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Head Coach Happy Osborne considers Will Carlton the best player he has ever coached. The three-time NAIA All-American transferred to Georgetown after playing one year of NCAA Division I basketball at Utah and rewrote the record books after arriving. He was named the Mid-South Conference Player of the Year in both 1998 and 1999 and was the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 NAIA National Championship Tournament - the only title in Tiger Basketball history. Even though the Anderson County native played three and not four years as a Tiger, Carlton ranks among the top ten in almost every category of the school's career record books including seventh in points (2,197), second in blocks (103), fourth in rebounds (1,170) and ninth in steals (158). Despite all of his honors, Will always remained humble . Today he enjoys a career as a high school math teacher at Anderson County, . He and his wife, Jessi, also a Georgetown graduate, are the proud parents of one-year-old Katie Belle.
As quarterback of the 1991 National Championship Tiger Football Team, Dane NAIA Damron was the player no defense could stop. No other Tiger quarterback has been able to reach his pass efficiency percentage of 604 completions in 1,093 attempts with only 49 interceptions, another school record. The Grayson native's accolades are many, including being honored as the Most Valuable Player of the 1991 championship game and twice named NAIA All-American and Conference Player of the Year. Nonetheless, one of his favorite memories is the gathering of the team to do "Tiger jacks" in the quad just before kickoff at home games. Dane's love for football is evident in his career choice, as he serves as head coach at Kentucky Christian University, the school where his father was a legendary basketball coach. Tiger fans look forward to seeing him again when Georgetown hosts Kentucky Christian on October 9th for a special night- game reunion. Dane and his wife, Delisha, are the parents of eight-year-old Hanna Reed and four-year-old Derek Matthew.
Look no further than the collegiate career of Tiger Football's Chris Hogan for a sound definition of leadership. Hogan, a two-time NAIA and Mid-South Conference Defensive Player o f the Year and Kodak All-American, was the only small college player nominated for the prestigious Outland Award, but counts his being named a team captain for three years as one of his most important honors. The 1993 graduate was an important member of the 1991 National Championship team and holds school career records in total yards from sacks (322) and yards from tackles for a loss (462). The Woodford County native was also a leader on campus by serving in the inaugural class of President's Ambassadors and was a communications honors student. Chris' leadership continues, serving as the executive director of The Wealth Coach Program for Dave Ramsay, in Nashville, Tenn. He and his wife Melissa are the proud parents to three sons under the age of three-Tyson Andrew, Brock Jurrien and Case Matthew.
Kelli Logsdon's career at Georgetown College is unique because of her versatility. Offensively, she was a big threat, racking up 1,632 career points, fifth in the history of women's basketball. But, more importantly, Kelli was a balanced player, always looking to pass and holds the Georgetown career record in assists with 435 as a shooting guard, not a point guard. Defensively, she tallied 186 steals (eighth in history) and she proved her reliability, playing in 124 games (ninth in history). The Horse Cave, Ky. native also ranks second in three-pointers attempted (596) and made (195). In the 1999-2000 season she made 74 of 209 three's, ranking second in a single season. Logsdon was honored as an All-American honorable mention selection in 2000 and was a Mid-South Conference scholar-athlete during her career. Kelli works as an emergency room nurse at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.
Louisville native Mark Tandy followed in his brother's footsteps in his decision to become a Tiger. The two-time NAIA All-American blossomed under late Coach Jim Reid, who had a knack for developing post players into Tiger greats. In his four years, he grabbed 916 rebounds, ninth on the career list . Tandy joined the 2,000 point club in 1994 versus Central State University when he tipped in a basket over Priest Lauderdale, a special memory he still holds. He was a two-time conference player of the year and ended his career with 2,233 points, the sixth highest total to date. Tandy was an important member of the 1991-92 team that went undefeated in regular season play, a feat unmatched until last season. Mark currently serves as the Director of Programs and Event for the Kentucky Restaurant Association in Louisville. He and his wife Hilary are the proud parents of seven-year-old Zachary and three-year-old Amelia.
As the Georgetown College alumni director, Mike Calhoun spends every day developing meaningful relationships with those close to Georgetown College. It is an easy sell for the 1972 graduate, who returned to Georgetown after a lengthy basketball coaching career. The Cincinnati native played four years for the Tigers and then served as an assistant coach at Franklin County, Samford University, Murray State University and Indiana State University before arriving at Eastern Kentucky University in 1989. From 1991 to 1995 , he served as head coach of the NCAA Division I school . Mike and his wife, Sharon, also a 1972 Georgetown graduate, have three children who have followed in their footsteps. Son Kevin, who serves as the Tiger cross country and tennis coach, and daughters Kristen and Karen are all proud graduates of their parents' alma mater. His continued dedication to Georgetown College makes him a worthy addition to the Georgetown College Athletics Hall of Fame.
Team Members: Barry Bowman, Will Carlton, Todd Cox, Billy Ray Fawns, K.C. Goodin, Anthony Holt, Michael McCray, Rob Ogden, David Shee, LeVar Tolley and Ricky Ward. Head Coach Happy Osborne. Assistant Coaches Keith Griesser, Steve Payne and Chris Wilhite. Student Assistants Jason Mays and Dewayne Vaught. Athletic Trainer: Josh Mendez.
In 1998 Georgetown, Ky. was often referred to as "title town" after Georgetown College, Scott County High and the University of Kentucky all won their respective championship titles. Georgetown College survived "the toughest tournament in college basketball" - five games in six days - to bring home the school's only NAIA National Championship. In the semi-finals against top-seeded Azusa Pacific the Tigers jumped out to a quick 16-0 lead and never looked back. They then beat Southern Nazarene University 83-69 in the finals to earn the right to cut down the nets. In that game, Will Carlton had a team-high 22 points and 12 rebounds, his fourth double-double in the five tournament games. Junior guard Barry Bowman added 19 points and eight rebounds and senior captain David Shee tied the NAIA record for most three-pointers in a tournament career (38) and finished the game with 18 points.
In the end, Georgetown was 37-2, the most victories in the NAIA that season, and won the Mid-South Conference regular season title along the way. Carlton was named the Most Valuable Player of the national tournament and a first team All American. Shee was given the NAIA Tournament Hustle Award and Bowman was an honorable mention All-American selection. In addition, all three were members of the NAIA All-Tournament team.But head coach Happy Osborne says the willingness of every individual to put the team first was the reason for the success. "They were completely unselfish, hard workers and so much fun to be around every day."
Dr. John Blackburn continues his dedication to Georgetown College, despite his retirement six years ago from the chemistry department where he was department chair for nearly 20 years. With a long-time devotion to Tiger Athletics, he has served as the college's faculty athletics representative for a total of 19 years in two stints. In this important role he helps shape national legislation regarding NAIA collegiate athletics and monitors eligibility and other reporting requirements for over 400 student-athletes on our campus. In addition, he is always willing to help in any way he can, often stepping in as a member of the game operations crew and even serving as radio broadcaster for several years in the late 1990s.
The avid golfer and his wife Pat reside in Lexington and have two daughters, Jennifer and Melissa.
This year's Rick Crawford Philanthropy Award recipient wishes to remain anonymous but has been a true friend of Tiger Athletics. The recipient's willingness to financially support Georgetown College's women's sports has allowed for improvements to facilities and the overall growth of the programs.
Georgetown College graduate Robert "Flash" Williams has been dedicated to Georgetown College since he first stepped foot on campus. After nearly 30 years at GTE as an internal auditor and director of public affairs, he returned to Georgetown and immediately his presence was noticed in the athletics department. Currently, he serves as head golf coach for Georgetown College but does not limit his commitment to just one sport. Instead, for over 18 years he has volunteered his services as a member of our game operation/stats crews for football and men's and women's basketball games . Flash is married to Georgetown College alum Carol Williams, a member of the Georgetown College education faculty. They have one child, Lindsay , also a graduate of Georgetown College, and anxiously await the arrival of their first grandchild in September.
Former Tiger Football player and coach, Dave Campbell, served as assistant coach to Bill Cronin and has been a big part of each of Coach Cronin's 113 career wins thus far. In eleven seasons together, they have an overall record of 113-22, a winning percentage of nearly 84 percent.
As defensive coordinator, Campbell always stressed the importance of hard work and mental toughness and has taken the same approach while touching the lives of over 1,200 student-athletes in guiding them on the field, in the classrooms and in the game of life. "Dave Campbell has been a great example of what the Donna Hawkins award is meant to be," said Cronin.
Campbell is married to Georgetown College Professor of Chemistry Susan Campbell and they have two sons and a daughter, Caroline. Dave is leaving Georgetown to become the head coach at Scott High in Northern Kentucky and will have the opportunity to coach his two sons, Jacob and Adam. Georgetown College's loss is definitely Scott High's gain. He will be sorely missed and we wish him much success in his head coaching career.