N.C. Wesleyan College is preparing to induct seven members to its athletics hall of fame.
The Bishops will honor the 2020 and 2021 classes during an invite-only ceremony on Oct. 9. The new members include the late and former athlete and administrator Cliff Sullivan, as well as former players Brittany Insley-Pecora, Chris Bryant and LeeRon Boykin in the 2020 class.
The 2021 class includes athletes Kristy Coull, Trey Drake and Caitlin Sanderson.
Insley-Pecora was a middle hitter on the volleyball team, and enjoyed a stellar collegiate career for the Bishops from 2006 to 2009. She recorded four consecutive all-conference honors, along with being named to the All-Conference first team from 2007-2009.
Insley-Pecora was named NCWC’s Most Valuable Player three times while also being named NCWC Female Athlete of the Year in 2008-09 and 2009-10. She achieved those feats thanks to junior and senior year campaigns that saw her combine for nearly 900 kills and 250 blocks. She still holds the NCWC program record for career attack attempts (4,201) and kills (1,882) as well as blocks with 460. Insley is also the school record holder for kills in a season with 539 set in 2007 and second in school history in total attempts in a season with 1,186, also set in 2007.
LeeRon Boykin was NCWC’s first football all-american. He played during the 2006-2009 seasons and was a member of two of the three conference championship teams (2007 & 2009).
Boykin, a nose guard, was a dominant defensive player and was named a three-time All-Conference selection (2007-2009), a three-time All region Selection (2007-2009), and was a two-time All-American in 2008, 2009.
He was the USA South defensive player of the year in 2009.
Bryant played third base and right field for the Bishops baseball team from 1993 to 1995. He was a two-time All-American, as well as first-team All-Conference selection and USA South Player of the Year in 1994 and 1995. He was also named as team MVP in 1995 and male athlete of the year. He graduated from NCWC in 1999.
Bryant is fourth all-time with 15 home runs in a season. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 14th round of the 1995 MLB June Amateur Draft. He still holds the Bishops’ record in career batting average (.405) with 208 career hits and ranks fifth all-time in total bases (353).
Sullivan tried out for the men’s soccer team and was nicknamed “Hustle” by coaches. He also played baseball for NCWC and was named Outstanding Male Athlete and MVP in 1976.
He graduated in 1978, and from 1979 to 2013 he worked at the College in various roles, including Admissions Counselor, Director of Academic Advising & Registrar, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Registrar & Veteran Affairs Coordinator.
Sullivan died in April 2013.
Drake, a point guard, played basketball for the Bishops from 2006-2010.
He was named a 2010 NCAA All-American, was a three-time all-conference athlete (2008-10) and the 2010 USA South Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring (19.2 points per game). That same year, Drake led the Bishops to 16 wins and a regular-season conference championship.
Drake also helped the Bishops amass 54 total wins over his four-year career and was the USA South rookie of the year in 2007. Later, he was named the team MVP in 2009 and co-MVP in 2010. Drake was also named NCWC Male Athlete of the Year in 2010.
Drake scored 1,635 points during his career, which ranks seventh all-time in Bishops’ history. He has also dished out 462 assists, which is fifth all-time. Drake is also tied for fifth all-time in 3-pointers made in a single game with seven while also ranking seventh all-time with 500 points in a single season.
Sanderson played women’s soccer from 1999-2002. She helped the team to 56 total wins and three conference titles in her four years.
Sanderson was named a 2000 NCAA All-American and a two-time team MVP (2001, 2002). She was named to the USA South All-Conference First Team in 1999, 2000, and 2002 and was team captain in 2002. Sanderson ranks fifth in school history in career goals with 35, second in career assists with 29 and second in games played with 83. She is also fourth in career points with 99.
She was named NCWC Female Athlete of the Year after the 2002-03 season and was named to the All-South Region team twice.
Coull was a three-time all-conference pitcher for the Bishops softball team from 1996-1999, and led the team to 101 wins and three conference championships over her four years.
Coull was named team MVP in 1997. She also led the team to conference regular season and tournament championships in 1996. In 1998, Coull was also named to the all-tournament team while leading the Bishops to the tournament championship and NCAA tournament along with 31 team wins, the most in school history.
Finally, in 1999 she led the team to the Dixie conference tournament championship and the NCAA tournament.
Coull still holds three records at Wesleyan. She is the season winning percentage leader at .810 in 1998, the best season ERA with a 1.09 set in ‘98 and also a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 in 1998. She also helped the team to three team pitching records in 1998: team wins (31), winning % (.705), and ERA (1.37).