Congratulations to the new members of the Harpeth Hall/Ward-Belmont Athletic Hall of Fame
In recognition of our outstanding athletes, coaches, and athletic program administrators since the Ward-Belmont era to the present, Harpeth Hall announced the creation of an Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013 and unveiled a permanent installation in the Athletic and Wellness Center. Joining the ranks of our nine inaugural members inducted in 2014 are six new inductees: Lissa Bradford '81 for Golf, Sloan Burton '81 for Track & Field and Cross Country, Karinne Miller Caulkins '80 for Swimming, Macie Phillips Smitherman '81 for Swimming, Kathy Denton Stumb '79 for Tennis, and Susan Thornton '76 for Volleyball and Track & Field. A celebration of these deserving new members will take place on the afternoon of Friday, May 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in the Harpeth Hall/Ward-Belmont Athletic Hall of Fame hallway and on the Fleming Fitness Terrace at the Athletic and Wellness Center.
Susan Thornton '76 was an outstanding athlete and helped open the door of opportunity for girls in athletics at Harpeth Hall.
She was a pioneer for Harpeth Hall athletics. Susan played almost every varsity sport that was available at Harpeth Hall in the early to mid-1970's, including varsity basketball, volleyball, and field hockey. Her signature sport became throwing the shot put. She was self-taught and quickly dominated in a predominantly male sport, winning Harpeth Hall's first two state championships in track and field. Susan still holds the 8-lb. shot put record.
Susan received partial scholarships for both track and field and volleyball at the University of Tennessee and became one of the original Lady Volunteers. Susan competed nationally and was an alternate for the 1980 Unites States Olympic team. Susan returned to Harpeth Hall in 2000 to coach shot put and discus, and she coached numerous throwers to state competitions and championships during her 17 years of coaching Harpeth Hall Track and Field.
Described as "mentally tough" and a "fierce and focused competitor," Kathy Denton Stumb '79 was known as an outstanding athlete in tennis in addition to other sports. A four-year varsity tennis athlete at Harpeth Hall and state-ranked, Kathy Denton won Harpeth Hall's first State High School Championship in 1977. She was undefeated in district and regional match play all four years.
During her senior year at Harpeth Hall, Kathy won the National Indoor Championships in both singles and doubles, and she was an outstanding athlete who also played basketball, ran track, and held important leadership roles on all three teams.
In college Kathy played the number one position at the University of Alabama in singles and doubles. Following the enactment of Title IX, Kathy played in the first-ever NCAA Women's Championship during the 1981-82 school year. After college, Kathy played the professional circuit in Europe before returning to Nashville where she has coached tennis and has been a lifelong supporter of both tennis and Harpeth Hall.
Karinne Miller Caulkins '80's swimming accomplishments brought recognition to Harpeth Hall on the local, national, and international stage.
Karinne Miller is a state champion, former American record holder, and Pan-American Games silver medalist. She was a member of Harpeth Hall's first state swimming championship teams in 1979 and 1980. She won three individual state championships in the 100-meter butterfly, one in the 200-meter individual medley, and two state championships in the 200-meter medley relay along with fellow Athletic Hall of Fame members Tracy Caulkins Stockwell '81 and Macie Phillips Smitherman '81.
Karinne competed in the National Championships in the 100-meter butterfly and broke her first American record as a member of the 400-meter medley relay team. In 1977 she represented the United States internationally and was ranked in the top ten in the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly.
Competing at the Pan American Games, she earned a silver medal in the 200-meter butterfly and qualified for the 1980 Olympic Trials. After Harpeth Hall, Karinne attended the University of Florida where she was a member of the swim team her freshman year.
Lissa Bradford '81 has influenced the game of golf in the state of Tennessee and beyond throughout a career that spans four decades.
From the time that she was a young girl and during her time at Harpeth Hall, Lissa Bradford has spread her love and passion for the sport of golf across the state and the country. In her senior year at Harpeth Hall, Lissa won Harpeth Hall's first individual state championship in golf.
After Harpeth Hall Lissa continued her golf game at the University of Alabama, where she served as team captain and was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Academic team. She also won two Tennessee Women's Amateur Championships.
Lissa pursued her golf career at the Tennessee Golf Foundation as the Director of Junior Golf and continues to hold this influential position. She was named the Head Women's Golf Coach at Belmont University in 2001.
Sloan Burton '81 emerged as a top middle distance runner and dominated in both track and cross country at Harpeth Hall and in college.
As an 8th grader, Sloan Burton ran on the Harpeth Hall Varsity track and cross country teams. She was a part of the 1976-1978 State Championship Cross Country Team, and in 1980, led her teammates to another state championship winning first place and setting a state record. In 1980, Sloan placed 9th in the National Women's Cross Country Championships and earned All American honors in cross country.
In track and field, Sloan dominated the 800M and 1600M in the 1980 and 1981 seasons. She was undefeated in both events including winning the State Championship. Sloan's best 1600M time ranked her third in the nation her senior year. Her outstanding track and field career also earned her All-American Honors in 1981.
Sloan was highly recruited by several major universities and accepted a full scholarship in Track and Field at Stanford University where she was named All American and Academic All American.
Macie Phillips Smitherman '81's successful swimming career brought recognition to Harpeth Hall on the local and national stage.
Macie Phillips is a swimming state champion, a national champion, and an American record holder. She was a member of the Harpeth Hall's first state swimming championship teams in 1979 and 1980. Macie was an individual state champion in 100-meter butterfly and 100-meter backstroke and teamed up with fellow Athletic Hall of Fame Members, Tracy Caulkins Stockwell and Karinne Miller Caulkins, to win two state championships in the 200-meter medley relay.
Macie qualified for the United States nationals meet every year of her swimming career until 1984 for a total of eight years. She qualified for 1980 Olympic Trials and was world-ranked in the 200-meter butterfly.
Macie earned a swimming scholarship to the University of Texas where she was a member of the 1982 and 1984 national championship teams. While at Texas, she was a four-time All-American.