Cumberland University Athletics announced its 2012 Hall of Fame class this week, which includes former All-Americans Doug Binkley, a Logan County High School graduate, Renae Williams and Chuck MacFarlane as well as former coach Rick Reeves. The group is part of the 26th Hall of Fame Class and will be inducted during a dinner on Friday, October 5 on the CU campus.
Binkley is one of only two three-time All-Americans in Cumberland University Athletics history, joining the baseball program’s Steve Green. Binkley was a Second Team All-America selection in 1992 and was named First Team in 1993 and 1994.
The Charlotte, N.C., native and Logan County High School product intercepted 32 career passes, eight in each of his four seasons, returning three for touchdowns. He averaged more than 100 tackles per year from his defensive back position and was a member of the program’s only team that appeared in the NAIA Playoffs in 1993, recording a 9-1 regular season record before falling to Pacific Lutheran in the first round of the postseason.
MacFarlane was a First Team All-American in 2004 and is the only player in Bulldog baseball history to post two seasons with 100-plus hits, including a single-season record 117 in 2004. The Nannaimo, British Columbia, native posted a .409 batting average with 21 doubles, five triples, 23 home runs, 80 RBIs and 217 total bases during his All-America campaign. The total bases and runs scored numbers both rank second on the single-season charts at CU and MacFarlane ranks in the Top 11 in nine different single-season categories.
As a senior he batted .364 with 20 doubles, 15 homers, 61 RBIs, 102 hits, 71 runs scored and 173 total bases. The Bulldogs compiled a 115-42 mark during his two campaigns, which included the 2004 national championship and a fourth-place finish at the 2005 NAIA World Series. He is the only person associated with the baseball program to win a national title as both a player and a coach (2010). MacFarlane was voted to the NAIA World Series All-Tournament Team in 2005 as well.
In the career records he ranks fifth in at-bats (566), third in hits (219), fifth in runs (158), sixth in RBIs (141), tied for fourth in doubles (41), tied for fifth in triples (8) and seventh in home runs (38).
Williams scored 1,998 points in four seasons with the Bulldogs from 2005-08, helping CU reach the NAIA National Tournament her first three seasons. Cumberland reached the Round of 16 in 2005 and lost in the national championship game in 2007.
The Oak Ridge, Tenn., native averaged 13.5 points and 5.7 rebounds as a freshman, earning TranSouth All-Freshman Team honors. She was a First Team All-TranSouth Conference selection all four seasons, posting 14.5 points and 4.3 boards as a sophomore, 13.1 points and 3.5 caroms as a junior and 19.7 points and 8.8 rebounds as a senior.
She earned Honorable Mention All-America honors as well as Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete accolades as a junior and senior for the Bulldogs. Williams was also named a TranSouth Scholar-Athlete her final three campaigns.
Reeves coached three seasons with the Bulldog women’s basketball program, compiling a 55-32 record from 1987-89 and qualifying for the four-team conference tournament in the Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference (TCAC) each season, which included Belmont, Lipscomb and Christian Brothers as well as members of the TranSouth Conference – Union University, Freed-Hardeman, Bethel University and Lambuth University. All three of his teams were ranked nationally in the Top 25.
Reeves also overcame the lack of a home facility during that time period, before the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center was built. The Bulldogs played home games at Lebanon, Watertown and Mt. Juliet High Schools. His first head coaching job came at Brescia University before coming to Cumberland.
He left CU for an assistant coaching position at Florida before taking over at Liberty University, leading the Flames for nine seasons and posting a 136-118 mark. Liberty went undefeated during the regular season in 1997-98 before falling to Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament. The Flames reached the NCAA’s in each of his final three campaigns with the program.
From there he went to Southern Miss for five seasons, helping the Golden Eagles reach the WNIT once before taking over at Gardner-Webb. He begins his ninth season at GWU in 2012-13, earning four Big South Coach of the Year honors and the program’s first-ever NCAA appearance in 2010-11. The Runnin’ Rebels won the conference tournament that season after claiming the Big South regular season title in 2009-10, the program’s only regular season conference title in its 37-year history.