Five former greats to be enshrined in ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


                JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 17, 2006) - The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will induct five new members into the ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center Ballroom on Saturday, Jan. 20. The group will also be honored prior to the Buccaneers' men's basketball game with Kennesaw State Friday evening at 7:30.


The new inductees include former men's basketball coaches Les Robinson and Alan LeForce, 1996 Southern Conference player of the year in women's basketball Amy Engle, the SoCon's total offense leader in football Todd Wells, and 1984 Cross Country All-American Kim Bird.


Tickets for the event are $40 for adults and $12.50 for children under 12, which includes invitation to the brunch/ceremony, as well as the Hall of Fame Reception scheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday night at The Carnegie Hotel. Please contact Barbara Mason in the ETSU Athletic Office at 423.439.5294 or by e-mail at to order tickets. Space is limited.



Inductee bios:


Alan LeForce - Men's Basektball Head Coach 1990-1996

Alan LeForce coached the Buccaneers for six seasons, leading ETSU to two Southern Conference regular season and tournament titles in each of his first two seasons, and engineering the Bucs' upset of third-seeded Arizona in the first round of the 1992 NCAA tournament.  In his six seasons, LeForce compiled a 108-70 overall record, and a 60-32 mark against SoCon competition. Currently, LeForce is head coach of the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team.


Les Robinson - Men's Basketball Head Coach 1985-1990

In five seasons with the Buccaneers, Les Robinson took ETSU to two NCAA tournaments, securing a berth in the "Big Dance" with a Southern Conference Tournament title in 1989.  The 1989 squad went on to nearly pull off the biggest upset in tournament history, pushing top-seeded Oklahoma to the very brink before falling 72-71.  A victory would have made the Bucs the first 16 seed to ever defeat a number one seed.  Robinson ended his tenure at ETSU with an 81-70 record with two SoCOn tournament tiles and one regular season crown. He went on to become the head coach at N.C. State and is currently the Director of Athletics at The Citadel.


Amy Engle - Women's Basketball 1994-1996

In her two seasons as a Lady Buccaneer, Amy Engle scored 1,058 points, becoming the 11th member of the 1,000 point club, and the first to reach the milestone in just two seasons.  A two-time All-Southern Conference and All-Southern Conference Tournament selection, Engle was named the 1996 Southern Conference Player of the Year, making her one of just four players in ETSU history to receive such an honor.  In 1994 she ranked 12th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage, 18th in 3-point field goals per game and 63rd in scoring, and in 1996 was selected to participate in the National 3-Point Championship held in conjunction with the Men's Final Four.  Engle finished her career fourth in the ETSU record book in career scoring average at 18.8 and also third in single-game scoring with a 42 point effort against Chattanooga in 1996.


Todd Wells - Football 1997-2000

A four-year starter at quarterback for the Bucs, Wells threw for 7,735 yards and 37 touchdowns in his four-year career.  He is the Buccaneers' all-time leader in total offense, compiling 8,711 total yards in his time at ETSU.  The 1997 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, Wells was named SoCon Player of the Week on five occasions.  He directed three victories over ranked teams in his career, including two road wins over top-10 opponents.  In a 51-28 victory over sixth-ranked Appalachian State in 1997, Wells set ETSU single game records for total offense (447) and passing yards (377).


Kim Bird - Track & Field

Kim Bird ran for the Buccaneers from 1981-1984, and is the holder of four school records.  Her indoor marks in the 1,500 meters (4:47.01), the 3,000 meters (9:18.95) and the 5,000 meters (16:25.10) still stand in the record book, as does her outdoor mark in the 10,000 meters of 34:41.12.  Also a member of the cross country squad during her time at ETSU, Bird was selected as an All-American in 1984.


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