UNCW inducts three into its athletic hall of fame

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Elite diver Dean Berman, women’s swimming standout Adrienne Sutton and basketball player Shawn Williams were honored Saturday during the 10th induction of the UNCW Athletic Hall of Fame.

The addition of the three former student-athletes raised the group’s membership to 44 overall since the inaugural event took place in 1998. A large turnout of family, supporters and alumni listened as the trio reminisced about their careers and thanked their families, coaches and teammates for their friendship and support.

Dean Berman, Adrienne Sutton and Shawn Williams became Seahawk immortals with their induction early Saturday.
Dean Berman, Adrienne Sutton and Shawn Williams became Seahawk immortals with their induction early Saturday.

Berman, a native of Matthews, was a four-time team MVP from 2003-06 and enjoyed tremendous success in the Colonial Athletic Association(CAA) during his spectacular career.

He earned CAA Diver of the Meet honors after winning the one-meter and three-meter titles in 2005 and 2006, and was selected CAA Diver of the Year both seasos. He finished 11th on the one-meter and 12th on the three-meter board at the 2006 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.

A 2006 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, Berman was named to the CAA’s Silver Anniversary Team 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, N.J., 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.

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.

Williams 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).

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.