Lee to induct 5 into Hall of Fame
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Kelly Golden
Four former Lee University outstanding athletes and an individual who contributed to the program in many different ways will be inducted into the 2012 Hall of Fame on Nov. 2. The event will be held in Lee’s Centenary Room and is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. For ticket information, contact Tena Walker at 423-614-8440.

“This is one of the finest groups of athletes we have taken into the Hall,” said Lee Athletic Director Larry Carpenter. “They represent what our programs are all about — quality athletes, excellent students and ... great members of our Lee community. We salute each of them. These honors are well earned by their solid commitment.”

Kelly Golden



Paced the Lady Flames to overall record of 96-28.

Twice named NAIA All-SSAC and All-Region XIII.

In 2005 scored 52 runs in 55 games.

Named 2nd Team NAIA All-American.

50 runs batted in in 55 games

Set Lee season record with 13 home runs.

In 2006 scored 52 runs, and had 61 runs batted in in 69 games; had .425 batting average;

Finished career with 27 career home runs.

Team advanced to Final 8 of NAIA National Tournament for first time.

Lady Flames were SSAC Champions and Region XIII Runner-up.

Bruna Langner



Langner and Lady Flames made four straight appearances in NAIA National Tournaments.


No. 2 – All-Time Kills (1,893).

No. 7 – All-Time Kills per Set (3.21).

No. 1 – All-Time Blocks (847).

No. 3 – All-Time Attack Percentage (.332).

NAIA Honorable Mention All-American (2003-04).

4 Times Named NAIA All-Region XI.

4 Times Named All-Conference (TranSouth and SSAC).

3 Times Named to NAIA All-American Teams.

Named SSAC and Region XIII Player of Year (2006).

Andrew Shaver



Career: .352 batting average in 243 games; 827 at-bats; 249 runs scored; 291 hits; 69 doubles (record going into 2012-13 season); 8 triples; 30 home runs; 168 RBIs; 133 walks; 83 stolen bases.

Outfielder - Outstanding defensive player and leadoff hitter for four years.

Overall record of four teams he played for - 189-68 (.735 winning percentage).

Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Year (2006).

Twice named All-SSAC and All Region XIII.

Region XIII Player of the Year (2006).

First Team NAIA All-American

3-Time SSAC All-Academic.

2-Time NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

Paul Conn Male Student-Athlete of the Year (2007).

Member of two NAIA World Series teams (2005, 2007), two Super Regional Championships (2005, 2007), two Regional Championships (2005, 2007) and two SSAC Conference Championships (2004, 2005).

Rachel Tuck

Women’s Soccer


Four-time All-Conference member.

Three-time All-Region XIII performer.

2004 NAIA First Team All-American (Lee’s first ever).

2005 NAIA All-Tournament Team.

2006 NAIA Second Team All-America.

2005 and 2006 NSCAA Scholar All-American.

First women’s soccer player to have jersey retired.

Team had 54 shutouts with her patrolling the back line.

Carried a 3.5 GPA or higher each semester at Lee.

Andrew Thomas

"Radar" Smith

Meritorious Award


Known to many of his friends as Tommy Smith when he arrived on the Lee College campus in 1975, the young man from Savannah, Ga., would almost immediately become a part of the Vikings’ athletic program.

Teaming with head basketball coach Earl Rowan, Smith not only served as the team trainer, he also helping with other Viking basketball and athletic program duties. It didn’t take the Lee students long to pin the nickname of “Radar” on him and it stuck like glue.

He traveled with the basketball and other squads to cities from Florida to Mexico, and was in California with the basketball team when coach Rowan was a big winner on “The Price is Right” TV game show.

His love for Lee grew as he worked to earn a bachelor of science degree in Christian Education and he stayed on a year after his graduation to help out with the athletic programs and attend his first year of seminary. In 1985 Smith earned a master of science degree from the Pentecostal Seminary, and then in 2011 he obtained the master of divinity equivalent.

At times his love for the Vikings and his king-sized spirited ways definitely placed him in the spotlight — at least in some eyes. When the Tennessee Temple and Lee basketball games were played at Bradley Central, he once climbed to the top of the bleachers to rip down a Temple sign, quickly gaining the attention of security and the Lee administration.

Later, he was praised for a “great” job taping the injured wrist of star basketball player Ricky Crutcher. In fact Crutcher, also a member of the Lee Hall of Fame, went out that night and scored more than 30 points and was named the National NAIA Player of the Week.

The spirit and energy of Smith lives on. He went to Indonesia in 1983 and almost 30 years later continues to serve the Church of God World Missions. His wife, Poppi, is an Indonesian national and the couple will celebrate their 27th wedding anniversary in November. They have two sons, Andy and Peter.

Smith is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God and currently serves a dual role as the Missionary Representative to Indonesia. He is the Church of God regional superintendent of the Southern Pacific, including Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong.