Hall of Fame Welcomes Three New Inductees

Hall of Fame Welcomes Three New Inductees

BELMONT, N.C. -- The Dr. Michael P. Reidy Belmont Abbey Athletics Hall of Fame welcomed three new members on Saturday night when the bi-annual induction ceremony was held at the Haid Ballroom as part of Homecoming Weekend. Men's basketball players Jim Lytle and Jim Mullin as well as Athletic Director/Coach Fr. "Pop" Martin Hayes, O.S.B., were inducted, bringing the total membership number to 26 individuals and two teams.

After a welcome reception and opening remarks by Director of Athletics Stephen Miss, dinner was served to the crowd. College President Dr. William Thiefelder gave some remarks before Lytle was presented his award. Lytle was a four-year starter for the Crusaders from 1958-62, helping his teams to unparalleled success, including a trip to the second round of the NAIA National Tournament.Mullen was a member of Al McGuire's first recruiting class at Belmont Abbey, starting at guard from 1957-61. He served as the team captain for his junior and senior year, helping the

Mullen was a member of Al McGuire's first recruiting class at Belmont Abbey, starting at guard from 1957-61. He served as the team captain for his junior and senior year, helping the teams to an 81-19 record. He was selected to several all-tournament teams and was the Most Valuable Player at the NYAC Christmas Tournament his senior year.

Father "Pop" Martin Hayes, O.S.B., came to Belmont Abbey as a student in 1930 and entered novitiate at Saint Vincent as a candidate for Belmont on July 1, 1932. He made his first profession on July 2, 1933, and made his solemn vows on July 11, 1939. Three years later, he was ordained in Philadelphia. He served both the Diocese of Charlotte and The Abbey in many ways, including as golf and tennis coach and Athletic Director. His plaque was accepted by Abbot Placid Solari, O.S.B. on behalf of the monastery.

The evening concluded with the retirement of the No. 44 jersey of 2008 Hall of Fame inductee Danny Doyle being retired. It is just the second jersey in the history of Belmont Abbey Athletics to be retired.

The complete Hall of Fame list can be found here.