1999 Hall of Fame Class
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Lester R. Craft, class of 1953 and Neon, Ky., native, is remembered as one of the finest
football coaches in the history of Georgetown College. His 1965 team finished unbeaten and untied and remains the last unbeaten team in school history. In 12 seasons at the helm of the Tiger program, Craft engineered 48 victories - the most by any Georgetown coach before him, and second on the current all-time win list at GC. Perhaps a more telling achievement for Craft, however, is the loyalty his players continue to feel for him, even today. While a student athlete at Georgetown, Craft was a center and linebacker for the Tiger football team from 1949-52. He also served as president of Optimist International in 1986-87.
Charlie Grote, Class of 1959, is one of five Georgetown College athletic alumni to be inducted into the NAIA's Hall of Fame (Class of 1994). Grote, a native of Pikeville, Ky., was a star guard on the Tigers basketball teams from 1955-59 when Georgetown won four conference championships and participated in two NAIA National Tournaments. In his NAIA Hall of Fame Induction congratulatory letter from then NAIA president and chief executive officer James Chasteen, Grote was told he was being honored not just for his athletic achievement, but the highest ideals of intercollegiate athletics and fine moral character he exemplified. He presently resides in Louisville.
Harry C. Lancaster
Harry C. Lancaster, Class of 1932, is perhaps the most renowned athletic alumni of Georgetown College. He was Adolph Rupp's chief assistant coach for 24 years which included UK's first four NCAA National Championships and runners-up finish in 1966. In addition to his duties with basketball, Lancaster also served as baseball coach for the Wildcats from 1948-1965. In 1968, he was named Athletics Director at UK where he served for eight years. The Paris, Ky., native served as president of the student body, was a three-time All-Conference selection and two-year captain of the football team and the basketball squad while at Georgetown.
Duke Owens, class of 1959, started the legacy when he became the first NAIA All-American, in any sport, for Georgetown. His athletic success was carried over to Georgetown College after he achieved high school All-American status at Garth High in Georgetown. Captain of the Tiger football team, Owens garnered his trend-setting honor as a guard in 1958. He has also served as president of the G Club.
Cecil Tuttle, Class of 1964, is one of five Georgetown College alumnus enshrined in the NAIA Hall of Fame (Class of 1973). The Mt. Sterling, Ky., resident led Georgetown's basketball team to the NAIA National Tournament in 1961, 1962, and 1964 as one of the best guards to wear a Tigers uniform. A three-time NAIA All- American and NAIA All-Tournament Team member as a freshman, Tuttle finished his career as the second all-time leading scorer at Georgetown. Years later, his 2,340 points still rank fourth on the list. In his four seasons on the court, his teams compiled an 87-30 record. After college, he garnered AAU All-American honors six times while playing with Goodyear and Marathon Oil.