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Hall Of Fame Nomination Form

Curtis Elam Hall of Fame Inductees

Named in honor of Curtis Elam, class of 1949, who has been a major benefactor of GSC and who during his time on campus was an avid sports fan. Thanks to a gift he made to the College, we have been able to establish this Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame display is located in the lobby of the Physical Education Building.

Name: Richard K. "Dick" Barrett, Athlete
Class of: 1955
  • Dick Barrett, a native of Glenville, excelled in football, basketball, and baseball at Glenville High School where he played each sport for four years; also at Glenville State College where he lettered 13 times.
  • He served as quarterback for the Pioneers; as point guard for the Pioneer basketball team where he was known as "sparkplug" for energizing his team; as short stop, second baseman, and outfielder for GSC's baseball team and as a golfer.
  • Dick was a freshman on the 1950-51 WVIAC Basketball Championship team when they went to Kansas City for the NAIA Championship.
  • His career total in basketball was 877 points, eighth highest in Pioneer hoop annals at the time. He tallied 33 points as a freshman, 301 as a sophomore, 361 in his junior season, and 182 as a senior for an average of 10.8 points a game during his college career.
  • The diminutive Barrett always played his greatest in the crucial games, averaging better than 15 points a game in his last three basketball tourney appearances.
  • He served as senior princess escort on the 1953 homecoming court, was class president his senior year, a member of Student Council, sheriff and later judge of the Holy Roller Court fraternity, and Varsity G Club president his junior year.
  • Barrett graduated in 1955 with majors in Physical Education and Math, the latter serving him well in obtaining teaching/coaching positions in secondary education for 30 of the next 32 years, the one exception being a two year stint in the United States Army from 1957-59.
  • He began officiating in college and worked his way up to being one of the top ranked officials in Northern Virginia by 1965. Over the next 16 years, he worked finals of a district and regional tournament each year. From 1970-81, he was selected to work in nine Virginia state high school tournaments before health issues forced him to give up refereeing.
  • Dick retired in July 1987 and returned to his native Glenville where he can be found on the golf course most every day. He averages 200 rounds per year.
  • Barrett's family includes his two daughters: Traci Lynn (Barrett) Irwin of Reston, VA and Kelliann (Barrett) Miller in Mooresville, NC, their husbands Dan Irwin and Dale Miller, and three grandchildren.
 
Name: Tom Coates, Athlete
Class of: 1978
  • Tom Coates was a two year basketball transfer from Allegheny Community College in Pennsylvania and was inducted into that schools' Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • He led the Pioneers in scoring and rebounding during the 1976-77 season, received 1977 Honorable Mention ALL-American status, First Team WVIAC ALL-Conference in 1977, and was a member of the 1977 WVIAC ALL-Tournament Team.
  • Coates scored 470 points in 1975-76 and 479 points in 1976-77
  • His 46 points in the 1977 Glenville vs. Alderson Broaddus game was the highest single game point production at the time.
  • He was the 1978 winner of Glenville State's prestigious Montrose Award and was in a couple NBA camps until their final cut, specifically the New Orleans Jazz and the Detroit Pistons.
  • Coates continues to play in the American Old Timers League, Pittsburgh chapter and was named MVP when his Pittsburgh team captured the American Old Timers League Championship for the 2013 season.
  • For the last twenty years, he has worked at Pressley Ridge Family Specialist.
  • Coates and his wife, Geneva, have four children: Molly, Nikkia, Thomas Jr., and Brittany; also nine grandchildren. They live in Pittsburgh.
 
Name: Leandis "Lee" Hodges, Athlete
Class of: 1979
  • Leandis Hodges, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia was named WVIAC Offensive Player of the Week on numerous occasions throughout his college football career.
  • He received ALL-American status as a Running Back in 1976 (NAIA), this selection placing him in a very elite group of GSC football players to have been recognized for this prestigious national honor.
  • He rushed for over 1351 yards his junior year, making him the third leading single season rushing leader in Glenville State College history; a record that he still holds.
  • Hodges also remains 6th on the Career Rushing Yardage Leader Chart with 1947 yards which he also accumulated in 1976.
  • He scored the first touchdown at Pioneer Stadium (now known as Morris Stadium) against Gardner-Webb College in the opening game of the 1977 season.
  • Known as one of the friendliest students on campus, Hodges exhibited the character traits that are emblematic of a GSC student athletic and with his excellent leadership skills, served as co-captain of the 1977 Pioneer football team.
  • Lee has been an active participant in the Texas Alumni Chapter since its inception in June 2006 and being very appreciative of the opportunities that Glenville State College afforded him, most recently assumed the duties as co-chairman of that chapter.
  • Leandis and his wife, Belinda, reside in Arlington, Texas. He is employed by the US Department of Treasury, Bureau of Printing and Engraving, located in Fort Worth.
 
Name: Larry Taylor, Athlete
Class of: 1984
  • Larry Taylor, a St. Mary's High School Track and Cross Country standout, was a Four-Time ALL-Conference Cross Country Runner and Track Star earning Three-Time League MVP in Cross-Country and Two-Time High Point during the High School's Conference Track Meets.
  • He led the Pioneers to Three Cross Country Titles and received the Pioneers First-Ever Track Title in 1984.
  • Taylor is especially remembered for his performance in the WVIAC Conference Track and Field events. Specifically one year at the Conference, he requested to run the 800, 1500, 5000, and 10,000 meter events. The first day he won the 5,000, the second day, he won the 800, 1500, and 10,000 meter events. He went out extremely fast at the "bell lap" and the top 800 competitors could not catch him. He also went out hard and fast in the 10,000 and his top competitor couldn't catch him.
  • He enjoyed a very successful road-racing career up until three years ago, many times participating in meets that were 15 miles long. He still runs competitively
  • Taylor and his wife, Sandra (Kincaid) Taylor '84 reside in Fayetteville, West Virginia where he works at Fayetteville Awning and Glass. They have two daughters: Jessica, who has won 16 state track titles in the 1/2 mile, mile, and two mile categories; and Abi, a senior at Fayette County High School.
 
Name: Paul Grier, Athlete
Class of: 1991
  • Paul Grier, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, excelled in Pioneer Basketball. He is 11th on Glenville State's ALL-Time Career Scoring Leaders Chart with 1670 Points during his playing time, 1985-1989.
  • As a Point Guard for the Pioneers under Hall of Famer Coach Gary Nottingham, he played in three WVIAC Tournament "Final Fours", posting a record of 7-4 in tournament play.
  • Grier drained last second field goals to secure wins in two successive tournament settings, helping the Pioneers advance in post season play.
  • Grier was named to the WVIAC Tournament Selection two times and made ALL-WVIAC Section in 1988 and 1989.
  • He holds Glenville State's record for the most 3 point field goals in one game (9).
  • Grier remains 4th on the Three Point Season Chart with 46.1 points in 1988-89 and 6th on the Three Point Goals Career Leaders Chart with 151 points in 1986-89.
  • He is also ranked 3rd on the Three Point Career Leaders Chart at 43.1%, 1986-89 and received the college's prestigious Montrose Award in 1991.
  • Grier played on 4 straight winning WVIAC season teams, the teams winning 63 over all games, 16 wins a year.
  • He is remembered for his magnificent clutch shots.