SaluqiAthletics: Hall of Fame

Let's take a look back at some 40+ years of Memphis college sports history in this Saluqis Hall of Fame. These inductees represent the first Shelby State teams of the early 1970's and 80's. We are proud to honor these outstanding athletes and coaches.

Third Hall of Fame (2005) Players

Aretha Fason (Women's Basketball, 1986-88)

  • Led her teams to a 44-12 record in her two years, including undefeated conference records both seasons
  • Her sophomore season, Fason averaged 25.6 points and 15.0 rebounds per game and was named All-TJCCAA, TJCCAA Player of the Year, and first team NJCAA All-American
  • holds the Lady Saluqis’ single season record for highest rebounding average and the career record for highest field goal percentage at 67 percent
  • College’s 8th all-time leading scorer with 821 points, 7th all-time rebounder with 457, and fifth all-time shot blocker with 92

Ronnie Sims (Men's Basketball, 1984-85)

  • Led his team to a 24-6 record, the Western Division and Region VII championships, and an 11th place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament
  • Led the Saluqis in field goal percentage, free throws made, and free throws attempted
  • His 88 blocked shots are the second highest single season total in school history
  • Named All-Western Division, All-TJCCAA, TJCCAA Western Division Player of the Year, All-Region, and second team NJCAA All-American
  • Went on to play at the University of Mississippi

Andre Applewhite (Men's Basketball, 1981-83)

  • Led his teams to a 53-10 record, two Western Division championships, and one Region title in his two-year career
  • Averaged 15.2 points and 8.4 rebounds as a sophomore and was named All-Western Division, All-TJCCAA, All-Region VII, and Western Division Player of the Year.
  • Ranks as the College’s ninth all-time leading rebounder with 483 in his career and also ranks among the career leaders in free throws made, free throws attempted, and games played
  • Continued his education and basketball career at Texas Southern University
  • Coached at Memphis Central High School

Joe Lantrip (Baseball, 1988-89)

  • Led his team to the TJCCAA Western Division Championship
  • In his freshman year he posted an 8-2 pitching record with a 1.43 earned run average, the second lowest in school history, and struck out 84 batters, the 3rd most in a single season
  • Was named All-Western Division, All-TJCCAA, and was selected by the coaches as the TJCCAA Western Division Player of the Year
  • In his two-year career with the Saluqis, Lantrip struck out a school-record 160 batters and his three shutouts are the third most
  • Went on to play at Delta State University, the University of Memphis, and also played professionally in the Baltimore Orioles organization

Doug Darnall (Baseball, 1987-88)

  • Sophomore year, Darnall batted .429 with 55 runs batted in and was named All-Western Division and All-TJCCAA
  • Darnall went on to play two seasons at Western Kentucky University
  • Played semipro baseball for the Memphis Royals
  • Saluqis’ head baseball coach from 1996-2003
  • 194 wins rank him as the College’s second all-time winningest coach
  • Guided the Saluqis to four straight 30-wins seasons from 2000-2003, (for the first time in the program’s history), including a school-record 37 wins and the Western Division runner-up in 2000

Third Hall of Fame (2004) Players

Glynetha Davis (Women's Basketball, 1985-87)

  • All-time leading rebounder
  • Fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,023
  • Most blocked shots in a game with 12
  • Most rebounds in a season with 436
  • As a sophomore, Davis led the Lady Saluqis to a 27-5 record, the West Division, TJCCAA, and regional championships, and a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament
  • Averaged 18.9 points and 14.1 rebounds per game during her sophomore season
  • Named All-West Division, All-TJCCAA, and second team All-American
  • Went on to play two seasons at the University of Memphis

Joey Bell (Golf, 1983-85)

  • Led the golf team to region championships during his freshman and sophomore seasons
  • Was selected as a junior college All-American as a sophomore
  • Went on to play at the University of Memphis and later played professionally

David Hernandez (Baseball, 1979-80)

  • Two-time all-conference performer
  • Western Division Player of the Year as a sophomore
  • Runner-up for TJCCAA Player of the Year
  • Batted .474 his sophomore season
  • Highest on-base average in a season at .556
  • Played at the University of Memphis
  • Was a member of the Puerto Rican national team
  • Played professionally in Puerto Rico

Matt Bakke (Men's Basketball, 1977-79)

  • Ranks fifth in career assists with 348
  • His sophomore year, Bakke dished out 181 assists for an average of 7.2 per game
  • Went on to play at Rhodes College
  • Coached high school basketball at Millington Central High School
  • Coaches basketball, cross country, and track at Memphis University School

Latrell Mitchell (Men's Basketball, 1979-81)

  • Holds records at the College for most assists in a game with 21
  • Highest assist average in a season at 10.3
  • Led the Saluqis to a 48-13 record in his career, including the West Division championship in both his freshman and sophomore seasons, and the TJCAA title his freshman year
  • Totaled 184 assists his freshman season, then as a sophomore dished out 288 assists, the second highest total in school history
  • Went on to play at Texas Southern University

Curtis Hollowell (Men's Basketball, 1981-83)

  • College’s all-time assist leader with a total of 554 for an average of 8.8 per game
  • As a freshman, Hollowell averaged 6.6 points and 8.4 assists per game, leading the Saluqis to a 28-6 record, the West Division championship, and the TJCAA and region runner-up
  • His 285 assists during the 1981-82 season are the third highest in the College’s history
  • During his sophomore year, Hollowell averaged 8.4 points and 9.3 assists per game. He led the team to a 25-4 overall record and a perfect 12-0 conference record
  • Led the Saluqis to the West Division title and also the TJCAA/Region championship and a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament
  • Went on to play at LeMoyne-Owen College

Second Hall of Fame (2003) Players

James 'Skeeter' Banks (Baseball, 1992)

  • Single season save record-holder with seven his sophomore year
  • Also ranks second in career saves
  • Holds single season record for appearances with 21
  • Member of West Division championship team as a sophomore
  • Played professional baseball in the Oakland (Calif.) A's organization

Kenny Hale (Men's Basketball, 1979-81)

  • Two-time All-West Division and All-TJCCAA
  • Ranks eighth in career scoring with 1,123 points
  • Led Saluqis to a 48-13 record in his career, including West Division and TJCCAA championships as a freshman, and West Division champions and TJCCAA runner-up as a sophomore
  • Ranks second in single season free throw percentage at .855
  • Ranks third in career field goals made with 492

Cleveland 'Pee Wee' Jackson (Men's Basketball, 1976-78)

  • All-West Division as a sophomore
  • Averaged 19.9 points and 8.6 assists as a sophomore
  • Holds single season record with 291 assists his sophomore year
  • Ranks second in career assists with 498
  • As a freshman, he led Saluqis to a 27-7 record, the West Division and Region VII championships, and a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament

Jerome McNeil (Men's Basketball, 1977-79)

  • All-West Division and All-TJCCAA as a sophomore
  • West Division Player of the Year as a sophomore
  • Averaged 16.9 points per game as a sophomore
  • As a freshman, he led the Saluqis to the West Division and TJCCAA runner-up
  • As a sophomore, he led the Saluqis to the West Division runner-up

Leon Morris (Men's Basketball, 1976-78)

  • Two-time All-West Division, All-TJCCAA as a sophomore, All-Region as a sophomore
  • West Division and TJCCAA Player of the Year as a sophomore
  • Averaged 17.7 points and 9.3 rebounds as a sophomore
  • Ranks third in all-time career rebounds with 582
  • As a freshman, he led the Saluqis to a 27-7 record, the West Division and Region VII championships, and a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament

Terry Pressgrove(Baseball, 1975-76)

  • Two-time All-West Division, All-TJCCAA as a sophomore
  • Member of West Division championship team as a sophomore
  • Holds single season home run record with 11
  • Second in single season slugging average at .806
  • Led Saluqis to a 60-23 record in his career

Tim Roop (Golf, 1987-89)

  • Two-time captain of the Saluqis golf team
  • Second Team All-American as a sophomore
  • Won region championship as a sophomore
  • Won San Jacinto Invitational as a freshman
  • Won Shelby State Invitational as a sophomore

Wanda Simpson-Jones, (Women's Basketball, 1980-82)

  • All-West Division as a sophomore
  • Fourth All-Time leading rebounder at 645
  • Sixth All-Time in rebounding average at 11.9 per game
  • Led Lady Saluqis to a 43-11 record in her career, including the West Division and TJCCAA championship her sophomore year

Tim Smith, Baseball (1975-76)

  • Two-time All-West Division, All-TJCCAA as a sophomore
  • Member of West Division championship team as a sophomore
  • Holds single season record for runs scored with 67
  • Second in single season stolen bases with 34
  • Led Saluqis to a 60-23 record in his career

Phillis Vaughn, (Women's Basketball, 1983-85)

  • Two-time All-West Division, All-TJCCAA as a sophomore
  • Holds school record for career rebounding average at 13.6 per game
  • Second all-time leading rebounder with 718 in her career
  • Also ranks second in single season rebounds with 429, and single season rebounding average at 14.3 per game
  • Led Lady Saluqis to a 41-11 record in her career, including a 27-3 record and a third-place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament her sophomore year

Cathy Williams, (Women's Basketball, 1981-83)

  • Second all-time leading scorer with 1,185 points in her career
  • Two-time All-West Division, All-TJCCAA as a sophomore
  • Led Lady Saluqis to a 36-15 record in her career, including West Division and TJCCAA champions her freshman year
  • Ranks second in career field goals and field goals attempted

Second Hall of Fame (2003) Coaches

John Jarnagin, (Baseball, 1986-95)

  • Saluqis' All-Time Winn ingest Coach with 253 wins in his 10-year career
  • Two-time TJCCAA Coach of the Year (1988 and 1992)
  • Guided Saluqis to two West Division championships (1988 and 1992)
  • Coached 19 All-West Division players and 15 All-Conference players
  • Eight of his Saluqi baseball players went on to play professionally.

Second Hall of Fame (2003) Athletic Director

John Townsend, (Athletic Director, 1972-77)

Under his tenure as the College's first athletic director, the Saluqi program became a member of the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association, enabling its teams to compete in regional and national tournaments. In his five years as athletic director he guided the Saluqi Athletic Program to two West Division championships, three West Division runners-up, one Region championship, and two TJCAA runners-up titles. Many Saluqi athletes received post-season honors, including 21 All-West Division, 11 All-TJCAA, and two All-Americans.

First Hall of Fame (2002) Players

Carolyn Blair (women's basketball)

1981-83
Two-time All-TJCAA
All-American (the second Lady Saluqis player named A-A)
Led Lady Saluqis to TJCAA championship in 1982 (the second title for the women's team)

Mary Boatwright (women's basketball)

1978-79
All-TJCAA (the first Lady Saluqis player to be named all-conference)
Led Lady Saluqis to best single season record (23-2) and first TJCAA championship in 1979
Went on to play at Mississippi State, and is still one of MSU's all-time leading scorers
Arguably the best women's basketball player ever to play in Memphis

Terry Boone (men's basketball)

1974-76
All-TJCAA
Two-time All-TJCAA West
All-American
Averaged 26.0 points per game as a sophomore (4th all-time)

Frankie Campbell (golf)

1981-82
Two-time All-Region selection
First Team All-American as a sophomore in 1982

Competed in the national championships both as a freshman and sophomore, finishing third in 1982. In the 1982 TJCCAA championships, set the course record on May 17, 1982, at Henry Horton Golf Course with a 65 from the championship tees. That record still stands. His two-day total was 65-68-133.

Paul Gagliano (baseball)

1975-76
All-TJCAA
TJCAA Player of the Year (the first Saluqis player named POY).
Led Saluqis to a 60-23 record over his two years, including West Division champions in 1976 (the first championship baseball team for the Saluqis). Was a four-year member of the Italian national baseball team.

Priscilla Gary (women's basketball)

1980-82
All-American (the first Lady Saluqis A-A)
Lady Saluqis All-Time Leading Scorer
Led Lady Saluqis to TJCAA championship in 1982 (the second title for the women's team)
Went on to a stellar career at Kansas State, where she was also an All-American

Anthony Johnson (men's basketball/baseball)

Anthony Johnson

1974-76
Two-time All-TJCAA in basketball (the first two-time honoree)
Saluqis 2nd All-Time Leading Scorer
Averaged 25.5 points for his career (1st all-time)
Went on to play basketball and baseball at LeMoyne-Owen College (2 years), was then selected in the Major League Baseball draft.
Played Major League Baseball
Involved with the Memphis Red Birds RBI Program

Charlie Lea (baseball)

Charlie Lea

1976-77
Two-time All-TJCAA West
All-TJCAA (one year)
Went on to play at (then) Memphis State University (2 years), and was then selected in the Major League Baseball draft.
Played Major League baseball, pitched no-hitter while with the Montreal Expos.
Member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
Was announcer with Memphis Red Birds - TV/radio color commentary.

McKinley Singleton (men's basketball)

McKinley Singleton

1979-81
Two-time All-TJCAA
Two-time West Division Player of the Year
Saluqis All-Time Leading Scorer
First Saluqis player to play in the NBA

Herbert Wright (men's basketball)

1972-74
Father of former Memphis Grizzlies and Tigers Center Lorenzen Wright, and former Saluqi Lou Wright. Herbert Wright, the only original Saluqi among the inductees, was the first to be named All-TJCAA and All-American. Saluqis All-Time Leading Rebounder. Went on to play at Ole Miss (2 years)
Played Professional Basketball overseas
Was also Lady Saluqis women's basketball coach for 12 years, compiling a 179-88 record (#1 in career wins for Lady Saluqis coaches)
Led Lady Saluqis to six West Division championships, three TJCAA championships, and three Region titles/national tournament appearances.
TJCAA Coach of the Year in 1994

Hall of Fame Coaches

Joe Proctor (men's basketball)

TJCAA Coach of the Year in 1976-77, when the Saluqis won the conference and region championships, and played in the national tournament for the first time.
Career record of 84-47

Joe Platt (baseball)

179-73-1 career record for a .709 winning percentage (#1 all-time among Saluqis baseball coaches)
Led Saluqis to two West Division championships and two runners-up in his six years as coach
TJCAA Coach of the Year, when he led the Saluqis to the West Division championship (for the first time)

Bob Canada, (former Athletic Director, Golf Coach, and Tennis Coach)

Under his leadership, the Saluqis' total intercollegiate athletic program gained much local, regional and national attention.

During his 12-year tenure, Saluqis' teams posted an impressive winning record.
As a golf coach, his golfers won nine consecutive NJCAA Region 7 titles and competed in the
same number of national tournaments.
Region 7 Golf Coach of the Year every year from 1979-1990.
Four of his golfers were selected All-American, many were awarded scholarships to four-year colleges, and several turned professional.
Tennis coach during the 1978-79 seasons, winning both state and regional championships, and qualifying for the national tournament.
Inducted into the TJCCAA Hall of Fame in 1990.

Anita Malone (women's basketball)

125-44 career record for a .740 winning percentage (#1 all-time among Saluqis women's basketball coaches). Led Lady Saluqis to two TJCAA championships. In her seven years as coach, Lady Saluqis were twice TJCAA runner-up, once region runner-up, twice West Division champions, and and three times West Division runner-up.