WATCH: ETSU Athletics 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
WATCH: ETSU Athletics 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 5, 2021) – The East Tennessee State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics held its induction ceremony for the 2020 Hall of Fame class last Friday, Oct. 1, inside the Martin Center.

For those who were unable to attend, below is the video stream of the entire event as eight Buccaneers went into the Hall of Fame, while Tommy Woods and Johnny Russaw received the inaugural Woods-Russaw Trailblazer Award.  

The 2020 class featured eight former Buccaneers – seven student-athletes and one former coach/administrator. The class features women’s basketball standout Siarre Evans, baseball’s home run king Paul Hoilman, Olympian rifleman John Duus, women’s tennis great Tara Byrne, Laura Jansone of women’s golf, men’s golf greats Keith Nolan and Garrett Willis and men’s tennis head coach/Athletic Director Dave Mullins.

In addition, the Trailblazer Award was created to recognize the historical accomplishments of an individual ETSU athletic member based on his/her athletic accomplishments, work in the community/region and how they helped impact other generations of Buccaneers. This award will be given annually to a former ETSU student-athlete, coach or staff member who demonstrated courage in becoming a leader to blaze the path for future Buccaneers to be given a better opportunity to further their education and compete in Division I Athletics.


The ETSU Athletics Department is currently accepting nominations for induction into its next ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame. 

To place a nomination, please click here to complete the online nomination form containing questions that are focused on the athletic accomplishments of a nominee. Please complete each question to the best of your knowledge. The ETSU Media Relations and Sports Information staff will research each nominee to ensure a complete record of accomplishments is included for consideration.  

After completing this nomination, please provide a letter of recommendation detailing the nominee’s attributes, accomplishments on/off the field (during or after his/her ETSU career) and anything else you would like to add that supports your nomination of this individual to the ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame. Please submit letters of support for your nominee to the following email address: [email protected].

Click here for more information regarding the ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame. To view all of the members in the ETSU Hall of Fame, please click here.  

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