UNA selects four Athletic Hall of Fame inductees

From left, Alex Sloan, Evan Oglesby, Doris Jones and Chris Fears will enter the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame Oct. 17 as the Class of 2015.

by Student Writer Spencer Brooks

The four newest members of the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame will be introduced Oct. 17 as its 26th class of inductees, according to UNA Sports Information.

The Class of 2015 includes baseball All-American Chris Fears, volleyball and softball standout Doris Jones, football All-American Evan Oglesby and the originator of UNA’s golf program, Alex Sloan.

“The four individuals were selected based on their accomplished careers and excelling during the time they were at UNA,” said Mark Linder, UNA athletic director.

Fears was a two-year letterman in baseball for the Lions and earned third-team American Baseball Coaches Association All-American honors.

Fears is tied for fifth place in the UNA record book for career stolen bases with 77 and ranked sixth in NCAA Division II in stolen bases in 1999. Fears also had a solid glove, finishing with a .995 career fielding percentage in two seasons.

Jones played volleyball for three years and was a two-year starter for the softball team.

Jones was the first female athlete in school history to be selected All-Gulf South Conference three years in a row. She is also one of five UNA athletes to be named All-GSC in multiple sports.

Oglesby lettered four years as a defensive back for the UNA football team. He was selected as a first team All-American, first team All-GSC and first team Football Gazette All-South Region.

Oglesby has also found success in the NFL, signing as an undrafted free agent with the Buffalo Bills in 2005. He has had stints with the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins. He now works in his hometown, Toccoa, Georgia, where he founded his athletic performance programs for youth, focusing on speed training.

Sloan started the UNA golf program in 1958 and served as the team’s coach for 16 years.

Sloan coached the Lions to two Alabama Collegiate Conference Championships victories and has won both the ACC and NAIA District 27 championships. From 1967-70, Sloan’s team had a record of 64-11-2. Aside from UNA, Sloan has been appointed as the Head Professional for both the Florence Country Club and the Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club,

With the addition of the four icons, there will be 122 members honored in the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame.

“There are many individuals nominated and in the consideration pool and to be selected into the UNA Hall of Fame is truly an honor,” Linder said. “When you look at our storied history, it is a select group that is Hall of Famers. These individuals represent the best of the best.”