App State announces 2015 Hall of Fame class

Photo courtesy | Appalachain State Athletics – 2015 Appalchian State Athletics Hall of Fame inductees, from left to right: Jerry Moore, Armanti Edwards, Chip Hooks, Daniel Wilcox and Leigh Cooper Wallace.

BOONE — Appalachian State University announced its 2015 Hall of Fame class that includes former coach Jerry Moore and star quarterback Armanti Edwards.

Former running back Chip Hooks, tight end Daniel Wilcox and track and field standout Leigh Cooper Wallace rounded out this year’s class.

This is the 41st year of the ASU Sports Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies will take place in conjunction with the team’s season opener against Howard on Sept. 5. The five athletes will be honored during pregame and in-game celebrations.

Moore, who coached the Mountaineers from 1989 until 2012, compiled an overall record of 215-87 and helped lead the Mountaineers to three straight National Championships and 10 Southern Conference Championships. Moore is also the winningest coach in ASU history.

Edwards arguably put Appalachian State on the map during his incredible four-year run as the team’s quarterback. Edwards is the only two-time winner of the Walter Payton Award as the FCS Division’s top player. Edwards guided the team to a pair of national championships, set 64 school records and was the first player in Division 1 college football history to pass for 10,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards. Edwards remains the only quarterback in SoCon history to lead the team to four straight conference championships.

While he only played two seasons for App State, Wilcox certainly made a big time impression on the gridiron. He helped the Mountaineers win the 1999 SoCon Championship and was a key member of the squad that reached the FCS semifinals in 2000. Wilcox went on to play eight seasons in the NFL which included earning a Super Bowl Championship ring in 2002 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wilcox will be joining the Appalachian Sports radio network for the 2015 season as an analyst.

Hooks led the Mountaineers in rushing each of his four seasons as the team’s top running back. He was also a four-time all-conference selection in the SoCon and was the 1991 SoCon Freshman of the Year.

Wallace was one of the top distance runners to ever compete for the cross country and track and field teams. She won four conference championships and is just one of two runners in the history of the SoCon to win all three long-distance races (3,000, 5,000 and 10,000-meter) at one conference championship meet. Wallace was a beacon in the community as well. She survived a kidnapping and sexual assault in 1989 as a sophomore and regularly told her story as an inspiration at ASU’s Walk for Awareness which promotes campus safety and provides support for victims of violent crimes. Wallace moved on to coaching at Watauga High School before a sudden illness took her life in 2012 at the age of 43.

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