Four alumni inducted into Centre’s Athletics Hall of Fame
Four new members were inducted into the Centre College Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 22 as part of the college’s Homecoming weekend festivities. The 2016 Hall of Fame class includes (above, from left) Molly Alvey ’01, Brian Britt ’01, Reggie Magnusson ’06 and Ed Rall ’71. The new inductees of the Centre Hall of Fame were honored at a ceremony that also honored this year’s Distinguished Alumni.
The four 2016 inductees have been excellent ambassadors of Centre College both in and out of athletic competition during their time at Centre and have exemplified the Colonels spirit in their time out of Centre. Three of the four inductees in this year’s Hall of Fame class excelled for the Colonels in multiple sports.
“Always one of my favorite events of the year, our newest class of Hall of Fame inductees are a phenomenal collection of people – outstanding student-athletes and successful citizen leaders,” said Brad Fields ’98, Director of Athletics and Recreation at Centre College. “I had the privilege to watch the very beginning of Molly’s and Brian’s careers, work alongside Coach Rall – all while a student at Centre – and then admiring Reggie’s career from afar as an interested alum. These four honorees represent all that is right with intercollegiate athletics at Centre College and remind me of the powerfully good impact this special place has on young people.”
The Centre Athletics Hall of Fame 2016 inductees and their accomplishments are listed below.
Molly Alvey ’01 lettered for the Colonels for four years in both basketball and volleyball. Alvey owns the second and third highest single season single season three-point percentages in SCAC history, ranking fourth in the nation after shooting 45.6% as a senior in 2001. Alvey was an all-SCAC player in 2001, a season that saw the Colonels win the conference title and advance to the NCAA’s Sweet 16. As a volleyball player, Alvey was All-SCAC in 1999 and 2000 and is second in program history with 4,340 career assists. Alvey went on to become a successful volleyball coach, serving as the assistant coach at the University of Mississippi before becoming the head coach at the University of Houston. Alvey currently serves as the head volleyball coach at the University of Cincinnati.
Brian Britt ’01 was a four-year letterwinner for Centre in both basketball and football. Britt is the most decorated return specialist in Centre football history, earning the SCAC Special Teams Player of the Year in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and All-America honors in 2001 as a senior. Britt’s three punt return touchdowns in 2001 are a Centre single season record. Britt was selected to the SCAC 15th Anniversary team as a punt returner. As a basketball player, Britt was an All-SCAC performer as a senior in 2001. Britt was also a member of Centre’s track and field team, earning All-SCAC honors in 1998 and helping set a record in the 4×100 relay in 2000 that still stands today.
Reggie Magnusson ’06 lettered for three years for the Centre men’s basketball team. A native of Reykjavik, Iceland, Magnusson was the SCAC Newcomer of the Year in 2004, All-SCAC in 2005 and was named the SCAC Player of the Year in 2006. Magnusson was a third team D-III News All-American in his senior campaign of 2006 and was the first All-American for Centre men’s basketball since David Hicks in 1991, also the first Centre All-American recruited by head coach Greg Mason. Centre posted a 57-23 record in Magnusson’s three years with the program, jump starting one of the greatest runs of winning in Centre history. Magnusson was the 23rd player in Centre history to record 1,000 career points, finishing his Centre tenure with 1,147 points in three years.
Ed Rall ’71 was a four-year letterwinner for the Colonels in both baseball and football. Rall earned All-CAC honors in baseball for the 1968, 1970 and 1971 seasons. After his playing career at Centre ended, Rall moved into the coaching profession, starting locally as head football and baseball coach at Boyle County High School during the 1970s and 80s. While at Boyle County, Rall won a pair of Coach of the Year awards in both football and baseball. In 1988, Rall returned to his alma mater, where he joined the football coaching staff. Rall would remain an assistant football coach at Centre until 1999. Rall also became Centre’s baseball coach in 1989 and held that position until 2004, including coaching current Centre baseball coach Drew Briese ’00. Rall’s 2001 team set the Centre baseball program record for most regular season wins. In addition, Rall served as Centre’s sports information director from 1999-2004.
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by Centre College Athletics
October 26, 2016