GREENWOOD – Two Lander Athletics sports icons are among the eight inductees in the second class for the Peach Belt Conference Hall of Fame. Former softball standout Brantley Mack and former men's tennis national champion and current head coach Brett Simpson will be inducted on May 29, 2018, at the PBC Awards Dinner in Hilton Head, S.C.
The eight inductees will join the inaugural class of 25 inducted in 2016 as part of the league's 25th Anniversary celebration. There are now 33 PBC Hall of Famers - 20 former student-athletes and 13 coaches and administrators.
The inductees were selected by the PBC Hall of Fame committee: Clint Bryant, Augusta University Athletic Director; Jud Damon, Flagler College Athletic Director; Michael Hawkins, Francis Marion Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations; Michael MacEachern, Young Harris Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Communications; Christie Ward, Georgia Southwestern Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator; and Al Weston, Georgia College Assistant Athletic Director.
Mack remains one of the most dominant softball players in Peach Belt Conference history. From 1996-99 she was a two-time All-American, four-time All-Region and four-time PBC All-Conference selection. She remains the PBC career record holder in doubles and was named the 1996 PBC Rookie of the Year.
Inducted into the Lander Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011, Mack had a career .433 batting average which led the PBC until 2012. She was named the team's Most Valuable Player three times and holds the Lander school records for total bases, runs scored, hits and doubles. Her jersey number 33 was retired by Lander.
At the time of her induction, Mack remains ninth in NCAA Division II history in career runs scored, 10thin career hits and 21stin career doubles.
Mack currently resides in Jacksonville, Fla., where she serves as an officer in the Asset Services Corporate Active division for Merrill Lynch where she has worked for 12 years. She played 10 seasons as quarterback for the Jacksonville Dixie Blues women's professional football team, up until 2010.
Simpson was a key part of the Lander men's tennis dynasty and won four straight national championships. A part of the team as they transitioned from the NAIA into NCAA Division II in Peach Belt from 1991-94, he was inducted into the Lander Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.
A native of Sydney, Australia, he joined Lander as they finished their NAIA days with a pair of national titles and helped the Bearcats to the first two of their eight consecutive national championships in 1993 and 1994. Named the PBC Player of the Year in 1994, he was a three-time All-American and won the 1994 NCAA Division II doubles national championship.
Simpson was the Rolex Southeastern Regional champion in 1993 and reached the championship match in the Small College National Finals that year. He was also named an Academic All-American in 1993.
Simpson is still associated with Lander tennis, serving as the head men's and women's coach since 2005. He lives in Greenwood with his wife and son.