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Coach Ernie Horning helped to guide the football team to five Mid-South Conference Championships and one national championship. He was the defensive coordinator and defensive back coach from 1988-1992. During that time, the Tigers posted a 47-11-1 record. The 1991 team went 13-1 and brought home the national title. Horning coached nine NAIA All-Americans, three Kodak All-Americans, and 20 Mid-South Conference football players at Georgetown. He was also in charge of the academic success of the football program as Academic Coordinator for 120 young men on GC's campus every year. During that time the football team maintained a B average and 30 of his players achieved NAIA Scholar Athlete status.
Maybe his greatest accomplishment, though, was the implementation of teaching the Power of Positive Thinking. This left a lasting impression on players and coaches alike and manifested itself into a national championship, as he taught if everyone believes and works toward a common goal with a great attitude than absolutely anything is possible. He is retired after 58 years, spending time with his family in Canton and Akron, Ohio.
Earl Russell Chadwell is a true winner. After winning the Kentucky state boy's basketball championship at Clay County, he came to Georgetown to help the Tigers to two Final Four appearances. His 2,270 points is fifth on the all-time scoring list at Georgetown. Chadwell's 172 steals and 328 assists in his career are still in the top 10 for each category, seventh and 10th respectively. He holds the record for most three-pointers made in a game with nine against Charleston, W.V. in the 1992-1993 season. During the 1990-1991 season, Chadwell went 12-of-13 from the field against Alice Lloyd, a mark that still stands as the second best field goal percentage in a game with a minimum of 12 attempts.
GC coach Happy Osborne said he always thought Chadwell was better than Richie Farmer, and was the unsung hero on that Clay County state championship team. Chadwell works for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and is married to Jennifer. They have two children, Thomas and Lauren. His parents are Earl and Lettie.
During Johnnie Coleman, Jr.'s time at Georgetown College, his speed made opponents sit up and take notice on the track and football field. From 1975-1979, Coleman earned six most valuable player awards - three in track and three as a defensive back on the gridiron. In 1979, he was nominated as NAIA All-American Free Safety. That same year he signed to play with the New York Jets. In 1980, he played for the Montreal Allouettes in the Canadian League.
But, it was not just as an athlete that Coleman left his mark. He and his wife founded "For the Kids, Inc." in 2001. This nonprofit organization out of Cobb County, Ga. supplies less fortunate children with clothes, toys, and Christmas presents. And since passing on Aug. 14, 2004, Coleman has been inducted into the Fairfield High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
When Andi Johnson graduated from Georgetown College, she left behind records that still stand seven years later. Her 133 games played, puts her fourth on the all-time list. She averaged 13 points per game, leaving her the fourth all-time scorer with 1,735 points. She is third on the all-time rebounding list with 820 boards, and she holds the all-time season record for rebounds with 350. She is also first in season offensive rebounds with 126 and defensive rebounds with 224. She twice grabbed the all-time game high, 21 rebounds. Johnson was keen on defense, and her 218 steals is fifth best all-time. She helped the Tigers to three national tournament appearances, and she was twice voted Most Valuable Player of the team.
All those statistical categories made her an easy selection for first team All Mid-South Conference for three years and twice an NAIA All-American. She not only got it done on the hardcourt, but also in the classroom. She was a Mid-South Conference Scholar Athlete and a Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship recipient, which the WBCA awards annually to one collegiate female athlete. She went on to get her masters from UK's Patterson School of Diplomacy. She worked as a staff assistant for Sen. Mitch McConnell in Washington, D.C. Following her time in D.C., she was hired as deputy communications director for the Fletcher administration and served as a staff assistant to Lt. Gov. Steve Pence. She now is the Communications and Political Director for the Republican Party of Kentucky. Her parents are Janet and Gary.
Erin Monnier Marcum helped to set the stage for success during her four years as a Tiger volleyball player. She was the starting setter all four years, leading Georgetown to a 20-team NAIA National Tournament, at a time when the NAIA was comprised of 420-plus teams and no divisions. GC won 19 tournaments and was second in four with Marcum as the setter. She was all conference all four years, received the team service award three times and was twice the team MVP. She was twice KIAC Player of the Year and KIAC Scholar of the Year. On the national level, Marcum was NAIA All MidEast Region once, NAIA All MidSouth Region twice, MidSouth Region Player of the Year twice, NAIA All District 32 once, NAIA All-American honorable mention twice, and once All-American second team. She was also a District 32 Scholar Athlete once and NAIA Scholar Athlete twice. In her four years, she was named to 10 all-tournament teams with multiple recognitions at Montevallo University's and Midway College's tournaments.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude, was a member of Sigma Kappa, made the dean's list, had the highest Sigma Kappa grade point average and was a Who's Who Among Students in 1995-1996. After graduation, she married Scott Marcum and they have four children, Madison, Gabrielle, Isabella, and Benjamin. She is a part-time office manager at Ashley Furniture and coached CYO volleyball for seven years at All Saints in Cincinnati.
James "Ruben" McIntyre rewrote the record books during his time in Orange & Black, marks that have stood for 34 years. In his career, McIntyre rushed for 2,737 yards, which is fourth all-time. His 606 carries in four years is the second most carries in Georgetown history. McIntyre is fifth all-time in rushing yards for a season with 1,176, and only one above him has fewer carries. His 205 carries is fourth on the all-time season attempts list, while his 179 is ninth. In 1976, he averaged 117.6 yards per game, fourth for all-time season rushing yards per game. While he was here, he broke a 97-yard kick off return to set a new record. The longest before him was a 94-yard return. His 638 yards in a season broke Larry Treece's record of 587 set in 1965. He scored 66 points in a season to break a 17-year record of 60 points set by Jack Massey. He was an NAIA Division II First Team All-American. He rushed 21 times for 223 yards to break a record of 160 yards in a game held by Tom Mullins. That game gave him 1,176 yards on the season, as he became the first Tiger to rush for more than 868 yards. He was NAIA player of the Year, received the L.E. Jones award given annually to GC's Most Valuable Player, NAIA Division II All-Star team, and was named to the Little All-American team by the Associated Press.
Following his graduation, McIntyre coached little league football, middle school football, high school football, and little league basketball. He and wife Francine have three children, Tarita, Ruben, and Mario, and six grandchildren, Audriana, Makia, Kendall, Jervon, Montago, and Logan. His parents are Ella F. and the late James E., and his siblings are Monty, Tonya, Nickey, and Rosiland. His mother-in-law is Mary Hicks.
Raymond "Corky" Withrow played forward for Georgetown from 1957-1961; and is currently 23rd on the all-time scorers list with 1,378 points. Withrow was the Most Valuable Player of the KIAC and a Little All-American his sophomore year. Following his days at Georgetown, the Philly Warriors of major league baseball drafted him. He played 10 years professionally and replaced Stan Musial in his last game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
He and his wife, Barbara, have two children, Keith and Kelly, who are married to Kim and Carl, respectively. He also has five grandchildren, Whitney, Haley, Jackson, Alexa, and Olivia, and one great-grandson, Logan.
Bill Wilson, an all conference football player at Georgetown College as a fullback, is this year's distinguished alumni. Following his days as a Tiger, he became an instrumental coach in several local high schools. He first spent time as an assistant coach at Georgetown High School, before going to Versailles High. At Versailles, he also served as Athletic Director and was a part of the 1962 Class A State Championship football staff. Coach Wilson started the football program at Scott County High School in the fall of 1966. During his tenure as head coach, he compiled an overall record of 82-32, highlighted by the 1975 Class AA State Championship team, which finished the year with a record of 13-2. He won several Coach of the Year Honors and was the first inductee in the SCHS Hall of Fame.
Coach Wilson resides in Georgetown with his wife of over 50 years, Mary Brice Wilson. They have a daughter, Beth Ann, and two grandchildren, Taryn and Brice.
The 1988 softball team went 33-1. The Tigers were KIAC regular season and tournament champions, as well as the KWIC champions. Over the course of 34 games, the team's batting average was .443 and its fielding percentage was 91.4. GC had a 568.9 on base percentage that season.
Players remember that team being the most talented at every position with a commitment and dedication to always having a winning attitude. To this day, the team camaraderie is fondly remembered, highlighted by the celebrations on the van returning from away games. One game that sticks out that season was a no-hitter against rival Campbellsville in the KWIC tournament.
The Rick Crawford Philanthropy Award goes to an individual who mirrors the generosity and care of former Tiger Rick Crawford. Crawford's continuous donations of time, talents, and financial resources to his alma mater helped many teams and focused on the care of the student-athlete. This year's honoree should come as no surprise to the Tiger nation. Frank Hamilton's donations to the athletic department have allowed for an overhaul of equipment and upgrades around the office. He generously gives every year; and helped to make getting top of the line video equipment a reality.
Over the years, Georgetown College has had numerous coaches who have etched their way into the history books as well as the hearts of the Tiger nation. Donna Hawkins certainly fits that category. Not only was she a three-sport athlete during her days at GC, she returned to coach volleyball and softball, building the former into a traditional powerhouse existent still to this day. She exemplifies the true significance of coaching as demonstrated in the graduation of every senior volleyball player in her 25 years on the sidelines. This year's honoree has embodied all the characteristics of the Donna Hawkins Coaching for Significance Award. Coach Andrea McCloskey, in just four short years, has built a solid foundation between her student-athletes and herself. She has helped to energize the women's basketball program and challenge it with one of the toughest nonconference schedules. She knows the game inside and out and is always ready to help instruct and teach.
The fourth annual recipient of the Jim Reid Memorial Scholarships Chandler Gilbert. Gilbert, a Lexington native and graduate of Henry Clay High School, is a junior at Georgetown College. He is a member of the golf team.
The Brad Davis Award for Game Administration recognizes someone who helps make the games at Georgetown College go smoothly and efficiently. Often times game managers go unnoticed, which means they are doing their job well. Davis first learned about sports operations at Georgetown College, watching his father, Bob Davis, coach the men's basketball team. He also attended Georgetown and eventually went on to work for the Southeastern Conference as an associate commissioner. This year's honoree is someone who gives of his time freely whenever called upon. Garvel Kindrick has been a vital member of the crew that works the men's and women's basketball games. Kindrick's attention to detail and love for Georgetown College has helped to keep accurate game statistics, which are not only used by Georgetown College but its opponents as well. The job is hardly noticed until the end of the game when fans, media, and coaches alike are all interested in the numbers break down of the game.
Milton "Shorty" Price was ever-present in the Georgetown College athletic department. His lifetime of service benefited numerous student-athletes, as have Shirley College and Dr. Peter LaRue.
College ensures that all the athletic bills are taken care of throughout the year to allow for the coaches and staff in the athletic department piece of mind and time to focus on other aspects of the department. Her efforts allow for a seamless operation throughout the year.
Dr. LaRue strikes up the band and provides support for the teams at various events. His pep band keeps the crowd energy high, and it even travels to tournaments to help create the Georgetown atmosphere on the road. His work helps unify the campus, tying the music department in with the athletic department. Now, Dr. LaRue would like to take a few moments to share his thoughts.