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: Jack Tennant, Athlete
Class of: 1955
|"Dynamite" Jack Tennant, a native of Fairview near Fairmont, competed in football and basketball all four years of his college career and was All Conference in both sports. As a four year quarterback with the Pioneers, he completed 131 passes in 292 attempts to set a school record of 2,085 yards gained by passing, also completing 21 touchdown passes. His passing yardage was the second highest in conference history and he was named WVIAC's All-Time passing leader. Known in basketball as the "Fairview Flash", Tennant was second only to Bob "Hooks" Hardman, an Inaugural Inductee, in the number of points scored during his four years, falling only 31 points short of the taller Hardman. He was the fourth recipient of GSC's Frank Montrose Award, winning the award in 1955. Tennant went on to excel in academia before being forced to retire because of health issues. Jack died October 3, 2004.|
|Name: Pamela M. "Pam" Minigh, Athlete
Class of: 1983
|Pam Minigh, a native of Glenville, competed in basketball and volleyball at Glenville State College. She excelled as a four year starter in basketball and was a two year participant in volleyball. In basketball, she was First Team ALL WVIAC in 1980 and 1983, Second Team All WVIAC in 1982, and was selected to the All Tournament Team four times. She finished her basketball career as GSC's leading scorer with 1434 career points having a career record 66-24; and a career scoring average 15.9 points per game. In 1983, she earned First Team All Conference (WVIAC) honors and was the team's leading scorer in volleyball. Pam was also selected to the All-Tournament Team. She was the first recipient of GSC's Clarissa Williams award (1983) and also honored with the Ratliff Health and Physical Education Recipient Award and the Panhellenic Council Outstanding Women's Award that year. Minigh, a Physical Education teacher at Lewis County High School since 1983, founded the Girl's Volleyball program at the school in 1989 and coached tennis, girl's volleyball, girl's track and field, and girl's basketball from 1983 - 1989. In her coaching career, she has been named Conference Coach of the Year (NCAC) three times and has coached state tournament qualifiers in tennis, volleyball, track and field, and basketball.|
|Name: Michael Barrett, Athlete
Class of: 1995
|Michael Barrett, a native of Ireland and a brilliant golfer, was Four Time All WVIAC, earned All American Honors for the 1991-92, 1992-93, and 1993-1994 seasons, and was named WVIAC Golfer of the Year in 1992 and 1994. As a freshman in 1991-92, his team opened the season by capturing first place at the Greensboro Invitational and won the Central Regional earning Barrett "Golfer of the Year" status in the West Virginia Conference. This win propelled him to represent District 28 in the National Tournament. The 1992-93 year had his team placing second at the NAIA National Golf Championship in Jacksonville, FL and Barrett was honored with an All American title for the second consecutive year. He also had an outstanding fifth place finish in the Nationals. The 1993-1994 team in Barrett's junior year was one of the best teams ever in the history of Glenville State College. For the third straight year, Barrett was named an NAIA All American. The 1994-1995 team in Barrett's senior year had another successful year and made it to Nationals, once again finishing a respectable second. Michael was selected as GSC's Montrose Award Winner in 1995. Barrett and his wife, Fiona, live in Ireland where he continues to compete in golf.|
|Name: Rich Rodriguez, Coach - Athletic Director
|Rich Rodriguez, a native of Grant Town in Marion County, turned around the football fortunes at Glenville State College. After coming to Glenville in 1990, Rodriguez resurrected the Glenville program from a winless season to league champions in four short years. As head coach, he earned four consecutive WVIAC championships, in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996. Glenville's fast paced, no huddle offense led the WVIAC in total offense and scoring in six of Rodriguez's seven years. His teams led the nation in both categories in 1993 and 1994 and were twice participants in the national playoffs, advancing to the 1993 NAIA national championship game where they finished the season as NAIA Runner-up. Coach Rod's record at Glenville was 43-28-2 in seven seasons and he was named WVIAC Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994. He earned NAIA Coach of the Year status in 1993 when his players set five national career records in NAIA Division II. Rodriguez coached three players who earned the Hardman Award as the WVIAC Player of the Year, Jed Drenning (1992-93); Chris George (1994); and Scot Otis (1995). He also served as Glenville State's athletic director in 1995 and 1996. After a highly successful jump into Division I Coaching Ranks with Tulane in 1997 and 1998, where the Green Wave won the Conference USA championship and beat BYU in the Liberty Bowl. Rodriguez served two seasons under Tommy Bowden at Clemson as offensive coordinator and associate head coach and was equally as successful there before coming home to his alma mater as the Mountaineers 31st head football coach. Rich and his wife Rita, have two children, Raquel and Rhett. In 2007, they moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where Rich was named head football coach of the Michigan Wolverines.|
|Name: Chris George, Athlete
Class of: 1997
|Chris George, a Clarksburg native, competed in football during the Rich Rodriguez era. As college football's All Time receptions leader, he had 430 career receptions, holds a 1993 national record of 144 receptions for 2219 yards, and had 6,177 career receiving yards at his alma mater. Chris had 52 touchdown catches, was Four Time All WVIAC, All Time Leading Receiver in All Divisions and a Three Time All American. Known to the press as college football's most prolific receiver, he passed Jerry Rice's (arguably the greatest receiver in NFL history) college record for career pass receptions and was nominated for the prestigious Harlon Hill Award, which is the NCAA Division II's version of the Heisman Trophy. Scouts from just about every NFL team in the country visited the Glenville State campus to see Chris George play and he was recognized even more so by receiving the State's Amateur Athlete of the Year award (the Hardman Award) in 1994. Considered by Chris, as being the most special award received, he won this coveted award over nominees from the two universities and from other colleges in West Virginia. Fulfilling his childhood dream of playing in the NFL, after graduation he signed a free-agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles and participated in mini camps before going to play for the Canadian Football League. This experience earned him a spot with the Pittsburgh Steelers where he played for a year and a half before going back and playing in Canada for a couple more years. He now sells pharmaceutical supplies for Eli Lilly. Chris and his wife, Alicia have three children, Kirstin, Mia, and William|