Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Presented
Submitted on May 21, 2018
Georgetown College celebrated the induction of the 21st class into the Georgetown College Athletics Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym this past Saturday, inducting four student-athletes Todd Cox, Walt DeLong, Greg Flesher and Rachel Vincent Salyer; three special inductions – coach Happy Osborne, distinguished alumni Dr. Susan Goodin, and the 2001 softball team; as well as honoring several students and other guests with scholarships and special awards. The evening celebrated another successful year of Tiger athletics while remembering those that built the foundation for these programs. Associate athletic director Austin Sparks, as well as the 2018-19 committee members, remind all to nominate worthy Tigers now for the 22nd induction class. A nomination form is linked here as well as on the Hall of Fame page here.
Todd Cox graduated from Georgetown College in the spring of 2000. After playing his first college basketball season at Virginia Commonwealth, he transferred back to his home state to play for Georgetown College and Happy Osborne. He was instrumental on the 1998 National Championship and 2000 National Championship runner-up teams. The Harlan, Ky. native recently had his high school jersey retired, joining the likes of Wallace “Wah” “Wah” Jones, Dick Parsons, Ernest Trosper, Mike Jones, and Chuck Thomas. He helped the Green Dragons to two state tournaments, advancing to the semifinals in his senior year, and two All “A” Classic titles. While he shifted through Division I offers and decided on one, Cox calls returning home and playing for Georgetown a blessing and a perfect fit. Cox served as a principal of Sublimity Elementary in Laurel County for more than nine years and currently is the director of pupil transportation.
• NAIA All-American honorable mention
• 3-time MSC All-Conference
• 26th all-time in scoring with 1,391 points
• 6th all-time in blocks with 76
Walt DeLong graduated from Georgetown College in the spring of 2002. He played football for Georgetown College from 1999-01, helping the Tigers to three consecutive NAIA Playoff Championship games, winning two. GC had a 41-1 record in those three years. The 6-foot-7, 330-pound offensive lineman from Ironton, Ohio opened up holes to help Georgetown’s offense click. Finishing up his senior season, DeLong was listed in Mel Kiper, Jr.’s mock NFL Draft selections at 227 to the Cleveland Browns. Along with postseason accolades, at the turn of the first decade in the 21st century, he was voted NAIA All-Decade Team and NAIA Lineman of the Decade. A graduate of Ironton High School, DeLong originally signed to play for Ohio State University. Along the way, he ended up playing basketball for Ohio University Southern Campus in Ironton. He also played basketball at Georgetown, helping the 2000-01 team alternating between starting and the sixth-man. The Tigers advanced to the quarterfinals that season, losing in double overtime.
• 3-time NAIA All-American
• 3-time NAIA Offensive Lineman of the Year
• NAIA All-Decade Team
• NAIA Lineman of the Decade
Greg Flesher graduated in the spring of 1978 as one of the best golfers to come through Georgetown College. He played for Coach L.E. ‘Brad’ Jones, an inaugural member of the athletic hall of fame. Flesher was a medalist in 10 college tournaments, meaning he won those events. He was runner-up in several others, including the Kentucky Intercollegiate Tournament - a match for all Kentucky colleges. Post-graduation, Flesher went on to have a long local Professional Golf Association career. He was three-time Central Illinois Player of the Year and gave 12,000 lessons as well as coaching college golf for six years in North Carolina. Flesher has two children, Ashley and Benjamin, and continues to play the game he loves evident by shooting a 62 back in the summer of 2016 at the age of 60.
• 1978 statewide college tournament champion
• 3-time KIAC All-Conference
• 10-time tournament champion
• Shot a course record of 64 at Vincennes, Ind.
• One of 400 Certified PGA Professionals in teaching
RACHEL VINCENT SALYER
Rachel Vincent Salyer graduated from Georgetown College in the spring of 2004 after an extremely successful basketball career. The Tigers were 100-37 in those four seasons with four straight trips to the NAIA National Championship. Her freshman season, GC advanced to the quarterfinals for just the second time in program history. Vincent Salyer still holds many top spots in multiple statistical categories at Georgetown. She received her bachelor degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, also obtaining her masters from Georgetown. She is currently a chemistry teacher at Franklin-Simpson High School, having previously taught at South Oldham, Bourbon County, and Scott County high schools. Vincent Salyer and her husband Brad, ‘03, live in Bowling Green, Ky. and have four children: daughters, Ava Grace and Hayslie, and twin sons, Ayson and Lincoln.
• Third-Team NAIA All-American
• 3-time MSC All-Conference
• 3-time MSC Academic All-Conference
• 11th all-time in scoring with 1,424 points
• 2nd all-time in steals with 278
• 5th all-time in three-pointers made with 162
• 3rd all-time in three-point percentage at 39 percent
• 9th all-time career free throws made with 348
• 6th all-time career free throw percentage with 81.1 percent
• 2nd all-time in games played
COACH HAPPY OSBORNE
Robert “Happy” Osborne, Jr. is very familiar to Georgetown College, as his parents met and fell in love here. He received his master's degree in 1987 from Georgetown while helping Hall of Fame Coach Jim Reid guide the Tigers. He then stayed and was an assistant for 16 years. Osborne took over for Reid and had a very successful 15 years as head coach before testing the NCAA waters at Tennessee Tech. He returned to his Kentucky roots, guiding Montgomery County to several state championship runs before taking the head position at NCAA Division II Kentucky Wesleyan. This past fall he retired from coaching and returned to a place he calls home, Georgetown College. He is now a development officer in the Office of Institutional Development, helping to fundraise for the college. Osborne and his wife Bobbi have one daughter, Madison. Both women are GC graduates.
• 456-84 record over 15 years
• program-best .844 winning percentage
• 15 straight national tournament appearances
• 1998 National Championship team
• 1996 National Championship runner-up team
• 2000 National Championship runner-up team
• 4 Fab-Four appearances
DR. SUSAN GOODIN
Dr. Susan Goodin played basketball for Coach Susan Johnson from 1984-87, forfeiting her final year of eligibility to follow her goal to become a pharmacist. While her dream of becoming a pharmacist started in grade school, it was at Georgetown in chemistry class where her interest in drug design to impact disease began. A life-long supporter of Georgetown College, she was awarded an honorary degree in 2009. Goodin is a founding member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. With expertise in the development and conduct of clinical trials of cancer drugs, she has led numerous multidisciplinary teams evaluating new drugs and combinations for the treatment of prostate cancer and natural products for the prevention of cancer. She currently serves as the Executive Officer for the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium, a collaboration of the Big Ten universities to conduct cancer clinical trials. Dr. Goodin has been recognized by a number of national pharmacy organizations where she received awards for her leadership in clinical practice, patient care and research, and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s Award of Hope for Patient Care. A highly sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally, she has published more than 100 articles on the treatment and prevention of cancer.
• KWIC All-Conference Team
• Basketball MVP
• Academic Athlete
• 1986-87 Assist Leader
• Dean’s List
• Second Year Award for Excellence in Biology
2001 SOFTBALL TEAM
In coach Mark Montgomery’s final season, Georgetown College softball set the foundation for much success. The 2001 Tigers went 36-16, finishing second in the regular season and winning the Mid-South Conference tournament. It was the first MSC title and started a three-year run of regular season and tournament championships. With the MSC crown in hand, GC punched a ticket to the NAIA regional sites. The Tigers finished as regional runner-up that season. Then assistant and current head coach Thomas Thornton notes that this team helped to solidify the strong foundation Montgomery and his staff set for GC softball. Since 2001, GC has tallied nine more 30-plus win seasons with four more tournament titles and four more regular season titles. GC has twice advanced to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round - 2009 and 2014. Team members were: Jennifer Beishline, Jennifer Lucas, Shannon Lamb, Whitney Criswell, Lisa Eckhoff, Christine Garnett, Toni Stevenson, Crissy Rapp, Suzanne Witten, Stephanie Monday, Summer Campbell, Sarah Donta, Toni Combs, Katie Bednark, Traci Combs, Kendra Hinerman, Joanna Lane, and Jamie Conliffe
Coaches were: Head Coach - Mark Montgomery, Assistant Coach – Valdez Floyd, Assistant Coach - Stephon Brown, Assistant Coach - Thomas Thornton
SPECIAL AWARDS: Jim Reid Scholarship – Patrick Oakley, Reed-Allen Character in Sport Endowed Scholarship – Cassidy Janes and Martina Lytle, Rick Crawford Philanthropy Award – Kramer-White family, Donna Hawkins Coaching for Significance Award – Shan Housekeeper, Brad Davis Game Administration – Jason Taylor, Milton 'Shorty' Price Award – Jan Lobitz.
- Jenny Elder, Sports Information Director