Thigpen, Connie among 5 in CCU Hall of Fame class

Tyler-ThigpenThe Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics announced that Alan Connie (cross country/track & field head coach), Josh Hoke (football), Diana Jepchirchir Mendes (cross country/track & field), Thomas Jordan (track & field) and Tyler Thigpen (football) will be the 24th group of inductees into the George F. “Buddy” Sasser Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2014 will have its official induction ceremony on the morning of Nov. 15 prior to the Coastal Carolina football contest versus Monmouth, and the group will be recognized at halftime of that game as well.

Connie was the Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field Coach (1986-2014) before announcing his retirement after 28 seasons at Coastal Carolina in May of 2014. He Was a 33-time Big South Coach of the Year, including 13 recognitions in cross country, 10 in indoor track & field and 10 in outdoor track & field.

Hoke (2003-06) was a two-time first team CoSIDA Academic All-America (2005 and 2006), a three-time FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star and the 2006 Big South Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and three-time Academic All-Big South.

Jepchirchir Mendes (2006-08) was a 2007 NCAA cross country All-American, placing 29th at the national championship. She was the 2007 Cross Country (champion), the 2008 Indoor Track (champion in 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters) and the 2008 Outdoor Track (champion in 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters.

Jordan (2004, 2006-08) was a 2006 All-American in the javelin, placing seventh at the national championship. He was a two-time NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship participant (2004 and 2006) and a four-time Big South Champion in the javelin, winning titles in 2004, ‘06, ’07 and ’08.

Thigpen (2003-06) was Coastal Carolina’s first quarterback and led the Chanticleers to a 34-11 record from 2003-06 while going 12-4 in league play over the program’s first four years. Still owns almost every CCU single-game, single-season and career record for passing and total offense. Hel ed Coastal to Big South Championships in 2004, ’05 and ’06 as well as the school’s – and Big South’s – first NCAA Championship appearance (2006).

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