Sept. 27, 2008
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Soccer standout Clint Dempsey `03 and baseball All-American Tom Mastny `03 headlined a class of six former greats inducted into the Furman University Athletics Hall-of-Fame Saturday afternoon prior to the Paladins' Southern Conference football game against Chattanooga.
Dempsey, a member of the English Premier League's Fulham Cottagers and United States 2006 World Cup Team, and Mastny, a relief pitcher with the Cleveland Indians, were enshrined along with former soccer greats John Barry Nusum `03 and Kaye Brownlee `02, and track & field's Dave Segal `63. In addition, Greenville's Doris Mansfield was inducted as an honorary member.
2008 Furman University Hall-of-Fame inductees:
KAYE BROWNLEE `02 -- Soccer (1998-01)...midfielder...most decorated player in Furman women's soccer history...Furman's only first team All-American in the sport...scored 13 goals and added 17 assists to garner first team NSCAA All-America honors and Soccer Buzz All-America second team accolades in 1999...named 1999 SoCon Tournament MVP, 1999 SoCon Female Athlete-of-the-Year, and 1999-00 Edna Hartness Furman Female Athlete-of-the-Year...one of only two players in league history to be named first team All-SoCon four times...keyed Furman to a 66-21-1 overall record, including 33-3-0 SoCon regular season mark over her four seasons...led the Paladins to three SoCon regular season championships (1999, `00, `01), one SoCon Tournament title (`99), and two NCAA Tournament appearances (1999 and `00)...helped Furman post back-to-back 20-3-0 overall records and 9-0-0 SoCon marks in 1999 and `00 while securing the school's only NCAA Tournament at-large bid in 2000...earned starts in 87 matches... league career assists leader (57) who also ranks fourth in SoCon history with 119 total points...stands seventh in Furman history with 31 goals...member of 2000 squad that notched Furman's highest national ranking (13th) in American Soccer Writers Poll...NSCAA All-Southeast pick in 1998 (3rd Team) and `99 (1st Team)...Soccer Buzz All-Southeast Region selection in 1998 (2nd Team), `99 (1st Team), `00 (2nd Team) and `01 (3rd Team)...also selected to 1998 Soccer Buzz All-Southeast Freshman Team...named to NSCAA Scholar-Athlete All-American first squad in 2000 and second team in 2001...2001 CoSIDA Academic All-America second team pick...2002 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient...2001-02 Tudent-Athlete Achievement Award winner...four-time SoCon Academic Honor Roll selection.
JOHN BARRY NUSUM `03 -- Soccer (1998-01)...forward...Furman's all-time leader in career goals (61), single season points (48) and career points (161)...ranks second in Southern Conference history in career points...three-time first team NSCAA All-American...2001 College Soccer News All-America (1st Team) and 2000 & `01 College Soccer Online All-America (1st Team)...2001 finalist for Mac Hermann award given annually to the nation's top collegiate soccer player... guided Furman to four SoCon regular season championships, three SoCon Tournament titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances...led Paladins to school-best NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals and Soccer America No. 3 final national ranking in 1999 as Furman posted a 21-2-1 record and defeated Radford, North Carolina and Wake Forest before falling to Connecticut...four-time first team NSCAA All-South Region pick...four-time All-SoCon selection, including first team honors in 1999, `00 and `01...chosen 2001 Furman Male Athlete-of-the-Year and SoCon Player-of-the-Year...2000 SoCon Tournament MVP...notched five career hat tricks while matching school record with four goals versus Appalachian State...helped Furman to 71-15-5 overall record and 31-1-0 SoCon record during his four-year career...helped key Furman to NCAA record streak of 46 consecutive conference matches without a defeat from 1999-03...drafted by Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew in third round of 2002 MLS Draft...played professionally with Virginia Beach Mariners, Atlanta Silverbacks and Toronto Lynx of the United Soccer League...earned MISL Rookie-of-the-Year and All-Rookie Team honors in 2004-05 as a member of the Philadelphia Kixx...currently plays in the USL2 with the Bermuda Hogges...scored seven goals for Bermuda during qualifying for 2006 World Cup to rank second in goals in the CONCACAF Region (Central America, North America and the Caribbean...Devonshire native named 2004 Bermuda Male Athlete-of-the-Year.
CLINT DEMPSEY `03 -- Soccer (2001-03)...midfielder...one of the most recognized Furman athletes of all-time worldwide...second team NSCAA All-American in 2002...named All-Southern Conference all three seasons, including first team honors in 2001 and `02...earned NSCAA All-South Region honors in 2002 and `03...named to 2001 Soccer America and College Soccer News All-Freshman teams... helped Furman to two SoCon regular season titles, two SoCon Tournament crowns, and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in three seasons at Furman...contributed to Furman's NCAA record for consecutive conference games without a loss (46) and consecutive shutouts (11, 2002)... totaled 17 goals and 19 assists during Furman career...eighth overall selection in 2004 Major League Soccer Draft by the New England Revolution...earned MLS Rookie-of-the-Year accolades after scoring seven goals in his inaugural campaign as a professional...netted 10 goals in second season to earn first of two MLS All-Star citations...led Revolution to the MLS Cup title game in 2005 and `06...transferred to Fulham of the English Premier League (EPL) in early 2007 and scored the club's biggest goal of the year against league powerhouse Liverpool to help the club remain in EPL and avoid relegation...led Fulham in goals during the 2007-08 season...made his first appearance with the full U.S. National team in 2004 and has since become one of the most recognized faces of the National Team...earned a spot in the 2006 U.S. World Cup squad and netted the United States' only goal in Germany on the world's biggest sports stage...named 2006 Honda U.S. Soccer Player-of-the-Year and 2007 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete-of-the-Year...helped his team to 2006 and 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup titles...has scored a total of nine goals for his country in international competition.
TOM MASTNY `03 -- Baseball (2000-03)...right-handed pitcher...four-year letterman and starting pitcher...the only All-America baseball player in school history...named to All-America squads by Baseball America (3rd Team), Collegiate Baseball (3rd Team), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (2nd Team), and College Baseball Insider.com (1st Team)...tabbed 2003 Southern Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year...posted a Furman season record and league leading 11-2 record in 2003 with NCAA best 1.09 earned run average, helping Furman to a then school record 32 wins (32-24), including victories over N.C. State, South Carolina, and Clemson (twice)...two victories over Clemson in `03 were first by a Furman squad since 1960...completed his career with a 28-19 record, ranking him second in program history in wins...named SoCon Pitcher-of-the-Week a school record five times...selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 11th round of the 2004 Major League Draft...traded to the Cleveland Indians in December of 2004, and in four seasons of minor league ball compiled a 28-10 record with a 2.20 ERA before being called up to the major league in July of 2006...prior to 2008 season, in 66 appearances for the Indians posted a 7-3 record with five saves and a 4.86 ERA...earned the victory in Cleveland's 2007 ALCS Game Two triumph over Boston...only the fifth Furman player to play in the major leagues and first to do so since Jerry Martin (1974-84).
DAVE SEGAL `63 -- Track & Field (1961-63)...competed in sprints, hurdles, and relays...Furman's most decorated track & field performer in the modern era and two-time Oympian...notched nine Southern Conference individual event championships, keying Furman to five league team titles: 1961 (indoor), `62 (indoor & outdoor), and `63 (indoor & outdoor)...won four event championships in 1961, including 60-yard dash, 60-yard low hurdles, 100-yard dash, and 220-yard dash...came back in `62 to capture 60-yard dash and 220-yard events...as a senior in `63 won 60-yard dash, 100-yard dash, and 220-yard dash...was also a member of Furman's 1963 miley relay championship squad...still holds Furman school records in the 60-yard dash (6.2 set in `62) and mile relay (3:17.0 in `63)...competed in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, and in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy, where he won a bronze medal for his native England in the 4x100 meter relay (40.2)...silver medalist in both the 200 meters (21.3) and 4x100 meters (40.4) at the 1958 European Championships in Stockholm, Sweden...set British records in the 200 meters (21.0) and 60-yard indoor (6.2) and was a member of the winning 4x110-yard relay team at the 1958 Commonwealth Games...two-time British champion in the 220-yard sprint (1957 & `58).
DORIS MANSFIELD (Honorary)...contributor to Furman athletics in many ways beginning in the mid-1970s when she was recruited by Dick Sheridan to support Furman football...together with husband Harry was one of two original full scholarship donors...founder of the Furman Bowl-a-Thon, at which has worked tirelessly over a 12-year period to raise sponsorship dollars totaling over $138,000...has served on the Paladin Club Board of Directors since its inception in the early 1990s, including the executive committee of the Paladin Club and virtually every sub-committtee...served a two-year term as president, helping the Paladin Club set all-time fund-raising records both years...has also been the most consistent volunteer for the Paladin Club in a myriad of roles.