Georgetown College Athletics Inducts 22nd Hall of Fame Class
Submitted on May 20, 2019
Georgetown College Athletics inducted its 22nd Hall of Fame class Saturday evening in a grand affair at Georgetown College Conference Center.
Three scholarships were awarded to help remind all in attendance the importance of “student” in “student-athlete." Patrick Oakley received the Jim Reid Scholarship, awarded to a golfer in honor of former legendary Tiger student-athlete and coach, Jim Reid. Then, Jessica Mattingly and Eddie Lam were awarded the Reed-Allen Character in Sport Scholarship, which is made possible by the great work of Converse, Billy Reed, and legendary Tiger student-athlete Kenny Davis.
A truly special part of the occasion, each year the awards honor those who have given to Athletics in different ways. Dave Jacobs received the Rick Crawford Philanthropy Award, as he so generously assisted men's basketball in their trip to the NAIA National Tournament. Men's basketball assistant Barrett Meyer earned the Donna Hawkins Coaching for Significance Award. He's one of the youngest, brightest minds in basketball and works diligently to help the Tigers stay on top.
Thomas Thornton lends a hand in numerous things outside of coaching softball for Georgetown. One of his biggest endeavors is helping make football game days run smoothly. He keeps it all going and for this he earned the Brad Davis Game Administration Award.
The Milton "Shorty" Price Award had another clear cut winner this year. Bobby Downs goes above and beyond in helping run the conference center as well as innumerable home events. He quietly goes about his job and makes quick adjustments on the fly, so all goes off without a hitch.
Inductions started with the honoring of the volleyball team that helped to put the Tigers on the map. The 1988 team was the first to qualify for nationals. GC has now been to 20 national tournaments in 30-plus years. Georgetown went 44-3 that season and have countless team members with many national honors and awards.
The inductions continued with 1997 graduate Jalana Daeger Belding. She was a double major in psychology and sociology as a two-sport Tiger athlete, four years with volleyball and one with softball.
During her career, volleyball made two national tournament appearances with a 158-47 record. The Tigers were also 1996 MSC season and tournament champions.
The next inductee was football star, Ken Graham. He was a 1976 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in physical education and a minor in sociology. He also received his Master of Arts in secondary education from Georgetown College. In his four seasons on the gridiron, Graham rewrote the receiving record book, helping the team to a 23-14-1 record. In his final two seasons, GC was 13-6-1.
Tom Stewart played men's basketball under two legendary coaches – Bob Davis and Reid. He was a 1975 graduate. Steward helped to lead the men's basketball team to an 84-32 record in his four seasons, dominating on the boards. He set marks of excellence for rebounding with a second best in a single game, 30. He has three other games on the Georgetown College in-game superlative Top 10 list - 26, 25 and 23.
Football's Jeff Watts was the next honoree. He was a member of the 1991 national title team, earning defensive player of the game in the school's first championship win. He was a 1992 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in political science with minors in history and physical education. GC went 37-7-1 in his four seasons with three MSC conference titles. He still holds top 10 spots in several season and career defensive statistical categories - sacks, tackles, tackles for loss, sacks for loss.
The fifth student-athlete honoree was a foundational block of the women's soccer program. Kristin Bamberger Wilson was a 1999 Georgetown College graduate with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and minor in psychology.
Hamburger led the women’s soccer team on the field during its infancy stages. The Tigers posted 14 and 15 wins in two of the four years Bamberger Wilson anchored the defense. GC also posted nine and 12 shutots in those two seasons. She was also the first Tiger women's soccer player to earn NAIA All-American status, which she attained twice.
The last honor of the night went to a Tiger alum who proudly helped to build the hall of fame. Jim Boyd was honored posthumously. He was a 1950 graduate of Georgetown College. In his four years as a Tiger, he was a four-year football letterman, which had restarted following World War II.
Following graduation, he briefly taught and coached at Whitesburg High School before entering the military and serving a year in Korea during the Korean Conflict.
Upon his return, he enrolled at University of Kentucky to earn his master's degree. He and his wife Martha Anne Holbrook Boyd moved to Anderson County, where he taught and coached. Later, he served as ACHS principal. He also started FCA for the Bearcats and served as huddle leader.
He took time to serve on Georgetown College Board of Trustees and was a 2004 Milton "Shorty" Price Service Award recipient at the Georgetown College Athletic Hall of Fame banquet.
"Jim was a true gentleman, a man of good character, a Christian, and a great husband and father," said Al Blevins. "Jim was passionate about life, work, family and especially his alma mater – Georgetown College.
"Jim was always willing to invest his time, talents and gifts to Georgetown College. He served on several committees and certainly distinguished himself as being a part of the one of the founding members of the Georgetown College Hall of Fame committee.”