Sept. 3, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A pair of former Florida State quarterbacks lead a group of seven people who will be honored on September 10th at the 1999 FSU Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward and 1991 Heisman Trophy runner-up Casey Weldon headline the evening that includes the induction of FSU tennis star Joey Rive, women's basketball standout Tia Paschal, former FSU baseball coach Fred Hatfield and track and field great Allen Williams. In addition, long-time track and field official and decorated faculty member Dr. Gregg Phifer will be recognized as the recipient of the annual Moore-Stone Award.
A very limited number of tickets to the event which begins at 5:00 p.m. on Friday are available by calling 850-644-1123.
Brief biographies of the new class follow.
Though he only coached the Florida State baseball team for five years, Fred Hatfield's impact on the program has been felt long after his departure.
A standout baseball player, Hatfield broke into the Major Leagues with the Boston Red Sox and played professionally from 1950-57. He then went into managing at the minor league level before being selected as Florida State's head coach in 1964.
Hatfield wasted no time in keeping Florida State's winning tradition going as he guided the '64 Seminoles to a 23-13 record and a No. 6 final national ranking. In his second season, FSU won the NCAA District III Championship and advanced to the third round of the College World Series, finishing fifth nationally. Over the next three years (1966-68), his teams represented FSU at the NCAA District III playoffs. Hatfield went 35-6 in 1968, his final year, and that winning percentage of .854 ranked as the best single season winning percentage at the time of his induction.
Hatfield was instrumental in a number of projects for FSU baseball including spearheading the effort to install lights at the baseball stadium. To get the 'Noles under the lights, Hatfield called on a number of his friends from his years in professional baseball.
After leaving FSU after the 1968 season, Hatfield went back into professional ball where he coached and scouted until 1997.
Hatfield put together a record of 161-57-1 during his five-year tenure at Florida State. That winning percentage of .737 ranked third all-time at FSU at the time of his induction behind only Woody Woodward and Mike Martin, who was a centerfielder for Hatfield from 1965-66.
The Florida State women's basketball program enjoyed its greatest success during the four-year career of Tia Paschal, who lettered for the Seminoles from 1989 to 1993.
A forward from Thomson, Ga., Paschal was a three-year starter for the Seminoles who made an immediate impact averaging 20 minutes of play as a rookie. She averaged 19.4 points and 7.4 rebounds as a senior earning first team All-ACC honors and second team All-America by the American Women's Sports Federation. Over her career, she helped lead the Seminoles to two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 1989-90 and 1990-91 as well as a Metro Conference championship in the 1990-91 season.
Paschal's versatility made her a weapon in every facet of the game which is evident by the records she still held at FSU five years after her playing days. At the time of her induction, Paschal held the records for points in a game (38), free throws made (14) and attempted (19) in a game, as well as steals in a season (96) and career (269). Paschal was also among FSU's top 10 in six season and seven career records and ranked second all-time in scoring with 1,662 points.
Honors came in abundance for Paschal throughout her career. Paschal took the conference by storm as a freshman in 1989-90, earning Metro Conference All-Rookie Team honors. She earned Metro All-Tournament Team honors twice and was a two-time conference Player of the Week.
Paschal played professionally in Europe following her graduation with a criminology degree in 1993. She played for teams in Germany, Sweden and Spain in addition to playing for the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA in 1998.
One of the greatest men's tennis players in Florida State history, Joey Rive was a Seminole standout from 1981 through 1985.
Rive capped his outstanding Seminole career by winning the 1985 Metro Conference Championship singles championship. He was named the conference's Most Valuable Player that same year.
Following his collegiate playing days, Rive had a distinguished professional career. He was ranked among the world's top 100 from 1985 through 1991 and won five singles titles on the ATP Tour. He was a member of the United States' 1989 Davis Cup Team and played for Puerto Rico in that event from 1992 through 1994.
Rive returned to Florida State in 1992 as an assistant coach for the Seminoles' men's team. He held that position until 1994 when he was named the head men's coach at the University of Alabama. He coached there for three years and guided the Crimson Tide to national top 20 rankings and a pair of bids to the NCAA Tournament.
At the time of his induction, Rive worked for the United States Tennis Association as a men's national coach, training and developing elite junior players.
The success and hard work of FSU players and coaches like Rive made it possible for FSU to build one of the nation's top tennis facilities, which hosted the NCAA Women's Championships in 1996.
Football and Basketball
The most decorated player in the history of college football, Charlie Ward won literally every award he was eligible for as a senior quarterback on Florida State's 1993 national championship team. In addition, Ward was the sparkplug on three Seminole NCAA Tournament basketball teams.
A native of nearby Thomasville, Ga., Ward became Florida State's first Heisman Trophy winner in 1993 after completing 69.5 percent of his passes for 3,032 yards with 27 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He also won the Davey O'Brien and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Awards and was named Walter Camp Player of the Year and Toyota Leader of the Year. He is only the second college football player ever to win the Sullivan Award. Ward still owned 14 FSU football records at the time of his induction.
On the basketball court, Ward pushed the Seminoles to the brink of the 1993 Final Four, falling one game shy. He also started on FSU's Sweet 16 team in 1992 and hit the game-winning shot in its Metro Conference Tournament Championship game win over Louisville in 1991. Ward still holds Seminole basketball records for steals in a game (9) and career (236) and ranks sixth all-time in assists (396).
At the time of his induction, Ward had just finished his fifth season in the NBA as the starting point guard for the New York Knicks. He helped his team to the NBA Finals in 1999. Ward remains an active member of his home community in Thomasville, running various youth clinics and sports camps during the summer.
Casey Weldon came to Florida State in 1988 as a hometown Tallahassee product who seemed destined for greatness. He left FSU as the runner-up for the 1991 Heisman Trophy and with the reputation as one of the Seminoles' finest quarterbacks ever.
Casey starred at North Florida Christian High School in FSU's back yard and waited for his chance to lead the Seminoles. As a senior in 1991, Casey completed 189 of 313 passes for 2,527 yards and 22 touchdowns - all with the pressure that comes from playing for a team ranked number one in the country for the first 12 weeks of the season. He led the Seminoles to a 10-2 record and a win over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. He was named the winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award signifying him as the best quarterback in college football. He was named first team All-America by Walter Camp and the Football News among others.
Casey's 4,643 career yards of total offense ranked as the second highest total in school history when he graduated. He threw 41 career touchdown passes which also ranked as the second highest total ever for an FSU career, and he ranked among the top four in six other statistical categories when he left campus. Casey led the Tribe to a 16-2 record as the starting quarterback including memorable wins over Michigan, LSU, BYU, Penn State and Florida.
Casey went on to a long career in the NFL, playing for Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, San Diego and with the Washington Redskins at the time of his induction.
Track and Field
Atlanta, Ga., native Al Williams earned a reputation as one of the finest throwers in Florida State track and field history when he dominated meets for the Seminoles from 1960-64.
Williams set FSU school records in both the shot put and the discus while in Tallahassee, marks that stood for nearly 20 years. He finished fourth at the 1963 NCAA Championships in the shot put as a junior to earn All-American honors.
As a senior in 1964, Williams took first place in the shot put in seven meets and won the discus in four. His win in both those events on consecutive days at Florida and at Tennessee helped provide the Seminoles with two of their greatest triumphs in the track and field program's history.
Williams earned his bachelor's degree from FSU in 1964. He won a pair of prestigious awards for his service to the United States while working for the Central Intelligence Agency. He earned a Certificate of Exceptional Service and won The Medal for Civilian Service in Vietnam, both in 1970. He is now retired after a successful career in healthcare administration.
Dr. Gregg Phifer
Moore Stone Award Winner
Dr. Gregg Phifer's role as a distinguished professor and supporter of Seminole athletics for more than a half century has been unmatched. Phifer, who is a professor emeritus after many years of service in communications, has officiated track and field meets during the tenure of every FSU head coach.
A native of Cincinnati, Phifer ran track at the University of Pacific after successfully campaigning for a program as a student writer at the Pacific Weekly school newspaper. From Pacific, he moved on to the University of Iowa where he received his doctorate in 1949. Dr. Phifer joined the faculty at Florida State that same year and taught speech while also starting a debate program. He also began a nearly life-long effort of helping with the FSU track program, as both a meet official and photographer, shortly after his arrival in Tallahassee.
In addition to officiating FSU's home track meets, Phifer has officiated at the Junior Pan American Games and Junior Nationals. He is an accredited master official by USA Track and Field and is a member of the Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame and the Governor's Sunshine State Foundation. Since 1951, Phifer has officiated more than 250 meets.