BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University athletic department is pleased to announce the 2017 Hall of Fame class that includes two individuals and one team. The 1969 men's basketball team, baseball player Andy Wilhoit (1997-2001) and women's volleyball player Angela Montreuil (2003-07) will all be inducted into the King Athletic Hall of Fame during Dogwood Weekend on Saturday, April 1.
"The 2017 Hall of Fame Class is yet another outstanding group that reflects not only King's strong athletic traditions, but our tradition of graduating students who succeed after college and impact the lives of others," King Athletic Director David Hicks said. "We have inductees representing three different eras of King athletic success that accurately represent our longstanding traditions."
The 1969 King College men's basketball team, led by King Athletic Hall of Fame coach Al Nida, went 18-4 including a 9-1 mark in the Volunteer State Athletic Conference (VSAC). The Tornado won the VSAC East Division title, the first conference title in school history and one of two league titles under the guidance of Nida. Along with a Hall of Fame coach, the 1969 King men's basketball team also featured Hall of Fame players Ballard Lee and Randy Williams, leading the Tornado to the semifinals of the VSAC Tournament.
The Tornado averaged 90.6 points per game and scored more than 100 points at least six times throughout the season, prior to the three-point line. Their offense was efficient, shooting 52.0 percent from the floor and was led by four scorers that averaged better than 14.0 points per game. Kenny Logwood led the way with an average of 19.4 points per game while Williams followed, scoring 17.4 points per game. Butch Cobb scored 15.7 points per game and Warren Payne added an average of 14.4 points per game.
On January 23, 1969, King snapped a 35-game losing streak to Carson-Newman College, a streak that dated back to 1951. A little more than a week later, the Tornado topped Lincoln Memorial on the road for their first win in Harrogate, Tenn., since 1948. Of the four losses for the Tornado, two came by only one point, 90-89 to Kentucky Southern and 95-94 against Florida Presbyterian.
Andy Wilhoit ('01) had a stellar career for the King College baseball team as he was the program's leader in four offensive categories at the time of his graduation. He graduated as the program's leader with a .382 batting average, 165 hits, 134 runs batted in and 48 doubles. Wilhoit was also second on the all-time list with 107 runs scored and 18 home runs.
Playing under first-year head coach Craig Kleinmann in 1998, Wilhoit helped the Tornado reach their first-ever NAIA regional in 2001. The captain posted then season records of 20 doubles and 105 total bases in his senior year of 2001, leading him to All-American, All-Region and All-Conference honors as a shortstop. Wilhoit hit .385 in 2001, a mark that ranked fourth on the King all-time list.
A season prior, in 2000, Wilhoit earned All-Conference honors playing third base for Kleinmann. At the end of his career, Wilhoit had the second and fourth best season batting averages on the all-time list, hitting .419 in 1998 and .385 in 2001. He was also the single season leader with 69 hits, 20 doubles and 105 total bases.
Angela Montreuil ('07) is one of the most decorated women's volleyball players in school history, helping lead the Tornado to four straight Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) regular season and tournament titles from 2003-06. In her four years donning the scarlet and navy, King posted 116 wins and a winning percentage of .707 under Hall of Fame coach Susie Toomey. The Tornado reached the regional finals three times, taking home the regional championship in 2006 and advancing to the national tournament.
Montreuil set the school record with 1,031 digs in 2005 and followed it with 1,001 digs during her senior season of 2006. In her career she posted 3,016 digs in 411 sets for an average of 7.34 digs per set. In her career, Montreuil had a stellar serve reception percentage of 94.2 percent.
Following the 2006 season, Montreuil was selected the NAIA National Libero of the Year, honorable mention NAIA All-America and NAIA Region XII Libero of the Year. She was named AAC Libero of the Year and All-AAC in both 2005 and 2006 as well as an AAC Scholar Athlete of the Year from 2004-06. Montreuil was named AAC Libero of the Week six times throughout her career and garnered NAIA Region XII All-Tournament team accolades in 2005. She was also an NAIA Academic All-American in both 2005 and 2006.
The 2017 King Athletic Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.