Brevard College has announced the selection of the three newest inductees into the Brevard College Athletics Hall of Fame with the selections of Scott Dvorak ‘89 (Cross Country/Track & Field), Ray Gill ’05 (Baseball) and Joh Tuttle Tyson ‘10 (Cycling).
The 2023 Hall of Fame class will be officially inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, September 22 during Brevard College’s Homecoming weekend. Upon induction, the trio will become the 46th, 47th and 48th inductees into the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
“We congratulate Scott, Ray and Joh – each of whom are fantastic selections for this year’s Hall of Fame Class,” said Myranda Nash, Brevard College Director of Athletics. “We thank the members of the Athletics Hall of Fame committee for their diligence in selecting this year’s class and we look forward to celebrating these tremendous Tornados with the induction ceremony at this year’s Homecoming.”
Scott Dvorak ’89 (Cross Country/Track & Field)
Dvorak, a 1989 graduate of Brevard College, was a two-time All-American and an important part of the BC’s 1987 NJCAA Cross Country National Championship team under Brevard College Hall of Fame Coach Dave Rinker.
“I am both thrilled and humbled to be selected into this year’s Brevard College Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Dvorak. “Competing for Brevard College in both cross country and track and field was a defining moment in my life, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of such a talented and driven team. My time at Brevard College instilled in me a work ethic and culture that has carried me to success as both an athlete and entrepreneur in the running industry for over 30 years.”
Dvorak raced for the Tornados in both Cross Country and Track & Field from the Fall of 1987 to the Spring of 1989. As a freshman, Dvorak made an immediate impact earning All-American status and helping propel the Tornados to the 1987 NJCAA Cross Country National Championship. He then earned a second straight NJCAA Cross Country All-American honor as a sophomore in 1988.
Following graduation from Brevard, he continued his athletic and academic career at North Carolina State University where he earned All-Conference honors in the highly competitive Atlantic Coast Conference in both Cross Country (1989) and Track & Field (1991).
He went on to embark on an international professional racing career for over 10 years. Dvorak was a five-time member of USA national teams in both Track and Road Racing. In 1996, he qualified for the United States Olympic Trials in the 5,000 meters.
A past winner of the Antarctic Marathon with a time of 2:23, he also was a finisher at the 2002 Ironman Triathlon held in Lake Placid, New York.
Today, Dvorak is the Owner, Founder and CEO of the Charlotte Running Company which has four locations in the metro Charlotte, North Carolina area and was named the number one running specialty store in America in 2021 by the Running Industry Association.
Ray Gill, ’05 (Baseball)
Gill, a Summa Cum Laude graduate in 2005 from Brevard College, was a prolific baseball student-athlete for the Tornados who went on to play professional baseball after being selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.
“I am truly humbled and honored to be selected in this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2023; joining all of the other great athletes who have been inducted,” said Gill. I am forever grateful to forever be a part of its history. Brevard College was and is a huge part of my life and I am so grateful for the opportunities I had by attending the college. I owe a lot to Brevard College and how it has shaped my life into the person I am today.”
A four-year starter at Brevard College, Gill registered a .339 batting average for his career and accumulated 274 hits, 261 RBIs, 66 home runs and 93 walks in 234 career games. He set career records at Brevard in multiple categories, including games played, home runs, and RBIs. Prolific defensively as a first baseman, he completed his career with a .986 fielding percentage. Gill hit double-digit home runs in each of his four years at Brevard and never hit below .315 in any season.
As a junior in 2004, Gill went on an offensive assault breaking single-season school records with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs, while hitting .379. That season, Gill was named the AAC Conference Player of the Year, First-Team All-Region and an ABCA/Rawlings NAIA Second-Team All-American.
As a senior. Gill became a two-way player after being called upon to pitch to go along with his work as a first baseman. He delivered on the task, posting an 8-2 record with 57 strikeouts in 72 innings with just 18 walks. That year, he also earned a place on the Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete All-American and Appalachian Conference All-Academic teams.
Gill’s prowess and leadership helped the Tornados win the AAC Conference Tournament in 2002 and 2005 and the regular season conference title in 2004. The Tornados advanced to the regional tournament in all four of Gill’s seasons.
Following graduation, Gill was drafted in the 27th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres. He went on to play two seasons in the Padres’ Minor League Baseball organization and an additional year of Independent League baseball in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Currently the acting President of the Transylvania County Little League, Gill continues to also serve as longtime Public Address Announcer for Brevard College football and basketball games.
Joh Tuttle Tyson ’10 (Cycling)
Tuttle Tyson, a 2010 graduate of the Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WLEE) program at Brevard College, becomes the fourth inductee in as many years from BC’s illustrious cycling program. Tuttle Tyson joins founder of the program and original Head Coach Thad Walker (HOF class of 2020), the 2009 National Championship cycling team which she was a part of (class of 2021) and teammate Tristan Cowie (class of 2022) as the sport’s Hall of Fame selections.
“I feel so very honored to have been selected for the Brevard College Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Tyson Tuttle upon learning of her selection to the 2023 class. “My Brevard bike racing days have been one of my favorite seasons in life and I am forever grateful for such an experience.”
A multiple-time national champion, Tyson Tuttle won the firsts individual national titles in women’s competition in school history at the 2008 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships held in Banner Elk, North Carolina. At that event, she won the Dual Slalom national title then went on to earn the Division II Women’s Mountain Bike Individual Omnium national championship, presented to the nation’s best overall rider.
In the fall of 2009, Tyson Tuttle won the Individual Omnium title for the second straight year to lead the Tornados to the Division II USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championship team title, the first cycling national title in school history. At the national championships, held in Truckee, California, she finished first in Four-Cross, second in Downhill, fifth in Cross Country and sixth in Short Track en route to the omnium title. After winning her second individual omnium title, Tyson Tuttle was featured in Sports Illustrated in the acclaimed magazine’s Faces in the Crowd section.
In total, Tyson Tuttle won four individual national championships (’08 Individual Omnium, ’09 Dual Slalom, ’09 Individual Omnium and ’09 Four-Cross) and was an integral part of the 2009 Mountain Bike National Championship team.
The 2023 Hall of Fame class will be inducted into the Brevard College Athletics Hall of Fame on the evening of Friday, September 22 in conjunction with the college’s Distinguished Alumni awards ceremony and as part of BC’s 2023 Homecoming. Stay tuned to bctornados.com for updates and specific information for the event.
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