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Union announces 2011 Hall of Fame class

JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/2/2011 - Union University has announced their inductees for the 2011 Sports Hall of Fame. Stan Little, Charlotte Hart Beard, Rod Hari, Glenn Yancy and Sam Kern will be inducted on Friday night at the Hall of Fame Banquet. The event will take place in the Carl Grant Events center as a part of Union’s 2011 Homecoming week.

Below are the biographies of each of the five inductees for the class of 2011.

STAN LITTLE

Robert Stanley (Stan) Little was born and raised in Sardis, Tennessee. He graduated from Sardis High School where he was an outstanding basketball and football player. He scored 20 or more points in 35 of his 37 career games. He was selected as an Honorable Mention on the All State Basketball team.

Upon graduation from Sardis High School he attended Freed-Hardeman University where he received his AA degree. While at Freed-Hardeman he was a two-year starter on both the basketball and baseball teams. In 1963 he was named captain and Most Valuable Player and was also named FHC Most Athletic.

Stan then came to Union where he played baseball and basketball for two seasons. He was named All-Volunteer State Athletic Conference outfielder and helped the Union baseball team to a 25-0 regular season record in 1965. He led the team in home runs with 11 that season which was 3rd in the NCAA and set a school record at the time for RBIs with 41 which was 2nd in the NCAA that season. He finished the 1965 season with a .383 batting average. He was signed by the San Francisco Giants and played two seasons of professional baseball.

At the age of 23 he was named the Head Basketball Coach at Humboldt High School and promptly led his team to a 25-6 record and a trip to the state tournament that first year. His 1975-76 team won the Tennessee AA state championship with a record of 35-2. His record was 225-78 in his ten years as Basketball Coach at Humboldt High School. He was named District and Region Coach of the Year several times and in 1976 was nominated by the state of Tennessee for the National Coach of the Year.

Stan left coaching after the 1977 season to move into the business world. From 1983 until June of this year he served as General Manager of the Humboldt Utilities. In 1991 Stan was inducted into the Freed-Hardeman University Sports Hall of Fame and the Gibson County Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

Stan and his late wife Jeanne are the parents of Stan, Jr., an attorney in Hernando, Mississippi, and Jenny Garrison (David) and three grandchildren who reside in Birmingham, Alabama.

CHARLOTTE HART BEARD

Charlotte was born and raised in Lexington, Tennessee. She was named to the All-District, All-Region and All-West Tennessee teams three consecutive seasons and was named Honorable Mention All-State her senior year for the Lady Tigers of Lexington High School. She was named to the West All-Star squad in 1984 and played with the 18 and Over Jr. Olympic team.

Charlotte made an immediate impact on the Lady Bulldogs when she arrived on campus in 1984. She was named All-Volunteer State Athletic Conference MVP, District 24 Player of the Year and NAIA All-American. She went on to be named All-Conference, All-District and Conference MVP each of her four seasons as a Lady Bulldog. In 1988 she became the second female athlete in the nation to be named to the NAIA All-American team four consecutive seasons. She was also an NAIA Scholar Athlete all four years.

During her career as a Lady Bulldog she was named District Player of the Week seven times and NAIA National Player of the Week two times. She is currently third on the all-time Lady Bulldog scoring leader list with 2339 career points. She finished her career with 460 free throws made, 659 rebounds, 368 steals, 572 assists and 928 field goals made.

In a 1988 Jackson Sun article written by Dan Morris, Coach David Blackstock said this about Charlotte. “Charlotte is much more than the star of our team. She is a leader both on and off the court. She is also very unusual for a player of her ability in that she would prefer not to be a star. Charlotte could have been the career leader in virtually every offensive category at Union if she had chosen to be. But that is not Charlotte’s style. She is extremely team oriented. She would rather see her teammates do well and win than to do well as an individual. She is an All-American in every sense of the word.” Even now she says her greatest accomplishment in life is her salvation and her family.

Charlotte’s jersey has been retired at both Lexington High School and Union University.

She is married to Floyd Beard and they have three children Hillary, Trey and Trinity.

ROD HARI

As a 5-foot-10, 165 pound outfielder, Rod was not heavily recruited when he came out of High School at Cissna Park, Illinois. He turned down a few chances to play college baseball in the north but came to Union as a walk-on his freshman year for what he termed, “a place where he had friends, warm weather and a strong baseball schedule.”

His walk-on status changed quickly to scholarship status after an outstanding freshman season where he hit .412. He followed that season with averages of .345, .379 and .431 giving him the second highest batting average for a career at .388. He was the career leader in stolen bases in a season (31), career stolen bases (76), singles (65) and runs scored (68) and also set the mark for consecutive steals in 1984 with 26.

In his senior season he hit nine home runs, delivered seven game-winning hits and made just one error. He was named the District 24 Most Valuable Player and was runner-up for Area 5 Player of the Year. He became the first Union player to be named to the first team NAIA All-American Baseball Squad. He was also named the team’s Most Valuable Player and served as co-captain of the squad.

“This is a true success story,” said Union Coach Linn Stranak in a Jackson Sun story about Rod at the end of his senior season. “With lots of hard work, he just kept getting better and better. A person like Rod comes along once in a lifetime.”

Rod is presently the Vice President, Information Technology-AIG/American General in Brentwood, Tennessee. He and his wife Robyn Agee Hari (86) have two daughters Savannah and Madison.

GLENN YANCEY

Glen Yancey is a native of Savannah, Tennessee. He graduated from Central High School in Savannah in 1943 and served in the armed forces from 1943-1945. During that time he spent 21 months in combat in the European Theater. He was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster for being wounded in combat twice. When he returned to the states he attended Union and graduated in 1949. While at Union he played football, basketball and tennis.

Glen began his coaching career at Howard College (now Stamford University) in Birmingham, Alabama. After one season at Howard he took the Head Football and Basketball Coach position at Cordele Georgia. His 1951 Cordele team went 13-0 and won the Georgia State Football Championship and Glen was named Georgia Coach of the Year. Glen then moved to Vigor High School in Prichard, Alabama for twelve seasons as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. His 1960 team went 10-0 and won the State High School Football Championship and he was named Alabama Coach of the Year. He was also selected to coach the Alabama All-Star game in Tuscaloosa.

He went on to coach at four other Mobile, Alabama area high schools and retired in 1992. During his outstanding career as a coach he had 109 players sign athletic scholarships. He produced nine high school football All-Americans. Four of those were quarterbacks including future University of Alabama and NFL standouts Scott Hunter and Richard Todd.

In 2006 Glen was inducted into the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame and in 2007 he was inducted into the Prichard Sports Hall of Fame. He was nominated this year for the Alabama State Hall of Fame. He is married to the former Betty Ann Lawler of Birmingham and they have four sons.

SAM KERN

Sam was born in Nashville, Tennessee but grew up in Collierville. He graduated from Collierville High School in 1992. Sam’s arrival on the Union campus was one of the key reasons the golf team won the Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference each of his four years. The squad also swept the Tennessee Intercollegiate Tournament those same four years.

During his senior season Sam was named to six different all-tournament teams. He was instrumental in leading the Bulldog golf team to an eighth place finish in the NAIA National Tournament. Sam was named to the NAIA All-American teams in 1994 and 1996.

After graduation, he played on the professional mini tour for two years while completing his MBA degree from Union. The Class A PGA professional competed in the 1999 Fed Ex St. Jude Classic and in the 2010 Chattanooga Classic on the Nationwide Tour.

After playing professionally, he turned his love of the game to teaching golf. While cultivating his own teaching style, he worked under Golf Digest Top 50 Instructors Rob Akins, Tom Ness, Mark Wood, Randy Smith and Stan Utley. In 2004 and 2008 Sam was awarded the golf Teacher of the Year for West Tennessee. He is currently ranked in the top 40 under age 40 teachers in the country by Golf Digest Magazine. For the past 12 years he has taught golf at Ridgeway Country Club in Memphis.

In 2002 Sam obtained his general contractors license and builds custom homes.

Sam and his wife Missy have four sons: Seth, Gabe, Luke and Drew.

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Steven Aldridge
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