Dean Bailey competed for the Bucs from 1930 to 1934 in baseball, basketball and football. He was a 12-letter athlete in the early thirties and was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975. He scored a record four touchdowns (24 points) in a single game. He also scored 14 touchdowns in 1993, a season record that stood until 1989.
Edwin Kennedy was a two-sport standout from 1926 until 1929, playing baseball and football. He was captain of the football team in 1928, while also playing a key role on the baseball team. In 1972, he was named an outstanding ETSU alumnus, before being named to the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1976.
Walter Massengill was a two-sport All-Conference player during his play from 1932 until 1935. In addition to being a sport standout, he was an honor student and president of the student body from 1934 to 1935. He received his master’s from Columbia University in 1939 and then went on to become an Air Force Test Pilot, also in 1939. Massengill was part of the 1976 class inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
As an athlete playing basketball, baseball and football from 1950 until 1953, Hal Morrison became ETSU’s first All-American in football in 1953. He holds school records with twenty career receiving touchdowns. He recorded 11 touchdown catches in 1953, which was a national record at the time. Morrison returned to ETSU in 1955 as the Buccaneer golf coach and led the Bucs for over 25 years, until 1983. He guided the Buc golfers to six NCAA Tournament berths and coached 15 All-Americans, including fellow Hall-of-Famers Bobby Watkins, Mike Hulbert and J.C. Snead. Along with being inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame, Morrison is also a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall-of-Fame.
A.L. “John” Treadway
John Treadway played both baseball and football at ETSU from 1927 until 1929. He retired in 1973 as Tennessee’s winningest high school basketball coach. He amassed a record of 843 wins and only 372 losses. He coached fellow ETSU Hall of Famer Buck Van Huss. Treadway was inducted in 1976.
Patrick Hauser split his time at ETSU, from 1967 to 1969, between football and track & field. He was the first ETSU kicker to boot three field goals in a single game. In 1969, he scored seven touchdowns, including one in the Grantland Rice Bowl. Because of his standout performance while at ETSU, Hauser was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1970. He was also active with ETSU after his football career by being involved with the ETSU Alumni Association and has served as President of the National Alumni Association Board of Directors, along with being inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1976.
From 1924 until 1928, Jim Mooney served ETSU as a three-sport athlete, participating in baseball, basketball and football. During his baseball career at ETSU, he struck out 24 batters against Emory and Henry, and then continued his career as a player in the major leagues. He played professional baseball for 21 years and ended with an overall record of 163-144. In 1934, he appeared in the World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals. Before being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977, Mooney came back to ETSU to serve as head baseball coach from 1939 until 1966.
Ron Overbay played football from 1965 until 1968 at ETSU, and while here, he earned Little All-American honors in 1968. With his nine interceptions in 1967, he ranks second in school history. He was named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year twice while playing for the Bucs. He holds the ETSU school record for total yards on punt returns with 313 yards. Overbay was invited and inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.
From 1964 until 1967, Robert Rovere set records as a track and field standout in both the 100 (10.1) and 200 (20.4) meter dashes. In 1967, Rovere ran a 9.2 in the 100 yard dash and a 20.4 in the 220 yard dash to win the NCAA College Division Title in both events. He was chosen to represent the U.S. in the 1967 Pan American Games. With his memorable times, Rovere was inducted in the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.
Jimmy “Wink” Baker
Jimmy “Wink” Baker played football for the Buccaneers from 1960 until 1963. As a football standout, Baker helped lead the Bucs to records of 7-3 (1962) and 7-2 (1963), while also leading the squad to a share of the Ohio Valley Conference Title in 1962. He was named Little All-American and OVC Player of the Year in 1963. Baker ranks high in several school record divisions including: seventh in career passing yards (3,134), fifth in career touchdown throws and fifth in single season completion percentage (.608). With these records and achievements, Baker was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978.
A football standout from 1937 to 1940, Charlie Fleming led the Buc football team to the Smokey Mountain Conference Title in 1939. He was named Smokey Mountain All-Conference and Honorable Mention Little All-American. Fleming, a defense leader, led the Bucs in 1939 by picking off five passes and was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978.
Larry Hinson achieved a first in ETSU history during his stay from 1967 to 1968. Hinson was named ETSU’s first golf All-American, but also achieved a first after his stay by becoming ETSU’s first player to play on the PGA Tour. He was named All-American in 1967 and 1968, while going on to become the 1968 NCAA College Division Individual Champion. While on tour, Hinson became one of the top 60 money winners from 1969 until 1974. He is the recipient of the coveted Ben Hogan Award, presented to Hinson in 1970, eight years before his induction in the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
From 1920 until 1923, Kermit Quillen participated in baseball, basketball and football, in just the second year of official collegiate play at ETSU. Quillen lettered three years in all three sports and was inducted in 1978 into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
A.R. “Cap” Isbell
A three-sport star in baseball, basketball and football from 1928 to 1931, A.R. “Cap” Isbell was selected as a two-time All-Conference center. After play at ETSU, Isbell went on to have a successful coaching career at Erwin High School not only in football, but also in basketball. As head football coach at Erwin, he compiled a 64-44-10 career record in 12 years, and as head basketball coach, he won five district titles and one regional crown. He was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979.
Dr. Gene McMurray
From 1932 to 1941 and also in 1946, Dr. Gene McMurray led the Bucs as the head coach of the baseball, basketball, football and track teams. He led the Bucs to national prominence as head football coach, posting a 51-32-5 mark, the best winning percentage in school history. In 1936, he led his team to an unbeaten and unscored upon record in the first six games of the season. McMurray, although impressionable in his coaching, made a bigger impression on ETSU by being credited with naming the school’s athletic teams the Buccaneers. He was rewarded for his achievements in 1979, when he was inducted into the ETSU Hall of Fame.
Walter “Buck” Van Huss
Walter “Buck” Van Huss, at ETSU from 1948 to 1952, retired from Kingsport’s Dobyns-Bennett High School as the winningest basketball coach in Tennessee high school history with over 1,000 wins. Van Huss spent 14 years at Hampton where his teams compiled a 402-133 mark, including a postseason record of 47-19. He won the 1960 state basketball tournament and was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979.
Dianna Timberlake Zimmerman
While competing in rifle from 1969 until 1972, Dianna Timberlake Zimmerman was a four-time collegiate All-American Rifle Team Selection and National Junior Champion in 1969. Zimmerman won several international awards, including gold medals for the United States team in both the 40th and 41st World Shooting Championships, set 34 individual national records and was a team member of 31 national marks, before being inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979.
A track star at ETSU in 1957, Ollan Cassell was a 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist, anchoring the United States 1600-meter relay team to a world record time of 3:00.7. In 1957, while at ETSU, Cassell ran school record times of 9.4 in the 100-yard dash and 21.1 in the 220-yard dash. Cassell joined other ETSU athletic greats in the Hall of Fame in 1980.
From 1958 until 1961, Tom Chilton played basketball at ETSU and holds the school single game scoring record with 52 points against Austin-Peay. He also holds the ETSU career scoring average mark of 26.1 points per game. In 1961, Chilton averaged a school record 32.1 points a game, second in the nation, and earned All-American honors. About twenty years after playing at ETSU, Chilton returned as he was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980.
Cornelius “Neil” Cusack
Cornelius “Neil” Cusack ran for ETSU on both the track and cross country teams from 1970 until 1973. He placed first, fourth and seventh individually at the NCAA Cross Country Chanpionships. In 1972, Cusack led the Bucs to a second place NCAA finish and took home the NCAA individual crown. He went on the win the prestigious Boston Marathon title in 1973 and was a member of the 1972 and 1976 Irish Olympic teams. In 1980, Cusack was welcomed into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Attending ETSU from 1961 to 1965, J.C. Snead began a PGA and Senior PGA career that has spanned nearly 30 years. In 1995, he won the Senior PGA Championship and Royal Caribbean Classic. Snead has posted 10 professional wins during his career and has been a runner up in the U.S. Open and Master’s. Snead was awarded for his golf achievements by being welcomed back to ETSU for his induction into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980.
J. Madison Brooks
From 1948 until 1980, J. Madison Brooks served ETSU for over 30 years as men’s basketball coach and athletic director. Brooks posted a career record of 370-267 and led ETSU to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1967-1968. Brooks was awarded Ohio Valley Coach of the Year in 1968 and inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981.
A two-sport athlete in track and football from 1957 to 1961, Ronald Quillen led the Bucs in rushing for three years, while also leading the Ohio Valley Conference in both rushing and scoring in 1960. Quillen was named All-OVC, Williamson All-American and was ETSU’s Most Valuable Player in 1960. He played professional football for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in 1961 and was welcomed as a member of the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981.
Star Wood served as head football coach and athletic director at ETSU during the late fifties and early sixties. He became the winningest coach in ETSU football history (65-52-6). Also, he led the Bucs to seven winning records, including a tie for the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. Wood was named OVC Coach of the Year in 1958 and in 1962. Wood, along with coaching and serving as athletic director, was a professor of English from 1952 until his retirement in 1977, and four years later was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
From 1967 to 1968, James Goodson contributed to the success of Buccaneer baseball. He was named two-time All-OVC and All-American his sophomore year. After his success at ETSU, Goodson was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1968 and played a total of 11 years in the major leagues. Goodson played for the National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1977 World Series. ETSU welcomed Goodson into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982.
A football standout from 1967 until 1970, Larry Graham ranks in the tope five in every career passing category. He led the Bucs to a 17-1-3 record in 1969 and 1970 and quarterbacked the Bucs to a win over Louisiana Tech in the Grantland Rice Bowl in 1969. Graham was awarded Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year and All-Conference in 1970, along with being invited and inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982.
A four-year standout from 1970 to 1974 in cross country and track and field, Edward Leddy was a four-time All-American in cross country and track. He won the OVC individual cross country title in 1971 and led the Bucs to a second place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Leddy was also named All-American in cross country and indoor track in 1973 and 1974. He represented Ireland in the 1972 and the 1976 Olympic Games and is the ETSU record holder in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:35.2. Leddy joined other athletic greats in the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982.
Harley “Skeeter” Swift
From 1966 to 1969, Harley “Skeeter” Swift played basketball for the Bucs and was a three-time Ohio Valley All-Conference Selection. Swift ranks sixth on the Bucs career points list with 1,367 points and ranks third in points per game for a career with a 17.9 average. In 1968, Swift was named OVC Player of the Year and in 1982 was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Robert “Bobby” Watkins
While golfing for the Bucs from 1971 until 1973, Robert “Bobby” Watkins was a two-time All-American and led the Bucs golf team to a Top-25 ranking. In 1972, Watkins finished twelfth at the NCAA Championships and won the long-drive competition. He has played professionally since 1973 and has over $7 million in earnings since that time. Watkins posted victories at the 1978 European Open and the 1979 and 1986 Dunlop Phoenix Open in Japan. In 1982, Watkins added ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame member to his list of golf accomplishments.
Mickey Banyas was a three-year letterman in football from 1955 until 1958. He was a Little All-American in 1958 and the first Buc player to be named All-Ohio Valley Conference. ETSU welcomed Banyas into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983.
Don Marshall, known as the smallest quarterback in college at ETSU, played football for the Bucs from 1952 to 1953 and also from 1955 to 1958. Marshall achieved nationwide fame as a boxing coach and trainer with Big John Tate and also served as a trainer for the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian Baseball League in 1974, 1975 and 1978. Marshall was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983.
After excelling in three sports, baseball, basketball and football, from 1945 to 1948, Buddy Poole signed a professional baseball contract with the Boston Braves in 1948 and spent five seasons competing in Class D, C and AA. Poole went on to coach basketball at Castlewood High School and was named Coach of the Year 10 times in 19 seasons. While at Castlewood, he coached 10 district champions, 15 county champions, three regional champions and one state runner-up.
Jerry Robertson served as the Bucs head trainer for nearly 40 years, from 1966-2004. He is known as one of the best athletic trainers in the United States. Robertson has made many innovations in the Buccaneer training room, and his ideas have been published in national magazine dealing with athletic training. He headed the athletic training curriculum, a four-year course sanctioned by the National Athletic Trainers Association and administered in the department of Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Sciences. Robertson also directed BUCSPORTS medicine clinic and was inducted into ETSU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983.
Dr. Howell H. Sherrod
Dr. Howell H. Sherrod played tennis at ETSU from 1935 to 1938 and then returned as attending physician for the Buc athletes from the early 1970s until 1979. Sherrod was named Outstanding Alumnus in 1978 and while at ETSU was a letterman on the tennis team and a member of the Buccaneer Band and Orchestra. This well-rounded athlete was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.
Gilbert “Buddy” Hartsell
A two-sport athlete in tennis and basketball from 1956 until 1959 and head tennis coach from 1960 until 1961, and then again from 1975 to 1983, Gilbert “Buddy” Hartsell was voted Coach of the Year in the Ohio Valley in 1978 and in the Southern Conference in 1981. Hartsell compiled a 131-55 (.704) career coaching record, which stands as the second highest win total in school history. He became an Athletic Hall of Fame member at ETSU in 1984.
From 1929 until 1933, in the early days of ETSU athletics, Earl Sams showcased himself as a versatile three-sport star in baseball, basketball and football. In addition to athletics, Sams served ETSU as student body president in 1933 and a member of the T-Club. After ETSU, Sams went on to coach baseball, basketball and football at Happy Valley High School and Elizabethton Middle School for 15 years and later became the principal of Elizabethton High School. Sams became an ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame member in 1984.
C.E. “Pete” Wilson
A two-sport athlete from 1953 until 1955, C.E. “Pete” Wilson lettered twice in football and three time in tennis before returning to ETSU in 1962 to serve as assistant football coach until 1966. Wilson had a 63 percent completion percentage, which is still the school record. He threw 14 touchdown passes in 1955, ranking fourth highest for Buc quarterbacks. Wilson, while coaching at ETSU, served as the offensive coordinator for Star Wood and was welcomed into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.
Russell “Rusty” Woy
Starring in baseball, basketball and tennis from 1950 until 1954, Russell “Rusty” Woy earned letters all four years in both baseball and basketball and was selected as a Helms Foundation All-American in 1954. Woy led the Bucs in scoring twice, while accumulating 1,228 career points, still the 10th highest total in school history. He was also a four-time All-Volunteer State Athletic Conference Selection and served in the U.S. Army, where he was selected as a member of the All-Continent Army Basketball team in Europe. ETSU honored Woy with a membership in the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.
John Robert Bell
John Robert Bell served as head football coach and athletic director from 1966 until 1973. While head football coach, Bell coached the Bucs to the only undefeated record in school history in 1969 (10-0-1). That same 1969 team, led by Bell, won the OVC Championship and the NCAA Mid-East regional crown with a 34-14 win over Louisiana Tech in the Grantland Rice Bowl. The 1969 and 1970 teams combined for a 17-1-3 record, the best two year mark ever by ETSU. Bell was selected as OVC Coach of the Year and NCAA District 4 Coach of the Year in 1969. Twenty-seven years after his record setting season, Bell was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Julian Crocker led the Bucs as head track coach and football line coach for 12 years, from 1948 until 1960. Crocker’s impressive list of athletes coached includes: Hal Morrison, ETSU’s first All-American; Olan Cassell, an Olympic Gold Medalist; and Kent Osborne, track standout. Crocker joined others in the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.
During his baseball and football career at ETSU from 1948 to 1949, Burleigh Davis received Honorable Mention Little All-American in football and All-American honors in baseball in 1949. His overall football coaching mark was 108-30-9, never having a losing season. Davis went on the coach at Rogersville and Morristown where he compiled a record of 172-47-2. Davis was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.
Having never been beaten in the mile or the two-mile during his career as a Buc from 1955 until 1958, Kent Osborne proved himself as a track and cross country standout. Osborne won 49 events, placed second 11 times, third six times and fourth only twice. He established a then-national record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:46, which earned him Little All-American honors. Osborne was crowned TVAC champion in the one and two-mile in 1956 and 1957 and also OVC Champion in 1957. Osborne held four Buccaneer records: the mile (4:18), two-mile (9:30), 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:46) and the two-mile steeplechase. Osborne was rewarded for his accomplishments by being inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.
Lettering in all three sports, baseball, basketball and football, all four years, from 1946 to 1950, Gene Quarles started as quarterback for the Bucs and led the squad to a 23-11 record. From 1958 until 1967, Quarles served as head basketball coach and assistant basketball coach at Morristown High School. He then went on to become the head basketball coach at Morristown West High School from 1968 until 1977. He was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.
Dr. Harold Stout
Playing baseball from 1951 to 1956 and serving as the head coach from 1984 until 1989, Dr. Harold Stout received many awards as a player and a coach. Stout posted a 36-5 pitching record during his career and was named All-Conference four times, All-District twice and Honorable Mention All-American once. As a coach, he received Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 1986 and posted a 510-352-1 record as a collegiate coach before being inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987.
Gary McGinnis played basketball for the Bucs from 1951 until 1954. While at ETSU, McGinnis was named two-time VSAC All-Conference and also named to the NAIA Tennessee District All-Tournament team in 1953 and 1954. He scored a total of 1,024 points in his career, the 21st highest total in school history. From 1951 to 1954, McGinnis helped the Bucs compile a record of 93-24 (79.5 present). McGinnis became an ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame member in 1987.
John C. Oakes
From 1933 until 1936, John C. Oakes proved to be an outstanding athlete with the ETSU basketball and tennis teams. In addition to athletics, Oakes served as the student body vice-president in 1934 and 1935 and was sports editor of the school newspaper, “The Chalk Line.” Oakes went on to be employed as a special agent by the FBI from 1939 until 1944 and then also from 1946 until 1966. ETSU welcomed Oakes into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987.
Dr. Roy Van Pangle
Earning four letters in basketball from 1945 to 1949, Dr. Roy Van Pangle established the Roy Van Pangle Award, which is presented to the outstanding student in the ETSU physical education department. Pangle was a Fullbright lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland from 1961 until 1962 and joined fellow ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame members in 1987.
A player from 1947 until 1951, L.T. Roberts also served ETSU for over 26 years as a teacher and the head coach of the basketball, football, tennis and track teams. Roberts posted a record of 23-20-2 (.533) as head football coach, the sixth best winning percentage in school history. Roberts was also instrumental in initiating athletic scholarships at ETSU. Just as Roberts gave to ETSU, ETSU gave back by inducting him into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987.
While playing football for the Bucs from 1968 until 1970, Bush held a three-year record of 22-6-3 including the memorable Grantland Rice Bowl win over Terry Bradshaw and Louisiana Tech in 1969. Bush served as defensive end of the famed defensive unit nicknamed “Bennett’s Bandits” who sacked Bradshaw 12 times for losses of 143 yards. He was selected as All-Ohio Valley Conference in 1969 and inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
Ray Flynn, cross country and track and field member from 1975 until 1979, holds school records in the 1500 meters (3:44.1) and the mile (4:00.7) indoors and the 1500 meters (3:37.66) and the mile (3:52.9) outdoors. He was a squad member of the 1975 team that won the USTAFF Cross Country Championship and earned All-American honors. He was a three-time All-American and represented Ireland in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. Flynn recorded 89 sub-four-minute miles, a feat only three men have accomplished. Because of his various achievements, Flynn was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
With six school passing records, Mark Hutsell shined as a football star from 1977 until 1979. Hutsell tied for the single season mark in touchdowns with 17 and ranks in the top four in five career passing categories including second in completion percentage (.582), third in touchdown passes (39), third in completions (716), third in yards (5,611) and fourth in attempts (716). Hutsell was selected All-Southern Conference in 1979 and was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
As a leader and basketball standout from 1967 to 1970, Mike Kretzer led the Bucs to their first NCAA tournament appearance and scored 1,289 points during his career, the seventh highest total in ETSU history. He also averaged 17.19 points per game and holds the fifth highest mark in Buc history while also ranking fifth in field goals made over a career. Kretzer held a 20-points per game average in 1969-1970 and a 19.8 average in 1968-1969, marking the eighth and ninth best single season averages in Buc history. He was a two-time All-OVC selection and selected as a member of the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
Adrian Leek, selected as a three-time All-American in track and cross country, ran for the Bucs from 1978 to 1981. In 1978, as a freshman, Leek won the Southern Conference Cross Country Championship, and in 1980, won the Southern Conference title and helped the team finish with a fourth place national ranking. Leek holds records in the 5,000-meters (13:34) and the 10,000-meters (28:24). In addition to all of the records and championships won while at ETSU, Leek was chosen as the Southern Conference Athlete of the Year in 1979 and inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
Dr. Connie Mynatt-Axamethy
A professor of physical education from 1957 until 1986, Connie Mynatt-Axamethy laid the foundation for the women’s athletic programs at ETSU and implemented collegiate competition in volleyball and badminton. She went on to organize the ETSU Volleyball Invitational that ran from 1957 until 1973. Mynatt-Axamethy began and sponsored the Women’s Physical Education Majors Club, Phi Eta Tau and developed curriculum for P.E. majors. As a part of ETSU Athletic history, she was invited and inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
A versatile three-sport athlete for the Bucs from 1947-1950, Bob Tranbarger served as captain of the football team for three years and was an All-Smokey Mountain Conference selection in football and baseball. Along with football and baseball, Tranbarger also ran track for the Bucs. He was awarded the honor of Paul B. Williams All-American in 1949 and went on to play professional baseball in the Chicago Cubs organization. He was a 1996 inductee to the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Beginning in 1963 up until the present, Dave Walker served and still serves ETSU as the cross-country and track and field coach. He has coached 22 All-Americans and several Ohio Valley and Southern Conference All-Conference performers. His “Irish Brigade” took second place at the 1972 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Walker’s 1975 squad finished fifth at the NCAA Cross Country Championship and won the U.S. Track and Field Federation (USTAFF) Championship. His men’s teams have won 19 conference championships and competed in 16 NCAA championships, finishing in the top 10, 11 times. Walker has earned 20 Coach of the Year honors and has been named District Coach of the Year 10 times. Walker joined others in the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
A basketball star from 1965 until 1967, Tommy Woods holds school records with 1,034 career rebounds, 16.2 rebounds per game average and the single game record with 38 against MTSU during the 1964-1965 season. He averaged 15.3 points per game during his career, still the ninth highest total in Buc history. He was a two-time All-OVC selection and was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.
Member of the Bucs tennis team from 1973 to 1975 and captain during the 1974-1975 season, Pete Zannis won the #2 doubles and singles titles at the 1975 Tennessee Intercollegiate Championships. Other achievements include Ridgefields Open singles champion in 1975 and Southern Hardcourt doubles champion in 1981. Zannis served as the teaching pro at the Johnson City Country Club beginning in 1979 and produced one of the premier junior tennis programs in the state of Tennessee. Zannis was recognized for his achievements in 1996 by being inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
From 1987 until 1989, Angie Barker competed in women’s track and field and was crowned the 1988 NCAA Indoor Shot Put Champion. Barker was named two-time All-American in the shot put and in 1988 was named Strength and Conditioning All-American. She was a three-time Southern Conference Champion, winning the indoor shot put in 1988 and 1989, while also winning the outdoor shot put in 1989. Barker became a member of the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
Charlie Bayless (1945-49, Basketball and Football):
A 1950 graduate of ETSU, Charlie Bayless was a four-year letterwinner with the Buccaneer basketball team and also earned one monogram in football. He served as a co-captain of ETSU’s basketball squad in 1948-1949. In 1953, Bayless was hired as a basketball team coach at nearby Happy Valley High School, where he has served for over four decades. Counting his experience coaching the football, basketball, track, baseball, and golf squads, he has compiled an amazing total of over 90 head coaching seasons. He has tallied over 770 career wins in basketball, had 25 winning seasons, made seven state tournament appearances, and won the state title in 1973. He is the only coach to win conference crowns in football, basketball, baseball, and track and he is a member of the East Tennessee Hall of Fame. Bayless and his wife, the former Jane Allison Sisk, have four children and six grandchildren.
Gene Derrick (1947-50, Basketball and Tennis):
A two-time graduate of ETSU, Gene Derrick received his undergraduate degree in 1949 and his masters in 1954. He was a two sport standout for the Buccaneers, winning the 1948 state doubles title in tennis and finishing second in the state singles championship in 1949. In basketball, he ranked as ETSU’s second leading scorer for the 1947-48 season with 10.7 points per game. Derrick served as co-captain for the ETSU basketball and tennis squads during his collegiate career. Following his playing days, he began a long and successful career as an educator, serving stints as a coach and a teacher at McMinn High School in Athens Tenn., and Valley Point High School in Dalton, Ga. In 1980, he was elected Director of Schools for McMinn County and currently serves on the McMinn County Board of Education.
Dr. Burgin Dossett, Jr.
Dr. Burgin Dossett, Jr. served as ETSU’s team physician for almost four decades. He was the 1981 alumni award recipient and a 1980 honorary graduate of ETSU. Dossett joined others in the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
During the mid-seventies, from 1974 until 1977, Mark Finucane ran for the Bucs as a dual-sport athlete in cross-country and track. In 1975 and 1976, Finucane was selected as a Cross Country All-American. In 1977, he excelled as OVC Cross Country Champion and was named Athlete of the Year. As a four-time all-OVC and all-NCAA District III performer in cross country, Finucane won All-Conference honors twice. He served as a member of the 1977 ETSU Cross-Country squad that went undefeated and set a still-standing NCAA region record for lowest point total. He ranked sixth on the World Junior List in the three-mile run and the 10,000-meters in 1975. Finucane was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
A four-year letter winner, from 1984 to 1987, and a two-year starter for the Buccaneer football squad, Thane Gash tallied 133 tackles in 1987, achieving the fifth best mark in ETSU history. Gash was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1988 and enjoyed the longest NFL career of any former Buccaneer (1987-1992) He led the Browns in tackles in 1989 and helped lead the San Francisco 49ers to the 1992 NFC Championship Game. Gash was later named to the Southern Conference 75th Anniversary Football Team and was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
As a two-sport athlete from 1977 to 1979, playing baseball and basketball, Atlee Hammaker became the only ETSU player ever chosen in the first round of the professional draft, being chosen by the Kansas City Royals in 1979. Hammaker posted a 16-4 record as a pitcher for the Bucs in three seasons, and in 1978, he threw a no-hitter versus Davis Lipscomb College. He pitched for four different major league clubs and was a starter in the 1983 All-Star Game. Hammaker received the honors of being named the Major League’s pitcher with the best control in 1982 and 1983. Hammaker joined other greats from ETSU in the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
From 1965 until 1968, Billy Pike played tennis at ETSU, playing number one singles and doubles. In his career of 30+ years, he has recorded over 200 titles in singles and doubles. In the 1967-1968 season, Pike was selected as an All-OVC performer and also won the Tennessee Intercollegiate Title. Pike has been ranked nationally five times and has won 10 state singles title in different age divisions. Pike was welcomed into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
While playing football at ETSU from 1966 until 1969, Doug Linebarger was a 1969 All-American, member of the 1969 Grantland Rice Bowl team and a three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection. Linebarger was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
From 1977 to 1980, Pierre Arnold played tennis for the Buccaneers, and in 1979, he was crowned Southern Conference Singles Champion. He holds a career record of 73-27 and was a two-time All-Conference selection. He led the Bucs tennis team to the 1978 OVC and Eastern Collegiate Championships. ETSU inducted Arnold into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
Richard Arnold proved to be a basketball standout at ETSU from 1965 to 1968 by earning honors such as Best Defensive Player, Team Captain and being named to the 1965 Ohio Valley All-Tournamament Team. Arnold averaged 11.7 points per game during his career. Arnold joined others in the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
Marsha Cowart Barnes
Holding the title of all-time leading scorer in Lady Buc history, Marsha Cowart Barnes played basketball at ETSU from 1980 to 1983. She finished her career with 2,239 points and holds the ETSU single game scoring record of 52 points in a game against Austin Peay. She averaged 20.2 points per game and is the career leader in field goals with 909. Barnes was selected as an ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame member in 2000.
While playing football at ETSU from 1960 to 1963, Pat Carter was a 1962 All-American and a 1962 All-Ohio Valley selection. He was a three-time letter winner, and after playing at ETSU, went on to play for the Charleston Rockets professional football team from 1964 to 1965. He then went on to coach five different sports at Sullivan South High School and be inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
Playing footbal 1963 to 1966, LeRoy Gray earned All-American honors in 1966, was a three-time All-OVC selection and was voted team captain while playing football at ETSU. He joined the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
A two-sport athlete in track and field and volleyball at ETSU from 1977 to 1980, Kimberley Harrell holds school records in the indoor and outdoor high jump. She finished fourth in high jump at the 1978 U.S. National Indoor Track and Field Championship and the 1978 AIAW National Indoor Track and Field Championship. Harrell was also a two-time qualifier for the Olympic trials and was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
While playing three sports - football, tennis and basketball – at ETSU from 1949 to 1953, Charley Matlock led the nation in punting average during parts of his junior and senior years. He holds seven golf titles as coach at Florida Southern College. As well as being a member of the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame since 2000, Matlock is also a member of the Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame and the FSC Golf Hall of Fame.
Bobby Snyder played basketball at ETSU from 1955 to 1957. He went on to be named Coach of the Year 15 times at Boones Creek and Daniel Boone High Schools. Snyder coached Boones Creek High School to 66 consecutive conference titles, won 20+ games 18 times and had 35 winning seasons. Snyder was inducted into the Northeast Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and one year later into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame, in 2000.
While a member of the women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and badminton teams from 1968 to 1971, Brenda Waggoner graduated magna cum laude, was a four-time member of the Dean’s List and won the ETSU award of honor for bringing distinction and honor to the university through her professional accomplishments. Waggoner was invited and inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
Jay Baumgardner, Jr.
From 1952 until 1957, Jay Baumgardener, Jr. played for the Bucs in both basketball and golf. He earned a basketball letter in 1953 and helped start the golf team, playing one year. He helped to restart the golf program in the 1980s and is a member of the ETSU President’s Trust and the ETSU Foundation. Baumgardner served as director of the Pirate Club and served as a Pirate Club fundraiser. ETSU selected Baumgardner as a member of the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
While playing basketball for three seasons, from 1958 to 1960, before entering military service, Jim Brown averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds per game during the 1959-1960 season. After his service in the military, Brown returned to finish school a, nd play baseball. He served as assistant professor in ETSU’s Technology Department and director of vocational education. Brown joined and was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Donnie Cook played football for the Bucs from 1979 until 1982. During his last year in 1982, Cook was named All-American, and in 1981 and 1982, Cook received All-Southern Conference honors. During the 1981 season, Cook made 87 tackles, had four interceptions and led ETSU in interceptions. He also led the team in interceptions in 1982. Cook became a member of the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
ETSU golf standout Mike Hulbert played for and led the Bucs from 1977 to 1980. He was given All-American honors in 1979 and 1980. Hulbert won the 1980 Southern Conference Individual Championship and was an individual invitee to the 1979 and 1980 NCAA Championship. He was named to the 75th Anniversary Southern Conference Team and earned his PGA Tour Card in 1984. Hulbert was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
While running cross country and track for the Bucs from 1969 to 1973, P.J. Leddy received All-American honors in cross country and All-Conference honors in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. In 1977, Leddy received the Nestle Tailteann Merit Award and was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Dr. Willie Malone
An All-Ohio Valley Conference selection during his basketball career at ETSU from 1961 to 1965, Dr. Willie Malone served as team captain in 1965 and was voted the Ohio Valley Conference Best Defensive Player during his sophomore year. Malone joined other Buccaneer greats in the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Gloria Parmentier, a four-time All-American in rifle during her career at ETSU from 1976 to 1980, helped lead ETSU to top-three national finishes in each of her four years. She received the 1977 Sports Illustrated Award of Merit. Parmentier earned two silver and one bronze medal at the 1977 Championships of the Americas. She was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Dr. Janice Shelton
Dr. Janice Shelton served as professor, administrator and coach at ETSU from 1968 to 1995. From 1968 to 1972 and then again from 1973 to 1975, Shelton served the Bucs as the head women’s basketball coach before being named assistant athletic director and coordinator of women’s athletics in 1974. In 1991, she was named ETSU’s first female athletic director. Shelton has received ETSU’s Distinguished Staff Award as well as the honor of NCAA District III Administrator of the Year Award in 1991. Shelton added being a member of the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame to her list of accomplishments in 2002.
Joe Blaine Shipley
As the baseball coach for the Bucs from 1956 to 1984, Joe Blaine Shipley coached and recruited several professional players including Ed Goodson and Dave Campbell. He began as a physical education teacher and then became the baseball coach at ETSU. Shipley played in the New York Giants farm system before serving a total of 28 years at ETSU. Shipley was rewarded for his service by being inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Jay Shoop served ETSU as head athletic trainer from 1965 to 1970. Shoop formally served as head athletic trainer for the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as well as formally serving as associate athletic director and head trainer at Georgia Tech. He served on the Atlanta Olympic Games Committee and wrote and published The History of the Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association, in 1988. Shoop became a member of the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
John Walton, selected as a football All-American in 1969, during his stay at ETSU from 1965 to 1970, was voted as a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection and captain of the undefeated Grantland Rice Bowl Championship team. Walton was elected Carter County General Sessions Judge in 1998 and in 2002, was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Greg Dennis, who played basketball at ETSU from 1987 to 1992, stood as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,204 career points for over a decade. He ranks second in field goals, with 808, and first in career free throws, with 505. He ranks second in career blocks with 174. He was selected as the 1992 Southern Conference Tournament MVP and as a member of the All-Tournament team in 1988, 1989 and 1990. Dennis was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
From 1980 to 1984, Kevin Johnson ran track and cross country for the Bucs and was selected as a four-time All-American in track and field and a two-time All-American in cross country. He won indoor titles in the 800 meters and the 1,000 meters as well as back to back Southern Conference outdoor championships in the 1,500 meters and the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Johnson became a member of the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
While playing golf for the Bucs from 1986 to 1990, Rex Kuramoto was selected as a two-time All-American and the 1990 Southern Conference Player of the Year. He went on to win an individual medal at the 1990 Southern Conference Championship and was a three-time All-Conference selection. He won the Tennessee Amateur and Rice Planters Championships. Kuramoto was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Nicole Hopson-Riddle played basketball for the Bucs from 1987 to 1991, ranking fourth on the all-time leading scoring list with 1,805 points. She served as co-captain for three years and was named All-Southern Conference three times. She received the honor of 1991 Southern Conference Athlete of the Year and was selected to the Southern Conference’s 1992-1993 All-Decade Team. She was also a two-time Southern Conference All-Tournament Team selection. Hopson-Riddle joined other Bucs in the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
While playing baseball for the Bucs from 1979 to 1980, Gary Robinette was a first team All-Southern Conference selection and a first team All-Academic selection in 1979 and 1980. Also in 1980, Robinette was voted as Southern Conference Player of the Year, while leading the Southern Conference in home runs (10) and RBIs (53). Robinette helped propel the Bucs to a 39-7-1 season, a Southern Conference championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. He earned Honorable Mention All-American honors by Baseball America and was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
From 1990 to 1993, Yaser Zaatini played tennis for the Bucs. Zaatini became the first individual from ETSU to compete at the NCAA Championships and the only four-time Southern Conference Tennis Champion in No. 1 singles. He was ranked as high as fourth in the nation in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Zaatini was selected as a two-time All-American and the only All-American in ETSU tennis history. Zaatini went on to become assistant coach in 2002, but then became the head coach when then`-Head Coach Dave Mullins became ETSU athletic director. Zaatini was inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
DeShawne Blocker-Hunter - Women's Basketball
DeShawne Blocker-Hunter was one of the toughest rebounders in Lady Buccaneer history, and also earned a place in the NCAA record books during her career at ETSU. Blocker led the NCAA during the 1993-94 campaign, in both rebounds in a season (450), and rebounds per game (17.6). The third-ranked scorer in ETSU history with 2,086 points, Blocker posted the highest rebounding game in the NCAA during both the 1993 and 1994 seasons, with 25 and 28 boards, respectively. Blocker, a two-time SoCon Player of the Year, was tabbed SoCon Freshman of the Year in 1992, SoCon Tournament MVP and SoCon Athlete of the Year in 1995. One of the most heralded players in Lady Buc history, Blocker was an US Basketball Association honorable mention All-American in 1994 and 1995. After three years of playing professionally in Spain, Greece, Austria, and Finland, Blocker is now employed as an exceptional children’s teacher for the Wakulla County Board of Education. Blocker resides in Tallahassee, Fla., with husband and fellow ETSU grad Marlon Hunter, and daughter Marleana, 5.
John Cathey - Sports Information Director
A fixture at ETSU athletic events for more than two decades, John Cathey served as sports information director at East Tennessee State for 25 years. A 1951 graduate of Jacksonville State University in Alabama, Cathey came to ETSU in 1969 from the Greenville News in Greenville, S.C. In his career, Cathey witnessed over 700 basketball games, and worked 271 consecutive football contests; a streak that still ranks 5th in the nation among retired sports information directors. A Korean War veteran in the U.S. Air Force, Cathey was known both regionally and nationally for the quality of his work, and was considered a legendary storyteller by his peers. In 1980 the NCAA recognized him for his “outstanding contributions to the success of the 1980 National Collegiate Rifle Championships.” Over his career, Cathey received multiple citations for excellence from College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and received the College Football Centennial Award of Sports Information Directors. Cathey passed away in 1994, and is survived by his wife Mariel, and three children Leigh, Shannon and Ward.
Jennifer Garriga - Volleyball
A prominent figure in the ETSU record books, Jennifer Garriga was one of the top setters in Lady Buccaneer volleyball history, donning the blue and gold from 1990-93. Garriga, a four-time All-Southern Conference selection, currently holds an astounding five school records, including games played in a career (498), assists in a career (4803), career service aces (243), assists in a single season (1370), and assists in a five-game match (72). Her name appears in the Lady Buc record book a grand total of 11 times. A two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year, Garriga helped the Lady Bucs to one of the best four-year periods in school history, as ETSU broke the 20-win plateau in all four years, including a 25-10 campaign in 1991, a season that also boasted an unblemished 10-0 conference record. After ETSU, Garriga graduated from the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine and now serves as the Chief of Staff of Banfield – The Pet Hospital, in Palm City, Fla. Garriga is married to Fernando Fonseca, a pilot for AmeriJet International, Inc.
Herb Weaver - Men's Basketball
A 1957 graduate of ETSU with a degree in business, Herb Weaver provided the complete package for the Buccaneer men’s basketball team from 1953 to 1957. A tenacious defender and exceptional rebounder, the native of Roanoke, Va., currently holds the ETSU single-season record for total rebounds and rebounds per game with 607 boards for a 21.7 average in 1956-57. He also ranks No. 3 on those same lists, with 408 rebounds for an average of 15.1 boards per game during the 1955-56 season. In addition to his prowess under the basket and on the defensive end of the floor, Weaver also ranks 22nd on the ETSU all-time scoring list with 1,064 points, joining just 26 other former Bucs who have eclipsed that mark. During his time at ETSU, Weaver helped the Bucs to several successful seasons, including a 23-win season in 1953-54 and a 20-win season in 1955-56. Weaver, who died June 22, 1993, is survived by his wife, Ann, and two daughters, Laura Lynn and Alison Ann.
Alan LeForce – Men’s Basketball Head Coach 1990-1996
Alan LeForce coached the Buccaneers for six seasons, leading ETSU to two Southern Conference regular season and tournament titles in each of his first two seasons, and engineering the Bucs’ upset of third-seeded Arizona in the first round of the 1992 NCAA tournament. In his six seasons, LeForce compiled a 108-70 overall record, and a 60-32 mark against SoCon competition. Currently, LeForce is head coach of the Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team.
Les Robinson – Men’s Basketball Head Coach 1985-1990
In five seasons with the Buccaneers, Les Robinson took ETSU to two NCAA tournaments, securing a berth in the “Big Dance” with a Southern Conference Tournament title in 1989. The 1989 squad went on to nearly pull off the biggest upset in tournament history, pushing top-seeded Oklahoma to the very brink before falling 72-71. A victory would have made the Bucs the first 16 seed to ever defeat a number one seed. Robinson ended his tenure at ETSU with an 81-70 record with two SoCOn tournament tiles and one regular season crown. He went on to become the head coach at N.C. State and is currently the Director of Athletics at The Citadel.
Amy Engle – Women’s Basketball 1994-1996
In her two seasons as a Lady Buccaneer, Amy Engle scored 1,058 points, becoming the 11th member of the 1,000 point club, and the first to reach the milestone in just two seasons. A two-time All-Southern Conference and All-Southern Conference Tournament selection, Engle was named the 1996 Southern Conference Player of the Year, making her one of just four players in ETSU history to receive such an honor. In 1994 she ranked 12th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage, 18th in 3-point field goals per game and 63rd in scoring, and in 1996 was selected to participate in the National 3-Point Championship held in conjunction with the Men’s Final Four. Engle finished her career fourth in the ETSU record book in career scoring average at 18.8 and also third in single-game scoring with a 42 point effort against Chattanooga in 1996.
Todd Wells – Football 1997-2000
A four-year starter at quarterback for the Bucs, Wells threw for 7,735 yards and 37 touchdowns in his four-year career. He is the Buccaneers’ all-time leader in total offense, compiling 8,711 total yards in his time at ETSU. The 1997 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, Wells was named SoCon Player of the Week on five occasions. He directed three victories over ranked teams in his career, including two road wins over top-10 opponents. In a 51-28 victory over sixth-ranked Appalachian State in 1997, Wells set ETSU single game records for total offense (447) and passing yards (377).
Kim Bird – Track & Field
Kim Bird ran for the Buccaneers from 1981-1984, and is the holder of four school records. Her indoor marks in the 1,500 meters (4:47.01), the 3,000 meters (9:18.95) and the 5,000 meters (16:25.10) still stand in the record book, as does her outdoor mark in the 10,000 meters of 34:41.12. Also a member of the cross country squad during her time at ETSU, Bird was selected as an All-American in 1984.
Norm Davis – Announcer, 1963-Present
Davis has served as the public address announcer at ETSU men’s basketball and football games for 50 years, first picking up the microphone at a Buccaneer event in 1963. In his years as the “Voice of the Bucs,” Davis missed only one football game, and was witness to many of the great moments in ETSU athletic history. He watched Tommy Woods become the first African American player to wear an ETSU uniform on the basketball floor, he called the games of the most successful Buccaneer football teams in 1969 and 1996, and he has witnessed all nine of ETSU’s NCAA Tournament seasons. He has done all of this work in a volunteer role.
Ed DeChellis - Men’s Basketball Head Coach, 1996-2003
DeChellis came to ETSU in 1996 and spent the next seven seasons rebuilding the proud tradition of Buccaneer basketball. Taking a team that had been depleted prior to his arrival, DeChellis ultimately led the Buccaneers to Southern Conference North Division titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003, with the Bucs collecting the SoCon Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2003. DeChellis ended his time at ETSU with a 53 percent winning percentage and collected 105 victories. He was named SoCon Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002. He went on to lead Penn State to the 2009 NIT national championship and was named Big Ten Coach of the Year that same season. He is currently the head coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Keith Jennings - Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete, 1989-1991
Considered by many as the greatest basketball player in ETSU history, Jennings was a second-team All-American in 1991 and led the Buccaneers to three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1989 to 1991. Jennings, who ranks fourth all-time in program scoring with 1,988 career points, holds multiple records at ETSU, including career marks for assists (983) and steals (334), single season marks for assists per game (9.1) and steals per game (3.4), and single game marks for marks for assists (19) and free throws made (18). His list of honors include being named the Naismith Award winner in 1991 – which goes to the nation’s best player under six feet tall – while also earning SoCon Player of the Year and SoCon Tournament MVP honors during his time at ETSU. He went on to enjoy a long professional playing career, which included four seasons in the NBA (Golden State and Denver).
Mike Smith – Football Student-Athlete, 1978-1981
Played for the Buccaneers from 1978 to 1981, leading the team in tackles both in 1980 (120) and 1981 (186), and being named the team’s defensive MVP in both of those seasons. While he made a name for himself as a player at ETSU and played professionally in the Canadian Football League for a short time, it is Smith’s coaching career that has truly excelled. After spending time in the college ranks, Smith spent several seasons with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, serving as defensive coordinator there since 2003. He later accepted the head coaching position with the Atlanta Falcons in 2008, and was named NFL Coach of the Year after leading the Falcons into the playoffs with an 11-5 regular season record. He most recently guided the Falcons to the NFC Championship game during the 2012 season.
Seamus Power – Men’s Track and Field, 1991-1994
Seamus Power was one of the best Buccaneer athletes of all-time in both cross country and track & field. Power, a five-time All-American, competed from 1991-94 and still holds the 3000-meter record (indoor) at ETSU and in the Southern Conference. Power finished fourth at the 1993 NCAA Outdoor Championships (10,000m), sixth at the 1992 NCAA Championships (5000m), and fifth at the 1993 NCAA Cross Country Championships. The talented Irish runner dominated the Southern Conference, as he was a four-time indoor conference champion in the mile and 5,000-meters, and a three-time champion in the 3,000-meters. The native from Limerick, Ireland also never lost a cross country championship and was named the SoCon Runner of the Year in 1992 and 1993. By claiming the four cross country championships, Power is the only athlete to accomplish the feat in conference history and the only runner to claim four Athlete of the Year honors.
Kim (Toohey) Reid - Women’s Tennis Student-Athlete, 1988-1992
A four-year member of the women’s tennis squad, Kim Toohey enjoyed four stellar seasons in the blue and gold. The 1992 Southern Conference Player of the Year, Toohey finished her career with 62 singles wins, a school record at the time. Also a two-time Academic All-American and four-time Southern Conference Honor Roll selection, Toohey graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1992 with a degree in marketing.
B.J. Adigun - Football Student-Athlete, 1994-1997
Named the Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year for 1997-98, B.J. Adigun enjoyed one of the most decorated careers of any ETSU football player in Buccaneer history. He was named the SoCon Player of the Year in 1997 and earned All-America and Southern Conference first-team honors in his final season with the Blue and Gold. A finalist for the NCAA Division I-AA National Player of the Year honor in 1997, Adigun finished his career as the program leader in receptions (172), receiving yards (2,802) and receiving touchdowns (26). He also holds multiple single-game and season marks. In 1996, he helped the Bucs to the program’s only trip to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs and a first-round win over Villanova.
Erin Ashton - Women's Soccer Student-Athlete, 2002-2005
Erin Ashton was a four-year letterwinner from 2002 to 2005 and left ETSU as the career leader in goals scored with 35. She ranks second in career assists (24) and shots attempted (159) along with the fourth most points in a single season with 29 in 2005. During her sophomore and junior years, she was named to the Southern Conference second team, and was named to the Atlantic Sun all-conference second team her senior year. Ashton started in 67 of 68 games she played in, the third most games started in school history. She was just as impressive off the field as she was on it, being awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship which goes to student-athletes who have an overall grade point average above 3.2 and intend to continue academic work. She was a four-time SoCon Honor Roll recipient along with being named to ETSU’s dean list all four years. In 2005, she was named to the National Dean’s List.
Catherine Berry - Women's Track & Field Student-Athlete, 1997-2000
Berry competed for ETSU's cross country and track & field teams from 1997-2000. During her career, Berry earned All-America honors in the 5000 meters in 2000 and made six trips to NCAA meets – three for cross country and three for track & field. Berry holds the Buccaneer record in the outdoor 5000 meters with a time of 16:00.97 set in 2000 and was a member of the school-record holding indoor distance medley relay team that achieved a record time of 11:58.99 in 1998. Additionally, she won Southern Conference indoor event titles in the 3000 meters and 5000 meters in 1998 and 2000, respectively, and was named SoCon Cross Country Runner of the Year in 1997.
Bill Casey - Football Student-Athlete, 1968-1970
An All-America defensive back in 1970, Bill Casey is best known for being part of one of the best secondary squads in the history of ETSU football. The Bucs still hold the Ohio Valley Conference record for interceptions in a season with 34 in 1969, a group called “Bennett’s Bandits,” who also picked off NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw three times that same season in the Grantland Rice Bowl – one of which Casey intercepted. Casey is tied for the current school record for interceptions in a season with 11 in 1969, and is also tied for career interceptions with 22 from 1968 to 1970.
Jerald Fields - Men's Basketball Student-Athlete, 2000-04
Ranking 11th on the all-time ETSU scoring list with 1,351 points, Jerald Fields remains ranked in the Top 10 all-time in multiple statistical categories, including seventh in field goal percentage (.567), seventh in free throws made (342), eighth in rebounds (717) and fourth in blocks (167). A first-team All-Southern Conference and All-Tournament selection in 2003-04, Fields helped lead the Bucs to four straight SoCon North Division titles from 2001 to 2004, which more impressively included a regular season championship in 2004 and back-to-back SoCon Tournament titles in 2003 and 2004. During trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and 2004, Fields helped the Bucs nearly upset Wake Forest (2003) and Cincinnati (2004).
Greg Ryan - Football Student-Athlete, 1993-96
Greg Ryan holds the distinction of quarterbacking the only ETSU team to ever earn a spot in the NCAA Division I-AA national playoffs, having helped guide the Bucs to a 10-3 record in 1996. That team finished second in the Southern Conference regular season and advanced to the quarterfinals of the national championship playoffs. Ryan holds all ETSU passing records for attempts, completions and touchdowns – this includes records for a single game, season or career. He also holds the school mark for career passing yards with 8,376 yards passing from 1993 to 1996.
Allan Strange - Men's Golf Student-Athlete, 1976-78
Allan Strange finished fourth in the 1976 NCAA Championships and later played on the PGA Tour for two seasons. During the 1976 season, he helped lead the Bucs to a seventh-place tie with Southern California at the NCAAs. Brother of golfing great Curtis Strange, Allan also earned All-Ohio Valley and All-America honors at ETSU in 1976, while helping the Bucs to an OVC title. In 1977, Strange competed in the Sun Bowl Classic against a field of All-American golfers, while also being one of only eight U.S. players to earn a trip to Japan in December of that year to play exhibition matches against the best players in that country.
Zakee Wadood - Men's Basketball Student-Athlete, 2000-04
Earning All-Southern Conference honors in three of his four seasons at ETSU, Zakee Wadood was named the conference’s player of the year following the 2003-04 season. Currently ranked ninth on the all-time ETSU scoring list with 1,382 points, Wadood is also ranked in the Top 10 all-time in rebounds (5th, 822), steals (3rd, 246), blocks (2nd, 182), and free throws made (9th, 328). An All-SoCon Tournament selection in 2002-03 and 2003-04, Wadood helped lead the Bucs to four straight SoCon North Division titles from 2001 to 2004, which more impressively included a regular season championship in 2004 and back-to-back SoCon Tournament titles in 2003 and 2004. During trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and 2004, Wadood helped the Bucs nearly upset Wake Forest (2003) and Cincinnati (2004).