SEVEN HAWKS HONORED ON CIAA 100 GREATEST ATHLETES & COACHES LIST
Vernon "Skip" McCain, winner of 103 football games as a coach, is #41 on the list.
Vernon "Skip" McCain, winner of 103 football games as a coach, is #41 on the list.

April 5, 2012

HAMPTON, Va. - Seven Hawks have been honored on the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's list of its 100 Greatest Athletes & Coaches.

UMES, then known as Maryland State College, competed in the CIAA until 1970. UMES left the CIAA and became one of the founding members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, starting athletic competition in the league in 1971.

Theopolis "Sonny" Lloyd is ranked at #18 on the list, the highest of all Maryland State members on the list. A member of the 25th Anniversary CIAA Team, Lloyd played for the Hawks from 1953 to 1956. His senior season, the 6-7 forward averaged 23.2 points per game. He led Maryland State to its first ever CIAA Championship in 1956, scoring 91 points in three games to set a new tournament record.

Vernon "Skip" McCain, the greatest football coach in Maryland State history, landed on #41 on this list. In his tenure from 1948 to 1963, the Hawks won 103 games with just 18 losses and five ties for a winning percentage of 81.7%. Twenty of his student-athletes went on the play in the National Football League. McCain also served as head basketball coach, athletic director and a mathematics professor and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

At #51 is Jake Ford, one of UMES's top basketball players of all-time. By the time he was done his career in 1970, he amassed 2,218 points with a 55.8% field-goal percentage, currently the UMES record, and 609 rebounds. He has a two-time All-CIAA player in the 1969 and 1970 plus earned NAIA All-America status and CIAA Player of the Year his senior season, helping the Hawks to go 29-0 in the regular season.

Coming in as #73 is James "Bones" Morgan, the all-time CIAA leading rebounder. As a Hawk from 1966 to 1970, Morgan grabbed 1,741 rebounds, the standing school and CIAA record, leading the conference in boards his last two seasons. He also scored 1,554 points in his career, averaging a double-double every season he played. He was part of the 1969-70 squad that was the first ever CIAA team to go undefeated in the regular season.

Art Shell, one of the greatest ever football players in college and the NFL, comes in at #75. Playing for the Hawks from 1964 to 1968, Shell earned All-America status his final two years and three All-CIAA as a tackle, playing on both sides of the ball as well as playing basketball for the school. He went on to become an NFL Hall of Fame offensive tackle with the Oakland Raiders and was the first ever African American head coach in the NFL.

#78 on this list is former Maryland State running back Emerson Boozer. A two-time All-American and All-CIAA player in 1964 and 1965, Boozer ran the ball for 2,537 yards on 374 carries, averaging 6.78 yards per carry, and scoring 22 touchdowns. He was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010. "Booz" played for the Hawks from 1962 to 1965 and went on to play 10 seasons for the New York Jets in the NFL.

Also on the list is former MSC basketball player Hank Ford. His achievements as head coach of Hampton University, winning 228 games, including five 20-win seasons and two CIAA championships, placed him on the list at #49.

Check out the entire list of CIAA 100 Greatest Athletes & Coaches here.