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LakePoint, Ga. - The ASUN Conference Hall of Fame announced its newest members with inductees for the Class of 2018, which features five individuals that left an incredible mark on their universities and the league as a whole. FGCU's Brooke Youngquist Sweat, Kennesaw State's Laura Tucker, Stetson's Taryn (Lynn) Morgan, FAU's Joan Joyce and Mercer's Sam Mitchell will be welcomed into the ASUN Hall of Fame as the fourth class.
The Hall of Fame's fourth annual induction ceremony will take place on October 22, on the campus of ASUN member University of North Alabama in Florence, Ala. Information about prior Hall of Fame inductees and the ASUN can be found at www.asunhalloffame.org. Additional bios, videos, photo galleries and news for the Class of 2018 will also be launched on the day of the ceremony.
Brooke Youngquist Sweat's career began on the Volleyball court at FGCU, but transitioned to the sand as she represented the USA in the 2016 Summer Olympic in Rio competing in Beach Volleyball. At FGCU, Youngquist Sweat guided the Eagles to an ASUN Championship in 2007 with a 10-1 league record as she earned Second Team All-Conference honors. Over the entirety of her collegiate career, she tallied 1,167 kills, 99 service aces and 1,367 digs. Prior to her time in the ASUN, Brooke earned AVCA Second Team All-America honors as a junior and was tabbed the Daktronics South Region Player of the Year.
Since her time at FGCU has concluded, Youngquist Sweat's transition to the Beach Volleyball courts has been seamless as she has earned AVP Defensive Player of the Year honors on four occasions and is a 10-time worldwide winner with more than 30 podium finishes across multiple professional tours. In 2017, she finished the year ranked No. 7 in the world and earned a career-best finish of second on the FIVB World Tour in 2017.
Laura Tucker, Kennesaw State - Women's Soccer (2003-06)
A dominant force on soccer pitch, Kennesaw State's Laura Tucker becomes KSU's second inductee into the ASUN Hall of Fame joining Keri McKee Cortolano (2017). During her career as an Owl from 2003-06, Tucker amassed 137 points with 54 goals and 29 assists. She remains as the program's leader in career points, goals and game-winning goals (19). A First Team All-Conference Selection in 2005 and 2006, Laura guided KSU to the 2006 ASUN Regular Season title; the first of three won by the Owls.
The 2006 ASUN Player of the Year, Tucker capped her career with 13-2-2 with an 8-0-1 record in the ASUN. The two losses in 2006 are tied for the fewest in a season in conference history. In her Division I career, Tucker and the Owls compiled a 26-6-3 record and a 16-2-1 mark in league play.
Taryn (Lynn) Morgan, Stetson - Tennis & Volleyball (1996-2000)
A two-sport star at Stetson University, Taryn (Lynn) Morgan lettered all four years in both Tennis and Volleyball for the Hatters, while also excelling in academics. Her career on the tennis courts was highlighted by her 1999 campaign in which Taryn finished the year with a 26-0 record at No. 1 singles to earn ASUN Player of the Year accolades to guide Stetson to 16 victories. Her win streak stretched to as much as 47, which still stands as the longest in program history by a wide margin of 26. Taryn finished her career with an 85-9 record in singles. As a doubles player, Lynn holds the record for best doubles winning percentage (.895; 18-3).
Her accolades extended past the tennis courts as she earned CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team honors in 2000. As a volleyball student-athlete, Taryn collected 310 kills. 827 digs, 59 blocks and 85 aces in her career and still owns the program record for aces in a single match with 11. Stetson's best season with Lynn on the squad came in her freshman season when the Hatters totaled 17 victories.
Joan Joyce, FAU - Head Softball and Women's Golf Coach (1994-Present)
Joyce is the only Head Coach FAU Softball has seen in its 21-year history. Under Joyce the program's accomplishments are unparalleled with eight-consecutive ASUN Championships (1997-2004) and 11 in all (2006, 2007, 2016) with 11 trips to the NCAA Tournament. Having created FAU's softball program from scratch, Joyce guided the team to a 33-18 record in year one as she earned her first ASUN Coach of the Year award. In all, Joyce has coached 25 First Team All-Conference selections and 27 Second Team honorees. In 2002, FAU set a team record and led the nation with 62 wins as Joyce earned her fifth career ASUN Coach of the Year award. That year, FAU received its first No. 1 seed for an NCAA Regional.
A member of the National Amateur Softball Hall of Fame, Joyce holds a career pitching record of 753 wins and 42 losses. Included in her totals are 150 no-hit, no-run games and 50 perfect games. At the plate she posted a career batting average of .324. Joyce counts striking out Ted Williams in 1961 as one of her most notable achievements. Joyce's duties at FAU have not been limited to softball and administration. From 1996-2014, she was Head Coach of the Women's Golf team. Much like the softball team, Joyce led the golf team on a continual path of improvement. She coached three ASUN Golfers of the Year in Cecilie Lundgreen (1997), Jessica Polus (2002) and Natalia Navarro (2004) and one Freshman of the Year, Praewnapa Phol-Uayporn (2005). A multi-sport athlete, Joyce has now been inducted into 11 halls of fame. She has been enshrined into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Florida Sports Hall of Fame, the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, the Han O'Donnell Hall of Fame, the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame, the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame, The National Amateur Softball Hall of Fame, the Greater Waterbury Hall of Fame, and is just one of a handful of Americans who have been inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame.
Sam Mitchell, Mercer - Men's Basketball (1981-85)
The third representative from Mercer and second Men's Basketball student-athlete to be inducted into the ASUN Hall of Fame, Mitchell's career accomplishments extended much further than his time as a Bear. The 1985 ASUN Player of the Year and Tournament MVP, Mitchell guided Mercer to the NCAA Tournament led by fellow ASUN Hall of Fame coach Bill Bibb. Upon the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament, Mitchell was selected in the Third Round of the NBA Draft to the Houston Rockets. His career at Mercer included 1,986 points including a then-record of 774 points score in the 1985 season. He sits second in the ASUN single-season record books for scoring average (25.0) and field goals made (294).
Mitchell began his professional career with three seasons in the Continental Basketball Association with the Rapid City Thrillers where he helped them to a championship and also spent two year in France's top-tier league. His NBA career began in 1989 as a free agent with the expansion Minnesota Timberwolves and played three seasons in Minnesota before being acquired by the Indiana Pacers in September 1992. He returned to the Timberwolves as a free agent in 1995 where he played an instrumental role in the development of 18-year-old rookie Kevin Garnett. Over his career, Mitchell appeared in 994 regular season games and 59 postseason contests, missing just 40 games to injury or illness, while averaging 8.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG and 1.1 APG. He ranks second all-time in Timberwolves history behind only Kevin Garnett in games played with 757 and second with 7,161 points, 1,773 free throws made, 2,664 field goals made, 3,030 rebounds and 449 steals.
Following his playing career, Mitchell served as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Bobcats and New Jersey Nets. He became the sixth head coach of the Toronto Raptors in 2005 and served in that capacity until 2008. Mitchell was selected as the 2006-07 NBA Coach of the Year after leading Toronto to its first-ever Atlantic Division title and a franchise-record tying 47 wins. A 2010 inductee into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, he has been active in numerous charitable efforts through the years, particularly with the Special Olympics. After serving as an assistant coach on staff, Mitchell was named the interim head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves in September, 2011 after head coach Flip Saunders was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Most recently, Mitchell is serving as Head Coach of the U.S. Virgin Islands National Basketball team, while also working as a talk show host on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
The ASUN Conference is a NCAA Division I league with eight member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the ASUN footprint reaches into seven of the top 50 media markets in the nation. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University. Liberty University and the University of North Alabama will join the league for the 2018-19 season.