Eight inducted to Troy University Sports Hall of Fame

Published 11:00 pm Monday, April 22, 2013

Troy University welcomed eight new members into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony at Trojan Arena on Saturday.

John “Doc” Anderson (track & field/cross country; administration), John Archer (men’s basketball), Bobby Enslen (football), Chan Gailey (football), Danny Grant (football), Joyce Sorrell (women’s basketball; administration), Willie Tullis (football) and Lawrence Tynes (football) were welcomed as the second class to enter the hall of fame.

“It’s special to come back and see all of friends, former teammates and administration. It’s really special now that my wife and kids can come back with me and see all of the improvements that have been made over the years,” Tynes said. “It’s an exciting time. It feels like yesterday that I was here playing for Troy. I know everyone that is going (into the hall of fame) is as excited as I am, it is truly an honor.”

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The lone female inductee, Joyce Sorrell, echoed Tynes’ and said she was shocked and honored when she received word of her induction.

“This is a real humbling experience. Over the years, you are doing what you think is best for the athletes and helping provide them with opportunities. I was really surprise and honored,” Sorrell said. “I was really stunned when I got the call. There has been wonderful growth over the years. When the arena first opened, I was really disappointed that I wasn’t still coaching. Everything is growing and there are wonderful things going on at Troy University.”

The eight-member class combined for 596 wins at Troy while serving the University for nearly 90 years. They also combined for 24 conference championships, 137 all-conference selections, 50 all-America selections, 10 school record, 32 years of professional experience and 13 coach of the year awards.

Nominations for the 2014 class are already being accepted and can be made through October 15 at www.troytrojans.com.

Earlier in the day, Troy University Athletics Director John Hartwell along with football head coach Larry Blakeney and former kicker Lawrence Tynes unveiled new renderings of the proposed north end zone facility.

The facility, which has been in the works for some time, underwent a complete review once Hartwell was hired in September on 2012.

The new facility will house football locker room, weight room, equipment room, meeting rooms, state-of-the-art video and technology areas, coaches’ offices, administration offices, academic center, recruiting lounge, T-Club Room and more.

The Tine Davis Fieldhouse would be converted to accommodate the athletic training program while the first three floors of the Stadium Tower would facilitate academic needs.

Hartwell said the project, which also includes 10-14 suites, has an estimated cost between $25-28 million and at-best could be complete prior to the beginning of the 2015 season.

“Let me caution you by saying this is a rendering, this does not mean it will be the exact finished product,” Hartwell told the crowd Saturday morning. “Recruiting is the lifeblood of our teams and certainly you have got to have the “Wow Factor” if we are going to attract the best student-athletes in this country. This new North End Zone Project is going to give us that “Wow Factor”. When we have potential student-athletes walk on this campus and see that facility they are not going to see any better in Baton Rouge, in Tuscaloosa or in Auburn. This facility is going to be as quality as any program in the country, and we are very excited about that.”