1989 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
1961 SIAC Basketball Championship Team
BASKETBALL TEAM - KNEELING, Left to Right: Richard Ringold, Dallas Wilson, Jimmy Green, Larry Peet. -STANDING, Left to Right: Harold Johnson, Freddie Durr, John Kelly, Robert Finley, Walter Simon, Robert Ames, Eddie Bowen, Timothy Shine, Billy Roach. Missing from the photograph is Marvin Worsley.
In its 1960-61 championship year, the Benedict College basketball team compiled a 25-7 record and won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title -- the highest pinnacle reached by a Tiger team at that time.
Credit for the achievement was largely attributed to head coach John E. Brown, who had joined the athletic department 10 years earlier and had brought national recognition to the Benedict's basketball program by recruiting numerous top caliber players from year to year.
The star of the 1960-61 squad was Walt Simon, 6'5" senior center and captain from New York City, who was voted the SIAC's most valuable player from two successive years. He later played professionally with the New York Nets and Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association, and was inducted into the Benedict Hall of Fame in 1986.
Two other New Yorkers also performed sensationally for Benedict during the championship season -- Timothy Shine, sophomore forward who scored 667 points, and junior forward Harold Johnson, who scored 444 points.
Like Simon, Shine and Johnson also were named to the All-SIAC team, as well as the All-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAJA) and All-South Carolina Tournament first teams.
Other outstanding contributors as members of the 1960-61 Tigers were juniors Larry Peet and Jimmy Green; sophomores Alexander Durr, Dallas Wilson and Marvin Worsley; and Freshmen Richard Ringold, Eddie Bowen, Billy Roach, Robert Finley , John Kelly and Robert Ames.
By defeating Tuskegee in the SIAC tournament, Benedict advanced to the NAJA district tournament and was beaten by Savannah State College of the Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (EIAC). Earlier, Benedict and Savannah had met during the regular season, with each winning on the other's home court. Benedict was the only team to defeat Savannah State during the 1960-61 visitation, as the Georgians compiled an impressive 25-1 record that year.