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  • Paul Goebel

    Inducted: 2008
    Sports: Tennis

    Paul was the first Blue Raider tennis All-American. He did so in doubles play (with Fred Niemeyer) with a record of 18-5 during the 1993-94 campaign. That season, this dynamic duo was ranked as high as 5th in the nation before ending the year ranked 15th. He was team Captain during both the 1993 and 1994 campaigns, and following his playing days, served as an assistant coach with the program. He was selected all conference for three of his four years at Middle Tennessee. He was then named Head Coach at the University of Memphis, but continues to support his alma mater by returning annually for the Blue Raider Tennis Pro-Am fund-raiser.

    Former head coach Dale Short said, "Not only was he our first really great player, but was the best student-athlete we had during my tenure. I can think of no one more deserving than Paul for the Blue Raider Sports Hall of Fame."

    Class of 2013

    Dewon Brazelton
    Baseball

    Roger Carroll
    Football

    Dwone Hicks
    Football

    Priscilla Robinson Murray
    Basketball, Volleyball

    James "Doug" Shrader
    Basketball, Baseball

    History of the Hall of Fame

    In the early spring of 1975, a pair of long-time supporters of Middle Tennessee State University's athletic program decided that the University should honor its greatest athletes. Homer Pittard, alumni director, and Gene Sloan, public relations director, came up with the idea and asked sports information director Jim Freeman to join them in setting up an athletic hall of fame.

    After getting approval for the Hall of Fame from President M. G. Scarlett, the trio began laying the groundwork to select the first inductees. Others, including Bob Womack and Joe Nunley, were also involved.

    "We decided not to have categories but to put all candidates in one group," said Freeman. "We also decided against inducting a large group to start with and felt that three per year was the ideal number. That way, everyone got a good share of the spotlight."

    The nominating and voting for the first several years was done by members of the old "T" Club, now reorganized and called the Varsity Club. Nominations were solicited, and the the list of candidates was mailed to the voters. They selected Horace Jones, Charles "Bubber" Murphy and Teddy Morris as the initial inductees in 1976.

    The Blue Raider Hall of Fame was originally housed in the old Blue Raider Room under the west side of the football stadium. It had to be torn down when then stadium was expanded in 1998. After several years without a home, the Hall of Fame moved into the new Rose and Emmett Kennon Sports Hall of Fame building in 2004.