Public invited to UK Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony


LEXINGTON, Ky. – The public is invited to attend the Induction Dinner and Ceremony of the University of Athletics Hall of Fame in honor of classes 2021 and 2020 on Thursday, November 4, in Ballrooms 1 & 2 of the Central Bank Center.

The evening begins at 5.30 p.m. with a cocktail hour. Dinner and the induction ceremony start at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $ 100 each and can be reserved by calling Christin Sherrard at (859) 218-3931 or emailing [email protected] The reservation deadline is October 22nd.

Long-time golf coach Bettie Lou Evans is represented in the Hall of Fame class 2021; Kendra Harrison, Olympic medalist and world record holder for the women’s track; two-time national men’s basketball champion, Nazr Mohammed; Soccer All-American Larry Warford; NCAA and SEC athletics champion Bob Whelan; and women’s football all-American Arin Gilliland Wright.

Bettie Lou Evans, Women’s golf, 1980-2001
Head coach of British women’s golf for 23 seasons… Took Great Britain to the NCAA Regionals 14 times, including five trips to the NCAA Championships… Best national placings were fifth in 1986 and tenth in 1998 and 1991… SEC coach of the year 1992… Mid -Atlantic Coach of the Year 1986 and 1990 … coached two All-Americans and had six All-SEC first-team selections … coached four All-SEC second-players after that honor was added in 1993 … served as a for 17 years Director of Golf Operations in Great Britain … Great Britain’s golf tournament is named in her honor … Inducted into the National Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997 … Elected to the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame and Transylvania University Sports Hall of Fame.

Kendra Harrison, Women’s Athletics, 2014-15
Current world record holder in the 100 meter hurdles in 12.20 seconds … USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Year as a senior, as she was NCAA champion in the indoor 60 m hurdles and outdoors in the 100 m hurdles … NCAA- Silver medalist in the 400m hurdles as junior and senior … led Great Britain to a second place on the NCAA outdoor team in 2015, the best performance in school history … All in all a 15-time All-American … Five-time SEC gold medalist – 60 m indoor hurdles as a junior and senior; 100m outdoor hurdles as junior and senior and 400m outdoor hurdles as junior … Still holds the school record in the 60m hurdles … Exemplary student who deserves Academic All-America and received the NCAA Top 10 Award as a senior.

Nazr Mohammed, Men’s basketball, 1996-98
Two-time national champions … Second best scorer and leading rebounder on the 1998 team, who won 35-4, won the national title and SEC championship in the regular season and tournaments … A reserve on the 1996 national title team who won 34: 2 went … Average of 12 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks during the 1998 run … Tabbed All-SEC First Team by the league and AP coaches … Joined the 1998 SEC All-Tournament Team … After its junior season in entered the NBA Draft and selected Utah first round … Played more than 1,000 games, scored nearly 6,000 points, and earned nearly 5,000 rebounds over an 18-year NBA career … Won an NBA championship with San Antonio in 2005 … Currently Scout for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Larry Warford, Football, 2009-12
One of the greatest offensive linemen in Kentucky history had a stellar career in the NFL … helped Britain two bowl games … didn’t allow quarterback sack and rated over 90% in his senior year … all-star recognition in all four Years in the UK… All-America Third Team Honors earned as a senior from Associated Press and Phil Steeles College Football… All-SEC First Team as a senior from and… All-SEC Second Team as a junior and sophomore… Admitted to the sophomore All-America team by College Football News … Freshman All-SEC from league coaches … Seven-year NFL career with Detroit and New Orleans … Pro Bowl selections in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Bob Whelan, Cross Country / Outdoor-Track / Indoor-Track, 1987-90
Won the NCAA indoor championship in the mile in 1990 … Won six SEC championships, two individual events and four relays … Was the SEC champion in the indoor mile in 1990 … Crowned the SEC outdoor champion in 1990 in the 1500 meter Run… SEC indoor championship relay – twice each in the distance relay and the 4×800 meter relay… Set the outdoor record in the 1500 meter race with a time of 3: 40.56, which stood until 2014… First wildcat, who broke the four-minute mark, Mark in the mile, his record time of 3: 58.77 also stood until 2014 … An All-American from 1989-1991 … twice named UK Male Athlete of the Year … Represented the USA in the World University Games 1991… Academic All-American… Currently anesthetist.

Arin Gilliland Wright, Women’s football, 2011-2014
2014 NSCAA All-American, the second in the program history… 2013 and 2014 Hermann Award finalist for National Player of the Year… 2014 espnW Female Athlete of the Year finalist… Three-time All-SEC First Team selection (2012-14)… ranks in the Top 5 in Great Britain in total minutes of play (third), goals scored (30, third), assists (25, third) and shots (210, first) … 2014 SEC Defensive Player of the Year … set school record with eight careers-winning goals … Leading the UK on his only NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2014 … Honda Award Winner 2014 for Inspiration … Chosen by Chicago with the 8th First British female soccer player called up to the US women’s national team.

Joining them is the 2020 class who couldn’t be honored last year due to Covid precautions – softball pitcher Chanda Bell, who sparked Britain’s rise as a national power; Baseball All-American Sawyer Carroll; Men’s Basketball All-American Ron Mercer; AJ Reed, Baseball National Player of the Year; Soccer all-american Danny Trevathan; and two-time national men’s basketball champion Wayne Turner.

Chanda Bell, Softball, 2009-12
Their arrival in 2009 coincided with the rise of British softball as a national power … Leading the UK to its first four NCAA tournament appearances in school history, including the UK’s first Super Regional … Won 68 games with a career-era of 2.55 … holds still five school records including strikeouts in a game (16), season (288) and career (910) along with lowest batting average of the opponent in a season (0.175) and career (0.200) … hitter (2009) and first perfect game (2012) in British history… National Pitcher of the Week 2012… Two-time SEC Pitcher of the Week and SEC Freshman of the Week… 2009 SEC All-Freshman Team… UK Student Assistant Coach in 2013… Assistant Trainer at Marshall (2014- 17) and Indiana (2018-present).

Sawyer Carroll, Baseball, 2007-08
Consensus first-team All-America pick in 2008… Holds UK career records for batting average (0.386) and base percentage (0.483) and also ranks fifth in career batting average (0.656)… Set UK single season record for the RBI (83) in 2008 while posting the fifth best batting average in UK annals (.419)… Finished second in UK single season history in 2007 in hits (98), seventh in runs (69), sixth in doubles (22), ninth in homers (19), second in the total number of bases (183), second in slugging (.762) and fifth in on-base percentage (.514) … Also by the league as all- SEC first team designated coach and to the SEC All-Tournament Team in 2008 … Was a semi-finalist for the 2008 Dick Howser Trophy, the Brooks Wallace Award, and the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.

Ron Mercer, Men’s basketball, 1996-97
Member of the 1996 national championship team and 1997 national runner-up team … NCAA consensus All-America First Team 1997 … Appointment to NCAA tournament 1996 All-Final Four Team … Appointment Freshman All-SEC 1996 … 1997 NCAA Tournament All-Final Four Team … 1997 NCAA Tournament West Regional Most Outstanding Player … SEC Player of the Year by league coaches and AP in 1997 … 1997 SEC Tournament MVP … Achieved 725 points in its second season, the fifth highest in a season in program history at the time … Member of Kentucky’s 1,000-point club (1,013) … Declared for the 1997 NBA draft after his second season … In the first round, a total of sixth, drafted by the Boston Celtics … Played eight seasons in the NBA.

AJ Reed, Baseball, 2012-14
Most successful player in UK history … Unanimous international of the year from seven selections in 2014 for what was arguably the best single season in college baseball history – .336 batting average, 23 home runs, 73 RBI at 12-2 as a pitcher ( Friday starter) with a 2.09 ERA… Leading the nation in homers and slugging percent (0.735)… Also SEC Player of the Year and SEC Male Athlete of the Year (All Sports)… Two-time First Team All-SEC … Freshman All-American in 2012 … career stats show 0.306 averages, 40 HR and 168 RBI, along with 19-13 pitching records and 2.83 ERA … Four year major league veteran with the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox.

Danny Trevathan, Soccer, 2008-11
Two-year-old All America linebacker … First All America linebacker in school history … Voted National Linebacker of the Year by the College Football Performance Awards after the Monster Senior season in which he had a total of 143 tackles, 11.5 tackles for Loss, four interceptions, five caused fumbles and five pass breakups … Tackles the SEC as junior and senior and first-team All-SEC awards in both years … First-team All-America junior with 144 stops … Selected in Denver Broncos NFL Draft … led Denver in tackles for two years, with the team advancing to the Super Bowl both of those seasons, including a Super Bowl championship … 10 year veteran with Denver and the Chicago Bears.

Wayne Turner, Men’s basketball, 1996-99
Member of the 1996 and 1998 national championship teams and 1997 runners-up … Finished his career as all-time games leader in the UK and NCAA with 151 games (now in second place) … Great Britain’s all-time steals leader with 238 … Member of the UK 1,000 Points Club (1,170) … During his career he helped Wildcats to two SEC regular season championships and three SEC tournament championships … Joined the NCAA Tournament All-West Regional Team in 1997 … Became NCAA in 1998 Tournament All-South Region Most Outstanding Player and 1998 SEC Tournament MVP… Was named All-SEC Third Team in 1999 and was also called up to the SEC All-Tournament Team… Played one season in the NBA.

The UK Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to recognize and honor individuals whose participation and accomplishments enriched and strengthened the university’s athletics program. A committee consisting of Hall of Famers, media members, campus representatives, and current trainers and administrators elects new members each year.


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