6 to be inducted into Troy Athletics Hall of Fame

6 to be inducted into Troy Athletics Hall of Fame
The 2019 Troy Athletics Hall of Fame Class was announced Wednesday by Troy Athletics Communications. (Source: Troy Athletics)

TROY, AL (WSFA) - The breakdown of Troy Athletics' eighth hall of fame class looks like this: three former football players, two former softball players and one former men’s basketball player.

The 2019 Class was announced Wednesday by Troy Athletics Communications.

John Faircloth (football), Tamra Howen (softball), Mitzi McLendon Hasty (softball), Brock Nutter (football), Garrick Pimienta (football) and Darrly Thomas (men’s basketball) will be inducted April 13.

Faircloth was a two-way player for Troy and started every game of his collegiate career. He was recognized in 1961 as he earned honorable mention Little All-America honors as a senior.

Howen’s name is written all over Troy’s softball record books. She played from 2002-05 and holds the Troy all-time career record for slugging percentage (.637), doubles (67), home runs (52) and runs batted in (202). She also holds the single-season record for home runs (23) and runs batted in (65). Howen was a three-time All-Atlantic Sun selection.

McLendon Hasty also has her name littered throughout the Troy softball record books. A member of the softball team from 1994-97, McLendon Hasty ended career as Troy’s all-time hits leader with 256 hits. Her record was broken in 2005. She was also a member of Troy’s first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament team in 1996. She was a three-time All-Mid Continent Conference First Team selection.

Nutter was Troy’s first quarterback at the NCAA Division IA level and ranks third all-time in Troy history in passing yards (7,687) and completions (581). He’s also fourth in career touchdowns (49). Nutter was the quarterback of Troy’s historical 21-9 win over Mississippi State in Troy’s inaugural season at the FBS level.

Pimienta was a leader on Troy’s defense for many years, and especially during the 1987 season when the Trojans won the NCAA Division II National Championship. He owns the Troy all-time career record for tackles (563), unassisted tackles (307) and assisted tackles (256). He set the single-season mark for total tackles in 1987 with 198 - 43 more than any other person. He was a four-year starter.

Thomas is one of the most prolific scorers to ever wear a Troy uniform and he played just two seasons. A junior college transfer, Thomas still sits in the top 10 of Troy’s all-time records in points, scoring average (23.2), field goals attempted (1,157), free throws made (298) and free throws attempted (391). He was named an All-American and Gulf South Conference Player of the Year in 1989 and was named MVP of the South Atlantic Regional when the Trojans won to advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Seats for the ceremony in Trojan Arena can be purchased for $100. Tables can be purchased for $800. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Helen Shirey at 334-670-3482.

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