ETSU athletics announces 2013 Hall of Fame inductees

The
ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Wednesday the names of
six former Buccaneers who will comprise the 2013 induction class to the ETSU
Athletics Hall of Fame.

 

This
most recent group will include greats such as basketball All-American Keith
“Mister” Jennings
, football standout and current Atlanta Falcons' head
coach Mike Smith, former men's basketball head coach Ed DeChellis,
1992 Southern Conference player of the year in women's tennis Kim Toohey
(Reid)
, distance running standout and four-time Southern Conference cross
country champion Seamus Power, and longtime ETSU public address
announcer Norm Davis.

 

“We
are proud to announce today the names of six ETSU greats for induction into the
ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame,” said ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr.
Richard Sander. “We look forward to a great evening of memories and
having a chance to honor each of these inductees for their exceptional
accomplishments. It is our hope that many of our fans and supporters from the
ETSU family will join us and the inductees on this special night.”

 

The
ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony presented by Johnson City Honda will be
held Sunday evening, May 5 at the Millennium Center located adjacent to the
ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center. The public is invited to attend, and further details
will be available at a later date.

 

This
event will be part of an overall weekend of ETSU athletics' activities, which
will also include the annual Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association
All-Sports Golf Tournament on Monday, May 6 hosted by the Blackthorn Club at
the Ridges.

 

For
more on the 2013 ETSU Athletics Hall of Fame induction weekend, please visit
ETSUBucs.com.

 

Brief
inductee bios can be found below:

 

  1. 1.   
    Keith Jennings – Men's Basketball Student-Athlete,
    1989-1991

Considered
by many as the greatest basketball player in ETSU history, Jennings was a
second-team All-American in 1991 and led the Buccaneers to three straight trips
to the NCAA Tournament from 1989 to 1991. Jennings, who ranks fourth all-time
in program scoring with 1,988 career points, holds multiple records at ETSU,
including career marks for assists (983) and steals (334), single season marks
for assists per game (9.1) and steals per game (3.4), and single game marks for
marks for assists (19) and free throws made (18). His list of honors include
being named the Naismith Award winner in 1991 – which goes to the nation's best
player under six feet tall – while also earning SoCon Player of the Year and
SoCon Tournament MVP honors during his time at ETSU. He went on to enjoy a long
professional playing career, which included four seasons in the NBA (Golden
State and Denver).

 

  1. 2.   
     Mike Smith – Football Student-Athlete, 1978-1981

Played
for the Buccaneers from 1978 to 1981, leading the team in tackles both in 1980
(120) and 1981 (186), and being named the team's defensive MVP in both of those
seasons. While he made a name for himself as a player at ETSU and played
professionally in the Canadian Football League for a short time, it is Smith's
coaching career that has truly excelled. After spending time in the college
ranks, Smith spent several seasons with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, serving
as defensive coordinator there since 2003. He later accepted the head coaching
position with the Atlanta Falcons in 2008, and was named NFL Coach of the Year
after leading the Falcons into the playoffs with an 11-5 regular season record.
He most recently guided the Falcons to the NFC Championship game during the
2012 season.

 

  1. 3.   
    Norm Davis – Announcer, 1963-Present

Davis
has served as the public address announcer at ETSU men's basketball and
football games for 50 years, first picking up the microphone at a Buccaneer
event in 1963. In his years as the “Voice of the Bucs,” Davis missed only one
football game, and was witness to many of the great moments in ETSU athletic
history. He watched Tommy Woods become the first African American player to
wear an ETSU uniform on the basketball floor, he called the games of the most
successful Buccaneer football teams in 1969 and 1996, and he has witnessed all
nine of ETSU's NCAA Tournament seasons. He has done all of this work in a
volunteer role.

 

  1. 4.   
    Ed DeChellis – Men's Basketball Head Coach, 1996-2003

DeChellis
came to ETSU in 1996 and spent the next seven seasons rebuilding the proud
tradition of Buccaneer basketball. Taking a team that had been depleted prior
to his arrival, DeChellis ultimately led the Buccaneers to Southern Conference
North Division titles in 2001, 2002 and 2003, with the Bucs collecting the
SoCon Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2003. DeChellis ended his
time at ETSU with a 53 percent winning percentage and collected 105 victories.
He was named SoCon Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002. He went on to lead Penn
State to the 2009 NIT national championship and was named Big Ten Coach of the
Year that same season. He is currently the head coach at the U.S. Naval
Academy.

 

  1. 5.   
    Seamus Power – Men's Track and Field, 1991-1994

Seamus
Power was one of the best Buccaneer athletes of all-time in both cross country
and track & field. Power, a five-time All-American, competed from 1991-94
and still holds the 3000-meter record (indoor) at ETSU and in the Southern
Conference. Power finished fourth at the 1993 NCAA Outdoor Championships
(10,000m), sixth at the 1992 NCAA Championships (5000m), and fifth at the 1993
NCAA Cross Country Championships. The talented Irish runner dominated the
Southern Conference, as he was a four-time indoor conference champion in the
mile and 5,000-meters, and a three-time champion in the 3,000-meters. The
native from Limerick, Ireland also never lost a cross country championship and
was named the SoCon Runner of the Year in 1992 and 1993. By claiming the four
cross country championships, Power is the only athlete to accomplish the feat
in conference history and the only runner to claim four Athlete of the Year
honors.

 

  1. 6.   
    Kim (Toohey) Reid – Women's Tennis Student-Athlete,
    1988-1992

A four-year
member of the women's tennis squad, Kim Toohey enjoyed four stellar seasons in
the blue and gold. The 1992 Southern Conference Player of the Year, Toohey
finished her career with 62 singles wins, a school record at the time. Also a
two-time Academic All-American and four-time Southern Conference Honor Roll
selection, Toohey graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1992 with a degree in marketing.

 

Courtesy: ETSU

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