Troy University enshrined eight former student-athletes andcoaches into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night. The ceremonytook place inside Trojan Arena.
This is the third class that has been inducted into theuniversity's hall of fame and this year's class consists of Danny Cox, MikeGriffin, Perry Griggs, Ted Horstead, Anthony Reed, Rick Rhoads, Osi Umenyioraand Paul Word.
"On behalf of the 420 student-athletes and ouradministration, I want to congratulate these eight very deserving inductees," saidJohn Hartwell, Troy's Director of Athletics. "In addition to their athletic accomplishments which speak forthemselves, they have also been great ambassadors for Troy Universitythroughout their communities and across the country."
With the eight new inductees, the number of members in theTroy University Sports Hall of Fame is now up to 27. The hall of fame is housedin the main rotunda of Trojan Arena.
A short biography of each 2014 inductee:
Danny Cox (Baseball) – Danny Cox put togetherone of the most magical seasons ever by a Troy pitcher during the 1981campaign. His dominance on the mound led to first team All-America honors andstatistics that still hold true in Troy's record book today. Cox won a schoolrecord 13 games during the 1981 season behind the strength of six shutouts, anumber that is both the single-season and career record for the Trojans. Aproduct of Warner Robbins (Ga.) High School, Cox was a member of the inauguralclass into the Troy Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. He set an NCAA record with43 consecutive scoreless innings as he posted a 1.30 ERA and led the country inwins. His ERA still ranks as the third best in a season in Troy history whilehis 110.2 innings pitched rank as the 10th best total. Cox finished his Trojancareer with a 17-7 overall record and a 2.31 ERA, which still ranks as thethird best mark by a Troy player. Cox was a member of two Gulf South Conferencechampionship teams that advanced to the NCAA Division II World Series andcombined to win 67 games to just 22 losses.
Mike Griffin (Men's Golf)– One of the most successful golf coaches in NCAA history, Mike Griffin ledTroy to three NCAA Division II National Championships (1976, 77, 84), one NCAADivision II National Runner-Up, nine straight appearances in the NCAA DivisionII National Championship Tournament and seven Gulf South Conference Championships. He had 32 golfers earn All-America honors while the Trojans finished lower thanfourth just once during their nine NCAA appearances. Griffin was Troy's No. 1golfer during three of his four seasons as a student-athlete and won a pair ofAlabama Collegiate Conference individual championships. Following two seasonson the mini-tour, Griffin collected 1,581 wins during his 11 seasons as Troy'shead coach. Griffin won nine coach of the year honors before taking over atAuburn University in 1984. He led the Tigers to 18 NCAA Regional appearancesover his final 20 years and took Auburn to the NCAA Championships 16 timesduring his 25-year career on the Plains. Griffin was named the SoutheasternConference Coach of the Year four times, the Region II South Coach of the Yearfive times and was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hallof Fame in 2000. Griffin compiled a record of 1581-642-22 (.714) during his 11seasons at Troy and concluded his 36-year with 4,571 victories between his timeat Troy and Auburn.
Perry Griggs (Football)– One of the most versatile players in Troy history, Perry Griggs held theschool's all-purpose yards record for over 30 years after finishing his storiedcareer with 4,079 yards. A Kodak first team All-American and NAIA second teamAll-American in 1976, Griggs earned All-Gulf South first team honors in 1974and 1976 and was named the league's Player of the Year in 1974. Griggs'sophomore season (1974) was his best statistically as he totaled 1,585all-purpose yards with 163 coming on the ground, 611 through the air, 280 viapunt returns and 531 on kickoff returns. He was named the top player in Alabamaby the Birmingham Post Herald, and was an honorable mention All-American by theAssociated Press and the NAIA that season. Griggs is currently second in Troyhistory in all-purpose yards, seventh in receiving yards (1,975) and fourth intouchdown receptions (19). Griggs averaged 13.8 yards per punt during hiscareer a mark that ranks second all-time in Troy history. Griggs was the fifthTroy player to be selected in the NFL Draft when the New York Jets selected himwith their fifth round pick in 1977. He played for the Jets, Atlanta Falconsand the Baltimore Colts in the NFL and for two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombersin the Canadian Football League.
Ted Horstead (Football)– One of the all-time great running backs in Troy history, Ted Horsteadcurrently ranks second on the all-time career rushing list for the Trojans with2,926 yards over his four year career. The Elba, Ala., native turned in hisbest season during Troy's 1984 National Championship season. Horstead rushedfor 1,123 yards on 238 carries as the Trojans went 12-1 and won the NCAADivision II title. His rushing yards and carries were both single-season Troyrecords at the time and currently rank as the fifth and third best marks,respectively. Horstead became the first Troy player to rush for over 1,000yards in a career and his career total stood as the school record for 17seasons. A fullback, Horstead earned All-Gulf South Conference honors in 1984and 1985 and is tied for second all-time in Troy history with eight 100-yardrushing games for his career. He ranks sixth, seventh and ninth on the Troysingle-season rushing yards per game list and third all-time with a 75.0 yardsper game average for his career. Following his playing career, which was cutshort due to an injury his senior year, he has worked professionally inMississippi and Alabama and has been actively involved in coaching youth football.He also served on the board for the Holcut Foundation, which createdafter-school programs for disadvantaged youth.
Anthony Reed (Men's Basketball)– Troy's all-time leading scorer by over 100 points, Anthony Reed dominated theGulf South Conference during his four-year career with the Trojans. He finishedhis career with 1,875 points (124 points more than the next closest player),913 rebounds and 149 steals. The Hayneville, Ala., native took the GSC by stormout of the gates as he earned the league's Freshman of the Year award afteraveraging 13.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in his rookie campaign. His scoringincreased by over 10 points a game over his career and his senior season Reedaveraged a Troy single-season record 24.4 points per game. Reed earned All-GulfSouth Conference honors three times in his career and All-America honorsfollowing his dominant senior campaign. Reed holds the Troy career records forfree throws made (363) and free throws attempted (671) in addition to thesingle-game record of 21 free throws attempted. He scored over 30 points sixtimes during his career, including a career-best 37 against Valdosta State.Reed was just as solid on the glass as he was in the scoring department as heaveraged 8.1 rebounds per game over his career, including a career-best 8.7rebounding mark his junior season.
Rick Rhoades (Football) –Rick Rhoades has a distinct place in Troy's football history as one of threecoaches in school history to win a national championship. Rhoades three seasonsas the Trojans' head coach led to a pair of Gulf South Conference titles andthe 1987 NCAA Division II National Championship; he also won a national titleas Troy's defensive coordinator in 1984. The Trojans rolled off 12 straightwins to close out the 1987 season including a 31-17 victory over Portland Statein the title game, for which Rhoades was named the National Coach of theYear. The run to the title featured several thrilling games as theTrojans forced eight turnovers in a 31-10 semifinal victory over CentralFlorida and then rallied from a 10-3 halftime deficit in the win over PortlandState. Rhoades compiled a 28-7-1 record in his three seasons at Troy and wonall three of his games against in-state rivals Jacksonville State and WestAlabama. The Trojans posted a 22-2 Gulf South Conference record during histenure and won 19 of their final 20 league games. A graduate of CentralMissouri State, Rhoades went on to serve as the head coach at Southern Illinoisfor one season before taking over as the offensive line coach at Alabama forone season and the offensive coordinator at Kentucky for two seasons. He laterwent on to serve as the head coach at Nicholls State and Delta State. Rhoadeshas spent the last seven seasons coaching in Austria, Sweden and France.
Osi Umenyiora (Football)– One of the most feared defensive lineman in the National Football League, OsiUmenyiora has won a pair of Super Bowl titles and has twice been selected tothe NFL Pro Bowl. An All-American following the 2002 season at Troy, Umenyiorawas selected by the New York Giants in the second round (56th overall pick) inthe 2003 NFL Draft. The London, England, native's senior year at Troy was oneof the best in school history as he finished second in the country with 15sacks, a total which ranks tied for fifth best in a season in Troy history.Umenyiora recorded 20.5 tackles for loss during that 2002 season to establish anew single-season school record. The record held true for eight seasons untilnow Atlanta Falcons teammate Jonathan Massaquoi, finished the 2010 campaignwith 21.5 tackles for loss. Umenyiora ranks second all-time in Troy historywith 38.5 tackles for loss behind only DeMarcus Ware; he also ranks eighth insacks and 16th in tackles. He holds the Troy single-game record after pickingup four sacks against Florida A&M in 2002. Umenyiora's professional careerhas been just as successful as he led the NFC in sacks in 2005, was named theNFC Defensive Player of the Month in Oct. 2010, set the New York Giants recordwith six sacks in a game and holds the NFL record after forcing 10 fumbles in2010.
Paul Word (Men's Basketball)– One of the early pioneers in the history of Troy men's basketball, Paul Wordwas named a Small College All-American following the 1961-62 season in additionto earning a pair of All-Alabama Collegiate Conference honors. Word ranks 15thall time in Troy history with 1,113 points over his three year career and isone of just 22 players in Troy history to top the 1,000-point mark. TheEufaula, Ala., native helped lead the Trojans to a pair of Alabama CollegiateConference regular season championships and the 1962 Alabama CollegiateConference Tournament Championship. Troy appeared in the NAIA NationalTournament all three seasons with Word on the roster. He led the Trojans inscoring and rebounding in his final two seasons; Word averaged 17.3 points and10.9 rebounds in 1960-61 and 17.6 points and 9.9 rebounds in 1961-62. Aftergraduating Troy with honors, Word went on to dominate the high school coachingranks in Alabama as he won 614 games in 38 years, including state championshipsat New Brockton (1968) and Abbeville Christian Academy (2002), for which heearned Alabama Coach of the Year honors.
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