HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College will induct the 1994 women’s soccer team and Al Oswald Jr. into the Coker College Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.
In a unanimous decision by the Coker Hall of Fame selection committee, the 1994 women's soccer team will become the fourth full team inducted into the hall of fame, while Oswald, a former Coker parent and a longtime supporter of the college, becomes the first non-Coker affiliated member to be inducted.
The induction will take place during Coker’s 2013 homecoming weekend. A ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 in Watson Theater, with the presentation given by vice president of athletics and facilities Lynn Griffin and president Robert Wyatt.
“We are excited to induct the ’94 women’s soccer team and Al Oswald into our hall of fame,” Griffin said. “Both the team and Mr. Oswald represent a great piece of Coker history, and we look forward to everyone joining us for the ceremony.”
Led by head coach Tim Griggs, the 1994 women’s soccer team compiled a 15-1-1 record. The Cobras finished No. 4 in the NAIA final rankings, and were ranked in the NAIA top 20 every week of the regular season. They won the Conference Carolinas regular-season championship for the second consecutive season, recording a 6-0 record in league play. During the season Coker had a 14-match winning streak, outscored opponents 61-12, posted 11 shutouts and won both the St. Andrews Presbyterian College Tournament and the Tennessee Wesleyan College Tournament.
“This is a great honor for the 1994 team,” Griggs said. “That squad was an outstanding set of student-athletes, and I’m very happy for them. They were a special group and are very deserving of this place in Coker history.”
Five Cobras were named all-conference players: Crystal McCamis, Jamie Condon, Liz Gray, Kristi McHale and Stephanie Sorrells. Gray, McCamis, Condon and McHale were NAIA Mid-South All-Region selections. In addition, McCamis was named an All-American and the conference player of the year. Griggs was the conference’s coach of the year.
In addition to coaching the women’s team, Griggs also coached the men’s soccer team and served as athletic director at Coker from 1994 to 2010. He coached the men from 1980-1994 and the women from 1988-1998. Griggs retired from the college in 2010.
Al Oswald Jr. has been a longtime supporter of Coker and is a main driver for keeping alumni and parents from the 1990s connected with and supporting Coker College. He began the Coker College Baseball Golf Tournament and Fundraiser, which is held each year at the Charleston Municipal Golf Course in Charleston, S.C. It has been an annual event since 1994 and attracts over 130 participants each year. All proceeds of the event are donated to the Coker baseball program.
Oswald’s son, Allie, is a 1996 graduate of Coker. During his time at Coker, Allie played baseball under Dave Schmotzer and was a member of the first baseball team at Coker, which began in 1993. He also played on the 1994 team that made it to the NAIA World Series.
“I am surprised but very appreciative of the recognition,” Al Oswald said. “They’ve treated us well ever since Allie was in school there. We are still proud to be part of the Coker family and are looking forward to this ceremony.”
Oswald Jr. recently retired after 39 years working at South Carolina Electric & Gas. He is a resident of James Island, S.C., where he lives with his wife, Sheron. They have two children, Allie and Melissa.
The other full teams inducted into the Hall of Fame are the 1987-88 men’s basketball team, inducted in 2012; 1998 softball team (2011); and 1994 baseball team (2010).
The 1994 Women’s Soccer Team Roster
Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.