Saintsing headlines Barton Athletic Hall of Fame’s class of 2018

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Veteran women’s basketball head coach Wendee Saintsing headlines the Barton College Athletic Hall of Fame’s 2018 induction class, announced by the college Friday.

Joining Sainting in the five-member class is one of her former players, Keauna Vinson, along with former Bulldogs tennis players Thomas Linne and Troy Robinson and former baseball player Chuck Finklea.

The induction ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 19, on campus.

Saintsing, in her 29th year as Lady Bulldogs head coach, reached the 500-victory plateau in March when Barton defeated King in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas tournament championship game in Wilson Gym. The victory put the Lady Bulldogs into the NCAA Division II tournament for the seventh time under Saintsing, who started as the softball and women’s volleyball coach at Barton in 1987, when it was still Atlantic Christian College.

Saintsing, who is the senior woman administrator in the school’s department of intercollegiate athletics, has also served as the chairperson for the NCAA Div. II National Women’s Baseball Committee. She has coached six All-Americans in basketball and 12 of her former basketball or volleyball players, including Vinson, are Barton Hall of Famers.

Vinson, a 2007 Barton graduate, was the Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Female Athlete of the Year in 2005-06 and the CVAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year in 2003-04. She was a three-time All-CVAC first-team selection in basketball and made the all-conference second team in volleyball three times.

Linne was a key figure in the Bulldogs’ run to the NAIA men’s tennis championship in 1984 as a junior. He was a two-time NAIA All-American under legendary head coach and hall-of-famer Tom Parham. He will join former teammates Johan Suren, Krister Eriksson and Jagadish Gowda in the Barton Hall of Fame.

Robinson, a 1999 graduate, was an NAIA All-American under head coach Tom Morris, a former Bulldog tennis great himself and a 1989 inductee into the college’s athletic hall of fame.

Finklea, a 1978 graduate of Atlantic Christian, played baseball from 1974 to 1977 under head coaches Jack “Doc” Sanford and Larry Thompson, playing with Barton Hall-of-Famers Robin Rose, Will Flowers and Keith Stutts. Finklea has been a long supporter of Bulldogs athletics and has previously served on the college’s board of trustees.