Men's golf coach Doug Gordin, former baseball coach Joe Arnold and former basketball great John Ebeling are the latest Florida Southern representatives to the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame. They were inducted Tuesday night at the 12th annual Polk County All Sports Awards Banquet at The Lakeland Center.
Also inducted was the late Hoyt Barnett as a contributor. Barnett was an honorary inductee to the FSC Athletics Hall of Fame in April.
In addition to the Hall of Fame inductees, FSC's women's golf team was recognized as the Polk County Female Collegiate Team of the Year.
Gordin has been the Moccasins' men's golf coach for 17 years. His teams have won five NCAA Division II championships - 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2010 - and produced three individual national champions - Matt Saglio (1999), Jeff Klauk (2000) and Steve Sokol (2001). He is a four-time National Coach of the Year and is a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame (2001) and the FSC Athletics Hall of Fame (2007).
Arnold coached the Moccasin baseball team from 1977 through 1983, winning NCAA Division II Championships in 1978 and 1981. His 1981 team set the school record for wins in a season with 55. His career winning percentage at FSC, .821 (316-69), is the best in school history. In addition to coaching the Moccasins, Arnold also coached at the University of Florida and at Polk State College and was a long-time scout for the New York Yankees. He was inducted to the FSC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.
Ebeling is considered to be the best basketball player in Florida Southern history. A three-time All-American, he played from 1979-82, leading the Moccasins to three straight Final Four appearances, including the 1981 Division II Championship. He was the Division II Player of the Year in 1982 and is the Moccasins' career scoring (2,514 points) and rebounding (1,362) leader. He also holds FSC's single-game scoring mark (50) and single-season scoring record (856). He was an inaugural inductee to the FSC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.
Barnett was a long-time supporter of FSC, spearheading a fund-raising project that allowed for lights to be installed at the Moccasins' softball and soccer facility. The facility, originally known as Pipkin Field, was re-named Barnett Field as a result of his efforts.
Coach Robbie Davis' women's golf team produced its fifth national runner-up finish in program history this spring at the Division II Championship in Louisville, Ky. It was the highest finish by a Moccasin team for the 2011-2012 school year. The Moccasins were ranked second in the final Division II Coaches' Poll of the season. They finished first or second in eight of the 12 tournaments in which they competed during the year.
The All Sports Awards Banquet will be broadcast by tape delay on Bright House Sports Network (Channel 47) on July 6 at 7 p.m., July 7 at noon and July 8 at 4 p.m.