FHU Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony Set For November 11th

FHU Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony Set For November 11th

Thu, Oct. 12, 2017 - [FHU News]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - Four former Freed-Hardeman athletes have been selected to enter the FHU Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the 2017 induction class. Amy "Hannah" McKay, Leslie "Tiensvold" Hiatt, Ronnie Sarver and Josh Riley comprise this year's inductees and will join 87 others in the hall of fame. The four will officially be inducted on Saturday, November 11th at 7:15 PM in Ayers Auditorium of the Brown Kopel Business Center.

Amy “Hannah” McKay- Softball (1994-1998)

Amy “Hannah” McKay will go down as one of the most decorated and versatile players to wear a Lady Lion Softball uniform as a result of her solid play at the plate and in the circle. Throughout her playing career with the Lady Lions from 1994-1998, McKay was a three-time All-Conference performer while earning Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference (TCAC) Player of the Year honors in 1996.

During her first season with the Lady Lions in 1994, McKay hit an impressive .351 while earning the Best ERA Award by her team in the process. She continued the trend of success in her 1995-1996 campaign and was voted Most Valuable Player by her teammates after hitting .346 and compiling 44 hits and 27 RBI while striking out 89 batters and maintaining a 3.0 ERA in the circle.

During her final season with the Lady Lions, McKay found success once again at the plate, hitting .333 while leading the team in doubles and runs scored (31).

“Amy was an incredible leader for our team and an entertaining player to watch,” said Terry Weeks, head coach for the Lady Lion softball program during McKay’s playing career. “If she didn’t beat you with her arm in the circle, she would beat you with her power at the plate. She was always a joy to coach.”

Following her graduation from Freed-Hardeman, McKay began her teaching career at Bolton High School, where she taught nine years while also serving as the Assistant Softball Coach for two years. She transferred to Arlington High School in 2006, where she currently serves as an 11th grade English teacher and Assistant Softball Coach. Throughout her coaching career, McKay has led her teams to three State Tournament appearances.

Amy is married to Jason McKay and they have four children:  Beau, Jonah, Carter and Isabelle. They reside in Arlington, Tenn. and are active members of the Great Oaks Church of Christ in Memphis, Tenn.

Leslie “Tiensvold” Hiatt- Women’s Soccer (2002-2005)

Leslie “Tiensvold” Hiatt will go down as one of the greatest offensive players to put on a Lady Lion soccer jersey, as she led the Lady Lions her entire college career with offensive prowess. At the time of her induction, she led the Lady Lions in six offensive categories including career goals (33), career assists (18), career points per game (1.48), goals per game (0.61), assists per game (0.33) and shots on goal (128).

“Leslie was a tremendous player for the Lady Lion soccer program,” said Jason Elliott head coach for the FHU soccer programs. “She was a natural scorer who had a knack for finding the back of the net. Her ability to score in multiple ways impacted our program from the day she arrived. She was an unselfish player and a great teammate in addition to being a wonderful student.”

Following graduation from Freed-Hardeman in 2006, Tiensvold attended graduate school at Vanderbilt University, where she completed her PhD in 2011. At the time of her induction, Tiensvold was employed as an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Austin Peay State University, where she teaches all levels of Chemistry at the undergraduate level.

Leslie is married to Matthew Hiatt, whom she met through the Honors Program at Freed-Hardeman. They have been married since 2006 and have two children: Caleb and Katie. They currently reside in White Bluff, Tenn.

Ronnie Sarver- Coaching (1974-1988)

As Head Coach of the Goodpasture Christian School Basketball program for 14 seasons, Ronnie Sarver established a winning tradition that has yet to be matched. Originally a member of the Freed-Hardeman College basketball team from 1965-1967 under Head Coach Hoyt Kirk, Sarver began his coaching career at Goodpasture in 1974 and compiled 15 consecutive winnings seasons until his retirement in 1988.

Throughout his coaching career at Goodpasture Christian, Sarver compiled a 303-127 record and led his teams to seven district championships, four regional championships and five state tournament appearances. Additionally, his teams advanced to three State Semifinal appearances while finishing the 1978 season as the State runner-up.

Throughout his career, Sarver spent 48 years as an educator, serving as Coach, Teacher and Administrator in both the Public and Christian Education sectors. In addition to his coaching duties, he served as president of Friendship Christian School in Lebanon, Tenn. and Ezell-Harding Christian School in Antioch, Tenn.
“Coach Sarver is a legendary coach and proven winner on the basketball court and in preparing young men and women for life,” said Scotty Lee, former player for Coach Sarver.  “He is a great Christian leader who instilled toughness, discipline and strong work ethic to help his players succeed on and off the court.”

Sarver has been married to his wife Shearon since 1969. They have three children: Shannon, Deanna and Ron and eight grandchildren. They currently reside in Goodlettsville, Tenn.

“Any success I had in coaching was a result of being at a great school, having great Assistant Coaches and outstanding young men and women who played for me,” said Sarver. “This honor is a tribute to the people I have known more than anything else and I honor them through this recognition.”

Josh Riley- Men's Soccer (2001-2003)

John 15:13 says “Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his friends." This Bible verse was one that was not only examined, but also emulated by Josh Riley, a young Christian man and FHU Soccer player who lost his life while saving the lives of two of his friends on July 24, 2004. While boating at Kentucky Lake, Riley swam to the aid of his drowning friend and gave him his life vest. He then swam to his friend’s 3-year old who had crawled from the safety of a floating tube and pushed him back to safety. Josh was overcome with exhaustion and drowned after saving their lives.

One of the dreams Josh had was to become a collegiate athlete. That dream was fulfilled at Freed-Hardeman University, where he became the first player signed by Head Coach Jason Elliott in 2001. Throughout his playing career, Riley started every game for the Lions and was a key Defender for the program as a result of his relentless work ethic.

“Josh was a tremendous young man who loved others unconditionally,” said Jason Elliott, head coach for the FHU soccer programs. “As a player he was a tremendous teammate who always put the team first. Josh was a defender that was tough to get by because he would never quit and you always knew he would give maximum effort.  When we signed him in 2001 we knew that his thankful and loving heart would impact our team and it did every day as it was a joy to be around his enthusiasm for life. He loved his family so much and after playing at FHU we saw his love for his wife Kristi in building a life together.”

After hearing about Riley’s tragic death, the coaching staff and former teammates inquired about the possibility of naming the soccer field in Josh’s honor. Those dreams were developed into the creation of the Josh Riley Soccer Complex , which consists of a regulation pitch, practice field, stadium lights and a Press-box completed in 2015. At the time of his induction, funds were being raised to expand the complex to include new bleachers and a section designated as a Memorial.

Josh demonstrated tremendous character throughout his life and will go down as one of the most selfless athletes to ever play the game at Freed-Hardeman University.

For more information regarding the FHU Athletics Hall of Fame, contact the FHU Athletic Department at 731-989-6900.