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2018 Jerry Richardson
Community MVP Award Honorees

Sterling Allen (Chosen by Coach Josh Conklin)

Sterling Allen 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 Corrections.

Dr Allen and his wife, Jane, have three children and six grandchildren and reside in Anderson.



Henry Medlock (Chosen by Coach Josh Conklin)

Henry Medlock 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 Biomedical Sciences.

In 2019, Joanne and Henry will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Go Terriers!!



Hugh and Kathy Hughes (Chosen by Coach Clay Hendrix)

Hugh and Kathy Hughes 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)

D.J. Swearinger 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 Washington Redskins' season-opener against the Philadelphia Eagles 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 Minnesota Vikings .



Rob Hibbits (Chosen by Coach Buddy Pough)

Rob Hibbits 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 the TRMC

New Hospital fund drive, Boy Scouts,Kiwanis Club, Orangeburg Chamber of Commerce board and its Chairman, and long time Treasurer of the Orangeburg

Lutheran Church.

From day one he has taken great pride and interest in assisting South Carolina State University helping improve the tennis team, participating in events, fundraisers,

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 last 9

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 grandchildren.

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 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 South Africa.

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 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, Florida.

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 today.

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.