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University of Georgia Circle of Honor
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Circle of Honor Inductees

This exclusive Circle of Honor recognizes and pays tribute to extraordinary student-athletes and coaches who, by their performance and conduct, have brought honor and glory to the University and to themselves, and who by their actions have contributed to the tradition and legend of the Georgia Bulldogs.

Circle of Honor Nomination Procedure
Nominations for the Circle of Honor may be submitted by any individual. Nomination letters and supporting material should be submitted to the current head coach of the sport represented by the nominee. All nominations will be researched by the sports information director, and if the nominee meets appropriate criteria, the athletic director will forward the nomination to the selection committee to meet in March. Honorees are selected by a committee consisting of coaches, administrators, faculty and alumni and chaired by the director of athletics.

MINIMUM CRITERIA FOR STUDENT-ATHLETE NOMINATION

1. Student-athlete must receive degree from the University of Georgia and is eligible for nomination after a minimum of ten years following completion of eligibility.

2. Must have completed athletic eligibility at the University of Georgia (may not have transferred to, and competed at, any other institution after competing at the University of Georgia.)

3. Must have made a profound and/or extraordinary impact on his or her team, athletic program and the University of Georgia while attending the University in addition to:

A. Being named an All-American in the respective sport with priority given to consensus All-Americans and/or being elected to a National Sports Hall of Fame.

AND

B. In sports with both individual and team competition (gymnastics, track and field, tennis, swimming, and golf), the nominees must have won an NCAA individual national championship (to include AIAW) or been named NCAA Player of the Year or a member of a team national championship or have been an Olympic medalist or been named Academic All-American of the Year for All Sports or have been named NCAA Woman of the Year.


4. In addition to the above minimum criteria, the nominee must have also exhibited extraordinary levels of excellence which have brought uncommon distinction to his or their sport and to the University of Georgia.


MINIMUM CRITERIA FOR COACH NOMINATION

1. Former coach is eligible for nomination after a minimum of five years following coaching tenure and/or subsequent administrative position at the University or have reached the age of 70.

2. Must have served as head coach at the University for a minimum of ten years

3. Must have completed coaching career at the University of Georgia (may not have coached at an other institution after coaching at the University of Georgia.)

4. Must have made a profound and/or extraordinary impact on his or her team, athletic program, and the University of Georgia while coaching at the University in addition to serving as head coach of a national championship team or being named national coach of the year.

5. In addition to the above minimum criteria, the nominee must have also exhibited extraordinary levels of excellence which have brought uncommon distinction to his or her sport and to the University of Georgia


Circle of Honor Inductees

George Bezecny, Inducted 2006
Four year men's tennis lettermen (1982-85)
All-America honors; All-SEC

Zeke Bratkowski, Inducted 2006
Record-setting quarterback
14-year career in the NFL

John Carson, Inducted 2003
All-American End, 1953
Four-sport letterman

Mike Castronis, Inducted 2003
All-American tackle, 1945
UGA Freshman, JV Coach

Spurgeon “Spud” Chandler, Inducted 2000
New York Yankees World Series hero

Lisa Coole, Inducted 1999
1996 NCAA, 100-Butterfly Champion
1997 NCAA Woman of the Year

Dick Copas, Inducted 2006
Hall of Fame men's golf coach
17 NCAA Championship appearances, seven SEC titles

Vince Dooley, Inducted 2004
Hall of Fame Football Coach (1964-88)
Director of Athletics (1979-2004)
Six SEC Titles; 1980 National Champions

Teresa Edwards, Inducted 1996
Four-time W. Basketball Olympian
Consensus All-American, 1985, 86

Janet Harris, Inducted 2002
Four-time basketball All-American
All-time UGA scorer, rebounder

William C. “Bill” Hartman, Inducted 1999
1937 Football All-American
College Football Hall of Fame

Terry Hoage, Inducted 2001
Two-time consensus All-America
Academic All-America
NCAA Top Six Recipient

Alec Kessler, Inducted 2000
1990 SEC Player of the Year
Two-time Academic All-American

Angela Lettiere, Inducted 2005
1994 NCAA singles championship, three consecutive ITA Grand Slam Finals; 1st women’s Grand Slam national champion doubles team
1994 National Player of the Year and SEC Player of the Year; SEC Academic Honor Roll

Dr. Tom Lyons, Inducted 1999
FB All-American, 1969, 70
1995 NCAA Silver Ann. Award

Katrina McClain, Inducted 1998
Three-time W. Basketball Olympian
1987 National Player of the Year

Dan Magill, Inducted 1996
Coached two NCAA Men’s Tennis Team Champions
1980 National Coach of the Year

Bob McWhorter, Inducted 1996
1913 Football All-American
College Football Hall of Fame

Terri Moody Luckhurst, Inducted 1997
1981 National W. Golf Champion
UGA’s first female scholarship athlete

Allen Miller, Inducted 1998
Four-time tennis All-American
1983 NCAA Doubles Champion

Zippy Morocco, Inducted 2002
Football, Basketball Star
First UGA Basketball All-American

Liz Murphey
Women's Golf Coaches Hall of Fame,
Women's Athletic Dir.

Al Parker
Four-year All-American,
1989, '90 Volvo, All-America Tennis,
Collegiate Champion

Reid Patterson, Inducted 1997
1953 NCAA 100-Meter Freestyle Champion
Set World Record, 50-meter free

George Patton, Inducted 2002
Two-time football All-American DT
1966 SEC Lineman of the Year

Priscilla Pacheco, Inducted 2006
Volleyball All-American

John Rauch, Inducted 2001
All-America QB, 1948
Head Coach, Oakland Raiders,
Super Bowl II

Herb St. John, Inducted 2004
1946 All-SEC

Cindy Schreyer, Inducted 2003
1984 NCAA Women’s Golf Champion; 1984 Honda Broderick National Player of the Year

Frank Sinkwich, Inducted 1996
1942 Heisman Trophy Winner
College Football Hall of Fame

Royce Smith, Inducted in 2007
1971 All-America guard in football,
1971 Jacobs Award winner as SEC's top blocker

Vernon “Catfish” Smith, Inducted 1998
1931 football All-American
College Football Hall of Fame

Hope Spivey, Inducted 2007
Member of 1993 NCAA Champions and four SEC Champion gymnastics teams; earned
12 first-team All-America awards and 1991 NCAA all-around champion

Bill Stanfill, Inducted 2000
1968 Outland Trophy winner

Heather Stepp, Inducted 2006
1992 NCAA vault title; 1993 NCAA vault and floor exercise titles; 1992 Honda Inspiration Award; 1993 SEC Gymnast of the Year

Fran Tarkenton, Inducted 1998
1960 All-American
College Football Hall of Fame

Sheila Taormina, Inducted 2004
4 Time All-America Swimmer
1996 Olympic Gold Medalist
1996, 2000 Olympic Games

Forrest “Spec” Towns, Inducted 1997
1936 Olympic 110-High Hurdles Gold Medalist; 1936 NCAA High Hurdles Champ

Charley Trippi, Inducted 1996
1946 Football All-America
College Football Hall of Fame

Lucy Wener, Inducted 2000
Three-time NCAA uneven bars champion

Jim Wilson, Inducted 2005
1964 All-America; 2001 Georgia Sports Hall of Fame; 1950-75 All-Time Team.

Scott Woerner, Inducted 2003
1980 All-American DB
1980 Nation’s leading punt returner

Corrinne Wright, Inducted 2005
1985 and 1986 U.S. National Team
1989 NCAA All-Around national champion and co-champion of the floor exercise event that same year; eight-time All-American
1989, 1990 All SEC

Ben Zambiasi, Inducted 2007
Two-time All-America and All-SEC linebacker
Canadian Football League Hall of Famer

 

 


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