Thursday, August 18, 2014
AIKEN, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken Athletic Department is pleased to announce the addition of three new members into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
The group features two student-athletes and one administrator. Set to join the USC Aiken Athletic Hall of Fame are Jeff Goff (golf), Dr. Jim Kauffman (baseball/administrator) and Jessica Strickland (softball).
The USC Aiken Hall of Fame committee selected the trio on Monday, July 11, 2014.
“The Hall of Fame Committee has once again selected several outstanding people to be inducted into our Hall of Fame,” Director of Athletics Randy Warrick stated. “Each one in their own respective ways, have made their marks in the Pacer history books. Each one is very deserving of this honor.”
Goff, a native of Jackson, S.C., was a two-year member of the golf team. He captured the 2008 NCAA Individual National Championship and was tabbed a first-team All-American. Goff earned all-conference and all-region honors and is in the top 10 in USC Aiken history with a career scoring average of 73.78. Goff is 11th in Pacer history for single-season scoring average (73.20) and carded a career-low round of 66.
Kauffman worked with USC Aiken from 1976-2005. For two years, he volunteered to coach the baseball team when USC Aiken thought about dropping the program. In 1980 as the Associate Chancellor and Dean of Students, Kauffman coordinated a welcome-home celebration for the NAIA National District 6 Basketball Champions. From 1980-84, he served as the Acting Athletic Director and Athletic Director and was a huge supporter of the women’s teas transition to NAIA District 6.
Kauffman made several key hires for USC Aiken, including Dru McPherson (women’s basketball) and Glen DeHart (men’s basketball). He also spearheaded the move to add lights to JH Satcher Field. Kauffman served as the Faculty Athletic Representative for five years and is still a Pacer Club member.
Strickland was a four-year letterwinner from 2006-09 with the softball team. A native of North Charleston, S.C., Strickland was a three-time All-American and a four-time first-team all-conference selection. In 2007, Strickland was tabbed the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year.
A two-time Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week, Strickland is USC Aiken’s career leader in six offensive categories and in the top five of four more. She is also in the top 10 in Peach Belt Conference history for career home runs and RBI.