ELON, N.C. – The 45th class of Elon University’s Sports Hall of Fame, which will be inducted in a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 in Whitley Auditorium, includes softball player Danielle Concepcion ’05, volleyball and softball standout Debbie Hall ’96, baseball player Brian Ingram ’03, women’s soccer player Ginger Staulcup Dicarlo ’96 and athletics administrator Kyle Wills ’81. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Concepcion was an outfielder for the Phoenix from 2002-05. The 2005 recipient of the Basnight Outstanding Female Athlete Award, Concepcion started all 221 games in which she played over the course of her career. As a senior she hit .368 and set a program record with 20 doubles. Her 74 hits that same season are the second-most ever in a year by an Elon softball player. Her 69 hits as a freshman rank sixth on that same list. Concepcion claimed first-team All-Big South accolades in 2002 and was a second-team All-Southern Conference honoree in 2004, claiming a spot on the SoCon’s all-academic team that season. Over the course of her career, Concepcion hit .328 with seven home runs and 85 RBI. She currently ranks second on Elon’s all-time records list with 229 career hits, 699 career at bats and 48 doubles. Her 111 career runs scored rate eighth.
Hall lettered for the Elon volleyball team from 1992-95 and for the school’s softball squad from 1993-96. On the volleyball court, she was a first-team All-South Atlantic Conference player in 1994 and earned second-team honors in 1995. Including a school-record 57-dig game against Wingate in 1995, Hall holds the top five, and eight of the top 10, Elon match records for digs. She set a program record with 978 digs in 1995 and also holds the number six spot on the single-season list with 511 digs in 1994. Hall’s 662 kills in 1995 and 393 kills in 1994 rank first and 10th on Elon’s single-season records list, respectively. In four seasons she compiled 2,036 digs, a program record. She also ranks second on the Elon charts with 170 career aces and fourth with 1,366 kills. On the diamond, Hall earned All-SAC Tournament distinction in 1996.
Ingram was an infielder for the Elon baseball team from 2000-03 and helped the squad earn the school’s first-ever at-large bid to an NCAA Division I tournament as the Phoenix reached the 2002 Clemson Regional. A three-time first-team All-Big South Conference honoree, Ingram became the first Elon player to win the team’s Triple Crown as he led the team with 66 hits, seven home runs and 53 RBI in 2003. In 2002, Ingram helped the team win 14 consecutive games, the third-longest winning streak in program history. That year he hit .343 with 57 runs scored, 14 doubles, three homers and 47 RBI and won one Big South Player of the Week accolade. That summer he played in the prestigious Cape Cod League where he was selected to play in the all-star game. Over the course of Ingram’s career, Elon picked up eight victories over top-25 opponents, including an 8-6 win over top-ranked Clemson in 2002. A career .335 hitter, Ingram ranks second on Elon’s career charts with 847 at bats, 284 hits and 50 doubles. He is also tied for second with 198 runs scored, is fourth with 231 games played, fifth with 168 RBI and tied for 10th with 11 triples.
Staulcup was a defender on the women’s soccer squad from 1992-95 and played in 75 games, making 54 starts. The 1996 recipient of the Basnight Outstanding Female Athlete Award, Staulcup tallied seven points (one goal and five assists) in her career. As a senior she was named the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year and was an all-conference honoree. She was also named to the all-district squad, was the district MVP and collected All-South Region honors. Staulcup was named an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and was a second-team NCAA Division II All-American as named by CoSIDA.
Wills joined the Elon Athletics staff as the supervisor of athletic facilities following his graduation. In 1987 he assumed the role of athletic business manager and was promoted to assistant athletic director for business and operations in 1995. He was again promoted, this time to associate athletic director, in 1998 before assuming his current role of senior associate athletic director in 2004. During his 35-year tenure, Elon has been associated with five athletic conferences – the Carolinas Conference, the South Atlantic Conference, the Big South Conference, the Southern Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association. In that time Elon has risen from the NAIA ranks to NCAA Division II to its current status as an NCAA Division I athletic program. While Wills has been a fulltime staff member for 35 years, his association with Elon dates back another decade. Wills first became engaged with Elon when his father was hired as the athletic department’s first athletic trainer and assistant athletic director. As a student at Elon, Wills served as the head equipment manager for the football team that won the 1980 NAIA title, collected four conference titles and compiled a 49-11-1 record. Wills has not missed a home football game since 1970.