2014 Blue Raider Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Five trailblazers selected to 2014 classJuly 6, 2014 · @MTAthletics
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The 2014 class of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raider Athletic Hall of Fame, announced today, features five stars from the past, several of whom were also trailblazers in their own right.
Basketball standout Kerry Hammonds, Sr. and trackman Micah Otis join trailblazers Jennifer Martinez (softball) James Griffin (football) and head coach Larry Joe Inman (women's basketball) in this year's honored class.
Hammonds, a real crowd favorite from 1985-89, earned his place in the Hall with stellar credentials that still stand high on the school's rankings today: 1,000-point Club member (1,616 points), No. 2 all-time in rebounding (955), No. 2 all-time in games played (121) and No. 6 all-time in games started (89).
The native of Macon, Georgia, was a force around the basket on Head Coach Bruce Stewart's squads that enjoyed great success in the late 1980s. He led the team in rebounding in 1985, 1986 and 1989.
He also led the team in free-throw percentage in 1985 (67%) and 1986 (70%).
In that 1989 season, he helped lead the Blue Raiders to the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship over Austin Peay and an NCAA tournament appearance, in which they defeated Florida State in the first round. He was named to the All-Tournament team in the OVC tourney.
Otis, like so many of his soon-to-be fellow Hall track stars, was a multi-event specialist for legendary head coach Dean Hayes.
During his career he excelled in the dashes, hurdles and jumps, both indoors and outdoors. In fact, he earned six Ohio Valley Conference championships while competing for the Blue Raiders.
Indoors, he took top honors in the 1994 and 1995 OVC 55-meter high hurdles and the 1995 200-meter dash. Also, in that 1994 campaign, he competed in the NCAA indoor championships and earned All-American status in the long jump.
Outdoors, Otis was not to be outdone as he won OVC titles in the 110-meter high hurdles (1993-95), the 200-meter dash (1992, 1993) and the long jump (1995).
The Nashville native was also the anchor leg of Middle Tennessee's legendary 4 x 200-meter relay team that won two consecutive Penn Relay championships (1993-94) and was ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation during that span.
Martinez was a trailblazer in Middle Tennessee's entry into collegiate softball. She not only was a member of those early teams, 1999-2002, but just take a look at her accolades and you'll understand why she was an easy selection for the Hall of Fame selection committee.
She was: 1999 OVC Freshman of the Year, 1999 and 2000 OVC Pitcher of the Year, 1999 and 2000 All-OVC, 2000 OVC Tournament MVP and that's only before Middle Tennessee moved to the Sun Belt Conference!
In the Sun Belt Conference she was named to the Sun Belt's All-Time Softball team, while earning a spot on the 2002 Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll.
Needless to say, Martinez holds numerous Blue Raider records and still ranks No. 1 in all-time wins (75), shutouts (35), strikeouts (907) and ERA (1.45).
In her vaunted career she tossed a highly-coveted perfect game and three no-hitters. In one game, she struck out a school record 15 batters.
Griffin also earns the trailblazer moniker as a member of head football coach Boots Donnelly's first recruiting class in 1979 that set the bar high for future Blue Raider successes on the gridiron.
During his four-year playing career, the future NFL player quickly became a feared defender from his safety position, not only known for his bone-crushing tackling, but also his keen knack for intercepting opponent's passes.
The Camilla, Georgia native still holds the school record for interceptions with 17.
As he and his teammates started to build that foundation for great future Blue Raider successes on the gridiron, Griffin was singled out by opposing OVC head coaches and named to the All-OVC squads in 1981 and 1982.
The lone head coach in this year's class, Larry Joe Inman, took over a fledgling women's basketball program and blazed a trail that immediately put it on the path to the championship status that still holds firm today.
During his tenure at the helm (1979-1986), Inman tallied a 161-73 won-loss record and led his highly-talented squads to five Ohio Valley Conference championships, four OVC tournament championships and four NCAA tournament appearances.
His 1982-83 squad was the first-ever Blue Raider women's basketball team to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Inman's fellow OVC coaches recognized his coaching expertise and pegged him for Coach of the Year honors following the 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1986 seasons.
Inman is also a member of the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2009.
The class will be inducted on October 4 prior to kickoff against Southern Miss. The event will take place on the lawn of the Kennon Sports Hall of Fame two and a half hours before kickoff. The induction is free to the public.
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