Conroy leads The Citadel's 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame class

08/05/2014 8:18 PM

08/05/2014 8:21 PM

Lowcountry author Pat Conroy leads a list of six being inducted into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame, the military college announced Tuesday.

Also entering is former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., football player Mike Davitt, baseball pitchers Rodney Hancock and Hank Kraft and wrestler Dan "Buddy" Thompson.

Conroy and Riley will be enshrined as honorary members.

The six will be inducted during a Nov. 14 banquet at the Holliday Alumni Center on The Citadel campus.

This year's class increases membership to 178.

Opened in 1977, The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame is located in the lobby of McAlister Field House on campus.

Conroy's bio from the announcement:

Pat Conroy, class of 1967 (Honorary)

Perhaps the most famous former athlete in The Citadel's storied history, Conroy was a member of the Mel Thompson-coached basketball teams from 1965-67 and was voted the team's most valuable player his senior year when he averaged 11.8 points per game.

Conroy served as The Citadel's 2001 commencement speaker and received an honorary degree.

While still a Cadet, he wrote and then published his first book, "The Boo," a tribute to his beloved mentor, Col. Thomas N. Courvoisie.

In 2013, Conroy was named editor-at-large of Story River Books, a newly-created fiction division of the University of South Carolina Press.

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