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Glenville, WV— Four alumni and one coach were inducted into the Glenville State College Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame during the Induction Ceremony and Banquet held on Saturday, May 19th in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom. The 2012 inductees are Don Bullett ’82, Coach/Athletic Director Leland Byrd, Sandra Elmore ’73, Steve Taylor ’60, and Ed Tekieli ’56.
Don Bullett, a native of Martinsburg (Berkeley County), West Virginia lettered in basketball four years and in track his senior year for the Pioneers. He was named to the 1980 WVIAC ALL Tournament Team and the ALL WVIAC First Team in 1981 and 1982 as well as 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 only two players selected from West Virginia to participate.
Bullett scored 1865 career points at GSC, all before the three point rule was instated. He racked 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 graduated from Glenville State College in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with specializations in Physical Education (K-12) and Safety Education.
“Coach Jesse Lilly was a great man with outstanding character and integrity. He and the faculty and staff at Glenville State College gave me the foundation that prepared me for my career. They made it possible for me to return to my hometown, be successful, and give back to my community. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities that GSC made possible,” said Bullett.
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 Girl’s Basketball Coach (1983-2004), Assistant Boy’s Basketball Coach (1983-1985 and 1997-2008), Head Freshman Boy’s Basketball Coach (1986-1993), and Assistant Track Coach (1998-2007).
Bullett’s coaching and teaching honors were many during his time in Martinsburg. He received the ACE Award as the school’s most caring educator, and the Regional Girls’ 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 Varsity Girl’s Basketball Team record was 323 wins and 127 losses at Martinsburg High School, which was a 72% winning record. These wins included 14 sectional and regional championships.
Many of his players continued to play basketball at the college level at various colleges and university including: the University of Maryland, the University of Rhode Island, James Madison University, West Liberty College, Shepherd College, North Carolina College, Garrett Community College, Hagerstown Community College, 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, West Virginia.
Bullett and his wife Traci Carter reside in Kearneysville, West Virginia. They have one daughter, Dawn.
GSC Assistant Basketball coach and former teammate Bill Lilly presented Bullett for induction in the Hall of Fame.
Dr. Leland Byrd, a native of Matoaka (Mercer County), West Virginia, 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, West Virginia Tech, West Virginia Wesleyan, and Fairmont State.
Byrd also served as assistant football coach at GSC; including the year that Coach Nick Murin’s 1958 team went undefeated in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
He was also a former head of the GSC Physical Education Program.
“The time I spent here at Glenville State was some of the best years in my life. GSC President Harry Heflin was the best administrator I ever worked for. I felt a great loss when I left the students, faculty, and community at Glenville,” said Byrd.
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 club 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 America 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 at that time) and were ranked among the top teams in the country.
In high school, he led tiny Matoaka High School to a West Virginia State Basketball Championship under his father, Coach Roy Byrd.
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, Texas. It was there that he met and married Elizabeth Louise Machen in 1952
Byrd received all three degrees from WVU: Bachelor’s (1948), Master’s (1953), and Doctorate (1967).
Early in his career, he was an outstanding teacher and coach at Hinton High School in Summers County, West Virginia.
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 split time at their homes in Morgantown, West Virginia and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They have five daughters (Debbie, Becky, Cindy, Mary, and Nancy) and seven grandchildren (Chris, Macall, Christopher, Lauren, Christine, Derek, and Taylor).
Byrd was presented for induction by former GSC Board of Governors’ Chair R. Terry Butcher.
Sandra Elmore, a native of Walton, West Virginia was the starting point guard as a freshman on the first Glenville State College women’s basketball team in 1970.
She is considered a ‘Trailblazer’ in getting women’s intercollegiate basketball started at GSC and in the development of women’s athletics in the State of West Virginia.
In 1973, Elmore graduated Cum Laude in just three years from GSC with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with concentrations in Physical Education, English and Special Education.
“GSC was hard for me. I was challenged here by my professors. I had always heard that Glenville State had the best teacher education program, and I believe that to be true today. I hope that I have made Glenville State College as proud of me as I am of being a Lady Pioneer,” said Elmore.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude in both her master’s and doctorate programs at West Virginia University. She also received advanced graduate study through Concordia University from Montreal, Canada and from the University of Physical Culture in Moscow, Russia. Elmore then 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 and had one undefeated regular season record at Potomac State. (72% over-all win/loss coaching record).
Elmore 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. She has also served as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at WVU Tech.
While she was 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 by the National Association of Girls and Women’s Sports, the highest National Honor Award in Women’s Sports, and was awarded the Ray O. Duncan West Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Award in 2003 for Service to the State of West Virginia in Physical Education. 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 the schools 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 had 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 currently resides in Nitro, West Virginia.
GSC Faculty Emerita and former Coach Kay Chico presented Elmore for induction.
Stephen Taylor, also a native of Walton, West Virginia, competed in football at GSC for four years and was a member of the 1958 WVIAC undefeated team. He was a two-year starter on special teams and an offensive guard on the 1958 and 1959 teams. Taylor was selected as a tri-captain of the team his senior year.
Taylor graduated from GSC in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. He received a Master’s Degree from Stetson University in 1969 and earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1973. He also completed post-doctoral studies at Carnegie-Mellon University.
After six years in high school teaching, coaching, and administration, as well as two years with the Chrysler Corporation, Taylor entered the higher education field. He spent the next twenty-three years as a professor at Morehead State University (MSU) in Kentucky. Upon his retirement, he received the title of Professor Emeritus.
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.
Dr. Taylor received the Kentucky Distinguished Educator award in 1987. He was appointed by two different governors to statewide committees on assessment and evaluation in secondary schools as well as college and universities.
Steve is a volunteer consultant with the Clark County and Winchester, Kentucky Planning and Zoning Boards and very active with the Fairfax Church of Christ in Winchester.
His hobbies include golfing, ATV riding, gardening, reading (currently the early history of Christianity primarily prior to canonizing of the Bible as we know it today) and Greek Mythology.
“Glenville State College is a great place. I certainly do not come back as often as I would like. I am humbled to be inducted into my alma mater’s Hall of Fame and will do all I can to help GSC continue to be successful in the future,” said Taylor.
He and his wife Carolyn reside in Winchester, Kentucky. 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, Kentucky.
In 1990, Taylor was honored at GSC’s Alumni Banquet as the college’s Alumnus of the Year.
Former teammate Fred Taylor presented Stephen Taylor for induction into the Hall of Fame.
Ed Tekieli, a native of Grant Town (Marion County), West Virginia was a four-year letterman for the GSC Football Team and was the team’s leading receiver for three years earning WVIAC ALL Conference honors for two consecutive years. He played offensive and defensive end, handled the punting duties, and was a team captain his senior year.
He was also a four-year starter on the Pioneer Baseball Team where he played center field for legendary 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 rebounders and an aggressive defensive player. Due to a football injury, he was unable to play basketball in his senior year.
Tekieli earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from GSC in 1956. While at GSC, he 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.
“Choosing to come to Glenville State was absolutely one of the best decisions I ever made. I had the great fortune to play for seven head coaches while I was here and each of them helped me form the foundation for my coaching career. I will always appreciate the educational and athletic opportunities that Glenville provided for me,” said Tekieli.
In1956, Tekieli was drafted into the Army 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.
He earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from West Virginia University where he served as a Graduate Assistant for the Mountaineer Football Team. 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. He 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.
In 2007, he received the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Golden Deeds Award and 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. They have seven grandchildren.
He met his wife, Delores while they were teaching at Euclid High School. They have three children: Ed Jr. and wife Ingrid; daughter Michele and husband Garret Ferrara; daughter Tiffany and husband Frank Phillips.
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.
His hobbies include restoring his two English Austin Healey sports cars and being an avid gardener. The Tekielis love to travel and enjoy many activities with family, especially watching their grandchildren participate in sports. Coaching football has been his life-long passion and he still keeps in contact with many of his former players.
The Tekielis have a home in Euclid, Ohio and a condo in Pembroke Pines, Florida, where they spend the winter months.
Tekieli was presented for induction by his son Edward Tekieli, Jr.
The Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2001 through the generosity of the late Curtis Elam, a 1949 GSC graduate. Hall of Fame member plaques are displayed in the lobby of the Jesse R. Lilly, Jr. Gymnasium.