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Interesting Notes about Patriot athletics

  • Former Francis Marion University women’s volleyball and softball head coach Shelia A. Moorman was recently inducted into the James Madison University Athletic Hall of Fame.  Moorman was the Patriot volleyball coach for four seasons (1978-1981) and posted a 108-52 mark.  She started the women’s softball program at FMU, and recorded a 62-19 record in three seasons.  She also served as an assistant coach under Sylvia Rhyne Hatchell on the Patriot women’s basketball staff for two years.  She left Francis Marion to take the head women’s basketball coaching position at JMU.  In 15 seasons (1982-97), Moorman guided the Dukes to a 302-134 record and became the school’s winningest coach.  She led James Madison to six NCAA Tournaments, including four appearances in the Sweet 16, and to four Colonial Athletic Association titles.  She was named the CAA “Coach of the Decade” in 1995 in celebration of the conference’s 10th anniversary.
  • Francis Marion baseball head coach Art Inabinet was recently inducted into the Calhoun Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.  Inabinet earned All-State honors in both football and baseball while attending the St. Matthews, S.C., school.  He is a 1984 graduate of Calhoun Academy.  Inabinet recently concluded his first year as head coach at FMU, after spending two seasons as a Patriot assistant.
  • Former FMU women’s basketball player and assistant coach Kim Slawson Hawkins was recently inducted into the Summerville (S.C.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  A 1986 graduate of FMU, she was the starting point guard on Francis Marion’s 1986 NAIA national championship basketball team.  An All-American her senior year, she scored nearly 1,200 career points and at one time held the NAIA national record for steals in a career with 462.  A three-sport athlete at Summerville High School (1982 graduate), she currently works at Lester Elementary School in Florence.
  • Former FMU women’s basketball player Jackie Ansley is a rising star in the area of physical training.  She created two training facilities, Performance Training Inc. in 1995 and Sports Excel in 1998, and she works out of the Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center in Knoxville, Tenn.  She is also affiliated with the adidas training team.  In addition to working with several high-powered NCAA Division I basketball programs (including the University of Tennessee), she has worked with several WNBA squads and trained many of the league’s top players, including Chamique Holdsclaw, Sheryl Swoopes, Cynthia Cooper, Lisa Leslie, Natalie Williams, Dawn Staley, Teresa Weatherspoon, Shannon Johnson, and Rebecca Lobo.  Ansley’s name and training program were mentioned during a June 3 ESPN telecast of a WNBA game.  Ansley, a native of Camden, played her freshman year at Francis Marion (1980-81), before transferring to Virginia Tech, where she played her final three seasons.  At FMU, she averaged 6.3 ppg and 2.2 rpg for a 27-5 Patriot squad.  She ended her career second (now ninth) on the Hokies’ career assists list.  Prior to entering her current field, she was a successful high school basketball coach in Tennessee.
  • Six former Patriot baseball players are currently playing the minor leagues.  Catcher Tim Dockery is playing for the Atlantic City (N.J.) Surf in the independent Atlantic League, the same league that right-handed pitcher Jeremy Halpin of the Lehigh Valley Diamonds plays in.  Catcher Steve Mitrovich plays with the Richmond (Va.) Roosters in the Frontier League, while left-handed pitcher Nat Stoner plays with the Fargo-Moorhead (N.D.) Redhawks in the Northern League.  Pitcher and catcher J. Taylor is a member of the Medicine Hat (Canada) Blue Jays, Toronto’s rookie squad in the Pioneer League.  Florence native and one-time Patriot Antone Brooks is a pitcher with the Atlanta Braves’ Class AA team in Greenville.


Last Published: May 17, 2004 11:41 AM
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