2010 Hall of Fame Class
(Left to Right): Lee Guetterman, Al Worthington, Theresa Bream, Gina (Gibson) Richardson, and Chip Smith
Women’s Basketball – 1990-93
Volleyball – 1987-90
Theresa Bream was Liberty’s first true female standout student-athlete, as the two-sport athlete excelled on the basketball and volleyball courts for the Lady Flames from 1987 to 1993. Despite nearly two decades elapsing between her playing days and her induction, Bream is still the owner of three volleyball program records and two women’s basketball program marks.
Around the nets, Bream was a dominating force and is one of only two student-athletes in program history to earn AVCA All-Region honors. She is also the only player in program history to rank inside the Top 5 of four different key volleyball statistical categories.
On the basketball hardwood, Bream finished her career by averaging a double-double (11.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game), and is one of only three student-athletes to accomplish the feat in program history. The two-time team captain is a member of the Lady Flames’ 500-500 club for career points (589) and rebounds (536).
Bream excelled as an athlete away from Liberty Mountain and on the world scene, as she was an alternate for the U.S. Olympic handball team in 1992. The Mt. Holly Springs, Pa., native is the sister of Sid Bream, a member of Liberty’s inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2009.
Baseball – 1978-81
Having only been in existence for two years and already having two former baseball student-athletes in the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame speaks to the considerable success of the program. Lee Guetterman played a large part in that success. The left-handed pitcher set the tone from the mound early on for the Flames.
During a highly successful four-year stint in a Liberty uniform, Guetterman set benchmarks that still stand three decades later. He is Liberty’s all-time career leader in games started (47), complete games (30), shutouts (7), wins (29) and innings pitched (334.2). Additionally, his 3.07 career ERA ranks second in school history, while his 220 strikeouts is fifth on Liberty’s all-time listings.
Not just a dominating force on the mound, Guetterman certainly helped out his own cause at the plate. He posted a .325 career batting average, with 108 RBIs, 33 doubles, 12 triples, 11 home runs and 82 runs scored. The impressive statistics helped the Oceanside, Calif., native to earn NAIA All-America first-team honors as a senior in 1981.
After finishing his career with the Flames, Guetterman was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the fourth round of the 1981 MLB Draft. An 11-year career saw him play for the Mariners, New York Yankees, New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals. He was one of the more consistent relief pitchers of his time, as he made 425 professional mound appearances and 23 starts.
Gina (Gibson) Richardson
Women’s Track and Field – 1982-85
Gina (Gibson) Richardson was a five-time All-American, earning such distinctive honors in the track and field disciplines of long jump and the 4×100 relay. She had the honor of helping Liberty circle the track for the first time at two different competitive levels, as Liberty moved to the NAIA level during her freshman year and to the NCAA Division II level as a junior.
Richardson was Liberty’s first female student-athlete to earn All-America honors at the AIAW and NCAA Division II levels. As a freshman, she placed sixth at the AIAW Division II Championships in the long jump and was part of a fifth-place 4×100 relay team at the same outdoor meet.
In 1983, the Nassau, Bahamas, native placed fourth at the NCAA Division II outdoor championship, helping her claim her second of four career long-jump All-America honors. The next year, Richardson was a three-time event winner at the Mason-Dixon Conference meet and was named the event’s co-MVP.
Despite the long-standing success of Liberty’s track and field teams, Richardson still holds the program’s indoor and outdoor long jump records (19-1.25/20-0.25 feet).
If she were still actively competing today, Richardson would be considered one of the best, as only one student-athlete in the 26-year history of the Big South Conference has eclipsed the 20-foot mark in the long jump.
Football – 1974-76
Chip Smith quickly left his mark on Liberty’s football record books during his first season with the Flames, after transferring to Liberty in 1974. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,095 yards and nine touchdowns, helping the Flames to the program’s first winning season.
By time he donned a Liberty jersey for the final time three years later, Smith had posted nine 100-yard games during 28 career contests, including three 200-yard performances.
Smith left no doubt he was going to be an impact player at Liberty, as he rushed for four touchdowns to lead the Flames to a 30-10 victory over Washington & Lee during his first game. During the last 30-plus years, two of Smith’s records have held. He still holds the program mark for the longest touchdown run (86 yards) and highest average rushing yards per carry in a game (19.8), with both records coming against Ferrum on Nov. 13, 1976, his final career outing.
Despite playing only three seasons for the Flames, the Chesapeake, Va., native’s 2,617 career rushing yards still ranks fifth-best in program history and his 522 career carries are the fourth-most in the school’s annals.
Smith continues to flourish in the sport that made him a Liberty standout. He is currently the owner and founder of Competitive Edge Sports (CES). The organization, based in Duluth, Ga., is wildly recognized as one of the world’s elite sports performance training centers. Just last year, nine of CES’s clients earned invitations to the NFL’s Pro Bowl.
Baseball Coach (1974-1986)
Athletics Director (1983-89)
Al Worthington used the knowledge gained from 19 years of playing major league baseball and his passion for Christ to help him become one of Liberty’s first coaching legends.
Following a four-year standout career at Samford in football and baseball, Worthington played for five different major league programs, including a five-year stint with the Minnesota Twins. He became that team’s first true closer with 110 career saves.
In 1974, Worthington came to Lynchburg to start Liberty’s baseball program. His 13-year coaching stint enabled him to become the winningest coach in program history and finish with a 64.4 winning percentage (343-189-1). Following the first year of the program, Liberty never again had a losing record during the final dozen years under Worthington’s tutelage.
During his time at the head of the program, Worthington coached four All-Americans and nine players who went on to play professional baseball, including Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame inductees Sid Bream (2009) and Lee Guetterman (2010).
On May 3, 1986, Dr. Jerry Falwell named Liberty’s baseball facility Worthington Stadium. Liberty would go on to win that day, 19-3, against Maryland, capping off Worthington’s stellar 13-year coaching career.
On Dec. 19, 1983, Worthington was named Liberty’s fifth Director of Athletics, a role he held until he retired in 1989. During the final years of his tenure at Liberty, Worthington helped usher Liberty Athletics into the NCAA Division I ranks on Sept. 1, 1988.