Rinker, Hodge inducted into Brevard College Athletics Hall of Fame

Duo joins 19 former BC Coaches and Athletes during tonight's ceremonies

Brevard, N.C. - Interim Athletic Director Juan Mascaro and the Brevard College Athletic Department are pleased to announce the 2011 inductees to the Brevard College Athletics Hall of Fame, Coach Dave Rinker and Thomas Hodge '67.

The two will be inducted into the BC Hall of Fame on Friday, October 21st, as the Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame dinner in the Porter Center for Performing Arts.

Dave Rinker served as the Head Coach of the Brevard College Cross Country and Track & Field programs and Director of Athletics for the Tornados from 1984-1999.

While at Brevard, Rinker coached two teams to National Junior College Athletic Association national titles in men’s cross country in 1987 and 1990, and led three women’s (1985-1987) and two men’s (1986, 1989) teams to NJCAA cross country runner-up finishes.

He coached 119 NJCAA All-Americans in his 15 years at Brevard College and saw 10 individuals win National Championships in cross country and track and field. His men’s teams won five North Carolina collegiate state cross country titles over a variety of two-year and four-year institutions, winning the titles in 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1994. Rinker was named the NJCAA men’s cross country Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1990. He was also named the 1999 NJCAA men’s outdoor track Coach of the Year and was inducted into the NJCAA Coaches’ Hall of Fame in 1999.

Rinker was selected to coach the U.S. Men’s Junior World Cross Country Team in 1998 and through his tutelage, three of his athletes earned positions on the U.S. Junior World Cross Country Team, while two others were selected to the U.S. Men’s Senior World Cross Country Team.

As the athletic director at Brevard, Rinker also oversaw the addition of baseball, volleyball and softball to the school’s athletic offerings and the construction of new facilities for track and field, softball and baseball.

He served as President of the NJCAA Cross Country Coaches’ Assocation from 1994-1996.

Also during his time at Brevard, Rinker was involved on campus, serving as the Resident Director of Green Hall and Ross Hall, and was involved as the Director of Intramurals.

Hodge had numerous accomplishments on the track and cross country course, including setting a new a course or school record in almost every race he competed in from 1966 to 1967. Today, he remains among the top 10 all-time in many categories at Brevard College.

In Hodge's two years at Brevard College, the track and field teams posted an overall record of 19-4 and were Conference Champions in both years. He was the Most Valuable runner as a freshman and track team captain his sophomore year. Hodge was selected the Most Outstanding Junior College Athlete at the News-Piedmont Relays held at Furman University in 1967 after winning the open mile in 4:17.1 and anchoring the 1st place sprint medley relay team with an 880 split time of 1:55.8. He also posted 1st place and school record times of 4:14.3 in the mile at the Dogwood Relays held at the University of Tennessee and a two-mile record during a dual meet at the Citadel with a time of 9:36.8. Hodge was a National Champion, winning the mile at the National Junior College Track & Field Championships in 1967, missing the meet record by just 6/10ths of a second, gaining All-American honors.

The Cross Country team posted an overall record of 15-6 during his time at Brevard College, and Hodge won Conference titles and All-Conference honors both seasons. He led most of the way in the National Junior College Cross Country Championships in 1967 before being forced out with a pulled muscle. Despite his injury, Hodge helped lead the team to a 6th place finish in their first national meet. He also was instrumental in the team receiving the Pepsi-Cola Award as the Most Outstanding College Team in Western North Carolina at the WNC Awards Banquet in 1967.

After graduation, Hodge was awarded a track and cross-country athletic scholarship at the University of Mississippi. He was the first of many distance runners from Brevard College to receive a scholarship to compete at a major university. At Mississippi, he was an All-Southeastern Conference selection and team captain. Hodge gives Brevard College credit for future successes at the University of Mississippi and in his professional career.

The class of 2011-2012 joins the 19 current members of the BC Athletics Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame Class of 2004-2005: Gil Coan, Class of ’42, Reggie McAfee, Class of ’71 and John McKissick, Class of ’49, Coach Chick Martin, Coach Norm Witek.

Hall of Fame Class of 2005-2006: Hershey Hipps (Herman Hipps accepted on behalf of his father), Thomas Barbee, Class of ’61, and the Boshamer Family (Cary Boshamer accepted on their behalf).

Hall of Fame Class of 2006-2007: Joe Forte, Class of ’63, Ralph Lundy, Class of ’70, Dr. Walter S. Clayton Sr., (Walter Shields Clayton Jr. ‘68 & Anne Blythe accepted on his behalf)

Hall of Fame Class of 2008-2009: Melissa Meyer, Class of ’86, Lennox Stewart, Class of ’71, Coach Thad Talley and Coach Joe Bartlinski.

Hall of Fame Class of 2009-2010: Danny Bost, Class of ’62, and Alice Gaines, Class of ’89.

Hall of Fame Class of 2010-2011: Coach Larry Burch and Coach Patsy Neal.

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