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A former men’s head basketball coach and 16 members of the Barton College Athletic Hall of Fame headlined a list of dignitaries in attendance for Saturday night’s annual hall-of-fame induction and the 10th-year anniversary celebration of the 2007 NCAA Division II national championship in men’s basketball. Ben Pomeroy served as the Bulldogs’ head coach from 1972-77 and remains a supporter of the college’s athletic program.
“He helped build the legacy for what we are enjoying now,” current men’s head basketball coach Ron Lievense said of Pomeroy.
After a break of several years, Pomeroy has returned to coaching at the middle school level in Midlothian, Virginia, and has directed several championship teams in various sports. Hall-of-famers witnessing the induction of Lievense and star 2007 men’s basketball players Anthony Atkinson and Alejo Baravero were Cliff Black (Class of 1972), Gordon Fulp (1967), Susan Maxwell Bane (1987), Rosalie Ellis Bardin (1973), James A. Boykin Jr. (1972), Richard A. Swanker (1970), Gary W. Farmer (1970), Tanisha Adams Dixon (1998), Allen Searson (1975), Leonard “Speedy” Gainer (1979), Tony Tilley (inducted in 2012), Randy Pridgen (1983), Richard Battle (1977), Courtney Faircloth (2004), Russell Rawlings (1978) and Gary W. Hall (1980).