LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College inducted five new members to its Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday evening during its 16th annual Hall of Fame Banquet at Jenkins Field House. The five-member class included Pete Meyer (baseball), Jordan McAfee (volleyball), Matt Stauch (men's golf), Mary O'Sullivan (women's swimming), and David Jenkins (honorary).
The evening began with a reception and the unveiling of the Hall of Fame plaques in the Clayton and Mary Lee Lyons Conference Room, followed by dinner and a special program inside Jenkins Field House.
ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale served as the keynote speaker for Thursday's event, giving an impassioned talk about the Game of Life to highlight an incredible evening. Among the attendees at Thursday's Hall of Fame Banquet were previous Hall of Fame honorees, current and past Moccasin student-athletes and coaches, members of the Florida Southern College Board of Trustees, FSC president Dr. Anne Kerr, and other distinguished guests from the community.
At the end of the evening, it was announced that Florida Southern has begun a special scholarship in honor of Meyer, who led the Moccasins to a 2005 NCAA Division II National Championship and currently serves as the director of athletics.
FLORIDA SOUTHERN HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018
McAfee was a two-time all-American and all-South Region selection for the Mocs (2005, 2006) who led Florida Southern to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. In her four seasons, the Moccasins went 110-35. She is FSC's all-time leader in assists (5,729), was a two-time all-Sunshine State Conference selection and earned two CoSIDA Academic all-District nods. McAfee is the 10th Moccasin volleyball player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame
O'Sullivan was Florida Southern's first-ever national champion in women's swimming, winning the 200-freestyle and 200-backstroke at the 2011 NCAA Championships. She finished as the national runner-up in the 100-backstroke that year and earned seven all-America honors, two as an individual and five as a member of a relay team. O'Sullivan holds seven school records (four individual, three relay), and is the first swimmer, men's or women's, to earn Hall of Fame honors.
Stauch was a three-time all-American at Florida Southern and led the Moccasins to a national title in 2010. He was the SSC Male Athlete and Golfer of the Year in 2010, while also earning a spot on the GCAA all-Nicklaus team. A three-time all-conference selection, Stauch finished third individually at the 2010 NCAA National Championship. He is the 14th men's golfer to earn a Hall of Fame nod.
Meyer coached the Moccasin baseball team to a national championship in 2005 and compiled a record of 308-139-1 over seven seasons at the helm of the program. He earned National Coach of the Year honors in 2005, while also being named South Region and SSC Coach of the Year. Meyer led Florida Southern to six NCAA Tournament appearances, including two South Region titles (2002, 2005) and three runner-up finishes (2003, 2004, 2007). He coached three all-Americans and saw 33 of his former players drafted by Major League Baseball teams during his tenure at Florida Southern. Meyer is the fourth FSC baseball head coach to earn induction into the Hall of Fame.
Jenkins, a majority owner of MLB's San Francisco Giants, has been a major contributor to Moccasin Athletics. Since his involvement with Giants' ownership, San Francisco has won three World Series titles (2010, 2012, 2014). His generosity has helped Florida Southern maintain its status as the top NCAA Division II athletic program in the nation. In addition, his contributions have been crucial in the addition of athletic facilities such as the remodeling of the George Jenkins Field House, development of the Jenkins Clubhouse at Henley Field as well as the procurement of Historic Henley Field for Florida Southern College and the future expansion of the weight room facilities. Mr. Jenkins is also an avid fan of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings.