Coppin State Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Joseph Jones was the head menís basketball coach at Coppin State from 1965-70. He led the Eagles to their first-ever conference championship in 1967-68 when Coppin State captured the Potomac Intercollegiate Conference title.† A Baltimore native, Jones taught at Coppin State from 1965-85 and retired as the Head of the Department of Health, Physical Education and recreation in 1985. He earned his bachelor of science degree from West Virginia State in 1950, his materís degree from New York University in 1961 and his doctorate from Maryland in 1973. Jones served in the United States Army and retired as a United States Army Reserve warrant officer. He later joined the Maryland State Guard and retired with the rank of Full Colonel. He also had a book published, Requiem for an Ugly Man.
Cyril Byron served as the head menís basketball coach and athletic director at Coppin State. He spent 23 years at Coppin State where he served as the Chairman of the Science and Mathematics Department, Dean of Education and the President of the Faculty Senate. He later served as an administrator at the Community College of Baltimore from 1976-1985. Byron was the athletic director and the Associate Dean of the Division of Natural Sciences, Health and Physical Education. Prior to his time in the academic world, Byron proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army Air Force 99th fighter squadron, the first, and at the time the only, black Air Force unit. The 99th fighter squadron is popularly known as the Red Tails.
Colbert Carter enjoyed an outstanding four-year career at Coppin State from 1969-72. A Baltimore city native, Colbert was recruited to Coppin State by Dr. Joseph Jones. He played two seasons for Dr. Jones and two for Charles Hardnett. He earned All-Potomac Intercollegiate Conference Honors in 1969, 1970 and 1971. He helped lead the Eagles to a Potomac Intercollegiate Conference championship in 1972. Following his career at Coppin State, Carter earned an invitation to the Baltimore Bullets summer camp. Carter earned his degree in education from Coppin State and taught in the Baltimore City Public Schools and in Charles County. He became the department chair for special education and held that position until his retirement in 2006. He also served as an assistant coach in football, track and field and basketball. He was the head basketball coach at LaPlata High School from 1982-98 where he earned several coaching honors from the county and the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference.
Tony Carter ranks as one of the greatest offensive players in Coppin State history. He played at Coppin State in the 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons and helped lead the Eagles to the 1976 NAIA National Championship. He, along with Joe Pace, were named to the NAIA All-Tournament team. During his two seasons in a Coppin State uniform the Eagles posted a combined record of 71-5. He ranks fourth all-time in scoring at Coppin State with 1,585 career points. His career scoring average of 22.0 ranks second all-time at Coppin State and his 894 points scored during the 1975-76 season is the most scored by any player in a single season. Additionally, he was named the Potomac Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year in 1977 and owns the official school record for points in a game with 46 against Bowie State.
Warren Hayman was a three-year letterwinner for the menís basketball team from 1961-63. He earned All-Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Conference honors following his senior season in 1963. Hayman received his bachelorís degree in elementary education from Coppin State, his masterís in math education from Stanford and his doctorate in education from Harvard. A career educator, Hayman served in a variety of roles in his 42 years in education including a public school superintendent in California, dean of the School of Education at Coppin State and an Education Policy Fellow at the United States Department of Education. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Coppin State Vision award, Baltimore County NAACP Excellence in Education Award and the Phi Beta Sigma Education Award.
James ďWinkyĒ Camphor played four seasons of basketball at Coppin State from 1948-51. An original Eagle, Camphor holds the unofficial school record of 50 points in a game against Cheyney in 1950. He earned his bachelorís degree from Coppin State in 1951 and his masterís degree from Coppin State in 1957. He has a distinguished career following his graduation from Coppin State. He has earned the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education Distinguished Alumni Award, State of Maryland Faithful Citizen award, National Association for Sickle Cell Outstanding Member Award, State Department of Mental Health and Hygiene Service Award, City of Baltimore Citizenís Award, National Federation of the Blind Service Award, Childrenís Cancer Center Volunteer Award, Heart of Love Award, Emmanuel C.C. Church Living Legends award and the Harlow Fullwood Award.
Inaugural Coppin State Hall of Fame Class of 2012
John Bates led Coppin State to its only national championship when he guided the menís basketball team to the NAIA Championship in 1976. The Eagles compiled a 39-2 record during the 1975-76 season, which culminated with a 96-91 victory over Henderson State in the championship game. He led the Eagles to a 32-3 record the following season and compiled a 209-121 overall record in 12 seasons at Coppin State. He ranks second all-time in victories and led CSU to the Potomac Intercollegiate Conference Championship in 1974-75, 1975-76 and 1976-77.
Nicholas Eugene stands as one of the top distance runners in Coppin State track and field history. He is the Coppin State indoor record holder in the 1500 meters and ranks third all-time in the 1500 meters outdoors. He helped lead the Eagles to back-to-back Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship in 1991 and 1992. He finished third overall at the 1991 championships and then finished first overall at the 1992 championships. He won the 5000 meter indoor MEAC championship in 1994 and earned six top-five finishes during his indoor career. He also had three top-five finishes at the MEAC Outdoor Championships.
Clayton McNeill left a lasting impression on Coppin State University as a student-athlete and an administrator both within the athletic department and the University. McNeill was a student-athlete at Coppin State from 1966-69 and participated in basketball, baseball and track and field. He was a guard and forward on Coppin Stateís first conference championship team, which won the 1968 Potomac Intercollegiate Conference Tournament. He earned his bachelor of science degree in mathematics and education from Coppin State in 1969, his masterís of education from Coppin State in 1975 and his doctor of education degree from Temple in 1986. He served as the athletic director at Coppin State from 1992-96 and led the Eagles to seven MEAC Championships in four different sports. He served as the Coppin State director of Coppin Urban Resource Exchange, director of student activities, director of auxiliary enterprises, acting associate dean of the university and vice president of student life.
Joe Pace ranks as one of the greatest players in Coppin State history and led the Eagles to the 1976 NAIA National Championship. He scored 43 points in leading Coppin State to a 96-91 victory over Henderson State in the championship game and was named the tournamentís most valuable player. He ranks ninth in Coppin State history with 1,313 points and is second with 978 rebounds. He is the all-time leader at Coppin State with career averages of 22.3 points and 18.6 rebounds per game. He was named an NAIA All-American in both 1975 and 1976 and was named to the Associated Press College Division All-American team in 1976. Pace was drafted in the second round of the NBA draft by the Washington Bullets where he spent two seasons.
Diana Pitts was the first Coppin State track athlete, male or female, to earn All-America honors. She earned outdoor All-America accolades at the 1993 and 1994 championships in the 800 meters and remains the only two-time honoree in school history. She captured seven conference championships including winning the 800 meters, the 1500 meters and the 3000 meters at the 1994 MEAC†Indoor Championships. She is the Coppin State record holder in the 500 meters, 1000 meters, 1500 meters and the mile indoors and the 400 meters, 800 meters and 1500 meters outdoors.
Larry Stewart was a two-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year and was a three-time All-MEAC selection. He helped lead Coppin State to itís first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament in 1990 and helped lay the groundwork for the success that would follow. He ranks as the third leading scorer in Coppin State history with 1,824 points and is the all-time leader with 1,052 rebounds. He is the only player in school history to surpass both 1,000 career points and rebounds. After leaving Coppin State he played for four seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Washington Bullets and the†Seattle Supersonics and became the first undrafted rookie named to the NBA All-Rookie Team.
The Coppin State University Athletic Hall of Fame was established to pay tribute and give recognition to former student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have significantly contributed to the athlete success and history of the institution.