Hall of Fame
Members of the Anderson University Athletics Hall of Fame
Class of 2000
“I think when you go into a situation as a first-year coach with the job of reassembling a program that it’s an advantage and not as disadvantage,” Boykin said.” I knew Max from my days at Furman. OI knew his daughters. I knew Anderson would be a good place to be. The support was in the community. Everyone wanted to keep the program going.”
Boykin started the rebuilding process with the two players who survived the accident – Scott Dickey and Dhiren Rathod.
“Those two guys are great stories,” Boykin said.” Scott ended up playing, but he couldn’t move around the court as well as he wanted to because of his leg injury. Dhiren played No. 2 and did a good job. He reached the quarterfinals of the national tournament and went on to play No. 1 at UNC Charlotte.”
During his 13 years at AC, Boykin was named National Junior College coach of the Year twice (1986 and 1987) and Region X Coach of the Year 12 times. In 1994, he was elected to the NJCAA’s Tennis Hall of Fame.
“We won the national championship in ’86 and ’87 with two scholarships,” Boykin added. “We had it going from ’86 to ’90. People knew who we were. We were in theh top 10 every year, and I believe in ’86 and ’87 that if we had been a Division I program that we could’ve been in the top 10.”
When inducted into the Anderson Hall of Fame, Boykin was the head men’s tennis coach at UNC Charlotte.
David Buffamoyer made the most of the opportunity given to him by Anderson College. Buffamoyer, a native of Greenville, wanted to play baseball after finishing his career at Berea High School but there were few offers.
“I wanted to go somewhere and AC gave me the opportunity,” Buffamoyer said. “AC was smaller and we knew everybody who came to the games. Everybody else said I was too small, But AC gave me an opportunity and I will always be thankful for that.”
At AC, Buffamoyer was the 1977 Region X Player of the Year and was named the Trojans’ Most Valuable Player. While playing at AC, Buffamoyer caught the eye of legendary Clemson coach Bill Wilhelm.
“I always wanted to play at Clemson,” Buffamoyer said. “We went to a tournament at DeKalb and I hit three home runs. The next day Coach Wilhelm gave me a call. He said, ‘I want you to come play for me, but I don’t think you’ll ever be a college graduate.’ Our personalities were a lot alike. I asked him to give me a shot at it and everything worked out for the best.”
In two seasons at Clemson, Buffamoyer batted .317 with 13 doubles, five triples, 12 home runs and 52 RBI. In his two seasons, the Tigers were 79-29 and won two Atlantic Coast Conference titles. In 1979 he was drafted in the 10th round by the New York Yankees. He played in the Yankees’ minor league organization for four years. During his stint with New York, he had the chance to go to the big league camp and work with some of the greatest players to ever play the game.
“I roomed with Don Mattingly, I played with Reggie Jackson and Dave Winfield and I caught Ron Guidry, Goose Gossage and Dave Righetti. It was a great honor to be in the Yankees organization. I would not have had that opportunity if AC had not given me a shot.”
After baseball, Buffamoyer enter the business world. At the time of his induction, he owned a Nationwide Insurance Agency.
Donna Forester Reed
Donna Forester Reed, a native of Carnesville, Ga., was a key member of AC’s national championship women’s basketball teams in 1975 and 1976. She averaged 20 points as a freshman and 27 points as a sophomore.
“For her size, she was the best rebounder I ever coached,” said Annie Tribble, who coached Forester Reed at both AC and Clemson.
“We had a lot of good players and teamwork” Forester Reed said. “We really jelled as a team. The hardest thing for me was the first day of practice. Georgia was still playing six on six and I was overwhelmed by 10 players on the same side of the floor. It took me a few weeks to adjust to that. I had to learn a new game. It was like starting over.”
During Forester Reed’s two years at AC, the Lady Trojans won 68 games.
“Being a member of a national championship team was the most exciting thing that ever happened to me. I had never been on the national level before.”
After completing her career at AC, Forester Reed played two years at Clemson. She averaged 20.2 points per game in 63 games for the Lady Tigers and at the time of her induction she was first on both the ACC and Clemson career list for rebounding average at 12.2. She is member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame.
“I was going to go to the College of Charleston after I finished at AC,” Forester Reed said. “That spring we were out at the lake sunning and here comes coach Tribble. We all wondered what she was doing there. She ran up to me and said ‘I got the job at Clemson and you’re coming with me.’”
After graduating from Clemson, Forester Reed coached three years at Walhalla High School before entering school administration.
Class of 1999
Daniel, a native of Saluda, S.C., earned All-America basketball honors at Anderson College and led the Trojans to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
After two years at AC, Daniel transferred to Furman University, where he was an All-Southern Conference selection as a junior and a senior. He helped lead the Paladins to the 1978 SoCon title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Daniel was selected in the fourth round of the 1979 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs and is a member of the Furman Athletic Hall of Fame.
During his 20 years at Anderson College, Grubbs coached basketball and tennis and taught chemistry and health. A native of California, Grubbs graduated from Furman University in 1932. Under his leadership, the Anderson College men’s tennis team became a national junior college power. He also coached two daughters – Caroline Grubbs Singleton and Vicki Grubbs Cox – to national rankings as junior players.
On May 12, 1977, Grubbs and four of his players lost their lives in a traffic accident traveling to a regional tournament in Banner Elk, N.C. After the tragic accident, the tennis courts on the Anderson College campus were renamed the Max Grubbs Memorial Courts. On April 24, 1981, Grubbs was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame for his contributions to tennis in the Palmetto State.
Janie Ruth Lee
Janie Ruth Lee’s plan was to join the Air Force after high school, but Larry Clark, her high school coach, changed her mind. Lee, a native of Holly Hill, S.C., was the first African-American female gto play basketball at Anderson College. In her two seasons with the Lady Trojans, she scored in double figures in every game, and she made the shot that won the first of AC’s three consecutive national championships under Annie Tribble.
Dhiren Rathod was a highly ranked junior player in India when he received a letter from Max Grubbs with an offer to play tennis at Anderson College. In two years at AC, Rathod played the No. 2 singles position and compiled a conference record of 21-2. He was one of two players to survive the accident on May 12, 1977 that took the lives of Grubbs and four of his teammates. After leaving AC, he played the No. 1 position at UNC Charlotte for two seasons, then played professional tennis.
Tribble, a native of Anderson and graduate of Girls High School, revived the women’s basketball program in 1967 and directed the Trojans to three national championships. In her first six seasons, AC was 66-19 and recorded one national runner-up finish. In 1974, she led the AC women to a 21-4 record and the first of three consecutive AIAW junior college national championships. The Lasdy Trojans also won national crowns in 1974-75 (30-8) and 1975-76 (38-2). Following the ’75-76 season, Tribble was named the head women’s coach at Clemson University. In 11 seasons at Clemson, Tribble had as record of 200-135. She is a member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame.
From 1968-78 at Anderson College, Jim Wiles coached the winningest junior college basketball team in the country. The Trojans compiled a record of 248-65 and won eight consecutive conference titles and notched three undefeated seasons. Five times, Wiles was named Coach of the Year in the Western Carolina Junior College Conference and Region X. He directed AC to the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament five times and reached the Final Four in 1978.