A quintet of former Buccaneers will have their legacies cemented in history when they are inducted into Charleston Southern’s Hall of Fame this year. Josh Aydlette (track & field), Anthony Reed (track & field), D’Angelo Dereef (football), Collin Drafts (football) and Priscilla Lauoletolo Moleni (women’s volleyball) will comprise the class of 2011 and will be inducted on October 2, 2011.
A four-time Big South Conference indoor weight throw champion, Aydlette is the school record holder in both the weight throw and the indoor shot put. He posted the BSC’s best mark in the weight throw in 2000 and 2002. Aydlette, who competed for the Bucs from 1999-2002, is now the throws coach for his alma mater, guiding his athletes to five school records – many of which have been broken multiple times.
“I was very excited to hear that I was selected to be in the Athletic Hall of Fame,” said Aydlette. “It makes me feel good that all the hard work I put in as a Student Athlete at CSU didn’t go unnoticed. Great things are going on at CSU and I’m glad to be a part of them.”
Fellow track & field athlete Anthony Reed will also be inducted in 2011. In his time with the Buccaneers, Reed broke both the BSC Indoor Overall record in the triple jump (15.64m) as well as the BSC Championship meet record in the same event (15.31m). He is the CSU record holder in the long jump (7.36m) and the triple jump (15.64m). Reed was the Big South Outdoor Long Jump Champion in 1998, and earned indoor triple jump titles in both 1998 and 1999. He is a two-time BSC Outdoor Triple Jump (1998 & 1999), and holds the BSC outdoor record in the event at 15.63m. Reed ended his career as a two-time Big South Conference Most Outstanding Athlete (Indoors).
Football’s DeAngelo Dereef is the school record holder in both rushing attempts (485) and rushing yards (1,741). He also holds career records in kick off returns (75) as well as punt returns (69), and is in the top five in CSU history in total offense. Dereef ended his career with 1,741 rushing yards and 329 career receiving yards. A Buccaneer from 1991-94, Dereef is second all-time in single game rushing attempts and fifth in single game rushing yardage. He is second all-time in all-purpose yards with 278 after his record was broken in 2008, and also holds the eighth spot on the list as well. Dereef remains the all-time leader in all-purpose yards with 3,795 and is sixth in scoring with 108 points (18 touchdowns).
“I’m very excited to be inducted into the CSU Hall of Fame,” said Dereef. “It’s overwhelming and an honor to be recognized for something that I worked so hard for and love so much.”
Former quarterback Collin Drafts was the 2005 Big South Offensive Player of the Year and led the Buccaneers to their first-ever Big South Championship in that season. He led the league in pass completions in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and also led in pass completion percentage in 2004 and 2006. Drafts finished the 2004 and 2005 seasons as the BSC’s leader in passing yardage and passing touchdowns, and also led the conference in total offensive yards in 2005. The only quarterback in Big South history to throw for 400 yards in a game, Drafts did so twice. He ended his career with three all-conference selections, two of which were first team honors. Drafts, who played for the Bucs from 2003-2006, is CSU’s all-time leader in rushing attempts, touchdowns, pass attempts (BSC record), pass completions (BSC record), passing yardage (BSC record), passing touchdowns (BSC record), completions percentage (BSC record), total offensive yards (BSC record) and total offensive touchdowns (BSC record). He also holds numerous single-game and season records for the Buccaneers.
“It’s definitely an honor,” said Drafts. “When Hank called, I was taken aback. I didn’t realize that five years had passed. Looking back on those seasons, its great to see what myself and the rest of the team accomplished. I was fortunate to be surrounded by great teammates and coaches, and had the opportunity to play with a great support staff at a great university like CSU.”
Former volleyball player Priscilla Lauoletolo Moleni rounds out the Class of 2011. Moleni had two of the top seasons for kills in 446 in 1993 and 438 in 1992, and still holds two of the top four spots. She finished her career second in CSU history in attacks and is currently fifth all-time with 1,087. Moleni remains third in Buc history with 54 aces in the 1992 season, and is fourth with 420 digs in 1993. She is fifth on CSU’s all-time kills list with 884, despite playing just two seasons for the Bucs. Moleni, who competed from 1992-1993, is also in CSU’s all-time top four in hitting percentage.