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2007 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees

Bernard White – Football (1984-’85)

Credentials: First team All-MAC both years at BG, in his junior season he ran for 1,000 yards and caught more than 50 passes, ran for 143 yards and four scores in his first Division I game, had 34 touchdowns and only lost one fumble in his career at BG.

Fast Fact: White owns and operates a full-service real estate magazine in North Carolina called Real Estate Illustrated.

Quotable: “Before I even got the call I didn’t even realize they had a hall of fame. This is my first time being back since 1986.”

Tom Stubbs – Swimming (1943-’49; 1963-’81)

Credentials: Competed as an athlete in the ’40s before returning in 1963 to coach men’s and women’s swimming teams. He led the men to 102 wins in 18 seasons and the women to 29 wins in four seasons. His women’s teams won three straight state championships.

Fast Fact: Stubbs was the first person to serve as head referee at both the NCAA Division I and II swimming championships in the same year.

Talita Scott – Women’s Basketball (1991-’94)

Credentials: Two-time All-MAC first team, Academic All-American, 89-29 career record at BG, won MAC regular season and tournament titles in her junior and senior seasons, remains second in field percentage on school’s all-time list at 56 percent.

Fast Fact: Scott is now married to former BG track standout Darren Braddix.

Quotable: “It’s no different. I was telling Curt Miller I still have dreams of playing basketball on the court and everything.”

Paul Talkington – Cross Country and Track (1966-’69)

Credentials: Set 14 school records in track, was the MAC Champion and record holder in the six-mile run, earned All-Ohio honors, was the MVP on the 1968 team.

Fast Fact: Talkington ran in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 1972 and 1976. He has also coached 56 combined seasons of track and cross country.

Quotable: “[The Hall of Fame] is a real honor, I’m really excited about it.”

Charles Simpson – Gymnastics (1974-’97)

Credentials: Coached the Falcons for 22 seasons, before the Falcons joined the NCAA, they finished no lower than second place from 1974-’80 while in the AIAW. His teams also claimed three of the first five MAC Championships. He had an overall record of 154-117-2 as the Falcons’ coach.

Fast Fact: Simpson played baseball at Missouri before transferring to Southwest Missouri State and playing halfback and defensive back on the football team.

Wade Diefenthaler – Baseball (1957-’59)

Credentials: First team All-MAC selection as a junior, threw a no-hitter against Ohio that same year which made him the first BG pitcher to throw a no-hitter in a MAC game. Hit .400 in his senior season. Two-time team MVP.

Fast Fact: After graduation Diefenthaler turned down several offers from professional teams to begin his career in education.

Antonio Daniels – Men’s Basketball (1994-’97)

Credentials: MAC Player of the Year 1996-’97, led the MAC in assists in 1995-’96 season, two-year co-captain, 1994 MAC Freshman of the Year, second all-time on BG scoring list, No. 4 pick in 1997 NBA Draft.

Quotable: “My fondest memory has to be overall my senior year. We had so much fun and we had such a good basketball team. I still say we got shorted for not making the NCAA Tournament.”

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