Kennesaw State To Honor 2016 Hall of Fame Class on Saturday

KENNESAW, Ga. (June 16, 2016) – The membership of the Kennesaw State Athletics Hall of Fame will grow by five following the announcement of the 2016 Hall of Fame class, it was announced on Thursday.

The class of 2016 will include Spencer Askew (men’s golf; 1996-2000), Kennesaw State benefactors Carl and Karen Hames, Terrence Hill (men’s basketball; 2002-04), Mackenzie Howe (cross country and track & field; 2008-11) and Stan Sims (Head Coach: cross country; 1994-2010; Head Coach: track & field; 2006-10).

Formal induction ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8, prior to the football game versus Missouri S&T at Fifth Third Bank Stadium. The honorees will also be recognized during the team’s non-conference contest.

With the addition of the new class, the Kennesaw State Athletic Hall of Fame now features 49 individuals and two teams, dating back to the original class that was inducted in 2003.

Askew, Hill and Howell are being inducted under the Former Student-Athlete/Professional Achievement category, while Carl and Karen Hames are being recognized for their Distinguished Service to Kennesaw State Athletics and Sims is being honored under the Coach or Administrator category.

Following are brief bios on the 2016 Hall of Fame class:

Spencer Askew (Men’s Golf; 1996-2000)
Askew was a four-year letter winner during his career and earned Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition as a junior in 1999. Upon graduation from KSU’s Michael J. Coles College of Business, Askew founded Efreightsolutions and serves as president of the Atlanta-based company. In addition to his success in the business world, Askew has continued his association with Kennesaw State, joining the Dot Martin Planning Committee in 2004 while helping to turn it into a successful fundraising golf tournament for KSU Athletics. He is recognized as the first former student-athlete to make a significant donation to the KSU Athletics scholarship fund, and has made contributions to both the men’s and women’s golf programs, and Michael J. Coles College of Business.

Carl and Karen Hames (Kennesaw State Athletics Benefactors)
Over the years, Carl and Karen Hames have generously given of their time and resources to Kennesaw State Athletics. The Hames were among KSU Athletics’ original financial benefactors.  A former Kennesaw Junior College student, Carl became a successful banker and through his business, sponsored the Department of Athletics’ initial annual fundraising golf tournaments at Big Canoe Resort.

Karen’s service to the Owl Family includes:  administering The Big Canoe Tournament; helping initiate the Dot Martin Classic in 1994; and remains active in assisting KSU Athletics whenever called upon.

Mr. and Mrs. Hames remain active members in KSU Athletics donor clubs.

Terrence Hill (Men’s Basketball; 2002-04)
A two-year letter winner at Kennesaw State . . . Helped Kennesaw State to the 2004 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball national championship . . . Earned 2004 Division II All-American honors . . . Tabbed the 2004 Atlanta Tip-Off Club Naismith Award winner as the NCAA Division II National Player of the Year . . . Selected the 2004 Chevrolet Player of the Game after helping the Owls post an 84-59 victory over Southern Indiana in the championship game . . . Ranks in KSU’s Top 10 in several career categories, including, Points (No. 10 – 1,152), Points Per Game (No. 5 – 16.2), Field Goals Made (No. 10 – 408) and , Free Throws Made (No. 7 – 254) . . . Other major honors included 2004 Elite Eight Tournament Most Outstanding Player, 2004 Elite Eight All-Tournament Team, 2004 South Regional All-Tournament Team, 2004 First Team All-South Region, 2003 and 2004 Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year, 2003 and 2004 All-Peach Belt Conference First Team and 2003 All-South Region Second Team . . . Helped Kennesaw State to a 35-4, overall record, including a 16-0 mark in the PBC as the Owls won their final 26 games . . . KSU went 60-14 (.811) in his two seasons . . . Concluded career with 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.6 assists a contest.

Mackenzie Howe (Cross Country, 2007-10; Track & Field, 2008-11)
Enjoyed an outstanding cross country and track and field career at Kennesaw State . . . Cross Country: A four-time Atlantic Sun Conference all-conference selection, including three-time first-team performer . . . 2010 ASUN individual champion and conference runner-up in 2008 and 2009 . . . Advanced to the 2010 NCAA National Championships as a senior . . . 10-time ASUN Runner of the Week . . . Outdoor Track and Field: Three-time 5,000 and 10,000 meter ASUN Conference champion . . . Holds two of the Top 10 times in ASUN Conference Championship history in the 5,000 meter, and the all-time best mark in the 10,000 meter . . . A six-time ASUN Conference all-conference performer . . . Indoor Track and Field: Three-time ASUN Conference champion . . . Two-time winner in the 3,000 meter and 2011 5,000 meter champion . . . An eight-time all-conference performer.

Stan Sims (Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach; 1994-2011; Head Track & Field Coach; 2006-10)
Led Kennesaw State to 22 conference titles (19 Peach Belt titles, 3 A-Sun titles) . . . Won 10 women’s championships and 12 men’s titles . . . Named conference coach of the year 15 times (13 in Peach Belt, 2 in A-Sun) . . . Named men’s conference coach of the year eight times and women’s conference coach of the year seven times . . . Coached two individual national champions and 35 individual conference champions . . . Had five runners finish in the Top 10 at nationals . . . Coached 16 All-Americans . . . Taught mathematics at Kennesaw State.

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