GREENSBORO COLLEGE ANNOUNCES HALL OF 2022
Greensboro College Athletics is proud to announce the induction of the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2022. The induction will take place on Saturday, September 24th during Homecoming Weekend in the Hannah Finch Chapel and will be open to the public. The event begins at 9:15 AM and will end with a tree dedication at 11 AM at the southwest corner of Hanes Gymnasium in honor and memory of former Coach Randy Tuggle, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in September of 2020. The induction class includes the following:
Emma Phillips ‘12
Emma was a dominant swimmer for the Pride from 2008 to 2012, where she peppered the GC Swimming All-Time Leaderboard with a whopping 14 individual and shared records. Included in those achievements was being ranked first in the 1,000 Free, 100 and 200 Breast Stroke, 200 and 400 IM, and the 200 Medley Relay. She was also ranked 2nd all-time in the 100 and 200 Fly and 3rd in the 500 Free. She was named to the 2012 Old Dominion Athletic Conference All-ODAC Team and ODAC Swimmer of the Year in establishing a conference record in the 200 IM. She also continued her coaching passion after graduation in assisting at GC and Star Aquatics and eventually becoming the lead assistant at George Mason University. Emma was also an exceptional student, being a frequent Dean’s List and USA South All-Academic Team honoree while also being named the Distinguished Sociology Major her senior year. Now a marketing and sales executive with a luxury homebuilding company, she continues to earn awards and accolades for her work with customers. Emma earned a Master of Science degree in Leadership with a Sports Concentration from Duquesne University in 2015.
Bianca Richburg ‘13
A double-double rebounder and scorer throughout most of her career playing for Pride Women’s Basketball under the leadership of Coach Randy Tuggle, Bianca followed up a stellar hoops career at Orange County High School making an instant impact as a freshman, earning USA South Rookie of the Year and 3rd Team All-Conference honors. She was named to the 2nd Team All-USA South Team as a junior, but it was her senior year that when her scoring average jumped nearly 10 points per game while still averaging over 11 rebounds a game. Her dominant performances earned her USA South First Team Honors while also being selected as Conference Player of the Year. Bianca finished her career establishing ‘Top 8’ rankings in nine statistical categories on the All-Time Record Board. Since her graduation, she has had a successful career in sales, first as an assistant manager over three locations for Enterprise Rent A Car, and currently serves as a travel nurse recruiter for American Mobile Healthcare while also working to secure a real estate license. She and GC alumnus Damian Dixon are raising their 3-year old son Damian Jr. in St. Petersburg, Fl.
Anthony Meley ‘94
A native of Farmingdale, NY where he became a prep star as a goalie in boy’s lacrosse, Anthony would arrive at Greensboro College holding the distinction of being the first committed recruit for Head Coach John Burke in the first-year lacrosse program. After a winless inaugural season with a freshman-dominated roster, the program went on a five year ‘winning record’ streak, in large part due to Meley’s aggressive and active play defending the net. In the Pride All-Time Record Books, Anthony is ranked #1 with 955 career saves, and still holds the single season record for saves at 368. He earned Defensive MVP honors at the Drew University Lacrosse Tournament as a senior and was tapped as an All-Deep South Lacrosse League honoree. After helping The Pride as an assistant coach, he migrated to the high school ranks where he is still engaged in a 22-year coaching career, and currently serving as the Head Coach for the powerhouse Northern Guilford Nighthawks. He has been a very successful sales leader for the AstroTurf Corporation and is a major supporter of Pride Athletics, including negotiating favorable terms for the Pride Field artificial turf installation five years ago.
Coach Randy Tuggle
A lifelong native of the Triad area, Randy graduated from Northwest Guilford High School and soon after became a UNC-Greensboro Spartan, helping the program earn an NCAA post-season berth. He was named Captain of the basketball team his senior year and it became clear that his leadership would continue on the hardwood. Randy joined the GC community in 2002 assisting his cousin Jason Tuggle with the Women’s Basketball program. He took over as head coach in 2009 and by the spring of 2011 had The Pride in the NCAA Sweet 16 and was named USA South and D3Hoops.com Coach of the Year. He helped lead The Pride to seven regular season and five USA South Tournament Championships. Randy also coached Women’s Golf and Cross Country while at GC and served as an Assistant Director of Athletics. He and his family received devastating news when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2018, and he waged a courageous two-year battle until his passing in September, 2020. He was very candid about his condition and inspired the USA South Conference to launch a “Tuggle Strong” initiative to share his story and raise thousands of dollars in Randy’s honor for cancer research.
1998 Baseball Team
Head Coach Scott Rash arrived at Greensboro College to launch the school’s first-ever baseball program in 1993. Early on as anticipated, the youthful roster took its lumps, but by the Spring seasons of 1996 and 1997, The Pride of Greensboro College was one win away from playing in the conference tournaments. Coach Rash credits the players from those two seasons for flipping the script and setting up the 1998 squad for wins in their first two tournament games against nationally ranked opponents. The 1998 team was a very respectable 23-12 in the regular season and earned a #4 seed in the DIAC Tournament. Though a couple key players down due to injuries, the Pride won its way into a rematch with national power Methodist College, earning a hard fought 9-inning victory. Playing for the first time ever in the championship game, The Pride knocked off a North Carolina Wesleyan squad who would eventually become national runner-up in the NCAA Tournament. This team overcame injuries, blown leads, a 14-2 thumping and facing three nationally ranked teams, obstacles that made this championship especially sweet and memorable. It remains GC’s only tournament championship in the nearly 30 year history of the program, and the appearance in the NCAA Tournament a just reward for an outstanding Pride crew led by outstanding coaches.
Brian Kreher ‘99
A native of Andover, New Jersey where he starred as a three sport student-athlete in high school, Brian’s toughness and raw talent allowed him to earn significant roles at Lenape Valley Regional High School as a 3-year starter in football, playing tight end and serving as place kicker for a program that won three state championships while Brian was enrolled. He added to his resume’ as a point guard on the basketball team while being a power hitting 2nd baseman on the baseball field. In fact, Brian still holds the All-Time Records in single season and career home runs at Lenape Valley Regional High School. After graduation, Brian enrolled at the nearby County College of Morris to join a baseball program that had great success on the diamond through the years. After completing 2 years at CCM, he migrated south to join The Pride who were just entering their fifth season of play. He became a starting outfielder and in spite of only playing in 79 games for The Pride, Brian holds ‘Top 10’ records in 21 statistical categories. He saved his best for last in being a member of the school’s first-ever conference tournament championship team which earned an NCAA post-season berth. For his efforts in the DIAC Baseball Tournament he was not only named to the All-Tournament Team but was also tapped as the DIAC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Brian was a Special Education major at GC and eventually selected trade work as a Union Plumber for Local 101 in Belleville, Illinois.
The Greensboro College Athletics Hall of Fame
Proudly Presents the Induction Class of 2022
Welcoming Remarks Dr. Larry Czarda, President
Master of Ceremonies Kim A. Strable, Director of Athletics
Introduction of Honorees
Emma Phillips ’12 Award presented by Coach Scot Budde Swimming Brian Kreher ’99 Award presented by Baseball Michael Kreher, Father 1998 Baseball Team Award recognition by Coach Scott Rash Bianca Richburg ’13 Award presented by Basketball, Cross Country Lafonda Richburg, Mother Anthony Meley ’95 Award presented by Coach John Burke Lacrosse Coach Randy Tuggle Award presented to Susan Tuggle (posthumous) by Lauren Tuggle Childrey Women’s Basketball & Golf
All guests are welcome to join the Tuggle family in a brief tree dedication ceremony
in honor of Coach Tuggle at the southeast corner of Hanes Gymnasium
at approximately 11 a.m.