Brevard, N.C. – On Friday, October 24, four members were inducted into the Brevard College Athletics Hall of Fame. The inductees included Melissa Meyer, Lennox Stewart, Thad Talley and Joe Bartlinski.
Melissa Meyer, 2008 Inductee
Melissa Meyer was a member of Brevard’s College’s first women’s soccer team, fielded in 1986. In the spring of 1985, Meyer was the only female to participate in spring training with the Brevard College Men’s Soccer Team. Because of Meyer’s affinity for slide tackling her opponents, she was named “most valuable offensive player.” She was the team’s highest leading scorer. Meyer led the Tornados to a 7-7 record, including wins over Warren Wilson and UNC Asheville. In the win over Warren Wilson, Meyer had six goals for the match. She is the owner and principal of Melissa Meyer, New Urban Architecture, Inc. Her company motto is “contemporary solutions, New Urbanist principles.” Ladies and Gentlemen, 1986 graduate, Melissa Meyer.
Lennox Stewart, 2008 Inductee
Lennox Stewart was a member of the Brevard College Track and Cross Country teams from 1969-1971. In 1969 he was part of the cross country team who won the Regional Championship and finished 12th at Nationals. In 1970 he was part of the track team which went 9-1 and took first place at the conference meet. For the cross country team that year he was part of the team that took 11th at Nationals and individually placed 34th in the nation. The 1971 Track team placed 8th at Nationals after winning Conference and Regional’s by a wide margin. Stewart placed 2nd in the 880 yard run at Nationals which led to his participating in the 1972 Olympics for Trinidad and Tobago in the 800 meter event.
Thad Talley, 2008 Inductee
Thad Talley was the track and cross country coach from 1965-69. In 1966 his team broke seven school records and five conference records on their way to the conference championship, while finishing in second place in the News Piedmont Relays. 1967 saw his track and field team win the News Piedmont Relays, as well as a second straight conference championship where they set nine conference records. In 1968 the team finished first in the Junior College Division of the Furman Relays, finished fifth in the Florida Relays, and lost only one meet all season long to the University of Tennessee. In his final year the track and field team was 9-1, 6-0 in the conference while winning the conference championship.
Joe Bartlinski, 2008 Inductee
Joe Bartlinski coached the Brevard College women’s soccer program from 1988-1999. Under Bartlinski’s leadership, the Tornados rose to national prominence in the NJCAA junior college ranks. In 1989 the Tornados won a school-record 16 matches and beat Tennessee, Appalachian State, and Furman. Bartlinski led the Tornados to their first Region X Championship in 1990, and advanced to the national championship game for the first time in 1994. From 1996 to 1998, Bartlinski’s Tornados went 68-0-1 and won two NJCAA national championships. Bartlinski coached two national players of the year and 25 All-Americans, and he was twice named the National Junior College Association of America National Coach of the Year and NSCAA National Coach of the Year. Bartlinski still holds six national NJCAA records, including 67 consecutive wins from 1996 to 1998, most goals scored in a season with 201 in 1998 and fewest goals allowed in a season with three in 1996. Prior to coaching the Tornados, Bartlinski played at Brevard, where he received all-region and most valuable player honors while serving as team captain. Currently, Bartlinski coaches the University of West Florida women’s soccer team, and has the Argos ranked second in the nation amongst Division 2 teams. Bartlinski won 195 games at Brevard, and crossed the 300-win plateau overall this season. He is unable to attend because of his current duties at UWF, but nonetheless, put your hands together for Tornado soccer coaching legend Joe Bartlinski.