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App State Announces 2018 Athletics Hall of Fame Class

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State Athletics and the Former Athletes Association have announced the 2018 Hall of Fame class.

In alphabetical order, Mark Fee (wrestling, 1999-2003), Anna Freeman Healy (women's basketball, 2009-13), Wes Hobson (baseball, 2007-10), Corey Lynch (football, 2003-07) and Marques Murrell (football, 2003-06) are the 2018 inductees.

This is the 44th class in the history of the Appalachian State Athletics Hall of Fame. The group will be inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 15, ahead of the Mountaineers' home football game against Southern Miss. For tickets and reservations to the Hall of Fame ceremony, contact Virginia Falck at or 828-262-3109.

Fans are also encouraged to attend the home football game to see the inductees recognized. Season tickets can be purchased by contacting the App State ticket office at 828-262-2079 or clicking HERE.


MARK FEE (Wrestling — 1999-2003)
Two-time All-American (2002, 2003) and three-time NCAA qualifier … Three-time Southern Conference champion (2001, 2002, 2003), SoCon Wrestler of the Year in 2003 and SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler in 2002 … Ranks in the top five on App State's career wins list with two seasons of at least 30 wins, including a 36-6 mark as a senior and a 30-10 record as a junior … Fifth place nationally at 165 pounds in 2002 and seventh place nationally at 174 pounds in 2003 … During 2002 run to All-America status, started the NCAA tournament with a 3-0 record that included wins against the fourth and fifth seeds … All-conference selection in 2002 and 2003 (based on regular season) … App State's Most Valuable Wrestler in 2002 and 2003 … Had a 24-1 record in dual meets over his final three seasons … The native of Coral Springs, Fla., attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School before enrolling at App State.

ANNA FREEMAN HEALY (Women's basketball — 2009-13)
Ranks second in program history in career points (1,858) and career rebounds (1,008) as well as first in career steals (383, first in SoCon history) and career blocks (265, or 70 more than second place) … Was on the two winningest teams in program history: 2010-11 (25-7) and 2011-12 (27-7) … The only player in school history to rank in the top five in points, rebounds, steals, assists, field goals and blocked shots … Part of the winningest senior class in program history, as she started all 132 games while App State went 95-37 during her four years … Named the SoCon Player of the Year and was the leading scorer on the 27-win team in 2011-12 with averages of 15.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.6 steals, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 85.6-percent accuracy from the line … Named first-team or second-team All-SoCon in all four of her seasons and was also the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year in 2010-11 … The native of Thomasville, N.C., attended East Davidson High School before enrolling at App State.

WES HOBSON (Baseball — 2007-2010)
App State's career leader in hits (318), runs (223), doubles (78) and total bases (504) … Third-team All-American as a second baseman in 2010, when he batted .404 with 95 hits (second in App State single-season history), 69 runs scored (App State single-season record), 11 homers, 54 RBIs, 22 doubles, 33 walks, 17 steals (in 19 attempts) and a .655 slugging percentage … All-Southern Conference selection in 2009 and 2010 … Second in App State history with 194 RBIs and fourth with 30 home runs … In addition to his single-season record of 69 runs, also is tied for third in school history with 67 a year earlier … On App State's single-season doubles list, Hobson ranks tied for second (23 in 2009), tied for fourth (22 in 2010) and tied for sixth (21 in 2008) … Also in App State's top 10 with nine career triples … Finished his career with 186 consecutive starts at second base … The native of Winston-Salem, N.C., attended North Forsyth High School before enrolling at App State.

COREY LYNCH (Football — 2003-07)
A safety, was a three-time first-team All-American, earning that recognition as App State won three straight national championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007 … Blocked the game-ending field goal and ran 62 yards with the ball as App State opened the 2007 season by winning 34-32 at No. 5 Michigan in one of the biggest upsets in sports history … Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award (Division I-AA National Defensive Player of the Year) in 2007 … Three-time first-team All-SoCon selection … Set an FCS record with 52 passes defended in his career … Also finished his App State career with 358 tackles (top 10 in school history) and 24 interceptions (No. 2 at App State, No. 1 in SoCon history). Had six interceptions in three different seasons and three blocked kicks in two different seasons … Played six NFL seasons with five teams (Cincinnati, Tampa Bay, San Diego, Indianapolis, Tennessee) after being picked in the sixth round of the 2008 draft by the Bengals … The native of Cape Coral, Fla., attended Evangelical Christian School before enrolling at App State.

MARQUES MURRELL (Football — 2003-06)
Two-time first-team All-American as he helped App State win back-to-back national championships in 2005 and 2006 … Two-time finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the Division I-AA National Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006 (third place) … 2006-07 Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year and 2006 Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year … In the 2005 national title game against Northern Iowa, recorded a sack and forced a fumble that was returned by Jason Hunter for a 15-yard, go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 21-16 victory … Holds the school record with 18 career forced fumbles (five more than second place) … Ranks second in school history with 36 sacks and 59 tackles for loss … With 13 sacks apiece in 2005 and 2006, is tied for the best single season in school history … Three-time first-team All-Southern Conference selection … Played four NFL seasons with the New York Jets and New England Patriots after being signed by the Philadelphia Eagles … The native of Fayetteville, N.C., attended Jack Britt High School before enrolling at App State.

Men's Soccer Inks Three More to 2018 Signing Class

BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men's soccer head coach Jason O'Keefe and the coaching staff are excited to welcome the addition of three new signees for the 2018 signing class.

Thanks to the additions of Philipp Paulin, Christian Licea and Dimitris Moraitakis, the Mountaineers now have 14 student-athletes for the recruiting class, giving the Apps four defenders, three goalkeepers, five midfielders and two forwards.

"This is another great class for us here at App State," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "All of these players have one common trait, and that is they are winners. They come from winning environments and have the mentality we are looking for. I want to thank Dan Louisignau and Shaun Utterson for working tirelessly to help deliver this 2018 class. This will be another deep class which will help us continue to move this program forward. It addresses our needs for some more goal scoring punch, athleticism, versatility, and a high soccer IQ. These young men are all scholar athletes and will represent App State tremendously well in the classroom, on the soccer field, and in the community. We're expecting to sign three more student-athletes, which only raises the profile of this skilled signing class. We can't wait to blend this group with our returning team and get to work. We are very excited for the future of App State Soccer.

Dimitris Moraitakis | 5'9 | Midfielder | AEK Athens FC | National Team of Greece U17 | Nea Genia Ziridis, Athens
Moraitakis brings an attacking and scoring ability that could help App in 2018. He played in Greece where he helped his team earn second and fourth in the National School League. For the AEK Football Club under George Simos, his squad recorded a fifth-place finish in the Superleague, while recording a top-11 placing in the Elite Neon Cup. He averaged 10 goals and eight assists per year in his time with with AEK FC. Dimitris was also a member of the National Greece U17 team, where he recorded seven international appearances. He was born on Aug. 11, 2000 He is the son of Evangelos Moraitakis and Galateia Stefanou. Has one sibling, Nikolas Moraitakis.

O'Keefe on Moraitakis
"Dimitris is a skilled attacking player. He has great vision to see things and make plays for himself and others. We are looking forward to working with him as we continue to develop our style of play and know he will bring some creativity and flair which will improve our attack and goal scoring ability. He has competed at the highest levels in Greece and those experiences will help him transition quickly to the college game."

Christian Licea | 6'0 | Defender | Montverde Academy | Lutz, Fla.
Playing under Mike Potempa at Montverde Academy, Licea enjoyed a successful high school career where he helped his team earn back-to-back national championships in 2017 and 2018. He played his travel ball under Joel Harrison for Tampa Bay United. He was born on May 13, 2000. He is the son of Carlos and Angie Licea, and has one sibling, Alex. He will major in business and hopes to start his own company after graduation. He enjoys soccer, music, lifting, snowboarding and rock climbing.

O'Keefe on Licea
"Christian is a versatile player from Montverde Academy where he was part of the SIMA program ran by Mike Potempa and coached by Kevin Varnado. He is a winner and will help immediately from day one with his competitive spirit."

Philipp Paulin | 5'8 | Midfielder | UVB Vöcklamarkt | Oberweis, Austria
Paulin played ball for his club team under Jürgen Schatas, scoring five goals last season. He contributed to a second-place finish with Linz in the U16's in the Youth Bundesliga. He was born on Jan. 21, 1998. He is the son of Thomas and Renate Paulin and has one sister, Caroline. His major is undecided. He enjoys playing soccer, hanging out with friends, photography, playing Fifa and traveling. His dad played in the first-ever professional soccer league in Austria.

O'Keefe on Paulin
"Philipp is a versatile left sided player who can play as a winger or left back. He likes to be aggressive and attack so in either position in our style of play he will cause problems for the opponent. He has a good skill set and technically will help our team from day one. We are excited to start working with Philip as we feel he will be a great addition to a very strong nucleus of players for the next four years."

App State To Host Carolina Panthers' Moms Clinic June 21

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University is one site for the Heads Up Football Clinics that the NFL's Carolina Panthers are hosting this month for area football moms.

The clinic, which runs from 6-8 p.m. on June 21, is free to mothers when they register online by clicking HERE. It provides moms whose children are interested in playing tackle football with the latest information about player safety and other important information. Across the Carolinas, the clinics are being held in conjunction with USA Football, the national governing body of the sport and the Panthers' youth football development partner.

Registration space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a $250 donation made to the school or organization with the highest number of participating moms.

Carolina Panthers athletic training staff will discuss concussion recognition and a parent's role while also covering hydration and prevention of heat-related illness. USA Football master trainers will educate moms on proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting while a Panthers alumni player will discuss football basics, including rules and player positions.

Following classroom instruction, the clinic in Boone will move out to the field at Kidd Brewer Stadium for hands-on instruction from the USA Football master trainers regarding the latest tackling.

Participants will receive an official Carolina Panthers Moms' Clinic event T-shirt. Snacks and water will be provided.

John Weaver Endowed Scholarship To Benefit App State Programs

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State Athletics announced Tuesday a plan to honor legendary coach John Weaver with the creation of the John Weaver Endowed Scholarship.

App State Athletics has started the fund to benefit the Mountaineers' track & field and cross country programs that excelled under the leadership of Weaver, a 43-time conference coach of the year. Alums of the university's track & field and cross country programs, as well as other supporters of App State Athletics, are invited and encouraged to make donations to the fund.

To #MakeAnImpact and contribute to the John Weaver Endowed Scholarship, you can CLICK HERE.

Weaver retired following the conclusion of the 2018 outdoor track & field season, capping his 47-year coaching career. He graduated from App State in 1971 and coached high school track & field while serving as a biology teacher before he returned to Boone in 1979 as a men's graduate assistant who was earning his master's degree in biology.

Weaver took over as the first head coach of the women's program in 1982, became the head coach for both programs in 1995 and helped App State claim 78 conference championships, with three coming in the Sun Belt Conference and 75 occurring in the Southern Conference.

Since starting the women's program 36 years ago, Weaver helped that program – including cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field – account for two NCAA Division I National Champions (twice in the 1500 meters), nine NCAA Division I All-Americans with 23 All-America performances, two Sun Belt Conference team championships (women's indoor and women's cross country), 14 Sun Belt Conference individual titles, 69 Sun Belt all-conference performances (46 in track and 23 in cross country), one Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year honor, 373 Southern Conference individual champion performances, 928 Southern Conference all-conference performances, 34 Southern Conference MVP athletes, 45 Southern Conference team championships, 27 Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors and two Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors.

In the Southern Conference, the women's program accomplished seven triple crowns by winning the league title in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track in the same academic year. Weaver coached many accomplished women, highlighted by All-American Melissa Morrison-Howard, who won 12 SoCon individual titles and went on to earn a pair of Olympic bronze medals, and Mary Jayne Harrelson, the 1999 and 2001 NCAA champion in the 1500 meters.

After Weaver took over App State's men's program in 1995, the Mountaineers produced 10 NCAA Division I All-Americans, nine NCAA All-America performances, 178 Southern Conference individual champion performances, six Sun Belt Conference individual champion performances, 654 Southern Conference all-conference performances, 45 Sun Belt Conference all-conference performances, 29 Southern Conference MVP athletes, 30 Southern Conference team championships, one Sun Belt Conference team championship, 15 Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors and one Southeast Region Coach of the Year honor. In the SoCon, the men's program accomplished four triple crowns.

Since joining the Sun Belt Conference, the men's and women's teams garnered 20 individual event titles and 100 all-conference honors under Weaver's direction.