PC Letter Club names four to Sports Hall of Fame

(Photo) New Piedmont Sports Hall of Fame members include, from left, Sebastian Stanescu, Katie Gibbs Hartrick, and John B. Sawyer. Pictured inset is Stephen Andrew.

The Piedmont College Letter Club inducted four new members to its Sports Hall of Fame during a luncheon April 14 at the college in Demorest.

This year’s class includes Katie Gibbs Hartrick (volleyball), Stephen Andrew (soccer), John B. Sawyer (baseball), and Sebastian Stanescu (tennis).

Katie Gibbs Hartrick of Lula graduated from Piedmont in 2003 and also earned a master’s degree in early childhood education in 2006. As a volleyball player, in her sophomore year she led the team in kills, hitting percentage, and blocks. She was the unanimous team MVP as Piedmont volleyball finished 18-16 with its first winning season. She continued to excel as a junior, again being named captain, team MVP and Piedmont’s first conference Player of the Year. As a senior she finished with 1,193 career kills and was again named to the All-Conference Team. After graduation she coached volleyball at Habersham Central High School for two years, finishing with a 42-15 record. She currently teaches third grade at Baldwin Elementary School.

A standout baseball player, 1962 graduate John Sawyer of Gwinnett County also made his mark in coaching. He taught geography at South Gwinnett High School for 37 years and was the head baseball coach for 36 years and athletic director for 24 years. Before retiring in 2000, he recorded 517 wins at South Gwinnett, with nine region championships, and was a four-time Coach of the Year. He is a 2012 inductee to the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame, and the Gwinnett County Dugout Club named their Coach of the Year trophy after him. Sawyer was the pitching coach for the USA 18-under  national team, which won the gold medal in Sydney Australia in 1989. He also was the pitching coach for the 1997 16-under national team.

Stephen AndrewOriginally from Scotland, Stephen Andrew of Buford graduated from Piedmont in 2004 holding team records for goals (114), assists (89), and points (317).  He was named to the GSAC All-Conference Team four times and was the 2003 conference Player of the Year. After graduation, he coached at Huntingdon College before returning to Piedmont to become the head women’s soccer coach. This past season, the team won the GSAC title and finished with a remarkable 17-3-1 record, earning Andrew Coach of the Year honors.

Another international standout at Piedmont, Sebastian Stanescu, originally from Romania, graduated in 2005 with a roomful of trophies. He was a four-time GSAC Player of the Year and was named All-Conference in singles and doubles as Piedmont took the GSAC title in each of his four years.  He was also a member of the All-Academic team four times. Stanescu was named a NCAA All-America player for singles and doubles in 2005, competing in the NCAA National Individual tournament in 2004 and 2005.

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