FSC ANNOUNCES 2009 SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Seven former All-Americans, including three sets of teammates, a three-time all-conference selection and one of Florida Southern’s most devoted supporters make up the class of nine inductees selected to the Florida Southern Sports Hall of Fame for 2009.
Women’s golfer Lisa Ball was a three-time first-team All-American and played on three NCAA Division II national championship teams (2000, 2001, 2002). Volleyball player Kim Crawford earned back-to-back All-America honors in 1993 and 1994. Bob Gendron was a pitcher on the Moccasins’ 1981 national championship team and a first-team All-American in 1982. Wanda Graham was a two-time All-American and helped lead the Moccasins to their 1993 NCAA Division II softball championship. Joe Sickles was a three-time All-American and MVP in back-to-back years (1981, 1982) at the NCAA Division II baseball championship. Jill Stephens earned All-America honors twice as a player for the Moccasin volleyball program and now is the team’s head coach. Chrissy Teresi was a two-time All-American in softball (1991, 1992). Stacey Ungashick was a three-time All-Sunshine State Conference selection in basketball for the Lady Mocs. Completing the class of inductees, in the honorary category, is longtime Florida Southern supporter Jack Varasse.
The Class of 2009 will be inducted at the Eighth Annual FSC Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, March 21 at 6 p.m. in Jenkins Field House. The cost of the banquet is $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight. The banquet is open to the public. For tickets, reservations or more information, contact the FSC Athletic Department at 863-680-4246.
Lisa Ball played three seasons for the Moccasins and was a key member of three straight Division II national championship teams. She finished in the top five at the Division II championship each of those three years, fourth in 2000, fifth in 2001 and second in 2002, as well as earning first-team All-America recognition those three years. In the Sunshine State Conference Tournament, she tied for sixth in 2000, finished 12th in 2001 and fourth in 2002. She had 19 top ten finishes in her FSC career, including five individual wins, and her career stroke average of 78.50 currently ranks seventh in Florida Southern history.
Kim Crawford came to Florida Southern after playing two seasons at South Florida Community College. In 1993 she led the team in kills (510), hitting percentage (.337), blocks (160) and aces (90), as the Moccasins went 30-5. In 1994 she produced even better numbers in most of those categories, again leading the team in kills (591), hitting percentage (.429), blocks (131) and aces (61), while the Moccasins went 28-8. Her 1994 kill total is the third-best season total in school history and her 1994 hitting percentage is the second-best for a season. A two-time first-team All-America selection, Crawford also was the 1994 Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year and was selected to the SSC Silver Anniversary Team.
Bob Gendron played just two seasons for the Moccasins, but established himself as one of the Moccasins’ all-time best pitchers. In the Moccasins’ 1981 national championship season, he was 10-3 with a 2.72 ERA and 11 complete games. He tossed a complete-game four-hitter against Cal State-Northridge to get the Moccasins to the title game and made the championship all-tournament team. The following year he was 13-2 with a 2.21 ERA and 10 complete games, as the Moccasins finished second and he again made the championship all-tournament team and also earned first-team All-America recognition. In 1987 he joined the Moccasin coaching staff as pitching coach and served in that capacity for 13 seasons, helping the Moccasins win two more national titles in 1988 and 1995. In 2002 he was named to the Sunshine State Conference Silver Anniversary Team. His total of 21 complete games remains the FSC career record.
Wanda Graham played four seasons (1990-93) for the Moccasins and improved her statistics each year, capping her career as a first-team All-American who helped lead the Moccasins to the 1993 national championship. She became a starter her sophomore season and hit .349 with four home runs and 23 RBI. As a junior she again started every game while batting .396 with four home runs, 46 RBI and 18 stolen bases. In the 1993 national championship season, Graham led the team in batting with a .500 average, in home runs with seven and in RBI with 50. At the Division II championship, where the Moccasins had to come through the loser’s bracket, Graham hit .571 with a pair of home runs, earning a spot on the championship all-tournament team, as well as the first-team All-America squad. She is the Moccasins’ career home run leader with 16 and her .399 career batting average in sixth-best in school history. She shares the FSC single season marks for home runs and batting average.
Joe Sickles made the transition from playing football at Syracuse to playing baseball at Florida Southern. After transferring from Syracuse, Sickles played three seasons (1981-83) for the Moccasins. He helped lead them to the 1981 Division II championship and a runner-up finish in 1982. He also set a unique record himself, as he became the first player to be named the Most Outstanding Player at the Division II Championship in successive years (1981 & 1982). A two-time All-America selection, Sickles hit. 500 in the 1981 championship tournament and .590 in the 1982 tournament. His .452 batting average in 1983 is the second-best season average in FSC history. He is one of just three players in FSC history to hit .400 or better in back-to-back seasons and he still ranks in the top four in six career batting categories for the Moccasins. .
Jill Stephens enjoyed a standout four-year career for the Moccasin volleyball team (1991-94). She helped lead the Moccasins to a 121-34 record during her tenure that included a fourth-place national finish and three other NCAA regional tournament appearances. As a sophomore, she led the team in kills with 514 and had a team-best .353 hitting percentage. As a junior, she was the MVP for the 30-5 Moccasins and earned the FSC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. In her senior season she had 486 kills and hit .369. No one in FSC volleyball history has played in as many sets (547) and as many matches (155) as Stephens. In addition to ranking first in those two categories, she ranks third in career kills (1691) and aces (217) and fifth in career digs (1475). She now is head coach of the Moccasin volleyball program.
Chrissy Teresi came to Florida Southern from Santa Fe Community College, but had never played fastpitch softball, only slowpitch. She learned quickly and went on to become a two-time All-American for the Moccasins at second base. In her first season, she helped lead the Moccasins to a 35-11 record, a co-championship in the Sunshine State Conference and runner-up finish in the 1991 NCAA regional tournament, hitting .360 with a team-leading 11 doubles. In her senior season of 1992, she hit .405 to help lead the Moccasins to a 41-9 mark, the SSC title and another regional runner-up finish. She was a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen bases in her career.
Stacey Ungashick was a four-year performer in basketball (1990-93) and led the Moccasins in scoring in each of her four seasons. She became a full-time starter as a sophomore, averaging 15.9 points. She boosted her scoring average to 16.8 points as a junior and helped lead FSC to a 19-10 mark. She finished her career with a 19.9 scoring average as a senior, helping FSC produce a 25-3 record. Her career scoring total of 1,786 points ranks fourth in FSC history. She also ranks fourth in career three-point field goals made (95) and steals (269) and third in career assists (441).
Jack Varasse has long been one of Florida Southern’s most avid and generous supporters. The founder and owner of several sales and brokerage businesses for food and food-related products, he has served on the school’s Board of Trustees. He was one of the founders and has been a member of the board of directors of FSC’s Sixth Man Club, the men’s basketball booster group, and has actively supported FSC’s other athletic teams as well. Active not only in his support of Florida Southern, but the city of Lakeland as well, he has served on the board of directors of Lakeland Regional Medical Center, All Saints Academy, Volunteers in Service to the Elderly and is a past president of Lakeland North Rotary Club.