Jeff May, Bill Hamilton and Randy Warrick named VPs
COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 18, 2022) – Bill D’Andrea, the long-time and popular athletics administrator at Clemson University, has been named President of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
“The Board of Directors is fortunate to have ‘Billy D’ serve as this year’s president as he has long been an admired and respected administrator throughout the state in addition to being a committed board member,” said SCAHOF Executive Director Andy Solomon. “Our annual banquet is a distinctive event and we will benefit greatly from Billy’s vast experiences and from his proven leadership qualities.”
D’Andrea spent 33 years in Clemson’s athletics department, starting as an offensive line coach under coach Danny Ford in 1983. He retired in 2014 as the Senior Associate Athletics Director with supervisory responsibilities for all external affairs of the athletic department and oversaw all of Clemson`s fundraising activities (IPTAY), promotions, marketing, tickets and sports information.
D'Andrea also served as Vice President for Athletics at Anderson University from 2015-18. During his tenure, he placed an emphasis on facility enhancement and fundraising, with membership in the Trojan Club growing eight-fold.
“This is indeed an honor and a privilege, and I am grateful for the opportunity,” said D’Andrea, who also spent three years (2015-18) as Vice President for Athletics at Anderson University. “Our state has a rich history with regard to athletics and I’m proud to be a part of the organization that helps preserve, honor and celebrate that history.”
D’Andrea replaces Dennis Powell of Columbia who, because of Covid, was the organization’s longest serving president (2019-22).
Solomon also announced that Jeff May of Greenwood, the former director of athletics at Lander University, would be first vice president, Bill Hamilton of Orangeburg and the longtime athletic publicist at South Carolina State University, would serve as the second vice president, and Randy Warrick of Aiken, the retired director of athletics at USC Aiken, will be the third vice president.
May, who played basketball for Lander, first served as an assistant basketball coach, and progressed to become dean of students and later as vice president for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Lander Foundation. He also served as the dean of students. In 2003, while serving as Lander’s second director of athletics, May was recognized with the NACDA Division II Athletic Director of the Year Award for the Southeast Region.
Hamilton, who was reared in Chesterfield and graduated from South Carolina State, retired in 2013 after 40 years as the only full-time sports information director in SCSU history, beginning his career in July, 1973. He remains active with SCSU athletics and, in 2009, was enshrined in the CoSIDA Hall of Fame.
Warrick, who retired in 2017, spent 39 years at USC Aiken as baseball coach and director of athletics, splitting the dual responsibilities in 1990. He was an integral part of the formation of the Peach Belt Conference and guided the Pacers from NAIA to NCAA Division II. Warrick is also the longest serving director of athletics in the history of the South Carolina system.
The South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame will announce its Class of 2023 in late January with the 61st Annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet set for Monday, May 15, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Table opportunities will be available online at SCAHOF.com shortly after the class is announced.
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