April 13, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- - The Southern Miss M-Club Alumni Association will formally induct its Class of 2007 on Friday, April 13, at the Thad Cochran Center on the campus of The University of Southern Miss. The social begins at 6 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 7 p.m.
The Hall of Fame inductees include Amy Berman (Softball, 1999-2000), Larry Ecuyer (Football, 1962-64), Ricky Floyd (Football, 1978-81), Kenny Glenn (Track, 1987-90) and Derrek Hamilton (Basketball, 1984-88), veterans' committee nominee Bill Sullivan (Football, 1957-58), and distinguish service honoree, Dr. Shelby F. Thames, University President.
AMY BERMAN (SOFTBALL 1999-2000) Shortstop for the Lady Eagles and Coach Lu Harris in 1999 and 2000 with the team recording a 115-22 record ... Among her many accolades, she earned Conference USA First Team all-league honors ... Berman was a 1999 First-team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American and a third-team member in 2000 ... Member of the NFCA All-South Region team in 1999 and 2000 ... Owns career-batting average of .417 and season average of .456 ... Owns the single-season record for most homeruns and doubles ... Helped lead the Lady Eagles to the College World Series in 1999 and 2000 ... Named to the Southern Miss Legends Club in 2005.
LARRY ECUYER (FOOTBALL 1962-64) Three-year letterwinner at center and linebacker, and started at center in 1963 and 1964 ... A smart, intelligent player who used his speed and quickness in addition to his physical tools to be successful...Considered on of the strongest players on the team and his competitive spirit made him one of the team's leaders.
RICKY FLOYD (FOOTBALL 1978-81) Four-year letterman as a tailback and kick returner ... Rushed for 1,079 years and 18 touchdowns in his career... Finished with 109 career punts returns, second most in school history ... Averaged 8.33 yards a punt return and returned two for touchdowns ... Had 28 career kickoff returns for an 18.96 average.
KENNY GLENN (TRACK 1987-90) Three-year letterwinner as a sprinter for the Golden Eagles ... Two-time NCAA All-American indoors in the 55-meter dash ... Was the first Southern Miss athlete to participate in the NCAA Indoor Championships, competing in the 55-meter dash ... Just missed qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 100-meter dash by .01 seconds ... Won two Metro Conference indoor titles in the 55-meter dash ... Owns the third-fastest time in school history in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
DERREK HAMILTON (BASKETBALL 1984-1988) Four-year letterman who earned All-Metro Conference honors in 1987-88...Finished his career with 1,445 points, 13th best in school history ... Had 689 rebounds in his career ... Averaged 19.1 points and 7.1 rebounds as a senior ... Member of the 1987 NIT championship team...A third round selection in the 1988 NBA Draft by New Jersey.
VINSON `BILL' SULLIVAN (FOOTBALL 1957-58) Standout two-way tackle during the 1957 and 1958 football seasons ... Nickname was "Billy Goat"... Key ingredient of the 1957 team that finished 8-2 and played in the Tangerine Bowl ... Also played a major role on the 1958 squad that captured the UPI College Division National Championship ... Was a strong and determined player, who used his size and strength to make important contributions ... Part of two teams that won 17 of 19 games he played in.
DR. SHELBY F. THAMES (UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT, 2002-07) Took office May 1, 2002, as the eighth President of The Univeristy of Southern Mississippi continuing an illustrious career of 41 years of service at Southern Miss ... Served as chair of the Department of Polymer Science, Dean of the College of Science and Technology, Vice President for Administration and Regional Campuses, and Executive Vice President ... Among his numerous honors and awards include designation as the Distinguished University Research Professor of the Department of Polymer Science ... Recipient of the first distinguished professorship at Southern Society of Coatings Technology ... 1996 Southern Miss Alumni Association Continuous Service Award ... 1998 induction into the Southern Miss Alumni Hall of Fame ... 2002 R&D Person of the Year by Modern Paint and Coatings Magazine ... Currently serves on the board of directors for Conference USA and the Mississippi Technology Alliance.