High Point Athletics announces 2017 Hall of Fame Class

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University Athletics Department and the Panther Club have announced the five outstanding former student-athletes and coaches that will make up the third HPU Athletics Hall of Fame Class.

The group includes Chuck Hartman (men’s baseball coach and athletic director), Danny Sewell (’60, basketball), Wanda Wilson (’77, basketball and volleyball), Ethel White (’79, basketball and volleyball) and Mike Turmala (’75, track & field and cross country).

“We are thrilled to announce our third High Point University Athletics Hall of Fame class,” athletic director Dan Hauser said. “All five of these extraordinary individuals had outstanding careers at High Point University and we are honored to welcome them to the Hall of Fame. Our 2017 inductees further exemplify the fantastic athletic tradition and championship history at HPU.”

The High Point University Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017. There will be a cocktail hour that starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, which include food and beverage, are $40 per person or $280 for a table of eight. To order tickets call Assistant Director of Development Jon Teich at 336-841-4615 or email him at jteich@highpoint.edu.

For more information on each of the four inductees, see the capsules below.

Chuck Hartman | Baseball | Head Coach, 1961-78 | Athletic Director, 1969-72
Served as the head baseball coach for 18 seasons … Holds the program record for wins with a career record of 483-227-3 … Won 10 conference championships, five district championships and two Area Championships at the NAIA level … Teams earned national rankings every year from 1972-1978, including a ranking of fifth in both 1972 and 1974 … Five-time Carolinas Conference Coach of the Year (1971-72, 74-75, 78) … Six-time NAIA District Coach of the Year (1970-72, 74-75, 78) … 1976 Area Coach of the Year … Went on to coach 27 years at Virginia Tech where he compiled a record of 961-591 … A member of the Gaston County Sports, NAIA, Salem-Roanoke Sports, Virginia Tech Sports, American Baseball Coaches Association and Guilford County Sports Halls of Fame … Served as HPU Athletic Director from 1969-72.

Danny Sewell ’60 | Men’s Basketball | 1956-60
HPU’s seventh all-time leading scorer with 1,667 career points … Sixth all-time in the HPU record book with an scoring average of 19.2 points per game … Averaged 24 points, second in HPU basketball history, and 12 rebounds per game as a junior in 1958-59 … Set an HPU program record with an average of 16 rebounds per game while also averaging 22.8 points per game as a senior in 1959-60 … Two-time NAIA All-American (1959-60) … Three-time All-State (1958-60) … Four-time All-North State Conference (1957-60)

Wanda Wilson ’77 | Women’s Basketball and Volleyball | 1975-77
Transferred to High Point from Elon in the Fall of 1975 … Carolinas Conference MVP in two different sports (Volleyball ’75, Women’s Basketball ’77) … Averaged 162. Points and 9.3 rebounds per game in two seasons with the women’s basketball team … 1976 All-NCAIAW … 1976 All-State selection … Two-time All-Carolinas Conference (1976-77) … Led team to the AIAW National Tournament in 1977 … Played two seasons with the volleyball team … Two-time All-State (1975-76) … Two-time All-NCAIAW (1975-76) … Two-time All-Carolinas Conference (1975-76) … Led team to the AIAW Tournament in 1976

Ethel White ’79 | Women’s Basketball and Volleyball | 1975-79
Third all-time in the HPU women’s basketball record book with 1,952 points … Seventh all-time in career rebounds with 793 … Ninth All-time in career assists with 331 … Averaged 14.9 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game … Two-time AIAW All-American (1978-79) … Three-time All-NCAIAW (1977-79) … Three-time All-Division (1977-79) … Four-time All-Carolinas Conference (1976-79) … 1978 Carolinas Conference Co-MVP in Volleyball along with fellow HPU Hall of Famer Marie Riley … Four-time All-NCAIAW … Four-time All-Division … Four-time All-Carolinas Conference

Mike Turmala ’75 | Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field | 1971-75
Four-time NAIA District 26 Individual Champion in cross country (1971-74) … Four-time NAIA District 26 Runner of the Year and four-time All-NAIA District 26 (1971-74) … Four-time All-NAIA District 26 and All-Carolinas Conference in the three-mile run (1972-75) … 1974 All-NAIA District 26 and All-Carolinas Conference in the six-mile run … 1975 All-NAIA District 26 and All-Carolinas Conference in the mile run