Saint Augustine’s Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Courtesy of SAU Athletics

RALEIGH, NC – The athletics department at Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) announced on Friday that 10 people and one team would be inducted into the SAU Athletic Hall of Fame.

The announcement came ahead of the start of the second annual Lawrence Coleman Golf Tournament at Hedingham Golf Course. The official Hall of Fame ceremony will take place in October, date and location to be determined.

2022 SAU Hall of Fame class

Anthony Boggan (men’s basketball) – A 1982 Saint Augustine graduate, Boggan scored nearly 1,800 points throughout his collegiate career (1977-1981). As a CIAA Hall of Famer, Boggan led the Falcons to the 1980 NAIA District 26 Championship and an appearance at the 1980 NAIA National Tournament. A two-time All-CIAA selection, Boggan was NAIA District 26 Tournament MVP in 1979-1980 and 1980-1981 Named CIAA Tri Player of the Year.

Carolyn Brown (women’s basketball) – Brown is considered the all-time greatest basketball player at Saint Augustine’s University. A two-time CIAA Player of the Year (1992-93), Brown is in the NCAA Division II record books for three-point shooting and steals. She scored a career-high 58 points against Tampa in 1993, which ranks 9thth All-time in Division II. Brown was inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame.

Leon Carrington (Tennis Coach/Admin) – Coach Carrington has been a loyal and trusted coach and administrator at Saint Augustine’s University for 40 years. After graduating from Saint Augustine’s in 1980, he held various positions on campus, including senior men’s and women’s tennis coach and sports information director. He was a tennis coach for 33 years and a sports information director for 22 years. Under Carrington, the Falcons captured the NAIA District 26 Men’s Tennis Title and advanced to the national tournament in 1981. The Falcons also swept the NAIA District 26 singles and doubles crown. For his coaching efforts, Carrington was named the NAIA District 26 Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year. He is currently SAU’s Associate Athletic Director, a position he has held for eight years.

Lawrence Coleman (Men’s Golf) – Coach Coleman took the program to unprecedented heights, including six HBCU national championships (1990-1994), including five Division II crowns and seven CIAA titles. The Falcons won the HBCU overall title in 1993, which drew a lot of attention to the result. President Bill Clinton invited Coach Coleman and his Falcons to the White House for their performance at the PGA National Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, which Coleman helped found. The Falcons coach retired in 2009 after 37 years at the helm. Coleman, who passed away in 2021, is inducted into the National Black Golf and CIAA Halls of Fame.

dr Beverly Downing (women’s basketball) – dr Downing was an influential coach and educator at Saint Augustine’s in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1982, Downing began coaching women’s basketball and softball at Saint Augustine’s College (now Saint Augustine’s University), where she won seven CIAA Coaches of the Year Awards over the course of her career, including three in basketball (1986, 1990, 1992). As head coach of women’s basketball at SAU, Downing accumulated 260 wins in 16 seasons, the most in program history, and won multiple CIAA Southern Division titles. She ended with 12 winning seasons, including five seasons of 20 wins or more. Downing also won two CIAA titles (1989, 1991) and three division crowns (1990-1992) while overseeing the Lady Falcons softball program. She preached academics as her basketball and softball teams averaged over 3.0 annually. Downing was inducted into the CIAA Hall of Fame in 2022.

Harry Freeman (cross-country/track men) – Freeman was the long-distance CIAA king in the early 1980s. In cross country, he was a three-time CIAA champion and was named top male achiever three times. He was also an NAIA District 26 champion and helped Saint Augustine’s win the NAIA District 26 team title. In track and field, Freeman was a three-time 5,000-meter champion and two-time 1,500-meter champion in the CIAA. He was the NAIA District 26 champion in the 10,000 (twice) and 5,000 meters. As a coach, Freeman was named NCAA DII Southeast Regional Coach of the Year after leading the Falcons to the regional crown in 2000.

Bershawn “Batman” Jackson (men’s track) – Jackson was one of the most recognizable faces in athletics in the 2000s. As a teenager, he won the 2004 World Championships in his favorite discipline – the 400 meter hurdles. He is also an Olympic medalist, taking bronze at the 2008 games. Jackson is a five-time US champion in the 400-meter hurdles, the tallest of any American hurdler. At Saint Augustine’s, Jackson was a four-time national champion and still holds the NCAA Division II record for 400 hurdles.

Isaac “Ike” Lassiter (Soccer) – At Saint Augustine, Lassiter was a force on both sides of the line when it came to earning All-CIAA honors. As a professional player, he stayed on the defensive side of the ball, much to the chagrin of the offensive linemen. As a defensive end, Lassiter was one of the key pass rushers on a team that reached Super Bowl II for the Oakland Raiders after winning the 1967 American Football League (AFL) championship. The awards came after a slow start to his pro career. He was drafted in the ninth round by the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams in 1967 and had stints with the AFL’s Rams and Denver Broncos before settling with the Raiders, where he emerged as an All-AFL player.

Tony Mmoh (Men’s Tennis) – A three-time CIAA singles champion, Mmoh led the Falcons to two CIAA men’s team tennis championships. The Falcons emerged nationally and were serious NAIA and NCAA Division II men’s tennis contenders. His best year was 1980 when he led the underdog Falcons to the NAIA District 26 team title. Mmoh entered the NAIA National Tournament as the top-ranked singles player and teamed with Bullus Hussaini to capture the NAIA National Doubles crown. The following year, Mmoh again took first place in singles at the NAIA Nationals. He only lost his last two seasons in singles twice. He reached the 1980 NAIA National Finals and the 1981 NAIA National Semifinals. After graduating from Saint Augustine’s in 1982, Mmoh was a regular on the professional tennis circuit throughout the 1980s and ’90s. He is the only Falcon to have played at Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open and the Olympics.

Razor Shines (Baseball) – After transferring from Louisburg College, the standout hitter led the Falcons in many offensive categories, including hitting, batting averages, home runs, RBIs and doubles. Major League Baseball called in 1978 when the Montreal Expos drafted Shine as a college junior. He has built a long career in sports as a professional player and manager. After four years with the Expos as a catcher and first baseman, Shine joined the Triple A Indianapolis Indians and became a fan favorite. He helped the Indians win four straight championships in the 1980s. A minor league manager, Shines won over 500 games in seven seasons and was voted Southern League Manager of the Year in 2005 with the Birmingham Barons. Once again, Major League Baseball caught the eye, this time for his coaching skills. Shines was a position coach for the Chicago White Sox and the New York Mets.

The 1996-97 Men’s Basketball Team – This Falcons team is best known for winning the school’s first CIAA basketball championship when, under the late legendary head coach Norvell Lee, they defeated Fayetteville State 70-64. The Falcons were led by several players including Eric Harris, Lafonte Moses, Chris Elliott and the late Bernard Heard. All four players were named to the All-Tournament Team and Heard was named Tournament MVP. The SAU Falcons finished the record 25-8 after reaching the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional Finals.

Saint Augustine’s Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2022

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