8 to be inducted into Troy's 3rd Sports Hall of Fame class

Published: Apr. 8, 2014 at 9:34 PM CDT
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Source: Troy Athletics
Source: Troy Athletics

INFORMATION FROM Troy Athletics Dept. Release

Eight former TroyUniversity student-athletes and coaches will be enshrined into the TroyUniversity Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 29, Athletic Director JohnHartwell announced Tuesday afternoon.

The third class into the TroyUniversity Sports Hall of Fame consists of Danny Cox (baseball), Mike Griffin(men's golf), Perry Griggs (football), Ted Horstead (football), Anthony Reed(men's basketball), Rick Rhoades (football), Osi Umenyiora (football) and PaulWord (men's basketball).

The induction ceremony will bethe highlight of a busy T-Club Weekend on campus. The Troy softball team willhost Georgia State on Saturday and Sunday and the Trojan football team willplay its annual T-Day Spring Game on Saturday prior to the ceremony.

Seats for the ceremony inTrojan Arena can be purchased for $100 each and tables can be purchased for$800. Sponsorships are also available for the evening. For more information, orto purchase tickets, contact the Troy Athletic Department at 334-670-3482.

Danny Cox (Baseball) – DannyCox put together one of the most magical seasons ever by a Troy pitcher duringthe 1981 campaign. His dominance on the mound led to first team All-Americahonors and statistics that still hold true in Troy's record book today. Cox wona school record 13 games during the 1981 season behind the strength of sixshutouts, a number that is both the single-season and career record for theTrojans. A product of Warner Robbins (Ga.) High School, Cox was a member of theinaugural class into the Troy Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. He set an NCAArecord with 43 consecutive scoreless innings as he posted a 1.30 ERA and ledthe country in wins. His ERA still ranks as the third best in a season in Troyhistory while his 110.2 innings pitched rank as the 10th best total.Cox finished his Trojan career with a 17-7 overall record and a 2.31 ERA, whichstill ranks as the third best mark by a Troy player. Cox was a member of twoGulf South Conference championship teams that advanced to the NCAA Division IIWorld Series and combined to win 67 games to just 22 losses.

Mike Griffin (Men's Golf) –One of the most successful golf coaches in NCAA history, Mike Griffin ledTroy to a pair of NCAA Division II National Championships, one NCAA Division IINational Runner-Up, nine straight appearances in the NCAA Division II National ChampionshipTournament and seven Gulf South Conference Championships.  He had 32golfers earn All-America honors while the Trojans finished lower than fourthjust once during their nine NCAA appearances. Griffin was Troy's No. 1 golferduring three of his four seasons as a student-athlete and won a pair of AlabamaCollegiate Conference individual championships. Following two seasons on themini-tour, Griffin collected 1,581 wins during his 11 seasons as Troy's headcoach. Griffin won nine coach of the year honors before taking over at AuburnUniversity in 1984. He led the Tigers to 18 NCAA Regional appearances over hisfinal 20 years and took Auburn to the NCAA Championships 16 times during his25-year career on the Plains. Griffin was named the Southeastern ConferenceCoach of the Year four times, the Region II South Coach of the Year five timesand was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame in2000. Griffin compiled a record of 1581-642-22 (.714) during his 11 seasons atTroy and concluded his 36-year with 4,571 victories between his time at Troyand Auburn.

Perry Griggs (Football) – Oneof the most versatile players in Troy history, Perry Griggs held the school'sall-purpose yards record for over 30 years after finishing his storied careerwith 4,079 yards. A Kodak first team All-American and NAIA second teamAll-American in 1976, Griggs earned All-Gulf South first team honors in 1974and 1976 and was named the league's Player of the Year in 1974.  Griggs'sophomore season (1974) was his best statistically as he totaled 1,585all-purpose yards with 163 coming on the ground, 611 through the air, 280 viapunt returns and 531 on kickoff returns. He was named the top player in Alabamaby the Birmingham Post Herald, and was an honorable mention All-American by theAssociated Press and the NAIA that season. Griggs is currently second in Troyhistory in all-purpose yards, seventh in receiving yards (1,975) and fourth intouchdown receptions (19). Griggs averaged 13.8 yards per punt during hiscareer a mark that ranks second all-time in Troy history. Griggs was the fifthTroy player to be selected in the NFL Draft when the New York Jets selected himwith their fifth round pick in 1977. He played for the Jets, Atlanta Falconsand the Baltimore Colts in the NFL and for two seasons with the Winnipeg BlueBombers in the Canadian Football League.

Ted Horstead (Football) – Oneof the all-time great running backs in Troy history, Ted Horstead currentlyranks second on the all-time career rushing list for the Trojans with 2,926yards over his four year career. The Elba, Ala., native turned in his bestseason during Troy's 1984 National Championship season. Horstead rushed for1,123 yards on 238 carries as the Trojans went 12-1 and won the NCAA DivisionII title. His rushing yards and carries were both single-season Troy records atthe time and currently rank as the fifth and third best marks, respectively.Horstead became the first Troy player to rush for over 1,000 yards in a careerand his career total stood as the school record for 17 seasons. A fullback,Horstead earned All-Gulf South Conference honors in 1984 and 1985 and is tiedfor second all-time in Troy history with eight 100-yard rushing games for hiscareer. He ranks sixth, seventh and ninth on the Troy single-season rushingyards per game list and third all-time with a 75.0 yards per game average forhis career. Following his playing career, which was cut short due to an injuryhis senior year, he has worked professionally in Mississippi and Alabama andhas been actively involved in coaching youth football. He also served on theboard for the Holcut Foundation, which created after-school programs fordisadvantaged youth.

Anthony Reed (Men'sBasketball) – Troy's all-time leading scorer by over 100 points, AnthonyReed dominated the Gulf South Conference during his four-year career with theTrojans. He finished his career with 1,875 points (124 points more than thenext closest player), 913 rebounds and 149 steals. The Hayneville, Ala., nativetook the GSC by storm out of the gates as he earned the league's Freshman ofthe Year award after averaging 13.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in his rookiecampaign. His scoring increased by over 10 points a game over his career andhis senior season Reed averaged a Troy single-season record 24.4 points pergame. Reed earned All-Gulf South Conference honors three times in his careerand All-America honors following his dominant senior campaign. Reed holds theTroy career records for free throws made (363) and free throws attempted (671)in addition to the single-game record of 21 free throws attempted. He scoredover 30 points six times during his career, including a career-best 37 againstValdosta State. Reed was just as solid on the glass as he was in the scoringdepartment as he averaged 8.1 rebounds per game over his career, including acareer-best 8.7 rebounding mark his junior season.

Rick Rhoades (Football) – RickRhoades has a distinct place in Troy's football history as one of three coachesin school history to win a national championship. Rhoades three seasons as theTrojans' head coach led to a pair of Gulf South Conference titles and the 1987NCAA Division II National Championship; he also won a national title as Troy'sdefensive coordinator in 1984. The Trojans rolled off 12 straight wins to closeout the 1987 season including a 31-17 victory over Portland State in the titlegame.  The run to the title featured several thrilling games as theTrojans forced eight turnovers in a 31-10 semifinal victory over CentralFlorida and then rallied from a 10-3 halftime deficit in the win over PortlandState. Rhoades complied a 28-7-1 record in his three seasons at Troy and wonall three of his games against in-state rivals Jacksonville State and West Alabama.The Trojans posted a 19-2 Gulf South Conference record during his tenure andwon 19 of their final 20 league games. A graduate of Central Missouri State,Rhoades went on to serve as the head coach at Southern Illinois for one seasonbefore taking over as the quarterback coach at Alabama for one season and theoffensive coordinator at Kentucky for two seasons. He later went on to serve asthe head coach at Nicholls State, Delta State and the Birmingham Thunderbolts(XFL). Rhoades has spent the last seven seasons coaching in Austria, Sweden andFrance.

Osi Umenyiora (Football) – Oneof the most feared defensive lineman in the National Football League, OsiUmenyiora has won a pair of Super Bowl titles and has twice been selected tothe NFL Pro Bowl. An All-American following the 2002 season at Troy, Umenyiorawas selected by the New York Giants in the second round (56thoverall pick) in the 2003 NFL Draft. The London, England, native's senior yearat Troy was one of the best in school history as he finished second in thecountry with 15 sacks, a total which ranks tied for fifth best in a season inTroy history. Umenyiora recorded 20.5 tackles for loss during that 2002 seasonto establish a new single-season school record. The record held true for eightseasons until now Atlanta Falcons teammate Jonathan Massaquoi, finished the2010 campaign with 21.5 tackles for loss. Umenyiora ranks second all-time inTroy history with 38.5 tackles for loss behind only DeMarcus Ware; he alsoranks eighth in sacks and 16th in tackles. He holds the Troysingle-game record after picking up four sacks against Florida A&M in 2002.Umenyiora's professional career has been just as successful as he led the NFCin sacks in 2005, was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in Oct. 2010,set the New York Giants record with six sacks in a game and holds the NFLrecord after forcing 10 fumbles in 2010.

Paul Word (Men'sBasketball) – One of the early pioneers in the history of Troy men'sbasketball, Paul Word was named a Small College All-American following the1961-62 season in addition to earning a pair of All-Alabama CollegiateConference honors. Word ranks 15th all time in Troy history with1,113 points over his three year career and is one of just 22 players in Troyhistory to top the 1,000-point mark. The Eufaula, Ala., native helped lead theTrojans to a pair of Alabama Collegiate Conference regular season championshipsand the 1962 Alabama Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship.  Troyappeared in the NAIA National Tournament all three seasons with Word on theroster. He led the Trojans in scoring and rebounding in his final two seasons;Word averaged 17.3 points and 10.9 rebounds in 1960-61 and 17.6 points and 9.9rebounds in 1961-62. After graduating Troy with honors, Word went on todominate the high school coaching ranks in Alabama as he won 614 games in 38years, including state championships at New Brockton (1968) and AbbevilleChristian Academy (2002), for which he earned Alabama Coach of the Year honors.