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New class to be inducted into Royals Hall of Fame at Queens University of Charlotte

02/03/11 -     Queens University of Charlotte will induct new members into Royals Hall of Fame on Feb. 19. The 8:30 a.m. event will be at the Queens Sports Complex at Marion Diehl Park.

The inductees are:

Oliver Carias '05, men's soccer: Carias played four years at Queens and led his teams to a 60-10-6 overall record including a 35 game conference winning streak and an undefeated regular season in 2002-03.  He was a four-time all-conference selection, freshmen of the year, conference player of the year and most valuable player of the conference tournament. Carias was a four time all-southeast region first team player and an All-American. His teams won three regular season championships and one  tournament championship in his four years, and he led his team to two NCAA Appearances  in 2002 and 2004. 

Carias was ranked third in assists per game and fourth in points per game nationally scoring 43 goals and 49 assists in four years, leading division II nationally in assists per game in 2002. As a senior, Carias was ranked the # 1 soccer player in the Carolinas by The Charlotte Observer, and, as a sophomore, he was voted a top five soccer player in the nation by USA Today.  A native of Guatemala, he has represented his country on the national team.  Currently Carias is our men's soccer coach at Queens.

Catrina Crisp Harmon '01, softball: Crisp was a four-year starter at Queens, pitching and playing third base.  She was selected as the conference player of the week as a sophomore and was selected three times as the conference pitcher of the week during her junior and senior years.  She was a conference all-tournament selection, twice an all-conference selection, and an all-region selection. 

She continued her excellence with three NCAA national rankings.  Most notably, she was ranked 4th in the nation for strikeouts per seven innings, averaging almost 10 per game.  Not only an outstanding pitcher and third-baseman, Crisp was the total package, batting near .400 during her career and leading her team in batting average and slugging percentage in both her sophomore and junior year.  During her sophomore year she received the team's offensive MVP award.  The following year she was both the offensive and defensive MVP.  Her leadership was not limited to statistics because she was voted team captain two of her four years.

At the time of her graduation, she held Queens' records in 11 categories.  Today she still holds 6 records at Queens. As a hitter she holds the top record for career batting average (.396) and career doubles.  She maintains records at the top of pitching categories as well, including career strikeouts (546), career and single season shut outs (21 and 11), and career innings pitched.

She also maintained dean's list awards, earned an academic all conference honor, and was an NFCA all-america scholar athlete. 

Koko Dawood '00, men's tennis: Dawood played four years at Queens and is all-time winner in singles (83-14) and double matches (63-35).  He was a four-time all-conference selection for the Carolinas-Virginias Athletic Conference.  He was ranked  sixth nationally in singles in 1997 and #7 nationally in doubles in fall of 1999. In 1999 he was an Academic All-Region selection.  Dawood won the Rolex Regional tournament in singles in '98 and doubles in '99 and was invited both years to play in the national small college championships.  Currently Dawood resides in Wilmington with his wife, Jessica Mansfield, and is the assistant pro at Holly Tree Racquet Club while running his own business providing social media and mobile marketing service to local businesses.   

Yogi Leo '96, men's basketball: Originally from St.Lucia, Leo played from 1993 to 1996 at Queens and led the Royals to a 57-28 record.  In his senior campaign (1995-96) the men's basketball team finished 25-6, won the Carolinas-Virginias Athletic Conference championship, and made their first NCAA Appearance. For his efforts Leo earned All-Region and All-America honors. In his junior year he was  ranked 15th nationally in field goal percentage.  As a senior, Leo was named the top male student-athlete of the year at Queens. Today Leo is ranked fifth in career scoring with 1345, eighth in rebounds, second in career blocks and fourth in field goal percentage. Leo averaged 16 points per game and 8 rebounds per game for his career putting him in a elite class of athletes. He lives in Charlotte.

Debbie Butler Bryan '68, will be the first winner of the Dr. Billy O. Wireman Award. She has been a significant contributor to Queens and to Queens Athletics. Since the 1980s she has been extremely generous to Queens, giving everything from a van to endowing a Florence Fox Butler Scholarship to honor her mother, with preference for Queens student athletes.  Bryan also made possible the renovation of the basement of Morrison Hall to create a student grill and game room on campus - the Lion's Den. She also has made possible the new dance floor and air conditioning in the dance studio in Ovens Athletic Center.

The Wireman Award was established in 2010 at the inaugural Queens University of Charlotte Athletics Hall of Fame awards Ceremony.  Wireman, who served as president of Queens College from 1978-2002, was instrumental in establishing Queens as an NCAA affiliate and raising the profile of the department of athletics with his relentless support. The Wireman Award honors an individual who has been relentless in their support of and contribution to Queens Athletics.

Ruth Magher, who served at Queens from 1956 to 1973, will be the coach/administrator inductee.

Ruth Rogers Magher grew up in the small N.C. mountain community of Fines Creek.  She majored in physical education and attended the Women's College of the University of North Carolina, now UNCG.  She married Jim Magher, a young FBI agent from Nebraska and had two daughters, Gail and Tena.  While working at the Charlotte YWCA, Ruth began teaching a swimming class at the Trade Street YWCA pool where Queens' classes met.  Later, Ovens Gymnasium and the Queens Student Pool were built and became Ruth's home away from home. She used her extraordinary creative talents to produce the Dolphin Club shows, and establish herself as a regionally famous synchronized swimming choreographer and producer.  Her most famous narrator was Charles Kuralt, then a student at Central High School (now Garinger) narrating "Little Red Swimming Hood" and our own Charles Hadley, famous in his own right.

Along the way she continued her work with the National Red Cross Aquatic, helping edit and write text books and teaching manuals. 

She was inducted into the Commodore Longfellow Society, Order of the Golden Whale and its Lifesaving Hall of Fame.

She also, in an unprecedented move, was twice given the Clara Barton Award for service to humanity by the American Red Cross.  

When Rose and Ethel Kennedy spearheaded efforts to address the needs of special populations, Ruth was drafted to the Education Committee, and co-wrote "A Practical Guide for Teaching the Mentally Retarded to Swim."  The film, "Focus on Ability," to which Ruth contributed won a Blue Ribbon for excellence.

In 1978, The North Carolina Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance presented her with the Honor Award. She helped develop training films for The Amateur Athletic Union Committee for AAU Synchronized Swimming judges. All of that was put to use when Queens and UNC- Charlotte co-hosted the AAU Synchronized Swimming Finals.  Four hundred synchronized swimmers came from across North America and from as far as South Africa.  The AAU later named Ruth to the AAU Helms Hall of Fame.

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, the James L. Knight School of Communication, Hayworth College for Adult Studies and the Andrew Blair College of Health which features the Presbyterian School of Nursing. 


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