KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ― The Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame will continue its tradition of honoring the area’s finest athletes – past and present – when ten inductees are recognized at the dinner and induction ceremony on Thursday, July 28, 2011, at the Knoxville Convention Center. Former NBA and University of Tennessee basketball player Bernard King will serve as the keynote speaker of the 30th annual celebration. King is an alumnus of Boys & Girls Clubs.
For three decades, the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony has celebrated excellence in athletics while benefiting the life-changing work of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. Each year, ten individuals with ties to the Greater Knoxville region are inducted into the Hall of Fame for their achievements in athletics.
Hospitality begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. Media interviews will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Convention Center. Live interviews may be conducted in Room 300A; please contact Sarah Malak at (865) 584-0550 or email@example.com to reserve your interview time slot and/or reserve media pass(es).
Legendary Oak Ridge High School coach in football, basketball, and track, compiling winning record in each sport he coached. Served as Athletic Director at Oak Ridge from 1943-1971, with ORHS teams winning 14 boys’ state championships. ORHS on-campus track facility named in his honor in 1977. Was one of first inductees into Oak Ridge Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 and the TSSAA Hall of Fame in 2010.
Former NBA and UT basketball player Bernard King will be this year's featured speaker
Longtime Knoxville News Sentinel Human Resources Director was city golf champion in 1957. At age 61, qualified for Match Play at USGA Senior Amateur Tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16. Defeated defending champion James Stahl before being defeated by reigning British Senior Champion Joel Hirsch. Served on Tennessee Golf Association Board of Directors 1968-1997, as vice-president 1987-90, and as member of Competitions Committee. He officiated at State Amateur Tournament from 1981 through 1997.
Fielden’s officiating career began in 1982 with the Knox-Ridge Basketball Officials Association, working district, regional and sub-state tournaments for 15 years. Was the first female to officiate in the TSSAA Boy’s State Basketball Championship (1994). Collegiate career in women’s basketball began in 1985 with the Volunteer State Athletic Conference and the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association. Has assigned and supervised officials for AAU and Special Olympic State Basketball Tournaments.
Poore, a 1962 graduate of East High School and native Knoxvillian, earned basketball scholarship to the University of Florida, playing from 1963-67. Spent more than 30 years in public education in Gainesville and Hernando County school systems as teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. Also served as director of Human Resources and Chief Negotiator for the Hernando County School System.
Involved in tennis since 1973 at junior, prep and collegiate levels and in coaching and teaching, and administrative capacities. Head women’s coach at William & Mary (1982-84) and the University of Tennessee (1984-87). Inducted into the UTC Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, the Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010, and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Former University of Tennessee quarterback and 1993 Heisman Trophy runner-up was elected to Congress in 2006 and reelected in 2008 and 2010. Led Swain County Maroon Devils to three state championships and was named “North Carolina High School Player of the Year.” Was All-SEC quarterback, SEC “Player of the Year,” and Academic All-SEC in 1993. Built one of the largest real estate firms in Tennessee.
University of Tennessee pole vault coach had legendary success in career dating from 1986-2005, with five NCAA Championships, 15 Southeastern Conference Championships, and 21 All-America Certificates. Led the way as vaulters broke SEC, American Junior, NCAA, American, World Athletic Final, and Olympic records. Former Vols won the pole vault at three consecutive U.S. Olympic Trials (1996, 2000, and 2004) and won Gold (2004) and Silver (2000) Olympic Medals.
Lake City, Tenn., native played 1955-57 as tackle at University of Tennessee. Was an outstanding football and basketball player for Lake City High School. In 1953, he was an All-State football selection and was in the State Basketball Tournament in 1951-1953. Was 1966 KIL “Coach of the Year” for his work at Bearden High School. In 2009, he was inducted into the Anderson County Hall of Fame. In 2010, Bearden dedicated a new fieldhouse named in his honor.
Cobb broke in as a redshirt freshman at the University of Tennessee in 1987 and rushed for 1197 yards and 17 touchdowns. Had 225 yards rushing in a 21-14 win over No. 4 Auburn. Had ten 100-yard games during career. Ranks No. 10 on career rushing list with 2,360 yards. Taken in second round of 1990 NFL draft by Tampa Bay. Rushed for 3,743 yards and 27 touchdowns. Now a scout with the San Francisco 49ers.
Seymour native and Tennessee linebacker and co-captain (1995) is Lakeway Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) representative in Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, and Jefferson counties. Follows grandfather Milo Fisher in to the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. Played professionally for the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins. Helped lead team to 11-1 record and victory over No. 2-ranked Ohio State in senior season.
Special Award Recipients
2011 “THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES”
Athletic department’s longest serving employee, dating to the days of Gen. Neyland. Has held nearly every position athletic department could offer and joined Haywood Harris as the co-host of the legendary “Locker Room” program on game days starting in 1961. Has served through ten football and basketball coaches over the years and, like Harris, is one of the most recognizable “Tennessee faces” in college athletics.
JAMES A. DICK
2011 SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Long-time Knoxville radio entrepreneur lived a life of dedicated community service, starting WIVK Radio and using the airwaves to benefit a number of community causes. His last great gifts to the community were his support for the historic Tennessee Theatre and the Joy of Music School. Named University of Tennessee “Volunteer of the Year” and was presented “Distinguished Alumni Award” by Transylvania University.
2011 PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Newest and youngest Daytona 500 Champion. Has more championships (22) than his age. Has stamped himself as a fierce competitor on the track. Has notched 14 wins, 19 pole positions and 30 top-five finishes in only 41 starts in the Allison Legacy Race Series. In short period of time, has established himself as one of the up and coming NASCAR stars.
2011 SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Has been a leader in youth league baseball, doing everything from lining fields to distributing flyers about baseball programs. By his estimate has pitched to more than 600,000 prospective young baseball players, either overhand or underhand, depending on their ability level. Has led the growth and development of programs at Sequoyah and Lakeshore Parks. Has taught young players lessons that go beyond the baseball diamond.
Male High School Athletes of the Year
BEARDEN HIGH SCHOOL
Bearden product was one of the more heralded prospects to come out of the Knoxville area in years, honored by the Tennessean, PrepXtra, and the Tennessee Sportswriters Association. Was a threat to go all the way any time he touched the ball, either rushing or returning kicks. Signed scholarship papers with the University of Tennessee in February 2011. For his career had 7,433 all-purpose yards, 83 touchdowns, 498 points scored.
CARTER HIGH SCHOOL
The all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Carter High School, with 2,872 points (25 ppg) and 1,452 rebounds (14 rpg) for his career. Three-time All-State selection. Was four-time All-District and All-KIL. Named District 3AA “Player of the Year” in 2011 and was Class AA “Mr. Basketball” finalist in 2010. Led Carter to first TSSAA State Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010.
WEBB SCHOOL OF KNOXVILLE
Awarded 11 letters in three sports at the Webb School of Knoxville. Four-year starter at quarterback, leading team to a 25-1 record during junior and senior seasons, winning back-to-back state championships. Won the Spartan Award in 2010, named Best Offensive Player in 2009 and 2010, and was 2010 team captain. Also had distinguished career in baseball, being a three-time All-State selection and University of Tennessee baseball signee.
Female High School Athlete of the Year
WEST HIGH SCHOOL
Won the 2010 Nike Indoor Nationals in the Pentathlon, earning Indoor All-American status. Served as Track Team Captain for three years and helped lead her team to two state titles and one runner-up in the Division I AAA class. Part of 4×400 relay team that set a state record (3:51.19). Earned two All-American honors and 14 All-State honors. Will attend Stanford University on a track scholarship.