Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame Announces Four New Members
Four graduates will be inducted into the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame on April 28, during the festivities of the Hall of Fame's 30th anniversary.
The inductees are (with graduation year): Allison Ankerson Makovec '95 of Virginia Beach, Va; Rodney L. Goodine '91 of Salisbury ; Martin S. Smith '65 of Asheboro; and Jack S. Ward '51 of Mocksville.
The induction ceremony, sponsored by the Catawba College Chiefs Club, will be held on Saturday, April 28, at 12:30 p.m. The luncheon will be held in Kirkland Lobby of the Abernethy Physical Education Center. On Friday, April 27, the Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be held at The Country Club of Salisbury at 1 p.m.
The Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1977 and this year's inductees will bring the total number of members to 141.
Following are the achievements of this year's inductees:
ALLISON ANKERSON MAKOVEC
Makovec, who was inducted into the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame in 2003, was a two-time All-American in women's soccer, earning first team honors in 1993.
A four-year starter for the Lady Indians (1991-94) as a defensive sweeper, Makovec was also the team's co-captain during his last three years. She helped lead Catawba to the SAC championship in 1993 and the SAC Tournament title in 1993 and 1994. The Lady Indians had an overall record of 46-19-4 and a SAC record of 21-6 during Makovec's career.
Makovec was All-South Atlantic Conference and All-SAC Tournament during all four of her seasons. In addition to her All-American status, Makovec earned All-South Region honors in 1992-94. She was voted as the SAC Player of the Year in 1994.
Despite being a defensive player, Makovec also scored 10 goals and added 11 assists during her 69 career games.
Also an outstanding tennis player, Makovec earned All-SAC honors in 1993. She and doubles partner Kristen Leatherman won a SAC Doubles championship in 1993 and earned a runner-up finish in 1994.
Makovec won the Lomax Award in April 1995, having been voted the top senior female athlete at Catawba College.
Makovec is a teacher in Norfolk and resides in Virginia Beach with husband, Mark, and their three children.
Goodine, originally from Seneca, SC, was a four-year starter (45 games) as a linebacker in football while at Catawba College.
Goodine, who earned All-America honors in 1988 and 1989, helped lead the 1988 Indians to the South Atlantic Conference championship and a playoff berth to the NAIA playoffs.
Having also earned All-SAC first team honors in 1988 and 1989, Goodine was voted the top male athlete in the senior class, winning Catawba's Kirkland Award in April 1990.
Goodine ranks fourth all-time in solo tackles (176) and total tackles (392). He also set a single-game record with 21 tackles against Newberry in 1988. That mark was later eclipsed by fellow Hall of Famer Curtis Walker with 25 in a game against Wofford.
He later returned to Catawba, serving as a volunteer assistant coach in 1995-96 and 1998-99.
Goodine, who has served on Catawba College's Alumni Board, is an intervention specialist with the Rowan Salisbury Schools. He and his wife, Bridgette, reside in Salisbury with their two children.
Smith was the shortstop on the Catawba College baseball team for four years (1962-65), earning all-state honors from The Greensboro Daily News in 1963.
An All-Carolinas Conference selection for three straight years (1963-65), Smith was elected team captain as a senior. He batted .288 for his career with six home runs and 55 runs batted in, during an era when college baseball teams played much fewer games.
Smith's career-best season came in 1963, when he batted .390 with 21 RBI.
Smith also played basketball at Catawba, scoring 137 points in 39 career games. He won the Aycock Medal as the most outstanding athlete in the senior class in 1965.
Smith went on to a long, illustrious coaching and teaching career at Asheboro High School. He coached basketball for 23 years, winning over 400 games. Smith coached baseball for 11 years, winning over 200 games and coached cross country for 17 years.
Smith received numerous conference Coach of the Year honors – six times in both basketball and baseball and 14 times for cross country.
Smith's teams won championships in basketball, baseball and cross country and he also won titles in the summer with Asheboro's American Legion baseball team. He was inducted into Asheboro High School's Hall of Fame in 2006.
Smith resides in Asheboro with his wife, Martha.
Ward was an outstanding athlete in two sports at Catawba College, prior to graduation in 1951. He played football and baseball for four years, but baseball may have been his best sport.
Ward started every baseball game during his career compiling a .298 batting average, scoring 72 runs and batting in 54. This also was an era when college baseball played far fewer games than present day schedules.
Ward has a career-best .347 average in 1950 and went on to play two seasons of professional baseball.
During his football career, Ward played on the 1948 Tangerine Bowl team that defeated Marshall, 7-0.
After pro baseball, Ward began a teaching and coaching career at Coolemee High School (1951-56). Ward's football teams at Coolemee compiled a record of 42-3.
Ward then became football coach at Davie County High School for 12 years and his teams went 61-51-9. He was selected as the head coach of the West team in the annual East-West All-Star Football Game in Greensboro. Ward's career football coaching record was 103-54-10.
Ward was also athletic director at Davie High for 17 years and later was principal for 11 years.
Ward became superintendent of Davie County Schools in 1984, a position he held until retirement in 1989.
The Jack Ward Award, originated in 1980, is presented annually to the most outstanding male and female athletes at Davie High School. He also received Catawba College's Medal of Exemplary Life Service in 2001.
Ward, who still resides in Mocksville, was inducted into the Davie County Hall of Fame in 2006.