GREENVILLE, S.C. — One of the most influential coaches in Furman golf history, a recent standout Paladin linkster, and a football quarterback who helped engineer one of the greatest seasons in school history highlight Furman University’s Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2022, it was announced today.
Heralded women’s golf coach Mic Potter will be joined by acclaimed women’s golfer Taylor Totland ‘17, and decorated football quarterback Billy Napier ‘03 in enshrinement ceremonies on a date, location, and time to be announced.
“We are honored to announce the 2022 Furman University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2022,” said Director of Athletics Jason Donnelly. “This heralded class represents the extraordinary achievements of our alumni, student-athletes, and coaches and is the highest honor a Furman Paladin can achieve. Congratulations to the inductees, their teammates and families. We look forward to celebrating and honoring them.”
Potter, who directed Furman’s women’s golf program from 1983-2005, coached the Paladins to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, including a national runner-up finish in 1987. Furman’s NCAA worksheet during his tenure included six top-10 finishes and 12 top-15 slates, as well as NCAA regional qualifications every year beginning in 1993 when the format was established. An eight-time Southern Conference Coach of the Year selection, he directed Furman to 36 tournament titles and was instrumental in the growth of the Furman LPGA Pro-Am. Potter’s impressive list of former Paladin players, which includes 16 All-Americans and 12 Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) alumnae, is headlined by Dottie Pepper, a 17-time LPGA Tour winner. His coaching success continued at the University of Alabama, where he directed the Crimson Tide to the 2012 NCAA National Championship and was named 2018 WGCA National Coach of the Year.
Totland was instrumental in putting the Furman women’s golf program back on the national stage, earning honorable mention All-America honors three times in her career. The first player in SoCon history to post top three finishes four times at the league championships, she was only the ninth four-time All-SoCon selection in the history of the league. As a sophomore, she qualified as an individual for the 2015 NCAA Championship after tying for fifth at the NCAA East Regional and went on to record three top-25 regional finishes in her career. She placed among the top 25 twice at the NCAA Championships and achieved a 39th-place national ranking her senior season. A native of Tinton Falls, N.J., and 2015 Edna Harness Furman Female Athlete of the Year, she led the Paladins to three SoCon Championships and ranks third all-time with a 73.34 stroke average over 125 rounds during her four-year career.
Napier fashioned an outstanding football career that encompassed two SoCon Championships, highlighted by the 2001 campaign that saw Furman post a 12-3 record, league title, and NCAA I-AA (FCS) national runner-up finish. In that 2001 season Napier engineered one of the notable victories in program history, connecting on all 12 pass attempts for 159 yards and a touchdown in a 24-17 triumph over Georgia Southern in the I-AA playoff semifinals, halting the Eagles’ 39-game home winning streak while representing their first home playoff loss in 28 games. A two-time All-SoCon selection who ranks among Furman’s best in many passing and total offense categories, the Chatsworth, Ga., native began his coaching career in 2004, making several stops on the way to earning his first head coaching assignment at Louisiana in 2017, where he won four Sun Belt West Division Championships, including two outright league titles. He was named head coach at Florida on Nov. 28, 2021.
MIC POTTER — Women’s Golf Head Coach (1983-2005)…spent 23 years as the Furman women’s golf head coach…also served for 10 of those years as Director of Intercollegiate Golf and played a key role in the growth of the highly successful Furman LPGA Pro-Am…guided FU to 16 NCAA Championship appearances…led Furman to six top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a runner-up finish in 1987…Furman finished among the top 15 at the NCAA Championships 12 times under Potter’s direction…coached Furman to an NCAA regional each year of his tenure, dating back to 1993, the first season in which the regional format was established…eight-time SoCon Coach of the year selection…coached Furman to 36 tournament titles…leads all active women’s golf coaches with 63 total victories…under his tutelage, Furman won 11 SoCon Championships from the tournament’s inception in 1994 through the 2005 season…his former players have collectively amassed approximately 100 seasons on the LPGA tour…coached Dottie Pepper, who went on to win 17 LPGA events in her 20-year career…also coached Furman’s LPGA players Caroline Peek, Ashli Price-Bunch, Diana D’Alessio, Joan Delk, Sara Ann Timms-McGetrick, Denise Baldwin-Kileen, Jen Hanna, Maggie Will, Brandi Jackson, Sara Johnson-Sargent, Kathleen Ekey, and Jenny Suh…Furman players earned 16 WGCA All-American citations under his direction…seven of Potter’s players were voted the Edna Hartness Furman Female Athlete of the Year…coached 10 SoCon individual champions, 12 SoCon Players of the Year, four SoCon Freshmen of the Year, and 38 All-SoCon selections…inducted into the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994…coached Caroline Peek, the 1992, 1993, and 1994 NCAA long-drive champion, and the 1994 SoCon Female Athlete of the Year…left Furman to become the head women’s golf coach at Alabama…led the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 2012…at Alabama, coached the 2015 NCAA individual champion, Emma Talley…voted the 2018 WGCA National Coach of the Year, the second selection of his career…six-time SEC Coach of the Year.
TAYLOR TOTLAND — Women’s Golf (2014-17)…four-year letterwinner…earned an All-American honorable mention citation from the WGCA in 2015…also garnered GolfWeek All-America honorable mention accolades in both 2015 and 2017…competed in three NCAA regionals and three NCAA Championships…qualified as an individual for the 2015 NCAA Championship after tying for fifth at the NCAA East Regional…recorded three top-25 NCAA regional finishes…tied for 20th at the 2016 NCAA Championships and tied for 24th at the 2017 NCAA Championships…ranked 39th in Golfstat rankings as a senior…became only the ninth four-time All-SoCon selection in the history of the league…was the first player in SoCon history to finish among the top three individuals four times at the league championships, a feat that only has been accomplished one other time…2015 SoCon Player of the Year…2015 SoCon Individual Champion…2014 SoCon Freshman of the Year…2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Champion…2105 Edna Hartness Furman Female Athlete of the Year…member of SoCon 100th Anniversary Team…member of three SoCon Championship teams…won individual medalist honors at the 2014 Lady Paladin Invitational…ranks third all-time with a 73.34 stroke average over 125 rounds during her four-year career…as a senior, totaled 16 rounds at par or better and recorded five top-10 finishes in 11 tournaments.
BILLY NAPIER — Football (1999-02)…quarterback…four-year letterman, two-year starter…saw action in 37 games and made 24 starts…two-time All-SoCon selection (2001 & ‘02)….member of three SoCon championship teams (1999, ‘00, ‘01) and Paladin squads that made four playoff appearances (1999-02) and posted a 38-13 overall record and 26-6 league slate…passed for 1,772 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first season as a starter in 2001, helping Furman to a 12-3 season, SoCon title, and NCAA I-AA (FCS) national runner-up finish… threw two TD passes in 28-22 win over 5th-ranked Appalachian State (2001) and helped rally Furman from 20-7 third quarter deficit to beat Western Kentucky, 24-20, in first round playoff game (2001)…completed 12×12 passes (FU record) for 159 yards and TD in 24-17 road semifinal playoff win over Georgia Southern (2001), snapping the Eagles’ 39-game home winning streak and marking Georgia Southern’s first home playoff loss in 28-game history…elected captain by teammates in 2002…set Furman single game pass efficiency standard (411.08) by completing 8×10 passes for 237 yards, 4 TDs vs. Elon (2002)…in a driving rainstorm on mud-caked field, engineered 11-play, 74-yard TD drive to beat Wofford, 23-21, in Spartanburg with a 7-yard TD pass with 29 seconds to go (2002)…win secured playoff berth for FU…career rankings: 4,756 yards (6th/FU), 28 touchdowns (8th/FU), 64.8 completion percentage (1st/FU), 147.15 passing efficiency (4th/FU)…still holds four school records…began coaching career post-Furman, with stops at Clemson (2003-04; 2006-10), S.C. State (2005), Alabama (2011/analyst), Colorado State (2012), Alabama (2013-16), Arizona State (2017)…began head coaching career at Louisiana (2017-21), where he won four Sun Belt West Division Championships, including two outright league titles…named head coach at Florida on Nov. 28, 2021.