GLENVILE STATE TO INDUCT FIVE IN SPORTS HALL OF FAME

(09/12/2003)

Glenville State College has announced the 2003 Class of the Curtis Elam Hall of Fame.

Established in 2001 through the generosity of the late Curtis Elam, ‘49, the Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame acknowledges more than just great athletic achievement by GSC players.

It celebrates the accomplishments of the best and brightest who have played on the fields and courts of the College as student-athletes – students who excelled in the classroom; athletes who excelled on the field; graduates who followed success at GSC with success throughout their careers and within their communities.

The Hall of Fame also celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding coaches and administrators who have formulated successful athletic programs during their tenure at GSC.

The 2003 Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place October 5, 2003 in the Heflin Student Union on the campus of GSC. The time for the event will be announced at a later date.

This Class of 2003 inductees include:

Michael Barrett ’94, a four-time All-Conference athlete. He received All-American honors for three of his four years at GSC and was honored as the WVIAC Golfer of the Year in 1992 and again in 1994. After finishing his career at the school, he returned to his native Ireland to play as an amateur.

Chris George ‘97, an all-time leading receiver in college in all divisions of collage football history. He passed Mississippi Valley’s Jerry Rice and ended with 389 career receptions for 5546 yards. A four-time All-Conference performer for the legendary Rich Rodriguez, he went on to play professionally in Canada and later for the Philadelphia Eagles. Currently a resident of Nutter Fort, W.Va., George caught a National record 117 passes for 1876 yards in 1993.

Pam Minigh ’83, a highly successful women’s basketball and volleyball player. Minigh helped take the College’s Women’s Basketball team to many championship games. She was the GSC leading scorer in women’s basketball with 1434 points. A four-year starter, she had a career scoring average of 15.9 points per game and a career record of 66-24. She was a four-year All-Conference selection who held the best record in the history of the College from 1979-1983. On the volleyball team, Minigh was a two-year player and starter. She was the team’s leading scorer her senior year and was the first volleyball player at GSC to receive an All-Conference first team selection. A Summa Cum Laude graduate, Minigh received the Clarissa Williams Award, the Ratliff Health and Physical Education Award and the Panhellenic Council of Outstanding Women Award. A native of Glenville, Minigh now resides in Buckhannon, W.Va.

Rich Rodriguez, who directed the Pioneer football team to four consecutive WVIAC titles in the 1990’s (1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996). In four years, he resurrected the football program from a winless season one year to a league championship the next. Rodriguez’s fast-paced, no-huddle offense won him a national reputation, which catapulted him to a highly successful career in the Division I coaching ranks. Rodriguez is the current head football coach at West Virginia University.

Jack Tennant ’55, a brilliant all-around athlete. Tennant finished his career at GSC as the school’s all-time passing leader. Tennant, who now lives in Weston, W.Va., held this title for 15 years and became the first Pioneer quarterback to pass for over 2000 yards. As a basketball player, he was a Career Scoring Leader from 1951-54 with 1800 points (#6 on the list). He was also a Pioneer All-time, All-Conference Selection from 1954-55. Tennant scored a career high of 1,963 foul shots, with a single game individual high of 18 against West Liberty. After leaving GSC, Tennant went on to a successful career, which included writing the retirement system for the state of West Virginia.

If you would like any additional information about the GSC Curtis Elam Hall of Fame, please contact Debbie Nagy at (304) 462-4107.


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