UT Martin HOF class has Dunagan at head

UT Martin HOF class has Dunagan at head
Five former athletes from The University of Tennessee at Martin and chancellor emeritus Nick Dunagan will be inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday at the annual Letter Winners and Hall of Fame Breakfast set for 7:30 a.m. at the Student Life Center.
Among the athletes to be inducted are Romel “Zeek” Andrews (football), Deslonde Collins (football), Randy Horn (baseball), Eric Kugler (rifle) and Angela Olsen (tennis).
Dr. Nick Dunagan led the university to several significant athletics milestones.
As acting chancellor in 1986, he initiated efforts to secure UT Martin’s membership in the Ohio Valley Conference, and continued, in his executive vice chancellor role, to work with Chancellor Margaret Perry on both the OVC membership application and the movement from NCAA Division II to Division I.
After becoming chancellor in April 2001, he supported athletics facilities improvements, including construction of the Bob Carroll Football Building, new seating in Skyhawk Arena, and the installation of a new artificial playing surface in Hardy M. Graham Stadium.
Ohio Valley Conference championships in volleyball, women’s tennis and football marked high points in the athletics program during his administration.
Dunagan officially retired in July 2007, leaving a lasting legacy for Tennessee-Martin athletics.
Andrews played football from 1982-85.
He played linebacker and defensive line.
The Ripley native recorded 108 total tackles as a sophomore and junior. Andrews signed a free agent contract with the Hamilton Tigercats in 1986.
He spent nine years in the Canadian Football League and played for two Grey Cup championship teams.
The Grey Cup is that league’s equivalent to the Super Bowl championship in the National Football League.
Andrews also played for the Winnipeg Bluebommers and resigned from the Tigercats in 1994.
Collins, from Milan, played football from 1962-64.
He played center and linebacker and served as the team captain of the 1964 team.
He has been active in the Ghosts of the Gridiron Club and attends most UT Martin home games.
Horn played baseball from 1968-71.
He was an outfielder and sported a .320 career batting average.
Additonally, Horn played on the 1968 and 1971 Volunteer Scholastic Athletic Conference championship teams and earned All-VSAC honors in 1970.
Horn was also a member of the 1971 team that advanced to the NCAA Mideast Regional Tournament.
Kugler was a member of the UT Martin rifle team from 1982-86 and was the first UTM athlete to qualify for the NCAA Rifle Championship.
He led the former Pacers to their first national top 20 finish in 1984.
Kugler was a two-time All-Gulf South Conference selection and a three-time qualifier for the NCAA championship.
Olsen played tennis from 1994-97. She sported a 35-3 Ohio Valley Conference singles record and a 36-2 OVC doubles worksheet.
She was a four-time All-OVC selection and she led her team to back-to-back conference championships in 1994 and 1995.
Olsen was named the OVC’s Player of the Year and Scholar Athlete in 1996.
Reservations to attend the Letter Winners Breakfast and Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies can be made by contacting the UT Martin Athletic Department at 881-7660.

Leave a Comment