UT Martin adding quartet to elite group
Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 12:00 pm
Four former student-athletes will be inducted into the UT Martin Athletics Hall of Fame during the 2012 Homecoming Festivities: Nicole Davis (softball); Tessa Fields (women’s basketball); Larry Washington (football) and Tom Wride (men’s tennis).
The Letter Winners Breakfast and the Hall of Fame Induction are set for 8 a.m. in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center Concourse. For more information or tickets, call (731) 881-7660.
Davis played softball for head coach Donley Canary from 2002-05. She was named All-Ohio Valley Conference three consecutive years (2003-2005) and OVC All-Tournament in 2004.
She ranks in the top 10 in most all career offensive statistics categories, including games played, at bats, hits, doubles, RBIs, total bases, slugging percentage, walks, extra base hits, home runs, victories, games started, ERA, winning percentage, strikeouts, saves and appearances.
Fields played women’s basketball from 1997-99 for co-head coaches Gary Van Atta and Kim Van Atta. She helped UT Martin reach the OVC Tournament championship game both years.
Her senior season she helped the Skyhawks claim a berth in the WNIT and upset Ole Miss. Fields was also named All-OVC and OVC All-Tournament in 1998. She still holds the career single-season record for free throws made (150) and the career single-season record for assists (161).
Washington played football from 1974-76 for head coaches Bob Carroll and George MacIntyre. He rushed more than 1,700 yards. He had three of the top eight all-time best single-game rushing performances. He was named to the All-Gulf South Conference team in 1976.
After UTM, Washington helped the Edminton Eskimos (CFL) reach the Grey Cup in 1977 and won in 1978.
Wride played tennis from 1998-2001.
He was named to the All-OVC team his freshman and senior seasons, in addition to being named to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll four consecutive years.
His most impressive victories occurred in in 2000, when he defeated Vanderbilt’s No. 1 player Eddie Coats, and in 2001, when he defeated Mark Parsons, the No. 1 player at Tennessee. Published in The WCP 10.4.12