Highly decorated women’s golfer Becky (Berzonski) Ogden, softball slugger Carley (Hughes) Milinichik, crafty goalkeeper Brad Knighton and speedy swimmer Kate (Milling) Kling will be honored at the 12th induction of the UNCW Athletic Hall of Fame on campus in late January, 2018.
The addition of the talented foursome raises the Hall of Fame’s membership to 52 overall since the inaugural event took place in 1998.
A welcome reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. in the Warwick Center, followed by a special luncheon ceremony. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased on-line at UNCWSports.com or daily at the Athletic Ticket Office in Trask Coliseum.
Ogden becomes the first women’s golf alumnus to enter the pantheon of Seahawk athletics. A native of North East, Pa., she fashioned a sparkling career that resulted in numerous accolades from 2002-05.
During her time at UNCW, the gifted golfer won five collegiate events individually and led the Seahawks to six team titles. She was a three-time All-Conference selection in the Big South Conference and First-Team All-CAA in 2005.
Ogden was the Big South medalist and Player-of-the-Year in 2004 and CAA Player-of-the-Year in 2005, leading the Seahawks to NCAA Regional appearances all four years. In 2004-05, she ranked 26th in the GolfStat rankings, the highest for an individual in program history.
In the classroom, she excelled as well, becoming a regular on the Dean’s List and earning the CAA Commissioner’s Award, UNCW Golden Seahawk Award and NGCA Scholar-Athlete Award four times. In 2004-05, she received the Chancellor’s Cup, the highest academic honor for a UNCW student-athlete.
Ogden still ranks among UNCW’s statistical leaders. She played 117 rounds and fashioned a 76.73 career stroke average, including a 74.3 clip in 2004-05 for second best all-time for a single season.
Ogden earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 2005, graduating Cum Laude, with a concentration in Accounting and Finance.
Following graduation, Ogden competed two seasons on the Futures Tour before embarking on a successful career in tax accounting.
It will mark the third Hall of Fame honor for Ogden. She was inducted into the Erie chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 and into the North East, Pa., Sports Hall of Fame last summer. In addition, she was named to the Big South Conference All-Decade Team for 2000-09 in May of 2014.
A long ball hitter and workhorse catcher, Milinichik was one of the most feared hitters during her four-year career with the softball team from 2006-09. The durable backstop started all but three games in 185 career appearances and collected 73 extra base hits and 144 runs batted in.
The Cary, N.C., product became the first Seahawk softball player to earn CAA Player-of-the-Year honors in 2007 after leading the CAA and ranking among the nation’s top run-producers. With 45 career home runs and a .374 career batting average, she was named to the CAA’s 25th Anniversary team in 2009-10.
In 2007, Milinichik was singled out by the NCAA as the toughest batter to strike out after fanning just three times in 172 at-bats. When her stellar career drew to a close in 2009, she had been named All-CAA three times, including First-Team in 2007 on the strength of a CAA-record .448 batting clip with 18 home runs and 62 RBI’s.
Statistically, Milinichik ranks first in school history in career slugging percentage, home runs and total bases and holds single season records for slugging percentage, home runs, total bases, hits and RBIs.
Milinichik, who works in management with Sherwin Williams Paint Company, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Leadership in 2010.
Knighton will be only the second men’s soccer player to be enshrined after a stellar career in goal for the Seahawks from 2003-06. He joins soccer pioneer Gene Borowski on the list of honorees.
The Richmond, Va., native started all but two games between the pipes for the Seahawks, playing 6,891 minutes – a record for the program’s goalkeepers. He ranks second all-time in goals against average (1.08), games played in goal (75) and games started in goal (73).
Knighton was a two-time All-State selection and two-time All-CAA pick, including First-Team during his senior year in 2006. He was named to the NSCAA/Adidas All-Region team following an outstanding final season with the Seahawks.
One of Knighton’s best games with the Seahawks came on Oct. 25, 2003, when he recorded 12 saves in a scoreless draw vs. Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y.
Knighton then moved on to the professional ranks, where he has enjoyed a solid professional career with four different clubs. He represents the first Seahawk to make a Major League Soccer (MLS) roster and is currently in his second stint with the New England Revolution after playing for the Philadelphia Union and Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Knighton made his debut on soccer’s highest level on March 28, 2009, when he started for the Revolution against the club’s longtime rival, New York Red Bulls, in a raucous MLS pairing at Giants Stadium. He has spent the last 10 years on soccer’s highest level.
Knighton remains a popular player in Boston and was voted as the New England Revolution Players Player-of-the-Year in 2016 after making 13 starts and leading the team to the 2016 U.S. Open Cup Final.
Kling, meanwhile, remains one of the best freestylers the women’s swimming and diving program has produced, racking up 13 individual CAA titles during a four-year career from 1998-2001.
An all-around student-athlete, Kling burst on the scene in 1998 and was named the CAA’s Rookie-of-the-Year after winning the 100 Freestyle at the CAA Championships in Chatham, Va. She successfully defended her title at the 1999 CAA meet and added the 50 Freestyle gold to her cache as the Seahawks won their second consecutive CAA women’s crown.
Kling’s junior year in 2000 turned out to be her best. She won the 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly individual titles, along with 800 Freestyle Relay and 400 Medley Relay crowns, en route to being named the CAA’s Swimmer-of-the-Meet and CAA Swimmer-of-the-Year. For her efforts, she was named recipient of UNCW’s prestigious Thomas V. Mosley Award.
Kling was also an NCAA “B” qualifier in the 100 Butterfly for the 2000 NCAA Championships.
Kling holds joins women’s swimming greats Janet Johnson (Class of ’98), Amy Lewis (Class of ’06) and Adrienne Sutton (Class of ’14) on the Hall of Fame honor roll.
Kling earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology in 2001 and resides in Worthington, Ohio, where she teaches science at Groveport Madison Middle School.