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Athletics Honors 2009 Inductees to Hall of Fame

At a special program during Homecoming in February 2009, the Athletics Department inducted three former student-athletes into its Hall of Fame and gave special honors to the 1984 women’s basketball team that won the NAIA national championship.

Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees with Chancellor Ponder

2009 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees with Chancellor Anne Ponder (left) and Athletics Director Janet Cone (right) are (from second left): Bamford Jones, Trish Wyatt and Aytekin Yildiz.

The new inductees are: Aytekin Yildiz, men’s soccer; Trish Wyatt , women’s basketball; and Bamford Jones ’78, men’s basketball.

Yildiz is UNC Asheville’s all-time offensive leader for men’s soccer with 53 goals and 126 points. He holds the single-season record for goals with 20, and points with 46. An NAIA All-District selection in 1982 and 1983, he led the Bulldogs to the District 26 title game in 1984. He is a hotelier and hospitality specialist in the Charlotte area.

Wyatt hit the winning basket in the national championship game against Portland for the 1984 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship. A four-year starter, she finished her career as fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,606 points. The Asheville native is the all-time leader in assists with 424. Wyatt works as a behavioral specialist at Swannanoa Training Center.

The all-time leading scorer in men’s basketball with 1,919 points, Jones was an NAIA All-District selection and Honorable Mention All-American in 1977 and 1978. Leading scorer in three different seasons, he holds the single-season record for field goals with 270 and the career record with 835. He once scored 42 points in a game, the third highest scoring game in UNC Asheville history. He lives in Northern Virginia and works as a program manager.

Members of the 1984 NAIA National Championship women’s basketball team were recognized for their achievement, including head coach Helen Carroll, Kim Duncan (2004 Hall of Fame inductee), Beth Krivda, Dawn Snyder Funderburk and Wyatt (2009 inductee).

Dave Hart, Longtime Supporter of UNC Asheville Athletics, Dies

Dave Hart

Dave Hart

The university lost one of its staunchest supporters when Dave Hart died March 14, 2009, at age 83. A valued consultant to the Athletics Department since 1993, he was inducted into the UNC Asheville Athletics Hall of Fame in February 2008 for his many contributions.

The Dave Hart Golf Tournament that he created in 1996 has raised more than $300,000 for the university’s student-athlete scholarship fund. “Dave was the driving force behind the success of this tournament,” Athletics Director Janet Cone said.

“Dave Hart was an invaluable contributor to our department, and his work with our student-athletes will be felt for generations to come,” Cone said. “I was very fortunate to have him advise our department, and I will miss him greatly. His presence in the Athletics Department always brought a smile to everyone’s face when he stopped in.”

Hart was counsel to three athletics directors and every coach and administrator over the last 16 years. Prior to contributing his expertise at UNC Asheville, Hart enjoyed a long and distinguished career in college athletics. He was head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh in the late 1960s and was athletics director at the universities of Louisville and Missouri. He moved to Asheville in 1986 to become the Southern Conference Commissioner, a position he held until 1991.

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