2011 Hall of Fame Class
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Jason Woodard's 1,900 points still stands as the 11th best on the Tigers' all-time scoring list. Woodard played from 1991-95, and since that time only two GC players have scored more than 1,900 points - Brian Silverhorn and Will Carlton. Woodard also still stands as No. 4 on career steals with 199 and No. 5 in career assists with 449. Other marks holding up after 16 seasons is Woodard's 19 made free throws in a single game, currently No. 1 on the list, and No. 2 100 percent single-game free throw percentage 13-13. Kelly Middleton's 15-of-15 for 100 percent single-game free throw is the only one above Woodard's efforts. In his junior and senior season, Woodard was named NAIA All-American second and first team respectively. While his induction did not occur during his grandmother's lifetime her on earth, she is surely smiling down from heaven tonight; beaming with the pride she always had for all of Jason's accomplishments.
Monica Beam Bohn
Monica Beam Bohn was a steady contributor for volleyball coach Donna Hawkins as evident with her records still standing nearly two decades later. During her four years at Georgetown, Bohn had 2,972 attacks, which is No. 10 on the all-time attacks list. The Tigers were 139-49, a 74 percent winning average, during her four seasons in Orange & Black and made the program's second-ever national tournament appearance. In 1992, Bohn's junior year, GC was 48-5, which ended up being the second most wins in a season during Donna Hawkins' 25 years of coaching volleyball. She was NAIA All-American honorable mention her junior and senior years as well as NAIA All-Mideast Region in the same time frame. Her senior year she was recognized as the NAIA District Player of the Year.
Suzanne Pennington McGinn
Suzanne Pennington McGinn was an outstanding Tiger women's basketball player from 1986-89. Ten of her statistical marks still stand today 22 seasons later. In nine of those categories she is still in the top 10. Her dominance on the boards in four seasons is evident in eight top 10 marks. She is No. 1 in career rebounds (921) and single-season rebounding average per game (10.8), No. 2 in single-season rebounds (299) and single-season defensive rebounds (218), No. 3 in single-season defensive rebounds (188) and single-season rebounds (297), No. 4 in single-season offensive rebounds (111) and single-season rebounds (260). Not all of her records were rebounding though, she is No. 8 in career free throws made with 305 and her 1,212 points has her ranked 12th on the all-time scoring list.
John Martinelli played four years of football at Georgetown and in 1978, his senior year, was named NAIA and AFCA All-American at the center position. He helped the Tigers to a 24-14-1 record with no losing seasons. His first two years were under Tom Dowling, but he had two different coaches his final two seasons - Tom Mullins and Mike Harper. As the center, it is often difficult to measure success in statistical standings. However, Martinelli's presence in the middle of the line helped running back Ruben McIntyre and quarterback Ron Pinchback still have records that stand today. McIntyre is fourth in career rushing yards, 2,737, and rushing yards per game, 72.0, and 10th in total career offensive yards with 2,737. Pinchback is tied for 9th all-time in passing yards per game with 102.3. Martinelli consistently delivered a smooth transition from center to quarterback as well as block up front to protect the back field as the quarterback pinpointed a receiving target or a running back found a crease through which to run.
Larry Phillips was a member of both the football and men's basketball teams, doing something no other athlete did at Georgetown College - play for Bob Davis for eight seasons. Phillips helped the 1958 football Tigers to a 7-1 season with wins over Centre, Maryville, Tennessee-Martin, Franklin, Hanover, Wilmington and Earlham. GC averaged 25.4 points per game that year, while allowing just 10.75. Phillips was a starter for both teams during his four years and was named 3rd
Team Little All-American Football Squad. During his senior year, he received the Georgetown Cocke trophy, which was given on the basis of scholarship, citizenship, character and athletic ability. Once he graduated from Georgetown, he stayed on to assist Davis for football and basketball. During his tenure on the sidelines, the 1965 football Tigers went undefeated - only the second-ever perfect season in GC's 76-year history to that point. Phillips had the pleasure of playing against Grambling and future NBA star Willis Reed during his time on the GC hardwood. His years as a basketball Tiger were very success. Georgetown finished No. 2 and No. 4 in the NAIA during Phillips four years.
Coach Susan Johnson
Coach Susan Johnson finished up her 32nd
season on the GC sidelines this year and 33rd
at the college. Usually it is a five-year waiting period before a coach or an athlete can be considered for the Georgetown College Athletic Hall of Fame. However, the committee agreed it was the right thing to wave it and inducted Johnson right away. As one of the youngest ever head coaches, Johnson took over the reins of the Tiger women's basketball program just in its eighth season of existence. Before Johnson the team was led by several graduate assistants and had five different head coaches in seven years. The instability of a leader was quickly resolved with the hire of Johnson, who would stay on for another 33 years. She helped the Tigers to 584 wins and just 369 losses - a 61.3 winning percentage. The other coaches combined tallied 51 wins and 49 losses. GC went to 11 national tournaments, making three elite eight appearances in Johnson's 32 years. The Tigers also won 12 district or conference titles in that time. Over the years, Johnson has coached 11 All-Americans, 26 All-Conference and 21 Academic All-Americans. She was eight-time conference or district coach of the year and in 2010 was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame.
Rick Crawford Philanthropy Award - Ben Mallin
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. While never having gone to Georgetown, Ben Mallin became ingrained in the Tiger nation when his daughter was a student. Her husband played football at Georgetown and their son also played for the Tigers.
"No matter the success, this family carries a lot of pride for Tiger Athletics," Bill Cronin said. "I remember Ben and his wife spent an anniversary celebrating at a game. We had a cake for them. They are part of the family.
"The contributions he has made to football and women's basketball programs have had a great impact on both programs in moving them in a positive direction. Even after Jimmy graduated, this family has continued to stay very active with the football team and not just financially, but also from an interest stand point."
Jim Reid Memorial Scholarship - Dylan Underwood
Coach Jim Reid understood the tradition at Georgetown College as a player and a coach. Integrity was high priority for Coach Reid and his success on- and off-the-court was undeniable. His family - Nancy Reid Brown, Shannon Reid Shepherd, Jack Reid, and Dr. John Reid - continues to give tirelessly to the Georgetown College athletic department and this scholarship is for a student-athlete on the golf team. The 2011 recipient is Dylan Underwood, from Crestwood, KY. As a freshman, Underwood qualified for five of the Tiger men's golf matches for Coach Flash Williams.
"Dylan was a solid golfer for me all season as a freshman," Flash said. "He is a hardworking young man and a very deserving recipient of the Jim Reid Scholarship."
Milton "Shorty" Price Award for Service - Rhyan Conyers
Milton "Shorty" Price was ever-present in the Georgetown College athletic department. His lifetime of service benefited numerous student-athletes and this award in his honor is for someone who does the same. This year's recipient is Rhyan Conyers, who in his years at Georgetown College went above and beyond to always work with the athletic staff to ensure every athlete was taken care of coming to Georgetown.
"In my 31 years at Georgetown, Rhyan Conyers might possibly be the best employee we have had, his passion was to serve our students," Happy Osborne said. "When you would take a family to see Rhyan, he got out from behind his desk, shook their hands, looked them in the eye, and welcomed them to Georgetown. He made them feel at home. He represented the best of Georgetown College and our athletic programs would not have been as successful without his help"
Donna Hawkins Coaching for Significance Award - Thomas Thornton
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. Thomas Thornton, much like Hawkins, has Georgetown in his veins. He grew up in Georgetown, graduate from Georgetown and has since returned to guide the softball team. Thomas has continued the excellence in softball for the past nine seasons as head coach and 13 overall on the sidelines. Just listening to him talk about his team or his players, there is no doubt of his passion for both. If he isn't in his office working on scheduling, game strategy or general paper work, he can be found at the softball field taking care of it and making sure it is ready for games or practice.
"I truly admire how he can balance holding his players accountable and earn their respect. His players love playing for him," Leah Crews Castleman said. "That is very unique and special in coaching."
Brad Davis Award for Game Administration - Craig Hapner
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 Craig Hapner, a former football player who continued to serve Tiger athletics after graduating. Despite living in Northern Kentucky, Hapner would drive to help run the scoreboard for men's basketball and the clock for football games. He gave of his time willingly and was always ready to help Georgetown in any way possible.
"Nobody loves Georgetown College more than Craig "Yogi" Hapner," Happy Osborne said. "I truly believe his experience here as a student helped make him into the man he is today. Yogi did more than keep score. Yogi was a friend to our players and lived and died with these kids. All of us miss being around him on a daily basis. Yogi is one of those people that carry his Georgetown experience with pride. This award is a long time coming and no one is more deserving than Yogi."
"Yogi was one of the first people there to shake your hand after a game. He was one of the first to arrive at the stadium," Bill Cronin said. "He's always so sincere about everything and always willing to do anything. He is a guy who truly carries Orange and Black pride within.
"Even now living in Florida, I'm sure he gets up on Sunday to check the scores and it's with heartfelt care for the program whether we've won or lost. He is a guy we truly miss around here."