Urquhart

Derick Urquhart has coached Florence Post 1 to four state American Legion championships.

FLORENCE, S.C. -- Former South Florence High School and University of South Carolina baseball star Derick Urquhart will be inducted into the Gamecocks' Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 17 at Colonial Life Arena. He and the eight others inducted will also be recognized at the South Carolina-Florida football game on Oct. 19 at Williams-Brice Stadium.

"After I found out, I sat there and all the memories came flooding back of the teammates and some of the bigger games and just all the excitement I had in playing for my school and representing my college," Urquhart said. "Just going back 20 or 25 years ago, it reminded me how much fun it was."

Urquhart, who has also coached Florence Post 1 to four state titles and has the chance to guide the program this week to a fifth since 2012, played for USC from 1995-98. He holds the Gamecock record with 223 runs scored in a career while owning a .332 batting average. He also ranks among the all-time career leaders in doubles (T6th-51), hits (T4th-265), RBI (7th-180) and total bases (5th). He is one of only seven players to hit for the cycle (Urquhart was the first) and the only one to do it twice.

"I stay in touch with a lot of my teammates through social media," Urquhart said. "As I think of all those great memories, I wish we could do it all over again. I think if I went back, I wouldn't change a thing."

Urquhart signed with the Gamecocks near the end of June Raines' coaching career, and Ray Tanner took over for Urquhart's junior year. Tanner would coach USC to College World Series crowns in 2010 and '11.

"There were some adjustments as a program, coach Raines had been there for 20 years," Urquhart said. "And the first year (under Tanner) was an adjustment year. And then my senior year, everything just clicked."

After being asked what he would say to younger players, Urquhart talked about his 5-7 height.

"I heard about my size all while growing up," Urquhart said. "But if you play hard and play the game the right way, hustle on and off the field, don't worry about your size. Play the game bigger than you are.

"You can overcome size with a little bit of talent and hustle and attitude," he added. "That's how I played the game, and that's how I coach. I coach with a lot of intensity and a small-ball mentality and about the team game. That's what I like about American Legion Baseball, it's a little more geared toward the team."

The other eight inductees are:

<<Gary Binfield – Swimming (1986-89) – Gary was one of the greatest swimmers in South Carolina history and a 15-time All American. He competed in the 1988 summer Olympics for his home team, Great Britain. Upon graduation, Gary held the Carolina record in the 100m and 200m backstroke. He was the Metro Conference champion in the 200-yard backstroke and 200 individual medley in 1986.

<<Kristi Coggins – Women's Golf (1994-2007) – Kristi Coggins was the head women's golf coach at South Carolina for 13 years, leading the Gamecocks to 12 trips to the postseason and six NCAA championship appearances. Coggins was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1999 and her 2002 team claimed its first SEC title. She mentored two players who are currently in the USC Hall of Fame, and four players who went on to the LPGA Tour as professionals.

<<Rashad Faison – Football (1999-2002) – Named a Freshman All-American in 1999, Rashad Faison is the Carolina school record holder with 247 unassisted career tackles. A defensive back, Faison is seventh in total tackles with 349, 10th in tackles for loss with 27.5, and ranks fourth in school history with 25 career passes broken up.

<<Joe Grugan – Multi-Sport (1937-41) – Joe Grugan spent five different decades either playing, coaching or serving the University of South Carolina in an administrative role. He was a star running back in football from 1937-41 for Rex Enright. He was a star pitcher and outfielder in baseball for coach "Catfish" Smith. Following his military service during the war years, he returned to South Carolina to coach PE, which he did for 25 years. He also resurrected the USC intramural program, working as its director. Grugan served as the head baseball coach, tennis coach and golf coach, as well as assisting on the football and basketball staffs.

<<Marcus Lattimore – Football (2010-12) -- Despite an abbreviated career due to injury, Lattimore ranks sixth on the school's all-time rushing list with 2,677 yards, and owns the school record for both rushing touchdowns (38) and touchdowns scored (41). His best season came as a freshman in 2010 when he rushed for 1,197 yards while being a unanimous selection as a Freshman All-American. He was a fourth-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 NFL Draft.

<<Cally Plummer- Volleyball (1998-2002) - Cally Plummer is one of just four Gamecocks in program history to be a four-time All-SEC performer. As a right-side attacker, Plummer is still the program's all time in career aces, and ranks fourth in career kills and fifth in career attacks. For her career she finished with 1,295 kills, 233 aces, 956 digs, and 270 blocks, and the Gamecocks made the NCAA tournament in all four of her seasons on the court.

<<Jim Schaper – Track & Field (1971-74) – Jim Schaper was a two-time All American in track and field. He ranked 10th in the world in the mile run, and still holds the school record in the 1,500 meters, the two-mile relay, and the distance medley relay. He was a member of the second NCAA Championship in Gamecock track and field history as a member of the 1974 NCAA Championship indoor two-mile relay. He won a gold medal in the AAU Championships in the sprint medley relay, and a silver medal in the 880-yard run against the Russians in Moscow in 1974.

<<Harry Wolf – Multi-Sport (1925-28) – One of the more incredible athletes to ever attend the university, Harry Wolf was a star in the late 1920s. During this era, the Gamecocks were members of the 22-school Southern Conference, of which 20 schools were future members of either the SEC or ACC. Wolf won the conference heavyweight boxing championship, was a member of the football and basketball teams and competed in the weight throws in track & field where he was the Southern Conference shot put champion.

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