NORFOLK, Va. -- At the recent 2019 United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Convention in Norfolk, the third class of the USCAA Hall of Fame was inducted at the Hilton Hotel. Timmy Callahan, Ryan Scott, Davar Watson and Deanna Bradley were bestowed the highest honor by the USCAA, induction into the Hall of Fame.
Raised in Massapequa, NY, Timmy Callahan began his running career at Massapequa High School. There, he joined the track team as a way to stay fit for soccer, but quickly fell in love with running. His sophomore year, he traded soccer cleats for cross country spikes.
Timmy continued running at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry from 2011-2014. Callahan secured 1st team all-American honors in both his freshman and sophomore years, finishing the National Championship meet fourth and runner-up respectively. When SUNY ESF hosted the National Championship the following two years, Callahan won both individual National Championship titles.
Callahan is a four-time National Champion – helping SUNY ESF win the men’s title each year under USCAA Hall of Fame Coach John View. During his time at ESF he set two cross country and five track and field school records and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award. He finished his career as one of only a handful of USCAA student-athletes to be a four-time All-American and the only student athlete to finish as both four time All-American and three-time National All-Academic winner.
After graduating from SUNY ESF with his Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology, Timmy went on to earn a Master of Science in Forestry. Following the completion of his master’s degree, he returned to SUNY ESF for two years as an assistant coach for the cross country and track and field programs while also serving with Baptist Campus Ministry at Syracuse University.
In 2017 Timmy married his best friend, Mindy and moved to Southern California where he has since been working as a utility forester.
Ryan Scott was born and raised in Rescue, Virginia. He was a 2003 of Isle of Wight Academy and went directly to the Apprentice School.
Scott is in the top 10 in almost every Apprentice School baseball record that exists. Scott was a USCAA All-American in 2005, 2006, and 2007. In his final season with the Builders (2007), he led the program to a National Championship victory in Florida. That season he played every game, batting well over .400 with a slugging percentage of .748. He had 62 hits, including 19 doubles, seven triples, and seven home runs. He had 117 total bases and 47RBI which were all team highs.
Scott boasts a 114-62 playing record. In addition to his USCAA accolades, he was named All-State VaSID in 2006 and 2007, an award that encompasses all Virginia colleges and universities.
Today, he is a General Foreman for Huntington Ingalls Mechanical. He was married in 2012 to his wife Lisa Scott and they share three children, Ashlyn, Mason, and Mia.
Davar Watson was born and raised in New Brunswick,NJ. He graduated from New Brunswick High School and was recruited to play basketball at Carl Albert State University in Oklahoma where he stayed for one season before coming back home.
Watson attributes his opportunity at Williamson to his head coach, Bill Michaels who stayed in contact with him in the summer of 2007 and encouraged him to seek opportunities at Williamson. Watson describes this as a life changing moment – when he became a Williamson Trade man.
At Williamson, Watson was a powerful presence on the basketball court, leading The Mechanics at the peak of its dominance in the USCAA. Watson won the USCAA National Championship in 2008 and 2009, where he won the National Championship MVP award in both seasons. He was a 1st Team USCAA All-American in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and boasted a remarkable 74-14 playing record in his three years with the Mechanics.
Deanna Bradley was born in Seymour, Indiana and grew up in Holton. She graduated as a 4-sport athlete from South Ripley High School and went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and her Master’s degree from Western Illinois University
Bradley has served as Athletic Director of St. Mary of the Woods College in St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana since she arrived in 1991. After all sport programs were cancelled in 1992, Bradley put together a task force committee to study the potential benefits of athletics at SMWC, and after a 1-year hiatus, started rebuilding. Deanna successfully began with women’s basketball in the 1994-95 season in what was to be the school's first athletic scholarship program. Along the way, she has added thirteen programs to the institution, further bolstered by the move to add men’s sports to the formerly all women’s institution in 2015.
Under her helm St. Mary of the Woods has seen 31 post season appearances, earning an impressive 13 USCAA National Championships and 12 National Championship Runners-Up.
Bradley served as the head women’s basketball coach at SMWC since 1991 and led the Pomeroys in almost every season since. In her tenure Bradley had an National Small College National Championship runner-up and also had five teams qualify for the USCAA Division I National tournament. She produced 35 All-Academic student-athletes, three All-American First Team members, five All-American Second Team members, and one GTE Academic All-American. Bradley resigned as head coach on March 14, 2018.
In addition to her vast accomplishments on her campus, Bradley gave back to the association as well, serving a six-year stint on the USCAA Board of Directors from 2007-2013. Not only an advocate for the growth of the association, Bradley served on several committees and sub-committees to advance the USCAA in its most prominent time of growth. Today, she is as a member of the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame (the first female athlete from South Ripley High School to receive this honor) and was also inducted into the Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.
Congratulations to Timmy Callahan, Ryan Scott, Davar Watson and Deanna Bradley for their induction into the USCAA Hall of Fame.