Athletic Hall Of Fame

 

In 2016, after a 6-year hiatus, the criteria for nomination were revised and the AHOF was reinstated. The tradition’s roots remain intact, the AHOF henceforth continuing to honor Falcon student athletes and coaches who excelled in their respective sports or coaching roles and who brought recognition and distinction to the School through their conduct both on and off the fields, courts, courses and track. This recognition celebrates and promotes the spirit, pride and sense of community at Saint Stephen’s and serves as an historical account of the many outstanding athletic participants at the School through the years.

 

2016 Inductees

 

Saint Stephen's Episcopal School Celebrates Carolin Pinegger '09 and David Wheaton '87 - 2016 SSES Athletic hall of Fame Inductees

Carolin Pinegger ’09 (Golf)

Carolin played golf at Saint Stephen’s while training at IMG Academy and was recruited by the University of Central Florida. She turned professional immediately upon college graduation and joined the Symetra Tour (“the road to the LPGA”). She is currently taking a year off from Symetra play to get her MBA at Rollins College.

Prior to college, Carolin was a 5-year member of the Austrian National Team, finishing 3rd in the 2008 Austrian National Championship. She excelled on the Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT), winning the championship in 2008 and named FCWT All-American. College highlights include Carolin's being named All-Conference USA in '10 and helping lead the Knights to their first tournament championship since 2002. In 2012, she was again named All-Conference USA and was top-finisher for the Knights in NCAA East Regional competition. She was elected captain of the UCF ladies’ golf team in 2013, after having been selected to UCF’s prestigious Captain’s Council in ’10 – an organization teaching members how to be better leaders and how to facilitate teammates becoming leaders in their own right. While much of her undergraduate years were spent in the classroom and on the links, Carolin still found time to give back to the community through volunteer work in a variety of community service projects including Habitat for Humanity, Autism Walks and Junior Achievement programs.

In 2014, Carolin was a cast member on Big Break Myrtle Beach, the 22nd season of the Golf Channel's popular television series. She is also co-creator of a social network called GLBrain.com, an internet platform providing users with the ability to start their own blogs about vital issues like politics, finances and the environment.

 

David Wheaton ‘87 (Tennis)

David won the US Open junior title in ‘87 and was ranked No. 1 junior player in the USA. In 1988, he enrolled at Stanford and his team won that year’s NCAA Division I title. David turned professional later that year, winning his first top-level singles title in ‘90 and finishing as men’s doubles runner-up at the US Open. In 1991, David won the Grand Slam Cup in Munich, beating Michael Chang in straight sets; reached the semi-finals in men's singles at Wimbledon, beating Andre Agassi in the quarter-finals before losing to Boris Becker; and was a men's doubles runner-up at the Australian Open with partner and former Stanford teammate Patrick McEnroe. In July ’91, David reached his career-high singles ranking: World No. 12. Retiring from the professional tour in 2001 due to recurring injuries, David continued playing in professional tournaments on the senior tour, winning the Wimbledon men's 35 doubles championship title in ’04 and achieving runner-up status in ‘05. He served on the Board of Directors of the United States Tennis Association through 2006.


Today, David is a radio host on The Christian World View, a nationally-syndicated 1-hour talk show. He has also written two insightful and acclaimed books: University of Destruction: Your Game Plan for Spiritual Victory on Campus (published in ’05), and My Boy, Ben; A Story of Love, Loss and Grace, which beautifully chronicles his 9-year relationship with his yellow Labrador retriever.

Hall of Fame Centerpiece
One male and one female alumni athlete will be inducted into the Saint Stephen’s Athletic Hall of Fame every other year, with the addition of a coach as a third inductee in any given cycle if nominated & selected. An entire team can also be inducted as a group in a given cycle, in lieu of individual inductees. However, this circumstance requires that a nominated team have both an exceptional record and have been the subject of both internal and external accolades, notoriety and recognition.

Individual inductees must be at least 5 years out of high school. A nominated coach must be retired from coaching at Saint Stephen’s for 5 years prior to induction, but needn’t be an alumna/us of the School. A nominated team’s award winning performance must have taken place a minimum of 5 years in the past. Finally, all nominees must currently be citizens in good standing as determined by the Alumni Office and AHOF Committee.

Individual nominees who fit all related criteria can be inducted into the Saint Stephen’s Athletic Hall of Fame posthumously.

Please help us recognize and celebrate the accomplishments or our alumni and former coaches who made outstanding contributions to Saint Stephen’s athletics and brought distinction and excellence to the School and its programs. Click here to nominate an alumna/us, coach or exceptional team for induction into the Saint Stephen’s Hall of Fame.