Paladin Club


Please join us in congratulating the 2017 Furman Athletic Hall of Fame class: Monica Arguello '11, Chuck Ezell '77, William Middleton '08, and Chuck Vincent '98.

Monica Arguello was a four-year letterwinner for the Furman women’s tennis team. As the 2008 SoCon Freshman of the Year, she helped the Paladins to the 2008 SoCon regular season, tournament championship, and NCAA tournament appearance. She was also a member of Furman’s 2009 SoCon regular season championship team. As a senior, Arguello posted a 19-4 record at No. 1 singles, including a perfect 10-0 mark in league play, and finished her senior season with a 12-match winning streak prior to the NCAA tournament. She was ranked 67th nationally by the ITA—the highest ranking for any Southern Conference player that year. Arguello concluded her senior year with a 19-5 singles record and a 74th-place national ranking and competed as an individual at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Also in 2011, she was named SoCon Female Athlete of the Year, SoCon Women’s Tennis Player of the Year, Team MVP, and Edna Hartness Furman Female Athlete of the Year. In addition to her many athletic achievements, Arguello was also named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District team and chosen for the SoCon Academic All-Conference Team, the ITA All-Academic Team, and the SoCon Academic Honor Roll. She completed her four-year career with a 38-1 record in conference matches and was a four-time All-SoCon selection for both singles and doubles. In the Furman record books, she ranks ninth in season singles winning percentage (.870, 2008), eighth in career singles victories (68), ninth doubles wins (58), eighth in combined career victories (126), and seventh in singles career winning percentage (.747).


Ken Ezell was a four-year letterman for the Furman men’s golf team.  An honorable mention All-America selection, he was a three-time All-Southern Conference honoree and three-time SoCon Tournament medalist--the only golfer in Furman history to accomplish the feat. Ezell’s individual SoCon titles helped Furman capture three consecutive SoCon team championships (1975-77) and earn the program its first team NCAA Tournament appearance in 1977, where the team finished 18th. He is tied for second on Furman’s career tournament victories list with four, which includes the 1976 South Carolina Collegiate, in addition to the three SoCon crowns.


William Middleton was four-year letterman and three-year starter at defensive back for Furman football. Middleton also served as a return specialist, pacing Furman in kickoff returns in 2005-06 and made a school-record-tying 100-yard kickoff return in a 35-21 win at Wofford in 2006. Middleton was a member of two FCS playoff teams (2005 & 2006) and led the Furman team with three interceptions in 2007.  He served a team captain his senior year and was named the 2008-09 Furman Male Athlete of the Year. He was a consensus first team All-Southern Conference selection and first team FCS All-America pick by AFCA and Sports Network in 2008. Middleton totaled 194 tackles, seven interceptions, and four fumble recoveries in his career. He ranks sixth on Furman’s all-time passes defended list with 33.  He was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round (2nd pick, 125th overall selection) in the 2009 NFL Draft, making him Furman’s highest draft choice since 2000.


Chuck Vincent was a four-year letterman and four-year starter at forward for the Paladins and was also a two-time Team MVP. In 1995, he was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year. A three-time All-SoCon selection, Vincent was also named to the SoCon All-Tournament team in 1997. As a senior, he served as team captain and was named the 1998 SoCon Player of the Year. Vincent paced Furman in scoring             during his final three seasons and in rebounding all four years. He is one of only four players in Furman history to accomplish the feat. He ranks tenth on Furman’s all-time scoring chart (1,677 points, 15.2 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (947 rebounds/8.6 rpg). He led Furman in field goal percentage over three seasons and ranks sixth in career field goal percentage (54.0%). 


The 2017 Furman Athletic Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Friday, October 13, at a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Greenville. They will also be recognized at the October 14 football game versus VMI. Register to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony online here or by calling 864-294-3565.

 for the 2018 Hall of Fame class are now open through March 15, 2018.