TRACK & FIELD
The Clemson track and basketball standout from 1923-25 never lost a 100-yard dash throughout his college career.
A native of Central Islip, NY, Dawn Ellerbe is a former track and field athlete who specialized in the hammer throw. She is a member of the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame and is on the Board of Directors for the United Way of the Midlands in Columbia. As a USC student-athlete, Ellerbe was a four-time NCAA champion, six-time All-American and five-time SEC champion. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism in 1996.
Ellerbe is a five-time USA Indoor champion (1996, 1998–2001) and six-time USA Outdoor champion in the hammer throw (1995–2001). Ellerbe also claimed the gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada.
Ellerbe represented the USA in the 2000 Summer Olympics and finished in 7th place in the women's hammer competition with 66.80 meters. As a member of USA National team, she participated in the 1997 Universiade Games in Catania, Italy, the 1998 Goodwill Games in Uniondale, NY, the Universiade Games in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, the World Championships in Seville, Spain; the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, the World Championships in Edmonton, Canada, the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and the World Championships in Paris, France.
Ellerbe was named the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Athletics Communications and Senior Associate Athletics Director at Vanderbilt University in February of 2023, after spending nine years with California State University Northridge Athletics as the Associate Athletics Director for Marketing, Branding and Fan Development.
She received a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis on advertising and public relations from the University of South Carolina in 1996. She completed her master's degree in communication at the University of Wyoming in 2001.
Clemson’s football and track star (1933-36) set the South Carolina record in the 220-yard low hurdles with a time of 23.5.
LUCY "LUDY" GODBOLD
The first female SCAHOF inductee set three track records at Winthrop College in the 1920s. After fellow students and teachers raised her travel funds, she set the women’s world shot put record at the Paris International track meet in 1922, won the gold in the triple jump, and collected four other medals as well.
Columbia College, her longtime teaching and coaching venue and the site of the annual Ludy Bowl, which she started in 1950, named its gymnasium after the beloved “Miss Ludy.”
A 1994 graduate of Spring Valley High who graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1998, she was a two-time Olympic 4x400-meters gold medalist (2004, 2000), 2004 Olympic Trials 400-meters champion, two-time (2002 & 2003) U.S. Indoor 400-meters Champion, 1996 NCAA Indoor 400-meters and Outdoor 800-meters champion, and 1994 World Junior gold (4x400m) and silver (400m) medalist.
Hennagan went from solid performer to winning her first U.S. outdoor title in 2004, breaking 50 seconds for the first time with her Olympic Trials victory in 49.56 seconds. She narrowly missed a medal at the Olympics, placing fourth, but she earned her second Olympic 4x400-meters relay gold medal in Athens.
Hennagan was the first UNC woman to win an NCAA title and she earned her first USA Senior title at 400-meters at the 2002 USA Indoor Championships. She successfully defended her title in ‘03 before going on to win a bronze medal in the 4x400-meters relay at the World Indoor Championships.
She was twice ranked the top high school 400-meters runner in the nation, and as a senior, clocked the nine fastest times in the nation. Hennagan was also an all-state volleyball player and played basketball at Spring Valley High. In high school, she won 12 state titles.
The distance track star competitor at Clemson (1983, and 1985-87) and six-time Tigers’ All-American won three NCAA indoor titles: the 1,000 meters, the 1,500 meters, and the mile. She is a native of Holbaek, Denmark.
DR. LEROY WALKER
A Little All-American at Benedict College where he starred in football, basketball and track, Walker became a 1976 U.S. Olympic track coach and has served as a longtime Olympic administrator and organizer.
The Atlanta, Ga., native is a member of 16 Halls of Fame, including the National Track and Field Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. He was the first African-American President of the United States Olympic Committee.
In 1945 he became head coach of the North Carolina Central University track team. When he retired in 1986, members of the team had claimed 11 gold medals. He had 80 All-Americans with 35 winning national championships. He also coached national track teams in Israel, Ethiopia, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Kenya.