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Bulldog Named to National Committee

UNC Asheville men’s basketball player Kevin Vannatta has been named the Big South Conference’s NCAA Division I National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Representative—one of just 32 student-athletes nationwide who serve as a member of the national committee. 

In his role, Vannatta will assist in the mission of the NCAA Division I SAAC—to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image. He also serves on the Big South’s SAAC and is vice president of UNC Asheville’s SAAC in 2016-17. As a member of the Bulldog basketball team, Vannatta has appeared in 63 games with 52 starts in the last two seasons, including being one of two players to start all 34 games in 2015-16 as Asheville won the Big South Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. He has started all 35 Big South Conference games he has appeared in to date in his Bulldog career.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to represent UNC Asheville and the Big South, and I am excited to represent all of the student-athletes in our conference. I know I will learn a lot about the world of legislation at the NCAA level and the student-athlete experience—both from my perspective that I already know and also more of what the NCAA is trying to do for us as student-athletes,” Vannatta said.

He’s also been named to the NCAA men’s basketball oversight committee.


Kevin Martin, Tanya Harris-Fleming, and Emily Langill Athletics Hall of Fame

Alumni Honored During Homecoming   

The UNC Asheville Athletics Department inducted its 2016 Hall of Fame Class during the fall celebration of Homecoming on Oct. 21. With the addition of this year’s inductees, the UNC Asheville Hall of Fame now hosts 14 classes of 44 members.

2016 Inductees 

Kevin Martin was a three-year letterman for Bulldog Basketball from 1996-1999. He was the Big South Player of the Year in 1999, a first-team Big South honoree in 1998 and a second-team Big South recipient in 1997. Martin is 14th on the all-time list in scoring with 1,340 points. He was part of two Big South Conference regular-season championship teams. He also holds the school record for most free throws made in a season (174) and career (383) and for free throws attempted in a season (234) and career (527).

Tanya Harris-Fleming was a standout in Track and Field from 2002-2006. She was a dominant force in the Big South Conference completing her career with two championships in the 400m dash (2005 and 2006) and five-time Big South Championships in sprint events. She holds the school record in the 400m dash with 54.95 set in 2006. In 2004 and 2006, she became the university’s first track and field sprinter to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Emily Langill was a four-year starter as a defender for the women’s soccer team from 2002-2005. She was recognized as the Big South Player of the Year in 2004. She was a first-team All-Conference performer in 2004 and in 2005, and she earned second team All-Conference recognition in 2003. Langill was a key player on the 2004 and 2005 Big South regular season title teams and earned All-Tournament in 2004 and 2005. She helped the Bulldogs advance to three Big South Conference title games (2002, 2003, and 2005).