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Wingate University announces 2011 Sports Hall of Fame inductees

9/21/2011
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Wingate, N.C.----Five new members will be added to a prestigious and impressive list during the Wingate University Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday morning, Oct. 15. Three-sport athlete Patrick Bartlett (Berryville, Va., Class of ’00), softball player Cindy Irvin Behe (Huntersville, N.C., Class of ’95), men’s soccer player Mark Caudle (Greensboro, N.C., Class of ’96), football player Mike Ragin (Sumter, S.C., Class of ’94) and current Wingate University president Dr. Jerry McGee (Rockingham, N.C.) will join the 72 other Bulldog luminaries in the University’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Patrick Bartlett played tennis, basketball and soccer during a distinguished career. In tennis, Bartlett was the Bulldogs’ number one player for four consecutive years and a three-year Academic All-America® At-Large selection. He was an All-South Atlantic Conference selection for three years, earning SAC Player of the Year laurels as a junior in 1999. He also was a two-year Bulldog letter winner in basketball. He is currently a successful businessman, working for McGladrey and Pullen.

Cindy Irvin Behe played softball for the Bulldogs and boasts an impressive resume. She led the Bulldogs to their first-ever SAC regular season championship. She was a two-time Academic All-America® first team selection. Irvin Behe was a two-time All-SAC first team performer. She received the prestigious SAC Scholar-Athlete Award during her senior year. Irvin hit over .400 both her junior and senior years. She struck three times in her junior and senior years combined.

After Wingate, Irvin Behe earned a Masters degree in Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also added two ASA national championships (2001, 2005) to her trophy cabinet. She is currently a biologist for a drug discovery company.

Mark Caudle played soccer for the Bulldogs in a successful playing career which led to a professional contract. Caudle was a first team All-American as a senior, helping Wingate to its best record in school history. The Bulldogs won the SAC regular season title and the Food Lion SAC tournament crown his final season. The SAC Player of the Year in 1994, Caudle was a two-time All-SAC selection. He was received All-Region honors once.

After graduating, Caudle went on to play for the Greensboro Dynamo in the USISL for one year. He served as the goalkeeping coach for the Wake Forest University women’s soccer program for two years. After soccer, Caudle has had a successful working career. In 2004, he received the Circle of Excellence Manager of the Year award, presented by the Greensboro Merchants Association. Currently, Caudle has been the owner of the Zingo Designated Driver Service since 2010.

Mike Ragin was an extremely talented wide receiver for the Bulldogs. A three-time All-SAC selection, Ragin was the first wide receiver in school history to record 1000+ receiving yards in a season. In his senior year, Ragin caught 61 passes for 1137 yards and eight touchdowns. Throughout his career as a Bulldog, Ragin had 202 catches, 3240 yards and 19 touchdowns. Ragin is a business owner in his native South Carolina.

Dr. Jerry McGee has been the President of Wingate University since 1992. He received his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University. He also holds a Masters degree from Appalachian State University and a Doctorate from Nova University. Under his visionary leadership, Wingate University has been recognized as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the South and one of the premier private universities in North Carolina. During his presidency, Wingate has developed several recognized Graduate Programs, achieved University status, began a School of Pharmacy and doubled its enrollment.

He also officiated 400 college football games during his refereeing years and has been routinely selected for post-season assignments including the Inaugural ACC Championship game, the Florida Citrus Bowl twice, the Rose Bowl twice, the Gator Bowl twice, the Army/ Navy game twice, the Orange Bowl, the Liberty Bowl, and many others. He has also been selected three times to officiate national championship games, including the 2009 BCS Championship game.

Dr. McGee is a member of the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame and the Union County Business Leaders Hall of Fame. In 2006, he received North Carolina’s highest civilian honor – The Order of the Long Leaf Pine – in recognition of his extraordinary service to the state. Dr. McGee has served the NCAA as a member of the NCAA President’s Council. He served on two occasions as the national chairman of the Football Issues Committee for NCAA Division II.

The Wingate University Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will begin on Saturday morning, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. in the LaVerne Banquet Hall. Tickets for the induction ceremonies brunch are $25 per person and $15 for children 12 and under.

For more information about the Wingate University Sports Hall of Fame, contact committee chairman Bill Nash at 704-233-8121. Nash can be reached via E-mail at bilnash@wingate.edu.


WINGATE UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a comprehensive university with more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. The university offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, physician assistant studies and sports administration and doctorates in pharmacy and education.

Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

Bulldog student-athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. Wingate University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years.

Wingate University is ranked number three among NCAA Division II Academic All-America® producing schools in the 2000’s with 39 honorees during this millennium. Only Pittsburg State (Kan.) University and Truman State (Mo.) University have produced more Academic All-America® honorees during this time period. Wingate’s 48 Academic All-America® honorees (lifetime) is tops among all SAC schools.

WINGATE SPORTS WEEKLY

The Wingate University Bulldog Club sponsors Wingate Sports Weekly each Wednesday at Hill Top Bistro in Monroe (602 E. Roosevelt Blvd.). The Dutch treat lunch begins at 12 noon. The gatherings will give Bulldog fans an opportunity to interact with Wingate coaches and student-athletes. Wingate Sports Weekly replaces Wake Up with Wingate for the 2011-12 academic year.

BULLDOG CLUB CLAM BAKE SLATED FOR NOV. 4

The Wingate University Bulldog Club is hosting its inaugural Clam Bake at the University Lake Friday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome as the University celebrates Homecoming weekend. On the same day, the 36th annual Bill Connell Memorial Golf Tournament will be contested at Eagle Chase Golf Club. The shotgun start is slated for 9 a.m. Both the Clam Bake and the BCMGT benefit deserving student-athletes.

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