2018 Jerry Richardson
Community MVP Award Honorees
Sterling Allen (Chosen by Coach Josh Conklin)
Dr. Sterling Allen is a Florence, SC native. Sterling was coached at
McClenaghan High School by a young football coach starting his first job
fresh out of Wofford: Fisher DeBerry. Fisher also taught Sterling 10th
grade Biology and was known to throw chalk and erasers at students who were
not paying attention in class. The jury is still out on how many erasers
were thrown at Sterling.
While Sterling was at Wofford, the football coaching staff was joined by a
young coach starting his first college job: Fisher DeBerry. Sterling claims
that he is the only football player that was made to run wind sprints by
the same coach in high school and college.
Due to excellent coaching, Sterling was twice named an All American
offensive lineman and was inducted into the Wofford College Athletic Hall
of Fame. He was co-captain of Wofford’s only undefeated team in 1970.
After graduating cum laude from Wofford with a B.S. degree in Biology/
Chemistry, he attended MUSC College of Dental Medicine and earned his
dental degree. During that time he also became a college football referee
and served as a Line Judge for 24 seasons in the Atlantic Coast Conference,
followed by 4 seasons working as a replay official for the ACC.
In 2012, he and former roommate/teammate Henry Medlock started a Football
Letterman Reunion event at Wofford in an effort to reunite former players
with their teammates, coaches and Wofford College. Examples such as this of
“giving back” has become a motto of the 1970 team, which established a
fully funded endowed scholarship to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Since
someone gave so they could have the Wofford experience, the team felt
obligated to return this gift to future athletes.
Dr. Allen has been very involved with the Anderson community. He has been
on the board of the Anderson Area YMCA, serving as Chairperson several
times. He was the chairman of the Board the Child Development Center at St.
John’s United Methodist Church in Anderson. Following retirement, Dr. Allen
donated time to providing dental care for inmates of the SC Department of
Dr Allen and his wife, Jane, have three children and six grandchildren and
reside in Anderson.
Henry Medlock (Chosen by Coach Josh Conklin)
Born in Abbeville, SC and raised in an US Air Force family, Henry spent his
early years in Clemson moving around to various places and returning to
Clemson in 1963 for High School.
Henry discovered the importance of High School football where he benefited
greatly from the leadership of legendary Coaches Dick Singleton and Al
Curtis of Daniel High School. It was the presence of a young Wofford
graduate Wayne Rogers who turned out to be one of the most impactful of
Henry's coaches. Coach Rogers' influence led to Henry being recruited by
Wofford College's Gene Alexander, Head Baskletball Coach and Assistant
Football Coach. Henry accepted a scholarship in early December 1966 to play
Football and Basketball at Wofford College. While at Wofford, Henry
lettered in both Football and Basketball, having been elected Co – Captain
of the 1971 Football Team.
At Wofford, Henry was again influenced by great Coaches and great
teammates. Many teammates who guided and influenced Henry at Wofford are
still influential in his life today. Influential coaches led by Gene
Alexander included Jim Breakfield, Jack Peterson, Duane “Doc” Stober,
Fisher DeBerry, and Mike Bugar. While at Wofford coach Fisher DeBerry
started the Wofford Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes of
which Henry was one of its initial members.
Henry graduated from Wofford College as a Distinguished Military Graduate
with a BS in Psychology. He entered the US Army and after serving out his
commitment with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;
Henry and family returned to Clemson, where he received a M. Ed in
Personnel Services in May of 1976.
In 1977, Henry began his career in the private sector with Procter &
Gamble in Atlanta. The next few years were followed with positions with The
Equitable Life and Amica Life, before transitioning to the commercial real
estate industry and a 10 year career with the Trammell Crow Company. Henry
received numerous annual awards from the Georgia Chapter of the NAIOP
(National Association of Industrial and Office Properties) as a member of
the Million Dollar Club and as a Top Five Producer.
Henry and Joanne have one son, Jan, who is an Associate Professor at Oregon
State University, Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of
In 2019, Joanne and Henry will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Go
Hugh and Kathy Hughes (Chosen by Coach Clay Hendrix)
Hugh hails from Pickens County. He attended Furman as a day student and
graduated on his 20th birthday, completing majors in Mathematics and
Economics & Business. He worked in IT for 33 years for various
companies including Milliken, IBM, and Weyerhaeuser, retiring early to have
more time for his varied interests.
One of his major interests is Furman athletics, especially football. His
choice of relocation in retirement was to a Paris Mountain home very close
to the Furman campus. He is active in his church and in support of his wife
Kathy’s work with the homeless, from which she has recently retired. He and
Kathy, married 37 years, work with Furman Athletic fundraisers when
possible. He has served on the Paladin Club Board of Directors.
He is a bona fide expert at the game of bridge, having attained the
American Contract Bridge League rank of Platinum Life Master, making him
well within the top half of one percent of players across the country. A
former National Champion, he teaches bridge in both private sessions and in
dozens of courses as a part of the Furman OLLI program.
For the past five years or so, he has found pleasure in the Performance
Arts. He started learning the Guitar, and had a fun part in a musical put
on by the OLLI program. He regularly participates in organized “Jam
Sessions”, strumming and singing once or twice per week.
D.J. Swearinger (Chosen by Coach Will Muschamp)
Son of Robert and Orma Swearinger, D.J. attended Greenwood (S.C.) H.S.,
where he contributed as an option quarterback, wide receiver and safety on
a team that included fellow Redskins defensive back Josh Norman. He earned
second-team all-state honors after rushing for 904 yards and 12 touchdowns
and also catching 20 passes for 201 yards. D.J. was also a standout in
track & field competing in sprints, hurdles and jumps during the
off-season as a junior and senior.
Swearinger received an athletic scholarship to attend the
University of South Carolina
, where he played for coachSteve Spurrier's
South Carolina Gamecocks football
team from 2009 to 2012. As a freshman, he appeared in all 13 games and
recorded 19 tackles. He earned All-SEC honors as a senior after starting 12
games and recording 79 tackles, two interceptions (with one returned for a
touchdown), two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
In 2013, Swearinger was drafted by the Houston Texans. Since then he has
had stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals. Fast
forward to today where D.J. is the starting free Safety for the Washington
Redskins where he has been voted by his teammates as the defensive captain.
He started the
season-opener against the
and made five solo tackles and deflected a pass during the game.He recorded
two interceptions against quarterback Case Keenum in the
Week 10 game against the
Rob Hibbits (Chosen by Coach Buddy Pough)
John grew up in Winston Salem N. C. where he took pride in being an eagle
scout, playing baseball and mastering tennis.
He went to Presbyterian College on a tennis scholarship and in 1968 was
Number 1 South Carolina Intercollegiate Doubles champion. After college,
John served in the Army during the Vietnam War as a First Lieutenant and
general’s Aide de Camp.
In 1973 John moved to Orangeburg, SC and established an independent
Individual and Employer benefits Insurance agency and General Agent for
Blue Cross and
Blue Shield of South Carolina, which is still going strong today and has
expanded and is still going strong.
From the day John got to Orangeburg he has been involved in various civic
organization and communityactivities. To name a few he has been involved in
New Hospital fund drive, Boy Scouts,Kiwanis Club, Orangeburg Chamber of
Commerce board and its Chairman, and long time Treasurer of the Orangeburg
From day one he has taken great pride and interest in assisting South
Carolina State University helping improve the tennis team, participating in
and serving on the S.C. State Hall of Fame selection and fundraising board.
For the past 18 years he has been on the Board of Directors spending the
as President of the Orangeburg touchdown club.
He is married to Teresa Hibbits and is very proud of his two children and
two step-children and enjoys every minute he is able to spend with his 8
John was very appreciative of this opportunity saying “I have been blessed,
very fortunate and have enjoyed a wonderful life, and I sincerely
appreciate being named Coach Buddy Pough’s 2018 Community MVP.”
Rich Davies (Chosen by Coach Dabo Swinney)
Rich Davies grew up in Durban, a coastal city in South Africa. He came to
Clemson University as a kicker for the football team, playing 1982-1985,
and graduated with a B.S.C. in Management in 1986.
A third-generation commercial property developer, Rich is the founder and
CEO of Pavilion Development Company, a real estate development
firm based in Charlotte, N.C.
Rich has given back as a leader and visionary to several Clemson programs.
In 2017, he received the Distinguished Service Award for his
lifelong dedication to the university. He is a member of the Trevillian
Cabinet for the College of Business and Behavioral Science and served
as vice-chair on the Executive Committee of the “Will to Lead” Campaign. An
avid fan of Clemson athletics, Rich served on the Athletic Director’s
Advisory Council and Football Committee under Terry Don Phillips. He is
also president of the All-In Team Foundation founded by Dabo and
Kathleen Swinney. He has supported the Tiger Golf Gathering and the new
Golf Clubhouse, and hosts an annual PGA Championship dinner
for Clemson leaders and Charlotte-area alums.
Rich serves his community through a variety of causes. To name a few, he
has served on the Board of the Novant Foundation-Presbyterian
Medical Center since 2009. He was named to the Forest Hill Church Council
of Elders and is the past chair of the church’s Finance and Risk
Management Committee and Governance Committee. He is a past chair of the
Mecklenburg County Board of Advisors for Easterseals, past
member of the Board of Trustees of Charlotte Latin School, and past member
of the Board of Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte. Rich is currently
a member of the Board of Directors for the Guy Harvey Ocean Research
Foundation, and he founded the Sbonelo Scholarship Foundation to give
scholarships to economically disadvantaged students to attend school in
Rich and his wife, Kelly Carr Davies (CU ’86), live in Charlotte and spend
time in Florida. They have two sons, Timothy (CU ’16) and
Christopher (CU ’13), a daughter-in-law, Lauren Holley Davies (CU ’13), and
six-month old twin grandsons, Luke and Timothy --both future Tigers.
Jerry Murdock (Chosen by Coach Brent Thompson)
Jerry Murdock is a proud husband and father. He and his wife Joan are proud
parents of their daughter Kendra, a Furman graduate and their sons Kevin
and Derrick who are Citadel graduates and Bradford who attended the Citadel
and graduated from USC in Columbia.
Jerry attended High Point College where he ran track, competing in the mile
and two mile races. Upon graduating from HPU, he joined the Navy and was
assigned to the Shangri La, an aircraft carrier stationed in Mayport,
Upon completion of his military obligations, he joined Johnson and Johnson
in New Brunswick, NJ as a Management Trainee in Manufacturing. He relocated
to New York to International Paper as an Industrial Paper Salesman and then
relocated to Greenville, SC in the startup of a newspaper distribution
center as a commission salesman. All these positions led him to where he is
In October 1976, Jerry started IPS Packaging in Greenville, SC where his
company has since expanded to 166 employees and generates $128M in sales.
Jerry has served on the Citadel Brigadier Foundation and The First
Presbyterian Foundation of Greenville.