Five former Trojans make up this year's University of Mount Olive Athletics Hall of Fame Class. Women's basketball student-athlete Teneal Boone, men's basketball student-athlete Elton Coffield, baseball student-athlete Tom Layne, baseball student-athlete & coach Charlie Long, and women's soccer student-athlete Heather Ressler will be inducted into the UMO Athletics Hall of Fame in November during the 52nd Annual Pickle Classic Weekend.
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"This hall of fame class represents quality and diversity, featuring four different sports, including our first women's soccer inductee. The selection committee did an outstanding job once again, selecting a great group of inductees," said Vice President for Athletics Jeff Eisen.
Teneal Boone '06 was a first-team All-CVAC selection and is third in career scoring with 1,220 points. She is also tied for eighth in single-game rebounds with two 17-rebound games, third in single-season rebounds (305), second in career rebounds (917), tied for second in single-game blocks (6), third in single-season blocks (53), and is the career-leader in blocks (145).
Elton Coffield '07 was named the 2005 NCAA DII Men's Basketball East Regional Tournament Most Outstanding Player and Mount Olive Most Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year in 2004-05 & 2006-07. He ranks 11th all-time in points in a game (35), 4th all-time in points in a season (600), 3rd all-time in points in a career (1,854), tied for 1st all-time in 3-Point FG in a game (9), 3rd all-time in 3-Point FG in a season (91), 2nd all-time in 3-Point FG in a career (257), 2nd all-time in free throws made in a game (17 (20 att.)), and 3rd all-time in free throw percentage (79.0%). He was named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association All-State 1st Team (2004-05) and 2nd Team (2005-06). Coffield was also named to the CVAC All-Conference 1st Team three times (2004, 2005, 2006).
Tom Layne '07 was named the Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Year in 2007 and earned an All-America Honorable Mention as well. During his time in a UMO uniform, Layne had a 9-1 overall record, one save, with a 2.87 ERA, 71 strikeouts, and 27 walks. Layne was drafted in 2007 by the Arizona Diamondbacks. During his major league career Layne has pitched for the San Diego Padres, Boston Redsox, New York Yankees, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has pitched in 216 games at the Major League level, throwing 148.2 innings with an 8-5 overall record, four saves, and a 3.57 era.
Charlie Long '89 played for the Trojans from 1987-89 and was named the team MVP in 1987. Long had a career batting average of .371 and was named Mount Olive's Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year in 1989. Following his playing days at Mount Olive, Long went into coaching. He began as a graduate assistant at Campbell University in 1989. In 1991, Long joined the NC Wesleyan College Battling Bishops' staff as head volleyball coach and was the first full-time assistant baseball coach. Long took over as the head coach in 1999 and has amassed a 452-392-5 overall record with a NCAA Division III National Championship in 1999, over his 20 years at the helm of the Battling Bishops. Along with his coaching duties, Long was named the Assistant Athletics Director for Community Relations and Marketing in 2015. He was inducted into the NC Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.
Heather Ressler '05 is the Trojans leader in career shutouts (22), single-season shutouts (10), single-season goals against average (0.73), career saves (506), and single-match saves (23). In 2001 she ranked third in the nation in saves per match (11.50) and in 2004 ranked 18th in the nation in goals against average. Ressler is a two-time All-CVAC Honorable Mention and helped Mount Olive win its first-ever conference championship in 2004 with a 20-3 record; which is the single-season school record. Mount Olive set (and still holds) the NCAA Division II women's soccer record for Most Improved Won-Lost Record (14 1/2 games: 3-15 record in 2003 and 20-3 record in 2004).
This year's class is the 12th Hall of Fame Class and brings the total number of inductees up to 51.
The University of Mount Olive Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place Saturday, November 18 at the Lois K. Murphy Regional Center on the UMO campus. Admission is free; rsvp to Tina Parks at email@example.com or 919-658-7759.