BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern College Hall of Fame class of 2017 was inducted Friday night. Bill Cowgill, Kathryn Carroll, Preston Goldfarb, and the 1995 men's soccer team joined the long list of Panthers immortalized in the hall.
Bill Cowgill '73 – Basketball
Originally headed to play football at Clemson, Bill Cowgill changed everything when his best friend was killed in a car accident the summer before freshman year. Cowgill decided to honor his friend by taking his place on the BSC men's basketball team. Matched up against BSC Hall of Fame guard Russell Thompson every day in practice for his first two season, his path was not an easy one. But Cowgill moved from walk-on to earning a scholarship his junior year, and starting his final season. He would help the Panthers earn 59 wins over his career.
He and his wife Michaelena have two sons, Michael and Collin. Cowgill is now enjoying his recent retirement as vice president of Marsh and McLennan Agency.
Kathryn Carroll '09 – Women's Tennis
A top performer on the court her entire career, Carroll played out of the No. 1 position as a freshman. She would excel throughout her four years on the Hilltop, piling up 33 singles victories, and 33 doubles wins, including a 12-0 record her junior season with partner Lauren Russell. The run marked the first undefeated doubles season in BSC tennis history. Carroll ended her career ranked No. 12 in the ITA regional rakings. She would go on to be the 2009 recipient of the Johnny Johnson Most Inspirational Senior Student-Athlete Award.
After graduation, Carroll earned her nursing degree at Emory University and worked in the neuroscience department at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is now a nurse practitioner at Mississippi University for Women.
Preston Goldfarb – Men's Soccer
Goldfarb walked the sidelines at BSC for 33 seasons. He built the soccer program from the ground up, and brought BSC into the national spotlight. Goldfarb led the Panthers to 10 regular season championships, seven conference tournament titles, and three regional titles. With almost 100 all-conference players on his rosters, Goldfarb also boasts 41 academic All-Americans, 35 All-Americans, 38 All-Region selections, five conference players of the year, two national players of the year, and 12 of his players have also earned their way into the BSC Hall of Fame.
He retired in 2015 after spending his final two seasons on the field that now bears his name. He and his wife Marie have two children, Sean and Aly.
1995 Men's Soccer Team
The Panthers were nothing short of a scoring machine in 1995, averaging 4.5 goals per game. Three different players scored over 20 goals each that season with Oliver Roth leading the way with a school record 35. Defensively, the Panthers were just as impressive with 13 shutouts, giving up just 1.04 goals per game. Keeper, and current men's soccer head coach, Greg Vinson anchored the effort with a school record 168 saves. Ranked No. 1 for most of the season, the Panthers advanced to the NAIA national semifinals. Despite falling to Lindsey Wilson, they finished the year ranked No. 2 in the country.