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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Lipscomb Director of Athletics Philip Hutcheson announced Wednesday that Jim Allen, Beth Willis Dolente, John Friend and Farrell Gean will be inducted as the latest members of the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Nov. 5 on the Lipscomb University campus.
The Hall of Fame presentation will begin with a congratulatory reception at 11 a.m. in the Allen Arena Hall of Fame room followed by the induction luncheon at noon on the Allen Arena floor.
Tickets to the event are $15 per person and are available by contacting Rhonda Lehmer at 615-966-5899 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2011 Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees
Jim Allen (Meritorious Service)
Jim Allen is a long-time friend of Lipscomb athletics and has served the Lipscomb community for many years, first in the administration and now as a Trustee. Allen and his wife Linda have also helped to shape the campus in significant ways funding the construction of the Allen Bell Tower as a memorial to their son, Michael, and making the largest single gift in Lipscomb history to build Allen Arena.
Director of Athletics Philip Hutcheson on Jim Allen:
Beth Willis Dolente (Athlete)
Beth Willis Dolente played on the Lady Bisons basketball team from 1990-94 leading the team to a 75 percent winning percentage over her career and an appearance in the NAIA Championship game in 1994. She was a first team All-American in 1993 and an honorable mention All-American in 1994. Willis finished her career among the top five in program history for both scoring (2,258) and rebounding (911) and at the conclusion of her junior season, the NAIA awarded her the Emil S. Liston Award honoring her scholarship, character and playing ability.
Director of Athletics Philip Hutcheson on Beth Willis Dolente:
John Friend (Athlete/Meritorious Service)
John Friend was a member of the Bison basketball team from 1954-57 playing a leading role in Lipscomb’s march to the VSAC tournament all four years, including the championship game in 1956. He served as director of athletics at Purdue University-Calumet from 1980-2001 and was the conference commissioner of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. His athletic accomplishments have been acknowledged by his selection to six Halls of Fame: Purdue Calumet, the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the National College Football Coaches Association, the American Football Coaches Association, the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, and the NAIA Hall of Fame.
Director of Athletics Philip Hutcheson on John Friend:
Farrell Gean (Athlete)
Farrell Gean attended Lipscomb from 1968-72 where he achieved the rare accomplishment of lettering four years in both basketball and baseball. Gean averaged 15 points per game over his career and was team captain in 1972. He was just as accomplished on the baseball diamond where he played a leading role in the program’s ascent to national prominence. In 1971 and 1972, Gean helped lead the “Miracle Bisons” in their first trips to the NAIA World Series. During his career he set school records in hits, doubles, home runs, and RBI’s. He has dedicated his career to education, first as a professor in Lipscomb’s School of Business and for the past 30 years as Professor of Accounting at Pepperdine University.
Director of Athletics Philip Hutcheson on Farrell Gean: