– Limestone College has announced the 16th class to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame. That class includes men's basketball's Mike Coles '76, women's lacrosse's Tricia Davidson Jordan '99, baseball's Kevin Pucetas '06 and the 2000 National Champion men's lacrosse team.
A group of “Champions and Trailblazers”, the 2011 class will be honored at the Athletic Hall of Fame dinner on October 8 as part of the Limestone homecoming festivities.
Mike Coles '76
was the driving force behind the first two Limestone College men's basketball teams as he became the program's first 1,000-point scorer, finishing with 1,021 after transferring from Brevard Junior College. An NAIA All-District 6 selection as a senior, Coles exploded onto the scene in the 1973-74 season, scoring 46 points in his first game against Emmanuel and recording 20 or more points in his first six games that season. That first year he surpassed the 20-point plateau a total of 13 times in 21 games and was still a force even in his lowest scoring contest of the season. Against Emmanuel on February 15, Coles scored only two points but it happened to be the game-winning basket with 12 seconds remaining. He would go on to finish the season with 430 points for an average of 20.5 points per game. That was a precursor to a tremendous senior campaign in which he tallied 591 points and averaged 19.7 points in 30 games. Among those performances were a 37-point outing against Lander, 34 vs. USC-Spartanburg (now USC Upstate) and 30 points at Allen. In the latter contest, Coles not only scored his 1,000th career point, he did it on another game-winning shot. He wrapped up his career with 21 points against the College of Charleston in the NAIA District 6 Tournament and averaged 20.0 points per game in 51 career games.
Tricia Davidson Jordan '99
posted a tremendous two-year career from 1997-98 and becomes only the second women's lacrosse player elected to the Hall of Fame. Davidson was a member of the first two women's lacrosse teams in school history and the Saints first Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American. She earned that honor as a First-Team selection in 1997 in the first year of the program and followed with a Second-Team honor in 1998. That same season she earned IWLCA Academic All-American recognition. Davidson helped to lay the foundation for a program that has gone on to win eight straight Conference Carolinas regular season crowns, four consecutive tournament titles and earn end-of-year national rankings in 11 of the 13 seasons following her playing career. She led the team in points, goals, assists and shots in each of her two seasons and is currently tied for ninth all time with 35 career assists. Her 90 shots in the 1998 season, 44 of which resulted in goals, ranks within the Top-10 in Limestone's all-time single season records while her 62 points and 44 goals from that same season were in the Top-10 prior to the 2011 season.
Kevin Pucetas '06
is one of the most accomplished pitchers in the history of Limestone College baseball, following a four-year career from 2003-06. Following his first two seasons, Pucetas helped lead the Saints to the 2005 Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference regular season championship, the first in program history, as he went 7-5 with six complete games and 73 strikeouts in 84.1 innings. That same season he was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-Region Second-Team and earned the first of two consecutive CVAC All-Conference and All-Tournament selections. As a senior in 2006, the Spartanburg, S.C. native was dominant as he posted a 7-3 record and 3.75 earned run average, along with six complete games and 117 strikeouts in only 91.2 innings pitched. For his efforts, he was named Conference Pitcher of the Year, the only one in the program's history. Pucetas finished his career with the third most victories in team history at 17 and currently ranks second in strikeouts (233), innings pitched (261.2) and starts (38), fourth in complete games (14), fifth in opposing batting average (.273) and is tied for sixth in appearances with 45. His 117 strikeouts as a senior remain the third most in a single season while he is tied for second in shutouts (two in 2005), tied for sixth in appearances (14 in 2005, tied for seventh in complete games (six in 2005 and 2006). He also ranks ninth in opposing batting average (.254 in 2006) and 10th in innings pitched (91.2 in 2006). Following his collegiate career, Pucetas was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 17th round of the annual Major League Baseball draft. His professional accomplishments include pitching a scoreless ninth inning in the 2008 All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium, and following an offseason trade, being placed on the Kansas City Royals 40-man roster. He is currently pitching for the Royals Triple-A club in Omaha, Nebraska.
The 2000 Men's Lacrosse Team
proved to be a truly dominant unit as they went on to claim the program's first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship in impressive fashion. Following a regular season in which they shattered school records the Saints became the first team from the South Region to not only make the championship game, but to win it. In front of 2,019 fans, a Division II Championship record at the time, Limestone upended perennial power C.W. Post by a 10-9 score on May 28, 2000 in Baltimore, Md. A Rick Matthews goal 32 seconds into the game sparked a 3-1 lead for the Saints after one quarter, but they had to battle in the second frame to take a 5-4 lead to the locker room at the half. That narrow lead would be the difference as both teams notched only a single goal apiece in the third quarter before a wild final frame saw both clubs score four goals each. The Pioneers would not go away as they stayed within two goals in the second half until Limestone took a 10-7 lead on a goal by Matt Collins with 3:38 to go. Just over a minute later C.W. Post notched a pair of goals to close within one. It would be the Saints' defense that would secure the championship as they turned away a late offensive charge with 15 seconds to play. Sophomore Nick Carlson scored a game-high three goals and added an assist to earn Most Valuable Player honors. With the championship victory, the Saints improved to 14-2, setting a program record for wins in a season. On the year, Carlson, Collins and Devan Spilker each broke the program record for points in a season while Collins and Carlson surpassed the record for goals in a season. Following the season, a record six Saints were selected as USILA All-Americans. Chris Campbell and Rick Matthews became the first-ever First-Team selections while Nick Carlson, Matt Collins, Josh Rudder and Travis Gillespie earned Second-Team honors. As a unit, Limestone led the nation in man-up goals, scoring offense, scoring defense and scoring margin. That team's efforts directly lead to the 2001 team entering the season ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Brad Bauer, Bruce Beegle, Jason Bendjy, Nick Breslin, Chris Campbell, Nick Carlson, Jason Cephus, Tim Cober, Matt Collins, Mark Collins, Mike Connors, John Davidson, Isaac Deschaine, Greg Frank, Travis Gillespie, Russ Grimm, Greg Hiltz, Josh Hough, Dylan Hooker, Jake Lawson, Iggy Levelev, Matt Malloy, Chris Mangum, Rick Matthews, Chris Michael, Joe Mocarsky, Keith Mursch, Brad Nasato, John Navarro, T.J. Palmieri, Paul Pickersgill, Adam Ranns, Jason Randolph, Jon Riley, Ryan Ross, Josh Rudder, Jesse Santerre, Chris Sherman, Corey Snype, Devan Spilker, Brendan Spilker, Brent Starling, Travis Taylor, Greg Thren, Jeff Viscovich, Mat Wilde, Andrew Wilkinson, Damon Woolford, Pat Wynne, Ryan Wynne
Mike Cerino, Head Coach, Mike Sessa, Assistant Coach, Bill Milone, Assistant Coach, Chris Phenice, Assistant Coach, Ryan Lanigan, Student Assistant Coach, John Donohue, Volunteer Assistant Coach, Fabian Fuentes (Sports Information), Sean Dash (Athletic Trainer), Erica Dietsch Mutchler (Scorekeeper)
The Limestone College Athletic Hall of Fame
was established in 1996 and honors individuals and teams whose athletic achievements or services have enriched the Saints athletic programs or brought fame to the College. Including this year's honorees, the Limestone College Athletic Hall of Fame has named 16 classes and enshrined 56 former student-athletes, teams, coaches and administrators.