|Pros head Skyhawk Hall list |
|Posted: Friday, June 4, 2010 5:05 pm |
|National Football League veteran Fred Thomas and WNBA coach Linn Dunn head the list of inductees into the UT Martin athletics Hall of Fame. |
The induction ceremony will be held Oct. 16 during the 27th annual Letterwinners Club and Hall of Fame Breakfast in the Student Life Center on campus in conjunction with the university’s homecoming activities.
Others in the class include Rachel Ahlers (volleyball 1999-2002), Tony Champion (football 1981-84), Kelly Pendleton DeVilder (women’s basketball 1998-02), Cliff Sturdivant (baseball 1969-71); Carl Summers (wrestling 1969-71) and Lindsey Vicknair (volleyball 1999-2002).
Thomas played one season for the Skyhawks after transferring to UTM from Ole Miss.
The standout cornerback earned All-Ohio Valley Conference first-team honors and recorded 69 tackles and four interceptions.
He was the 47th pick in the 1996 NFL draft, the highest pick ever in UT Martin history. Thomas signed with the New Orleans Saints in the winter of 2000.
All totaled, Thomas played in 156 NFL games and started in 80 over 12 seasons and he recorded 424 career solo tackles and 360 total tackles, 13 interceptions and 73 pass deflections. Thomas announced his retirement from the NFL in 2009.
Dunn never played basketball at UT Martin because there were no formal competitive teams for women while she was a student.
She played intramural sports and went on to coach in the college ranks. Dunn was the mentor at Austin Peay, Ole Miss, Miami and Purdue, totaling a 447-257 won-lost record and a .635 winning percentage.
Then, Dunn began her professional coaching career with the Portland Power in the American Basketball League in 1996.
She was named the head coach of the Indiana Fever in 2007 and she guided the 2009 team to the Eastern Conference Championship.
Champion was one of the most prolific and productive players in UTM football history.
During his college career, he caught 72 passes for 1,531 yards and 14 touchdowns in 25 career games.
After his playing days at UT Martin were finished, he signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and also went on to play for the San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers.
Ahlers helped the UT Martin volleyball team to back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference regular season championships in 2001 and 2002, along with an OVC Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2002.
DeVilder was a four-year letterwinner at UT Martin and she helped the Skyhawks gain a berth in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament four consecutive seasons.
As a freshman, she was a member of the first-ever OVC regular season championship team that also earned a berth in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT).
Sturdivant played outfield and catcher.
He sported a .316 career batting average.
He was named UT Martin’s most valuable player in 1970 with a .374 batting average, 10 doubles and five home runs.
Summers wrestled on UT Martin’s first wrestling team in 1969-70 and also in 1970-71.
He served as the team captain both seasons for head coach Bud Reiselt.
He compiled an impressive 14-3 dual meet record in both the 190-pound class and the heavyweight.
Vicknair helped the UT Martin volleyball team to back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference regular season championships in 2001 and 2002, along with an OVC Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2002.