Lawrence, Reid and Ladd Named to PBA Sports Hall of Fame
October 13, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic University has announced the addition of three to the University’s Sports Hall of Fame. Former men’s basketball standout Jonathan Lawrence (’11), former women’s soccer player Nordia Reid Morris (’04) and Dr. Timothy Ladd will all be inducted later this month.
The inductees and their families have been invited to be a part of the Distinguished Alumni Awards Reception & Dinner on Nov. 5 at 6 p.m.. The event will be at The Colony, Palm Beach and is open to the public at a cost of $65 per person with an RSVP date of Oct. 29. Those interested in attending can register here.
Lawrence becomes the fifth men’s basketball member to join the Sports Hall of Fame at PBA. During his Sailfish tenure the 6’2” guard scored 1,322 points including a senior campaign that saw him average 17.2 points per game. He ranks as the No. 4 all-time scorer in PBA men’s basketball history.
In his four years, Lawrence played in 109 games and made 102 starts. Constantly on the floor, he played 32 minutes a game during his career and led the team as a senior in 2010-11 with 852 minutes played.
The Miami Gardens native was named to the NCCAA All-Region 2nd Team as well as the All-ICAA 2nd Team during his senior year. He made a career-high 27 three-pointers during the season and shot over 45 percent from the floor. In his career he made 44 percent overall and 70 percent from the free throw line. He averaged 3.7 rebounds per game including 4.7 as a senior.
Since graduating in 2011 with a degree in biology, Lawrence went on to complete a masters in professional studies for biotechnology management from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2014. He has interned at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the chronic disease informatics program and currently works for the Miami-Dade Police Department as a DNA analyst. He recently married Lindsay Lowe Lawrence (’12) and lives in Pembroke Pines.
Nordia Reid Morris (2000-04)
Known as Nordia Reid during her time at PBA, she’s now married to Henroy Morris Sr. and has three children and two step children. She left PBA as one of the most dangerous offensive talents to wear the Blue and White, scoring 56 goals with 27 assists and 139 points. She ranks second in career points and goals and is third in assists.
She saved her best season for her last, scoring 22 goals and tallying 52 points as the Sailfish posted a 12-9 record. The Sailfish advanced to the NCCAA National Tournament that season where she was named to the All-Tournament team as well as the Offensive MVP of the tournament.
She was twice named to the All-Florida Sun Conference team in 2001 and 2002. In her freshman campaign, PBA went 20-4, winning the Florida Sun Conference regular season and postseason championships and advancing to the NAIA quarterfinals.
Since graduating from PBA the native of Jamaica has settled down in West Palm Beach with her family. Along with her husband they own and operate a party rental business.
Dr. Ladd becomes the first non-player or coach to be inducted to the PBA Sports Hall of Fame as he’s served the University as the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) since 2003. He is also an Associate Professor of Education at PBA, a position he’s held since 2000.
In 2011, he was named to the NCAA Division II Management Council. In 2014, Dr. Ladd was elected by peers to serve as the council’s vice chair. The following year he became council chair and member of the NCAA Board of Governors. The council, which recommends policy and regulations that govern Division II, serves as primary advisory group to the Division II Presidents Council. In 2015, he represented Management Council at the NCAA DI Strategic Summit.
Before coming to PBA, Ladd taught at Wayland Baptist University and in the public school system of Dallas, Texas. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Baylor University, as well as an Ed.D. from Texas A&M-Commerce. His wife, Kim, is Director of Career Development at PBA. Their daughter, Alana, is a student at DePaul University in Chicago.