Five Outstanding Alumni To Be Inducted into Rhodes Athletics Hall of Fame


Publication Date: 8/6/2007

Five outstanding alumni will be inducted into the Rhodes Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming Weekend, October 19-20, 2007.  The induction luncheon will be held on Friday, October 19, at 11am in the Bryan Campus Life Center. Tickets can be purchased through the Alumni Office.

Harland Smith ’47 – Standout basketball player for the Lynx from 1941-43. Ran the mile for the track team in 1942.  From 1943-46 served in US Army Air Corps during World War II. Returned to Southwestern in 1946 to lead the first post-WWII Lynx football team. Upon graduation was one of the top amateur baseball and softball players in the Memphis area.  Tapped Omicron Delta Kappa in 1946.  Received the Seidman Athletic Award in 1947 for his outstanding achievement academically and athletically.

Jack Biedenharn ’58 – Outstanding tennis player from 1955-58. Played #1 singles and won the Tennessee Interscholastic Athletic Conference (TIAC) title his senior year. Played football as a senior in 1957.  Very successful high school tennis coach for over twenty years. Ranked as one of the top five tennis players in Florida in every age group he’s participated.

Challace McMillin ’64 – Four-year starter in football and leader tackler during his junior and senior years. Named All College Athletic Conference in 1962 and 1963. Captain of the 1963 Lynx team.  Also played offfensive guard.  After successful high school coaching career he became the first head football coach at James Madison University, where he produced nationally ranked teams at the NCAA Division III, Division II and Division IAA levels. Member of the James Madison University Athletic Hall of Fame.  Member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.   Selected Who′s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.

Mike Palazzolo ’86 – Four-year starter and All College Athletic Conference wide receiver in 1984 and 1985. Named the Most Valuable Player in football as a junior and senior. Ended his career with 101 receptions and 20 TD’s. All-CAC in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, and discus. Signed as a free agent with Cincinati Bengals in 1986.   Member of Sigma Nu fraternity.  Served as color analyst on Rhodes football broadcasts from 1995-2002. 

Nao Kinoshita Wylie ‘ 97 – First athlete in Rhodes history to win a NCAA National Championship. Captured two NCAA Division III singles (1995, 1997) and one doubles title (1997 with partner Taylor Tarver). Recorded an amazing 80-4 career record. ITA All American from 1994-97. ITA National Player of the Year in 1997.  SCAC Player of the Year - 1994, 1995, 1997.  Small College Rolex National Champion in 1995.