Pike (softball, 2002-05) was a top hurler as the Lady Flames climbed into an elite group of NAIA softball programs. During her four-year career Lee posted a 150-78 record and she helped the Lady Flames win the region championship and reach the NAIA National Tournament in 2004. Her individual pitching record was 68-34. She rounded out her outstanding career by being named the Lee Female Athlete of Year in 2005.
- Three-time all-conference (TranSouth and SSAC)
- Two-time all-region (also honorable mention as freshman)
- 2005 SSAC Co-Pitcher of the Year (honorable mention NAIA All-American)
- Three-time TranSouth and SSAC Scholar-Athlete
- Two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete
- Single-season leader in innings pitched (2002 – 189)
- No. 3 and No. 4 in strikeout average per game (2004 – 134, 2003 – 132)
- Earned-run average in 2005 – 0.72
- No. 1 strikeouts – 533
- No. 3 inning pitched – 650.2
- No. 4 winning percentage - .667%
- No. 5 in earned-run average – 1.71
Cofer (baseball 2001-04) will always be remembered as one of the local Cleveland players who helped carve a path as the Flames joined the premier clubs in NAIA baseball.
Until 2000, the reinstated program had not enjoyed a winning season. Not only did Lee win, it had three straight 41-win seasons. Forty-one was a new record at that time.
Under coach Dave Altopp, the posted a 153-85 record and Cofer owned a 28-15 mark. In 2003 the Flames won their first TranSouth Conference and Region XI titles and made their first trip to the NAIA Super Region in Louisville, Ky. Lee came back to claim the TranSouth title in 2004, but finished second in Region XIII.
- Paced the 2003 club with three shutouts and helped the Flames to their highest NAIA ranking ever at that point (8th)
- 2004 - All-SSAC (9-3 record, 62 strikeouts)
- After eight seasons and many, many outstanding hurlers, Cofer still holds four important records
- Most career wins -28
- Most career games started – 49 – Tied with Steve Saccone
- Most career shutouts - Tied with Gabe Seten and Mitch Crafton (5)
- Most shutouts in a season – Tied with six others (3)
“Mr. Bill” (Athletics Meritorious Award) has been an important part of the Lee University athletic program for nearly 15 years.
Driving the Lee Vanhool bus and other vehicles, he has transported the Flames and Lady Flames across the country from mid-August to early June each year.
A tireless worker and always wearing a smile, “Mr. Bill” offers a warm greeting to the athletes as they board his bus. His love for athletics and Lee players continues during the sporting events. He’s seated in the stands, rooting for the Lee teams.
He’ll call out the names of players when they do something special, or encourages them when things are not going well.
His love for Lee is best described in his own words, “Driving the Vanhool and other busses for Lee University has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I love those young people and life at Lee.”
“Mr. Bill’s” work does not stop with Lee activities. In 1992 he moved to Cleveland and continued as a volunteer for the Men and Women of Action Ministry, driving a Disaster Relief Semi on a volunteer basis.