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Hall Of Fame Nomination Form

Curtis Elam Hall of Fame 2001 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: Cam Henderson, Athlete
Class of: 1911
Cam Henderson, inducted posthumously, was a Marion County native and a highly successful coach at Muskingum, Davis & Elkins, and Marshall Colleges. He was cited in Ripley's Believe it or Not in 1933 for coaching all sports at Davis & Elkins without assistants, trainers, or scouts. Mr. Henderson is noted for pioneering basketball's fast break, zone defense, and the warm-up weave, later used by the Harlem Globetrotters. His record for the 35 years he coached was 630-243. Henderson's Marshall team won the NAIB Tournament in 1947. He recruited Hal Greer, the first African-American player at Marshall and later, a star in the NBA. The "Cam Henderson Center" in Huntington is named in his honor. Henderson, who died in 1956, is buried in Glenville.
 
Name: Frank Martino, Athlete
Class of: 1938
Frank Martino, a Harrison County native, played on the great "Nate" Rohrbough Teams of the 1930s. Mr. Martino was an All-Conference and All-Tournament performer in basketball and a member of the 50-Year Anniversary Team. He was a teacher for nearly thirty-four years and spent several years in the Naval Reserves. Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Leah Stalnaker Martino, who died in 2006. He passed away in 2010. They were parents of two children, Dr. J. David Martino and Judith Ann Gray, and grandparents of five grandchildren.
 
Name: Al Lilley, Athlete
Class of: 1939
Al Lilley, inducted posthumously, was born in Homestead, Pennsylvania. He competed in basketball and was considered one of the finest players of his college era. Mr. Lilley played on the tremendous teams coached by "Nate" Rohrbough and was co-captain of his Glenville State team that played in the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City. He was captain of the Tri-State team during that period. Mr. Lilley coached at Burnsville, Oak Hill and Belpre High Schools and was School Superintendent in Vinton County, Ohio. His widow, Mary Hazel Butcher Lilley, died in 2009. They were parents of one daughter, Linda L. Swonger.
 
Name: A.F. "Nate" Rohrbough, Coach
A.F. "Nate" Rohrbough, inducted posthumously, was a graduate of Buckhannon High School and West Virginia University. He is a coaching legend. Following his playing days with the Mountaineers, Rohrbough coached at Glenville from 1926 to 1946 where his basketball teams won 304 games while losing only 58. His football teams were highly successful also, compiling a 65-25-13 record. Nate was elected to the West Virginia Sports Writer's Hall of Fame in 1964 and was named one of the WVIAC's All Time Coaches. Rohrbough achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves and finished his career with the Veterans Administration, retiring in 1970. GSC's field in Brooklyn was named for him. He is survived by two sons, John Davis Rohrbough and William P. Sargent, and four grandchildren. Rohrbough's wife, Phyllis Davis Rohrbough, passed away in 1999.
 
Name: Lou Romano, Athlete
Class of: 1940
Lou Romano, inducted posthumously, was a Clarksburg native and a tremendous athlete during his college years, competing in both football and basketball. He was a member of the great Nate Rohrbough teams of the 1930s and played in the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City. Mr. Romano is a member of the 50 Year All WVIAC Team. He began his teaching and coaching career at Notre Dame High School (formerly St. Mary's) in Clarksburg and later moved to Leewood Jr. High School and Charleston High School. His Charleston High School basketball teams won 318 games and three state championships. Lou is survived by his wife, Sperry, a son, Anthony, daughter, Monica Lou, and three grandsons.
 
Name: Nick Murin, Athlete - Coach
Class of: 1947
Nick Murin, inducted posthumously, was a Butler, Pennsylvania native and competed in both football and basketball at GSC. Later, he was a Social Science Professor as well as Head Football Coach at his alma mater. His 1958 football team went undefeated while winning the WVIAC Conference Championship. Murin also served as an assistant in basketball and coached the Pioneer Golf team during his tenure. He was highly respected by his players and colleagues. One of his former players once remarked, "He is liked by all." Murin is survived by his wife, Ruth Hull Murin '41; son, Nicky; daughters, Julia '71, Marilyn '72 and Mary Helen, and four grandchildren.
 
Name: Ray Watson, Athlete
Class of: 1947
Ray Watson, a native of Weston, was an All-Conference football player. Mr. Watson had a very successful career as a coach and administrator. He served as West Virginia Tech's head football coach from 1957 to 1959 where his teams were 16-8-2. Ray also served as an assistant at West Virginia University and was principal at Wirt County High School and a member of the Secondary Schools Athletic Commission Board of Appeals. Watson is a member of the Mid Ohio Valley and the West Virginia Tech Halls of Fame. He died May 18, 2004. Ray is survived by two children and four grandchildren. His widow, Beatrice, died in 2006.
 
Name: Jesse Lilly, Jr., Athlete - Coach - Director of Athletics
Class of: 1948
Jesse Lilly, Jr., inducted posthumously, was a Beckley native. He competed in both football and basketball and was an All-Conference basketball player in 1947 and 1948, scoring over 1,000 points in his college career. Lilly coached for several years at Elkview High School before moving to Glenville State where he coached the Pioneer Basketball teams to 272 wins. During that time, his teams won two tournament championships. Coach Lilly, who also served as Director of Athletics for a period of time, was named West Virginia's Coach of the Year in 1972, and he was named one of the WVIAC's All Time Coaches during its 50 year anniversary. In 2002, GSC's gymnasium was named for him. He is survived by his wife, Anne Withers Lilly '43; sons, Tom '75, John '76, and Bill '82, and four grandchildren.
 
Name: Bob "Hooks" Hardman, Athlete
Class of: 1951
Bob "Hooks" Hardman, a Glenville native, was given the nickname "Hooks" because of his abilities on the basketball floor. He was a two-time All-Conference player and a member of the 50-Year All-WVIAC Team. Bob was Salutatorian of his Glenville High School graduating class. He began his teaching/coaching career at Smithfield High School and later taught and coached at Dupont High School. The last forty-two years of his career was spent with Dowell Chemical Company and Nowsco, retiring in 1996. Although Hardman's career moved to the private sector, he maintained his desire to help kids, organizing both the youth basketball and baseball leagues in Gilmer County. Hardman and his wife, Peggy, have five children, Debbie '73, Bob '75, Mary Kay '76, Pam and Richard, and ten grandchildren.
 
Name: Bill Hanlin, Athlete - Coach
Class of: 1953
Bill Hanlin, a Sistersville native, excelled in football at GSC and later, from 1966-1975, became the college's head football coach. While a student, he was elected as president of the prestigious West Virginia Collegiate Academy of Science and he was awarded GSC's Montrose Award in the fall of 1953. Hanlin began his teaching and coaching career at Tyler County High School, coaching football, basketball, and baseball. He later moved to St. Mary's High School, where his 1963 team went undefeated and unscored upon. Coach Hanlin's nine years as Glenville State's football coach is the longest tenure with the exception of the late Nate Rohrbough. He later moved from Glenville to Parkersburg where he served as Executive Secretary of the WVSSAC from 1985-1988. Hanlin and his wife, Laveta, have a son, Mike, a daughter, Kathy, and one grandchild.
 
Name: Paul Lanham, Athlete
Class of: 1954
Paul Lanham, a Jackson County native, competed in football and baseball during his college years. Later, he had a distinguished career in professional football, serving as Head Coach of the USFL Arizona Wranglers and as an assistant with the Detroit Lions, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Rams, and Cleveland Browns. Lanham coached in the 1979 and 1987 Super Bowls and served as Course Marshall in the 1984 Olympic Games. He was GSC's Montrose Award Winner in 1954. Paul and his wife, Helen, have three children, Tamara, Steve, and Randy, and six grandchildren.
 
Name: Rudy Poole, Athlete
Class of: 1958
Rudy Poole, a Lost Creek native, was an outstanding basketball player. He was a three-time All-Conference performer, two time All-Tournament player and a member of the 50-Year All-WVIAC Team. Rudy began his career as a teacher in Elizabeth. He later obtained his master's degree in math from Notre Dame University and began working at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Poole then moved to the Mid-Ohio Valley area and began working for DuPont Corporation and then for Computer Services Corporation. Rudy and his wife, Mary Lue, have four children, Chata, Tara, Jeff, and Wesley, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
 
Name: Bob "Skinny" Minnieweather, Athlete
Class of: 1967
Bob "Skinny" Minnieweather was born in Clifton Forge, Virginia and graduated from White Sulphur Springs High School (WV). Bob, inducted posthumously, competed in both basketball and track at GSC and held the Pioneer rebounding record for some thirty-five years. He was awarded GSC's Montrose Award in 1967. Following graduation, Minnieweather served as a counselor at the Job Corps Center before joining the United States Army and serving on active duty in the Vietnam War. He enrolled in the Sears Roebuck Managerial School in 1972 and continued with the company as a credit service manager in several locations. Bob was active in the Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school, served on the Usher's Board, and was a member of the Brotherhood. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and daughter Brittani Hope.
 
Name: Jackie Joe Robinson, Athlete
Class of: 1970
Jackie Joe Robinson truly epitomizes the word athlete. He was an All-Conference performer in football, basketball, and baseball. In 1970, Jackie Joe led the Pioneers to the WVIAC Tournament Championship in Charleston and later that fall, he was awarded GSC's Montrose Award during Homecoming activities. He began his teaching and coaching career at Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley and later earned his master's degree from West Virginia University while serving as a graduate assistant for their basketball program. After a stint in the business world with IBM Corporation, Jackie Joe returned to his home of White Sulphur Springs where he teaches art and coaches basketball at East Greenbrier Jr. High School. He has a daughter, Ashley Nicoe and a son, Ryan Lucus.
 
Name: Charles "Bubby" Dent, Athlete
Class of: 1989
Charles "Bubby" Dent, a Kanawha County native and DuPont High School athlete, was a four-time All-Conference runner in Cross Country, winning the Individual Championship twice in his college career. He also competed in track, excelling in the 800, 1500, and steeplechase. After graduation, Bubby spent more than seven years in the army, serving in Desert Storm. Following a short time as a nurse at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, he got into pharmaceutical sales. He is married to the former Deidra Burrows '88, and they have two daughters, Alexandria and Victoria.