class of 2016

Published 3:00 am Thursday, January 28, 2016

Eight new members will be inducted into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame on April 9. The honorees include three former football players, Al Lucas, Rick Maxey and Charles Pickett; former softball player and current administrator Sandy Atkins; and two former basketball players, David Felix and Terry McCord. Former Athletic Director Johnny Williams and longtime “Voice of the Trojans” Ralph Black will be inducted as well. Seats at the event are on sale for $100 and tables will go on sale for $800.


Sandy Atkins

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Atkins enters the hall of fame as a former Trojan softball player where she was a member of the Troy team that broke ground as a member of Division I. Atkins had a career batting average of .359 over two seasons which ranks at the top all time at Troy University. As a senior, Atkins broke Troy’s record of hits and runs in a single season with 85 and 54. Currently Atkins serves as the Director of Compliance at Troy University.

David Felix

Felix enters the hall of fame having have had stellar careers as both a player and as a coach at Troy University. As a player, Felix holds the record for assists with 625 and steals with 251.Felix was a three time All-Gulf South Conference selection and played a major role in Troy’s 1977 Gulf South Conference championship. As a coach at Troy, Felix spent 32 seasons as an assistant coach at Troy where he helped lead the Trojans to four appearances in the Division-II tournament, including two final fours.

Al Lucas

Lucas was a force on the defensive line for the Trojans in the late ‘90s. Lucas was a two-time All-American during his time at Troy and was awarded the Buck Buchanan award in 2009 given to the nations top defensive player at the FBS level formally known as Division 1-AA. Lucas ranks seventh in program history with tackles for loss, 12 in assisted tackles and 17th in yards from sacks. Lucas played in 20 games for the Carolina Panthers from 2000-2001 and was a fourth overall pic in the NFL Europe Draft in 2003 but elected to play in the Arena Football League.

Terry McCord

McCord helped lead the Trojans basketball team to the 1993 Division II National Championship game. As a senior McCord set a Troy record by averaging 24.2 points per game. McCord also set the mark of free throws made in a single season with 156. In his career McCord shot over 50 percent from the floor and made 136 3-pointers.


Rick Maxey

Maxey, a native of Ocoee, Florida, was a member of the Trojan football team from 1974-1977 and quickly became one of the most feared players in college football. Maxey led the Trojans in tackles as both a sophomore and as a senior. In 1976 Maxey helped lead the Trojans to a Gulf South Conference championship with a 8-1-1 record. Maxey’s 333 tackles ranks ninth all time. He also ranks sixth all time in both single tackles and sacks with 200 and 26.

Charles Pickett

Pickett enters the Troy University Hall of Fame as the Trojans all time sack leader with 43 sacks. Pickett finished with 19 sacks in back to back seasons in the late 70’s and helped lead the Trojans to the Gulf Coast Conference championship in 1976 when the Trojans finished the season with an 8-1-1 overall record. Pickett went on to play professionally in the American Football Association and won defensive MVP in the 1979 championship game.

Johnny Williams

Williams played a key role in Troy’s move from Division-II to Division-I. Williams was named Athletic Director in 1994. During his time as Athletic Director, the football team advanced to the FCS playoffs six times and began playing at the FBS level in 2001. Williams helped raise $24 million that wen to the athletics department that went toward renovations of Veterans Memorial Stadium, Tine Davis Fieldhouse and Riddle-Pace Field.

Ralph Black

Black is the former “Voice of the Trojans” where he broadcasted games for Troy football, basketball and baseball games in the 1980s. Black will be known for his famous “Holy Mackerel” that resonates with many Troy fans from the 80s. The Montgomery native called over 1,000 Troy sporting events from 1976 to 2002. Black help create the Troy Sports Network. Black his still a popular voice in Troy. He is currently an on-air personality at WTBF and also is the Public Address Announcer for Charles Henderson High School football.