Three Saints inducted into Flagler Athletics Hall of Fame
May 17, 2019
Cathy (Forson) Rhoten '72, Nancy Sirmons '72, and Steven Shafer '03 were inducted as the 16th class of the Flagler College Athletics Hall of Fame Thursday evening at a banquet sponsored by Carrabba's Italian Grill at the Virginia Room in the Ringhaver Student Center. The event is part of the College's annual Alumni Weekend.
The Flagler College Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to honor student-athletes and administrators who made a major contribution to the intercollegiate sports program while at Flagler, as well as a significant impact in their community after graduating. Since then, 63 people and one team, have been inducted, including this year's class.
Rhoten was part of the first Flagler Athletics teams and was a member of the inaugural graduating class. She played women's basketball and volleyball and helped lead the Saints to their first state titles in basketball in 1970 and 1971. Rhoten also coached the team to a state title in 1975-76.
Sirmons was a teammate of Rhoten's during those early years, including the state hoop titles. She followed in Rhoten's footsteps as a head coach and led that team to the 1976-77 state basketball title. That team went 25-5 and still holds the program record for most wins in a season.
Shafer was a two-time NAIA All-American golfer, 2001 and 2003, and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament all four years (twice as an individual). As a sophomore, he finished in fourth place in the tournament held in Albuquerque, N.M. Shafer earned medalist honors at the SCAD Invitational and the Spartan Invitational.