Former Trojan Standouts Inducted into Hall of FameSeptember 24, 2010
Former Trojan Standouts Inducted into Hall of Fame
ANDERSON, S.C. – Five former Anderson University standout student-athletes were inducted into Anderson’s coveted Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the school’s Centennial celebration Friday evening at the Abney Athletic Center.
Katrina Anderson Sacoco, Glenn Corbit, Terry Poore, Frankie Porter, and Rob Stanifer were honored at a banquet ceremony in the Abney Athletic Center. Each member was given a plaque and a medallion and will also be recognized with a plaque that will be displayed in a designated area of the Abney Center.
Katrina Anderson Sacoco
Katrina Anderson Sacoco played on the 1975-76 and 1976-77 back-to-back national championship women’s basketball teams and went on to play for the New Orleans Pride ('79-80) and Dallas Diamonds ('80-81) in the Women’s Professional Basketball League (WBL).
The Timmonsville, S.C., native averaged more than 18.6 points per game during her freshman campaign as the Trojanettes posted an impressive 38-2 record en route to claiming their third consecutive national title. Anderson Sacoco served as a team co-captain for the 1976-77 season and poured in a combined 78 points in a pair of double-digit wins past future Southeastern Conference teams South Carolina and Georgia.
She went on to play at South Carolina, becoming USC's first women's basketball All-America player, earning the honor in both 1978 and 1979. She remains the USC school record-holder for points scored in a single season, as she scored a school-record 754 points in 1977-78. She also holds the single-season school record for free throws attempted, rebounds, rebounding average and steals. Her career average of 20.5 points per game ranks as the second-highest mark in school history. She still ranks among the top 10 in USC history in 11 offensive categories and has been inducted into the University of South Carolina Hall of Fame after tallying 1,454 career points.
Anderson Sacoco coached at Lander University, compiling a 120-81 record over a seven-year span, reached the 20-win mark three times and earned Palmetto State Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1990-91.
Glenn Corbit was the Western Carolina Junior College Conference Player of the Year in 1983 after leading the Trojans to the regular-season conference championship and Anderson’s appearance in the NJCAA regional title game.
As a freshman, Corbit averaged nearly a double-double, scoring a team-high 20.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 1982.
A native of Orangeburg, S.C., Corbit set a school record at the time for scoring average in a season with his 23 points per game during the 1982-83 campaign, while also shooting 59.7 percent from the field. The 6-foot-6 Corbit served as team captain twice, and was the leader of a team that saw the entire starting quintet receive scholarship offers to four-year institutions following the ’83 season.
He earned First-Team All-Region X accolades twice and was also a two-time first team all-conference honoree. The third-team junior college All-American was named AC’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 1983.
Corbit earned his degree in liberal arts and after leaving AU, became a two-year starter at Clemson, where he averaged 10.1 points and nearly three rebounds per game for the Tigers. He helped lead Clemson to 35 wins and back-to-back appearances in the National Invitational Tournament.
Anderson native Terry Poore lettered three years at Boys High School and achieved a No. 5 ranking in the Palmetto State during his prep career. As a junior he reached the state semifinals at the No. 1 position and captured second place in the state championship as a senior. Poore also claimed runner-up honors in doubles that year.
Poore did his part to help build the longstanding tradition of exceptional men’s tennis at AC, posting an unblemished mark in Western Carolinas Junior College Conference action in 1963, including capturing the WCJCC Singles Championship in Brevard, N.C.
He claimed the team’s Most Valuable Player award in 1963 after teaming with John Burden to take second place in doubles in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championships in Joliet, Ill. The pair did not lose a match until falling in the finals to a duo from Odessa, Texas. Poore went on to finish third in the individual championship bracket after dropping a close decision in the semifinals.
Poore followed up by leading AC to a second-place finish in the 1964 WCJCC Tennis Tournament, again winning the individual conference title. He reached the semifinals of the NJCAA National Tournament in ’64, helping earn the team a fifth-place finish.
He wrapped up his two-year career at AC with an unblemished mark in the Western Carolinas Junior College conference over the two-year span and went on to play tennis for Florida State University.
(Women’s Basketball Coach)
Frankie Porter was named head women’s basketball coach at Anderson College for the 1976-77 campaign, replacing distinguished AU Hall of Fame coach Annie Tribble. Porter guided the Trojanettes to yet another Southern Region II title and advanced to the AIAW Tournament, where they captured their fourth consecutive national championship with a 57-55 win past Peace College.
She captained the 1970-71 University of South Carolina basketball team that finished sixth in the nation in the first-ever AIAW National Tournament and also lettered in tennis at USC. She also served as a graduate assistant coach for tennis and softball, leading the Lady Gamecocks to a stellar 21-2 record and a berth in the 1976 AIAW World Series.
Porter coached the USC women’s basketball team during a transitional time - the 1975-76 season was less than a year after the “Carolina Chicks” took to the court as official members of the USC Athletics Department and the ‘75-’76 academic year also saw the first scholarships awarded to female student-athletes. After roaming the sidelines in Columbia for a season, Porter taught for a year at Hammond School then accepted the head coaching position at Anderson.
She led AC to its 22nd consecutive winning season in 1977-78 with a 17-10 record and coached through 1988, coaching six NJCAA All-Americans and guiding 16 players who went on to play at Division I programs. Porter earned Region X and WCJCC Basketball Coach of the Year in 1986 and was named WCJCC Volleyball Coach of the Year in both 1986 and 1987 after leading AC to a 27-8 record and a 10th place finish in the NJCAA Championship. She served as an assistant coach at the 1985 Olympic Sports Festival and was also an assistant coach for the 1987 National Jones Cup team, which won the gold medal in Taipei, Taiwan.
A native of Easley, S.C., Rob Stanifer, was a member of the baseball team’s first four-year class, competing from 1991-94. The 6-foot-3 right-hander helped lead the Trojans to the 1994 National Christian College Athletic Association National Championship and was named the NCCAA’s Player of the Year following that season.
During his career at Anderson, Stanifer posted a .367 batting average and recorded 156 hits, including 39 doubles, 10 triples and 18 home runs. He still tops the school’s single-season record with his 68 RBI during his senior campaign in 1994. Stanifer also displayed his versatility by notching 13 wins on the mound for AU and also recorded 11 saves during his career. He recorded 160 strikeouts in just 183 1/3 innings pitched, with an impressive 2.60 ERA.
Stanifer was drafted in 1994 in the 12th round by the Florida Marlins, and as a rookie was a member of the 1997 World Champion Marlins team. He appeared in 36 games on the mound as a reliever during that championship season, recording 28 strikeouts in 45 innings of work.
He played 12 years of professional baseball, including three for both the Marlins and Red Sox over three seasons.
In addition, national championship teams from AU’s storied athletic past were honored, with women’s basketball (1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76 and 1976-77), baseball (1994) and men’s tennis (1986, 1987 and 1992) being recognized, as they helped lay the foundation for the Trojans’ rich athletic heritage.
The keynote speaker was former New York Yankee second baseman and South Carolina baseball coach, Bobby Richardson.
The Hall of Fame was established in 1999 to recognize and preserve the outstanding achievements of selected Anderson athletes and coaches in intercollegiate sports. Eligibility is limited to former athletes and coaches who have brought acclaim to the University with consideration given to integrity, reputation and character.
Members of the Anderson Athletics Hall of Fame
Class of 2000: Jim Boykin, David Buffamoyer and Donna Forester Reed.
Class of 1999: Al Daniel, Max Grubbs, Janie Ruth Lee, Dhiren Rathod, Annie Tribble and Jim Wiles.