Clayton State to Induct Four to Athletic Hall of Fame, Jan. 30
Clayton State University has announced the second class to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame, a group that includes Charlie Frazier of men’s basketball, Allison Kreutzer of women's cross country and track, women’s basketball’s Lisa Williams and special inductee Dr. Joseph S. Wilkes, who has served as the program’s team physician since its inception in 1990.
This group, whose accomplishments span the first 25 years of Clayton State Athletics, embraces both the University’s NAIA and NCAA athletics history while featuring champions and groundbreakers. They will be inducted as the 2015 class and will be honored at the Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony on Friday, Jan. 30.
Frazier was a four-year starter for the Lakers men’s basketball program from 1998-2002. During that time he helped lead the program to its first-ever Peach Belt Conference regular season championship, doing so in 2001-02 with a 19-9 overall record and 15-4 mark in league play.
That season he averaged 11.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals as an all-around threat, something he proved to be for his entire career. He currently ranks in the Top-10 in 10 Clayton State career categories and also holds a pair of single season marks 13 seasons after finishing his playing career. Among those career marks is being the third all-time leading scorer in program history with 1,243 points – he is one of just six 1,000-point scorers in team history.
Frazier is also the all-time leader in assists (374), second in games started (104), free throws (297) and steals (166), tied for fourth in games played (108), sixth in field goals (420), seventh in three-pointers (106) and assists per game (3.5) and tied for eighth in steals per game (1.5).
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education, Frazier has gone on to become the assistant principal at Henderson Middle School in Jackson, Ga., as well as a basketball coach for the school.
Kreutzer was a three-sport star and is quite simply one of the most decorated student-athletes in the 25-year history of Clayton State Athletics, earning four All-American honors, multiple Southeast Region Runner of the Year awards, a pair of Peach Belt Conference Championships and a Region Championship among a bevy of program records.
She truly made her mark as a cross country runner, earning back-to-back All-American recognition in 2004 and 2005 and was the 2004 NCAA Division II national runner-up. The latter followed being named both the PBC Freshman of the Year and Runner of the Year that same season after winning the first of two PBC individual championships (2004, 2008).
The 2008 campaign would see her win that second individual conference title while claiming Runner of the Year honors. It would also see her win the Southeast Region Championship and be recognized with her fourth straight selection to the All-Peach Belt Conference Team (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008). As a cross country runner, Kreutzer won a team record 16 meets, holds six of the 10 fastest marks on a 6k course and eight of the 10 fastest on an 8k course.
She did not fail to impress when it came to the track & field portion of her career either. A two-time Southeast Region Runner of the Year, Kreutzer also earned a pair of All-American honors during the 2007 season. She accomplished the latter in the 5,000- and 10,000-meters at the NCAA Division II National Championships.
Much like her cross country career, she also holds numerous program records in both indoor and outdoor track. Kreutzer has four marks in each with her outdoor records coming in the 1,500-, 3,000-, 5,000 and 10,000-meters while the indoor records are in the mile, 5,000-meters, 4x800 and Distance Medley Relay.
Wilkes is a specialist in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, hand surgery, arthroscopy and joint replacement and has served as Clayton State Athletics’ team physician since the program’s inception in 1990. He is one of only two current individuals (the other being head cross country and track coach Mike Mead) to be associated with the department since its beginning.
During that time he has provided primary medical care for individuals and teams that have made 57 NCAA Tournament appearances, produced 14 Peach Belt Tournament Champions, 11 PBC Regular Season Champions, 54 All-Americans and the 2011 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Champions.
A graduate of the University of Georgia and Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Wilkes is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is currently a practicing physician at Southern Orthopedic Specialists LLC in Atlanta, Ga.
In addition to his commitment to making Clayton State Athletics and its student-athletes the best that they can be, he also serves as an associate team physician for the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons, an orthopedic consultant for the U.S. Luge Association, the Chick-fil-A Bowl and was the Venue Medical Director for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Williams is arguably the best player in the history of the women’s basketball program and helped to lay the foundation for what has become one of the best programs in the country. Playing from 1994-98, she still ranks as the all-time career leader in points (1,415), rebounds (796), defensive rebounds (578) and free throws (306).
During her career, she helped to break new ground for the Lakers as the 1994-95 squad went a then- program best 19-13 and won the Georgia Athletic Conference for the first time in team history. Their 81-70 victory over Georgia Southwestern in the GAC title game also presented another first for the program; a trip to the NAIA National Tournament. That team’s 19 wins would remain a record until the 2004-05 season when that year’s team made the first of 10 straight NCAA Tournament appearances with a 25-7 record.
Individually, Williams still holds nine additional Top-10 career marks, including second in field goals (539) and field goal percentage (.548), fifth in offensive rebounds (218), sixth in games (113), points per game (12.5) and rebounds per game (7.0), eighth in games started (80) and steals (175) and is tied for tenth in blocked shots (62).
Her single season records still on the books are just as impressive. Entering the 2014-15 season, she is first in three-point field goal percentage (.443 in 1997-98), third in field goal percentage (.602 in 1994-95), fourth in points per game (16.2 in 1995-96), fifth in field goal percentage (.582 in 1995-96), sixth in defensive rebounds (165 in 1997-98), eighth in field goal percentage (.550 in 1996-97), tied for eighth in field goals (164 in 1995-96) and rebounds per game (8.4 in 1995-96) and is ninth in free throws (94 in 1996-97).
She also led the team in points per game twice (16.2 in 1995-96 and 12.8 in 1996-97), field goal percentage three times (1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97), rebounds per game twice (8.4 in 1995-96 and 7.4 in 1996-97) and steals (2.0 in 1996-97). Those performances helped her become a three-time All-Georgia Athletic Conference selection with First-Team honors in 1995-96 and 1996-97 and All-Freshman recognition in 1994-95.
Established in 2013, the Clayton State Athletics Hall of Fame was created to honor former Laker student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty/staff and community members who have, by their outstanding achievements, contributed to the ideals of the Clayton State Department of Athletics. Including this year's honorees, the Clayton State Athletics Hall of Fame has named two classes and enshrined eight former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and special inductees.
For the first time, individuals will be able to purchase their Clayton State Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony tickets online. Tickets for the event at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30 are $25 each and can be purchased online at the following link...
This year's Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held on campus in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center.