Leasure among four set for CCU Athletics Hall of Fame

The Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics announced Ashleigh Gunning (women’s soccer), Patrick Hall (football), Chasity Johnson (women’s track and field) and Jack Leasure (men’s basketball) will be the 23rd group of inductees into the George F. “Buddy” Sasser Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2013 will have its official induction ceremony on Nov. 2 prior to the Coastal Carolina Homecoming contest versus Charlotte and the group will be recognized at halftime as well.

“Each year it is impressive to go through this process and see what our Hall of Fame inductees accomplished over their careers and the positive impact their success had on Coastal Carolina athletics.” said Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek. “This group additionally could go in a CCU academic Hall of Fame as well for their work in the classroom. I hold this class in high esteem and will reference them to point out to our current student-athletes what we desire for them – success at the highest level athletically and academically – as we strive to develop ‘Champions for Life.'”

Ashleigh Gunning was a member of the Chanticleer women’s soccer team from 2005-06. She was the Big South Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008 – leading the Chanticleers to Big South regular season titles both times, a three-time first team All-Big South pick (2006, ’07 and ’08), a three-time Big South All-Tournament Team selection (2006, ’07 and ’08) and a Soccer Buzz All-Region third team honoree in 2007. In addition to her honors on the field, Gunning was a two-time second team Academic All-America and two-time NSCAA/adidas Scholar-Athlete All-Region. Gunning, who has played professionally domestic and abroad since leaving Coastal, ranks third on the CCU all-time lists for shots (221), goals (36) and points (84) while tying for fourth with 12 career assists. She tied a CCU record with three assists in one game (versus High Point in 2007) and recorded a hat trick versus Wagner (2007).

Patrick Hall was a member of the Coastal’s first football team and played in the 2003, ’04 and ’05 seasons. In just the second year of the program, Hall was named Big South Offensive Player of the Week three times and would eventually be voted 2004 Big South Offensive Player of the Year, as well as first team All-Big South, in helping the Chanticleers to their first Big South Championship. He led the Big South and ranked 25th in the nation, averaging 100.64 rushing yards per game, and he is the only Chanticleer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (1,107). He additionally set a CCU record with 1,166 all-purpose yards.  In his senior season (2005), Hall was named second team All-Big South as he helped Coastal win its second Big South championship in football. Hall played his first season at Geneva College before transferring to Coastal yet his three-year CCU career rushing total of 2,214 ranks second on the CCU career list while his 363 career rushing attempts is third. Hall was a member of the prestigious Wall Fellows program while at Coastal.

Chasity Johnson was a four-year member of the track and field team (2004-07) and earned All-American honors in the indoor triple jump in 2005 with an eighth-place finish. She additionally qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2005, placing third at the NCAA East Regional to earn All-Region honors, and the NCAA Outdoor East Regional in 2006. She was a 20-time Big South champion (11 indoor and nine outdoor) and earned a total of 36 All-Big South honors (20 indoor and 16 outdoor). Johnson was the Big South’s Track and Field Female Athlete of the Year in 2005 (encompassing all track & field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons) as well as the Big South’s Most Outstanding Field Performer at the 2004 and ’05 Indoor Championships and the league’s Most Outstanding Field Performer at the 2005 Outdoor Championships. She still owns the CCU records in the indoor long jump, indoor triple jump, outdoor long jump and outdoor triple jump. Thanks to qualifying for the NCAA Championship and performing well in the classroom, Johnson earned NCAA Division I All-Academic honors by the USTFCCCA.

Jack Leasure, who played on the men’s basketball team from 2004-08, is one of the program’s most decorated players. He was a three-time All-Big South pick, earning first team honors as a sophomore and senior and second team as a junior, and added Big South Rookie of the Year honors for his freshman season. As a sophomore, he was named honorable mention AP All-America and the Big South Player of the Year as he ranked second in the NCAA in 3-pointers made (4.2 avg.) – draining a Big South single-season record 125 – and 25th in 3-point field goal percentage (41.9). Leasure ranks seventh on the NCAA career list for 3-pointers made and is the Big South all-time leader in the category with 411. He additionally ranks 17th on the NCAA career list for 3-pointers made per game (3.51) while currently ranking 11th in the Big South (ended his career sixth on the list) and second on the CCU all-time scoring lists with (1,893). He ranked among the NCAA top 30 for 3-pointers made in each of his four years (29th as a freshman, second as a sophomore, 27th as a junior and sixth as a senior) and was among the nation’s top 35 in 3-point field goal percentage three times. Academically, Leasure was a three-time Big South Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08), a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America (second team in 2007 and first team in 2008), 2007-08 Big South Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

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