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Ten to be inducted into CIAA Hall of Fame

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 during the week of the CIAA Basketball Tournament. The inductees are:

Ronald “Flip” Murray – The single-season basketball record holder in points, steals, assists, points per game, and free throws made, 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. Murray’s NBA career also included stints with Seattle, Cleveland, Detroit, Charlotte and Chicago.

Tory Woodbury – Woodbury finished his collegiate career as Winston-Salem State’s all-time leading passer, completing 287-of-648 attempts for 4,493 yards and 38 touchdowns. He signed to play in the NFL with the New York Jets and later with the Buffalo Bills and others. He played in NFL Europe, the Canadian Football League (CFL), and the Arena Football League (AFL). Woodbury recently completed his first season as Offensive Coordinator at Johnson C. Smith.

Earl “Air” Harvey – Harvey, quarterback at North Carolina Central, 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. 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).

Mark Sherrill – Sherrill played basketball at Johnson C. Smith and continues in his passion with his 21st season as the top assistant coach, helping the Golen Bulls to three CIAA Tournament titles. Sherrill was a four-year letterman (1988-1992) and is JCSU’s second all-time leading scorer with 2,552 points and is currently ranked sixth in all-time CIAA scoring.

Arthur “Boo Boo” Gaskins – Gaskins joined the Elizabeth City State men’s basketball team in 1977 and in 1978, averaged 26.1 points per game, tops in the CIAA and fifth nationally. Gaskins earned consecutive honors as CIAA Player of the Year in 1980 and in 1981.

Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree (Coach) – Wicker-McCree, captured CIAA titles as the head volleyball and softball coach at North Carolina Central, won coach of the year awards has achieved numerous accolades at the administrative level and as a two-sport coach). She is currently Director of Athletics (2008-present) at NCCU.


Andre Springs – In 1976 while at Fayetteville State, Springs became the first ever freshman to win the CIAA Golf Championship and was also honored as a NAIA All-American. His teams went on to win four CIAA championships. After graduation, he became head coach of Livingstone’s golf program, left to become General Manager of the Cleveland (OH) Golf Courses, but later returned to revamp Livingstone golf. In 2012, he was appointed Director of Athletics and in 2015.

Dianthia Ford-Kee – A Fayetteville State grad, Ford-Kee joined Shaw as the Lady Bears’ head volleyball and softball coach and her teams won four CIAA Softball Championships. She was a two-time Volleyball Coach of the Year and four-time Softball Coach of the Year. Ford-Kee served five years (2008-13) as the Director of Athletics at Lincoln (Pa.) and headed the transition from NCAA Division III to Division II and its return to the CIAA. Ford-Kee currently serves as the Director of Athletics at Mississippi Valley State.

Dr. Edward McLean – Dr. McLean, upon his retirement, was the CIAA’s longest tenured Athletics Director with over twenty years of contributing leadership with stints at Elizabeth City State and Fayetteville State. Prior to his retirement in 2015, McLean was recognized for his outstanding service with the CIAA Jeanette E. Lee Award (2014).

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 tonament.

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