Bessie Stockard, professor of Health Education, CAUSES, was inducted into the University of the District of Columbia Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 19. Prof. Stockard has been part of UDC since before it's inception (read more on UDC's history).
Eric Zedalis of UDC Athletics shares more on Prof. Stockard:
She started the women's basketball program at Federal City College in 1969. A Tuskegee Hall of Famer, she pushed the women's basketball program to new heights, reaching the AIAW National Championships in 1975. Coach Stockard's Federal City program was one of only four teams across the nation selected to play the touring Chinese National Team in 1975 at the University of Maryland. In addition to coaching women's volleyball at the University of the District of Columbia, Coach Stockard continues to serve as faculty in Health Education.
The Hall of Fame was established to pay tribute and give recognition to former student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have significantly contributed to the athletic success and history of the institution. Established during the celebration of the University’s 160th Anniversary in 2011, the Athletics Hall of Fame honors outstanding individuals and celebrates the university’s rich history of intercollegiate athletic competition which began in the early 1900’s when students attending Miner Teacher’s College competed in basketball and tennis.
Hall of Fame inductees are student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have significantly contributed to the athletic success and history of the Myrtilla Miner School for Colored Girls, Washington Normal School, Wilson Normal School, Miner Normal School, Wilson Teachers College, Miner Teachers College, District of Columbia Teachers College, Federal City College, Washington Technical Institute, and the University of the District of Columbia over the last 160 years.
List of 2016 Inductees
- Bessie Stockard (Women's Basketball Coach / Health Education Faculty | Federal City College / UDC)
- Anthony Brown (1985 Men's Track & Field Student-Athlete)
- Adam Hansford (1989 Men's Track & Field Student-Athlete)
- Harold Jackson (1999 Men's Basketball Student-Athlete)
- Reginald Moore (1979 Men's Basketball Student-Athlete)
After you take a look at Prof. Stockard over the years, visit UDC Athletics online at www.udcfirebirds.com:
Special thanks to UDC Athletics Director Eric Zedalis for the photos!