M-Club Alumni Association Announce Class of 2006 Hall of Fame Inductees

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss M-Club Alumni Association President Richard Johnston announced today the Class of 2006 Hall of Fame inductees, Courtney Blades Rogers (Softball, 1999-2000), John Brechtel (Baseball 1961-63 and Football 1962), Greg Haeusler (Football, 1981-84), Jimmy Haynes (Football, 1969-71), Pat Kergosien (Track, 1982-86) and Clemon Terrell (Football, 1980-83), veterans' committee nominee Sam Bella (Football, 1959-54) and distinguish service honoree Gene Carlisle.

The official ceremony will take place at the Lake Terrance Convention Center, March 31, 2006, at 7 p.m.

COURTNEY BLADES-ROGERS (SOFTBALL 1999-2000 )
Was a pitcher for the Lady Eagles and Coach Lu Harris in 1999 and 2000 with the team recording a 115-22 record over that span with Blades accounting for 95 of those wins...Among her many accolades, she earned both Conference USA Player and Pitcher of the Year honors...She was the Region 7 Most Outstanding Player and received the Honda Award as the National Softball Player of the Year in 2000...Blades was a 2000 1st team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American and finished her career as the NCAA all-time strikeout leader with 1,773...She was also the NCAA Division I career victory leader, single season strikeout leader and single season victory leader...She had 14 career no-hitters, two perfect games in 2000 and led the Lady Eagles to the College World Series in 1999 and 2000...Was named to the Southern Miss Legends Club in 2000.

JOHN BRECHTEL (BASEBALL 1961-63 & FOOTBALL 1962)
Was a fierce competitor who was a three-year letterman in baseball and also earned a letter in football...Played first baseman and saw some action in the outfield...As a starter on the baseball team in 1961 he help lead the team to a 12-7 record...Hit .278 during the 1962 season, finishing third on the team in runs batted in...Ranked second on the team in runs batted in 1963...Played in 51 baseball games in his career...Came to Southern Miss as a quarterback in 1959, but switched to guard in 1960...Had a reputation for being one of the toughest hard-nosed players on the team And one of the most talented, but was often injured and never able to live up to his potential...Was a member of the 1962 UPI College division national championship football team.

GREG HAEUSLER (FOOTBALL 1981-84)
Was an outstanding linebacker for the Golden Eagles in the early 1980s, playing a key role on some of the school's best defensive teams...As a senior he led the team in tackles with 144, one of the highest totals in school history...The 1981 defense he was a part of ranked 5th in the country in total defense, allowing just 239.0 yards per game and also led the nation in scoring defense giving up just 8.1 points per game...The 1983 defense that he led ranked 6th in the country in total defense allowing 273.8 yards per game and 5th in scoring defense with only 11.6 points per game...He participated in the 1981 Tangerine Bowl and played a key role in the 38-29 win by Southern Miss over Alabama in 1982...Finished his career as one of the school's all-time leading tacklers.

JIMMY HAYNES (FOOTBALL 1969-1971)
Was a three-year starter on the offensive line for Southern Miss during the 1969, 1970 and 1971 seasons...Played his first two seasons at offensive tackle and then moved to center for his senior year...Was named to the Associated Press All-South Independent team in 1971 and also earned honorable mention All-America honors that year...Following his senior season he was selected to play in both the Senior Bowl all-star game and the Blue-Gray Classic...Signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1972.

PAT KERGOSIEN (TRACK 1982-86)
Four?year letterman for Coach Marshall Bell, where he specialized in the decathlon and the pole vault ... He still owns the school's pole vault record with a vault of 17-feet, one-inch ... Recorded several high finishes in the decathlon and was the school's first true competitive decathlete ... Competed mainly against Southeastern Conference type competition on a regular basis and was one of the most dominant decathletes in the early days of Southern Mississippi's participation in the Metro Conference.

CLEMON TERRELL (FOOTBALL 1980-1983)
Is regarded as one of the school's best fullbacks while playing for the Golden Eagles from 1980 to 1983...Finished his career rushing 352 times for 1,523 yards and five touchdowns...As a senior he rushed a career high 103 times for a career high 431 yards...Also had seven career receptions for 44 yards...Was a key blocker for Hall of Famers Sammy Winder and Reggie Collier...Helped lead team to a pair of bowl appearances, the 1980 Independence Bowl and the 1981 Tangerine Bowl...Has a part of the Eagle victory over 38-29 over Alabama in 1982...Had tailback speed and fullback power and blocking ability.

SAM BELLA (FOOTBALL 1959-64)
A dominate two-way tackle for Coach Pie Vann from 1960 through 1963 ... Excelled at stopping the run and putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks and opening holes for the running attack on offense ... Battled injuries throughout his career, but was key member of the 1962 UPI College Division National Team ... His greatest assess were his strengths and determination ... Earned three letters and was also named Southeastern Player of the Week for his performance against Florida State in 1963 ... Signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League ... Coached for 11 years of high school football in the New Orleans ... Also served as an assistant principal for three years and principal for 11 years ... Was Dean of Administration for Delgado Community College - Director of Evening College ... Currently headmaster at Oak Forrest Academy in Amite, La., where he has served for the past six years ... Also a member of the M-Club Alumni Association, Eagle Club and a lifetime member of the USM Alumni Association.

GENE CARLISLE (GENERAL NAT/SPIRIT LEADER 1963-64)
Gene Carlisle is the first Spirit/Cheerleader to be selected for the M-Club Sports Hall of Fame. Carlisle was elected as "General Nat" and served as the student body's spirit leader in 1963-64. One of Carlisle's duties as spirit leader was to lead, by horseback, the cheerleaders and the football team on the field, and during pep rallies. In 2005, the football field was renamed Carlisle-Faulkner Field, honoring Carlisle for his donation that went to the installation of the new Momentum Turf playing surface. Over the past 40 years, Carlisle has donated several hundred thousand dollars to the University of Southern Mississippi. He served as former chairman of the College of Business and Economic Development's Business Advisory Council, as well as is currently on the Board of Directors for both the University's Foundation and the Athletic Foundation. He chairs the campaign to raise funds for the College of Business and Economic Development's new building, and was named the College's Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2002. He was inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi Hall of Fame in 2003.

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