Emory University will induct three new members into its Sports Hall of Fame with its Class of 2014 including: Mary Ellen Gordon (women’s tennis), Annie Schenck (women’s soccer) and Mike Phillips (head golf coach/administrator).
The ceremony will take place on the evening of Saturday, Sept.
20, at the Miller-Ward Alumni House on the Emory campus.
The Emory Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1989 by the Association of Emory Alumni and the Department of Athletics and Recreation. A display honoring each member is maintained in the George Woodruff Physical Education Center on the Emory campus. Plaques honoring inductees who were influential in athletics on the Oxford campus are displayed in the Williams Gymnasium at Oxford College.
This year’s three additions bring the total number of inductees to 161.
The following are bullet-point sketches for Emory’s Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
Mary Ellen Gordon
Women’s Tennis (2000-2004)
Hometown: Lilburn, Georgia
** NCAA Division III Singles Champion in 2003 & 2004
** NCAA Division III Doubles Champion in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
** First player in NCAA history, man or woman, in any division to win the national doubles championship all four years
** Her back-to-back NCAA singles and doubles championships enabled her to become the first female player in NCAA history in any division to accomplish that feat
** Honored as the 2004 NCAA Division III Athlete of the Year (all sports included) by the Collegiate Women Sports Award
** Finished her career with eight NCAA Championships (2 team, 2 singles and 4 doubles), making her the most decorated female player in NCAA history in any division
** Eight time All-American
** First female in conference history in any sport to receive the MVP award all four years.
** Selected to the all-UAA first team at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles all four years
** As a junior in 2002-03, she set a school seasonal record that still stands with a 34-1 singles record (24-0 vs. opponents from NCAA D-III national top-20 teams) while her .971 winning percentage still sits atop the Eagles’ seasonal ladder.
** Named National Senior Player of the Year in 2004 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
** Named Senior Regional Player of the Year in 2004 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
** Still holds the program’s record with 115 singles victories while her .891 singles winning percentage (115-14) ranks first all-time at Emory
** Upon her graduation, she held the school record with 104 doubles wins, a mark that stood until 2012.
** Helped Emory to an 85-10 record during her career (48-2 her final two seasons), along with four UAA titles, and spearheaded the Eagles in becoming the first D-III program to make three consecutive appearances in the finals of the NCAA team championship (1st in 2003 & 2004, 2nd in 2002
** ITA Regional Singles Champion in 2000 & 2002
** ITA Regional Doubles Champion in 2002
** Division III Champion at the 2000 ITA Small College Championship and became the first freshman since 1993 to advance to the finals of the “Super Bowl” portion of the event
** ITA National Rookie of the Year in 2001
** 2004 female recipient of Emory’s Bridges Award, symbolic of the best all-around athlete
**2003 female recipient of Emory’s McCord Award
Women’s Soccer (1999-2002)
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
** First Team All-American in 2000 and 2001
** First player in the history of the program to earn back-to-back first-team All-America honors
** First Team All-Region in 2000 and 2001; Third Team All-Region in 2002
** First player in the history of the program to be a three-time all-region selection
** First Team All-UAA in 2000 and 2001; 2nd Team All-UAA in 2002
** Her play helped Emory to a four-year record of 57-9-11 that included two NCAA Tournament appearances and one University Athletic Association title
** Member of the first Eagles’ team to get a win in the NCAA Tournament (2000)
** Member of the 2001 squad that ended the year ranked 6th nationally while establishing a school record with 17 victories, a mark that has only been tied once.
** Program’s all-time leader in points (120), goals (48) and game-winning goals (19)
** Just one of two players in program to finish with 100 or more career points
** No. 3 all-time at Emory with 24 assists
** Team’s leading point producer in each of her first three seasons
** Tied for the school’s No. 1 seasonal marks with 40 points (2000) and eight game-winning goals (2000)
**Holds the program’s third- (16) and ninth (13)-highest seasonal efforts in goals
** Tied for the No. 1 position at Emory for most goals in a game (5)
** Team co-captain her senior year
** 2002 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient
** Member of Emory’s All-Time Team
Emory Head Golf Coach/Athletics Administrator (1976-2011)
** First Emory head golf coach, holding that position from 1983 through 2011
** Guided the golf team to 16 appearances to the NCAA D-III Championships including nine consecutive berths (2003-11) to the postseason
** Guided the Eagles to six top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships
** Coached 1991 NCAA D-III Champion Lee Palms
** Coached Emory to 13 University Athletic Association titles
** Selected as the UAA Coach of the Year on 10 occasions
** Coached 11 different players to a total of 14 All-America honors
** Saw 20 of his players earn All-Scholar Honors
** Coached 11 different players to 13 first-place finishes at the UAA Championships
** Coached Emory players to a total of 90 All-UAA honors
** Served as assistant men’s basketball coach from 1990-91 through 1995-96
** Came to Emory in 1976 as its first full-time intramurals director -- also served as facilities director