Women lead Big South's Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Three women athletes and a former women's coach have been named to the Big South Conference's Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

Former Coastal Carolina women’s track & field All-American Amber Campbell, former Chanticleers women’s track & field and cross country coach Alan Connie, former UNC Asheville women’s basketball player Vicki Giffin and former Liberty women’s basketball player Katie Feenstra will be inducted on June 2 at the Marriott Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The Big South Hall of Fame, created in 2003 as part of the league’s 20th anniversary celebration, totals 61 former Big South student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors.

  • Campbell (2000-04) was a 16-time Big South champion — seven titles in indoor track & field and nine in outdoor track & field. A five-time All-American, Campbell was voted the Big South’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2000-01 and 2002-03 — becoming the first two-time winner of the award. She is a two-time Olympian (2008, 2012) in the hammer throw, and is attempting to qualify for the 2016 Rio Games in the event.

  • Connie (1986-2014) retired in 2014 as the Big South’s all-time leader with 13 women’s cross country championships and second in most championships across the three running sports with 28. Coastal Carolina’s head coach from the inception of the cross country program in 1986 and indoor track & field program in 1998, Connie’s 28-year career at the helm featured 33 Big South Coach of the Year honors (13 in women’s cross country, 11 in women’s indoor track & field and nine in women’s outdoor track & field). In track & field, Connie coached student-athletes to 10 All-American honors, as well as 91 Big South indoor champions. He joins Campbell and his former runners Jolene Williams and Catherine Conder in the Big South Hall of Fame.

  • Giffin (1993-97) capped her four-year career as the Big South Women’s Basketball Player of the Year in 1996-97, and was also the Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year that season — the first player in league history to win both awards in the same year. She holds UNC Asheville single-season records for field goal accuracy and steals (71), as well as the all-time career marks for free throws made, steals and free throw percentage (.741), in addition to the single-game record for steals (8).

  • Feenstra (2001-05) was a two-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American (2004 and 2005), and was the catalyst behind Liberty’s run to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2005, becoming the first Big South basketball program — men’s or women’s — to reach the regional semifinals. She was selected No. 8 overall in the 2005 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun, becoming the highest draft pick in Liberty history in any professional sport. She was traded to the San Antonio Silver Stars that same year, finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting and was a unanimous WNBA All-Rookie Team selection.

• More on the Big South's Class of 2016

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