FHU to induct three in hall of fame

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Freed-Hardeman University will induct Kyle Teichmann, Sarah “Cousar” Poston and Stacey “Montgomery” Springer into the FHU Athletics Hall of Fame during the 2019 Homecoming Weekend.

Teichman received a well-deserved unanimous vote, as he is the all-time leading scorer for men’s basketball at Freed-Hardeman with 2,272 points.

Teichmann played four years at FHU under Jason Shelton, and along with being the programs all-time leading scorer, Teichmann is the career leader in field goals made and attempted at 872 for 1,600 for his career, shooting at a 54 percent clip. He is third in all-time free throws made and attempted shooting 467 for 643 from the charity stripe at a 72 percent clip. Teichmann also left FHU as the fourth leading all-time rebounder with 927 boards during his time at FHU. 

Over his four-year career at FHU, the all-time leading scorer accumulated several accolades for his play on the court. Teichmann was a three-time NAIA All-American, as he was voted to the Third Team in 2011, Second Team in 2012, and First Team in 2014 as a senior. Teichmann also claimed TransSouth Athletic Conference Freshman of The Year honors in 2009-2010, and TSAC Player of The Year in 2011-2012.

“(Kyle) was one of the most skilled players I had the opportunity to coach at any level,” Teichmann’s coach Jason Shelton said. “His basketball IQ is off the charts, and he made everybody he played with better. Doing that as a post player is not the norm.”

The All-American was a member of two FHU men’s basketball teams that made a run to the NAIA National Tournament, including the 2013-2014 season, where the Lions posted a 29-6 record, and a run to the National Quarterfinal, which is the furthest any FHU men’s basketball team has gone in the National Tournament to date.

“Receiving the call from Coach (Mike) McCutchen was a special moment,” Teichmann said. “I am extremely grateful and excited to be inducted into the FHU Hall of Fame. I want to specifically thank my family, coaches and teammates, because without them, this would not be possible.”

He is currently the head boys’ basketball coach at Jackson Christian School, starting his first season this year, and he worked alongside former teammate Jonathan Milewski in the first ever Freed-Hardeman Guard and Post Camp this summer. 

Sarah “Cousar” Poston

Poston played at FHU under Coach Todd Humphry, and she started for the Lady Lions softball team for four years. Poston was a team captain and received All-Conference honors in all four years at FHU. 

The former two-way player holds the softball record at FHU for all-time wins as a pitcher with 76, and she is the career record holder for innings pitched at 728. She also has 86 complete games, another program record. At the plate, Poston hit .335 and .365 in consecutive seasons.

“(Sarah) was such an impact player for us,” Humphry said. “What she was able to do throughout her career helped put us on the national stage.”

Poston helped lead the Lady Lions to their first NAIA National Tournament appearance in 2013, and she ended her career with an ERA of 2.0. She was described as the “Ultimate team player” by Humphry. 

“To be named to the FHU Sports Hall of Fame is such a great honor, “ Poston said. “I feel very humble, and I know I could not have achieved this award without the drive of my teammates, the faith the coach Humphry showed in me and the constant love from my parents. All glory to God.”

Poston is currently teaching and coaching softball at Covington High School in Covington,Tennessee, and she is married to Henderson native Graham Poston.

Stacey “Montgomery” Springer

In her three years with the Lady Lions basketball team, Springer scored 1,168 points. Springer’s best season came in 1994-95 when she took First Team All-Conference honors in the former Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference, and averaged 20.8 points per game, 4.3 assists per game and shot 40 percent from beyond the arc. 

“Stacy was one of the best guards that I have ever coached at FHU,” Neal said. “She was a great team player and leader. She was a catalyst in helping turn the Lady Lion program into a perennial national contender.”

Springer notched her career-high 40 points against the Ozarks in 1994, as she is one of three Lady Lions to score 40 or more points in a game. She was a vital piece in the foundation of the Lady Lions basketball program, which is now one of the most prestigious NAIA Division I programs in the country. Springer was the team’s leading scorer and the leading scorer in the conference in the Lady Lions first ever 20-win season. 

After leaving Freed-Hardeman, Springer enrolled at Northeast Mississippi Community College, where she earned her Associates Degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in 1999. During her 20-year hygiene career, Springer established and coached both boys’ and girls’ youth basketball teams. Along with her husband Mark, she has coached multiple nationally-ranked AAU and Exposure basketball teams. In 2018, she assisted her husband in directing Columbia Academy’s youth basketball league, and the couple continues to coach their 8-year-old son, Knox.

“It’s such an honor to be selected as one of the newest Hall of Fame members for Freed-Hardeman,” Springer said. “Upon receiving the news, my mind has been flooded with memories of my days as a Lady Lion. I look forward to reflecting on those days more over the next couple of months as I prepare to make the trek back to the place where it all began.

“Without the opportunities given to me by my coaches, the university, and the support of my teammates and my family, this would not be possible. I can’t wait to see, talk to, hug and thank all of those that made this a reality.” 


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