Two athletes were inducted into the FHU Sports Hall of Fame Nov. 7, 2020. Jim Carter, Lion first baseman from 1995 to 1997, and Haley Newby McRady, All-American Lady Lions basketball player who graduated in 2015, were added to the illustrious group.
Former coach Chuck Box presented Carter, calling him “a professional hitter.” Box referred to Carter as one of the best hitters he had coached in his 30 years of coaching. Carter was a part of the Lion program at a pivotal time as they went from the worst team in the league to conference champion.
Carter is No. 2 in career batting average, hitting .412 in two years. His career slugging percentage of .675 is also No. 2 all-time. In his junior season, he hit 21 doubles (No. 2 of all time in a single season), batted .401, brought in 42 runs, had a .572 slugging percentage and a .481 on-base percentage.
His senior season, he batted .425 (No. 7 all-time in a single season), had 76 hits (No. 10 all-time in a single season), brought in 69 runs (No. 2 all-time in a single season), scored 61 runs (No. 6 all-time in a single season), had a .704 slugging percentage (No. 10 all-time in a single season), had an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 1.171 (No. 10 all-time in a single season), and recorded 27 extra-base hits (No. 10 all-time in a single season).
Carter reminisced about Box is recruiting him when he was at Jackson State. Carter decided instead to transfer to Austin Peay State University. After a single semester, he changed his mind, called Box, and told him he wanted to be a Lion.
Carter is currently the athletic director and head baseball coach at Goodpasture Christian School in Nashville, where he and his wife Heather and their two children live.
McRady was introduced by her brother-in-law, Eric Tompkins. He recounted the many accolades she had received during her career. The 2014-15 WBCA and NAIA National Player of the Year, two-time First-Team NAIA All-American, two-time WBCA All-American, two-time Conference Player of the Year, and three-time First-Team All-Conference selection, McRady solidified herself as one of the greatest players to ever wear a Lady Lion uniform.
McRady is No. 7 all-time in Lady Lion scoring with 1,841 points and No. 4 all-time in rebounds with 1,091. In her career, she averaged just over 13 points per game and just under eight rebounds per game while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field. In her junior and senior seasons, she averaged a double-double, 19.3 points per contest and 11 rebounds a game in her junior season and 17.8 points and 10.5 rebounds her senior year.
A strong leader and excellent student, McRady was the team captain for two years and a three-time AMC Scholar-Athlete and two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
In response, McRady recognized those who helped her along the way. She thanked her mother, her head coach Dale Neal, her sisters and brother and her teammates. McRady is the 15th Lady Lion basketball player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. She and her husband, Daniel McRady, live in Nashville, where she works for Hospital Corporation of America.