Two inducted into hall of fame
A former women’s soccer player and soccer head coach were inducted into the P-Club Hall of Fame February 2.
Piedmont Men’s Tennis Coach Dick Stockton, a four-time All-American who climbed as high as No. 8 in the world rankings, served as the guest speaker at the annual event, which was held in the Commons.
Those inducted included Katie Porter Lampl ’10, MBA ’11, an All-American who helped led her team to back-to-back appearances in the Great South Athletic Conference championship game in 2009 and 2010. She is the career leader in women’s soccer for points, goals, points per game, goals per game and game-winning goals.
Jason P. Smith ’96, MPA ’04, the other inductee, served as the head coach for Piedmont’s men’s and women’s soccer team from 1993 to 2004 and is the winningest coach for both programs. His 2003 men’s team made a NCAA tournament run into the sweet 16, the best-ever showing for any Piedmont team in NCAA postseason play.
During a 15-minute address Stockton, who joined the college this summer, discussed his tennis career as a player and coach. Stockton advanced to the semifinals of two major tournaments: Wimbledon, in 1974, and the French Open in 1978. He also reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. open in 1976 and 1977 and won a total of eight tournaments to go with 10 runner-up finishes.
Along the way, he defeated legends like John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors and Rod Laver. Knocking off Connors in five sets in the finals of the 1977 U.S. Pro Indoor Championships when Connors was No. 1 in the world ranks as Stockton’s top individual highlight.