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: Earl "Big Lennie" Spencer, Athlete
Class of: 1952
|Earl "Big Lennie" Spencer, a native of Richwood, played football one year and lettered in basketball all four years of his college career. He was one of the early 1000 point scorers for the Pioneers, competing for the legendary Coach Nate Rohrbough. "Lennie" would have graduated in 1943 but was called to serve his country during World War II. After the war and a tour of duty in Korea, he took a six month leave from the Air Force in 1952 and completed the twelve hours at GSC that he needed to obtain his degree. His military career included another tour of combat in Korea and a combat tour in Vietnam. He retired as Colonel in 1973. "Lennie" and his wife, Carolyn, are parents of three sons, Steve, Earl Jr., and Greg.|
|Name: Terry Crislip, Athlete
Class of: 1977
|Terry Crislip, a native of Parkersburg, lettered in golf at GSC. He was 1975, 1976, and 1977 captain of his golf team and was named WVIAC Golfer of the Year in1976. Terry was three time All-WVIAC in 1975, 1976, and 1977 and had the lowest scoring average in the WVIAC for these three years as well. He led his Glenville team to three NAIA tournaments in 1974, 1975, and 1977 and qualified as an individual for the 1976 NAIA tournament. Crislip received GSC's Montrose award in 1977. Terry and his wife, Pamala, have two sons Bryan and Chad.|
|Name: Gary Nottingham, Athlete - Coach
Class of: 1979
|Gary Nottingham, a native of Gassaway, lettered in baseball and basketball at GSC. He competed for coaching legend Jesse Lilly, Jr. on the basketball court, served as his team's captain in 1979 and was assist and steals leader in 1978 and 1979. While winning his two letters in baseball, he was named to the WVIAC All Conference Team. After graduating from GSC, Nottingham went to Bowling Green (KY) and served as a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky University. He returned to his alma mater in 1980 to serve as an assistant football coach, head tennis coach, and assistant basketball coach under his mentor, Coach Jesse Lilly, Jr. In 1983, he became head basketball coach and served in this capacity until 1997 when he took a coaching position in Spartanburg, SC. During his tenure at GSC, Nottingham accumulated 207 wins, while establishing Glenville State as one of the top teams in the WVIAC. His men's basketball teams posted ten winning seasons, second most in school history. Gary was named WVIAC Coach of the Year in 1993, NAIA District Coach of the Year in 1993, and posted a Career Record 207-189 and WVIAC Record 150-130. He is married to the former Jennifer Chapman of Richwood and they have two children, Paulina and Quin. The Nottinghams reside in Champaign, IL where Gary has enjoyed much success in his position as Assistant to the Head Coach for the University of Illinois men's basketball program.|
|Name: Mike Payne, Athlete
Class of: 1986
|Mike Payne, a native of Charleston, lettered in football. He was co-captain of his 1984 team and was selected to the WVIAC All Conference Team in 1983 and 1984. Additionally in 1984, he was selected as the WVIAC Defensive Player of the Year, First Team Kodak All-American, Second Team NAIA All-American, and led the Conference in punt and kickoff returns. After brief tryouts with the New England Patriots and New York Giants, Payne went into the business sector where he has owned and operated Payne Tile Company in Charleston since 1989. Mike and his wife, Joyce, have two sons, Adam and Eric.|
|Name: Byron Brooks, Athlete
|Byron Brooks, a native of Jeanette, PA, was a three time WVIAC All-Conference performer in 1982, 1983, and 1984. He became the Pioneers' All-Time leading rusher after just six games in the 1983 season. He was named First Team Kodak All-American in 1983 and Second Team Kodak All-American in 1984. Brooks was about breaking records at GSC (1) most rushes in one game with 42 in 1982; (2) most rushes in a season with 279 in 1982; and (3) most rushing yards in a season with 1418 in 1982 – for a career total of 3481 rushing yards. Byron credits his late grandmother, Della Berry, who was always in the football stadium during his playing career at GSC, with being the most inspirational person in his life and his coach, Frank Vincent, with being his "main support system" at GSC. Byron is the head chef at Catering Unlimited in Charleston, a company serving cliental in the Tri-State area and many dignitaries in and around Charleston.|