Courtesy: Bob Lloyd Calvin Lane, Sandy Dew, Christy Timbers and Michael McDuffie joined UNCW's Athletic Hall of Fame over the weekend
WILMINGTON, N.C. – The UNC Wilmington Athletic Hall of Fame welcomed four new members Saturday as baseball sparkplug Sandy Dew, coaching veteran Calvin Lane, men’s track and field standout Michael McDuffie and women’s soccer scoring phenom Christy Timbers Rife joined the elite group during a Saturday ceremony on campus.
The addition of the talented quartet pushes the hall’s membership to 32 since its inception in 1998.
Dew played centerfield for the Seahawks from 1966-69 and batted over .300 all four years. He led the team in stolen bases and runs scored all four seasons and was named the team’s MVP when the Seahawks won the NAIA District 26 championship in 1967. A two-time All-District 26 selection, he was an NAIA Honorable Mention All-America and signed with the Cleveland Indians following graduation.
Dew joins his father, Eugene, as the only father-son inductees in the membership. The elder Dew was a member of the 1999 class.
A 1969 graduate of UNCW with a double major in mathematics and physics, Dew is president and chief operating officer of Dew Oil Company in Delco, N.C.
Lane becomes the third coach honored in the Hall of Fame, joining the legendary Bill Brooks and former basketball skipper Mel Gibson. Lane headed up UNCW’s successful men’s soccer program from 1971-85 and the emerging men’s golf team from 1987-99.
In the early days of the men’s soccer program, Lane built the team into a regional and national power. In 15 years at the helm, he coached the team to a 129-94-19 record, including 10 winning seasons. In 1980, the Seahawks went 14-2 and collected the program’s first national ranking. Four years later, Kevin Cox was named First-Team All-CAA.
Lane stepped down from the men’s soccer position to take over the men’s golf program in 1987. In 13 seasons with the Seahawk golfers, Lane’s teams captured nine tournament championships and five runner-up finishes in the CAA. He coached five All-CAA performers, including 1993 CAA Player-of-the-Year Chris Buffaloe.
Like Lane, McDuffie was a giant in his sport at UNCW. The soft-spoken jumper competed four years for the men’s track and field team and established the long jump and triple jump records during his stint with the Seahawks. He still holds the indoor (51-3 ¾) and outdoor (52-0 ½) triple jump records for the team.
The Raeford, N.C., product won the CAA championship in the triple jump three times in 1996, 1997 and 1998. In 1997, McDuffie became UNCW’s first participant in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, just missing All-American honors at the national meet.
McDuffie was the runner-up in the triple jump at the 1995 Penn Relays and came back to capture the prestigious title at historic Franklin Field in 1997. One year later, he posted a provisional qualifying mark for the 1998 NCAA Championships. When it was all over, McDuffie had collected seven All-East designations.
Rife, meanwhile, was the model student-athlete during her brilliant soccer career from 1996-99. When the speedy forward wasn’t scoring on the soccer field, she was getting it done in the classroom, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.
With her dedication and tireless work ethic, Rife set a standard for players in the young women’s soccer program. She started every game during her four-year career and still holds the school record for most games played with 81 career appearances. A two-time Team MVP, Rife found the net 53 times for the Seahawks and scored a career-best 19 goals during her junior campaign in 1998.
The Charlotte native, who still owns nine club records, was named to the NSCAA/addidas All-Southeast Team in 1998 and 1999 was honored by “Soccer Buzz” Magazine as well both years.
Outside the lines, Rife excelled, too. A four-time CAA Scholar-Athlete, she was a regular on the Dean’s List and was selected to the NSCAA’s Scholar-Athlete squad in 1998 and 1999. In her senior year, Rife won the coveted Chancellor’s Cup Award for Academic Excellence as the program’s top female student-athlete with a cumulative GPA of 3.651.
Rife has continued her love of soccer. She played professionally for the highly-regarded Charlotte Lady Eagles and still works with the club today.