CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The University of Charleston inducted five entries into its Athletic Hall of Fame in a recent ceremony on campus.
Joining the Hall were Ajamu Gaines, Ken Samms, Pete Curtis, Alvena Allen Elliott and the 1999 men's soccer team.
Gaines (1997-2000), a four-year letterman in men's basketball, was twice selected as the player of the year in the West Virginia Conference and, after averaging 27.9 points during his senior season, was picked as the Division II national player of the year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Division II Bulletin. He left as the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,749 points.
Samms (1976-79), a four-year letter winner in baseball, finished his UC career as a .350 hitter and twice earned All-WVC honors (1977-78). In 1978, he was also chosen as the conference's hitter of the year after posting a .423 average. He currently coaches baseball at South Charleston High School and is a longtime area basketball official.
Curtis helped turn UC into a Division II men's soccer power during his tenure as coach from 1995-99. He compiled a 68-30-8 record in five seasons and led the 1999 team to a 21-2 mark, a No. 3 national ranking and a berth in the national semifinals. He was selected as both the WVC and East Region coach of the year.
Allen Elliott (1981-84) was a standout player in the women's basketball program as UC earned NAIA national tournament berths in four consecutive seasons, including a pair of Elite Eight appearances. She was part of three WVC regular-season title teams and two league tournament title squads. She was named to the All-WVC and all-tournament teams during the 1984 Elite Eight season.
The 1999 men's soccer team, inducted as a group, made history, finishing 7-0 in the WVC and 21-2 overall, qualifying the Golden Eagles for the national tournament for the first time in school history. UC lost in the national semifinals to Southern Connecticut 1-0. The Golden Eagles outscored opponents that season 112-10.