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2011 Hall of Fame Class

 

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Former Wofford College student-athletes Katon Bethay ’06, Adrien Borders ’05 and Ellen Rogers ’06 have been selected by the Hall of Fame Committee of the Wofford College Terrier Club Board of Directors as the 2011 inductees into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

In addition, the Hall of Fame will honor Craig Phillips as the Distinguished Service Award winner and Rob Gregory ‘64 as Honorary Letterman.

The Hall of Fame will induct its newest class on October 15th when the Terriers host UVa.-Wise in football.

The Hall of Fame recognizes “those former athletes and coaches who, by outstanding athletic achievement and service, have made lasting and significant contributions to the cause of sports at Wofford College, the Spartanburg community, South Carolina and the nation.”

Bethay is recognized for his performance in football and track and field, while Rogers was a four-time All-SoCon honoree in women’s tennis. Borders earned All-SoCon honors eight times in track and field.

Katon Bethay ‘06
Bethay was a defensive lineman for the Wofford football team and threw the shot and discus for the track and field team. He was the first Terriers to earn All-Southern Conference honors in two sports. On the football field, he earned third team AP All-American in 2005 along with All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Sports Network and Football Gazette. A member of the 2003 SoCon Championship team, he was named All-Southern Conference second team in 2003 and first team in 2005. As a senior in 2005, he was named SoCon Defensive Player of the Year by the Coaches. He is currently fifth in school history in sacks with 16.5 and fourth in school history in tackles for loss with 47.5. In track and field, he was the 2003 and 2005 Southern Conference Champion in the indoor shot put. At the 2006 SoCon Outdoor Track and Field Championship, he was All-Conference in shot and discus to earn SoCon Outdoor Field Performer of the Year honors. A native of Milton, Wisc., Bethay also excelled in the classroom while at Wofford. He earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2005 and CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 2003, 2004, 2005.

Adrien Borders ‘05
While recruited as a basketball player, Borders made his impact on the track for the Terriers. He was the Southern Conference Champion in the triple jump (2003) and long jump (2003 and 2005). In 2002, he was named Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year. A year later he was named Southern Conference Outdoor Performer of the Year. In his career, he earned All-Southern Conference Honors (top three in an event) a total of eight times. He still holds school records in the indoor triple jump, outdoor long jump and outdoor triple jump. A native of Lilburn, Georgia, Borders played basketball for four seasons, averaging 9.5 points per game.

Ellen Rogers ‘06
Rogers, a native of Lookout Mountain, Georgia, was a four-time All-Southern Conference honoree for the women’s tennis team. During her senior season, she tied school record for singles wins in a season with 16 and doubles wins in a season with 14. Overall was 16-7 in singles and 14-8 in doubles to earn All-SoCon honors in 2006. As a junior, she was named team MVP and earned All-SoCon honors with a 10-8 singles mark (8-2 SoCon) and 13-6 doubles record. During her sophomore season earned All-SoCon honors with a 13-6 doubles record and a 14-4 singles mark, which included an 8-2 SoCon singles record. As a freshman, Rogers earned All-SoCon at doubles with Wendy Rohr and had an 11-7 doubles record. She also had a 6-3 mark in singles as a freshman.

Rob Gregory ‘64, Honorary Letterman
Gregory was born and raised in Greenville, S.C., and was a member of the Wofford class of 1964. He earned the Juris Doctor degree at the University of South Carolina in 1968 and also is an alumnus of the Harvard University School of Business’ Advanced Management Program. Gregory’s wide and varied career includes serving as President of Lee Company and VF Corporation, the world’s largest apparel company. He has served as Chairman and CEO of Gitano, Inc. and London Fog Corp. and has acted as an advisor to many other companies on behalf of private equity and creditor groups. Currently, Gregory is a partner with PrimeGenesis and serves as the senior advisor to Stone Tower Capital Partners, one of the largest private equity firms in the country. Gregory has served on the Board of Directors of almost twenty corporations. He also has been chairman of the Board of Directors of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation and is treasurer of the Spartanburg County Foundation. At Wofford he served on the Board of Trustees from 1986-1999 and was board chairman from 1996-98. His support of athletics dates to his term as president of the Terrier Club in 1975. During his term, he transitioned the existing Eleven Club into the Terrier Club as it is known today. He currently resides in Landrum, S.C.

Craig Phillips, Distinguished Service Award
Phillips has been a loyal supporter of the Wofford athletic department for over four decades. As President and CEO of Budweiser of Spartanburg, he has annually hosted the Terrier coaching staffs for dinner prior to the start of the school year. He completed Officer’s Candidate School at Fort Benning and served in Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division. Phillips began work with Budweiser of Columbia in 1970 and transferred to Spartanburg in 1975. He has served on the board of the American Red Cross, the Board of Visitors at Columbia College, the Board of Trustees at Spartanburg Methodist College, the Board of Trustees at Spartanburg Community College and the Carolina Country Club. An avid outdoorsman, Phillips is a life member of Ducks Unlimited and a member of Quail Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Association, the S.C. Waterfowl Association and the Board of Directors of the Spartanburg Gun Club. He and his wife, Kay, have two daughters and four grandchildren.