WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 29, 2008) ' Four former student-athletes, a coach and an athletic trainer were all honored Saturday at the Rollins Sports Hall of Fame Breakfast, part of Rollins Reunion Weekend 2008. Men's soccer player Keith Buckley '88, baseball player Mike Lynch '90, volleyball player Falecia Douglas Williams '91, basketball player Daniel Parke '97, athletic trainer Charlie Urban and waterski coach Paul Harris '45 where each enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
Buckley, the current head coach of the Rollins men's soccer team, was a three time All-Sunshine State Conference honoree during his playing career at Rollins, earning a spot on the first team in 1987. He was first team All-State in 1985 and 1986 and was named first team All-South Region in 1987. Buckley still ranks among the Tars all-time best scorers, currently sitting seventh in points, 19th in assists, seventh in goals scored and eighth in games played.
Lynch was the pitcher of record in legendary baseball coach Boyd Coffie's 500th career victory to highlight an illustrious career at Harper-Shepherd Field. He was an ABCA All-South Region selection in three seasons and ABCA All-American in 1990. Lynch led the Tars to the 1989 and 1990 NCAA South Region Tournaments and to the 1989 College World Series. He is currently fifth in wins, second in innings pitched and second in strikeouts in the Rollins all-time record book. After Rollins, he played professionally in the Brewers, Red Sox and Cubs organizations.
Douglas holds multiple school records, including kills in a season and kills in a match. She finished her career as the Tars' all time leader in kills and digs and is currently third all-time in kills, ninth in total attacks, seventh in blocks, 12th in digs and second in service aces. Douglas was a three-time member of the SSC All-Academic team and was named second team all-conference in 1987 and first team in 1988 and 1989.
Parke holds the NCAA all divisions record of 93 straight games with a three pointer and was a 1996 NABC All-American. He was a three time All-Sunshine State Conference honoree, landing on the first team in 1996 and 1997. He is currently second on the Tars all-time points list with 2,029, fourth in field goals, first in three point field goals and fourth in free throws.
Urban wore many hats at Rollins in his 16 years as an athletic trainer and administrator for Rollins Athletics. He was the only athletic trainer in the department and handled the health care for more than 250 athletes. Urban is a former chairman of the Sunshine State Conference Trainers Association and was a Rollins employee of the month. At Rollins he also served as the compliance officer for the department and assisted in all facets of athletics.
Paul Harris served for 17 years as Rollins' waterfront director and built the foundation for the Tars' current nationally ranked waterski teams. He led Tars skiers to 12 consecutive years in the nationally rankings and won two national championships. In addition to his duties within the Athletics Department, he also mentored many students at the College. Harris, who was also known as 'the Colonel,' passed away August 12, 2004.
The Rollins Sports Hall of Fame was started in 1997 and is now maintained by the Tar Boosters and the Rollins Alumni Association. The accomplishments of the now more than 150 members of the Rollins Sports Hall of Fame continue to be recognized as a source of pride for Rollins.