Eastern Nazarene College President Corlis McGee (left) and Athletics Director Nancy Detwiler congratulate longtime former coach and athletics director Carroll F. Bradley, in whose honor the college recently named its Athletics Hall of Fame.
In 1994, Eastern Nazarene College formally established an Athletics Hall of Fame, inducting just one honoree: Carroll F. Bradley (Class of 1950), a member of ENC's first team to play in intercollegiate competition and the college's longtime athletic director.
For 15 years, Coach Bradley remained ENC's sole Hall of Fame inductee. At the college's recent Homecoming celebration, however, he gained some company and another honor, as the college expanded the Hall of Fame to include four new inductees and a new name: The Carroll F. Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame.
"We've had a Hall of Fame for a few years, and we thought this Homecoming would be an excellent opportunity to honor the beginning of athletics here at ENC," President Corlis McGee said. "It's a great honor for us to recognize the life Coach Bradley has lived and the lives he has contributed to here at ENC."
In addition to starting and developing the ENC intercollegiate athletics program, Bradley served as both Student Athletic Director and later Athletic Director for a total of nearly 30 years, 1953-1970 and 1982-1994. During those periods, he also coached varsity men's basketball and varsity baseball while serving as an ENC professor and Dean of Men. Now retired, Bradley lives in Clemson, South Carolina with his wife Doris (ENC Class of 1957).
New members inducted into the Carroll F. Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame include:
Ron Bradley joins his father in the Carroll F. Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame. The associate head basketball coach at Clemson University in Clemson, SC, Bradley has more than 30 years of collegiate coaching experience, 28 of them at the Division I level. Prior to his hire at Clemson in the summer of 2003, he served as the associate head coach at James Madison University for one season. During his student days at ENC as a varsity basketball player (1968-1973), Bradley scored 2,639 points and averaging 28.4 points per year during his career. He received NAIA Honorable Mention All American, was ranked sixth nationally in scoring as a sophomore and fifteenth as a junior, and was selected by the New York Nets in the American Basketball Association draft in 1972.
Jody Gardner Brown was a triple-sport threat at ENC, playing as a varsity athlete in basketball, soccer and softball during 1997-2001. As a basketball player, she amassed 1520 points during her career and helped the team to a conference championship in 2000 and to the NCAA Division 3 "Sweet Sixteen" in playoffs the same year. She carried that expertise on to successive ENC softball teams as coach during 2004-2007. Brown is a former teacher, who now is a full-time mother to Owen. She resides with her husband, Justin, in Bourbonnais, IL.
Janet Ranstrom Calhoun competed as an ENC varsity athlete in volleyball and basketball during her student years (1977-1981), graduating with a career volleyball playing record of 102-23 (82%). She and her teammates were Massachusetts State Champions in 1979, winning the EAIAW Regionals the same year. After graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree, Calhoun was the assistant ENC volleyball coach for six years and head volleyball coach for four years (1992-1996). She was a vital part of coaching or playing in 505 wins during her volleyball career. In 1978 she led her basketball team to a win in the MA Intercollegiate Championship with a win over University of Lowell. Calhoun also was the ENC head softball coach for three years (1993-1996).
Steve Shoff was a varsity basketball and varsity soccer player during his ENC career (1969-1973) and holds the ENC record for career soccer goals, with 86 scored. After graduating with a B.A. degree, he coached ENC women's basketball during 1982-1984 and went on to a successful teaching career and coaching high school soccer in the Weymouth, MA Public Schools. His teams won three Massachusetts State Championships. Two members of Shoff's team are currently playing professional soccer. His high school soccer camps were so successful that he had long waiting lists to attend. Shoff was elected Massachusetts Soccer Coach of the Year three times. He was twice ranked in the top 20 nationally by the NSCAA, and has been inducted into the Massachusetts Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame .