UNA Adds 4 to HOF

FLORENCE - The 31st class of inductees for the University of North Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame has been selected and includes former student-athletes from the Lions’ football, baseball, and women’s basketball teams. 

The UNA Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020 includes football All-American and Rimington Award winner, Lance Ancar (2002-05), baseball All-American and 2006 NCAA stolen base champion, James Barksdale  (2004-06), two-time NCAA women’s basketball free throw shooting champion, Amber Rutherford Joseph (2006-09), and one of the most versatile player’s in UNA football history, Troy Nelson (1988-91), who started at receiver, in the defensive secondary, and returned kicks for the Lions. 

Following its creation in 1990, the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame inducted four members each year through 2005. From 2006-2014 that number was expanded to six. Beginning in 2015 the induction class returned to four honorees per year.

This year’s induction brings the total number of inductees into the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame to 142.   The group will be formally inducted into the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Saturday, October 31 as part of UNA’s 2020 Homecoming celebration.