Kathryn A. Beach-Verhey ’92
The Big South Conference Cross Country Runner of the Year in 1991, Kathy Beach was one of the most prolific female runners in Davidson history. Three times she was named the Wildcats’ team MVP in both cross country and track and field. Beach was the fastest Davidson runner in every cross county meet in which she ran during her four years save one, setting the school record in the 5K in the conference championships in 1991, a record which stood for four years. She was All-Big South in cross country both years Davidson was a member of the conference. In the Wildcat record books through 2006, Beach still held two individual indoor track records (1000 meters, mile) and one individual outdoor track record (mile), as well as two indoor relay records (4x800 and spring medley). A four-year letter winner in cross country and track, Beach received the Goodwin-Exxon Award in 1990-91, and earned the Rebecca Stimson Award in 1992.
Douglas T. Cook ’70
Doug Cook was one of several terrific players for Lefty Driesell and Terry Holland from 1967-70. During his three seasons, he scored 1,221 points, which placed him among the top 20 in Davidson history for 25 years. He never averaged below 13.4 points a game in any of those three years, finishing his career at 14.6 points per game. He was an accurate shooter, hitting nearly 50 percent (49.6) of his field goal attempts. On the boards, the 6-6 center averaged 9.0 rebounds per contest. And when the pressure was on, he truly rose to the occasion. As a sophomore, Cook was named to the All-SoCon Tournament second team. But in each of the following two seasons, he earned SoCon Tournament MVP honors, with the Wildcats advancing to the NCAA Tournament all three of his seasons on the squad. He was also a first team All-Southern Conference player his senior year when he averaged a double-double for the season (15.6 points, 10.2 rebounds).
James J. Kelly, III ’87
Jim Kelly had a brilliant career as a goalkeeper for the Wildcats’ soccer teams from 1983 through 1987. He was a second team All-American in 1987 when he helped the Wildcats to an 11-7-3 record and a 4-1 mark in the Southern Conference. He set a school record that stood for 16 years with seven shutouts in 1987 and was named to the All-Southern Conference team for the third time. Although his statistics for saves are incomplete, Kelly still ranks third on the Davidson career list in that category with 242. He’s fourth in goals against average (1.36) and third in career shutouts with 14.
Gerald F. Kroll ’70
Jerry Kroll was another of the basketball stars from 1967-70, finishing his career with 1,165 points. The 6-4 forward is still the most accurate free throw shooter in Wildcat history, having knocked down 83.5 (313 of 375) percent of his free throws. A spectacular outside shooter, Kroll connected on nearly 48 percent of his field goal attempts. Kroll’s best year came as a junior when he average 16.0 points a game and missed just 19 of his 138 free throws, plus was named to the All-Southern Conference first team. He was also named to the All-SoCon Tournament second team in 1968, and first team in ’69 and ’70. On the defensive end of the court, he was considered a terrific defender as well. And despite being listed as a forward, Kroll led the team in assists as a senior with 81.