2007 Hall of Fame Class
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Keith Currens, class of 1988, started in every basketball game as a student, enjoying an overall win-loss record of 108-27 in his four years. His many accomplishments include being the third all-time leading career scorer and leading his team to the 1987 NAIA Final Four in Kansas City. He was also a four-time All-KIAC and All-District 32 selection.
Keith has the honor of being the first player in Georgetown College history ever to reach the milestones of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, the highest to date of these combined categories.
Keith was one of the best players and people ever to be in the Georgetown basketball program," says Head Coach Happy Osborne. "I am most proud, however, of the person and success he has become as a husband and father. He was one of Coach Reid's all-time favorite players."
Keith is married to Tamera, also a graduate of Georgetown (1989) and a former Tiger cheerleader. The Currens' have two children and live in Lawrenceburg, KY, where they are active members of First Baptist Church of Lawrenceburg.
Kelli Edwards, class of 1989, was a two-sport star in softball and basketball while at Georgetown College. Edwards, who played shortstop, won the team batting award all four years, recording an impressive .545 batting average in 1986. The four-year All Conference KIAC selection was also named KWIC All-Conference her sophomore and senior years. Edwards' final year was capped off with first place victories in both the KIAC and KWIC State Tournaments.
Edwards' success in softball carried over to the basketball court. She held the team record for most assists in a season (186), ranks seventh in career assists (310) and was the recipient of the 110% award in 1986 and 1988. She led the Tigers to the 1988 District Championship, qualifying the Lady Tiger team to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in school history.
"Kelli always had a goal in mind and achieved it," says current Head Softball Coach Thomas Thornton, a classmate of Edwards'. "She's probably the best softball player I've ever seen play the game because of her sheer determination."
After graduation, Edwards continued to play softball recreationally and was awarded the batting award and named as an All-American at the ASA Class A National Tournament in 1994 and 1997 . She currently resides in Lexington and is as a captain within the Lexington Division of Police. She is a part of the Kentucky Women's Law Enforcement Network, serving as president in 2003 and is a member of International Association of Women Police.
Eddie Eviston, class of 2001, was "Mr. Everything" during one of the most successful periods in Georgetown College Football history. While Eddie was at Georgetown the Tigers were the 2000 and 2001 National Champions. He was named the NAIA Player of the Year an unprecendented three years in a row (1999, 2000, 2001). Eviston finished his career with a record of 41-1 as a starter, losing only in the national championship game his sophomore year. His jersey is one of only two to be retired in football.
Eviston was the poster student-athlete, graduating with a 3.92 cumulative grade point average in his major of accounting and was inducted as a Georgetown College Hall of Fame Student-Athlete. "Eddie is a very genuine individual who was known on campus not only for his athletics and abilities in the classroom, but also because he is just a likeable guy," says Head Coach BillCronin.
After graduation, Eddie attended the Kansas City Chiefs training camp and went on to play quarterback in the UIF for the Lexington Horsemen from 2004-2006, leading the Horsemen to the league's championship game. He is currently playing for the Cincinnati Jungle Kats and works in development for Newport Central Catholic High School, as well as helps coach at his alma mater.
Currently, Eviston lives in Cincinnati and is engaged to his college sweetheart, Selina.
Joe Farris, class of 1962, was a four-year two-sport athlete in both basketball and track at Georgetown College. The 1958 Clark County All-State basketball player was a tremendous student-athlete and earned many honors as a Tiger, including being selected Honorable Mention All-American in 1961 and Third Team All-American in 1962.
As a member of the 1961 Tiger Basketball Team that finished runner-up in the NAIA National Championship, he and teammates, Dick Vories and Cecil Tuttle, were selected to the All-Tournament Team. He also won the NAIA Distinguished Student-Athlete Award the same year and is a member of the school's 1000-point club.
"Joe is a soft-spoken and loyal man who was dedicated to getting his education from Georgetown," says former Anderson Hall roommate and teammate Bob Jones. "We enjoyed four great years at Georgetown College."
As a high jumper on the Georgetown College Track and Field Team, Farris achieved the state collegiate record two years in a row in 1961 and 1962 and placed fourth in the nation in high jump.
Farris worked as a Southeastern and Atlantic Coast Conference basketball official from 1974-1984. Currently, he and his wife live in Florida, where he is self-employed in the sales profession.
Ronald Pinchback, class of 1953, is remembered as a big Georgetown College Football contributor both on and off the field. A starting quarterback for the 1950-1952 seasons, he went on to play Army football at Fort Lewis, Washington and then played professionally for the British Columbia Lions in the Canadian Football League.
Upon returning to Central Kentucky, he served as an assistant football coach to Bob Davis from 1956-1958.
Ronald later became a member of the Georgetown College Board of Trustees, always remembering the importance of athletics to the school. He was an integral part of a study conducted to prove that the return of football would increase enrollment at the institution. This resulted in the revival of Georgetown College's football program in 1973.
In 1993, Pinchback passed away suddenly while playing golf. He is survived by his wife Barbara Zoochi Pinchback, who also attended Georgetown, daughter, Julie and son, Ron Jr., who followed in his father's footsteps as starting quarterback for the Tigers from 1974-1976. He also had three grandchildren, who, according to Mrs. Pinchback, were his pride and joy.
A three-time All-American from 1987-1989, Mitch Winburn, class of 1989, rewrote the Georgetown College record books as an accomplished running back.
A few of his many career highlights include leading the NAIA in rushing during his senior year, running for 310 yards in 42 carries against the Franklin Grizzlies in 1988 and returning an 85-yard kickoff in 11 seconds versus the Indianapolis Greyhounds. Winburn still holds dozens of school records including rushing yards per season (1,456), rushing attempts per season (277) and yards per game (152.6). Quite a list of accomplishments for the Henry County native who walked-on the Tiger team as a 21-year-old freshman.
After his father died when he was just 15, Winburn felt he had a lot to prove. "I didn't have a chance to show him about me as a man and I felt like I owed it to him," he explains. "I was ready for anything physically and mentally."
Current Defensive Coordinator and former teammate Dave Campbell, remembers Winburn's toughness. "He was soft-spoken and laid-back off the field but as tough as you can get on the field. Mitch had all the physical attributes anyone could ever want and was such a great worker."
While Mitch was in college he would often work for local tobacco farmers, sometimes during preseason two-a-day practices, a tribute to his work ethic. His hard work on and off the gridiron paid off, as he went on to play professionally in the World League in Germany for two years.
Today Mitch, his wife, Priscilla, and four children reside in Oldham County. He owns and operates a landscaping business.
Leonard Conant Mather Bloss, Jr.
One is hard-pressed to find a bigger fan of student-athletes at any level than Leonard Conant Mather Bloss, Jr., a 1954 graduate of Georgetown College.
Although Bloss has served as a high school athletic director, coach and softball official, he is perhaps most known for his service as a public address and play-by-play announcer at both Freedom Hall and Butler High School for over 30 years. The football stadium at Butler bears his name - a tribute to his dedication. His teaching career spanned 48 years, with 43 of those years at Butler.
As a student at Georgetown, Bloss helped get the college radio station established. He credits his love of all sports to his father, who was a football All-American and Hall of Fame member at Stevens Tech College in Hoboken, New Jersey. His mother, Mary Eliza Bryant Bloss, was a 1920 graduate of Georgetown College.
Bloss and his wife, Dottye, have been married for 52 years and, ironically, live on Butler Road in Louisville. They are active members of Shively Heights Baptist Church where Bloss serves as a deacon and leads the Good Ole Boys Sunday School Class. The couple has three children, five grandchildren and one great grandson.
1977 Tennis Team
Georgetown College Men's Tennis Team ended the season with a record of 27-3, with all three losses to NCAA Division I schools, including the University of Louisville, Morehead State University and Xavier University. The outstanding team went on to place 16th in the NAIA National Championship.
Coached by Tom Mullins, team members included seniors Paul Boyd and Lewis Flowers, juniors Dale Bowman, Harry Crabtree and David Porter, and freshman Bill Hoppe and Billy Sargent.
The team qualified for the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri by winning both the KIAC and District Championships. The entire team of seven were the only student-athletes named to the All-District team that year after winning in all nine team positions (6 singles and 3 doubles) at the district championship.
At the time, the NAIA Tennis Championship was the largest of any tennis tournament and was organized with one bracket for over 260 players. Many of these players were from traditional NCAA schools that were members of the NAIA in tennis and other minor sports.
The team was very fortunate to be able to practice all year, as Hoppe's father, Carl, owned and operated the Bluegrass Racquet Club on Palumbo Drive in Lexington. He allowed the Georgetown team to use his facility after hours and every night they would practice beginning at 10:00 p.m. until after midnight. "He would just tell us to lock up when we left," remembers Sargent.
Bill & Jan Crabdree and Kim & Sheila Summers- Milton "Shorty" Price Service Award
It is not by accident that the Crabdrees and Summers are being honored together as the 2007 Milton "Shorty" Price Service Award winners. Ask anyone on Georgetown College's campus and they will agree that when you see one of them, you are likely to see all four.
Whether it is on game days working in concessions or coming to Georgetown Athletics' weekly radio show , the foursome enjoys each chance they are together and should it involves Tiger Athletics, it is a bonus.
Bill and Jan Crabdree started their affiliation with the college when Jan began working for Kim Summers in dining services in 1989 while working for Scott County High School. Bill began working part-time, also in dining services, in 1991 and recollects the timeframe based Georgetown's first national championship in football. The St. Louis native retired in 1997 after 35 years of service to the Red Cross and then came to work full-time at the college. As a part of their dedication to Georgetown they have worked in concessions for nearly every varsity sport, have driven teams to out-of-state competitions and have made numerous trips with the band. Bill says his favorite part of being associated with the school has been the relationships he has developed with the students. He doesn't remember ever missing a home football game while working at the college and also says he has never had a bad experience with a coach, fan or student. "Everyone is so respectful - it is just a great place to be."
The Crabdrees have been married for 35 years. They have five children, ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Most of their family have helped in the concession stands when an extra hand has been needed and their daughter, Lori, and her children work the stands at home basketball and volleyball games.
Kim Summers started his career at Georgetown College in 1987 as evening line supervisor, eventually being named director of dining services and was promoted to associate director of auxillary services in 1999. Wife Sheila joined the college staff in the area of campus mail in 1997.
Together they have worked tireless hours outside of their job responsibilities at Toyota Stadium's "satellite" store during all home games and for the annual Bengal's Training Camp each summer. Like the Crabdrees, the Summers have been special friends to the band and all students, not just the members of the athletic teams. They have made countless trips to support Tiger teams and missed what has become an annual trip to Jackson, TN and Kansas City, MO for the first time in years this spring. Head Coach Happy Osborne's last stop before leaving for the national tournament was to see Kim, a testament to the Summers' relationship with athletics.
"Even though Kim and Sheila are college employees, they've always gone above and beyond their job description in supporting the athletic programs, the coaches and the student-athletes," explains Director of Athletics Eric Ward. "Kim is the first person at the football stadium on a Saturday morning and the last to leave, which has less to do with his job and more to do with how much he loves being a part of the team."
Kim is humbled by being selected to receive the award and says "being honored for something that is so easy to do seems like cheating." Sheila agrees, noting that to receive an honor in Shorty Price's name makes it even more special. "He was such a great man and makes this mean so much to all of us," she says.
The Summers have been married 17 years and together they have ten children and ten grandchildren.
Dan and Paige Shumate Short - Rick Crawford Philanthropy Award
1983 Georgetown College graduates Dan and Paige Shumate Short's dedication to their alma mater has never ceased. The pair met 27 years ago on campus while waiting in the registration line and have been married for nearly 26 years.
Since graduation, the entrepreneurs have worked together in their family business, Kentucky Technical Textiles in Paris, KY, and have managed to keeping up with the technological curve, continually finding ways to improve the textile business and its products.
In 2004 they initiated a partnership between their Bourbon County farm, Windstone Farms, and the University of Kentucky to conduct research on the potential health and medical benefits derived from blackberries and berry extracts. They raise blackberries on the farm and have enjoyed new product development involving the fruit.
Paige was recently elected to the Georgetown College Board of Trustees and began her term in January 2007. She has also served on the school's Foundation Board.
They have always supported the school whenever asked and have even brought concerns to members of the college community when they see an opportunity to improve. Head Coach Bill Cronin says he knows first hand of their concern for the well-being of student-athletes, as "it is second to none."
The Shorts live in Bourbon County and are members of St. Peter Episcopal Church. Their son, Bryan, is a senior at Georgetown College and has been a member of the Tiger Football program.
"I guess none of this would be possible if we hadn't gone to Georgetown," laughs Paige.
Ross Rutherford - Jim Reid Memorial Scholarship
The first recipient of the Jim Reid Memorial Scholarship is Ross Rutherford. A junior at Georgetown College, Ross balances both studies and athletics. The native of Columbus, Ohio is a member of the golf team and has also played baseball for the Tigers. He is a psychology major and communication media studies minor and is an active member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. In addition, he serves as a tour guide for the admissions office.
Rick Leigh - Brad Davis Award for Game Administration
Georgetown College has always been home to Rick Leigh. His first contribution to the campus started in the late 1960s, when he was named the student manager of WRVG-FM. Later, as a member of the Communications Department, he also served as the faculty manager of the station.
Leigh was instrumental in the first radio broadcasts of Georgetown College Athletics, which developed into coaches' shows for Lexington area television stations. During this time, radio broadcasts were carried for both home and away games for the first time in school history, with Leigh as the color announcer and Keith Raines giving play-by-play.
With business ventures of his own, the time demands in radio became too much and Rick was then invited to serve as the public address announcer, a position he has held since the 1970s. All totaled, has remained the "Voice of the Tigers" for more than 36 years in some capacity behind the microphone. He has worked with football coaches Kevin Donley, Bob Brush and Bill Cronin and basketball coaches Jim Reid, Happy Osborne and Susan Johnson.
Leigh has announced for many Mid-South Conference events, several NAIA football playoff games, Central Baptist Hospital's Midsummer Night's Run for more than 20 years, and just completed his tenth year at the KHSAA Boys' Sweet Sixteen State Championship in Rupp Arena.
Georgetown College is meaningful on a personal level as well, as he met his wife of 41 years, Ann, while they were both students. Two of their three daughters followed them to campus and now, they are busy working on their five grandchildren to learn what it means to be true Tiger fans.
Craig Mullins - Donna Hawkins Coaching for Significance Award
Assistant Football Coach Craig Mullins has been a leader on and off the gridiron his whole life. The Boone County native had an outstanding career as the Tigers quarterback and calls on his playing experience while serving as the Georgetown College Offensive Coordinator.
As a coach he has helped to develop student-athletes to their full potential, including three-time NAIA Player-of-the-Year Eddie Eviston and last year's starting quarterback Jeff Smith - a potential NFL draft pick. Year after year his offense is one of the most respected in the NAIA, a huge credit to his competitive spirit.
A role equally as important to Mullins is that of academic coordinator for the football team. He makes it a daily priority to make sure students are on track to graduate by planning class schedules, gauging their progress and reminding students of the importance of making good decisions concerning their futures.
As the first recipient of the Donna Hawkins Coaching for Significance Award, Mullins embodies the same dedication as Hawkins and is deserving of the new honor.
He and his wife, Heidi, reside in Georgetown with their two sons, Cade and Coy.