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David Cottrell, Class of 1956, earned 11 letters while participating in basketball, track and tennis at Georgetown College. Cottrell excelled on the basketball court as a four-year starter and was named All-KIAC four times. The Georgetown native, served as co-captain of teams that won the conference regular season championship and played in the NAIA National Tournament three years.
Cottrell won the conference high jump as a senior, where he earned the nickname "Stick." He also played tennis for three seasons and won the KIAC doubles crown his senior season. Cottrell was - by no surprise - chosen as "Most Athletic Senior" by his peers and was awarded the Johnson Memorial Athletic Trophy based on athletic, scholarship and leadership abilities. "Stick" served as president of the Kappa Alpha Order and "G" Club. He was also a member of the Round Table and Pan-Hellenic council.
After graduation, Cottrell served in the U.S. Navy where he continued his basketball career, playing for the Service Force Atlantic WhiteHats and was twice named to the "All Navy" team. After fulfilling his military obligations, Cottrell returned to Georgetown as an assistant to coach Bob Davis, while completing his graduate work at UK. He continued his coaching career with the Danville Admirals, leading his team to a 348-150 record, before retiring from public school teaching in 1989. Cottrell currently works for Coldwell Banker V.I.P. Realty in Danville.
Dick Fuller, a 1963 GC alumnus, lettered eight times in his athletic career with the Tiger football, baseball and track teams. Fuller started all four years in football, including starting on both sides of the ball as a junior and senior. He served as co-captain and was named All-American in football as a senior.
The Mt. Sterling native set the school record for most rushing yards in a game with 112 against Maryville, and also earned a school record with four interceptions in a game. Fuller received the L.R. Cooke Memorial Award at his commencement given to the senior athlete for scholastic, leadership and athletic abilities. Fuller lettered in baseball as a freshman and competed in track for three years. He excelled on the track, going undefeated in his career in the 880-yard run, while serving as a team captain, and anchoring the KIAC champion mile relay team. Fuller served the college on and off the athletic fields, holding the senior class President office. He was also a fraternity officer and a Dean's List scholar.
After graduation, Fuller worked as an assistant to the General Manager at Hobart Manufacturing in Mt. Sterling until 1974. He has been involved in real estate, banking and land development in Mt. Sterling for the past 27 years. He is currently Vice President of the Mt. Sterling Country Club and director of Traditional Bancorp, Inc. Fuller has served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher for over 30 years at the First Baptist Church.
Bob Jones, Class of 1962, starred at GC as a four-year starter on the Tiger basketball team. The Bellevue native started every game but two on the hardwood during his four years at Georgetown. He was named Co-Captain as a sophomore and held the role for three years. He also played baseball for three years and even served as a player/coach for the team as a senior. Jones received the prestigious L.R. Cooke Award for athletics, academics and leadership as a senior.
After graduation, Jones joined the coaching ranks, serving as assistant basketball and head football coach at Ludlow High School. After returning to GC to attain his Master's degree in Education Administration, he was named Head Basketball Coach and Athletics Director at Ludlow HS.
Jones was named Assistant Coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1967 and worked with the Hilltoppers for the next 12 years, where he was a part of three NCAA National Championships. He was named Head Coach at Wesleyan in '72 and was named Coach of the Year after a National Championship in his first year at the helm. Jones moved back to the high school ranks in 1980, serving as Head Coach at Campbell County for nine years. He currently works at Newport High School as the school's Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach.
Charles Persson, Class of 1975, was a standout on the football field for the Tigers. The Plainfield, New Jersey, native was Georgetown College's first-ever Kodak All-American in 1974 and was twice named to the NAIA All-American First Team. Persson was named "Defensive Lineman of the Year" three times and served as team captain. Upon graduation, Persson stayed on with the program as a graduate assistant coach for two years.
Continuing in the coaching profession, Persson became an assistant football coach at Northshore High School in Houston in 1977. He moved on to Peath Amboy High, in New Jersey, where he first served as a head coach. After a three year stint at Bourbon County, Persson became Jupiter High School's Head Football Coach in 1982, where he remains today.
He has served many roles at Jupiter, including Head Girls' Golf, Head Baseball Coach and Athletic Director. Persson has accumulated multiple coaching awards, including seven Conference Coach of the Year honors and was named Coach of the Year in 1991 by the Sun Sentinel/Palm Beach Post. He has held many other coaching jobs outside of Jupiter, including Head Coach of the Palm Beach County All-Star Game this season. Perrson has been named Conference Coach of the Year four times in golf and baseball, along with his numerous football honors.
Dr. Janice Shelton, Class of 1966, is a true pioneer in athletics. Shelton was a two-sport athlete at Georgetown playing volleyball and basketball for four years. She served as the women's basketball coach and also directed the women's intramural program at GC after graduating. In 1990, Dr. Shelton was named Athletics Director at East Tennessee State University, becoming the first-ever female to hold the position at the school.
At her hiring, she was one of only six female A.D.s at NCAA Division I institutions in the country. She was first named Assistant A.D. in 1974 at ETSU and continued there until her retirement in '95. Dr. Shelton has held numerous impressive titles, and has served on several boards and committees in effort to support and advance women's athletics.
She was a member of the NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee for six years, and served as chair to the Southern Conference for two years. Shelton continues to educate in the classroom, as she has done for the past 34 years, serving as an Associate Professor in the Physical Education Department. She is a member of the NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics), the National Association of Collegiate Women's Athletic Administrators, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Georgetown College.
Dr. Joe and Ora Lunceford - Higher Ground Award
During their 20 years at Georgetown College, Joe and Ora Lunceford have tried to be involved with students in all phases of their campus life, but the student-athletes have always held a special place in their hearts. They have operated on the belief that athletic success can be achieved without diminishing academics, and that those students who face both the rigors of athletic competition and strenuous academic standards will be more well-rounded students and better equipped to face life beyond college. Mrs. Lunceford worked for over 15 years in GC's library and campus mail offices, while Dr. Lunceford is in his 20th year of teaching in the Religion Department.
Both have been a huge asset to Georgetown College Athletics and are deeply thought of by the entire GC athletic community. Mrs. Lunceford recently lost a long battle with cancer, but will be remembered as an un-matched supporter. A native of Sardis, Miss., she began working for the college in 1982. She was a true fan, attending countless athletic events with her husband. She was a Georgetown College Fellow, a former Board of Associates member and both of her sons graduated from the College: William in 1987 and Kenny in 1991. A new scholarship fund has been established at Georgetown in her memory by Dr. Lunceford.