Two of the most recognizable figures from Catamount athletics during the 2000’s decade comprise the 2019 induction class into the Western Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.
Former men’s basketball standout and 12-year NBA veteran Kevin Martin (2001-04) and former women’s soccer star Jordan Howell Dunn (2000-03) will be enshrined into the Hall’s 30th class.
Hall of Fame weekend will be held Nov. 15-16 in conjunction with the home football game against Samford. Details of the weekend’s ceremonies will be made available closer to the event.
Martin is the 22nd inductee with a direct relation with the men’s basketball program, while Dunn becomes just the second women’s soccer player to be enshrined.
Martin, who came to Western as a second team all-state player from Zanesville, Ohio, averaged more than 20 points for three consecutive seasons. He left school with a year of eligibility remaining and became the first WCU athlete to be drafted in the first round in any major professional sports when he was chosen by the Sacramento Kings of the NBA.
Martin averaged 22.1 points as a freshman and was named a freshman All-American. He set a school record by making 42 consecutive free throws that season.
Martin paced the Southern Conference in scoring as a sophomore and junior with averages of 22.8 and 24.9 points per game, respectively. He was the nation’s second leading scorer as a junior.
A three-time all-conference selection, Martin is fourth in school history with 1,838 points. He ranks in the school’s top 10 in seven other statistical categories.
Martin played for the Kings, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs before his NBA career ended in 2016.
Dunn (2000-03) was a first-team all-conference soccer player during her career. Her 79 points and 33 goals rank second in program history.
In 2001, Dunn led the league in points (37) and in game-winning goals (7), which set a WCU single-season record. She established school career records with 10 game-winning goals and 216 shots, despite having her playing time cut short by knee injuries during both her sophomore and junior years.
Dunn played on the school’s only regular season conference championship squad in 2001. She was part of teams that had streaks of 14 straight home wins and 17 consecutive home unbeaten contests from Oct. 3, 2000, through Oct. 13, 2002.
Dunn was selected to the 11-member, WCU Women’s Soccer 10th Anniversary team in 2008 and was part of three of the “Top Ten Moments from the First 10 Years,” also unveiled as part of the 10-year celebration of the program. In 2018, she was again recognized by being selected to the program’s 20th Season Team.
Originally from Southern Pines, Dunn teaches middle school health and physical education at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia. While she has coached multiple sports, she is currently the head JV girls’ soccer coach and an assistant middle school swimming coach.
She is married to Andy Dunn, who earned a graduate degree from WCU in 2004 while also serving as a graduate assistant coach with the football team.
To be considered for induction into the WCU Athletics Hall of Fame, nominees must be submitted to the Hall of Fame Committee where they are kept on file for five years. Each spring, the committee convenes to vote on a list of nominees that are approved by the Hall’s executive committee, which checks that those nominated meet the criteria as put forth by the committee’s constitution. The appropriate nomination forms are available online at catamountsports.com.