FLORENCE - The 30th 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, women’s basketball, baseball and men’s golf teams.
The UNA Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019 includes women’s basketball standout Renae Cody, baseball All-American Mike Klug, football standout Bobby Joe Pride and men’s golf All-American Justin Regan.
The group will be formally inducted into the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony at 9am on Saturday, September 28 as part of UNA’s 2019 Homecoming celebration.
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. The induction class returned to four honorees per year in 2015.
This year’s induction brings the total number of inductees into the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame to 138.
Cody was a four-year member of UNA women’s basketball teams from 1981-84. She was a member of UNA’s 1982 AAIAW Northern Division Championship team under Gary Elliott and a member of UNA’s first NCAA Division II Tournament team as a senior in 1983-84 under Wayne Byrd.
She was selected first-team All-Gulf South Conference in 1983-84. The Lions had a combined 79-39 record in her four years in the program. She currently ranks as the fourth leading scorer in UNA women’s basketball history with 1,294 points, all in the era prior to the three-point shot. Cody made 559 career field goals and 176 free throws in 118 career games. She still ranks as UNA’s career leader in steals with 208 and is second in career assists with 477. Her top scoring game was 30 against Stillman in 1983-84.
Cody scored 294 in 1980-81, 264 in 1981-82, 357 in 1982-83 and 379 points in 1983-84.
Cody is a native of Red Bay, Alabama. She has worked for the Central Service Association in Tupelo, MS for almost 34 years as a programmer and customer service representative. The company is a computerized information system service that serves the needs of public utilities across the seven states of the Tennessee Valley and other utilities outside the Tennessee Valley area.
Klug was the starting second baseman on UNA baseball teams in 2004 and 2005. He was a two-time all-conference and all-region selection who went on to be named All-American in 2005.
Klug was elected second-team All-GSC in 2004 and 2005. He was first-team All-South Region both years and a second-team Rawlings/ABCA Division II All-American pick as a senior at second base.
For his efforts in helping lead the Lions to the championship game of the 2005 GSC Tournament, Klug was voted GSC Tournament MVP. UNA lost in the championship game to West Alabama, but Klug became the first player from a non-championship team to win the tournament’s MVP honors.
Klug helped lead UNA to a 34-20-1 record in 2004 and a 39-19 mark in 2005 under Mike Lane. He led the team with 76 hits, 70 runs scored, 52 runs batted in, 25 doubles, 37 bases on balls and 14 home runs in 2005. He also led the Lions with 9 home runs and 7 triples in 2004 while hitting .353 with 61 hits, 53 runs scored and 43 RBI.
He earned one GSC Player of the Week award on April 20, 2004.
Klug had a career batting average of .358 (137-of-382) with 123 runs scored, 95 RBI, 39 doubles, 10 triples and 23 home runs. He stole 44 bases in 50 attempts, walked 63 times and was hit-by-pitch 13 times. He finished with a .694 career slugging percentage and a .459 career on base percentage.
He was selected as UNA’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2005 and was later drafted in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland A’s in 2005.
BOBBY JOE PRIDE
Pride was a four-year football letterman for the Lions from 1968-71. He was a member of the first integrated collegiate football team in the state of Alabama under coach Hal Self. He finished his career in 1971 with 3,655 all-purpose yards, second best in school history behind his teammate Leonard Thomas (3,938). That mark still ranks eighth in school history. His career numbers include 854 rushing yards, 799 receiving yards, 1,525 kickoff return yards and 477 punt return yards for 3,655 all-purpose yards. He scored 7 career touchdowns, including 2 kickoff returns for touchdowns in his career - 67 yards against Jacksonville State in 1968 and 100 yards against Tennessee-Martin in 1970. The 100-yard return is tied for a school record.
Pride led the team in kickoff returns in 1970 with 18 for 623 yards and a 34.5 average and again in 1971 with 19 for 417 yards and a 21.0 average. His 623 kickoff return yards in 1970 set a school record that has since been broken. He had 1,106 all-purpose yards in 1970 with 177 rushing, 254 receiving, 623 on kickoff returns and 52 on punt returns. He finished with 1,069 all-purpose yards in 1971 with 144 rushing, 417 receiving, 417 on kickoff returns and 101 on punt returns.
Pride played wingback and tailback his first two seasons before moving to flanker. A 1977 UNA graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree, the Decatur, Ala., native was inducted into the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.
Men’s Golf 2000-03
Regan was a four-year letterman on the men’s golf team at North Alabama from 2000-03. He received All-American recognition in three of his four seasons with the Lions and helped lead UNA to three NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances. He was first-team All-Gulf South Conference in 2000 and 2003 and second-team All-GSC in 2002. He earned All-South Region honors in 2003, was a second-team All-American in 2003 and an honorable mention All-American in 2000 and 2002. He also received UNA’s Jack Karnes Award in 2000 for leadership, citizenship, athletic and academic performance. Regan tied for 12th individually at the 2002 NCAA Division II Golf Championships, tied for 33rd in 2003 and tied for 47th in 2000. He helped lead UNA to back-to-back NCAA Regional championships in 2002 and 2003, including taking Medalist honors as region champion in 2003.
Regan played in 36 tournaments for the Lions, winning six and posting 15 Top 10 finishes. He becomes the sixth former UNA golfer to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
Regan was a first-team selection for the Gulf South Conference Team of the Decade for 2000’s. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UNA.
Regan worked for 15 years following graduation as an account manager with Spectra Contract Flooring in Atlanta. He has been in his current position as Vice President of Sales and Operations for Spectra in Alabama for the last two and a half years. He and his wife, former UNA cheerleader, Carly Ingersoll, live in Birmingham and have three sons.