AAU Junior Olympic Games Track & Field
meet director selected to Troy Univ HOF
TROY, Ala. – Eleven former and current Troy University student-athletes, coaches and administrators have been selected as the inaugural class of the Troy University Athletic Hall of Fame, Director of Athletics Steve Dennis announced at a press conference Tuesday.
The class consists of Ralph Adams (administration), Billy Atkins (football), Larry Blakeney (football), Sim Byrd (football), Don Maestri (men’s basketball), Vergil Parks McKinley (football), Denise Monroe (women’s basketball), Charles Oliver (track & field), Chase Riddle (baseball), Mike Turk (football) and DeMarcus Ware (football).
The inductees will be officially enshrined into the Hall of Fame at a banquet on Friday, August 10, in the new Trojan Arena. Seats for the ceremony can be purchased for $100 each and tables can be purchased for $800. Sponsorships are also available for the evening. For more information or to purchase tickets contact the Troy Athletic Department at 334-670-3482.
Fans will be able to enjoy a state-of-the-art interactive display for the Troy Athletic Hall of Fame at the main entrance of the new Trojan Arena.
Charles Oliver – Track & Field – Charles Oliver, or Coach O, was a national champion as an athlete, a coach and an administrator. Oliver, who is Troy’s 400-meter record holder at 45.71 seconds, was a national champion athlete at Troy State University, winning the NAIA 400-meter championship in 1976. He was an alternate on two United States Olympic teams in the 400 meter and the 4×400 meter relay. He sponsors two meets at Troy, the Coach O Cross Country Invitational and the Coach O Track & Field Invitational. Oliver was a coach for the 1991 University of Tennessee national champion track & field team and an administrator with the 1998 Tennessee national champion football team. He is also a successful businessman and is heavily involved in supporting grassroots track and field programs for kids. Oliver heads up the Tennessee Track & Field Officials Association and set up practicum and intern programs for sports management students at the University of Tennessee. Oliver is a member of Theta Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, where he was one of 20 brothers of the charter line that brought the first black fraternity to the Troy State campus. He was also recognized as one of the charter members of the Troy Letterwinners Club.
Originally published on http://troytrojans.com