Hall of Fame inducts six new members

Hall of Fame inductee Brian Satterfield points to his family members in the audience during the Sept. 29 ceremony.

Six honorees were added to the UNA Department of Athletics Hall of Fame Sept. 29 as part of annual homecoming festivities.

The new members include former UNA athletes Stuart Clark, Michele Logan Hyde, Steve Kosa, James “Buddy” Moore, Louis Newsome and Brian Satterfield.

Clark, current golf coach at UNA, won six collegiate tournaments during his time at UNA and was the first UNA player to win the GSC individual title. Honors received during his time at UNA include being named the golf team’s most valuable player in 1996 and 1999.

In the Sept. 29 ceremony, Clark thanked his former coach Billy Gamble and said taking his place as UNA golf coach is a great honor. He also said he owes much of his success to his wife Melissa.

“I try to be a better person for her,” Clark said.

Hyde was a four-year letterman for the UNA softball team from 1986 to 1989, during which time she received All-GSC honors as well as academic honors. Hyde now teaches at Pleasant Grove Elementary School.

Hyde thanked her family and former UNA coach and said her time at UNA was “something to remember.”

Kosa was a two-year letterman and starter for UNA baseball in 1998 and 1999. During his career with the Lions, he scored 109 runs and had 33 doubles, six triples and 25 home runs. He said what he remembers most about UNA is the kindness of the community.

Kosa is now a neurologist who lives in Kansas City, Mo., with his wife and two children.

Moore was a letterman on the UNA football team from 1951 to 1954. The Sheffield native later went on to serve in the U.S. Army before becoming head football coach at Deshler High School in 1959, where he coached for nine seasons. Moore said he is very thankful for his time at UNA.

“I owe a great deal to the University of North Alabama,” Moore said.

Moore also thanked his wife, who he called his “commander in chief.”

Newsome was a UNA basketball standout in the ‘80s and ‘90s, leading the NCAA Division II in field goal percentage as a junior in 1987 and 1988. Newsome currently ranks as the 14th best single-season percentage shooter in D-II history, hitting 192 of 256 shot attempts at UNA.

Newsome went on to play baseball for the Atlanta Braves before returning to UNA in the 1990s to play his final two seasons of college basketball.

In the ceremony, Newsome thanked every coach he ever had.

Satterfield finished his UNA career with 2,817 rushing yards, making him UNA’s No. 3 all-time rushing leader. In 1993, he was named UNA’s Male Athlete of the Year after helping lead the Lions to the school’s first NCAA D-II championship. Current UNA coach Bobby Wallace said he doesn’t know if the team could have done it without Satterfield.

Satterfield, however, said he felt like he wouldn’t have achieved the success he did without his teammates. He said he was particularly thankful for the offensive linemen he played with at UNA.

“In my book, these guys have to go down as one of the best offensive lines in Division II,” Satterfield said.

This year’s induction brings the total number of members in UNA’s Hall of Fame to 106. The hall is located in Flowers Hall to the right of the basketball/volleyball courts.