Wednesday, April 05, 2000
Johnson City, Tenn. -- The ETSU Athletic Department announced the selection of 10 individuals to be inducted into the ETSU Athletic Hall of Fame. Pierre Arnold, Richard Arnold, Marsha Barnes, Pat Carter, LeRoy Gray, Kim Harrell, Doug Linebarger, Charley Matlock, Bobby Snyder and Brenda Waggoner will all be inducted at the Hall of Fame Banquet to be held at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel on May 13.
Pierre Arnold, a 1980 graduate of ETSU, was the #1 singles player for the Bucs for three consecutive years. During his collegiate career, he posted a singles record of 73-27 and was the 1979 Southern Conference singles champion. Arnold was a two-time All-Southern Conference honoree and helped lead the Bucs to the 1978 Ohio Valley Conference and Eastern Collegiate Championship. Arnold is currently the Director of Tennis at Pembroke Lakes Tennis Center in Pembroke Pines, Fla., where he has coached and developed some of the top players on the ATP Tour.
Richard Arnold, a 1969 graduate of ETSU, was a member of the Buccaneer basketball team that advanced to the NCAA Mid-East Regional his junior season. He was a member of the 1965 Ohio Valley Conference All-Tournament team and was also named the Best Defensive Player. Arnold was also a team captain and averaged 11.7 points per game during his career. Following graduation, he attended the University of South Carolina Law School and graduated in the top five percent of his class. He is currently a partner with the Kenny, Nachwalter, Seymour and Arnold in Miami.
Marsha Barnes, a 1983 graduate of ETSU, is the all-time leading scorer in Lady Buc basketball history. One of three players to eclipse the 2,000-point plateau, Barnes finished her career with 2,239 points. Known as Marsha Cowart during her collegiate days, she also set the ETSU single-game scoring record with 52 points against Austin Peay. She averaged 20.2 points per game during her career and holds the Lady Buc record with 909 career field goals. Barnes is the only Lady Buc player in history to have her jersey retired, and only the third athlete in ETSU history to earn such an honor. Currently, Barnes is a mother of four and is a full-time homeschool teacher.
Pat Carter, a 1966 graduate of ETSU, played football for the Bucs from 1960-63. He was a three-time letterwinner and earned All-American and All-Ohio Valley Conference in 1962. Carter served in the United State Air Force before attending ETSU, from 1956-60. Following his time on the Buccaneer field, Carter played professional football for the Charleston Rockets in 1964 and 1965. After completing his playing career, he coached football, softball, basketball, baseball and track at Sullivan South High School. Mr. Carter passed away on September 2, 1994.
LeRoy Gray, a 1966 graduate of ETSU, was a member of the football team. He was a three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference honoree and earned All-American honors following the 1966 season. Gray was a team captain and played at both nose guard and middle linebacker. Gray is currently the senior vice president of the Consumer Credit Union in Greeneville, Tenn.
Kim Harrell was a member of the volleyball team in 1977 and 1978. She was also a member of the track & field team throughout her collegiate career. Harrell still holds both the indoor and outdoor record for the high jump. In 1980, Harrell jumped 5'9" indoors and 6' 3/4" outdoors to set both Buccaneer marks. She is currently the Director of Operations for Double Gold Fire, Security & Electronic Systems in Kingsport, Tenn.
Doug Linebarger, a 1970 graduate of ETSU, was a member of the 1969 football team that advanced to the Grantland Rice Bowl. He was a three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference honoree and earned All-American honors following the 1969 season. During his collegiate career he helped lead the Bucs to an overall record of 21-17-2. Following graduation, Linebarger served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He is currently the Manager of Compensation and Benefits for Philips Electronics in Atlanta. Linebarger has also officiated college football since the 1975 season and is currently an official for the Southeastern Conference.
Charley Matlock, a 1953 graduate of ETSU, played on the football, tennis and basketball teams while in Johnson City. He started at five different positions in football and served as the team's punter. During his junior and senior season, Matlock led the nation in punting average in part of each season. Following his ETSU career, Matlock became one of the most successful college golf coaches in history. Coaching at Division II Florida Southern College from 1972-95, Matlock won seven national titles and led his team to a top-five finish every year except one. He has earned induction into three Hall of Fames -- the Golf Coaches Association, the Sunshine State Conference and the FSC Golf Hall of Fame.
Bobby Snyder, a 1960 graduate of ETSU, earned four varsity letters in basketball for head caoch Madison Brooks. During the 1956 season, Snyder led the freshman team in scoring. Following his playing career, he became a head coach at the high school level. From 1960-71 Snyder was the head coach at Boones Creek High School. From 1965-71 Snyder's teams won 66 consecutive conference games and he earned Coach-of-the-Year honors in each of those seasons. Snyder then became the head coach at Daniel Boone High School where he has served in that capacity for 29 years. His 1999 team won the AA Sectional Championship and Snyder earned Coach-of-the-Year honors. This past year, Snyder was inducted into the Northeast Tennessee Hall of Fame.
Brenda Waggoner, a 1971 graduate of ETSU, was a member of both the basketball and volleyball teams. She served as a team captain on Dr. Janice Shelton's team that finished with a 7-1 record. Waggoner was also a member of the badminton team and served as both the Assistant Director and Director of Intramurals. She was a member of Phi Delta Phi, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Gamma Mu and Phi Eta Tau. Waggoner was a Dean's List honoree throughout college and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Following graduation, she obtained a master's degree from the University of Memphis in 1973 and a juris doctorate from Tennessee in 1978. She is currently a judge for the Knox County General Sessions Court, Division IV in Knoxville, Tenn.
The 2000 Hall of Fame inductees will be honored on Friday, May 12 prior to the ETSU baseball game with Furman University at Cardinal Park. The Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony will be proceeded by a poolside reception at 6:15. Dinner will be served at 7:00. Tickets for the event can be obtained by calling the ETSU Ticket Office at (423) 439-5371 and are $25.
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