Hyman, Thurmond, Phillips to be inducted Sept. 20
The No. 1 rebounder and shot blocker in men’s basketball history, the all-time assists leader in volleyball annals, and a women’s sports pioneer at Keuka and beyond will be inducted into the Keuka College Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday, Sept. 20.
Antoine Hyman ’97, Dawn Myers Thurmond ’01, and Madge Phillips ’47 will bring membership in the Hall of Fame to 11.
One of the highlights of Family Weekend, the ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Weed Physical Arts Center, home to the Hall of Fame. A reception will follow.
A 6-10 center, Hyman is arguably the premier defensive player in Keuka basketball history. He blocked 440 shots in his career, which ranks second all-time in NCAA Division III history and No. 10 for all divisions. He averaged 4.36 rejections a game, No. 6 in Division III annals.
His best season was 1996-97, when he swatted 148 shots, an average of 5.69 per game. His best single-game effort came Jan. 8, 1997, when he rejected 13 shots in a game against Hobart College. He also is Keuka’s all-time leader in rebounds with 885.
No slouch on the offensive end, Hyman scored 1,274 points, No. 2 at Keuka at the time of his graduation, and he still stands No. 1 all-time in field goal percentage (66 percent).
Hyman had a few tryouts with NBA teams before playing professionally in France, England, Latvia, Japan, Turkey, Portugal, and Bahrain. In the U.S. he has performed in the NBA Summer League, CBA, USBL, IBL, and ABA. In 2006-07, he helped the Vermont Frost Heaves capture the ABA championship.
Dawn Myers Thurmond
When Thurmond arrived at Keuka, the volleyball program had been in existence only two years. When she left, she owned the all-time assists record (3,208), a mark that was later equaled by Jeanne Vincent.
But that wasn’t the only portion of the record book the talented setter re-wrote. At the time of her graduation, she was No. 3 in attacks (1,101), No. 4 in kills (427), No. 2 in kill percentage (.230), No. 3 in service aces (127), and No. 4 in digs (699).
In her senior season, Myers was named to the SUNY Cortland Red Dragon Classic All-Tournament Team. She also served on the Student Athlete Code of Conduct Commmittee in 1999-2000.
The consummate student-athlete, Thurmond earned two bachelor’s degrees from Keuka (unified elementary/special education and psychology) and received the Senior Psychology Award in 2001. A two-time recipient of the National Collegiate Education Award, she was a member of Chi Beta Phi Honor Society, serving as president in 2000-01.
A special education teacher, Thurmond resides in Spencer, N.Y., with her husband, Daniel. They have four children.
Long before Keuka established an intercollegiate sports program for women, Phillips paved the way through her multi-sport participation and leadership. She was involved in field hockey, tennis, crew, and volleyball, as well as the Girls Athletic Association, which she served as vice president, secretary and member of the board.
Phillips earned a master’s degree (Wellesley College) and doctorate (University of Iowa) and carved a distinguished career in teaching and administration at the University of Tennessee, University of Nebraska, Washington State University, University of California—Santa Barbara, and Grinnell College.
Phillips helped draft the initial standards for Title IX, the historic federal legislation requiring that women be provided an equitable opportunity to participate in sports as men. Legendary coach Pat Summitt was on Phillips’ teaching staff during her tenure as director of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Tennessee and Phillips encouraged her to go into coaching.
A loyal Keuka alumna, Phillips established the Madge Phillips Scholarship Fund, Madge Phillips Art Collection and is a member of the President’s Circle and Johnson Heritage Society. She served on the Board of Trustees and received the Alumni Association’s Professional Achievement Award.