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Hall Of Fame Nomination Form

Curtis Elam Hall of Fame 2004 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: Gordon Eismon, Athlete
Class of: 1934
Gordon Eismon, inducted posthumously, competed in football and baseball at Glenville and served as the football team's captain in 1921. Born in Minnora, Calhoun County, Eismon received a master's degree from WVU in 1941and made his mark as an administrator of high school athletics in West Virginia. A renowned innovator, he helped spark the growth of high school athletics across the State during his tenure as Executive Secretary of the Secondary Schools Activities Commission, a position he held from 1959-1975. Previously, he was employed by Wirt County Schools from 1934-1948 as a teacher/coach and then as that county's Superintendent of Schools before taking the principal's position at Charles Town High School from 1948-1949. Eismon coached the first night football game in West Virginia, was past president of the National Federation of State High School Associations and a Charter Member of the Ohio-West Virginia Officials Association. He was induced to the Mid Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame of Fame a few years ago. Gordon and his wife, Mildred, who is also deceased, had two sons.
Name: Gary Blake, Athlete
Class of: 1967
Gary Blake, a native of Richwood, competed in football, basketball, baseball, and golf during his college career. He was a two-time All Conference performer as wide receiver and received Small College Honorable Mention All-American honors his senior year. One of the WVIAC's premier golfers, Blake went on to enjoy a successful career as a Club Pro. In 1974, he became a Class-A Member of the PGA of America and Head Golf Professional at Oxbow Golf and Country Club. In 1983, Blake qualified for and played in the BC Open in New York, a PGA Tour event. He has won numerous State and Tri-State tournaments including two State PGA Championships, was twice runner-up in the West Virginia Open, twice named West Virginia PGA Player of the Year and in 2003, was selected as one of twelve professionals to compete in the Arnold Palmer Cup Matches, held at the Latrobe Country Club in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Blake has helped to design and build two golf courses, these being the Classic Golf Club in Parkersburg and the Woodridge Plantation in Mineral Wells. Gary and his wife, Claudia, reside in Ocala, FL.
Name: Steve Datcher, Athlete
Class of: 1973
Steve Datcher, a native of Indian Head, Maryland, graduated from Lackey High School in 1969 where he made All-State in basketball and was among the top five hundred basketball players in the country. At GSC, still competing in basketball, he was the 1969-1972 career rebounding leader with 683 points and the 1969-1973 career scoring leader with 1397 points. He received WVIAC All Tournament honors in 1970 and 1972 and won All-Conference honors in 1972 and 1973. Datcher was named WVIAC Tournament Most Valuable Player in 1972. He received All-American honors in 1972 and was selected to play on the NAIA All-American basketball team that toured Israel during the spring of 1973. Datcher was team captain in 1971-1972 and one of three co-captains in 1972-1973 with Ron Jones and Jim Garnett. Remembered as a basketball great during the Jesse Lilly, Jr. era, he enjoyed a successful coaching career for twenty-eight years. Steve died in January 2006. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and son, Steven Trent.
Name: Scotty Hamilton, Athlete
Class of: 1974
Scotty Hamilton, son of West Virginia Great Scott Hamilton, excelled in football for the Glenville Pioneers. Hamilton was an All-Conference performer in 1970, 1972, and 1973, being named to the 1970 and 1972 first team WVIAC defensive team. In 1973, he was named the WVIAC's Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. Also in 1973, he was honored as a Kodak All-American Linebacker. Lettering in football all four years, Hamilton played positions of safety, defensive halfback, and linebacker for legendary coach Bill Hanlin and ended his career as the school's leader in interceptions, a title that was held for three years. Scotty was a member of the 1973 National Runner-up football squad, which lost a heartbreaker National Championship to Northwestern Iowa, 10-3. The contest was played at Huntington's Fairfield Stadium. Upon graduation, Hamilton became Glenville State's first recruiter under Dean Clarence Mace and received GSC's Montrose award during Homecoming activities in the fall of 1974. Originally from Marietta, OH, Scotty spent his adult life in Duluth, GA. He died in 2010. Scotty is survived by his widow, Jan; their two daughters Amy and Andrea; and their two sons, Paul and Tommy.
Name: Bob Sowards, Athlete
Class of: 1990
Bob Sowards, a native of Sciotodale, OH was a four-time All Conference athlete in 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990. Lettering in golf all four years of his college career, Bob received All-American Honors twice and was honored as WVIAC Golfer of the Year in 1987, 1989, and 1990. Sowards has been a Club Pro every year since graduating from Glenville State College. He holds the Course Record at the Angola National Tournament in Angola, Indiana and worked as Assistant Pro at the Wedgewood Country Club. As a professional, Sowards played on the NIKE tour in 1998 and was named the 2004 PGA Club Professional of the Year. He played on the Nationwide Tour in 2004 and in 2008. Sowards and his wife, Lynn, have one son, Jordon.
Name: Bowling Team, 1976 National Championship BowlingTeam
Our 1976 Bowling Team is the ONLY team in the history of GSC athletics to have won a National Championship. The team was made up of seniors, Sam Ferrell and Tom Newberry, along with freshmen, Mark Smith and Dave Twyman, all from the Parkersburg area and freshman, Mick Hickman from Dunbar. Team members and their coach, Bob Dollgener, still vividly remember their selection as the NAIA at large team, representing area 8, and their trip to Kansas City, Missouri. This would be the nine-year-old bowling team's third trip to the national finals but this time they won the National Championship. In the final round, Glenville's "Cinderella team" defeated Oregon's College of Education to win the Championship with ten wins and five losses. The team had done the impossible...never before had a team won the National Championship after losing five games. Oregon finished second; West Liberty, third; and Clarion State, fourth. At the end of the fifteen games of tournament play, Glenville's Sam Ferrell had accumulated a pin-fall of 3030 with games of 259, 246, and 235, for a high average of 202. He was named Outstanding Bowler of the Tournament and was named to the NAIA All-Tournament team. Additionally, Ferrell was named co-recipient of GSC's Montrose Award during Homecoming activities in the fall of 1976. Ferrell, the team's captain, and his teammate, Tom Newberry, placed second in the nation in doubles competition with 215 and 193 averages, respectively. Newberry finished with a 187 average in the tournament to place eighth out of forty bowlers. He was named to the NAIA's All Tournament team as well. Dave Twyman averaged 183 for the tournament, with Mark Smith and Mike Hickman averaging 179 and 166, respectively. Coach Bob Dollgener, affectionately called "Doc", was also Athletic Director and Professor of Health and Physical Education at the time. "Doc" and his wife, Linda, have retired to Lindale, Texas where he has turned his hobbies of refinishing antique furniture and furniture upholstery into a business. Ferrell '76 and his wife, Helen, live in Texas where he teaches school and coaches football, basketball, and track after having retired from the Houston Police Department's Narcotics Division. The Ferralls are parents of three children, Ryan, Samuel, and Rebecca. Newberry '77 has retired to Florida with his wife, Maggie, after selling Ren-Dor Lanes Bowling Center in Parkersburg. Dave Twyman '79 and his wife, Candice Burdette Twyman '79, live in Pickerington, OH with their children, Nicholas and Allison. He works as a safety consultant. Mark Smith is employed with Dupont and lives in Vienna with his wife, Christine, and their two sons, Matthew and Anthony. Mike Hickman is an inventory specialist for Washington Inventory and travels extensively. He calls Dunbar his home, when he isn't on the road.