Athletics: Upstate Inducts Four New Members into Athletics Hall of Fame

February 18, 2017 at 12:53 pm

The USC Upstate Athletic Department welcomed three new inductees, and one honorary inductee, into its Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony Friday evening held at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics in downtown Spartanburg.

The Class of 2017 consists of all-time greats Morgan Childers Caddell (softball), Chelsea McMillan (women’s basketball) and Jemeli Sang (women’s cross country/track and field). Alumnus Dodie Anderson, class of 1981, was also recognized as an honorary member and the first-ever recipient of the Bob and Dodie Anderson Award.

The USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1998-99 to honor individuals for outstanding athletic accomplishments and/or who have made significant contributions to USC Upstate Athletics. All former student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators and staff are eligible for nomination. With the four new inductees from the Class of 2017, there are now 81 members of the Hall.

Morgan Childers Caddell
Morgan Childers Caddell is the seventh person affiliated with the softball program to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame.

Caddell, a native of Kings Mountain, N.C., was a member of the softball team from 2008-11 as a pitcher.

Decorated arguably as the best Spartan pitcher of all-time, and one of the best in the ASUN Conference, Caddell is the only player in the history of Upstate Athletics to have her number retired. A three-time ASUN First Team All-Conference selection, she was selected as both the ASUN Pitcher and Freshman of the Year in 2008, while also earning All-Freshman Team accolades. Throughout her career, Caddell also received ASUN Second Team All-Conference as a sophomore in 2009 and was selected to the ASUN All-Tournament Team in 2010 and 2011.

She is the only player in ASUN history to have won both Pitcher and Freshman of the Year honors in the same season, and is one of 10 players all-time to be named ASUN All-Conference all four years.

Caddell was also recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as a Second Team All-Region honoree in 2008 and 2011, and on the Academic All-District Team in both 2010 and 2011.

She was named the ASUN Pitcher of the Week nine times throughout her four-year career and tossed six no-hitters. Caddell helped the Spartans make history during their first year in the ASUN by sharing the Regular Season Championship. As a junior in 2010, Upstate finished runner-up at the ASUN Tournament. A member of two 40-win teams, Caddell pitched eight innings or more in a game twice during her career.

Caddell’s name sits all throughout the Upstate record book from a career, season and game standpoint. She is the all-time leader at Upstate in career opponent batting average, strikeouts over a seven-inning game, wins, saves, appearances, games started, complete games, shutouts, innings pitched and strikeouts. She is also fourth all-time in career ERA at 1.32.

For a season, Caddell holds four of the top-10 pitching records for a season in opponent batting average, strikeouts over a seven-inning game, wins, appearances, games started, complete games, innings pitched and strikeouts. She is the single-season record holder at Upstate in opponent batting average, appearances, shutouts, innings pitched and strikeouts. Caddell is tied for the most wins with 34 in 2010 and saves after compiling four in 2009. She also sits fifth in lowest ERA for a season at 1.01 in 2010.

Presently, Caddell holds the first eight spots in the Upstate record book for strikeouts in a game highlighted by a school record 17 against North Carolina A&T on March 21, 2010.

At the ASUN level, she is the all-time leader for wins in conference history at 113. Caddell is ranked in the top-10 for the league in career appearances, shutouts, strikeouts, innings pitched, complete games, games started, saves and earned run average.

Chelsea McMillan
Chelsea McMillan, known to everyone as C-Mac, is the sixth person affiliated with the women’s basketball program to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame.

A native of East Gadsden, Fla., McMillan was a standpoint on the women’s basketball team from 2008-11. Despite only playing three seasons with the Spartans, McMillan compiled over 1,300 points and 500 rebounds for her career.

McMillan ranks fifth all-time at Upstate with 886 rebounds and ninth in scoring with 1,301 points. Her 1,301 career points also put her 44th all-time in ASUN history.

A two-time ASUN First Team All-Conference performer, McMillan is the only Spartan women’s basketball player in program history to be named ASUN Player of the Year, earning the honor in 2010-11. She also led the conference that season with 534 points and 195 made field goals.
McMillan is well-represented in the Upstate record book, tying for first in single-season offensive rebound average; while owning both the second- and third-best season offensive rebound total, and third-best season rebounding total. She also ranks in the top 10 all-time for the Spartans in blocks, blocked shot average, offensive rebound average, defensive rebound average, rebounding average, offensive rebounds, free throw percentage, rebounds, defensive rebounds, scoring average, free throws made, free throws attempted, points and field goals attempted.

Since Upstate moved to the Division I ranks in 2007-08, McMillan can also be listed as one of the top players to play for the Green and Black during that era. She is the Division I all-time leader in scoring average, rebounding average, offensive rebound average, blocks and blocked shot average. McMillan ranks in the top five in scoring, field goals made, field goals attempted, field goal percentage, free throws made, free throws attempted, free throw percentage, rebounds, defensive rebounds, offensive rebounds, steals and steals average. She also ranks sixth in games started, eighth in games played and ninth in minutes.

Jemeli Sang
Jemeli Sang is the second person affiliated with the women’s track and field program, and third with women’s cross country, to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame.

A native of Eldoret, Kenya, Sang, competed for the Spartans, both on the course and track, from 2008-12. Seng exited her Upstate career as one of the top runners to suit up for the Green and Black, finishing as the all-time leader in career points with 82.5.

On the cross country course, Sang is a two-time ASUN All-Conference performer, earning First Team honors in 2009 and Second Team in 2010. Sang was also named to the ASUN All-Freshman Team in 2008 She won the ASUN Individual Championship in 2011 and would earn Runner of the Year accolades. That performance led her to the NCAA Southeast Regional where she picked up All-Southeast Region recognition. Sang is the school record holder in the 6K with a time of 20:42.88 and is second all-time in the 5K with a time of 17:13.50. In the ASUN, she ranks ninth all-time in the 5K.

She won his first collegiate race as a senior in 2011 at the Clemson Invite and would win her second later that year at the ASUN Championships. For her career, Sang compiled 12 top-10 performances and 10 of fifth or better. During her senior season, she finished fifth or better in five of the six races she competed in.

On the track, Sang is the school record holder in five events both on the indoor and outdoor circuit. Those categories include the indoor 3000-meter run, indoor distance medley relay, outdoor 1500-meter run, outdoor 5000-meter run and outdoor 10,000-meter run. She was a two-time ASUN All-Conference performer in the indoor and earned ASUN Individual Champion honors as a senior in the outdoor 10,000-meter run. Sang was also an NCAA First Round qualifier in both the outdoor 5000-meter and 10,000-meter runs.

Sang ranks second all-time at Upstate in the indoor 5000-meter run, and is third in both the indoor 1000-meter run and mile run. On the outdoor circuit, she is second in the 3000-meter run and is seventh on the ASUN all-time list for the 10,000-meter run.

Dodie Anderson
Dolores (Dodie) Anderson is the first-ever honorary member to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame.

Anderson, a 1981 graduate of then USC-Spartanburg, has committed the better part of her life giving back to her alma mater in many ways. She earned her degree from Upstate in interdisciplinary studies.

Anderson was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006 on the 25th anniversary of her graduation from Upstate. She is the former owner of Anderson Hardwood Floors in Clinton and Walterboro, S.C., the largest privately owned hardwood floor manufacturer in the United States. Anderson is a strong supporter of the Upstate Athletic Program, especially men’s basketball. She received the University’s Founders Day Award in 1986, was inducted into the University’s Honor Fraternity in May 2005, and is a former member of the Carolina Piedmont Foundation Board of Directors.

In 2014, she was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters during the school’s spring commencement.

Anderson also helped usher the Upstate athletics program into the Division I era with a charitable gift that led to the extensive renovation of the G.B. Hodge Center. The gift that Anderson made to Upstate is the largest single gift to the Athletics Department in University history.

She is the widow of Bob Anderson and the mother of four daughters, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.