Tucker, Epperly inducted in PHCC’s Hall of Fame

June 18, 2013


Softball player Brittany Tucker and college administrator Ron Epperly were inducted in the Patrick Henry Community College Athletics Hall of Fame on Monday.

Tucker was a standout player for the Lady Patriots during the 2011 season. A transfer from Meredith College, she hit .496 in her lone season at PHCC, earning second-team all-American honors and first team all-Region X accolades. A starter at shortstop, she also was voted runner up for Region X player of the year honors, as PHCC set a program record for most wins in a season, with 38.

She played her final two years at Brevard College and graduated last month with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

“I feel like that team was just like a dream team,” she said of the 2011 Lady Patriots. “Everyone connected so well, and we didn’t really have any problems as far as the team went. We clicked, and it just took off from there. I would say it was definitely my favorite year of college ball. It was great.”

Tucker finished the 2011 campaign with 81 hits, including seven doubles and five triples. She also tallied 38 RBI and scored 59 runs.

“I was really taken aback. It’s a great honor,” said the Eden, N.C., native of getting inducted. “I was excited to be able to have that chance to play, and I’m just thankful for all the opportunities that PH gave me while I was here.”

Epperly has worked at the college since 2007 and will retire from his post as vice president for financial and administrative services at the end of the month. He has been a constant presence at home and away games and a major supporter of the program since he set foot on campus.

“My years here have been great, and I’ve always been a supporter of athletics, even before I came here to Patrick Henry. We (PHCC teams) were just in the beginning stages of the NJCAA, and I just fell in love with it and tried to support it and do everything I could behind the scenes,” he said.

Epperly said he’s proud of what the athletics program stands for and its impact on the community and student athletes.

“They always had the philosophy here: If you’re going to do it, do it right. It was done the right way. We had the right kids in the program. We had the right coaches. We were doing it for the right reasons,” he explained. “We got a lot of students here who wouldn’t be here otherwise, and it’s had a tremendous economic impact on the community. To have the athletic teams here, to host tournaments, to have colleges coming from South Carolina and Georgia and beyond … it’s just been great.”

The induction of Tucker and Epperly increases PHCC’s Hall of Fame membership to 25. Inductees are named once a year after being voted on by a panel of current and former college employees.

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