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Six Alumni and Three Teams To Be Inducted Into Athletic Hall of Fame

Publication Date: 10/19/2012

Todd Robbins ’72

Six alumni and three teams have been selected for induction into the Rhodes Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction luncheon will be held today (Oct. 19) at 11 a.m. in the McCallum Ballroom.

Mike Truscott ’62 was an outstanding tennis player and served as captain of the tennis team his junior and senior years, when he played #1 for the Lynx. During his career, the college won two Tennessee Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships. In addition, Truscott was one of the first soccer style placekickers in football at the collegiate or professional levels in the United States.

Keith Arman ’62 participated in basketball, cross-country and track for four years, and he served as captain of the cross-country and track teams. In basketball, Arman was an outstanding defender and rebounder, and averaged 10 points/game his junior and senior years. He was a mainstay on the Lynx track teams running the mile and 2-mile. In addition, Arman served as Commissioner of Athletics and was selected to Who’s Who.

Todd Robbins ’72 earned All College Athletic Conference (CAC) honors in 1970 and 1971 as a defensive back. He was the mainstay in the secondary for the Lynx squad which posted a 7-1 record and captured the CAC title. Robbins was one of the top sprinters in the CAC and was a member of the 440 yard relay team, which still holds the school record. During his three years on the track team, the Lynx captured three CAC titles. Robbins also was an outstanding student earning majors in English and biochemistry.

Marvin Spears ’90 was an outstanding defensive back and record setting high jumper. He held the school record in the high jump for 10 years with a leap of 6′ 8 ½.” With him serving as a three-year starter at defensive back, the Lynx compiled a 22-3-2 record, including a trip to the NCAA Division III national playoffs his junior year. Spears earned All College Athletic Conference honors his junior and senior year. In 1990, he was awarded the Seidman Trophy that is awarded to the senior student-athlete who exhibits excellence both in the classroom and on the athletic field.

Brian Vandegrift ’94 was one of the top receivers in the nation during his junior and senior seasons. He still holds the Rhodes single season record of 78 receptions, which he accomplished during the 1993 season. Vandegrift was selected the Co-SCAC Offensive Player of the Year, and his teammates selected him to receive the James H. Daughdrill Award, awarded to the Most Valuable Player on the Rhodes Football Team. Brian also was an outstanding baseball player where he was a four-year starter earning First Team All-SCAC honors in 1991, 1993 and 1994.

Kate Maffei McGuinness ’98 was a four-year starter as an outside hitter for the Lynx. She earned USVCA All Region honors her junior and senior seasons and was selected All-SCAC during her freshman and senior seasons. Kate holds school records for Career Kills (1875), Career Kills/Game (3.56), Most Career Aces (445) and Most Career Aces/Game (.84). She also ranks in the top five all-time in four other categories. McGuinness was also a four-year lettermen in basketball for the Lynx where she started at forward for three years.

 

Teams Honored

The 1968-69 Basketball Team compiled a 22-3 record and captured the College Athletic Conference title. Led by Coach Don Duckworth, the team was the first Lynx team to win more than 20 games. Team members include Ken Brooks, Eddie Hart, Jim Moss, Ron McAfee, Jim Meeks, Jim Gannon, Tom Shoffner, Eric Cardwell, Bill Richardson, Gary Goodman, Carlyle Johnson, George Taylor, Steve Schmidt, Kevin Rando, Tommy Palmer, Reed Click.

Hall of Fame Coach Freeman Marr led the 1978 Women′s Track and Field Team, the first-ever women′s track and field team, and the 1979 Track and Field Team, which captured the Lynx first-ever College Athletic Conference title. Team members include Catherine Goetz, Cynthia Said Mullady, Andrea Gilliom Anderson, Carol McCown, Molly McLemore Rainey, Meredith “Murphee” Watson, Clair Ringger, Flo Sights Sares, Margaret Bane, Lisa Gilchrist Mischke, Dedie Kelso, Honey Bond, Jane Terry, Carole Bailey Stoneking, Gail Courtney, Jan Fountain, Mary Kelton Bridges, Bryn Wood Bagwell, Mary Kay Loss, Liz Hart, Marshall Reed, Mgr.

 

1968-69 Basketball Team

 

 

Tags: Alumni, Athletics, Honors

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LouAnne Cooper October 19, 2012

Remember this season well - it was so much fun! Thanks guys - it was great!