Six inducted in C-N Hall of Fame
Friday, Apr 5, 2002
By Marlin Curnutt
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (BP)--Six new members will be inducted into the Carson-Newman Athletic Hall of Fame during a banquet on Friday, April 19, 2002.
Bob Cope, Boyce Green, Roy Hill, Vickee Hollifield, Dr. Jean Love and Jack Wade will bring the total number of members in the Carson-Newman Hall of Fame to 54 after the first eight selections were made in 1985.
Carson-Newman Athletic Director David Barger says the induction of the six new members will be a fitting tribute in coordination with the College's Sesquicentennial. "I am excited that our Sesquicentennial committee and C-N Letter Club voted to have this significant event during the school's 150th anniversary year. It is always a pleasure to honor those individuals who have distinguished themselves in athletics.
The great sports legacy we enjoy at Carson-Newman is due in part to the many contributions made by the members of this outstanding class. It will be a true time of celebration for the inductees, their family and friends and the entire college community."
Members of the 2002 Class of the Carson-Newman Athletic Hall of Fame include:
-- Bob Cope (Class of 1964): The late Mr. Cope, a native of Chattanooga, was a football coach for 32 years. He served as the head coach at the University of the Pacific and was an assistant at Arkansas, Southern California, Baylor and Kansas State. Following Cope's death in 1997, Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder stated "he was a marvelous family man who accomplished a great deal in life with his family, his faith and his profession." During his career, he coached 23 nationally-ranked defenses and participated in eight bowl games. He will be represented by his wife Jimmie Ruth Cope and presented by his daughter Susan McNellis.
-- Boyce Green (Class of 1984): Green was an 11th round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns and was their top rusher for two seasons. He was an impact running back in the early era of the patented Ken Sparks' veer option offense. His name dots the football record book in all-time rushing, regular season rushing and single game performances. Green rushed for three touchdowns and 137 yards in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and had a 101 yard kickoff for the Kansas City Chiefs which propelled the team into the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. Green now enjoys a successful business career with State Farm regional management and lives in Hickory, N.C. His presenter will be Bill Powell.
-- Roy Hill (Class of 1965): Hill was the first Eagle student-athlete to earn All-American honors in both baseball and basketball. He was a member of the NAIA National Championship baseball team in 1965 and was named to the Carson-Newman Basketball Team of the Century. A true student-athlete, Hill came to C-N without any athletic scholarship. Hill is from Knoxville and is currently employed at Louisiana State University. He will be presented by fellow Hall of Fame member and former Eagle basketball coach Dick Campbell.
-- Vickee Kazee Hollifield (Class of 1983): Hollifield is the only softball coach in the history of Carson-Newman. She has won over 500 games, coached her team to five national tournaments, 12 conference championships and has been named Coach of the Year on numerous occasions. Hollifield still holds three records as a member of the Carson-Newman Lady Eagle basketball team and was selected to the C-N Basketball Team of the Century. She will be presented by former Lady Eagle head coach Lewis Bivens.
-- Jean Love (Class of 1983): Love was a two-time All-American on the court and was also an Academic All-American in 1983. She entered the 1983 national tournament as the number one seeded player. Love still holds the Carson-Newman record for career doubles wins with 88. She is currently the Director of Tennis at C-N and she has led he teams to several NCAA postseason regional appearances and one National Championship event. The Jefferson City-native will be presented by former tennis coach Dr. Frank Pinkerton.
-- Jack Wade (Class of 1950): Wade was a multi-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball. Nicknamed "Stud", Wade earned athletic letters in all three sports every season he participated. He was named captain of the football and baseball teams. Later he distinguished himself as a high school coach and principal. Now retired, Wade lives in Marietta, Ga. He will be presented by his brother Glenn Wade.
A limited number of banquet tickets remain available for the induction ceremonies and dinner. Reservations can be made by calling the C-N Athletics department at 865-471-3396. Tickers are $10 each.
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