CIAA can be seen in a different outfit for each contest.
Recognized for their extraordinary contributions to their institution, community, and conference, candidates are nominated by current and former CIAA member institutions and selected by the Executive Committee.