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: Ed Tekieli, Athlete
Class of: 1956
|Ed Tekieli is a native of Grant Town, WV and was a four year letterman in football and was the team's leading pass receiver for three years, earning WVIAC All-Conference honors for two consecutive years. He played offensive and defensive end, handled the putting duties, and was captain of the football team his senior year. "Tek" was also a four year starter on the baseball team where he played center field for Coach Carlos Ratliff. He excelled as a consistent defensive player and as one of the baseball team's leading hitters. Additionally Tekieli earned three letters in basketball and was one of the team's best re-bounders and an aggressive defensive player. Due to a football injury, he was unable to play basketball in his senior year. Ed served as Student Council President during his senior year and was a member of Kappa Sigma Kappa Fraternity, Alpha Delta Epsilon, and the G-Club. He was a member of Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and the fifth recipient of the prestigious Frank Montrose award. Tekieli was drafted into the Army in 1956 where he played all three sports. Following basic training, he was stationed in Orleans, France where he played baseball and basketball and coached basketball. His team won the Com Z Championship in France. Ed received his Masters Degree in Physical Education from West Virginia University where he served as a Graduate Assistant in Football. He received an Administrative Certificate from Kent State University and did additional coursework towards his doctorate. Tekieli coached both high school and college football for 50 years. He was the Head Football Coach at Euclid High School where he also coached baseball and basketball. Ed was an Assistant Coach at Case Western Reserve University for two years. He coached football at Shaker Heights High School for 30 years. Although he retired from his coaching position at the school in 1998, he continued to coach as an assistant football coach for a number of years before retiring fully. Ed received the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Golden Deeds Award in 2007 and also their Longevity Award. Additionally he received the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach Award in 1997 while he was coaching at Shaker High School. Tekieli served as the Honorary Coach for the Annual East West Football Game in 2007. Ed met his wife, Delores "Del" while they were teaching at Euclid High School. They were married in 1966 and have three children and seven grandchildren: Ed Jr. and wife Ingrid, Monique Romanick, Nicolas, and Ingrid Christina; Daughter Michele and husband Garret Ferrara and daughters Gianna and Francesca; Daughter Tiffany and husband Frank Phillips and Ginna and Lexi. For more than 13 years, Ed has volunteered weekly at the Hospice of the Western Reserve. He is also a member of the American Legion and was a member of the Euclid Optimists Club. The Tekielis have a home in Euclid, OH (Cleveland suburb) and a condo in Pembroke Pines, FL, where they spend the winter months.|
|Name: Leland Byrd, Coach - Athletic Director
|Dr. Leland Byrd of Morgantown, WV and Fort Lauderdale, FL coached the Pioneer Basketball program from 1956 through 1966. At the time, his 118 wins were second only to that of legendary Coach Nate Rohrbough. His teams often beat perennial WVIAC powers Alderson-Broaddus, Tech, Wesleyan, and Fairmont. Byrd also served as assistant football coach at GSC, including the year that Coach Nick Murin's 1958 team went undefeated in the WVIAC. He was also head of the Physical Education program at GSC. Byrd was an effective and innovative Athletic Director at Glenville State College, Miami Dade Junior College, Western Michigan University, and West Virginia University. At WVU, women's sports were elevated from team sports to varsity sports and the operating budget doubled. The football team, under legendary Coach Bobby Bowden, participated in two bowl games and his decision to hire Basketball Coach Gale Catlett under a multi-year contract put the Mountaineers on a winning path. One of Byrd's crowning achievements at WVU was planning, designing, and securing funding for Mountaineer Field, which was built shortly after he left WVU to become executive director of the Eastern Eight Basketball Conference and eventually Commissioner of the Atlantic 10. In 1947, during his playing days at WVU, he was elected to the Helms Foundation ALL American First Team and also named West Virginia's Amateur Athlete of the Year. For good reason, he became known as "The Hammer" for his left handed hook shot. The WVU teams Byrd played on regularly went to the NIT (the preeminent tournament during that time) and were ranked among the top teams in the country. After graduation from WVU in 1948, he was drafted by the New York Knicks, but Uncle Sam came calling and he was drafted by the U.S. Army for a year. In 1950, he returned to WVU to study for his master's degree, but was drafted again, serving as 1st Lt. Special Services at Red River Arsenal in Texarkana, Tx. It was there he met and married Elizabeth Louise Machen in 1952. Early in his career, he was an outstanding teacher and coach at Hinton High School. In high school, he led tiny Matoaka High School to a West Virginia State Basketball Championship under his father, Roy Byrd, as coach. Byrd received all three degrees from WVU; bachelor's (1948), master's (1953), and doctorate (1967). Over the years, he has earned many honors, including induction into the West Virginia Sportswriters Hall of Fame; the WVU Sports Hall of Fame; and the WVU School of Physical Education Hall of Fame. He was also named the WVU School of Physical Education's outstanding alumnus in 1996. Dr. Byrd was active on many NCAA boards and committees and was on the board of the U.S. Information Agency. In 2010, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at WVU introduced the Leland Byrd Leadership Award which is presented to the top WVU men's and women's basketball players for leadership both on and off the court. In addition to his professional career, Byrd was an Eagle Scout, president of the WVU Junior Class, and a member of Mountain honorary. Leland and his wife, Louise, have five daughters: Debbie, Becky, Cindy, Mary, and Nacy and seven grandchildren: Chris, Macall, Christopher, Lauren, Christine, Derek, and Taylor.|
|Name: Steve Taylor, Athlete
Class of: 1960
|Stephen Taylor, a native of Walton, WV competed in football at GSC for four years and was a member of the 1958 WVIAC undefeated team. He was a two-year starter of special teams and a guard on the 1958 and 1959 offensive teams. Additionally he was Tri-Captain of the football team his senior year. Taylor holds a masters degree from Stetson University (1969) and earned his PhD from Florida State University (1973). He also completed post-doctoral studies at Carnegie Mellon University. Work Experience: High School teaching, coaching, and administration - 6 years; Chrysler Corporation - 2 years; Morehead State University- Associate Professor, 5 years, Full Professor, 18 years, Professor Emeritus upon retirement. While at MSU, he chaired, directed, or co-chaired eleven University accreditation or reaffirmation committees. Dr. Taylor served with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as a team member for the accreditation of other colleges and universities in four different states. Taylor directed the review of the general education requirements program that resulted in significant alterations in the freshman and sophomore academic requirements. He served as chairman and presidential liaison for the President's Panel on removing MSU from sanctions by the AAUP. Dr. Taylor received the Kentucky Distinguished Educator award in 1987. He was appointed by two different Governors to state-wide committees on assessment and evaluation in secondary schools as well as college and universities. Administrative experiences through the years: Director of Testing and Evaluation, Director of Academic Support Services, Acting Dean of the College of Education, Acting Director of Graduate Studies as well as Research, Grants, and Contracts, Assistant to the President, Acting Vice President for Student Affairs, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. Steve is a volunteer consultant with the Clark County and Winchester, KY Planning and Zoning Boards and very active with the Fairfax Church of Christ in Winchester. Steve was honored at GSC's Alumni Banquet in 1990 as the college's Alumnus of the Year. He and his wife Carolyn reside in Winchester, KY. She is active with the Clark County Republican Club, a member of three local Women's Clubs including the professional Home Economist Club, and is also active in church activities at the Fairfax Church of Christ. They have one son, Stephen Taylor, Jr., a graduate of Princeton University and Venture Capitalist who manages the Taylor Fund as well as Taylor Asset Management with offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. An adopted daughter, Michelle Morris, lives with her husband Jay and their two children, Madison and Sabien, in Richmond, KY.|
|Name: Sandra Elmore, Athlete
Class of: 1973
|Sandra Elmore, a native of Walton, WV started as a point guard on Glenville State College's first Women's Basketball Team in 1970 as a freshman. She is considered a "Trailblazer" in getting women's intercollegiate basketball started at GSC and as a "Trailblazer" in the development of women's athletics in the State of West Virginia. Sandra graduated cum laude in three years from GSC with a major in Physical Education and minors in English and Special Education and graduated summa cum laude in both her master's and doctorate programs at West Virginia University. Additionally she received advanced graduate study through Concordia University from Montreal, Canada and from the University of Physical Culture in Moscow, Russia and completed post-doctoral studies at the Federal Institute of Physical Education and Sports of the Order of Lenin in Moscow, USSR. Elmore was the first Head Women's Basketball Coach at Clay County Junior High School and at Ravenswood High School. She was the first Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at West Virginia University and was the first Head Women's Basketball Coach at Potomac State College of WVU where she established a nationally ranked team over several seasons, as well as having one undefeated regular season record at Potomac State (72% overall win/loss coaching record. She served as the first female Athletic Director at WVU Tech and was the first WVIAC female Athletic Director over the sport of football. She later served a second stint as Athletic Director at WVU Tech. Sandra has also served as Head Women's Basketball Coach at WVU Tech. While Athletic Director at WVU Tech, the Football program achieved a Co-Conference championship in the WVIAC. The Men's Basketball program and the Women's basketball program also won WVIAC Conference Championships. Elmore was inducted into the Potomac State College of WVU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994, the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Region XX National Junior College Athletic Association Athletic Director's Hall of Fame in 2000. She was awarded the Women's Sports Pathfinder Award in 2003 (National Association of Girls and Women's Sports - Highest National Honor Award in Women's Sports) and awarded the Ray O. Duncan West Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Award in 2003 (Service Award to the State of West Virginia in Physical Education - Highest Honor one can achieve in WVAHPERD). Additionally Potomac State's annual Female Athlete of the Year Award has been permanently named "The Sandra J. Elmore Female Athlete of the Year Award." Elmore was primarily responsible for starting WVU Tech's Athletic Coaching Education program (2000) and their Sport Management program (2007). She currently is a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Education at WVU Tech. Under her leadership, the Physical Education Department has grown to the largest department on campus with a little over 200 students. It is now ranked second in the College of Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences. She resides in Nitro, WV.|
|Name: Don Bullett, Athlete
Class of: 1982
|Don Bullett, a Martinsburg, WV native, lettered in Basketball four years and in track his senior year. He was named to the 1980 ALL Tournament Team; the 1981 and 1982 ALL WVIAC First Teams; and was ALL Conference NAIA in 1981 and 1982. During the summer of 1981, Bullett was chosen to play on the Select Team to Australia, being one of the only two players selected from West Virginia to participate. He graduated from Glenville State College in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching, major - Physical Education (K-12), minor - Safety Education. Bullett had 1865 career points. These points were before the point rule was instated. He raked up 40 points in GSC's game against Davis & Elkins when Hall of Fame Inaugural Inductee and legendary Coach Jesse R. Lilly, Jr. celebrated his 250th career win. Bullett received the coveted Frank Montrose award after graduating from GSC. He taught Health for seven years and Physical Education for 24 years at Martinsburg South Middle School and coached during this time at Martinsburg High School. His coaching duties at Martinsburg High School included being Head Varsity Girl's Basketball Coach, 1983-2004; Assistant Boy's Varsity Basketball Coach, 1983-1985 and 1997-2208; Head Freshman Boy's Basketball Coach 1986-1993; and Assistant Head Varsity Track Coach, 1998-2007. Bullett's coaching and teaching honors where many during his time in Martinsburg. He received the ACE Award as he school's most caring educator; the Regional Girl's Coach of the Year Award in 1990-1991; was selected Head Coach of the North West Virginia All-Stars team in 1992; Hagerstown Herald Coach of the Year in 1996; Head Coach Journal Classic All-Stars in 2002; and the West Virginia Coach of the Year on TV Channel 25 Alive in 2003. His Head Varsity Girl's Basketball Team record 323 wins, 127 losses at Martinsburg High School boasts a 72% winning record. These wins include 14 sectional and regional championships. Many of his students athlete players continued to play basketball at the college level at various colleges and university including: University of Maryland, University of Rhode Island, James Madison University, West Liberty College, Shepherd College; Hagerstown Community NC College; Garrett Community College; Hagerstown Community, Fairmont State College, Davis & Elkins College, and Glenville State College. Bullett currently teaches Physical Education and serves as Head Varsity Boy's Basketball coach at Washington High School in Charles Town, WV, positions he has held since 2008. Bullett and his wife Traci Carter reside in Kearneysville, WV. They have have one daughter, Dawn.|