Two to be Inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame


Joe L. Reaves (FS'69) and Dale DeMoss (FS'75) will be inducted into Bethel University's Athletic Hall of Fame this Saturday, Oct. 24.

Two former Bethel athletes will be recognized for significant athletic contribution to Bethel by being inducted into the Bethel University Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 24.
     Joe L. Reaves, who played under the direction of Coach Doug Hines from 1969 until 1971, is one of this year’s inductees. Reeves averaged 15.9 points and 12.1 rebounds per game. He contributed to Bethel’s title as Volunteer State Athletic Conference champions, the first championship of that kind in Bethel’s history. His career record at Bethel boasts 5th in points, 4th in goals, and 2nd in rebounds. In 1973, Reaves was drafted as the 42nd pick in the 3rd round of the NBA draft, and he went on to play as a professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns during the ’73-’74 season.
     Dale DeMoss, who played at Bethel from 1975-1979, played under the direction of Coach Lionel Sinn and other Hall of Fame inductees Melvin Waller and Chris Grayson. DeMoss is currently 12th in Bethel’s history in points scored and 3rd in steals. During DeMoss’ tenure, Bethel had four years of top 20 national rankings.
     To be eligible for Bethel’s Athletic Hall of Fame, individuals must have made a significant contribution to Bethel through intercollegiate athletics as a competitor, coach or administrator. Consideration is also given to continued contributions to society through community activities, performance in chosen fields of endeavor and through avocations on a level to bring credit and distinction to Bethel.
     Bethel’s 2009 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Saturday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m., in the Oasis of the Marrs-Stockton Student Center. Tickets for the Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Ceremony are $5 each and can be purchased through the Bethel University Office of Development. Call Mary Ann Autry at 731-352-6398 for more information.