A former standout at Watauga High School, and Valle Crucis native, has been named to the newest class of the Wofford College Hall of Fame.
Eric Breitenstein will join three other former Terrier athletes for the 2017 honor, the college announced on Friday. Breitenstein, a four year letterman at Watauga, lead the Pioneers to a conference championship and runner up in the western finals during his final season. His number 2 jersey was retired at Watauga in 2013,
In college, Breitenstein became the Terrier’s all-time leading rusher and Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. The induction is October 7.
Below is the full announcement from Wofford College:
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Former Wofford College student-athletes Eric Breitenstein ’12, Mac Doyle ’12, Brad Loesing ’12 and Ameet Pall ’12 have been selected by the Hall of Fame Committee of the Wofford College Terrier Club Board of Directors as the 2017 inductees into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
In addition, the Hall of Fame will honor Buddy ’61 and Shirley Kirby as the Distinguished Service Award recipients and Joe Edens and Stewart Johnson ’67 as Honorary Lettermen.
The Hall of Fame will induct its newest class on October 7 when the Terriers host Western Carolina in football.
The Hall of Fame recognizes “those former athletes and coaches who, by outstanding athletic achievement and service, have made lasting and significant contributions to the cause of sports at Wofford College, the Spartanburg community, South Carolina and the nation.”
Breitenstein is the school’s all-time leading rusher and Pall is third in school history in career sacks for the football team. Loesing led the basketball team to the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Tournaments, while Doyle is baseball’s career leader in hits, RBIs and total bases.
Eric Breitenstein ’12
Breitenstein, from Valle Crucis, North Carolina, was named Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He was just the fourth player in conference history to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons. A three-time All-American, he holds five Wofford rushing records, two SoCon rushing records and one NCAA rushing record. Following his senior season, he finished third in the voting for the Walter Payton Award. He led the Southern Conference in rushing for the second straight season with 2,035 yards, a school record and the second most in conference history. He had 19 rushing touchdowns to lead the conference and was second in scoring with 114 points. During his junior year, his 1,474 rushing yards were the most in the conference and rank third in school history. In 2009, he started the first two games of the season with 187 yards and three touchdowns before a knee injury ended his season. He returned in 2010 with 13 starts and 1,639 yards, which was a school record as he earned All-America honors. As a freshman in 2008, played in 10 games with two starts, rushing for 395 yards and two touchdowns and was named the team’s freshman of the year.
Mac Doyle ’12
A four-year starter from Conway, South Carolina, Doyle played catcher, outfield and designated hitter for the Terriers. Among career leaders, he is currently ranked first in career hits (265), first in RBIs (198), first in career total bases (490), third in career doubles (54), second in career triples (15), fourth in career home runs (47), fifth in runs scored (154), and fifth in games played (210). He was named All-Southern Conference in 2010, 2011 and 2012 – one of only two players in school history to be honored three times. He was also named ABCA/Rawlings second team All-American in 2010. Doyle holds Wofford single season records in RBIs and triples. As a freshman, he started 43 games with 48 hits and eight home runs. During his sophomore season, he batted .377 in 54 starts. He led the team with 75 RBIs, 16 home runs, 23 doubles and 166 total bases, and was second on the team with 83 hits. As a junior, Doyle batted .300 and lead team in RBIs, home runs, runs scored, doubles and total bases. He led the team in batting average (.341), runs scored, hits (70), home runs (13), RBIs (47) and doubles (10) in 54 starts as a senior.
Brad Loesing ’12
Loesing, from Cincinnati, Ohio, started 130 of 132 games played in his career, second in program history. He finished with a free throw percentage of 79.2%, ninth in program history, and led the team in assists in three of his four seasons. He finished with 1,038 career points and is one of 47 players in Wofford history in the 1,000 point club. In his senior season, he recorded 184 assists, fourth most in a season, and played 1265 minutes, the most minutes in a single season in Wofford history. The 38.3 minutes per game are also a record as he earned All-Southern Conference first team honors. In his junior season, he started 33 of 34 games at point guard. He led the team with 109 assists to average 3.2 per game, 10th in the SoCon as Wofford led the league in assist/turnover ratio (1.2) on the season. In his sophomore season, he started all 35 games at point guard and led the team with 104 assists. In his freshman season, he was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team by the coaches. He played in all 30 games with 29 starts, the second most on the team. Loesing was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and named a first team CoSIDA Academic All-American.
Ameet Pall ’12
A four-year letterman on the defensive line, Pall was named 2010 Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He ended his Wofford career third in school history in career sacks with 23.0 and fifth in school history in career tackles for loss with 45.0. He also recovered five fumbles in his career, which is tied for third in school history, while playing in 48 career games with 33 starts at Wofford. He was named Preseason All-American and SoCon Preseason Defensive Player of the Year heading into his senior season. He finished the 2011 season with 32 total tackles, along with eight tackles for loss and three sacks, to be named to the All-Southern Conference second team. As a junior, he had 12.5 sacks, which was the fourth most in school history and was ranked eighth the nation. He was named second team AP All-American in 2010, along with first team All-America from the Sports Network and Phil Steele and was the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He finished second in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, the highest ever for a Terrier. A native of Montreal, Quebec, he was drafted fifth overall in the 2012 Canadian Football League Draft by the Calgary Stampeders.
Joe Edens and Stewart Johnson ’67, Honorary Lettermen
Buddy ’61 and Shirley Kirby, Distinguished Service Award
Joe Edens, Stewart Johnson and Buddy and Shirley Kirby are among the most loyal and dedicated fans, supporters and friends of the college. They have played a key role in the success of Wofford athletics for over four decades.