Sept. 25, 2013
Top Row (L-R): James Berry, Jeff Cook, Mike Craft, Stacey Hall
Bottom Row (L-R): Bernard Haslett, Derrick Nix, Wenston Riley, T.J. Slaughter
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi M-Club Alumni Association will formally induct its Class of 2013, eight new members, into its Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Southern Oaks House and Gardens (1246 Richburg Road). The social begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
The M-Club is the University's association of former athletic letter winners and consists of former players, coaches, trainers, managers and cheerleaders.
The 2013 Hall of Fame inductee class includes James Berry (Assistant Football Coach, 1964-72), Jeff Cook (Baseball, 2000-03), Mike Craft (Football, 1968-70), Stacey Hall (Soccer, 1997-2000), Bernard Haslett (Basketball, 1990-1994), Derrick Nix (Football, 1998-2002), Wenston Riley (Track, 1999-2000), T.J. Slaughter (Football, 1995-99).
The following is biographical information on each inductee:
James Berry (Football Coach 1964-1972)|
A three-year letterman, who was picked by his teammates as permanent captain of the 1963 Southerners, was noted as an outstanding defensive back throughout his career ... He also doubled as a quarterback ... Coach Pie Vann described Coach Berry as being "one of the finest football minds we had on our squad in a number of years in addition to being a fine leader and competitor" ... Berry began his coaching career assigned in assisting Maxie Lambright in coaching the backfield and shared scouting duties ... He eventually became the school's defensive back coach and his 1967 defense tied the all-time team record at the time of 21 interceptions and his 1965 and 1971 teams each had 20 interceptions ... His off the field duties included supervision of Vann Hall and equipment manager ... A three-year letterman as a player from 1961-1963, a big strong serious guy who was used mainly on defense ... He was a member of the 1962 UPI College Division National Championship Team.
Jeff Cook (Baseball 2000-2003)|
Outstanding outfielder for the Golden Eagles from 2000 to 2003 ... Played in 225 games during his career ... Posted a .336 career batting average with 292 hits in 869 at bats ... His career-hit total ranks fourth all-time at Southern Miss ... His 200 career runs also ranks fourth all-time at the school ... His 50 career home runs is second best in school history ... Also drove in 201 runs in his career (the fourth best in school history) and his 505 career total bases is second all-time at Southern Miss ... His 23 home runs in 2003 ties him with three other Golden Eagles for the most hit in a season, while his 76 runs batted in that year is tied for the seventh most in season in school history ... Named a first-team All-Conference USA selection in both 2002 and 2003, while earning second-team honors in 2001 ... Named to the 2003 Conference USA all-tournament team, the 2003 NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team and was a first team selection on the 2003 ABCA All-South Region Team ... An ABCA All-American in 2003 ... Named to third team All-American squad by Baseball America, third team on the Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball All-America squad and first-team All-American by USA Today/Baseball Weekly ... Led the program to three straight NCAA Regionals as well as the 2003 Conference USA regular season and conference tournament championships ... Drafted in the fifth round of the 2003 of the MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks and spent three seasons in their minor league organization.
Mike Craft (Offensive/Defensive Line 1968-1970)|
Began his career as a defensive tackle before injuries forced him to move to the other side of the ball ... During the 1968 season he was the only sophomore to make the starting lineup for the entire season ... Ranked among the team leaders in tackles and quarterback sacks in 1968 ... Although injured in the spring of 1969 continued to play hurt during the 1969 and 1970 seasons ... Finished his career as an offensive tackle during the 1970 season ... A talented player whose speed and quickness made him one of the most difficult players to stop ... Known for his hard-nosed attitude and ability to play with pain ... Was a member of the team that upset No. 4 Ole Miss, 30-14, in 1970.
Stacey Hall (Soccer 1997-2000)|
Arguably the most prolific soccer player to wear the Black and Gold ... Was a four-year letterwinner and starter from 1997 to 2000 ... A member of the school's first soccer team ... Continues to own every offensive statistical record ... The all-time leader in goals scored (50), assists (20), points (120), shot attempts (282) and shots on goal (177) ... As a freshman, she led the team in goals and points as she scored 20 of the team's 44 goals ... In 1998, she scored six goals while leading the team in points with 14 ... Scored a team-high 12 goals and had 26 points in 1999 ... Earned Conference USA Player of the Week honors ... Concluded her senior campaign with 12 goals, had 11 assists and scored 35 points while collecting All-Conference USA honors ... Finished her career with 36 wins during her time with the program.
Bernard Haslett (Basketball 1990-1994)|
A four-year letterman and starter ... One of the more prolific scorers in Southern Miss history ... His shooting range seemed unlimited at times and was capable of scoring from anywhere on the court ... Remembered for making numerous game-tying or game-winning shots ... Ranks ninth in all-time scoring with 1,596 points ... Led the team in scoring two-straight seasons, 1992-93 and 1993-94 ... A first-team All-Metro selection in 1992-93 and 1993-94 ... Named to the Metro Conference all-freshman team ... Earned Metro Conference all-tournament honors ... Holds the school single-game record for most 3-pointers made in a game with 10 ... Ranks No. 1 on the school charts for 3-pointers made (112) and attempted (285) in a season as well as for a career (316-for-810) ... Helped lead Southern Miss to a NCAA appearance during the 1990-91 campaign.
Derrick Nix (Running Back 1998-2002)|
Nicknamed The Baby Bull for his hard charging rushing style ... Was one of the most dominating running backs for the Golden Eagles from 1998 to 2002 ... Finished his career with 768 carries for 3,584 yards and 30 touchdowns ... Led the Eagles in rushing in 1998 with 1,180 yards and followed that up with 1,154 yards as sophomore ... Battling injuries, he returned in 2002 for a career-high 1,194 yards ... Was also a talented pass receiver and was utilized in the role by Coach Jeff Bower and his coaching staff ... Named to the Conference USA Team of the Decade as a running back in 2006 ... A member of the Southern Miss Legends Club ... Was the 1998 C-USA Freshman of the Year and named to the all-freshman team in 1998 ... Earned first-team All-Conference USA honors in 1998 and 2002 while earning second team accolades in 1999 ... Named to the 1998 Sporting News Freshman All-American Team ... Rushed for a career-high 219 yards against Nevada in 1998 and 201 yards against Illinois in 2002 ... Finished his career with 14 games of over 100 yards rushing.
Wenston Riley (Track and Field 1999-2000)|
A two-year letter winner in track and field ... One of the best hurdlers in the Golden Eagle modern era ... A two-time NCAA All-American in the 110 hurdles ... Owns the school record with a time of 13.67 in the 110-meter hurdles ... Has the school record in the indoor 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.86 and indoor 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.58 ... Competed in back-to-back NCAA National Championships, finishing fifth in 2001 and advancing to the semifinals in 2000.
T.J. Slaughter (Linebacker 1995-1999)|
A four-year letterman for the Golden Eagles from 1995-1999 ... Without question, was a leader of the vaunted Nasty Bunch defense that was ranked among the nation's leaders in the late 90s ... Is considered one of the most dominating and game-changing linebackers to have ever played for the Golden Eagles ... Just his presence on the field and the many ways he had of disrupting opposing offenses changed the way teams tried to attack Southern Miss ... Outstanding linebacker and a top player among Conference USA during his tenure ... Accumulated 425 tackles ... Led the team in tackles for two-straight seasons ... Earned first-team All-Conference USA in back-to-back seasons ... Helped the Golden Eagles win the Liberty Bowl 1997 and 1999 and Conference USA Championships those same years ... Was also a part of the 1996 Conference USA Championship ... Recorded a school-record 26 tackles against Texas A&M in 1999 that included 19 solo tackles.