WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Elite diver Dean Berman, women’s swimming standout Adrienne Sutton and multi-talented basketball player Shawn Williams will be honored during the 10th induction of the UNCW Athletic Hall of Fame on campus in late February
The addition of the three individuals raises the group’s membership to 44 overall since the inaugural event took place in 1998. A reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Warwick Center, with the induction ceremony slated to follow at Noon. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased on-line at UNCWSports.com or daily at the athletic ticket office in Trask Coliseum.
Berman, a native of Matthews, was a four-time team MVP from 2003-06 and enjoyed tremendous success in the Colonial Athletic Association during his spectacular career.
He earned CAA Diver-of-the-Meet honors after winning the 1-meter and 3-meter titles in 2005 and 2006 and was selected CAA Diver-of-the-Year both seasons. He finished 11th on the 1-meter and 12th on the 3-meter board at the 2006 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
The talented performer helped the Seahawks capture four consecutive CAA championships and collected Honorable Mention All-American accolades in 2005 and 2006. Berman still owns all three of the program’s diving records on the 1-meter (6 dives/375.15), 3-meter (6 dives/400.35) and 3-meter (11 dives/595.40) boards.
A 2006 graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Berman was named to the CAA’s Silver Anniversary Team for men’s swimming and diving in 2009. He currently works as a software engineer with Scientific Research Corporation.
A powerful swimmer with a knack for competing, Sutton was a force in the water for the Seahawks during her swimming career in the late 1990s.
The Woodstown, NJ, product competed for the Seahawks from 1997-2000 and won 14 gold medals in CAA competition. She led Coach Dave Allen’s team to conference crowns in both 1998 and 1999.
Sutton was named CAA Rookie-of-the-Year in 1997 and CAA Co-Women’s Swimmer-of-the-Year in 1998. Overall, she captured nine individual titles and swam on five conference relay championships during her remarkable four-year run.
Sutton was especially tough to beat in the breaststroke competition, winning both the 100 and 200-yard events at the CAA meet three consecutive years from 1997-99. She also took the 400-yard Individual Medley race all three seasons as well.
The highly-decorated swimmer was selected to the CAA’s Silver Anniversary Team in 2009, signifying her as one of the top-25 swimmers in the history of the conference.
A four-time CAA Scholar-Athlete who earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 2000, Sutton completed her doctorate from the University of Maryland and travels globally today in her position with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Washington.
When it came to heart and desire, no one exemplified it more than Shawn Williams, an outstanding player for the men’s basketball program from 1980-83.
The Washington student-athlete led the Seahawks in scoring with 15.4 points per game in 1982 and a 16.1 average in 1983. In 109 career appearances, he scored 1,439 points (6th), grabbed 593 rebounds (8th), came up with 111 steals (12th) and had 57 blocks (17th).
Opposing coaches often recognized Williams for his play and hustle. He was named All-South Independent in both 1982 and 1983 and landed All-Tournament recognition at the Siena Invitational, Seahawk Shootout, Indiana Classic and Utica Classic.
In 2009, Williams was saluted by the conference as a CAA Legend, honoring him as one of the league’s top contributors in men’s basketball.
Williams earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1983 and serves as a detective with the Charlotte Metropolitan Police Department.