Vienna, W.Va.—Five remarkable individuals and one team will be inducted into the 2017 Ohio Valley University Fighting Scots Hall of Fame, announced Athletic Director Chad Porter. The induction ceremony will be held Friday, February 10, 2017 on the main campus of Ohio Valley. The event will open university's Homecoming Celebration Weekend.
"On behalf of Ohio Valley University and our Athletic Department I would like to congratulate all of this year's honorees. These honorees exemplify what it is to be a Fighting Scot," expressed Porter.
The 2017 OVU Fighting Scots Athletic Hall of Fame inductees include:
Brent Aggas ('68) of Zanesville, Ohio, played for the Fighting Scots men's basketball team from 1966-1968. In his two year career he scored 768 points while averaging 17.5 points with a 57% shooting average. In his second season he was a part of a successful team that went 18-7 on the year while finishing their season on an 8-game win streak. During his time with the team they were able to win the Harding College Invitational Tournament as well as finish as runners-up in the Wytheville, VA Rotary Holiday Classic.
Lester Busby ('70) of Upper Holland, Pa., played for the Fighting Scots men's basketball team from 1968-1970, under former inductee (2014) and Head Coach Bob McCloy. Busby ranks 3rd all-time for field goal percentage in a season, at 57.7%, as well as 7th all-time for career field goal percentage at 51.3%. In his OVU career, Busby averaged 15.2 points per game in 42 total games played and scored a total of 625 points. He was also a part of the 1968-69 team that holds the record for highest field goal percentage in a game. The team went 68 of 91 (75%) from the field against Northeastern Bible. While playing for OVU Busby was named the Most Valuable Player of the Northeastern Christian Junior College (NCJC) Basketball Tournament in 1968 as well as being an All-Star selection in the Harding University Junior College Tournament in both 1969 & 1970. After Ohio Valley, he went on to play at Harding University where he served as a two-year starter, captain for the 1971-1972 season, and averaged a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. After college he went on to play for Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Semi-Pro teams in both Iowa and Missouri.
Laurel Auch-Joy ('00) of Williamstown, W.Va. played for the Fighting Scots women's basketball team from 1996-2000, under, former inductee (2016) and Head Coach, Ron Pavan. During her career, Auch-Joy ranks in the top ten all-time at Ohio Valley in several categories. She totaled 1,473 points (3rd), a 50.3% field goal percentage (2nd), 70% free-throw percentage (9th), 70 three-pointers made (9th), 703 rebounds (4th), and 173 assists (T-9th) in her 4-year career. She was the first women's basketball player to achieve 1,000 points as well as 500 rebounds in OVC/U history. She was named a National Small College All-American, NAIA Honorable Mention Great Lakes All-Region Team, NAIA All-American, Second Team All-NAIA, National Christian College Athletic Association All-Region Team for the All-Northeast Independent Region, a Small Bible College Athletic Association All-American and NAIA Great Lakes All-Region Team.
Dennis Cox, of Vienna, W. Va., has served in many roles at Ohio Valley University, including Athletic Director (2010-2014) and Men's Golf coach (1997-2003). During his time as the men's golf coach, Cox lead his team to Ohio Valley's first ever conference championship. Dennis started the golf program in 1997 and in his final season as the coach they captured the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) title. In that same season Cox was also honored as the WVIAC Coach of the Year. Cox has also served as an admissions counselor, a speech instructor, the Director of Admissions, Director of Financial Aid, Dean of Students, Vice President of Student Affairs, and an assistant professor of speech in his time at Ohio Valley. In both 1974 and 1977 Dennis was recognized as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America and was also honored with the 1987 Christian Service Award. Dennis and his wife Era Jo are members of the Grand Central Church of Christ in Vienna where he has served as a deacon, a class teacher and currently serves as an elder.
Waylon Reed ('98) of Fairbanks, Alaska, played for the Fighting Scots baseball team from 1993-1998. He was the first player to pitch four years for Ohio Valley. Reed was a 4 year starter and feared pitcher on the mound, a 3 year captain, and voted Most Valuable Player by his team in two consecutive years. He completed his career with a 2.55 ERA in the live ball era, while averaging 10 plus k's per start. He compiled 23 wins, 324 strikeouts, and held opponents to a .229 Batting Average. He compiled numerous individual achievements during his career. After graduation he played one year of professional baseball with the Canton Crocodiles in the Frontier League. He received his Bachelor's degree from Ohio Valley College and went on to receive an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Doctorate of Business Administration (ABD) from California Intercontinental University.
2003 WVIAC Championship Men's Golf Team
Members of the 2003 Fighting Scots men's golf team are: Lucas Bristow, George Coton, Breandan Finch, Seth Miller, Steve Pigram, Stan Spadoni, Brian Stuck, Justin Van Heukelom, Matt Vanos, and Luke Viles. Dennis Cox was in his seventh and final year of coaching when he guided this team to the 2003 WVIAC Championship and earned Coach of the Year. The team had a strong fall campaign where they won four of the six tournaments they entered, this led to them being ranked first overall in the East Region for NCAA Division II to start the spring season. Leading up to the conference championship the Scots won two of the three conference regionals. All of these achievements were accomplished in Ohio Valley's first official season within the WVIAC. The Fighting Scots won the conference championship, which was the first in Ohio Valley Athletics' history.
Ohio Valley University offers seven men's and seven women's intercollegiate sports and is a proud member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC). For more information about OVU Fighting Scots athletics visit fightingscots.ovu.edu. Follow OVU's official sports Twitter feed at @OVU_Athletics.