CHARLESTON, S.C. - New signage will grace the Bagwell-Settle Track Complex this season in recognition of CSU Hall of Fame members Howard Bagwell Sr. and James C. Settle. The signage will be unveiled at a ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. prior to the November 18 football game between Charleston Southern and Liberty.
Two new signs will be erected below the scoreboard in the south end zone and will recognize Bagwell and Settle's accomplishments during their time here at CSU. A 32' x 6' sign will face University Blvd, while a 20' x 4' sign will hang underneath the board facing the grandstands.
"Howard Bagwell and Jim Settle were one hundred percent committed to CSU's vision of integrating faith in learning, leading, and serving," said CSU President Dr. Jairy Hunter. "These two men exceeded all expectations in their leadership roles and they had a positive influence on numerous student-athletes. We are proud to honor these men with this new signage as champions for Christ and visionaries for CSU Athletics."
Athletic Director Hank Small added, "Howard Bagwell and Jim Settle were the foundation of CSU Athletics for a very long time and we are thankful for their service to the university. The fact that both are in the Big South Conference Hall of Fame, as well as the CSU Hall of Fame, illustrates that their impact was felt far and wide. Coach Bagwell played a major role in the founding of the Big South Conference. It is very fitting that they are honored at the Bagwell-Settle Track."
Bagwell served as a track coach, a men's basketball coach and the Director of Athletics at CSU during a career that spanned 35 years at CSU (1965-2000). He led then Baptist College from an NAIA school to Division I status, increasing the school's sports sponsorship from five to 18.
Bagwell compiled a 263-47 record as a track coach and a 27-16 record as men's basketball coach. Bagwell was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. He also served 14 years on Dorchester County School Board. Bagwell was a co-founder of the Big South Conference, and the Big South Player of the Year Award was created and named for Bagwell.
"It was an honor when the track complex was named in my dad's and Jim's name and now to have this visual signage to carry on their legacy is a tremendous gesture of the university," Howie Bagwell, son of Howard Bagwell Sr. said. "Our family is so proud of the accomplishments and the legacy my dad had at the school and the athletes he coached during his time there. We are humbled by this and are truly blessed that my dad's name shall be forever enshrined this way."
Settle came to Baptist College as assistant cross country and assistant track coach in 1965, quickly developing the program into one of the finest in the Southeast. He worked hand-in-hand with Coach Howard Bagwell as an assistant and then later as the head coach, coaching multiple All-Americans, including 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist Charlie Simpkins.
After four years out of coaching, Settle returned as head coach in 1985 and promptly led the men's track team to an outstanding 29-0 record. The 1986 team followed up with a 31-4 record. All total, the Baptist College/Charleston Southern men's track program posted 313 victories against only 62 defeats from 1966-92. This included five undefeated seasons. Settle is a member of the Charleston Southern Athletic Hall of Fame.
"Jim is proud to have participated in the founding of the Baptist College/CSU Track and Field program," said Betty Settle, Jim's wife. "He enjoyed seeing it grow to success on the national level. Our family is thrilled with the recognition that the university is giving him and Howard with the beautiful new sign at the Bagwell-Settle track."
The Bagwell-Settle Track Complex hosted the 2010 and 2017 Big South Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships.