NEWBERRY — Six new members were inducted into the Newberry College Athletics Hall of Fame by the Newberry College Lettermen’s Club in a ceremony and banquet in Kaufmann Hall on the Newberry College campus Thursday night.
Johnny Bouknight, Jimmie Coggins, Stephanie Hemann Fox, Janet Parkman Jordan, Tim Medlin and Phil Spotts compose the 2013 class of the Hall of Fame, which will also be honored at halftime of the football home opener against Florida Tech on Sept. 14.
Born and raised on a farm in Irmo, Johnny Bouknight came to Newberry after graduating from Irmo High School in 1957. A three-sport letter winner in high school, Bouknight came to Newberry as a walk on with the men’s basketball team.
A three-year letter winner at Newberry, Bouknight earned a scholarship from coach Tom Quinn for his final three years of college.
Bouknight made an impact with the Indians in 1961 as he earned First Team All-Little Four and First Team All-Tournament recognition. An all-conference center at Newberry, Bouknight was honorable mention all-state and was the runner-up MVP of the Little Four Tournament in 1961.
As a co-captain of the 1961 Indians basketball team, Johnny helped lead Newberry to its first national tournament appearance of any kind. Bouknight finished the 1961 season third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding. In the Little Four Tournament he scored 33 points against Presbyterian College.
A lifetime member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Irmo, Johnny and his wife of 52 years, “Petsie” continue to live in the Irmo area. After retiring from the Climatic Corp as VP of Finance and Corporate Assets, Johnny and his wife have traveled extensively throughout the United States in Canada in their RV.
Johnny now devotes his time to his family and woodworking.
Born and raised in Newberry, the voice of Newberry athletics, Jimmie Coggins has ingrained himself in the culture of Newberry and Newberry College.
A 1970 graduate of Newberry High School, Coggins attended Newberry College, where he graduated in 1974. The year of 1974 was memorable for Coggins beyond his graduation, as that was the year Jimmie married his wife Doris.
Shortly after graduating from Newberry, Coggins was recognized as one of the Outstanding Young Men in America by the Jaycees in 1979. Coggins served as president of the Newberry Rotary Club in 1979-80 and a year later was named the president of the Newberry County Unit of the American Cancer Society.
It was not until 1982 that Coggins became the voice of Newberry, and specifically Newberry College and High School athletics. The voice of the Indians, Bulldogs and Wolves, he is a charter member of the Newberry College President’s Club and is a member of the Newberry College Athletic Club.
Coggins’ resume reads as a love letter to his hometown, filled with years of service to the city of Newberry. In 2002-03, Jimmie was named Rotarian of the Year.
A member of the Newberry College President’s Club and the Newberry College 150th Anniversary Committee, Jimmie Coggins was awarded with an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Newberry College on Aug. 19, 2007. Coggins was inducted into the Newberry College Men’s Basketball Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
Coggins and his wife Doris have two children, Parkes and Jessica. He currently serves as the president and general manager of Newberry Broadcasting Co. Inc., and is the chairman of the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce.
Stephanie Hemann Fox
Stephanie Hemann graduated from Newberry College as one of the most successful golfers in program history as she played for the Lady Indians from 2003 to 2007.
A four-year captain of the women’s golf team, Hemann left her mark early as she won the Upstate Golf Classic in Gaffney during her freshman season. She finished her freshman season with four top ten finishes, including a ninth place finish at the South Atlantic Conference Championship.
The following year she opened her season with a first place finish at the St. Andrews Fall Preview and went on to place top three in two more tournaments that season. A second team All-SAC selection as a sophomore, she helped lead the Lady Indians to a second place finish at the SAC Championship.
Hemann and the Lady Indians repeated their performance from 2005 during the 2006 season as Hemann again was selected second team All-SAC and the women’s golf team finished second in the conference. In the 2006 tournament, she finished in the top ten once again as an individual.
During her senior season, Hemann and the Lady Indians reached the top of the conference as another top ten individual finish helped propel Newberry to win its first women’s golf SAC Championship in school history.
She was a strong performer in the classroom as well, becoming the first Newberry women’s golfer to be honored by the National Golf Coaches Association as an All-American Scholar during all four years of eligibility. A recipient of the Founders Scholarship and the Gladys Young Scholarship, Hemann was also named to the National Dean’s List.
After graduating magna cum laude in 2007 with degrees in biology and chemistry, she went on to her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Wingate University School of Pharmacy in 2011. Hemann is now a member of the American Pharmacists Association and lives in Charlotte, N.C., with her husband Bryce.
Janet Parkman Jordan
A member of the first women’s basketball team at Newberry College, Janet Parkman helped pave the way for the future of Newberry women’s basketball.
A native of Sumter, Parkman scored four points as she helped lead the Indians to the first victory in school history as Newberry topped Whitmire High School 35-15.
During her junior season at Newberry, Parkman served as the veteran presence on a young Indians roster. She aided the Indians with what was referenced as, “her finest performance of the season”, scoring 11 points as she helped lead Newberry to a 102-73 victory over Warren Wilson. The Indians’ victory over Warren Wilson remains one of the highest scoring games by a Newberry women’s basketball team in school history.
At the conclusion of her junior season, Newberry hosted the Newberry College Women’s Invitational Basketball Tournament. After a first round victory over Coker, the Indians matched up with Converse College in the championship game. The Newberry Observer noted that Parkman sparked her team in the Indians’ 65-49 win over Coker.
The championship game saw Parkman net eight points and snag 14 rebounds as the Indians picked up the first trophy in program history as Newberry knocked off Converse 67-43.
Individual recognition was soon to follow for Janet, as she was honored at the Newberry College Athletic Banquet by being named Most Improved Player for the Women’s Basketball team.
Janet Parkman Jordan now serves as secretary of the Newberry College Letterman’s Club.
Tim Medlin served Newberry College as the head coach of the baseball program for 17 years.
A 1982 graduate of Newberry College, Medlin was named the head coach of the Newberry baseball team prior to the 1989 season. It was in his first season at Newberry that Medlin led the Indians to the NAIA District 6 Championship, a title the Indians again won during the 1992 season.
Medlin collected a historic win during his fifth season at Newberry as he led the Indians to the Little Four Tournament Championship defeating Erskine 3-2 and earning his 100th career victory.
Medlin took the Indians into the South Atlantic Conference as he led Newberry to the SAC Tournament title in the program’s second year in the conference. The conference tournament title by Medlin’s 1999 squad was the first SAC tournament championship in school history.
In Medlin’s 16th year at the helm, a dominant victory over then-13th ranked Francis Marion marked another highlight in the Newberry graduate’s coaching career. On February 4, 2004, Medlin saw Newberry starter Stuart Kay toss a one-hitter as the Indians upset the Patriots 6-0 to secure Medlin’s 350th career victory.
Medlin wrapped up his coaching career at Newberry with a 389-458-1 overall record.
After some time away from the diamond, he is set to rejoin the coaching ranks with the Fire Ants of USC Sumter entering the 2014 season.
A native of Newberry, Phil Spotts has left his mark on Newberry and Newberry College throughout his lifetime.
An all-state basketball player at Newberry High School, also aided the Bulldogs on the track before heading to the University of South Carolina to begin his collegiate career as part of the track team and the men’s basketball team. A hurdler for the Gamecocks, Spotts helped lead South Carolina to a victory over Clemson his freshman season with a third place finish in the 120-yard high hurdles.
After transferring from South Carolina, Spotts returned home to Newberry and became an important part of the Indians men’s basketball team. Upon arriving at Newberry as a junior, he averaged 18 points per game as a forward.
Spotts was handed a position change for his senior season as the newly minted team captain was moved to guard. He averaged 10 points his senior year, but netted a career high 31 points against Parris Island.
A former member o f the Block “N” Club, the Day Students Club and Activities Council, Phil graduated from Newberry in 1956.
Spotts has been a member of the Newberry Lettermen’s Club since it started in the 1970s and has served on the board of directors multiple times. A member of the Athletic Club for over 50 years, Phil served on the Athletic Club Board during portions of his time with the Athletic Club.
Fresh out of college he joined the United States Marine Corps and served the United States of America.
Spotts eventually passed on basketball knowledge as a high school coach at both Saluda and Chester. Newberry eventually drew him back to its campus, where he served as interim director of athletics during the 1999-2000 school year.
Spotts received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Newberry College in 2010 and currently serves on the Board of President’s Club. A member of the Newberry Rotary Club, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Newberry Opera House, Newberry Chamber of Commerce and Newberry Investing in Children’s Education.