Bill Foster - Men's Basketball Coach/Athletic Director, 1962-67
Foster's teams posted 110 wins against only 33 losses in five seasons and he built a strong foundation for Shorter Athletics in the early 60s. He went on to national prominence as a head coach in the NCAA, coaching Clemson and Virginia Tech to the NCAA Tournament, and winning the NIT with Virginia Tech in 1995. He was an assistant coach for the USA basketball team at the 1994 Goodwill Games. At retirement, Foster was one of only 16 coaches to win 500 or more games in his career.
Walt Attaway - Men's and Women's Tennis Coach
Attaway is the winningest coach in NAIA history, and 3rd in wins all time in all of college sports. In 2000, he was inducted into the Rome-Floyd County Hall of Fame and a year later was inducted into the NAIA Tennis Hall of Fame. He was selected as Conference Coach of the Year 15 times during his career and his teams made 25 NAIA National Tennis Tournament appearances.
Ada-Belle Patrick Winthrop-King - Women's Basketball, 1918-1922
During her four years at Shorter, Patrick became quite a celebrity with her athletic ability and leadership. She was a student council member, student body president, vice president of the Athletic Association and captain of the basketball team. Her commitment to Shorter did not end in 1922, as she became a long time generous supporter of the college. The Hawks and Lady Hawks' home, the Winthrop-King Centre, bears her name and she forever has enriched the quality of life and learning at Shorter.
Jimmy Chastain - Men's Basketball, 1963-67
Chastain was a four-year letterman for the Hawks and a member of the 1965 GIAC Conference Champion team. He is the Hawks all-time career rebound leader with 1270. Chastain was NAIA Honorable Mention All-American in 1965 and was an All-GIAC performer in 1965 and 1966.
Earle Driggers - Men's Basketball, Track, Cross Country, Baseball, 1962-1966
Driggers earned 16 varsity letters in four years in basketball, track and field, cross country and baseball, setting school records in the one mile and two mile runs. He remained undefeated in cross country meets for three years, while earning All-GIAC honors in baseball, track and field, cross country and basketball. Driggers was Honorable Mention All-American in basketball in the 1964-1965 season, helping his team to a conference championship.
Gordon Guin - Men's Basketball, 1961-1963
A three-year letterman for the Hawks, Guin was the single season leader in rebounds (17.5), scoring average (25.9 points per game) and free throws made (184) during the 1961-1962 season. During his career, he was ranked in the top ten in the NAIA in field goal percentage, free throw percentage and rebounds, and was an All-GIAC performer in 1962 and 1963.
John Maddox - Track, 1962-1965
A top track and field performer for Shorter in the early 60s, Maddox set GIAC Conference records in the 100 and 220 yard dash, and in the high and low hurdles. He was a member of the 1963 Conference Champion Hawks, and was voted the Most Valuable Member of the 1964 team.
Shirley Knighton - Women's Basketball, 1976-1979
A four-year letter winner for the Lady Hawks, Knighton was a two-time single season scoring leader in 1977-78 (554) and 1978-79 (627). She ranks high on several Shorter all-time records including free throw percentage (74%) and field goals made (257). Knighton was captain of her junior and senior teams, when the Lady Hawks posted 31 wins in 1978 and 25 wins in 1979, garnering her All-American status. Her #54 jersey was retired in 2002.
Lamar Wright - Baseball, 1970-1974
Wright holds the all-time Hawks career wins mark with 45, with only 8 losses, and was a three-time All-GIAC and District 25 selection. His 500 career strikeouts lead all Shorter players. Wright led the NAIA in strikeouts with 172 in 1974, was a two-time All-Area 5 pick and an NAIA All-American selection in 1974. His teams won the 1971, 1973 and 1974 conference champions and the 1974 District 25 title. After Shorter, he was drafted by the California Angels and reached the AAA level.
Robert Long - Baseball, 1973-1976
Long was a two-year letterman for the Hawks baseball team. In his junior year, he was 8-2 with a 1.75 ERA in 77 innings of work. He was an All-GIAC and District 25 selection before reaching the Major League with Pittsburg in 1981 and Seattle in 1985. Long helped lead the Hawks to two straight conference championships from 1975-1976 and two District titles in 1975 and 1976.
Sonny Skinner - Men's Golf, 1980-1981
Skinner won two tournaments in 1981 for the Hawks, before turning professional in 1982. He had victories on the Buy.com Tour in the 1993 Nike Shreveport Open and the 1994 Nike Dominion Open, and was a member of the PGA Tour in 1997 and 1998. While a member of the Tour, Skinner fired an opening round of 62, tying the Warwick Hills Golf Course record, at the 1997 Buick Open.
Pam Wortham- Women's Basketball, 1979-1983
Wortham was a four-year letter winner for the Lady Hawks and selected to the GAIAW All-Conference team all four years of her career. In her freshman year, she led the conference in steals, and, in her junior and senior years, led the conference in scoring. Wortham was voted Player of the Year in the GAIAW her senior year.
Dominik Boettcher - Men's Tennis, 1989-1993
A four-time NAIA All-American selection, Boettcher posted over 100 victories in his career, the most wins by a Shorter tennis player. He competed all four years at #1 singles, posted 33 wins his freshman year, and ranked as high as third in the NAIA during his career. In 1990, he was the District 25 singles champion, and was a member of the 1991 and 1992 Conference and District Champions. Boettcher was a four-time All-GIAC and All-District 25 performer, and four-time NAIA All-American selection.
Lydy Pinson - Women's Tennis, 1992-1996
Pinson became the first female tennis player to win 100 matches and was the first Lady Hawks women's tennis NAIA All-American selection in 1993. She posted 40 wins as a freshman (a single season record at Shorter), was four-time All-Conference, and was ranked in the top 50 in the NAIA all four years. Pinson was a member of the conference title team in 1995.
Ibriham Ibriham - Men's Soccer, 1960-1964
Ibrahim was a player-coach for the first-ever men's soccer team at Shorter and went on to become head men's soccer coach at Clemson University. He coached Clemson to the NCAA Championship in 1984 and 1987, took Clemson to the NCAA Tournament 17 of his 28 seasons, and had 388 wins in his career. He Clemson to the NCAA Final Four six times, and won 11 ACC Championships, tied for the most league titles by any coach in Clemson sports history. Ibrahim has been hailed as the "father of Clemson soccer."