July 2, 2014
Rocky Mount, N.C. – Since 1999, North Carolina Wesleyan College has honored 56 former athletes, administrators, teams, coaches and contributors by enshrining them in its Athletics Hall of Fame. These individuals have created a higher standard for Battling Bishop athletics and were selected based on their outstanding accomplishments and/or contributions to the College. This year’s class meets these same standards and will comprise the 16th group of honorees. The North Carolina Wesleyan Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that long-time Battling Bishop head coach John Brackett of women’s basketball and softball, Ken Bowers of men’s soccer, Alyson Patrick of women’s soccer, and Chontae Uptegrow of softball have been chosen to comprise its 2014 Hall of Fame class.
“The annual Hall of Fame ceremonies are tremendously exciting,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics John Thompson. “It is an honor to be around those who have made Wesleyan athletics successful and to see the connection between tradition, legacy, and the present.”
With over 25 years of service to the Department of Athletics, John Brackett is the 12th head coach to garner Hall of Fame induction and becomes the first to also call North Carolina Wesleyan his alma mater. The all-time winningest coach in NCWC women’s basketball and softball history, Brackett is a five-time Coach of the Year with nine league championships to his credit.
Joining her coach as a 2014 inductee is former softball standout Chontae Uptegrow, who staked her claim as one of the greatest outfielders to ever sport the Blue & Gold by being honored as a four-time All-Region, All-Conference AND All-Tournament selection from 1998 to 2001. Uptegrow, in fact, remains the only player in Battling Bishop history to garner Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-East Region accolades on four occasions.
Ken Bowers was a standout soccer player for the Battling Bishops from 1985 to 1988, completing his career among the program’s top-5 all-time leading scorers with 55 total points (17 goals, 21 assists). A four-year starter and two-year team captain, Bowers was the only player from the 53-team South Region to earn NCAA Division III All-American honors in 1988, becoming just the fourth Bishop to accomplish the feat at that point in program history.
Like Bowers, Alyson Patrick (now Beicker) also made a name for herself on the pitch. Just the third women’s soccer player in Bishop history to garner All-American status when she did so in 1995, Patrick still holds program records for goals scored in a season with 21, as well as total points in a season with 47.
The Department of Athletics extends sincere congratulations to all four inductees, whose contributions to the overall mission of the College have been exhibited in their successes and accomplishments both on and off the court and field. To these inductees, the Battling Bishops offer thanks and admiration by bestowing this honor upon them.
A formal induction ceremony will be held during this year’s Homecoming festivities on October 25th.