2002 Hall of Fame Class
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Donna Cheatham, Class of 1967, was a three-sport athlete at Georgetown, participating in basketball, volleyball and softball. After graduating with a Biology degree, Cheatham took to the coaching ranks where her career has placed her among the all-time best in the state of Indiana women's basketball. Cheatham coached at Scottsburg High School for 22 years racking up a 379-80 (82.6%) record, the best winning percentage in the state of Indiana for girls' basketball.
Cheatham has served as coach of three All-Star teams and led her team to a 1989 high school state championship title. Her 1989 squad was ranked 13th nationwide by USA Today, and her 1990 team was ranked 10th in the country by Street & Smith. She has received 29 Coach of the Year honors during her tenure, including three that boasted national Coach of the Year recognition.
She served on countless camps and clinics as a guest speaker and coach while at SHS. Cheatham also coached softball at Scottsburg for eight years, recording a 41-7 record. She was named Scott County (Ind.) Woman of the Year in 1986 for her service, and was a member of the Scottsburg Women's Athletic Council for 22 years.
Blanton Collier, Class of 1927, was born July 2, 1906. Collier was said to be "a man for one season…. football." He coached football at all levels in a span of over 40 years. After graduating from GC, Collier spent 16 years at Paris High School. He enlisted in the Navy in World War II and was placed at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.
During his time there, he began an association with Paul Brown who later brought him to the coaching staff of the Cleveland Browns. From 1954-1962, Collier served as head coach at the University of Kentucky. In 1962, he rejoined the Cleveland Browns staff and was promoted to head coach in 1963.
Collier is admired and respected by the coaching profession and was referred to as a "soft-spoken gentleman" by fellow coaches and media. He received his degree from Georgetown in 1927 and was honored with a Doctor of Law, honoris causa, in 1970. Collier has three daughters.
Walter Elmore, Class of 1942, was a three-sport athlete during his time at Georgetown College. Elmore participated on the Tiger football, basketball and track and field teams. He was named to the All-KIAC First Team as both a junior and senior. Elmore was honored as an AP Little All-American his senior season, the first in GC history.
The Elizabethtown, Ky., native was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles after graduation, but chose to put his football career on hold, opting to volunteer for the Navy Air Force for the summer. He played football for the Iowa City Navy Pre-Flight School team in 1942, and was named to the All-Cadet Team.
Elmore received the U.S. President Citation and four battle stars for his military service. He later served as Associate Professor of Education and Physical Education at Eastern Illinois University before retiring in 1982. In addition to teaching, Elmore was an IHSA certified official in football, basketball and track and field. He officiated football for 35 years, basketball for 25 and track and field for 44. Elmore is already a member of the Hardin County and Eastern Illinois Athletic Halls of Fame.
David Lee, Class of 1967, is a native of Frankfort, Ky. He was a two-sport athlete at Georgetown College, lettering four years in baseball and basketball. Lee served as co-captain of the basketball team in 1965 and 1966. The 1966 team, coached by Bob Davis, finished with a stellar record of 25-2. Lee was named All-KIAC and selected to the '66 Kentucky All-Star Team.
After graduation, he coached high school basketball from 1967-1980. During his tenure, Lee was crowned as the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and Lexington Herald-Leader Coach of the Year. Coach Lee also served as head coach of the Kentucky All-Stars in the Kentucky-Indiana series. After 13 years of coaching, Lee joined the family business, Lee Masonry Products, Inc., in 1980.
Jack Williams, Class of 1959, was a four-year starter on the basketball team and spent two seasons on the track team while at Georgetown College. A quick point guard hailing from Paintsville, Ky., Williams was the second player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau in a career. Williams ended with a total of 1,347 points and currently stands 25th on the all-time scoring lists.
He earned all-conference honors three times and led the team in both assists and field goal percentage three times as well. Georgetown dominated the KIAC during Williams' four years, winning four regular season and three tournament KIAC titles. In 1958, the Tigers advanced to the NAIA Final Four.
As a member of the track team, he was undefeated in the 220-yard dash. Williams was voted most athletic student as a senior by the student body. After graduation, Williams served in the Marine Corps where he broke the Marine Corps 100-yard dash record.
1958 Tiger Men's Basketball Team
The Georgetown men's basketball program has grown into one of national prominence and storied success. the 1958 squad was the first Tiger team to advance to the NAIA Fab Four, downing powerhouses along the way. At the time, Georgetown had an enrollment of 800 and found itself facing programs with populations in the 5,000-10,000 student mark. While the larger schools flew or rode in buses to the site, the Tiger team took three cars - without the advantages of interstates - to Kansas CIty and proceeded to make their mark in the "big dance."
"That team was very special," said then head coach Bob Davis. "We weren't as big as the teams we faced, but those guys made up for it by playing with heart. They all really played together and were a close-knit bunch. We had an outstanding season and made a great showing in the tournament."
The 1958 team finished 24-7 on the year, advancing to the Fab Four. Georgetown eventually fell in the semi-final game to Texas Southern 121-109. They set four tournament records that year, including most points by a winning team, most points be a losing team, most field goals in a single game and most points combined.