C-N announces five-member Hall of Fame class, induction ceremony scheduled for Saturday

C-N announces five-member Hall of Fame class, induction ceremony scheduled for Saturday

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Carson-Newman has slated Mike Clowney (football, class of '97), Gene Lively (baseball, class of '67), Karen Morton (women's basketball, class of '86), Cedric Killings (football, class of '00) and Lewis Bivens (women's basketball coach 1979-87) for induction into its athletics hall of fame. 

The five-member class will be inducted Homecoming Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Holt Fieldhouse during the annual athletic club meeting. The event is open to the public. 

One of the best linebackers in C-N History, Mike Clowney – the Eagles' current associate head coach - ranks sixth all-time with 353 tackles. He was a first team All-American in 1996, one of six Eagles all-time to earn consensus All-America honors. Named South Atlantic Conference Defensive Players of the Year in 1996, Clowney was inducted into the SAC Hall of Fame in 2015. He led C-N to its first NCAA National Championship appearance

Gene Lively was a member of the 1965 National Championship Team. His batting average of .476 that season still stands as a school record. Lively recorded the game-winning hit for  the Eagles' in their 3-2 win over Omaha University in the NAIA National Title Game.  He won two state championships as head coach at Chattanooga Central High School and has been recognized by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame.

Karen Morton is the only student-athlete in C-N History to receive the prestigious Emil Liston Award from the NAIA; she was named All-American in 1985 and again in 1986. Morton's career stats, which are among the elite in both the C-N and NAIA record books, include 1,460 points, 604 rebounds, and 142 blocked shots.

Cedric Killings was one of the most dominating defensive players to ever wear the Orange and Blue. The defensive lineman was named All-American all four years (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999) and played in three NCAA National Championship games. The former NFL career included stints with San Francisco, Cleveland, Carolina, Minnesota, Washington, and Houston.

Coach Lewis Bivens lead the Lady Eagles to 216 victories between 1979-1987 for a .742 winning percentage. His teams made five NAIA Tournament appearances and won six conference championships. He recruited and coached six All-Americans while at Carson-Newman, and with Morton's induction, three C-N Hall of Famers.