Three Cougars to be Inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

Three former College of Charleston student-athletes have been selected for membership into the College of Charleston  Athletics Hall of Fame and the 2011 Induction Class includes former men’s basketball star Marion Busby (1992-95), former volleyball standout Claudia Fann (1991-94) and former women’s basketball player Natalie Seel (1990-94).

The trio will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a reception to be held on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. (ET) in the McAlister Hospitality Suite at Carolina First Arena. Tickets for the brunch can be purchased for $15 per person. For more information or to RSVP, please call CofC administrative assistant Charlotte Napier at (843) 953-8254.

MARION BUSBY (1992-95)
A prolific guard who led the Cougars to their first NCAA Tournament berth in 1994 under legendary head coach John Kresse, Busby ranks eighth all-time in career scoring with 1,504 career points (fifth in CofC Division I history) and second all-time in career three-pointers made (220).

He was named Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) Player of the Year, first team All-TAAC, Lowcountry Classic Tournament MVP with wins over Penn State and Alabama, and the College of Charleston’s Chevrolet Player of the Game for his 21-point effort against Wake Forest in the NCAA First Round during the 1993-94 campaign.

Busby led the team in scoring three seasons in a row and guided the Cougars to back-to-back TAAC regular-season championship titles in 1994 and 1995. As a senior, he averaged a team-leading 16.9 points per game and was an All-TAAC First Team selection as CofC posted a 23-6 overall record and earned a Postseason NIT bid.

CLAUDIA FANN (1991-94)
An outside hitter for the Cougars from 1991-94, Fann represented the great tradition of the College of Charleston volleyball program as well as anyone. A member of the CofC Wall of Fame, Fann earned Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) Player of the Year honors in 1994. She was also selected to the All-TAAC First Team in 1994 and All-TAAC Second Team and TAAC All-Tournament Team in 1993.

Fann left her mark in the CofC record books as she currently owns nine career top 10 and nine single-season top 10 records. Among her career accolades are school records in career attack attempts (4,905), points (2238.5) and games played (553). Fann also ranks No. 2 all-time in career service aces (209) and No. 3 in career digs (1,590). She enjoyed some of the most memorable seasons in the history of the program. In 1993, she set the school record for most service aces in a single season with 81 and is tied for first in service aces per game (0.60) and fourth in single-season kills (546).

NATALIE SEEL (1990-94)
Seel played for the College of Charleston women’s basketball team from 1990-94 and was part of a Cougar team that made the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division I status. The former guard was a Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) First-Team All-Conference selection in 1993 and her 1,449 career points still ranks 11th all-time and second in the CofC Division I record books.

The Charleston native ranks second in several CofC NCAA Division I records including three-point field goals made (191), scoring average (13.6), field goals made (496) and average minutes per game (32.7). Seel also ranks third in career rebounding (680), eighth in career assists (254) and tied for seventh in career steals (157). She started in 100-of-107 games for the Cougars and her 63 three-pointers during the 1993-94 campaign are still tops by any CofC women’s player in a single season.