MEMPHIS, Tenn. – College of Memphis had 10 former student-athletes and coaches named to the 2022 Memphis Sports activities Corridor of Fame class on Tuesday.
Former males’s basketball coach Gene Bartow, baseball and soccer participant John Bramlett, former ladies’s basketball coach Mary Lou Johns, baseball participant Charlie Lea, former soccer coach Billy J. Murphy, soccer participant Tom Nix, males’s basketball participant Elliot Perry, ladies’s basketball participant Linda Avenue, volleyball participant Barbara Whitaker and soccer participant DeAngelo Williams all earned the celebrated honor.
The 27-person class will likely be formally inducted throughout a ceremony at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 on the Renasant Conference Middle.
Spent 4 seasons as head males’s basketball coach on the College of Memphis, main the Tigers to the nationwide championship recreation in 1973.
John Bramlett • M Membership Corridor of Fame (1980)
Bramlett was the best defensive participant in Tiger soccer historical past. A linebacker from Humes Excessive Faculty in Memphis, Bramlett got here to then Memphis State College within the fall of 1959 and performed for former head coach Billy J. Murphy for 4 seasons. Along with being a standout soccer participant, Bramlett was additionally a stellar baseball catcher and lettered for the Tigers for 4 seasons. A speedy and intense participant, Bramlett made the varsity unit instantly and was a starter by mid-season. The Tigers completed the 1959 season with a 6-4-0 file and posted wins towards Florida State and Southern Mississippi. Throughout the 1960 marketing campaign Bramlett helped the Tiger file enhance to 8-2-0 and in 1961, an an identical 8-2-0 file was achieved. As a senior, Bramlett registered two go interceptions which have been returned for a complete of 55 yards. The Tiger file improved to 8-1-0 and an necessary milestone was reached. Bramlett led the protection in permitting Mississippi State to attain simply seven factors as Memphis State received its first ever SEC contest, 28-7, over the Bulldogs in Starkville (MS). The Tigers would end the 1962 season ranked seventeenth within the nation by United Press Worldwide. All through his 4 years as a Tiger, Bramlett starred on the baseball diamond. He hit .323 as a freshman and .357 throughout his sophomore season. The Tigers have been 5-15 in 1959 however improved to 12-12 in 1960. As a junior, Bramlett led the squad with a .403 batting common and the ultimate file was a formidable 13-6. Throughout his remaining marketing campaign, Bramlett hit .358 and tallied 4 dwelling runs and 18 stolen bases.
Mary Lou Johns • M Membership Corridor of Fame (1996)
Johns coached the Girl Tiger basketball group for 20 years and through that point compiled an general file of 377-231. She was named the Metro Convention Coach of the 12 months in 1984, 1986 and 1987 and her groups captured convention titles in 1982 and 1985. Three Girl Tiger groups obtained NCAA invites below Johns and her 1984 group was the runner up within the Girls’s NIT. Whereas a pupil on the College of Memphis, Johns was a member of the ladies’s basketball, volleyball, tennis and badminton groups. She obtained her diploma in 1964.
Charlie Lea • M Membership Corridor of Fame (1984)
Lea guided the Tigers to the NCAA Regional finals in 1978, was the beginning and profitable pitcher for the Nationwide League within the 1984 Main League Baseball All-Star Recreation. Lea, a Kingsbury Excessive graduate, got here to U of M from Shelby State Junior School. He grew to become one of many groups’ main pitchers in 1978, compiling a 9-2 file with 5 saves. Lea labored 97 innings in 1978, recording 79 strikeouts. His 3.77 ERA was the third lowest amongst regulars, and his no-hitter towards Arkansas-Little Rock was one of many highlights of the season. Lea’s wins got here towards such groups as Illinois, South Alabama, Louisville, and North Carolina.
Billy J. Murphy • M Membership Corridor of Fame (1982)
Murphy entered the teaching occupation in 1947 and after serving for 10 years as an assistant coach at such faculties as Minnesota, Mississippi State and Memphis State, he obtained a name from Dr. C.C. Humphreys on his thirty seventh birthday, providing him the top teaching place at Memphis. In 1962, Coach Murphy took his group to Starkville (MS) and defeated the Bulldogs 28-7 marking the Tigers first win over an SEC group at school historical past. In 1963, his Tigers battled Coach John Vaught’s third ranked Ole Miss Rebels to a 0-0 tie at Crump Stadium earlier than knocking off 11# ranked Miss State 17-10 later that season. Throughout the four-year span of 1960 – 1963, Murphy’s squads compiled an general file of 33 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie. In September of 1967 Memphis State opened the season in Liberty Bowl Stadium going through Vaught’s Rebels, a group Memphis State had not crushed in 21 makes an attempt courting again to the 1921 season. The ultimate rating, Memphis State 27, Ole Miss 17. When he coached his remaining recreation for the Tigers, a victory within the 1971 Pasadena Bowl, his file stood at an incredible 91-44-1, rating Coach Murphy eleventh within the nation amongst energetic coaches in won-loss file and fifteenth in whole victories. Throughout the fall of 1966, Murphy had taken on the twin function of soccer coach and athletic director and following his retirement from soccer, he assumed the full-time duties of AD. With the identical dedication he demonstrated on the gridiron, he oversaw the development of multimillion greenback athletic services, raised the Tiger athletic finances from a mere $150,000 in 1958 to over $2.5 million and was instrumental in placing collectively the unique Metro Athletic Convention which featured such faculties as Virginia Tech, Florida State, South Carolina and Georgia Tech. Murphy will likely be inducted into the School Soccer Corridor of Fame as a part of the 2022 class.
Tom Nix • M Membership Corridor of Fame (1977)
Nix, an impressive soccer participant for the Tigers, is without doubt one of the most famous highschool coaches in Memphis, performed soccer for Ralph Hatley at Memphis in 1949 and 1950. Nix was a standout offensive and defensive lineman for Hatley’s’ high-scoring Tiger unit. In 1949 he was named the Participant of the Recreation for maybe Memphis’ most necessary of contemporary occasions. Nix’s defensive efficiency through the Kansas State victory earned him the consideration. That contest is taken into account the primary main win at school historical past and propelled the U of M into the most important school stage. He was additionally chosen to the Tigers’ All-Time Workforce in 1958 which was picked by coaches Hatley, Murphy, Zach Curlin and Cecil C. Humphreys. After commencement he grew to become a coach at Whitehaven Excessive and moved to CBHS in 1956. He remained the coach at CBHS till 1984 when he grew to become the full-time athletic director for the Brothers. His profession prep teaching file stands at 239-79-7.
Elliot Perry • M Membership Corridor of Fame (2002)
Perry, who’s the U of M’s second all-time main scorer, was one of many most interesting guards to ever play for Memphis. The native Memphian led the Tigers to 4 straight postseason tournaments and 76 wins over his profession. Perry, who began each recreation of his four-year profession, paced the group in scoring, assists and steals three consecutive seasons. The previous McDonald All-American led the Tigers to a 20-12 file and an NCAA bid as a freshman. He was named the Metro Convention Freshman of the 12 months and Sport Journal’s freshman level guard of the yr. Perry led the Metro Convention in scoring as a senior with a 20.8 common and in steals with 85 and was once more named to the All-Convention group. He grew to become Memphis’ and the Metro Convention’s profession chief in steals with 300 and have become simply the tenth participant in NCAA historical past to amass 300 steals. His jersey quantity 34 is retired.
Linda Avenue • M Membership Corridor of Fame (1989)
Avenue was the primary Girl Tiger basketball participant over 6′ toes tall and together with Corridor of Fame inductee Betty Booker, actually introduced Girl Tiger basketball into the nationwide highlight. Avenue got here to the College within the fall of 1976 and lettered for 4 years for former head coach Mary Lou Johns. Regardless of lacking the 1979-80 season with a knee damage, she got here again and completed her profession with 2,147 factors and 1,453 rebounds. She continues to be the varsity’s fourth all-time main scorer and the all-time main rebounder. Avenue averaged 15.7 factors per recreation throughout her profession and led the Girl Tigers to an general file of 102-36 throughout her 4 seasons. The Girl Tigers additionally appeared within the AIAW Match in 1977-78.
DeAngelo Williams • M Membership Corridor of Fame (2014)
Williams, a local of Wynne, Arkansas, arrived on the Memphis campus within the fall of 2002 and started rewriting the Tiger soccer file ebook. In 4 years, he rushed for six,026 profession yards and 55 touchdowns on 969 makes an attempt. As well as, he caught 5 landing passes and registered 723 receiving yards on 70 receptions. Williams was named to the Convention USA All-Freshman group in 2002 and went on to be named the Convention USA Offensive Participant of the yr for 3 consecutive years. A Heisman Trophy candidate in 2005, Williams ended his profession because the nation’s main rusher with a mean of 178.55 yards per recreation. Throughout his storied profession, Williams set the NCAA file for essentially the most 100-yard speeding performances in a profession with 34 and nonetheless ranks fourth in NCAA historical past with 6,026 speeding yards. He was additionally the NCAA file holder for profession all-purpose yards with 7,573. Named to 16 All-America groups, Williams was named to the Walter Camp and American Soccer Coaches Affiliation All-America groups and was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award. He claimed MVP honors within the 2005 Motor Metropolis Bowl and the 2006 Senior Bowl.
Whitaker was a letterwinner with the Tiger volleyball program from 1977-80. She was the recipient of the 2006 Billy J. Murphy Award. Whitaker has been a standout prep coach with the volleyball and ladies’ tennis coach at Germantown Excessive Faculty in Memphis and has helped Germantown to 6 state volleyball championships, together with a 3-1 victory within the 2005 TSSAA Class AAA championship recreation. Whitaker-led Germantown volleyball groups appeared in 21-straight TSSAA state tournaments, claiming state crowns in 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2003 and 2005. Whitaker coached Germantown to 6 of this system’s TSSAA-record seven volleyball titles, incomes six TSSAA Coach of the 12 months honors, 5 Better of Preps Coach of the 12 months awards and serving to her group to 18 District Championships and 17 Regional Championships.
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