Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Tom Kleinlein announced today that Lindsey Grossman Blom (women’s soccer), Wayne Murphy (supporter), Dr. Patrick Spurgeon (football assistant coach), Martina Veiglova-Mamuti (volleyball), Danny Warbutton (gymnastics) and Nay Young (football) will be inducted into the Georgia Southern Athletics Hall of Fame Oct. 11.
The 2014 six-member class will be officially inducted at a Hall of Fame luncheon Oct. 11, prior to the Georgia Southern football game against Idaho at Paulson Stadium, and the new inductees will be introduced and honored at halftime of the contest. The six additions bring the total number of former coaches, student-athletes, supporters and administrators in the Georgia Southern Athletics Hall of Fame to 140.
“I look forward to the privilege of inducting this year’s impressive class on Oct. 11, and recognizing them for their athletic accomplishments as well as honoring them for the impact they had on Georgia Southern University through their lives as student-athletes, coaches and supporters,” said Kleinlein.
2014 Hall of Fame Class Bios
LINDSEY GROSSMAN BLOM, Women’s Soccer, 1995-98
Three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Scholar selection in the South Region… CoSIDA Academic All-District and First Team Scholar All-America in 1998… Started every game during her four seasons… co-captain of the 1997 and 1998 teams… Georgia Southern Female Scholar Athlete of the Year (1999)… earned first team Academic All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America… first-team All-SoCon selection on two occasions… SoCon All-Tournament team member (1995)… MVP of team in 1996… Eagle Women’s Soccer Freshman of the Year (1995)… earned Dorothy Hicks Southern Conference Graduate Scholarship (2000)… graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in psychology and went on to earn two master’s degrees (counseling from Georgia Southern and kinesiology, emphasis in sport psychology from West Virginia)… earned doctorate in education from West Virginia in 2005… played two years for the Jacksonville Jade in the W-League, the highest level of women’s soccer… head coach for three club state championship teams in West Virginia and two club state championship teams in Mississippi… wrote soccer coaching book “Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Soccer.”
WAYNE MURPHY, Supporter
A supporter of Georgia Southern since 1973… served on the selection committee that led to the selection of Erk Russell as the football program’s first head coach… still active member of the Georgia Southern Athletic Foundation… member of the Savannah Quarterback Club and St. Patrick’s Day Committee and is affectionately known as “Mr. Georgia Southern”… worked on the Schenkel Golf Tournament… assisted with the organization of the 2001 Georgia Southern vs. Georgia basketball game in Savannah… member of the University’s 1906 Society… board member for the Ronald McDonald House… Member of Leadership Board of the American Cancer Society of the Georgia Legislative Committee.
DR. PATRICK SPURGEON, Football Assistant Coach, 1982-1990
Full-time English Literature professor and one of first assistant coaches hired by Erk Russell… Coached with Erk throughout his tenure as well as a year to help with transition to Coach Tim Stowers… Coached kickers and punters and served as lead scout for Coach Russell… He was on staff for four of Georgia Southern’s six National Championships… Joined the staff at Youngstown State where he won four more National Championships… Served as a volunteer coach under Jim Tressel at Ohio State where he was on staff for another National Championship, giving him nine total… Still in coaching, serving as a volunteer at Marist High School in Atlanta.
MARTINA VEIGLOVA-MAMUTI, Volleyball, 2001-03
Three-time All-Southern Conference selection and named SoCon Female Athlete of the Year for 2003-04… Two-time SoCon Player of the Year… most Outstanding Player at the 2003 SoCon Tourney and earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades from the American Volleyball Coaches Association… owns three of the top-5 places on Georgia Southern’s single-season kills list, including the top spot… ranks second at Georgia Southern in career kills, first in hitting percentage, third in aces and fifth in digs… named to the SoCon’s Team of Women to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Women’s Championships… graduated with a 3.58 GPA and served as an assistant coach for one season.
DANNY WARBUTTON, Gymnastics
Four-time Georgia state champion, four-time Southern Intercollegiate Gymnastics champion and a three-time All-American… 10th-place all-around finisher at the 1972 Olympic Trials… chosen to the United States team in 1977 and toured with Nadia Comaneci and the Romanian gymnasts… worked as an international coach with U.S. teams in South Africa, East Germany and England… inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2003… has coached 11 elite gymnasts, 45 national competitors and 10 state championship teams… more than 50 of his gymnasts have gone to college on full scholarships… served as chairman of the Pennsylvania Age Group and chairman of Regional Elite Coach of Coaches… also served on the Foreign Relations Committee, International and Olympic Team Selection and the National Coaching Staff and was the first recipient of the Pennsylvania Lifetime Achievement Award in 1988.
NAY YOUNG, Football, 1984-87
Started all four years at cornerback during competition years and played five years at the onset of the program… member of the 1985 and 1986 I-AA National Championship teams… finished the 1985 season ranked ninth nationally, averaging 11.2 yards per punt return… had a team-best seven pass breakups during the 1987 season… added 48 total tackles to his career numbers (31 solo, 17 assists)… made 64 total tackles with 55 solo during the 1986 season… as a junior, led the team in pass breakups with 16 and interceptions with four… had 65 tackles (50 solo) and credited with seven pass breakups, one caused fumble, one recovered fumble and two interceptions… 22 of his tackles came during the playoffs (12 solo, 10 assists)… recorded five interceptions in four playoff games, including two versus Middle Tennessee State to secure the win in the quarterfinals… still holds single-season record for most kickoff returns with 33 and yardage with 715 yards… fourth-most pass breakups in a single-season with 11… had four fumble recoveries in 1987, tied for second on the single-season chart… 27 career pass breakups ranks second in the Eagles record book… returned a partially blocked punt for a 56-yard touchdown during the 1984 season… signed by the New Orleans Saints.
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