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Five Added to Hall of Fame Class for 2013
Five new members will be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony in September. The Hall of Fame's Class of 2013 will include representatives from football, men's basketball, women's soccer, volleyball and the athletics administration.
The five-member class, the fifth to be inducted into the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame, will be honored during special ceremonies surrounding Liberty's football match-up with Morgan State on Sept. 14 at Williams Stadium.
The five-member class includes Anthonia (Akpama) Oyedele (volleyball), Bailey Alston (men's basketball), Brenda Bonheim (volleyball and women's basketball coach/SWA), Nancy (Davis) White (women's soccer) and Robby Justino (football).
The Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Sept. 13 on the Club Pavilion level of the Williams Stadium Tower, while the five-member class will receive special recognition during the Morgan State game the evening following the ceremony.
The Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame celebrates the best of the best, honoring those who helped shape the face of Liberty Athletics. The Hall of Fame's now 27 members have each played a key role in helping Liberty grow from an NCCAA program in 1972 to its current status as a thriving NCAA Division I program today.
Anthonia (Akpama) Oyedele
(Volleyball – 1996-1999)
Anthonia (Akpama) Oyedele was Liberty's first dominate volleyball player at the Division I level, helping the Lady Flames to their first two Big South titles and a pair of trips the NCAA Volleyball Championships (1997 and 1999).
Oyedele is the only player in program history to amass more than 2,000 career kills, finishing her four-year run on the court with a program-best 2,024 kills. She is one of only two Liberty volleyball players to have her jersey retired, joining fellow Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame member Theresa Bream on this short list.
The native of Lagos, Nigeria, is the only player in program history to be named Big South All-Conference all four years of her career. She capped off her career accolades when she was named the 1999 Big South Player of the Year.
Oyedele became the fifth Liberty Athletics representative inducted into the Big South Hall of Fame in May 2013. During her four-year career, Liberty posted a combined 93-43 record, winning 20 matches each of her four seasons on Liberty Mountain.
(Men's Basketball – 1988-90)
Bailey Alston helped usher in a new era for the men's basketball program, playing his last two seasons at Liberty as a NCAA Division I student-athlete. In his final season at the Division II level, Alston was named the 1988 Mason-Dixon Player of the Year.
Alston is one of only three players in program history to score 2,000 career points (2,115), doing so in just three seasons on Liberty Mountain. He also holds the program's career scoring record, as he averaged 25.5 points per game in 83 career games played.
Alston is the only player in program history with three career 40-point games to his credit and he finished his three-year span with the Flames with 42 career 20-point games.
The Henderson, N.C., native suffered a career-ending injury shortly after finishing his last game at Liberty, prevent him from pursuing a professional playing career.
(Volleyball and Women's Basketball Coach/SWA, 1975-2000)
Brenda Bonheim was a pioneer for women's athletics at then Liberty Baptist College when she arrived in Lynchburg in 1974 and championed women's athletics during her 26 year association with the athletics department.
Bonheim helped start the women's basketball (1975-76) and volleyball (1976) programs, serving as both program's inaugural head coach. She also was Liberty's first-ever Senior Woman Administrator, serving in the administrative position from 1977 until she retired from athletics in 2000.
Bonheim, along with Dr. Linda Farver (women's basketball coach from 1977-86), helped initiate Liberty's membership into the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), where Liberty's women's programs competed until the entire athletics department made the transition to full Division I status in 1988.
Bonheim joins her husband, Bob Bonheim, in the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame. Bob was a member of the inaugural Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame Class in 2009, honoring his efforts as an assistant football coach and head wrestling coach.
Nancy (Davis) White
(Women's Soccer, 1998-2001)
In just four short years, Nancy (Davis) White helped turn Liberty's women's soccer team into a conference championship program. Prior to her arrival in 1998, Liberty had posted a 2-30 record in Big South play over a six-year span. However, White's success on the pitch would eventually lead the Lady Flames to their first two Big South titles (2000 and 2001).
White's career numbers far surpass any other in program history. She is the program's all-time scoring leader with 106 points (second on the list has 55 career points) and 43 goals scored (second on the list has 24 goals).
In 2000, Liberty captured the program's first-ever Big South title and advanced in the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship with a Play-In game victory over Tennessee Tech. That season, Liberty set a program mark for wins with its 15-7 overall record.
The native of Modesto, Calif., was a four-time Big South All-Conference team member (1988-99-00-01), a three-time Big South all-tournament team selection and the 2000 Big South Championship MVP. In the classroom, she was honored as a CoSIDA Academic All-District team member, as well as the Big South Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2001.
During his four years with the Flames, Robby Justino set the standard that all other Liberty quarterbacks will look to aspire to during their time in a Liberty football jersey.
Justino's career passing yards of 9,548 yards is more than 2,000 yards ahead of the next quarterback on the career list. He finished his career as Liberty's all-time leader in career completions (769), attempts (1,267), passing touchdowns (64), total offensive yards (8,8030), most plays (1,469) and total touchdowns (66).
Justino, a native of Green Cove Spring, Fla., led the Flames to the program's first-ever victory over an FBS opponent, helping Liberty upset Eastern Michigan, 25-24, in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Oct. 21. 1989. The contest was his first career start, as he stepped in for an injured Paul Johnson to lead the Flames to the momentous victory.
During his sophomore (3,076 yards) and junior (3,176 yards) years, Justino posted two of the programs three 3,000 yard passing seasons. He also holds a program record with 26 career 250-yard games and 11 career 300-yard games.
Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame
Class of 2009 (Inaugural Class)
Dr. Jerry Falwell (founder/former University chancellor)
Arthur L. Williams (athletics financial supporter)
Elena (Kisseleva) Bengds (women's basketball)
Bob Bonheim (wrestling and football coach)
Sid Bream (baseball)
Kelvin Edwards (football)
Karl Hess (men's basketball)
Class of 2010
Theresa Bream (women's basketball/volleyball)
Gina Gibson (women's track & field)
Lee Guetterman (baseball)
Chip Smith (football)
Al Worthington (baseball coach and athletics director)
Class of 2011
Paul Annan (men's soccer)
Fred Banks (football)
Bill Bell (men's soccer coach)
Jerry Edwards (radio play-by-play)
Heather (Sagan) Zealand (women's cross country/track & field)
Class of 2012
Jesse Castro (wrestling)
Mark Chafin (men's basketball)
John Sanders (football)
Sharon Snodgrass (women's basketball)
Ryan Werner (men's track & field)
Class of 2013
Anthonia (Akpama) Oyedele (volleyball)
Bailey Alston (men's basketball)
Brenda Bonheim (volleyball and women's basketball coach/SWA)
Nancy (Davis) White (women's soccer)
Robby Justino (football)