Carrollton, GA - Five all-time UWG sports legends have been selected as the newest members of the University of West Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall’s newest class, which includes five former student-athletes representing five different sports, is set for induction on November 2.
The newest UWG Hall of Fame class includes four performers who completed their eligibility within the past decade and includes one player from the 1960s. All bring impressive credentials to the Hall of Fame.
University of West Georgia
Athletic Hall of Fame
Class of 2019
David Faircloth (Baseball) Faircloth was a baseball standout at West Georgia during the 1966 and 1967 seasons. Faircloth, a native of Vidalia, was two-time All-GIAC selection as a first baseman for the Braves. He helped lead coach John West’s team to the 1967 conference title and a berth in the NAIA district tournament.
Melissa Holt (Volleyball) A native of Newport News, Va., Holt was a four-year standout at UWG from 2010-13. She was the first American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America at West Georgia and was also named to the All-Region team as a senior. A defensive standout, Holt holds UWG single game, season, and career records for digs. Also, she was a three-time member of the GSC Academic Honor Roll.
Da’Ron Sims (Men’s Basketball) A true warrior on the court during his two (2010-12) seasons at West Georgia. Hailing from Oakland, Calif., Sims’ senior season was one of the best ever for a West Georgia player. He earned All-Gulf South Conference, NABC All-District, and was named Honorable Mention All-America as he led the Wolves to the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth in seven seasons. Also, Sims was chosen to play in the Reece’s Division II All-Star Game to cap his stellar season.
William Wright (Football) A native of Pompano Beach, Fla., Wright played his high school football at Mountain View in Gwinnett County. At UWG he was dominant during his four seasons (2010-13) in a Wolves’ uniform. He was a two-time All-GSC performer and was also named All-Region, and selected to two All-America Teams, including a first-team AP Little All-America selection. Also, as a senior, Wright received the Jim Langer Award, given annually to the top lineman in NCAA Division II.
Nicole Yancey (Softball) A native of nearby Whitesburg, Yancey posted numbers at UWG that had never been seen before in Carrollton. She is a four-time All-Gulf South Conference selection, GSC Freshman of the Year in 2011, and was named All-America following her senior season 2014. She owns the top spot in the UWG Softball record book in almost every offensive category, This includes home runs (66), RBI (181), total bases (451), batting average (.376) and many more.
Induction ceremonies for the UWG Hall of Fame Class of 2018 are set for November 2. A pregame luncheon and reception will be held, prior to the Wolves’ home football game vs. Mississippi College. Official induction ceremonies will take place on Ra-Lin Field at halftime of that afternoon’s game. As in recent years, all previous UWG Hall of Fame inductees are invited to be a part of both events.
The University of West Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1988 as a means of honoring the university’s all-time athletic greats. Following this year’s induction, a total of 130 former players, coaches, and other UWG athletic figures will have earned a place in the shrine.