Eight individuals and one team will be inducted into the Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame this fall, the school announced Friday.
The 2017 induction class includes: Evy Abell McKemie (volleyball, 1975-78), Michael Haney (men’s basketball, 2001-05), Elroy Harris (football, 1985-88), Brad Morris (men’s golf, 1998-02), Dallas Robinson (men’s track and field, 2003-06), Charlotte Sizemore (women’s basketball, 1997-02), Jessie Small (football, 1985-89), Guy Strong (men’s basketball & baseball, 1955, 1967-73) and the 1982 football team.
The class will be enshrined inside the EKU Center for the Arts on Oct. 7. Activities begin with a luncheon at noon. The group will also be recognized during the Colonels’ football game against Tennessee State later that day at 6 p.m.
The 1982 football team went undefeated in 13 games on its way to claiming the national championship. The Colonels were 7-0 in the OVC. Eastern beat Idaho, 38-30, and Tennessee State, 13-7, in the playoffs to advance to the title game for the fourth straight season. EKU completed the undefeated championship season with a 17-14 victory over Delaware.
Abell McKemie was a member of head coach Geri Polvino’s 1975 Kentucky Women’s Intercollegiate Conference championship team in 1975. She also helped the team win the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Region II title in 1975. Abell McKemie was chosen all-state and all-region during her junior and senior years.
Haney concluded his career by earning first team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors and OVC Tournament MVP recognition after leading the Colonels to the conference tournament championship. He scored 1,289 points (11.4 ppg) and grabbed 783 rebounds during his career. Those numbers are 16th and eighth respectively in program history. In 2009, Haney was chosen to the EKU All-Century team.
Harris was a two-time first team All-OVC selection, the 1988 OVC Player of the Year and a first team All-America choice in 1988. He totaled 4,555 rushing yards and scored 58 touchdowns before being drafted in the third round by the Seattle Seahawks. He concluded his career as Eastern’s all-time leading rusher and now ranks second on that list. His 1,998 rushing yards and his 27 rushing touchdowns in 1988 are still program records. Harris is a member of the EKU All-Century Team.
Morris won three individual tournament titles his senior season in 2001-02 and was rated among the top five in the nation in scoring average during the fall season. He was chosen to the All-OVC team as a junior and a senior. His round of 65 at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational in September 2001 was the second lowest in program history at the time. His three-round total of 203 at the ECU Pirate Invitational a month later was a school record at the time. Morris was a four-time OVC Academic Medal of Honor winner and three-time Academic All-American.
Before representing the United States as a member of the bobsled team in the Winter Olympics, Robinson was a seven-time OVC Champion and the 2005 OVC Male Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year. He holds the school record in the indoor 200-meter dash and owns the third-best program mark in the outdoor 200-meter.
Sizemore, a three-time All-OVC selection, is the seventh leading scorer in program history with 1,561 points. She also registered 611 rebounds, 343 assists and 228 steals. Sizemore is the only player in program history to accumulate more than 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals. The Hazard native still ranks among the top-10 in EKU history in field goals attempted (second), steals (fourth), field goals (sixth), scoring (seventh), blocks (seventh), three-point field goals attempted (seventh), assists (eighth), three-point field goals made (ninth) and rebounds (10th).
Small was a two-time first team All-OVC selection for the Colonels’ defense. In 1988, he was selected to three All-America teams. Small still holds the EKU single season record for sacks with 13. In 1989, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round.
As a student, Strong played one year on the baseball team and two seasons on the basketball squad, helping EKU win the 1955 OVC basketball championship. He returned in 1967 as the Colonels’ head coach, leading the program to another OVC title in 1972. Strong was selected as the OVC Coach of the Year that season after Eastern tied for first in the conference with a 9-5 record and then beat Morehead State in a playoff game to secure a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1965. Strong’s team nearly upset Florida State in the first round, falling 83-81. The Seminoles would go on to reach the championship game.