2014 Hall of Fame Class Celebrated At Induction Ceremony
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG Athletics Department inducted its 14th class into the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame in February and the weekend’s festivities honored former men’s soccer standout Alejandro Moreno (1998-2001) and softball head coach Melody Cope (1992-1997), along with the 1987-88 women’s basketball team that becomes the eighth team honored in the Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held in The Terrace at the Greensboro Coliseum Saturday, February 22 in front of a full house with former women’s basketball player and anchor at News 14, Caroline Blair, acting as program’s master of ceremonies.
Moreno was a four-year letterwinner and starter for the men’s soccer program from 1998-2001 helping the Spartans to a 57-27-3 record (.672) during his career. He was a four-time First Team All-Region selection and a four-time All-Conference recipient.
Moreno is the fourth all-time leading scorer in program history with 155 career points (goals and assists). He is fourth in program history with 65 goals and 11th with 25 career assists. He led the Spartans in goals all four years of his career scoring 20 as a freshman, 19 as a sophomore, 15 as a junior and 11 as a senior. His 45 points scored in 1998 rank the 11th most in a single-season in program history.
Moreno helped the Spartans to a Southern Conference regular season and Tournament Championship in 1998 as UNCG advanced to the NCAA Second Round. His play led the Spartans to a No. 13 ranking in the country by the NSCAA and a 17th ranking by Soccer America. He earned SoCon All-Tournament accolades three times in his career.
Moreno was selected 27th overall in the 2002 Major League Soccer (MLS) Super Draft by the Los Angeles Galaxy. He played in 272 career MLS games with six different teams from 2002-2012. He also played for the Venezuela National Team during his career, including games during the 2010 World Cup Qualifying round.
Cope was the Spartans’ softball head coach for six seasons from 1992-1997 and led UNCG to a 220-129-3 record (.629) during her tenure. She is the all-time leader in wins in UNCG softball history and helped the Spartans to four conference tournament championships along with four appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Under her tutelage, the Spartans posted 15 First Team All-Conference selections, 14 All-Tournament selections, two Player of the Year recipients and was named the Big South Coach of the Year in 1997.
Cope began her career with a 31-win season in 1992 and a 36-win season in 1993 that included a conference championship with a 7-0-1 record. She led the Spartans to the Big South Tournament championship in 1994 with a 35-23 overall record and a NCAA Tournament appearance.
Cope guided the Spartans to a program record 49 wins in 1995 (49-17) as UNCG won both the regular season and Big South Tournament championships. She followed that up with a Big South Championship in the regular season and tournament in 1996, despite posting a 29-32 overall record but leading the Spartans to a 12-4 league mark. She capped her career with a 40-25 mark in 1997, leading the Spartans to their fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Cope became the head softball coach at St. John’s in the Big East Conference after UNCG, posting a 137-139-1 record. She moved on to become an administrator at Dowling College, working her way up to her current position of Vice President for Athletics at the school.
The 1987-88 women’s basketball team becomes the eighth team inducted into the UNCG Hall of Fame. The squad posted a 26-7 overall record and a 13-1 mark in conference play before advancing all the way to the NCAA Division III Final Four. The Spartans’ 26 wins are second most in program history, while their 13 conference wins are the most in program history.
The Spartans owned one of the most prolific scoring teams in program history in 1987-88 as they broke the 100-point barrier seven times that season. Additionally, that team still holds five of the top eight single-game scoring outputs in program history, including a program-record 139 points against Averett College. In fact, the victory over Averett was the largest in program history as UNCG won by 100 points (139-39).
The Spartans rolled through the regular season, winning the Dixie Athletic Conference with a 13-1 record to earn the number one seed in the tournament. UNCG won all three games in the Dixie Conference Tournament, culminating with a 75-72 victory over Virginia Wesleyan to claim the crown.
UNCG entered the NCAA Division III tournament on the road, travelling to Danville, Ky., where it upset host Centre College 81-77 before advancing to the quarterfinals with a 66-64 victory over Rust. The Spartans earned their first ever Final Four appearance notching another road victory, winning 55-52 at Luther in Decorah, Iowa. UNCG headed to Morehead, Minn., for the Final Four, dropping a game to Concordia before winning the third place game 68-66 over Southern Maine.
Members of the team include: head coach Lynne Agee, assistant coach Carol Peschel, manager Brian Betts, athletic trainer Mary Jo Campbell Cambridge along with student-athletes Donna Snead Gilbert, Elizabeth Durrill Graham, Christine Holec, Stephanie Johnson, Karen Jordan, Denise Mannon, Angie Polk-Jones, Susan Seufert, Cheryl Carter Sparrow, Kathleen Tompkins, Julia Weaver and Christy Whitehurst.
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